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Holly Schwartz McDonald
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26946 Diamond, Mission Viejo, CA

26946 Diamond, Unit 226, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (MLS # PW19258409)

(all data current as of 11/15/2019)
Price $415,000
Beds 2
Baths 1 full, 1 quarter
Home size 1,000 sq ft
Lot Size n/a
Days on Market 11
Status Pending
Condos with a huge yard do not come along everyday, so when they do, act fast! Sit back and relax in your huge private yard with scenic hillside views - one of the best locations in the community. Set on a secluded cul-de-sac, this TURNKEY & UPDATED single-story condo is located on the first floor at Hillcrest Village - no stairs! Stylish laminate flooring throughout most of the unit - no carpet here! The modern, updated kitchen features sleek white cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances plus a GAS RANGE! The living room has a cozy fireplace and is open to the eating area and patio - perfectly setup for entertaining. A large master bedroom offers an adjoining remodeled vanity area with HUGE walk-in closet. The main bathroom is updated to match the kitchen and has a shower/tub combination. Possibility to add another bathroom to ADD VALUE! This condo offers a direct access one-car garage for your convenience. Additional permit for parking in the community too. Indoor stackable laundry included. Other highlights include smooth ceilings, modern baseboards, and recessed lighting. Relax in the beautiful community pool/spa and enjoy all of the amenities that Lake Mission Viejo has to offer (concerts, boating, beaches, etc.). Easy access to freeway, toll road, Mission Hospital, Saddleback College, Shops of Mission Viejo, golfing, restaurants, and so much more! Make this your great escape at an affordable price in Orange County.

Property Type(s): Residential, Condominium

Last Updated 11/13/2019 Tract Hillcrest Village (HV)
Year Built 1985 Community Mission Viejo South
Garage Spaces 1.0 County Orange
Total Parking 3 Walk Score ® 41

Schools

School District Capistrano Unified
Elementary School Viejo
Middle School Fred Newhart
High School Capistrano Valley

Additional Details

AssociationFee 310.00 BathroomsFull 1
BathroomsOneQuarter 1 GarageSpaces 1.00
LandLeaseYN 0 ListAgentStateLicense 01892567
PricePerSquareFoot 415.00

Features

Appliances Dishwasher, Gas Range
ArchitecturalStyle Contemporary
Assessments Unknown
AssociationAmenities Pool, Spa/Hot Tub
AssociationFee2Frequency Monthly
AssociationFeeFrequency Monthly
AttachedGarageYN 1
City Mission Viejo
CommonWalls 2+ common walls, No one below
CommunityFeatures Suburban
Cooling Central Air
Country US
CountyOrParish Orange
EatingArea In Living Room
ElevationUnits Feet
FireplaceFeatures Living Room
Flooring Laminate, Tile
Heating Central
HighSchoolDistrict Capistrano Unified
InteriorFeatures Granite Counters, Living Room Deck Attached, Recessed Lighting
LaundryFeatures Dryer Included, In Closet, Stackable, Washer Included
Levels One
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotSizeSource Assessor
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType Active Under Contract
MLSAreaMajor MS - Mission Viejo South
ParcelNumber 93838392
ParkingFeatures Direct Garage Access, Garage - Single Door, Permit Required
PatioAndPorchFeatures Patio
PoolFeatures Association
PreviousStandardStatus Active
PropertyCondition Turnkey, Updated/Remodeled
PropertySubType Condominium
PropertyType Residential
RoomBathroomFeatures Granite Counters, Remodeled, Shower in Tub, Upgraded, Vanity area
RoomKitchenFeatures Granite Counters, Remodeled Kitchen
RoomType All Bedrooms Down, Kitchen, Living Room, Main Floor Master Bedroom, Walk-In Closet
SeniorCommunityYN 0
Sewer Public Sewer
SpaFeatures Association
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Active Under Contract
StateOrProvince CA
TaxTractNumber 12394
View Mountain(s)
WaterSource Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor

Location

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Holly McDonald License # 01892567, Villa Real Estate

(view all details for MLS #PW19258409)

