Avoid any regrets in the buying process, and be sure to pay attention to these tips when considering your home purchase, to bypass some common buyer pitfalls. There are other things we will discuss when mapping out your real estate plans, which may be pertinent to your individual situation, and if you ever have any questions, be sure to contact me!
krista bell, REALTOR
We did it, my friend! Big congratulations to my client, who not only beat out other offers to secure this stunning Point Loma condo, but the offer price ended up including all of the furniture in the condo, as well! Bonus!!
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my dear client, who beat out multiple offers to secure this 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Townhouse Fixer in Linda Vista for an AMAZING price!
Kudos to you for taking one step closer towards officially living in San Diego!
And, if YOU (or someone you know) are ready to relocate to America's Finest City, be sure to contact an agent who is also a relocation expert - like me, for example. :-)
krista bell, REALTOR® | (619) 209-9953 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.kristabell.net | bre# 01874872
Enchanting Three Unit Compound - Centrally located in Normal Heights - Just 1 1/2 blocks to Adams Avenue, with amazing restaurants, cafes, shopping and seasonal free neighborhood festivals and concerts!
4567-71 Wilson Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
3 Units | 2 Buildings | 2,359 sf Interior living space | 6,251 sf lot
Seller will entertain offers between $899,900 - $949,900
Classic Craftsman front house with lots of built-ins, newly refinished hardwoods and retextured ceilings in the living and dining rooms, new paint in living room, dining room and kitchen with private front porch and shared yard with covered patio and lush, mature landscaping in backyard.
Light, bright two story duplex in back of property, which has private, gated entry to the duplex and the back of the property. Both duplex units are also 2BD/1BA with upgraded bathrooms, hardwood flooring exposed in some rooms and under carpets in other rooms.
Washer/dryer hook-ups in all three units on the property! Currently, there is a shared driveway for the whole property, with the potential to create additional off-street parking via the alley access in the back. Easy access to freeways: the 805, 15, 8 and the 94, and just 15 minutes to Downtown and beaches!
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We all want to be happy, but did you know there are steps we can take to be happier? Here's how!
#1. Invest time in your family and friends. Studies have shown that strong family ties reduce rates of depression and stress, and may even help you live longer.
Happiness action steps:
Create a family ritual such as a weekly family meal or an annual vacation, and schedule an
afternoon playing golf or wine tasting with friends.
#2. Find your purpose. Happy people have a reason to get up in the morning, are able to live their values and use their skills and talents to fuel their passions in their professions, the community and their personal lives.
Happiness action step:
What's your why? If you're not sure, ask:
= When do I feel fulfilled or happiest?
= When do I feel that I am maximizing my full potential?
= What do I want my life to look like in a year? Five years? Ten years?
#3. Have faith. Religious people tend to be happier than nonreligious people and may even deal with setbacks better. Additionally, having faith helps people find perspective.
Happiness action step:
Take a few minutes to pray or meditate every day.
#4. Get your financial house in order. The happiest people may not be rich, but they have enough money to be comfortable. Take control of your finances, and put the stress to rest.
Happiness action steps:
Create a spending plan that accounts for all of your income and expenses; make a plan to get out of debt; and enroll in an automatic savings or investment plan.
#5. Exercise, and eat right. I put this one last for a reason, BUT, fact is, exercise releases endorphins, the ultimate mood booster. Eating a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruit, beans and nuts has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Happiness action steps:
Take a walk during your lunch hour, or join a gym or recreational sports team. Write a shopping list that includes mostly healthy food and stick to it.
And, if homeownership would make you happy, then contact me today via email or call me at (619) 209-9953. I will help you make those real estate dreams your reality!
Source: Buettner, Dan. Thrive
As a young adult, I thought the idea of being paid strictly on commission seemed daunting. Now, having been in sales for many years and in the real estate industry since 2007, I have come to a vastly different perspective.
The gravity of the home buying and selling journey and being a part of one of the biggest decisions (and purchases) one can make in their lifetime - often leaves me awestruck.
