Single Level Condo in Rancho Santa Margarita Open House

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.



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.


Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

When you’ve lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, try to get started early. That way, whether you decide to sell or not, your home is organized and easier to maintain.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Stop adding to the clutter. If it is your habit to purchase multiples of sale items, stop! Or, if these are items you use all the time, reduce the number of multiples to no more than you will use in a month or so. Instead of ordering large quantities, place items you use consistently on a schedule for reorder instead. That way, you’re not filling up your shelves and closets with the extras, but you won’t run out either.
  • Plan where things go. Set aside a couple boxes or bags to handle items you plan to give to charity and those you plan to give to family members and set aside what to sell at a garage sale. Consider keeping the boxes or bags in your trunk. That way, as soon as they get full you can deliver them where they need to go. For items that you intend to keep, take them to the location they belong immediately.
  • Choose one thing. This week, simply choose one thing to organize.

  • It can be a drawer, a closet, a storage bin… It really doesn’t matter what you choose, but make sure it is achievable in one day. So, if your attic is a massive project, don’t start there. Each week (or each day if you’re really motivated) choose another item to organize. Even if it is just your medicine cabinet, organize it by getting rid of expired medicines (take them to your pharmacist for proper disposal), old make-up and items you haven’t used in a couple years.
  • Don’t fear your piles. Sometimes, when you’re in the midst of getting organized, you need to have piles, stacks or other groupings of things that need long-term storage or that you need to deal with. If the item is long-term, you can set it in one of your planning boxes. If it needs to be dealt with soon, choose one evening (or morning) each week to quickly go through and file, mail, respond, etc.
  • Find a way to handle paper. There are a few papers that must be kept: original birth certificates, marriage licenses, contracts, etc., but many items we keep in paper form could be kept digitally in far less space. Consider getting an organizing scanner such as a “NEAT” that can scan and organize receipts, bills, business cards and myriad other paperwork for you.
  • Let go of items you don’t use. Just because Aunt Sally gave you a toaster for your wedding six years ago, don’t let it fill up your counter or cupboard space if you’re not using it. Donate it to a charity that can get it into the hands of someone that will use it. To make certain to protect the sentimental value of the gift, start a virtual scrapbook with images of items you give away, and a short note of who gifted you with the item, a special memory about that person and where you gave the item.


Organizing is just the first step toward getting ready for a sale. I have helped many sellers get ready by performing a “pre-listing walk-through” of their home. I can advise what to organize, what to fix or update, what to store, etc. I have referrals for estate sale experts, cleaners and more. Call me today if you want to get started.






Think Like a Buyer When Selling Your Home

staging your home to sellChances are you love the home you are selling, and you don’t see anything wrong with it. You love the colors, the landscaping, the decor, yard size, the location, etc. But chances are when you go to sell it, most buyers may not see it the way you see it. You may love the bedroom painted midnight blue or the hot pink furniture in the living room, and you may think it is charming the way the roof has a few shingles or tiles missing. But a buyer will only focus on the odd decor and colors and anything perceived as outdated or in need of repair. They will start taking dollars off any offer price to compensate for these perceived negatives. Yike!

Help a buyer to see all the good points of your home. Neutralize the decor and even remove and pack away items. You may think that large gold-framed mirror is a lovely antique, but in a smaller home, it can be a distraction. Help the buyer to focus on the home and its good points, and not the decor. This does not mean a total makeover, but it can mean removing and/or moving items, perhaps painting and performing minor fixes. I have helped a lot of sellers by helping them to make wise choices that will be kind to their pocket book AND attract the most buyers.

Help with Staging

The home pictured here benefited greatly from simplifying the decor and adding life and light to this living room. It looked out into the front garden, so I wanted to create a “garden room” feel to it. I added more green decor, removed the antique framed family photos, removed/moved some furniture pieces, added some modern framed botanical prints and used the homeowners blue and white pieces to tie everything together and help them to feel it was still their home. I did the same thing throughout the rest of the home. The long-time owners had taken good care of their property, made some updates over the years, but needed help making it appeal to younger people who were the most likely buyers for their home. The folks who eventually bought it loved it so much, they wound up paying over appraised price to close the deal.

Home Beautifully Re-Staged to Appeal to More Buyers
After Staging