106 Lexington Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 – IN ESCROW

106 Lexington Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (MLS # PW19250183)

(all data current as of 11/15/2019)
Price $598,500
Beds 3
Baths 2 full
Home size 1,320 sq ft
Lot Size 1,400 sqft
Days on Market 22
Status Pending
Created by one of the famous designer/contractors from HGTV’s hit show, Flip or Flop, (Steve Cederquist), this opportunity for high end design is one you don’t want to miss. This stylish 3 bedroom townhome is priced to sell for under $600,000. It is centrally located with easy access to freeways, schools, shops, beaches and more. The modern design with a retro flair is hip and inviting, which is what Costa Mesa buyers want. Fully remodeled, open concept. Real wood wide plank floors on the main level with hints of gray. The kitchen has charcoal colored cabinetry with gold fixtures, stainless steel appliances with a gas range, farmhouse workstation sink with cutting board and rack, quartz counters, and hexagon tile the runs up the wall. A built-in design wall features a wine fridge, storage and display shelving. The main level bathroom shower has been expanded and has a sleek design. The partially covered slate patio is private and features a wood plank accent wall. The new modern steel staircase railing is a design showstopper. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms have all new, high grade carpet, new fixtures, new 5 inch baseboards, and new closet doors. The master has a giant walk-in closet too. All new paint, new dual-pane windows, and new HVAC system. This unit has been upgraded to include central air too! 2-car garage + 1 parking permit. Low HOA dues. No Mello Roos. FHA/VA buyers OK! Community amenities include pools, spas, clubhouse. Water and trash included in HOA dues. Hot buy!

Property Type(s): Residential, Townhouse

Last Updated 10/31/2019 Tract Monticello Townhomes (MONT)
Year Built 1964 Community Central Costa Mesa
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking 4 Walk Score ® 61

Schools

School District Newport Mesa Unified

Additional Details

AssociationFee 303.00 BathroomsFull 2
GarageSpaces 2.00 LandLeaseYN 0
ListAgentStateLicense 01892567 PricePerSquareFoot 453.41

Features

Appliances Gas Range, Range Hood, Water Line to Refrigerator
ArchitecturalStyle Modern
Assessments Unknown
AssociationAmenities Clubhouse, Pool, Spa/Hot Tub, Trash, Water
AssociationFeeFrequency Monthly
AttachedGarageYN 0
City Costa Mesa
CommonWalls 2+ common walls, No one above, No one below
CommunityFeatures Sidewalks, Street Lights
Cooling Central Air
Country US
CountyOrParish Orange
DirectionFaces North
DoorFeatures Mirror Closet Door(s), Panel Doors, Sliding Doors
EatingArea Breakfast Counter / Bar, In Living Room
ElevationUnits Feet
FireplaceFeatures None
Flooring Carpet, Tile, Wood
HighSchoolDistrict Newport Mesa Unified
InteriorFeatures Built-in Features, Ceiling Fan(s), Open Floorplan, Pantry, Recessed Lighting
LaundryFeatures In Closet
Levels Two
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotFeatures Near Public Transit
LotSizeSource Assessor
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType Active Under Contract
MLSAreaMajor C4 - Central Costa Mesa
ParcelNumber 41916302
ParkingFeatures Garage - Two Door, Guest, Permit Required, Side by Side
PatioAndPorchFeatures Covered, Patio
PoolFeatures Association
PreviousStandardStatus Active
PropertyCondition Turnkey, Updated/Remodeled
PropertySubType Townhouse
PropertyType Residential
RoomKitchenFeatures Kitchen Open to Family Room, Quartz Counters, Remodeled Kitchen, Self-closing cabinet doors, Self-closing drawers
RoomType All Bedrooms Up, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Walk-In Closet
SecurityFeatures Carbon Monoxide Detector(s), Smoke Detector(s)
SeniorCommunityYN 0
Sewer Public Sewer
SpaFeatures Association
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Active Under Contract
StateOrProvince CA
StreetSuffix Lane
TaxTractNumber 5160
View Neighborhood
WaterSource Public
WindowFeatures Double Pane Windows
YearBuiltSource Assessor

Location

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Holly McDonald License # 01892567, Villa Real Estate

(view all details for MLS #PW19250183)

