Tech Talk – WeMo

Yesterday I learned about this cool new modular system called WeMo presented by Belkin. It is a home automation system that allows you to control as much or as little of your home as you like straight from you smartphone. So for example, if you forget to turn off your lights or heater you can do so while you are away. I’ve included a youtube video with more examples of what you can do with this system.

My favorite package is the LED lighting starter kit for $99 which gives you two bulbs and one WeMo Link. Check out the amazon listing HERE

I can see how this will become the future of all our homes. Let me know your thoughts and if you have any other tech apps or appliances that you think will be dominating the housing industry.

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Feng Shui Fun

There are so many layers of Feng Shui that I will be the first to admit that I am no expert and don’t fully understand the art of it. However, I do have a big appreciation for anything that will help promote good “energy” in one’s life. There are many people who believe wholeheartedly in the practice of Feng Shui and will not consider purchasing a house because of the way the front door is positioned or the direction the house is facing. Some people build their entire house from scratch in accordance to their “Kua” number and earth element to place the rooms exactly where they need to be to benefit the owners quality of life. I could go on and on about different Feng Shui tips I have picked up over time but I will only share one today that I learned from my Auntie. She had taken a Feng Shui class and her teacher told her about the importance of a jade plant to help promote wealth through the correct placement. I thought it was a fun idea and everyone I told about it urgently wanted a plant for themselves so I decided to pot some plants and give them to my clients for the holidays. Below are some documented pictures of my little DIY project and my supervisor. It makes for a cute gift and everyone enjoyed them so feel free to use my card that I’ve created to go along with the plants. If you have any Feng Shui tips or comments please share them with me, I’d love to learn more. Jade plant 1 Jade plant 5 Jade plant 4 Jade plant 3

Click on this link to get a copy of the tags I made to go with my lucky jade plant

Congratulations Ayres Family!

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Handing over keys to new home owners never gets old. I am so happy to share that my good friend Rod closed escrow on his sunset view condo in Redondo Beach and I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of the killer view. Rod’s road to becoming a home owner came with lots of paper work, communicating and translating between his Brazilian parents, and patience. Because Rod purchased his home during the holidays it was a longer process than expected but everyone worked together to close as quickly as possible. We were in escrow through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years which took away almost two weeks including half days and weekends, not to mention the already busy schedules of family gatherings and holiday parties. A tip to anyone that is buying or selling during the holidays is to keep the dates in mind and anticipate working through some possible delays due to offices having different holiday policies.  I have to give Rod and his family props for pushing through this busy time of the year and keeping their eye on the prize. Did I mention that his parents were in Brazil for majority of this transaction??? It wasn’t easy being on a 6 hour time difference and having some required documents not even exist in their government but I am very proud of the Ayres family for going the extra mile and sticking it out till the end. It was a pleasure getting to know Rod’s parents and being able to help out such a dear friend of mine. 2014 was a great year for Rod and I’m so happy that he gets to start this new year off in his very own new home! Congratulations again, you did it!

Happy 2015!

2014 was a great year and I am so excited to carry on the success of last year into 2015! A lot of people have been asking me about the housing market and what I predict for the new year. Honestly, I do think that the market is going to continue to thrive and it remains a great time to buy due to low interest rates. As of today rates have dropped again to as low as 3.5%! I have a lot of clients that were waiting through the holidays to start looking again in the new year and spring time so if my business is any indication of the general South Bay market I expect multiple offers to be a continuing trend. This multiple offer situation is created by the surplus of buyers (due to low interest rates) and low inventory of homes to purchase. However, I don’t believe this challenge will be as crazy as 2013 and 2014 mostly due to prices starting to level out and not increase as dramatically which makes me hopeful to see more sellers willing to list their house this year to get top dollar and multiple offers on their home. All in all I think 2015 is going to be another great year to buy and sell.

Now, reflecting back on 2014 I have to give a shout out to all of my clients who chose me to be their real estate agent. I can not begin to describe my gratitude to everyone who entrusted me to be the one to help guide them through what can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences of their lives. Buying and selling your home is a big deal and I do not take it lightly. It is an honor and a privilege when someone gives me the opportunity to represent them and fight for their needs. I have met so many amazing people and I have enjoyed every moment of getting to know my clients on a personal level. They have each taught me valuable lessons that I apply not only to my business life but also my personal life. I have been inspired by my clients who have all shared one common dream and goal… to become a new home owner. Whether it was their first time purchasing or upgrading from a condo to a townhouse or even downgrading size to live in a better neighborhood, all experiences have been a blessing to be a part of such an important time in their lives and to be able to help them attain a high goal. I have seen the hard work that my clients put into their careers, the exciting events of getting married or having a baby, but whatever the reason for the move my clients all have their own story and each story has touched my life, maybe more than they even know. So thank you again to all my 2014 clients, I love you and I wish nothing but the best for this new year to come in your new home!

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