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April 7, 2022

The 6 Areas Of The Santa Clarita Valley

Did you know there’s more to the Santa Clarita Valley than just riding roller coasters at Magic Mountain? In this episode of Living In Santa Clarita, I’m going to break down some of the areas of California’s Santa Clarita Valley so you can get a good idea of what it’s all about. We’ll look at the neighborhoods, communities, and amenities of the SCV so you can decide if living here is right for you.

Santa Clarita Valley is a great place to live. While it’s known for being the home of Six Flags Magic Mountain, there's so much more it offers. Santa Clarita Valley is actually broken down into six different areas: Valencia, Newhall, Saugus, Canyon Country, Stevenson Ranch, and Castaic. These last two areas have been kind of lumped into the Santa Clarita Valley area, although they are just outside of the city limits.

Valencia

The first area of the Santa Clarita Valley we’re going to start with is Valencia. Valencia is the area that people think of when they think of Santa Clarita, especially because it’s where Magic Mountain is located. The area is a planned unit development community, so there are a lot of areas within Valencia that all have their own little HOAs. This includes mini pools and spas, little walkways that go throughout the community that are lit up at night, and a lot of shopping and restaurants.

Valencia is a focal point of the area, a place where people come to shop and eat. It’s close to the 5 Freeway, so prices are a little higher for the easy commute. The location lets you get to the San Fernando Valley or the city of LA for work. While it’s a little pricier in some of the other areas of Santa Clarita, it's beautiful.

The planned development community makes it so that all the roadways have a lot of greenery and trees. You'll really appreciate what you get there for your money, and the schools are great—meaning you don't have to worry about private schools. A lot of people thinking about relocating to LA County are often attracted to the Valencia area.

Newhall

The next area of Santa Clarita we’re going to look at is Newhall, the oldest area within the city of Santa Clarita. It’s the small triangular area just as you get to the 5/14 Interchange. If you take the 14, it’s the first couple of exits. If you take the 5, it’s the first two exits. Newhall is where a lot of filming started back in the 40s and 50s, and even silent movies were filmed here. A lot of country western movies were also filmed in Newhall back in the day.

This is an area where a lot of people came to hang out because they wanted to get away from LA. Many old-time movie stars that came out to Santa Clarita stayed in Newhall to take a break from the rat race—if you could call it a rat race back then. You can also find Disney Ranch Studios here—which is doing filming still to this day—that has a whole little ranch off of Placerita Canyon. We also have William S. Hart Park, a great place to enjoy petting zoos and museums.

In addition, Santa Clarita has had over 1,500 film days last year, meaning that over four people were filming on average per day all of last year. Our entire city as a whole made over $37 million in revenue just from filming that happened here in Santa Clarita. Don't be surprised as you're driving through the area to see people out there filming a show or movie.

Saugus 

Our next stop is Saugus, a great little area that’s just a bit farther from the freeway. Depending on where you're at in Saugus, you can work anywhere. It takes about 8 to 15 minutes once you get off the freeway to get to your home. This nice area nestled in the mountains also boasts great schools.

Much of the construction is a little bit newer, starting from the 1970s and spanning until today. There's also quite a bit of construction going on in Saugus. Overall, you're going to get slightly bigger yards for your money and a little bit bigger home for your money. The yards in Saugus are overall a little larger than in Valencia because you’re farther from the freeway.

Living in Saugus gives you the chance to feel like you’re away from it all, and it’s an area I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a home. It’s a nice, quaint area with really good schools. I raised my daughter in Saugus and had a great experience.

Canyon Country

Canyon Country is located just a little bit farther up the 14 freeway from where Newhall is. It’s not too far commute-wise, with most of Canyon Country located close to freeway access. Some really cool things have been added to Canyon Country in the last few years, with our community center as the most recent addition.

