Month: August 2014

Pool Homes You’ve Got to See to Believe

Happy Wednesday!

With the weather warming up this week in San Diego, we’ve been inspired by these pool homes! Drop a comment and let us know what you think of them!

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Protect Your Home While It’s On The Market

Ready to sell your home? Besides dusting every nook and cranny and pulling weeds from the garden, don’t forget to protect yourself and your home when it’s on the market! Here’s a few ways on how to protect your home while it’s on the market so that you can feel more at ease.

Hide the Valuables

Don’t keep high-end valuables visible in your home while it’s on the market, including jewelry, collectibles and other items that are easy to steal. Keep a safe in the home with the valuables locked up, or secure a safe deposit box at your local bank to keep them in while your home is for sale. Another thing to hide? Your social security number, bank information, blank checks, prescription medications, and anything else that someone is able to snatch while undetected.

Inform Your Neighbors
Had an open house or buyer showing? If you’re not returning home directly after, inform the neighbors to check to be sure the doors were locked in the home. This will keep your home safe from unwanted visitors who know your home is for sale.

Accidental Property Damage
Potential buyers want to know the ins and outs of your home. Many will want to test the appliances and facets for functionality. Will they remember to turn off the gas burners and the bathroom sink? Avoid property damage that’s caused by fires, water damage and other threats by asking your realtor to communicate these concerns to the selling agent. The selling agent can double check to be sure everything is OFF before leaving the property.

Gun Safety and Dog Bites
You might think your gun is well concealed in your bedroom closet or nightstand, but potential buyers will poke around to get an idea of storage space. If you keep a gun in your home, make sure it is unloaded, locked in a gun box and completely out of sight. It will prevent accidental injuries and theft. And if you’re a dog owner? It’s best to remove the dogs from the premises. It will make your home more appealing to non-animal lover and eliminates the threat of dog bites. If you can’t remove your pets from the home, secure a crate that can be placed indoors or out, so that the animal is safely contained during the showings.

Slips, Trips, Falls
If someone gets hurt on your property, they may hold you liable and sue. Since potential buyers aren’t familiar with your home, make sure to prevent inquiries and lawsuits with preventative measures such as; repairing loose and uneven flooring (check porches and decks), remove ice and snow from the walkways and steps, secure rugs with non-slip padding, keep hallways and stairwells clear of clutter, and make sure your home is well lit (both inside and out).

Got any other tips and tricks we should know about? Leave them in the comments section below!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou – Nissou Realty Group

Keller Williams Realty
Office 619-873-2772

Cell 619-250-4541

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

 

8 Ways to Save on Gas

We’re all looking to save money these days. With gas prices increasing, it only makes sense to save at the pump. Here are 8 ways to save on Gas, and money!

Lighten Up: Driving around with an extra 40 pounds for three weeks is the equivalent of shuttling an extra passenger which requires more fuel. According to the Energy Department, carrying an extra 100 pounds reduces a vehicle’s fuel economy by 2 percent. The percentage is higher with smaller cars. Remove anything unnecessary from your passenger compartment or trunk.

 

    Carpool: Sharing a ride with neighbors or coworkers lets you make new friends while you conserve energy. Websites like Ride Search can get you started. There are also many regional sites that specialize in connecting commuters. Do a web search on “carpool” and the name of your region.

 

Comparison Shop: It works as well as gas as it does with shoes. Websites from Gas-Buddy let you look up stations near you and find the one offering the cheapest fuel.

 

Get Sleeker: Roll up your windows and remove the luggage rack. You’ll improve your aerodynamics, thereby improving your fuel economy. The Farmer’s Almanac estimates that remove a roof rack can improve fuel economy by 5 percent.

 

Rewarding Yourself: Collect any available rebates when you’re forced to pay big at the pump. Gash rewards give users cash back and other incentives. Look at incentives from American Express’ Blue Cash (offering 5 perfect cash-back rewards on gas purchases) and Discover’s Open Road Card.

 

Reduce Horsepower: Getting a car with a four-cylinder engine doesn’t have to mean a big image sacrifice. Car companies are enhancing their lower-horsepower offerings by adding the classic muscle—car engine rumble. Cars with less horse-power also tend to be cheaper.

