Day 75: A home for the holidays

I had the good fortune to show a few houses to an awesome couple. They need to buy right away because their current home is in escrow and will close before the end of the year. Yikes! Talk about a crazy time to risk being displaced! I showed them a few homes, including the one you’ll see below. But before I go into that, I wanted to take a minute to highlight a few reasons why now…holiday season…is actually a GREAT time to list your house for sale!

I had the good fortune to show a few houses to an awesome couple. They need to buy right away because their current home is in escrow and will close before the end of the year. Yikes! Talk about a crazy time to risk being displaced! I showed them a few homes, including the one you’ll see below. But before I go into that, I wanted to take a minute to highlight a few reasons why now…holiday season…is actually a GREAT time to list your house for sale!

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Think it over and then call me to schedule a time for me to come out to your house and prepare a personalized home valuation. I can show you just how profitable it would be for you to sell now versus waiting until after the holidays.

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2552 E Pryor Dr, Fresno, CA 93720

“Spacious 4 bedroom 3 bath with a loft in the desirable Clovis North School District. Featuring an entertainers kitchen with upgraded recessed lighting. This home has an inviting living room and dining room combo plus a cozy family room with built-ins and fireplace. Upstairs boast an open loft area. Topped off with a large three car garage, nice lawn, and covered patio with an easy-care backyard.”

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This house is a lovely home is NE Fresno near Summerville and Perrin. It has very clean and modern features, fresh paint, a spacious kitchen, and a nicely landscaped backyard. The upstairs loft gives a little extra living space, which my clients needed for a home gym. Perfect!

Features:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2,720 sq ft
  • 6,480 sq ft lot
  • 2 story with loft
  • $369,000

There was really very little about this house that they did not like. I sure hope it works out for them. We ended the day narrowing their choice down to two out of five and this was one of them. I will know in a few days if they decide to make an offer. If they don’t, I would LOVE to find another family to fill these walls. Schedule a showing with me today and there is still enough time to make this your new home for the holidays.

Cheers!

Erica

 

 

 

Day 74: Eyes wide open

Today’s house is a three bedroom, two bathroom, 1808 sq ft home located in NE Fresno near Alluvial & Millbrook. It is FHA ready and is a remodel-flip by an agent. My first impression of the place was that it’s a pretty decent remodel. The kitchen has new granite counters and wood laminate flooring and there is new carpet throughout. These are things that many buyers get woo’d by because they make the house look pretty and modern. So, kuddos to this flipper on getting that right!

Today’s house is a three bedroom, two bathroom, 1808 sq ft home located in NE Fresno near Alluvial & Millbrook. It is FHA ready and is a remodel-flip by an agent. My first impression of the place was that it’s a pretty decent remodel. The kitchen has new granite counters and wood laminate flooring and there is new carpet throughout. These are things that many buyers get woo’d by because they make the house look pretty and modern. So, kuddos to this flipper on getting that right!

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“FHA Ready! Centrally Located 3/2 home with all new travertine flooring, new laminate wood in kitchen area, and plush new carpet. You will fall in-love with the custom two-tone paint, upgraded fixtures, stainless appliances, and stunning new granite counter-tops”

Features

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Granite kitchen counters
  • Wood laminate, tile, and new carpet floors
  • 1,808 sq ft
  • 7,820 sq ft lot
  • $279,000

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Upon further inspection, I got the feeling that maybe a few shortcuts were taken to get the house sale ready. The dining room and living room still had popcorn ceilings, the bathrooms had new floors but all cabinets and fixtures were original, and the backyard was completely neglected. These things probably wouldn’t be deal breakers for many buyers, but if a house is going to be overhauled for a flip, my opinion is that a little more attention to detail would go a long way. These shortcuts on cosmetic items make me wonder if other, more critical, shortcuts were also taken.

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This house did sell right after I saw it. That is great! It’s wonderful to get a family into a new home, especially when it has had such recent updates. My own takeaway is that I will do a lot of digging into details when it comes to flip homes BEFORE showing them to clients. It’s fine if someone wants to buy a home that has only been partially redone, which is what I hope for the buyers of this house. That said, it is very important to go into the largest purchase of your life with eyes wide open and it’s my job to be sure that’s what my clients do at every house we see. Don’t let the pretty new granite counter tops deter you from realizing that the rest of the house is only marginally updated. Smart shoppers make happy homeowners!

