Sunday, March 25, 2007

Is an Open House a Good Idea?

With concerns over safety, security, and just plain privacy, many homeowners are questioning whether or not an open house is really necessary. Statistics show that only a small percentage of homes are sold from an open house. With 77% of homebuyers now using the internet to search for their new home, it's no wonder. Most buyers now do their research online, not in the car. It utilizes their time more efficiently (not to mention, it saves $3.29 a gallon on gas!) and allows them to research other aspects of the neighborhood, comparable prices, and schools before deciding to view the property. Many are choosing to sneak out on their lunch hours to view a home over spending hours in the car on Sunday afternoon.

However, there are times that an open house can be effective. When the home is unique, off the beaten path, or the pictures don't do justice for the home. For these homes, an open house can give potential buyers the opportunity to consider a property they may not have based on internet advertising. Just make sure your property is showing in tip top shape before the open house. Clear the clutter, make it sparkle - including the windows, have the carpets cleaned, pull the weeds and plant flowers, and just make sure your home has never looked better! Oh yeah, lock away your valuables and prescription drugs.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Open House Saturday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Come on by and see this lovely Townhome
Saturday, March 24 from 12-3 p.m.
1444 Sq. Ft!
2 Bedrooms +LOFT (easily can be 3rd)!
2.5 Bathrooms!
Detached 2 car Garage!
Private Patio!
Huge Master Suite!
Cozy Fireplace nook!
Beautiful Tiled floor in Dining/Kitchen/Baths
VIEW!! Mst Bed/ Ag Fields/ Mountains
Complex has 3 Pools/Tennis Courts! Peaceful/Quiet/Well Maintained Complex.
You really should not miss this lovely Townhome... 1844 ROGUE RIVER CIRCLE; RIVERVIEW
Take Telephone Rd; right on Montgomery; cross over Bristol and there you are!
For more information contact: WWW.JANISCALKINS.COM or call (805) 218-7016

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fed Leaves Rates Alone

The Federal Reserve Board met today and left the federal funds rate unchanged at 5.25%. For the first time since it stopped raising rates, the Fed did not hint that it was more likely to raise rates further than to reduce them.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Yo, Dog, Check it Out!

Looking for the (massive) "Yo Factor"? This one's got it! Charming midtown Ventura home with hardwood floors, a fireplace, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a detached 2 car garage. Even Simon likes it!

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Sellers Home Inspection

We are hearing more and more about seller's having a professional home inspection report prepared prior to marketing their home. Hmmmmm, how do we feel about this? On one hand, it gives the seller the opportunity to repair defects that they may not have been aware of. In addition, any repairs being done prior to the prying eyes of a buyer can be completed in a much more efficient and less costly manner. For instance, a leaky roof can be fixed two ways: a repair or a new roof. Obviously, a buyer would want a new roof. Obviously, a seller would want to have the problem repaired. Sellers can save thousands of dollars by having properties pre-inspected prior to buyers using their own report as a way to get concessions in price.

If you are a buyer, make sure you speak directly with the inspector. Many times an inspector will be candid in a verbal exchange, whereas they are more limited with their written report to limit liability. Check with your agent and make sure the inspector is reputable and known in the area. In addition, many reports are not transferrable, they are only good for the party who purchased the reports. Make sure you are ok with this, otherwise, you may want to purchase your own report.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Walk to the Beach!

Prime location within walking distance to the beach! Great property for 1st time buyer or as a 2nd home for vacationing near the beach. Needs a bit of TLC and priced to sell quickly.
Great investment. 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, private patio, 1 car garage. 10 minute walk to enjoy the sunset over the Ocean!

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(805) 218-7016

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Do I Need a Pest Inspection?

Many people assume that it's standard, even required to get a pest control report and complete all the reccommendations in that report any time you are buying or selling a home. Admittedly, it is done often, but certainly not required, unless it is written in to the purchase contract and accepted by both parties. It's a good idea to make sure any home you are buying is properly maintained, and having a pest inspection when you are buying your home is a great time to do it. However, many buyers plan on doing major renovations soon after the close that would make some of the reccommended repairs in the wood destroying pest report duplicated, or even wasted repairs. Other times, buyers are competing with other buyers for the home, and they choose to have the repairs completed after the purchase, and on their own dime. Either way you choose, make sure you understand the magnitude of the repairs and go in with your eyes wide open.

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