Oh S N A P!

Big news for westside real estate that has to do with… Snapchat! Yes, Snapchat. Snap, which is the parent company of Snapchat and located in Venice, is set to go public in March. With Snap’s I.P.O going public, real estate agents and money managers are excited for all the new potential business. Just in the past year property values have risen over 13 percent with the average price per square foot at $1,257. It’s going to be a great time to sell! For more info click here: NYTimes.
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5 Ways to Make Your Home Market Ready


You’ve made the decision to sell your home! Great! Getting your home market ready doesn’t need to be this huge daunting task hanging over your head. Read on to discover 5 ways you you can make your home appealing to potential buyers.


1. Declutter and Organize


I believe that hiring a professional would be the best practice here. You need to clear all  surfaces, organize books, organize closets, and do some rearranging so that everything looks clean and in order so that the buyer can imagine themselves living in the home. You might even need to take out certain items that crowd the space and put them in storage. Professional Staging is one of the most effective ways to sell a home. The upfront cost is minimal compared to what you will make from the house.


My friend, Morgan Ovens, is amazing at getting things organized and clutter free! Check her out at Havenhome.la


My other friend, Jennifer Lane, is the staging queen and her site is full of inspiration. You can find her at MeridithBaer.com



2. The Kitchen


People love gathering in the kitchen as it is usually a place of activity. For that reason, we want a potential buyer to see themselves utilizing the area. There are a few things that can be done here for relatively cheap. You should replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.



3. The Bathroom


A dull bathroom can be a real turn off. So if your tub and shower are looking a bit dingy, you might want to consider re-grouting and replacing any chipped tiles. You might also want to add new bathroom fixtures that will make the space look brighter and more appealing. You can also do simple things like adding a new toilet seat that are pretty easy for you to install but can make the world of difference.


4. Paint


You don’t need to repaint every room as that can get to be pretty expensive but patching up holes, buffing out scratches, and maybe redoing one or two rooms with help transform the feel of the house. White and off-white walls tend to attract buyers because the neutral palette allows them to focus on the home’s characteristics. They also work well with most furniture so the buyers can see themselves in the space.


5. Curb Appeal


Make sure the lawn is mowed, shrubs are trimmed and the garden is free of weeds. Any house could probably use a good power washing. Follow that up with any paint touch-ups. Prospective buyers are also sure to pay attention to the roof so make sure that it is in good shape.

Let's get organized...

Meet beautiful Morgan Ovens, former American Idol turned entrepreneur organizer maven, owner of Haven. www.havenhome.la

It is SO important to have a go-to-gal to de-clutter your home, especially before listing your house because "clutter eats equity!"

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Finding The Perfect Home

Finding your perfect home is SO personal!  Everyone has different ideas about what they want and what is most important to them.  First off I meet with my clients to discuss their priorities; location, size of home, amount of bedrooms & bathrooms, backyard, pool, schools, view, etc... It is fun to view homes, but it is imperative to make sure that you are ready to pull the trigger by having your financing in order.  Having a fantastic loan officer and being pre approved is one of the most important parts of the process because without it, you can find your dream home, but quickly lose it.  Organization is key!  Can't wait to help you find your perfect home!