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What’s the 2018 Tax Law Mean for Real Estate in Tehachapi?

What’s the 2018 Tax Law Mean for Real Estate in Tehachapi?

NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) is projecting a 1-3% growth in home values in 2018 but says that in areas with higher housing costs there could actually be a decline in value.  Why is that?

The new tax law limits the state (and local) income tax and property tax deductions to $10,000 total.  That will definitely have a big impact in higher property value areas.  For example, a property valued at about $800,000 could expect to pay about $10,000 in property taxes leaving no “room” for a state and local income tax deduction.

There are also changes in the amount of mortgage interest that can be deducted, but for loans originated before the end of 2017 and closed before April 1, 2018, they get a pass.  Again, these changes generally affect higher property values.

Want more info?  This article from Market Watch has more details and a nifty calculator at the end that can give you an idea of your 2017 tax hit.  Check it out.

Want to talk about the strategy that might be best for you when it comes to buying or selling a home?  Email me at Sally@YourRealAdvantage.com or call/text me at 661-375-7325.

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Mountain Getaway Perfect for You and Your Horses

Here’s the Mountain Home you’ve been looking for!  

Ready for you and your four footed friends to move right in!

Have you visited spectacular Stallion Springs near Tehachapi, CA?  If you haven’t been here yet, you’ll be wondering how you missed out!  Just a short drive from Tehachapi, Stallion Springs features breathtaking views but great air quality, a friendly community with plenty to do for folks of all ages and an awesome place to just kick back and relax.

If that’s your preference, you’ll love this move-in ready home.  It’s a great choice for weekend getaways because it’s only two easy hours from Los Angeles and an hour from Bakersfield.  Come home and relax on one of four decks overlooking the Tehachapi Mountains and San Joaquin Valley.

Invite your friends to visit and they will likely become your neighbors — once they discover the secret that is the Tehachapi Mountains.

Don’t miss out on this beautiful opportunity.  Call 661-375-7325 to schedule your personal tour today.

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What Should You Know About REALTOR® Safety?

Realtor SafetyThere’s been a bunch of media attention on REALTORS® that have been accosted, raped and even murdered while conducting business.  Although I’m sure it happens in other industries too, because I am a REALTOR® I wanted to share some thoughts about what’s happening and what you can do to help.

Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not just women that are the subject of these attacks. Some of these attacks are robberies, others are more violent crimes.

As detailed in the video below there, just recently two different attacks were made on agents in St Petersburg Florida.  Both survived, but according to the government statistics more than 20 REALTORS® have been murdered in the past decade.

So as someone that is interested in buying a home, please help keep REALTORS® safe.  When you happen to be driving by a house with a “For Sale” sign on it, please do call and schedule an appointment to take a look at it.  Please don’t insist that the agent drop whatever they are doing to show it to you right now. 

Many agents believe that if they don’t run right out, you may just call someone else that will.  I’m curious, do you think you will get better, more qualified help from someone that has enough free time that they can run out to show a house without notice, or from someone with a full schedule?  Experience shows that busy people get more done well.

Personally, I’m usually booked several weeks in advance.  If needed, I may be able to rearrange my schedule to accommodate unusual circumstances, but what I truly believe is that everyone gets the house they’re supposed to have. It really doesn’t matter if you see it right now, or next week — if it’s the house for you, the timing will be right.

So, how does not pressuring an agent to run out and show a property help to keep them safe?  If that agent develops the same confidence I have that everyone gets what they should, then they won’t find themselves in the position of the St Petersburg agents depicted in the video.

Other safety measures agents may use include meeting clients at the office instead of at a property, taking a copy of the client’s driver’s license and leaving a copy with the office, and letting someone know when the agent will be back in the office. These are all standard policies for my business.

I know that sometimes you see the house and think, “This is it! I have to see it right now!” but there may be better questions to ask than, “will you show it to me now?”  Curious about what those might be?  Send me an email at Safety@93561home.com and I’ll send you the list.

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What’s your best health bet in a new home?

Enjoy the stairs and enhance your life

Enjoy the stairs and enhance your life

Are you shopping for a new home? There are lots of things to consider from finding the right neighborhood to getting the right financing. Something that may be overlooked is considering the health impact of a single story house verses a multi-story house.

In a single story house, everything is on one level, so unless you decide to sprint from one end to the other you will likely not reap much cardio benefit.  Consider a home on several levels separated by stairs and suddenly you have a home with built-in cardio!  Get the benefits of increasing blood flow throughout your body from the increased heart rate of taking the stairs.  Think about enhancing your mobility and releasing tension.  That’s right!  Stair climbing can release endorphins which are natural stress reducers.  Doctors also recommend stair climbing as an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.

With all those benefits, maybe a multi-level home is a good bet for you.  If you’re interested in finding a great one, we’re happy to help!

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