Help Buyers Understand the Area

There's a famous saying in the real estate business: "Location, location, location". It simply means that where your home is located - your neighborhood - is just as important to potential buyers as the features of the property itself. Sellers often make the mistake of creating a long list of home features while ignoring neighborhood features. They tout the spacious kitchen, and the newly renovated bathrooms, but say little about the area. So, when you're ready to sell your home, sit down and create two lists: home features and neighborhood features. Buyers want to know both. On the neighborhood features list, include: Locations of shcools and daycare center. Major retailers and shopping cen

A Quick Household Check Helps Conserve Resources

This is a good time to visually check all of your utilities, fixtures and appliances to make sure they are not using expensive energy and resources inefficiently. Start with the faucets. Ensure they don't drip when closed. If they do, replace the washers (or in the case of washerless units, the valve cartridges). Next, check that your toilets don't leak. To check for leaks, pour colored liquid bowl cleaner into the tank, then wait several hours to see if it appears in the bowl without flushing. If it does, you likely have a leak, and may need to replace the stopper in the bottom of the tank. Then, make sure your hot water tank and/or pipes are not sweating. While you're at it, consider turni

Not-So-Obvious Home Staging Tips

When it comes to “staging” your home for sale - which basically means ensuring it looks clean and uncluttered - you probably already know the basics: clean the counters, vacuum the floors, mow the lawn, etc. But there are also some less obvious home staging tips that can help to sell your property faster and for a higher price. Here are a few examples. The Kitchen Obvious: The stove, sinks and countertops should be spotless. Not-so-obvious: The contents of your cabinets and refrigerator should be facing forward. The Bathrooms Obvious: They should be clean and uncluttered. Have fresh towels hanging neatly on the rack. (Create the “hotel bathroom” look.) Not-so-obvious: All towels should mat

Real Estate Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has created a new reality for all of us, at least temporarily. Chances are you’re dealing with many new challenges, both personally and professionally. We all are. Now, it’s up to each of us to do our part so we can get through this as quickly as possible. Remember, we’re all in this together. Stay positive and know that things will get better. In the meantime, you might have immediate concerns about the real estate market. For example, you might be wondering if you should put off moving. Or, you might need to move but are worried about all this uncertainty. If so, give me a call. As a real estate professional, I have the latest market information, insights and tools -

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Maggie Ward, Realtor

Broker Associate, SRES

DRE #01016282

HomeBased Realty

42402 10th St West, Ste J

Lancaster, CA 93534

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