Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

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Dec. 13, 2017

What to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale

what to do when your neighbors list their home for sale

When your neighbors list their home, there are a few things you can do. First, tell all your friends (wouldn’t it be great if your bestie lived next door?). Then, start paying attention so you have a good idea of what would happen if you were to put your own home on the market.

What to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale

If your neighbors are having an open house, stop by. It’ll give you a chance to objectively compare what they have to what you have, and looking at the home’s list price can give you a pretty good idea of what yours may be worth. (You can get a more accurate value by visiting AutomaticHomePrices.com, though.)

Next up: Talk to your neighbors about their experience so far. Find out why they wanted to sell and think about whether it’s a good idea for you, too.

Finally, start thinking about any issues you’ve encountered with your neighbors (such as property line disputes, whether their tree fills your yard with unwanted leaves, or anything else). When new neighbors move in, bring up your issues in a diplomatic way.

Do You Need to Talk to a Realtor About Selling Your Home?

We’d love to help you sell your home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581. 

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Dec. 8, 2017

3 Great Tips for Showing Your Home to Potential Buyers

3 tips for showing your home

When your home is for sale, you want to do everything you can to make sure it’s as appealing to potential buyers as possible—but aside from home staging and curb appeal, what can you do?

Actually, you can do a lot.

3 Great Tips for Showing Your Home to Potential Buyers

Whether you’re selling a gorgeous home in the heart of Lakewood or a beautiful house that’s within walking distance to the beach, there are three things you can do to ensure buyers have enough space to fall in love with your house.

Showing Tip #1: Make Yourself Scarce

While it’s tempting to stick around the house when potential buyers are coming to visit, especially if you feel like you can point out the home’s highlights or explain away its issues, there’s no better idea than to leave the house before they arrive.

Buyers can’t make a good decision if you’re there because they’ll be hesitant to speak their minds, ask their own Realtor® questions, or even discuss what they like and don’t like for fear of offending you. Do yourself—and potential buyers—a favor by heading out for a while; don’t come back until you’re sure they’re gone.

Showing Tip #2: Keep it Spotless

It’s tough to keep your house spotless (especially if you have kids or pets—we feel your pain!) when it’s on the market, but that’s what you have to do. To make things a little easier on yourself:

·         Keep a special stash of brand-new towels that you only bring out for showings

·         Keep a plastic tub to toss clutter (or toys, or anything else) into, and take it with you when you leave (see Showing Tip #1 if you’re not sure about when to leave)

·         Don’t vacuum, sweep or dust at the beginning of the day; wait until you know you have a showing, then get busy

Showing Tip #3: Lock Away Your Valuables or Take Them With You

Don’t leave your valuables sitting around your home when people are coming to see it. Ditto for prescriptions and other items that you can’t go without. You can keep them in a handbag or pouch that you’ll take with you when you leave. (Again, see Showing Tip #1, which might be the most important one on this list!)

 

Do You Need to Talk to a Realtor About Selling Your Home in Lakewood?

We’d love to help you sell your home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581. 

In the meantime, feel free to explore our:

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Posted in Selling a Home, Tips
Dec. 5, 2017

Should You Redo Your Bathroom to Sell Your Home?

should you remodel your bathroom to sell your house

When you’re selling your home, whether it’s a house in Lakewood or a condo in Long Beach, it’s a good idea to update your bathroom and make a few improvements—but should you do a major overhaul?

Should You Remodel Your Entire Bathroom to Sell Your House?

Before you make any major decisions (especially about dropping loads of cash on a home you’re about to sell), it pays to talk to your Lakewood Realtor® first. Your agent will know what the market can bear and whether buyers are likely to spend more on your home once you’ve remodeled—and whether you’re likely to recoup all of your remodeling costs at the closing table.

Every house is different, which means you’ll need to rely on your Realtor’s expertise.

