Moving Checklist: RealtorKJ

The whirlwind of moving can quickly take on the effects of a hurricane when you add in kids, pets, or special circumstances. As is the case with most things in life, planning is key!

Whether you have six months, or six days to get it all done, just take a deep breath, prepare and let’s get planning!

Once you have decided to move, and established a loose timeline, its time to prep, prioritize and pack. Knowing what you touch and use daily as opposed to items in closets, storage and in the very back of cupboards makes it easier to start packing early on. If you are able to spread the work out, you, your family, and your pets will all feel at ease.

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New Years Resolutions for your Home – Part ONE

For many people, the start of the new year is an opportunity to set new goals; a chance to achieve the things that may have overwhelmed them previously. Whether your goals are for your pocketbook, your waistline or your family- they’re all achievable! Make a list, set a plan and hop to it! Below are some of the top resolutions, no matter how cliche, and how they pertain to your home. This year could be the year you not only improve your mind, body and soul… but your HOME! Enjoy these top 5 resolutions, and check back in a few days for the remaining five.

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Lose Weight

Fitting into your favorite jeans, or buying a size down is exciting, but in your home, fitting all of your belongings in the space you have is key to pleasant day-to-day living. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out, over the top project. Break your space out into zones. Perhaps its easiest for you to go room to room. Maybe you prefer to pull anything that doesn’t have a home into a common space and organize it from there. The most effective practice for me is setting locations for everyday items. Office supplies, utility items, craft, miscellaneous can all migrate into designated areas. Streamline your life! Imagine what you could do with an empty shelf in the garage, or how much easier it would be to cook after clearing old items you no longer need or use in the kitchen. You know what you can handle. Set a timeframe, and goals– you can do this!

 

Quit Smoking

Everyone knows it’s a nasty habit, its rough on your body and is proven to shorten your lifespan. In your home, smoking can be interpreted in many ways. Make new, healthy habits in 2017 by designating January as the month you ensure the cleanest air possible inside your home. Check and replace air filters, vacuum out registers, wipe down hard to reach surfaces, and clear your dryer vents. You’ll be shocked by how much dust might be lying around your house. Especially living in Central California with seasonal weather. Another way to protect those in your home would be replacing batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors, using air purification machines and dehumidifiers can also reduce allergens like dust, mildew and mold in your home.

 

Save Money/Get Out of Debt

Your home can be a money pit or you can leverage it to be a worthwhile investment. Understanding your finances is the first step. Know what your limits are and don’t over extend yourself. Some simple steps could free up cash to be put toward your mortgage, or toward various projects to increase your equity. Reevaluate your utilities- has your gas bill jumped? Is your water use out of control? Are you throwing money at landscaping that dies every season? Are you paying for more channels than you could watch in a year? Take stock of your daily habits and examine how you could make changes to put some extra cash in your wallet.

 

Learn a New Language

Learning something new, as challenging as an entire language, can seem daunting. The home-buying process can hurl new words, acronyms and topics that can easily sound like greek at times. An easy way to reduce stress before you start your search, is by reading up on the basics. Get to know financial terms, discover essential steps, and clarify any questions you might have prior to beginning the process. Learning these things before you proceed is a great way to ensure you make educated decisions. Find a book, a blog, a magazine or website that you can relate to, and always, always  make sure it is a reliable source. Some of my top picks are: Forbes  Money  and for real estate RealtorKJ , of course.

 

Get Organized

Don’t worry, we already covered purging your closets and tackling those junk drawers. This topic is dedicated to the organization of everything that goes into your home. Collect all of your utilities, chart them on a calendar (electronically allows you to set reminders), and streamline everything from home maintenance to monthly expenses. Additionally, you will benefit come tax-season! Get rid of those stacks of papers and make your life easier.

 

Implementing these resolutions could allow you to be prepared if you take the leap of listing your home with me Kristen Jurevich, if it sells faster than you anticipate, or if you decide to purchase. Having your life organized, being educated and prepared will make the moving process far easier to handle. I am always available as a resource and am happy to answer any questions, refer you to resources, or help to navigate your next step toward homeownership. I look forward to finding your first home, an additional income property, or your forever home. Give me a call (831) 801-8206 or shoot me an email at KJurevich@gmail.com and let’s resolve to make a move in 2017!

 

Check back in a few days for part two of two!

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Vacation Home Sales on the Rise

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Vacation Homes Beat Out Investment Properties

By Gino Blefari
President & CEO
Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.

More Americans took advantage of housing market conditions in 2012 to snap up vacation homes – a good sign of confidence in both the market and the economy overall.

The vacation home market follows the same highs and lows as the residential home market. This segment faded out during the recession, but a new survey out from the National Association of Realtors shows strength once again in this sector.

Sales of vacation homes (both new and existing) climbed 10.1% to 553,000 last year from 502,000 in 2011. Meanwhile, investment home sales declined 2.1% to 1.21 million from 1.23 million the previous year. Vacation homes are purchased mainly for the owner’s use, whereas investment homes are used mainly as rentals.

Median prices of vacation homes also increased to $150,000 in 2012, up from $121,300 in 2011. The Realtor group attributed the increase to increased sales of more expensive properties.

I called upon a good friend of mine, Peter Sobrero, who has spent his entire career selling some of the most prestigious luxury homes throughout the Unites States and World to get his thoughts on the status of vacation homes.  Peter says, “We are seeing strong purchasing in the luxury destination markets within the U.S., and within close proximity.  I hear from many of clients that they are tired of waiting, the pricing is right, and they and their kids and grandkids are not getting younger.  This affluent sector has the cash stores and want what they want, it seems we are seeing the willingness now to take action.”

The vacation home market is interesting to watch because although it tends to follow the residential housing market as a whole, it’s driven by somewhat different factors. NAR points out that all-cash purchases remain common, with 46% of vacation home buyers purchasing this way. And of buyers who financed their purchase, large down payments (a median of 27%) remain common.

There’s no doubt that attractive prices were a big draw for many buyers of vacation homes in 2012.

In the investment home market, which is mostly rental driven, the median price was $115,000 in 2012, up 15% from $100,000 in 2011. Investment buyers for the most part bought a home that was relatively close to their primary residence, a median of 21 miles.

Property flipping increased modestly, though NAR said that flipping this time around is not the same as it was during the height of the housing boom. Rather, investors are making real improvements to their properties before reselling them. In fact, 6% of the homes purchased in 2012 by investment buyers have already been sold, and another 8% plan to sell in the next year.

If you’re in the market for a vacation or investment home or have clients who are thinking about this, the survey is an interesting gauge. But it’s also useful as we assess the overall health of the housing recovery across the U.S.

*Photo taken on 17 Mile Drive in beautiful Pebble Beach. Now that’s a vacation location!

Move to California: Average Home Prices by County

 

 

California has a home price range for almost anyone who is looking to move into the Sunshine State. Take advantage of the low interest rates and a buyer may be able to purchase a home larger than expected.  Do not wait too long because my small town Hollister in San Benito County about 50 miles south of San Jose just experienced a 30% home value increase from 2011 to 2012.
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