🏡Stage a Clean #Home – #Irvine

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built in nook with a very clean look

Preparing your home is key to making sure you receive the best purchase offer possible.  This is one of the key responsibilities of a good Realtor. When choosing your Realtor make sure they plan to work with you from the beginning to the end. You need someone who knows how to Stage your home according to your budget and make it sell for best Dollar. One thing to keep in mind, spending thousands  of dollars on new furniture and appliances should not be your priority.

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Do not allow your Realtor to take pictures for Listing your home until you are ready and comfortable with the way your home looks.

Most buyers these days pretty much choose the home they will be buying via the internet Search. They will visit the home last just to confirm what they have seen. Buyers do not have the time and they prefer to do most of their research online, that is why you need to have quality staging followed by great photographs.

Here are some basic rules to keep in mind and implement:

1. Remove all clutter – you want your house to be seen and focused on rather than your belongings. Remove your personal belongings. Leave three items of varying heights on each surface For example, place a lamp, a small plant, and a book on an end table.

2. Furniture Placement – After #3, you need to rearrange the furniture to what is trending now. Ask you Realtor for assistance. This is one of her main duties to make sure the house looks good and furniture is placed properly around the house.

3. Furniture – Cut back on the furniture. If you have a lot of  items covering pretty much all of the living room corners, you know what you need to do.

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4. Clean the house – Do a Thorough cleaning of the house, if some touch of paint is required, get it done. Baseboards always can use some color.

5. Color – If you can add it to the budget add some color to some of the rooms. Use current fashion paint, visit home models or ask your Realtor for ideas.

6. Landscape – If you do have front/back yard make it look the best it can. Add some flowers and new soil along with lighting to the front of the house. If you have outdoor sitting, BBQ, Fireplace, make sure they are cleaned and up to par. Investment in a small fountain is not a bad idea.

 

 

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Biking in #Irvine

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Biking in Irvine

Many clients wanting to move to Irvine, ask: ” Why are property values so much higher in Irvine vs. Other Cities?” The Simple answer is: “Planned Community”. Irvine was planned with all aspects of family living in mind. A well designed home community will have access to Work, Roads, Shopping, Entertainment and Outdoors with Biking being one of the most enjoyable sports, Irvine has created a vast distribution of bike paths for the residents of Irvine which can travel from Irvine all the way to Huntington Beach.

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Beautiful weather in Irvine and all of Southern California. High 60’s to Mid 70’s, perfect for a day out at the great number of parks in Irvine and or Bike trails Map which are offered throughout the well designed communities in Irvine, Tustin Newport Beach Area.

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The City of Irvine provides a network of on-street and off-street bikeways to encourage the use of bicycles as a safe and convenient means of transportation for both commuting and recreational purposes. This is evident by 301 lane miles of on-street and 54 miles of off-street bikeways provided in the City today.

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Current Irvine Weather

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Bike Resources: 

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City of Irvine Interactive Bike Map PDF Version: City_Bikeway_Map_06042013

Orange County Interactive Bike Map

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🏡 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

 

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🏡Lessons on Home Equity – #Irvine

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Banks have started to get more relaxed about Home equity loans.That means that home owners are more confident about the future and about home values which is a good thing. However every year people come to me who want to sell their home for an unrealistic amount of money because they have to pay off the money they borrowed against it.

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I always tell my clients that the truth is you can not ask for more money for your home because you do not have enough equity to pay the selling costs. Once you pay off the loans and have enough money left over from escrow you can have funds for the down payment on another home or other expenses.

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The less equity you have on your home the more risky the home loans become from the banks perspective. If you barrow money you need to remember that you have to pay it back with interest. People do live different life styles, but I always preach to my clients to stay within your means and don’t stretch your finances. I would not like to be trapped in a house payment or a home which I can not sell for a good price.

 

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🏡 Home Inspection – #Irvine #Home

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During the past several years many homes sat on the market for extended period of time and then were upgraded and rehabbed to be up to standard.

Many of these homes were obviously taken over by banks and during the financial crises banks did not have time to collect all needed document like seller disclosure, inspection report etc.  Also when the Banks sold the homes they could not provide Seller disclosures to the new buyer. In many cases the new Buyer which was flipping or just doing a quick transaction refurbished, cleaned up and did minor upgrade to the homes and then sold them for quick profits.

