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Homeownership is the American dream. I know that no matter what level of experience you’re at, you will find these tips helpful, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.

Buying a home is one of life’s greatest moments, but I know it can also be one of the most stressful. If you’re thinking about buying or selling your home, it’s best to use an agent who has a proven track record.

My name is Natalie Boyle, and I’m the founder of Verso Homes. I was born and raised in Orange County. Real estate has been my field of expertise for 21 years and counting.

Natalie Boyle, Realtor and Verso Homes Founder

In this blog, I’d like to share with you my top home buying and selling tips:

  1. Begin packing as soon as you can

    Begin packing even before the sign is installed in the yard.

    Sort your belongings into items to pack for the move to your new home, items to donate to a local charity, and items to throw away. In some ways, this is the most challenging step, so you may want to get started as soon as possible.
  1. Decide what you need

    If you’re clear about what you want and don’t want, finding a short list of options will be simpler.
  1. Take a look at your finances before you make any decisions

    Be aware of your maximum down payment, expected closing costs, and desired total monthly payment (PITIA, or principle, interest, taxes, insurance, and association fees).

    Get pre-approved for a loan so that you are aware of the anticipated interest rate as well as the loan amount you are eligible for given your income, assets, and credit score.
  1. Keep your property safe

    Safeguard yourself and your personal belongings when you are about to invite total strangers into your home. Jewels, firearms, prescription medications, and small electronics should be kept out of sight and out of reach. Install surveillance cameras and review the footage after each showing.
  1. Switch from selling your home to selling a house

    To be a successful seller, you must put all of your fond memories in a safe place and stop thinking of your home as a sentimental family relic and instead consider it as a resource you are using to get you to the next destination.
  1. Do the work

    Your rooms will look better if the carpet is cleaned or replaced with fresh white carpet.
    Walls, floors, windows, and cabinets should all be cleaned. Declutter. Take down all personal photos.
    Purchase coordinating towels. Purchase matching bedding as well as a plethora of complimentary pillows.
    Plant flowers in the flower beds, fertilize the lawn and trim the trees.
  1. It’s going to be overwhelming

    You will have a lot more on your plate during this process, whether it’s an endless stream of showings that make your life considerably more chaotic, receiving several offers within days, or not receiving any showing requests at all.

    Don’t panic or procrastinate, though; this project will be finished within a few months or weeks. Instead, maintain your composure, schedule time to handle the additional work, and extend yourself some grace.
  1. There will be bumps in the road

    Something unexpected is very likely to occur. You might run into unforeseen circumstances along the way, such as roof leaks, slab leaks, termites, unauthorized additions, and closing delays, to name just a few.

    Believe that these issues can usually be resolved through creativity, negotiation, and money.
  1. Ensure that necessary information is disclosed

    Noisy neighbors, barking dogs, rickety fences, slow-draining patios, and a broken shower faucet are just a few of the inconveniences.

    Pages of disclosures are provided to refresh your memory, however, they are not comprehensive. Tell them everything you can that might have an impact on your home’s value or desirability.
  1.  Market conditions are important

    When buying or selling, the three main considerations are supply, demand, and interest rates.

These are just a few of the things I could share with you.

Verso Homes Team

Here at Verso Homes, we will help you find your dream home. We have helped a lot of homeowners purchase a home and sell their homes in Orange County. We are happy to share our expertise with you to make the process as smooth as possible.



If you have questions about buying or selling a home, please reach us at 949-841-5122.

Irvine is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in, well known for safety, education and it’s strong job market.

Another great perk of living in Irvine is how close so many shopping centers are! One that always comes to mind is the Irvine Spectrum Center. I love knowing that I can get all my shopping done in one place. In a single trip, I can buy a gift for my friends’ birthday, get new clothes for my always growing boys, and pick up a little something for myself!

Anthropologie is one of our favorite stores, we love their cool and relaxed California vibe. The perfect spot for a curated mix of distinctive clothing, accessories, gifts, and home décor. We also love their Anthro living home which has fun and unique home decor and furniture. Everything you find at Anthropologie is unique, uncommon, and feels original.

Since the New Year has begun, I have really started focusing on my health and fitness (especially since summer is around the corner)! Like lots of other women, I’m absolutely obsessed with Lululemon’s athletic wear. All of their clothes last forever and wearing them makes me more motivated to work out! Their store at Irvine Spectrum has a great selection of leggings and running shorts to choose from. I’m always so tempted to buy everything in there!

