home improvement

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

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

What is an HOA?

HOA

Recently, I had a client who was looking to purchase a townhome in the Santee area. With each townhome we went to view, there was an “HOA” attached to it that was a monthly expense. My client, being a first-time home buyer, had a few questions about what an HOA is and what it covers.

HOA means Home Owners Association. It can exist in planned housing developments, townhomes, and condos. It is billed typically on a monthly basis, however sometimes can be billed quarterly. Most developments in areas of San Diego, such as Rancho San Diego and El Cajon, have HOA fees that an owner must abide by paying.

HOA fees are dues to pay for upkeep of common areas within the development, such as parks, tennis courts, swimming pools, and elevators. Sometimes, HOA fees also pay for things like trash pick-up and in certain complexes, water. They also serve as special assessments on homeowners when the association lacks sufficient reserves to pay for unexpected repairs.

Home Owners Associations are typically run by the home owners themselves within a neighborhood, and the up-keep is done through a property management company. Some homeowners are extremely picky about what their members can do with their properties, so picking a home with the right HOA is important. Sometimes, homeowner associations dictate whether Christmas lights can be hung, or what kind of window coverings can be used, while others are more relaxed and just want to keep property values up by doing things like mowing the grass in common areas or preventing homeowners from painting their homes unusual colors.

Home Owner Associations can have a huge impact on your decision to buy a property. When you are ready to purchase a property, you will be shown the HOA documents, which include the HOA budget and HOA contracts.

If you have questions or a concern regarding what an HOA is and what they cover, leave us a comment!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

The Benefits of an Open House

Open House

You’re ready to sell your home and your real estate agent suggests an open house to showcase your home. What are the benefits to an open house?

Open Houses are one of the most effective ways to showcase your home to potential buyers. It gets eyes on your home to bring in potential buyers who would otherwise be too lazy or unmotivated to book a showing. By adding in advertising and signage and you’re going to catch the eye of casual and serious prospective buyers.

By doing an open house, you can set the scene your way with prospective homebuyers. Many times, prospective buyers will want to view your home with little to no notice. It can be stressful keeping your home “showcase ready” while on the market. With an open house, you’ll be able to prepare for an event that has the potential to bring in many potential buyers. Sweeten the deal by baking cookies and setting them out or filling vases with fresh flowers.

Another benefit of having an open house is that you are able to lock in an interested buyer. If your home has already caught the eye of a potential buyer they are more willing to come back for a second look at your home in a less formal setting. An open house gives the buyer the opportunity to also bring family and friends to the showing. Any given weekend, you’re likely to see multiple open houses in a particular location.

Buyers that are interested in purchasing a home in your area is able to compare homes in the area that are for sale by attending many different open houses, which gives you the opportunity to allow your home to stand out in a crowd.

Finally, another benefit of an open house is that you get to choose the timing to showcase your home. Holding an open house has the potential to put your home on the real estate map. Work strategically with your agent to schedule and organize a successful open house.

 

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

 

Staircase Crazy

This week has a been a busy one. I recently checked out a home for one of my clients that had one of the most beautiful staircases I’ve seen in a home. Since then, my team and I have been a little “Stair Case Crazy!”

Since we’re heading into the weekend, here’s a little bit of stair case heaven I wanted to share with you! Check them out and tell us what you think by leaving a comment below!

 

 

 

 

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Ways to Enhance Your Entryway

Are you looking to add some fizz to your foyer? First impressions matter so when you’re ready to re-design your entryway, look at it from the viewpoint of someone who has never seen your home before.

Define the space with a bold color to exude a warm welcome. Be sure that the color ties in with the rest of the adjoining rooms. Try to keep the space clear of any type of furniture so that the space has a feeling of openness and feels larger.

Accessories are important. Be sure that lighting is prominent in the area by adding a fun chandelier or table lamps on an entry way table. Add a mirror on one of the walls to open up the space and make it feel larger. If you have a few mirrors you love put them together in a fun cluster to make the space more inviting.

Buffet and console tables are in right now for entryways. Add a small three-drawer chest or console table against a wall to add depth to the space. Or if you have a large entryway, add a round table in the middle of the room. You can then put a floral piece in the center.

There are so many different ways to enhance your entryway. Take a look at more inspirational photo’s we just love and see more on our Pinterest Page – www.Pinterest.com/NissouRealtyGroup.

 

Your Local Real Estate Expert,

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