How to Prepare for the Photo Shoot


With the majority of buyers beginning their search for a new home online, it is important to make the first impression sleek and shiny. Here at Associated Real Estate we have a few tips for how to prepare your home to make it shine on camera!

Pare down.

  • Removing one or two pieces of furniture from each room can make your space appear larger on screen, and allow the buyer to visualize themselves in the home before they even step foot inside.

Make it spotless.

  • Cameras tend to magnify grime! Don’t forget floor coverings and walls; a spot on a rug might be overlooked during a regular home showing, but it could become a focal point online.

Know what to leave.

  • You want to avoid clutter, but leave one or two personal touches on each surface. Things like a lamp, plant, or book, can make the space seem more like home.

Rearrange.

  • Move the furniture in such a way that it has its focal point furthest from the doorway, as this is most likely where the photo will be taken and will create depth to make your space seem larger. Examples of focal points are a bed in a bedroom, or a china cabinet in the dining room.

Snap practice pictures with your own camera.

  • This will give you an idea of what the home will look like on camera before your agent from Associated Real Estate arrives to take photos. Examine your photos and make changes to improve each room’s appearance, such as opening blinds to let in natural light, removing magnets from the refrigerator, or taking down distracting art.

Accessorize.

  • Include a healthy plant in every room; the camera loves greenery. Energize bland decor by placing a bright vase on a mantle or placing a few colorful pillows on the couch.

Keep the home looking camera ready.

  • We at Associated Real Estate guarantee to get your home plenty of in-person attention and we know that second impressions are just as important as the first! Buyers who liked what they saw online expect to encounter the same home in person!

Weekly Real Estate Update: July 3th, 2017

SOLD LAST WEEK!!!

Address Area Bed Bath Sq Ft Lt Sz CDOM Price Per Sq Ft Sell/Price
26471 Bear Valley Rd Bear Valley Springs 4 3 (1 1 1) 2398 1.02 445 162.22 389,000
23920 Basin Harbor Ct Bear Valley Springs 3 3 (3 0 0) 1865 15132 272 145.84 272,000
29910 Jamaica Dunes Dr Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 1480 0.3 194 158.78 235,000
1409 Ponderosa Dr Tehachapi City 4 3 (2 0 1) 3559 0.16 130 103.68 369,000
25580 Deertrail Dr Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 2331 1.35 148 96.65 225,280
24500 Yucca Ct Oak Knolls 3 2 (2 0 0) 2085 2.4 93 152.28 317,500
33 Village Ln Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 1392 0.028 35 82.61 115,000
21931 LeMans Dr Alpine Forest 3 2 (2 0 0) 1474 22651 37 113.98 168,000
106 W E St Tehachapi City 3 2 (1 1 0) 1711 0.17 38 125.66 215,000
28601 Delaware Dr Stallion Springs 2 2 (1 0 1) 1039 0.53 52 142.44 148,000
1306 Tara Ct Tehachapi City 4 2 (2 0 0) 1850 0.17 143 156.76 290,000
23900 Coral Springs Ln Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 1233 0.36 2 166.26 205,000
24890 Haven Ln Cummings Valley 3 3 (1 1 1) 3841 20 13 136.68 525,000
20120 Pine Ridge Dr Oak Knolls 3 2 (1 1 0) 1848 2.58 11 165.04 305,000
1202 Clasico Dr Tehachapi City 4 2 (2 0 0) 1877 0.2 44 159.82 299,990
904 Acacia Ct Tehachapi City 3 1 (1 0 0) 1071 0.14 0 154.06 165,000

Questions to Ask When Considering Selling with Associated Real Estate

Have you built substantial equity in your current home?

Check your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to find out how much you’ve paid down. Usually you don’t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest. But if you’ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant, unrealized gains.

Has your income or financial situation changed?

If you’re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and cover the costs of moving. If your income has decreased, you may want to consider downsizing.

Have you outgrown your neighborhood?

The neighborhood you pick for your first home might not be the same one in which you want to settle down for good. You may have realized that you’d like to be closer to your job or live in a better school district.

