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 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...]

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...]

Who Knew? 10 Great Things About Moving!

Is all the lifting, hauling and packing of your move squashing the thrill of a fresh start? Totally understandable. But there’s a silver lining to every cardboard box. Here are 10 reasons to look forward to moving day. 1. You can lose the junk mail. When you fill out your USPS® change-of-address form, it’s easy to check the “do not forward catalogs, etc.” box. 2. You might find that lost … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Compete in a Bidding War

After weeks (or even months) of searching for a home, you’ve finally found the perfect home. Unfortunately, you have excellent taste and there are five, 10, maybe even more offers on the table. If you’re caught in a bidding war, there’s more you can do than cross your fingers. Here are 3 strategies that may help turn the odds of winning the war in your favor. 1. Help the seller out Do … [Read more...]

6 Things Buyers Should Know About Home Warranties

Unless you've purchased a brand-new home that includes warranties on the newly installed systems and appliances, there's no guarantee you're covered for repair or replacement if something stops working in your new place. One way for buyers of pre-owned homes to protect themselves against the risk of costly repairs is to consider purchasing a home warranty. A few things you should know about … [Read more...]

Books About Moving to Read to Your Kids

​Moving to a new home, a new neighborhood and a new school can be tough for kids. Luckily, a variety of children’s books are out there to help parents explain things, add some fun and hopefully alleviate fears. Here are a few classics: 1. “Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” by Judith Viorst Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995 Poor Alexander. First, the kid … [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...]

Who Knew? 10 Great Things About Moving

Is all the lifting, hauling and packing of your move squashing the thrill of a fresh start? Totally understandable. But there’s a silver lining to every cardboard box. Here are 10 reasons to look forward to moving day. 1. You can lose the junk mail. When you fill out your USPS® change-of-address form, it’s easy to check the “do not forward catalogs, etc.” box. 2. You might find that lost … [Read more...]