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Coming Together for Our Clients

ListWell brokers make the effort to know their communities. Knowing the real estate market is a big part of that, but it’s not all of it. Our kids go to local schools, we participate in community events, and we work with other local business. Karin from Mission Viejo, California said her broker was “a great source for providing contact names for whatever was needed to solve fix-it issues.” Randall from Dana Point, California echoed that statement saying his broker “provided excellent service all the way around from providing objective advice, recommendations for staging prior to listing, and references for economical repair services.”

We give you the details so you can make informed decisions as you prepare your home to sell. Tom S., a ListWell broker in Orange County, California, is involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, a collective of professionals in the business community who come together to better serve their clients and community. This gives him a chance to get to know the service providers available in the area. “Working with the local business and trades people gives us a wide array of vendors at our disposal,” said Tom. “We can make sure to get the best services for our clients’ particular needs while being mindful of quality and value.”

We realize good business happens when everyone wins.

New Year’s Reflection

IMG_4627 (1)The start of a new year often brings resolutions: read a book a month, eat healthier, travel to new places, you name it. In our book, reflections are just as important. What were we able to accomplish in the last year? What are our hopes for the future? In 2017, the average seller savings for ListWell California was $11,900. That’s just as big a success for us as it was for our sellers. Rather than laying out a huge commission payment at 5 to 6 percent of the home value, these home sellers paid a flat rate, and came out with more money in their wallets. Whether depositing into a retirement account, taking the family on a big vacation, or investing in a new vehicle, the possibilities are endless. We’re glad that money wasn’t spent on commissions.

Our goal for 2018 is to continue to provide top rate, full service real estate options to the people in our communities at a price that makes sense. From property research to inspection and closing, we resolve to provide exceptional service. Troy B. from Huntington Beach California put it well: “ListWell provided terrific service and knowledge to illuminate the most direct pathway to success in selling our home.” In 2017, Troy saved money and found a real estate system that made sense. There should be more people like Troy.

If you’re thinking 2018 is the year to sell or you want to find out more about ListWell in your community, check out the ListWell Home Selling page where you can view a short video on the home selling process and find out how you can get more money in your pocket. Cheers to 2018!

19 Brownstone Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Tastefully upgraded townhome located at 19 Brownstone Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 in the highly sought after Vantis community, where urban city style living meets resort luxury amenities.

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This home features a chefs kitchen with beveled edge granite, custom stone backsplash, a large center island/breakfast bar, upgraded cabinets and a GE Profile stainless appliance suite. The downstairs area is open with high ceilings and lots of natural light providing a nice spacious feeling. The oversized master suite has a gorgeous bathroom which boasts a dual sink vanity, Roman soaking tub and a walk-in tile shower. The impressive walk-in wardrobe was created by Ca. Closets. Gorgeous flooring, Plantation shutters, ceilings fans and mirror closets in every bedroom, upgraded lighting and fixtures throughout. The garage has epoxy coat floors and abundant storage cabinets. The front patio is perfect for entertaining or just sitting with coffee. The Vantis lifestyle features a resort style pool and spa featuring covered cabanas. State of the art gym, billiards room, and a beautiful clubhouse. Lush green walkways, several gardens and parks, barbecue stations and an outdoor fireplace to meet with friends and neighbors. This pet friendly, mountain view development has direct walking access to the Regal Cinemas and many restaurants/shops. Across the street, you’ll find the gorgeous Grand Park where outdoor concerts and movies are played for locals during the warm, summer months. Outdoor activities, great schools and a wonderful community! 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

Designer touches everywhere! Very active lifestyle with resort style amenities and you can walk/bike to everything!!!

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or CONTACT US for a private viewing ASAP. This property won’t be on the market long!!!

8447 Basin Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Beautiful La Cuesta Tennis Club Townhome located at 8447 Basin Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92646.

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This 4 bedroom floor plan is rarely on the market with 1 bedroom & 1 full bath downstairs. Some of the upgrades include central heat & air conditioning, Travertine floors, plush newer carpet in the living room, mahogany double entry doors with solid brass handle set, dual pane Milgard vinyl windows, plantation shutters and a remodeled kitchen with deep double stainless sinks, and granite countertops. Vaulted ceilings in the living room and master bedroom give this home a wide open feeling with lots of natural light. There is a cozy gas fireplace to take the chill from the upcoming winter months. Private courtyard entry & enclosed back patio. Attic with ample storage, drop-down stairs, and temperature activated ventilating fan. This is an end unit with only one connecting wall. Two car garage with automatic door, garage butler, and overhead storage. Association includes basic cable TV, water & trash. Lighted tennis court, clubhouse and bar-b-que in the community area. Close to 405 freeway, downtown Huntington Beach and has great schools Friendly quiet neighborhood. VA, FHA, and Conventional financing is available. 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

Very nice 4 Bedroom, three bathroom single family home under $650K with a downstairs bedroom and full bathroom. HOA includes water, trash and basic cable.

