Trying to decide if you should build or buy a home? Ask yourself these 4 questions!

If you’re ready for a new space, but unsure if you should purchase a lot to build your dream home, or purchase an existing home, ask yourself these 4 questions.

  1. What’s your budget? While a new construction home may be more costly initially, an existing older home could require large repairs (like a new HVAC system or new roof) later on that can add up. Be sure to consider your initial costs, monthly costs and potential long-term costs before making a decision.
  2. What’s your timeline? Are you in a rush to get into a new home? If so, buying an existing home might be a better choice. Building from the ground-up takes time! According to Realtor.com, the average home takes 3-6 months to build. If you’re on a strict timeline, building a new home might not work. Check with your builder to get a realistic timeline before you move forward.
  3. How important is customization to you? If you have a very specific vision for your home and love thinking about the details, building a new home might be for you! You’ll need to make big decisions about things like your floorplan, paint colors, hardware, flooring options and appliances! For some, this is overwhelming. But other people love it! Which type of person are you?
  4. How much work are you willing to do? An existing home is most likely going to require more maintenance than a new construction home because of its age. But if you’re willing to put in a little work, you could be getting a great deal on a wonderful home that just needs a little love! Make sure to have a full inspection before you close to make sure there are no surprises once you move in.

When you’re ready to search for a new home or discover the ideal lot to build your dream home, we can help! Contact us here!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ August 5, 2019 – August 11, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Alpine Forest 22151 Andermatt Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 2 2 1011 $143,000.00
Stallion Springs 28400 Carry Back Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5520 4 3 2615 $256,000.00
Tehachapi City 1193 Canyon Dr E, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7577 4 2 1975 $304,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 24010 Jacaranda Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6523 4 4 3169 $450,000.00
Tehachapi City 213 Bartlett St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2205 4 2 1575 $247,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25660 Deertrail Dr Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9140 3 3 2396 $335,000.00
Stallion Springs 30540 Condor Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5109 2 2 2104 $405,000.00
Cummings Valley 24715 Haven Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 3 2128 $375,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26281 Columbia Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9238 3 2 1594 $310,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23971 Coral Springs Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9100 2 2 1260 $215,000.00
Stallion Springs 17010 Bold Venture Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5508 3 2 1951 $324,900.00
Golden Hills East 21420 Santa Barbara Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6734 3 2 1292 $225,000.00
Stallion Springs 28881 Shannon Ct Ct #17, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 2 2 1148 $137,000.00
Tehachapi City 104 Chaparrel St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2401 3 2 1402 $249,000.00
Golden Hills East 22900 Tulip St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8257 3 2 2127 $385,000.00

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Haylee Gang!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate! Meet Haylee Gang!

Haylee Gang

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

I love just about everything about Tehachapi. My fiancé and I are newer to the area and we already see it as the perfect place to raise our children. Everyone is so warm and welcoming anywhere you go. It is a quaint little town that has so much to offer. Most of all I am obsessed with the sunsets in Tehachapi. The way it sets perfectly behind the mountains is breathtaking and makes our little town glow.

2. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

When trying to sell your house it is so important to stage it perfectly. When sellers remove all clutter from counters and tuck away their personal items it allows buyers to envision what living in that house may look like for them. I also highly recommend keeping the front yard in tip top shape when your house is for sale. After all it is the very first thing a buyer will see, and first impressions are everything!

3. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

I think the most important thing for clients to remember when buying a house is to not let the stressful parts of home buying steal your joy. Trust your agent to walk with you throughout the process and take care of helping you get pre-approved, all the paperwork, negotiating with sellers, etc.

4. Where is your favorite place in the world?

My absolute favorite place in the world is anywhere that I am with family. I can find the beauty anywhere I go if I am surrounded by good company, good times, and good vibes.

5. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

I love being a real estate agent because it fulfills my desire to make others happy. The excitement and joy I see in my clients when selling/buying their homes is priceless. I look forward to expanding my clientele in the area so I can see more of that. I also love how it always keeps me on my toes. This business has a lot of ups and downs, but it sure is exciting! Finally, I love that I get to work with my mom. We work as a team at Associated Real Estate. She has taught me everything I know!

6. Tell us a little more about yourself and your family!

I was born and raised in California. I have lived just about all over this big state. I was born in the Central Valley where I hold so many fond childhood memories. Shortly after my family moved to Northern California where I did most of my growing up. Now, I am in Southern California. I have lived in many different areas, small towns & big cities. I appreciate that fact because it has given me the opportunity to explore so many different types of living.

My family is the most important thing in my life. I have a strong bond with each one of them and thank God for them all every day. I am so happily engaged to the love of my life who blessed me with our handsome baby boy, Noah. I have the best parents anyone could ask for and five amazing siblings. Life is so good. I am beyond blessed!

Want to work with Haylee? Contact her here!

4 Ways to Organize Your Home for Back to School

The beginning of a new school year is always a great way to get organize and plan for a successful year ahead. Did you know there are ways to organize your home to help increase your family’s functionality and decrease stress? Here are 5 awesome ways to set yourself up for success this year!

  1. Rethink Your Entry Way. There’s nothing more frustrating than coming home after a busy day and seeing a mess in your entry way. Give your family the opportunity to stay neat and tidy right away by adding hooks for jackets, bins for shoes or small items, and a place for backpacks and bags. Color coding them is a great way for each child to know exactly where they should place their things! Click here for some organized entry way inspiration!

organized entry way2. Organize Your Pantry. Want your kids to make healthy choices and be self-sufficient this school year? Set up a designated snack area in your pantry and your refrigerator with grab and go “parent approved” choices! Use clear bins that are placed on a lower shelf so kids can see exactly what their choices are. Need some healthy snack ideas for a new school year? Check out this great list!

organized pantry3. Set Up a Homework Station. Having a designated, organized homework station just might be the thing to help combat homework blues. Keeping supplies stocked and organized in a special space will help your child stay focused and off the kitchen counter while you are trying to make dinner! Here are some great ways to set up this area!

homeworkstation4. Create a Functional Laundry Room. Install hanging bars for air drying and rethink your storage and shelves to access the items you truly use the most. Another good idea? Add a spot for a hamper within your laundry area so smelly sports gear and dirty school uniforms can be tossed in as soon as your child gets home from school.

Wishing you an organized and stress-free (as possible) start to the new school year!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 29, 2019 – August 4, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Cummings Valley 18334 Old Ranch Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7888 3 3 3203 $510,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23800 Lakeview Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9699 3 4 3241 $410,000.00
Tehachapi City 1121 Cherry Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8666 3 2 980 $112,000.00
Tehachapi City 403 Savannah Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2461 3 3 2595 $428,000.00
Golden Hills West 22817 Yearling Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6805 3 2 1560 $279,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26551 Brian Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9274 3 3 1914 $295,000.00
Golden Hills West 21508 Belmont Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8016 3 2 1492 $295,000.00
Golden Hills West 21316 Carriage, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1273 $243,000.00
Tehachapi City 109 Teakwood Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2312 3 2 1191 $235,000.00
Tehachapi City 119 White Oak Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2359 4 2 1310 $252,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23201 Homestead Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8594 3 2 1164 $235,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24050 Cantle Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7020 3 3 3262 $420,000.00
Tehachapi City 415 Sherwood Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2203 3 3 1367 $210,000.00
Alpine Forest 17800 Alps Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7748 3 2 1782 $267,000.00
Golden Hills East 21929 Ben Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1546 $269,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 24201 Palomino Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7036 3 3 2034 $298,000.00
Golden Hills East 21610 Woodford Tehachapi Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7568 3 2 1647 $260,000.00
Golden Hills East 22443 Briarwood St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8229 2 2 1008 $195,000.00
Golden Hills West 22201 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8879 3 2 1083 $197,900.00
Tehachapi City 1316 Dolce Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 4 2 2256 $372,900.00

Our All-Time Favorite Summer Memories

With school starting soon and summer coming to a close, we wanted to share some of our team’s all-time favorite summer memories with you!

Stevi Campbell and her family enjoying Lake Tahoe with their Uncle Cooper and Aunt Sophie.

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Debra Shea with her husband David in the Caribbean and having a beach day with her four kids in Ventura.

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Josh and DeVerie Riley with their sons Ethan and Sean on their Family Europe Trip. “We were in London for the first time and took this photo right outside of the London Tower.”

Josh and DeVerie Riley Summer Memories

Julie Apathy and her family on a kayak, hike, zip line adventure in Kauai in 2017.

Julie Apathy Summer Memories

“My friends say I’m nuts! LOL. I’m just a daredevil and do nutty things sometimes that nobody else would! This is powered hang gliding over the island of Oahu. Best memory ever!!!!” – Lindsey Redera

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“The tan will fade, but the memories will last forever!” – Adriana Ghorbani in Fiji in 2018.

Adriana Ghorbani Summer Memories

We’d love to hear about your favorite summer memories! Comment below and let us know!

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love with Your Home

Feeling stuck in a rut with your current home but not sure you are ready to sell? It might just be time for a little switch up! Here are 5 easy ways to fall back in love with your home.

  1. Rearrange the furniture. Configuring your rooms in a new way is an easy way to see your house in a new way. And your new configuration might just work better for you!
  2. Declutter. If you’ve been in your home for a long time, there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated a lot of things. Removing the clutter from your drawers, counters, and shelves will make your home feel fresh again.
  3. Make easy décor changes. Add new throw pillows to your couch, replace your rugs, switch out your hardware or even give your walls a new coat of paint! These easy changes allow your home’s style to evolve with yours!
  4. Switch out your photos. Update the photos in your picture frames and gallery walls with something new! They are sure to bring a smile to your face every time you walk by.
  5. Take a look at your lights. Do your rooms feel light and airy or dim and dingy? Reevaluating your lighting needs in each room can help you improve your home’s functionality and help you to enjoy it more.

