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The market may still be sizzling this summer, but are you losing money by asking too much?

The Santa Clarita real estate market has had a pretty good summer so far. Condos are up $15K from the previous month, and the median price of single family homes are holding steady at over $500,000.

Interest rates, despite fears of being raised by the Fed, are actually once again below 4 percent. Available homes for sale still falls slightly short of statistical averages (881 homes available for sale in July, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors). So why on earth should you still plan a sales strategy for your home if it’s just going to be gobbled up by scores of buyers?

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Yes, Spring is still in the air, but timing is everything when it comes to buyers and sellers realizing their real estate goals.

There’s been a lot of good news in the Santa Clarita real estate market lately. Not only have single family homes topped the $500,000 mark for the First time home buyer questions.first time in 8 years, but interest rates are still holding below 4 percent…establishing what we might call a “win-win” scenario for both buyers and sellers.

While we’re still smack dab in the middle of Spring, many buyers and sellers “on the fence” should take this time to consider the fact that Summer is one of the best times to buy or sell. Why?

First of all, for the most part, kids are out...

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What does it REALLY take to get an offer on your home within your desired time frame?

Homeowners have many different reasons for selling their home. Whether upsizing, downsizing, or due to unforseen economic issues, it’s important Marketing your real estate listingsto garner as much attention from buyers in an effort to sell it as quickly as possible.

Of course, pricing your home right is the first step, and we’ve covered that issue at least a few times in the past. However, feedback from potential buyers is critical in making sure that your home is indeed appealing to those who may be interested in purchasing your home. And how do we generate feedback from buyers? First, we get them through your door. And how do we do THAT? ...

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Low interest rates and an improving economy does not necessarily mean you can price your home as you choose.

Fair Market Value, or FMV can be quite the moving target, based on continually changing conditions in the real estate marketplace. Like stocks, Now is a great time to buy a homebonds, and other investment items, real estate falls under that FMV category as well.

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What happens when you want to buy a home, but you need the proceeds from the sale of your current home to put the deal together?

“Putting the cart before the horse,” is a phrase we often hear with regard to performing a task out of order. In some cases, this can happen in real Brandon Montemayorestate as well.

Let’s say a homeowner who THOUGHT they were perfectly happy in their current home comes across what they feel is their dream home. They want that home, and they feel they need to make an offer as soon as they can. The problem is, they need the proceeds from the sale of their current home to close the deal. The double-whammy to the problem is…they don’t have their current home listed for sale.

This can...

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Buyer Beware” does not apply when it comes to real estate!

So you’ve decided to sell your home.Full disclosure

There’s that little stain on the ceiling in the downstairs bedroom that was caused a few years back when a pipe in the upstairs bathroom leaked. It’s fixed, but still, the stain is there.

The roof looks good, and it only leaks…a little…when it rains really, really hard and for a long time. The last time it leaked was during the big storms we had back in 2005. We sealed the leak, and we don’t think it’s leaked since.

We noticed something weird with some of the rafters in the attic a few months back. A pest control company determined that termites had infested the area. We were abl...

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Housing prices remain steady, although we’re seeing some signs of the end of the “summer rush.”

August showed a steady pace in the Santa Clarita real estate market, with new information released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

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Modern Marketing Techniques and Basic Common Sense Pricing Are Two Key Ingredients To a Quick Home Sale

We’re seeing a bit of a shift in the real estate market here in the Santa Clarita Valley. Home sales aren’t slowing (Compared to what we deem a “normal” market), but Montemayor & Associates Santa Clarita Real Estatecompared to the brisk pace of home sales last year, we are definitely seeing some change.

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Remember however that last year we had an extreme shortage of available homes for sale in the Santa Clarita Valley; as little as a month’s supply on hand. Compare that to this year, where we have nearly triple the amount of homes, and you can see why we’re seeing a slightly different market. Even still, the SCV is sitting on just shy of a three month supply, which is just under what we would consider a “balanced” market.

Even still, home sellers are still in anticipation of a slew of buyers and offers bursting at the seams. So what are the key ingredients we use to produce as many buyers at your door as possible?

1. We market your listing on the internet.

Aside from placing your home in the Multiple Listing Service, our sellers can expect to see their homes on major real estate sites such as Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo Real Estate, Realtor.com, and of course, we write an exclusive article on your listing that is sent out to the search engines and social media. You can be assured your listing will be provided with plenty of internet exposure.

2. Virtual tour of your listing.

We produce narrated virtual tours of our listings that are uploaded to various social media sites including Youtube, which happens to be the second largest search engine in the world.

3. We market your listing to other real estate agents.

Yes, we actually work WITH other agents who may have buyers looking for a home just like yours.

4. We market your listing to our ever growing database of home buyers.

Using social media, email blasts and direct mail, we will notify our buyer database when your home hits the market.

5. We educate our sellers on the latest market conditions that may affect the price of their home.

Our knowledgeable, experienced staff of licensed agents have their fingers on the pulse of today’s real estate market. And by “today,” we mean TODAY! We work with you to understand your goals, and also to provide you with the best information and suggestions that can help you sell your home fast…and for top dollar!

Want to know more about our marketing techniques that will get you the most for your home? Contact Montemayor & Associates for a no obligation consultation.

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Property owners who “overlook” issues that can affect the sale of their home can have big problems down the road.

A leaky roof. That dryrot just below ground level on one of the posts that holds up your back patio. That un-permitted room addition off of the kitchen.

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Is this a sign of a shift in the Santa Clarita real estate market?

The Southland Regional Association of Realtors released their statistics for the month of May, revealing that single family home prices made no gains over April. Santa Clarita Real Estate UpdateCurrently single family homes are holding at a median price of $485,000 in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Condominium prices in the SCV did bounce upward nearly 6 percent last month, settling in at $281,000. Condos have had a bumpy ride in the past year or so, with a few ups and downs along the way. They had topped out briefly at $295,000 in November 2013 before taking a dip at the beginning of this year, but overall their median equity has increased by over 12 percent since January.

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