Irvine Spectrum also has my go-to store for flowy sundresses and cute bikinis! Free People is the perfect boutique to stop by before a vacation to Cabo or for some colorful summer clothes. I love that I can easily wear one of their maxi dresses with sandals to walk around in at the beach, and then throw on some heels to dress it up for a nice dinner.

Since the Irvine Spectrum center is in the process of being renovated, lots of new stores have popped up! My favorite one that opens up over the summer is Vuori. Vuori draws inspiration from an active coastal California lifestyle. Integration of fitness, creative expression, and life. Their products are designed with a west-coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly to life outside the gym.

A fun place to stop in the Spectrum is Lip Lab which has customizable lipsticks. Pop in and pull up a stop and capture your individuality with a hue that’s uniquely you. Create a lipstick you absolutely love and love wearing. One thing is for certain– you’ll leave with super happy lips and colorful memories.

We love making a stop for our furry friends at Woofpak, they have great treats and a large selection of fresh food.

In my spare time, I try to focus on finding new trends, decor pieces, and furniture for my clients when they want to move or remodel their homes.

A spot that I visit often for inspiration is Ambiance Home in Irvine. They have a chic collection of plush accent pillows, soft throw blankets and lots more. I like that the whole store is filled with elegant and timeless pieces. To add a pop of color to a simple room, I usually look for an accent chair or pillows that stand out in the store! When I went last week, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the perfect emerald green velvet chairs they had on the second level for my home.

Are you looking for more stores? Check out these shopping options in Orange County:

The Best Shops in Newport Beach

The Best Corona Del Mar Shopping

The Best Shopping in Laguna Beach

Are you thinking about moving to Irvine? If so, I would love to take you to lunch and share more about this wonderful city with you!

Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727

While it’s important and wonderful to spend time outside in nature, sometimes we also just want to bring a little bit of nature back inside with us. Recently, houseplants seem to have exploded in popularity, with many first-timers trying their hand at indoor gardening over the last couple of years.  And, frankly, we aren’t surprised. Adding plants to your home can infuse a refreshing dose of style into any room.

The good news? There are tons of plant varieties that do well (and look beautiful) in indoor settings. The bad news? It can be hard to choose when so many options are available. Considering different factors – like how much light, humidity, warmth, and attention a plant may get in a particular room – can help narrow the field. Here are our choices for the best houseplants for different rooms.

Bedroom Plants

Like any room, it’s important to know the conditions your bedroom can offer a plant. Is there lots of light, or is it dark? Is it drafty? Is there enough space for plants to grow? But beyond that, you might also want to consider what the plant can offer you in return. For example, many plants have been proven to remove and filter toxins from the air. In theory, this might provide you with cleaner air to breathe while you’re sleeping.

Snake Plants

In addition to being adaptable to a multitude of conditions and very easy to grow, the snake plant is also on NASA’s top 10 list of air purifying plants. While it prefers bright indirect light, it can survive in almost any lighting, as long as it sees daylight for at least part of the day. It does best with regular, occasional watering, but is hearty enough that it can survive for quite a while even if you forget to hydrate it. Uniquely, the snake plant is able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen around the clock, not just during the daytime like most other plants. Eleanor Harris (American, 1901-1942)

Philodendron

Another practically fool-proof plant, the philodendron is extremely low maintenance. There are several variations of the philodendron, and most of them are well-suited to indoor cultivation. The philodendron is known to absorb formaldehyde from the air, helping to purify the air in your bedroom. However, this plant is toxic when eaten, so it may be best to avoid putting it in small children’s bedrooms and keep it out of reach of pets.

English Ivy

This small, delicate ivy variety is a pretty addition to any bedroom. It thrives with moderate sunlight and regular watering but is otherwise relatively low maintenance. Another air filtration master, this plant absorbs harmful substances like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air. There’s even some evidence that it may be able to purify the air of mold and help improve environmental allergy symptoms.

Bathroom Plants

When choosing plants for the bathroom, it’s important to select varieties that thrive in humid environments. But you should also look for plants that can handle temperature swings. Plus, it can be easy to forget about watering bathroom plants, so the more resilient the plant, the better.

Boston Fern

While many ferns are well suited to the bathroom, we’re partial to the Boston Fern. It’s attractive, elegant fronds add a touch of class to any bathroom, and easily handle the wide variations in humidity common to a bathroom. In fact, you may be able to hang your Boston fern directly in the shower and allow it to be watered every time the shower is used!