This beautiful community center has amazing artwork, great playgrounds, large rooms for dance classes, and even a whole kitchen for cooking classes. It also offers daycare and after-school care for kids, so it’s something you’ll really want to take a look at. In addition, they also have the bike track, which is a dirt bike race track for pedal dirt bikes—not motorcycles.

There's also a great skatepark in Canyon Country, where a lot of kids go and hang out. There are jumps and ramps and all that good stuff for them. Additionally, the local sports complex has a water park and more cool things offered to local residents. Lastly, we just recently opened our new state-of-the-art sheriff's station in Canyon Country as well.

Stevenson Ranch

A lot of people are attracted to the area of Stevenson Ranch. This community is close to freeway access and features newer built homes from the mid-80s to the early 2000s. It's a beautiful community located up on hillsides with plenty of cool views. Additionally, the community has low association fees, so there aren’t any community pools or spas. However, they do have a great park with lots of tennis courts.

Because Stevenson Ranch is close to the freeway, living here means you’re close to a lot of restaurants. Commute-wise, you can't beat it. If you're a commuter, you’ll definitely want to check out Stevenson Ranch. Home options range anywhere from condos up to multimillion-dollar properties, depending upon what you're looking for.

Castaic

Castaic is also just a little bit farther north up the 5 Freeway, so you're going to have to travel a little bit further north. Again, Castaic is located right off of the freeway, so there's not a whole lot of driving once you get off the freeway. This area boasts Castaic Lake and offers fishing, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, paddle boarding, and all kinds of outdoor activities.

You can also find a nice, newer sports complex along with plenty to do in the area. There’s tons of hiking, making Castaic the perfect spot for outdoorsy people. There's also the canyon, which is going to have a lot of horse property as well. So if you're looking for something where you can keep your horses right there at your home, that might be an option for you.

In the last three years, Castaic added a state-of-the-art high school with many cool features. It’s more like a junior college than a high school, and they are doing open enrollment. Because it's such a large school, people are coming there from other parts of the Santa Clarita Valley just to be able to attend.

Make The SCV Your Home

I hope this gave you an overall view of each area of the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas. In future videos, I’m going to do a deep dive into these individual areas so you get to know each one in detail. So if you’re considering making a move to Santa Clarita, make sure to subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of my show.

If you have any questions or just want to talk about possibly making a move, please feel free to reach out and give me a call. I look forward to hearing from you!

March 21, 2022

All About Living In Castaic, California

Are you thinking about moving to Castaic, California, and wonder what it would be like? In this video, I’m going to take you on a tour of Castaic Lake and show you all that this amazing area has to offer. We’ll look at everything from things to do and the cost of living to home options so you know exactly what it would be like to live here.

 

Welcome To Castaic Lake

Castaic Lake is located just north of the Santa Clarita Valley. From the San Fernando Valley, it's about a 20 to 25-minute drive. One of the reasons why people like moving to Castaic is that you get a little bit more home for your money.

You're also going to get larger lots and you have a great outdoor lifestyle. There’s Castaic Lake—where you can visit and waterski—along with the lower lake where you can paddleboard and kayak. There is also lots of hiking in the area.

Hiking Trails

One of my favorite trails is right above Castaic Lake. To get to the waterfall trail, you're going to take the Lake Hughes Road exit and go up above Castaic Lake for about eight miles. This beautiful trail has a spot where you’ll wade through some water, so make sure you wear something or bring some water shoes that will allow you to do so.

Depending upon the time of the year, it can even be waist-deep. At the end of the trail are beautiful waterfalls; while I would not recommend doing this and would never do it myself, people often jump off the rocks into a small pond of water at the bottom. This trail It's a really cool, neat area where you feel like you're a million miles away from everything—when in reality it’s only eight miles.

In addition, the Upper Lake is great for waterskiing. You’ll definitely want to go first thing in the morning or late in the evening because you’ll get the best water at that time of day.

Plenty Of Activities

The area of Castaic is also home to our Humane Society. If you have ever volunteered for the Humane Society or you're looking to pick up an animal in Castaic, this is where you can go. So be sure to visit the Humane Society—and hopefully adopt a new pet for your family.

