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Monday, December 30, 2013

What Can You Expect from 2014?

Over the past year we've seen some great opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Interest rates were great, homes sold fast and there were tons of buyers in the market. The average sales price is up by $10,000!

We don't expect that great market to go away. The market has remained stable. For buyers, now is the time to get pre-approved. Interest rates are still phenomenally low and it's important to take advantage of that now.

Sellers - the inventory is still incredibly low and buyers need your home! Put your home on the market before the spring; beat your competition.

If you have any questions about what you can expect in 2014 or are ready to buy or sell, please give me a call today! Thanks for watching and happy new year!

Monday, December 9, 2013

What Should You Look for in an Agent?

What should you look for when hiring a real estate agent?

Most people want to work with an agent they can trust. Ask your friends and family if they have any referrals. Then look for experience. How long have they been a full time agent? Do they know the area?

I also wanted to address a common misconception. If you see an agent's name on a flyer to a home, you do not have to work with them. You can choose your own agent for no extra cost. Find somebody you are comfortable with.

What do you do to help a client buy or sell?

One of the most important steps when preparing a home for the market is making it available on the MLS. That way agents everywhere and buyers looking online can see the property.

We also do a lot of prospecting, calling neighbors to create a buzz. Word of mouth is a very effective marketing tool that is forgot about.

Even a simple yard sign can get a lot of attention. Buyers like to cruise through neighborhoods they would like to live in and see what is available.

Monday, November 18, 2013

260 Hammil Valley Rd. (Bishop, CA - Eastern Sierra Realty)

Thanks for joining me!

Today we are going to do something a little different. I am so excited to show you this beautiful, new listing. This three parcel property is located at 260 Hammil Valley Rd.

Nestled in the foothills of California's treasured Eastern Sierra, this gorgeous property allows for independent living. Grow your own food off the land and be self-sufficient! Perfect for communal living or a place to retreat.

This unique property offers a charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch house with a spacious covered front porch and basement. The garage has been fully converted into a 2 unit living space with a separate entry for the additional guest quarters upstairs. A newly refurbished bunk room with a bathroom is situated close to the barn and the recently fenced paddock.

There is an 8 stall barn with access to open BLM land, a yurt, and several out buildings. A solar system feeds into the grid. The property offers landscaped paths, fruit trees, a pool and spa. 3 separate parcels... with additional building credits. Mountain Views that go for miles!

If you would like to visit this property or know more about it, please give us a call. Don’t wait too long, this property is one-of-a-kind!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

3 Reasons to Sell During the Holidays

Welcome back! The holidays are here and that always brings the question whether now is a good time to sell or not. There’s a big misconception that the winter months aren’t a good time to list your home, but that simply isn’t true.

There are actually three great reasons why you SHOULD list your home.
  1. There’s lower inventory - Because so many people believe the misconception that now is the wrong time to sell, it means there is less competition for you.
  2. Buyers are more serious - The buyers that are looking during the holidays are have-to-buy buyers. We find most people who are relocating for jobs look during the holidays.
  3. Homes look great - Who doesn’t love holiday lights and decorations? The buyer often can become emotional when seeing homes like this.
These are four great reasons why you should list your home now. So give me a call and we can get started marketing!

Thanks for watching!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bishop CA Real Estate Market Update Fall 2013

Welcome back! The holiday season is upon us and I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately about what’s been happening in the market.

At the end of August we saw a slow in activity because of the increased interest rates. Inventory also began to increase causing a more balanced market.

Now is a great time to buy and sell. As we’ve seen even the slightest increase in interest rates can cause dramatic changes to the market. Take advantage of the great rates.

If you have any questions, please give me a call. Thanks for watching!

Monday, October 14, 2013

How to Prepare Your House for the Market

Welcome back! When you put your home on the market, you want it to appeal to a wide range of buyers. You want it to sell quickly and for a great price. Here are four tips to help get your home ready to list.
  1. Curb appeal - The outside of your home is the first impression a buyer has. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, and plant new flowers.
  2. ‘Declutter’ - Since you have to pack anyway, remove clutter and personal items. Don’t store them in the closet, though. Buyers will want to see how spacious the closets are.
  3. Repair - Buyers want a home in good condition. If you have a leaky faucet or burnt out light bulb, fix it. Don’t give the buyer any reason to doubt the condition and worth of your home.
  4. Ask a professional - It can be hard to look at your own home in the eyes of a buyer. Call us at 760.873.4161 and we can help you review what needs to be done to the property.
Thanks for watching!

Monday, September 30, 2013

How Long Will it Take to Sell My Home?

A lot of sellers ask me how long it will take to sell their home. Well, there are a lot of factors that determine how long. One of the most important of those is price. In today’s market, buyers want a home that is in good condition, with a good location and a reasonable price tag to match. If your home has all three of those components, it will sell quickly.

Right now, the average-days-on-market is 79 days. This is relatively long, though, for a fairly priced property. An accurately priced home should sell within the first three weeks on the market.

If you have any questions about how your home should be priced, please give me a call at 760.873.4161

Thanks for watching!