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Aug. 5, 2020

3 Stages of Selling Your Home

 

 

Congratulations on making the decision to sell your house, but if you’re like most normal people you are probably wondering... “Where do you start? How does this all work?”

 

Hi, I’m Tami Cicerello with The Cicerello Team and on this video I’m going to walk you through the 3 stages of the home selling process so you can get an idea on the timeline and know what to expect.

 

If you’re anything like most people the thought of moving is daunting. You have to think about physically moving as well all of the steps involved with getting from point A to point B.  The good news is and I'm going to simplify what to expect so you can start planning!


1. Pre-Marketing

 

Before we can begin marketing your house, we need to make it look good!  Oftentimes this is going to involve preparing your home for sale by doing things such as decluttering and rearranging your home to show in the best light.

 

This is a crucial step to handle BEFORE you take the pictures and video as the way it shows online will be EVERYTHING.  Your first showing will take place online, so it’s essential to make a good first impression with potential buyers so they are more motivated to schedule a showing.

You might also want to look for areas in your home that you may be able to improve and get a positive ROI with. There are many simple tricks you can use to improve your property and sell it faster and for more money.

Once your home is picture-ready, we will have our professional photographer come  and take pictures, video, and drone shots. These are the pictures that we will be using throughout the marketing process. 

2. Active Process

Once the house is ready to be shown, it’s time to get it listed.   Your home’s first showing is taking place online so it’s crucial that we create the buzz right away to take advantage of being a newly listed property.

It is essential that our marketing package is fully complete so that within the  first 2 weeks your home is listed so that we can get as many possible showings scheduled! This is your best chance to sell you home for top dollar.

During these first two weeks we will be aggressively marketing your home for optimal exposure. It’s crucial that during these two weeks that several events are held around the house such as open houses, brokers open houses, Facebook advertising, target marketing, and so many other forms of marketing to ensure we get as many potential buyers in your home as possible and create that buzz. 

It’s during this time that the house is actively being shown so you need to be ready to allow showings. That perfect buyer may just be the one you said ‘no’ to so you want to make sure your home is available for potential buyers to come take a look at it in the drop of a hat.  

3. Pending

Eventually your property will receive an offer that we’ll accept. Once we receive an acceptable offer, we will be moving into escrow. This is when the buyer will schedule inspections, get their financing options ready to go and finalize the appraisal. I will be the one handling the entire escrow process to ensure that the buyer is staying on top of all things necessary in order to get you to closing day. Title reports, inspections, escrow, loan approvals, etc. are many of the things that go on behind the scenes that many buyers and sellers are not aware of. I am here to take care of all of the details so that you can concentrate on getting your home packed up and ready for your move!

I really hope this video showed you a glimpse of what goes on during the home selling process.  Of course there are many details here we have not covered the specifics, but I wouldn’t want to bore you with the details and honestly… I hope you never have to know about these mundane things because we take care of them for you!

Every home sale is different and there are no two deals done alike so if you would like to receive a customized plan or you are just curious what your home is worth please feel free to contact me.

July 15, 2020

Top 3 Hikes in Santa Clarita

 

Welcome back to another episode of Time Out Santa Clarita where we talk about everything Santa Clarita and the surrounding areas! My name is Tami Cicerello with The Cicerello Team at RE/MAX of Santa Clarita. In this episode, my team and I decided to pick three hikes in the area that we had never done and check them out! We’re going to take you along for the ride!

 

Mount Whitney Canyon Hike

 

This hike was a relatively easy walk for the most part but be aware that once you do get to the top, you’ll have to do a little rock climbing if you want to reap the benefits of the beautiful waterfall at the end. The trail is 3.4 miles round trip, this includes the extra little bit past the first  waterfall, keep going a little further past the first waterfalls at what feels like the end if you want to see the big waterfall, it is definitely worth it! 

 

Pro- tip: Make sure you’ve got a good pair of shoes because you will be crossing a few small rivers and your feet are bound to get wet.  The best time of year for this hike is during the spring, there is no water most summers.

