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Home For Sale in Old Rancho San Diego!

Turnkey ready home for sale in Old Rancho San Diego! A 1 story, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,881 sf home with 3 car garage with plenty of parking in the driveway for guests. Granite countertops in kitchen with fresh paint. Community features 2 pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, and two parks! Elementary and High School are within walking distance. This is a great home to raise a family and is on a quiet street. Downtown La Mesa, Target, 24 Hour Fitness, Edwards Cinema, Sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, and many more restaurants nearby.

Seller is entertaining offers between $399,000 – $449,000.

For more information, and to schedule a time to view the property, please contact Stephen Nissou today!
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
Email: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
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Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen NIssou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
CalBRE # 01443193

How To Be A Respectful Home Buyer

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When a home is on the market, the seller’s privacy goes out the window. It is almost guaranteed that some buyers will open drawers, peek inside cabinets and touch items that are obviously personal and not included in the sale.

Coming home from work to find that the impeccably-made bed you left in the morning is now covered in a ball of linens is obviously annoying. Constant requests to extend deadlines, lists of demands and nitpicking the condition of the home are not only time consuming and insulting, but they do nothing to endear the buyer to the seller.

These are just a few examples of homebuyers behaving badly. Depending on the market, however, buyers are not necessarily in the driver’s seat. During periods of multiple offers and heavy investor involvement, it’s important for buyers to be on their best behavior. So, dear homebuyer, read on to learn how to not turn off the seller of your potential dream home.

The Time Bandits

Savvy home sellers spend a great deal of time ensuring that the home is presentable during the marketing period. They clean, de-clutter, and then inconvenience themselves by skedaddling before any potential buyers show up. Buyers that cancel appointments at the last minute, or just don’t bother to show up, are behaving quite badly.

Unless an emergency came up, and there was no time to call your agent or the seller, try to provide the seller with at least several hours’ notice that you won’t be arriving to tour the home. It’s the polite thing to do, and it just might save the seller from needlessly preparing for your arrival.

“Time is of the essence” is a phrase that you’ll see in most real estate purchase contracts. What it means is that all specified deadlines in the agreement are mandatory – well, sort of. Yes, you can request the extension of a date and it will most likely be granted, if the reason for the request is compelling enough.

Frivolous requests, however, or those made repeatedly, are big time wasters. Sellers are frequently on a tight schedule to get the transaction to the closing table. Just as you are excited to get into your new home, the seller has plans as well. Keeping contract deadline extension requests to a minimum is one way you can contribute to a smooth transaction.

Then there is the homebuyer that, once the ink dries on the contract, treats the home as if it’s unoccupied and equipped with a revolving door. One week it’s an interior decorator that needs access to take measurements, then, perhaps, the next week it will be the architect. Many buyers want to show family members their new home – before it is actually their new home.

The seller, in the meantime, is packing for the move, having repairs completed, accommodating the appraiser and inspectors – all while attempting to live a normal life. Additional home tours are more than an inconvenience, they are time stealers.

If you must gain access to the home, ask your agent to find out when the inspector or appraiser will be there and arrange to visit at the same time.

The Nitpickers

Nitpicking is neither a successful price-reduction nor negotiating strategy, as buyers who have tried it can likely attest. Bankrate.com’s Dana Dratch calls these buyers “gladiator wannabes,” who, after they’ve agreed to purchase a home, come in with a long list of things that are wrong with it, or a list of concessions.

The art of negotiating depends on give and take – not a barrage of one-sided demands. Let your real estate agent do the negotiating. If you truly feel that something that is wrong with the house commands a price reduction, your agent should be able to justify it with a list of comparables and reasons why the home doesn’t stack up.

The Unprepared

There are several reasons why a real estate agent will suggest that a buyer get fully approved for a loan before submitting an offer. Buyers that don’t take this important step will run the risk of derailing the entire transaction.

Even a pre-approval commitment from a lender isn’t firm. Once the loan application is in the hands of the underwriter, anything can happen. Many times, a buyer will receive a letter from the bank – in the middle of a transaction – listing all the conditions that must be met before the loan is approved. Satisfying these conditions not only takes time, but, depending on the conditions, may result in a cancelled sale.

Take the time to work with your lender to ensure that you will get the loan before committing to purchase a home. Don’t make any major purchases until the home closes escrow. Entering into the process knowing that you’ll get the loan is not only a courtesy to the seller, but the peace of mind it will give you is priceless.