I will update if this one goes back on the market for any reason in case anyone wants to check it out in person.

Take care my friends!

Erica

 

Day 73: Houston, we have a winner!

Today’s tour is a house located near Cedar & Nees. It’s an adorable Mansionette in a lovely and quiet neighborhood where pride of ownership is very much alive and thriving! This home has only had ONE owner since it was built in 1987. At just under 2600 sq ft, this single story home feels amazingly spacious.

Today’s tour is a house located near Cedar & Nees. It’s an adorable Mansionette in a lovely and quiet neighborhood where pride of ownership is very much alive and thriving! This home has only had ONE owner since it was built in 1987. At just under 2,600 sq ft, this single story home feels amazingly spacious. It is situated on an expansive 10k sq ft lot, which is very impressive given its location in the middle of the city. The love and care that this house has known over the last three decades is abundantly clear. Although it has not been updated from the original design, the bones and layout of this home are just perfect. With a little TLC and DIY (or a good contractor) it can easily rival the aesthetics found in newer homes with all of the quality and charm of older construction.houston-collage1

“Very Nice Mansionette in great neighborhood! This is a 1 owner home has been well maintained and cared for over the years. Incredible storage, extra cabinets built in by owner throughout the house. Very Spacious home with over 2500 sq ft of living space – 4 BR, 3 BA , with living room, dining room, and family room, all very large. Fresh paint throughout the home, large covered patio, well landscaped yard with automatic sprinklers. Extra storage shed and oversized garage. All this and CLOVIS SCHOOLS! This is a very desirable area!”

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Main Features

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2,594 sq ft
  • 10,010 sq ft lot
  • Clovis schools
  • Wathen Mansionette
  • $374,900

This could be your next home! If you want a private tour and more information, call, text, or email me anytime!

Thanks friends!

Erica

Day 71: Pinspiration

Have you ever wondered what it would take to get your home ready to sell? Do you play the comparison game with homes in magazines and think yours could never look that good? Think again!

Achieving amazing curb appear isn’t that hard or expensive! There are so many simple DIY projects that can be done in a day and cost next to nothing. I’ve created a handy chart to show just a few.

These little things have a big impact on the marketability of your home. If you need more inspiration, check out my Pinterest boards on home design!

I saw a nice home in Woodward Lakes for this post. Always on the hunt for new delivery methods, I toured it live on Facebook. Here is the playback of my live video tour!

Cheers!

Erica

Day 41, 42, 43,…70! (part 2)

So, here’s a thing…I have three houses in escrow right now. Whaaaaat?!

Yeah, baby! It’s going to be a crazy few weeks getting everything to close, but I’m totally up to the challenge and man will it be worth it! If all goes well, I will be able to breathe and enjoy the holidays before the insanity of the new year hits.

So, here’s a thing…I have three houses in escrow right now. Whaaaaat?!

Yeah, baby! It’s going to be a crazy few weeks getting everything to close, but I’m totally up to the challenge and man will it be worth it! If all goes well, I will be able to breathe and enjoy the holidays before the insanity of the new year hits.

I’m learning so much. I’ve flubbed a few things, but nothing major or irreversible. I’m gaining critical experience with each and every conversation and soaking up as much knowledge as possible from all the amazing people around me. And most importantly, I’m building relationships and nurturing prospects with so many amazing people! This is a wild ride, my friends. A wild ride, indeed.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Catch up time!!! Here are a few more houses that I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks.

 

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Day 56: Bremer Ave
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Day 57: Ellery Way
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Day 58: Patterson Ave

 

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Day 59: Grant Ave
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Day 60: W. Herndon #129
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Day 61: Vartikian Ave

 

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Day 62: Nees #164
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Day 63: Nees #162
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Day 64: Villa #9

 

 

 

 

Day 41, 42, 43,…70! (part 1)

The downside to being nose to the grindstone IN the business is that it’s difficult to remain focused working ON the business. Getting back to basics means I will renew my commitment to posting daily. There won’t necessarily be witty content to accompany each house, but I think we will all survive 😉 To get back on track, I’m going to summarize the last 30 (!) houses I’ve seen here. It’ll be fast and furious, so try to keep up!

