Tag: Real estate

20
Dec

How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Are you wondering how to sell your house during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between holiday celebrations, looming family visits, and school vacations might seem like miserable timing, home sellers can actually benefit by using this period strategically to show and possibly even sell their place.

Most home sellers take a holiday hiatus until the New Year. This can mean that your home may suddenly become a hot commodity. Also if buyers are truly squeezing in house showings between shopping trips and holiday school programs, you know these potential buyers must be serious.

So if you are ready to put up a “For Sale” sign under the pretty glow of your holiday lights, now is the time! Here is some advice on how to sell your house during the holidays.

A little mistletoe will most likely help rather than hurt.

You should be festive and decorate your home. It is when your home looks the best and you take the most pride in it. This will show better and most likely net more.

Avoid going overboard

Go easy on the Christmas decorations. Christmas lights and a tree in the living room are okay, but staging a nativity scene in the front yard and going crazy on decorations can scare off potential buyers.

Throw a holiday party

You should consider squeezing in the time to host a holiday party. This can be a great way to showcase your home to family, friends and neighbors. Chances are that at least one person at the holiday party is looking for a new house or knows someone who is.

Preheat the oven

December is a wonderful time for potential buyers to walk into a home that smells of fresh-baked cookies, treats and holiday cakes. Sweeten up potential buyers a tad more by leaving a plate of treats out for them to enjoy.

Don’t encourage thieves to make a visit

Even though most people are wishing peace and goodwill, not everyone will take this message to heart. For this reason, you should play it safe and don’t leave gifts under a holiday tree during a home showing. You should consider leaving empty decorative boxes instead.

Let your home shine

Winter days have never been darker or shorter, so to ensure your home gives off a warm vibe, you should replace some of your lights with brighter bulbs to add more light for evening showings.

Be giving

Give a little more time than you might if you were selling at a less frantic time of year. Prepare to let people into your house even when it is not convenient for you. Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same holidays, so you might be asked to show on days you normally would not want to.

Use the cold weather in your favor

If it is raining, you should have umbrellas handy for people to look at outside areas. Boot covers by the front door are a nice touch as well. This is the time to accentuate your attached garage and update heating systems and fireplaces.

Are you thinking of selling your North Orange County home this winter? Click here to contact Stacy and Nicole today!

28
Nov

How to Buy a Vacation Home in Anaheim with Friends

Find out if teaming up to buy a second home is right for you and your friends.

Given the current strength of the fast-moving real estate market in Anaheim, you might be thinking about buying a second home close to Disneyland or miles from the beach. But what can your vacation home budget realistically get you?

If your vacation-home budget can only afford a fixer-upper instead of a dream home, going in on a purchase with friends or family can be a great way to get much more home for your money. If you are considering going this route, here is how to get started.

1. Decide if this is right for you

The number-one reason to consider purchasing a house with friends is that it lowers your investment amount. Unlike fractional ownership or timeshare opportunities, when people go in together and purchase a property at market price, they will enjoy the equity gains of the traditional real estate market.

The best candidates for shared property are those who want to use the house for a few weeks in the year, then rent out the home when they are not here.

Owners also need to be comfortable sharing ongoing expenses, like property management insurance, fees, utilities and repairs.

2. Lay down the legal groundwork

To protect all owners when unexpected events happens and to avoid hurt feelings, we recommend hiring an attorney to set up an LLC, then purchasing the home through the company.

Owning a home with friends or family is fun and exciting on the front end, but what happens three years later when an owner wants out?

Your lawyer could write an operating agreement that will clear up expectations on everything from how utilities are shared to how a buyout will work if one owner wanted to sell and the others did not.

3. Start searching for a home

Keep in mind that the vacation-home market moves rapidly. With multiple stakeholders needing to agree that a home is the one, it would be best to decide on your shared criteria before you start searching.

This is very important if you are searching from afar or if one person will be doing most of the home touring on behalf of the group. This way, when you find the right property, you could put an offer together quickly.

Treat the whole transaction like a business. Make a spreadsheet with a list of potential properties and a list of pros and cons.

You should also enlist a local real estate professional with expertise in the area where you would like to buy. This person is best qualified to help you identify houses that are a good value, that will do well in the local vacation rental market, and that are in areas likely to appreciate.

There is plenty of legwork in this process, but if you find the right people to partner with and act fast when you find the perfect home, you will be sitting back and enjoying your dream home before you know it.

Thinking of buying in Anaheim or the northern Orange County area? Contact Stacy and Nicole here!

21
Nov

5 Steps to Break Free of Mortgage Trouble for Good in Northern Orange County

The short sale process could seem intimidating, but getting a handle on the steps can make it a lot less scary. A short sale is where homeowners sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage. This is often the last resort for people who cannot pay their mortgage and are facing foreclosure.

