Real Estate Oracle: How Much Time Will You Take to Buy Your Dream Home in Southern California!

Real Estate Oracle: How Much Time Will You Take to Buy Your Dream Home in Southern California!

The Home Hunt

The research also found that a buyer will look at a minimum of 10 homes before finally zeroing in on a property.

Home hunters experienced a mix of feels when they were home hunting with “excitement” topping the list of emotions. Forty seven percent of the first-time home buyers said they felt excited and 44 percent of all homeowners reported feeling that way. Hope, cautiousness, optimism, happiness and anxiety followed in respectively. Read more

How Much Time Will You Take to Buy Your Dream Home in Southern California?

If you would like to consider your options for buying a home, please contact Melody Pike Southern California Realtor who works in both residential houses and commercial apartment complexes. Realtor serving Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

If you do not live in Southern California and would like help finding a local realtor in your area contact Melody Pike she has sold real estate in multiple states and will help you find a realtor in your area.

Real Estate Oracle: How Much Time Will You Take to Buy Your Dream Home in Southern California!

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21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling in Southern California

21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling in Southern California

Don’t just list it without any advance preparation. A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers — and perhaps cinching a deal.

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21 Ways to prepare your home for selling in Southern CA
​21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling in Southern California

“Put your buyer’s hat on and walk thru your home like it is the first time,” says Marilou Young, an Accredited Staging Professional.

“Make notes on what you, as a buyer, would notice,” Young advises, “and then repair or replace those items.”

Some of her top recommendations include getting rid of clutter, hiding family photos, cleaning out closets, removing excess or over sized furniture, and cleaning.

These tips are among the 21 top ways to prepare your home for a sale. Look at the others and from Forbes.

Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling in Southern California

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Top Five Things To Know When Preparing To Sell and Buy Another Home In 2018

“Top five things to know when preparing to sell or buy a home in 2016” should be considered by anyone thinking about a home sale or purchase.

If you’re a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do now to get ready for a spring sale:

Start Packing

It may sound crazy to start packing months in advance of your move, but since you’ll eventually need to do this anyway, you might as well get organized now. We’re not suggesting you pack up your kitchen and eat off paper plates, but you can sort through your storage closets, attic, basement or garage to determine what you want to keep, what to give away and what to sell. Boxing up items will make your space look larger and neater when it’s time to show your home. You can also get an idea of whether you need to rent a storage facility while your home is on the market.

Clear Away the Clutter

If you visit model homes or open houses of homes that have been staged, you’ll never see a stack of unread magazines, children’s artwork loosely hanging on the refrigerator, or a cluster of unpaid bills on a table. While everyone has clutter, buyers want to see a fantasy version of your house, in which they can envision living. Once your home is on the market you’ll need to keep it as neat as possible. One way to make that easier is to reduce the amount of clutter you have on your shelves and surfaces. Put away items that are regularly on your kitchen sink and pack away the family photos that gather dust.

Improve Your Home

While you don’t necessarily want to do a major, expensive renovation project before you sell, you can make minor repairs and improvements that will make your home look fresher to buyers. Try things such as replacing the caulk and grout in your bathroom, updating old or rusted ceiling fans and light fixtures, and changing switch plates, doorknobs and other hardware for a clean and neat appearance. Consider painting your front door and trim even if your rooms don’t need new paint.

Contact Melody Pike 

Your choice of a listing agent will make a big difference in how quickly your home sells and how much of a profit you’ll realize.  Don’t just go with the an agent who tells you they can sell for the highest price; choose Melody Pike real estate broker who can present you with a detailed market analysis. Melody has experience in southern California she has a great marketing plan, knowledgeable about the market, technology integrated helping buyers find you (the seller) on the web (3D modeling)  and time saver.

Research Your Market

If you plan to buy another home, an important decision to make is whether to sell your home first or make an offer on a new home before putting yours on the market. Melody can help you evaluate how fast homes are selling in your market and help you estimate how long it will take you to find a home. This decision also depends on your financing, so you may want to consult with a lender to see how you can finance the transition from one home to another if you choose not to sell your home first.

If you spend the winter months preparing for spring, you’ll find yourself ready to move fast when buyers come out of hibernation.

 

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Southern California First Home Mortgage Program 2018 “FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE”

According to the Southern California  Home Financing authority (SCHFA) website:  First home mortgage program!

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What SCHFA?   SCHFA -helps thousands of individuals and families fulfill their dreams of owning a home.  The program makes buying a home more affordable for qualifying homebuyers by offering a competitive 30-year fixed rate loan and a grant for downpayment and closing costs assistance.

 How to Get Started:

If you are ready to buy a home, and would like to find out more about this program or you just ready to shop for a home contact Melody Pike Real Estate Broker serving Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.

 

For more information:  http://www.lacdc.org/for-homeowners/southern-california-home-financing-authority

 

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The #1 Myth About Selling Your Home in Southern California

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The #1 Myth About Selling Your Home in Southern California

Home sellers often believe – in fact they are often told by unscrupulous realtors who are trying to get a listing – that they should select a listing agent who has their own buyers who would be interested in the home which is being sold.

Find a Realtor who you trust and will help you through the process of selling your home, allowing all potential buyer’s to tour your home and make an offer with your realtor and other realtors.

If I may be of service to you please all or email me. If you need help find a realtor in your area, I will be glad to help!

 

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The #1 Myth About Selling Your Home in Southern California

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Home buyer turn-ons and turn-offs

A lot of sellers don’t listen to their real estate agents, so we’ll tell you what your agent wants to say, but can’t say to you and this is it – your agent can’t get you the price you want unless your home is in pristine move-in condition.

