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 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...]