Archive for August, 2016
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Welcome to 1138 Little Gopher Canyon Road, Vista
Offered at $875,000
Perched atop a high hill with panoramic mountain and country views, this one-of-a-kind quality, custom built Bonsall community view home provides privacy and is designed for entertaining, relaxing and welcomes equestrian and animal lovers. Situated on 4.5 beautifully landscaped acres in the Bonsall School District, with stunning mountain views, this property has its own high production private WELL for irrigation, which saves lots of money and makes maintenance of the beautiful grounds a breeze. The home offers many upgraded features, including equestrian and small animal facilities, as well as recreation areas.
* Grand living/family room with cherry wood paneling and custom cherry fireplace
* Formal raised platform dining area
* Breakfast nook with view to outside waterfall
* Billiard area
* Work-out room
* Custom wood cabinetry in kitchen with built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator, KitchenAid double oven and appliances, granite countertops, center island, reverse osmosis drinking water unit, breakfast bar and large custom kitchen window
* Giant master suite with stone fireplace, master bath and dual walk-in closets. French doors with private patio and work-out room conveniently located off bedroom.
* 2nd bedroom with custom woodwork and new cherry cabinetry in the full bathroom
* 3rd bedroom includes custom oak ceiling with walk-in closet and private bath. Sliding door to large wood patio and spa located off bedroom.
* Whole-house high-end stereo system with outdoor patio speakers
* Security system
* Exterior of home just repainted
* Bonsall School District
Surrounding Outside of Home:
* Canvas covered large tiled patio off living/dining area with windows to regulate air flow with fountain, lighting and outdoor stereo for entertaining
* Large rear wooden deck with built-in spa
* Fabulous custom waterfall fountain that can be viewed from living areas and 2nd bedroom
* Master bedroom private patio
* Square raised gardens with roses and home-grown vegetables and herbs
* 4th Upper fenced corral
* Beautiful mature trees including lemon and mulberry
Lower Area of Property:
* Cement stairway from top to bottom of property
* Huge wooden deck
* LED lighted sports court
* Restroom with storage for tack and supplies
* Professional style putting green
* 3 shaded 24×12′ horse corrals and large fenced turn-out area
* Custom large barbecue
* Separate animal enclosure pen for smaller animals with shade shed
* Retaining walls and curbs throughout with walkways and stairs
* Storage shed for hay
For more information and photos, please click here. Please contact broker Rachel LaMar with questions or to schedule a private showing at 760-310-9466. Lists on MLS and showings to begin Friday 9/2.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
A good real estate agent is golden when it comes to assuring that all your needs are met as a buyer – from searching for the right home to negotiating, to making sure all obligations are met as a buyer and that everything needed from the seller has been provided. It not just about getting to the close of escrow, but also about protecting your legal rights as a buyer and making sure there are no surprises once you do close escrow.
When it comes to the purchase of a new construction home many buyers end up using builder sales representatives, partly because they are there on site and make it easy, and partly because buyers do not know why this can actually be detrimental when it comes to their rights. Here are the top reasons why working with your own real estate agent can help you when purchasing new construction:
1. Dual agency dilemma: When you work with a builder representative, their first allegiance is to the builder. Once they represent you as well then dual agency comes into play. If you are a frequent blog reader you know how I feel about dual agency (click here to read more), and the dangers it brings. In the alternative, it is better if you have your own representation so that the allegiance is only to you – that person can look our for ONLY your best interests.
2. Extra set of eyes and problem solver: Once again, if you have your own representative Realtor to look over the new construction contract then s/he may point some things out to you that you might be able to alter to suit you better. For example, including items that do not come with the home, or extending deposit dates. A good real estate agent is there to assist you and make sure that you benefit. The builder does not care to whom it pays the commission – they just want to get the home sold. Even if you the builder uses its own contract (as opposed to state or local real estate association documents), your agent can still be with you while the documents are presented and help you decipher them.
3. No extra cost to you: Many buyers make the mistake of believing that if they work directly with a builder sales representative, they will save money on the purchase of their new home. This is not true – the builder takes into account the commissions when setting home prices. The builder wants to sell the home, and while it may (key word – “may”) pay out less commission to an on-site sales rep, most builders do cooperate with brokers and advertise such. A buyer is not going to gain anything by working with an on-site sales rep versus an outside agent. In fact, an outside agent who is a good negotiator may be able to help negotiate perks and price adjustments on your behalf. Either way the builder is going to pay a commission, so why not take advantage of independent representation – someone who has ONLY your interests in mind and not those of the builder. There is no cost to you as a buyer.