The fact that I get to help guide clients through such an important, life-changing process means that I gain the opportunity to experience the exciting time with them, too - and, no matter how many people I assist with their real estate goals, the joy of bringing those goals to fruition never loses its magic on me.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of agents who flit from one client to another collecting commission checks (and who may also contribute to the not-always-so-stellar reputation of some in our profession). I am not one of these agents, however.
I am bestowed with the honor of helping make sure my clients have all of their needs taken care of at all times, and I see this privilege as one of the ways I give back to my community. The fact that I also happen to be compensated for it is just icing on the cake.
The success of my clients is my success, and the highest honor occurs when clients refer their friends and family to me; knowing their loved ones are in good hands and confident that they will be handled with the greatest of care.
With this in mind, and considering this time of year, it's important for me to express just how grateful I am to my clients, colleagues, and all of the folks who continue to refer clients to me. You are the backbone of my success, and you are dearly treasured.
*Note: If you feel as though your agent may not be as thankful for you as I am for my clients, please feel free to touch base via email or (619) 209-9953.
krista bell, REALTOR®
Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price does not have to be.
The key to saving money when purchasing a home is creating and sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations. Your REALTOR® should guide you and offer you the best advice possible, but you are the one who must ultimately make the final decision during offers and counter offers.
Here are six tips to ensure you and your agent negotiate the best price on your possible new property:
1. Get your financing in order.
When you need financing to purchase a property, getting pre-approved for a mortgage shows sellers that you're serious about buying and able to immediately move forward with the purchase of their home. Sellers choose buyers who are a sure financial bet, not those whose financing could flop, so they have to know you have started the loan process - if you need a loan before selecting your offer and taking their property off of the market.
2. Ask questions!
Do not be afraid to ask your agent questions for information to help you understand the sellers' financial position and motivation. Are they facing foreclosure or a short sale? Have they already purchased a home or relocated (which may make them eager to accept a lower price to avoid paying two mortgages)? Has the home been on the market for a long time, or was it just listed? Have previous offers been accepted? If so, why did they fall through? The more signs that sellers are eager to sell, the lower your offer can reasonably go.
3. Work back from a final price to determine your initial offer.
Before writing up your offer, know the most you are willing to pay for a property. Your agent should carefully review the comparable properties in the area which have recently sold with you so you have a clear understanding of the property's market value and how much you are willing to pay for it. With your agent, work backwards from that number to determine your initial offer. This can set the tone for the entire negotiation. A too-low bid may offend sellers emotionally invested in the sales price; a too-high bid may lead you to spend more than necessary to close the sale.
4. Avoid complicated contingencies.
Sellers favor offers that leave little to chance. If at all possible, keep your offer free of complicated contingencies, such as making the purchase conditional on the sale of your current home. Keep contingencies for mortgage approval, property inspections, and environmental checks typical in your area, whenever achievable.
5. Remain unemotional.
This is easily one of the toughest negotiation tips - especially when you have fallen in love with a property and envision yourself living there in the years to come. BUT, buying a home is a business transaction, and treating it that way helps you save money. Consider any forward movement by the sellers, however slight, a sign of interest - and keep negotiating.
Each time you make a concession, ask for one in return. If the sellers ask you to boost your price, ask them to contribute to closing costs or pay for a home warranty. If sellers won't budge, make it clear you're willing to walk away; they may get nervous and accept your offer.
6. Don't let competition change your plan.
Great homes and those competitively priced can draw multiple offers in any market. Don't let competition propel you to go beyond your predetermined price or agree to concessions - like waiving a property inspection - which are not in your best interest. When stakes are high, and a lot of money is at stake, going back to your well thought-out plan and strategy will be a steadfast ideal to which you can hold, and will make you more grounded as opposed to getting caught up in an auction mentality from other interested buyers.
If you need a negotiation expert and agent extraordinaire, contact me via email or (619) 209-9953: I'll talk great care of you.
krista bell, REALTOR®
Many thanks to G.M. Filisko for this article.