5 Sellers Saved Over $63,000

Still wondering if Flat Fee will put more money in your pocket when you sell your home? Find out how these 5 sellers saved over $63,000 with ListWell’s flat fee real estate services vs. traditional 5% commission based fees. What would you do with this kind of money? Go on vacation? Buy a car? Buy a houseful of new furniture?

9 Lancewood Way, Irvine
Sold $805,000
Seller saved $16,650!!!
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4700 Ventana, Oceanside
Sold $520,000
Seller saved $8,100
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24359 Mira Verde, Laguna Niguel
Sold $675,000
Seller saved $12,750
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2 Mondrian, Aliso Viejo
Sold $565,000
Seller saved $9,700
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15 Dusk Way, Aliso Viejo
Sold $795,000
Seller saved $16,350
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Want more information about ListWell’s Flat Fee savings? CONTACT US!

1579 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92867

Have it all! A wonderful single family home with gorgeous lush landscaping with fruit tress located at 1579 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92867

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In-law suite / Guest Quarters / Income Unit can offset costs and a gorgeous pool & deck that is ready to entertain friends and family all summer long! This flexible floor-plan is currently set up in the main part of the home as 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths with a formal entry, open living room, formal dinning room, kitchen that has double ovens and a breakfast bar, a sun room off the pool and an office with tons of light. The master suite is nicely done with a jet spa Roman tub, glass block partition and a separate walk-in shower. Then there is also a part of the home that is separated to create a space where long term guests or renters (perfect for Chapman students) can feel very comfortable with a kitchenette, upgraded tile shower and vanity with plenty of counter space and their own private entrance. Chapman University and Old Town Orange are close by with great shopping and restaurants. This home was just freshly painted, a newly finished garage with epoxy floors and even some attic storage space. Freshly painted concrete stamped driveway and walkways along with the tropical landscaping give this home excellent curb appeal. Yes, you can have it all in this wonderful home, the large freshwater pool you always wanted and even income or a place for long term guests with their own private space. Come see what this unique opportunity has to offer!

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

Great pool home with a second unit for In-laws, long terms guests, nanny, or better yet… Income with renters!!! Must See! 

3 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

Ready to take the plunge from renting to owning a home? Before you dive in, here are 3 first time home buyer mistakes to avoid.

Don’t blow all your savings on the down payment.

Its very common in this day and age to run into consumers experiencing financial distress, and more often than not these problems arise because of a recent home purchase. Many save for a big down payment or have acquired a loan that didn’t require a big down payment and were approved based only on debt to income ratio and credit score. After the purchase, there’s no savings left for furnishings, home repairs, or insurance deductibles when claims are made. That means they’re either left using credit to cover these necessary expenses. Before they know it they find they can’t afford their home anymore.

The best advice in this low interest rate environment is to make a smaller down payment. It can be beneficial to the first time buyer to lock in the low rate and still have cash savings for emergencies and other expenses. Look for loans that allow the buyer(s) to remove PMI when their equity is greater than 20% without refinancing.

Don’t buy the most expensive home based on your pre-approval and decorate slowly. You don’t have to keep up with everyone else on the block.

Take it One Step at a Time

Another common mistake first-time buyers make is thinking that the first step is to start looking at houses.

In reality, the first step should be to start saving money for down-payment and closing costs. Once you have a small nest egg, it’s time to get pre-qualified by a reputable lender so you know what you can afford. Your ListWell Realtor will be happy to connect you with a lender they know and trust to perform. THEN, once you are pre-qualified, it’s time for the fun part: looking at houses

Your Flat-fee ListWell Realtor focuses on resonating with you and saving you money with your first home buying experience. The purchase process can be drawn out, frustrating, and confusing – especially if you, the Buyer, don’t know where things stand throughout the process. Our brokers are ambitious, accessible, and communicative. Pair a motivated Buyer with a strong lender, and a communicative Realtor, and you’ve got a winning team. Team work makes the dream work!

Be Aware of Home Values and What You Commit To

Buying a house is a huge thing! Do not take it lightly and assume everyone you work with knows what is best for you. No one knows the best decisions except the buyer! You must be proactive and educated. For example:

Don’t assuming houses will always go up in value. Yes, houses historically do go up in value, but that does not mean they will go up in value every year and make you rich. There will always be fluxuation in the market. Houses may go up in value for two years and then decline, or vice versa. When you buy a home, do not count on it going up in value 10 or 20 percent the first couple of years so you can refinance the home or sell it. Be prepared to stay in the home more than 2 years. If you have to move quickly, you may be losing money when you buy a home for full retail value.

Shop your loan! Some lenders may suggest an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) or an FHA loan to help buyers qualify for a higher amount. These are not always bad loans, but they have drawbacks. FHA loans have mortgage insurance that is paid every month and cannot be removed from the loan. This can add $100’s a month to your house payment. Most conventional loans have mortgage insurance as well, but it can sometimes be removed in a few years. ARMs have lower payments in the beginning of the loan, but they can increase in the future. An ARM is only suggested if you can afford the payments when they increase. Do not assume your house value will go up to bail you out.

