Our Facebook Page Goes Platinum

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If you aren’t already a fan of The Reynolds Realty Group’s FaceBook fan page, you probably wouldn’t notice anything different, but we’ve gone platinum!

We now have a simple FaceBook address: http://www.facebook.com/TheReynoldsRealtyGroup (notice there’s no numbers after our FaceBook URL!?!).

And we have created new landing page for new fans, and the first of our new “tabs” for our loyal fans. This new “tab” is found in the left sidebar, and is titled Real Estate Links and Info (click here to see it). On it you’ll find quick links to find out about us, our contact information, check the latest TRRG news, check your property value, search for properties, and find a link to get local area news, event information, winery information and maps, and MORE!!!!

Thanks to all of our friends/fans for your support, and welcome to all of our new fans. Check our our posts and links for everything you might need to find out more about how we can help you with your real estate needs.

We Did It In MeadowView!

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We’re happy to announce that we have closed a dynamite deal on a fabulous house located in the prestigious MeadowView area at a miraculous price for one of our wonderful clients. Our buyers are beyond ecstatic with their French country chateau with over 5,680 exquisitely detailed square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, pool & spa, outdoor kitchen, separate living/guest area, oversized 3 car garage and lots more.

Like most short-sales, this transaction required lots of patience from our client and a lot creativity from us working with the seller and their agent to make sure we all came out happy at the end. Our client got the house of their dreams for a great price of $675,000, and the seller was happy to move on with their lives. We are so thrilled to be able to create a win-win real estate transaction for everybody!

Mortgage Rates Reach New Record Lows

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Record LowsMortgage rates were back to hitting record lows again, pushing housing affordability even higher to home buyers, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. For the sixth consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, the most popular choice among buyers, has averaged below 4 percent — unheard of until a few weeks ago.

“Mortgage rates eased slightly this week to all-time record lows following mixed indicators in the labor market,” Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, said in a statement. The economy added 1.6 million jobs in 2011 — the highest number since 2006 — but overall unemployment still remains high, Nothaft noted.

Here’s a closer look at rates and the new record lows they posted for the week ending Jan. 12:

30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.89 percent, with an average 0.7 point, reaching a new all-time low. Previously, 30-year mortgages’ record low was last week’s 3.91 percent average. A year ago at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.71 percent.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.16 percent, with an average 0.8 point, dropping from last week’s 3.23 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 4.08 percent.

5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.82 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 2.86 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.72 percent.

1-year ARMs: averaged 2.76 percent, with an average 0.6 point, this week, falling from last week’s 2.80 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 3.23 percent.

via Mortgage Rates Reach New Record Lows | Realtor Magazine.

Comfort Food
A Delicious Beef Stroganoff

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Need some comfort food on a crisp winter evening? There’s nothing more comforting to me than a fabulous Beef Stroganoff with mushrooms over egg noodles and a good movie. This is a recipe that I found at Williams Sonoma (click here for more recipe ideas from them, they’re fabulous!)


  • 1 1/2 lbs. beef sirloin steak
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 lb. wide egg noodles
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 lb. button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish



Trim the steak of any surface fat. Cut the steak across the grain into slices 1/4 inch thick, then cut the slices into 2-inch lengths. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the egg noodles and stir occasionally until the water returns to a boil. Cook according to the package directions until al dente.

While the noodles are cooking, brown the steak. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the steak in batches and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and still quite rare, about 1 1/2 minutes per batch, adding more oil to the pan as needed. Transfer the beef to a plate.

When all the steak is cooked, add the mushrooms and 2 Tbs. of the butter to the frying pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the steak, sour cream, and the 1 Tbs. dill. Return to medium heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sour cream is heated through, about 1 minute. Do not allow to boil. Season with salt and pepper.

When the noodles are ready, drain them and return to the cooking pot. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter and toss to coat. Divide the noodles among dinner plates and top each serving with the steak and sauce. Sprinkle with dill and serve. Serves 4.

Variation: You can also make this dish with 1 1/2 lbs. thin veal cutlets, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide. Or try leftover steak. You’ll need about 2 cups of steak, cut into bite-sized cubes. Simply add it to the mushroom mixture along with the sour cream and heat through.




The Reynolds Realty Group
Real Estate Market Update Temecula & Murrieta
December 2012

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The market stats below are drawn from a broad market area. If you are interested in specific information on your area, please call me or click here to request a specific market analysis.

Number of Sales and Median Price
Temecula, Murrieta & Wildomar
SFDs, Condos, Townhouses

The number of single family homes (SFD’s) and Condos sales fell in 12/2011 from 719 to 611 sales in 12/2010, but 12/2011 median sales prices rose slightly above 12/2010 prices from $245,500 ($256,900 orginial price) to $246,199 ($269,900 original price). December 2011 prices fell below the 12 month $255,000 high in November 2010.


Number of Sales

Median Price

December 2010



December 2011



Inventory and Number of Listings
Temecula, Murrieta & Wildomar
SFDs, Condos, Townhouses

December 2011 inventory of single family homes (SFD’s) and Condos sales rose to 2.63 months of inventory compared to 2.03 months of inventory in 12/2010, and December 2011 houses on the market (active listings) rose to 2088 compared to 1850 houses on the market in December 2010



Active Listings

December 2010



December 2011



What Does It All Mean?

Rising prices but lower sales reflect a marginally brightening real estate market, but as inventory and active listings have increased, increases in prices soon is unlikely in this market.

10 Apps Murray Can’t Live Without – #4 Evernote

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Evernote LogoMy first three “Ten Apps Murray Can’t Live Without” started with Seamonkey, DropBox and KeePass. This month’s app I can’t live without is Evernote. Have you ever honestly said “I don’t know how I ever lived without that app!” Well here is mine, honestly. Evernote allows you to easily take notes on just about anything, anywhere, anytime, with any device and seamlessly sync them with all your devices on the fly for reference anywhere, anytime – well you get the picture.

Evernote is free for every device (there is a premium version that has more features and more storage, but I find the free version more than adequate) – Mac, PCs, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries, etc. You download the app on to your devices, set-up a Evernote account, and all of your text notes, images, photos, snapshots, clip web pages clippings , and in some cases audio notes are stored on the Evernote “cloud”, that’s how you can access all your stuff anywhere at anytime.

To find out more and download Evernote go to: http://www.evernote.com.

Did You Check Your Stocks Today?

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Stock MarketDo you or someone you know own stocks? When’s the last time you checked them – this month, this week, today, 5 minutes ago on your stock market app? Most folks I know check their stocks pretty regularly and often. They are very interested observers of this hugely important investment and how it relates to their “portfolio” of  retirement accounts and or their income, or whatever.

Why is it then that we often have little or know solid knowledge of what the value is, what the market trends and outlook are, and all the other important information on the largest investment most of us have in our “portfolio” – our real estate investment (which for most of us is our home)?

What is the value of your home today? Where is it headed? What factors including inventory, listed/sold prices, amount of time properties are staying on the market until sold, mortgage interest rates, governmental issues, etc. are affecting or could affect the value of your real estate?

That’s what we want to bring to you not only in this monthly newsletter (to get our monthly email newsletter, click here), but on our website, blog and FaceBook page – important information that you might need to understand where your largest investment is heading?

Most of the information we provide in our market profiles is targeted toward the broader local market you live in, but if you would like specific information on your property, please call us today at 951.506.1956 to talk with us about it, or click this link for a free property profile and we’ll email it to you. We will use our professional tools and know-how to give you a clear picture of what your biggest investment worth right now.