A few years ago, they also added a great sports center here in Castaic. So if your kids are involved in sports, there's a sports center where they can play basketball, baseball, and all the different sports. Another thing people don't realize is that if you love horses, there’s a place for you here. Explore Hasley Canyon for Castaic’s ranches and horse properties; every home in that area is on an acre and a half or more.

So if you really want to have a horse and want to be able to have it right there at your home, this might be an area worth looking at as well.

Enjoy Santa Clarita Valley Living

I hope this gave you a lot of insight into living in the Castaic area. If you're looking at Castaic or any area in the Santa Clarita Valley, please subscribe to my channel. We cover all of Santa Clarita Valley, from the good, the bad, and the ugly of different areas here to restaurants, bars, and more.

If you have any questions about the area or real estate in general, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help. Stay tuned to see what I feature next time on my channel!

Feb. 23, 2022

The Pros And Cons Of Living In Stevenson Ranch, CA

Are you thinking about moving to Stevenson Ranch, California, and want to know what it’s really like? In this episode of Living In Santa Clarita, I’m going to give you the pros and cons of living in Stevenson Ranch so you know exactly what to expect. We’ll look at everything from housing options to HOAs so you can decide if this community is right for you.

 

 

An Ideal Location

Stevenson Ranch is a great community in California. It features two-bedroom townhomes starting in the mid $400,000 range along with single-family homes starting around $800,000, going up into the $2.5 million range. The one thing people love most about Stevenson Ranch is the proximity to the freeway. You're so close to the 5 Freeway, making this a great neighborhood for commuters.

Additionally, there are a lot of shopping and tons of restaurants in the area. Within Stevenson Ranch itself, there's just a little pocket in the neighborhood of local restaurants—such as a small donut shop. These offer nearby options and, while they’re not large chains, are conveniently located right in the community.

Schools And Views

The second reason people choose Stevenson Ranch is because of the schools. All four schools are award-winning, including Pico Canyon Elementary School, Stevenson Ranch Elementary School, West Ranch High School, and Rancho Pico Junior High School. All the schools that accommodate the neighborhood are great places for your kids to get their education.

Along with location and schools, the third thing people love about living in Stevenson Ranch is the views. You have some great views, including beautiful parks and quite a bit of hiking nearby. There are some incredible hikes in Stevenson Ranch and just outside of the neighborhood that allow you to take in the scenery around you.

HOA Fees

Now that you know what is truly awesome about Stevenson Ranch, let’s talk about some things that could be improved. While there's not a whole lot there, there are a few things you should consider. The first thing that I think some people don't like is the HOA.

The payment is not much if you're living in a single-family home, though they’ll be a little higher if you're living in a condo or townhome. This is because the HOA fees cover the buildings and exterior of condos and townhomes.

Amenities And Mello Roos

However, the HOA for Stevenson Ranch really only covers that big mountain as you're coming in and some of the common area maintenance. There are no community pools, spas, tennis courts, clubhouses, or anything like that—unless you're living in the townhome complexes that do have pools.

When people purchased these homes back in the day, the neighborhood was supposed to have a lake, pools, and more amenities. The HOA was also going to be quite a bit higher. However, when they did the build-out, they decided to eliminate those things.

The other thing that some people don't like about Stevenson Ranch is that some of the homes do have a Mello Roos tax. If you are home searching, make sure that you check into whether or not that home has a Mello Roos tax. Some homes are getting a little older, and those Mello Roos have dropped off. However, you’ll need to ask your realtor when you’re home shopping to find out for sure.

Make Stevenson Ranch Your Home

I hope this gave you a good idea of everything that Stevenson Ranch has to offer. If you’d like more information about this community or other areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.

Make sure you subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Living In Santa Clarita, my show all about the Santa Clarita Valley and the surrounding areas. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!

