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BEFORE Putting Your House Up For Sale in San Diego – Blend Real Estate

IMG_4094It’s that time of year when many homeowners begin to think of selling. Their first thoughts are, “Is this the right year?” Usually followed by, “Where will we live?’

We find that most of our sellers have already answered the second question before asking themselves the first. They either know they are downsizing into what will be a new purchase or moving into something they already own (like what was a vacation condo, that sort of thing — happens frequently). Or they know they want to buy in a particular neighborhood. Or they know they’re getting transferred. If a transfer is in order, the question of “Is this the right year?” won’t matter so much.

If you are ready to move because you know you are done with your home or neighborhood, or you are relocating, here are our tips for getting your life in order and your home in order before selling:

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Before Putting Your Home up for Sale

Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home. This can make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run.

¨  Consider a pre-sale home inspection.
An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

¨  Organize and clean.
Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

¨  Get replacement estimates.
Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan to do so. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and they’ll be handy when negotiations begin.

¨  Locate warranties.
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. It may seem like this task can be left until closing, but you don’t want lost paperwork or last-minute scrambling to cause the deal to fall through.

¨  Spruce up the curb appeal.
Walk out to the front of your home, close your eyes, and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments?

When we are hired to sell your home, we will be prepared at the time of the listing presentation to make immediate recommendations from this list. Have a note pad ready! We do this every day and can help you make a decision to sell at the same time we help you decide what to do to get ready to sell.

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner, Blend Real Estate (858) 291-8110, kimberly@blendrealestate.com

Kerry Garnett, Realtor, Blend Real Estate (858) 268-4733, kerry@blendrealestate.com

California BRE licenses 01179760, 01877272, 01835915.

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San Diego Real Estate: Blend Real Estate Joins as a KUSI and PPR Sponsor

blend real estate kusi football and logoBlend Real Estate has made a great decision to support both KUSI and its Prep Pigskin Report — the one, the only San Diego Friday night high school football show! Blend Real Estate is now a sponsor of the PPR.

KUSI has been covering high school football throughout San Diego County since 1998. We believe in supporting local businesses and that includes independently owned KUSI. We love what they do for local high school athletes throughout the year through the PPR and later in the year through the All Sports Report.

The PPR demographic is very clearly our typical client: San Diego families buying or selling real estate. We work every day with San Diego moms and dads and grandparents, aunts and uncles who want to buy or sell a property. This feels like a great fit to us!

We are very proud to sponsor PPR & KUSI. In particular, we will be sponsoring the “Final Four” games, airing close to the end of the show. These are Paul Rudy’s favorite four games and we are honored to be a part of this opportunity.

If you found us through our PPR sponsorship, thank you and welcome! We are here to answer your real estate questions and earn your respect and business.

Talk to us and learn what we do, how we can help you. Why not work with Blend Real Estate? We are a flexible, friendly, highly-regarded and results-oriented independently owned brokerage with a very established team of home prep professionals. We list homes and sell to buyers every day and can prove it and provide details to you on what you’ll see in our TV commercial on KUSI:

Listing Details with Blend Real Estate

  1. Free Professional House Cleaning Before Hitting the Market
  2. Free Professional Staging
  3. Free Professional Photography
  4. Three Commission Choices — You Decide
  5. Top Dollar Sales in Often Days

 

We are ready to talk — call or email anytime:

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Kimberly@blendrealstate.com and 858-291-8110

or:

Kerry Garnett, Realtor

Kerry@blendrealestate.com and 858-268-4733

California BRE License # 01179760,01835915,01877272

 

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Hottest Neighborhood in San Diego? We Say It’s 92111

92111 is hot

A local magazine recently ran a big annual article on the “hottest neighborhoods” in San Diego. We read it with interest, but the article didn’t explain how it is to live in those neighborhoods. And it really didn’t have a real estate point-of-view. To that, we are highlighting what we feel is THE hottest neighborhood in San Diego. Yes, this ZIP code was coincidentally in the article, but it was lumped with others. This ZIP code, 92111, singularly and by itself is the hottest neighborhood in San Diego, according to Blend Real Estate.

What to call this area though? Clairemont? Clairemont East? Maybe, but we think of it as more Kearny Mesa. The perimeters of this neighborhood are in this link.

The residential portion is everything south of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and north of Mesa College Drive. Its western edge is Genesee Avenue, and it goes all the way east to the I-163.

