May 2019 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

We had a strong May; there were 14 solds compared to the 6 in April! The highest $/sqft was $1,111 on Oak Grove Ave. in the estate area, while the lowest $/sqft was $688 on Carlisle Dr. (62% of the top $/sqft!) And, the highest recorded sold was $5.84M & the entry level for May was 1.33M on Rubio Dr. (23% of the highest recorded sold!)

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Home Upgrades Millennials Love

A recent study by COUNTRY Financial showed that young people care more about buying a home than getting married, paying off student loans, and traveling. But in a hot real estate market, younger home buyers can’t be too selective. In fact, they’ll often end up with a fixer-upper in need of a little TLC.

In this article, we’ll talk about a few of the home upgrades and modern features first-time younger homebuyers should consider. (Click here to read.)

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How Much Does a Pool Add to the Sale Price of a House

Questions that are often asked of real estate agents by homeowners who have pools include how much can be added to the sale price and can the costs of installing a pool be recouped in a property sale. (Click here to read.)

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Designing a Kitchen That Will Sell Your House For You

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house when it comes to home value and appealing to buyers while trying to sell. For this reason, it’s important to pay special attention to your kitchen when preparing a house to sell or building a house for the first time. The following is a guide for how to build a modern, desirable kitchen that will work to sell your house for you. (Click here to read.)

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Staged Homes Sell Best

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One-Step Makeover: Let there be light

An indoor-outdoor lifestyle — or the potential for one — is a notable perk of living in a temperate climate like California. But what if your home lacks panoramic views, a sunny loggia or a saltwater lap pool?

You can add a skylight. Creating a portal to the sky, or updating an old one, offers a substantial and surprisingly affordable way to integrate nature into a home. At their best, skylights provide an abundance of light, fresh air and design impact. (Click here to read.)

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The 10 Most Affordable Beach Towns

Kids frolicking in the sand. Afternoons spent on the sailboat. Watching the sun set over the water. Ponying up a $50,000 monthly mortgage payment. Because you need that kind of cash to be able to afford a beach house, right?

Maybe not. SmartAsset’s 2019 look at the most affordable beach towns in the country might surprise you.

“To rank the most affordable beach towns in America, we examined four factors,” they said. “Specifically, we looked at the median home value, the average number of rooms per house, median property taxes and median housing costs.” Their methodology took into account “229 cities located directly on an ocean (including bays and sounds), using data from the Census Bureau’s 2017 5-Year American Community Survey. (Click here to read)

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Are You Grown Up Enough to Be a Homeowner?

Forever young. That’s what we all strive to be, right? But when it comes to owning a home, even the most mature of us can want to run and hide like a little kid when problems arise. If you’re looking to buy your first place and aren’t sure you’re up for the responsibility, asking yourself these questions may help you decide. (Click here to read)

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Q1 2019 California Housing Affordability

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April 2019 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

April was an unusual slow month for the season, there were only 6 solds, 8 less than the month of March! The highest recorded sold was 9.5M on Orlando & the lowest was 2.13M on Del Mar, which was also the lowest $/sqft at $535. The highest $/sqft was $966 on Winston, a newly built property.

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