open houses

Grand Opening Open House this Sat., Feb. 10th

Come at noon for Outback Steakhouse Luncheon

Have you ever imagined that you could afford to live close to the scenic lakes, woods & hills of the beautiful city of Lake Forest?  Your dream has come true with this seldom on the market attractive & quiet 2-bed, 2-bath, dual master suites, ground level, end-unit, view condo in the desirable community of Tierra Vista off of Peachwood & Trabuco. The sellers are just completing a whole home contemporary remodel that will include fresh paint, wide-plank flooring, 2” white slat custom blinds, G.E. stainless steel appliances, remodeled baths including beautiful double shower & quartz/granite counters.  Anderson/French sliding doors from both masters and living room lead to a ‘grassy’, private back yard perfect for relaxing or entertaining under the drop string lighting that run from tree to tree. There is a walk-in closet in one master and a wall of closets in the other. Full-size inside laundry room w/ storage off leads to direct access garage w/ epoxy floors, storage & newer water heater. Each bedroom has its own linen closet so it is great for roommates. After a long day at work, you can relax your cares away in the nearby pool & spa. This pristine community is situated next to exquisite Serrano Park homes with walking trails, greenbelts and parks all around. Only a few miles from the Irvine Spectrum businesses, entertainment & dining venues!  A short stroll to shopping and eateries. This condo looks like a model and will blow out right after its Outback Steakhouse luncheon!

Grand Opening Open House Saturday 4/23 – One-Of-A-Kind Tierra Vista Penthouse Floorplan

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This Saturday, April 23rd I will be having a Grand Opening Open House at 21311 Balsam Lane in Lake Forest.  If you stop at noon, you will be treated to a live taco bar lunch.

Welcome to the scenic lakes, woods & hills of Lake Forest.  You will drive by this on the way to this attractive ONE-OF-A-KIND 1,301 sf, 2-bed, 2-bath, dual master suites, penthouse-style condo in the highly desirable community of Tierra Vista off of Peachwood & Trabuco. Balsam-eat-in-kitchen-560It is 10-30% LARGER than other 2-bed models & expands the ENTIRE LENGTH of the building so there are windows on 3 sides! We are just finishing a contemporary remodel to feel like a mid-century modern New York City loft.  Upgrades include brand new two-tone decorator paint, wide-plank flooring with 5” baseboards, neutral carpeting, 2” white custom wood blinds, lighting & hardware. The eat-in kitchen features brand new stainless appliances, stainless sink with high profile pull out faucet, quartz counters & marble/glass backsplash. There is also a formal dining room! Both masters and living room open to an expansive veranda – perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or entertaining. Other features include full-size indoor laundry room, skylight & French doors. Situated 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.

Balsam-Money-Shot-blue-bedroom-for-post-card-560Whether you are looking for a perfect rental that would rent in the mid $2000’s or for a turnkey home that you can move right into and not have to do a thing to it, you will want to see this home the one and only day that it will be held open – Saturday, April 23rd at noon.  Like my other listings, we will accept an offer on Monday.

 

Feel free to invite your friends and family members.  If you think you are able to come for lunch, please email me and let me know how many people will be in your party.  Thanks so much.

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.

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.

Grand Opening Open House Saturday March 14, 12-4pm; Lunch at Noon — 25271 Tanoak LN, Lake Forest

Tanoak Living RoomDUAL MASTER SUITES (perfect for roommates) GREAT FIRST HOME OR INVESTMENT PROPERTY.

Welcome to the picturesque lakes, woods and hills of Lake Forest. This attractive and quiet 2-bedroom, 2-bath, Dual Master Suite, end-unit condo is in the desirable community of Tierra Vista. PRIVATE staircase leads from your attached 1-car garage (with driveway) to upper single-level living.

Fresh two-tone decorator paint, brand new light fixtures and window coverings. Walk-in closet in one master and a wall of closets in the other. Bright kitchen with lots of cabinets and newer appliances, Full-size laundry room with French doors, skylight and storage. Living room AND both bedrooms have French door/sliding door access to veranda – perfect for grilling or entertaining. Each bedroom has its own linen closet.

Tanoak FrontPool and spa are just steps away. Situated off of Peachwood 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, dining and eateries. This condo looks like a model and is deal-priced to blow out this weekend.

Full Property Profile

This home is coming on the market at $364,900.  It won’t surprise me if it sells for more so to have you best chance at winning the keys to this great property, please talk to lender, Tom Testerman at 949 422-4497 prior to the open house and then be first in line to view it and have a few bites to eat on Saturday.  Any questions, call me at 949 583-1331 and leave a message.  I will return your call at my earliest convenience.