How does a short sale work? Read the steps involved below:

1. First consider a loan modification
Before you assume that you need to have a short sale, speak to your lender or housing counselor about your current situation. You might be able to get a loan modification and avoid having to sell your property.

The federal Home Affordable Modification Program is a project run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and might be a good option. If you are eligible for HAMP, your mortgage company will most likely put you on a trial plan for three months. This will give you time to show that you can make timely payments at a new monthly payment level. If you make it through the three-month trial, you might have a new mortgage payment and avoid moving ahead with a short sale.

If you can’t make it through the trial, the next step would be to move forward with a short sale.

2. Speak to your lender about a short sale
Since a short sale means you are trying to sell your home for less than you owe on your mortgage, your mortgage lender will need to sign off on it. But initially, the lender is going to need proof that the short sale is necessary.

The sellers need to submit a short sale packet. This includes hardship papers that show the bank the seller is currently undergoing financial hardship.

That paperwork might include account information and bank statements, copies of bills, pay stubs, asset disclosures and more.

3. Call a real estate agent
You will need a real estate agent to sell your home. Since short sales are complicated, you will want an agent with experience in the short sale process to handle the deal.

The agent will then assess your financial situation as well as the property’s estimated value to estimate a listing price. Click here to get in touch with Stacy and Nicole to schedule an in-home consultation!

4. Listing your home
This is one step in the short sale process that is like any other home sale. The property in question is listed by your real estate agent, who will search for a buyer and get your home under contract.

When you get an offer from a buyer, it must be submitted to your lender for review. Further negotiations might be required between the buyer’s agent, your agent and the lender until a settlement is reached.

If your lender has approved your short sale under the United States Treasury’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, it will be done in about four months. If you did not qualify for HAFA, the process could take longer.

5. Closing the deal
If your mortgage lender approves your buyer, you will move out and the buyer will move in. The money used to purchase the home will go to your lender and your mortgage debt will be forgiven.You will also walk away with three thousand dollars in moving expenses if you qualified for HAFA. If you did not qualify, you simply walk away without the mortgage debt on your shoulders.

Do you need a real estate professional to sell your home? Contact us here!

02
Jun

The Top 8 Dessert Spots in Orange County

Orange County is booming with fantastic restaurants and fine cuisine, so it’s not a surprise that so many companies and entrepreneurs in the area have jumped on the trend of making desserts into a delicacy. Now, if you’re craving something sweet, you can find just about anything you can imagine plus more! To top it all off, most of the desserts look like artwork! Here are a few of our favorite spots to try!

1. Creme and Sugar

Quite possibly the most “instagrammed” dessert spot in all of Orange County, Creme and Sugar serves the most colorful treats that look like they’re from a unicorn fairy land. Their signature hot chocolate comes in a neon pink, purple or blue and is topped with whipped cream and colorful sour candies. Crème and Sugar also sells colorful cupcakes and cakes to pair with that glass of hot chocolate.

2. Pie Hole

Missing your mother’s home-cooked apple pie? Don’t worry, Pie Hole has it covered! Originally based in Los Angeles, Pie Hole recently opened up their Orange County location in Orange. Here, visitors can choose from a variety of sweet and savory pies. One of the most popular pies, is their signature Earl Grey pie. Although it may sound obscure, the taste is excellent!

3. Tap Gelato

Have you ever tried ice cream so delicious that it tastes like gold? Well at Tap Gelato you can actually eat gold. Amongst the variety of gelato creations, one order gets you any flavor ice cream, dipped in milk chocolate and topped with a sliver of 24k gold.

4. The Loop

Another crowd favorite dessert for being incredibly photogenic, The Loop offers soft serve ice cream topped with a handcrafted churro. Not only is there a variety of flavors, but the churros can also be dipped in chocolate sprinkles, or even fruity pebbles! The Loop also always has special seasonal and holiday creations!

5. Afters Ice Cream

As if a doughnut wasn’t delicious enough on it’s own, now there’s ice cream inside!! Afters Ice Cream is a chain of ice cream shops throughout southern California, and what they are most known for is their doughnut ice cream sandwiches! With their signature cookie monster blue ice cream in the middle, this is certainly a dessert you can’t go wrong with!

6. The Dirty Cookie

Located at The District in Tustin, The Dirty Cookie serves your favorite milk and cookies in the best way! Customers get to choose their favorite cookie flavor amongst the variety of cookie cups, which are lined with either milk, dark or white chocolate. The customers then get to pick whether they want their cup filled with milk, vanilla cream or chocolate cream! It’s Santa’s dream!

