Pet Odor Big Turnoff for Most Buyers

April 29, 2016

We love our pets. They are our “furry children”, and just as you would not leave a dirty diaper pail in the open during a showing, pet maintenance becomes very important when your home is for sale. Bathe “Fido” regularly, and launder his bedding once a week to avoid that doggie smell. It may seem […]

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What is YOUR Real Estate Strategy?

January 26, 2016

What is YOUR Real Estate Strategy? Whether you own a home, plan to buy a residence, or invest in real estate with rental property, you should have a STRATEGY. The definition of strategy in Merriam-Webster is “a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of time”. A strategy […]

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How To Hire A Good Gardener

May 14, 2015

  How To Hire A Good Gardener in three easy steps. You just closed the sale on your new home and are thinking about its maintenance. If the home has a yard, your options are to either maintain it yourself or hire a gardener or landscape contractor. If the yard already looks the way you […]

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Home Improvement Cost vs. Value 2015

January 15, 2015
New front door adds value

The annual Home Improvement Cost vs. Value 2015 report which is compiled by Hanley Wood Media  suggests that SMALL HOME IMPROVEMENTS OFFER THE BEST VALUE INVESTMENTS IN 2015. The report compares project costs with the average added resale value of a home in different regions of the United States. Orange County figures can be found under the LOS ANGELES region. What […]

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“No Mow Lawn” is a waterwise alternative

January 8, 2015
Lush green grass requires less water

“No Mow Lawn” is a waterwise alternative for California’s Coastal Areas. Homeowners in California’s mild coastal climates have a wonderful landscaping option. If you are battling shady areas in your yard where no traditional lawn grows, you will be happy to learn that you can seed a grass mixture that will produce lush green blades practically year-round. The grass also does […]

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Do You Suffer from Arborphobia?

May 28, 2014

Do You Suffer from Arborphobia? Arborphobics are people who are afraid a tree is too big. Why do they think that? Maybe because a man with a business card and a power tool told them their tree needed trimming? Maybe because they see their City sending out trucks in droves to top crowns of trees, […]

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Show me your money, Mr. Buyer!

April 25, 2014

Show me your money! That’s the listing agent’s mantra. Are you afraid of showing proof of funds when submitting an offer? When buyers write an offer to purchase a home, they must provide  things like an earnest money check, a lender pre-approval letter, and proof of funds. POF, or proof of funds, must be sufficient to cover […]

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Pre-Listing Check List

March 29, 2014
woman cleaning mirror

Most home sellers decide to sell several weeks before they actually list their property. This incubation period is a great time to prepare the home for the actual “Show Time!” Renew or touch up paint Re-caulk sinks and bathtubs/showers if caulking is old and stained Check window screens for tears and repair them Repair or […]

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What Impacts a Home’s Value?

January 13, 2014
Location, condition, size affect home value

Location: Busy traffic areas like freeways and boulevards, high voltage wires near the property, and backing to commercial or industrial lots will lower the value of a home. Size or floor plan: Obsolete utility like only one bath in a four bedroom home has limited appeal for most buyers Condition: Worn paint and carpet, moldy or dirty […]

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What should you look for in a Leasing Agent?

December 13, 2013
LEASING Services

What should you look for in a Leasing Agent? Full LEASING SERVICES conducted by a Realtor for residential properties should include Preparing a market analysis of prevailing neighborhood rent rates for owner Knowledge and application of fair housing laws and practices Advertising the property for maximum exposure and quick occupancy Showing the property to all interested […]

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