Timing Your Home Sale

As many of you have probably learned, the timing of a situation can be everything! When it comes to selling your home, it is wise to take go over the following questions and develop a timeline that works for your family’s unique needs:

  • How long is it going to take you to get your home ready to be put on the market?
  • How long is your home going to be for sale?
  • How long of an escrow should you negotiate?
  • How long will it take you to find your new property (whether buyer or selling)?
  • How long does it take to actually move?

Questions on how to best time the sale of your home?
Contact us!  info@weberaccetta.com
Lauren: 310-387-4693 and Michelle: 310-293-1883

 

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Chicago for the Women’s Council of Realtor’s Leadership Academy

Hello! And my apologies for a much over due blog post. I will confess that it has not been much of a Weber “weekly” this past month. However, I am happy to say it is because I have been busy working with clients, participating in a leadership program, learning the ropes as president elect for the Women’s Council of Realtors, and volunteering with the Nisei Week Foundation. Today, I wanted to share about my trip to Chicago for the Women’s Council of Realtor’s Leadership Academy.

Every year, the President Elects gather in Chicago, Illinois to network, learn more about the Women’s Council of Realtors organization as a whole, and enrich our leadership skills as we prepare for our year ahead as President’s of our local chapters. I attended this leadership academy a couple weekends ago and it was filled with many firsts for me. I had never traveled and explored a new city alone before, nor have I ever held a position such as President or President Elect for that matter. I knew it was going to be a weekend of growth and adventure but I had no idea to what extent.

For starters, I met so many inspiring women from around our Nation who all share common goals. First, to be successful Real Estate agents, but more impressively, to be leaders in the industry. Sharing stories about why we stepped into this position and communicating concerns, has helped shed some fears I’ve had about this big responsibility and in exchange am excited for our futures ahead. I met women who have been members of WCR for 15, 20, 30, even 40+ years! Their continuous years of commitment to membership and involvement is a true testament to this organization.

I learned more about the history of Women’s Council of Relators (WCR), being that it was first formed by the California Real Estate Association as a Women’s Division in 1924 after members attended the National Association’s convention in Washington D.C. Fourteen years later, the president of the National Associations of Realtors acknowledged and supported this group by expanding it to a National level. Since this inception in 1938, WCR’s membership growth has reflected the vast number of women choosing a career in real estate. One shocking fact that I learned over the weekend was that in the beginning of women pursuing real estate as a career, men used to be paid a commission while women would be compensated with gifts such as a bottle of wine. This alone has opened my eyes to how far we have come in our profession.

Our mission statement is:
We are a network of successful REALTORS, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve.

I’ve known this mission statement for the past three years of my involvement in WCR. However, now it holds so much more meaning to me. The work I’ve put into being a board member of this organization has been time consuming, challenging, and at times a bit scary. But I am learning what it takes to be a leader and I can only hope that I can step up to this position to ultimately better serve my clients, colleagues, and community.

This video was played on the first day of our learning modules and has stuck with me since. It embodies so much inspiration and has provoked thoughts of where I am going and what type of life I want to live. I decided six years ago, in the beginning of my career, that I will be 110% dedicated to serve, learn, and grow so that I can be something bigger than myself. I don’t want to live this life playing small, I want to play big. My hope is that EVERYONE can recognize the leader within themselves. I have been so fortunate to have discovered that I do have the capacity to lead, but it was only with the support and encouragement from my mentors, leaders, friends, and family who showed me first that they believe in me and my abilities. I am forever grateful for each and every one of these people, for life’s opportunities, and for the continuous challenges that push me to be the best that I hope to be. I welcome 2016 as the President of Women’s Council of Realtors, South Bay and hope to be able to fill the big shoes that have lead before me. It is an honor to continue on the legacy that the women before me have set in place to support the immense potential of women in real estate.

What To Look For On Your Preliminary Title Report

Hi guys! This week I will give you some tips on what to look for in your preliminary title report. It can be a little daunting to review and to some people might even look like a foreign language. Luckily, my friends at Orange Coast Title have helped me put together these tips that I thought would be really useful to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.

What is a Preliminary Title Report? 

A preliminary report is a report prepared by a title company before issuing a title insurance policy. This report shows the ownership of a specific parcel of land, together with the liens and encumbrances that will not be covered under a subsequent title insurance policy.

What role does a Preliminary Report play in the real estate process?
The report contains the conditions under which the title company will issue a particular type of title insurance policy. It lists title defects, liens and encumbrances,which would be excluded from coverage if the requested title insurance policy were to be issues as of the date of the preliminary report.
A preliminary report provides the buyer with an opportunity to seek the removal of objectionable items referenced in the report, prior to closing the sale.

What should I look for when reading my Preliminary Report?
Pay particular attention to the nature of the ownership interest in the property you will be receiving, as well as any claims, restrictions or interests of other people involving the property. The most common form of interest is “fee simple” or “fee”, which is the broadest form of interest an owner can have in land.
Liens, restrictions and interests of others, which are being excluded from coverage will be listed numerically as “exceptions” in Schedule B of the preliminary report.An example of a common type of third party interest is an easement given by a prior owner, which may limit the owner’s use of the property. A printed list of standard exceptions and exclusions listing items not covered by your title insurance policy may be attached as an exhibit item to your report.

Here’s a flyer OC Title has provided us. As Always, feel free to reach out to me with any title questions!

Prelim Check List

Video Tour- 395 W. 15th Street, San Pedro

Hi Everyone!

Here’s a video tour of my listing in San Pedro. It definitely gives you a better feel for all of the amazing upgrades this home features inside. From a new foundation, copper plumbing, laminate wood floors, granite counter tops, cabinets, AC and furnace, security alarm system, and much  much more, this home is gorgeous! Let me know if you or anyone you know would like to live in this charming home, I’d be happy to send over more detailed info and schedule an appointment to view it! 310.387.4693 laurenw@hmsold.com

396 W 15th Street, San Pedro from Lauren Weber on Vimeo.

High Tech Home Inspection

A few things to expect when doing your home inspection:

-Home inspections can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on how large the house is and how many questions you ask the inspector.
-You may either follow the inspector around the house or let him/her go through entirely then review items that were found at the end of the inspection.
-The inspector should do a thorough job of looking at all aspects of the house including underneath the house if it has a crawl space, the roof, outlets, AC/heating units, exhausts, windows, leaks or water damage, healthy and safety codes, exterior items, etc. If the issue is out of the realms of the inspectors knowledge he/she may advise you to consult with a professional ie: plumber, roofer, electrician, contractor, etc.
-Bring cash, check, or credit card to pay the inspector at the end of the inspection. Accepted payment types may vary depending on the company policies.
-Inspections can typically cost anywhere from $250-500 depending on the size and inspector.
-You should receive a copy of your full report with photos and an itemized list of everything they discovered.
-Not all buyers need to be present at the inspection but it is encouraged so that everyone has the opportunity to ask any questions on the spot.

To book your home inspection with Aris from National Certified Structural Inspectors visit their website at www.ncsinspectors.com or call their office at (323)531-0334. I highly recommend them!

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.

Happy December!

Corn Souffle Recipe:

-16 oz can creamed corn
-16 oz can whole kernel corn
-8 oz sour cream
-1 cube butter (melted)
-2 eggs
-8 1/2 oz box Jiffy corn muffin mix

Mix all ingredients together (muffin mix last) in large mixing bowl. Mix well. Pour mixture into souffle dish. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until souffle is golden brown on top. Enjoy!