Affordable Bathroom Upgrades That Are Likely to Pay Off at the Closing Table

While a major bathroom overhaul could cost you in the tens of thousands and only returns, on average, 70.4 percent of your investment when you sell, small upgrades (many of which you can do yourself) tend to pay off much better.

“For resale, focus on the visuals: nice tile, nice colors, nice fixtures… and don’t spend a lot on the high-end utilities because most people can’t tell the difference,” says Cameron Snyder, president of Roomscapes Luxury Design Center in Boston.

That means choosing upgrades that are timeless—like neutral colors, elegant fixtures, and plain replacements that can be personalized with accessories when the new buyer moves in.

Small things count when you’re showing your home, too. Consider:

·         Replacing your tired shower curtain with something fresh and new

·         Regrouting tubs and showers

·         Putting out brand-new towels that nobody uses (and that you only bring out when someone’s coming to see the house)

·         Adding an eye-catching focal point, like a beautiful vase or a spa basket brimming with luxurious extras

·         Decluttering countertops so they appear as spacious as possible

·         Swapping out your shower head for a luxurious, rain-style shower head or handheld shower head

Already Making Semi-Major Renovations?

If you already plan to make some renovations, there are a few places to splurge that really resonate with buyers.

·         If you’re planning to replace the floor, spring for radiant heat floor mats that really add some “wow” factor to your bathroom.

·         Repainting? You’ll have to take out the vanity, so replace it with something new and modern.

·         Change out your faucets with double-handled pieces in chrome, satin nickel, brushed nickel, or stainless steel.

The Bottom Line: You Still Need to Talk to Your Realtor

Your Realtor knows everything about the market, including whether any bathroom upgrades or updates are going to help sell your home. You’ll still need to talk to your agent about which upgrades and updates will pay off, because what works in one neighborhood may go over like a lead balloon in another.

Are You Selling a Home in Lakewood or Long Beach?

If you’re selling your home in Lakewood or Long Beach, get in touch with us today for a FREE comparative market analysis. We’ll let you know exactly how much your home is worth on today’s market in its current condition—and we’ll talk to you about how we help our clients sell faster (and at a better price).

Call us at 562-708-3530 or 562-485-6075 to find out how we can help you sell your home faster and at a better price. We’ll even give you a free home valuation so you know how much your house is worth on today’s market, so call us today!

Buying a House in Lakewood or Long Beach?

We’d love to help you find the perfect home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581 to let us know what you need. We’ll help you find it.

In the meantime, feel free to explore our:

·         Bellflower condos for sale

·         Bellflower homes for sale

·         Lakewood condos for sale

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Posted in Selling a Home
Dec. 1, 2017

About Lakeridge in Whittier

About Lakeridge in Whittier

Lakeridge in Whittier is a spectacular community packed with amenities—and it’s a great place to call “home.”

About Lakeridge in Whittier

The Lakeridge community, tucked just east of I-605, is well-known for its convenient location. Just minutes from the famed Whittier Turnbull Canyon Hiking Trail and the Arroyo Pescadero Trail, this neighborhood is the perfect place for people who enjoy the conveniences of city life but still need the occasional escape to nature. It’s also close to Sycamore Park, the Whittier Narrows Golf Course, and the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.

Lakeridge itself has amazing amenities for residents, including four sparkling swimming pools, four professional-grade tennis courts, a spa and sauna, and remarkably beautiful natural landscaping.

When you ask residents about living in Lakeridge, they each have a story to tell—but they all have one thing in common: They love the friendly, welcoming environment.

The Homes in Lakeridge

 

The Lakeridge community, which is on the north side of the city of Whittier, comprises a great mix of single-family homes, condominiums, and townhomes. Most of the homes have one or two bedrooms, and the majority of construction in the neighborhood was completed in the early 1980s. The houses and condos in Lakeridge range in size between 678 square feet and 1,228 square feet.

Are You Buying a Home in Lakeridge?

We’d love to help you find the perfect home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581 to let us know what you need. We’ll help you find it.

