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!

Mimi Molina

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

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!