Open Houses and Hot Buys

Sold – New Record High Sales Price for Lake Forest Shores

LakeShoresExteriorThank you to the visitors who attended my Sailwind Way Grand Opening Open House on Saturday.  I am excited to let you know the final score!

The buyer wanted to buy the home for full price the moment it came on the MLS.  He was told he had to wait until the weekend Grand Opening to view it.  It was standing room only when he entered the home.  After seeing the ‘competition’ he wrote an offer for $25,000 over asking.  This set a new record high in Lake Forest Shores and completely covered the seller’s marketing fee and then some!

If you are a have been to one of my Grand Opening Open Houses, I am sure you observed the over-the-top measures that my team and I took to serve our sellers and put more money in their pockets.  We do the same hard work to help locate and negotiate the best situation for our buyers as well.  If you don’t have a signed contract with an agent, we would be delighted to help you find your dream home in record time.

Do you know anyone who might be looking to sell?
I have a young couple named Jonathan and Kelly who have asked me to find them a 2-bedroom condo in Lake Forest.  I am not new to this.  In fact, I teach agents who work in other cities how to sell homes using this same award-winning method that took me 15 years of testing to develop.  LakeShoresKitchenIt is all about helping sellers do the small things that make a big difference so that crowds converge on their home within a 4-hour period creating a feeding frenzy and a quick sale.  My past sellers love the fact that they don’t have to deal with buyers coming in and out of their home for months and that their home sells for top dollar in record time.

I have one opening to help a seller in September and one in October.  If you are a buyer, I have two openings available at this time. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Sold Before The Paint Dried (but you didn’t totally miss out).

The pictures are here! Too late.

Last week we posted about a 2-bedroom/2-bath townhouse in Lake Forest we were bringing to market. We really wanted to invite everyone to the Grand Opening Open House to show you how beautiful the home was after the full remodel that upgraded the home throughout and changed a half bath to a second full bath.

Well, before the paint even had time to dry – it sold.

Coppercliff ExteriorSomeone saw our last post and sent their family to go look. The young couple had been looking at brand new homes in the area and immediately recognized the amazing value and made an offer.

Normally we would be talking about how you should act quickly to not miss opportunities like this, but in this case, we want let you know about townhouse #2. While we were remodeling the townhouse above, we were also remodeling a second home in the same tract with 50% more upgrades.

 

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Townhouse #2 will be available very soon and will look very similar to what you see in these pictures. It will have the full second bathroom along with a new kitchen and much more.

We will be announcing the details and availability of Townhouse #2 very shortly (the paint isn’t even on the walls yet, and it may not have a chance to dry either) so pay close attention. You won’t want to miss this next opportunity.

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Grand Opening Open House – 25204 Tanoak Saturday, Feb 6 – Lunch At Noon

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Remodel will be completed in time for this Grand Opening Open House Saturday February 6, 2016 from 12 – 4pm. Lunch will be catered by Outback Steakhouse and will be served at promptly at noon. Who can you think of that is looking for a highly-upgraded two-bedroom, two full bath condo with a direct access garage? Have them call be as soon as possible so I can get them pre-approved by my lender because if you have ever seen me at work you know that this home will be gone by the end of the weekend.

Welcome to the scenic lakes, woods & hills of Lake Forest.  You will drive by this on the way to this attractive 2-bedroom, 2-bath, dual master suites, upper level, end-unit, sunset view condo in the highly desirable community of Tierra Vista off of Peachwood & Trabuco.

tanoak 2The sellers are just finishing a contemporary remodel that will include fresh neutral two-tone decorator paint, wide-plank flooring, neutral carpeting, 2” white slat custom blinds, lighting, hardware & French doors. Sellers doubled the size of the kitchen. WOW!  It features stainless steel appliances & quartz counters.

Each master & living room open up to expansive veranda perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or entertaining. Walk-in closet in one master & a wall of closets in the other. Full-size inside laundry room with quartz counters, storage & skylight. Each bedroom has its own linen closet so it is great for roommates. One of the two pools & spas are just a minute stroll away.

tanoak 3Situated next to exquisite Serrano Park homes with walking trails, greenbelts & parks all around. Only a few miles to the Irvine Spectrum businesses & dining venues!  A short stroll to shopping and eateries. This condo looks like a model & will blow out right after its Outback Steakhouse lunch!

