🏡 5 Things to Consider When Buying Your #Home – #Irvine

Always Remember: Neighberhood, School and Price

Always Remember: Neighborhood, School and Price

 

Few Secrets to Buying Your First Piece of Real Estate

Choosing where to live and work can be difficult specially if your are just getting started out of school and are starting a family. There are some basic simple rules to follow when you are deciding where to live and raise your children. These are simple and to the point so take a minute think how each will relate to your lifestyle and requirements.

 

1. Community – Basic conveniences, access to park and Entertainment, Family and School District

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2. Mortgage – Pick what you can afford
3. Inspect – Get a home inspector before buying a home
4. Decor – Look past the decor of the House you are looking at and imagine the house empty

5. Outside Influence – Keep the Decision making process limited to key few people

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Short Video showing you some basic Criteria to look for before Buying your Home

 

Affordability:

 
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🏡Plan Your Mortgage – #Irvine

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Planning your Mortgage is almost more important than looking for your Home. There are few key points you need to make sure are taken care of prior to searching for your home.

Here are a 10 Items to You Will Need For Your Mortgage:

 

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  1. Drivers License
  2. Secondary IDs (Social Security Number/Card, Passport)
  3. Most recent pay stubs
  4. Copy of Tax Return (Signed)
  5. W2 forms from Employers for last 2 years, Document Employment History (Each Lender will vary)
  6. Most Recent Bank and Asset Statement
  7. Fully executed purchase contract for the property you are buying (needed later)
  8. If refinancing, a copy of your deed
  9. Name, address and phone # of your landlord – if you are currently a renter.
  10. Name, address, phone, fax #s and e-mail address for your Agent/attorney – to coordinate the closing (depending on which state you live in)

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🏡 #Home Maintenance Guide – #Irvine #RealEstate

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As a landlord or property manager, examine your units regularly for these minor fixes and take care of them before they become a huge expense. Few basic rules to follow for your home maintenance needs. Specially if you are getting ready to sell.

 

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1. Check for leaks.

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2. Re-caulk showers and tile grout.

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3. Update electrical wires.

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4. Re-paint your property.

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5. Replace the air filters.

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6. Regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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7. Check for pests.

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8. Landscape

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Make Sure Your Realtor Knows Your Local Market #Irvine #RealEstate 🏠

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Your Realtor

A Good Realtor will know their Local Market and will price your Home properly based on valid comps of the neighborhood, your upgrades, additions along with what is trending locally.

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Take the time and research your local market and interview agents in your area, Ask friends and family if they can recommend an agent which is Local to you.

Remember many inexperienced Real Estate agents will want to compete and will try to get your business by only charging low commission rates and listing your home with highly inflated prices. This is just like being Audited by IRS for your Corporate Business Entity and you choose the lowest priced Tax Attorney just out of school (NOT A GOOD IDEA)! You will have the same results if you choose the Low Commission Realtor new to the community and new to Real Estate wanting to price your property high and charge you minimal rates to get your listing.

The experienced Local Realtor knows your market, knows your Home, School, Neighborhood, Other comparable communities, Police, City, Jobs and more.  Your Realtor will Market your home, follow up with Purchase agreements, Escrow, HOA Rules, follow up emails, Agent communications, Escrow, Title and home visits Plus a whole lot more that you will never know about.

If you have the time to spend away from your daily duties and work then you better be prepared to sacrifice your time and absence from work to make sure all Escrow dates are met and all contract terms are in order.

There is a value you have to place on a Realtor with all of his/her knowledge and experience to achieve the Quality Results you desire.

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Bad MLS #Home Pictures – #Irvine

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I was looking at some properties to show a client when I found some of the worst photos I have ever seen on the MLS. I got to thinking about the impact of really bad photographs on the sale of a home.

I Advise my clients on Home Preparation prior to listing. At times I would not list the home until I have taken upon myself to prepare the home for viewing. I make sure all the pictures are quality and beautiful pictures of the home and not clutter.

