What Dog Owners Should Know When Buying or Selling a Home

(Guest Blog By Medina James at DogEtiquette)

 

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, if you’re a dog owner, there are some special preparations and precautions you must take. It may be one of the last things on your mind during this busy and stressful time, but real estate dog etiquette is extremely important. Here are some tips for both buyers and sellers who have to deal with canine friends throughout the process.

For sellers – your house smells more like dog than you think

When we live with certain smells for years, we get used to them. We all know that everyone’s house has a particular scent – and if you’re trying to sell your house you don’t want that scent to be eau de pooch. The natural way to get dog odor out of carpets and furniture involves baking soda and vinegar, but there are also plenty of sprays, shampoos, and other products you can purchase to help. Plug-in air fresheners work for the final touch. Also remember to pick up any dog poop in your yard. Here is a good article about removing pet odors from a house.

For sellers – make arrangements to have your dogs out of the house

This goes for scheduled showings and for open houses. You’ll want to make arrangements to have your dogs out of the house – and not just out of the house and in the backyard. You’ll want your dogs to be completely gone. Either board them for a day or ask a friend or neighbor to watch them for a few hours.

For buyers – ask ahead for dog visits

Some pet owners want to take their dog to a potential new home to see how they interact with it. Older dogs with mobility issues may have trouble with certain design elements of a home, and you may want to see if they can handle stairs, decks, porches, etc. before committing to purchase. If you want to do this, you need to ask. It’s rude to bring a dog into someone’s home without first clearing it. People have allergies, fears, and even other pets you must consider.

For both – think about moving day

Moving day is stressful for your pets, so it may be best to board them (here are some tips on that) or have them stay with a friend. If you can’t arrange this, it’s smart to put them in a “safe room” in your house and instruct the movers to move that room last. This is simply safer for the movers and for your dog.

For both – it’s best to leave your dog out of the process (no matter how cute)

You love your dog. Strangers may also love your dog. Most everyone you meet may love your dog. But somewhere there is someone who just doesn’t like dogs. Maybe they’re afraid or maybe they’re allergic. Whatever the case may be, some people just aren’t dog people. So why take the risk that a potential buyer/seller is in this small minority? Even if your dog is incredibly well-behaved and cute, it’s best to leave them out of the process altogether. Ask a friend to watch your dog, or hire a dog walker if the dog just needs to be out of the home briefly for a single showing.

Even dog lovers don’t really want to deal with other people’s animals during the home buying process. It’s not only considerate of others to leave dogs out of the process, but it’s better for your dogs too. Many dogs are stressed out by tons of strangers and new environments, so it’s best to protect them from the chaos that is buying or selling a home.

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What San Diego Homeowners Need to Know About Solar Panels

More and more homes in San Diego are going solar! With so many sunny days, many homeowners are taking advantage of our mild climate and lowering their energy bills while helping the environment at the same time.

Whether you’ve had solar panels for years or are thinking of taking the plunge, here are a few things to know about solar panels and how they factor into your future home sale.

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Purchase or Lease?

You can either purchase your solar system outright or you can lease them. If you opt to purchase, you can pay for them all at once or finance your solar panels and make a series of payments over time. If you lease, keep in mind that it may be more difficult to secure a buyer when you need to sell your home since the buyer will need to assume the lease. The solar company you go with will be able to advise you on your options as well as the savings and costs associated with each, but be sure and thoroughly read the contract to understand the terms and what you are getting. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

Things to Know Before You Sell

Whether you ultimately decide to purchase or lease your solar panels, keep your documents in a safe place. You should treat these papers like you would the documents for your appliances or any other upgrades you’ve made to your home.

If you purchase outright:

-Keep the documents that show you now own the equipment free and clear. The future buyer of your home will want this.

If you finance:

-Keep copies of your solar contract. The new buyer will need to assume your contract with the solar company and not only will you need to show a copy of the contract you have with the solar company, you’ll also need to be able to get in touch with the company in order to transfer your contract to the new owners.

-If you finance your solar panels, let your agent know right away. It may take some time to get in touch with the solar company if they’ve changed names or owners and this issue needs to be resolved in order for the transaction to close. Start this process early so it doesn’t slow down your escrow!

-If you’ve added your solar panels through the PACE/HERO program, be advised that some lenders may require your solar contract to be paid off prior to the close of the sale.

If you lease:

-Keep copies of your solar contract. The new buyer will either need to qualify for and assume your lease with the solar company or you will need to terminate your lease with the solar company prior to the buyer taking ownership of your home. In order for the buyer to assume your lease, you will need to provide them a copy of your solar contract. The buyer will then need to get in touch with the solar company during the escrow process in order to qualify for and assume the solar lease.

Have more questions on solar panels and/or selling your home in San Diego? Get in touch, we would love to help you!

 

December Real Estate Market in Review

December’s San Diego real estate market in review: As of December 2016, the median detached home in San Diego County sold for $572,690, up 7.6% from the previous year.

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As of  December 2016, the median attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes) in San Diego County sold for $365,000 , up 3.7% from last year.

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The average detached home in San Diego spent 45 days on the market.

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Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent an average of 37 days on the market.

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As of December 2016, the average seller of a detached home in San Diego County receives 96.3% of the original list price at the close of the sale.

