Single Family Residence vs Townhouse

This week I have a video tour for your of a house I held open in Rancho Palos Verdes. It is listed at $1,099,000 and is a Single Family Residence (SFR) with 3 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 bathrooms. The style of the house is very much like a townhouse as it shares a common wall with it’s neighbor and it also offers amenities with an HOA of $320/month.

Some people would argue that the main difference between a SFR and a townhouse is whether or not they share a common wall. However, 6529 Beachview Drive is a prime example that a SFR with a shared wall does exist. There are also detached townhouses that do not share a common wall. Every home is unique and there are different specs of ownership between SFR, townhouses, and condos. Some instances you will own the land in others you will not.

For this house in particular the owner of the house also owns the land of this property line. They have the liberty to change the landscaping of the front and back yard but with that comes the responsibility of maintaining them. With owning the land and the property listed as a SFR the property value is a little higher than comparable townhouses in the area.

My advice to buyers is to do your research and ask your realtor as many questions about the specific property you are interested in to know what all of your responsibilities of ownership will be as they will vary between SFR, townhouses, and condos.

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Realtor Trade Expo at the Torrance Marriot

Every year the South Bay Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors hosts a Trade Expo at the Torrance Marriott. This year’s theme was Mardi Gras and was a huge success! Check out the video below to see how much fun we had and to meet some of our WCR affiliates.

The fabulous team that put this whole event together:
Courtney Self – Hunter Mason Realty
Annettee Reeder- Mara Escrow
Andy and Heather – Andy’s Termite
Joanne Galin – State Farm Insurance
Becky Rhodes- Bay Equity
Lori Herold- Sotheby’s
Ursula Mix- Hunter Mason Realty
Marcie Gutierrez- Guaranty Escrow
Nicole Vallery- Property ID
Laurie Kun- Provident Title
Lauren Weber- Hunter Mason Realty

3 Top things to consider when selling your home

1. Curb appeal
It’s all about first impressions and the exterior of your home is the first thing buyers will see. At the very least, make sure your grass is trimmed and plant some fresh flowers to give it that extra pop of color.
2. Clear out all the clutter
A clean house is a happy house and buyers want to see that the past owner has taken good care of their home. Less is more and in some cases I would recommend my clients to get a storage space to have as minimal items in the house as possible. Put away all toiletries in bathrooms and make sure even your drawers, cabinets, and closets are organized. Buyers want to get a feel for the house and often will take a peek inside these spaces.
3. Hire a good agent to best present your home
Open houses are an important aspect to marketing your home for it’s highest value. Some things that I offer to my clients when holding an open house are:
-Tell all the neighbors that your home is for sale and send them a personal invitation to a private viewing 1 hour before open house to public. This encourages them to be your best advocates and spread the word to their friends and family that might be in the market to buy.
-Make the house as inviting as possible. The little things count like turning on all the lights in the house and playing some tasteful music. Another personal touch I like to add is baking cookies during the open house. People always comment on how nice the house smells when they first walk in. And who doesn’t like fresh baked cookies straight out of the oven?
-Marketing the open house with visible signs and of course on the internet. Most of the people that come through my open house have found it online. Some sights that lists open houses are: Trullia, Zillow, Redfin, MLS, etc.
-It is a policy of mine to have all guests sign in due to security reasons. This also allows for me to follow up with those that expressed some interest.

Here is a video of an open house I held last weekend in Redondo Beach. It is currently listed at $875,000 and accepting offers. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more details on this home. 310.387.4693

Thanks for reading and happy Weber Weekly Wednesday!

Hunter Mason in Digs Magazine was a pleasant surprise!

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(left to right, Anthony Self (co owner), Ursula Mix (top agent -income 2013) Lauren Weber (top agent- transactions 2013), and Courtney Self (co-owner)

Hello again everyone! ❤ ❤ Happy February!

I’m very excited for this week’s blog and feel very blessed for how well 2014 has already been. For all you avid South Bay Digs readers out there, you may have caught a glimpse of Hunter Mason’s 2013 top realtors, Ursula Mix and yours truly! If you didn’t get a chance to see it in Digs or facebook/instagram posts from my ever supportive parents, brother, uncle, and boyfriend, I thought I’d share not only the page here, but also take some time to give you a little insight about my wonderful brokerage who awarded us with this great achievement. All three of these professionals have played a key role in my career and contributed to my success and where I am today.