If you just can’t seem to find the love in your current home and you are ready to sell, we’d love to help you! Contact us here and let’s get started!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 15, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Alpine Forest 18311 Basil Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1736 $224,000.00
Golden Hills East 20017 Bald Mountain Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9591 3 2 1444 $252,000.00
Stallion Springs 27940 Stallion Springs Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5260 3 2 1404 $268,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23801 Lakeview Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 2048 $365,000.00
Golden Hills West 22620 Paddock St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8024 3 3 2448 $393,500.00
Tehachapi City 1300 Fair Oak Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2468 3 2 1672 $300,000.00
Golden Hills West 22101 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8881 3 2 1752 $260,000.00
County 21020 Rountree Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8812 3 2 1887 $479,000.00
Tehachapi City 829 S Green St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2348 3 2 1191 $246,500.00
Tehachapi City 813 S Mill St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2216 3 2 1200 $195,520.00
Bear Valley Springs 29721 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8584 4 3 2112 $365,000.00
Sand Canyon 13260 Umtali Rd Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8135 3 2 1456 $212,000.00
Tehachapi City 220 E J St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1419 3 1 1000 $170,000.00

Watch Out for These Summer Safety Hazards at Home

Summer time and the living is easy! Weekends at the lake, grilling every night, relaxing on the patio – summer fun allows us to put our guard down and soak up the sunshine. But unfortunately there are some seasonal dangers around your home in these summer months that we need to stay aware of. Here are some common summer hazards that can happen around the home.

  1. Overworked, outdated AC units. Old and dirty AC units can circulate gross air throughout your house and increase your energy costs a ton in the summer months. Even though we are halfway through summer, it’s not too late to get an AC tune up done by a professional to ensure your system is operating at its best (and safest!).
  2. Unsecured homes. Letting a summer breeze in through open windows and doors is lovely, but it also gives thieves an easy way to get in and steal your valuable property. Always ensure that your home is completely locked up before leaving (including your windows!), especially if you are headed out of town!
  3. Pool safety. According to the CDC about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. If you have a pool, it absolutely must be secured with a four sided pool fence that separates the pool area from the house. The fence should be at least 4 feet high with a self-latching gate. Automatic door locks and door alarms are also a great idea! And remember to remove all pool toys from the deck and pool when you are not using it so children are not tempted to get back in the water. You can never be too cautious with pools.
  4. Grill with caution. Before you fire up the grill, always make sure that it is set up at least 10 feet away from your home. Gas grills should be checked for hose leaks and blockages. Make sure to never step away from the grill while it’s on and to wait for coals to cool completely (if using a charcoal grill) before disposing of them.

We want you to have the best summer possible, and being aware of some safety hazards can help you do just that!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 8, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 26140 Bear Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 2 3 2226 $346,750.00
Tehachapi City 1007 Canyon Dr E, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9467 3 2 1517 $269,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23500 Meadow View Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8306 3 3 2826 $475,000.00
Tehachapi City 14556 E Tehachapi Blvd #123, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9000 3 2 1224 $67,000.00
Tehachapi City 612 W D St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1944 3 2 1625 $285,000.00
Golden Hills East 22340 Bogie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8205 3 3 1379 $229,995.00
Stallion Springs 27421 Man O War Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5338 4 2 2136 $360,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29421 N Lower Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9664 1 1 923 $208,000.00
Stallion Springs 18061 Bowie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5313 4 3 2316 $372,000.00
Golden Hills East 21481 Silver Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1322 $243,000.00
Tehachapi City 930 Clearview St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2353 3 2 1130 $240,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23921 Parke Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7101 3 3 2586 $415,000.00
Tehachapi City 1410 Alder Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2362 3 2 1540 $277,500.00
Golden Hills East 22831 Jerry Drive Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8291 3 2 1475 $269,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26800 Sutter Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9287 4 2 2125 $431,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 13 Cloverleaf Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9114 2 2 1224 $150,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 30451 S Lower Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8578 3 2 1497 $289,900.00

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Hart Flat 29618 Hart Oaks Dr, Keene, CA 93531-1507 3 3 3196 $488,145.00
Golden Hills West 20908 Ridgeway Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8820 4 2 2088 $360,000.00
Golden Hills West 22813 Yearling Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6805 4 2 1632 $297,500.00
Tehachapi City 123 Clearview Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2327 4 2 1310 $252,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 30081 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7427 3 3 1806 $330,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 26840 Medicine Bow Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9233 3 3 2614 $435,000.00
Golden Hills West 22612 Mariposa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9573 3 2 1624 $286,500.00
County 21560 Sunnyslope St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8850 2 2 1715 $360,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 28251 Cumberland Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9177 4 3 2143 $402,000.00

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Stevi Campbell!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate! Meet Stevi Campbell!

Stevi Campbell

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

My favorite thing about Tehachapi is raising my kids in the same town my husband and I grew up in.

2. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

My number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their home would be to have a yard sale before your house goes on the market. You can get rid of all of the clutter and you won’t feel rushed to do a yard sale when your house is in escrow.

3. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

I think the most important thing buyers should know is that they should really read all of the disclosures and forms they are signing. I know it’s tempting to skim through and sign but it is really important to know what you are signing. Remember to ask as many questions as you need to.

4. Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is the home we moved into in 2011 in Bear Valley. Josh Riley was our agent!

5. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

I love being a Real Estate Agent because it keeps me involved in our community and I like being connected to so many families.

Want to work with Stevi? Contact her here!

5 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

Just because you don’t own the building that you live in, doesn’t mean that it can’t feel like home.  We’ve got some easy ways to make your rental feel warm, cozy and like you.

  1. Make inexpensive updates. There are a lot of inexpensive updates you can make to your rental that can reflect your style and make it feel more customized to your tastes. Replace things like toilet seats, light fixtures, towel bars, shower heads, cabinet hardware and even outlet covers.
  2. Decorate the walls. Create a gallery wall with your favorite family photos and hang up your favorite art to really make your home feel like yours. Make a statement by highlighting a large piece of art or make it even more personal by framing large photos of your favorite travels!

picture-frames-1149414_19203. Make it practical. If your rental agreement includes a “no holes policy”, use removable hooks and adhesive strips to make your rental work for you. Need a hook on the back of a door for bath towels? Use a removable hook! You’ll be so much happier in your rental if you install elements that make your day-to-day easier.

4. Add texture. Sometimes a rental can feel a little sterile. Make it soft and comfortable by adding textures to your décor! Lay down a fluffy rug over rental-grade carpet to create a cozier feeling. Utilize throws, soft pillows, and high quality bedding to make you (and your guests!) feel at home.

5. Bring the outdoors in. Add life to your rental by adding house plants to your window sills, tables and kitchen! This is especially beneficial if you do not have a lot of outdoor space where you live.

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What are your favorite ways to make a rental feel like home? Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 24, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 28950 Ridgeview Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9125 3 3 3275 $598,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23140 San Juan Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7401 3 3 3399 $425,000.00
Cummings Valley 24275 Bear Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8308 3 2 1950 $530,000.00
Golden Hills East 22850 Jerry Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8291 3 4 2021 $305,000.00
Stallion Springs 28320 Pimlico Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5556 3 2 1642 $235,000.00
Tehachapi City 206 Bartlett St, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1352 $204,000.00
Tehachapi City 1018 Canyon Dr W, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9471 3 2 1381 $261,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24140 San Juan Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8360 4 3 2980 $366,000.00
Sand Canyon 9640 Pine Grove Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8112 2 2 1344 $200,000.00
County 14556 E Tehachapi Blvd #122, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9000 2 2 1344 $55,000.00
Caliente 34707 Sand Canyon Rd, Caliente, CA 93518-2903 4 4 2912 $400,000.00
Stallion Springs 18681 Wingfoot Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5282 3 2 2381 $400,000.00
County 21201 Sierra Vista Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8633 3 3 2558 $370,000.00
Tehachapi City 813 Elm St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2111 3 3 1634 $267,500.00
Tehachapi City 210 Meadowbrook Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2409 4 2 1155 $225,000.00
Golden Hills West 22225 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8879 3 2 1321 $244,500.00
Golden Hills West 22816 Shady Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9501 3 2 1754 $275,000.00
Golden Hills West 22400 Valley Vista Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7967 3 2 2113 $320,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24250 Golfari Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9120 2 2 1322 $211,000.00
Tehachapi City 1008 Carolyn Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561 4 2 1975 $324,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 73 Meadow Lakes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9685 2 2 1224 $139,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 24155 Jacaranda Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8309 6 6 5500 $620,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29306 Fawn Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9152 3 2 1253 $227,000.00

10 of the BEST Summer Entertaining Hacks

If you’re hosting a backyard BBQ this summer (4th of July, anyone?) make it easier on yourself with 10 of the BEST summer entertaining hacks!

  1. Save space on your stovetop (and cook enough corn for a crowd) by cooking your corn in a cooler! Check out the super easy instructions here.
  2. Keep your kitchen from piling up with dirty dishes by giving your guests a clearly marked “dirty dish bin” to leave their used utensils, plates and cups. A wheelbarrow is a great spot for dirty dishes.
  3. Attach a bottle opener to your drink tub or cooler to make it easy for your guests to find.
  4. Set up a drink station to ensure that your guests can serve themselves.
  5. Speaking of “stations”, create a sunscreen and bug spray station to keep your guests comfortable and protected throughout the day.
  6. Serving ice cream cones to kids? Drop a mini marshmallow into the bottom of the cone to keep it from leaking all over their little hands!
  7. Keep the bugs out by using large glass jars with lids to serve your salads and fruit.
  8. Make sure you have adequate shade for your guests to escape the sun! Set up umbrellas, screened in tents or shade sails to give everyone some relief from the heat.
  9. Have enough fun activities for kids to keep them busy! The adults at your party will thank you! Need some easy ideas? Check this out!
  10. Have some clean blankets in a basket for your guests to grab when the sun goes down and the air gets cool.

