COVID-19 & Real Estate: What You Should Know if You’re in the Market.

By Caroline Abkar, Realtor
3/27/2020

Whether you’re in the market now or will be in the near future, this video will help you understand what to look out for and how COVID-19 is affecting the real estate market right now.

Posted on March 28, 2020 at 6:08 am
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The Best Answer to ‘What Is My Home Worth?’

By Caroline Abkar, REALTOR
3/1/2020

 

‘What Is My Home Worth’? Ah, the million dollar question. Today, I’m give you tidbits to figure out what your home is worth. The classic thing that everybody does is go on Zillow, Redfin, Trulia, to see what their home is worth. And while that’s a good starting point, it definitely is not going to give you the best answer possible. And that’s because algorithms and computers do not take very specific factors into account. I have a whole other tidbit that you can find on my YouTube channel about Zestimates and how they’re calculated. But in order for you to know what to list for, the first thing you need to do with your realtor is look at comps. Actually your realtor should be looking at comps. And when I say comps, I don’t mean all the homes that have sold that have the same specs as yours within your entire zip code. That is too broad.

You need to look at what I like to call your micro neighborhood. You need to first of all, look at your home and your lot and find homes that have sold in the recent past three to six months that are similar in lot size and also are they a flat lot or is yours on a hill? That’s something that you need to take into account as well. The layout of your home, so inside your house, how is it laid out? You can’t know that, but your realtor who is a neighborhood expert, should have a good sense of those homes that have sold and walked inside of them to know functionally how well they were laid out compared to yours. Indeed, a functional layout is one of the top things that can affect the price.

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Posted on March 2, 2020 at 1:55 am
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Can You Cancel Escrow As a Buyer or Seller?

Are you wondering if you can cancel the contract once you are in escrow on the purchase or sales of a home? Watch your tidbit of the week to find out!

By Caroline Abkar, REALTOR

2/11/2020

 

About the author: Caroline Abkar is an established San Diego Realtor and Bay Park resident who is absolutely passionate about the community as well as representing her clients in selling and acquiring the biggest investment of their lives. She will go above and beyond for those who place their trust in her. You can contact her anytime at 619-808-4804.
Posted on February 11, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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Bay Park Home Coming Soon! 2760 Deerpark Dr, San Diego, CA 92110

By Caroline Abkar, Realtor
February 5th, 2020

 

2760 Deerpark Dr

2760 Deerpark Dr

 

🏡 Sneak peak! This beauty will be ready any day now in Bay Park and I plan to hold it open this weekend Sat 2/8 & Sun 2/9 @ 1-4pm 🔥🔥

🌴 3 bedrooms
🌴 2 bathrooms
🌴 1,722 Sq Ft
🌴 2 car garage
🌴 6,800 Sq Ft lot
🌴 Partial bay and ocean views!
🌴 Fully remodeled
🌴 Price being finalized, most likely $1,195,000-$1,295,000.

For more details and to confirm readiness, please call/text/message me at 📲 619-808-4804

Caroline Abkar, REALTOR®, B.Sc.Eng.
Your Trusted Realtor and Advisor For Life
Windermere Homes & Estates
DRE# 01998434
📲 : 619.808.4804
📧 : Caroline@YourSanDiegoRealty.com
www.yoursandiegorealty.com

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 6:09 am
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Should You Remodel or Move?

By Caroline Abkar, Realtor | January 14th, 2020

Are you wondering if you should remodel your existing home or sell it and buy something new instead? I made this video to help you answer just whether you should remodel your home or move. It is chock full of all the information you need to consider when making this important decision.

 

There is so much that goes into the thought process of figuring out the right answer for you when it comes to remodeling vs moving. You need to first have all this data in hand with the help of your Realtor and lender:

  1. Remodel bid(s)
  2. Current loan balance on your home
  3. Fair market value of your home (appraisal or comps analysis from your realtor).
  4. How much savings you would put toward your remodel/new home
  5. What options do you have for a remodel loan including qualifying amounts (cash out refi, rehab loan, HELOC, etc)
  6. What you qualify for, for a new home.
  7. Net sheets if selling and buying.

Once you have all this information, you will need to determine what it would cost to buy a comparable home to your remodeled home in its future state. In other words, you are now going to figure out if you can get a turnkey home that you will love just as much as your remodeled home, without having to go thru the remodel, which for many people is an extremely stressful event.

