Associated Real Estate Wins “Best of Tehachapi” Awards!

We are so thrilled to announce that Associated Real Estate has won THREE “Best of Tehachapi” Awards for 2019.

BEST in Real Estate Office
BEST in Property Management
BEST in Realtor – Josh Riley

And as a wonderful bonus, we were also voted a Favorite for Employer!

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We are so honored to win these awards and are so appreciative of everyone who voted. Taking the time to vote and help us win these awards means a lot to our local, family owned company.  Congratulations to all of the other Best of Tehachapi winners as well!

If you or anyone you know are looking to buy, sell or rent in Kern County or Antelope Valley, trust the BEST Real Estate Office and the BEST Property Management company in Tehachapi!

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3 Spooky Myths Holding You Back From Buying a Home

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a home for a while, what’s holding you back? If you are like a lot of potential buyers, it could be these common misconceptions. Check out these common concerns and why you shouldn’t be afraid of them below!

Spooky Myth #1: “I need a 20% down payment to purchase a home.” Buyers often overestimate how much money they need to put down in order to qualify for a home loan. While of course it is better to have a larger down payment, it also makes sense to be putting equity into your new home instead of waiting to purchase until you can make a large payment. If you need to make a lower down payment, look into FHA or VA loans. They allow you to put as little as 3.5% down for a mortgage.

Spooky Myth #2: “My credit score is too bad to purchase a home.” A perfect credit score is not required to purchase a home. If you have a couple dings on your credit report, there is still a good chance you’ll be able to obtain a mortgage. In general, you’ll need at least a 580 credit score to qualify for a FHA loan. Wondering what your credit score is? Learn how to find it here! (link to https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports)

Spooky Myth #3: “The house I want is too expensive.” There are many different factors behind the scenes that could be motivating a homeowner to sell.  More often than not, most sellers are willing to negotiate on the listing price. Make sure you hire an experienced realtor to help you navigate the home buying process (guaranteed they have some tools to help you have the best chance of getting your offer accepted)!

Are there other factors that are holding you back from purchasing a home? Let’s talk!

2019 Tehachapi Halloween Events

Looking for something fun and spooky to do this Halloween in Tehachapi? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a round-up of 2019 Tehachapi Halloween Events!

Halloween Costume Party
Triassic Vineyards
10/26/19
4-7pm

Fright Night at the Haunted Library
Tehachapi Library
10/26/19
6-8pm

Trunk or Treat
Whiting Center
10/26/19
5-8pm

Trunk or Treat
Downtown Tehachapi
10/31/19
5-7pm

Halloween Hoopla
Woodward West
10/31/19
6-9pm

Happy Harvest Night
First Baptist Church
10/31/19
5-7:30pm

What are you most excited about? Comment below and let us know!

7 Home Buying Acronyms You NEED to Know

If buying a home is in your future, there are some terms you are going to need to know. We are breaking down 7 of the most common home buying acronyms on the blog today!

  1. HOA = Homeowners Association. Many neighborhoods are governed by a Homeowners Association. If you choose a home in a HOA-regulated neighborhood, you’ll pay association fees and will be subject to the HOA’s rules. On the plus side, you’ll also benefit from some nice services like trash removal, amenities, lawn care or maintenance!
  2. FRM = Fixed Rate Mortgage. A fixed-rate mortgage has an interest rate that does NOT change during the entire term of your loan.
  3. ARM = Adjustable Rate Mortgage. An adjustable rate mortgage generally has lower monthly payments at the beginning, but will adjust over time depending on the interest rates.
  4. P&I = Private Mortgage Insurance. This is the extra fee you pay when your down payment is less than 20%.
  5. LTV = Loan to Value. This is the ratio that is calculated by dividing the loan amount by the home’s purchase price. This is important because if you put down less than 20%, you could be able to tap into a special program from your lender.
  6. PITI = Principal, interest, taxes and insurance. Also called your “monthly housing expense”, this includes your mortgage payment and a monthly portion of your homeowners insurance and real estate taxes.
  7. CD = Closing Disclosure. A document that provides important information about your loan, like the interest rate, monthly payments and closing costs. You’ll want to make sure that the information in this document matches the Loan Estimate you received when you applied for the loan.

Real estate terms can seem complicated! We are here to help. Contact us today to help you navigate the home buying process.

10 Tips for Moving with Kids

Making a big move with children can seem like a daunting task. There are new friends to make, possibly a change of schools, and new bedrooms to get used to! We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite tips to make moving with your kids as easy as possible.

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  1. Pack up your child’s toys while they are asleep (but leave one box of toys until the very end!).
  2. Keep your child’s belongings separate and organized by using a different colored duct tape for each child. You’ll know exactly who belongs to which box with a quick glance!
  3. Let your child help decorate their new room. Give them three “parent-approved” paint color choices to choose from to let them feel like they have a say without picking something crazy.
  4. Find a fun playground or restaurant in your new neighborhood to visit even before you move (if possible!). This creates a sense of excitement and shows your children how fun your new part of town will be!
  5. Pack a “moving day bag”. Let your children keep a special toy or fun activities out and in an easily accessible bag that will give them things to keep them occupied while the adults are working.
  6. Keep a positive attitude. Children will feed off of your energy. If you can stay positive and excited about the move, they will be too! Think of this as a fun, new adventure for your family.
  7. Create a “moving day plan” and talk about it a lot before the big day arrives. This will help relieve some of your child’s anxiety when they know what to expect!
  8. Let your kids help with the move. Children love to be a part of the action. Let them dust, pack a box, or sweep!
  9. Say “goodbye” to your old house and then say “hello!” to your new home! This small gesture is big for younger children.
  10. Most of all, listen to your children and their concerns. Even the youngest of children can have a hard time adjusting during a move.

