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3 Benefits of Using a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) When Selling the Family Home

(Published on - 7/30/2015 5:38:26 PM)

SRES Seniors Real Estate Specialist Fullerton, CA

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Buying or selling your home is a momentous occasion, especially for Baby Boomers and seniors 50+ looking to sell the family home. You'll want a knowlegable and trustworthy realtor on your side to guide you through this pivotal time and ensure that you're being provided all the real estate options available to make the tranisition to the next phase of life a graceful one. If you're a senior in the greater Orange County or Los Angeles County areas and are looking to make this transition, then you need a real estate agent who is a designated Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®) and will provide the type of care and guidance you need and deserve during this life-changing experience. Here are three reasons why using an SRES® for your senior real estate needs is the right decision to make.

1. They're called "Specialists" for a reason. "SRES® designees are certified senior specialists and astute to the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home," according to the SRES® site. The Seniors Real Estate Specialists designation is only awarded to realtors who have undergone and passed rigorous training that equips them to become "specialists" for late-in-life clients looking to sell the family home. SRES® agents are knowlegable (and sensitive) to what it takes to make these transactions as seamless and graceful as possible. 

2. They're a hub of knowledge for real estate options for seniors. An SRES® agent will provide seniors with valuabe information and options regarding reverse mortgages, the use of pensions, funding retirement, downsizing the right way, and what applicable tax exemptions are available to senior citizens when selling the family home and transitioning to their new home.

3. They'll be be there to guide you and your family every step of the way. Not only will an SRES® realtor be there to listen to your every need and provide unprecedented communication throughout the transaction, but an "SRES® designees can tap their network and put you in touch with qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs and other experts."

If you're 50+ and considering selling your home, then you deserve to work with an agent that is knowledgable enough to discuss the options available to you and your family and help you plan for a bright future in your new home.

CONTACT ME today so that we can begin planning out the next phase in your life together. Get started with a FREE copy of the SRES Council's Moving On Guide that has a step-by-step guide and valuable resources for seniors planning for their new lives... just like you. 

Lindsey Acton is an SRES® for Realty Executives - Premier (Fullerton) and works in the greater Orange County area, specializing in Fullerton, Brea, La Habra, Placentia, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Sunny Hills, and Yorba Linda. Lindsey has been awarded Orange Coast Magazine's Five Star Real Estate Agent Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, along with several top-tier, performance-based awards from Realty Executives. Lindsey's focus is on providing unsurpassed customer care and fully educating her clients on all of their real estate options before, during, and after their transactions.

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SRES Fullerton, CA Orange County


7 Easy DIY Projects to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

(Published on - 7/30/2015 2:53:56 AM)

Looking for some simple DIY projects to help make your new house feel like home? Check out these seven DIY home decor projects that are as easy to do as they are gorgeous. Which one is your favorite?

1. DIY Hammock Chair

[DIY Tutorial: A Beautiful Mess]

 

2. DIY Vintage Votives

[DIY Tutorial: Annaboo's House]

 

3. DIY Storage Crate

DIY Storage Crate

[DIY Tutorial: The Home Depot Blog]

 

4. DIY White Brick Vase

DIY White Brick Vase

[DIY Tutorial: Say Yes]

 

5. DIY Quote Pillow

DIY Quote Pillow

[DIY Tutorial: Momtastic]

 

6. DIY Bar Cart [IKEA Hack]

DIY Bar Cart [IKEA Hack]

[DIY Tutorial: Sugar & Cloth]

 

7. DIY Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

DIY Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

[DIY Tutorial: Making Home Base]

 

It doesn't take a lot of money or time to make your new house feel like home, so roll up your sleeves and dive into some DIY projects this weekend. I'd love to see what DIY projects you're working on (or plan to work on), so please feel free to share your pictures on my Facebook page and, you never know, you may just inspire someone else to DIY some home decor, too. Happy DIY'ing! 

