Should You Refinance or Pay Down Your Mortgage?

by David Bartels on March 26, 2015

Refinancing is a great idea for many today; but there is a low cost alternative!  Have you considered simply paying down your existing mortgage?

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Preparation for Selling: What to Do Before the Sign Goes Up

March 6, 2015

I help people get ready to sell every day.  We usually walk through the property and I make suggestions about what will help it show well.  That’s very important!  It’s hard for homebuyers to fall in love with a house that looks . . . well . . . lived in.  I make lots of […]

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What Is Full Service In Real Estate

February 17, 2015

I asked my associate, James Dingman, to do a little video overview of ‘full service’ and talk about how it fits with our program here at Help-U-Sell Conejo Valley. Help-U-Sell Conejo Valley is a progressive full service real estate company saving buyers and sellers thousands in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi […]

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Conejo Valley Home Buying, 2015 Style

February 11, 2015

Flashback: 1999 Sunday morning is spent with the classified section of the newspaper spread on the kitchen table. Bob and Sue are circling ads for homes that might meet their needs. They have been at this process for several weeks and have it down to a fine science. The current pool yields five that might […]

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Thank You, Trulia!

February 4, 2015

I am so excited!  Trulia – the huge real estate listing portal – just published their ‘Best of Trulia’ list, and I made it! Every year, Trulia examines individual agent production and, using a complex system, combines that information with actual client reviews to rank all agents.  It’s an important ranking because it is not […]

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Sell Your Conejo Valley Home Fast and Save Thousands

January 31, 2015

I was just reviewing last year’s production for Help-U-Sell Conejo Valley and was delighted with what I saw.  2014 was our first full year in business (we got started in the first Quarter of 2013) and we more than tripled what we did last year! As happy as I was with that, there were two bits […]

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How We Use YouTube to Market Your Home

January 13, 2015

We all know it:  much of real estate marketing happens online today.  It is clear that most buyers begin the home search process online with some estimates pushing that percentage over 90%.  So it makes sense for Help-U-Sell Conejo Valley to have a strong online presence, one that provides value to potential buyers and is easily […]

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Pricing Your Home To Sell

January 7, 2015

Pricing is so important when selling real estate.  In fact, the marketability of your home depends largely on the price you set the day you put it on the market.  Honestly, the best advertising in the world can’t cause an overpriced listing to sell.  Neither can an army of top salespeople.  However, a properly priced listing […]

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Most Common Home Defects

January 7, 2015

I saw an interesting advertisement this week for American Home Shield, the large home warranty company. They provide policies to homeowners – usually people just closing on a home – that cover the failure of various systems in the house during a specific period.  Normally you’d get a home warranty if you were buying a […]

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All About Termites

November 21, 2014

Your home is more than a place to live.  It is the center of your family, your lifestyle, your world.  It is also a powerful investment, consistently creating wealth at a rate greater than any other investment vehicle.  It makes sense that you’d want to protect this key part of your world with insurance for […]

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California Real Estate Update: Sept. 2014

October 29, 2014

In Short: Higher prices + tough lending standards + declining affordability = slowing sales. September 2014: California single-family home and condominium sales fell 5.6% percent from August levels Sales were at the lowest for a September since 2007 Distressed properties were 16.6% of the total compared with 23% in September 2013 and 55.2% in September 2011 Median […]

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