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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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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home?

Are you getting ready to sell your home?  If you have lived in the same place for a long time the task may seem even more daunting but take heart it can be comparatively stress free with a few simple steps.

Most of us have boxes of “stuff” that we have put away somewhere to “deal with later.”  If this sounds familiar to you, I can relate!  In fact, I have a bunch of those boxes myself and a whole lot of “stuff” that really no longer has a place in my life.  Because I’m getting ready to sell my own home I thought my experience might be useful to you.

Set aside time each day to work through the stuff you may not even have looked at in years.  How much time?  That depends on your timeline, and how much time you can make available between work, family, social obligations, etc.  When I decided to start this project, I started with an hour a day.  As I get closer to my active listing date, I’m spending more time each day.

Keep or toss?  Sometimes it is an easy choice, sometimes not.  For the more difficult decisions, I think about whether or not this is something I really need to keep.  If I don’t actually need it and I haven’t had it on display but I may want to retain the memory, I either scan it (paper) or photograph it (objects) and then set it into the toss pile.

Can’t decide whether or not you really want to keep something?  Set it aside and keep moving!  It’s easy to get bogged down with indecision.  If you still can’t decide later, box it up and put it in the garage.  If you still haven’t done anything with it in six months, let it go.

Yard sale, estate sale, or donate?  My choice is estate sale.  It may seem like I won’t realize as much profit as if I did a yard sale because I have to pay a portion of the sale proceeds to the Estate Sale company.

Think about this: time is money.  When I thought about doing a yard sale on my own, having to gather everything together, get it priced and setup, then deal with bunches of strangers in and around my house, I found that thought horrifying.  Way more time and effort than I want to put in to it.  Not to mention that they do all the advertising and have multiple people on site to assist the buyers.  Oh and I also have little idea of how to price “stuff” so I would likely either give it away for too little, or price it too high so that it never sells.  So it makes much more sense for me to hire a professional!

That last sentence bears repeating when it comes to many things, including selling your home and why it’s important to hire a professional.  Oftentimes, I hear about people that try to sell their home on their own because they believe they can save money by not having to pay a commission.  The truth is they almost always end up selling for less than they could have gotten with the help of the right Real Estate Consultant, having it take longer, and enduring way more stress than should be necessary.

Even though I’m deep in the throes of decluttering to get my house on the market, I still have time to talk to you about getting your home sold.  If selling your home for the best price and terms possible, in a timeframe that works for you is what you want, and doing it with as little stress as possible when dealing with high levels of complexity, then let’s talk about your next best steps!

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5 Tips to make your house more sellable

Are you wondering whether now is a good time to sell your home?  Maybe you are thinking about downsizing because all the kids have moved away or upsizing as your family grows?  Either way there are several things that are truly important when it comes to getting your home sold quickly.

1. Clean, clean, clean!

There’s a huge difference in living in a clean house and in living in a house that has been cleaned to sell.  When looking at a home, all the corners where that tiny bit of dust has accumulated on the baseboard, the edge of the wall the dog leans against, the slight water stain on the shower door are some of the things that will subconsciously lead a buyer to think that the home has not been well-maintained.

The key here is that these tiny things create a subliminal message to a buyer that they don’t even notice.  Will a buyer purchase a house that is not spotlessly clean?  Of course they will but it will take longer to get it sold and the house will sell for less money.

2. Paint

Customized rooms with extremely bright or dark colored paint, wallpaper, or wall fixtures can make a house feel like a home for the current homeowner, but often can be a turn off for home buyers.  You want a buyer focused on the house itself, so painting in neutral colors will keep them from focusing on the decor and direct them instead to the floor plan and room sizes.  An added benefit is that fresh paint makes the house look clean and well-maintained.

If you already have a single neutral wall color, consider painting the trim to freshen the look.  Doorways tend to show paint wear faster than other areas because of the higher traffic.

3. Budget Minded Kitchen Updates

Maybe you always planned to overhaul the kitchen or bathroom with a major remodel but never found the time.   There are some small, inexpensive changes that can be done.  Replacing the hardware on cabinets, upgrading light switches, and changing outlet covers are a few examples.  Let’s go a little further and change out the beat-up looking trash compactor for a pull-out trash drawer or a wine fridge. Do you have a giant fluorescent light fixture in the ceiling framed in oak? Take a look under the diffuser panels and see how easy it would be to remove that and turn it into an interesting and updated light fixture.

4. Bathroom Updates

Like the kitchen, simple updates make a difference.  Light switches, cabinet hardware, and light fixtures can change the entire feel of the space.

5. Curb Appeal

Remember to take a close look at the outside of the house too.  Here’s another opportunity to clean it up!  Even if the paint is in good condition, make sure that it is also clean.  Wash the house to remove dust from the siding.  Make the windows sparkling clean both inside and out, tidy up the landscaping and draw the buyer to the front door.

These are just a few ideas that make it easier to sell your home faster for more money.  If you want more specifics for your own home, just call 661-375-7325 for an expert no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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When Should Buyers Engage in a Direct, Cash Sale?

There’s a lot of hype about conducting your real estate transaction without using a local, licensed agent to help you.  Yes, you can buy a house or vacant land all on your own, but experience shows that you usually end up paying more and having unintended challenges along the way.

A licensed REALTOR® is responsible for making sure that you get the outcome you are expecting.  That’s not to say that it will always be the outcome you expected from the beginning, but it is to say that you should understand the consequences of the decisions you make throughout the process.

All too often, folks tell me about their transaction after the fact and lament the fact that they “didn’t know what they didn’t know.”  I got into a conversation with Jim and Gloria when I was on vacation recently.  I was strolling around the RV park in which I was staying for the evening when we started chatting as I was passing their site.  They shared with me that they had been living there for the past three months because the people they were buying their home from kept delaying completing the sale because.  Jim and Gloria were feeling pretty frazzled by that point because they had just found out that they were delayed again for at least 10 more days.

We talked about their situation and I helped them draft an amendment to their contract that would put some consequences on the seller for failure to complete the transaction.  I also explained that if they refused to sign the amendment, Jim & Gloria could cancel the sale and get their money back from escrow but they would still be out the cost of inspections.

Just the 15 minutes we spent together made them feel much more relieved! They told me at the beginning of the conversation that they would never try to buy a house on their own again and were telling everyone they ran into that they needed to hire a REALTOR®!

My purpose is to make sure that every client is clear about their options in every step of the transaction and is able to make their choices each step with full understanding of the consequences and possible results.

If that’s the kind of experience you want, call me at 661-375-7325 and let’s talk about what’s important to you about moving.

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