Do you have any entertaining tricks? We want to hear them! Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 17, 2019 – June 23, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Golden Hills East 22441 Bogie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8227 3 2 1922 0.23 $284,900.00
Golden Hills West 21108 Brentwood Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9587 3 2 1586 0.29 $275,000.00
County 26000 Marcel Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8010 3 2 1650 20.09 $319,000.00
Tehachapi City 706 Oakwood St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1931 3 2 1255 0.18 $226,000.00
Alpine Forest 23317 Zurich Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 2 1680 0.47 $289,000.00
County 19569 Cherry Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8659 2 2 1186 4.62 $299,900.00
Stallion Springs 30020 Arvin Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5404 3 2 1457 0.81 $217,500.00
Sand Canyon 11054 Dearborn Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5018 3 2 1351 2.5 $156,000.00
Tehachapi City 109 Oak Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2453 4 3 2850 0.17 $370,000.00
Tehachapi City 1370 Arabian Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8107 2 2 1248 1.34 $127,000.00
Cummings Valley 26929 Trotter Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6306 4 2 1768 20 $322,500.00

5 Outdoor Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

Now that the weather is nice, it’s the perfect time to add some upgrades to the exterior of your home. But don’t start just any renovation! There are some projects (like adding a swimming pool) that could actually reduce your homes attractiveness to potential buyers. Even if you aren’t thinking of selling your home soon, but you do want to take on some projects this summer, consider these five value-adding exterior projects when deciding what to tackle.

Replace your garage doors. Beautiful, new garage doors are a great way to increase curb appeal and draw buyers from the get-go. While new garage doors are not cheap, the value that a new garage door can bring to your home when you are ready to sell it is almost guaranteed to offset the cost.

Build a fire pit. While some backyard additions can be polarizing, almost every one can agree that there is nothing nicer than enjoying a fire on a cool evening. Install a high-quality, classic fire pit to enjoy now that will eventually woo buyers when you are ready to sell. Want to build your own? Here’s how!

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Spend some time on your landscape. Really dedicating some time this summer to focus on the health of your lawn is worth your investment. Lush landscaping is another curb-appeal factor that will start any home showing off on the right foot.

Build a deck or patio. Adding a deck or patio to your backyard extends your living space which is a huge plus for homebuyers. And of course, you’ll love using it too!

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Plant a tree. Trees are one of the only things that actually appreciate over time. Plant one (or two!) now so that when you are ready to sell, they add value to your home. Looking for the perfect tree for your front yard? Check out this list of “14 Favorite Front Yard Trees”!

What exterior upgrades are most important to you? Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 10, 2019 – June 16, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Cummings Valley 20192 Sasia Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1680 19.72 $295,000.00
Golden Hills East 21625 Golden Hills Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8905 3 2 1614 0.14 $225,000.00
Alpine Forest 22191 Geneva Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7739 3 3 1836 0.38 $265,000.00
Stallion Springs 17760 Cavan Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5523 3 2 1501 0.33 $236,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 24540 Silver Creek Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7238 4 3 2342 1.05 $475,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26961 Owl Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7486 1 2 1188 1.34 $215,000.00
Golden Hills West 21374 White Oak Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8805 3 2 2646 2.61 $515,000.00
Stallion Springs 27140 Man O War Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5364 4 2 2032 0.55 $359,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 24600 Paramount Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7489 3 3 2181 3.54 $399,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 30201 Pinedale Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8514 3 2 1199 1.05 $239,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27140 Oakflat Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9262 3 4 2593 3.41 $465,000.00

Our favorite things to do in Tehachapi this summer!

Now that summer is in full swing, we asked our team to tell us what their favorite things to do in Tehachapi are when the weather gets warmer. Here’s what we love!

“Walking my dogs at Brite Lake!” – Julie Apathy

“My kids favorite past time in the summer is fishing at Brite Lake.” – Debra Shea

“Hiking and spending time at Brite Lake.” – Jutta Thacker

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“Going to Bear Valley Springs and relaxing while watching the kayakers and swimmers. Our dog Lucy also loves chasing the sucks and digging in the sand there.” –DeVerie Riley

“Hiking, 4 Island and Cub Lake, going to the Rodeo.” – Wendy Mascarenas

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Mountain Festival in the middle of August.  There is so much to do. Parade, rodeo, carnival, gem and mineral show, vendors and food at the park. It is so fantastic!  Car show too.  Something for everyone!” – Wendy Finley-Blackburn

“The Bear Valley Springs pool and 4-Island Lake!” – Adriana Ghorbani

“Getting out and going off-roading in the Jeeps or the ATV’s. Also going gold-panning or digging for cool looking rocks. Camping in the RV when we can or having a BBQ and playing cornhole.” – Lindsey Redera

 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Tehachapi in the summer? Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 3, 2019 – June 9, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Golden Hills East 21530 mission St, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1008 0.14 $207,000.00
Golden Hills West 21308 Stage Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8867 3 2 1844 0.52 $222,408.00
Golden Hills East 19900 Mesa Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7553 3 2 1772 0.34 $280,000.00
Alpine Forest 22151 Geneva Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8415 3 2 1792 0.369 $196,000.00
Sand Canyon 24608 Transvaal Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 2112 5.51 $305,000.00
Oak Knolls 20102 Pine Ridge Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8069 3 2 2521 2.58 $327,000.00
Fair View Ranches 21250 Traveller Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7866 2 4 2040 1.91 $355,000.00
Golden Hills East 20405 Mar Vista Pl Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8743 3 2 1332 0.19 $234,000.00
Stallion Springs 17800 Pavot Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5525 4 2 1989 0.38 $330,000.00
Stallion Springs 19333 Longhorn Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5147 3 3 2871 1.75 $440,000.00
Stallion Springs 28881 Shannon Ct #2, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5217 1 1 797 $103,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25600 Jacaranda Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 2257 1.19 $279,000.00
Tehachapi City 1085 Hickory Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2196 3 2 1797 0.16 $279,990.00
Bear Valley Springs 29750 Rollingoak Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8522 3 2 1661 1.03 $295,000.00
Oak Knolls 20773 White Pine Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8228 3 2 2355 2.49 $485,000.00

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ May 27, 2019 – June 2, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 30140 Rolling Oak Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7127 4 4 2758 2.94 $420,000.00
Golden Hills West 21701 Indian Wells Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8027 3 3 2004 0.49 $330,000.00
Cummings Valley 18550 Chalet Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7810 5 3 2908 20.23 $625,000.00
Stallion Springs 29801 Poso Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5477 3 3 2626 1.88 $340,000.00
Tehachapi City 114 Sunrise Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2419 4 2 1551 0.18 $287,000.00
Stallion Springs 18080 Bowie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5313 4 3 2008 0.4161 $261,000.00
Golden Hills West 22120 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8881 3 2 1422 0.28 $250,000.00
Stallion Springs 28881 Shannon Ct #39, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 1 1 797 0.02 $95,000.00
Tehachapi City 412 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1666 0.24 $295,000.00
Stallion Springs 18120 Santa Anita St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5244 3 3 1767 0.29 $286,500.00
Stallion Springs 18381 Sulky Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5280 4 3 2207 0.27 $345,000.00
Tehachapi City 227 W D St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2022 2 2 1186 0.17 $192,500.00

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Julie Apathy!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate! Meet Julie Apathy!

Julie Apathy

  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I grew up in Glendale, CA with three brothers and a sister. We loved camping and going to the beach. My father was an architect, engineer, and contractor. My mom was a preschool teacher and played organ at church. I received my AA degree from Glendale Jr. College and transferred to California State University, Northridge where I received my BS in Foods in Business. While in college I worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios and later worked at Glendale Adventist Hospital in the dietary department. Because much of my family had moved to Tehachapi in the early 1980s, I followed them and helped run Old Town Postal & Blueprint Services. I had been dating Jon, who was also from Glendale, and we got married in 1986. We took over the business and had two daughters.  In 1997, I started my full time teaching career at Golden Hills Elementary as a second grade teacher, and have been there ever since. In 2013 I got my real estate license and have been a part time agent with Associated Real Estate. My teaching career is coming to an end, and I look forward to spending more time as a realtor, helping clients achieve their goals.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

I have lived in Tehachapi for 33 years and love it! I’ve seen the growth over the years, but it still has that small town charm. My husband and I have raised two daughters here and now have two grandkids that live down the street from us. It’s the friendly people, beautiful rural landscape, and location that truly make it one of the best places to live in California.

  1. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

When getting ready to sell your house, it’s important to get it in ship-shape before listing.  Investing some money and muscle before listing will pay off in the long run and help to increase the home’s value. Neutral paint colors and curb appeal will also bring more showings. Pricing is key, and if it’s priced right, it won’t sit on the market and lose interest. Find a realtor who is knowledgeable and puts your interests first.

  1. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

If you are planning on buying a home, it’s important to get pre-qualifed for your loan. I recommend going with one of our local lenders here in Tehachapi. They are experienced, know the market, and make things move as smooth as possible.

  1. Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is the garden island of Kauai.

  1. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

The best thing about out being a real estate agent is that sense of accomplishment once escrow has closed and my clients are satisfied with their purchase or sale. It’s wonderful getting to know them and helping them through the process.

Want to work with Julie? Contact her here!

June Events in Tehachapi

It is officially summer! Looking for something fun to do in Tehachapi? We’ve rounded up all of the awesome local events happening this month in our wonderful town! PS: They’re all FREE!

What: Movies in the Park: Small Foot
When: Thursday, June 6th at dusk.
Where: Meadowbrook Park
Cost: FREE

What: Main Street Tehachapi Farmers Market
When: Every Thursday through the summer!
Where: Green Street, Downtown Tehachapi
Cost: FREE

What: First Friday
When: Friday, June 7th from 5-8pm
Where: Downtown Tehachapi
Cost: FREE

What: Artisan Festival
When: Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th 10am-5pm (only open until 4pm on Sunday)
Where: Railroad Park
Cost: FREE

What: Flag Retirement Ceremony
When: Friday, June 14th
Where: Coy Burnett Stadium
Cost: FREE

What: Movies in the Park: Mary Poppins Returns
When: Thursday, June 20th at dusk.
Where: Meadowbrook Park
Cost: FREE

Is there an event we missed on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ May 20, 2019 – May 26, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Footage Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 30831 Pinedale Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8531 3 3 1468 1.86 $275,000.00
Oak Knolls 23900 Marigold Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8080 3 3 3672 2.23 $330,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24550 Hart Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7033 4 2 2372 1.26 $220,000.00
Golden Hills West 21212 Ridgeway Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8869 3 2 1429 0.49 $249,800.00
Tehachapi City 914 Aleah Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561 4 3 2492 0.19 $350,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 30141 Sunland Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8519 2 2 1260 1.05 $245,000.00
Stallion Springs 17741 Churchill St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5326 3 2 1704 0.53 $247,000.00

Patriotic Desserts for Your Memorial Weekend

The first big cookout of the summer is here! Celebrate with some delicious (and patriotic!) desserts that are sure to be a hit at your get-together.