Both parties in a real estate transaction have schedules that need to be accommodated during the purchase process and, of course, sellers can behave badly as well. (We’ll take a look at that in a future article). Respecting each other’s needs helps make the transaction run smoother and more comfortably for all concerned.

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Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
680 Fletcher Pkwy. El Cajon, CA 92020
Direct 619-250-4541  |   Office 619-873-2772

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

CalBRE # 01443193

Condo For Sale in Rancho San Diego!

12191 Cuyamaca College, #811, El Cajon, CA 92019

2 Bed, 2 Bath, 834 sf.
$229,000 – $239,000
Get a piece of Rancho San Diego before it’s too late! Freshly painted downstairs 2 bedroom luxury condo in the heart of RSD! This is a great starter home, retirement home, or rental property. A highly desirable neighborhood with a beautiful open air feel, unline many other condo associations. Turn key ready – should I say more?  All appliances included, with central A/C, Granite and stainless steel appliances. 2 parking spaces!
Close to Edwards Cinema, Target, Sushi, Italian, Starbucks, Mexican restaurants, and much more! Close to freeways and schools.
For more information, and to schedule a viewing, please contact Stephen Nissou!
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
E-mail: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
619-250-4541   |   619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

St. Patricks Day Calendar of Events in San Diego 2015

Are you looking for a fun event to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Here is your calendar of events for St. Patricks Day, 2015 in San Diego, California!
St. Patrick’s Day at Hooley’s Public House
March 13 – 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Join us all weekend leading up to St. Patrick’s Day for lots of live music, specials, and Hooley’s shenanigans.
ShamROCK Gaslamp Block Party
March 14, 2015
Price: $35- $95
Venue: Gaslamp Quarter, Main entrance is at 5th Avenue and G Street
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Gaslamp Quarter, as it magically transforms into the greenest party complete with go-go dancers and great live bands.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 14th, 2015 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Parade starts at 10:30am)
Price: FREE
5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas, San Diego, CA 92101
Come celebrate Ireland with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. With more than 120 parade entries and thousands in attendance, this has become one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.
For more information, please visit www.sandiego.org.
St. Patrick’s Day 10k RunMarch 14th, 2015
Price: $15 – $48
Venue – Mission Bay Park
Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10k Run and 2-4 mile Run/Walk.
St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl
March 14th, 2015
Price: $25
Venue: Analog Bar
Dress in green, rally up a group of friends and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with club crawl.
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon – 5k – Green Mile – Tribes & Clan Competition
March 15, 2015
Price: $25 – $89
Venue: Downtown El Cajon
Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown San Diego.
EC Craft Beer Invitational
March 15, 2015
Price: $10 – $55
Venue: Main Parking Lot – East County
Calling all Craft Beer enthusiasts! The EC Craft Beer invitational invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend with delicious craft beer tasters.
St. Patrick’s Day Bahia Belle Cruise
March 15, 2015
Price: Free when wearing green clothing
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day aboard the Bahia Belle. The Bahia Belle bar will be serving Guinness and Jameson, plus drink specials to celebrate in proper Irish fashion.

Write Out Loud’s Voices of Ireland
March 16, 2015
Price: $22 – $30
Venue: Coronado

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish tales, music, and dancing. Music by The Celtic Echoes. We will be joined by Ron Choularton and Cynthia Gerber.
 
100 Celtic Harps in St. Patrick’s Day ConcertMarch 17th, 2015
Price: $10 – $25
St. Patrick’s Day bring the family! 100 Harp players from around the world perform all Celtic music for a splendid concert!
St. Patrick’s Day Local Brews & Local Grooves
March 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Venue: Downtown San Diego
Rock out in the Voodoo Room at a special St. Patrick’s Day Local Brews Local Grooves
St. Patrick’s Day at the Field
March 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Join us at The Field in our turn of the century Irish pub, shipped piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter.
For more information, and to find other St. Patrick’s Day events in San Diego County, please visit http://www.SanDiego.org!
Your Local Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group  |  Keller Williams Realty
680 Fletcher Pkwy. El Cajon, CA 92020
Direct 619-250-4541 | Office 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

Rent to Own

Renting to own (also known as a lease-option) provides those not in the position to make an immediate purchase on a home, to settle on something that is right for them- at the right time. Many lease options are the same.

