Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving our country’s armed forces. We want to take this oportunity to extend our appreciation and condolences to anyone who has lost family members or friends while serving. We also would like to thank those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.
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
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.
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.
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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!
Click here for MSN’s 12 Tips
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!
California Friendly Landscape Training Classes