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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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What Does “Showing Ready” Really Mean?

What Does “Showing Ready” Really Mean?

I have already written about starting the decluttering process in order to get your home ready to sell.  Once you’ve gotten rid of the stuff you didn’t want to move, it’s time to take a super critical look at what deferred maintenance or other conditions detract from your home showing at its best.

Let’s start with the easy things, also known as the Elephant Approach.  You’ve all heard the quote, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!” That’s the same way you get your house showing ready.  One step at a time!

Wall Painting If you have chosen bold, or multiple wall colors, you will need to paint.  Your bold colors and accent walls are great when it comes to expressing your personality but not so great when it comes to showing your house to potential buyers.

Bold colors and / or accent walls attract the eye.  You want the buyer looking at the layout of the house and not paying attention to the colors at all.  So, paint the walls a neutral color.  If you have some walls painted a neutral color, and some that are bold or accent colors, you are ahead of the curve.  You can simply use the same neutral color and paint over the accent walls.  Much better than having to paint everything!

Touch-up Painting Check all the baseboards, door and other trim.  Make sure the paint is not chipped or dirty.  If it is, then touch-up and clean to make sure it looks fresh and well-maintained.

Appearances are everything when it comes to having a buyer fall in love with your house.  Make sure it appears to have been meticulously maintained at all times!  Replace or repair anything that would make a buyer think otherwise.

Is a lightswitch plate or outlet cracked or chipped?  Replace it! Hard water stains or buildup that you can’t remove from a faucet?  If soaking in vinegar doesn’t take care of it, replace it!  Most of the deferred maintenance like this can be addressed for very little cash outlay but bears dividends in the speed and quality of the offer you will get.

Clean! As I’ve said often enough, the best thing you can do to get your house ready for showing is to make sure that it is as clean as can be.  It’s surprising to many of us, just how much dirt gets overlooked in our day-to-day living.  It’s also the kind of subliminal message that a buyer picks up without even realizing it.  Most buyers equate the presence of dirt with lack of maintenance. Don’t let them make that association in your house!

One of the services I provide clients is a Room-By-Room Review and consultation to identify the least expensive way to get the highest dollar for the house.  And of course, if doing this in the shortest period of time with the least amount of stress while dealing with high levels of complexity is what you want, then why not call 661-375-7325 and schedule your own no-obligation consultation today?

 

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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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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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