100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Southern California!

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Eight Strange Real Estate Tips and Facts

How was everyone’s weekend? I hope you were able to spend a lot of time resting and relaxing. Monday has come and now we must face the work week. Here is a little distraction from the Monday mayhem: this article I found contains some very interesting yet extremely random findings collected by Zillow’s CEO Spencer Rascoff.

Check some of these weird facts and tips:

  • The Starbucks Effect is something that happens to the price of the average house in the U.S. if it is close by to a Starbucks versus one not close to a Starbucks. In 1997, it was observed that the average house close to a Starbucks sold at $137,000 while the same house not close to a Starbucks sold for only $102,000. As fifteen years went by the average home price went up by 65% at $168,000 while properties near a Starbucks went up 96% at $269,000. Can you believe that?
  • Using words such as “unique”, “TLC”, “investment”, or “potential” in description sections could bring down sales prices by as much as 7% percent. Try to avoid using those words and instead use words like “luxurious” for bottom-tier homes and “captivating” for top-tier homes which could add around 8.2% onto your sale price.
  • Apparently three sevens in a row is an unlucky number because houses with an address that is 777 sell for 2.1% less than the original estimated value. Little weird, no?
  • Listing the price of your home with a 9 in the thousands digit such as $550,000 versus $549,000 could cause your house to sell 4 days to a full week faster.
  • Female agents tend to sell homes faster and for high prices. Now no offense to men, but women sure can get the job done, can’t they?

Check out the original article here:

http://nypost.com/2015/01/25/8-surprising-real-estate-tips/

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Hearst Castle…What a Place

Happy Friday one and all! I am sure many of you have heard of Hearst Castle, many of you have probably taken a tour of it. However, for those of you who haven’t you’ve got to know about this place. It is so unbelievably ostentatious and I love it. The 165-room estate was built by the media mogul William Randolph Hearst, the man who was fictionalized in the classic film “Citizen Kane”.

It covers 250,000 acres of land and contains two colossal pools filled with 550,000 gallons of water. This property is so over-the-top that you find it hard to believe the photos don’t come from the Palace of Versailles or Buckingham Palace. After building this property Hearst went into 100 million dollars of debt. How about you take a look at the pictures and tell me if you think it was worth it.

Take a look at the links below for a virtual tour on the Hearst Castle Museum’s website and a more extensive slideshow of pictures on CNET. After seeing those you might consider taking a spontaneous weekend getaway road trip. After all, it isn’t too long of a drive. If you end up going or have been already, post some pictures in the comments section!

Have a great weekend everyone! Don’t forget to treat yourself…William Randolph Hearst certainly didn’t forget.

 

http://hearstcastle.org/tour-hearst-castle/virtual-tours/

http://www.cnet.com/pictures/inside-hearst-castle-americas-favorite-palace-pictures/

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25 Bedrooms That Would Be Impossible to Leave in the Morning

I don’t know about you but this has felt like a very long and tiresome week to me. I wanted to go right back to sleep after I woke up this morning. There is something about your own bedroom that feels so safe and relaxing like none of the worries or stresses of the day can reach you. Even though I was able to leave my bedroom this morning I don’t know whether I would have been able to leave any of these bedrooms from this collection by Houzz entitled “25 Bedrooms We’d Love to Fall Asleep In”.

Even though all the bedrooms they display are different, Mitchell Parker points out that there are a few common themes that stand out among the grouping like gray or gray-blue tones, wood accents, and layers upon layers of comfy bedding. You can use these themes to create the similar calm, comfortable, and sleepy vibes that each of these 25 bedrooms give off. Check out the article and photographs here:

Some of my favorites would have to be #9, #15, and #20. #9’s beautiful glass walls right on the beach make me swoon. I suppose the sun would wake you up in the morning but I’m not too worried because I would just utilize an eye mask and then just snooze forever. I am very covetous of #15’s elegant style in that gorgeous blue hue. And I picture the three youngest Bennett sisters (from Pride and Prejudice), Kitty, Lydia, and Mary, in #20 inhabiting it’s three built-in beds.

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12 Ways to Make Any Room More Aesthetically Appealing

We definitely all marvel at the work interior designers do. No one can mimic them yet we all try. They are born with an innate sense of creativity that they have spent years honing in the art of space arranging and decoration. But there has to be some basic things that we can do, right? I found an article on Houzz that expounds upon this idea of interior design being an art form that doesn’t really have rules; rather it is about the whim and feelings of the designer. However, the article also claims that there are a few tried and true tricks that can make a room look “put together” whatever creative style you wish to implement. Here are the little tips and tricks that the interior designer Judith Taylor bestows upon us:

  •       “Pick the paint color last.”
  •       “Give your furniture some breathing room.”
  •       “Hang artwork at the right height.”
  •       “Know how to arrange furniture on a rug.”
  •       “Resist the urge to be too theme-y.”
  •       “Create a focal point.”
  •       “Consider sight lines.”
  •       “Edit your collectibles.”
  •       “Vary the scale.”
  •       “Be bold.”
  •       “Ignore all principles in favor of creativity.”

