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RE/MAX Regal Broker/Owner Ashley Robertson Bedard a Hero of Vista Finalist

RE/MAX Regal Broker/Owner Ashley Robertson Bedard has been named a Top 3 Finalist for Vista Businessperson of the Year!

Through the Vista Chamber of Commerce’s “Heroes of Vista” program, nominees must be successful in their industry and have made an impact in our community through their community involvement, employer benefits & practices, and more.

Ashley’s community service involvement is well-known in the North County community; in 2016, Ashley and the RE/MAX Regal team of agents and partners gathered over 700 pounds of food for Vista Teen Outreach, an organization that provides food pantries in Vista schools for families in need. Each year during the holidays, Ashley runs a toy drive for Solutions for Change, a nonprofit striving to end family homelessness.

Ashley’s Real Estate excellence is distinguished, with many thrilled clients and a growing brokerage now expanding into property management. As a Certified Residential Specialist, Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified, and a Military Residential Specialist, Ashley has found success as a Realtor and Broker in San Diego County.

Winners will be announced on April 21st.

About RE/MAX Regal:

Based in San Marcos, RE/MAX Regal’s team of agents can help you buy or sell property in all of San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties. Our vision is to bring forth innovation, professionalism, and collaboration to improve our real estate industry. We strive to provide the finest quality of service, exceeding client’s expectations, and to maintain the highest standard of excellence, honesty, and ethics. Interested in joining the growing team at RE/MAX Regal? Visit www.remaxregal.info.

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Staging Your Home To Sell: 8 Ways To Make Buyers Fall In Love

“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Will Rogers said that about people, but the same rule holds true for homes. When preparing to sell your home, you must take advantage of every opportunity to make your first impression stunning. Here are 8 tips to blow your potential buyers away.

  1. Curb Appeal: A buyer’s first impression is the outside of your home. Make it beautiful! Keep sidewalks cleared, remove shoes and kids’ toys, mow the lawn, and paint any faded window trim or peeling paint on the deck. Make sure your outside lights are working and remove oil stains from the driveway (cola is a great way to do this!). Planting yellow flowers will evoke emotion.
  2. Ambiance: You want the buyer to walk into your home and not want to leave! A few suggestions: play smooth jazz, bake cookies before an open house, and/or use a diffuser to provide a tranquil scent.
  3. Cleanliness: You want to make sure the house is clean. Clean grout lines, remove cobwebs, clean out the refrigerator, and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Hang fresh towels, vacuum regularly, polish chrome faucets, wash the windows and mirrors, and MOST importantly, clean and air out any odors.
  4. Minor repairs: Minor repairs can truly aid the salability of the home. Patch holes, fix leaky faucets, adjust doors that don’t close properly, and re-caulk showers, tubs, and sinks. Replace burnt out light bulbs and make sure the walls are a neutral color. If a room is small, hang curtains a foot higher than the top of the window, which will create the illusion of a larger room.
  5. De-Clutter: Have you ever been in a model home? Make your home a model home by clearing off kitchen and bathroom counters. Make sure shoes are neatly placed on a shoe rack or in the garage. Don’t leave anything in the entryway and hide cords. The best way to de-clutter is to actually start packing!
  6. Disassociate and De-Personalize: When de-cluttering, remember to consider personal items you’ll be taking with you. Providing the buyer with an opportunity to envision themselves in the home is crucial. This can be achieved by removing personal photos and limiting the use of décor that has phrases.
  7. Move Your Favorite Items: If you love a chandelier and want to take it with you, remove it before showing the property. If a buyer doesn’t see it, they can’t fall in love with it.
  8. Rearrange and Organize: Buyers have a tendency to open the cabinets and closets. A few organizing tips: hang clothes together, buttoned, and in the same direction; neatly stack dishes; and have items in your cabinets and refrigerator facing forward. Avoid placing furniture at an angle, as it makes the room look smaller.

Not sure your home is ready for the market? RE/MAX Regal will help you stage your home for sale and advise you through the preparation process!

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Coming Soon: 217 Walnut Glen, Escondido

This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1260 square foot bungalow is partially restored and ready for you to make it your own! There’s space for your family to grow in this lovely starter home. Enjoy the spacious living room, community pool, and the view from your private patio.

With a fabulous location across the street from Orange Glen Elementary, this home features low HOA fees and a 1-2 car garage.

