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House Straightening Techniques for Immediate Showings

Sometimes we real estate agents need to show a home for sale in Sylmar in a matter of a few minutes. While I always try to give a Sylmar homeowner several hours notice to prepare, there are times when buyers are on a tight schedule and need to see the home “right now.”

Here are a few tips for homeowners with homes for sale in Sylmar for those last minute home showings:

Your tools:
– Disinfectant wipes
– Air freshener
– Window/mirror cleaner
– Paper towels
– Large plastic trash bag
– Vacuum cleaner 

Get into high gear immediately (you may sweat a bit on this one if your place isn’t already “leave no trace” clean for showings. Remember, your goal is to sell the house in Sylmar or the San Fernando Valley!  Using my guideline below, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house should take no more than 39 minutes to prep for potential buyers:

1. Do the Bathrooms
Remove clutter from around the sink. Wipe everything down with a disinfectant wipe.  Clean mirror with paper towels. Spray air freshener and close the door.  Allow 3 minutes per bathroom.

2. Do the Kitchen
Clear countertops. Put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher. If need be, stack items in the sink. Wipe countertops with disinfectant wipe. Remove dirty pots and pans to the oven (few buyers will actually open the oven or dishwasher on the first visit). Allow 7 minutes for the kitchen.

3. Make the Beds
The biggest eyesore is an unmade bed, so make sure all beds are straightened and made. If you have clothes and stuff everywhere, shove all of it under the bed.  Close closet doors. Spray air freshener. Allow 3 minutes per bedroom.

4. Clear the Living Room/Family Room
This means removing all non essentials and clutter (clothes, dirty dishes, shoes, toys or video game set ups). Straighten magazines and newspapers. Wipe off tables with a disinfectant wipe. Spray air freshener. Allow 4 minutes.

5. Take out the Trash
Take a big plastic trash bag and dump trash from all rooms. Replace plastic liners, if used. Spray with air freshener. Allow 3 minutes.

6. Vacuum Paths of Foot Traffic
You’ll need to vacuum carpeting, wood or tile floors at least in the front entryways and main walking areas. (If you have pets that roam, you cannot skip this step!) Spray air freshener. Allow 10 minutes.

Extra time?
Open windows, turn on lights.
Wash off outside entry, porch and walkways with garden hose.

Remember, clutter free is better than perfectly clean. The “big picture” overall impression is more important than whether the windows are sparkling clean (although it helps!).

Be sure to call me if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Sylmar or the San Fernando Valley, or if anyone you know wants to buy or sell a home. Thank you!

Ms. Jacky Walker
Realtor – DRE License #01124140
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286


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Top 10 Features Buyers Want in New Homes

Experts tell us that home buyers seek certain key features in the homes they buy, and that these desirable features do change over time. Years ago the bells-and-whistles feature was a family room. Today it might be a home office or game room.  A recent trend is toward smaller homes that have character, such as old-faxhioned clawfoot tubs and casual flexible spaces that can function differently as the need arises. Continue reading

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The Perfect Storm for Home Buying

Between now and the end of the year is the perfect storm for home buying here in the San Fernando Valley.

Home prices are down, and interest rates are the best in 50 years (my lender partners say).

There are also fewer buyers over the holidays, which means there is less competition for the homes that are available to buy.

If you want to get ahead of the January rush, now is the time. I would be happy to help you.

“Ms Jacky” Walker
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286
Office: 818-363-1717 x231
Fax: 818-360-5676
DRE License #01124140

Probate Sales Specialist
Please call me if you, or anyone you know, wants to buy or sell a home. Thank you!

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Single Women Homebuyers On the Rise

I was talking to my in-house lender in my Century 21 office the other day about the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors about the rising number of single women homebuyers.

In 2004, only 18% of all homebuyers were single women. The latest report shows that number has risen to 22%, a significant gain in less than 5 years. Some reasons cited more single women homebuyers are that:

– Women are becoming better educated
– More women are working and seeking financial independence
– Young women are delaying marriage
– More women own & operate their own businesses (38% of all businesses in America) Continue reading

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Buy Low, Sell High: How Investors are Keeping Capitalism Alive in America

Glad to see that real estate investors are getting the recognition they deserve in helping pull the nation out of the housing recession. I was just talking about this with my husband the other day; how real estate investors are keeping capitalism alive in America and leading us out of recession house by house.

Check out this report by ABC News’ Nightline: Real Estate Investors

Real estate investors typically buy up distressed homes from banks at low prices, fix them up, and convert them to rental properties or sell them at a profit. Sometimes they pay cash, sometimes they are able to leverage loans. Either way, real estate investors are actually helping drive the economy through their entrepreneurial spirit. Continue reading

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What Recession? Patience & Determination Will Win the Day

Recession? What recession? There is no recession in Porter Ranch, judging by the wait line for dinner at TGI Fridays last month. There apparently is no recession in Valencia, either, judging by the line at California Pizza Kitchen for late lunch two weeks ago. Or the Happy Hour participation at Chili’s in Encino last week. People were at all these locations buying and buzzing, happy to forget their troubles for a few moments.

Maybe all the eating out is just satisfying a pent up demand. Like buying a house. Right now there are multiple buyers making multiple offers on homes and getting frustrated because they can’t seem to land one.  Are you one of these people? Your real estate agent is probably frustrated, too!

You’ve done everything right — gotten loan pre-approval, saved enough for your down payment and closing costs, know where you want to live, and you are working with a professional real estate agent that you like (if not, call me). Yet, you are still “homeless!” Continue reading

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A Subtle Shift is Occurring: Sylmar and San Fernando Valley May Be Next

This week we heard that home builders in 33 of the nation’s metropolitan areas across the United States have started to build living quarters again, although ever so slightly.

This is probably the best news one can hear if you have investments in the real estate industry. (If you don’t have investments in real estate, it means you should soon.)

Some experts say home builders are the weather vane for the health of residential real estate. When home builders are building, the outlook is positive. Conversely, when home builders are not building, the outlook is negative.

In general, home builders typically do not take financial risks unless they see some reward in the future. They are a very conservative bunch, so the buying starts seen this week indicates money is flowing again from lenders to this segment of the real estate industry. And that perhaps, is the biggest, best news of all.

If you would like to know more about building permit activity in Sylmar or your specific community in the San Fernando Valley, please call me.

Ms. Jacky Walker Realtor
CA DRE License #01124140
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286

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