Patriotic M&M Cookie Bars. Easy to make and perfect for a crowd, these will be devoured in no time.

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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries. A healthier dessert option that is delicious and pretty!

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Red, White and Blue Popsicles. Made with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, these popsicles are refreshing AND good for you!

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Red, White and Blue Pretzel Bites. Sweet and salty is always a winning combination! And adding a mini candy bar to the middle? YUM.

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Firecracker Cake. This cake is a showstopper! And it’s easier to make than you think.

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What will you be making for your Memorial Day Cookout? Comment below and let us know! For more ideas check out this recipe round-up from Country Living.

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ May 13, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Stallion Springs 29830 Horsethief Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5436 3 3 3180 $449,750.00
Oak Knolls 23871 Marigold Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6835 3 2 1988 $285,000.00
Tehachapi City 1317 Dolce Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 4 2 2050 $348,900.00
Golden Hills East 22320 Westwood Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7555 4 3 2157 $293,900.00
Tehachapi City 1220 ALDER AVE Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2407 4 2 1155 $218,000.00
Golden Hills East 20409 Sierra Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8767 2 3 1728 $227,250.00
Golden Hills West 22413 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9514 3 1 1040 $203,000.00
Golden Hills East 22640 Jerry Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8252 3 3 1650 $290,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25901 Ironwood Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7021 2 2 1270 $260,000.00
Tehachapi City 312 Meadowbrook Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2413 3 2 1155 $220,000.00

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ May 6, 2019 – May 12, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Footage Acres Selling Price
Hart Flat 30329 Hart Oaks Dr, Keene, CA 93531-1513 3 3 1904 5 $430,000.00
Tehachapi City 524 Melrose Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1932 3 3 1380 0.18 $255,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 22081 Cody Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7413 4 3 2356 4.24 $413,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29521 Ryder Cup Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9113 3 2 1327 0.36 $254,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 30150 Brassie Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1921 0.46 $329,000.00

Favorite Memories of Our Moms!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our ARE Real Estate team to share their favorite foods that their mom used to make.

Lindsey Redera

Lindsey: “My mom would make her filipino traditional food called chicken  adobo and lumpia which most people know as egg rolls. It’s always so yummy!!”

Adrianna Ghorbani

Adriana: “My mom made the best tacos!”

Debra Shea

Debra: “Chicken Fried Steak!”

Julie

Julie: “I remember my mom’s delicious homemade stuffing at Thanksgiving.
She made it in a huge container and it took a couple days. I can’t say
how she made it but it’s one of the reasons I love Thanksgiving.”

Jutta Thacker

Jutta: “‘Schweinebraten mit brauner Sosse”(Pork Roast), Eating it with a
Salad and Potatoes or french fries and rice.”

Wendy Finley-Blackburns

Wendy: “My mom has always made homemade bread along with jams and
jellies.  She would make 2 loaves at a time.  One that got eaten while
it was still warm (my dad usually ate this by himself) and one for
later.  Delicious!   Now she makes 6 loaves at a time and gives them
away with her “famous” Jalapeno Pepper Jelly.”

What was your favorite thing that YOUR mom used to make you? Comment below and let us know! Happy Mother’s Day!

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Debra Shea!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate!  Meet Debra Shea!

Debra Shea

  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I was born in Lancaster and called Palmdale my home until I moved to Tehachapi. I still have an
an affection for the Antelope Valley. My husband David and I moved to Tehachapi in 2008 in search of a smaller town to raise our children. We have one son and three daughters, and a dog named Bosco.

2. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

I love the charm that comes with our small, but welcoming community. Tehachapi also offers something few Southern California towns can, all four seasons! I have loved watching my children go from playing in the snow, to growing spring gardens then being able to enjoy summer days by a pool or lakes.

3. Did you have a different career prior to becoming an agent?

My mother owned a restaurant in the Antelope Valley for 25 years. I loved growing up
in a family business. I believe it instilled a strong work ethic and dedication to customer service, as well as the capacity to multitask at a high level. As a business owner, my mother also became a real estate investor.  This afforded me the opportunity to see how reaI estate is a business, not just home buying. After college, I began working in mortgage lending and then made the transition into real estate agent. I have a passion for real estate and helping clients achieve their buying and selling goals.

4. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their home?

Choose a strong real estate agent, then trust them to give you the time and care needed to get the most competitive return you can on the home you have loved.

5. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

Finding the right house is a process that can seem daunting and stressful. Allow me to handle the stress. It’s why you put your trust in me. So YOU can enjoy the process while we find your perfect home!

6. Where is your favorite place in the world?

Anywhere with my husband and our four children. We especially love camping at the beach together.

7. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

My first priority is making my clients happy. I thrive on building relationships and connecting with people. To foster these relationships, I listen to the needs and wants of my clients, while focusing on the best possible outcome in each transaction.

Want to work with Debra? Contact her here!

 

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ April 28, 2019 – May 5, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Footage Acres Selling Price
Stallion Springs 18180 Saint Andrews Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5236 3 2 1881 0.46 $242,000.00
Mountain Meadows 19180 Siskiyou Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 4 1940 3.07 $322,000.00
Stallion Springs 27350 Needles Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5311 3 2 1917 0.4 $330,000.00
Tehachapi City 1406 Wild Olive Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8986 4 3 2543 0.16 $315,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24220 Arroyo Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8365 2 1 1444 1.12 $170,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26801 Cabriolet Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1778 1.01 $285,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23561 Timberline Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8565 3 3 2006 1.48 $290,000.00
Tehachapi City 18651 Cherry Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561 2 2 1356 0.38 $187,000.00
Stallion Springs 27410 Hialeah Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5344 4 2 1787 0.4 $306,000.00
Stallion Springs 28821 Delaware Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5517 3 2 1184 0.46 $200,000.00
Tehachapi City 600 S Dennison Rd #71, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1549 4 2 1848 $99,000.00
Golden Hills West 21209 Hacienda Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8872 4 3 1754 0.56 $290,000.00
Tehachapi City 212 Sweetleaf Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8985 4 3 2812 0.16 $369,900.00
County 19214 Pippin Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2517 4 3 2556 2.58 $390,000.00
Tehachapi City 1371 Tanglewood Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2418 2 2 1231 0.14 $206,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27400 Buckboard Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1607 1.55 $265,000.00
Tehachapi City 1309 Cellini Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2478 3 2 1540 0.2 $275,000.00
Tehachapi City 909 Michelle Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9482 3 2 1381 0.19 $263,000.00
Golden Hills West 21501 Stage Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6931 3 2 2199 0.5088 $365,000.00

10 Hacks to Make Moving Out Easier!

Planning on moving soon? We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite hacks from the internet to help make moving as easy as possible!

  1. Fill your pots and crock pots with spices when you pack them. It saves space and keeps them safe during the move!
  2. Keep your utensils in their organizer, but cover them with plastic wrap so they don’t move!
  3. Remove drawers and put plastic wrap over each. Then you don’t have to empty the contents at all.
  4. Put a fitted sheet on both ends of your mattress before loading into the moving truck to keep it
  5. Before moving complicated electronics, snap a picture of the wiring setup. Then label wires with tape before unplugging so that you can easily rewire your devices when setting up at your new house.
  6. Leave your bathroom necessities in a clear, labeled bin and leave it in an easily accessible space. That way you can grab it quickly when you get to your new place!
  7. Put tape in an X across mirrors to prevent them from breaking or shattering.
  8. Pack books or other heavy items in suitcases with wheels for easy transport.
  9. While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag to make unpacking simpler.
  10. Instead of bubble wrap, protect your dishes and fragile items with clothing and linens. You need to pack them anyway, so might as well make them useful!

For more ideas check out this and this! Do you have any moving tips that we missed! Comment below and let us know!

5 Sounds Your House SHOULDN’T Be Making

All houses make some noise (think: creaky floors, squeaky drawers, and noisy door hinges), but there are some sounds that could mean some big problems. If you hear any of the following 5 sounds in your home, it’s time to call a professional.

  1. Your Lights are Buzzing. If you hear a buzzing sound coming from your outlets or light fixtures, there is probably a loose connection. Call an electrician right away to make sure there is no loose connection which could cause an electrical fire.
  2. Scurrying Coming from the Attic. If it sounds like a rodent, it probably is a rodent. Beyond the “yuck” factor, rodents like squirrels or rats are dangerous to have in your house because they can chew through electrical wires, causing a fire in your house. Get a pest control professional to come and see what’s running around up there ASAP.
  3. Banging from Your AC. If you hear a banging sound or a squealing noise coming from your AC, there’s probably something that needs to be tuned up. Have your unit serviced be a professional to extend its life and ensure that you are operating efficiently.
  4. Running Water. If no one is using anything, but you still hear running water, you could have a big, wet problem on your hands. Call a plumber to do an inspection and see if you have a leak somewhere.
  5. A Hissing Sound. This is probably the worst sound you could hear in your house. If you hear hissing and suspect that you might have a gas leak, leave the house as quickly as possible and DO NOT touch any light switches or anything electric. You’ll need to get as far away from your home as possible (do not turn on your car!), call 911, and warn your neighbors to get far away too.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry! If you hear any of these noises, call a professional to ensure your home is as safe and healthy as possible.

Tehachapi Golf Guide

Ready to hit the links? We’ve put together a guide to golf courses within 35 minutes of Tehachapi to help you make the most out of your time on the course!

Golf Courses

Bear Valley Springs Golf Course
29541 Rolling Oak Drive
Tehachapi
Phone: 661-821-5144

California City Public Golf Course
21000 Hacienda Blvd.
California City
Phone: 760-373-3530

Rio Bravo Country Club
15200 Casa Club Drive
Bakersfield
Phone: 661-871-4900

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
10300 N. Loop Blvd.
California City
Phone: 760-373-2384

What’s your favorite course? Comment below and let us know!

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Beecher Aller!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate!

Meet Beecher Aller!