Feb. 14, 2022

Pros and Cons Of Living In Santa Clarita

Are you thinking about moving to Santa Clarita and want to know both the pros and the cons of living here? In this episode of Living In Santa Clarita, I’m going to tell you about some of the great—and not-so-great—things about life in the Santa Clarita Valley. We’ll look at everything from schools and outdoor activities to traffic so you know exactly what to expect.

 

The Pros Of Living In Santa Clarita

If you’re considering making a move to Santa Clarita, you’ll need to know about this area. I'm not just going to give you all the great things about living in Santa Clarita, but I'm also going to share some aspects of living here that people don't like quite so much. Before we get to the cons, let’s start with the top three reasons why people love living here.

Education And Safety

The number one reason why people come to the Santa Clarita Valley is that we have great schools here. Our city is home to some of the top-ranked schools in the nation. It’s because of these great educational opportunities that people start looking at the Santa Clarita Valley as a place to call home.

The second reason why people live here—and this one is just as important—is safety. Santa Clarita is one of the safest cities in the nation, and the Santa Clarita Valley has been ranked #17 in the nation for safety and #5 in the state of California. So if you're looking for a safe place to live, Santa Clarita fits the bill. Great schools and safety: how can you beat that?

Outdoor Activities

The third reason why people love living in the Santa Clarita Valley is all the outdoor activities we have. Not only do we have paseos that go throughout the area but we also have great bike paths. I just read some articles and found out that we have about 100 miles of biking paths in Santa Clarita. How can you beat that?

In addition, there's a dirt track that people go to where there are jumps and all kinds of things. There’s also tons of hiking, and we also have Castaic Lake. While it's not actually in our city limits, it's just a hop, skip, and jump 10 minutes outside the city limits. We have an upper lake where you can go boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and do any kind of watersports behind a boat. There’s also the lower lake where you can go paddleboarding or kayaking.

In addition to the bike track, there's also this great aquatic center that the city put in for locals to enjoy on a nice hot summer day—because we do have some hot days here in the summer.

The Cons Of Living In Santa Clarita

While there are plenty of pros of living in Santa Clarita, you should know about the cons, too. If you're seriously considering moving here, you want to know about the good and the bad. Let’s look at my three cons of living in Santa Clarita.

Nightlife

Did you know that in Santa Clarita, California, there really isn't much nightlife? If you just tons of restaurants and great restaurants out here, but once you're done going out for dinner, there's not a whole lot to do. So if you want a party and you're wanting to have some great nightlife, this may not be the place for you.

However, if you want to go out once in a while, it’s a short drive of 20 to 45 minutes to get to more places. So while there's a lot of nightlife nearby, there's just not a whole lot within Santa Clarita. We do have the Canyon Club, a great club that has live music on the weekends. We also have a few little hole-in-the-wall bars with some music and dancing on the weekends.

Traffic

My second con about living in Santa Clarita would have to be the traffic. I hate the traffic. If you are commuting and you have to take the 5 or the 14 freeway, it will be especially crowded during rush hour times. This is typically from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It's not going to be fun.

I'm just going to tell you now: get some books on tape, get Audible, or find some fun podcasts. It's going to be taking some time to get through the traffic, and it's just not a fun drive. If you can avoid rush hour, the drive is not too bad.

When you’re driving around town, we do have some traffic as well. This is because Santa Clarita Valley has grown, and there are a few intersections that just may take a couple of lights to get through. However, when you compare it to other areas in LA County or Orange County, traffic really isn't so bad. For us here in Santa Clarita that have been here for a while, though, we hate the traffic.

The Homeless Population

One more thing you need to be prepared for is that we do have some homeless population here in Santa Clarita. It has grown over the last 10 years or so, though it's nothing compared to most parts of LA County. However, we do have some homeless.

Of course, you don't really see them as much because most of them have their encampments down in the washes. You won’t see people living on the side of the freeway or on the side of the road. Still, we do have some homeless encampments here in Santa Clarita, and it is something that the city as a whole is trying to address. Overall, this is probably one of our biggest cons.