If you’re ready to make a move with your family, we are ready to help! Contact us here to find your dream home!

5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Open House

If your real estate agent is holding an open house to help sell your home, there are some things you can do on your end to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. We all know that it is necessary to clean your house and clear the clutter, but here are some additional tips for presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers!

  1. Remove your pet (and all signs and smells of your pet). If you can, it is a really good idea to bring your pet with you the day of the open house. Put pet beds, bowls and toys away and do your best to vacuum up pet hair and spray pet odor eliminating air freshener. Pet smells that really turn off potential buyers, so do your best to eliminate them before the big day.
  2. Brighten up your home. Open the curtains or blinds, wash your windows and let the sunshine in! Grab some cheery fresh flowers from the store and place them throughout your home. It’s also a great idea to turn the lights on in each room.
  3. Leave a treat. Display cookies or cupcakes on a pretty stand in your kitchen as a “thank you” to your visitors. Not only is it a nice gesture, but it is a great way to encourage them to stand in the kitchen and chat with the realtor showing your home! Bonus points if you leave bottles of water or some fresh lemonade to drink!
  4. Think about the exterior. Start off with a great first impression by power washing your exterior, cleaning up your landscaping, and purchasing a new, clean welcome mat.
  5. Think about every closet and drawer. People are nosy! They are most likely going to open drawers and closet doors. Make sure they are as organized and clutter-free as possible. If you need to, rent a storage unit to place your extra items until you sell your home.

Want more open house tips? Contact an ARE Real Estate agent today!

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Tehachapi Fall Bucket List

Fall in Tehachapi is one of the most beautiful times of year! Take in everything the season has to offer with our Tehachapi Fall Bucket list!

  1. Dance the night away at the Tehachapi Apple Festival
  2. Find your perfect pumpkin at Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch
  3. Pick your own apples at Knaus Apple Ranch
  4. Take the family camping at Tehachapi Mountain Park
  5. Get crafty at a Succulent Pumpkin class at Tangleweed Farm
  6. Wine Down at Souza Family Vineyard’s Friday dinner and music event
  7. Hike the trails
  8. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Stallion Springs
  9. Create your own Fall décor with Brush & Blush Easel
  10. Grab a delicious hand-crafted bread from Kohnen’s Bakery to serve with some soul warming soup at home

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

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Mimi Molina!

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

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What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

It’s friendly people and the beautiful, peaceful atmosphere!

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

The name of the game is “right pricing”. Find a real estate agent that really understands the market and can value your house appropriately.

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

I advise my clients to know the ultimate condition of the property they want to buy. A physical inspection by a licensed professional is highly recommended!

Where is your favorite place in the world?

I love Italy. Out-of-this-world scenic hillside, interesting historic architecture, romantic atmosphere and their delicious cuisine!

What do you love about being a real estate agent?

I love to be of assistance to people who need to sell or find their dream house that meets their needs. It’s awesome to see my clients to get nicely situated! And I love showing houses!

Tell us a little more about yourself and your family!

I grew up and studied in the Philippines and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in nursing. I have four other siblings and have been married to the love of my life for almost 50 years (on October 25, 2020!). I am blessed to have two sons, now both with families of their own. My youngest son John is a commercial airline pilot working for Air Asia, with three kids. My eldest, Michael, is a Media Operation Tech and has two children. I am blessed!

Want to work with Mimi? Contact her here!

5 Ways to Repurpose Your College Student’s Old Bedroom

If you recently sent your child off to college, you might be wondering what to do with their old room. Even if you aren’t ready to totally clear out their clutter and want to keep their room ready for them, there’s no harm in dreaming about what this extra space might be some day! Here are some of our favorite ways to repurpose your child’s old room.

  1. A craft room. 

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2. A cozy library.

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3. A home gym. 

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4. A walk-in closet. 

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5. A luxe guest room.

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Which one would you pick? Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Event Round Up: September 2019

September is almost here and there are so many fun things happening in Tehachapi in the next month! Check out some of our favorite Tehachapi events here!

9.6.19
First Friday
Downtown Tehachapi
5-8pm

9.7.19
Gone to the Dogs 5k & Pet Festival
Meadowbrook Park
9am-12pm

9.7.19
Let’s Fiesta!
The Shed’s Soul Kitchen
5:30-8:30pm

9.13.19-9.14.19
Tehachapi GranFondo Festival
Centennial Plaza
10am-5pm

9.14.19
Tea at the Terrace
Jennifer’s Terrace
4-7pm

9.18.19
Big Papa’s Steakhouse & Saloon 3 Year Anniversary Celebration
Big Papa’s Steakhouse & Saloon
4-6pm

9.21.19
Kids Day at the Museum
Tehachapi Heritage League Museum
12-3pm

9.21.19-9.22.19
Relay for Life, Tehachapi
The Woods Pavilion

9.26.19
Rotary Club of Tehachapi Fall Fashion Show
Lifetime Events
5-7:30pm