ARE Real Estate Beecher Aller

  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I grew up in a military family with five siblings in the Antelope Valley. My favorite part of living in the Antelope Valley now is its central location and the easy ability to get anywhere.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

Henry’s Café is one of my favorite places in Tehachapi!

  1. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

Find a highly qualified and successful agent and price your home reasonably.

  1. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

Do your best to determine ahead of time if you can really afford the market you are looking at.

  1. Where is your favorite place in the world?

Anywhere my family is!

  1. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

Because I’m now “retired”, I can work the hours that I want!

Want to work with Beecher? Contact him here!

5 Landscaping Hacks to Save You Time This Spring

With warmer weather on the horizon, we’re guessing that you are itching to get outside and get your hands in the dirt! We’ve rounded up our favorite landscaping hacks to help you save time and money this Spring!

  1. Plant Your Pots. If you’re worried about certain plants or flowers taking over your garden, plant them in a pot and put the pot in the dirt! It will keep them contained just where you want them!
  2. Use a Muffin Tin to Help with Seed Spacing. Instead of digging a bunch of holes to plant your vegetable seeds, push a muffin tin into the dirt, drop the seeds into the depressions, cover with soil and water!
  3. Make Mowing as Efficient as Possible. Group plantings into beds with mulch to avoid mowing around each individual plant (which would be super time consuming!)
  4. Get it Right the First Time. Avoid heading back to the store multiple times because you didn’t measure correctly the first time. Figure out the square footage of the area you want to soil or mulch (length x width) and then convert to cubic feet so you know how much material to buy. Here’s a handy mulch calculator to use!
  5. Save Your Grounds. Did you know that coffee grounds keep pests like ants, snails and slugs away? Another reason to drink more coffee!

What are some of your favorite landscaping hacks? Comment below and let us know!

Yes, You WANT a Home Inspection and Here’s Why!

You’ve found your dream home and you’re convinced it’s perfect. While you may feel like you can skip the home inspection, having one done really is essential to the home buying process and totally worth the money. Here are our top reasons why home inspections are essential:

  1. Uncover Safety Issues. A proper home inspection will ensure that the home is safe. A home inspector might find leaky plumbing, improper electrical wiring, fascia problems, improper fan ventilation or inoperable windows during the inspection. Other safety issues that may be uncovered are things like radon, carbon monoxide and mold. Be sure that your home-buying contract states that if any of these hazards are found, you have the option to cancel the offer to buy.
  2. Use it as a Negotiating Tool. If the inspection reveals repairs that need to be made, your inspection report gives you the opportunity to ask the seller for a price reduction to accommodate those repairs. Your realtor will know which repair requests are worth asking for and which can help you negotiate a better deal.
  3. Project Future Costs. A home inspector will be able to take a look at large equipment like the HVAC, water heater and plumbing systems and let you know their current condition and when they might need to be replaced. This will help you predict home much you’ll need to spend on these large items in the future and adjust your home budget accordingly.

You’ll get peace of mind knowing that your future home is in great condition by having a home inspection completed by a qualified home inspector. Ask us who we recommend!

Our Favorite Breakfast Spots in Tehachapi!

A delicious breakfast can’t be beat, and luckily, we’ve got some delicious options in Tehachapi! We asked our ARE team for their favorite breakfast spots and here’s what they recommend:

Henry's Tehachapi Breakfast
Henry’s Cafe
550 Tucker Road
Monday-Sunday 6am-3pm

Kohnens Bakery Tehachapi Breakfast
Kohnen’s County Bakery
125 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Monday-Sunday 6am-6pm

 Bear Valley Market Breakfast Tehachapi

Bear Valley Market Grill & Deli
26900 Bear Valley Road
Monday-Sunday 6am-9pm (open until 10pm Friday and Saturday)

Steampunk Café and Grill Breakfast Tehachapi

Steampunk Café and Grill
20324 W. Valley Blvd
Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm, Sunday 7am-2pm

Where’s your favorite place to grab breakfast in Tehachapi? Comment below and let us know!

3 Big Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Downsize

Whether you’re becoming an empty-nester or just feel like your current home is too big for your needs, there are a couple of questions to ask yourself before you take the plunge and downsize.

  1. Will this move save me money? Just because you are moving to a smaller home, there may still be additional expenses that need to be considered before you make a decision. Think: HOA fees, homeowner’s insurance that could increase based on the type of home you are moving in to, replacing old appliances, costs of maintenance, etc. Make sure that downsizing makes sense to you financially before you sell.
  2. What will I do with all of my STUFF? If you’re moving to a smaller home, there’s a big chance you will not have space for everything from your current home. This is a great opportunity to declutter, sell and/or donate items that you no longer use. If you just can’t seem to part with some of your things but you still want to downsize, perhaps it makes sense to rent a storage unit.
  3. Am I emotionally ready? The thought of downsizing is emotionally tough for many homeowners because it might mean that you are leaving a home that you love. It’s hard to leave a home where you have raised children, celebrated holidays and created memories! But if downsizing is truly the right decision for you, think of all of the wonderful memories you will be making in your new place! And, remember that the home that you once loved will now be ready for a new family to love.

If you’re comfortable with your answers to these questions and you’re ready to find your perfect, smaller home, we can help!

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Sean McCostlin!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate!

Meet Sean McCostlin!

Sean McCostlin

  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I was born in Monterey, California and lived in Salinas and Bakersfield before moving to Mojave. My dad works as an electrician for Chevron Oil and my mother is a homemaker.

  1. Have you always been in real estate or did you have a different career prior to becoming a real estate agent?

I received my Bachelors of Science in Advertising from San Jose State University. I worked in Retail Store Management for a majority of my life but recently decided to go into real estate because I view houses as the ultimate project. Selling homes comes naturally to me.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

The cooler climate compared to other areas in California.

  1. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

Make sure not to overprice!

  1. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

Try not to stress – that’s my job!

  1. Where is your favorite place in the world?

Venice, Italy.

  1. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

One of my favorite things about being a real estate agent is that I get to be my own boss.

Want to work with Sean? Contact him here!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Feb. 25, 2019 – Mar. 3, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Footage Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 26101 Paramount Drive Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7038 3 2 2237 1.49 $399,000.00
Country Oaks 20951 La Barranca Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7754 4 2 2396 2.12 $410,000.00
Golden Hills East 20217 Weston Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7925 4 2 1632 0.23 $283,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25620 Deertrail Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7493 3 3 2368 4.04 $315,000.00
Tehachapi City 14556 E Tehachapi Blvd #147, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9003 3 2 1344 0.1 $63,000.00
Golden Hills East 20424 Del Rio Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8709 3 2 1248 0.17 $240,000.00
Golden Hills West 21276 White Pine Dr #71, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9532 3 2 1344 0.11 $152,500.00

3 Things to Look for in Your First Investment Property

If you’ve decided that an investment property is the right purchase for you, there are three things you’ll want to consider before you sign the contract on your first fixer-upper or rental unit.

  1. Location. You might have found a great property, but is it in an attractive location where other people would like to live? Make sure you really check out the neighborhood to make sure it is in a desirable area. It could be the perfect house, but if no one wants to live in that area, you are not going to be able to make any money. An experienced realtor will have the insight to help you find the perfect spot for a successful investment property.
  2. How much work does it really need? Before you put an offer in, you need to have a very clear picture of all of the work (and money!) this property requires. If this is your first time rehabbing a house, bring a contractor with you to give you their honest opinion of all of the projects that need to be done. A property may appear to only need cosmetic changes, but there could be larger foundation issues (for example) that aren’t obvious right away. Don’t make a bad purchase that will end up costing you money!
  3. The Real Costs. Making a decision based on emotion is a big mistake that many first time investors make. Beyond the purchase price and renovation costs, you’ll need to consider property taxes, insurance, and operating costs. Be honest and realistic about what your investment will cost now, before it’s too late.

Remember: A smart rental investment property is one that appreciates in value. A great realtor has insight into different communities that are perfect for investments. Ready to start the hunt for an investment property that will make you money? We’d love to help!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Feb. 18, 2019 – Feb. 24, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
County 22008 Old Town Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8887 4 3 2570 2.91 $410,000.00
Tehachapi City 1005 Cypress Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2308 2 2 1502 0.19 $250,000.00
Stallion Springs 18211 Morgan Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 4 3 3630 3.94 $334,000.00
Golden Hills East 22924 Rim Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8218 3 2 1279 0.48 $238,000.00

4 Thoughtful Home Updates Buyers will LOVE

If you are thinking about listing your home for sale, it might feel overwhelming to think about updates you need to make before you get it on the market. We’ve rounded up four ways to make your home really standout to buyers – and they are easy!

Give Them Curb Appeal. Freshen up your landscape, pull weeds, mow the lawn, trim the bushes and lay down fresh mulch to give potential buyers the best first impression as possible! Refresh the paint on your door (and maybe pick a new pop of color!) to invite them in. Add some hanging baskets on your front porch with beautiful, colorful flowers, and put a new, clean welcome mat at your door.

Exterior

Replace Bathroom Mirrors. A sure sign of an outdated bathroom are old, gross mirrors. Replacing them with something more modern and new will freshen up the space. Other bathroom tips? Replace the shower curtain (with something clean and neutral) and switch out your linens with new white towels. Replacing your bathroom fixtures like faucets and shower heads will also go a long way!

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Install Ceiling Fans. Buyers love practical and beautiful ceiling fans. If your home does not already have them, consider adding them to your living room and bedrooms.

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Tone Down Bright Colors. While you don’t need to repaint your entire house, if you have some rooms with especially loud colors (think: kid’s rooms), consider repainting them to something more neutral. Chances are the buyers would be planning to do this anyway, so cross this off their to-do list from the start.

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If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, we’d love to help you get ready! Our agents have a ton of knowledge about what Tehachapi buyers are looking for and would be happy to talk to you about how you can make your home stand out. Contact us here to get started!

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Jutta Thacker

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate!

Meet Jutta Thacker!

Jutta Thacker

  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I was born and raised in Germany where I met my husband. He was stationed there during his time in the United States Air Force. After spending many years living abroad in Germany, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia, we moved to Tehachapi in 2002, where we raised three children, Nina, Katja and Casey.