 

Arboleda Trailhead

 

This trail is known for the amazing views along the 4-mile journey! What I personally love about this hike are the incredible views and the extra cardio.  It’s well worth the climb to the  top for the gorgeous views, you can see across the entire valley! 

 

Pro-tip: This trail is definitely steeper than I imagined so don’t forget to bring a bottle of water for when your heart rate starts rising!

 

Castaic Falls Trailhead

 

Castaic Falls was a little farther from town than  we expected, about 14-miles past the ramp at  Castaic lake.  The area has such beautiful foliage this time of year.  Make sure you come prepared to get a little wet, there are plenty of water crossings on this trail.   Let me tell you, this hike has it all! There were sunny patches, shaded portions, creek crossings, and even waist-deep water  crossings! Not to mention, at the end of this trail you’ll find a refreshing natural spring pool to take a dip in. I would highly recommend this hike that has it all!

 

Pro-tip: Pack a towel and bring an extra pair of shoes to leave in the car for after the hike, your shoes will be soaked.  Also, the best time for  this hike is  during the spring since when the water is flowing.

 

My team and I had so much fun together exploring these three different hikes and each had our own favorite aspects. I highly recommend taking some time to try out one or all three of these trails and let us know which one is your favorite! Thanks for watching another episode of Time Out Santa Clarita!

June 5, 2020

The BEST Infared Sauna in Santa Clarita: ICE Recovery and Wellness

After listening to a podcast relating to infrared saunas, I decided to give it a try myself. To do so, I went to ICE Recovery and Wellness in Santa Clarita. Not only did I immediately love the results, but the experience as well! The team made me feel like family, and I will definitely be returning. 

ICE Recovery and Wellness offers cryotherapy, infrared saunas, and normatec compression. Cryotherapy is a three minute long treatment that is designed to stimulate circulation, increase blood flow and nutrient delivery to irritated areas. This process purifies the blood stream and many users feel instant relief even after only partaking in one session. If you are a sufferer of arthritis, autoimmune disorders, or a surgical patient you should definitely give cryotherapy a try. 

Normatec compression is one of the leaders in quick recovery. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, which enables this speedy recovery. At ICE they have options available for legs, hips, and arms. The session will begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad and each segment will compress in a pulsatile manner, then release. 

If cold isn't your thing, ICE still has you covered. Their infrared saunas are fantastic! They differ from traditional saunas because it does not heat the air around you. Instead the infrared lamps use electromagnetic radiation to directly warm the body. By penetrating all layers of your skin, the electromagnetic light helps remove toxins and improve overall quality of life. Also, they are just relaxing! After a stressful day, sitting in one of ICE's saunas is sure to help. 

Inflammation, tightness, tears and more can be a thing of the past with the help of Santa Clarita's first cryotherapy center. They are located at 27560 Newhall Ranch Rd Ste 305. Be sure to give them a call to learn more information or schedule an appointment at (661) 904-4412. 

Posted in Community
Dec. 6, 2019

Take a Trip to Lake Havasu City

 

 

Winter has officially arrived and that means that those scorching hot places in the summer now make the perfect getaway! One of my all time favorite places to travel to year round is Lake Havasu City in Arizona. It’s only about a four and a half hour drive from Santa Clarita. There is so much to do there for anyone of all ages and right now is a great time to go! 



To start the morning, we head over to Nautical Inn at the Turtle Beach Bar to meet up with our friends and grab some breakfast. This spot is right on the water so not only are you enjoying a great meal, but you’re doing so in front of an even better view. There is also a heated infinity pool overlooking the water that’s even open to non hotel guests over twenty one! 



