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.

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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 A sure sign of an outdated bathroom are old, gross mirrors.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.

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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!