Typically, renters agree to lease the house for a pre-determined amount of time (usually one to three years) with an up-front fee with or without an elevated monthly rent. The potion over market goes into a  “fund” that is utilized later as a down payment. They provide the opportunity to lock the price in when the deal is made, with the option to purchase at that price when or before the lease is up.

Timing is everything. Market conditions play a critical factor into finding a lease-option. When the market is steady, it makes it difficult to find these options unless the owner really needs to sell. However, as homes sit on the market longer, sellers begin losing money which causes the window for lease-options to open to potential and future home buyers.

Lease-options typically favor the buyer, but can be complicated to those that are unfamiliar with them. Have a real estate broker and attorney inspect the contract to ensure there is financial protection as well as security. Lease options can be a smart solution to throwing away money when you rent. First time home buyers who play their cards correctly can eliminate conventional loans and get that chance at their dream of homeownership.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group
Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon

619-250-4541   |  Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com

Should You Sell Your Home Before You Buy – or Wait?

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If you are a current homeowner that wants to purchase a new home, you’re most likely asking yourself a question common to folks in your situation: Should I sell before I buy?

The answer to that question depends on several factors.

Your Personality

Just the thought of having two mortgage payments—even for a short period of time—can cause massive anxiety for some people. Even if your lender has assured you of a simultaneous close on the two homes, uncertainty may linger.

Then, there is the pressure to accept an unattractive offer just to ensure that the home sells in time. If you wait to buy, you’ll have the luxury of being able to negotiate offers as they come in.

If you crave certainty, you should probably wait until the current home sells to take on the purchase process.

There are, however, those who deal with uncertainty better than others. If that describes you, then starting the purchase process before you sell your current home probably won’t faze you.

Your Finances

Regardless of your personality, if you just don’t have the money to support two mortgage payments at the same time, then you have no choice but to sell your home before you purchase another.

Further, if you need the proceeds from the sale of your current home to use to buy a new home, you’ll need to wait until after you sell, or attempt a simultaneous close. (We explain that process below.)

The Market

A seller’s market is the ideal situation when you’re selling your current home, but it can be difficult if you hope to purchase at the same time. In a seller’s market—where there are few homes available and lots of buyers competing for them—sellers are in the driver’s seat. With multiple offers coming in, homeowners are not likely to accept an offer that is contingent upon another home selling.

On the flip side, in a hot seller’s market, homes that are in good condition and are located in decent areas will sell quickly.  If your house is among them, you take on little risk if you wish to purchase a new home before selling your current one.

Ascertain if the current market caters to sellers or buyers before making the decision of whether to buy before your house sells. Your real estate agent is your best source for this information.

Achieving the Simultaneous Close

Selling one home while purchasing another can be a bit of a balancing act. If you try to time the closings to occur during the same period, you run the risk of ending up with two house payments at once.

If you allow too much time between closings, on the other hand, you may find yourself renting a temporary home and, thus, moving twice.

The ideal situation is to plan for a simultaneous closing, where both transactions occur on the same day. However, this process comes with risks, too. If anything should go wrong on the first transaction you could end up not being able to close on the second.

For the simultaneous closing process to go smoothly, it’s important to choose the right buyers for your current home. How much do you know about their finances? How firm is their offer? What do you know about their motivation to purchase? How badly do they want the home?

Since the process is a bit like a string of dominoes, and the buyer of your home is the lead domino, it’s crucial to choose a buyer you know will consummate the deal.

The key to success is hiring an experienced, professional real estate agent. Your agent can guide you through the process and steer the transaction to keep it on course.

For information about home prices in your area, or to find out how much your home is worth, please contact me at 619-250-4541 or Stephen@StephenNissou.com!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group  |  KW Realty El Cajon

619.250.4541 Direct  | 619.873-2772 Office

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

Resume, Refurbish, and Recycle: How to Go Eco-Friendly With Your Home Design

Resume, Refurbish, and Recycle: How to Go Eco-Friendly With Your Home Design

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Furnishing, decorating or redecorating a home can be expensive, tedious and sometimes a bit frustrating. We must try to keep up with the latest, ever-changing fashion trends while also attempting to carefully balance expenses with the social responsibility of not creating additional landfill waste. We live in a crowded world where the unnecessary dumping of bulky furniture items or interior finishes that are still in good shape shouldn’t be tolerated.

