Martina's Corner: If you love what you do for a living, it’s not really work.

Martina's Corner: If you love what you do for a living, it’s not really work.

If you love what you do for a living, it’s not really work. How many times have you heard this saying?

Real Estate has always been a work of love to me rather than a job. Close to 25 years of helping people attain their dreams brings me great joy.

This year I feel has been the busiest year ever, with so many homes needing a make-over before we put them on the market.

Having an owner place his or her complete trust in me to make the right decisions on repairs, improvements, paint color, type of flooring etc. is something I don’t take lightly.

And to see the joy and pride on their faces when they see the end results warms my heart, to say the very least. Very often there is a little regret on the part of our clients. We often hear, "Why didn’t we do this years ago?" referring to how the home looks when our work is complete.

Often times we list a home where the owners are elderly and do not have the wherewithal or the interest to keep up with maintenance and current trends in home décor. In other cases, the parents are deceased, leaving adult children, who are busy with their own lives, to sell the family home.

They hand the project over to us with complete faith that we will create a warm and inviting environment, ready for a new family to enjoy for years to come. Every detail is considered – orientation of the home for paint color, style of furniture to compliment the architecture of the home, every candle and pillow is carefully placed on the furniture we have brought into the home.

Only then is the home ready to be photographed by a professional photographer, and shown to the world through the Multiple Listing Services and every Social Media avenue available!

We have built a wonderful team of workers over the years who are honest, hardworking folks. From the handyman to the cleaning crew, and everyone in between, we couldn’t do the work we do without their commitment to every job.

Given that I have always loved design and studied it in Ireland and at Fullerton College, the ‘marriage’ between real estate and my design skills is a perfect one.

Long may we continue to transform homes for trusting clients. I have one friend who says we should have our own TV show, but I would rather just focus on our wonderful clients and do a great job every time the phone rings and we are asked to "come list our home."

Until the next time,
Martina

Open Houses in Fullerton, La Habra this Sunday

Open Houses in Fullerton, La Habra this Sunday

We will be hosting two open houses in Orange County this Sunday each from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!

The first house is in Fullerton. Located at 863 N. Ford Ave., it’s a darling 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house with a pool that sits on a quiet interior street in the Golden Hills neighborhood.

The Fullerton house is being offered at a range of $799,800 to $829,800. (For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of range pricing, we encourage you to check out our blog post on range pricing benefits and disadvantages.)

The second open house will take place at a lovely home in La Habra. Located at 2041 Merced Ave., this home just hit the market, and this will be its first open house.

The La Habra home has 3 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms and is being offered at $539,800.

A golden outcome: Key home improvements in short time span yield multiple offers, happy seller

A golden outcome: Key home improvements in short time span yield multiple offers, happy seller

With only a 12-day window in which to complete our latest project, we had our work cut out for us. We had a pretty significant list of items that needed a little TLC.

We refinished the hardwood floors, which date back to the home’s construction in 1956. We also installed new tile in the master bathroom.

A fresh coat of paint is one of the best things you can do to immediately give new life to a room. We repainted the interior including the kitchen cabinets.

We also made several plumbing and electrical repairs throughout the house. A little landscaping was needed in order to give the home curb appeal as that is the first impression perspective buyers get of your home.

When the improvements and repairs were completed, Martina then set about staging the home based on her design concept for this particular property.

She highlighted every good feature of the home, and the result was a warm inviting environment that would encourage potential buyers to see themselves living the good life here.

Our out-of-town seller, who left all the decisions in our hands, was highly impressed when she saw the professional photos and she was so grateful for the work we had done in such a short time.

The renovations went smoothly and we came in under budget. The bottom line is we spent $10,888 on the ‘prepping’ of this home, and in return we sold the home for $65,000 more than the seller had thought she would get if the home was left in its original condition. Talk about a return on investment!!

A golden opportunity in Golden Hills: Can we stay under budget and on-schedule?

A golden opportunity in Golden Hills: Can we stay under budget and on-schedule?

At Bobbett and Associates, we do all we can to help our clients see the highest return on their investments, and we do so by advising them on key improvements they can make upon listing their home that enable us to ask a higher asking price than we might otherwise be able to.

Our latest renovation project is an exciting one. We were called by an out-of-area property owner who was looking to sell a very special house – a property in the Golden Hills neighborhood that’s been in the same family since it was built in 1956.

The home was in need of some strategic improvements to ensure we would be able to maximize the current market value. With a firm budget of $10,000 or less, and with a 12-day timeframe to complete the upgrades, we certainly have our work cut out for us!

We are in the process of completing the following improvements:

  • Refinishing the beautiful original hardwood floors throughout
  • Full interior painting, including painting of the original kitchen cabinets (this is a fantastic way to update a kitchen without spending a lot of money, we’ll finish the cabinets off with new hinges and hardware as well)
  • New tile floor in master bathroom
  • Various handyman fixes from plumbing to electrical as needed
  • Light landscape clean-up in the backyard and removal of an old metal patio cover

Once these projects wrap, the final steps will be a full house cleaning and then home staging by Martina (a complimentary service provided by Bobbett & Associates). A professional shoot with a real estate photographer will allow us to show off our beautifully updated home in the best possible light.

Without the improvements, the home would likely sell at $625,000 or less. But with a strategic budget of $10,000, we hope to get well over $720,000 for the home, in other words, a net gain of $85,000 to our home seller!

We can’t wait to show off the huge improvements at this house when we go to market in a few short weeks. Stay tuned for an update on how everything turns out.

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