Read here before you sign that lease!

Weichman Realtors knows this moment all too well, It’s a familiar moment: you are about to enter into an important agreement, and as you lift the pen to sign your name, you pause. Your pen hovers over the Signature line for an extra moment as you register how important this will be in shaping your future…

When it comes to home rentals in Costa Mesa, just such a moment occurs when you are about to sign the next year’s lease agreement. Costa Mesa rentals largely echoed the national trend to higher prices and tightening supply, so the number of dollars on the bottom line can make that hesitation linger a bit longer than before.

The fact is that the housing situation today is vastly different than it was just a couple of years back. Especially for anyone long accustomed to local home rentals, it’s worthwhile to re-examine some major factors that point to the best housing solution. Three of them have to do with finances, timing, and lifestyle.

* Ownership can offer significant financial advantages. Tax savings are usually the standout factor: if you can deduct the interest you pay on a home’s mortgage, you stand to save that interest amount times your tax rate – versus (just say goodbye to it!) your rental payment. Maintenance and real estate taxes have to be considered as an added cost, but homeowners also stand to benefit from any increase in the value of their home. The aftermath of the epic slide in housing prices finds us currently situated near the first part of the ‘buy low, sell high’ truism. There are no guarantees when it comes to investing, but despite large dips during recessions, most houses regain that lost value — and more — during economic booms.

* Record low home mortgage rates combined with the dip in home prices have green-lighted this summer for anyone waiting for the timing to be right. Costa Mesa buyers are not only finding homes at affordable prices, but are also paying historic lows on amounts borrowed. Lately we’ve been reading about mortgage rates reported as low as 3.4% on 30-year loans!

* Finally, there are all the intangibles that come into play. Costa Mesa rentals certainly alleviate some of the effort involved in caring for your own property, but on the other hand, it’s tough to put a price on the value of finally having real control over your living situation. Any tenant who has been uprooted when the landlord decides to sell or move back in knows the kind of upheaval that results from an unexpected and unwanted move.

Sometimes home rentals offer the best option for a family, but it never hurts to run the numbers. Market conditions have rarely been as ideal as they are right now for Costa Mesa homebuyers — and Weichman Realtors is here anytime to go over the latest figures if you would like to take a look!

Weichman Associates Realtors is a full service real estate agency located in the heart of Costa Mesa offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s Weichman’s mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience.

Weichman Associates Realtors was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, Weichman Realtors has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year.

Weichman Realtors is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has Weichman donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the top real estate companies in Costa Mesa.

If you’re interested in buying or selling in Orange County, turn to the experts. Turn to Weichman Realtors and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact Weichman Realtors today at 714-444-4663 or email us at