Try to keep sustainability in mind as you decorate your home. Seek out items containing recycled content or made from eco-friendly materials. Donate or sell items that could be salvaged whenever possible, as they should be given the opportunity for a second life in another home.

Here are a few simple design ideas with a sustainable approach, to help give a fresh look to your home while remaining eco-friendly.

Focus on the Finishes

If you’re starting bare bones with your home décor, you can select interior finishes that contain recycled content or that are made from rapidly renewable resources. There are many flooring options available today that provide style and are also quite cost effective—bamboo, cork or linoleum, to name a few. For carpeting, look at selections bearing recycled materials, or that contain wool or even corn fibers, for a sustainable choice.

For bathroom or kitchen countertops, consider ceramic tiles or beautiful glass made entirely from recycled content. More exclusively for kitchens, look for counters made from concrete, stainless steel, recycled paper or even reclaimed wood. Consider cabinetry materials that are sourced from sustainably harvested forests, such as from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and steer clear of products containing added urea-formaldehyde to offer a healthier interior environment.

If you’re redecorating your existing home, try and salvage what you’ve already got! Refinish those beautiful hardwood floors that can last another lifetime, instead of replacing them. Refurbish existing cabinetry or interior doors by adding a fresh stain, a coat of paint, or updated hardware.

“New” Furniture Doesn’t Have to Be New

Shop at thrift stores, antique shops, flea markets or second-hand online retailers for one-of-a-kind treasures and give them a fresh look. Consider stand-out pieces such as oversized wooden or metal headboards, table and chair ensembles, distinctive dressers, buffets or armoires—then refurbish them to compliment your existing décor. Vintage pieces establish an effortlessly unique appeal and help divert unnecessary waste from already overflowing landfills.

Another eco-friendly and cost-effective option is to refinish the furniture you’ve already got at home. Some sanding, new hardware, and a fresh stain or paint color added to a single piece of furniture—or a complete ensemble—will give a room an entirely new look. Consider a distressed look or even add stenciling or texture. Encourage a family project and the whole gang will take pride in the finished product!

Use some imagination and creativity to give new meaning to existing pieces or eclectic, previously-owned treasures. Antique dressers make gorgeous bathroom vanities; and with a reclaimed wood top, you can make exceptional kitchen island creations. Search out vintage lockers for storing mudroom essentials and display houseplants on rustic hutches or armoires left lazily ajar.

If you absolutely must have something new, seek out furniture derived from eco-friendly products and those made from recycled plastics or metals. Consider ethically sourced wood or accent pieces made from rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo.

Addressing the Finer Details

Don’t forget to also think sustainably when fine-tuning your home décor. Seek out throw rugs or blankets derived from natural or recycled fibers. Do the same for your fabrics and textiles, and consider green options such as organic cotton or linen, hemp or jute.

Most importantly, instead of buying new, search again for unique, second-hand treasures. Make a bold statement by adding one-of-a-kind light fixtures to any room. Refurbish vintage mirrors or antique picture frames. Utilize abandoned window panes for your photo collections.  Consider rustic galvanized tubs, wicker baskets or ornamental canning jars for your storage needs and add a touch of classic elegance with a single glass vase or antique table lamp.

As consumers, it is our social and moral responsibility to think about how our individual actions affect the world we live in. We can help not only to divert unnecessary waste from already overcrowded landfills; we can have a lot of fun doing it.

Eco-friendly home design resources:

http://recycledinteriors.org/being-green/

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/Ecofriendly-Kitchens

http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/remodeling/planning/eco-friendly-kitchen-ideas/

Your Local Real Estate Agent,

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3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Townhome

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Have you ever noticed how the terms “town house” and “condo” are sometimes used interchangeably? This is most likely because both types of housing structures may be governed by homeowners associations. That, however, is where the similarity between the two ends. Comparing condos with town houses is akin to comparing apples and oranges.

When most consumers hear the word “condo,” they picture a unit in a larger structure. For the most part, this is accurate. The problem, though, is that “condominium” is actually a form of ownership, not a type of structure. There are three major types of homeownership:

Condominium

Fee simple

Cooperative

Condominium owners own the interiors of their units and share ownership of the common areas. “Town house,” on the other hand, describes a type of structure – one that is typically two or more stories and attached to one or more other town houses, each with its own front door.

In some parts of the country, town houses may be owned as condominiums or the homeowner may own it fee simple – in which she owns the building and/or land in its entirety.