Looking for more guidance when shopping for your first home? Contact ListWell today, we’ll be glad to help!

5672 Windcroft Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Must See! Gorgeous pool home located at 5672 Windcroft Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 in Prestigious “Crestmore Estates”.

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Close to the beach and very nicely upgraded. This home features double door entry, gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters, cathedral ceilings, a sky light, crown molding, wet bar with wine fridge and a whole house central vacuum system. This open floorplan gives a spacious and elegant feel with tons of natural light. This oversized chef’s kitchen boasts beautiful granite counters, custom tile backsplash and cabinets, gorgeous stone tile flooring, built in Cappuccino machine, upgraded pendent lighting and a wonderful view of the pool and spa that lights up nicely in those warm summer evenings. There are three dining options with the formal dining room for special occasions, the kitchen table in the atrium area and the breakfast counter for the morning coffee and pastry. Downstairs there is also a bedroom suite plus an additional remodeled powder room for guests. Up the impressive staircase you will find the oversized master suite with it’s retreat, walk-in wardrobe & dual sided fireplace. The master bath has the roman soaking tub on the other side of that fireplace for a relaxing bath staring into a cozy fire. The dual sink vanity has a stone top, upgraded fixtures and custom cabinets. The large walk-in tile shower is glass enclosed with a convenient bench. AC/Furnace system installed just last year. Dual pane vinyl windows. Wonderful 3 car garage with epoxy floors, overhead storage & cabinets. 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

Wonderful upgraded home in a great neighborhood close to the beach. Large kitchen opens to the family room. Lap pool and spa. Oversized master suite with updated master bath.

1 Tuolumne Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Immaculate detached home in the highly sought after gated community of “The Point” located at 1 Tuolumne Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 features two master bedrooms plus a desk area with an open airy floor plan and an abundance of natural light.

1 Tuolumne Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Everyone loves this floor plan where the living room, dinning room and kitchen are all wide open creating a perfect space to thrive. The kitchen has all stainless appliances, a breakfast counter and plenty of counter and cabinet space with a nice size pantry. The entire ground floor has easy maintenance neutral ceramic tile. Gorgeous brand new natural wood grain laminate has just been added on the stairway and throughout the upper level. The main master has vaulted ceilings, a walk in closet with organizers, a dual sink vanity and a textured glass shower enclosure. The second bedroom is also a en suite and has a walk-in closet and vaulted ceilings. The entire A/C and heating system has been replaced in 2016. The homes exterior was just repainted in the past year as well. Upgraded fixtures and lighting throughout. Recessed lighting, 4″ baseboards, security system, a “Nest” smart thermostat and additional garage storage are a few additional items that make this home special. The gorgeous and private back yard (only one neighbor) is one of the largest in the tract with lush landscaping, stone and paver accents and a dog run on the side yard. Walk to award winning schools and a wonderful park with cool kid equipment. Shopping, Theaters, Restaurants, Toll Road minutes away. BONUS: LOW HOA Dues! 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

IMMACULATE!!! This gorgeous detached home is an end unit that show model perfect. Loads of little touches that make it have that “designer” feel and having a brand new heating and A/C system makes it super efficient and cool as a cucumber!!

Want a private viewing of this home? Contact us TODAY!

9 Lancewood Way, Irvine, CA 92612

*****UPDATE*****

Sold for $805,000 – Seller saved $16, 650 with flat fee vs traditional 5% commission

Flexible floor plan best describes this wonderful University Park 4 bedroom home located at 9 Lancewood Way, Irvine, CA 92612. This home offers a fantastic opportunity for a traditional 4-bedroom 3-bath home, rental income with it’s own private entrance, or multi-generational living home with two master bedrooms.

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One master bedroom downstairs with a private glass slider to the back yard from the original floor plan and then there is the permitted addition that is a huge second master with french doors to a private balcony, large walk-in closet, a spacious bathroom and even a convenient mini kitchen area with a sink and mini fridge space. The entire home has been recently painted and all the bedrooms as well as the upstairs have just been re-carpeted with nice neutral colors. The entry, living room, dining room and hallway are all done with a light wood laminate. This particular model has a courtyard off the main living area and kitchen that is a fantastic option for a private outdoor coffee/reading area, a way to expand the kitchen or even add an office/den. The kitchen has granite counters and plenty of counter and cabinet space. There is a nice size back yard with a large deck for patio furniture and entertaining. The association has 4 pools, 2 tennis courts, volleyball court, tot lots, wonderful walking/biking paths and University Community Park. Excellent schools and the library are super close by with easy access to the freeways restaurants & shopping. A wonderful place to call home and a must see for any extended family! 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME

Two Masters or used as a mother in-law suite or even an income unit! Super close to the pools, library, parks, shopping restaurants and easy freeway access.

This home won’t last long. Contact us today for a private viewing.