 

Birch Grove Open House Results

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What happened at your last Grand Opening Open House? Well, I’m glad you asked. In September we held our Grand Opening at Birch Grove in Terra Vista, another Taco Edition. If you have followed our recent sales you could probably predict the results – sold in 4 hours for thousands over recent comps. The open house was seen by almost 300 guests and 17 offers were received.

In case you missed the open house here is a video that we had a professional movie company shoot at the event.

The flash mob was planned although many people from the crowd joined in spontaneously. The amount of people who came to the open house was typical (you would know that if I sold your house) and a result of the outside-of-the-box marketing we do on each and every listing. We are going to be using this video as part of the Yesin7days training we will be teaching to other agents beginning next year.

Who do you know that’s getting ready to buy or sell? Would you like to be their hero and save them from waiting on the same old traditional agent marketing? Would they love to have their home sold quickly for more than the asking price? Send them this blog post and tell them to call Jenean right away. It’s always nice to share good things with friends. Here’s Jenean’s number (949) 583-1331.

Feel free to share this with anyone you know who may be looking to buy or sell a home anytime soon.

Grand Opening TACO EDITION 2: 25182 Birch Grove – Saturday Sept 19th, Lunch at Noon

We had so much fun with the last Taco Party so we decided to do it again. This condo is ranged priced starting at $349,900 and sell quickly so come early and make your best offer right away.

Welcome to the scenic lakes, woods and hills of Lake Forest.  This attractive and quiet 2-bedroom, 2-bath, dual master suites, ground level, end-unit, view condo is in the desirable community of Tierra Vista off of Peachwood and Trabuco.

The sellers are just finishing a whole home contemporary remodel that will include fresh neutral two-tone decorator paint, wide-plank flooring, 2” white slat custom blinds, G.E. stainless steel appliances, remodeled baths including beautiful double shower, quartz/granite counters and Anderson sliding doors that lead to a ‘grassy’, private back yard perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

Walk-in closet in one master and a wall of closets in the other. Full-size inside laundry room with storage leads to freshly-painted direct access garage with epoxy floors, storage and new water heater. Each bedroom has its own linen closet so it is great for roommates.

Pool/spa are just 2 minutes away. Situated next to exquisite Serrano Park homes with walking trails, greenbelts and parks all around. Only a few miles from the Irvine Spectrum businesses & dining venues!  A short stroll to shopping and eateries.

This condo looks like a model and will sell right after its big FREE taco bar Sat lunch!  Call me or ask your agent for info.

Jenean Says: Arrive early at 11:45am and enjoy the live catered taco bar ‘while supplies last’. There will be a line at the door, embrace it, you’ll want my same over-the-top effort when I sell your home.

A Tale of Two Sonoita’s (or Traditional Agent vs Jenean Hill)

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David here to report on the recently sold 23046 Sonoita property (the ‘Taco Edition’ Grand Opening Open House). We opened the property to the pubic on the same day as another property opened just 4 doors down the street. Both homes back to a very busy street and present a challenge to market and sell. What a great opportunity to show the power of Jenean’s marketing and selling of homes versus traditional agents. (I was going to mention that the other agent was out-of-area but then I realized that Jenean sells out-of-area all the time, using the same system to quickly sell homes anywhere.)

Here’s what happened so far:

Both homes opened on the same day. The other agent did the traditional marketing, put a sign in the yard and put the home on the MLS. Jenean spent the entire month in advance of the open house to market the property and get it ready for the public. When she opened the doors for the Grand Opening Open House, it resulted in almost 200 guests and created a sense of excitement for the guests, and the neighborhood. Guests were served tacos and listened to salsa music while they enjoyed the atmosphere and explored the home. While the other home got the benefit of Jenean’s marketing, with a few curious spillover visitors, they failed generate many visitors of their own.

In about one week, a guest who visited the open house wrote an offer above the asking price and went into escrow.

The other home…well, it’s still on the market and will probably be there for a while. At some point they will likely lower the price to try and entice someone to make an offer. If it’s on the market for the average time, that will be in about 3-6 months. (I’m sensing a huge advantage for Jenean’s system here.)

