Single Level Condo in Rancho Santa Margarita Open House

23 Blue Oak Rancho Santa Margarita

Come and check out this great opportunity at the Open House in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday, August 10, from 1-4pm. Super two bedroom, two bath single level condo located in the mission Courts II community close to the lake, shopping, dining, parks, schools and more. Park-like neighborhood, several updates but room for your own personal touches and priced right at $379,500. Property address 23 Blue Oak, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.



Open House North Tustin Single Level Home

1172 Appian Way North Tustin

If you are looking for an opportunity to own a beautiful single level home in this desirable area AND at a great price, this is it! Check out the open house Saturday July 27th from 1-4pm at the property located at 1172 Appian Way, North Tustin. List Price $925,000.

Located near Newport Avenue and La Loma Drive, this spacious single level home has a flexible floor plan of four bedrooms and three baths and sits on a large 10,00sf lot with pool, koi pond, patios and more. Lots of updates throughout and very well-maintained by long-time owners. Great price reflects the fact that new owners may still want to make some improvements and updates to the property.

Call for more info or to schedule a private showing 949.525.5905.

Maintaining Your Dishwasher

UPdated Kitchen with Stainless Appliances

Wow. I just watched a short video on that showed me how to quickly clean some of the residue from my dishwasher. Also a good idea to add this to your list of things to do before you put your home on the market.

Now, some of you may already know how to do this, and you may have your own tried and true cleaning methods. Here is what they suggest:

  • Remove any loose debris on the bottom of the dishwasher near the filter.
  • Place a cup of white vinegar in the top rack and run an entire cycle.
  • Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run through a shorter cycle, making sure it still uses hot water.
  • They also suggest you check the hinges/springs on the door to make sure it closes/seals properly.

And here is the video: maintaining your dishwasher.

I can’t stand a dirty and even slightly smelly dishwasher. Unfortunately, they do get that way over the years with use. suggest cleaning like this every six months. More often if you are finicky like me!

Beautiful Baths That are Also Practical

Updated master Bathroom with Glass Tile and Granite

When I updated my bathrooms, there were many decisions to be made. Some practical, some aesthetic and some both! I

I wanted baths that:

  • looked great
  • were easy to clean
  • had lots of storage
  • and wouldn’t need updating again any time soon

Using larger tiles in the surround that need less grout are very practical. Installing new, easy to clean and functional tubs will last years! Installing good size and multiple shampoo boxes was a good decision with huge payoffs.

Updated bathroom with Tile and GraniteYou don’t need a lot of glass tile to make an impact, especially in small spaces. I kept things neutral and used natural surfaces for warmth and a timeless look.

I also made some practical decisions like using fans on timers and sensors. I installed custom shelves and drawers where there was once a clumsy old-fashioned closet.

Make sure to install the right size of towel bars, storage cubbies, etc. And make them handy and strong for every day use by all members of the family.

But it all starts with a good contractor. Interview several and check their references! And while you wait for your contractor to come available, research your surfaces and fixture choices and make sure you are happy with your vision of your new bath.

April 2019 OC Housing Market Summary

Oakmont Plan 3 Model Home Beacon Park Irvine Kitchen and Dining

Here are some highlights of the current housing market and activity in Orange County:

  • The active listing inventory increased by 166 homes in the past two weeks, up 3%, and now totals 6,532. Last year, there were 4,609 homes on the market, 1,923 fewer than today. There are 42% more homes than last year.
  • So far this year, 4% fewer homes came on the market below $500,000 compared to 2018, and there were 15% fewer closed sales. Fewer and fewer homes and condominiums are now priced below $500,000. This price range is continuing to vanish.
  • Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, increased by 78 pending sales in the past two-weeks, up 3%, and now totals 2,350, its lowest level for this time of the year since 2014. Last year, there were 2,538 pending sales, 8% more than today.
  • The Expected Market Time for all of Orange County decreased from 84 days two weeks ago to 83 days today, a slight Seller’s Market (between 60 to 90 days) and the highest level for this time of the year since 2011. It was at 54 days last year.
  • For homes priced below $750,000, the market is a slight Seller’s Market (between 60 and 90 days) with an expected market time of 64 days. This range represents 42% of the active inventory and 54% of demand.
  • For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expected market time is 66 days, a slight Seller’s Market. This range represents 18% of the active inventory and 22% of demand.
  • For homes priced between $1 million to $1.25 million, the expected market time is 85 days, a slight Seller’s Market.
  • There were 1,543 closed residential resales in February, 15% fewer than February 2018’s 1,820 closed sales. February marked a 6% increase from January 2019. The sales to list price ratio was 97.4% for all of Orange County. Foreclosures accounted for just 0.3% of all closed sales, and short sales accounted for 0.6%. That means that 99.1% of all sales were good ol’ fashioned sellers with equity.

A Rug In the Kitchen? Thoughts?

I recently asked a friend of mine how they felt about a rug in the kitchen. I had a large colorful rug in my otherwise white kitchen for a long time. My sister, as well, had a large area rug in hers. But a rug, no matter how lovely, is not always suited for kitchen use.

I liked having a soft covering underfoot as I went from one end of the kitchen to the other. In addition, it was a darker color, so dirt did not show so much. AND it was a relatively inexpensive piece, so I didn’t feel bad if it suffered some war and tear (which it really did not). Plus it added a lot of color in an otherwise plain space. I guess if i grew tired of the color, I could always change it easier than changing cabinets, paint and flooring!

But after I DID change my flooring to a laminate wood, I liked the look of the wood better than old tile, so I got rid of the large area rug. the space looked much bigger without the rug, and clean-up was easier. I missed the soft flooring underfoot, but the trade-off was well worth it.

If you DO decide to use an area rug in the kitchen, make sure you use a pad to avoid slippage, maybe opt for an indoor/outdoor material and understand that it will take more effort when cleaning the kitchen floors.

New Listing ~ Beautiful Updated Mission Viejo View Home

26315 Buscador Kitchen Mission ViejoGreat new listing in south Mission Viejo, close to everything! Beautifully updated throughout, this property features 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths in over 1900sf of living space. Located on a view lot in the center of the tract, you can enjoy views, privacy and a quiet location. Wonderful curb appeal, updated kitchen and baths, newer carpet and lighting, newer paint in and out, newer roof, water heater and much more! Plus the two-car garage has also been newly finished with custom cabinetry, lighting, epoxy flooring and a work desk. No Mello-Roos, low HOA, close to schools, parks, shopping, freeways, etc.

To get full listing details, go HERE. Or give me a call for a private showing 949.525.5905.

List price $775,000.


Staging the Living Room to Sell Your Home

Staged Living Room Mission Viejo 26315 Buscador

Just like the front of the home and the garden is the first thing a buyer sees when they drive up to your home, the living room is usually the first room they see once they come inside. It therefore makes sense that this room should really stand out (in a good way) and make a great first impression on the buyer.

Make sure the buyer can really SEE this room and not see your collectibles, family photos and favorite crazy quilt. Try to minimize the amount of tables, decor, art and bright colors in this room. Rearrange furniture so that the room welcomes you in. Create a conversation area. Don’t hide any great features in the room, like a view, a window seat or architectural details.

When I stage a room, I usually wind up packing away a lot of things and then bring in a few well-chosen coordinating pieces to achieve the look I want that goes with the overall vibe of the home. I take lots of photos to make sure i achieve this. I keep moving things around until I am happy and it feels right and looks right in the photos.