As you can see, the questions to ask if you are thinking of purchasing a town house will be quite different than those you’ll consider when purchasing a condominium unit. Let’s take a look at three of the most significant factors you should consider.

  1. Homeowners Association

While not all town houses are governed by homeowners associations, many are. This fact opens up a can of worms when considering whether to purchase. HOA fees can be quite expensive, so you’ll need to take them into account when determining how much you can afford to spend on housing every month.

During the purchase process, you’ll be given a pile of HOA-related paperwork, and you’ll need to read every word of every page – or have your attorney do so. You’ll want to know if the HOA is solvent, how often it levies assessments and if there is pending litigation, among other issues.

Finally, you’ll need to consider if you want to live in an area managed by an association. Some people prefer the structure that an HOA affords while others find that structure too confining.

  1.  Getting Financed

Purchasing a fee simple town house is identical to purchasing a detached, single-family dwelling as far as lenders are concerned. If the town house is owned as a condominium, lending becomes a bit trickier.

Owner-occupied homes tend to be maintained better than those used strictly as rentals. Lenders understand this and make it a part of the lending decision. Find out the ratio of owner-occupied to tenant-occupied units before making an offer. If it exceeds 30 percent, you may not be able to get a mortgage for it.

Determine the percentage of homeowners that are delinquent in paying their HOA dues. This is critical information because banks typically won’t lend to anyone wishing to purchase a town house where the HOA delinquency rate is more than 15 percent.

  1. Exit Strategy

If you’re using the purchase of a town house as a springboard to the future purchase of a detached home, you’ll want to plan an exit strategy. Yes, it seems silly to consider moving before the ink is dry on the purchase agreement, but it’s necessary to achieve your future goals.

Building equity in a home takes time and, depending on market conditions and the type of home you own, it may take longer with a town house. All things being equal (location, proximity to good schools, etc.) a single-family home will appreciate in value quicker than a town house. In reality, the opportunity to build equity in the first few years of ownership of any type of home is minimal unless you pay an enormous down payment.

Ask your real estate agent to give you statistics on town house sales in your area over the past year. Check the average days on the market. The longer a home remains on the market, the less money it eventually brings. Should you decide to purchase, ask your agent to keep you updated on the town house market in the future. Most agents are happy to do this.

Keep in mind that even when your equity begins building, your property taxes may rise. Property reassessments can take a bite out of how much equity you’re able to build.

Living in a town house is ideal for those who want the benefit of homeownership at a cheaper price and without some of the headaches that come with a detached home. Choose your town house wisely and with an eye toward future market value.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou
NIssou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon
Direct: 619-250-4541    |    Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.NissouRealtyGroup.com

For Sale in El Cajon! Rarely Available 3 bed, 2 bath home!

1775 Woodburn Street, El Cajon, CA 92021
Priced at: $415,000
3 BED, 2 BATH, 1363 SQFT
Rarely available in El Cajon! Single story family residence on large lot at the end of cul de sac. Views of the mountains from the large backyard with landscaping, providing plenty of shade. Huge enclosed patio plus ground spa. 2 car garage plus room for RV, boat, or cars. 3 bedroom, 2 bath plus a bonus room/office which can be converted to an additional bedroom. 1363 SQFT priced at an impressive $415,000!
For more information please contactStephen Nissou!
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
Email: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon
CalBRE # 01443193
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3 Easy Improvements to Help You Sell Your Home

painting-a-new-house-vector-materialForget, for a moment, about market trends and interest rates. At any given time, no matter the state of the economy, someone somewhere is selling their home. In any market, homeowners can up the odds that a home sells as quickly and as profitably as possible by giving it a facelift.

Sellers should focus on home improvement projects that either add value to the home or that attract buyers’ eyes and pique their interests. Make them forget any other houses they viewed and want your house instead.

Don’t randomly select home improvement projects based on your own tastes or suggestions from friends, either. You won’t be the one living in the home, after all. Research houses in your community and compare features and appraisals to get a better idea what people in your area want. A swimming pool may be a popular upgrade in a Southern suburb filled with young couples and families, for instance. But in the North, a hot tub will have greater appeal. A community with older people, no matter where in the country, will probably value a car port or garage over a pool or spa.

Here are three home-improvement project categories that almost anyone can tackle without a large capital investment.

1.Boost Your Curb Appeal

You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. When potential buyers drive up to your home, if they don’t like what they see immediately, they may not get past the exterior to find the great things inside.