Are there reasons why you can’t remodel or add on?

Sometimes you can create a bigger home by adding a new room or building up. But if your property isn’t large enough, your municipality doesn’t allow it, or you’re simply not interested in remodeling, then moving to a bigger home may be your best option.

Are you comfortable moving in the current housing market?

If your market is hot, your home may sell quickly and for top dollar, but the home you buy will also be more expensive. If your market is slow, finding a buyer may take longer, but you’ll have more selection and better pricing as you seek your new home. Ask your real estate professional what they see happening locally.

Are interest rates attractive?

Low rates help you buy “more” home, and also make it easier to find a buyer for your current place.

Is the effort and cost of maintaining your current home becoming difficult to manage?

A Realtor can help you decide whether a smaller house, condo, or rental would be appropriate

Weekly Real Estate Update: June 19th, 2017

Sold Last Week!!!

Address Area Bed Bath Sq Ft Lt Sz CDOM Price Per Sq Ft Sell/Price
19701 Kid Pl Golden Hills East 3 2 (2 0 0) 1232 0.6 181 92.05 113,400
30251 Piebald Ct Stallion Springs 3 3 (2 0 1) 2419 1.32 148 177.55 429,500
1013 Cypress Way Tehachapi City 3 2 (2 0 0) 1492 0.19 67 157.51 235,000
28050 Stallion Springs Dr Stallion Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 2028 0.31 87 153.35 311,000
817 Bamboo Ct Tehachapi City 3 2 (1 1 0) 1193 0.14 54 145.85 174,000
18220 Hambletonian Dr Stallion Springs 4 3 (3 0 0) 2686 1.04 46 163.81 440,000
24140 Deertrail Dr Bear Valley Springs 3 3 (2 0 1) 1892 1.13 98 169.13 320,000
29501 Starland Dr Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 1344 40423 28 167.41 225,000
20401 Clubview Ct Golden Hills East 3 3 (2 0 1) 1959 24393 12 151.35 296,500
21020 White Pine Dr Golden Hills West 3 2 (2 0 0) 1937 22651 9 149.77 290,100
27760 Hialeah Dr Stallion Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 1327 0.3 12 164.28 218,000
686 Las Colinas St Tehachapi City 3 2 (2 0 0) 1203 0.14 4 174.56 210,000
1105 Alder Ave Tehachapi City 4 2 (2 0 0) 2256 0.19 4 137.85 310,990
1113 Alder Ave Tehachapi City 4 2 (2 0 0) 2050 0.22 7 148.78 304,990

Weekly Real Estate Updates – June 12th, 2017

Sold Last Week!!

Address Area Bed Bath Sq Ft Lt Sz CDOM Price Per Sq Ft Sell/Price
22760 Cummings Valley Rd Cummings Valley 3 3 (1 1 1) 2838 19.63 188 206.13 585,000
29421 Butterfield Way Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (1 1 0) 1046 1.1 225 175.91 184,000
22441 Bogie St Golden Hills East 3 2 (2 0 0) 1922 0.23 184 137.88 265,000
21521 Shirley Dr Golden Hills East 3 2 (2 0 0) 1578 0.53 80 136.25 215,000
22117 Copper St Golden Hills East 3 2 (2 0 0) 1070 0.39 46 167.29 179,000
27620 Oakflat Dr Golden Hills West 3 2 (2 0 0) 1332 1.14 66 155.41 207,000
21616 Quail Springs Rd Golden Hills West 3 2 (2 0 0) 1732 0.5 56 175.81 304,500
22700 Fran Dr Golden Hills East 3 2 (1 1 0) 2241 0.49 34 156.18 350,000
407 Sherwood Pl Tehachapi City 4 3 (2 0 1) 1641 0.1 33 127.97 210,000
22109 Gold St Golden Hills East 4 2 (2 0 0) 1939 0.4 32 140.54 272,500
21430 Westwood Blvd Golden Hills East 3 2 (2 0 0) 1842 0.54 19 143.87 265,000
27901 Rustler Ave Stallion Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 2028 0.28 150 141.03 286,000
28110 Braeburn Pl Stallion Springs 4 2 (2 0 0) 1725 0.35 7 144.35 249,000
20535 OAK St Bear Valley Springs 2 2 (2 0 0) 1376 2.36 4 211.48 291,000
28881 Shannon Ct Stallion Springs 2 2 (2 0 0) 1148 2 108.89 125,000
24581 Willow Pass Dr Bear Valley Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 3571 1.06 18 112.01 400,000
19612 Meadows Rd Golden Hills East 3 3 (2 0 1) 1660 3 174.64 289,900
17660 Busher Way Stallion Springs 3 2 (1 1 0) 1355 0.38 3 188.19 255,000
600 S Dennison Rd #11 Tehachapi City 3 2 (2 0 0) 1920 17 44.79 86,000
29540 San Joaquin Dr stallion Springs 3 2 (2 0 0) 2187 0.8 3 176.04 385,000