This time instead of summarizing each one I will direct you to read the explanations of each in the original article. This blog post would go on forever if I tried to cover each tip because she gives some great advice. Check it out below:

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San Diego’s Median Home Prices Rise in August

(CoreLogic.com via San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that, according to CoreLogic, the median home price for San Diego rose again in August after a short halt over the end of Spring and beginning of Summer. It seems as if we have broken through the invisible barrier of the market crash because August had the highest median home price in a decade at $498,000. We are just 3.8% below the all-time high peak of $517,500 in November of 2005; however, we are far above the all-time low of in January of 2009.

This August was the second biggest sales month of the year and experts suggest the biggest reasons for the appreciation and increase in sales could be due to the lack of inventory, the extremely low interest rates, and demand for housing in general. Norm Miller from the University of San Diego told the Union-Tribune that the only thing that could really halt the appreciation of the median home price would be if there was a substantial interest rate increase.

Check out the full article here for more in-depth information:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/real-estate/sd-fi-median-price-20160916-story.html

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The Amazing Property Searching App ‘Homesnap’

I have recently joined the most wonderful real estate search platform called Homesnap and I am officially enthralled by it. It is both web-based and in app form for your mobile device. The app is the most amazing thing ever. Basically, you can snap a picture of any home right on your phone and then the app will tell you all you could ever want to know about that house. It will tell you the square footage, the lot size, the number of rooms and bathrooms, the year it was built, the estimated taxes, and all the local schools along with their ratings. Their database has the data of over 90 million homes nationwide which you can search from anywhere in the country.

Homesnap was founded in 2008 and has grown steadily since then. I finally created my agent profile so be sure to check that out here: http://www.homesnap.com/Linda-Moore-4 And go sign up yourself, even if you aren’t currently buying or selling. This app is great just for learning more about your neighborhood and the market. Once you’ve signed up don’t forget to favorite me! Then you can see all the homes I have helped sell or buy! Here is the homepage: http://www.homesnap.com/ !

Have a great Monday, hopefully it isn’t too manic. ;)

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Some Positively Breathtaking Homes from All Over the World

Happy Friday everyone! I have another fun slideshow article for you today from HGTV with some mind-blowingly beautiful homes but before I get carried away I want to give you the final reminder for my Cash Giveaway. Today is the last day to enter. You could win 20,000 dollars!!! Wouldn’t that be some of the best news? I think that could turn anyone’s year around. To enter just click here.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in one of those completely over-the-top amazing homes? I am not talking about any old mansion but something so luxurious and stylized that it seems like an alternate universe, a type of Wonderland. Well this slideshow gallery will not help satiate that curiosity but it will inflame it even more. From the duplex in Paris to the mansion in Beverly Hills, I can only ever imagine what it would be like to inhabit a place like any of these homes.

Check it out here:

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/tour-amazing-homes-across-the-globe-pictures

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What’s Going on in Encinitas This Weekend?

There is a lot going on in Encinitas this weekend and I am here to give you the lowdown on a few events you might want to check out.

Music by the Sea Concert

The 5th season of the Music by the Sea concert series starts this Friday night. The Encore Saxophone Quartet will be playing at 7:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library. Tickets are 14 dollars and can be bought here. For more information on the rest of the 2016-2017 season, check out this article:

http://www.seasidecourier.com/news/music-by-the-sea-concerts-start-friday-at-encinitas-library/article_d83ba296-7a14-11e6-a688-eb964954ca45.html

Wavecrest Meet

This Saturday September 17th is the annual largest gathering of vintage woodie cars. The cars and their owners will start gathering at 8 a.m. It is predicted that there will be around 300 woodies of various shapes, sizes, and descriptions. There will be Hawaiian and surf music performed live throughout the event. Get more information here:

https://www.encinitas101.com/event/wavecrest-meet/

2016 Summer Slam at La Paloma Theater

This Saturday night the Full Moon Poets and the 101 Artists’ Colony/Arts Alive Foundation have teamed up to bring us the 2016 Summer Poetry Slam. The event is completely free and anyone is welcome to enter. The “poet’s call” starts at 6 p.m. where anyone can put their names in a bucket and the first 17 drawn will be a part of the lineup. And show time for the public is at 7 p.m. Read more about the rules for the slam here:

http://www.fullmoonpoets.org/

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Airbnb Partners with the Real Estate Industry

Airbnb has been working on a new program to partner with landlords of rental properties. Landlords have not been too keen on Airbnb since it started because they had no control or knowledge of their tenants who were taking part in home-sharing on Airbnb. The program that Airbnb created, which has been coined the Airbnb Friendly Building Program, seeks to be a solution to that frustration by bringing more control and financial gain to the landlord.

Building owners apply to the program then they get to decide the terms under which tenants rent their spaces and submits them to Airbnb then they amend the tenant’s lease accordingly. After all of this, tenants are able to sign up for their own building’s program which allows the landlord to receive regular reports. The landlords usually can make somewhere between 5% and 15% of their tenant’s rental earnings.

Airbnb began implementing the Airbnb Friendly Building Program back in April and claims that between 1,100 and 1,500 units are participating or are scheduled to join soon in cities all around the U.S. including Nashville, Philadelphia, and San Jose.

One of the most common criticisms of Airbnb is that it permits the possibility of landlords turning their rental properties into hotels to turn a larger profit instead of honoring long term tenants. However, Airbnb made it clear in their announcement that this partnering program is meant only for rental properties with long term tenants.

 

Check out the article on Fortune by Kia Kokalitcheva:

http://fortune.com/2016/09/13/airbnb-building-owners-program/

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