2289 Via Puerta, Unit N, Laguna Woods, CA

2289 Via Puerta, Unit N, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 (MLS # PW19202493)

(all data current as of 11/15/2019)
Price $342,000
Beds 2
Baths 2 full
Home size 1,057 sq ft
Lot Size n/a
Days on Market 86
Status Active
Turnkey, updated CONDO with all living space on one level! This remodeled Castilla model in the age 55+ community of Laguna Woods Village offers 1,057 sf and has a spacious floor plan that has been opened up to create a more modern space. Situated on the top floor, this end unit has stunning mountain and city light views and no neighbors above. The entire interior has been redesigned. The kitchen has been upgraded with elegant cabinetry, newer stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, center island, subway tile backsplash, LED lighting and more. The tasteful laminate wood flooring and quartz fireplace are inviting and stylish. The 2 bedrooms have ample closet space. Both bathrooms are remodeled with travertine showers and floors as well as new vanities. Other highlights include smooth ceilings, crown molding, panel doors, newer hardware and fixtures, skylights in both bathrooms, and dual pane sliders and windows. The HVAC has been recently replaced. Don't miss the special feature of in-unit laundry! This end unit has an L-shaped private deck with plenty of storage and room to relax. The nearby carport has even more storage. Laguna Woods Village offers sought-after amenities like golf, paddle tennis, tennis, lawn bowling, fitness centers, an equestrian center, multiple clubhouses and pools, and plenty of clubs and organizations to participate in. There is also free bus transportation around the community and bus trips. Enjoy RESORT-STYLE living in this turnkey home.

Property Type(s): Residential, Condominium

Last Updated 11/8/2019 Tract Leisure World (LW)
Year Built 1969 Community Laguna Woods
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking 1 Walk Score ® 35

Price History

Prior to Sep 10, '19 $359,900
Sep 10, '19 - Sep 18, '19 $352,000
Sep 18, '19 - Oct 18, '19 $349,900
Oct 18, '19 - Nov 8, '19 $344,900
Nov 8, '19 - Today $342,000

Schools

School District Other

Additional Details

AssociationFee 632.51 BathroomsFull 2
CarportSpaces 1.00 GarageSpaces 0.00
LandLeaseYN 0 ListAgentStateLicense 01892567
PricePerSquareFoot 323.56

Features

AccessibilityFeatures Lowered Light Switches
Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Range, Microwave, Water Line to Refrigerator
Assessments Unknown
AssociationAmenities Billiard Room, Bocce Ball Court, Clubhouse, Golf Course, Guard, Gym/Ex Room, Horse Trails, Paddle Tennis, Pool, Recreation Room, Spa/Hot Tub, Sport Court, Tennis Court(s)
AssociationFeeFrequency Monthly
City Laguna Woods
CommonWalls 1 common wall, End Unit, No one above
CommunityFeatures Sidewalks
Cooling Central Air
Country US
CountyOrParish Orange
DoorFeatures Sliding Doors
EatingArea Breakfast Counter / Bar, In Living Room
ElevationUnits Feet
FireplaceFeatures Living Room
Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Stone
Heating Radiant
HighSchoolDistrict Other
InteriorFeatures Balcony, Crown Molding, Living Room Balcony, Open Floorplan, Pantry, Recessed Lighting
LaundryFeatures Dryer Included, In Closet, Stackable, Washer Included
Levels One
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotSizeSource Other
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType Price Change
MLSAreaMajor LW - Laguna Woods
ParcelNumber 93153121
ParkingFeatures Carport
PatioAndPorchFeatures Covered, Wrap Around
PoolFeatures Association
PropertyCondition Turnkey, Updated/Remodeled
PropertySubType Condominium
PropertyType Residential
RoomBathroomFeatures Privacy toilet door, Remodeled, Shower in Tub
RoomKitchenFeatures Kitchen Island, Kitchen Open to Family Room, Remodeled Kitchen
RoomType Formal Entry, Kitchen, Living Room, Master Suite
SecurityFeatures Gated with Guard
SeniorCommunityYN 1
Sewer Public Sewer
SpaFeatures Association
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Active
StateOrProvince CA
TaxTractNumber 6847
View City Lights, Mountain(s), Neighborhood
WaterSource Public
WindowFeatures Double Pane Windows, Skylight(s)
YearBuiltSource Assessor

Location

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Holly McDonald License # 01892567, Villa Real Estate

(view all details for MLS #PW19202493)

