Posted by Brian Danney on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:31 PMBy Brian Danney / May 17, 2018Comment
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...
Posted by Brian Danney on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2:21 PMBy Brian Danney / April 26, 2018Comment
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.
Posted by Brian Danney on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:47 PMBy Brian Danney / April 12, 2018Comment
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...
Posted by Brian Danney on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 3:48 PMBy Brian Danney / March 15, 2018Comment
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...
Posted by Brian Danney on Friday, March 02, 2018 at 11:19 AMBy Brian Danney / March 2, 2018Comment
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...
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...
Posted by Brian Danney on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 3:35 PMBy Brian Danney / December 6, 2017Comment
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.
Posted by Casey Miller on Thursday, November 09, 2017 at 12:57 PMBy Casey Miller / November 9, 2017Comment
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!
Posted by Casey Miller on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 2:01 PMBy Casey Miller / November 2, 2017Comment
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,...
Posted by Daniel Beer on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:14 PMBy Daniel Beer / October 19, 2017Comment
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.
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:
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...