Sunday, April 30, 2017

7 Decor Trends Buyers Question and you Should Fix Before You Sell!



When you bought your home, you were so excited to make it yours. The opportunity to use your home as a blank canvas and paint a masterpiece that is decidedly you is so excited. 




However, when you are ready to list your home, it is time to take a look at from the buyers point of view.  Buyers need to picture themselves living and loving that space: throwing parties, entertaining guests, enjoying a lazy Saturday with a book. If your favorite living room design looks are dated or divisive, buyers might give your home a pass. 

Here are seven decor choices buyers question:


1. TV looming over the fireplace


No matter which side you fall on in the great TV-over-the-fireplace debate, none of that matters when it comes time to sell. Find somewhere else for your flat-screen TV—at least temporarily.

“Today’s buyers are interested in beautiful, serene rooms with seating revolved around a focal point of beauty,” says Chicago interior designer and stager Kara O’Connor. A personality-free black box is neither serene nor beautiful.

Heads up: If you’ve already mounted your television on a wall or over the fireplace, you may have to remove the evidence after you take it down. No buyer wants to see unpatched holes in your walls.


2. Dead things


Obviously you’re not leaving dead mice lying around your living room (we hope!). Perhaps you should get rid of the enormous steer head hanging over your fireplace, too.

“We totally get it. Cowhides and taxidermy are super kitschy and trendy,” says Justin M. Riordan, a Portland designer with Spade and Archer Design Agency. “The combination of creepy and beautiful is all the rage. Unfortunately, for many, the creepy is far more powerful than the beautiful.”

Real or not, you don’t have to say goodbye to your animal skulls. Just tuck them away until the home is sold. Far away.


3. Blond wood


Don’t stain your hardwood just because you’re listing your home, but if you’re thinking about doing it anyway, O’Connor has some advice: Go dark.

“Dark, wide-plank floors are ‘in,’ and blond wood is ‘out,'” she says. “If the floors are dated, I encourage refinishing. The impact is huge.”

Alongside new baseboards and neutral paint, deep chocolate floors will give your home the modern edge that could attract on-the-fence buyers.


4. Saturated walls


Yes, your deep teal walls look rad alongside your dark wood credenza and velvet chaise. But all potential buyers see are dollar signs.

“More likely than not, your home’s next owner has some very distinct taste in furniture, which they recently spent quite a bit of money on,” Riordan says. “They are not going to buy new furniture to match your saturated wall colors.”

Many buyers do repaint before moving in, but painting over saturated tones requires more coats, more time, and, naturally, more money. And some buyers don’t want to deal with any of that.

To get the highest selling price—and the most interested buyers—paint the entire place in simple neutrals.


5. Outdated furniture


Buyers bring their own furniture. But picturing their gorgeous modern furniture in your space can be daunting if everything you own is outdated and overwhelming.

“If the furniture distracts the buyer from the square footage, a focal point, or hardwood floors, then it should be carefully edited out,” says Jill Hosking-Cartland, an interior designer in Windham, NH.

Not only might they struggle to see themselves in your place, they might also worry about the quality of your home.

“Old furniture can leave a buyer with the impression that there is a lack of attention to routine maintenance and updating,” Hosking-Cartland says.

Work with your Realtor® to stage your property using updated, on-trend furniture.


6. Narrow baseboards


New baseboards and crown molding can take a room from blah to bangin’ with an afternoon’s worth of work. But make sure the sizes and designs you choose look modern.

“Crisp, white baseboards that are a minimum of 5 inches high are preferable to the dated, 2- or 3-inch baseboards from the ’90s and early 2000s,” O’Connor says.

Teeny-tiny baseboards might not be a deal breaker, but they can make a room feel kind of off. Beware of going too big—though it is possible to overwhelm a room with your molding. Find the right size trim for your space before you embark on that weekend project.


7. Faux finishes


You might hate ordinary paint, but funking up your living space with a faux finish can be a sticking point. Even if your DIY job looks amazing, buyers see only another thing they need to change. Paint over your fake Venetian plaster, reclaimed wood, or “textured” walls before the first showing.

“Asking a buyer to adopt your specific design style is risky,” Hosking-Cartland says. “Most buyers see these polarizing design elements as work they will have to do and spend money on to make the home a reflection of their own personal style.”

Thanks Jamie Wiebe for setting us straight on these seven trends. 

When a buyer walks into your home, clean, fresh, neutral attributes provide the buyer the opportunity to picture themselves living there and if they love it then the next thing you should be able to expect is a call from your agent noting they have a buyer in hand.

If you're thinking of a move and not sure where to begin, give us a call. We will review your home from a sales perspective and then help you take steps ready to get it on the market.  Make sure to request our FREE Sellers eGuide! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Orange County Spring Home Values. Has Spring Sprung?