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Posted in Buying a Home
Nov. 27, 2017

5 Paint Colors That Can Help You Sell Your House for More Money

5 paint colors that can help you sell your home for more money

When you’re selling your home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or any of the surrounding communities, it makes sense to want top dollar for it—and there are plenty of things that can affect its value, so it can be a little bit tough to strike the right balance.

New research suggests that a lot of a home’s perceived value has to do with its interior colors, though.

5 Paint Colors (and Where They Belong) That Can Help You Sell for More Money

White is so early-2000s, especially when it comes to what buyers prefer. Sure, there’s room in décor for white or eggshell shades—but for the most part, buyers want a home that’s doesn’t look like a sanitized laboratory.

Yellow Kitchens Can Bring in Up to $1,360 More

According to the research, a home with a yellow kitchen can sell for up to $1,360 more than home-sellers expect.

On the other hand, a white kitchen can sell for about $82 less than sellers expect.

The Color Psychology of Yellow

Yellow is a warm color that evokes feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy.

Tan Bathrooms Could Net You $283 More

If your bathroom is tan, oatmeal, or beige, it lends to a spa-like atmosphere—and it can bring in $283 more than it would if it wasn’t painted in one of those colors.

A dark brown bathroom could lose you $469, according to the same research.

The Color Psychology of Tan

Tan is a neutral color, and it’s great for a relaxing atmosphere.

Light Green Bedrooms Can Score You $1,332

From light green to khaki, a green bedroom is apparently attractive to buyers and can bring in $1,332 more than it would if it was a plain, neutral color.

Conversely, a dark brown bedroom seems least desirable to buyers, losing an average of $236 on the selling price.

The Color Psychology of Green

Green is a cool color known for its calming effect.

Purple Dining Rooms: Up to $1,122 Extra

Choosing the right shade of purple (royal purple isn’t it) can net you up to $1,122 more than you’d expect. The most popular shades are mauve, eggplant, and lavender.

Slate or dark gray can cost you, though, up to $1,112.

The Color Psychology of Purple

Like green, purple is a cool, soothing color. However, it also helps spark creativity.

Gray Living Rooms Could Bring in $1,104 More

Unlike in the dining room, gray is popular in the living room—especially in a light shade or dove color.

Perhaps not surprisingly, an orange, terracotta-colored living room can cost you $793 at the closing table.

The Psychology of Gray

 

Gray is also considered a neutral color, which makes sense when it’s in the living room—it’s ideal as a background color and mixes well with just about anything else.

Are You Selling a Home in Lakewood or Long Beach?

We’d love to help you sell your home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581. 

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Posted in Selling a Home
Nov. 25, 2017

3 Tips for Showing Your Home Successfully

3 tips for showing your home successfully

When you’re selling your home in Lakewood or Long Beach, your Lakewood real estate agent is going to talk to you about showing: how to stage your house, where you should be when potential buyers visit, and what you’re supposed to do with your four-legged family members when people stop by to see your home.

But once you know all that, what happens when somebody actually shows up to see your house?

3 Tips for Showing Your Home… Successfully

Before you leave the house, make sure you open all the blinds, turn on all the lights, and take out the trash (even if you just took it out earlier that morning).

There’s a little more to it than that, though, if you want every showing to go off without a hitch—and really impress the potential buyers who are stopping by.

Home-Showing Tip #1: Chill Out (or Heat Things Up)

When you’re home in the summer, it’s okay to keep the house at 76 degrees; it’s also okay to keep it at 68 degrees in the winter, because you can throw on a sweater and a pair of slippers. You’ll save money on your utility bill that you can use toward the down payment on your next home.

You’re not going to be home when potential buyers come through, though, which means you need to push your utility bill nightmares to the back of your mind and set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature. The idea is to make potential buyers as comfortable as possible; that means no sweating, and certainly no shivering.