Home Inspection will Help you with Price Negotiation
Home Inspection will Help you with Price Negotiation

 

Some of the new owners of these homes are now running into old problems which would normally show up on the Seller Disclosure documents or inspection reports assuming they existed prior to their purchase. There could be Cracked plumbing,  sewer line problems, mold in the walls from water damage, but none of this was disclosed during the financial crises fast moving home transactions.

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There are some basic things a buyer needs to do when buying a home:

1. Make sure you have a professional home inspection by a reputable Inspection company local to the area.

2. If your county has access to housing inspections reports, it would be best to access them and try to pass the data to the inspector for additional review.

3. Look up city permits for any work done on the property and look for any special work as reference and pass it to your inspector.

Since the financial crises many homes have been bought and sold and many with the same problem being passed along to the next buyer. Take the time and make sure regardless of the homes age, you request for a full home inspection and pay for it.

 

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Few Home Inspection Checklists to review:

 

Home Inspection Checklist
Home Inspection Checklist

 

 

Home Buyer Inspection checklist
Home Buyer Inspection checklist

 

 

Home Buyer Mold Checklist
Home Buyer Mold Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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🏡Homeowner Association Dues (HOA) – #Irvine

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How Homeowner Association Dues can affect Your Credit? If you live in a community with a homeowners’ association, you probably have to pay association dues. They can run anywhere from less than $100 a year to more than $1,000 a month, depending on the community. What happens if you don’t pay?
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What can HOA members do to protect themselves?

First thing to understand is Credit report items related to Homeowner Association Dues (HOA) do not show up on your credit report unless there is a problem.

The only way the credit reporting agencies get this information is via a negative reporting from a foreclosure or judgement. Many reporting agencies have people that comb through the public records for this kind of information, and this is usually the only other way this can show up on a homeowner’s credit report.
To avoid any credit damage from your HOA, try to make payment arrangement with the HOA and do whatever you can to get current.It is best to get started on this before the HOA Attorney receives your file for collection. This could and will result in Attorney fees and expenses.

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HOA payment obligations on a property are a legally binding promises between the Homeowner and the HOA and is enforceable under law.

If you are experiencing payments delay issues, monitor your credit report and get a free credit report once a year to see if anything shows up on your credit report. (CreditKarma.com) is a good source.

 

Prior to purchase of any home within an HOA, make sure you read and understand all restrictions and rules regarding your homeowner association.

 

Homeowner associations are responsible for much more than just payments. If you do not paint your home or take care of your Landscape they will send you fix it notice and an allotted time to take care of it. If you do not take care of these requests, plan to be paying large fines until you take care of them.
When searching for a home I always tell my clients to be aware of Homeowner Association Neighborhoods. Yes they are great to have for when you have a neighbor which wants to change their home color to Pink but at the same time you have to follow the rules and upkeep your home.

 

 

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Stone, Wood, carpet Flooring – #Irvine #RealEstate 🏡

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Stone Flooring

 

If you are budgeting for a Remodel keep in mind Flooring is one of the key components of the house, since Everywhere you walk in the house you will feel it, use it and touch it. So, take the time and choose your options wisely regardless if you are remodeling, upgrading to sell or whatever your reason might be.

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🏡 Right tools to have at home #Home – #Irvine

This weekend I was having to fix my faucet and for the life of me couldn’t do it because I didn’t have the right tools.  For home owners it is essential to have some great tools at home to do some handy work when needed instead of calling a professional in for such a simple fix.

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You are going to need to hang pictures, assemble that fun furniture for your kids, and maybe even make some simple repairs.  So what are the tolls we should have at hand?  Great questions……

You should invest in a simple tool kit.  You can find these starter kits at any of your home improvement stores.  Make sure that they have a hammer, tape measure, screwdrivers (different sizes) and some pliers.

