Archive for July, 2016

New Listing: Upgraded Townhome in San Elijo Hills

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

LaMar Real Estate is proud to welcome you to 1612 Avery Road, San Marcos. Offered at $489,000.

This beautifully upgraded, bright and open tri-level end unit townhome offers the largest floorplan in the complex, with great amenities and location. Features include a full bedroom and bathroom on the top floor, spacious kitchen with Corian counters and breakfast nook, custom paint throughout, designer tile flooring and carpeting, AC and attached 2 car garage. Gated front courtyard, mature trees and a wonderful community with pool and spa – located in the desirable Morgans Corner complex in the San Elijo Hills town center. Stroll to shopping, dining, parks and schools. 1_8325183_76376_EA-76376-101

Feature Include:

– 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 1740 square feet

– Bright and open floorplan

– Spacious kitchen with Corian counters, black appliances and breakfast nook

– Built-in tv/storage unit in living room

– Tile flooring and upgraded carpeting

8_8325190_76376_EA-76376-108– Attached 2 car garage

– Laundry room on second floor

– Gated front courtyard

– Refrigerator, washer and dryer included

– Category 5 wiring

– Air conditioning

– Ceiling fans

– Community pool and spa

– Award-winning San Marcos Elementary and Middle Schools blocks away 12_8325192_76376_EA-76376-112

– Walkable community – shopping, dining, schools, groceries, parks, trails

– Thousands of acres of trails and open space

– Community parks, sports fields and dog park

For more information and photos, and to view a virtual tour, please click here. To schedule a showing or for questions, please call Broker Rachel LaMar at 760-310-9466. CA BRE lic# 01399682.

Open Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1:00-4:00.

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New Carlsbad Listing – Upgraded Condo Close to Beach!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Welcome to 870 Ginger Avenue, Carlsbad

Offered at $449,000

Fabulous upstairs corner unit condo in coveted southwest Carlsbad, filled with upgrades and natural light, with a large patio to enjoy ocean breezes. Enjoy thick plank bamboo flooring, custom paint, wood blinds, granite kitchen tile counters, beautiful ceramic tile shower and remodeled bathrooms, upgraded fixtures. Move-in ready! See supplement for more. 1_8314290_76011_bpo-_76011-101

Welcome to the coveted neighborhood of Carlsbad Crest. This home is turn key, with upgrades galore. Enjoy outdoor relaxation and ocean breezes from a spacious patio that has just been redone. The beautiful tree-lined complex features 2 community pools/spas, and just a short distance to shopping, dining and the beach. One covered parking space plus large storage closet come with the home, as well as the washer, dryer and refrigerator.

8_8314300_76011_bpo-_76011-108 Features Include:

  • 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths
  • Bamboo wide plank flooring
  • Granite tile kitchen counters
  • Upgraded kitchen with recessed lighting, refrigerator included
  • Custom paint throughout
  • Wide baseboards
  • Wood blinds
  • Large patio recently redone
  • Remodeled bathrooms with ceramic tiled shower 12_8314307_76011_bpo-_76011-112
  • Laundry closet with washer and dryer included
  • Covered carport space and large storage closet
  • Bright and open floorplan
  • Updated fixtures and lighting
  • Beautiful complex with 2 pools/spas and green areas
  • Less than 1 mile to shopping, dining and beach
  • No mello roos
  • Carlsbad Schools

For more information please click here. For questions or to schedule a showing please call Broker Rachel LaMar at 760-310-9466. CA BRE lic 01399682

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Can You Fire your Real Estate Agent if You’re Not Happy with Them?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Recently I was contacted by home sellers who wanted to talk to me about their home sale – they were in escrow with another agent and were very unhappy. There were some legal issues and the agent was non-responsive and not representing them to the best of her ability. They had no idea that they may be able to fire the agent, so I thought it was a good idea to again share this tidbit with all the sellers and potential sellers out there – and also for buyers.

If you are a seller who is unhappy with your real estate agent, you may have the right to cancel your contract in the state of California if the agent is not adequately representing you. There are a few things to keep in mind though, as you make your decision:

1.  Contractual Breach or Valid reason – If your agent is not representing you to the best of his/her abilities, your first step should be to contact the broker. You need to explain your concerns and desire to cease working with the agent. If you cannot agree to a mutual cancellation, you may need to prove that the agent is not performing her/his contractual duties or doing their due diligence (does not call you, does not explain paperwork or provide details on the sales process, etc.) or provide some other valid reason to cancel. Brokers may want to try to resolve the issue first, or may want to personally step in to make sure you are well cared for during the remaining time the contract is in effect. Check over your contract to make sure you understand specific duties and can show they are not being done. th

2. Mutual consent – this is an easy way to cancel a contract with a broker/agent – say your circumstances have changed and you no longer will be moving – most brokers will allow a cancellation at that point (no one wants to market a home that will not sell).

3. Legal termination – if you have tried everything above and the broker/agent will not consent to a cancellation, you may need to seek a legal remedy to cancel your contract. Check your contract to see if there is a legal remedy specified therein, like mediation and arbitration. If not, seek the guidance of a real estate attorney.

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There are some other things you need to keep in mind when considering canceling a contract with your broker/agent:

1.  Agent may be entitled to commission for prior showings: If a buyer came along while the contract was in place and they make an offer after it has been canceled, the agent may have a right to a commission. You need to check the language on the listing agreement and see how long this period will be in effect. On the California Residential Listing Agreement this is a fill in the blank – most agents will write 30 days but make sure. This can apply to prospective buyers to whom the agent showed the property, or those who saw it with another agent.

2. Costs and Fees – Check your contract to make sure that you will not be liable for any costs and fees to the agent if you cancel the contract. Brokers or their agents would have to specify such in the agreement and most do not, but make sure you know if you will be liable for any.

3. Marketing materials will not convey. Any marketing materials procured by the broker – photographs, flyers, advertising, etc., are the property of the broker. If you start all over with another broker/agent you will have to start all over with marketing as well (unless the prior agent agrees to let you use their materials, but that is doubtful if you are firing them.

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My best advice is to make sure when you are entering into these contracts that you have a way out if you are not happy with the service provided. I tell ALL my potential clients that they can fire me at any time, so long as they first communicate with me any unhappiness so I can try to rectify it. But I would never force a client to remain under contract terms if they are unhappy – I don’t want anyone to be unhappy because that not only makes me feel bad but also affects my business.

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