Weekly Real Estate Update – June 5th, 2017

Sold last week!!

Address Area Bed Bath Sq Ft Lt Sz CDOM Price Per Sq Ft Sell/ Price
29540 Starland Bear Valley 3 3 (2 1 0) 2685 2.21 321 124.77 335,000
24321 San Juan Dr Bear Valley 2 3 (2 1 0) 1496 0.99 287 152.57 228,250
19191 Mustang Dr Stallion Springs 3 3 (2 1 0) 2075 5.47 238 159.04 330,000
27000 Stirrup Way Bear Valley 3 2 (2 0 0) 2004 5 207 76.95 154,200
120 E I St Tehachapi City 3 1 (1 0 0) 1033 0.17 119 79.86 82,500
27350 Barkes Way Bear Valley 4 3 (2 1 0) 2129 5.14 89 124.47 265,000
19709 Piedra Dr Golden Hills East 4 2 (2 0 0) 2000 15245 71 145 290,000
14556 E Tehachapi Blvd #8 Tehachapi City 3 2 (1 1 0) 1344 1 380 24.55 33,000
205 W A St Tehachapi City 3 2 (2 0 0) 1557 0.18 40 118.82 185,000
22700 Fran Dr Golden Hills 3 2 (1 1 0) 2241 0.49 34 156.18 350,000
24251 Golfari Ct Bear Valley 3 2 (2 0 0) 1338 0.43 388 156.95 210,000
21424 Sunnybrook Dr Golden Hills West 3 2 (1 1 0) 1986 0.47 4 158.11 314,000
20312 Birch Ct Golden Hills East 3 2 (2 0 0) 1326 1.18 20 188.54 250,000
19832 Cross Way Golden Hills East 3 2 (1 1 0) 1993 23958 0 132.97 265,000

Weekly Real Estate Update – June 1st, 2017

Address Area Bed Bath Sq Ft Lt Sz CDOM Price Per Sf Sell/Price$
18130 Rawhide Ct Stallion Springs 3 2 1992 13939 77 145.08 289,000
19628 Adalante Ct County Oaks 4 2 1920 1.25 44 132.29 254,000
19832 Cross Way Golden Hills 3 2 1993 23958 0 132.97 265,000
20100 Bald Mountain Dr Golden Hills 3 2 1575 0.34 260 164.44 259,000
20253 Old Town Rd County 3 2 (2 0 0) 1961 2 212 196.33 385,000
21424 Sunnybrook Dr Golden Hills 3 2 1986 0.47 4 158.11 314,000
22131 Buena Vista St Golden Hills 3 1 1344 0.65 5 192.09 258,165
23001 San Juan Dr Bear Valley 5 4 4676 29.1 129 171.09 800,000
24251 Golfari Ct Bear Valley 3 2 1338 0.43 388 156.95 210,000
26701 Oakflat Dr Bear Valley 2 3 2382 1.44 21 101.81 242,500
28300 Cumberland Rd Bear Valley 3 2 2570 2.97 13 108.95 280,000
29540 Starland Bear Valley 3 3 2685 2.21 321 124.77 335,000
505 Carroll Way Tehachapi City 3 1 1052 0.15 28 161.6 170,000

