The week that was!

This writing, Nov 13 2018, looks back at an incredibly eventful week. The elections, witnessed nationwide, were just a fraction of what took place in California.  Yet, all that took place in California this week touches upon national and global concerns.

California leads the way and will continue to do so in the new conservation economy.  California remains the place to be and the economy to invest in.  Our recent fires remind us of the need to manage our resources, protect our environment and foresee possible challenges.  All of this combines to make us the leaders in the world for production of efficient energy and environmental conservation. 

Come to California to put your innovative industry at the forefront of global economics

Export your product worldwide from one of the largest port states in the world. 

Enjoy the sunshine, the prosperity, the culture of one of the most beautiful places on earth. When looking for a home to love, call me to help you find the dream home in the dream state.

Thanksgiving Prayer

Being a realtor has absolutely nothing to do with being thankful for my home. We are all aware that there are those, for many different reasons, who do not have a home.  

Today, I am thinking of them.  I know that feeling guilty about my good fortune will not help those who are without a home.

But I do know that my sincere thankfulness will help them. The awareness of the blessing of beauty and security that a home provides expands my being and makes me better able to be of help to those who do not currently enjoy this basic life gift.

So, joyously thank the heavens for home today, Thanksgiving day and every day.  The energy derived from this thankfulness will spill into the lives of those you may not even know.

Have a joyous Thanksgiving!

Viewing Homes To Purchase ~ A Few Do’s and Don’t’s

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No matter what the market is like, a seller’s market or a buyer’s market, there are a few do’s and don’ts when viewing for the purpose of buying.

Some of these have to do with etiquette and some have to do with winning strategy.

After you’ve ascertained from your lender what your price point is and you start looking for homes that fit financial and aesthetic criteria, see as much as you can.  That means the good, the bad and the ugly.  Why?  Because if you only view what’s beautiful, you may have the misperception that beautiful homes are the norm and that you can take your time or low ball.  This only leads to having to make many offers on many homes.  If you see a beautiful home and it’s $40,000 more than a below grade home, it’s hard to appreciate the value of the beautiful home if you’ve never seen the below grade homes.  It just increases the learning curve and frustration  to have a narrow view of what’s available.

Don’t criticize the home with the seller in earshot.  I know this cramps the buyer’s ability to communicate freely and a listing agent should educate the seller to be away when there’s a showing. We want buyers to have freedom to speak frankly to their realtor and each other. But, sometimes it can’t be helped.  In addition, sometimes buyers think that if they find fault with the home and express that to the seller, they can get a lower price.  This rarely is the case.  Owners have pride in both their homes and themselves.  Criticism of the home just creates resistance.  When making the offer, the agent and/or you will express how much you really like the home and wish to Iive there and that based on comps you hope the owner views your offer as a fair market offer.

Even at Open Houses, be discreet in comments among your party.  Other buyers are present and it’s a courtesy to the seller not to be negative about their home.  Even though it’s an open house, guest rules still apply.

Saving most important for last.  If you’re serious about buying for a home, don’t just wait for weekend Open Houses. A serious buyer views a prospective home at first opportunity. All the other buyers are waiting for the weekend.  Be ahead of them.  In addition, don’t just wait for the new homes that come on the market; view or revisit some of those homes that have been on the market a while.  Maybe the seller is willing to negotiate.

Viewing homes is fun and when viewing with intent to purchase a few strategies can win the day and the home of your dreams! Happy shopping!

Want a new home?  Call me!  I’m here for you with many resources to make it a joy!