7. Rollin’ Creamery

The name says it all! The Rollin’ Creamery specializes in ice cream served in a unique fashion. Once you choose a flavor, the Rollin’ Creamery uses tools and very cold surfaces to freeze your ice cream before your eyes and roll it up into little tubes. In one cup of ice cream you’ll find five or six rolled up ice cream tubes, which you can then top with whipped cream, sauces and much more! Customers can also order an ice cream taco. The shell is a waffle cone and the rolled ice cream fits perfectly in the middle!

8. Popbar

If you need something small and sweet after big meal, Popbar can satisfy your simple cravings! Known for serving hand-crafted gelato on a stick, Popbar offers the adult version of your favorite childhood dessert. Customers can choose between a variety of creamy or fruity flavored popsicles. Once your flavor is picked out, your pop can be fully or half dipped in white, dark or milk chocolate and topped with a choice of nuts, sprinkles or other toppings. Popbar has locations all over southern California so find the one closest to you! Popbar also caters for those fun Summer parties!

 

Is your mouth drooling yet? These are just some of the fun spots to hit up around the area! There are so many more great dessert places, and new spots opening up all the time! Orange County is a great place to live whether you’re a family, couple or single! For more information on Orange County give us a call today!

14
Mar

Get Lucky with the Help of the Irish

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Top of the mornin’ to ya! Hopefully your month of March is off to a fantastic start. I absolutely love this month for many reasons (my oldest sons birthday, March Madness, the smell of spring and of course green beer). While I’m sure my oldest (Kyle) would love for me to talk about his birthday, my focus is on the green beer, corn beef and cabbage. I have listed 10 Irish worthy pubs within the Orange County area, some I’v been to and others I’ll visit on Friday the 17th. So wear green or get pinched!  See you out and about!

  1. The Irishman

422 Olive Ave, Hunting Beach CA 92648

     2. The Harp Inn

130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa CA 92627

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       3. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Ctr Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660

      4. Silky Sulivans

10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708

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      5. Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach CA 92663

      6. Branagan’s Irish Pub

213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton CA 92832

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    7. O’Hara’s Pub

150 N Glassell St, Orange CA 92866

    8. The Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

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      9. Durty Nelly’s

2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626

       10. Killarney Pub & Grill

209 Main St, Huntington Beach CA 92648

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While every good Irish lad enjoys an ol’ fashion pub crawl, PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Please designate your non-Irish (sober) friend as your driver or just phone one of the many available services. (Uber/Lift/Yellow cab). Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, we don’t get lucky at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team we’re just that good!

14
Oct

Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween happens to be one of our favorite days around here in the office and we are sure, like us y’all are looking for some fun Halloween activities in Orange County. We’ve put a list together of some of our favorites… From the thrill seeker to the faint of heart to the little bitty babies…. You’re sure to find something that will make your Halloween special!

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Knott’s Scary Farm

Buena Park, Ca.

Sept 22nd – Oct. 31 st

7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

 

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Kidz Block Party

Downtown Brea

October 31st

North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

 

 

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Motel 6 Feet Under

Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Are you ready for the SCARIEST haunted house in Orange County!? If you are, then step inside Motel 6 Feet Under – and get lost! This haunted maze is sure to frighten even the most seasoned of Halloween veterans, with state-of-the-art props and animatronics around every corner, a dedicated staff of haunting ghouls and just a touch of magic! What’s better than being scared silly? Supporting a good cause while doing so! Motel 6 Feet Under is a non-profit which benefits the local community, and is partnered with BOO! (Building Occupational Opportunities) which benefits local under-served adults by providing theatrical arts and construction training

 

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Haunted Fullerton Walking Towers

September 21 through November 10, 2016 (special tour on Oct 31)
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Meet at Fullerton Museum

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION:
(714) 738-6545 

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Halloween tour is $20 for museum members and $25 for the general public

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Children’s Museum Funny Frankensteins

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra:
INFORMATION:
Please call 562-905-9793 for reservations

Free with paid admission.

Calling all silly ghouls and goblins to make a funny fFrankenstein craft on Halloween Day!

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Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4-7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Towne Orange Plaza Area
Chapman Ave. & Glassell

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. There is tons of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages! (Please leave pets at home)

 

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The 17th Door

LOCATION:
The Market Place in Tustin
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782

Open September 23 – October 31, 2016

The 17th Door, Orange County’s most intense and most terrifying haunted house, returns to The Market Place for its second year! Over a dozen new rooms have been created, including a mini escape room, to take things to a whole new level. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer, featuring over 34 minutes filled with more monsters, more scares, more of what you love and more of what you hate! Behind its 17 doors is an interactive experience more innovative and shocking than anything that’s been tried before.

Tickets on sale now! Buy now before they sell out!

**The 17th Door is designed for mature audiences, preferably 16 years of age and older, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13, as there will be intense thematic material throughout the haunt.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave

INFORMATION:
714-953-8555

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody!!!!

*Information provided by Orangecounty.net