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Information for Home Buyers

A Few small Changes That Make a BIG Impact

According to today’s buyers, the kitchen and the master bathroom are most critiqued rooms in a home. What does this mean for sellers? They should look to improve these two influential rooms first. Whether undertaking a major remodel or making small improvements, these are the two most lived in rooms in the home and they draw the most attention.

Show Off The Improvements

During a tour, most buyers will notice and appreciate a new vanity or countertops more than new gutters. They also notice and appreciate fresh paint and carpets. But it can be overwhelming for homeowners to consider all the potential upgrades when preparing a home for sale. However, there are two rooms that should not be ignored. If sellers are tight on budget and time, they should turn their focus to these two rooms first.

  • Create a chef’s kitchen buyers can see themselves cooking in
  • Turn a basic bathroom into a spa-like oasis where buyers want to escape

While the kitchen and master bathroom are the most expensive areas of the home in terms of remodeling, there are some budget-friendly ways to make improvements buyers will notice.

Turn up the Heat in the Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of a home and so sellers should pay attention to detail when planning improvements.



Here are some of the most popular kitchen projects with the highest return on investment:

1. Install all real wood cabinets. Buyers are rarely impressed with flimsy shelves and composite materials. If attaching hardware, keep it neutral in style.

2. Buy commercial appliances, or go for the look of commercial. Upscale cooktops and ranges create real impact in the kitchen.

3. Seek to use natural wood, dark laminate wood or stone floors that clean easily. Spills can happen anywhere, but they are very common in the kitchen. Avoid light floor colors and grout as they show dirt and stains easier.

4. Install stone or granite countertops. Tile countertops are difficult to keep clean for the same reason tile floors are – the grout stains easily. Single material countertops, which are clean and easy to wipe down, are a favorite of most home chefs. They look beautiful too.

5. Update the lighting fixtures. Sellers will be amazed at the return they get from simply upgrading the kitchen lighting. Whenever remodeling to sell, keep in mind style varies, so keep items as neutral as possible.

Bonus Tip: When showing the home, declutter and organize the kitchen counters. Hide the coffee maker and toaster. Remove all clutter and magnets from the fridge. You’ll be surprised at how much larger your kitchen looks without the clutter.

Create a Spa-Like Oasis in the Master Bathroom

Sellers don’t have to do a lot to make a big improvement in the master bathroom. A new tub liner, or “shell,” can make a marred tub look like new and save the seller from having to replace it.


If not replacing the vanity, a new faucet, new lights, fresh caulking around the tub, a new towel rack and a new mirror can make a tired bathroom come alive.

Spa-Like Bathroom Upgrades Buyers Love Include:

  • Walk-in showers
  • Dual Vanity
  • Stone or natural wood flooring
  • Modern and bright lighting fixtures
  • Ample storage space for towels and personal care products

Bonus Tip: For bathrooms, always display a sparkling clean bathtub and commode. There should be no dirty clothes or even hampers visible. The bathroom should be clean and smell fresh.

A kitchen or bath upgrade can be as simple as a weekend-long, low-budget brush-up. With the right planning, some of the most noticeable repairs do not require much. A fresh facelift will go a long way in the buyer’s mind.

And, as for the other areas of the house, don’t skip a fresh coat of paint and replace the carpets. These details add value and make the home more attractive to buyers.



Attn: Is your home financed by Bank of America?

Short Sale Update

February 4, 2016 


Distressed California Homeowners May Qualify for California’s Keep Your Home California Transition Assistance Program (TAP)     

If you live in California and feel that you can no longer afford your home and are pursuing a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure, you may be eligible for financial help with your relocation to alternative housing.

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The funds come from the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), part of the Keep Your Home California Program.

The state of California is providing up to $5,000 in transition assistance to qualified homeowners who can no longer afford to stay in their homes. Here’s what you must do:

  • Apply for the funds through the “Keep Your Home California” website or by calling 1.888.954.5337.
  • Maintain their home until it is sold or returned to the lender via a negotiated deed in lieu of foreclosure.

For qualified homeowners, these state funds may be used in addition to any other transition assistance that the homeowner may receive by participating in the Federal Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program or in any other pre-offer short sale program.

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To learn more about the Transition Assistance Program’s guidelines, and how you may qualify, please visit the program’s website at You can also call 1.888.954.5337 and identify yourself as a Bank of America customer.

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El Niño is Coming, El Niño is Coming

www.SanDiegoRealEstateVeterans.comThe forecast for this winter seems to bring with it a prediction for a new El Niño. With that in mind here are a few tips to prepare for the anticipated downpours.

  • Clean out your rain gutters and downspouts. Clean all of them before it rains, then check and clean them after the first rain. Leaves and debris from your roof may have accumulated in rain gutters after the rain. Make sure your rain gutters aren’t damaged.
  • Fix any leaks before it starts to rain. Check your roof for any trouble areas.
  • Invest in an emergency generator. Think about a portable generator or permanent standby generator that comes on automatically when the power goes out.
  • Check any decks and balconies. Make sure water flows away from your walls and foundation.