 Here are a set of tips and questions to think about for this step:

  • Use your remodel specs (To-Be) as search criteria for a new home
  • Review list of homes for sale or have sold that meet that criteria
  • What is likelihood you will find a home like your To-be that is all done that you love?
  • Do you love your current location?
  • What is the after remodel value of your future home (ARV)? Don’t overbuild.
  • Where will you stay during remodel?
  • Impact on quality of life during remodel
  • Include a $ buffer for unknowns during remodel

 

Hopefully all this data crunching and analysis will give you a good idea of an apples to apples comparison in order to determine if you should remodel, or move!

Caroline

About the author: Caroline Abkar is an established San Diego Realtor and Bay Park resident who is absolutely passionate about the community as well as representing her clients in selling and acquiring the biggest investment of their lives. She will go above and beyond for those who place their trust in her. You can contact her anytime at 619-808-4804.

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Posted on January 14, 2020 at 9:40 pm
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Before you dig on your property, call 811 / Digalert!

By Caroline Abkar, REALTOR | December 12th, 2019

Are you about to begin a house project that requires digging?

Did you know that you can call 811 or go to DigAlert.org to submit your request for a free service where utility operators will be sent out to mark the locations where you have utility lines underground? It’s California State Law to call 811 so for any projects that require a permit! Even if your project doesn’t require a permit, it’s still a good idea to submit a request, for your safety and your neighbors’.

 

Posted on December 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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Selling to an iBuyer ? Here’s What You Need To Know!

By Caroline Abkar, REALTOR | October 8th, 2019

 

 

You may have heard the news and seen their ads everywhere. What an iBuyer is, is a company that will offer to buy your property very quickly, all cash, with an online offer, sight unseen. Think Zillow Offers, Redfin Now, Offerpad, Opendoor. These are all iBuyers.

Now why do they do this? Why do iBuyers offer to buy your home sight unseen, all cash? Well, it’s because their model is based on providing you as a seller all the convenience, compared to the traditional models. That way, you can sell very quickly and they claim that it’s almost hassle-free. There is a risk with this model that they need to bear and account for. iBuyers are volume based companies, buying a lot of homes and they’re buying them all cash, but they’re also making their profit up front. They’re not making the profit when they resell the house later on with a markup. Making a profit up-front at the time they purchase the home means that for you as a seller will be netting much less for your home compared to the traditional model. Research shows that we’re talking up to 15% less.

So if you’re a seller who desperately needs the cash, you’re moving out of state, out of country, you absolutely need to move and you cannot wait the 30-45 days or however long it may take on the open market, then you may really be considering an iBuyer’s offer. But again, you need to understand that that convenience absolutely comes at a cost. Take this example provided by Fidelity Title:

iBuyer vs Open market

iBuyer vs Open Market

 

What this shows is that the net difference between using a Realtor in a traditional open market model vs an iBuyer is $93,217 for a home that it worth $680,000. That is how much less you walk away with as a seller in exchange for a quick close. Therefore, it’s very important to understand the cost of that convenience and remember as well that if what you’re looking for is a quick all cash offer, a good established Realtor will have partnerships with local investors who will offer all cash and no contingencies for your home as well to make it hassle free. So don’t forget that option, and make sure that you’re doing your homework and you’re thinking of all the possible scenarios in order to make the best decision for yourself when the time comes to sell your home.

Caroline

About the author: Caroline Abkar is an established San Diego Realtor and Bay Park resident who is absolutely passionate about the community as well as representing her clients in selling and acquiring the biggest investment of their lives. She will go above and beyond for those who place their trust in her. You can contact her anytime at 619-808-4804.

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 4:08 am
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What is a home warranty?

By Caroline Abkar, 9/5/2019

A home warranty is very different than a homeowner’s insurance. While homeowner’s insurance covers damage to your home, a home warranty will cover the appliances and systems in your home, including but not limited to your refrigerator, oven, garbage disposal, microwave, dishwasher, water heater, furnace, A/C, plumbing, sewer line, pool.


There are various plans and options to choose from depending on what you are looking to get covered. Often times, the cost of replacement your appliance or system is higher than the yearly cost of maintaining a home warranty. Your decision may also depend on whether all your appliances and systems are new and still under manufacturer warranty.

There is typically a service call fee each time you submit a claim for someone to come out and look at your defective item, and it can range anywhere from $60-75/call depending again on which home warranty company you choose.

This table extracted from Home Warranty of America‘s brochure shows the cost of replacement of common items:

Home warranty san diego


There are many home warranty providers to choose from, and it’s a good idea to compare your options to see what makes most sense to you.


I’m always happy to help if you have any questions or need a recommendation!

Caroline

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 12:15 am
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