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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 2/7/2016

Selling your home can be stressful enough but add messy kids to the mix and you have a challenge on your hands. But it can be easy to sell your home when you have kids if you do some small things to remedy clutter:

  • Go through the toys and limit the number of toys that the kids can keep out. Put the rest in storage, or donate toys that they don’t use.
  • Clean out the closets. Kids grow out of clothes and shoes quickly. Go through the kids closets and donate clothes that are too small. This will also help the closet look bigger.
  • If you have a baby store the large baby items out of the way. Large highchairs, playards can make your home look smaller.
  • Clean out the diaper pail daily.
  • Organize books and toys neatly in baskets, boxes, and bins.
  • Keep a laundry basket by the door for last minute pick-ups. You can always throw the basket in your car if you don't have time to sort through it before the buyer arrives for a showing.
  • Get the kids involved. Even small children can help keep the house tidy.
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    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 9/14/2015

    When you think of a hot real estate market you probably think springtime, however, fall can also be a great time to buy or sell a home. Fall is the second busiest time of year for home sales. Here are some reasons to sell your home this fall: 1. Inventory is lower. Less inventory on the market means that you have a greater chance of making a sale. 2. Fall is great for home staging. It is easy to make your home seem cozy and inviting to a prospective buyer. 3. It is easier to keep the house clean. Children are back in school making it easier to keep the house neat and tidy. 4. Fall is a beautiful season. Make your yard look more inviting by placing a variety of cheerful mums and other fall plants in your flower beds. A fall wreath on your front door and an arrangement of pumpkins on the steps can make your home's entry warm and welcoming to guests and prospective buyers. 5. Since the days are shorter you can show off your home with warm accent lighting. 6 . Warm fall scents, like cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin, whether in baking or in candles, can make your home feel more inviting.  





    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/10/2015

    Did you know that pets can significantly reduce your home's value?  Homebuyers are hesitant to buy a home with pets because they are weary of odors and damage. If you are a pet owner here are some tips to ensure you get the highest final sale price for your home: 1. Start outside. The outside of your home is the first impression, it is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Fill and holes in the yard that have been dug by pets. Make sure to walk the yard and pick up any pet waste. 2. Check the woodwork. Pets have a habit of chewing. Go through your home and look for any damage. Check the floor trim, the threshold of your doors, and the corners of doors and cabinets. Also don't forget to check carpet, window ledges and screens, especially if you have cats. Hardwood floors can also get scratched by pets too. You may need refinish your floors if they have pet scratches. 3. Check the carpet. Carpets are usually best replaced rather than repaired. It is almost impossible to remove pet odor from carpet. If the carpet has been chewed or frayed from scratching it can likely be stretched and re-tacked by a professional. 4. Look for stains. There can be stains on carpet, flooring, drywall, and trim. Make sure to repair or replace any items that are stained before a buyer sees them. 5. Address odors. You may not even notice pet odors in your home but they will be very obvious to buyers. Ask someone else to give you an honest opinion of pet odors in your home.  Make sure to vacuum daily and open windows if you can. It's not just accidents that cause bad odors. Your pet's hair, dander and sweat also create odors. 6. Clean your furniture. Even though the buyer is looking at the house, if your furniture is stained or ruined buyers will still devalue your home. 7. Keep the pets away. If possible remove pets from your home when showing it. You could board them, or have a friend keep your pets while you're showing your home. If that is not possible make sure to buy pet crates to keep them locked up and out of the way.





    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/27/2015

    Today's homebuyers are savvy and they know what they want. If you are looking to get top dollar or a quick sale you will want to make sure you home has what it takes to meet the high standards of today's buyers. Here are a few things that top buyer's lists: 1. Smaller: Believe it or not buyers are purchasing smaller homes but that doesn't mean they are sacrificing for smaller spaces. Open and flowing floor plans are big hits with buyers today. 2. Energy Efficient Appliances: Buyers know energy efficient appliances save money and they want them in the home they purchase. 3. Storage: Who doesn't love storage? Built-ins, custom closets and shelving sells homes. 4. Outdoor living space: Living space on a deck or patio increase the square footage and usable space and buyers are looking for a private outdoor area to relax and entertain. 5. A kitchen with eating area: Kitchens sell homes. Buyers want a large kitchen with a designated eating area. 6. Home office: More and more people are working from home and need a place to work that is away from the hustle and bustle of the main living area. Think about inventive ways to use space in your home to show a buyer that your home has everything they want. You may want to use a home stager to help you showcase these areas.  





    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/22/2015

    Trying to buy and sell a home at the same time can be tough. Sometimes these buyers and sellers are referred to as being in a sandwich because they are in the middle. The reason this can be difficult is because there is no guarantee that your new home will close at the same time as your old home. Selling and buying a home at the same time is possible but you will need help. Here are a few tips on how to get into your home while closing on your own home: 1. Hire a real estate professional. This is almost an impossible task without having a seasoned professional by your side. There are lots of details that go into selling and buying and an experienced real estate professional will know just what to do to get you to both closing tables. 2. Sell first, and then buy. This is probably the easiest and safest plan. List your home for sale and secure a buyer. You can either close on your home before purchasing another one, or ask the buyer for a contingency to allow you time to find a new home before closing on the previous one. There are many advantages to selling first, it allows you to know how much you can spend on a new home, and you don’t have to worry about temporary financing. 3. Try to schedule the closing date on the purchase of your new home on the same day, but after the closing on the home you are selling. This way, you can stay in your present home until you move into your new one. Bottom line, when it comes to selling and buying a home use the expertise of your real estate professional. Your plans may change depending on your circumstances and your local market.