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Top Tips for Staging Your Home

Are you getting ready to sell your home in the California Bay area? An open house is a great way to showcase your home to allow potential buyers to view it before making an official offer. Although not all sellers decide to stage their homes, doing so will definitely put your home at an competitive advantage!

 

Why Home Staging is Important

According to HGTV’S Designed to Sell, 98% of houses staged have sold for over asking price. In addition, the Real Estate Staging Association suggests that professionally listed staged properties not only look better, they also spend 73% less time on the market, typically sell for more, and buyer’s tend to view the home as “well- maintained.” Although staging is optional, those who choose to stage their homes find it to be very beneficial. Selling your home is a big financial transaction, so why not maximize your return? In a 2013 study, over 170 staged properties were valued between $300,000 to $499,000! Staging is an opportunity to showcase your home to entice a higher selling price and will surely get your house off the market quickly!

However, before opening up your home to others, make sure you follow these easy tips to really impress potential homebuyers!

Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal makes the ultimate first impression for prospective buyers. The front of your home is the first thing people tend to notice. Make sure to clear the exterior of your home of branches, debris, and litter. Think about incorporating décor into your porch or walkway – something as little as colorful flowers and a little bench can significantly improve the look of the outside of your home.

Odor

Smell is one of our strongest senses. Each house has a unique scent and fragrance. We highly recommend neutralizing the odor of your home before an open house. Bad odors that linger in your home can turn-off potential buyers. Think about baking a batch of cookies and leaving them out, lighting a candle, or using light air fresheners to create inviting scents.

Entry

Your home’s entry is the first insight to the interior of your home.  Make sure it’s clear of shoes, apparel, and any other clutter. Clean windows, glass, and mirrored objects of fingerprints and splatter marks to keep your house looking in tip-top shape.

Bathrooms

Next, the bathroom is one of the most personal spaces of your home. Ensure that you tuck away any combs, razors, toothbrushes, and any other personal care items during your open house. Keep your bathroom looking as sanitary as possible by making sure that your toilets, showers, and sinks are clean and sparkling.

Ambiance

Ambiance is key when it comes to open houses. According to The Home Staging Report 2015, over 81% of buyers find it “easier to visualize the property as their future home” when it is staged. Laying out fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit is a great way to set the tone. Pops of colors are a great way to create a “wow” effect to make your home stand out from other listings. Moreover, prospective buyers want a home that they can envision as their own. Put away any family photos and make your home as neutral looking as possible!

Repairs

Lastly, buyers enter your home looking for imperfections. Replace any broken or damaged things in your home – such as doorknobs and hinges. Change any light bulbs and redo any chipped paint spots. If repair is not your forte, think about hiring a professional to do some quick touch ups to your home before the big day!

 

According to the most recent statistics released by the Real Estate Staging Association, homes staged before listing sell 90% faster than homes listed on the MLS that are not staged. A nice, polished looking home can trigger an emotional response which can lead to an offer. Just like accessories finalize an outfit, staging is the final touch to make a nice property a beautiful home. At PRP, we have helped sell thousands of beautiful homes in the California Bay Area. Let our Bay Area real estate experts help you get your home off the market fast! If you want your house to sparkle and be sold quickly, contact Pacific Realty Partners today and we’ll help you get started!

 

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Why California is Officially One of the Best Places to Live in

California is known by many as the land of Hollywood, the Golden State and of course for its relaxed lifestyle. Turns out California dreamin’ really is the way to live. California is one of the most beautiful and livable places to reside today. With its warm weather, diverse population, why not choose to live on the West Coast?

Cities in California have taken over 12 of the 20 spots on the WalletHub’s 2017 rankings of the happiest places to live. This ranking is based on 3 categories:

  • Emotional and Physical Well-Being. This includes depression rate, physical health, life expectancy and sufficient sleep rate.
  • Income and Employment. This includes poverty rate, number of work hours, job satisfaction and income- growth rate.
  • Community and Environment. This includes leisure time, acres of parkland, volunteer rate and divorce rate.

Beyond this, there are many other reasons why California is one of the happiest places to live in.

Weather

Some think the main influence on happiness is as simple as the weather. With the mix of constant sunlight and vitamin D, the warm rays boost serotonin which makes you feel alert, energized and happy. With weather being a factor, the overall “Cali” vibe is very laid back making the lifestyle stress free, easy and livable.

Moving to California

Besides California being one of the happiest places to live in, more and more people are finding themselves moving and buying homes there. One reason is its sheer size. It has a lot more towns and cities, compared with other states. 2016 was a great year for real estate sales in California, and one should keep in mind that as of 2017 only 30% of Californians own a home. This means there is great opportunity for new sales, particularly for first time buyers.

Newark

Looking at specific cities in California, Newark is a great place to live in.  Newark is a medium sized coastal city located in the state of California, with a large community and a thriving economy, the housing costs run on a slightly higher scale, but don’t compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

 

West coast living in the way to go! If the beautiful weather, happiness and overall livability don’t speak to you, then we don’t know what will. If you’re looking or planning on buying or selling your home in California, contact Pacific Realty Partners. They will help you achieve your goal in the best, and affordable way!

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Real Estate Roundup!

May new home sales gain 2.2% from April

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000, which is up 2.2% from April, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. — From Housing Wire

3 ways to tame student loan debt and afford a mortgage

It’s no secret that student loans can make buying a home a challenge. But what exactly is the problem, and how can buyers overcome it? The problem is that student loans can be included in the buyer’s debt-to-income ratio, or DTI. — From Bankrate

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We’re ready for the TRID rules!

At 5 p.m. EST June 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a statement that the effective date for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules would be pushed back to Oct. 1, 2015.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a prepared statement: “The CFPB will be issuing a proposed amendment to delay the effective date of the Know Before You Owe rule until Oct. 1, 2015. We made this decision to correct an administrative error that we just discovered in meeting the requirements under federal law, which would have delayed the effective date of the rule by two weeks. We further believe that the additional time included in the proposed effective date would better accommodate the interests of the many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition to the new school year at that time.”

Rainier Title has been working towards the TRID implementation for over a year and felt prepared for August 1st. However, with the proposed delay we will be taking this opportunity to continue our education and training of TRID. While we believe that we have been proactive and ready for this change, there are still so many unknowns that will have to be addressed at the time of implementation. The industry should still prepare for 45-60 days for transaction to close due to the new timing parameters of the forms.

We’re working hard to be ready for all changes!

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Real Estate Roundup

Active Home-Building Industry Will Lead to More Demand for Warehouse Space

Strong consumer spending and the rise in housing construction activity are currently the prime factors for the incredible rebound of the U.S. industrial real estate sector, and experts say as home buying continues to increase, so will demand for warehouse space. — From NRE Online

To Buy or Not to Buy: That Is the Developer’s Question

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