I know this thread is a year old but it comes up as one of the top searches for this topic. I contacted the tax assessors office and they just referred me to Willdan & Associates (www willdan com). I've tried contacting Willdan a couple of times but they have thus far been unresponsive. That's not to say that they won't eventually follow up. But I think perhaps our questions on when we get to pay less taxes is not a top priority for them (or for the county tax assessors office!).... more
If you haven't checked out Portola Hills you might want to consider. Part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District with Portola Hills Elementary a rated vary high. Concourse Park is centrally located and backs Whiting Ranch.
It's a unique place that benefits from being on the foothill of Trabuco Canyon yet also tied to Lake Forest so their are lot's of community activities.
There are a variety of homes to choose from ranging from about 2100 sq.ft up to 3900 with, and some with amazing views of either the Saddleback Mountains or even the Ocean.
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You've received some terrific feedback from many professionals here. I have a hypothetical question for you to ask and answer for yourself:
Assuming they have priced that house at market value for $1 Million - you want the seller to accept $800,000 - a 20% decrease. Similarly, if you listed your house at market value, would you accept a 20% lower offer along with a contingency from the buyer that they sell their house first in order to buy yours - - - - in this market?
There are always methods to get the home you want, but since you would have to sell first, you should apply the same theory to your sale as to the new purchase to bring it into perspective.
Best of luck and, always use a REALTOR,
Broker & REALTOR
Orange County, CA... more
The answer is it depends on which mortgage assistance program you are using. I'd be happy to determine which areas fit your program if you would like to contact me. There are also several programs available that cover most areas in Orange County but which do have income restrictions.
If I can be of further help, feel free to email or call me.
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