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6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search

Are you in the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home. What’s your budget? See how your finances stand up to the 28/36 rule, which lenders use to see what you can … [Read more...]

5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter

In some hot housing markets, including a letter with your formal offer to buy a home is all but required. Unfortunately, Hallmark doesn’t make a card for the occasion (yet). Here are a few tips: 1. Get emotional. Take advantage of this opportunity to sail beyond the facts and figures to convey a personal connection to the home. Pick one or two features and talk about how they fit into your … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market

Whether you’re a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you’re probably aware that it’s a seller’s market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don’t worry! Just because it’s a seller’s market … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Meet Your New Neighbors

Now that you’ve settled into your new home, it’s time to the meet the neighbors. Here are a few tips to break the ice. Go ahead, don’t be shy! 1. Throw an informal happy hour After all that unpacking (or staring exhaustively at those boxes that need to be unpacked) hosting a party may be the last thing you want to do. But a casual gathering involves little effort. A couple bottles of wine, a few … [Read more...]

7 Staging Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces

An attractive outdoor space, even if it’s just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail, can be a major selling point for potential buyers. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your outdoor living space. 1. Floor it. If you have a small outdoor area, it won’t break the bank to invest in higher quality tiles or stones. Snap-in deck tiles are another option for adding a … [Read more...]

Top 5 Home Maintenance Tips

Trying to save money? During my years of experience in the real estate industry, I’ve learned that home maintenance is so much more affordable than emergency repairs. Here are five routine maintenance projects that can help prevent unexpected costs and save you money year-round. 1. Clear Out Gutters Water from clogged gutters can overflow and leak into your home. Heavy, ice-packed gutters can … [Read more...]

Simple Tricks to Crank Up Your Curb Appeal

First impressions set the tone for a home tour. Prospective buyers should encounter an attractive, welcoming place before they even walk through the doorway. Here are some tips to crank up your home’s curb appeal. Declutter the porch. Lose the extra chairs, the pile of muddy shoes and your dog’s collection of mangled toys. Help your home bloom. A pot of bright flowers is not only cheerful, … [Read more...]

How a REALTOR Gets Paid

Like professionals in other sales-based industries, the Realtor pay structure is based on commissions derived from successful transactions. Here's how it works: At the close of the transaction, the seller's agent splits the predetermined commission with the buyer's agent as compensation for delivering a buyer. This split is usually about half the total commission. It is the responsibility of … [Read more...]

JUST LISTED! 8405 E San Pedro Drive

To learn more about this home or to schedule a private tour, contact me today! … [Read more...]