Mission Viejo California real estate was developed by the Mission Viejo Company, with the idea to make it possible to work, live and play in the same city. Just driving through Mission Viejo is a pleasurable experience with the winding boulevards lined with tree laden green belts, parks and Lake Mission Viejo. There are many diverse neighborhoods which contain home styles and price ranges for singles, families and mature adults. Executive homes offer the luxury of custom golf-course homes or lakefront living. There are many styles of house designs for first time homebuyers as well as mature families. In addition, the community of Casta Del Sol is very popular with Senior residents.
Today, over 95,000 people call Mission Viejo CA home. These new communities consist of mixture of attached Condos and detached 1 and 2 story homes designed by the country's most preeminent builders. One of the newer and very popular communities is located on the south east portion of Mission Viejo, called Ladera Ranch. Also, coming soon is another impressive mater planned community called Rancho Mission Viejo.
There are approximately 23,500 detached homes and attached Condos built in Mission Viejo California since 1966 (not including Ladera Ranch), which are disbursed in 119 distinct tracts. Mission Viejo Real Estate is divided into three general areas which are: Mission Viejo North, Mission Viejo Central and Mission Viejo South. A complete tabulation of the 119 tracts of homes, including the builder and the number of homes in each tract can be found in the links below.
Planning on buying a Condo or detached Home in Mission Viejo California or surrounding community? If so, you have come to the best website for local real estate. Whether you are looking to buy a detached home, or attached condo, you can find all Mission Viejo homes listed for sale here. Before you make your final decision to buy a Condo, take a look around this website and search the MLS for all Condos listed for sale.
Condos in Mission Viejo today have a wide range of choices and options. You can select from a lower cost simple flat design which is all on one level on either the ground floor or the top floor. The advantage of the ground floor Condo is there are no steps to climb. The advantage of the top floor Condo is it provides better sound privacy benefits and usually will offer some type of view. Top floor Condos will usually sell for a bit more than ground floor Condos. A very popular design in Mission Viejo is the carriage unit Condo, which is a top floor unit with a ground floor entrance and the attached garage underneath the unit. In this configuration there is no one living neither above nor below you, therefore providing even better sound privacy for Condo style living
The most popular and most expensive Condo configuration is the Townhome style. This form of Condo has the living area downstairs (Kitchen, living room and sometimes family room), and the bedrooms upstairs. It will usually have 2.5 baths and a 1 or 2 car garage that is accessible from the downstairs living area. Often times this type of Condo will have a decent sized fenced backyard. The ultimate configuration is an end unit Condo which provides the maximum in privacy and sound attenuation.
Association dues for Condos will range from a low of about $110 to as high as $275. This wide range may be due to many factors such as; age of complex, amenities provided (pool, spa, tennis courts), extent of landscaping, construction materials used, management etc. Condo association dues usually pay for home owners insurance, trash pick-up, all exterior grounds maintenance, exterior maintenance of your Condo, etc.
As compared to most Condos, detached homes have the advantage of having a small to large lot where you can have custom landscaping or garden, toys, extra storage, spa or even a private pool. As mentioned above, detached houses cost a bit more than a comparable Condo due primarily to the cost of the larger plot of land. Plus, in most cases (except for zero lot line tracts), you will have 5 feet or more of space on all four sides of your home which provides more privacy and sound attenuation.
The real estate upon which Mission Viejo was developed was part of the 52,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo, which dates back to 1769, when a Spaniard named Gaspar de Portola led an expeditionary force from Mexico across the southern border of the ranch and claimed the land for Spain. After numerous land holding changes over several centuries, the real estate was purchased by Donald Bren, Philip J. Reilly, and James Toephfer to form the Mission Viejo Company. In 1965, a master plan for Mission Viejo California was approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. One year later, the City became a reality as families stood in line to pay $21,000 for homes on his former cattle range. In April of 1966, these pioneering residents moved into their new homes near the intersection of La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive.With 45 parks and counting, every home in Mission Viejo is within a mile of a park. Residents can hike, bike, swim, fish, and golf, all within their city's borders. Majestic Lake Mission Viejo is a private lake made available to most all residents of Mission Viejo, and provides many recreational opportunities. Contained in an area of slightly more than 16 square miles, the city includes residential, recreational, light industrial and retail areas, as well as a community college, four high schools, three intermediate schools and seventeen elementary schools. The city of Mission Viejo CA ;is serviced by two school districts, Capistrano School District and the Saddleback Valley School District. Both school districts have an excellent reputation with many of the public schools being awarded for their academic excellence year after year. If you are thinking about buying a home in Mission Viejo, feel free to contact us.
Mission Viejo Relocation Realtor
If your planning a relocation to Mission Viejo California, or another city close by, this website will provide a wealth of information to help you make an informed decision when buying your next home here. As professional real estate agents, we will methodically guide you to the perfect neighborhood and home, by first listening carefully to what your desires and needs are. Next we will work with you in obtaining the appropriate financing to realize your dream of owning a home here in beautiful Mission Viejo, California. Relocation from one city to another can sometimes be a stressful experience. Our team of realtors will help to minimize the stress of your move, and make your first days here in Mission Viejo enjoyable ones.
We have worked with many corporate relocation departments. If your company's relocation department offers rebate programs, realtor discounts, or some other form of relocation financial incentive, we can most always agree to your company's terms and conditions. Just give us a call or drop us an email and we will me more than happy to talk with your relocation department. If they desire, your relocation department can screen us to insure that we meet their standards and agree with all of their policies.
