I was actually opposed to the idea of getting a dog, since I knew I would end up being the primary care taker – not my kids who were the ones begging to get one! Then we walked by an Open Arms Rescue setup outside of a pet supply store and met Dougie (named “Spunky” at the time). It was his sweet, calm disposition that sold us on him. He didn’t yap and whine, nor smother us with wiggling excitement and licks. He was calm and serene, and looked like a truly gentle spirit. We took him home for an extended visit (about a week) to see if he would get along with our cat and fit into our family. He turned out to be absolutely perfect – friendly to every other dog on walks, sweet to the kids and the cat, and never barks when left alone. We couldn’t be happier with our new member of the family!
This weekend, August 1-2, Coldwell Banker offices in communities across the United States, along with shelters and rescue groups in the Adopt-a-Pet.com network, will join forces for one of the largest adoption events of the year. This nationwide event builds on the success of the “Homes for Dogs Project,” a national campaign hosted by Coldwell Banker® and Adopt-a-Pet.com, that aims to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs in 2015. If you are interested in a pure bred, please know you can still adopt a rescue animal. There are several rescue groups that are breed specific such as Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Group, Inc., Maltese Rescue California, Southern California Pomeranian Rescue and more. We hope you will consider attending one of the events this weekend and adopting a new member of your family. Please use this link to find an event near you: The Homes for Dogs National Adoption Weekend.
We are so lucky to have beautiful weather year round in San Diego that we sometimes do not appreciate the transition from winter to spring. Even though there is not a big change in weather it is still a great time of year to tackle a big house cleaning.
Looking around, idreamofclean definitely has the most comprehensive ultimate spring cleaning list we have ever seen. Best of all, many of the items have links on how best to tackle these chores. One of which is how to avoid soap scum build up on shower doors to begin – use Rain-X!
Though not many of us enjoy completing all these chores, most of us love the way our homes look when they are done. An additional benefit when you regularly stay on top of cleaning and maintenance is that when you are ready to sell your home there is much less work to be done to get your condo or house ready for sale.
Of course you should remodel your home to maximize your own enjoyment. However, if you are planning on selling in the future, it is always a good idea to think about resale value when considering renovations. If you are thinking of tackling remodeling projects to sell in the near future, you should research which home renovations make sense and how to accomplish them to add value to your home.
Remodeling.com has some great statistics for the Pacific Region that show the average costs and returns for various projects. Projects that add usable living space top the list in the Pacific, including deck additions which we are lucky enough to be able to use year round in San Diego. New windows and front doors also have excellent return. Notable is that minor kitchen remodels have a better return than major remodels and bathroom remodels have a high return.
These numbers do not tell the whole story. If you are going to spend money remodeling to resell, you should also be sure to keep in mind choosing styles that match the home and materials that will appeal to the widest range of buyers. This Old House’s has a great article on this topic: Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment.
Your best bet if you are remodeling to sell is to let us give you our expert perspective. We would be happy to meet with you and share our knowledge of what buyers notice, appreciate and value in the North County Coastal Region depending on what type of home it is – whether it be a townhome in Carmel Valley, a beach house in Cardiff or a planned community in Carlsbad.
Even though San Diego’s coastal communities stretching from La Jolla to Carlsbad and inland to Fairbanks Ranch are in a strong seller’s market resulting in multiple offer situations, sellers should make the investment in staging their condo, townhome or house to make it look its best to appeal to the widest range of buyers to maximize offers.
The first step of staging any home – whether it is a condo in Carlsbad or an estate in Rancho Santa Fe is to store away or remove clutter. By depersonalizing your home you allow potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house. A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive and always makes a home feel refreshed and new. Adding lighting or making sure your home is making the most of natural light is also important as plenty of light will show off your home and make it seem inviting. Lastly, make sure your home makes a great first impression by focusing on the curb appeal. Be sure bushes and trees are trimmed and pruned, lawns are manicured and that any flower beds are well-maintained.
Though you can do a lot of things yourself, it might make sense to invest in professionals who have the expertise to showcase your home to the widest range of potential buyers to help your property sell.
For more on this topic, check out this great article on HGTV’s frontdoor.com
This Spring, we are continuing to see a hot seller’s market in San Diego. Buyers should check out the great tips in the MSN article below to be prepared. In addition to having financing in place before you start looking, working with great, experienced, professional agents such as the Geller-Meier Team is on the top of the list! Give us a call to schedule a consultation – we’d love to share our strategies with you!
Happy Earth Day! We have all seen the signs around town about “When in Drought” and know that we have water use restrictions in place. What better way to celebrate Earth Day in San Diego County than to take time to consider how to reduce our water usage.
Inside our homes we can switch to low flow toilets and showerheads, as well as high efficiency washing machines. We can regularly check toilets and faucets to make sure they are not leaking. Of course, reducing the amount of time we shower and turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth can also contribute greatly.
As a homeowner, there is another way to reduce water usage — to switch to watersmart landscaping. The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are partnering with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer FREE training classes this month and next on WaterSmart landscaping. The classes introduce a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency. Click here to learn more!
Hard Times For Real Estate in Rancho Santa Fe CA
Rancho Santa Fe CA , one of the most exclusive and prestigious communites in the country, is continuing to see hard times. Home values are plummeting, and we’re seeing more and more short sales and foreclosures.
New listings vs New Sales in Rancho Santa Fe
One good indicator of a healthy market is one in which the inventory is relatively stable, and the rate at which new listings are coming on line is similar to the rate at which properties are being sold. The graph on the right shows the continuing monthly disparity between the number of new listings versus new sales (accepted offers). There are 325 detached homes currently on the market in Rancho Santa Fe. In the last month, 38 new properties were listed while only 12 went into escrow. Another 9 properties officially went under contract as well, but they are short sales, contingent upon lender approval. Who knows whether they’ll end up as foreclosures…
Fantastic Opportunity to Buy in Rancho Santa Fe CA
While many Rancho Santa Fe sellers have been slow to wrap their brain around the realities of the new market, there are finally a few who seem to have no choice but to sell, and, as a result, values are truly coming down. For example, this exquisite 10,000 sq ft architectural masterpiece recently sold for $4.9 million after originally being listed at $7.9! Now, that’s a deal!
We’d love to help YOU negotiate the best price for YOUR piece of paradise – just visit DreamHomesByTheBeach.com or give us a call (760-815-1318).