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Winter Home Presentation for Real Estate

5 Tips on Staging & Selling Your Big Bear Home The spring and summer months aren’t the only Big Bear real estate selling season, the fact is there are lots of potential buyers in Big Bear during the winter season. And with inventory at its lowest level in years, the decision to market your property in the colder months can really pay off. 1. KEEP SAFETY IN MIND Clear snow from the driveway and walkways and apply ice-melt as needed. First impressions are most important, so be sure that access to your home is … [Read more...]

Big Bear Real Estate – Home Staging Tips

In today’s competitive real estate market sellers must do everything they can to prepare their home for a sale. Aside from pricing your home correctly, home staging is next best way to attract potential buyers. Here’s a few low cost tips to get you started turning your house into a show home. Curb Appeal This is the critical first impression as buyers drive up to the home. Wipe down or power wash your exterior including the front door, porch, outside railings and steps. It’s cheaper than repainting and makes a … [Read more...]

Is Your Big Bear Realtor a Local, or a Tourist?

Using a Realtor that lives and works out of the Big Bear area, is like hiring a tourist as a site seeing guide. They can't tell you about the history of the homes that you are interested in since they have never seen them before. Chances are, they may not even be able to find them to show them to you. They may not know the difference between a raised perimeter foundation and a slab. They might tell you that all areas of Big Bear are the same. How can they tell you about the recent homes that have sold, when they … [Read more...]

“But My Neighbors Are Asking A Lot More For Their Homes”

I get that response a lot from sellers when we talk about the current value of their home. And my reply, "the same neighbors who have been on the market 6-12 months without selling?" If you are going to compare prices with neighbors, make sure you are comparing with the ones that are currently in escrow, or those who have sold over the past 3 months, as those are the realistic prices being sold today. Can't see embedded video? Click here. … [Read more...]

Does Your Big Bear Property Stand Out Like A Purple Cow?

If you want to sell, it should. Here are a couple thoughts I have to help it stand out. Can't see the embedded video?  Click here. … [Read more...]

Buying Or Selling A Home In Big Bear? 3 Critical Contingencies To Keep In Mind.

The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) residential purchase contract (RPA) has three standard contingencies built into the contract - Loan Contingency, Appraisal and Buyer's Inspections.  Most of the problems that come up in a real estate transaction fall under these 3 contingencies. If the contract is left unchanged, the period of these three contingencies is 17 days after the deal is struck. As stated in the contract, the removal of these contingencies must be in writing with the C.A.R. form CR … [Read more...]

The Right Asking Price Makes All The Difference

I talk with a lot of home sellers in Big Bear. Some are thinking of selling, and some are trying to sell right now.  The conversations are really not all that different.  Most of the time, it comes down to the pricing. Here are a couple videos I did over the past week relating to selling a home in Big Bear.  See if you can guess what the common theme is for both of these. [viddler id=2d5f7e69&w=545&h=349] This real estate market is for serious sellers only.  That's why banks make up more than 50% of … [Read more...]

The Best In Show Is First To Go

[viddler id=9775a0e6&w=545&h=349] Everyone knows it is tough to sell a home in this market.  It is not impossible though. While there are some things you cannot control, like location, there are certainly some other things that you can.   The asking price, the overall property condition, showing restrictions and the like are all things well within a seller's choice to make. Whether they decide to make the right choice is up to them. The two most important factors in getting a home sold in today's market … [Read more...]

How Not To Reduce The Price Of Your Big Bear Home

Price reductions are commonplace in today's real estate market.  Many days, they actually outnumber the number of closed sales & new pending sales. Price reductions happen because the seller or real estate agent overestimated the market value of the property in the beginning and the buyers reject it.  Dropping the price is not necessarily a bad thing, it happens.  But, the key reason to drop the price is to spark some interest, generate some activity, and hopefully, an offer. Many times though the seller only … [Read more...]

Pricing A Property In Big Bear – Follow Your Real Estate Gut

Pricing a property in Big Bear is a lot different than your standard tract home or primary home location. The fact is that the properties in Big Bear can be dramatically different, even when they are in the same location. We have many areas with big homes next to small homes, old homes next to new homes, homes on the lake and homes off it, homes with ski slopes views and home with out a view. There are very few locations that contain homes with a lot of commonality between them.  Areas with upscale, newer homes … [Read more...]