99 Pelican Court, Newport Beach, CA 92660

99 Pelican Court, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (MLS # PW19192486)

(all data current as of 11/15/2019)
Price $1,499,900
Beds 3
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Home size 2,105 sq ft
Lot Size 3,500 sqft
Days on Market 96
Status Active
Within the gated community of Bayview Terrace, you will find this distinctive Plan 6 view home. This floor plan and neighborhood are soon to be featured on HGTV's hit show, Flip or Flop, so it is easy to see the potential that exists plus enjoy the captivating views. Upon entering, the soaring ceilings and sweeping views of the bay and park create a sense of spaciousness. The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, beautiful cabinetry and a slate bar.  All of the bedrooms are upstairs, and the master suite offers a wonderful retreat area with views of the bay. The master bathroom has been remodeled with travertine tile, modern vanity, new lighting and a spa tub plus walk-in shower. There is also a walk-in closet. The other 2 bedrooms offer spectacular bay and city lights views. Other notable features include a new furnace and water heater, water softener, water purifier, and double-pane windows and sliders. This coveted cul-de-sac location provides plenty of parking and convenient park/trail access. Bayview Terrace residents enjoy access to a wide array of amenities that the neighborhood has to offer including a community pool and spa, walking trails along Upper Back Bay, and exceptional elementary and secondary schools. The community has an unparalleled location, which is just minutes from freeways, golf courses, John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island, beaches and more.

Property Type(s): Residential, Single Family Residence

Last Updated 11/14/2019 Tract Bayview Terrace (BVTR)
Year Built 1986 Community East Bluff - Harbor View
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking 4 Walk Score ® 32

Schools

School District Newport Mesa Unified
Elementary School Eastbluff
High School Corona Del Mar

Additional Details

AssociationFee 230.00 BathroomsFull 2
BathroomsHalf 1 GarageSpaces 2.00
LandLeaseYN 0 ListAgentStateLicense 01892567
PricePerSquareFoot 712.54

Features

Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Cooktop, Microwave, Water Purifier, Water Softener
ArchitecturalStyle Mediterranean
Assessments Unknown
AssociationAmenities Controlled Access, Pool, Spa/Hot Tub
AssociationFeeFrequency Monthly
AttachedGarageYN 1
City Newport Beach
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Sidewalks, Suburban
Cooling Central Air
Country US
CountyOrParish Orange
DoorFeatures Panel Doors, Sliding Doors
EatingArea Breakfast Counter / Bar, Breakfast Nook, In Living Room
ElevationUnits Feet
FireplaceFeatures Living Room
Flooring Laminate, Tile
Heating Central
HighSchoolDistrict Newport Mesa Unified
InteriorFeatures Cathedral Ceiling(s), Ceiling Fan(s), High Ceilings, Living Room Deck Attached, Open Floorplan, Recessed Lighting
LaundryFeatures In Garage
Levels Two
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotFeatures Back Yard, Cul-De-Sac, Park Nearby
LotSizeSource Assessor
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType New Listing
MLSAreaMajor NV - East Bluff - Harbor View
ParcelNumber 44240101
ParkingFeatures Direct Garage Access, Garage - Two Door
PatioAndPorchFeatures Covered, Patio
PoolFeatures Association
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
PropertyType Residential
RoomBathroomFeatures Closet in bathroom, Double Sinks In Master Bath, Jetted Tub, Remodeled, Separate tub and shower, Soaking Tub, Tile Counters
RoomKitchenFeatures Granite Counters, Kitchen Open to Family Room, Remodeled Kitchen
RoomType All Bedrooms Up, Family Room, Kitchen, Living Room, Master Suite, Retreat, Separate Family Room, Walk-In Pantry
SeniorCommunityYN 0
Sewer Public Sewer
SpaFeatures Association
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Active
StateOrProvince CA
StreetSuffix Court
TaxTractNumber 12212
View Back Bay, City Lights, Mountain(s), Park/Greenbelt
Water Features Ocean Side of Freeway
WaterSource Public
WindowFeatures Blinds, Double Pane Windows
YearBuiltSource Assessor

Location

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Holly McDonald License # 01892567, Villa Real Estate

(view all details for MLS #PW19192486)