  1. Have you always been in real estate or did you have a different career prior to becoming a real estate agent?

After working in retail for many years, I got my real estate license in 2003 and became an agent. While working at Coldwell Banker I was awarded Top Producing Associate, Top Selling Associate, Top Listing Associate and Multi-Million Dollar Producer.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

I love the small town feel but am definitely excited about Walmart coming to town! I also love the low crime rate of Tehachapi.

  1. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

The most important thing to do is declutter and sell unwanted furniture to make the house presentable for showings. Determine potential fixes before listing and price the home correctly.

  1. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

That the first step is to get pre-qualified!

  1. Where is your favorite place in the world?

The Mexican Rivera. We took a cruise there a couple years ago and I really liked it.

  1. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

I love helping my clients find their dream home. Providing the highest quality of service possible while building lasting relationships at the same time is one of the most wonderful things about being a real estate agent.

Want to work with Jutta? Contact her here!

Tehachapi Guide for Dog Owners

Moving to Tehachapi with your dog? We’re so happy to welcome you and your 4-legged family member to our beautiful community! We’ve put together a resource guide to help make your move to Tehachapi with your dog as easy as possible.

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(Josh and DeVerie Riley’s dog Lucy)

Dog Parks

  1. Meadowbrook Dog Park
  2. Bear Valley Springs Dog Park

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

  1. Red House BBQ
  2. Petra Mediterranean Deli
  3. Kohnen’s Country Bakery
  4. Village Grill 

Dog-Friendly Wineries

  1. Triassic Vineyards

Veterinarians

  1. Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital
  2. Billingsley Veterinary Clinic

Dog Boarding

  1. Tehachapi Pet Lodge
  2. Happy Trails Boarding and Pet Grooming

Grooming

  1. Canine Creek Pet Wash and Grooming
  2. Grooming Spot
  3. Devan Yates
  4. Dorrie The Groomer
  5. Wizard of Happy Paws Dog Grooming

Is there something that we missed on our list? Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to add it!

Tehachapi dog resource guide

(Lindsey Redera’s dogs Dexter and Rivet)

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Jan. 28, 2019 – Feb. 4, 2019

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Tehachapi City 1327 Clasico Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1834 0.1809 $322,900.00
Stallion Springs 30850 Dapple Grey Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5424 2 2 2078 0.9 $206,000.00
Stallion Springs 27900 Crofun Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5256 3 2 2028 0.29 $290,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27201 Oakflat Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9269 3 3 1285 1.23 $190,000.00
Golden Hills East 19900 Meadows Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8265 3 2 1822 0.29 $296,000.00
Caliente 200 Piute Meadows Rd, Caliente, CA 93518-4827 2 2 2601 18.84 $130,000.00
Tehachapi City 1449 Wild Olive Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8987 4 3 2543 0.16 $335,000.00
Sand Canyon 24370 Lalaponzi Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9331 2 2 1440 5.19 $159,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25640 Paramount Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8389 3 2 2065 1.11 $300,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26651 Columbia Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9224 3 3 3083 2.05 $600,000.00

4 Yummy Dips for Your Super Bowl Party!

Whether you watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, the halftime show, commercials, or are just here for the snacks, we can all agree that the food is the real MVP of the game! Here are 4 easy and YUMMY dips to make this weekend!

  1. Brat and Beer Cheese Dip

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2. Corn and Green Chile Dip

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3. Loaded Baked Potato Dip

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4. Stuffed Crust Pizza Dip

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What are you making for the big game on Sunday? Comment below and let us know!

Top 5 Qualities for a Successful Career in Real Estate

Have you ever thought about a career in real estate? A successful real estate agent embodies a lot of important qualities – here are the top five that we think are essential!

  1. Engaging Personality – As a real estate professional, your personality is what connects you with your clients (and encourages them to recommend you to others!) Being positive, friendly and helpful will go a long way with winning and keeping clients.
  2. Excellent Listener – One of the most important aspects of being a great real estate agent is your ability to truly listen to your client’s needs. Taking the time to understand their goals and their needs will help your client’s instill trust and confidence in you and make the process as smooth as possible.
  3. A Desire to Help People – Buying and selling a home are some of the biggest decisions that someone will make in their life. As a real estate agent, you get to be a part of that! If you have a passion for helping people achieve their dreams, then this might be the career for you!
  4. Energy & Drive – Real Estate is a business that operates at night and on the weekends. Having the energy and drive to get the job done (no matter when!) is essential.
  5. A Willingness to Learn & Adapt – There is always something new to learn in real estate! A willingness to learn about new trends, marketing tools, real estate regulations, etc. is a must.

Think you have what it takes to work in real estate? We are excited to announce that we have two open positions for Real Estate Sales People and are looking to add to our awesome team! No experience (or even real estate license) necessary – just a willingness to learn and obtain your license! Training provided. Interested? Email jobs@arerealestate.com for more information! Associated Real Estate serves the communities of Tehachapi, Mojave, California City, Rosamond, Lancaster, Palmdale, and Bakersfield.

ARE Realtor Awards 2018

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Jan. 14, 2019 – Jan. 20, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Golden Hills East 21421 Westwood Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9444 3 2 1548 0.56 $222,500.00
Golden Hills East 20125 Weston Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7918 3 2 1728 0.24 $305,000.00
Tehachapi City 431 Pepper Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1837 3 2 1621 0.18 $268,000.00
Golden Hills West 21005 Brentwood Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9584 3 2 1310 0.29 $235,000.00
Golden Hills West 21600 Stage Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8015 3 2 1184 0.61 $199,000.00
Golden Hills West 21225 Delmar Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7980 3 2 1443 0.3 $247,500.00
Tehachapi City 1304 Tara Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2459 3 2 1716 0.17 $310,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 25251 Deertrail Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7221 4 4 2792 10.68 $299,900.00
Tehachapi City 803 Mulberry St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2253 3 2 1849 0.17 $287,000.00
Tehachapi City 600 S. Dennison Rd #124, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1568 0.0459 $98,000.00

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Wendy Finley-Blackburn!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate! Meet Wendy Finley-Blackburn!

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  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I grew up in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.  I have 5 brothers. Growing up we had horses, milk goats, chicken and ducks.  As a child I raised guinea pigs and sold them to a local pet store.  We always had animals my entire life.

My husband and I have a blended family of 4 adult children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. We also have a donkey, horse and 2 dogs! We love the open spaces and the beauty of Tehachapi.  We volunteer at the Tehachapi Railroad Depot Museum and for our church.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

When I come back to Tehachapi after traveling, I feel peace and serenity.  I know I am “home”.  There is beauty in every season.

  1. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

Fix everything before listing it for sale.  The better it looks, the faster it will sell.

  1. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

There is no “perfect” home.  But you can make any home your own.

  1. Where is your favorite place in the world?

I haven’t been there yet!

  1. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

Meeting new people and helping them reach their home ownership and home sales goals.

Want to work with Wendy? Contact her here!

Where to Get Fit in Tehachapi!

Where to Get Fit in Tehachapi

If you’re like a lot of people, you might have a New Year’s Resolution to be healthier in 2019. Lucky for all of us, Tehachapi has tons of great places to help you get fit this year! Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite local spots to get active and be healthy!

Health Clubs
Tehachapi Fitness
The Gym

CrossFit/Boot Camp
Indian Hills Crossfit

Specialty
Macias Boxing Team
Garage Gym Barbell

Yoga/Pilates
Morning Light Yoga Studio

We want to know! Where’s your favorite place to work out in Tehachapi? Comment below and tell us!

Five Kitchen Improvements to Make Before You List Your Home

Planning on selling your home this year?

Here are five kitchen improvements you can make  to help with resell!

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  1. Instead of replacing your cabinets (which can be expensive) brighten up your kitchen by sanding and repainting your existing cabinets. White cabinets make a kitchen feel clean, modern and clutter free.
  2. If your kitchen feels outdated, replacing the hardware on the cabinets can make a big difference. And it’s easy!
  3. Add a “wow “ factor. Replace your faucet with a newer version with handy features. Or maybe add a pull out pantry, under-cabinet lighting, or new pendent lighting to stop potential buyers in their tracks (for the right reasons)!
  4. Freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint. Since you want your kitchen to feel as large as possible, stick with a light paint color to brighten up the space. Whites and neutrals are a safe choice.
  5. Declutter your counter tops, organize your pantry, and make the room as functional as possible. Potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves using the space. Make it easy for them to do so by keeping the kitchen as organized and streamlined as possible!

Have questions about what kitchen improvements you should make  before you list it? Let an expert take a look at it! We’d love to see your space and offer up suggestions when you are getting ready to list. Contact us to get started!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Dec. 24, 2018 – Dec. 30, 2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Stallion Springs 18211 Sulky Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5208 3 3 2494 0.27 $399,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 30381 Starland Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9163 4 4 3325 3 $388,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26300 Bear Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1840 3.13 $350,000.00
Stallion Springs 17061 Bold Venture Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5508 3 2 2028 0.35 $287,500.00
Tehachapi City 1305 Dolce Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 4 2 2050 0.18 $337,900.00
Tehachapi City 1311 Dolce Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 2 1834 0.17 $326,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 23291 Dart Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7405 4 3 2701 1.29 $374,000.00
Tehachapi City 524 Carroll Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 1 1110 0.15 $212,000.00
Sand Canyon 11049 Claires Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8161 3 2 1144 2.5 $66,500.00
Stallion Springs 28881 Shannon Ct #36, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5254 2 2 1148   $130,000.00
Tehachapi City 118 Chaparrel St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2415 3 2 1551 0.18 $265,000.00

Thank You for an Amazing 2018!

As we close out the end of 2018, we wanted to take a moment to thank YOU, our fantastic clients. In the past year, we have been able to help so many of you find your dream home, and many of you sell your home – quickly and painlessly. We are so proud to be a part of the Tehachapi community and are incredibly grateful to be able to help our neighbors with such a big life decision. Thank you for trusting us with your real estate needs!

We have big plans for 2019 (like more community events!) and hope you’ll stay connected with us even if buying or selling a home in the next year is not in your plans. As always, if you had a great experience with Associated Real Estate in 2018, we’d appreciate if you told your friends and family about us! We’d love to help them buy or sell their home.

