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Sold!

It has been a big month for Homes for Heroes sales. We had two clients sell their homes and purchase a new home with us.

The first client was an assistant principal who saved $2,024.25 when she sold her condo and will be getting a rebate check for $2,887.50 for the purchase of her new home!  This client also used a local Homes for Heroes Lender adding an additional $500 to their savings!

The second client was a double hero who is a Veteran and a sub contractor for Cal Fire during fire season.  They saved $4,281.25 when they sold their home and will be getting a rebate check for $5,950!!

Congratulations to both clients and I hope they help spread the word about how easy the program was to use!

Those who qualify to use the Homes for Heroes Program:  Veterans, Military, Medical Professionals (nurses, doctors, medical billing), Educators, EMS, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters. Homes for Heroes is a nation wide program Click here for more information

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On Air, Saturday May 6th

Join Will Barnaby with Central Coast Lending (BRE#01809075and Alicia DiGrazia (BRE#01427039) with REMAX Parkside Real Estate Saturday morning on Mortgage Matters from on am 920 KVEC.    In the 10′ o’clock hour we will be talking about the Homes for Heroes program, how it can benefit you.  Tune in or, even better, call in!

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Open House Sunday October 2nd 1-4pm

5715 Santa Cruz Road, Space 7 is a 2005 manufactured home with 2 bedrooms (the second bedroom is very small and would make a nice office or nursery), one bathroom. The seller has recently installed wood laminate flooring. Newer washer, dryer and refrigerator are included!  With easy access to Hwy 101 one can quickly be in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles or on the Coast! Space rent for new owner $595/month.

Open house will be hosted by Cynthia Canet.  If you can’t make it during the open house, but would like to see the house, please feel free to call Cynthia at 805-296-7725!

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West Templeton Estate

Breathtaking views from this hilltop estate in Templeton! Took some time to preview a few available homes in West Templeton this morning.  Here is a taste of what I saw!  


By using a homes for heroes realtor, the potential rebate on the property $11,500! (Rebates are calculated as .7% of the purchase price).  Call, message, email or text for details!  

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7575 Monterey Road, Paso Robles Open 9/20/16 9:30-11:00am

I will be sitting at this home today, come by if you can!  If you want to see the house but can’t make it this morning, just let me know and we can set a time that works for you!

Priced at $550,000

More details about the property

You may qualify for a rebate of up to $3,850 by using a Homes for Heroes Realtor if you are law enforcement, a medical professional, educator, fire fighter, EMS or military (active, reserves or veteran). No additional paperwork necessary! Call, message or email and mention Homes for heroes!

For every home purchased through a Homes for Heroes Realtor, a % of the purchased is put towards assisting veterans and military families around the country with housing.

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Home improvements with the lowest return

 

Home Upgrades with the Lowest ROI

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Of course, homeowning isn’t just about building wealth; it’s also about living well and making memories — even if that means outclassing your neighborhood or turning off future buyers. So if any of these six upgrades is something you can’t be dissuaded from, enjoy! We won’t judge. But go in with your eyes wide open. Here’s why: 

1. Outdoor Kitchen

The fantasy: You’re the man — grilling steaks, blending margaritas, and washing highball glasses without ever leaving your pimped-out patio kitchen.

The reality: For what it costs — on average $12,000 to $15,000 — are you really gonna use it? Despite our penchant for eating alfresco, families spend most leisure time in front of some screen and almost no leisure time outdoors, no matter how much they spend on amenities, according to UCLA’s “Life At Home” study. And the National Association of Home Builders’ 2013 “What Home Buyers Really Want” report says 35% of mid-range buyers don’t want an outdoor kitchen.

The bottom-line: Instead, buy a tricked out gas grill, which will do just fine when you need to char something. If you’re dying for an outdoor upgrade, install exterior lighting — only 1% of buyers don’t want that.

2. In-Ground Swimming Pool

The fantasy: Floating aimlessly, sipping umbrella drinks, staying cool in the dog days of summer.

The reality: Pools are money pits that you’ll spend $17,000 to $45,000+ to install (concrete), and thousands more to insure, secure, and maintain. Plus, you won’t use them as much as you think, and when you’re ready to sell, buyers will call your pool a maintenance pain.

The bottom-line: If your idea of making it includes a backyard swimming pool, go for it. But, get real about:

  • How many days per year you’ll actually swim.
  • How much your energy bills will climb to heat the water ($760 to $1,845 depending on location and temperature).
  • What you’ll pay to clean and chemically treat the pool ($20 to $100 per month in-season if you do it yourself; $75 to $165 per month for a pool service).
  • The fact that you’ll likely need to invest in a pool fence. In fact, some insurance carriers require it.

Related: Natural Swimming Pools: 9 Myths Busted

3. In-Ground Spa

The fantasy: Soothing aching muscles and sipping chardonnay with friends while being surrounded by warm water and bubbles.

The reality: In-ground spas are nearly as expensive ($15,000 to $20,000) as pools and cost about $1 a day for electricity and chemicals. You’ll have to buy a cover ($50 to $400) to keep children, pets, and leaves out. And, like in-ground pools, in-ground spas’ ROI depends solely on how much the next homeowner wants one.

The bottom-line: Unless you have a chronic condition that requires hydrotherapy, you probably won’t use your spa as much as you imagine. A portable hot tub will give you the same benefits for as little as $1,000 to $2,500, and you can take it with you when you move.

4. Elevator

Your fantasy: No more climbing stairs for you or for your parents when they move in.

The reality: Elevators top the list of features buyers don’t want in the NAHB “What Buyers Really Want” report. They cost upwards of $25,000 to install, which requires sawing through floors, laying concrete, and crafting high-precision framing. And, at sales time, elevators can turn off some families, especially those with little kids who love to push buttons.

The bottom-line: If you truly need help climbing stairs, you can install a chair lift on a rail system ($1,000 to $5,000). Best feature: It can be removed.

5. Backup Power Generator

Your fantasy: The power in your area goes kaput, but not for you. You were smart enough to install a backup power generator. While the neighbors eat cold hot dogs by a flashlight beam, you’re poaching salmon in your oven and pumping out Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes.

The reality: Power outages may seem to go on forever, but they don’t. Fifty dollars worth of batteries can power portable lights, radios, and TVs; a car adaptor will charge your cell phones and iPods; and some dry ice will keep freezer food cold for at least a couple of days.

The bottom-line: If you live in areas where power shortages are the rule, not the exception, spend the money for reliable backup power: Your still-frozen steaks, home office fax, and refrigerated medicine will thank you. But if the power goes out rarely, then installing a standby generator is overkill.

6. New Windows

The fantasy: Brand new windows that don’t stick, and slash energy bills.

The reality: A $15,000 vinyl window replacement project will return about 80% of your investment at resale, according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. And if they’re Energy Star-qualified, they can save you around $300 in energy bills per year.  So, plan to live in your house about another 10 years to recoup the cost of new windows.

The bottom-line: We get it — new windows are sturdy, pretty energy savers. But unless old window frames are thoroughly rotten, most windows can be repaired for a fraction of replacement costs. And if you spend about $1,000 to update insulation, caulking, and weather-stripping, you’ll save 10% to 20% on your energy bill.

 

Information provided by HouseLogic.com