810 Megan Court, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

810 Megan Court, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (MLS # PW19229167)

(all data current as of 11/15/2019)
Price $979,000
Beds 4
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Home size 2,300 sq ft
Lot Size 4,853 sqft
Days on Market 51
Status Active
What makes this home stand out from the competition? Could it be the fact that it offers 4 spacious bedrooms plus a loft, which makes a great game room, office or play area? Or perhaps it is the gorgeous backyard, which has a private outdoor living room with covered patio, big screen TV, and ceiling fans? It could also be that it is situated in a gated community on a quiet cul-de-sac away from road noise, yet conveniently located near the 405/73/55 freeways, South Coast Plaza, The Lab and The Camp, and John Wayne Airport. This stylish home has a great floor plan and an inviting feel. Boasting elegant wood floors, an upgraded kitchen with walk-in pantry, and one of the largest lots in the community at approx. 5,000 sf, this home offers buyers many features that set it apart from the rest. Appreciate the many notable upgrades including plantation shutters, crown moldings, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, beautifully adorned fireplace, wine refrigerator, and built-in barbecue. Even the backyard has been impressively hardscaped with raised seating areas flanked in flagstone. The master suite has a stately double door entry, vaulted ceilings, upgraded bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and spa tub as well as a walk-in closet. Other highlights include an updated HVAC system, new lighting fixtures, indoor laundry room and surround sound. The extra deep 2-car garage has epoxy flooring, built-in cabinets for plenty of storage and a Tesla charger. See it today!

Property Type(s): Residential, Single Family Residence

Last Updated 11/12/2019 Tract Life Style (LIFE)
Year Built 1997 Community South Coast Metro
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking 8 Walk Score ® 53

Schools

School District Newport Mesa Unified
Elementary School Paularino
Middle School Costa Mesa
High School Costa Mesa

Additional Details

AssociationFee 90.00 BathroomsFull 2
BathroomsHalf 1 GarageSpaces 2.00
LandLeaseYN 0 ListAgentStateLicense 01892567
PricePerSquareFoot 425.65

Features

Appliances Dishwasher, Disposal, Gas Cooktop, Gas Oven, Gas Range, Microwave, Refrigerator
ArchitecturalStyle Mediterranean
Assessments Unknown
AssociationAmenities Controlled Access, Picnic Area, Playground
AssociationFeeFrequency Monthly
AttachedGarageYN 1
City Costa Mesa
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Curbs, Sidewalks, Street Lights
Cooling Central Air
Country US
CountyOrParish Orange
DoorFeatures French Doors, Panel Doors
EatingArea Breakfast Counter / Bar, Dining Room, In Living Room
ElevationUnits Feet
FireplaceFeatures Dining Room, Family Room, Gas
Flooring Carpet, Tile, Wood
Heating Central
HighSchoolDistrict Newport Mesa Unified
InteriorFeatures Built-in Features, Ceiling Fan(s), Granite Counters, High Ceilings, Open Floorplan, Pantry, Recessed Lighting, Two Story Ceilings, Wired for Sound
LaundryFeatures Gas Dryer Hookup, Individual Room, Inside
Levels Two
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotFeatures Cul-De-Sac
LotSizeSource Assessor
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType Back On Market
MLSAreaMajor C3 - South Coast Metro
ParcelNumber 14151346
ParkingFeatures Direct Garage Access, Driveway Level, Garage - Two Door
PatioAndPorchFeatures Concrete, Covered, Patio, Rear Porch, Stone
PoolFeatures None
PreviousStandardStatus Hold
PropertyCondition Turnkey, Updated/Remodeled
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
PropertyType Residential
RoomBathroomFeatures Bathtub, Double sinks in bath(s), Double Sinks In Master Bath, Privacy toilet door, Remodeled, Separate tub and shower, Shower, Shower in Tub, Soaking Tub, Upgraded
RoomKitchenFeatures Built-in Trash/Recycling, Granite Counters, Kitchen Island, Kitchen Open to Family Room, Remodeled Kitchen, Walk-In Pantry
RoomType All Bedrooms Up, Bonus Room, Den, Entry, Kitchen, Living Room, Loft, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Suite, Walk-In Closet, Walk-In Pantry
SecurityFeatures Gated Community
SeniorCommunityYN 0
Sewer Public Sewer
SpaFeatures None
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Active
StateOrProvince CA
StreetSuffix Court
TaxTractNumber 15211
View Neighborhood
WaterSource Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor

Location

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Holly McDonald License # 01892567, Villa Real Estate

(view all details for MLS #PW19229167)

Ask the Expert: Incentives Can Help When Selling A Rental Property

As seen in the Coastal Real Estate Guide on October 29, 2018

 

If you think coordinating showings for your own home is challenging, let me open your eyes to an even more complex scenario that happens all too often. Imagine you are a landlord and the time has come to sell your income property. Maybe you are tired of dealing with tenants, maybe another investment opportunity has come along, or perhaps the time has come to retire. There are numerous reasons landlords choose to sell their income properties. However, timing and tenants can complicate the process. If you are a landlord and looking to sell, here are some factors and solutions to consider.

