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THE BLOG

13
Apr

What Separates Us From Other Buyer’s Agents?

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When you’re out looking for a home and you hire a buyer’s agent, you want to make sure you are being represented in the best way possible. Today we are going to discuss whether your buyer’s agent is providing you the right value when looking for a home.

Most buyer’s agents, when you tell them you’re looking to buy a home, will set you up with an MLS search and wait for you to call them, even if you can’t get ahold of them most times when you want to.

Our strategy is different. We do active prospecting, where we are going door knocking, phone calling, and finding the right buyers and sellers together. We aren’t property searching, we are property matching.

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We know you don’t have time to go through hundreds of listings to find the one you’re looking for. That’s why we are here to make sure we find the perfect home to match your needs. It all comes down to reputation, past sales, and trustworthiness. That’s what we are about and that’s why we love helping buyers in Southern California.

If you have any questions for us, or any suggestions for future topics, we would love to hear from you. Just give us a call or send us an email!

21
Mar

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 Realtor.com. 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.

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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!

03
Mar

When Is the Best Time to Sell in Southern California?

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The spring isn’t the only time of year you can sell your home in Southern California. In fact, today, we’ll discuss three reasons why it’s smarter to sell your home in the winter than the spring.

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  • There’s less competition. Competition is extremely important when you’re listing your property. The number of active homes on the market really influences how you should price your home. In the spring, a lot of homes come on the market, and it’s harder to stand out on the market.  
  • There are more serious buyers. Looky-loos don’t want to come out in winter weather, so the buyers who are out there now are ready to make a purchase. They’re determined to make a decision, often quickly.
  • Interest rates are at an all-time low. They are a  little higher than they were 6 months ago. However, rates will continue to rise in the spring. Smart buyers are out there now to take advantage of these historically low rates. Don’t miss out!

If you have any questions about today’s video, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

16
Feb

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:

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  • 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!

28
Jan

The Importance of Pricing Your Southern California Home Correctly

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On average, 22% of all sellers must reduce their sales price. Typically, this happens within one month of being on the market. Additionally, 25% of sellers on average lower their price after two months. Reductions normally range between 2% and 5%. What does this mean to you? It means you need to price your home correctly.

Pay attention to your local market. Stay informed with active, competitive listings in the marketplace. Know what has gone into escrow and what has sold in the last 60 days. Studying the market climate will give you an idea of how to price your home. Be prepared to make price adjustments when you don’t receive enough traffic on your listing and buyers lose interest.

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Hire a Realtor to help find the right price. They should have a proven track record to show their professional experience. If you have any real estate questions about this topic or more, reach out to us today!

22
Dec

Expert Tips to Prepare Your Home to Sell in Southern California

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Clients are always asking us which repairs we should make in order to get top dollar for a home. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to improve the value of your property. There are a lot of small repairs you can make that will improve your home’s value.

1. Flooring: We suggest getting new flooring, especially if you have carpeted floors. Natural flooring like wood or stone are preferred by buyers. If you have carpet and don’t want to replace it, you should get it professionally cleaned.

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2. Bathrooms: This is one area where buyers like to see modern touches and repairs. More and more people are remodeling bathrooms before selling, and this is a great way to add value just before a sale. Remodeling a bathroom is preferable over a kitchen because a lot of homeowners want to make the kitchen their own.

3. Curb appeal: The first impression of your home is important. Invest in landscaping, hardscaping, and perhaps even power wash the exterior of your home. Repainting your front door or buying a new one can really make your home pop, too!

Instead of spending a lot of money on unnecessary repairs, I would aim to improve these parts of your home. If you’re not sure what you can do to your property, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

07
Dec

What’s the Benefit to Hiring a Team?

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Today we are going to be discussing why you should hire a team rather than an individual agent. We know a team is more beneficial in today’s market, but rather than take our word for it, let us explain to you why.

The first reason is all of the dedicated staff members we have that single agents don’t. Our professional photographer on staff is essential in making your home look as appealing as possible to potential buyers online. When your home looks good online, it will attract those online buyers to come see your home in person.

It takes a small village to sell your home for the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We have a team of licensed individuals, including a client care coordinator, a marketing coordinator, and multiple specialists that ensure your transaction moves along smoothly.

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We are able to accomplish much more as a team than any one person would be able to accomplish on their own. We will hold around 800 open houses this year, not including all the doorknocking and online marketing we do to spread the word about our listings.

With a team, we have the opportunity to get top-shelf exposure for our clients and put their home in front of more people. We also are on the cutting edge of technology, and incorporate the latest tools and systems into our team.

At the end of the day, you are what matters and if you’re not happy, we aren’t happy. With a team of specialized individuals each working in unison to deliver you the best service and highest sale price possible, we are certain you will see that this is the future of real estate. Why not get a head start on the competition?

If you have any questions for us, we’d be more than happy to answer them. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

13
Nov

What’s Happening With Our Local Real Estate Market?

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Today, we’re here to discuss the latest local real estate market trends.

As we move into the fourth quarter, we’ve seen a decrease in inventory. In July, there were 1,383 homes for sale, and at the end of September, there were 1,146. There’s no need to worry, however. This is a normal trend for this time of year, and we still have a very healthy market.

We’ve also seen a $30,000 increase in sales price, going from $532,000 to $563,000. This is due to a combination of an influx in buyers and low inventory. Since there aren’t as many options available to buyers, they often have to make higher offers, which drives the price up.

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With our low inventory, we are currently in a seller’s market. Almost every listing priced at market value gets multiple offers. This is a great time to sell. Buyers are very interested, inventory is low, and there’s less competition for your property. In this market, you can really make your home stand out.

If you have any questions about today’s video, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

15
Oct

Should You Consider Selling During the Holidays?

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Today we are excited to talk about selling your home, specifically, selling your home during the holiday season. We actually have found that selling your home during this time of year offers some unique advantages that are not there during the rest of the year.

For starters, there is an abundance of relocation clients who are starting jobs on January 1. They will start looking for homes before the holidays and will want to move in during the holiday season. Another reason people buy during this time of year is because of the tax benefits that can be had from buying in the last quarter of the year.

Finally, the lower inventory during the holiday season is great for sellers. There are always going to be a decent number of buyers out there, but there isn’t always a decent supply of homes. The best homes are getting gobbled up quickly for a good price.

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home lately, now is a perfect time of year to do so. There are so many pros to doing so, and I honestly can’t think of any cons.

If you have any questions for us, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

13
Jul

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 andersonm@davidandmargaret.org.

 

* Source: Claremont Courier