After we’ve filled up it's time to jump into some activities. One thing we enjoy doing is side by siding and exploring all that the area has to offer. The views are stunning everywhere you look which makes for some great riding



Another family favorite is heading over to Sara’s Park. This area is jam packed with loads of things to do, but our personal favorite is hiking. For you experienced hikers, take the challenge of hiking up to table top. You can see all the way from the island almost to Havasu Springs. For those looking for a little less steep of a hike, you have the option to hike down to the water for a scenic and more relaxing form of exercise. The area is scenic and filled with your typical park amenities like sporting fields, but it also has unique offerings such as the rodeo, BMX track, airfield to fly remote control planes, and a speedway. 

 

 

Lake Havasu is a place for families, friends, or couples to enjoy the great outdoors in style. With great food, fun entertainment, and even better company, you’re always promised a memorable time. Thank you for tuning into this episode of Time Out Santa Clarita, be sure to subscribe to see where we go next!

Posted in Community
Oct. 14, 2019

The Best Dog Parks in Santa Clarita

 

 

With beautiful weather year round, of course you want to be outside to enjoy it, but sometimes you feel guilty going out and having all the fun while your pup is stuck inside. I totally get it, that’s why I decided to explore the best spots in Santa Clarita for you and your dog to be able to enjoy the great outdoors together! 

First stop on my list was Central Park. If you haven’t already been here, then you’ve probably heard about it. This is the most popular dog park, in my personal opinion, in Santa Clarita. It’s located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road and also contains sports fields, picnic areas, and a playground! Central Bark has two sections, one for small dogs 25 pounds and under, and another one for larger dogs in case your pooch is frightened by large dogs. The one downside about this park is that if you have a grass lover, you’re out of luck because there’s no grass in the doggie areas. There are a lot of trees for shade though, which for me, is very important especially in the hot summer! 

Next on my list was Copper Hill Dog Park. Although this park is beautiful, it is not for dogs who don’t do well off-leash with no fence due to its open concept and proximity to a main road. If that isn’t an issue for your furry friend then they can enjoy the open space with beautiful green grass. As for the dog owners, if you like to enjoy the shade while watching your pup play, this also might not be the right park for you. 

The third stop was Five Knolls Dog Park. I love this park for many reasons, a few of which being the great features it offers. Everytime I have been to this park it is super clean and well maintained. There are two sections, one for all dogs and one for smaller pups. Along with umbrellas to provide shade, there are also scenic views to enjoy while your dog enjoys playing. The actual dog area is made up of dirt and artificial grass, so you have the best of both worlds. 

Last, but certainly not least: Canine Country. Even though this park is a little trickier to find than the others, it is definitely worth it! Being surrounded by activities like a pool and a skate park, this area has so much to offer. There’s a few trees for shade and is overall just a nice area to spend an afternoon. 

 

If you know of any other dog parks, let me know in the comments below, or tell me which is your favorite! I hope you and your pup get to enjoy one of these pawsome parks soon.

Posted in Community
July 16, 2019

Three Ways To Ease Summer Boredom in Santa Clarita

Welcome! I am Tami and this is Time Out in Santa Clarita.

 

Today, I am going to show you a few places in Santa Clarita to take your family while school is out for the summer. If it’s too hot to play outside and the kids are driving you crazy by complaining they are bored, I have a few ideas for you!

 

Our first stop is the Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park. It’s great for people of all ages. The kids will love it, but I would bet the adults have some fun too. There are trampolines all over the place. To keep you happy, they have massage chairs and even a quiet room to get away from the noise. They serve food and you can also host events at the trampoline park.  You won’t hear any complaints about being bored if you spend an afternoon at Rockin’ Jump.

 

Our next stop is Valencia Laser Blast. They have laser tag, a full arcade, and a concession stand. Your kids will get so worn out running around and playing all the games. Be sure to check out their site for special pricing. You can also become a member if you plan on taking your kids there often.

 

The third and final stop is the Old Town New Hall Library. You may have not been expecting us to end up at a library, but there are so many things for the kids to do! They offer science courses and cooking classes. Plus, they put on a lunch program and art activities.

 

Thank you for taking the time to check out my ideas for what to do with your kids in the heat of summer. Each stop has something to offer for both the parents and the kids so get out of the house and enjoy some family time!

Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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