Monday, April 14, 2014

Why a Buyer Needs Representation When Purchasing New Construction

The spring market is traditionally the busiest time of year for the residential real estate market. If you're in the market for a home or are thinking about buying a new construction, it is recommended you be represented by an experienced buyer's agent.

Here's why:

  • An experienced buyer agent must work in the buyer's interest at all times.

  • The sales team at the new construction sales office is employed by the builder, therefore representing the builder’s interest in the transaction.

  • A buyer agent with new construction experience, knows the questions to ask the sales and project staff.

  • Objective professional advice and insight by the buyer agent, during all phases of the process, such as binder negotiation, construction, walk through, and closing will benefit you, the buyer.

  • While the sales staff will always give the appearance that prices are non-negotiable, an experienced agent can use recent and historical sales data to aid in the negotiation. Much of this data is not always readily available to the consumer without the aid of MLS access.

  • When it comes time to select the components of your new home, there are certain important questions to be aware of. An agent with prior new construction sales office experience, will know exactly the right questions to pose to the sales representative, to make sure their client is not out pricing their new home.

Consider walking through the door being represented by your own Realtor. This advice will help set you in the right direction and aid you in achieving your goals.

Source: Lewisboro Daily Voice
Angela Lanni is an Associate Real Estate Broker with Houlihan Lawrence Inc., Yorktown 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What will the 91 Freeway Expansion in Corona look like?

With the expansion work underway for the 91 Fwy widening, curious to see what the 91 freeway look like in a few years once the work is complete? Below is a video that explains what will happen along with a flyover of the 91 fwy.

The $1.3 billion freeway-widening project will extend the FasTrak Toll lanes, add lanes and reduce delays on the 91fwy between Orange and I-15. 

Click Here - For more information on construction delays and other projects in the area!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Are you prepared for the "Big One"? Tips for Earthquake Preparation

With the Earthquake that hit our area Friday night, its a reminder that we do indeed live in earthquake country. Fortunately since we were spared a major quake, it gives us a chance to regroup and make sure we are prepared for when the "Big One" hits.

Below are some resources that has tips to prepare for an earthquake and what to do after an earthquake strikes. I think among many important things mentioned, have a plan with your family and having an Earthquake Survival kit is essential. 

Hope this helps and at least we can feel a little at ease knowing when the next one hits, you are prepared.
  • Tips from the Red Cross (PDF Download)
    It has 3 Important Topics: Prepare, Respond During, and Recover After

  • Get Earthquake Survival Kit
    Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster