Category Archives: Real Estate

First time home buyers can find choosing a location to be overwhelming

When you’re ready to buy your first home ever, or your first home in San Diego, location is going to be important. We appreciate that every buyer is unique in what amenities they desire, what they need and want in a neighborhood — and that they have a budget. Having over 30 years of combined experience representing buyers and sellers all over North San Diego County we have a lot of knowledge and expertise about the different towns that make up this great region. For example, though Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla all offer ocean view real estate options such as condos, townhomes and houses, the cultures of these communities are quite different. The same is true of the different planned communities in areas such as Santaluz, Del Sur and Carmel Valley.

Over the years we have helped countless first time home-buyers, such as Tricia and Andre, and first time San Diego buyers, such as Pam, within every price range – from $300K condos to $7M homes. These clients perfectly describe the experience you can expect working with the Geller-Meier Team:

“Eva and Maxine were wonderful to work with. As first-time home-buyers, the whole process of finding and purchasing a home felt rather overwhelming. Eva and Maxine did a great job of educating us on the process and communicating with us, our lender, and the other parties involved. They stayed on top of all the details and we always trusted they had our best interests in mind. We were really grateful for their help, and we’re so excited about our new home!” – Tricia and Andre

“The ease with which you made it possible for us to move from the east to the west coast was unbelievable. From the start of our first conversation you put me at ease. Generally I am full of questions and found that I had very few. You provided me with kind and thoughtful information on all aspects of the areas that we had an interest in. From Family neighborhoods, school systems, to cultural and last but not least the directions to the closest mall for my 15 yr old. You provided me with the answers before I could form the questions. Your efficient, extremely organized and thoughtful handling of our search for a new home was truly unbelievable.” – Pam

We would love to use our expertise to help you find a San Diego home in a location that’s right for you and within your budget.

For more information on what to consider about location see Zillow’s article First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Neighborhood

Staging tips for sellers!

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

Hot sellers market means buyers need to be prepared this Spring

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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!

Click here for MSN’s 12 Tips

 

Experience is important in a hot market!

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It comes as no surprise to us that CNN Money has ranked San Diego as the forth hottest real estate market in 2015. Inventory is low and turnover is quick.  During this strong market experienced agents provide exceptional value more then ever.

As a seller’s agent, we have been in the area for over 20 years and understand the market. We are experts in the San Diego Coastal area and can help you market and price your property to get top dollar.

 As a buyer’s agent, our experience enables us to understand what our clients are looking for so that we are ready to show properties that are a right fit as soon as they are available and use our experience to advise you to make the right offer in a timely manner to get your dream home.

 

Contact us at topteam@sandiegodreamhomesbythebeach.com to let us show you how we can help you.

 To read more about the hot markets of 2015:

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/15/real_estate/housing-markets-fastest-sales/

How to avoid homebuyer’s remorse

So it's no wonder that in a recent survey of 2,000 homebuyers, a whopping 80% said they regretted at least one thing about their home.
 
The number one complaint: The home just isn't big enough, mortgage information site HSH.com found. Others complained about a lack of closet space or that the place didn't have enough bathrooms.
 

Should You Rent or Buy? 7 Questions to Help You Decide

For many people, moving time means decision time: Do we buy a home or find a place to rent? This dilemma doesn’t just face young people starting out, but it also stumps established professionals relocating for a job and empty nesters who have sold the big family home.

Corey Fick and his wife, Jessica, both grew up in families that owned their homes – he in Washington state and she in Michigan. After finishing college and graduate school and getting jobs with nonprofits in Boston, the Ficks, both 27, started thinking they’d like a home of their own.

Read More : http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/10/10/should-you-rent-or-buy-7-questions-to-help-you-decide

WHY SELLERS OVERPRICE THEIR HOMES

 
There's one piece of advice that every real estate agent on earth will tell you – "If you overprice your home, it will take longer to sell and sell for less money."
 
Yet, sellers ignore them, and overprice their homes anyway, hoping their home will be the one to defy market physics. Why do they do it? Lots of reasons:
 

Home prices headed for a triple dip

The headline for much of this year has been that home price gains are easing. Prices are still higher compared to last year, but not nearly as much as they had been. Now, suddenly, it looks as if home values could actually go negative on a national level.
 
"That will be the first time collectively, as a nation, we've seen prices drop since the low point or the trough of the housing crisis," said Alex Villacorta, vice president of research and analytics at data firm Clear Capital. 
 

6 Ways to Make Bedroom-Sharing Possible

On average, middle-income families direct 30 percent of their kid-related expenses toward housing, according the 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture Expenditures on Children by Families Report. The housing costs are twice as much what middle-income families spend on food and transportation for their children.

The USDA factored in the cost of additional bedrooms for kids to come up with the housing figure and assumed that in a two-child household, each kid would have his or her own bedroom.

Read More : http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/10/05/6-ways-to-make-bedroom-sharing-possible

HOW OLDER HOMES BEAT NEW HOMES

For a society that likes shiny new things, the latest research could foreshadow a surprising trend — homebuyers choosing older homes over new construction.

Why? The prices and operating costs can vary widely. In August 2014, the median sales price of new homes sold was $275,600, while the median price of older homes was $219,000. Taxes and insurance may cost less for an older home.

Read More : http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/buyersadvice1/item/31047-20141008-how-older-homes-beat-new-homes