When looking at the possibility of purchasing a new construction home, make sure you are well represented. Your interests should be first and foremost.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
We all know that bullying is wrong, that it creates low self-esteem, and issues like depression and anxiety, and has led to high suicide rates among teenagers. But what happens when the bully is a parent? Believe it or not, this is not out of the ordinary, and unfortunately these people raise new generations of bullies, perpetuating the vicious cycle and making bullying harder to eliminate.
Adults, especially those who are parents, should be mature enough to understand bullying and its effects, but unfortunately that is often not the case. Think aggressive sports parents or dance/drama moms (a cliche yes, but so prevalent on television)…we see it all around us, all the time. But many parents do not realize that their actions constitute bullying.
Everyone knows about physical bullying, but many still do not realize that there is an even worse form of bullying that leaves deep scars – it is emotional bullying, and it happens often. Every parent needs to ask themselves whether they might be bullying others, especially children.
Talking about others in a negative way, especially if they are minors, is an act of bullying. Parents are in a position of leadership, both in and outside of the home. Those leaders outside the home (say as a school volunteer or extra curricular activity helpers) have even more power to affect young peoples’ perceptions. Gossiping about others, especially in front of your own children (no matter how old they are) teaches them that it is ok to do.
Take for example a mom volunteer at a high school who gossiped about a student in front of a room full of 40- to 50-something year old moms. Her daughter was in the room as well. Her daughter also bullied the victim verbally by constantly trying to get her in trouble – not what many would consider bullying but still a valid form. Furthermore, the mom didn’t even have her facts straight and was making assumptions, thus resorting to slander….the girl’s parents could sue her should they decide to do so, since her words deeply wounded the victim. The other moms proceeded to discuss the “badness” of this young lady who actually was one of several who made s silly mistake. Sadly, they didn’t even have their facts straight – this is how rumors get started. Who knows how many went home and discussed the “bad” choices allegedly made by the victim with their own daughters? Think of what that teaches the daughters! Of course this is how the bullying culture survives – the apple never falls far from the tree.
Parents, keep in mind that your actions can be extremely detrimental to young minds. Did you ever wonder why the incidences of depression, anxiety and suicide have skyrocketed with younger generations and in past decades? As one who was bullied in high school, and as the mother of young adults who were bullied there as well, I think it is time we seriously assess our actions as parents – hopefully it’s not too late.
Bullying will continue to be a big problem until we all understand that words, not only actions, can hurt others. Many may not think before speaking, but as a parent it is crucial to teach your children that bullying is NOT ok. You are the only one who can truly instill this very important lesson in your children. So ask yourself how your words and actions may be seen from their point of view before you speak or act. We can ALL combat bullying if we just check ourselves and openly discuss it. If you realize you have done or said something to or in front of your children that could be an act of bullying, or may incite them to bully another person, discuss your mistake with them. You will be a better person and so will your children.
Monday, August 8th, 2016
It is common knowledge that upgrades and improvements add value to homes, and of course most people know that there are some upgrades and improvements that add more value than others, such as upgrading kitchen counters and appliances, or bathrooms. But some improvements do not truly add value in the sense that they will increase your sale price potential. Let’s take a look at some of these.
1. Pool: Pools can be highly desirable or completely undesirable (for example, if the buyers have babies or small children they may be seen as a danger). If you have a pool then of course you will attract buyers who want one, and if you do not have one but have a yard that will accommodate one you may attract buyers who are interested in adding one. But if you do not have one, adding a pool will not usually help resale value (there may be an exception if your home is located in a very warm environment like the desert, where pools are coveted and oftentimes expected). Speak with your agent if you are considering adding a pool and know you will be selling down the road.
2. Yard improvements: These can be tricky. There are some improvements to yards that can actually add value, and some that may be a waste of money that sellers will never see at selling time (although they may make the home more appealing). For example, if you have a yard that is merely dirt and has no landscaping, it may make sense to put in sod and an inexpensive border with some greenery. But going overboard – fully landscaping and hardscaping – may not bring dollars to your pocketbook. There are ways to make yards look nice that do not involve spending lots of money.