Chinese Evergreen

Most Chinese evergreens would grow well in any bathroom, but our favorite is the uniquely colored Red Emerald Chinese Evergreen. This easy-to-grow variety can survive poor lighting and ventilation, which means it can grow even in a bathroom without windows, as long it gets regular exposure to an artificial light source. To control the size of the plant, choose its pot size wisely. A small pot will discourage extensive growth, while a larger one will allow it to get quite big.

Aloe Vera

The easy-to-grow succulent aloe vera can survive without frequent watering, making it an ideal plant for lesser used bathrooms, where it may occasionally be forgotten. (But don’t forget about it completely – it needs at least occasional watering to survive.) The lively green plant brightens up any space, and its medicinal values somehow seem well suited for a spot next to the medicine cabinet!

Kitchen Plants

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s often where people gather to connect, catch up, and break bread together. That means that any plant placed in the kitchen should add a feeling of warmth and welcome to the space.

Cast Iron Plant

Okay, we’ll be honest here. Part of the reason we chose this plant is because of the name. A cast iron plant just feels like it should live nearby your cast iron skillet! But beyond that, the cast iron plant is hearty and super low maintenance. It can handle extreme temperature fluctuations, making it an ideal choice to put near a stove or oven. Plus, its long, bold leaves make it a unique and attractive statement piece.

Basil

Herbs! In the kitchen! We know this may sound like a no-brainer, but our very favorite thing to grow in the kitchen is herbs. There’s something special about being able to pick fresh herbs that you’ve grown yourself, inside your own home, and adding them to your food. We especially like basil because it’s fairly easy to grow. As long as you can provide the plant with lots of light and keep the soil moist, this plant can thrive. Plus, it’s super versatile and can be used in tons of different types of recipes!

Pothos

There are tons of varieties of pothos plants ranging from common to rare, but they all add a stylish accent to any room they’re in.  We especially like them for the kitchen because of their ability to cascade and add drama to the environment. The vines of the pothos tend to overflow and hang down from whatever pot they’re planted in. In kitchens, this can be really visually pleasing when the pothos is placed on an open shelf or atop a cabinet and allowed to grow and drape downward. Plus, they’re super easy to care for. (Starting to sense a theme here?)

Office Plants

Now more than ever, many of us regularly work from home. Because of the sharp increase in remote and hybrid work environments, we’re spending more time in our home offices. And many of them might need some sprucing up. Here are a few plants to infuse some life into your workspace.

Anthurium

Many home offices can tend to be on the small side, or function as a multi-use space. With space at a premium, we want plants that pack a lot of visual punch into a small place. That’s why we chose the anthurium as one of our office plant picks. The relatively compact plant, with its dark green leaves, is known for its striking, shiny, vibrant, heart-shaped blooms. Depending on the variety you choose, the flowers can be a variety of colors, but we’re partial to the bright red hues of the red success anthurium.

Peace Lily

No matter the industry or position, most jobs can become chaotic, stressful, and anxiety-inducing from time to time. For that, we wanted to introduce a calming presence into the workspace. True to its name, the stark white flowers of the peace lily can add an air of tranquility and calm to any room. Plus, they’re almost impossible to kill!

Money Tree

While we’re sad to report that this plant does not, in fact, produce money, we do think it’s an excellent addition to any office. Depending on your space constraints, these can be purchased as small, desktop plants, or as potted indoor trees. Their signature braided trunk adds some texture and depth to the environment, and the wide spread of leaves can be eye-catching. Thought by some cultures to bring good luck, this is a great plant to keep in your office to remind you why you work as hard as you do – it’s all about the money (tree), honey.

Houseplants are a wonderful way to bring some of the great outdoors into your home. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your office, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, we hope you’ve found some new houseplants to add to your home.

Happy gardening! For more information about plants and home improvements, please call us at 949-929-5727.

Sources: https://www.greenthumb.com/, https://shoppenelopepots.com/

The Verso Homes Story: Turning Over a New Leaf

Verso Homes Team: Natalie Boyle, Crystal Schantzen, Tom Lloy, Dawn Leibovitz (Left to Right)

A name is more than just a name. It represents a story, and every experience we have shared in life is beautiful. It captures a moment in how we came to be. Life is made up of small steps, big dreams, and opportunities to share.