Grand Opening Open House Saturday, January 31st 12-4pm Lunch at Noon – 22018 Bahamas, Mission Viejo

22018 Bahamas Front$325,000.  SELLER WILL PAY $5,000 FOR CLOSING COSTS OR FOR NEW KITCHEN CABINETS AND GRANITE OR QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS.

Very attractive 2-bedroom single-level carriage unit condo (no one above or below) on quiet street surrounded by lush tropical landscape throughout the resort-style Coral Gardens community.  This end unit home backs up to wild lands area and provides a very serene and beautiful setting. Private staircase leads from attached garage to upper living space with patio ideal for sunset entertaining. Spacious home has wide plank flooring throughout, 2-tone decorator paint, dual-pained windows, white custom shutters, vaulted ceilings, interior full-size laundry and more.  

Bahamas PoolYou will love the lifestyle that comes with this turnkey home.  Coral Gardens offers tennis courts, spas, a sparkling resort-style pool. Home is strolling distance to Lake Mission Viejo which offers sandy beaches, fishing, volley ball & basketball courts, clubhouse, picnic areas and even kayaks, peddle or party boats to rent for sunset cruises with your friends.  There are summer concerts, a Yacht Club and so much more. Minutes from shopping, fine dining and local eateries.  

This home with its model home good looks it is aggressively priced below others to sell this weekend. Come with your checkbook, and be amazed.  This is the lowest priced 1986 or newer 2-bedroom in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills or Rancho Santa Margarita!  Seller must move right away.  Their loss is your gain!

I have not been posting for over a year as I was dealing with cancer. I am healed and my blog is now up and running again. I would love to see your smiling faces at my open house. This place would make a great investment now and later could be a first home for your grown kids. See you on Saturday. This home is not on the MLS yet, for best chance to get this home call Jenean Hill at (949)583-1331

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22252 Anthony Drive, Lake Forest: GRAND OPENING OPEN HOUSE Pizza Party May 18th, 12-5pm

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SEE ALL THE PHOTOS by clicking link above.

Exquisitely-upgraded Sun & Sail Club, Parkwood Estates 4-bed, 3-bath, 3-car garage, 600 SF bonus room culdesac home shows like a model!   Huge upper master with 2-person Jazuzzi tub & travertine 4’x6’ double shower AND Downstairs Master/in-law ‘wing’ with travertine fireplace, ¾ bath & multi-purpose craft/ food storage/exercise/sewing room.  Upgrades include travertine flooring, patterned Berber carpeting, raised-panel doors, recessed lighting, 2” white slat blinds, & cat-5 outlets. Spacious kitchen/great room has walk-in pantry, expansive center island with double O.G. Granite counter tops & pull-out trash bins/recycle center, pull-out drawers, double deep & wide sink with ‘touch 20’ pull-out faucet & stainless steel appliances including Bosch dishwasher & G.E. Monogram 5-burner induction cook top.  All bedrooms have walk-in closets. Baths have granite counters, new cabinets, tubs, toilets & mirrors.

Brighter Sun  Sail from jacuzzi to fountain and Sailboat reducedYour family will love what nature offers you surrounding this cul-de-sac home.   Grassy front, side & back yard with patio, landscaped slope & mini orchard! Short stroll to woodsy walking trails or the fabulous Sun & Sail Club & it’s lovely lake, 4 pools, spa, saunas, tennis, volleyball, state of the art fitness center, youth center, snack bar, lounge,  & more.  You can even launch your own kayak for a sunset cruise. 

The home will be priced in the $750,000-775,000 range. Call me at 949-583-1331 ASAP if you have been waiting for this lifestyle to become a reality.

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NOT selling more Homes, BUT Selling Homes for MORE! 

This business model has made my sellers successful for over a dozen years.  While other agents may be listing 4 homes a month, I generally accept one listing and spend 4 times as long preparing and marketing it to sell for MORE… and to sell faster!  That is why you don’t see my open house signs around town week after week.  Highly marketing one seller’s home at a time with hands-on service…

…Come see the difference it makes.

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Grand Opening Open House- Sat., March 23, 12-5pm …………………Outback Steakhouse Luncheon at noon

$599,900-$625,000. Expansive 5-BED, 3-BATH home w/ Dual Master Suites is a part of Lake Forest’s highly desirable Beach & Tennis Club (down the street off Ridge Route). Located on a private culdesac street, this home is surrounded by greenbelts & has a rural, country feel. Upper master suite has large living/office/ sun room while Lower master has living area/retreat & adjacent bathroom – perfect for extended family living. Stained glass double door entry has hardwood flooring & step-down living room w/ soaring wood cathedral ceilings, fireplace & plush carpeting. Recent upgrades include newer roof, skylights, HVAC system, scraped ceilings, paint, baseboards, TV/Ethernet outlets. Kitchen, family room & lower master suite open to private backyard with newer covered patio & fire pit. Low taxes & no mello roos.

