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Explaining the Process of the Empowered Home Sale

Today I’m discussing the empowered home sale, our trademarked methodology to get you the most money possible for your home sale.

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Today I’ll break down how to achieve the empowered home sale.

Have you ever sold your home and found yourself wondering if you could have had more, even if you got your asking price? Most people would say yes. Subconsciously we understand that all the traditional home selling model ever gives us is an individual opinion on price, and it pins the buyer against you as the seller. The empowered home sale is the process of bringing the market to the home.

You don’t just hire a real estate agent to give you a price. Even in our seller’s market, there are hundreds of homes that go unsold every month, and it’s mostly because most agents fail to enact a strategy that results in an empowered home sale.

The root of the problem is that their goal is typically to find the buyer. When your focus is so narrow, you focus on activities to just bring a buyer. The buyer comes to see the home when they want, and they see it on their own; there’s nobody for them to worry about.

When that buyer makes an offer, how can you be certain that it’s the most money the market will bear for your home? You can’t—all you’ll ever know is that it was that single...

Buying a Home Together in San Diego

Deciding to buy a home together with your partner can be a huge decision. It’s a decision that will add a new dynamic to your relationship, and you’ll want to make sure you and your partner are on the same page. We’ve got some great tips to help you prepare for this big decision.

Chances are that you will be sharing many of the same priorities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will agree on everything. What type of home do you want? How important is a big kitchen? If you plan on having children in the future (or if you have them already), how important is it that the home you buy is in a good school district? What about the quality of the neighborhood? How long is the commute? Living in a lovely beach area like Carlsbad might sound like a fantastic idea, but if your job (or your partner’s job) is in Mira Mesa, the commute may be something you or your partner might not want to deal with on a daily basis.

Make sure you’re both on the same page financially. Make sure you both know what you’re committing to when you decide upon how much home you can afford. Keep in mind that a down payment is typically 20% of the home price, home inspections are approximately $315, moving costs an average of $1,170, closing costs are around 2% to 5% of the home price, and taxes and insurance costs can vary.

Check both of your credit. When you apply for a mortgage, both credit scores are taken into account. A lender doesn’t take an average of the two credit scores even if one is higher than the other, they generally will use the lowest score so both parties need...

Keep Your San Diego Home Cleaner for Longer

Prevent dust by optimizing your home’s humidity levels between 40% and 50%. Low humidity causes static electricity, and more static means more dust will become attracted to objects and fixtures around your home.

You can help prevent soap scum from accumulating on your shower doors by treating them with automotive windshield rain repellant spray as needed. This will create a protective layer that encourages water to bead off the glass. If you need to remove soap scum that has already accumulated, make a paste with baking soda and vinegar, and apply it to your shower doors. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes, then scrub it clean with water.

Make sure your stone countertops are sealed and protected. Because stone countertops are porous, they are susceptible to staining from wine, juice, soy sauce and oils. In order to test your seal, pour some water on your counter tops and watch to see if it beads. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to reseal your counters. Making sure to keep up with this is important to keeping your counters looking new and clean.

Shield your furniture from stains! Protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants guard against stains and spills by causing liquids to bead on the surface and prevent absorbtion. Make sure you’re reapplying these sealants annually. This is especially important if you have a children or pets.

Some other quick tips to keep your house cleaner for longer include; moving furniture at least 6 inches away from the wall, putting together a touch-up kit and keeping it handy for...

For Sale by Owner in San Diego

The amount of time your San Diego home is on the market, the stress levels involved, and the selling price of your home can all be affected if you decide not to use a realtor to sell your home.

The average selling price of a home sold by the owners in San Diego is approximately $40,000 lower than a home sold by realtors. Realtors have access to local market data about recent sales, and other listed homes in your area. Realtors also know negotiate a contract on your behalf that will give you the best outcome.

Realtors on average sell homes 19 days faster than owners. They have more availability than you to when it comes to inquiries, showings, and feedback from buyers. They also have professional marketing expertise, and buyers typically feel more comfortable viewing a home without the owner present.

When it comes to the stress of selling your San Diego home, legal and financing issues are the most stressful things to deal with if you’re selling it yourself. Owners deal with 70% more stress when selling their homes themselves. Experienced realtors have the expertise to handle these situations, and they are able to screen for qualified buyers so that you’re not wasting time on unrealistic buyers.

Realtors in San Diego look at your home objectively, and know what appeals to potential buyers. Using a realtor to sell your home rather than doing it yourself will save you stress and give you a better outcome.

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How To Get Your Home Ready for Walkthroughs

A final walk-through isn’t a home inspection, you will have (or should have) already done that. Bring your contract with you. You may need to refer to it when you’re on site.

In the San Diego market, the buyer and seller may never meet, but if both parties are agreeable to the idea, it’s good to perform the final walk-through with the sellers present.

If the sellers have already moved, and the home if vacant, it’s even more important to do a final walk-through. Since your last visit, for instance, someone may have left a faucet dripping, inadvertently causing water damage.

When you do the final walk-through, take a checklist with you. You’ll want to check the exterior of the home, especially if there have been strong wind or rainstorms since your last visit. You’ll also want to check all light fixtures by turning them on and off, and make sure the the seller hasn’t removed any fixtures such as chandeliers that they had previously agreed to leave behind.

Doing a final walk-through is important after all, you don’t want to spend the first weeks in your new San Diego home cleaning up or making unexpected repairs.

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Build Your Own Fire Pit

You don’t have to purchase a ready-made fire pit, nor do you need to hire a contractor. You can build a DIY fire pit quite easily by following the steps below. Our infographic also has some great illustrations to help you along the way.

What You’ll Need:

  •  Digging Tools (Shovel and Pick Axe)
  • Tamper
  • Level
  • Rounded Landscaping Stones
  • Metal Fire Pit Ring and Metal Grate
  • Approximately 1 ton of sand, and 1 ton of gravel

Now, before you get started, take a moment to consider the placement of your fire pit. You’ll want to select a location that is a safe distance both from trees, and from the structure of your home. Be sure to take into account any awnings.

Let’s get started!

Step 1:

Pick a spot for your fire pit, and lay the fire pit ring and blocks out around the ring, and mark a circle of dots about 3 inches out from the stone ring. Dig about 12 inches of soil out from this ring.

Step 2:

Add about 4 inches of gravel and tamp it flat. Next add 4 inches of sand, and tamp that flat as well. This will provide a good foundation for your fire pit that also allows for some water drainage.

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