Fall Is Here

Fall is here, the holidays are just around the corner.  Does that mean that this is a bad time to sell?  NO!  As I like to say,  “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”.  Why you might ask?  Because buyers who are out looking at this time of year are serious buyers who want to purchase a home before the year is over.

If you are thinking of making a move, don’t let the holidays get in the way of your plans.  Call me today and let’s get started!

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Who knew!

In 2001 I sold this home for $459,000.  This week it hit the market for $1,099,000.  Word on the street (I live on this street) is that there are already multiple offers and it is expected to sell for over asking, WOW!

The house is unassuming from the curb, even I was surprised at what the current owners have done with the house.  Over all it is a lovely home and being a property owner on the same street I will be delighted if it sells for over asking!

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#1 Complaint sellers have about their Realtors

The #1 complaint that sellers have about their Realtors is that they never hear from them!  Can you imagine interviewing agents and taking the time to carefully select one, all to find out that the one you selected went M.I.A on you?

Have you ever wanted to speak with your doctor on the phone when you are sick?  You know the drill, you call the office and speak with a receptionist who tells you that she will have the nurse call you back.  When the nurse calls you back several hours later, she tells you that she will speak with the doctor.  Later the nurse calls you back with more questions or, by the time she calls, you have another question for her.  You never end up speaking with your doctor, it’s so frustrating!

Here’s how it goes in the real estate world-top dog agent, the fast talker with all the fancy propaganda talks you into listing with him/her.  You are promised the moon and told they have a skilled team/staff that will always be available to help.  But the skilled staff only works during business hours and they don’t always know the answer to your questions.  If the skilled staff does not know the answer to your question she will call top dog agent and get back to you later.  Do you really want to sit around waiting for that to happen?  Shouldn’t you be entitled to speak directly with your agent when you have a concern?  How about this, shouldn’t those questions or concerns be addressed before you have to ask in the first place?

Yesterday I had an open house.  My seller has already found another property and will be moving soon.  Needless to say she wants to get her place sold fast!  When I was done with the open house, I closed up and picked up my signs.  On my way home I called my seller to give her an update.  She was anxious to hear how things went and had many questions of which I carefully answered.  Was there any reason for me to wait until today to call her?  NO!  Worse yet, how would it have been for an assistant who wasn’t even at the open house to call her?

When it’s time to list your home, don’t gamble with your biggest asset, call me today and find out why the majority of my business comes from the referral of my past clients.

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Are you on Facebook?

Ahhh the dreaded question when you bump into an old classmate that you never really liked, haha!  I welcome that question and often ask that question when it comes to business.  You may actually  want to ask that question too, when you are interviewing Realtors.

Last Sunday I held an open house in the Adams Hill area.  The home has amazing views and the photos are quite enticing.  The first person who walked in was a hold friend from high school.  He and his wife are thinking about selling their home and downsizing.  When they saw the photos and my post on Facebook they decided to come and take a look, and I am so glad they did!

Social Media is a way of life for most people these days.  If your agent isn’t up to date on social media trends then you may want to find one who is.  Today’s buyers are not just waiting for their agent to call and tell them about a new listing.  They are on their smart phones when ever they have time.  Sellers, your first showing will be via the internet!  Be sure your agent knows how to make you stand above the crowd!

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Adams Hill Open House

If you are out and about this Sunday please stop over and visit me at 1449 Marion Drive from 2:00-4:00.  This amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has views that will take your breath away!  $653,000

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Old Is The New-New

Over the past year the majority of my buyers have specified that they are looking for a “vintage” home, something with original character and charm.  They aren’t looking for new     or remodeled, they are looking for old and original.

When I first purchased my 1929 home, I was just 20 years old.  The first thing I wanted to do is get rid of everything old.  I quickly remodeled my vintage bathroom that had black and yellow tile.  I would do anything to have that bathroom today.  Instead I have a bit of an 80’s nightmare.  It is my next remodel project and I will definitely be shooting for a vintage look.

Below is an example of a home that still has it’s original character and charm intact.  This home is located near Glendale’s Kenneth Village.  I sure hope it goes to a buyer that will appreciate everything about it instead of someone who will gut the entire place!

 

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Going Green Means Turning Brown

The current drought is one of the most severe droughts that California has ever experienced.  The city of Glendale has moved to phase II of the Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance which restricts residents to outside watering just three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for 10 minutes at each watering station.

Home sellers need not panic!  Most house hunters are well aware of the situation.  If your lawn is a little on the brown side there’s not a lot you can do about it.  If you are preparing your home for sale and landscape is part of your “pre-sale detail” then you should consider a drought tolerant yard with a drip system.

You may also want to consider purchasing a rain barrel.  Check out this flyer from the city of Glendale.  Rain barrels have been used for centuries and are quickly becoming popular as a result of water conservation awareness.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recieve a $75 rebate on your rain barrel!

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Beyond the Box

Calling all artists! In case you haven’t noticed, there are 26 utility boxes throughout downtown Glendale that have been painted by various local artists. The City of Glendale has designed a program to support public art programs and to enhance the community and neighborhoods through the use of murals.

The Arts and Culture Commission will partner with The Big Draw LA on Saturday, October 25 to assist selected artists to create murals on 11 utility boxes in Montrose, California.

This project is open to local artists but applications must be submitted no later than September 12, 2014. Click here for an application.  The Arts and Culture Commission will fund up to $750.00 per utility box, inclusive of all artist’s fees, paints and materials!

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Cupcakes and Real Estate

Me and my daughter in law have many things in common. We are both in the real estate business, we love to shop and we love sweets!

Monday we met for lunch at the Americana. After lunch I talked her into trying out Sprinkles. With all of the hype, we just had to try a cupcake and some ice cream. I am sad to say that our treats were hardly worth the wait and definitely not worth the expense! Needless to say, Sprinkles didn’t make our favorite places for a sweet list. Below are a few of our favorites:

Martino’s Tea Cakes-Forget about cupcakes! This is what I call the perfect little cake and a long time favorite amongst Realtors, which is why I often pick them up for my broker’s open houses. If you do happen to be a cupcake nut, Martino’s has excellent cupcakes! They are square cakes and my favorite of course is chocolate.

Porto’s Sally Cake- OMG! I know everyone loves the guava pastries but I stumbled upon this cake while having lunch with some clients and it’s now my favorite treat from Portos. I also love their chocolate chip cookies.

Urth Cafe Pumpkin Pie-This is one of my daughter in law’s favorites. With Fall just around the corner, you really should consider making this your holiday pie, it’s not your average boring pumpkin pie.

Whole Foods Vegan Apple Pie-A couple of years ago my brother decided to try living the vegan life. While he was in town visiting I picked up a Vegan Apple Pie from Whole Foods. It was highly recommended by one of the gal’s working the bakery section. It’s pretty much the best apple pie around.

What’s your favorite treat?

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Brand Park Library and Art Center

Sounds On The Plaza

I don’t know about you but I have enjoyed the sounds in the plaza on Friday evenings at Brand Park Library and Art Center. I can’t think of a better way to end the week than to take a stroll up to my favorite park and enjoy some fine music.

I am really looking forward to the next performance on Friday September 5, 2014. This performance take place in the recital hall not the plaza. No food or drink will be allowed.

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