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Realtor Redux: Our Spanish inspired-style home in Fullerton looks fresh again

Realtor Redux: Our Spanish inspired-style home in Fullerton looks fresh again

At Bobbett and Associates, we make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. We advise on strategic improvements to increase a home’s listing price and the net gain of the home owner.

We return to our latest Realtor Redux project, a Spanish inspired style home built in 1926. The interior of the 3-bedroom / 1.75-bathroom home in the Golden Hills area of Fullerton has been lovingly preserved with its Batchelder tile fireplace, hardwood floors and curved ceiling details.

But our home inspection revealed the exterior was in need of termite and other wood repairs. Chipped and peeling paint also indicated that a fresh coat of paint was in order to help revitalize the home’s appearance and upgrade first impressions with potential buyers.

We encouraged the seller to invest in exterior improvements, as the home offered great street presence and architectural integrity but lacked recent improvements. We felt the lack of exterior improvements would prohibit the seller from obtaining her desired sales price.

After the owners made the necessary wood repairs, it was time to revive the house with fresh paint and landscaping. We chose period-specific paint colors for the stucco and all of the detailed window trim.

We then made strategic landscaping improvements – new plants and scattered bark and sod – around the home to enhance curb appeal.

Excluding the cost for termite repairs (which were in line with expectation given the amount of deterioration), the homeowner invested about $9,000 in repairs prior to putting the home on the market. Without the improvements, the house may have gone to market for around $725,000.

Now that this adorable abode has been revived with a few key improvements, we plan to list for $799,800.

Redux Realtors: Can we revive a charming 3BR that dates to 1926?

Redux Realtors: Can we revive a charming 3BR that dates to 1926?

At Bobbett and Associates, we make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. We advise on strategic improvements to increase a home’s listing price and the net gains of the home owner.

Our latest Realtor Redux project is a charming Spanish inspired-style home that was built in 1926. Located on a hillside parcel in Fullerton, it has a tree house feel from inside the home and sits elevated above street level.

The interior of this 3-bedroom / 1.75-bathroom home in the Golden Hills neighborhood has been lovingly preserved with its Batchelder tile fireplace, hardwood floors and curved ceiling details.

The exterior is where we chose to focus most of our attention. Chipped and peeling paint and a sparse and tired landscape that consisted of many empty dirt patches were holding this home back from reaching its full potential with homebuyers. In addition, our home inspection revealed the exterior needed termite and other wood repairs.

We encouraged the seller to invest in exterior improvements to enhance curb appeal, as the home offered great street presence and architectural integrity but lacked recent improvements. We felt the lack of exterior improvements would prohibit the seller from obtaining her desired sales price.

Will our efforts to rehab this character-rich house in one of Fullerton’s most sought-after neighborhoods pay off with a higher sale price for our home owner? We’ll post the after photos and an update to our story in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Redux Realtors: Speedy sale thanks to key improvements, despite tricky location

Redux Realtors: Speedy sale thanks to key improvements, despite tricky location

As a follow up to our last blog post about our latest "Redux" project, we wanted to share the outcome and results.

Once vacant, we assisted our seller in completing approximately $15,000 of renovations and repairs to the home to improve how it would show.

When the owner’s son handed us the keys, the home had dark green, dated carpeting, lots of custom drapes and popcorn ceilings.

The carpet was entirely removed from the home, along with the dated drapes (of great style and quality in their time, but not what buyers today are looking for today).

With the removal of the drapes the solid wood French doors were highlighted in their own right. With the initial investment on the owner’s part to bring the home up to a presentable standard, we listed the home at $699,800.

As mentioned in our previous post the home is located on a busy major throughfare street and we didn’t want to overdo the improvements as we were not entirely sure how the market would react to the home when we launched the listing.

The home benefited from an appealing floorplan and being located within a highly ranked high school district, but the street location was the challenge.

Nevertheless, the home sold within 30 days at $675,000 entirely as is.

Of note, the family room addition, added in the 1970’s, had a foundation slab crack so the owner knew he would have to compensate for this needed repair in his pricing. The buyer of the home is in the process of completely overhauling it and making many needed upgrades and changes to the layout.

Redux Realtors: Don't spend money needlessly; sometimes less is more

Redux Realtors: Don't spend money needlessly; sometimes less is more

At Bobbett & Associates, we look for ways to enhance our clients' homes before putting them on the market. We make very strategic improvements that will bring the best results (aka, best price) for the least amount of investment on the part of our clients.

Our motto is: We make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms.

Our latest home project belongs to a 93-year-old woman moving to assisted living after living in the home for more than 55 years. Her son is assisting with the sale and contacted us to help them make a few upgrades and updates before putting the property on the market.

After estate sale was completed and all personal items were removed from the property we began a three-week renovation of the property that included: interior paint; removal of popcorn ceilings; new flooring throughout, including carpet in the master bedroom and family room additions, and the refinishing of the original wood floors in the remainder of the home.

We could have made many improvement suggestions, but this property is located on a busy street. We considered this factor when advising on home improvements because we didn’t want the owner’s son to spend his money needlessly. Sometimes less is more, as the saying goes.

Various handyman repairs were also made, including changing out the yellowed and cracked kitchen ceiling light covers, among other things. All told the seller invested less than $15,000. We are now listing the home this week at $699,800.

Stay tuned for updated photos and as well as an update on the sale!

Redux Realtors: Don't underestimate the power of presentation of a home

Redux Realtors: Don't underestimate the power of presentation of a home

For our latest project, we were asked to look at the home of a past clients' parents in La Mirada. The parents are elderly and no longer able to live alone.

While the home had been loved, it had not been updated in many, many years. The parents were not too keen on the idea of spending money on a home makeover given that there was no firm guarantee as to what the home would actually sell for.

We got the bids and showed the homeowners that by spending a relatively small amount of money on improvements they would net a much higher amount in a sales price.

The daughter, who was handling the parents' move from the home and responsible of clearing out all their personal items, was a little overwhelmed. We assured her that if she and her parents gave us the green light to do the work, she could walk away and come back in time for the first open house.

She took a little convincing that it could be that easy.

So upon receiving approval to start the Redux, we got busy. The painters started interior and exterior painting. Then the old, tired carpet was removed and where there were hardwood floors, our hardwood floor finisher brought the floors back to their original glory!

Then the gardener started a big clean up in the yard - front and back. Next came the new carpet installation on the slab floors in the living and dining rooms, and on the stairs. Window cleaners and general house cleaners completed their work, and we were ready for staging.

Martina had already created her design concept for the home, so in approximately three days the home was ready to be professionally photographed and go on the market.

We pushed the price $10,000 higher than we had taken the listing at upon seeing the transformation of the home. And the offers started coming in. We opened escrow seven days after listing the home at a sales price $10,000 higher than our asking price.

Please don't ever underestimate the power of proper presentation of a home. The money spent on a makeover is definitely going to bring a higher sales price.

House hunters like homes that are move-in ready, and that's what James and Martina of Bobbett & Associates strive to provide on every one of their listings.

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