Will be listed at $339,000.

Interested? Contact Al Serrato at (760) 525-9223 or alserratojr@gmail.com.

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Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Fix Up Your Home Like a Flipper

Flipping homes is a thrill, but don’t forget your own home’s potential. Enjoy that new-home feeling again with these simple tips.

If you’re anything like me, you may find that it’s all too easy to get caught up in the rush of flipping houses. I’ll admit — buying an old house, fixing it up, and flipping it for a profit is pretty exciting. But if you get too distracted by flipping houses, it’s easy to let your own home fall by the wayside.

While profitable remodeling projects can be more tempting to work on, you can still benefit from tackling projects in your own home. Remodeling your home will not only up its value, but also improve the way you feel about it. After all, who wouldn’t love to cook in a newly remodeled kitchen?

Here are five easy, inexpensive projects that will really make a difference in how you feel about your home.

Add a new coat of paint

Whether you decide to paint your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom (or all three!), a coat of paint can instantly transform the look and feel of a room. The best part about painting your own home is that you don’t have to stick to neutrals, because you aren’t trying to attract any buyers.

If you’ve been dying to paint your kitchen red or your bathroom blue, then do it! This is your chance to paint your home the colors that make you happy.

Refresh your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home, so it should be one of the first rooms you remodel. And unless you moved into a brand-new home where you were able to design your kitchen from scratch, chances are there are a few things you’ve been eager to change.

If you’re lucky enough to have nice wood cabinets, don’t worry about replacing them. A splash of paint and some new hardware can work wonders and make your kitchen look brand new, without having to spend hundreds on new cabinets.

The same goes for laminate or wood countertops. There are plenty of DIY kits you can buy to transform your countertops for a fraction of the cost.

A new backsplash is also an inexpensive way to add some life to your kitchen — plus it’s a cinch to install.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Install new doorknobs, faucets, and light fixtures

While they are probably the easiest feature to overlook, new doorknobs and fixtures can make a huge difference in a room. Depending on the type of doorknobs you purchase, and considering that most homes have quite a few knobs, the price can add up pretty quickly.

If you don’t have the time or money to replace all your doorknobs at once, work on replacing just a couple every month, starting with the most obvious ones.

Faucets can get pretty expensive as well, especially if you want to replace them in both your kitchen and bathroom(s). If you want to save some money, I recommend searching online or heading to the clearance section of your local home improvement store.

If you’re lucky, you can find great deals on some beautiful faucets. Replacing all your faucets at once might not be feasible, so don’t be afraid to take your time with this project. Before you know it, you’ll be able to enjoy the luxury of attractive faucets in all your rooms.

As for light fixtures, you may already have fixtures that you like, but they just need a color update. Instead of buying new fixtures, grab a can of spray paint and go to town. It’s amazing what a difference a $3 can of spray paint can make!

Revive your bathroom

coat of paint, wainscoting, and a fresh shower curtain and linens are all super easy ways to instantly transform your old and tired bathroom.

If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, you could even replace the flooring or change up the vanity. Getting ready in the mornings will be that much more enjoyable if you can do so in a beautiful bathroom.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Boost your curb appeal

While it’s always satisfying to remodel the interior of your home, you don’t want to forget about the exterior. Fortunately, there are a couple of simple changes you can make to really boost your home’s curb appeal.

If you can’t afford to replace the front door, try painting it instead. A new porch light fixture, house numbers, and a mailbox can also make a huge difference for your home’s exterior.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to stop coming up with excuses. Go fix up those kitchen cabinets that you’ve hated since you moved in!

By Christina El Moussa. Article courtesy Zillow Porchlight.

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Welcome, Al!

We’re thrilled to welcome Al Serrato, Jr. to our RE/MAX Regal Team!

With over 15 years’ experience, Al has been representing both buyers and sellers since 2000, working actively in both San Diego and Riverside counties. Not just a Realtor, he also has experience in lending! An added bonus: se habla español!

When not working with real estate, Al spends time supporting the Hispanic community and at the Boys and Girls’ Club. He also enjoys giving back: he has served on the YMCA Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Escondido Kiwanis Club.

Al’s winning combination of dedicated community service and excellence in real estate makes him another prime member of RE/MAX Regal! We’re delighted to have him with us.