Not all real estate agents are the same. The real estate industry has a high turnover rate, so on any given day the Realtor you may happen to run into may only have a few years of experience or sells a small number of homes each year. Or you may run into a Real Estate Agent who may have a lot of experience but specializes in exclusively working with sellers in listing their homes. Often these listing realtor specialists do not have the correct temperament to effectively work with a relocation home buyer who is new to the area.
We specialize in working with home Buyers and have many years of relocation experience. Our work ethic is one of patient vigilance. By this we mean, we are extremely patient with regard to your wants and needs. Some home buyers will find their perfect home in the first outing after previewing just 5 homes for sale, while other Buyers may take months, and view 30 or more homes before the find the perfect home. We are aggressively vigilant with regard to canvassing the market everyday by analyzing each new listing that come on the market to see if it meets with your wants and needs. In this way, we will never miss a good opportunity for you.
As your local relocation Realtor, we will educate you to the various attributes, strengths and weaknesses of each home and neighborhood. We will explain to you the various issues that may arise in purchasing a home here in Mission Viejo or in any of the other surrounding cities. Once we have found the perfect house for you, we will work closely with you in formulating the purchase offer. The typical real estate transaction has grown more complex in Orange County over the past twenty years. As your relocation real estate agent, we'll guide you through every step of the transaction purchase process, including buyer due diligence, inspections, appraisal and much more.
Please visit the various webpage's of our website to obtain a lot of useful information about Mission Viejo and the other cities in south Orange County. By clicking the MLS hyperlink top left, you can begin your quest by first searching for all homes for sale in the MLS in Mission Viejo. If you would like us to mail you our informative relocation package, simply fill out the form below, and we will mail it to you the next day.
Mission Viejo Home Buying Tips
Planning on buying a Home in Mission Viejo California or surrounding community? If so, you have come to the best website for local real estate. Whether you're looking to buy a detached home, or attached condo, you can find all Mission Viejo homes listed for sale here.
Before you start to go looking at homes to buy, you should definitely contact a mortgage lender or bank and get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. This important step will determine how much money you can borrow to buy a home, and just as importantly, it will tell you how much of a mortgage payment you are comfortable with paying.
The Loan pre-qualification is a simple process. It takes into account very basic information regarding your financial status and gives you an amount for which you may qualify. This can be done verbally or electronically over the Internet.
The Pre-approval is a much more involved process, but has more clout when making an offer to buy a house or condo. The lender will take all pertinent information regarding your finances and perform an extensive check on your current financial status. We can offer you several great references for lenders who offer a wide array of loan options with the best interest rates available today.
SELECT A GREAT BUYERS AGENT:
Choosing the right Real Estate Agent is a very important but often neglected step. Not all realtors are the same. Due to the high turnover rate in the industry, many agents are new and only have a few years of experience or sell a small number of homes each year. While some other agents may have a lot of experience but specializes in exclusively working with sellers in listing their homes. Often times these listing realtor specialists do not have the correct temperament to work effectively with home buyers.
We specialize in working with home Buyers and have many years of experience in Mission Viejo real estate. Our work ethic is one of patient vigilance. By this we mean, we are extremely patient with regard to your wants and needs. Some home buyers will find their perfect home in the first outing after previewing just 5 homes for sale, while other Buyers may take months, and view 30 or more homes before they buy the perfect home. We are aggressively vigilant with regard to canvassing the market everyday by analyzing each new listings that come on the market so we will never miss a good opportunity for you to buy.
DETERMINE HOME SEARCH CRITERIA:
Now that you know the price range of home that you can and/or want to buy, you can now begin the process of determining your housing needs. Should you buy a condo or detached house? The detached home will usually have a bigger yard, and low to zero association dues as compared to a Condo. But Condos are about 25% less expensive than a detached house for a comparable sized home with equivalent location. Also, establish how many bedrooms do you need, proximity to work, living area, schools, parking needs, 1 or 2 story, etc?
PRELIMINARY HOME SEARCH ON THE INTERNET:
Today's modern technology allows you to search on the Internet for any home listed for sale in Mission Viejo. This is a great tool to assist you in buying the right home. With the home searching criteria you have established in the previous step, you can then visit our MLS home search webpage if you would like to begin searching for homes at any time. Also, we can set you up on our automated Just Listed internet technology which searches the Multiple Listing Service twice a day. If a new listing comes on the market for sale that matches your home buying criteria, our computer system will email complete details of this home(s) for sale to you to the comfort of your home or office.
PREVIEWING HOMES FOR SALE:
Once we have identified some homes listed for sale that match your criteria, we will set up an efficient home tour for you to view all of the properties listed for sale that match your criteria. We can show you about 8 to 15 homes in 4 hours or less. After one to three of these previews, we will have seen every home on the market for sale.
CONTRACT TO BUY: Once we have found the perfect home, it's time to prepare an Offer to Buy. Our years of experience will be valuable in getting you the price and terms that you desire. The standard DRE Purchase Agreement that is used to buy a home has changed dramatically in the past several years, to the advantage of the Buyer. We will make sure to use those advantages to negotiate favorable terms for you. The processing of buying a home takes about 30 to 45 days and this is typically referred to as the escrow period. During this time, we will have the opportunity to inspect the home, review disclosures from the Seller, examine reports from the Termite inspection company and the Home Owners Association (if any), and other disclosure documents. It is very important to hire a professional home inspector to inspect your home before you close escrow on the purchase. This house inspection report will contain details on all plumbing fixtures, faucets, electrical outlets, roof condition, appliances, floors, the exterior and much more.