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Listing of the Day: A Spacious Home With Luxury Details From Ann Akcheian-Luka of John Hart Real Estate

April 24, 2018

The Listing of the Day for April 24 is over at 20234 Adriene Way Santa Clarita, CA. Provided by John Hart Real Estate.

Living in comfort and luxury is easy when you live at 20234 Adriene Way! Nestled in Santa Clarita this beautiful home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an attached three car garage. Well-illuminated and spacious floor plan inside with beautiful hardwood flooring, crown and baseboard moldings, wall cutouts that make the home look larger, recessed lighting and intricate ceilings. This home offers a den, spacious living room with a fireplace, well-lit bathrooms, and a dining area. Granite countertops in the kitchen with matching granite backsplash, stainless-steel appliances, and a breakfast nook make the kitchen a must-see! Nestled under a cathedral vaulted ceiling, the master bedroom includes a walk-in closet, private bathroom with dual vanities, and sliding glass doors that lead out to the private deck patio. Making your way to the backyard, you will find the ideal space to entertain or unwind by the built-in firepit, patio, and beautiful tree top views!

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 5546 square feet. Listed for $639,900.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Bill Arseneau with Keller Williams Realty from Mission Viejo, CA!

April 23, 2018

Bill Arseneau

Bill Arseneau
Keller Williams Realty

Experience: 2 years
Specializations: Listings and Expired Listings.
Areas Served: All of Orange County.

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: I wanted to work for myself in an industry where my earning potential was unlimited. And I’ve always been intrigued by the incremental increase of value homes have over time.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  Walked into what was supposed to be a vacant home, only to find the wayward daughter had broken in and had been squatting there.

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Do Open Houses Sell Homes?

April 20, 2018

Open house signs are a common sight, especially on a beautiful spring day. While prospective home buyers often use open houses to shop around, they’re just as often attended by curious neighbors and people out for home décor inspiration. So is an open house really worthwhile?

In a seller’s market, an open house can seem superfluous. Especially in areas where houses are primarily being purchased by investors or flippers who are more interested in earning potential than the current state of the home, you may not think you need to host an open house.

The truth is, if you want to sell your house fast, it can be a smart strategy to host an open house on the day you first post your listing. Those who are in the market for a home will be excited by the prospect of the immediate gratification of being able to see your house in person.

People are rarely patient when they’re shopping for a house, especially when it’s a seller’s market. They may have suffered the sting of having already placed several rejected bids on other houses. If they get the chance to see your house, and fall in love with it, they’ll feel encouraged to put in a generous bid fast, before someone else beats them to it.

After all, even the best real estate listing photos pale in comparison to walking around a house and getting a feel for the layout, the yard, the neighborhood, and the life their family could have in your house.

Staging a Home to Sell

Open houses are the most successful when a house is well-staged and feels inviting to potential buyers. Beyond making sure that your home is clean and furnished in a stylish fashion, there are a few things to keep in mind when staging a home to sell:

-Put away personal items such as family photos, trophies, and toys. The idea is for your house to be a blank canvas onto which prospective buyers can project their dreams.

-Secure your jewelry and other valuables. Unfortunately, some dishonest people take advantage of open houses.

-Don’t leave any paperwork in your office. Protect your privacy by ensuring your personal information isn’t within easy view of open house guests.

-If you have pets, make arrangements for them to spend the afternoon with friends or at doggy daycare. It’ll be safer and happier for them! If you have cats, the litterbox should be stowed away during the open house. Extra cleaning may also be needed to eliminate any pet-related odors.

-Make plans for yourself. Some agents prefer not to have the homeowner present for open houses. If this is the case for your showing, make plans for yourself. Go to a movie, run errands, visit your mom. Maybe even spend the day at the spa to reward yourself for all the hard work you did staging your home.

More Tips to Sell Your House Fast

An open house should highlight the features that make your home unique. When you stage your home, think about the favorite things you’ve always loved about it, and how you can make those stand out to potential buyers.

-If your home has a beautiful yard, make sure the curtains are open so buyers can look out onto it as they tour your home. Consider adding a few colorful flowering plants to give it an extra pop if your current landscaping isn’t already in bloom.

-Baking a batch of cookies is an old open house trick, and it’s a classic for a reason. This is an especially good tactic if your home has a great kitchen, as guests will be daydreaming about all the baking they could be doing.

-Do you have a cozy reading nook? Curate that sense of hygge with some throw pillows, soft blankets, and a stack of classic books.

-Sell your neighborhood as well. Although some prospective buyers know exactly what neighborhood they want to live in, others may still be undecided. A house is a place to live, and that living extends beyond the four walls and into the surrounding area. What parks, local businesses, and schools will buyers gain access to when they buy your home? Why is this where they should want to settle their family for the foreseeable future?

Do open houses sell homes? It can be easy to think they don’t in today’s digital world. But no 3D walking tour will ever replace the experience of actually walking into a house and realizing this is the one.

Listing of the Day: A Canyon Hideaway from Mary Fealkoff with The Fealkoff Team and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services!

April 20, 2018

The Listing of the Day for April 20 is over at 3415 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA. Provided by The Fealkoff Team.

Discover a magical canyon hideaway located just minutes from The Commons, Gelsons, Bristol Farms, Cafe Mimosa, fine dining and shopping. This home features one main floor bedroom and bath, two bathrooms on the second floor, and just under 1300 square feet. The open living and dining areas include light oak floors, cozy fireplace and balcony to enjoy the serene views. Chef’s kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. Large windows and French doors throughout bring in an abundance of natural light, while the lush landscaping and mature oak trees in the backyard provide a beautiful view from the patio. Don’t miss this one!

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1290 square feet. Listed for $899,000.

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