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Selling Your Home: A Cautionary Note

Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 1:00pm. 7 Views, 0 Comments.

Today’s message may not apply to you – but then again it might.

Often we have objects attached to our homes that have sentimental value – and we have no intention of leaving them behind.

This might include a chandelier that belonged to Grandma – or was a gift from a special person. It might be a handcrafted medicine cabinet that your Dad built, or a porch swing that your kids helped you construct one summer.

When you list the house you’ll specifically exclude those items from the sale. But sometimes that isn’t good enough.

Sometimes buyer agents don’t tell their clients everything they read in the MLS listing, and sometimes people just don’t listen. The result can be that a buyer “falls in love” with an object that you

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If You Owe More Than Your Home’s Current Market Value…

Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 2:34pm. 63 Views, 0 Comments.

Today, owing more than a home’s current market value is common. In fact, according to a study by CoreLogic, 23.1% of all residential mortgages had negative equity in March 2011. That’s 11.1 million homes – and 11.1 million homeowners wondering what to do.

If you’re in that 23.1%, you do have choices, but which is the right one?

  • Should you try for a loan modification?
  • Should you keep making your current payments and hope for the best?
  • Should you simply stop making payments, and walk away? 
  • Should you offer your home as a short sale?

Loan modifications have turned into a nightmare for many homeowners – as I’m sure you’ve read. Instead of helping 3 to 4 million families, only about 600,000 have actually gotten real

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Preparing to Sell - Curb Appeal Can Make or Break a Home Sale

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 1:01pm. 228 Views, 0 Comments.

The first impression potential buyers get when they drive up in front of a house sets the tone for the entire showing – and actually affects what they’ll see when they go inside.

If the exterior is well maintained and attractive, buyers will expect to see an attractive, well-maintained interior as well. As a result, they might not notice small imperfections.

On the other hand, if the exterior looks run down, they’ll notice every flaw inside the house even if it’s clean, freshly painted, and well maintained. That is, if they go inside at all. I’ve been with buyers who took one look at a home’s exterior and refused to go in.

So the first step in preparing a house for sale is to create the “curb appeal.” Fix-up, paint-up, and clean

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Relocating to San Diego? Need Help Finding the Right Neighborhood For Your Family?

Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 1:38pm. 164 Views, 1 Comments.

Are you about to relocate to San Diego? It’s always exciting to start a new job in a new city, but moving your household to a new city can provide a litte bit of headache. Here at Andrew Arroyo we are prepared to make your San Diego home search quick and painless!

The first step in relocating is finding a home, and unless you’re already very familiar with San Diego, it is not an easy task. You may already be doing on-line searches of the MLS listings, but they don’t really give you all the information you need to narrow your choices. The MLS listings do not offer information about things that may be important to you – such as the proximity to your work or to the stores and recreational facilities you’ll enjoy during your leisure hours.

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Selling Your Home? You Must De-Clutter the Space

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 12:43pm. 219 Views, 2 Comments.

Presenting Your Home For a Quick Sale – De-cluttering

De-cluttering should be the first step in getting the interior of your house “show-ready.” 

Your aim will be to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that has been de-personalized, so that other people can visualize it as their own. In addition, you want to create the impression that you have more than enough space.

Start by looking at your furniture and the traffic patterns throughout the house. If there are bottle-necks or if any room feels crowded or cramped, put some furniture in storage. When you have a little “empty space” your home will instantly look larger.  

Next, remove all the extra “stuff” you have sitting around. Clean the kitchen counter-tops, leaving only the

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Moving: Can’t Decide if You Should Stay or Sell Your Home?

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 2:52pm. 154 Views, 2 Comments.

Making the decision to uproot your family and move can be difficult, especially when the real estate market is in turmoil.

If you purchased your home before the boom, you may be looking at the profit you might have made if you’d sold at the top of the market - and feeling like if you sell now you’ll be losing money.

But, there is another way to look at it. If you’d sold then, you’d also have had to purchase your next home at an inflated price. Now you’ll sell with a normal appreciation – and also buy at a much lower price.

So consider these three important questions, then make your decision.

  • Does my house still fit me and the people who share it, or do I need a smaller or larger home? 
  • Do I love living here, or do I really

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Best Locations - San Diego Fireworks

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 1:36pm. 826 Views, 0 Comments.

San Diego Fireworks

Big Bay Boom - July 4th Location: Multiple Locations around San Diego's Bay
Time: 9:00 PM
The largest San Diego County display is launched from four barges placed around North San Diego Bay.  Visible from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area, Seaport Village and Coronado Landing.  Bring a radio and enjoy music simulcast from 105.7 "The Walrus" FM radio. Click here for details:
Sea World's Sea to Shining Sea - July 4th Location: SeaWorld San Diego - 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Time: Fireworks at 10:10 PM
SeaWorld San Diego lights up the sky with fireworks viewable from all around their park. Click here for details:   Ocean Beach

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How Much Should You Spend on Your First Home?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 7:17pm. 913 Views, 8 Comments.

The idea of owning a home is exciting, and your mind is probably spinning with all the features and benefits your new home can have that your current rental does not. There really is no end to all the wonderful things a home can offer.

But, wait a minute. This is a major decision and should not be made rashly.

You want your new home to be a joy to you. Your home should be your anchor and your safe haven in the world. You do not want it to be a lead weight pulling you down financially. Your home should not drain your bank account to the point that activities you used to enjoy, must be forgotten.

It may be a smarter decision for you to forgo some of the extra features that jack up home prices and opt for a more modest home that offers just what you

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How to Sell Your Home Quickly!

Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 9:02am. 623 Views, 0 Comments.

If you’re thinking of selling, you may be wondering what you and your agent can do to sell your house quickly. 

As you may have noticed, some houses come on the market and sell almost instantly, while others sit for months and eventually expire off the market unsold. Why do some houses sell quickly? 

Usually, it has to do with the balance between what I call the three pieces of the real estate sales puzzle. 

Those pieces are price, presentation, and marketing – and they all need to fit together to bring about a successful sale. However, there are some other factors, such as negotiation and follow-up, that do play a part. 

If you’re thinking of selling, we would be happy to talk with you about how to make those puzzle pieces fit to

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San Diego Real Estate Stats

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 9:50pm. 704 Views, 0 Comments.

The San Diego Association of Realtors

March 2014 Monthly Indicators  

               Highlights from the SDAR Report Include

  • New Listings increased 2.6 percent to 4,476.
  • Pending Sales were down 3.3 percent to 3,449.
  • Inventory shrank 12.2 percent to 7,753 units.
  • The Median Sales Price increased 13.9 percent to $427,250.
  • Days on Market was down 16.7 percent to 50 days.
  • Absorption Rates improved as Months Supply of Inventory was down 10.7 percent to 2.5 months.

The increased inventory will be a welcome sign for home buyers.  Inventory levels are still suffering the effects from a very slow first quarter 2014.  We are still seeing areas with multiple bids, while other neighborhoods are still struggling to find

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