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!