Home-Showing Tip #2: Create a Warm Welcome

Your agent will talk to you about leaving the house during showings, so make sure you listen. Buyers don’t want to peek into closets or have discussions about how they feel about your house while you’re there—and even if you feel like you can describe the home’s best features or walk people through so they understand why it’s so special, it’s almost universally a bad idea for the seller to be home when buyers come through.

That said, don’t expect buyers to take off their shoes or to hurry up on a tour. (Think about the last time you went to see homes. Did you buy one that had a sign about taking off your shoes or where you felt like the clock was ticking as soon as you pulled up in the driveway?)

Leave a bowl of pre-wrapped candies by the door, and jot out a small note thanking your guests for stopping by to see the house. Little touches like these go a long way!

Home-Showing Tip #3: Skip the Candles, Deodorizers, and Perfumes and Opt for Natural Air Instead

If the weather’s nice, open all the windows and allow a fresh breeze to blow through the house. (Unless there’s a lot of noise outside; then keep them sealed up like a drum.)

Don’t burn candles, spray room or fabric deodorizer, or squirt perfume around the house, either. Asthmatic buyers and those with allergies will choke up—and not in a good way—and those with sensitive sniffers will wonder what you’re trying to cover up with all the fake scents.

Are You Selling a Home in Lakewood or Long Beach?

We’d love to help you sell your home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581. 

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Posted in Selling a Home
Nov. 19, 2017

Surprise! These 4 Improvements Won't Pay for Themselves at the Closing Table

Home Improvements that won't improve resale value

When you’re selling your home, the first step is asking a Lakewood Realtor® for a free comparative market analysis. There are several factors that affect your home’s value, including whether you live on a cul-de-sac, how many bedrooms and bathrooms you have, or you have beautiful hardscaping or a grassy yard.

But what about home improvements?

Surprise! These 4 Home Improvements Won’t Pay Off When You Sell

Unfortunately, not all home improvements are created equal—and not all of them will pay off at the closing table. Some are better than others are, but these four probably won’t bring in big bucks when you sell.

No-Profit Home Improvement #1: Major Electrical or Plumbing Upgrades on an Older House

It’s expensive to replace copper pipes, upgrade aluminum wiring, and otherwise turn an older system into a more modern one.

It’s also considered routine maintenance.

That means although you dropped a hefty amount of cash on the upgrades, what you were really doing was bringing the house into the 21st Century… not making an improvement that buyers are willing to drop their own cash on. That doesn’t mean the upgrades—or should we say updates—weren’t necessary; it just means that buyers won’t see the investment the same way you do.

No-Profit Home Improvement #2: Replacing the Roof

The average roof lasts about 30 years, and if yours has hit that mark without failing, that’s great—but replacing it once it’s passed its expected lifespan won’t necessarily “wow” buyers. Like major electrical and plumbing updates, replacing an old roof is considered a maintenance issue rather than an upgrade.

No-Profit Home Improvement #3: Major Professional Landscaping

While minor landscaping can have extensive benefits when you sell (any boost to curb appeal is good, and small improvements can even bump up the amount a buyer is willing to pay for your home), a major overhaul isn’t going to bring back the cash you spent when you sell.

Most people see landscaping choices as a matter of personal preference, and while you may enjoy a beautiful Koi pond with a waterfall, some buyers will see it as weekend work that they’d rather avoid. The same is true for an extensive flower garden, tough-to-edge foliage, or high-maintenance bushes and shrubs.

No-Profit Home Improvement #4: A Swimming Pool

Homes with swimming pools aren’t for everyone, just like high-maintenance landscapes aren’t. Some buyers don’t even look at homes with pools for various reasons.

Aside from that, though, installing a swimming pool (or a personal spa, for that matter) is expensive—and it’s money you’re very unlikely to recoup at the closing table.

Are You Selling a Home in Lakewood or Long Beach?

If you’re selling a home in Lakewood or Long Beach, we can help. Call us at 562-708-3530 or 562-485-6075 to find out how we can help you sell your home faster and at a better price.

