RSD Real Estate

Selling Your Home: 3 Must-Knows Before You List

Sometimes the hardest part of selling a home is making the decision to sell it. Our homes give us roots, provide sanctuary, house memories and, hopefully, give us some financial security. It’s a huge decision to sell a home.
Once made, however, additional decisions will come fast and furious, so take some time now, before the frenzy, to understand three salient points about the successful sale of a home in today’s real estate marketplace.

What is Market Value?

One of the most challenging aspects of selling a home is determining the list price. Many homeowners will go online to find homes nearby that are for sale and base their price assumption on those that are most similar.
The list price of a home, however, is a fantasy. It represents an amount of money the seller thinks, or hopes the home will bring. Until the home sells, he may be right or he may be wrong.
Buyers set market value for homes. What a knowledgeable, willing, and unpressured buyer pays for a home is the home’s true market value. Therefore, when pricing a home for the market, one must always look at the sold prices of similar homes nearby.
This is the method both real estate agents and appraisers use when determining a home’s market value.

First Impressions Matter

Think back to when you were house hunting. Were there houses that you arrived at that you just couldn’t bear to get out of the car to look at? Chipped or peeling paint, sagging window and door screens, and overgrown or dead landscaping do not make a good first impression.
Before you do anything else, clean your house, inside and out. Make cosmetic repairs, especially outdoors where the house makes its first impression. Even if it’s merely a new coat of paint on the front door, shiny new house numbers and some fresh mulch in the planting beds, it may help folks want to see more.
Don’t neglect the interior either. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at some websites with ideas on how to declutter and stage the home.

Don’t Attempt This on Your Own

I know what you’re thinking: Of course a real estate agent is going to tell me not to take the for-sale-by-owner route. So, I won’t ask you to take just my word for it. Let’s look at the cold, hard numbers.
First, only 9 percent of homeowners attempt to sell their homes without the aid of an agent, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Of those, almost half said they took this route because they were selling their home to someone they knew.
The next most commonly stated reason that a homeowner gave for not using an agent was that he or she didn’t want to pay the real estate commission. That’s understandable when one isn’t sure exactly what an agent does to get a home sold. Once you get a look at that list, you’ll understand that you definitely get what you pay for.
You should also take into consideration the fact that a home that is for sale by the owner is considered a bargain to most homebuyers. Many will walk in expecting you to kick back some of that money you’re saving by not using an agent. This is why, according to NAR, homes sold by agents sell for 16 percent more than those sold by owner.
Selling a home is a big deal and, thankfully, something we don’t often do. When it’s time to sell yours, start with the basics, as outlined above, and you’ll be ready to list your home before you know it.
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
680 Fletcher Parkway, #100
El Cajon, CA 92020
Office 619-873-2772   |   Cell 619-250-4541
http://www.StephenNissou.com   |   http://www.NissouRealtyGroup.com
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

CalBRE # 01443193

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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

 

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
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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
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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,