Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles Have you every pondered what integrity means to you? Real Estate is a challenging business that often forces me to question what this word means to me in my business and, more importantly, in life. Kn...
Boston Marathon qualified, Kona Ironman qualified, sub 3:30 Marathoner, let me introduce you to my Santiago Hills neighbor: Those of us in the hills of Orange have had the privilege of watching Arin Gilmer, a petite mother of 3, quietly work her way into the #53 spot in the USA Triathlon Associat...
2011 is the year of CHEAP MONEY!  With interest rates so low it is a great time to buy a home, or refinance a current loan.  Recently, I held a Home Buyer's Seminar where Mr. Jeff Parks, Bank of America Loan Officer, spoke about current financing options.  Watch his video about Types of Loan Prog...
 As Forest Gump says:  [Short-Sales are] like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you are going to get.     This past month I had the pleasure (and fortitude) to close three very different Short-Sales in Southern California.  No two are ever exactly alike.  I refer to them as "fluid" financ...
Let me introduce you to a very misunderstood and often despised Real Estate transaction:  Short-Sales.  Some Realtors run from them, some buyers run TO them, and many homeowners are overwhelmed by them.  Unfortunately, Short-Sales will be here to stay for several years to come, so it is time to g...
Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with running and real estate.  In many ways these two seemingly unrelated topics share much in common.  Marathon training requires many months of building strength and endurance to run a 26.2 mile race. It is essential to be dedicated to your goal of c...
Like it or not, the Federal Government has extended and expanded the Home Buying Tax Credit.  Considering the frenzy of home buying we have experienced in Orange County for the past few months it is clear that demand will remain high through the traditionally slow season.  Homes often receive mul...
Lately I have had several people mention they are considering investing in real estate here in Orange County, CA.  People want to live in Orange County, that is an undeniable fact, however investing in our Wild Wild West housing market is not for the feint of heart.  Getting a "deal" has increasi...
The REAL Tweeps of Orange County! Despite our undeserved reputation induced by staged "reality" shows, Orange County is chock full of REAL people who freely give of their time, money, and knowledge.  In the last few weeks I have had the privilege of getting to know some awesome Orange County Soci...
Ah, my dear Federal Tax Credit, parting will be such painful sorrow.  You have seduced my First Time Home Buyers with your irresistible offer of $8,000.  They have been lined up waiting to catch a glimpse of your promising reward, but now they may not make it past the front door before you say g...

Carolynn Santaniello

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