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NEW LISTING ~ 3 Mirlo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

NEW LISTING ~ 3 Mirlo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Affordable 2 bed / 2 bath for only $190,000

Upper Corner Unit – Come See Today before its too late!!

714.598.SELL

SOLD! 18322 Fieldbury Lane, Huntington Beach, Ca BOLSA LANDMARK

SOLD! 18322 Fieldbury Lane,

Huntington Beach, Ca

BOLSA LANDMARK

$815,000

NEED YOUR HOME SOLD IN WEEKS, NOT MONTHS?

CALL LINDA GINEX…because the right REALTOR, makes a difference.

714.598.SELL

homes@lindaginex.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH WEEKLY MARKET REPORT

HUNTINGTON BEACH MARKET REPORT ~ I can run a report on ANY CITY in Orange County. Please email me for yours at homes@lindaginex.com

I Work With Buyers & Sellers In Orange County and I’m also an experienced Short Sale and REO Listing Agent.


PENDING IN 10 DAYS: 18322 FIELDBURY, HB

DO YOU NEED YOUR HOME SOLD?  LEAVE IT TO A PROFESSIONAL

LINDA GINEX  714.598.7355

…because the right REALTOR, makes a difference.

RISMedia- Home Staging Tips That Focus on Largest Customer Segments

The busy spring home buying and selling season is underway and the experts at Pulte Homes are offering staging tips to get your home ready for sale. A quicker home sale can be reached by keeping in mind the needs of the home’s most likely buyer and creating a fresh inspiring look just for them, according to Pulte Homes expert Janice Jones, national vice president of merchandising.

“Everyone understands the value of de-cluttering, cleaning and refreshing a home in today’s competitive market,” Jones said. “The difference between a ‘For Sale’ and a ‘Sold’ sign often boils down to effectively staging a home to appeal to young singles, families or empty nesters—the three largest customer segments that are likely to buy your home. Home sellers should have a good idea of the type of buyer who will make an offer and, since everyone likes an updated home, some simple refreshes can achieve an updated look and feel.”

Jones recommends conducting a technology overhaul prior to staging your home. “Old technology will date your home and you seldom have a second chance to make a positive first impression,” she said. “Flat screen TVs, lap top computers, iPods with docking stations and wireless technology have eliminated the need for large bulky entertainment centers or massive desks designed to hide wiring. Once you’ve rid your home of bulky, dated stereos and TVs, it’s time to hone in on attracting prospects.”

For singles, Jones recommends emphasizing sleeping spaces and the living room, which are critical to this group. “Singles will spend a lot of time in the living room and the bedroom, which are their sanctuaries from the outside world. As a result, there is no need to set the dining room table with place settings,” Jones said. “Instead, focus on a simple TV stand with clean lines, a flat screen TV and candles in the bedroom and bathroom.”

Young families tend to revolve around children. Items that help this demographic envision themselves living in the space include age-appropriate bedding, linens and towels, a bright rug near play areas, and strategically placed toy chests with open tops. Since kids often play or watch TV on the floor, eliminate the coffee table to create a living room that appears larger and more inviting. Jones notes to remember about the garage when staging for families. “Organize children’s toys and sports equipment to showcase the garage’s storage capacity without compromising functionality,” she said.

Empty nesters tend to seek an upgrade in quality features. Upgrading bath accessories like towel bars and toilet paper holders or decorative hanging lights to a better quality and newer style will make an impact. If the budget allows, upgrading the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher can draw in a buyer. Lighting is also a key feature for this group. Jones advises ensuring living spaces maximize natural light. If lighting is less than ideal, add lamps or a ceiling fan with light fixtures. It’s important to open heavy blinds or window coverings when showing the home.

An absolute “must” for home stagers regardless of which demographic being targeted is color. Most sellers are instructed to use neutral colors when repainting. However, adding the right punch of color to accent walls can create depth, enhance kitchen cabinets, or bring a boring bathroom to life. Homeowners can find color in simple accessories, like throw pillows, coffee table books, and decorative canisters. Neutral colors in flooring materials, upholstery pieces and window dressing work well because they enhance brighter accents.

