4 cost-effective upgrades that increase home values

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These small home improvements will go a long way in impressing potential homebuyers Here are some tips to offer clients to boost the value of their home before selling: 1. Spruce up that paint job A house for sale should look fresh, bright and trendy from the inside-out. So recommending that clients spruce up that paint is an excellent idea that will add some immediate curb appeal for those driving past. Even just touching up the outside trim or giving the inside baseboards a new coat of paint can make a big difference during an open house event. Although hiring someone to come in and paint can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on the size of a house, clients can do it themselves for a fraction of the cost. Assure them that they can find affordable paints from any hardware store, and YouTube is full of tutorials showing how to prep and paint both the interior and exterior of a house. For ideas on good color schemes or design ideas, remind them that Pinterest is an excellent source of inspiration. 2. Modernize the kitchen Does your client have a small or out-of-date kitchen? This is one of the most important rooms potential buyers look at when choosing a house because it’s an area of the home where convenience and functionality are paramount. Making some modern updates in the kitchen will tremendously increase the interest in a client’s house. Suggest that they consider painting the kitchen or adding new tiling. This can be done themselves and can completely renovate the look of a space, especially for a small kitchen. Ask them to think about updating the cabinets, and make sure they are space functional. Recommend putting in space-saving convenience appliances, such as wall-mounted microwaves. Even just adding a new …

4 Reasons to Sell This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Some Highlights:Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available!Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

Veterans cemetery will be located near ​El Toro Y

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As the city clerk announced the 3-2 vote in favor of the “strawberry field” site, veterans leader Bill Cook and a large contingent of veterans stood, cheered and applauded. Upon learning of the decision, FivePoint CEO and Chairman Emile Haddad issued this statement: “The Irvine council’s decision is a win-win-win for the city at large, our communities and, most importantly, the veterans who deserve a special place to honor their own, a cemetery that is worthy of the service they have given this country.” Haddad added, “FivePoint stands ready to help the city and state expedite the building of the cemetery. We are excited and proud to help deliver on the promise made to the veterans.”

11 things sellers should do once the for sale sign is in the ground

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Key Takeaways The sellers have decluttered, painted, made repairs and spiffed up the landscaping. The curb appeal is at its best. After the long process of getting the home listed, the for sale sign is up. Now what? Here are 11 things your sellers should do once they’re ready to get their home sold once and for all. 1. Never turn down a showing Remember the Murphy’s Law of real estate: Whenever it is inconvenient, the appointment center will call. Try your best to accommodate all showings.

Foreign homebuyers: Up in California

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Foreign buyers continue to find California residential real estate very attractive, but it looks like the growth of international deals in the state trails a national upswing. The National Association of Realtors’ annual report on foreign homebuying of U.S. existing residential properties estimates foreigners bought 284,455 properties nationwide in the 12-month period ended in March, up 69,570 purchases or 32 percent. The Realtor study tracks foreign buyers, both living abroad and those living in the U.S., by annually polling its members.