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Spring 2019: A Focus on San Diego Home Values

Complimentary Home ValuationChecking in on the blog! Did you know that we spend most of our time on our Facebook page? Why? Because it’s highly interactive. Potential clients, current clients and members of the public send us messages there every day, so it’s easy for us to stay there, answer them, and post our activity there. You’ll always find us there!

There is a cooling to the collective San Diego County market, even though there are always “hot” houses for whatever reason. The cooling on homes over $1 million started last fall, and it continues. To that, just yesterday the National Association of Realtors sent its members an email, telling us how to prepare if “the market tanks” — their words! They choose their communication to the 1.2 million NAR members carefully, so that wording was shocking to me. In addition, in the email, NAR said it doesn’t “think a recession is coming…” and that’s all I needed to read.

NAR is typically behind the curve in actual recession knowledge; that’s news that comes from us on the front line who are selling, but to use that word was telling. As a 20+ member of NAR, I speak NAR code and I know enough to share with you this: focus on real pricing, not the pricing in your head. And sell now rather than later in 2019.

A home that is clean, beautifully staged (hopefully it’s stage — we pay for it at Blend) and beautifully photographed will sit on the market if it’s overpriced.

There is a huge myth that buyers will “make an offer” on an overpriced home. No they won’t. They don’t have to because there is a house down the street that’s an easier get if it’s priced correctly. There is good inventory now for buyers to choose from.

I have had two $1 million+ homes not sell in the last year only over high pricing and I can’t control price. Only the sellers can control the price. Offers come in at X and I can give feedback at Y, but it’s up to the sellers to react. If you think it’s worth more than it is, it doesn’t sell.

At Blend, typically our listings sell in under  two weeks. We’ll always give you the MAX price that we think we can get for it as market makers, which is us pushing it as high as we can push it, with marketing to back up the pricing.

But we can’t make it be worth something that won’t work in today’s market.

If you’d like a free valuation on your home, please ask. And we’ll let you know what’s selling right around you!

And, as of 2019, we provide an EMAILED introductory listing presentation with commission pricing right in it. ZERO other firms in San Diego will do that for you.

Please get in touch with your name and address for a valuation. If you want the emailed listing presentation, please include your email address.

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Thanks for reading!

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

7770 Regents Road #113-275

San Diego, CA 92122

(858) 291-8110 <no texts here, please>

info @ blendrealestate . com

California DRE Licenses #01179760 and #01835915

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We’re BUSY! 2018 is Fabulous

1_masterbedroom-6 1_masterbedroom-4 1_kitchen-1 1_foyer-2 1_breakfast-1 1_masterbath-1 1_living-1 0_family-3 0_bedroomA-2 0_bathA-1Greetings from the world of Blend Real Estate. Thank you for checking in with us.

We have been extremely busy these past months with many estate listings and great clients! They keep us busy and our houses keep us happy.

There are a few new things happening, which you should know about:

We will be launching a Facebook Live show every week starting in March 2018.

On that show, Kimberly will be discussing what we do, particularly with estate listings. This is because our business coach says we need to “be on video more often.” OK — we will do just that!

We continue to meet new clients through referrals, past clients, through agents from elsewhere in the country and people who “just find us.”

We do most of our social media talking on our Facebook business page.

Our listings sell so fast that they often are not listed here in our blog, but they are ALWAYS on the Multiple Listing Service and most are on our Facebook business page.

Things move very fast for us. We stay grounded through friends and family and always doing the right thing.

If we can help you, please reach out today. Thank you!

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

(858) 291-8110 office

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NEW listing: 4136 Olympic Street

Ask about our new listing at 4136 Olympic Street — and by the way, you can always stay MOST current with our listings at!

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Big Living Room and Dining Area
  • Big Family Room
  • El Cerrito Gem For Sale with All Mid Century Touches
  • Wood Floors
  • Light Fixer — Make it Your Own
  • This Home is Hitting the Market for the First Time in 62 years!
  • 1,714 SF on a 9,300 SF lot.

See this home now! Asking Price: $550,000

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner, Blend Real Estate (858) 291-8110

California BRE License #01179760

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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:


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,

Kerry Garnett, Realtor, Blend Real Estate (858) 268-4733,

California BRE licenses 01179760, 01877272, 01835915.

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