When choosing colors, Jones cautions homeowners to be aware of their sensory impact:

– Red is stimulating and encourages self confidence

– Orange promotes happiness and celebration

– Yellow is uplifting and light-hearted

– Blue is calming in softer tones and promotes clarity in deeper tones

– Green is the color of nature—it feels fresh and rejuvenating

– Aqua is restful while pink is gentle and sweet—making a great pair

– Purple tones bring out a sense of compassion

“The key is to experiment and put yourself in the shoes of the prospective home buyer,” Jones said. “It may be helpful to ask a friend or relative for a brutally honest opinion before and after you start staging. You may be surprised how little changes—with a little budget—can make a huge difference to a prospective buyer.”

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As an Accredited Staging Professional Realtor, Linda Ginex professionally stages all of her listings.  For more information on home staging or any real estate related questions, please contact Linda Ginex at 714.598.7355

THIS SATURDAYS OPEN HOUSES

Click on the picture for details…Hope to see you there!

4/3/10 ~ 12-3pm

4/3/10 ~ 12-4pm

4/3/10 ~ 12-4pm

11422 Kathy Lane, Garden Grove ~ $450,000

Check out this approx 1600 sqft home in a highly desirable area on the boarder of Anaheim near Disneyland.  You could literally walk.   Great location is centered near to the 5 and 22 fwy.

Wood floors, wood beamed ceiling, new paint and carpet, great 7200 sqft lot.

Call for your private showing today.  714.598.7355 …because good things don’t stick around.

15 Inexpensive Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Sale

As an Accredited Staging Professional Realtor, I’m often asked what soon to be sellers can do to get their home ‘show’ ready.  I’ve complied a list of some of my least expensive techniques that I share with sellers before listing their home.  If you are in the Orange County area, I’d love to help.  I stage all my listings for my sellers and they love it.  Better still, I get offers in the first 30 days 100% of the time my homes are staged.

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Here are 15 cheap ways to make a property more attractive to shoppers:

  1. Q-tip clean your home. This means cleaning/dusting all baseboards, crevices, grout, and all surfaces.
  2. De-clutter the interior and exterior. Don’t stop with the personal photos in frames.  Take down 2/3 of your accessories on all surfaces in all rooms. Place them in boxes and store them neatly in the garage or storage shed. 
  3. Improve first impressions. Touch up the paint on the front door and other areas that buyers see first. Clear the path to your door of leaves and shrubs.
  4. Clean up the landscaping. Trim the hedges and trees and plant some annuals in the flowerbeds.
  5. Put down fresh gorilla hair. This gives a uniformity to the landscape.
  6. Paint the interior. A coat of light tan or cream with contrasting white woodwork looks fresh and clean.
  7. Refurbish the floors. Buff hardwood flooring. Install new carpets – or consider neutral 18” porcelain tiles.
  8. Advertise the home warranty. Knowing that the appliances will be under warranty for the first year a buyer lives there gives many a secure feeling.
  9. Improve energy efficiency. New windows or improved insulation tells a potential buyer the seller is on top of things plus they come with tax benefits.
  10. Replace light fixtures. Updated fixtures, especially at the entrance way and in the foyer, create a good first impression.  Make sure all fixtures have working bulbs.
  11. Buy a stove. Home owners whose kitchen isn’t top of the line can jazz it up for a few hundred dollars by buying a new stove, which gives the room a fresh feel.
  12. Move your furniture around. Use what you have to create inviting spaces.  Try replacing adding and replacing furniture from different rooms. 
  13. Add lamps to each room. This creates a cozy feel and gives better light to all rooms.
  14. Give every room in your home a use. If you use your dining room as your sewing room or a bedroom as a playroom, don’t.  Showcase the rooms for what they were meant to be used for.
  15. Tidy up the bathrooms. Get rid of mildew, replace caulking, and replace stained sinks.

Lastly, have fun with it and get a friend involved.  Their fresh eyes can make all the difference.  You’ll find that a huge weight has been lifted living in a clutter free home and you will be motivated to keep it up.