We live here. We work here. We love it here.

We are your local, family-owned Tehachapi real estate team, and we thank you for your business! Here’s to a new year!

Associated Real Estate Team

4 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency – All Year Long!

Looking for easy ways to save money and energy in your home throughout the year? Here are 4 simple things you can do (each season!) to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible!

Winter

Change (or clean) your furnace air filters. This is the quickest and easiest way to improve your unit’s efficiency and improves your air quality. Not sure how to do it? Here are some easy instructions: https://bit.ly/2Gziupw

Spring

Use nature to your advantage. The spring is the perfect time to utilize the mild temperatures outside and the abundance of sunshine. Turn off your AC unit and open the windows when it’s warm to catch a breeze inside. Open your window treatments to let the sunshine warm your house when it’s cool.

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Summer

Switch the direction of your ceiling fans. Save money on you electricity bill by letting your ceiling fans do some of the hard work in the heat of the summer! You’ll want the blades to circulate in a counter clockwise motion to create a breeze. This one is as simple as pushing a button!

Fall

Check weather stripping on windows and doors. Before the weather gets too cool, check to make sure that your home is properly sealed. Leaks in your weather stripping will increase your energy bill and make for a drafty home. Check out easy ways to check your weather stripping here: https://bit.ly/2ECRgfi

What other things do you do you save energy? Comment below and let us know!

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Adriana Ghorbani!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate!

Meet Adriana Ghorbani!

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Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!

I grew up in San Gabriel Valley and moved to Tehachapi in 2012. I’ve been married for 20 years and have three children.

Have you always been in real estate or did you have a different career prior to becoming a real estate agent?

Prior to becoming a real estate agent, I was in the escrow business for over 15 years. I joined the Associated Real Estate team in 2016!

What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

I love the small town hospitality!

What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

Before you put your home on the market, finish up small projects and complete the minor repairs you’ve been putting off.

What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

Be sure to visit the neighborhood during different times of the day to really get a feel for what it’s like!

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Fiji! I can’t wait to go back.

What do you love about being a real estate agent?

My favorite thing is being able to build lasting relationships with my clients.

Want to work with Adriana? Contact her here!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Dec. 3, 2018 – Dec. 9, 2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 24241 Arroyo Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8365 3 2 1736 1.06 $275,000.00
Caliente 11838 Back Canyon Rd, Caliente, CA 93518-2859 4 3 1782 20.25 $74,550.00
Tehachapi City 600-sp34 S Dennison Rd #34, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1547 3 2 1323 0.08 $94,000.00
Golden Hills West 21820 Sunnybrook Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7975 4 4 2403 1.01 $295,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24811 Paramount Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7471 3 2 2200 1.97 $332,000.00
Tehachapi City 903 S Curry St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2302 3 1 1167 0.22 $204,990.00
Bear Valley Springs 29860 Pinedale Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9108 3 2 1580 0.37 $314,000.00
Stallion Springs 27460 Man O War Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5338 3 2 2460 0.5268 $359,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29670 Skyline Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8571 5 4 3194 24.88 $539,900.00
Golden Hills West 21804 Hidden Canyon Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9572 2 2 1488 0.45 $350,000.00

Where to volunteer in Tehachapi this holiday season!

The hustle and bustle of the holidays combined with the stress of finding the perfect gifts, planning the perfect meal and attending every holiday event can really take the joy out of the season. An easy (and meaningful!) way to get back to what the holidays are really supposed to be about is to volunteer. Giving your time and talents to an organization that means a lot to you is a win-win for everyone. Here are some of our favorite organizations to volunteer at in Tehachapi this holiday season!

  1. Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District: Protect what you love! The Park District has a lot of ways to volunteer including trail cleanup and landscape maintenance. Learn more and sign up here: https://bit.ly/2G4SwtT
  2. Have a heart for animals? Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue is striving to make all dog shelters in Kern County “no-kill”. They rescue, rehabilitate, train and re-home dogs that need it most. Volunteer or donate items to their ranch. Sign up to volunteer and see their wish list here: https://bit.ly/2FYhACK
  3. The Mission at Kern County provides shelter, food, clothing and support to our neighbors who need help. You can volunteer at The Mission, donate items, or create a Care Kit to distribute to those who are living on the street. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2Qd4Ug5
  4. Did you know that you can volunteer to transport and/or care for sick and injured birds? The Pacific Waterfowl Rescue needs volunteers to help rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming domestic ducks and geese. You can even adopt one! Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2Pk6kQJ
  5. The Family Life Pregnancy Center of Tehachapi trains volunteers year round to help those in our community who need support when facing a pregnancy. Learn more about what they do here: http://familylifepc.org/

Know of some more awesome ways to give back this season? Comment below and let us know!

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Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Nov. 26, 2018 – Dec. 2, 2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Golden Hills East 22101 Buena Vista St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7513 3 3 1983 0.53 $290,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 28231 Deertrail Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7452 3 2 1560 1.1 $242,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 30021 Garces Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7114 3 4 3089 1.01 $415,000.00
Tehachapi City 104 Sweetleaf Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8983 4 3 2478 0.16 $315,000.00
Stallion Springs 27611 Hialeah Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5346 3 3 1878 0.3473 $310,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29921 Rollingoak Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7118 4 2 1992 1.05 $371,600.00
Stallion Springs 18510 Glenview Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5226 2 3 1885 3.15 $192,000.00
Stallion Springs 28781 Gleneagle Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5223 3 2 2656 0.42 $320,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29980 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8552 3 2 1459 0.36 $225,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26581 Brian Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9274 2 2 1512 1.18 $212,000.00
Golden Hills West 22207 Mariposa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8876 3 2 1185 0.55 $206,000.00

 

Common regrets of first-time home buyers (and how we can all learn from them!)

It goes without saying that purchasing your first home is one the biggest milestones in your life. There are so many things to think about and sometimes (without the help of an awesome real estate agent!) the process can get overwhelming. Here are some common regrets of first-time home buyers and how to avoid them when purchasing your own home – whether it’s your first one or not!

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  1. Not being realistic about their budget. Sure, you may be approved for a monthly mortgage payment that seems doable – but have you considered closing costs, HOA fees, utility bills, and home maintenance down the road? If you’ve considered all of these expenses AND have factored them into your monthly budget, then your dream house might be the perfect fit.
  1. Caring more about the square footage instead of the layout. When you’ve never lived in a home before, the square footage may seem like the most important thing to you. But is the space livable? If the square footage is spread out amongst a lot of smaller rooms, you might find that an open floor plan (even with less square footage) would have been a better fit for you.
  1. Not loving the neighborhood. Having good neighbors that you have fun with and trust is the best. Take the time before you move in to visit the house and drive around the neighborhood more than once (and at different times of the day!). Are there young families walking around the block pushing strollers and walking their dogs? Are there loud parties happening on Friday nights? Is no one ever outside? These all might be indicators of the type of neighborhood you would be a part of. Knock on the doors of the neighbors next door and try to get a feel for the neighborhood before you make an offer.
  2. Thinking about the NOW instead of the FUTURE. The house that you want to purchase might be the perfect fit for you now, but where do you envision your life in 5 years? Will you need extra rooms for possible children down the road? Is it a possibility that your aging parent might have to move in with you? Taking some time to really think about how long you plan to live in the house and what life events might take place while you’re there, will ensure that you pick the right home for the long-term.

No matter if this is your first home or your third home in Tehachapi, Bear Valley Springs, Golden Hills, or Stallion Springs, we’d love to help you find your dream house! Contact us to schedule a time to talk.

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Nov. 19, 2018 – Nov. 25, 2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Footage Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 23701 Shoreline Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1740 0.39 $264,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23821 Martingale Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8353 6 4 3482 2.17 $470,000.00
Golden Hills West 21609 Hidden Canyon Dr, Tehachapi, CA 94561-8026 3 2 1386 0.5 $255,000.00
Golden Hills West 22924 Clover Spring Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8065 3 3 1395 0.34 $285,000.00
Tehachapi City 806 Clearview St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2351 4 2 1310 0.21 $249,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 26250 Deertrail Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7493 4 3 2150 1.69 $338,500.00

Supporting our Tehachapi Small Businesses – The EASY Ways You Can Show Your Love!

While Amazon may be the obvious way to finish your holiday shopping in record breaking time, Tehachapi is full of wonderful small businesses that could use your love during the holiday season! With Small Business Saturday happening this weekend, we wanted to remind you of some easy ways to support Tehachapi small businesses.

  1. Shop local! The obvious way to support our local businesses is to do your holiday shopping with them. You’ll find some unique gifts, have fun meeting our local shop owners, and put money directly back into our community. Make a day of it and grab lunch at one of our family-owned restaurants too!
  2. When you love something, share it! Spread the word about your favorite places. Tell your family and friends about your favorite stores. Include a business card of the place you purchased their gift with their present so they know where it came from! If they loved your gift, they’ll spread the word too!
  3. Write a review. Local businesses (like ours!) depend on online reviews to help find new customers. If you love a business, write them a quick review on Facebook, Google or Yelp! All it takes is a couple minutes to have a big impact for a small business!
  4. Get social! Take a picture of your shopping excursion, tag the business (or check-in) and post it on Facebook or Instagram.

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We love Tehachapi and we love our fellow local businesses. What are your favorite local businesses? We’d love to hear! Comment below with the ones you love. Happy shopping!

PS: If you want to work with a local real estate company, you’ve come to the right place! Contact us to set up an appointment!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Nov. 12, 2018 – Nov. 18,2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Beds Baths Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 24380 Serra Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8322 3 3 3 2963 1.03 $340,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27520 Oakflat Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8339 3 3 3 2829 1.11 $367,500.00
Stallion Springs 28840 Gleneagle Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5221 3 3 3 2052 0.53 $335,900.00
Stallion Springs 18430 Branding Iron Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5319 3 3 3 2832 0.61 $317,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 28300 Cumberland Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9175 3 3 3 2570 2.97 $384,900.00
Tehachapi City 1301 Dolce Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 4 2 4 2050 0.1857 $329,900.00
Tehachapi City 713 Merion Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1912 3 2 3 1648 0.24 $249,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 29781 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8584 3 2 3 1488 0.36 $249,900.00
Tehachapi City 906 Aleah Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9479 5 3 5 2725 0.19 $359,900.00
Tehachapi City 1390 Tanglewood Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2417 4 2 4 1528 0.25 $265,000.00

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Lindsey Redera!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate!