 

The best-case scenario, if all of the stars align of course, would be to list the home once the tenant vacates. Then the property can be shown at any time, it will be clean, and you will have the choice to show it either empty or staged, depending on what makes sense for your home. Many times, landlords consider the sale of their property when a tenant gives notice to move out.  If the timing is suitable for selling, then luck is on their side.

 

Sometimes a landlord chooses to list their home while the tenants are still living there. While not totally ideal, this option can work when tenants are understanding, flexible, and tidy. Perhaps they have sold a home before as well, so they have empathy for the landlord and know how important it is to be accommodating. There are also tenants who work or travel a lot and don’t mind showings on a whim, which makes it fairly simple to show. A clean, orderly tenant who takes pride in their home can help tremendously–it’s almost like “free” staging.

 

Unfortunately, it is far too common to have tenants who are disagreeable if a landlord asks to show a home before the lease is up and the tenant has moved out. After all, it’s not their problem that a landlord wants to sell and get top dollar. They have a signed lease. I’ve seen this attitude from tenants, despite the fact that they are not being asked to vacate prior to the end of their lease, and it can make for a very unpleasant situation for all parties. However, there are some ways to incentivize tenants to work with landlords, not against them, in the home sale process.

 

Michael Lockwood, Realtor at Villa Real Estate, has spent many years working in the property management sector. He suggests motivating tenants with different enticements – all while adhering to the terms of the lease of course. One tip that has worked well in the past includes having the seller offer to cover the moving expenses of the tenants. Another strategy that works beautifully is to let the tenant out of some of their move-out obligations, for example not enforcing a carpet cleaning clause, or not making them patch and repair all holes in the walls. Tenants tend to respond well to this because it lessens the hassle of their move.

 

As we all know, money talks so it may be beneficial to budget for these types of enticements if you are a landlord who chooses to sell. Tenants can make access to the home very difficult. When selling a home, viewings are a must so figuring out how to make the home accessible and show its best is of utmost importance.

 

By Holly Schwartz McDonald

Holly Schwartz is a Realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Newport Beach and has been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters.” She can be reached at HSchwartz@VillaRealEstate.com.

Ask the Expert: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

As seen in the Coastal Real Estate Guide on January 7, 2019

Are you all about New Year’s resolutions? It can be motivating to set goals for the upcoming year and they can certainly apply to your home life as well. US News and HGTV have identified several customary goals that homeowners often have. Here are some that you may want to consider making to ring in 2019.

Organizing and decluttering is one of the more common game plans for the new year. This can prove to be an overwhelming task though. Where to start? I would suggest list making and appointment setting. A smart first step is to make a list of areas that need to be focused on and then schedule chunks of time to tackle them. This will help keep you on track for this task.

Have a remodel project in mind for 2019? Then gear up and get ready since this can take a lot of time and resources. To start off, it is advisable to start planning by meeting with contractors or other professionals who can assist you with the project. If you are doing something that requires permits or architectural plans, it makes sense to sort out the details and get the ball rolling ASAP, that way you can try to complete your project in 2019.

Is a move in the cards for 2019? If your goal is to sell your home and move into a new one this year, you may want to get a jump on it. Meeting with Realtors and deciding who to work with can take time, as can getting a home ready to go on the market.

What about making sure your home is safe and sound? There are many ways to go about this, for example, making sure your home has working carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors is a simple yet serious task. Other easy-to-do projects include removing dryer lint in the vents behind the dryer, keeping a fire extinguisher handy, and having a first aid kit that is fully stocked.

Another excellent resolution is to make your home more energy efficient, which is not only good for the environment, but can also be beneficial for your bank account. Here are some easy things that you can do to start on this task:

• replace lights with LED bulbs
• swap out plumbing fixtures for low-flow fixtures
• update landscaping with drought tolerant plants and cut back on watering the yard

Resolutions are an exciting way to kick start the year. Since our homes are generally one of our greatest assets, why not set goals around them? Cheers!


By Holly Schwartz McDonald 

Holly Schwartz is a Realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Newport Beach and has been featured on HGTV’s hit show “House Hunters.” She can be reached at HSchwartz@VillaRealEstate.com with comments or story ideas.

Ask The Expert – An Important Checklist for New Homeowners

As seen in the Coastal Real Estate Guide, November 26, 2018

 

Buying a new home is often an exciting time for people – it’s a new adventure, a pivotal change, and a piece of the American dream.  New buyers are often imagining how they can personalize and transform the space by putting their own stamp on it.  While that can all be exhilarating to plan, there are some less glamorous tasks that should come first and foremost on your to-do list.  Here’s a look at five practical steps to take before embarking on some of the other projects that might be in store.