Beach & Tennis Club membership includes 2 swimming pools, swimming lagoon, wading pool, indoor spa, lighted 6 tennis courts, tennis pro, outdoor volleyball & basketball courts, fitness center (with Star Track Pro recumbent and Treadmills & elliptical machines), a billiards room and lake view lounge with bar and large screen TV. They also offer a preschool program on-site. This community is also surrounded by forests where you’ll find seasonal creeks & shady walking trails. Seller bought another. . If you do NOT have a Realtor you have committed to and want the best chance of getting your offer accepted, call lender, Tom Testerman at (949) 422-4497 on Friday to start working on your preapproval… then bring your financial paperwork to the open house to meet him in person. An offer will be accepted from one buyer who visits the open house on Saturday. Will it be you?

To see the amazing floor plan, click here: JeronimoFloorPlan003

Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi_7X1s1gdc

 

Removing PMI Insurance from your monthly mortgage payment

If you or anyone you know has a loan that has Private Mortgage Insurance attached it can be removed.  This additional cost applies when a home is purchased with less than 20% down.  To remove PMI:

  1. Once you’ve made enough payments to boost your equity to 20% of the original purchase price, you can ask your lender to cancel PMI.  By law, the lender must cancel PMI at this point as long as you have a history of on-time payments.  You can establish that the property value has not declined and there is not a subordinate lien — such as a home equity loan — on the property.
  2. If you can’t get PMI removed at the 20% level, it gets easier once you reach 22% equity (based on the original purchase price).  At that point, the lender must automatically cancel PMI as long as you are current on your payments.  For certain loans defined as “high risk” by the lender, you must wait until you reach 23% equity.

Loans by FHA and VA don’t apply this rule.  Any problems with a lender contact the Federal Trade Commission or our State Attorney General.

Good News for Short Sale Sellers… and How the Fiscall Cliff provisions affect you, your home and your taxes

On January 1 both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The bill will be signed shortly by President Barack Obama. Below are a summary of real estate related provisions in the bill:

REAL ESTATE EXTENDERS:

  • Mortgage Cancellation Relief is extended for one year to January 1, 2014 (This is huge.  Many of you toward the end of the year did not consider “short sale”ing your home to reduce your financial burdons because you were concerned about income tax consequences.  Please talk to your tax advisor to have him firm that the coast is clear until the end of 2013.  With an abundance of buyers on the market, I can help you set up a quick and virtually seamless short sale transaction that retains privacy and peace of mind.)
  • Deduction for Mortgage Insurance Premiums for filers making below $110,000 is extended through 2013 and made retroactive to cover 2012
  • Leasehold Improvements: 15 year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements on commercial properties is extended through 2013 and made retroactive to cover 2012.
  • Energy Efficiency Tax Credit: The 10% tax credit (up to $500) for homeowners for energy improvements to existing homes is extended through 2013 and made retroactive to cover 2012.

Permanent Repeal of Pease Limitations for 99% of Taxpayers
Under the agreement so called “Pease Limitations” that reduce the value of itemized deductions are permanently repealed for most taxpayers but will be reinstituted for high income filers. These limitations will only apply to individuals earning more than $250,000 and joint filers earning above $300,000. These thresholds have been increased and are indexed for inflation and will rise over time. Under the formula, the amount of adjusted gross income above the threshold is multiplied by 3%. That amount is then used to reduce the total value of the filer’s itemized deductions. The total amount of reduction cannot exceed 80% of the filer’s itemized deductions.

These limits were first enacted in 1990 (named for the Ohio Congressman Don Pease who came up with the idea) and continued throughout the Clinton years. They were gradually phased out as a result of the 2001 tax cuts and were completely eliminated in 2010-2012. Had we gone over the fiscal cliff, Pease limitations would have been reinstituted on all filers starting at $174,450 of adjusted gross income.

Capital Gains

Capital Gains rate stays at 15% for those the top rate of $400,000 individual and $450,000 joint return. After that, any gains above those amounts will be taxed at 20%. The 250/500k exclusion for sale of principle residence remains in place.  (Chances are you fall into the 15% category, so if you need to sell an investment property this year, the extra 5% capital gains tax won’t affect you.)

Estate Tax
The first $5 million dollars in individual estates and $10 million for family estates are now exempted from the estate tax. After that the rate will be 40 percent, up from 35 percent. The exemption amounts are indexed for inflation.