Visit the Mechanic: Replacing a clogged air filter for around $20.00 increases fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent, or about $0.40 cents per gallon at current gas prices. Meaning that the repair should pay for itself after you’ve driven enough to burn about 50 gallons of gas. An engine turn-up can increase a car’s mileage by up to 4 percent, or around 15 cents a gallon.

 

Slow Down: This is the one driving tip that will probably save you more gas than all the others, especially if you spend a lot of time on the highway. The resistance of air increases exponentially as speed increases. So obviously if you are driving slower, the energy your car spends in overcoming air resistance will be significantly less. As your speed increases, this fraction increases rapidly. This is a factor that makes cars more fuel efficient compared to SUVs. Every 10 miles per hour you drive over 50 is like the price of gasoline going up about 54 cents a gallon. That figure will be even higher for less fuel-efficient vehicles that go fewer miles on a gallon to start with.

 

Got any other gas saving tips? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Office 619-873-2772   |   Cell 619-250-4541

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

CalBRE# 01443193
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty

680 Fletcher Pkwy. #100

El Cajon, CA 92020

 

Home For Sale in El Cajon/RSD!

11649 Calle Simpson, El Cajon, CA 92019

$589,900 – $615,000

4 BED   |   3 BATH   |   2601 Sq Ft.

Beautiful 2 story home on.24 acre lot with a calm serene view of the canyon off of the patio, kit & family room & master br. Vaulted ceilings. The home has been meticuliously maintained with new hvac, new flooring thru out the house, new no maintenance artificial turf in back yard. New hot water heater. Freshly painted interior. Main floor master bedroom suite as well as 1/2 bath.

* huge bonus room/game room (could be more bedrooms) * lighted outdoor privacy walls surround the home for patio entertaining * calming view of the canyon and crop of trees from the back yard. * closet organizers in all closets * alarm system * deck off of patio for access to garden area & fruit trees. * beautiful stamped concrete surrounding the home. * (2) fireplaces, one in family room, one in mbr * plantation shutters in living room & dining room * stain glass windows and marble flooring in entryway to greet you. * (4) ceiling fans to help you keep your comfort zone comfortable * eat in kitchen as well as formal dinning room. * (3) car garage w loads of custom storage cabinets. * highly rated elementary, middle and high school as well as college. * freshly painted interior. * polybutylene pipes replaced with new copper piping throughout home.

For more information and to schedule a private viewing of this home, please contact STEPHEN NISSOU today!

Office 619-873-2772

Cell 619-250-4541

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

www.NissouRealtyGroup.com/listing/mlsid/219/propertyid/140044730

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Tweaking Your Online Home Search

 

originalIn today’s digital age, many home buyers are searching the internet instead of newspapers to find a house. But sometimes scouring real estate search engines is kind of like online dating. With an overwhelming number of homes available in major cities, it may seem like too much to handle. Rest assured, there are only a few right for you.

So to cut down on the time in front of the computer, here are a few tips we’ve learned from our very own homebuyers when searching online for homes, and some advice for the neighborhoods you have your eyes on! Instead of beginning your search one websites like Zillow.com, Trulia.com, and Realtor.com, where you’re only entering your zip code, take a moment to think about what exactly you want in a home before your search. (How many bedrooms, baths, square-footage, neighborhood, etc.). Now that you’ve got that squared away…

Narrow down the neighborhood

Sure, you’ve heard the neighborhood is nice. But what’s nice about it? Check out crime rates, commutes, and if you have small children, school quality. Are you close to grocery stores? These things matter. Get an idea of what these homes are going for, too, by looking at “recently sold” and “Pending” homes in the area. Another great way to narrow down the neighborhood is to use tools (Zillow offers this) like custom maps to literally “put a ring on it”.

  1. Then Refine Again.
    So once you’ve narrowed down those bedrooms, baths, price, etc. you need to refine your search even more. Are you only looking for homes with a pool? Foreclosures? New Construction homes? Be sure to refine this criteria before proceeding with your home search. You’ll thank us later.

Is it a buyers or sellers market?
When you are ready to look for a home, choose a realtor. You need to know exactly how much leverage you have. What are homes selling for? Did the sellers from recent sales get what they asked for?

