Three ways to ease your fears about making the big move

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With low inventory in many markets throughout Southern California, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home.

Think outside the box Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent (that would be ME!) send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

Protect yourself legally Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to me about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.

Let’s do this!

JulieRaeRealtor 503-730-4636

Tackle these projects in just one day

New year, New You, right? I think this also applies to our homes. Take down those holiday decorations and all of a sudden your house seems bare, and you notice stuff you wish you had gotten to last year, but after blowing your cash on presents, the month of January can be tight.

Well, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of time and money and brace yourself to upgrade your home. Here are a few projects that you can knock out in a single day, and they’ll greatly improve the look and enjoyment of your home.

Paint or replace an exterior door: If you know the correct dimensions and specifications for a replacement door, replacing an exterior door is a quick and easy job. That’s even truer if you’re repainting it. Preparation and a few coats of paint will only take a few hours.

Plant some low-maintenance trees: Young evergreen trees are relatively simple to plant, and after some heavy watering in the first few weeks, they’re very easy to maintain. They’ll add some color and texture to your landscaping, instantly improving curb appeal.

New light fixtures: Whether they’re on the interior or exterior of your home, something as subtle as light textures can have a dramatic effect. Swapping out traditional fixtures for something modern or industrial can completely transform a room.

New hardware: Drawer pulls and door knobs are easy to change out, and like light fixtures, they have a big impact. You’d be amazed how your kitchen or bathroom could look with new hardware.

Any other quick and budget friendly ideas out there?



Keepin the Loo clean


All of us at socalhomeshop hate cleaning the bathroom. To make matters worse it seems to be one of the most difficult places in our homes to keep clean. However, with a few clever changes and upgrades, it can be much easier to clean and maintain your bathroom. Check it out:

1-No-Touch Faucets: They’re not just for public restrooms, you know. A sensor on your bathroom faucet will eliminate one of the main touchable surfaces.

2-Install or upgrade the exhaust fan: The fan isn’t just for reducing odors or keeping the mirrors from fogging. The better your ventilation system in the bathroom, the easier it will be to prevent mildew and mold. It’ll also prevent paint from bubbling and peeling.

3-Easy-Clean Toilets: Whoever designed older toilets certainly didn’t design them with cleaning in mind! Newer toilets are often designed with smoother services that make cleaning a much simpler task—no more standing on your head to reach every toilet surface.

4-Remove grout: Germs and grime love to build up in the spaces between tile. Instead of tile, you can cover larger surfaces with glass or stone veneer, or simply use larger tiles. That’ll reduce the overall amount of grout in your bathroom.

5-Have kids: They need to earn their keep, why not have them clean it?

P.S. Number 5 goes for pretty much any room in the house:)



Must Realtors dress to impress?

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When I started this Realtor business I thought I needed to dress a certain way. My previous job in sales and marketing was in the music business, so as you can imagine, it was pretty casual. Once I got my license I was told folks might want more of a polished-professional-banker- kinda look since they were letting you guide them through such a big investment.

I bought jackets, straight skirts, some heels, and for the first time in my life, slacks. Even the name sounds odd, say it with me now, slacks. Am I right?

I started wearing what felt like a uniform, every day. My husband thought I looked nice probably because it was new and different, (another blog perhaps?) and I did look more like a traditional business woman, but me no likey. I felt like I was going undercover in some sting operation every morning I got dressed. I missed my skinny jeans.

When I started sitting open houses, my feelings of being overdressed hit hard. Bear in mind I work in residential family neighborhoods, so the folks coming through were walking their dog, on the way to a soccer game, or running weekend errands. They looked uber comfortable, and I looked stiff and out of place. I was jealous, and dammit, I wanted to be wearing flip flops too!

So I started to shift my look to reflect what my clients actually looked like. What was even more exciting than ditching the banker clothes was that once I relaxed my look, I gained more confidence, and no longer felt like I was playing a part. My undercover days were over and I was connecting with more clients, a total win-win!

So don’t believe the hype. With a nice blouse, the right jewelry, and cute flats you can rock those skinny jeans, and look the part of a powerful Realtoress, no problem:)






Make your living room more livable!


Here are some great ideas that can dramatically improve the feel and “feng shui” of any living room. Read on!

  1. Move the furniture away from the walls: The tendency is to place your furniture against the walls, but giving it a little room to breathe will make the seating area seem cozier while also making the room seem more spacious.
  2. Mix old and new pieces: Using the same furniture set to furnish an entire room can make it seem a bit sterile. Try mixing and matching different pieces and styles to give your living room a more eclectic feel.
  3. Keep everything low: Arranging photos and artwork lower on walls will make a room appear larger, and can also draw more attention to the pieces themselves.
  4. Place a bookshelf behind the sofa: It doesn’t have to be your entire personal library. Mix and match books with knick-knacks and other items to add some depth and texture to the space behind your sofa.
  5. Try a smaller coffee table: Your current coffee table is probably larger than it needs to be, and it may be dominating the room. Try downsizing to a table that can still hold magazines, a centerpiece, and a few drinks, but will also give you a bit more room to move around your furniture.

Still not happy? Call socalhomeshop. We will find you the living room of your dreams!