Monday, May 15, 2017

Top 5 Home Design Trends in 2017

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What I Learned About Right-Sizing

Last fall we finally did it. It's just the two of us now and we no longer wanted all that space and all that maintenance. You've probably had these thoughts, though--we have too much stuff! It's a symptom of our society and we, too, had all the trappings. My advice? If downsizing is even a remote thought--something that you'd like to eventually do--then start now getting rid of all that stuff.

Start with the book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up", by Marie Kondo. You may not embrace every aspect of the book, but you will find great tips on how to make those hard decisions of what to keep and what to toss. You can tackle it all at once like the book suggests, or you can take it one closet, or one room at a time, like I did. I found that as I went from room to room, that I loved the result. Bringing order to chaos and clutter is a great feeling. You realize that you really didn't need all that stuff or even want it. You end up with rooms that you actually enjoy living in; and when the time comes to actually make the decision to move, you'll have a much better idea of what size home is going to be best for you. And the best part--it will not be so overwhelming!

Then think about what IS the "right size" for you. The term downsizing can seem daunting. Right sizing can seem...well, JUST RIGHT! What size fits you? How often does your extended family come to visit? Do you want that pool to maintain, or just one nearby that you can enjoy with the grandkids? What are your financial goals? Will making that move help you reach your goal or reach it faster?

When you're ready, enlist my help and we'll make it happen. Here's what Chonda Pierce has to say about it......but trust me, it doesn't have to be this drastic!!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

2016 San Diego Holiday Lights

No matter where you live in San Diego county, there are beautiful light displays for you to enjoy this holiday season. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Back to School & MORE!

September doesn't have to be all about back to school! You can break up the routine a bit with some fun weekend activities. Here's what's happening, San Diego!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beware of The 3 P's of Real Estate!

I believe that many real estate agents get lazy when it's a hot market. Why spend the money on staging, or professional pictures, or marketing, when the standard 3 P's will do? You know them well..."Put out a sign, Put it in the MLS, and Pray". Well, I'm here to tell you that might get your home sold, but it will not bring you top dollar! Staging is a strategic marketing tool designed to show a property in its best possible light. It is different from decorating your home to reflect your unique personality. Professional lifestyle designer, Jill Winninger of life. style. home. states that a home should reflect who you are and what you value. On the other hand, home staging is about de-cluttering and making a home desirable to the masses. There's a saying..."Clutter eats up equity!" The whole idea of staging is that you want to market to the largest number of people to get as many offers as possible. Many realtors believe in the power of this technique no matter how hot or slow the market. Potential buyers can see all the possibilities and sellers can get top-dollar and a quicker sale. A real estate agent that won't spend the marketing dollars on your home regardless of the state of the market, may not have your best interest in mind.

I offer my clients a complementary staging consultation (a DIY package, if desired), professional photography for those outstanding pictures that will make your home look it's best and give a great first impression, a video tour with aerial photography that will wow, and a marketing plan that will create a buzz.

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, professionally listed staged properties simply look better, spend 73 percent less time on the market, typically sell for more money, and end up on the buyer's "must see" lists. They are viewed as "well maintained" and have fewer concessions requested of the seller.

The result? 

Just Listed...Oops! I mean PENDING!

Video Tour of 13305 Granite Creek Rd.

Staging consultation provided by Beppie Mostert, Living Design Interiors.
Staged by the owners.

Tired of looking at all those tiny yards? This home is light and bright and sits on a huge corner lot with magnificent trees offering privacy for outdoor living, including a fire pit area and your very own pool. The home has been beautifully updated and features hardwood floors, slate tile fireplace surround, and custom alderwood kitchen cabinets with the popular concrete counter tops featured by Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper. This popular 4 bedroom floor plan has 1 bedroom down & 3 full bathrooms that have been beautifully updated. Sabre Springs is an upscale community of San Diego, CA in the northeastern part of the city, but is part of the highly acclaimed Poway Unified School District. It is bounded by the city limits of Poway on the east, Ted Williams Parkway on the north, Interstate 15 on the west, and the community of Miramar Ranch North to the south, making it unbelievably convenient to all San Diego has to offer, including the brand new Carmel Mountain Ranch Angelika movie theater, restaurants & shopping. Easy access on & off of the Ted Williams Pkwy/56 connector between I-15 & I-5. Just 15 minutes to the beach and 25 minutes to the airport. Low HOA & no mello-roos! Offered at $750,000.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction - wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree shading the back yard, and the white picket fence.

Or maybe your dream home has all the conveniences of modern living - open floor plan in the living and dining spaces, large windows, connected, “smart” appliances and security systems, and minimalist design elements.

Whether you go for a brand new construction or an existing home, both types of properties have their pros and cons when it comes to purchasing. What type of home is right for you will depend on which factors are most important for your lifestyle.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Is it a good time to sell? Yes!

The best time to sell is when competition is low and demand is high. This beautiful condo was on the market for only 2 days! 

Maximize exposure with lots of professional photographs and a virtual tour.
Have you been thinking about selling? Now's the time!