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Lake Forest Condo with Sun & Sail Club – Open Saturday from 12-4pm


Grand Opening Open House this Saturday July 23rd – Noon – 4pm

ACROSS FROM THE LAKE!  Wonderful townhome… with 2-bedrooms, 2- bathrooms, 1-car epoxied DIRECT ACCESS garage w/ lots of storage …is the best of both worlds – positioned between the lake and the woods.

KitchenGranite kitchen has shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel sink with pull-out faucet and Bosch dishwasher.  Expansive master bedroom has room for home office or large retreat. Fenced patio-yard has direct access to garage. Only ¼ of the units here have this feature.

Steps from walking trails that meander through fragrant eucalyptus trees up through Serrano Creek Park & its recreational area & horse stables. Your family & pets will love what nature offers you surrounding this home.

Across the street is the fabulous Sun & Sail Club with its lovely lake and amenities. Enjoy 4 pools, spa, his/hers saunas, tennis, volleyball, state of the art fitness center, youth center, snack bar, fishing, Cheers-style bar (for gathering with your friends to watch ‘the game’), a monthly calendar of events & more. You can even launch your own kayak for a sunset cruise.

Highly acclaimed Rancho Canada Elementary. is just up the street. A short stroll to shopping & eateries. Hardship sale so priced $55,000-$70,000 less than last sale to blow out this weekend.

livingroomI know you are used to me presenting upgraded, turnkey properties. This one is different.  The home is in ‘working condition’, but it requires some upgrades. The seller is in hurry to sell and move out of state. She has already packed up most of her home and put her belongings in the garage. She just needs a buyer who would like a deal!

This Saturday, July 23rd, please join me at this cosmetic fixer on 24564 Copper Cliff in Lake Forest. The home needs $10-20K in upgrades and it will look pretty much like the one I just sold across the street for $420,000. You can probably pick up this home for about $365K or so.  If you aren’t in the market, why don’t you pass this on to someone who would love a ‘ticket’ into resort-style living at the Sun and Sail Club?  Hope to see you there.

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.


Coppercliff Bathroom Coppercliff New Bathroom Coppercliff Backyard


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.

Coppercliff Living Room

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


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


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

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.

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


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

sonoita front

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 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


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.


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


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.

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


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