We are Verso Homes and we are proud to share our story. 

Realtor® & Founder

Natalie Boyle, a native of Orange County, started her career in real estate in 2001. It was during COVID-19, one of the worst global pandemics in history, that Boyle worked relentlessly to ensure that her firm was able to take care of its clients and fulfill their real estate needs. In the midst of these chaotic and challenging times, Verso Homes was born.

Brand Logo

Verso is a Latin word meaning ‘folio’ or “on the turned (leaf)”. It is found on the left-hand page of an open book signifying the turning of a new page. Thus, the leaf logo signifies a new beginning.

What inspired the color palette for our logo is the beautiful hues of a California sunset. We wanted it to reflect our unique coastal location in South Orange County.

Life changes, and when it does, you have the opportunity to write a new chapter in your life story. Verso Homes understands this and strives to help you create a colorful and memorable one with customized solutions that fit your personality, lifestyle, and budget. We are a team of compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy real estate experts who focus on the needs of our clients. We also support other local business owners in the community so that we can make Orange County a better place for everyone.

Our communities are more than just places to live, but places where memories are made. We believe that each new page in a family’s life deserves to be celebrated and we at Verso Homes help each family write their new chapter in every new home.

We are a boutique real estate company that is changing the way people buy and sell homes in South Orange County. We have an innovative approach to home sales, leveraging technology and community resources to make our clients’ dreams come true.  Verso Homes offers a more client-centric approach that is designed to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We don’t just sell homes – we want to help you build the life you imagine in the home of your dreams. We work with our clients to create an experience that begins with building wonderful memories because our goal is to help you reach yours.

“A home is more than just a house,” it is made of different chapters in your journey through life day-by-day, chapter-by-chapter.

If you’re thinking about making a move we would love to help you write your next chapter together!  Give us a call, at 949-929-5727.

There are more homebuyers than homes to buy right now. That means a lot of home sellers find themselves in the fortunate position of having multiple offers to sift through, with many offering more than listing price. Welcome to a hot seller’s market! While having a bunch of buyers throwing money and promises at you is a wonderful problem to have, you still need to know how to choose a single offer. (Hint: It’s not always the highest one.)

The strongest offer for one seller might be the highest offer price, for another it could be the slowest closing window. If the seller wants to avoid making repairs, maybe it’s the offer without an inspection contingency.  

Here’s how to choose from multiple offers on your house and pave the way for a smooth sale.

Let your agent be your expert guide

Bidding wars aren’t as easy to navigate as you might think. While this may be your first time dealing with multiple offers, an experienced real estate agent is an old hand at this.  Tap into their wisdom for strategies on getting the strongest offer for your house and closing the deal on time.

Make sure the buyer can actually pay what they’re offering

The buyer offering the most money for your house always moves to the front of the pack, of course. But your agent can help you determine if the buyer has the bank to make good on the offer — and if it’s really the strongest offer in terms of securing the cash to close.

Your agent can help you manage these important factors:

Review all the contingencies

When buyers craft an offer, they usually include some conditions that must be met before they officially buy your home. If these conditions are not met, the buyer has a chance to back out of the deal. These contingencies may include getting approved for a mortgage, having the home pass an inspection or making sure the home appraises for a certain amount.

Review these contingencies with your agent and make sure you are okay with all buyer asks. As a seller, look for contracts with fewer contingencies to increase the odds of closing.

Consider the lender

You and your agent should also consider the lender that pre-approved the buyer. If the mortgage company or bank is known in the area and has a reputation for approving buyers that acquire financing, they’re a better bet than a buyer working with a lender with little or poor reputation.

It’s a good idea to research lenders if you and your agent are not familiar with them.

Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

If you have gotten many offers, you’re in a great position to negotiate. Sure, you can take the offer with the highest price and call the house sold. But your agent may be able to leverage a better offer for you. 

Here’s how you do that: Once your agent presents you with all the offers you’ve gotten from buyers, you can go back to the strongest bidder and make a counteroffer. Your agent can advise you on terms that make the most sense for you to request, with the promise that if the buyer accepts, the house is theirs. The terms of the sale you might consider include:

The Verso Homes Team loves working with Sellers to select the BEST offer in this hot seller’s market. Are you ready to move on to your next chapter?  Send us a message, and let’s get started.