 

  1. One of the most thrilling moments when you buy a house is the moment you get handed your new keys.  Even though all keys and codes are meant to be transferred to the buyers, the fact is, you have no way of knowing how many duplicates are floating around.  According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers should plan to quickly change all locks to new ones and swap out or reprogram any keypads, codes, etc.  Who knows who had knowledge to or access to those items in the past?  For your safety, change them!

 

  1. Houselogic also provided some tips that should be addressed right away by new homeowners.  For example, even though the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors were likely tested during the course of buying the home, it is still wise to test them again upon moving in. They are there to protect occupants and batteries can expire at any time and devices can malfunction.  A good practice would be to start fresh with new batteries at the very least.

 

  1. The water heater temperature should be tested.  Many times, a water heater may be set too hot, too cold, or it may be set to a vacation mode.  For the comfort and safety of those living in the property (no scorching please!), check and test the temperature until it is just right.

 

  1. Test motion lights and check security lighting.  Again, these bulbs can go out at any time and it’s best to check them frequently for not only safety but also for peace of mind.

 

  1. Make a plan to address items on the home inspection that were not repaired during the sale of the home.  Sure, they may not seem like a big deal now but unfortunately, problems often tend to grow worse over time.  Maintenance and proper care is the best defense.  Plus, when you eventually go to sell, previously small problems could have spiraled to monumental proportions and the next buyer may not be as agreeable to deal with them.

 

Taking care of the nuts and bolts is a sensible way to start the journey of homeownership.  Sure, it is most definitely more enlivening to tackle a project that is more visual or provoking, however, handling these few easy to do items right away will help to ensure safety so other future projects can be fully enjoyed.

 

Holly Schwartz is a Realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Newport Beach and has been featured on HGTV’s hit show, House Hunters.  She can be reached at HSchwartz@VillaRealEstate.com with questions and story ideas.

158 Yorktown Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Wonderful opportunity to own a home in Costa Mesa for one of the best prices in town! Spacious one bedroom, one and a half bath home with, yes, a 2-car garage – wow! Check out the impressive vaulted ceilings in the living room which also offers rustic touches and a built-in Murphy bed for guests. There is a huge dining room that can easily fit 10 people. Kitchen is open and light. Right off the dining room there is a bright patio that leads directly to a 2-car garage with laundry. Half bath is also located on main level. Upstairs the master suite provides plenty of room and gets great natural light. Don’t miss the walk-in closet and GORGEOUS remodeled master bath! Other perks include dual pane windows and slider, plantation shutters, and laminate floors in the master. Embrace the beach lifestyle and enjoy the convenient location of the popular Monticello Townhomes by living near the OC Fair, schools, shops, fire/police department and more. Additional permit for parking in community and guest parking by pool and on street. Community features 2 pools, hot tubs and clubhouse. FHA and VA buyers ok! NO LAND LEASE! Low HOA includes water and trash. Great investment too – model match recently rented for $2100. Hurry to see this rare buy before it’s too late.

 

122 Eucalyptus Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 1475 sf – Asking $699,900

Dreaming of living in Eastside Costa Mesa? Dreams do come true! This is your chance to own a beautifully updated 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath end unit townhome with a HUGE private yard. The yard is one of the largest available in Eastside for homes in this price range! Situated in the gated community of Laurel Point Townhomes, this home is nestled in a quiet community with an A+ location. Enjoy the open layout and upgrades like bamboo floors, dual pane windows and doors, and elegant bathrooms offering stone finishes and custom vanities. The kitchen has charming white cabinets and a sophisticated trey ceiling. Upstairs the three bedrooms all have spacious vaulted ceilings and the classy baseboards and crown molding throughout the home adds a stylish touch. The master suite has ample closet space, a private balcony, and a refined bathroom with dual vanity and bathtub. The hall bathroom has also been remodeled and has a luxurious walk-in shower with stone accents. The third bedroom is currently being used as an office, which is perfect for those who work from home, or it can easily be converted back as the closet is still in place. The backyard is truly a retreat with plenty of room to play, garden, barbecue, and for pets. This community will work for FHA and VA loans. Convenient freeway access, close to highly rated schools and the Back Bay – make this beautifully maintained property your next home before it’s gone!