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The Top 5 Tips For Home Sellers

Tips for Sellers

Mar 26, 2019
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  1. Choosing the right agent:

Getting your property sold for the most money possible is a huge job that could affect you for years to come. With that in mind, choosing a realtor because they are a friend-of-a-friend could be a very bad idea. It is also a mistake to hire an agent just because he/she promises to sell your home for more money than other agents—it’s a common strategy for some agents to overinflate the projected selling price just to get your listing. That leaves your house on the market for longer than it should have been and you end up dropping the price to what it should have been form the beginning.

It is best to choose an agents who consistently monitors the MLS, knows what properties are going to be listed, and that have a good working knowledge of the comps in the area. A tech savvy agent has many tools to get your property sold!


  1. Don’t over upgrade:

Quick fixes before selling always payoff. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar—get a fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on the tracks, clean the grout out of tiles and fix any leaky faucets.


  1. Take the home out of your house:

One of the most important things to do is de-personalize it. The more personal stuff is in your house, the less the potential buyer will be able to imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff—put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia, collections, and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager, or learning some staging tricks on your own for proper placement of furniture to optimize the appeal of the room/house.


  1. The first impression is the only impression:

No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they ever walk in the door. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome, and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s interior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100% return on your money you put into curb appeal. Entry ways are important—a small bench, a vase of fresh cut flowers, or even cookies can go a long way!


  1. Price to sell!

It would be nice if you could price your home based on what you will need to buy your next home, pay your moving expenses, and maybe even have a little leftover, but it doesn’t always work out that way. You can control the asking price, but you cannot control the selling price—the market does. And if you price too high, it will cost you more in the long run. Overpriced homes sit on the market and tend to end up selling for less than the homes that were priced at market value from the beginning.

The History of Chino Hills

Chino Hills

Mar 26, 2019
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Chino Hills is located in the southwest corner of San Bernardino County, California. The city borders Los Angeles County on the northwest, Orange County to the south and Riverside County to the southeast. The city has a total of 44.8 square miles much of which is undeveloped rolling hills.

During the 1700s this area was ruled by the Spanish and was a part of the Republic of Mexico. When the church founded the Mission of San Gabriel in 1771, the area now known as Chino Hills was used by the fathers to graze their cattle. When Mexico ceded the territory to the United States, Chino Hills became part of the state of California.

Because of the topography of the area, the land was used for dairies, horse rearing and cattle grazing. In the rush to build and develop the area, many historical structures were lost. 

The town of Chino was built in 1910. The area known as Sleepy Hollow, built as a summer resort in the 1920s, was a destination for bootleggers during Prohibition. Tourists from nearby Los Angeles were also attracted to the beauty and seclusion of the area. Later in the 1960s hippies and artists sought out the isolation of this hilly area to commune with nature. 

During the 80s and 90s housing development began at a rapid pace. By 1991, the population reached 42,000 and the area became incorporated. When the area was developed, the homes were laid out in a village style with shopping and parks within walking distance of nearby homes. Everything was done to preserve the beauty of the surrounding hills.

One of the showpieces of Chino Hills is the Vellano Country Club, a private golf course and housing development designed by golf great Greg Norman. With home prices exceeding $2 million, this housing development is touted as one of the most expensive in the area.

Los Serranos Golf and Country Club dates back to 1925 when it was built as the perfect escape for city dwellers. Today the course is a favorite Chino Hills attraction.
For upscale shopping, The Shoppes at Chino Hills feature some of the most popular designer brands. There are over 65 stores and restaurants of every description in the mall.

Money magazine voted Chino Hills as one of its “Best Places to Live”. Similarly, the FBI chose Chino Hills as one of the safest places to live. The area is known for great schools, spectacular views, first class housing and overall safe neighborhoods. Chino Hills Is definitely an ideal community.


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