These days homes are advertised on the internet where thousands of people see the pictures. Photographs are used as a screening tool by real estate agents and buyers.

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I often wonder if home sellers look at the photographs when they are put in the MLS and if they do look at the photographs why they don’t ask to have them redone if they are as poor as this one.

If you have hired a Realtor to sell your home, make sure you review:

  1. The Complete Text description of the MLS Listing
  2. Review the Options which have been check marked
  3. Look at all the pictures which you Realtor is about to post on MLS
  4. All viewing instructions for the property including but not limited to the phone numbers listed

These are some basic components of home preparation and if you Realtor is not willing to follow these simple guidelines then you need to look for one that does.

 

 

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🏡Make Your Entrance Inviting #Home – #Irvine

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Make Your Home More Inviting

A cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal — and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add a welcome mat and potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway.

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With flagstone, you can easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend — no mortar required. Add potted plants and outdoor seating, such as a bistro set or an eclectic mix of colorful chairs, to create a quaint backyard escape.

 

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🏡 Investment Property – #Irvine

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Looking for an investment property requires Good credit, sufficient down payment and a good eye for a quality property which will have results in terms of return on investment (ROI).

 

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Before you invest heavily in a piece of property, investigate the economics of the neighborhood such as unemployment rates, and whether or not that area is growing. If you’re house is close to a university and good school districts, or other large employment centers, they will usually sell quick and at increased values.

Use a digital camera as your research tool. Taking pictures of homes and communities you plan to invest in is the best way to document and gather your data.

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Choosing your investment property will require work and dedication. You might have to put a lot of time on your investment at the beginning. It will take time to find an opportunity that is profitable, and after purchasing a property, it may need repairs or remodeling. Don’t give up just because the process that gobbles up large portions of your time. The rewards will be much greater at a later time.

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🏡 Happy Halloween – #Irvine

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Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31.  The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.

 

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Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

 

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Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).


The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

The history of Halloween has evolved.  The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television and other media, trick-or-treating has started to occur among children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran, Akaria compounds and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element. In continental Europe, where the commerce-driven importation of Halloween is seen with more skepticism, numerous destructive or illegal “tricks” and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.

 

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The history of Halloween has evolved.  The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television and other media, trick-or-treating has started to occur among children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran, Akaria compounds and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element. In continental Europe, where the commerce-driven importation of Halloween is seen with more skepticism, numerous destructive or illegal “tricks” and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.
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Considering to Buy vs. Rent – #Irvine #Home

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Keep Renting or Not?

Many people question themselves regarding whether they can afford to buy a home or should they continue to rent. With competition so high in local communities regarding school, education, home & car, should they follow family and friends and become a Home Owner or Not?

While there are many sides to both decisions and the final reasoning is what you know about your personal and financial situation, there are a few simple signs Why you should keep on renting?

 

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1. Uncertain about your Job – If you know your job will force you to relocate, Job instability and possible termination of short term contract then you can pretty much know Renting is the best option. Consider being an Investor if you have enough funds.

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2. Amount of Savings – From time to time you hear from Home builder or media about the low down payment options for home purchase, Mortgage Rate or low Introductory interest rates. If you do not have enough funds to put down substantial amount of down payment and your monthly payment along with taxes and HOA’s will be a drain on your financials then you are still ok to rent.

3. Home Ownership Responsibilities – Take the time to research home ownership along with all that comes with it. This is not like impulse buying at the mall for that Shoe or handbag. When you purchase a home you will have responsibility for all things related to the home. If you have broken pipes or a  damaged roof, its all your responsibility. Do you have available funds and the nerves to deal with fixing and maintaining your landscape, Sinks, Faucets, Garage door the list goes on. If you will stay up worrying about the clogged toilet, then you might want to rethink the concept of home ownership at this time and keep on renting.

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These are just a few guidelines to follow before making the big move into Home Ownership. The purpose of this post is not to deter you from buying a Home, even thought I would love to have you as a Client, but to make you aware of yourself and what your capabilities are before making the big jump.