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As of December 2016, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 97.1% of the original list price.

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The inventory of homes in San Diego County is still low, which is consistent with what we know that inventory is very tight and not predicted to dramatically improve.

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The supply of attached properties also continues to decline.

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Are you interested in seeing this breakdown for your San Diego community or zipcode? Let us know!

Coastal Premier Properties Partners With Relobase

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Coastal Premier Properties is proud to announce their partnership with Relobase! Relobase assists our many military service members with their relocations from base to base. Before starting Relobase, founder Jack Somers, himself a retired military service member, saw a void in the way these Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves are handled. Service members often have thirty days or less to pack up and move themselves and their families across country to an unfamiliar location. Relobase provides the support that military service members need from tools and resources to save money on the move, to task management to make sure nothing gets forgotten, to tons of great information about the new installation they are headed to. This partnership between Relobase and Coastal Premier Properties was a natural fit as owners Amy Green and Susan Meyers-Pyke were looking for a way to give back to a community who sacrifices so much for their country. Whether a military service member is looking to rent a property at their installation or buy a new home and sell their old one, Relobase and Coastal Premier Properties are there to help. Go to Relobase.com to learn more about their services and to download their free app!

San Diego Real Estate Report: November 2016

November’s San Diego real estate market in review: As of November 2016, the median detached home in San Diego County sold for $567,000, up 5.6% from the previous year.

As of  November 2016, the median attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes) in San Diego County sold for $374,000 , up 6.9% from last year.

The average detached home in San Diego spent 37 days on the market.

Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent an average of 31 days on the market.

As of November 2016, we are in a seller’s market. On average, a seller of a detached home in San Diego County receives 97% of the original list price at the close of the sale.

As of November 2016, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 97.6% of the original list price.

The inventory of homes in San Diego County is still low, which is consistent with what we know that inventory is tight and also that late fall and winter are not the preferred time for sellers to list their homes.

The supply of attached properties continues to decline.

Are you interested in seeing this breakdown for your San Diego community or zipcode? Let us know!

7 Tips For Selling Your Home When You Have Children

Selling a San Diego home is a complex process. When you add children to the mix, there are a few special considerations that you will want to take. Read on for our 7 Tips For Selling Your Home When You Have Children!

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Make Sure Your Kids Know You’re Selling Your Home
This may be surprising, but many parents do not inform their children about selling the home. Make sure you clearly explain the situation and the process. Many children don’t realize that they get to bring all their toys and possessions with them to their new home and that their family is going too. And if you’re moving locally, they could keep the same friends and even go to the same school! Removing your child from a familiar and comfortable sanctuary can be hard on them, but by taking the time to prepare your child for the change, you can often make the process easier.

Prepare Your Home For the Market!
Whether you have children or not, preparing your home for market is an important step in the sale process. First impressions are lasting so it’s a good idea to paint over the crayon scribbles that never went away, install new carpet, fix the broken drawer that’s been on your to-do list, replace any burnt out lights, and get those fingerprints off the windows with a professional cleaning!

Stage Your Home
Make sure to clear and tidy up playrooms and children’s rooms. You want a potential buyer to imagine themselves living in your home…even if they don’t have kids of their own! It’s a good idea to hire a professional stager to give your home that on-trend look buyers are looking for, even if they just stage the common areas.

Secure a Storage Unit
Families with children tend to have a lot of stuff! Between the sports equipment, the toys, the books, and the art supplies, it’s a good idea to secure a storage space. The less cluttered your home, the better it will show. But be sure and let each of your children keep a few of their favorite toys or books so they don’t feel deprived. This will go a long way towards keeping them on board with the whole home selling process.

Choose Optimal Times For Open Houses
If you choose to have open houses, you will want to make sure the whole family is out of the house! Give yourself enough time before the start of the open house to tidy up and get everyone packed and ready to go. Open houses are a great opportunity for a family outing – go to the beach, watch a movie, go on a hike, or visit one of San Diego’s great museums.

Prepare Your Home For Showings
Between showings, make sure your home stays clean. Enlist the help of your children during this process. Make it into a game to earn points for making their beds before school, putting their toys away nearly, and helping Mom and Dad with the rest of the house.

Have a Game Plan
The most important tip for families during the home selling process is to have a game plan. Have regular family meetings to make sure everyone knows the schedule and understands what’s going on with the house. Children like to be included in the affairs of the family so keep them involved from listing to sale!

Selling a home usually means that a new chapter is just beginning. Take time to embrace the change with your family and prepare for the years of new memories you will make in your new home!

 

What is An REO?

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REO (Real Estate Owned) is a financial industry term referring to properties that a bank has foreclosed upon and now owns. Make sure that you speak with your agent to ensure that you understand the terms of the listing clearly. The escrow timeframe will usually be 30 days and cannot be contingent on selling another home. In most cases, the foreclosure property will be offered in an “as-is” condition, with the list price reflecting its condition. When purchasing a foreclosure property “as-is,” ensure you’ve done your homework to clearly understand the structural and mechanical condition of the building, HVAC, internal plumbing, the well and septic system. Depending upon the condition of these components of the home, the types of financing available may be impacted.  However, there are special loan products available that will lend on the “after improved” value of the home thereby making it possible to purchase even the most neglected property and to make it the home of your dreams.