It’s not about planting expensive trees, installing fountains or other fancy upgrades. In fact, some of the most value-added outdoor home-improvement projects cost little to nothing, except for your time. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) suggests some of the following property improvements:

Get out your pruning shears: If your home is on the market, keeping the lawn mowed is a given. Keeping plants and flowers watered is also essential. Pruning trees, shrubs and other greenery is more easily overlooked, but it is one of those touches that will make your home stand out. Follow a pruning guide, like the one provided by Better Homes and Gardens, to get the most out of your efforts.

Dig into some mulch: Mulching is another often overlooked landscaping project with a tremendous impact. It helps conserve moisture, protects roots, discourages weeds, and other benefits. You can choose between all-natural mulches and decorative mulches, such as stone. You can even use compost that you create yourself or mown grass and fallen leaves.

Show off your green thumb: Purchase outdoor containers that complement your home’s style and plant something unusual or interesting, NAR suggests. Place plants on the patio or around the home’s entrance to immediately create a more appealing exterior. Plant bright flowers and foliage to provide a splash of color.

Clean up your home’s exterior: Spend a weekend cleaning your gutters, windows and especially your siding, among other exterior items. Rent or purchase a power washer for a very affordable price to really make your home shine.

  1. Add a Coat of Paint

Like a wash and wax for your car, a new coat of paint makes anything look better and brighter. To improve your home’s value and attract buyers, consider a fresh paint job, inside and out.

The “safe” advice is to choose neutral colors, such as beige and off-white, and to avoid vibrant or gender-specific hues such as orange, purple or red. However, safe isn’t always the best bet, argues real estate agent Todd Kroepel. “Keeping a home vanilla so that buyers can choose their own style and décor … ignores the fact that most buyers lack the ability to visualize the home differently,” he cautions. Don’t be afraid to add splashes of color and a touch of texture—it can be good to leave a dash of style evident.

Consider painting an accent wall in your living room with a contrasting color, or add some texturizing product instead. Adding hand-painted borders in the bathroom, by using stencils that run vertically or horizontally, is another classy touch.

Before painting, outside or in, ensure that the surface is clean and properly prepared. Use a primer to cover previously unfinished areas or bare wood, to better cover over dark or bold colors, or to block out stains. Inside your home, sand surfaces slightly if you don’t use a primer, to help paint adhesion.

  1. Update the Kitchen or Bathroom

Everyone appreciates a well-put-together and comfortable bathroom or kitchen. Renovations to these two rooms usually generate buyer interest and offer a high rate of return on investment when it comes time to sell.

Updates don’t always require a large expenditure and a messy, lengthy remodeling period either. Some of the simplest things can change the entire feel of the room. Do as much, or as little, as you choose—just don’t get too attached to the results.

Replace sink and bathtub fixtures: Switch out generic faucets and handles for newer, better-quality hardware. Think about using brass for a startling contrast, or select a style completely different from the current one.

Install a new sink: As long as you’re replacing faucets and such, why not replace the bathroom or kitchen sink as well?

Refinish the cabinets: Solid wood responds well to sanding and refinishing with stain and a polyurethane top coat, or even paint. Newer cabinets often require refacing with veneer instead. Veneer kits make the job fairly simple: Adhere the material to the cabinet box (the portion left after removing doors and drawers) and then purchase new drawer fronts and cabinet doors to complete the makeover.

Upgrade your countertops: Replace laminate with stone, tile or even a concrete countertop. If you have old ceramic tile, clean or regrout to refresh the look.

Add lighting and accessories: Think in layers when it comes to lighting. Adding accent lights or task lights in any room of the house makes it more visually appealing. Other little touches include changing door knobs, light switch and outlet covers, or installing ceiling fans or a medicine cabinet. Consider swapping old light switches with dimmer switches or energy-saving, programmable lighting controls.

Highlight energy-savers: Speaking of saving energy, programmable thermostats, upgraded insulation and proper weatherproofing are music to many home buyers’ ears.

While you can hire professionals to do the work for you, rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself will increase the amount you recoup when you sell your home. Each project will increase the value of your property, no matter where you live, and help you sell your home faster.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

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Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon

680 Fletcher Pkwy. El Cajon, CA 92020

619.250.4541 – Direct   |   619-873-2772 – Office

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.NissouRealtyGroup.com