 

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Posted in Selling a Home
Nov. 15, 2017

Virtual Open House - 4146 Clark Ave

 Beautiful Home in Lakewood Village

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW TO ENTER THE OPEN HOUSE AND TAKE THE 3D TOUR

This 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in Lakewood Village on a large lot of 7700 square feet gives you the best of everything needed to enjoy a California Lifestyle. Step into this sunny living room with a large picture window and adjacent dining room which is open to a beautifully remodeled kitchen with white cabinetry, granite counter tops and a 9’ by 7’ office area complete with a built-in desk. From the kitchen, you can walk through the French doors into a step-down, spacious master ensuite with an open-beam ceiling and ample closet space. There is also a very large front bedroom with a raised brick hearth fireplace which could serve as a home office or den. There is an enclosed family room that leads out to a brick patio and yard which is very private and fully fenced with avocado, lemon, lime, orange and apricot trees. Relax in the evenings in your gazebo covered spa and enjoy al fresco dining and entertaining in several conversation areas. For all your storage and added parking, there is a long and wide driveway with a two-car garage. Additional features include 2 upgraded bathrooms, laminate flooring throughout, custom baseboards, dual pane windows, central AC and heat.

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Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 7, 2017

Lakewood Community Gardens

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The Lakewood Community Gardens, a community fixture that provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors and connect with other members of the community, are located on Candlewood Street between Palo Verde Avenue and Woodruff Avenue.

About the Lakewood Community Gardens

The Lakewood Community Gardens cover 3 acres of land, which is divided into 323 individual gardening plots.

Plots are available to residents (but only residents) on a first-come, first-served basis. In many cases, there’s a waiting list for plots. Each plot is 10 feet by 15 feet, providing plenty of space to grow whatever you’d like.

The City of Lakewood performs general maintenance for the facility, but not the individual plots, as well as water. The annual fee is $12, and you can call 562-866-9770 (extension 2408) to find out about available plots.

What Grows in the Lakewood Community Gardens

·         Aloe

·         Amaranth

·         Arugula

·         Asparagus

·         Beets

·         Bell peppers

·         Broccoli

·         Brussels sprouts

·         Cabbage

·         Carrots

·         Cauliflower

·         Celery

·         Chard

·         Cucumbers

·         Eggplant

·         Endive

·         Fennel

·         Garlic

·         Green beans

·         Hot peppers

·         Jerusalem artichoke

·         Kale

·         Leek

·         Lima beans

·         Melons

·         Okra

·         Onions

·         Parsnip

·         Peppers (green, red, and more)

·         Potatoes

·         Strawberries

·         Sunflowers

·         Tomatoes

·         Watermelon

Do You Want to Buy or Sell a Home in Lakewood, CA?

We’d love to help you find the perfect home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the surrounding communities. When you’re ready to start exploring your options, call us at 562-882-1581 to let us know what you need. We’ll help you find it.

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Posted in Lakewood Events
Oct. 15, 2017

Lollipop Lane in Lakewood

Lollipop Lane in Lakewood CA - Lakewood Real Estate Listings

Lollipop Lane is back, and it’s going to be big!

On Saturday, October 21, Mayfair Park is hosting more than 100 crafters and artisans selling beautiful handmade holiday gifts. You’ll find Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas gifts of all shapes and sizes.

Where is Lollipop Lane?

Lollipop Lane at Mayfair Park is at 5720 Clark Avenue in Lakewood.

Local artisans craft and sell:

·         Jewelry

·         Clothing

·         Quilts

·         Cards

·         Gourds

·         Gift bags

·         Scarves

·         Purses

·         Woodcrafts

·         Paintings

·         Candles

·         Soaps

·         Lotions

·         Accessories

·         Unique gifts

Admission to Lollipop Lane

Admission is free, and refreshments are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Lakewood Meals on Wheels.

Parking at Lollipop Lane

You can park right at Mayfair Park or at the Lakewood City Hall East Parking Lot (see the map below). There’s a free shuttle running between City Hall and Mayfair Park for the event, and it runs every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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