Who do you know that’s getting ready to buy or sell? Would you like to be their hero and save them from waiting on the same old traditional agent marketing? Would they love to have their home sold quickly for more than the asking price? Send them this blog post and tell them to call Jenean right away. It’s always nice to share good things with friends. Here’s Jenean’s number (949) 583-1331.

Grand Opening TACO EDITION: 23046 Sonoita – Saturday June 20th, Lunch at Noon

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A community so nice, we are doing it twice. Recently we sold a house across the street. Neighbors came to the open house and saw the amazing, over-the-top effort we put into selling a property. One neighbor liked it so much they hired us to sell their home.

Sonoita-Living-room2This attractively upgraded tri-level home shows like a model. The beautiful front courtyard leads to double door entry opening to a tumbled stone-like tiled foyer. A main floor bedroom has its own bath. Upstairs, the master suite features vaulted ceilings & retreat perfect for nursery or exercise room. Remodeled master bath has dual vanities, linen closet, walk-in closet & sky light. The upgraded kitchen has recessed lighting, newer solid wood cabinets with pull-out shelving & quartz-style counters. Family room has fireplace.

Sonoita-BackyardExpansive backyard is perfect for entertaining.  Besides the colorful, grassy, landscaped yard there is a pad plumbed for an above-ground spa & another perfect for an above-ground pool, trampoline or sport court. The back yard patio cover with ceiling fan spans the width of the home.  Other upgrades include multiple skylights, new light fixtures, decorator paint, plush neutral carpet, low-E dual-pane windows & overhead garage storage system.

Award winning Capistrano Schools. Strolling distance to Lake Mission Viejo offering sandy beaches, fishing, volley/ basketball courts, concerts, yacht club, picnic areas & kayaks, peddle or party boats to rent for sunset cruises with your friends. Minutes from shopping, fine dining & local eateries. Aggressively priced to sell this weekend.

Jenean Says: Arrive early at 11:45am and enjoy the live catered taco bar ‘while supplies last’. There will be a line at the door, embrace it, you’ll want my same over-the-top effort when I sell your home.

Grand Opening Open House – 23035 Sonoita, Mission Viejo – April 18th, 12pm-4pm, Lunch at Noon

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sonoita-grand-master-suiteHighly upgraded 5-bedroom pool home shows like a model. Beautiful brick courtyard with fountain leads to double door entry. Travertine-like tiled foyer. Grand staircase. Main floor mini-master bedroom has attached bath and separate entrance –an ideal scenario for extended family, or room for your children’s nanny. Upstairs master suite features his/hers closets-one a walk-in. Expansive remodeled master bath has dual vanities & separate shower/tub and water closet. Attractive master suite deck doubles as covered poolside patio.

sonoita-kitchenThe highly upgraded kitchen/great room features GE Profile appliances, walk-in pantry, expansive quartz center island & plank flooring. French doors lead to the backyard with its sparkling pool and spacious area for entertaining or gathering around the fire-pit. The upward slope provides privacy and the perfect place for a fruit orchard. Well over $120k in upgrades including new wide plank flooring, two-tone decorator paint, new windows & French doors.

One of the secondary bedrooms adjoins an annexed attic space creating a fun teen hangout or “man cave”. In the hallway there is a pull-down staircase leading to stand-up attic space for additional storage.

sonoita-from-firepit-to-houseCapistrano Schools. Strolling distance to Lake Mission Viejo offering sandy beaches, fishing, volley/ basketball courts, clubhouse, summer concerts, yacht club, picnic areas & even kayaks, peddle or party boats to rent for sunset cruises with your friends. Minutes from shopping, fine dining & local eateries.

Jenean is a Director of the Orange County Association of Realtors and a Broker Associate at First Team Real Estate.  You may reach her at (949) 583-1331 or Jenean@JeneanHill.com. She has been holding her branded Grand Opening Open Houses for 10 years.  (In fact she sold our previous Lake Forest home with a similar Auction style with a line of buyers and their agents out front waiting to enter to present their offers which ended up being 10’s of thousands over asking price.) sonoita-from-dining-room-to-living-room If you come on Saturday, you will see that she launches her client’s homes the same way Apple launches a new product.  This results in potential buyers lined up at the door before 12 noon, escrows that open on the following Tuesday and sales that raise the property values of the surrounding homes overnight.  If you would like to see the explosion of buyers and multiple offers that come from her “Grand Opening open houses”, simply search ‘Jenean Hill’ on Youtube.