Is Santa Clarita Right For You?

I hope this video gives you some insight into the pros and cons of living right here in Santa Clarita. If you think this city is right for you and you’d like more information, make sure to reach out to me and I’d be happy to connect with you.

Make sure you also subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Living In Santa Clarita, my show all about the Santa Clarita Valley. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!

May 20, 2021

Top Parks In Santa Clarita California

Are you looking to get outside and enjoy our beautiful California weather? In this episode of Time Out Santa Clarita, I’m going to take you on a tour of 3 local parks that you’ve got to check out. We’ll check out everything from picnic areas to dog parks to give you an idea of what each area has to offer.

 

Pacific Crest Park

Pacific Crest  Park is right next door to Mountain View Elementary School. One of my favorite things about this park is the view, while parents of young kids love its incredible playground area. I've had many clients tell me that their kids love this playground area so much that they’ll drive from other neighborhoods just to come here.

Pacific Crest Park has a path that goes all the way around the park. You'll see kids out there roller skating, skateboarding, and just having a good time while others walk their dogs and enjoy a stroll. In addition, there’s a huge grassy area where people can kick the soccer ball around, play frisbee with their pooch, or just relax.

Todd Longshore Park

The next outdoor area you need to check out is Todd Longshore Park, located at the top of Whites Canyon just before it turns into Plum Canyon. Nestled right there in a little community, it has gorgeous views and is usually low-key and quiet. Host a party at one of the many covered picnic table areas or sit and enjoy some quiet time for yourself. This green space also has playgrounds and grassy areas.

Central Park

In addition to a  lovely dog park, Central Park offers beautiful hiking and amazing views. Take advantage of the many basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and frisbee golf opportunities in this relaxing outdoor setting. Additionally, there’s a covered outdoor workout area with equipment that only requires your body weight. It's a really cool feature you’ll want to check out.

Central Park is also home to Concerts In The Park, an event held every year. While I'm sure most of you have been to Central Park, come by if you haven’t and enjoy a walk to look at all the amenities.

Enjoy Santa Clarita Living

I hope this gave you a good overview of three of the best parks in Santa Clarita. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, make sure to come by and enjoy Pacific Crest, Todd Longshore, and Central Parks to enjoy all they have to offer.

If you have any questions about the Santa Clarita Valley or real estate in general, feel free to reach out and give us a call. We’d be happy to connect and give you any information you need!

Feb. 19, 2021

Should You Hire A Real Estate Agent? Here's Why You SHOULD!

Are you thinking about selling your home but don’t know if you should do it yourself or hire a realtor? In this video, I'm going to describe the whole home buying process to you so you can make an educated decision on whether or not it's best to hire a realtor or go solo. I’ll help you understand the roles a realtor plays in your transaction and explain the pros and cons of both selling options.

 

 

Why Choose A Realtor?

As a property seller, there are several creative ways you can use to sell your home. To decide what is going to be the best way for you, it’s a good idea to examine the pros and cons of using a realtor. You should also understand why people choose to hire a realtor to see if your situation could use an agent’s help.

In general, there are two categories of sellers: those that want to sell their home for top dollar, and those that need to get their home sold quickly. If you need to sell your home fast and you're not too concerned about the amount you walk away with, then you may want to sell yourself. You can go the nontraditional route and call iBuyer, Zillow’s buying program, or an investor. When you use these programs, you're going to find that you can close as quickly as possible, sometimes in as little as five days. You can get out and away from the property as quickly as you need to. 

However, there is a cost that comes with selling via these programs. They don't charge you commissions, but they're going to give you a lower offer than what market value is. This is because they need to make it worth their time and energy to take over the property and resell the home. If they're going to turn it into a long-term hold, a rental, or something of that nature, they need to see that they're going to have equity to make that transaction profitable for them.