Weekly Real Estate Update – Feb 5, 2017

Sold Last Week in Tehachapi, CA: Jan 30 – Feb 5

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Footage Acres DOM Selling Price
Alpine Forest 18251 Arosa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8431 3 2 1264 5 $186,000
Alpine Forest 18451 Arosa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1324 0.27 5 $189,900
Bear Valley Springs 41 Village Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9667 2 2 1224 76 $94,000
Bear Valley Springs 29641 Greenwater Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8559 3 2 1925 1.86 76 $320,000
Bear Valley Springs 26940 El Camino Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 2 1120 18 47 $130,000
Oak Knolls 19904 Dovetail Ct Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8042 3 3 3660 2.41 134 $399,900
Stallion Springs 28001 Hialeah Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1951 0.5 27 $260,000
Tehachapi City 1013 Thoma Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9493 3 2 1517 0.19 107 $256,000

Based on information from the Tehachapi Area Association of REALTORS® (alternatively, from the Tehachapi MLS). All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information.


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Understand Agency Relationships

It’s important to understand what legal responsibilities your real estate salesperson has to you and to other parties in the transaction. Ask what type of agency relationship your agent has with you:

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Seller’s representative (also known as a listing agent or seller’s agent)

A seller’s agent is hired by and represents the seller. All fiduciary duties are owed to the seller. The agency relationship usually is created by a listing contract.

Buyer’s representative (also known as a buyer’s agent)

A buyer’s agent is hired by prospective buyers to represent them in a real estate transaction. The buyer’s rep works in the buyer’s best interest throughout the transaction and owes fiduciary duties to the buyer. The buyer can pay the licensee directly through a negotiated fee, or the buyer’s rep may be paid by the seller or through a commission split with the seller’s agent.

In Tehachapi, as in most of California, a buyer typically wont pay anything to their agent because the buyers agent will generally be offered a share of the commission paid by the seller. This gives buyers a way to have someone representing their best interests searching for homes for sale and negotiating for a Real Estate purchase.

Subagent

A subagent owes the same fiduciary duties to the agent’s customer as the agent does. Subagency usually arises when a cooperating sales associate from another brokerage, who is not the buyer’s agent, shows property to a buyer. In such a case, the subagent works with the buyer as a customer but owes fiduciary duties to the listing broker and the seller. Although a subagent cannot assist the buyer in any way that would be detrimental to the seller, a buyer-customer can expect to be treated honestly by the subagent. It is important that subagents fully explain their duties to buyers.

Disclosed dual agent

Dual agency is a relationship in which the brokerage firm represents both the buyer and the seller in the same real estate transaction. Dual agency relationships do not carry with them all of the traditional fiduciary duties to clients. Instead, dual agents owe limited fiduciary duties. Because of the potential for conflicts of interest in a dual-agency relationship, it’s vital that all parties give their informed consent. In many states, this consent must be in writing. Disclosed dual agency, in which both the buyer and the seller are told that the agent is representing both of them, is legal in most states.

Designated agent (also called appointed agent)

This is a brokerage practice that allows the managing broker to designate which licensees in the brokerage will act as an agent of the seller and which will act as an agent of the buyer. Designated agency avoids the problem of creating a dual-agency relationship for licensees at the brokerage. The designated agents give their clients full representation, with all of the attendant fiduciary duties. The broker still has the responsibility of supervising both groups of licensees.

Nonagency relationship (called, among other things, a transaction broker or facilitator)

Some states permit a real estate licensee to have a type of nonagency relationship with a consumer. These relationships vary considerably from state to state, both as to the duties owed to the consumer and the name used to describe them. Very generally, the duties owed to the consumer in a nonagency relationship are less than the complete, traditional fiduciary duties of an agency relationship.


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