Looking for An Experienced Real Estate Agent

by Teryn on January 22, 2015


Here is a question I am often asked:

How many homes have you bought and sold?

In my career as a realtor, I have helped clients buy and sell hundreds of homes. As part of wealth building, I’ve also counseled clients on holding onto their property.

Plus, over the course of many, many years my husband and I have purchased and sold many of our own homes. The first home we lived in had been his bachelor pad which we turned into a rental property and held on to it for over 20 years. What was most amazing about that little house was that we leveraged it many times which allowed us over the years to buy and sell a very large tri-plex, three commercial buildings, our first home, and our dream home which was a 1915 hunting lodge.

We sold the lodge when we moved from Portland and purchased a Ventura hillside home. As for that bachelor pad rental property, in 2014 we did a 1031-exchange into a more expensive three bedroom, two bathroom mid-town Spanish charmer rental property in order to bring in a much higher return.

Our exit strategy for retirement is to someday sell our hillside house and move into the new rental. We will then live in the rental property for two years to absorb the capital gains and then sell it.

I believe communication is one of the most important things a realtor can bring to the table. My clients need to know so many things to make smart decisions. (Remember, YOU make the decisions, not your real estate agent!) For instance, for the current market I want to know things like:

  1. How many houses are in competition with my house?
  2. How quickly do houses sell in my neighborhood?
  3. How many showings were there this week?
  4. Are there any buyers who have seen my house more than once?
  5. How many agents have toured my house this week?
  6. Are there any mortgage issues impacting my potential buyers?

And as a skilled negotiator, I also want to know things like:

  1. Why is the seller selling?
  2. How did they land on the list price?
  3. What are the comparable sales in the neighborhood?
  4. Is the buyer a strong buyer and are they using a local lender?
  5. Has the buyer made offers on other properties?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home and want an agent who has been in your shoes and is an experienced negotiator, I’m your best choice.

The door to your dreams hinges on me!

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Deck the Halls

by Teryn on November 13, 2014


It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Time to pick out the tree and haul ornament-filled boxes from the attic. But, the next open house you have won’t be for your dear friends — it will be for potential buyers. Stay festive without crossing the line with these Frontdoor.com tips.

Your yard and front door provide a sneak preview of the warm and inviting atmosphere inside. Showcase winter’s beauty with a pinecone wreath on your door, and excite prospective buyers by hanging some simple lights outside.

Inside, appeal to guests’ senses. Draw back the curtains to allow natural light, and add more lamps for a softer light that also fights the darkness of the season. Keep the house toasty by lighting the fireplace or switching on the heater. In the bathrooms, add seasonal scented soap, and in the kitchen, let the aromas of freshly baked cookies or hot cider circulate.

Keep the religious décor to a minimum to avoid scaring off buyers. Consider a scaled-back Christmas tree or Hanukkah menorah in the corner, gifts tucked tidily around. After all, it’s still a holiday.

Please feel free to call me to learn more about the home selling process! (805) 339-3591.

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New Homeowner DIY Tips

November 6, 2014

Buying a home for the first time  is a huge step. But learning to maintain and improve it can be both painful and rewarding. The do-it-yourself experts at The Family Handyman (www.familyhandyman.com) offer the following tips for maintaining your home that will save you money down the road. Create a homeowner’s journal. Keep insurance papers, [...]

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Out Cold

October 30, 2014

Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in, add winter-proofing chores to your home to-do list. Protect your home from winter’s woes with these tips from RealEstate.com. Heating Basics Replace old thermostats with programmable ones that allow you to lower the temperature when you’re away from home. Turn on your furnace to [...]

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Heat Safety Tips

October 23, 2014

As energy costs continue to rise, some homeowners are using alternate sources to heat their homes. While wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces are popular options, especially in colder climates, they can be fire hazards. FireSafety.gov offers some tips to help homeowners use these heat alternatives safely. Wood stoves made of plate steel or cast [...]

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Show time – Selling Your Home

October 16, 2014

End-of-summer sales on patio furniture might be front and center, but it might be just the right time to invest in new indoor chairs, couches or tables. Take a seat and learn how to prepare with tips from Better Homes and Gardens. Do your homework. First, measure everything. Write down room dimensions, accounting for the [...]

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A Buyer’s Guide to Understanding Title Insurance

October 9, 2014

What is a Title Insurance Policy? The policy of title insurance you receive when you purchase a home is an important document, but may buyers don’t understand what kind of protections the policy provides. Simply put, a policy of title insurance protects a buyer or lender against errors, omissions, or defects in the title to [...]

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Closing Day – Title and Escrow

October 2, 2014

The escrow closing day is the conclusion of a process which, over days, weeks, or perhaps months, has required the cooperation and energy of many professionals and the Buyer and Seller. Just prior to closing, the Escrow Officer audits the entire escrow file, provides instructions to the Title Company, and formally authorizes recordable documents to [...]

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3 Bedroom Mid-Town Spanish Charmer for Rent $2600

October 1, 2014

Available November 1st is our three bedroom, two bathroom Spanish charmer home. Located in mid-town Ventura you’ll be close to the beach, downtown, highways, schools and parks. Very recent top to bottom remodel included newly finished hardwood floors, updated kitchen, fresh paint, new pluming and electrical, new stove and refrigerator plus fireplace. Washer & dryer hook [...]

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Understanding Title & Closing Costs

September 25, 2014

It’s a big day. The day you go to the title or escrow company, sign your name on the dotted line, hand over a check, and prepare to take ownership of your new home. It’s also the day that you and the seller will pay “closing” or settlement costs, an accumulation of separate charges paid [...]

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