March 2019 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

We are moving into the “active” sales season… There were 14 solds in the month of March, almost triple the number in February! The highest sold $/sqft was $1,006 on Rosalind (the only one above the $1K/sqft mark), and the lowest sold was $1.46M on La Mirada and the highest sold was $5.925M on Avondale (more than 400% of the lowest sold!)

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Calling in the Experts

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8 Easy Ways To Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Whether you plan to stay in your home for years or put it on the market soon, there are dozens of ways to increase your home’s value. Upgrading the kitchen, adding decks, and making the living area more spacious add to the value of your home by thousands and bring enjoyment for you at the same time. For example, imagine having your own inground pool. If you haven’t checked inground pool pricing, you may be surprised to find you can afford it.There are other smaller ways to increase your home’s value. One important way is by increasing curb appeal. What does your home look like to a passerby? Following are 10 ideas for increasing your home’s curb appeal. (Click here to read.)

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5 Overlooked Factors That Can Affect Your Home’s Insurance Rates

Insurance rates—how are they even calculated? It can be complicated, but it all comes down to an algorithm that takes many variables into account. If keeping your rates as low possible is your number one concern, you need to know about these five factors that can affect your bottom line. (Click here to read.)

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February 2019 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

February continues to be a “slower” month as far as San Marino real estate activities go. There were only 5 recorded sales. The highesst sold was $3.3M on Oak Grove Place & the lowest was $1.55M on Fleur Dr. The lowest $/sqft was $646 & the highest was $946. I expect the activities to be picked up as we enter a new season in March!

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Remodeling Regret

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Turn Empty Rooms Into Useful Spaces

What Kind of Room Do You Want? Use your imagination. Create a multipurpose room and make it as informal or as formal as you want. Here are a few ideas. (Click here to read.)

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Can You Get Last Minute Flood Insurance for Your Home?

Flood insurance provides financial protection for homeowners and commercial property owners after floods caused by natural disasters. These events would include hurricanes, tropical storms, or heavy rains, as well as swollen rivers and burst dams. Flood insurance is different than water damage repair insurance, which covers floods caused by burst pipes, broken windows, and other damage not related to natural disasters. Your standard homeowner’s policy typically does not cover floods caused by natural disasters, which is why many homeowners often wonder if they can get last minute flood insurance. (Click here to read.)

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January 2019 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

As a normal seasonal adjustment, January is a slow month for the real estate market in San Marino. There were 4 sales in total, 3 less than December, and 3 less than January 2018. The highest recorded $/sqft was also the lowest sold price on Euclid (a tiny 1104 sqft home!) The lowest $/sqft was $713 & the highest sold recorded was $2.95M on Melville.

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Turn Your Ugly Urban Backyard into Something Beautiful

You’ve found the home of your dreams. The backyard, not so much. But take heart. There are creative ways to turn that ugly duckling into a beautiful swan by taking the cons and turning them into pros.

If your yard includes the wall of the building next door, a dilapidated garage or parking pad, a lack of privacy, or if you hear vehicle noise, it may seem discouraging. But with proper planning, the negatives can be minimized or even become positives as part of a beautiful landscape design. (Click here to read.)

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