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Second you may want to invest in a nail gun and cordless drill.  There are always those times that you will need to either put up holiday decor or shower rods etc… and you will need these items to assist.  I had to mount a television and let me tell you when you do not have a cordless power drill it can make it quite difficult :(

Lastly have a ladder and step stool.  How will you be able to get to all those high places if you do not have the correct support.

Now that you know the simple essential tools you should have around happy fixing.

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🏡 Your Home Feng Shui – #Irvine #RealEstate

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Your Home Feng Shui

 

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English.

Getting started with feng shui for your house & home can be easy when you start with the house basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels.

This  by no means is the full guide to feng shui, but its some information I gathered since many of my real estate clients have interest in it. If you want to find more information and content regarding feng shui, you can search the internet, find a professionals who do feng shui as a living.

To help you get started with good feng shui in your home, here are some helpful feng shui house steps for beginners:

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  1. Clear Out Your Clutter, get rid of everything you do not love in your house. Clutter clearing is a time-and energy-consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you “lighten up the load,” so to speak.
  2. Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Light in your house. These two elements are essential for good feng shui energy (called Chi) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce feng shui air-purifying plants or use an air-purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home, and consider using full-spectrum lights.
  3. Define the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main feng shui methods – the classical school bagua or the BTB grid. Once you define the bagua, you will know which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, in traditional feng shui, the Southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life. (read more on Bagua click here)
  4. Get the Basics of 5 Feng Shui Elements in order to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. For example, if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you will introduce the feng shui elements of Wood and Water in the Southeast area of your house. If your need to improve your health, you will place lush wood feng shui element items, such as plants or pieces of wood furniture in the East area.
  5. Find Out Your Feng Shui Birth Element and create a home to nourish and support your energy. For example, if your own element is Fire, you need to introduce the expressions of Fire feng shui element, such as the Fire element colors (red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, yellow), triangular shapes, etc.
  6. Find Out Your Kua Number and Your Lucky Directions so that you can be energized by good energy from your best, or lucky feng shui directions. Adjust the position of your bed, your desk, the seating in your dining area, etc. For example, if your Kua number is 1, it is best to face one of the following directions: Southeast, East, South, and North.
  7. Always Be Mindful of the Feel of Your Home and how its energy influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called feng shui “trinity” that is deeply connected to your health – your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.

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Feng Shui cheat Sheet

 

 

Additional Content and information about Feng Shui  – Click Here

 

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🏡What about a “Green” Kitchen update

Many of us think about updating our kitchens and bringing new design new flair to our home but what about giving our kitchen a “Green” update.
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I am sure you have spent endless hours searching the web, Pinterest and design sites to find ideas and more for kitchen design ideas.  New colors,  cabinet styles and a lot more but what about energy efficient appliances, surfaces that are durable and automated faucets.  LED lighting, electrical outlets electronic controls.  These are just a few ways that we can update our kitchen and use sustainable materials with educated choices.

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The first place maybe to start is your refrigerator.   If you have one that has been with you for 10 to 15 years it is now time to update and get more energy efficient fridge.  This is the biggest user of energy in your kitchen.

Touch-free faucets and automated electronic controls can be used to reduce water and energy use and spread of harmful bacteria.  Get faucets that are automated to free your hands from touching the faucet while preparing and cooking your meals. All you do with these faucets is pass your hand under the faucet to turn on the water.  This is also great for the kids since rarely they can reach the faucet anyway.

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You can update your lighting as well with electronic motion control lights.  These are great for the pantry.  When you enter the room the light will turn on and when you exit will turn off.  It is great because you will no longer what into dark rooms and look for a light switch.  LED lights save energy.  They are pretty neat ideas as well to place them in locations to light up inside  your kitchen cabinets where you have decorator items in.

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Lastly you have the largest surface in the kitchen your countertop. Many of us have gotten into the hype of having granite in the kitchen but it is quite difficult to keep it clean and sealed.  Not to mention costly as well.  Granite is a porous stone and therefore if not kept clean can harbor all kinds of bacteria or you are not diligent about cleaning correctly.  So think twice about the countertops you install there are companies that have come up with products that contain a bacteriostatic formula that helps prevent the growth of bacteria.

Hope this makes you think a little bit about going green in your kitchen when you are thinking of remodeling.

Happy redoing :)

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