3. New construction landscaping: Most newly built homes do not come with landscaped backyards, and often also come without landscaped front yards. It is always a question whether to landscape if the home has to be sold prior to any being completed. Many buyers will not want to pay top dollar for dirt front and back yards. BUT one has to be very careful when landscaping, as it can become very personal and if a potential buyer comes along who doesn’t have the same taste and feels the need to rip everything out and start over it can actually be a detriment to the sale, rather than a benefit. It is important to speak with a knowledgeable real estate agent who can take into consideration the neighborhood, prices and other factors. If it is decided that some type of landscaping is a good idea, try to keep it simple in case the new buyer wants to add more (built-in BBQ, firepit, hardscape, etc.) Keep in mind that just because you spend the money, it does not mean you will get it back at sale time – in fact, you likely will not…BUT having a completed yard could also make your home more marketable (I know that is confusing so speak with an experience local agent if you will be selling soon after purchase).
4. Garage conversions: These typically are on my “do not do” list, and if they exist I recommend converting them back prior to selling. Garage conversions require permits for one thing, and many people (at least in my years of experience showing these types of homes) do not obtain them. Most buyers want the garage space so unless there are many spaces in the garage if you have a 2 or 3 car garage it is preferable to NOT have one converted to a room. Most buyers will see it as something they have to “deal with” and may write your home off their possibility list.
5. Room additions: This is a tricky one because it all depends on the home, lot and what is being added. If you live in a tract neighborhood and want to add a room it could be ok if you have a large enough lot such that you are not making the outdoor space smaller. If your addition makes your home the most expensive one on the block you need to beware, as most buyers do not want to own the highest priced home in a neighborhood. There is a lot to take into consideration when adding a room, so speak with an experienced agent if you are planning to sell down the road and are contemplating an addition.
6. Other improvements: There are many other improvements that could add value to a sale. I suggest inviting an experienced local area agent over to discuss any potential improvements prior to sale. Adding a new furnace or water heater is great if the ones you have are old – that will add some value an peace of mind for new buyers. New windows may be good in an older home as they help with insulation. New flooring could be a charm under the right circumstances, and paint – often the cheapest and best way to make a difference – is a great improvement. What you “should” improve will really depend on many factors, so consult with an expert agent in your area before spending any money.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Welcome to 7205 Mimosa Drive in Carlsbad, offered at $839,000.
If you never thought you could fall in love with a home, wait until you see this one. This spectacularly upgraded home is where memories will be made, friends and families will gather, and long lazy days will be spent in the impeccably landscaped pool-sized backyard with ocean breezes and peek views of the stunning Batiquitos Lagoon. Lovingly updated with top of the line materials, gorgeous kitchen and fabulous loft with view balcony.
Enjoy distressed wood plank flooring, custom paint, new windows and doors, incredible chef kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances. Updated bathrooms with extended Italian porcelain shower in the master bath, upgraded fixtures throughout, crown molding in bedrooms, cedar plank master closet, enormous rectangular yard with room for large pool, raised patio, putting green, vegetable garden and lagoon views from deck. RV parking, storage shed and large patio off the kitchen for entertaining. Huge bright and open loft upstairs with ocean and lagoon peek from electronic Sunsetter covered balcony, room off of loft – playroom, office, den, or add closet for another bedroom. Newer roof, garage storage and workbench, ceiling fans, and whole house wiring. Adjacent to Batiquitos Lagoon trails, and short stroll to shopping, dining, grocery store, library, movies and more. Carlsbad schools – blocks to Aviara Oaks Elementary and Aviara Middle School. Great neighborhood with NO HOAs or mello roos. Moment to beaches…come live the Carlsbad lifestyle.
– 3 bedrooms plus 1 optional, 2 baths, 1653 square feet
– Distressed wide plank wood flooring
– New windows and doors throughout
– Gorgeous kitchen with granite, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, raised ceiling,
movable island counter, added window and updated fixtures
– Crown molding in bedrooms, plantation shutters
– Lovely master suite with French doors to the yard, cedar plank built-in closet
– Italian porcelain extended shower in master bathroom
– Upgraded fixtures and custom paint throughout
– Pool-sized yard: raised deck with lagoon views, putting green, vegetable garden,
storage shed and large patio off kitchen
– RV parking
– Big, bright, open loft upstairs with ocean peek view balcony, Sunsetter electronic shade
and recently redone deck
– Room off loft – office, playroom, den, or add closet for another bedroom
– Newer roof (8 years old)
– Garage laundry area, storage and workbench
– No HOA or mello roos
– Adjacent to Batiquitos Lagoon and trails
– Carlsbad schools – Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools are blocks away
– Stroll to shopping, dining, movies, coffee, grocery store, library and more
– Moments to beaches, transportation and everything Carlsbad has to offer
For more information and photos click here. Call Broker Rachel LaMar with questions or to schedule a showing at 760-310-9466. MLS# 160042727. OPEN SUNDAY, 8/7 1-4:00 PM