5 Secrets Buyers and Sellers Must Know About Virtual Home Tours

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For years now, virtual home tours have helped real estate buyers far and wide find the perfect home. From long-distance military personnel being relocated, to investors expanding their portfolio, to homeowners looking for a vacation getaway, this technology makes finding a house that’s a bit out of driving distance much easier. And for real estate agents, virtual tours have been …

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate? – A 10,000 Foot Perspective

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Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1 Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen an uptick in market activity. …

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

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Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1 But one of the biggest perks of homeownership is …

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

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We’re in the midst of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, and economists think there’s still room to grow. A recent survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that experts believe the U.S. economy will remain positive throughout 2020.1 Still, given that recessions are a natural (and necessary) part of a business cycle, we know this period …

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home

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Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, shopping for a new home can feel daunting. In fact, 56% of buyers said that “finding the right property” was the most difficult step in the home buying process.1 Buying a home is a significant commitment of both time and money. And a home purchase has the power to improve both …

Everything You Need to Know About iBuyers and the “Instant Cash Offer”

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Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and real estate transactions are no exception. In fact, a new crop of tech companies wants to revolutionize the way we buy and sell homes. iBuyer startups like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Properly are rapidly expanding into new territories, and now established players, like Zillow, are starting to get in on the …

TIPS FOR WORKING WITH SOLAR PANELS

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The solar industry is thriving across California. So much so, that in May 2018, California regulators approved a plan to mandate solar panels on all new home construction beginning in 2020. One way builders and homeowners install solar systems is through a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) (i.e., a “solar agreement”) with a third-party solar provider. When the homeowner …

Organization for the Disorganized

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If you’ve heard of Western Minimalism or Japanese KonMari, you know that these are principles that promote happiness through living with fewer possessions and eliminating clutter. These intentional lifestyles allow only items that make you happy and are useful to live in your home. By eliminating clutter, or things that don’t bring you joy, you’ll experience less stress and have …

Laguna Niguel Lifestyle Launches its Premiere Edition!

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April 16, 2019 – Laguna Niguel, CA – Gerard Lifestyle Real Estate is pleased to announce that Laguna Niguel Lifestyle, a premium-quality, luxury lifestyle publication and events platform will officially launch on May 1st. This monthly publication was created exclusively for and about the residents of Laguna Niguel.  Enhanced through the development and support of local events,  we hope to play …

What’s Your Home Actually Worth?

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Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market It’s easy to look up how much money is in your savings account or the value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price …