Holy moly did I get behind on posting content! I have seen dozens of houses over the last few weeks, but a really crazy thing happened. I got busy doing real work! I guess this is a good thing because I’m staying insanely productive. I have one in escrow, another one in counter offer negotiations, and expect to submit another offer early this week. That’s good stuff!

The downside to being nose to the grindstone IN the business is that it’s difficult to remain focused working ON the business. Getting back to basics means I will renew my commitment to posting daily.  There won’t necessarily be witty content to accompany each house, but I think we will all survive 😉 To get back on track, I’m going to summarize the last 30 (!) houses I’ve seen here.  It’ll be fast and furious, so try to keep up!

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Day 41: Chennault Ave
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Day 42: Meadowood
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Day 43: Camarillo Dr
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Day 44: 10th St
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Day 45: Bonadelle Sequoia Model at The Grove Loma Vista
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Day 46: Wilson Residence 4 Model at Elev8tions Loma Vista
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Day 47: Wilson Residence 1 Model at Elev8tions Loma Vista
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Day 48: Pennsylvania Ave
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Day 49: Encoure Way
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Day 50: Serena

 

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Day 51: Richmond Ave

 

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Day 52: Everglade Ave

 

 

 

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Day 53: Prescott Ave

 

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Day 54: Backer Ave #152
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Day 55: Backer Ave #165

 

 

Day 40: I’ll Take the Master

It turns out that this family planned to combine three generations under the same roof, which is why they needed to upgrade their home. When all is said and done, living in the home will be three adults and three children, comprised of a mother, her son and his two children, and her daughter with her baby girl. They wanted a house that would not only have enough bedrooms to accommodate all three generations but also enough separation in living areas to allow for some privacy within each family unit.

 

I met a lovely family while showing a home in Northeast Fresno. Having outgrown their current home, they wanted to see this super cute house on Muncie, thinking it would perfectly fit their needs. I did not know these folks prior to showing them this house, so my plan was to build rapport to the best of my ability in hopes that they would choose me to represent them as their Realtor.

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“Come see this Mediterranean designed home. The open floor plan is great for entertaining and will wow your guests. We have completely updated this home with granite counters, distressed brass, marble, travertine, engineered wood floors, a new spa tub with fireplace, and much more. The backyard is a tropical oasis, with relaxing waterfall and an in-ground pool. This property has it all for the buyer looking for the Northeast Fresno experience.”

Luckily for me, I discovered that they are an Armenian family! Instant connection in most cases. I, too am Armenian, if you didn’t already know. I stuck the Hye card in my back pocket ready to play it at the right moment. When we arrived at the house and my clients exited their car, I saw that they had with them the most adorable baby girl! I think she was around 5-6 months old. I LOVE BABIES! Double score for me.

It turns out that this family planned to combine three generations under the same roof, which is why they needed to upgrade their home. When all is said and done, living in the home will be three adults and three children, comprised of a mother, her son and his two children, and her daughter with her baby girl. They wanted a house that would not only have enough bedrooms to accommodate all three generations but also enough separation in living areas to allow for some privacy within each family unit.

I hung back taking pictures for my blog while the family looked around. I didn’t hear everything they discussed, but the major theme of their conversation revolved around bedroom size. Since each family unit would essentially be contained in a bedroom, with the living room and kitchen as common space, the daughter was very concerned that the bedrooms were too small. My favorite comment from her was “Well, I really think I will want the master.” Oh, the look on mom’s face… It was loud and clear without a word uttered that there was no way on Earth anyone other than the grand matriarch of the family would be getting the master! Sorry, dear daughter, not gonna happen. Good try, though!!

I chatted with mom a bit while son and daughter wandered around and measured rooms. We talked about being Armenian (I’m telling you, it comes in handy!), about babies, about how lovely this house would be to host their extended family at Christmas. She is a delightful woman! Time will tell if mom and daughter can figure out who gets the master, or if we go back to the drawing board on house hunting. There are certainly houses out there with dual master suites!

Genatzt!

Erica