Meet Lindsey Redera!

Lindsey Redera

  1. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family!
    I was born in Manila, Philippines but came to the U.S. when I was only 6 months old. I grew up in Reno, NV. My mom brought my brother and I to Reno by herself and raised us until my dad was able to be petitioned to come to Reno as well. My parents and brother and sister in law and 2 nephews are all still in Reno.
  2. Have you always been in real estate or did you have a different career prior to becoming a real estate agent?
    My professional history was working for the Department of Homeland Security as a Federal
    Contract Officer for 11 years before I gofinto Real Estate.
  3. Any hobbies?
    My favorite hobbies are playing with anything with a motor in it. Going off-roading in my truck, or riding my ATV’s or going jet skiing.
  4. Why do you love real estate?
    I’ve always enjoyed helping people and now being in real estate and being able to be involved in finding that perfect home for my clients is a great . feeling and something that is very important to me.
  5. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
    I think for me my biggest accomplishment was getting my Real Estate license. Never did I ever think I would get into Real Estate especially at such a later age in life. A good majority of people are afraid to make big changes especially mid-life, but for me life changed and so I saw a different opportunity and took it.

Want to contact Lindsey about buying or selling your house? Contact her here!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Nov.5, 2018 – Nov. 11, 2018

Area Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 30381 Pinedale Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8588 2 3 2174 2.42 $234,325.00
Golden Hills East 20117 Bald Mountain Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7912 3 2 1697 0.24 $240,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23761 El Rancho Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7018 3 2 1697 2.39 $241,000.00
Tehachapi City 1425 Wild Olive Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8986 4 3 2543 0.16 $325,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24550 Bay Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8307 3 2 1774 1.72 $290,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24461 McCray Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7031 4 3 2656 1.16 $500,000.00
Golden Hills East 19936 Luana Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8970 3 2 1253 0.3 $215,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24221 Deertrail Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6532 2 1 1229 1.01 $224,000.00
Stallion Springs 18940 Pinehurst Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5233 3 3 1740 0.48 $303,000.00

It IS possible to sell your home during the holidays!

As we all know, the holidays are fast approaching! But just because this is a busy time of year for most people, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible to sell your home during November and December. Thinking about putting your home on the market before the end of the year? It is possible to sell your home during the holidays!

Your home is probably at its most beautiful during the holidays. But if you want to make a good impression on potential buyers, keep your decorations to a minimum. When selling your home during any time of the year, you want to keep your rooms clutter-free and organized. A few tasteful holiday decorations can make your home feel cozy. Too many decorations on every surface can make your home appear small and messy.

It is possible to sell your home during the holidays!

Make sure you are hiring a real estate agent you can count on! If you want to try to sell your home quickly around the holiday season, you need to make sure you have an agent that is committed to you and will work hard for you, even during this busy time of year. Unsure of who to hire? Ask your family and friends for recommendations!

If the weather outside is frightful, let your online listing do the work for you! When most buyers are doing their home searches online anyway, high quality photos highlighting your home’s best features during ALL seasons (including the spring and summer) can be the thing that sells your home!

Buyers that are looking for a home during the holiday season are probably highly motivated. While there might not be as many buyers during this time of the year, the ones that are looking are most likely very serious and are looking to make an offer. Make sure you have the best real estate agent in your corner to help you close the deal. Contact us if you’re ready to sell your home this holiday season!

 

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Oct. 29, 2018 – Nov. 4, 2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Tehachapi City 825 Aspen Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2125 3 1 1116 0.18 $175,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27981 Skyline Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9645 2 2 1650 5.6 $315,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24350 Silver Creek Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9162 2 1 1056 1.04 $201,000.00
Stallion Springs 18071 Bold Venture Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5309 3 2 1387 0.28 $217,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 25921 Columbia Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 3 2163 1.38 $300,000.00
Tehachapi City 312 E Tehachapi Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1735 3 2 1372 0.17 $169,000.00
Tehachapi City 501 Rosehaven Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2469 4 4 2697 0.27 $505,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29940 Sunland Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8555 4 2 1728 17.92 $199,000.00
Tehachapi City 49519 Alan Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1534 3 2 1151 0.14 $205,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27541 Deertrail Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7467 3 3 1781 1.76 $209,000.00
Golden Hills East 21540 Shirley Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8936 3 2 1118 0.5 $203,000.00
Tehachapi City 809 Kelton St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2212 4 2 1302 0.15 $243,000.00
Tehachapi City 912 Bamboo Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1193 0.14 $229,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23515 Timberline Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8565 3 2 2017 1.39 $365,000.00
Tehachapi City 1313 Dolce Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 4 2 2256 0.16 $345,500.00

Five Reasons You Want to Raise Your Family in Tehachapi

Tehachapi is an amazing place to have a family. With tons of things to do, beautiful weather, great schools, and friendly neighbors, it’s a great place to be! Here are our top five reasons you want to raise your family in Tehachapi!

  1. The Weather
    Called “The Land of Four Seasons” Tehachapi has beautiful weather all year round. Warm sunny days in the summer (but not too hot!), a gorgeous autumn and even moderate snow fall in the winter. Living in Tehachapi, your children will get to fully experience every season – and the fun activities that come along with them!

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2. Affordable Place to Live

The average sale price for a home in California is $485,800 while the average sale price in Tehachapi is just $276,300! Less money spent on housing = more money available to invest in your family!

Bike Riding in Tehachapi

3. Community Events

From the Farmers Market, to Trunk-or-Treat, to our big All American 4th of July Hotdog Festival, there is ALWAYS something fun and family-friendly happening in Tehachapi! For the full list of year-round activities, check out the Tehachapi event calendar.

4. Healthy Lifestyle Encouraged!

The residents of Tehachapi are active and for good reason! We’ve got tons of great hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, fishing and golfing. Our beautiful weather lends itself to year-round outdoor activities and there are plenty of them! And if the weather is having an off-day, there are even 3 gyms in our community to get your energy out, indoors. If raising your kids to love an active, healthy lifestyle is important to you, then Tehachapi is your place!

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5. Friendly People

We may be biased, but the people you meet in Tehachapi are some of the friendliest people around. Always willing to lend a hand and offer a smile, we promise that you will feel the warmth of this special place right away. Raising your family in Tehachapi is a joy.

Family dinner in Tehachapi

We are so proud of our community and would be excited to welcome you as our neighbor. To schedule your appointment to speak with one of our local, Tehachapi-loving agents, click here. We hope to see your family in Tehachapi soon!

Current Homes For Sale in Tehachapi

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Oct. 22, 2018 – Oct. 28, 2018

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Beds Baths Square Footage Acres DOM Selling Price
Golden Hills East 19825 Meadows Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7522 3 2 (1 1 0) 3 1255 0.2 45 $220,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24021 San Juan Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8368 4 3 (2 0 1) 4 2457 1.99 129 $437,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 26908 Columbia Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9235 4 4 (2 2 0) 4 2515 1.64 19 $430,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24200 Serra Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8386 5 3 (3 0 0) 5 2782 3.17 136 $530,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23951 Timberline Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8582 3 2 (1 1 0) 3 1924 2.88 66 $200,000.00
Tehachapi City 1002 Canyon Dr West W, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 (2 0 0) 3 1517 0.19 9 $282,000.00

4 Last Minute Halloween Decorations for the Exterior of Your Home

Boo! Did Halloween sneak up on you like a black cat in an alley? It’s not too late to get in the holiday spirit with these cheap and easy decorations for the outside of your home before the 31st!

  1. Use construction paper and streamers to turn your front door into a silly monster!

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Click here for instructions. 

2. Pull out your wheelbarrow, fill it with dirt and put skeleton bones sticking out of the dirt. For this one, you’ll just need to deconstruct a store-bought skeleton. Easy as that!

Wheelbarrow

Click here for instructions.

3. Turn black construction paper into creepy window silhouettes! Keep them simple with bats and ghosts, or make them elaborate with witches and whole spooky (or silly!) scenes.

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Click here for instructions. 

4. Ready for the easiest idea yet? Switch out your normal light bulbs in your exterior lighting with orange or purple light bulbs! Instant spookiness!

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Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ Oct. 15, 2018 – Oct. 21, 2018

 

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Beds Baths Square Footage Acres DOM Selling Price
Stallion Springs 27820 Crofun Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 (2 0 0) 3 1288 0.27 58 233,000.00
Oak Knolls 23323 Willow Canyon Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8057 5 3 (3 0 0) 5 2735 2.87 4 349,990.00
Bear Valley Springs 24550 Serra Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 4 (3 0 1) 3 2876 1.74 30 355,000.00
Stallion Springs 30550 Horsethief Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5467 3 3 (2 0 1) 3 2483 3.55 44 400,000.00
Caliente 41547 Piute Mountain Rd, Caliente, CA 93518-0 2 2 (1 0 1) 2 2000 30 56 175,000.00
Tehachapi City 518 Carroll Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2014 3 1 (1 0 0) 3 1304 0.15 30 205,000.00
Golden Hills East 20401 Park Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6700 3 2 (1 1 0) 3 1176 0.3354 9 205,000.00
Tehachapi City 903 Willow Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2330 3 2 (2 0 0) 3 1440 0.19 15 262,500.00
Stallion Springs 18221 Ghost Town St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5271 4 2 (2 0 0) 4 1737 0.28 144 271,164.00
Bear Valley Springs 29600 Springwood Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7482 2 3 (2 0 1) 2 1412 9.81 1 295,000.00
Tehachapi City 109 Chaparrel St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2416 3 2 (2 0 0) 3 1402 0.17 3 255,000.00
Stallion Springs 30731 Buckskin Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5487 4 2 (2 0 0) 4 1746 1.03 71 276,000.00
Golden Hills East 22904 Rim Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7537 3 2 (1 1 0) 3 1260 1.055 72 263,000.00
Stallion Springs 28070 Preakness Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5564 4 3 (2 0 1) 4 1924 0.94 170 324,000.00