Here are a few more tips I’ve put together for home sellers:

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Email: [email protected]

Call / Text: 949.929.5727

Article Source Zillow

When a home in your neighborhood is for sale, it will attract drive-by traffic from potential buyers scouting the home and the neighborhood, before they even think about stepping inside the house.  That can make you feel like your neighborhood is a glass fishbowl. 

Rest assured, we understand how you feel.  What you do want to focus on are these opportunities that are presented when homes in your neighborhood are on the market for sale. 

Neighbors of Your Choice

We’ve all been told that you can’t choose your neighbors but that is just not true! This is the perfect time to have a family member or friend move to your neighborhood.  Call them and tell them about the home for sale down the street. They may need time to get their financing in order, should they decide to put in an offer (and need a loan from a lender). A home in Orange Country is on the market for an average of 48 days1.  Typically offers are accepted in the first for 5-7 days of the home hitting the market. Timing is key and loan pre-approval is necessary for anyone considering a home purchase.  So, reach out to the people you truly want as your neighbors! 

Referrals to Contractors and Tradespeople

There’s usually work that needs to be done before a house goes on the market.  Finding good, reliable, and affordable contractors and tradespeople can be time-consuming and difficult.  When they are already working in your neighborhood, you can potentially save yourself time and energy to get your home project underway! Contractors love to be able to schedule multiple projects in the same area.  It saves them commute times and gives them more exposure in the areas they serve. So, piggyback off all the leg work your neighbor did in finding the right people to do the job!

Qualified Buyers

The median price of a single-family home in Orange County is $900,0002! The turn-around time from start to closing is quick and that leads me to the best part of home sales in your neighborhood. It is currently a “seller’s market,” meaning there are more buyers than there are homes for sale.  This forces buyers into extremely competitive situations.  We average 10 or more offers for each listing, typically over the asking price.   Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into this market of qualified buyers who already know they want to live in your neighborhood? If you want to learn more about qualified buyers in search of a home in your neighborhood, call or email us, and we are happy to share that information with you!

So, while it may feel like you are living in a fishbowl, the drive-bys won’t last long. Homes are selling quickly in this hot market.  The opportunities you’ll reap should outweigh any discomfort!    

We love working with Buyers to find their dream homes.  We would be honored to assist you or anyone you know of in the Orange County area with any and all home selling, buying, or investing needs.

Here is a list of more tips for home sellers:

How to pick the best offer on your home

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Call: 949-929-5727

Email: [email protected]

  1. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Orange-County_CA/overview
  2. California National Association Realtors Aug. 2021 Stats

Taking Advantage Of Today’s Skyrocketing House Prices For Retirement!

Recently, I placed my mother-in-law’s home on the market for sale.  It’s an incredibly cute beachfront condo located within a highly coveted private gated community in Huntington Beach.  Ocean views, stunning sunsets, and just steps from the beach – Location, Location, Location!  To top it off, these homes rarely go up for sale!  Mom is retiring in less than a year and wondering, “should I sell my house when I retire?” Like many of us, she has been witnessing the escalating prices in the market and the accelerating value of her home.  After looking at her impressive equity, nearly tripling her investment in less than a decade, she felt that she was in a great position to sell her place when she retires!  Great News, right? Well, not so fast.


Something Didn’t Feel Right

As anticipated, multiple offers were received within days of the listing.  However, something wasn’t right for Mom, the offers were making her feel sick instead of happy.  She insisted, “I’m retiring, it’s the right time to sell my house, I can make so much money,” it didn’t feel like the great news she had initially expected. Instead, the offers signaled the fast-approaching imminent sale of her home and it didn’t feel good. She began asking herself again, “why should I sell my house when I retire?”

We talked and it became obvious that making money was not actually her motivation for selling; it was not her “Why,” so I didn’t feel right either.  My goal as an agent is not to maximize profits for my customers. It’s great when that happens, but it’s not my purpose. My purpose is to take care of all the real estate needs of my clients. I value positive energy and a feeling of connection with my clients.  For me, it is of paramount importance to more deeply understand my client’s needs and to identify their unique “why.”

The Importance of Identifying Our Client’s “Why”

What does the “Why” mean?  The “why” refers to why a client is doing what they are deciding to do.  While it seems simple enough, this experience led me to refine my process of how I work with clients to identify their “why.”  The word itself, why, can often make us feel defensive and can trigger pressure to provide a “good reason” for choosing whatever it is we’re choosing.  Answers like, “I want to make money”, can be void of any real meaning and unfortunately lead to an unfullfilling outcome. 

