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Meet the CG Realtors Team: Travis Tickel

Five months ago, Travis Tickel joined our team as an ISA. Two months ago, he got his real estate license.

Travis saw a great opportunity to enter the real estate industry. “It was always the dream,” he says. His true passion is being able to help families find their dream homes. He loves the relationship you can have with your clients.


Travis has only been licensed for 45 days, but he already has two homes closing this month, two listings that are coming soon ($1.2 million and $735,000, respectively), and three listing appointments this week alone. He puts a lot of hard work (and sweat and tears) into his business.

“I’m always studying and working to get better day by day,” he says. Travis has a morning routine that involves exercise, reading books for personal development, and more. He wants to see how much further he can push his career.

As for what makes CG Realtors unique, Travis says that our team has the most fun. “We get the most done and we do it in the fastest, funnest way possible.”

If you have any real estate questions for Travis, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!


3 Ways to Prepare Your Home Before Listing

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When listing your home in Southern California, it needs to shine. It needs to look its best to stand above the competition. What are some ways to get your home show-ready?

  1. Use the 3-item rule. We ask our sellers to limit each countertop to 3 items. This rule creates calmness, promotes open spaces, and avoids clutter.
  2. Boost curb appeal with green grass, beautiful flowers, fresh coats of paint, and more. It sets the tone for prospective buyers before they even step foot inside your home.
  3. Smell-proof your entire home. Utilize candles and cookies in the oven. Appealing fragrances and distinct scents can grab a buyer’s attention, further envisioning themselves living inside your home.

We want your property to be exposed to the right people! We want the best buyers to view it. We ultimately want to market your home to everyone.


If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the surrounding area, reach me by phone or email. I’m delighted to answer any real estate questions you might have!


Grand Opening of our New Office! 360 Degree Video

We are excited to be able to celebrate moving into our new office in Claremont at the Old School House. It’s great to see all the people who came to this special occasion and who celebrated with us. We definitely felt the love from everyone, and we will be looking forward to growing into something we all dreamed of.

The new office will be a great hub for us to bring our past, present, and future clients and really showcase to them how we plan on redesigning real estate. We hope this place will provide our clients with a first-class experience when they are selling or purchasing a home.

Please come visit us if you are in the area. We look forward to meeting you!


Hillside Open House 360 Degree Video Tour

Welcome to our tour of this beautiful property located at 10239 Hillside Rd in Rancho Cucamonga. This gorgeous, well-cared for home is currently available for purchase. If you’ve dreamed of a getaway home in the Rancho Cucamonga area then this is the home for you! This video is best viewed in the YouTube app on your mobile device.


How to Avoid Hiring a Bad Agent in Southern California

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Do you know your agent’s track record? You probably should.

It’s pretty easy to see agent ratings online at websites like Zillow and Do some research to find out what other people think of their service before hiring them. The average agent only sells one of every three homes they list! Do your due diligence. Finding out about an agent before hiring them will help you avoid hiring someone who will fail you! Ask them about their recent sales and ensure they haven’t let their other clients down.


The concern we have is that most people don’t do any research before hiring an agent. It’s not hard to find out whether the agent you’re interviewing is average, or even worse. Look at their last sales, check out their reviews, and find out what their list-to-sale ratio is. Ours is 98%, which means we get 98% of list price when we sell homes for our clients. 

If you would like to interview us, give us a call or shoot us an email at any time! We would love to show you what we can do to help you accomplish your buying or selling goals!


Three Reasons Your Southern California Home Will Fail to Sell

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If you’re planning on selling a home, you need to avoid a few things in order to get results. Here are the three most common reasons a home doesn’t sell:


  • The buyer does not get the right emotional connection. We call this the “wow” factor. You want buyers to feel at home and be able to envision themselves living there.
  • The home wasn’t exposed properly. This comes down to marketing. Most people ask us what type of marketing we’re doing, but the real question is who we’re marketing to. Whoever is helping you sell your home should be using traditional, digital, and social marketing!
  • The home wasn’t positioned properly to sell in the current market. This comes down to competition and creating degrees of separation. What you do really matters when buyers are looking at your home and comparing it to other homes in the market.

If you have any questions about how you can get the best possible real estate results, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you not only sell your home fast, but for top dollar. We look forward to talking soon!


This week in Claremont!

Monday, July 13

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE A fun way of exercise with music of Israeli folk dance. Beginners group at 6:45 p.m., followed by open dancing. $6. Masonic Lodge, 227 W. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 921-7115.


Tuesday, July 14

HISTORY OF NEW ORLEANS JAZZ University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.


Wednesday, July 15

BUTTERFLIES & BREWS Wednesday evenings in July, enjoy a cold California beer, light snacks, casual live music and exclusive tours of the Butterfly Pavilion. Ticket includes one beer; additional drinks may be purchased. 21 and over only. Admission is $10 for RSABG members and $15 for the general public. 5 to 8 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.


