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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
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Martin & Company
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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California Family Mediation Center
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Family Man Carpet Cleaning
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Ignacio Gozalez
(626) 391-6198
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Alex Ramirez
(714) 749-4492
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Bryan Anderson Electric
(949) 939-7245
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Catherine King

714-833-4046
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Mike Campbell
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Silversage Advisors ®

19200 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 370
Irvine, California 92612
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www.silversageadvisors.com

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Simple Floors
Diego Martinez

(714) 333-1126
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518 W. Katella Avenue
Orange, CA 92867

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CityScape Garage Doors
Joe

(949) 515-8363
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Smart Garage
Kurt

(805) 312-4860
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www.smartgarage4u.com

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Vince Doche
Marouni Industries Inc.
(714) 225-5252


William Frey Construction
(949) 929-9722
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www.williamfreyconstruction.com

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Robert Ruff
(714) 920-7744
[email protected]

Borella Geology
Peter Borella
(949) 494-3566

Mike Childs
(949) 494-2721
305 N Coast Hwy. Suite R
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

GIFT BASKETS

Rolling Boba
DIY Boba Gift Baskets
https://www.rollingboba.com
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HVAC

Controlled Climates
Kevin Vieson
(949)388-8428
[email protected]
www.controlledclimates.net

HANDYMAN – LICENSEND CONT

Jack Jacques
(714) 926-4416
[email protected]

HANDYMAN – UNLICENSED

Jack Walker
(714) 235-5845
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HOME & SEWER INSPECTOR

Sunrise Home Inspection
Chuck Lambert
(714) 915-2443
[email protected]

HOME INSPECTOR & AIR QUALITY, MOLD, THERMAL IMAGING

Signature Home Inspections
Robert
(888) 860-2688
www.signaturemore.com
[email protected]

HOUSE PLANTS & FLORAL

Penelope Pots
Jackie Miller
(949) 612-7105
www.shoppenelopepots.com
2001 Westcliff Drive, Suite 101
Newport Beach, CA 92660

IN HOME CAREGIVERS

Creative Home Care
April Gemora
(949) 702-0008
www.creativehomecareoc.com

INSURANCE – HOME & AUTO

State Farm
Lisa Mae Trapp
(909) 455-5462
[email protected]

INSURANCE – LIFE & DISABILITY

Leverage
Eric Chenowith
16842 Von Karman Ave, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92606
(714) 931-4060 mobile
(949) 404-5990 office
[email protected]
www.leverage-is.com

INTERIOR DESIGN

Bethany Campbell
The Posh Home
(480) 516-1297
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www.theposhhome.com

JUNK REMOVAL

The Removers
1-888-858-6546
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www.wetheremovers.com

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

Bryan Anderson Electric
(949) 939-7245
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LENDER

Please call for recommendations. I have a wide resource of lenders and depending on your loan type and goals I will match you to the best lender(s) for a rate quote and loan comparison.

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Coastal Locksmith
(949) 900-9015
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www.coastallocksmith.com

LOFT ADDITIONS

The LoftCrafters, Inc.
Doug Waters
8 Hammond, Ste 102
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 456-1234
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loftcrafters.com

MOVING COMPANIES

Rich Nelson Moving Services
Richard Nelson
(949) 412-0361
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PAINT

Right Option Painting
Ed Aleman
(714) 634-3914
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PAVERS

System Pavers
(949) 263-8301
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www.systempavers.com

PLUMBING

REPIPE1
15791 Rockfield Blvd #N
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 353-6779
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www.repipe1.com

POOL CONSTRUCTION

Swan Pools
24512 Bridger Rd,
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(800) 692-8870
www.swanpools.com

Mission Pools
22600 Lambert St Ste 1104
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 588-0100
www.missionpools.com

Dreamscapes by MGR
1901 Newport Blvd, Suite 350
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Mobile: (949) 608-1726
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www.dreamscapesbymgr.com

POOL FENCES & COVERS

All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers
(714) 712-6233
[email protected]
www.allsafepool.com

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

Emily Selecky
(949) 690-8747
[email protected]

REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY & EVICTIONS

Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
www.kts-law.com
2040 Main Street, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92614
(800) 564-6611

RODENT CONTROL

Roadrunner Exterminating
(714) 434-3920
[email protected]
www.roadrunnerexterminating.com

ROOFING

Gary Fox Roofing Inc.
(License #685119)
Gary Fox
1-800-GARYFOX
[email protected]
www.garyfoxroofing.com

Blue Shoe Roofing Co.
Rod Ford
(949) 387-9428
(949) 283-4075
[email protected]

REALTORS

Verso Homes
Orange County, CA
Natalie Boyle
(949) 929-5727

Shoreline Properties
San Diego, CA
Seth Chalnick, Broker
2093 San Elijo Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
(619) 251-8803
[email protected]

Rain Maker Real Estate
Silicon Valley, CA
Alex Wang
95 1st Street, Suite 110
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 384-0676
[email protected]

SOLAR PANELS & TESLA BATTERY

Urban Energy Solar
Mark Mendoza
(562) 447-4971
[email protected]
www.urbanenergysolar.com

SWINGSET & FURNITURE ASSEMBLY

Assembly Solutions
(800) 330-6395
[email protected]
www.assembly-solutions.net

STORAGE PODS

Pods
(855) 706-4758
www.pods.com

TERMITE

O’Corra Termite & Construction
(949) 887-6210
[email protected]
www.ocorratermite.com

Astro Termite
James Erion
(949) 322-0002
5405 Alton Pkwy, #350
Irvine, CA 92604
[email protected]

TILE POLISHING & SEALING & GROUT CLEANING

Stoneshine Restoration
stoneshine.net
(800) 770-7789

WATER DAMAGE & RESTORATION

Jarvis Restoration
25721 Via Solis
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 362-5388
[email protected]
www.jarvisrestoration.com

WINDOW COVERINGS

South County Window Coverings & Retractable Screen Doors
(949) 246-3855
[email protected]
www.scshades.com

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

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Here are some considerations to make when preparing to sell your home.

Repair

Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize

You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage

Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

Here are some more tips I have for buying and selling homes!

Dealing With Financing

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Home Buying Packet

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

Always seek the assistance of a real estate professional when you are preparing to sell your home!

Thinking about making a move?  Contact Natalie today, 949.929.5727.

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here ares some great tips for relocation to make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move.

It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan.

There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home.

Don’t Move Without Preparation

Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved.

Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet.

City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

I hope these great tips for relocation were helpful!

Here are some extra tips for moving!

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Dealing With Financing


How to Evaluate a Neighborhood

10 Best Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Home Buying Checklist

Always seek the assistance of a real estate professional when you are considering relocation!

Thinking about making a move?  Contact Natalie today, 949.929.5727.

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