Renting vs. Buying for Southern California the cost and benefits and other factors to consider.

Renting vs. Buying for Southern California the cost and benefits and other factors to consider.

The choice between buying a home and renting one is among the biggest financial decisions that many adults make. But the costs of buying are more varied and complicated than for renting, making it hard to tell which is a better deal. To help you answer this question, our calculator takes the most important costs associated with buying a house and computes the equivalent monthly rent. Article

Buy vs Rent in Southern CA which is better

Is it better to rent or buy a house? That’s a question virtually all adults ask themselves at one point or another, and especially around this time of year, as some people consider their goals and plans for the year ahead. So before you answer the question, here are some other questions you should ask yourself first.

Is it important that your house is an investment? If it’s very important, you might want to rethink your future living arrangements. “Americans were used to their homes being a store for wealth – something to liquidate in retirement and downsize,”

Considerations include your age, stress level and investment outlook. Article

Renting vs. Buying for Southern California the cost and benefits and other factors to consider.

If you would like to consider your options for buying or selling your home, investment property please contact Melody Pike Southern California Real Estate Broker who works in both residential and investment real estate.  I help first time home buyers consider there options through several questions. Realtor serving Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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Renting vs. Buying for Southern California the cost and benefits and other factors to consider.

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Renting vs. Buying for Southern California the cost and benefits and other factors to consider.

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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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Home Loans for Teachers in California

Home Loans for Teachers

1. Good Neighbors Next Door

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I live in California why is it importance to stage my home?


We’ve all heard the expression, “First impressions count!” and those words could not be more meaningful then when it comes to selling a home.  Preparing a home for sale so that is shows well, a process called “staging,” is a crucial step in the home selling process for several reasons:

  1. When a home is presented in a way that allows buyers to imagine themselves living there, the house usually commands a better price and is on the market for a shorter period of time.
  2. “A picture speaks a thousand words.”  Given that nearly 97% of buyers use the internet to find homes of interest, photos of the home can make the difference between someone scheduling an appointment to see the home or clicking past it to view the next home online.  Call Melody Pike for your free Marketing idea to get your home sold.  The more appealing that rooms look in photos, the better the chance that someone will want to see the home in person.


How will I help you  transform your home?

The positive effect that proper staging has on the sale of a home and while some homeowners may spend thousands of dollars on professional stages to transform their homes, I offer professional staging tips free of charge when you sell with me.  There are different levels of staging we can go over.

Basically de-cluttering and limiting personal items which can hinder a buyer’s ability to picture his/her own belongings in the home.  Additionally, address furniture arrangement so that a feeling of spaciousness is created as well as placement of decorative items so that they show off the home’s best features.  Sometimes, I’ll recommend low-cost upgrades that will bring a big return on your investment such as adding a fresh coat of paint, re-carpeting a room, or re-glazing a bathtub.


For a free Comparable Market Analytical (CMA) for your home, please feel free to fill out the form online or call me.  Thank you for visiting my website.  For other seller information and ideas sign-up for my monthly newsletter or blog feed to the right of this page near the top.  (Subscribe to my RSS Feed).

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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.

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

Help staging your home for selling contact Melody Pike

On Sale: Foreign Investors Snap Up U.S. Real Estate and Southern CA

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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!


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.


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The #1 Myth About Selling Your Home in Southern California

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 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.


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?

Do you have an unusual house and would like to sell it in Southern California.  Contact Melody Pike for her skills in helping you sell your home.  If  the house/property is outside Southern California, contact Melody, she can help you connect with a Realtor where the property is located.



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