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Not Just Another Monthly Fee - Hidden Perks of Your HOA

Some homeowners don’t fully understand or appreciate the importance of having a homeowners association. For all they know it is just another monthly payment that they are required to pay. However, what they don’t realize is that HOA’s can add far more value to the neighborhood. Not only do they enforce community rules and guidelines, but they also offer perks. Overall, the association protects the homeowner’s real estate investment.

Standard HOA’s fees include security, common area maintenance and landscaping, water, trash and cable services, complex community amenities (i.e., gyms, pools, spas, and recreational rooms), etc. Most assume that these fees pay...

Proper Inspections Impact on Buyer's Decisions

A big part of purchasing a home is doing your due diligence and properly investigating the substantial purchase you are making.  Upon opening up escrow on your new home, you will begin to receive disclosure documents of the seller knowledge of the home (repairs, remodels, etc.) since they have owned it.  In addition to the seller disclosures, you will also have the right to hire an inspector of your choosing to fully inspect the home for you.  This is a very crucial part of the home buying process.  

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How to Help Buyers Win Multiple Negotiations

Over the course of the past few months, we have seen some new trends begin to develop regarding the terms buyers are presenting to sellers. In the current market, some buyers developed a defeatist attitude as homes have often been selling above asking price.  This is based on the limited supply of homes and the increased demand for them.  This has forced me to be more creative in order to help buyers engage sellers and get them in the home that they desire. 

We have seen over a dozen situations in which the listing agent has countered the...

Fight Against Mediocrity

Today, I’ve got a challenge for you. I want you to fight against mediocrity and demand the best, instead.

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It’s time to come out and say it: You and I are in a fight against mediocrity.

Unfortunately, becoming a licensed agent requires very little effort. This results in an incredibly...

What are Mello-Roos Taxes?

Unlike other states countrywide, California has a property tax of only 1% annually of a home's purchase price.  However, some Californians can be faced with an additional tax called Mello-Roos.  Mello-Roos calls for all newly developed areas that need cooperative homeowner financing to tax the homeowners of the community for building the necessary infrastructure of these districts.  The Mello-Roos funds go toward public facilities and service needs.    

Local developers build these new communities with the expectation that they will be able to function...

Easy Home Improvements Buyers Look For

Over the past year, a large majority of the buyers we worked with were typically drawn towards floor plans that had upgrades throughout the home. There are certain improvements that will speak to buyers and make a difference when selling your house.  However, it is important to make improvements that you will enjoy while living in the house, yet at the same time make sense financially.

The most sought after upgrade for buyers this past year was a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and/or the interior of the home. Choosing a lighter color paint allows each room and the hallways feel much more open and inviting for buyers. There was a strong preference...

To Buy or to Lease: Solar Energy Systems

Should you buy or lease your solar energy system? The answer is quite simple.

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Today I’d like to talk a little about solar power. Specifically, I want to talk about the differences between buying and leasing a system like this. The two have very different implications, especially when it comes time to...

Beat the Competition in a Seller's Market

In this competitive sellers’ market with little inventory available, home buyers are going head to head and muscling each other out by offering higher prices and attractive terms to the seller which ultimately may be to their own detriment.  However, I recently encountered a situation giving my home buyer a distinct advantage.

One of our lenders had advised me about an advanced approval process that one of my buying clients proceeded with.  The lender and I had the buyer go through the underwriting process with approval already in hand.  The only outstanding item pertaining to the loan was the appraised value.  

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The Key to Selecting the Best Listing Agent

The difference between the market’s list-to-sale price ratio and your prospective agent’s list-to-sale price ratio will let you know if that agent will net you the most money from your home sale.

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How do you pick the right agent to help you sell your home for the highest possible price?

No one ever teaches you how to interview a listing agent. What attributes actually make a difference and what’s just smoke and mirrors? Every agent claims they’re No. 1, but how can you know who to...

Chula Vista Home Sold in 5 Days for 102.7% of Ask!

These Chula Vista homeowners were referred to our team through their cousin whose home we helped sell in September of this year. They needed the same experience their cousin received which involved a quick, successful sale plus assistance with purchasing a property in the area. Finding a new home was crucial because they wanted to put an offer on a home they loved before thinking of selling. Luckily, through the help of our sales team, they found a home sooner than expected and with that they moved forward with a number of suggested home improvements to prepare their home for the market. Just 6 days after the first day of showings, the home sold for 102.7% of the asking price! 

“Really enjoyed working with Dan and...

4S Ranch Home Sold in 6 Days for 100.6% of Ask!

Client Success Story

We had originally met these 4S Ranch homeowners at a San Diego Home Selling Workshop that is hosted monthly across the county. They were impressed with what they learned and so decided to implement the 5 Day Blitz™ program for the sale of their own home because they needed a proven process to get their home sold quickly and for top dollar as they were in the midst of retiring. On the flip side, they were searching for a ranch-style home in a community that did not require HOA fees. We were not only able to sell their home in 6 days for 100.6% of the asking price,...

Reflections From a Day in Houston

By Daniel Beer

It has now been over a month since I returned from our experience in Houston to help with the relief efforts along with our Director of Sales, Derek Marshall.  I have spent countless hours thinking about what I saw, the people who were affected, and the devastation that just can’t be accurately captured at scale on television.

I had seen the damage on the news and read about it online, but actually seeing it all in person with my very own eyes was incredibly overwhelming. It was hard to believe all of the damage that had happened to so many innocent families just a 3-hour flight away from our home.

We began our day in Austin at 6:00 A.M. and made our way to the local Convention Center where we jumped on a bus and had a 2.5-hour drive to a Houston suburb known as Katy that had been devastated.

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3 Ways We Find Off-Market Deals for Our Clients

Buying in a competitive market can be stressful. Here’s how we can reduce the stress for you, especially in this market.

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Many buyers in this market are finding that the homes their agents are showing them are homes that everyone else is already looking at and competing for. As a buyer, you want the right home, you want it now, and you want to stop competing like crazy for it. Right? Here are three strategies that we use day in and day out to get around that competition and find the perfect homes for our buyers:

1. Expired listings...

Why Is Value Range Pricing Such a Bad Idea?

Today I’ll be talking about value range pricing. Truthfully, it has no place in today’s market.

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Today we’re going to talk a little about the subject of value range pricing. You may have encountered a situation where this kind of pricing was used—where, instead of simply giving a single number for the list price, the seller says the home is available from $750,000 to $850,000.

But what does this mean, why do sellers use it, and does it make sense in this market?

Well, specifically in today’s low-inventory seller’s...

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