Online Agent Recommendations? We’ll pass…

While search engines are a great places to find a new restaurant you want to try, it’s not the best place when looking for a real estate agent to help you with your home. Just like companies pay to be featured on Google, agents pay to be featured on real estate search engines. It doesn’t hurt to check out online reviews of the agents, it’s best to ask friends and family for any recommendations before moving forward.

For more real estate tips, tricks, and advice, contact Stephen Nissou!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
Office 619-873-2772
Cell 619-250-4541
http://www.StephenNissou.com
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

Vacant Land to Build Your Dream Home!

Looking to build your dream home? This beautiful 8.85 acre property has the perfect views for your new home! Located in El Cajon, the property is ready to go; with a well that’s drilled, electricity and a phone line on the property, all you need is the home! And at an astonishing $239,000, you’ve got room to grow with horses, toys, or whatever else you can imagine! It’s not going to last long! 
 

Give me a call today to make an appointment to view the property and for more details! 619-250-

4541.

 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

SOLD! By Nissou Realty Group

JUST SOLD in your neighborhood!

11650 Avenida Anacapa, El Cajon, CA 92019! Nissou Realty Group represented the seller of this fantastic home!

For all your real estate needs, call Stephen Nissou and the Nissou Realty Group team! 619-250-4541

 

Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
Office 619-873-2772
Cell 619-250-4541
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com

 

 

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Beautiful La Cresta Home For Sale!

2794 La Cresta, El Cajon, CA 92021
MLS # 140030856
$529,000   |   3 BED, 3 BATH, 2178 Sq.Ft
Looking for privacy, serenity, and beautiful ocean views? Look no further than this beautiful El Cajon home right off La Cresta!
Located on a private drive, this custom single-leveled home features large, spacious rooms with an open floorplan, gorgeous wood flooring throughout, an upgraded kitchen with custom tile counters, backsplash, oak cabinets, and recessed lighting. Enjoy the sunroom with a fireplace, or make it an optional 4th bedroom! This home features natural lighting with skylights and sliding doors to view beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and cities all the way to the ocean! Enjoy the large outdoor deck and sitting area under the pagoda, as well as an over sized attached garage and storage shed.
Offering 3 bedrooms (optional 4th), 3 baths, and 2178 sq ft at a low $529,000! 
Call STEPHEN NISSOU today for more information and to schedule a viewing of this property! 
 OFFICE 619-873-2772
CELL 619-250-4541.
EMAIL Stephen@StephenNissou.com

Buying a Second Home

You’ve been thinking about purchasing a second home. Whether it’s an investment property, a getaway, or a place to retire, there are many things that need to be considered before making the purchase.

Does buying a second home make financial sense? Before you decide to make the leap into investing into another home, you need to consider if it is a sound financial move. Many home owners who have second properties complain that the home (which includes the purchase price and ongoing expenses) cost more than what they bargained for. Begin tallying up your expenses and factoring in any extra costs based on that simple fact that you won’t be there every day. You may need to also look into hiring a property management company and getting hazard insurance.

When you’re ready to make the purchase, be sure to get a real estate agent that is familiar with the location that you desire. This agent typically is an expert in the local area and so they can tell you the pros and cons about the location.

With the housing market building its way back up, flipping homes is becoming something of the past. Instead of looking for a return on an investment, perhaps think about enjoying the second property as a vacation or getaway home.

Finally, take Insurance into consideration to protect yourself and your second home. Be sure to get an inspection prior to purchasing so that you can deal with the repair issues up front and a sense of what the repairs might cost. Also, you may need to purchase title insurance in case problems such as past ownership or debt claims on the property surface after the purchase. Finally, look into carrying hazard insurance to protect your property against damage from theft, fire, flooding, or windstorms. Also, look into liability insurance which covers you and the members of your household for accidental injuries to your visitors.

For more information about purchasing a second home, contact Stephen Nissou today at 619-250-4541. Stephen@StephenNissou.com, orwww.StephenNissou.com

 

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty

680 Fletcher Pkwy. # 100

El Cajon, CA 92020

Office 619-873-2772

Cell 619-250-4541

http://www.StephenNissou.com

Stephen@StephenNissou.com
CalBRE # 01441393