617 Smithwood Just Reduced to $ 292,500

So much to offer! Check it Out !

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JUST SOLD ! 107 East H Street multi unit $400,000

Just want to say Thank You to everyone!  It has been a pleasure to work with you all on a very smooooth transaction.  Buyers, sellers, agents, everyone’s staff and all of the tenants for all you did to contribute.  It takes a team and we DID IT !!!  Thanks again !

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551 Winterbrook, Oakdale OPEN HOUSE $340,000

CHECK IT OUT !!!  http://weselloakdale.com/homes-for-sale-details/551-WINTERBROOK-AVENUE-OAKDALE-CA-95361/18071367/6/

Saturday November 10  1pm to 4pm – See You There !!!

5 Tips For Selling Your Home in the Winter

Some people think that winter can be a tough time to attract buyers. Winter buyers are generally VERY motivated and they don’t mind braving the cold and rain to find the home they want or need. Here are some winter real estate facts to keep in mind:

People Like an Orderly Property  
In the winter, all visitors may see is a blanket of leaves. Do your best to keep the driveway, walkways, and patios neatly cleared.

Bright Light Is Cheery
  There’s nothing that makes a house cheerier than sunlight. Wash the windows inside and out so they sparkle. Pull up the blinds and throw back the drapes for some warming illumination. In darker corners and niches where the sun won’t reach, place a lamp and keep it on. You could also use spotlighting to illuminate major features of the kitchen, living room or bathroom.

Warmth Is Comfort
  People coming in from the cold will be pleased to find your home is warm and toasty. As a retreat from the winter cold, your buyers will have more of a reason to feel comfortable and take their time. You might consider lighting a small fire in the fireplace or wood stove to keep things toasty. Try to keep indoor humidity between 40-60 percent to avoid that dry, stuffy feeling. A couple of drops of a cinnamon or clove essential oil on a tissue or in a diffuser can make the whole home feel clean and inviting.

Everyone Appreciates Mood  
Create a cozy feel by adding extra pillows or afghans to the sofa and beds, or some plush throw rugs on the floor. Leave the dining room table set for dinner, along with a champagne bucket and a couple of glasses. Add some extra-fluffy towels or robes in the bathrooms. In short, make everything look comfortable and inviting.

Winter Can Be the Ideal Season  
You’re more likely to get bids faster in the wintertime because you’re dealing with motivated buyers. They need to move, and soon, or they’d be waiting for the balmier temperatures of spring. You may get fewer visitors, but they’ll be serious buyers, not just frivolous house-shoppers. Stage your home well for the season and you may very well sell faster, and for a your asking price.

You always want to keep your home clean and in good repair, but the trick to selling in winter is creating the effect of a warm, sunny retreat from the elements.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!

The Top 7 Home Maintenance Tips To Save You Money

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the top 7 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light Bulbs- 
 If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its lifespan, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home’s bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet
-  A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong  A/C Air Filter Size or Forgetting to Replace Them
-  We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system. Set a reminder in your calendar to change them after the recommended amount of time, along with a note for the proper filter size, it’s really not one of those things I make a point of remembering off the top of my head 🙂   We also use this same calendar reminder to change the filter on our refrigerator too.

4. Not Customizing Temperature-
  Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you’re away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you’re gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5.  Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly-  
Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in just one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.

6. Over Watering Lawns-  
Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you’re never around to see what you’re actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you’re not around.  If you are looking for ways to lesson your water bill – check out my blog  Save Water Save $$$.

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High-  
Unless you have a tank-less water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7.  If you don’t keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!

551 Winterbrook, Oakdale $340,000 JUST LISTED

Open plan with spacious feel. Formal Entry with large Great Room, formal or informal Dining with Kitchen overlooking all the action. Living areas and Master Suite feature cathedral ceilings & lots of windows to make the most of the backyard eastern sunlight. 3 car garage with RV access. Great patio area for play or entertaining. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths. New appliances, new sinks, new light fixtures.

