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Make Sure Your Home Is Easy To Show!



To get your San Diego home sold quickly, it is important that other agents in the San Diego area show it to as many potential buyers as possible. The first thing a good real estate agent will do when working with home buyers is talk to the buyer and learn what kind of San Diego home they are looking for. Then the real estate agent will search all the available San Diego homes for those most closely matching what the home buyer needs and wants. Next, the real estate agent puts together a list of the best matches to go show to that home buyer. When a busy real estate agent is compiling a list of San Diego homes to show a home buyer, the agent will naturally tend to show those houses that are easiest to gain access to first. Many San Diego homes on the market have “lock boxes” on them. The lock box is a device which holds a key to the home that only qualified local real estate agents can access. Homes that are listed as being “lock box, no appointment needed” will get shown more often than homes listed as “agent has key, call for appointment”. Why? Because they are more easily accessible and require less coordination to accomplish the showing. Accessibility is key here, no pun intended, so when possible, you should always let your real estate agent put a lock box on your home for easier showing.

If you can not do a lock box, you need to be sure that you make it as convenient and easy as possible for other San Diego agents to show your home. If they call, do whatever you have to do to accommodate letting them show your home to home buyers on their schedule. If you don’t, the real estate agent will probably show the home buyer other homes, and if that buyer makes an offer on one of them, you have just lost a great opportunity.

It is best if you can leave when the real estate agent and buyer arrive to see your home. Home buyers will not feel comfortable with you there, and it could sour an otherwise good impression of your home.

Flowers For Instant Curb Appeal


The experts all agree that curb appeal is one of the most important aspects to consider when selling your La Jolla UTC home. It is the appearance from the street that will very often determine whether potential buyers come in to see the inside, or never get out of their cars.

Flowers are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make the front of your house look inviting and instantly increase the curb appeal of your home. Without any real landscaping at all, flowers can transform a rather drab and dreary looking front yard into one that looks colorful and lush. Especially during spring and summer, you should take advantage of the season by planting pots and flower boxes.

You should choose colorful flowers that will be in bloom during the time you are selling your home. Planting the flowers in planter boxes and pots is easier than planting them in the ground and lets you more easily place them where they can have the most visual impact. You don’t need to have a green thumb, or spend a lot of money to get great results either. Visit your local home improvement center or nursery and they will be happy to advise you of the best flowers and plants for your purpose. You can put together several very nice planter boxes and pots of flowers for well under $100. And it’s easy!

One of the nice things about using flowers in this way is that you’ll see the results immediately. And so will buyers visiting your home!

If you have any questions about how to improve the curb appeal for your home, contact Royce Kemp today for a complimentary evaluation.

Five Good Reasons To Sell During The Holidays

Contrary to popular belief, La Jolla UTC buyers shop for homes all year round, and that includes the holiday season. In fact, if you put your home on the market during the holiday season (roughly between November and January) you may have an advantage because there are fewer houses on the local real estate market so there is less competition. With that in mind, here are five good reason to consider putting your La Jolla UTC home on the market during the holidays:

1. Home buyers looking for La Jolla UTC homes during the holidays are usually highly motivated to buy before the end of the year so they can get extra itemized income-tax deductions for mortgage loan fees, interest and pro-rated property taxes.

2. Because less savvy home sellers might postpone until Spring to sell their La Jolla UTC home, this creates a limited supply of homes on the market and gives you the opportunity to receive higher purchase offers than we might normally expect in La Jolla UTC.

3. Festive holiday lights and decorations can help your La Jolla UTC home “show better”. When home-buyers first enter your home you want to create a positive emotional experience and with a festive atmosphere you create warm feelings and attachments for the buyer, positively reinforcing their connection to your home.
4. Many home buyers have extra time off during the holiday season giving them more time to look for their new La Jolla UTC home.

5. Because January is traditionally the month for job transfers, having a home already on the market at the end of the year can attract the transferees who may not be able to wait until the Spring to purchase a La Jolla UTC home.