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Weekend Projects to Improve your #Home – #Irvine

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Improve Your Home: 30 Weekend Projects.

This is a pretty good size list, you might want to print or put away for future Planning. If you are planning to sell your home or just bought one, these ideas can help.

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Install Beaded Board

Beaded board lends a traditional touch to kitchens and bathrooms. Cut holes in the boards or sheets for outlets, phone jacks, and other wall necessities. For a modern take on beaded board, try wider plank paneling, which dresses up the island in this fresh kitchen.

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Add Storage to Your Entry

If a traditional entry closet or a beautiful built-in shelving system is not an option in your home, refashioned furniture can achieve a look that’s equally stylish and storage-savvy. This small-scale table is a perfect size for beside the front door. Though compact, the table’s drawers and shelf make the piece super functional for busy drop-zone items. A wall-mount shelf above the table hangs keys within easy reach.

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Make Your Entrance Inviting

A cheery front-door color and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal — and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add a welcome mat and potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway.

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Recharge & Reorder

Get creative with drawer space. Outfitted with divided storage (typically used in kitchen drawers) and a power strip, this drawer serves as a charging dock and daily organizer for cell phones, music players, and other electronics. Drill a hole through the back of the dresser and drawer to accommodate electrical cords.

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Give Your Yard a Boost

With flagstone, you can easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend — no mortar required. Add potted plants and outdoor seating, such as a bistro set or an eclectic mix of colorful chairs, to create a quaint backyard escape.

Add Molding

Add Molding

Living room, dining room, great-room: Any common area looks better with the finishing, defining touch of crown molding. If you live in a historic home, make sure your molding choices complement your home’s architectural style.

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Paint or Paper a Wall

Self-adhesive and repositionable wallpaper creates a romantic accent that’s easy to apply, remove, and reuse. It works like a giant sticker. Peel the decorative paperoff the backing and adhere it to a primed and painted wall. To create a curvy top edge, use your mirror to inspire the outline of your design. Cut the shape from kraft paper and test the look. Tape the pattern on the decorative paper applied to the wall; use a crafts knife to cut around the template. Peel away the paper above the cut.

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Update Your Hardware

Spice up your cabinets and drawers by replacing factory-issue handles and pulls with designs that reflect your personal taste. For a unique, eclectic look, scour antiques shops for hardware pieces.

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Look Up & Give your ceiling a little eye candy.

Beautifully highlight a coffered ceiling with colorful paint, and keep the trim white for a bold visual effect. Placing a ceiling medallion around a fan or light fixture is another way to add architectural flair overhead. Decorative ceiling medallions are available in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

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Switch to Energy-Saving Windows

If you have a window that faces the prevailing winter winds, replace it with a high-efficiency unit. If the window opening is a nonstandard size, you’ll probably have to order the new window.

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Make Your Fireplace More Efficient

To quickly and easily rehabilitate your existing fireplace, a gas or wood-burning insert adds energy efficiency to your home without tearing apart your hearth and mantel.

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Get a Built-In Look

Create extra storage in a snap with kits for bookcases or shelving that you assemble yourself. Try a cabinet/open shelving combination for display spaces.

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Patch Holes in Walls

Whether an art-arranging project went awry or you’re tired of looking at dings around the house, concealing wall blemishes is a weekend-worthy project. With a putty knife and surfacing compound, you can easily repair nail holes and other minor wall imperfections. For larger holes, place an adhesive patch over the area and spread an all-purpose drywall compound over it with a trowel. Depending on the size of the wall hole, the compound may need to dry overnight. Paint over the patch when it is dry.

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Hang a Medicine Cabinet

With just a stud finder and a drill, you can install the cabinet in less than an hour. For quick installation, choose a cabinet that can mount directly to the wall above your bathroom sink, rather than cutting away drywall and recessing the cabinet between studs.

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Add a Ceiling Fan

Add a ceiling fan and save money by not running the air-conditioner on those marginal days when all you need is air movement.