That means no sticking drawers in the kitchen. No leaning fences. No rust-stained plumbing fixtures. We could go on, but maybe we need to make it clear. If you have even one of following “turn-offs,” your home won’t sell.

Buyers can get instantly turned off. Here are their five biggest turn-offs:

Don't have your house stink when trying to sell it.1. Overpricing for the market

2. Smells

3. Clutter

4. Deferred maintenance

5. Dark, dated décor

Overpricing your home

Overpricing your home is like trying to crash the country club without a membership. You’ll be found out and escorted out.

If you ignored your agent’s advice and listed at a higher price than recommended, you’re going to get some negative feedback from buyers. The worst feedback, of course, is silence. That could include no showings and no offers.

The problem with overpricing your home is that the buyers who are qualified to buy your home won’t see it because they’re shopping in a lower price range. The buyers who do it will quickly realize that there are other homes in the same price range that offer more value.

Smells

Smells can come from a number of sources – pets, lack of cleanliness, stale air, water damage, and much more. You may not even notice it, but your real estate agent may have hinted to you that something needs to be done.

There’s not a buyer in the world that will buy a home that smells unless they’re investors looking for a bargain. Even so, they’ll get a forensic inspection to find out the source of the smells. If they find anything like undisclosed water damage, or pet urine under the “new” carpet, then they will either severely discount their offer or walk away.

Clutter

If your tables are full to the edges with photos, figurines, mail, and drinking glasses, buyers’ attention is going to more focused on running the gauntlet of your living room without breaking any Hummels than in considering your home for purchase.

Too much furniture confuses the eye – it makes it really difficult for buyers to see the proportions of rooms. If they can’t see what they need to know, they move on to the next home.

Deferred maintenance

Deferred maintenance is a polite euphemism for letting your home fall apart. Just like people age due to the effects of the sun, wind and gravity, so do structures like your home. Things wear out, break and weather, and it’s your job as a homeowner to keep your home repaired.

Your buyers really want a home that’s been well-maintained. They don’t want to wonder what needs to fixed next or how much it will cost.

Dated décor

The reason people are looking at your home instead of buying brand new is because of cost and location. They want your neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean they want a dated-looking home. Just like they want a home in good repair, they want a home that looks updated, even if it’s from a different era.

Harvest gold and avocado green from the seventies; soft blues and mauves from the eighties, jewel tones from the nineties, and onyx and pewter from the oughts are all colorways that can date your home. Textures like popcorn ceilings, shag or berber carpet, and flocked wallpaper can also date your home.

When you’re behind the times, buyers don’t want to join you. They want to be perceived as savvy and cool.

In conclusion, the market is a brutal mirror. if you’re guilty of not putting money into your home because you believe it’s an investment that others should pay you to profit, you’re in for a rude awakening. You’ll be stuck with an asset that isn’t selling.

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Selling an unusual home in Southern California?

Selling an unusual home in Southern California?

Usual House to sell in Southern CA

Most homebuyers don’t need maids’ quarters. They don’t necessarily appreciate a model railroad track encircling the backyard. Or want towel bars fabricated out of horse shoes.

The mainstream buyer’s idea of the American dream is a four-bedroom, 1,800- to 2,000-square-foot house with a livable floor plan and neutral decor.

Some homes don’t fit that mold: Their owners have personalized them with unique, unexpected or odd features. Those features could potentially make the home difficult to sell.

The unusual feature can even be something that doesn’t fit the home or the neighborhood.

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Selling an unusual home in Southern California?

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Southern California Real Estate Selling YOUR Homes in the Digital Age: Make Technology help you sell

Southern California Real Estate Selling YOUR Homes in the Digital Age: Make Technology help you sell

Southern California homebuyers are hungry for information — and they expect to get that information with a few quick taps on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. In fact, according to a recent study by the National Association of REALTORS® and Google, the Internet is one of the primary sources for real estate information for 90 percent of homebuyers. In addition, the study found that nearly one-fifth of real estate related searches were conducted on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet).

Southern California Real Estate Selling YOUR Homes in the Digital Age: Make Technology help you sell

Southern California Real Estate Selling YOUR Homes in the Digital Age: Make Technology help you sell

 

If you would like a technology savvy realtor give Melody Pike a call (626) 869-7464 or email above. She would enjoy helping you sell your home/properties or help you find a realtor, if your property is outside Southern California.

Southern California Real Estate Selling YOUR Homes in the Digital Age: Make Technology help you sell

Southern California Real Estate Selling YOUR Homes in the Digital Age: Make Technology help you sell

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Can I Buy A House With 5 Percent Down? With Sub-700 Credit Score?

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Teach the Children about Christmas

Merry Christmas 2015

Something to think about this Christmas!  Merry Christmas 2017!

 

Realtor with Santa

Realtor with Santa

This is how it happened…I just finished the household chores for the night

and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.

 

 

He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask.  The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes.  His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know.  He then answered me with a simple statement.  “TEACH THE CHILDREN!”

 

I  was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.  As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas.  The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.”

 

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle.  “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s  thoughts turning toward heaven.”

 

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR.  “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago.  God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.”

 

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE.  “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great  light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”

 

Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree.  “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love.

Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”

 

He then pulled from his bag an ornament of himself.  “Teach the children that I, Santa Clause symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of  December.”

 

He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF.

“Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality.

It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior.

The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.”

 

Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said,

“Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave HIS begotten SON…”

“Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

“Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy BABE

and presented HIM with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”

 

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree.  “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook.

The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock.

The candy cane is the symbol that we are our  brother’s keeper.”

 

He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL.  “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth.  The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward  men.”

 

Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL.

“Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell,

it should ring mankind to the fold.  The bell symbolizes guidance and return.”

 

Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes.  He said, “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship HIM, our LORD, our  GOD.”

 

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