Exploring Mom’s Why – why should I sell my house when I retire?

Back to my Mother-in-Law, we realized that she was feeling the pressure of retiring and the markets skyrocketing prices.  Mom realized that she was unsure of the next chapter in her life.  So she asked her self again, why should I sell my house when I retire? She loves the beach and wants to be close to her family, and she wants to ensure her financial future.  However, the “Why” did not live inside any of these reasons!  After a few sleepless nights, I realized that taking her home off the market was the right thing to suggest.  I knew it was the right thing to do when I witnessed her relief.  I called the other agents who had offers in and respectfully declined their offers at or above the asking price.  

Changing The Plan – Deciding Not To Sell The House

There is no tripling of the investment for mom, there is no commission for me as the agent . . . and there is no better place to be! You see, the best transaction I can make as a real estate agent is the one that satisfies the real “Why.”  If a client is not feeling confident and joyful about their “why,” then the “why” is definitely in question.  In the end, we established that mom’s “why” didn’t feel good to her.  Essentially, when the “why” doesn’t feel right, it means we didn’t actually have a “why” to begin with.  I am proud of Mom’s decision to keep her beautiful beach home, and I am pleased to say I kept my promise to always “take care of my client’s real estate needs.”  

Defining The Why – The Verso Homes Process

I’m grateful and thankful that Mom realized her “why” – that selling her home wasn’t the right thing to do.  Together we learned how important it is to ask, how does my “why” feel?  This experience allowed me to hone in on my process of identifying my clients “why”.  In addition to gathering answers to questions like “what is the square footage of your home,” I also apply a systematic approach to developing and honoring my client’s “why.”  If we can’t confidently and happily establish the “why,” I’m no longer in alignment with my core values.  When the “Why” is clearly defined, I know how to take care of my clients, their transactions, and I can assure a positive outcome 🙂

With thanks and appreciation!

Natalie Boyle

More tips for Home Sellers:

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

How to pick the best offer on your home

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

If you’ve ever been in a bidding war with other buyers interested in the same house, you know how important a cover letter is. It can easily be the deciding factor in who the seller chooses to sell their house to. Since they are so important, I wanted to give you the best buyer cover letter tips on how you can make yours appealing and stand out against the rest!

Make the letter personal and build a connection

It is important to let the seller know why this home, in particular, is perfect for you. It is always a good idea to write about how you will enjoy their home. If you have a family with kids you could write about being able to picture your children playing in the grass in the backyard.

Give them some information about yourself

Sellers want to know about the people that will be living in their home. They also want to feel a connection with the people buying it. Writing about the job you have and your family is a great way for them to get to know you!

Point out your favorite features in the home

It’s always nice to compliment the seller by talking about your favorite things about their home. For example, you could mention how much you love their spacious and bright kitchen if you and your family love to cook. If there is a pool in the backyard you could talk about how you and your family love to spend summers outside together cooling off in the water.

Give thanks

Thanking the seller for giving you an opportunity to make an offer is very important! The end of the cover letter is a great place for you to show that you appreciate the chance to make an offer on their home. You can also add that you can’t wait to hear back from them!

A well-written cover letter can persuade a seller to allow you to buy their home. Hopefully, these tips can help you write a thoughtful cover letter to secure your dream house!

Here are two examples of cover letters:

Buyer-Letter-1-
Offer cover letter sample template 2
Courtesy of:
https://journal.firsttuesday.us/the-importance-of-the-homebuyers-offer-cover-letter/49994/
https://www.trulia.com/guides/offer-letter-templates/

Here are a few more tips I’ve put together for home buyers:

How to Evaluate a Neighborhood

Home Buying Checklist

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Can you all believe we are well on our way into 2020?! Bethany with The Posh Home and I will be sharing a monthly blog series on tips and tricks to organize your home more efficiently and effectively.

Organization saves you time, money, and makes your spaces look more put together. We are both sharing our perspectives, from a real estate perspective I know the importance of an organized space. Most people when looking to buy a home look in cabinets! The more organized you are the more appealing your home will be to a buyer. From a design perspective, Bethany knows organization is key from a functional perspective as well as an aesthetic perspective. It is so important. We are so excited to share this month’s organization challenge on modern pantry organization hacks!