First off, I can’t say enough great things about Hunter Mason Realty and how happy I’ve been while working here. It was started by Courtney and Anthony Self who lovingly named the company after their two beautiful sons Hunter and Mason. This is a testament to how we do business at our brokerage as well. We are a close knit family in house and treating our clients like family as well is a key value in the way we practice real estate. We don’t want to find you any house. We want to find you a home, one that you will love and be happy to come home to.

I must say the reason why I first chose to leave a large franchise real estate company in my early stages to join a smaller boutique brokerage was solely for this mindset and attitude much easier found in a more intimate setting. Sure we didn’t have a big household name or televised commercials, but there are things that a boutique brokerage offers that corporate franchises often don’t. I learned the benefit of this from Hunter Mason’s owner, Courtney Self. From the beginning of my relationship with Courtney, her goals and visions for her company have inspired me to excel and succeed in my own career. Her demeanor and way of business taught me to focus on being sincere and building genuine rapport between people I work with, whether it is a client, a lender, escrow/title officer, or leasing agent. Real people want to talk to real people and I have found it much easier to do business with someone that likes you, trusts you, and can call you their friend.

Her husband and co-owner Anthony Self has also been a great influence on my career. His work ethic and drive has created a brokerage that is centered around helping their agents achieve their real estate goals and dreams. One huge lesson that I am now applying in my own work from Anthony is the importance of technology in this day and age’s real estate industry. Anthony is one of the most tech savvy people I know.  Through him, I’ve learned that to get one’s name out there and to create a stamp for myself the internet, social media, blogs, web advertisment/marketing, and web communication can provide endless resources to help propel yourself and keep yourself afloat in this every changing industry. I am always available and open to referrals, questions, advice or anything that I can help you guys with regarding real estate or even if you want to just say hi and chat! I’m just a phone call or email away. If you don’t have too much time, don’t fret. I’m actively posting updates on facebook and the main reason I created this blog itself is to inform and keep in touch with those people that I can’t communicate with as frequently or haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet. Another great idea I’ll be experimenting with is taking videos and making “virtual walk-throughs” of properties in case a client is too busy to stop by for the open house that day. They will have the luxury to take a sneak peak with a quick summary from me about the space without having to leave that important meeting or soccer game. We are all busy with places to go and people to see, and technology is something we can use to make it a little easier on all of us. I urge each one of you to use it to your advantage in any field you are in and know that I am serviceable to you in that and many more ways because of it. I know Anthony has used his knowledge to expand Hunter Mason to over four offices in Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Long Beach with over 30 agents in just a few years.

Among all the agents at the brokerage, I have met and been so lucky to form a partnership with Ursula Mix. Ursula has really helped pave the way for me in my career and shown me how to best serve our clients by being a huge wealth of knowledge. As cliche as it sounds, knowledge IS power. Our nickname for Ursula is “Bing” because you can ask her any question and 99.9% of the time she will have the answer for you off the top of her head or know where to find it. Working side by side with Ursula, she has inspired me to always be on top of the real estate market and know as much as I can so that I best serve my clients. I have treated real estate like an art form and made it a point to study it and perfect it. My personal goal is to be more informed and up to date than the next agent so that my client feels comfortable and confident in me. It is imperative and invaluable to keep up with the latest trends and statistics of the game.

On a more macroscopic level, I’ve learned the streets, grocery stores, local schools, gas prices, restaurants, (you name it) of the areas I work around so that I can provide as much information as I can to someone looking to buy. We all know there are many factors in buying a home and when your agent can help you find one that fits your lifestyle and needs then the whole process becomes that much easier when making a decision.

To  bring things to a close for this week, I’d just like to thank everyone for keeping up with me this far. It’s been 6 weeks and going strong! Here’s to many many more. Also if there are any suggestions or comments please share! I’d love to hear what you would like to read about and if there’s anything I can research and give my opinion on, I’d be more than happy to do so. After all this it for you. I also want to reiterate how humbled I am to be able stand next to three of the most inspiring top agents in my industry.  It is with out a doubt that having the privilege to work with them has brought me where I am today. Go Hunter Mason Realty !!