Thursday, July 16

GARDEN GROOVE Evening concert in the garden with Steve Rushingwind and the Native Groove, contemporary Native American jazz, folk and blues. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking in the courtyard; concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring your own picnic, or purchase from Gourmet Gourmet and Bert & Rocky’s. Admission charge: $5 for RSABG members and $8 public. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents its annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with Twelfth Night. Now a Claremont tradition, Ophelia’s Jump’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival artfully presents tragedy and comedy under the stars in a beautiful outdoor setting. Each performance opens nightly with a 30-minute Green Show. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and a small blanket or cushion. Admission charge is $25 general admission or $22 for students and seniors. Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre, 333 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 541-5850.


Friday, July 17

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents its annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with Titus Andronicus. Admission charge is $25 general admission or $22 for students and seniors. Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre, 333 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 541-5850.


Saturday, July 18

SUPERHEROES WALK Celebrate everyday superheroes—foster parents and foster kids—with a two-mile walk through scenic La Verne, food trucks, music and an art fair. Admission is free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, 1350 Third St., La Verne. (909) 596-5921 ext. 3226 or


* Source: Claremont Courier


Debunking Some Myths About Mortgage Availability

There seems to be a growing chasm between what the public believes to be needed and what is actually needed to qualify for a residential home loan.

A recent survey by Ipsos reported that:

  • Two-thirds of those surveyed believe they need a very good credit score to buy a home, with 45 percent thinking a “good credit score” is over 780.
  • Consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan, with 36 percent thinking a 20 percent down payment is always required.

However, according to American Enterprise Institute’s International Center on Housing Risk’s May First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI), reality is far from perception. The report reveals:

  • 70% of first-time buyer mortgages had a combined loan-to-value ratio of 95% or higher
  • About 20% of first-time buyers taking out mortgages had a FICO score below 660
  • 25% had total debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent
  • The median first-time buyer with an agency mortgage made a down payment of only 3 percent, or $7200 in dollar terms.
  • The median FICO score for first-time buyers with agency mortgages was 705
  • For first-time buyers with FHA-insured loans, the median FICO score was only 672

These numbers contradict the frequent claims that first-time buyers face difficulties in obtaining mortgages.

Bottom Line

Stephen Oliner, co-director of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk explained the reality of the situation.

“One hears all the time that first-time buyers have limited access to mortgage debt.  But this isn’t true. Many first-time buyers with low FICO scores and little money down are buying homes every month.”

* Source: Keeping Current Matters


This week in Claremont!

Wednesday, June 10

CLAREMONT GARDEN CLUB Feeling the garden effects of the drought? Wishing for more of the three B’s (butterflies, birds and bees)? Local botanist and landscape designer Susan Schenk will talk about how naturally water-wise native plants can help mitigate the habitat loss that is affecting your native wildlife and attract them to your garden. Free to the public. Enter Pilgrim Place from Sixth Street and bear left, right onto Avery Road. Napier is on the left. This is the last meeting for the summer. Meetings will resume on September 9. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. (909) 621-6381.


Thursday, June 11

TAI CHI The low-impact exercise, Tai Chi increases strength and flexibility, reduces stress and improves balance, and has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase bone density. Taught in the Wu-style of Tai Chi, every class involves warm up, proper and safe instruction of each movement and the progressive movement through the form’s stages. Classes are held indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions; wear comfortable attire and shoes with flat soles, bring a bottle of water. No experience necessary, all are welcome to attend. Limit 20 students each session. Preregistration is required online or at the admissions kiosk. 9 to 10 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767, ext. 224.


Friday, June 12

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.


Saturday, June 13

HERB WALK Join experienced herbalist William Broen for a garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore associated. Program is limited to 20 participants. Please bring a sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. General admission is $25. For ages 12 and older. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

CONCERT “Trees & PhDs,” a concert celebrating the Chorale’s hometown in a springtime collection of new and old songs on community, nature, learning and heritage. All ages are welcome. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 available online at, in person at Rio de Ojas (250 Harvard, Claremont) or admission is $15 at door. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 542-8340.

ROD GILFRY: A GIFT OF SONG Internationally known operatic baritone Rod Gilfry is a former Claremont resident. In addition to his accomplishments in opera he is known for his performances in musical theater including Emile De Becque in the national tour of South Pacific and as Sweeney Todd in the Opera Theater of St. Louis. He is a two-time Grammy nominee, singer and actor who has performed extensively in the world’s music capitals. Recent appearances include: San Francisco Symphony The Tempest, New York City Opera Anna Nicole. Wine and hors d’oeuvres with the artist following the concert. This benefit will provide tickets for local children to attend concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Call (909) 621-7769 for more information.

Source: Claremont Courier