It’s a mix of commercial & residential and the homes are really amazing. Smaller, typically. Always single story, always with a big garage. Sometimes a second story is found if the house has been modified. 3 to 4 bedrooms maximum. Typically 2 bathrooms maximum. This is an older neighborhood of well-kept single family bungalow-style and ranch homes. Most were built in the mid-to-late 1950s and into the early 1960s.

What do we love about 92111? That most people haven’t discovered it, and you can buy a home here and really make it your own. The front and backyards are really sizable and usable. (The post photo is one of our 92111 listings). And we like that the neighbors aren’t typically party animals who will respect your privacy, your quiet enjoyment and your lawn. People are kind, really interesting and often very longtime residents. These are not million dollar properties. These properties are the heart of San Diego.

The area isn’t really in full gentrification mode, which is good. It can be a bit of a hodgepodge in terms of commercial options, but there are several Starbucks, so the big corporations are here and thriving. Grocery store options are good, transportation is also very reliable once on Balboa or Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, and freeway access is good.

We love taking listings in this area because we already know the homes, the floor plans, layouts and the values so well. We know how to list and stage and sell them. We know some of the pitfalls (potential termites) and some things to watch out for (raised foundation plumbing issues come to mind — but most of the homes are well-maintained).

Here’s a chart on the real estate action and pricing in the last two years in San Diego 92111:

92111 Homes

This chart is from Sandicor as of March 2, 2016, and all 2016 data is year to date. With regards to 2016, our prediction is that the average sold price will be over $530,000 because the heavy summer selling season hasn’t yet started. Winter 2015/2016 was a slow time to list in San Diego and that’s only now changing in March.

We love this part of town, we know every street, shortcut, where to shop and where to eat, and can tell you the absolute best price for the house you want to BUY or SELL!

Are you ready to sell in 92111 or learn about buying options? Reach out! Call today (858) 291-8110, or email kimberly@blendrealestate.com to get started!

Kimberly Dotseth, Broker and Owner

Blend Real Estate

7770 Regents Road #113-275

San Diego, CA 92122

 

 

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Assembly Bill 139 – NEW LAW: “Transfer on Death” Deed Avoids Probate

Blend Real EstateEach new year brings new laws. Not just to California, but everywhere.

This new California law is an excellent one that became effective January 1, 2016.

Assembly Bill 139 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2015 for an effective date of 1/1/2016. It is set to automatically stop on January 1, 2021, unless the State Assembly keeps updating it and/or re-passing it.

It should and probably will continue, since this one single bill allows homeowners to solve a costly problem: “Who gets your house when you die?”

If you die without a will and you own a home, or even if you have a will and it’s contested, this solves all of those potential problems. And you control it now!

You, as a homeowner, can sign and record at your county recorder’s office a document call the Revocable Transfer Upon Death Deed (RTDD). Automatically, upon your death, the property you own is transferred to the person named in your RTDD.

The property can be anything described as 1-4 units, a condo, or agricultural land up to 40 acres.

The RTDD you file can also be revoked by you if you change your mind. You would simply file a revocation document at the county to rescind your RTDD. Then you could file a new RTDD if you choose.

To be valid, the RTDD has to be filed at the county within 60 days of you signing it and having it notarized. You can’t stick it in a file or a drawer — not good enough. Filing fees vary by county, but the San Diego County Recorder charges about $10 per page. You pay the clerk at the counter who “records” it for you. It can also be done by mail. This is a one – two page document. And it must include the property “legal description” of your home, which I can help you get, if you need help.

The RTDD only becomes effective upon the death of the person filing it and once filed, it does not affect any property rights of the filer during his or her lifetime.

It’s not hard!

This completely eliminates probate or family squabbles about “who gets the house” upon death. Your will could perhaps specify that the receiving party must also sell the home within X months and divide proceeds among X recipients, that sort of thing.

Obviously speak to an estate attorney on these specifics, as I am not an attorney nor is this legal advice. The purpose of the form is for you, the homeowner, to decide who gets your property and you decide now, in your happy lifetime.

This is really beneficial for the senior citizen who doesn’t have a lot of money to create a trust or will. It is valid and legit. It is simple. That’s why the law passed easily.

RTDD — look into it! And how can I help you with your home today or in the future?

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

(858) 291-8110

Kimberly@blendrealestate.com

 

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