MODERN PANTRY ORGANIZATION HACKS

The Before

Modern Pantry Organization Hacks Before

The key step in getting organized is assessing your needs and evaluating how to make your space more functional based on your specific needs.

Here are the steps to get you well on your way to an organized pantry

  1. Measure first then take everything out.

    First, measure your spaces to ensure you order the correct size bins and containers. We took everything out of the pantry, to first see what items were multiples, what items were expired or no longer needed.

2. Clean out the shelves!

We made sure to clean out the shelves, and then grouped items together. This helps make the planning and placement aspect that much easier.

Modern Pantry Organization Hacks - Cleaned out pantry

3. Group items in containers and bins.

Modern Pantry Organization Hacks - After Organized

Make sure everything has a place that makes sense and that the placement of the items is functional. We put baking items in sealed glass containers to keep items fresh longer and to save space within the panty. We loved the glass containers with the wood lids to give that clean modern look and Lucite bins so it’s easier to see your items grouped together.

4. Label Everything

Modern Pantry Organization Hacks - Cleaned out shelves

Labeling helps set you up for success and helps ensure everything is put in the correct spot now and in the future! We loved these labels we found on Amazon.

5. Think through your layout and placement of items that are needed more frequently

We wanted to make sure that snacks were reachable for the kids and the more day to day items were easily accessible. This not only makes grocery shopping that much easier being able to see what is needed it also helps save money by not buying multiples of items you need. A great way to store spices and canned foods is by using tiered storage. This helps you find things so much quicker and ensures you stay on track with organization!

Modern Pantry Organization Hacks After

We hope you enjoyed our modern pantry organization hacks! We would love to see what you decide to do with your pantry so be sure to share and tag us so we can follow along! Stay tuned for next month’s organization challenge and project!

Here are some more tips on moving and home organization:

Kitchen Remodel and Transformation

Great Tips for Relocation

Kitchen Hardware DIY Project

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One of the things I really appreciate about Laguna Niguel, is that it has so many hiking trails and parks to enjoy. Here are a few that are my favorite Laguna Niguel hikes and parks that I go to often with my family!

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Laguna Niguel Park is a popular spot to go fishing, bike riding, and have a shaded picnic! This park is also a favorite for people that like to play volleyball and tennis since it has several courts. It also has one of my kids’ favorite playgrounds and lots of open space to play soccer. I love that they allow dogs and that there is a Whole Foods nearby to grab a smoothie after a long walk. However, the best part about the park is that it hosts the most beautiful fireworks shows on the fourth of July. My family and I always set up our picnic blankets and bring popsicles earlier in the day so we get a great spot watch!

Aliso Summit Hiking Trail

Another great place to enjoy nature is the Also Summit Hiking Trail. This hike has gorgeous scenic views of Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach. It’s perfect to bring kids on and is dog friendly too! Whenever I go on this hike I pack a few snacks and drinks to enjoy at the end where you can see a panoramic view of the ocean.

Niguel Botanical Preserve

Laguna Niguel also has a hidden gem above the Crown Valley Community Park. The Niguel Botanical Preserve that features 2000 plant species from five areas in the world and is 18.2 acres. I love taking peaceful walks in the preserve since it has four miles of trails lined with beautiful flowers. My favorite thing about the preserve is that attracts so many colorful butterflies and birds. 

Crown Valley Community Park

The Crown Valley Community Park is also another great spot to spend time outdoors in Laguna Niguel. The park is almost done being renovated and now has a brand new outdoor amphitheater that is used often for different events during the year. There are also two new playgrounds and a variety of sports fields. A new sprayground has also been added to the park across from the playground. I can’t wait to take my kids there to cool off during summer!

Salt Creek Trail

Salt Creek Trail is the longest trail in Laguna Niguel with multiple locations to start and has both paved and dirt trails. My family and I love to start this trail at Chapparosa park for a family bike ride on the paved path. We do a turnaround ride right after the tunnel that goes under Niguel Road and we end back at the park where we usually hit the basketball court or playground after. It’s a leisurely easy ride or walk for our family and it’s also dog-friendly too so we can bring our pup Teddy.

I hope you can get outdoors and enjoy these Laguna Niguel hikes and parks!

To learn more about my other favorites hikes in OC check out the links below:

Top Corona Del Mar Beaches and Hikes

Laguna Niguel Hikes and Parks

Top Irvine Parks and Hikes

OC Hikes

Laguna Niguel Trails

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