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Install a New Faucet

Inject elegance into your daily life with a faucet that ups the ante in looks and quality. Just make sure the configuration matches your existing sink, or you might end up replacing that, too.

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Spice Up Your Stairway

Add drama to a staircase with distinctive railings or embellishments. Architectural-salvage and reuse centers are hot spots for ideas and materials.

Put dimmers on lights

Put Dimmers on the Lights

Dimmer switches quickly give your dining room the atmosphere of a swank restaurant. You can use standard incandescent bulbs, but if you prefer fluorescent light, look for special dimmable bulbs.

Replace your showerhead

Replace Your Showerhead

Choose a low-flow unit and you’ll get virtually the same sensation of water flow while saving money on your water bill. If your showerhead flow is already low (and shouldn’t be), check to see if hard-water deposits are clogging the holes.

Redo your backsplash

Redo Your Backsplash

Tired of a dull kitchen? Transform the mood of the kitchen with a bold new backsplash in ceramic or glass tile. Just make sure the wall is sound before you start the installation.

Replace an appliance

Replace an Appliance

If you bought your refrigerator before 1993 or your dishwasher before 1994, when the federal energy-efficiency guidelines for each went into effect, consider replacing them with more efficient models. Some newer models use at least 15 percent less energy than required by current federal standards and 40 percent less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001.

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Light Up a Corner

With attic space above a dark corner, it’s easy to add a new light fixture, says Daryl Berg, a journeyman electrician in Longview, Washington: “Just cut the hole for the fixture and run the wires through the ceiling joists to a new circuit.”

Swap out a sink

Swap Out the Sink

A new sink can energize a boring bathroom. Before you replace it, though, consider your needs. You might want to try standing in front of the model you’re considering and acting out your morning routine. Will you have enough room to brush your teeth or put in your contacts? Your choice should balance aesthetics with practicality.

Replace interior doors

Replace Interior Doors

Update these often-overlooked interior elements with form and function. Switch a blah door with a finely detailed antique. Or simply upgrade with solid-core doors, which dampen noise far more efficiently than the hollow-core doors common in new construction.

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Swap Out Cabinet Door Inserts

Make boring cabinets sing by replacing the door inserts. Stainless steel, stamped tin, wrought-iron grillwork, glass, and wood painted to match your flooring or countertops are all possibilities. The process is simple, says Mike McAllister, owner of Riverside Kitchen Center in Mount Vernon, Washington: “Remove the small flange that holds the existing insert, then replace the insert with your material and add wood or metal stops to keep it in place.”

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Upgrade Your Flooring

Installing a hardwood floor can take longer than a weekend, so choose a material that’s less time-consuming. Start with anything that comes in a roll, such as sheet vinyl, which looks better and lasts longer than it used to.

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Dress Up Your Fireplace

If it’s time to replace that dingy 1970s-era mantel, choose one with enough depth to let you display pictures or other decorations. If you buy a ready-made mantel, don’t be afraid to paint it or add moldings.

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Add Grab Bars

Grab bars are one of the simplest ways to make an existing bathroom more accessible, and stylish designs can be found at your local home improvement center. The most important thing to remember when installing grab bars is to find the studs and mount the bars directly to them. Miss the studs and you’ll be pulling out more than the bars when you put your weight on them.

Strip and stain wood cabinets

Strip & Stain Wood Cabinets

Stripping and staining cabinets takes only a weekend, and it will give your space a major facelift. Sealing cabinets with polyurethane will also increase durability. Begin by removing cabinet doors and hardware. Wipe cabinet fronts and doors with mineral spirits to remove any dirt, dust, and grease. Apply a gel-type stripper per manufacturer’s instructions, and then remove the stripper with a plastic putty knife. Next, sand the wood with sandpaper. Using a disposable sponge brush, apply stain in the direction of the cabinets’ wood grain. Allow the stain to dry thoroughly, and seal with polyurethane.

 

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Christina Khandan
Keller Williams OC Coastal Realty
949-433-0803. Mobile
714-388-3771. Fax
Christinakhandan@gmail.com

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