JUST LISTED! 8405 E San Pedro Drive

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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...]

From Renting to Owning: Pros and Cons

Switching your status from tenant to owner can bring its own challenges. So before you decide whether homeownership is your next step, take a glance at this list of some pros and cons below. Pro: You can customize anything Paint the walls. Tear out the carpet. Install a trash compactor. When you own a property, you don’t have to wait for a management company to decide when, and how, a unit … [Read more...]

7 Things Sellers Can Expect From Their Open House

You’ve stashed the family jewels, power-washed the porch, and packed up your family photos. Now that the prep work is done here are a few things you can expect when people start touring your home: 1. To leave. Let your Realtor handle the open house. You want prospective buyers to envision themselves in your home and not be distracted by your presence as they explore. 2. For curious … [Read more...]

11 Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

You’ve moved to your new home but have yet to sell your former property. What should you do to ensure the safety and security of the vacant house? 1. Set the thermostat at no lower than 60 degrees to prevent frozen pipes. If necessary, your Realtor can turn up the heat the day before a showing, but not by much as sudden shifts in temperature can also damage pipes. If you have gas heat, check … [Read more...]