Condo’s & Townhomes under $100,000 in San Diego County

  • If your crawl space or garage could be flooded, think of installing a sump pump. El Niño rains can cause water to gather where you normally don’t find it.
  • Have an arborist check your trees. Trees may look fine, but can be weak. Wet branches weigh more and they can break.
  • If you live on a hill or below a hill, talk to your neighbors. Drainage from your yard may cause water to damage your neighbor’s house. Your neighbor’s drainage may flood your home.
  • Store your outdoor patio furniture or securely cover it. Put your potted plants in a covered area. Too much water and rain can damage them.
  • Know where your sprinkler controller is located. Learn how to turn off your automatic sprinklers. You may not need to water for weeks or months.
  • Talk to your insurance agent about purchasing flood insurance. Even though you may not live in a flood area, flood insurance may protect you from mud and water damage losses. Flood damages are not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance.

Foreclosures in Chula Vista

  • Plan what you’ll do if water starts to infiltrate your home. Have sandbags, plywood, on hand to divert water away from your home.
  • Check the lights in your car, headlights, brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers.
  • Replace your windshield wipers. You don’t need wait until it’s raining to realize you should have changed the wipers.
  • Have your mechanic check your car’s tires. Check for tread wear and proper inflation. Both can be the cause of serious accidents in the rain.
  • Talking about cars, how old is your car battery? Ask your mechanic to check the battery. It may be better to replace it before it fails in the rain

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you.



Guys….. we found it!!!

20150309_153539We toured the neighborhood, met some folks and enjoyed a meal in an up-and-coming area of Chula Vista.

This is a new 21-unit Townhome community coming to Chula Vista. 3 beds, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage. Near trolley and easy freeway access with dining & shopping nearby. Oh yeah, the ocean breeze is PHENOMENAL there!!! We were not allowed on-site during our visit, but were promised access soon; I believe that there will be ocean and/or mountain views.

Pricing is to be determined …. but I have it on good authority these homes will be starting in the Mid 300’s… making these particular Townhomes the absolute best deals on the market. The best part… you get to choose the finishes for your NEW home.

Our team is watching this one closely for you. This is truly a case of the “Early Bird Gets The Worm” … If you are even mildly interested I recommend letting us know now. Otherwise we’ll keep you updated on the progress and sales.


J.R.’s top picks for the Aviara community in Carlsbad, CA 92011

Homes Near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad


By: J.R. Thrasher of San Diego Real Estate Veterans Lic# 01888955


Find homes for sale near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad. Our For Sale property information is a direct feed from the San Diego MLS and is updated multiple times per day.


The homes near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad have easy access to schools, shopping, trails and parks. You will love coming home to the Homes near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad every day!


To find out what your home near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad is worth, fill out this simple form.


Awesome Schools

To get local school scores and more information about the Elementary and Middle schools serving the Carlsbad area, check out Carlsbad School Reports on my website.

Super Convenient Carlsbad Location


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Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad.


This location offers convenient access to several parks, trails, grocery stores and shopping malls.

.5 miles to the Shopping Center.

5 miles to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

1 mile to Sharp Rees Steely Hospital.

2.4 miles to Carlsbad High School.

13 miles to Downtown San Diego.

15 miles to San Diego International Airport.


Find out about everything that is nearby to Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad including places of worship.

The homes near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad are a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find homes for sale near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad (if there are any available today) as well as all available Carlsbad homes for sale on my website.


Affordable Low and No Down Payment Options

Homes near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad are approved for several types of financing with low or no down payment required.  Find out what programs you qualify for.  VA Zero Down Financing approved, FHA financing approved, Conventional Financing approved.  Learn more about How To Buy A House With A Low Down Payment In Carlsbad.


Free Market Report For The Homes Near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad

The data used this Free Market Report is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Call or email anytime to discuss how this information can benefit you!


Thank you for reading about the Homes Near Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad!


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JR’s Top Pick for Homes Seen This Week in Bay Ho 92117

This home has a great view and it made my list this week because of the HUGE price reduction. The seller said I want it sold NOW! Spectacular top to bottom remodel including gorgeous kitchen with high end appliances, luxurious bathrooms, new windows, fresh paint inside & out, flooring, landscape…too many ‘new’ items to list.  Great open & spacious floorplan with tons of natural light! Home boasts wonderful sit down bay, ocean & Seaworld fireworks views!  Huge 27,433 square foot lot with amazing outdoor entertaining area!  More than turn key, this home is contemporary masterpiece! BONUS:  $1500 CREDIT FOR REFRIGERATOR!

Click HERE for 25 pictures of my favorite home in Bay Ho this week.



My top pick for homes I have seen this week in Poway -92064. Absolutely stunning estate located in the guard gated Heritage with breathtaking views from your vanishing edge pool and spa! Wonderful floor plan with a lavish master suite downstairs which opens to a private lanai, center island kitchen with stainless steel appliances, office and game room. Luxurious amenities include intricate stone work, hardwood flooring, masonry fireplaces, thick crown moldings, exquiste lighting fixtures, wrought iron staircase and wood beams. This home has a lot to offer and is my favorite house on the market in Poway -92064this week…

Click HERE to view 25 pictures of my favorite home on the market in Poway this week.  

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