Tuesday, March 8, 2016
When buying a home, you don't want to do the wrong things. There are 5 key things that buyers should NEVER do until after the close of escrow:
1. Buy any Large Items (such as cars, appliances, computers, TV's, etc) that require a credit check or a withdrawal from your bank account. Credit checks can actually lower your credit score and a
drop in your verified funds can result in a loan denial.
2. Change Your Marital Status. This could impact how you hold the title.
3. Change Jobs. Your loan may be denied due to a job change. Lender may re-verify your credit and employment at the last minute.
4. Switch Banks or Move Your Money to Another Institiution. This can affect your loan approval.
5. Paying off Existing Accounts unless your lender requests it. If timely payments are made and kept below 50%, certain long standing revolving credit accounts can have a positive affect on your credit. However, if your lender tells you to pay it off, follow their direction.
For more buyer tips, see Selecting the Best Home Buyer Representative and Search for Homes on Your Phone.
Keller Williams Realty
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
appeal to a more diverse range of home buyers if you decide to sell. However, a kitchen remodel can
easily cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more, which is why you want to make choices that you can live with. Learning more about some of hottest trends can help you decide what you want and don't want in your kitchen.
Traditional Is Back
Trends come and go, but the classics remain constant. One of the hottest renovation trends is a more
traditional look. Homeowners today are no longer attached to trendy colors and modern designs; they
want homes that have a more traditional look and will retain that traditional look for years to come.
Experts predict a return to darker wood colors for cabinets, tables, counters and even floors. There are
also some reports that homeowners will use oil rubbed bronze and darker pulls and handles on cabinets and drawers as opposed to flashy and contemporary chrome accents. Other trends include rustic farmhouse tables, double porcelain sinks and natural stone counters.
It's hard to go anywhere today without seeing or hearing about green decorating trends, and those
trends carry over into kitchens. Homeowners want products made from recycled materials and the
chance to "go green" at home. Adding a recycling center is just one of the hottest trends for the kitchen. Designers also found that homeowners want counters and floors made from recycled or sustainable materials. Bamboo is a sustainable construction material that works well in flooring applications. Homeowners can also find counters made from old tires, soda bottles and other recycled goods.
Homeowners Want More Space
Ask anyone what they need in their homes, and the odds are good that many will say they need more
space. Recessed lighting is one trendy accent that adds more space and reduces the number of fixtures
and cords hanging down from the ceiling. Other ways to add more space include adding an island with storage to the center of the room and cutting down on the number of cabinets lining the walls.
There are a number of trendy ways that you can renovate and change your kitchen. Going green, adding more space and bringing in traditional elements are just a few of those ways. Talk with a real estate agent about other changes you can make that will add value to your kitchen.
Keller Williams Realty
Monday, January 18, 2016
Thinking about updating your home before selling? You will want to consider the Cost of the improvement versus the actual increase in the sale value for San Diego area homes. Here are the 2015 top 10 home improvement projects that pay back the highest value. For every dollar you pay, how much will you get back on average. See the online Remodeling full report.
Midrange Improvements Cost vs. Value
1. Siding Replacement (Vinyl) 102.9%
2. Deck Addition (Wood) 102.8%
3. Entry Door Replacement (Steel) 96.4%
4. Garage Door Replacement 90.1%
5. Stone Veneer Accent 93.2%
6. Attic Bedroom Remodel 82.0%
7. Entry Door Replacement (Fiberglass) 80.4%
8. Roofing Replacement 78.8%
9. Window Replacement (Vinyl or Wood) 78.4%
10. Minor Kitchen Remodel 77.8%
Before starting your home improvement projects, to prepare for selling a home, consult an experienced Realtor who can help guide you to avoid costly upgrades that might not add value to your home. For more suggestions see 4 Tips Guaranteed to Sell Your Home.
Virginia Hall, CRS, ABR, CNE
Keller Williams Realty
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Once the City of San Diego approves the grading, Pardee homes plans to begin construction during the first quarter of this year on the Castlerock housing development. The master plan development (Map compliments of Castlerock Website) of approximately 430 single family homes will be located on the border of San Diego and Santee, across from West Hills High School at the base of the hillside north of Mast, just east of SR 52, between Medina Dr. and West Hills Parkway.
The motto of the master planned community is “A Natural Environment to Live and Thrive”. The homes will be located on an 18 acre parcel of the total 204 acres. Each single home will be between 1,700 to 3,800 estimated square feet, and include energy efficient technology. The architectural design elements will complement the Mission Trails design, capturing natural light and inland breezes. There will be a tree lined entryway along Mast Boulevard with a public trail spanning the eastern edge connecting with Mission Trails Regional Park and Goodan Ranch to the north. The development will include scenic multiuse trails, colorful drought tolerant landscaping, along with neighborhood parks. Over 50% of the 204 acres is designated open space.
For more information, visit the Castlerock website and watch their video tour. Once the development is complete it will be annexed into the City of Santee, who will provide all of its public services.