Jenean spends her free time as the volunteer ‘troop goodie bag’ buyer for Saddleback Church’s Acts of Appreciation Military Outreach and as an ambassador for Irvine’s Free Wheelchair Mission – a non-profit organization providing no-cost wheelchairs and the ‘gift of mobility’ to the disabled poor in developing countries.  She has purchased 10 wheelchair gift cards to be given away to the first 10 groups who arrive to her open house before noon.  Those individuals will later be able to go online and designate the region of the world to which they would like their wheelchair to be sent.

LOWEST PRICE 3-BEDROOM IN IRVINE | Grand Opening Open House Saturday April 11th, Lunch at Noon

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Who would believe you can find a beautiful, turnkey 3-bedroom condo in Woodbridge for under $400K?

98-eagle-point-patioThis Village Green lower-level home in quiet location shows like a model. From your kitchen window you can watch your pets and kids play in the extra-large back yard patio. This great space with colorful landscaping is perfect for family get-togethers and entertaining. New vinyl fencing makes it very attractive and private. Direct access parking. Newer paint, neutral plush carpeting, kitchen and bath flooring, 2” white slat window coverings, lighting, fixtures and more. Master has his and hers closets with closet system.

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World class HOA with lakes, swimming lagoons, tennis courts, pools, spas, volleyball & racquet ball courts, fitness areas, walking trails and even a splash park right down the street! This prestigious Woodbridge address also comes with multiple clubs and a monthly calendar of activities.

98-eagle-point-living-roomTop-rated Irvine schools including Eastshore Elementary! Close to Irvine Valley College. This Woodbridge lifestyle just doesn’t get any better!

Priced to sell this weekend so bring your checkbook to 98 Eagle Point, Irvine.

You know this home will sell fast. If you any friends looking for a property in Irvine let them know about the open house right away, so they will have a chance to see this great deal before it sells.

SOLD – 25271 Tanoak, Lake Forest – Seller Follows Plan, Wins Big

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This just happened…Another of our listings went into escrow within five days of going on the market (and hours of being viewed for the first time). The property sale at 25271 Tanoak, Lake Forest is a great success story for our seller. She had been following Jenean’s work for years and knew that good communication, trusting her advice AND following it to a “T” would sell her property quickly and for the highest price possible. She knew the drill and it was as easy as 1-2-3:

1) Make her home look great for professional photos by doing some cleaning, fixes and staging.
2) Setting a fair price to make BUYERS want to come see it.
3) Setting a commission that would make buyers’ AGENTS drop everything and bring their buyers to it on DAY ONE. (No buyer’s agent wants to be cheated by being offered 1/2 of a listing agent’s discounted commission because that listing agent knew their own services weren’t worth paying full price for).

The Grand Opening Open House was on Saturday and there were almost 100 visitors to the home in 4 hours. If you do the math, that is one visitor per 2-3 minutes. The offers started coming in and they were quite varied. The difference between the high and low offers for this home was huge…$30,000.

We stopped taking offers on Monday because one of the many offers was so good that it would be nearly impossible for anyone to top it. In fact, it was so high that it couldn’t possibly appraise at that price. Jenean went line by line over the purchase agreement with the buyer’s agent and made recommendations to meet the needs of her seller and give the buyer the best chance at acceptance. At the end of the day, the buyer agreed to buy it even if it didn’t appraise at the sales price! WOW. This property fetched the top selling price in recent history for the entire community – even amongst larger properties!

By following Team-Jenean’s 1-2-3 marketing plan for sellers, similar success can be yours. Keep in mind that all 3 components make the system work. If you leave out any one step, you will be leaving money on the table: It’s your money – It’s your call! (There are other parts of this plan that make it successful, Jenean will share them when you are a client!)

As most of you know, in order to give our best efforts to our clients we only take a limited number of sellers or buyers each month. If you are thinking about moving, and getting the best price for your home is important to you, then call Jenean or David at (949) 583-1331.