 


5 Tips for Staging Your Home from a Top Orange County Interior Designer

(Published on - 7/30/2015 2:53:35 AM)

When it comes time to sell your home, you're going to want to invest a bit of time and money to properly stage it so that potential buyers feel right at home when they view the property. To help you out, I asked one of the top interior designers in Orange County, Meghan Yang of Meghan Yang Interior Design in Costa Mesa, CA, to provide a few key tips for staging your home on a budget. Check out the beautiful and easy-to-read infographic below to see what Meghan had to say.

If you're looking to list your home or are looking to buy, feel free to contact me today so that we can discuss your real estate needs. Sharing is caring, so feel free to share this post with your friends + family on social media using the social share buttons at the top of the post (located under the title of the post). You can also find me on FacebookI share useful information + helpful tips for all things real estate.

 

Lindsey Acton, REALTOR®, SRES®

T: 714) 801-0175

LindseyActon@att.NET


Who is The First-Time Buyer? [Infographic]

(Published on - 7/16/2015 11:27:33 PM)

Did you know that first-time buyers comprise 38 percent of total homebuyers? But, who are these first-time buyers and what do they want? The infographic below provides a snapshot of what first-time buyers look like and what they want out of a home. It was interesting to find out that over a quarter of first-time homebuyers admit that part or all of their downpayment was gifted to them by a family or friend, and over half of first-time buyers say their main reason for purchasing was to own a home of their own.

On the downside, because many first-time buyers are Millennials, they typically have school loan debt that prevents them from purchasing real estate. However, all is not lost, because there are so many assistance programs like the Opening Doors' First-Time Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program and these that are available to first-time buyers and help make homebuying more affordable. Take a look at the infographic below and get to know a little bit about first-time buyers.

First-Time Buyer Demographics 

 

If you're interesting in finding out more about your real estate options as a first-time buyer, don't hesitate to give me a call today: 714) 801-0175 or email me at LindseyActon@att.net. I encourage you to follow me on Facebook to stay up-to-date on important real estate news, including new assistance programs that could help you make your homebuying dreams come true. Don't miss out!


7 Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal on a Budget

(Published on - 7/8/2015 6:14:18 PM)

[Photo Credit: Homedit.com]

Whether you're buying or selling a house, curb appeal is everything. Not only does curb appeal provide a nice updated look, but it can also increase a home's value for pennies on the dollar. Here are 10 ways to add some curb appeal without it costing an arm and a leg. 

1. The Front Door

An easy way to add a pop of color or a bit of style to your house is by updating the front door.

[Photo Credit: Wallums]

[Photo Credit: BHG]

BONUS: Did you know that there's even an app that allows you to see what your house would look like with a new front door color of your choice? Check out the Front Door Paint app, here.

 

2. The Mailbox

Spruce up your mailbox by giving it a much-needed makeover and tie in your house's color scheme.

[Photo Credit: The Home Depot]

[Photo Credit: Pottery Barn]

 

3. The House Numbers

Give the front of your house a nice chic update with these house number ideas.

[Photo Credit: 4 Men 1 Lady]

[Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess]

 

4. The Front Lawn

The grass is always greener where you water it, so maintain your lawn for added curb appeal.

[Photo Credit: Fabulous Flower Beds]

[Photo Credit: HGTV.com]

 

5. The Garage

A cheap way to add curb appeal is to give your garage a makeover on the cheap.

[Photo Credit: Angie's List]

[Photo Credit: Clopay]

 

6. The Plants + Flowers

Add some color and life to your front yard with some inexpensive plants and flowers.

[Photo Credit: Love of Family and Home]

[Photo Credit: HGTV.com]

 

 7. The Paint + Trim

Last, but not least, the best way to add instant curb appeal + value is with a fresh coat of paint.

[Photo Credit: The Dedicated House]

[Photo Credit: Angie's List]

 

Adding instant curb appeal can be just as inexpensive as it is easy, the key is to take it one project at a time so you don't become overwhelmed and burned out. The fruits of your labor will pay off and you'll be left with a gorgeous house that is the talk of the town. 

If you wish to add a curb appeal project to the list, feel free to share your thoughts with my community on Facebook.