The first quarter of 2017 is behind us, the weather in Orange County is beginning to warm up and with all the rain we have had the green landscape is back!!   As you drive through the county, wild flowers are abundant.   So yes spring has sprung.. So how does that relate to the real estate market?

The last few months of late winter are always a bit quieter but here in the OC that typically doesn't impact us that much, but January and February were very wet months for the county, which has impacted new homes coming on the market. We have however began to see inventory increase, but is it to the level needed to meet the high buyer demand.

Below is a snapshot from the Orange County Association of Realtors on how the market finished up in March and for the first quarter of the year.

Orange county homes sales by Chuck Harper

Single Family Detached Homes:
  • The Median Price of Single Family Home in Orange County is $765k and up 6.3% from March 2016.
  • Inventory of Available homes was down less then 1%, as inventory in march grew.
  • Days on the market was down 25%

 Attached Homes:
  • The Median Price of an Attached Home in Orange County is $475k and up 8% from March 2016.
  • Inventory of Available homes was down 8%, with just over 2 months of inventory available.
  • Days on the market was down 29%

As you look at both segments of the market, and compare the year to date numbers you can see in March though inventory was still down it did make some headway.  As tax season is next week, spring break and the Easter holiday are over, we will typically see inventory increase further which should stabilize price gains.  However, Orange County is a big county... that is why it is important to review what is selling in your neighborhood.  


With all the talk of low inventory, there is good news here for the home buyers.   In certain markets, especially high-end inventory is on the higher side.  We just took a look at the Laguna Beach real estate market and there currently is almost 9 months of inventory on the market.   So if you are looking for the million dollar beach cottage we should certainly talk.

If you are looking to make a move, don't hesitate to contact us to review the current market in your area as well the overall market trends for the county.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mission Viejo Open House April 8th and 9th.. Don't miss this remolded home!

Shopping for an updated home, near Mission Viejo High School?  Then make sure to stop into our open house this weekend at  23907 Ash Ln in Mission Viejo. We will be open from 1-4 pm this weekend, April 8th and 9th.


Realtor Chuck Harper holds open 23907 Ash Ln. Mission Veijo


This is a turn-key remodeled cul-de-sac home in the highly sought after Timberline community of Mission Viejo. This home boasts 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (1 bedroom and 1 bathroom downstairs). The remodeled kitchen is perfect for entertaining with its large center island, 6-burner stove and double oven. Sleek and modern upgrades throughout. Every surface of this home has been updated or replaced. It's like new!! The low hoa dues of $140 per month come with a community pool/spa, bbq area, sand volleyball and a kid's swing area all within walking distance. Last but not least, this home is zoned for Mission Viejo High School.


If you can't make our open house, makes sure to schedule a showing with Chuck Harper. 


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sunday Funday in San Clemente: Open house 1-5pm 14 Via Lampara, San Clemente

It is going to be an amazing day in San Clemente this Sunday.. Perfect weather for house shopping.  Sunny and 70 degrees.  This is why people move to California... Did you hear it is snowing back east and we aren't fooling this April Fools Day!!

As you are out and about tomorrow, make sure to pop into our Open House, Sunday April 2nd from 1-5pm, at 14 Via Lampara.  

This Designer-influenced, updated residence has it all. It is extra spacious with well over 4000 sq. ft. of living area. The first floor boasts wonderful Tumbled Travertine Floors through, while the second floor features Rich, Dark Hardwood. Designer touches include Light and Bright Stacked Stone in the Living Room, Master Bedroom, Powder room, and Dining Room along with a Dark Wood Beamed Ceiling and Designer Lighting Fixtures. The Kitchen is both elegant and inviting, with a built-in Dining Table that is attached to the large center island. Both the Dining Table and Center Island perfectly coordinate with the custom Dark Wood Cabinetry and Granite Counter Tops, light Travertine Backsplash, and high-end Stainless Steel Appliances. This home has Fireplaces in the Living Room, Study, and the Master Suite. The Master Suite includes the Master Bedroom, Master Lounge, Private Deck and a Huge Master Bath. The Master Bath features separate dual Vanities and a Dressing/Make-up area, Chocolate Marble Counters, a Chocolate Marble Spa Tub, an oversize Chocolate Marble Luxury Shower, as well as His and Her Walk-in Closets with built-in organizers. Each of the three secondary bedrooms is Ensuite, with an attached Bath. One of them is on the Ground Floor for easy access. Plantation Shutters are throughout the home. Refinished Flooring and new Paint through out the home!

Below is a sneak peak of the property!  


realtor chuck harpert 14 via lampara, san clemente open house

chuck harper host open house 14 via lampara



14 via lampara open house sunday 4/2 by realtor chuck harper


If you have any questions, or can't make the open house, contact Chuck today to schedule a showing..