551 Winterbrook, Oakdale details 

Scott Abell  WeSellOakdale.com  dre01064059

1724 Vintage Circle SOLD !!!!!!!!!!!

A BIG Congratulations to the buyers of 1724 Vintage Circle, Oakdale .  Terrific home and I hope you will be happy there for many years to come!  Thank You Albert Martinez for introducing the buyers to their new home.  It was great working with you, it’s always nice to have a great working relationship!  Congrats to Joey & Grace Maddox, for always being a terrific clients to work with, excited to see how your next project progresses.  Thanks also to all the peeps who always work behind the scene to make it happen!!!.  Scott dre 01064059

1724 Vintage Circle 

 

 

617 Smithwood OPEN HOUSE !

Open House:  Saturday Oct 20 1pm to 4pm

617 Smithwood Oakdale  $297,500  dre: 01064059

Terrific open floor plan, no wasted space in this home – inside or out! Formal Entry Great Room & Formal or Family Dining with backyard views. Galley Kitchen open to the Great Room with Dining Bar. Indoor Laundry. 3 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths. Wide side yards + Storage unit for the stuff AND a large covered patio and PLENTY of backyard space! See You There !!!!!!!!!!

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Staging Your Home Exterior

If you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar.

Did You Know? You never get a 2nd chance to make a great first impression?

Did You Know? If a potential buyer doesn’t even get out of their car, they won’t see the inside of your house?

Curb appeal is a wonderful way to attract buyers to your home, whether your audience is luxury home buyers or you are selling your starter home. If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider.

Clean Your Exterior Windows and Screens
  Nothing says poor maintenance like dirty windows and window screens. Put on a set of ‘Buyer Eye Glasses’ and take a look at your windows, screens and doors.  Are they clean and dust free or they are caked with dust or muck from the last rainstorm or our valley agricultural dust? Any open house visitors are going to wonder what other maintenance jobs you haven’t attended to. Don’t give visitors the opportunity to question whether your home has been properly maintained.

Refresh Your Gardens and Walkways
  Just like dirty windows are a real estate faux pas, so are unkempt flower beds. Weeds and overgrown bushes tell visitors you can’t be bothered with the small stuff. Spend a day removing weeds and trimming flowers, or hire a professional landscaper to refresh your gardens. It is amazing what a refreshed garden can do to your home’s curb appeal.

Refresh Your Home’s Siding  
No, you don’t have to replace your home’s siding. A quick power wash could be all it takes to remove years of dust and grime. You can attempt this task yourself, but it might be worth your while to hire a professional. Some homeowners have been known to damage their home’s siding by using too forceful a water stream. This is one task that is often best left to experienced professionals. The last thing you want to deal with is replacing siding before an open house.

Update/Clean Door Fixtures and House Address Signage  
Something as simple as a new doorknob or address signage can give your home a refreshed look. You needn’t spring for a new door; just update the face-plate and/or doorknob. Purchase new address numbers from the local hardware store and you’ll have tweaked the look of your home’s exterior in just a few minutes.

Clean Patio Furniture
  Whether you have chairs on your front veranda or a dining set on your back deck, tired patio furniture can cost you big dollars when it comes time to negotiate with a potential home buyer. Dilapidated patio furniture instantly gives a bad impression. Spruce up your existing furniture with a quick power wash, replace it or simply get rid of it if it is beyond cleaning.

Simple tweaks to the exterior of your home can have a big impact on your home’s final selling price. By spending just a few days improving the look of the outside of your home, you can increase the amount buyers are willing to offer and make your home the cleanest real estate listing in the area.

Did You Know? I’ll cover all of these topics with you when we list your home. With 25+ years of real estate experience, not only will I help you prioritize, I also have a long list of reasonably priced professionals that can help you if you need it.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!

Scott’s Easy Exit Listing Agreement

You can cancel your listing anytime. You can relax, knowing you won’t be locked into any lengthy or binding contract. Enjoy a caliber of service confident enough to make this offer to you.

What’s your biggest fear when you list your home with a real estate agent? It’s simple. You worry about being locked into a lengthy listing agreement with a less than a competent real estate agent, costing your home valuable time and exposure on the market. Well, Worry no more. Scott Abell takes the risk and fears out of listing your home with a real estate agent. How?

                                                                  Through his EASY EXIT Listing Agreement.

When you list your home through Scott’s EASY EXIT Listing Agreement, you can cancel your listing agreement with him at any time. No hassles. It’s easy.

Scott Abell has strong opinions about real estate service. He believes that if you are unhappy with the service you receive, you should have the power to fire your agent.

It takes a strong belief in the quality of one’s service to make this kind of stand, but Scott Abell never settles for less than the highest professional standards for himself and his staff. He is confident you will be happy with his service and results.

That’s a simple truth. Scott Abell always stands behind his service. Call him today to find out more about how his unique service can make all the difference in the sale of your home.