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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:

CHECKLIST

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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We Professionally Clean Your Home For Free When Selling

Blend Cleanology Owl JPGBlend Real Estate is pleased to announce its new partnership with Cleanology of San Diego. Cleanology is a fantastic and serious housekeeping service located throughout San Diego County. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT! 

Now, when listing your home for sale with Blend Real Estate, we will pay Cleanology to come to your home and clean it top to bottom before it hits the market! This cleaning can occur right before the professional photography, so your home is truly sparkling for the photos! San Diego real estate never had it so good.

And of course you as the home seller will enjoy your clean home while we are marketing it for sale.

Cleanology uses its own products and tools, and everything will smell natural and fresh. There is nothing for you to do. Just say yes!

(This service does not include hauling away any items from your home or trash removal.)

Often sellers want to sell, but have a hard time getting ready to sell. So we will do all the work. And there’s more!

After the cleaning, Blend Real Estate steps in with its free Surface Staging program, really turning your house into a show place.

Surface Staging is something we invented and it means we buy new items and accessories for every surface of your home. It puts the right polish on each listing and explains why we sell our listings so fast, for such top dollar prices.

If your home is occupied, after it’s clean we will stage it for one day of photography, then move the items out and you’ll live with your own home items again.

The work to sell your home starts when we first sign with you! It’s a busy process. A timeline of events will be provided to you very early in your listing, so you’ll always know what is happening and when with your home.

We are ready to meet you and schedule your free house cleaning.

In the meantime, we have a new secondary website devoted to home searching. Look for your new home or sign up for our newsletter here, at BlendHomeSearch.com.

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

(858) 291-8110 or (619) 261-1909

kimberly@blendrealestate.com

Kerry Garnett, Realtor

Blend Real Estate

(858) 268-4733 or (858) 869-3351

kerry@blendrealestate.com

California BRE Licenses #01179760 and #01835915

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El Nino Preparedness 2015

KK RainToday there’s a light but cold rain in San Diego and lots and lots of wind. As I look out a balcony, a table cloth of mine is blowing. As I look downstairs on the patio, a wind chime blew down and several other garden ornaments, heavy ones, blew around. Up and down it’s a mess at my house and just because of wind, not water.

Clearly I am not El Nino 2015 ready. Maybe the same applies to you.

Below are links I found that will be enacted on by me and my husband in the coming weeks. Consider these your El Nino preparedness steps, too.

Sand Bags

Sand bags can be filled for free throughout the county. Click here.

Flood Insurance

Anyone can purchase flood insurance through FEMA. Even renters can purchase this insurance. But your policy has to be in place 30 days before you can file a claim! So get busy! I’ve been through the entire FEMA website to save you the trouble find the ‘Purchase Insurance’ link. Click here. Once you click, you will complete the red box on the right side of your screen, which will open up a new page of insurance agents in your area that sell FEMA’s flood insurance. I contacted one today.

Flood Cost Calculator

If you don’t purchase flood insurance and are flooded, you’re on your own. Renter’s and homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover flood. Here, check the FEMA calculator to work up your potential out-of-pockets costs without flood insurance. I took the test for a 1,000 SF home, but my home is larger. And I calculated one-inch of water. The total damage for 1,000 SF: $10,600. Let’s round that up to $15,000 to be safe because my house is larger. Wait! What? Living room furniture replacement estimated at only $250? Oh oh. Let’s go to $20,000 for one inch of water. Click here to test your home, and it’s the blue box.

Paperwork Preparedness

This is a fairly decent plan, also put out by FEMA, that organizes your family’s plan via paperwork and action steps. Look at it here.

Disaster Supply Kit

This can be used for El Nino, fire or any other unexpected disaster. It’s thorough. Read it here.

KPBS San Diego

KPBS keeps things pretty mellow normally, but this valuable interview covers all the things I just mentioned. Read and watch here (4 minutes).

FEMA Flood Maps — How Does Your Neighborhood Stack Up?

This FEMA mapping is a little tricky and is slow. Be patient. Click here to enter your address. If it times out in Chrome, copy the link to Internet Explorer, where it seems to work better. Enter your address like this: 3349 Main Street, San Diego. Each area of town is laid out in a grid, and each grid has a number. That’s the map number. When your map comes up, then I like the “interactive” map button right there in the middle. Play with it and if you zoom out, you’ll see blue areas that are in a greater flood zone. I am in a low flood probability zone. But I am still doing everything on this list.

Prepare, don’t panic. San Diego real estate will continue through Winter 2015 and we’ll be ready and here for you.

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner, Blend Real Estate

(858) 291-8110 or kimberly@blendrealestate.com

 

Today’s photo, copyright Kimberly Dotseth (2015).

Caught in a biblical rain storm with Kerry Garnett, Washington, D.C.

 

 

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