Getting Top Dollar For Your Home

While you can sell untraditionally, most people want to get top dollar for their home. While they might need it to sell rather quickly, they don't want to do discount pricing. The best way to get the most money is to put their home on the market and look for a buyer that's going to pay top dollar. Selling traditionally allows you to test the market by using tools such as the MLS, open houses, social media, and many other options. This makes your home open to so many more people, making it more likely that you’ll get more money because of increased competition.

So how does a realtor help you get top dollar? Our job is very simple: getting you the most money possible, making the transaction as smooth as possible, and helping you to make it happen in the timeframe that's best for you. So many people think that a realtor's job is just opening and closing doors and getting people into a house so they can see it. That's a very small percentage of our job. Our real job begins whenever we're negotiating and helping you through the entire escrow process.

Before we even get your house on the market, we need you to make sure that you understand the entire process, know exactly what to expect, and figure out what your game plan is. Once we come up with a plan of action that meets your specific needs, it’s time for us to go to work. To get your house ready to list on the market, we’ll start decluttering, get the house staged, and take professional photographs of the home. While all this work is going on, we’ll also be reaching out to other agents, potential buyers, people in our database, and our online audience to let them know your house is “coming soon.” This preparation of a complete marketing plan will enable us to hit the market full force.

The Roles Of A Realtor

Selling a house takes a lot more than just putting a sign in the yard. As an agent, we need to make sure that your home is positioned and marketed correctly. It's during this time that your house is actively being marketed that we're out there acting as tour guides of the neighborhood. We're telling prospective buyers about things that the neighborhood has to offer, whether that’s a nearby hiking trail, a community pool and spa, walking distance to school, or close to shopping. Whatever is going to make people fall in love with your home, that’s what we’ll highlight. We're not just marketing your house, but rather we're marketing the lifestyle.

Next, we also become the negotiator. This includes negotiating your transaction, trying to get the best possible price for you when an offer comes in. We're also going to be vetting all of the buyers to make sure that they're all qualified. This requires us to talk to their lenders and find out about their qualifications, what kind of work they're in, what their debt to income ratios are, and what their credit scores are like. My job is also to make this process as stress-free as possible. Realtors make sure that all the I's are dotted, the T's are crossed, and all guidelines and timeframes are being followed in the contract. We want you to just enjoy the fact that you're making your move to your next beautiful home. We're there during the entire transaction to walk you through every step of the way. 

Lastly, you may not realize this, but during a transaction in the state of California, there are well over 80+ pages of documentation. As a seller, many of those documents require you to sit down and fill them out in person. As your agent, I’ll sit with you and go through all those documents to make sure that all disclosures are taken care of and filled out. For the actual escrow paperwork, my escrow company will do the same thing with you, though I’m always there for any questions during the entire time.

Is Hiring A Realtor Right For You?

If you’re looking to hire a realtor that can help you take care of all of the aspects of the transaction—and is not just there to open doors—please call the Cicerello team at REMAX with Santa Clarita. If you don't want to go through a sales process and have people coming over to see your home, you might want to go the investor route. You aren't going to net as much money, but at least you won't have the hassle of someone coming in and looking at your home.

 

I hope this gave you some things to think about. The bottom line is that it comes down to what's important to you—price or convenience. If you are trying to maximize the amount of money that you're going to walk away with, then putting it on the retail market is going to be your best bet. If you're curious about what your home is worth and what we can do to get it sold for top dollar, feel free to reach out to us and we’d be happy to help!

Oct. 22, 2020

How Much It Really Costs To Sell Your House

 

Have you decided to sell your home but are wondering how much it’s going to cost you? In this video, I'm going to show you exactly how much it's going to cost you to sell your home. When you know your selling closing costs upfront, you’ll know exactly what you're going to walk away with at the close of escrow.

Selling your home can be stressful. Thinking about moving into a new area, packing the house, and finding a place to live can all cause anxiety. Do you know what's even more stressful than that? Selling your home without knowing what it's going to cost you. In the end, it doesn't really matter how much your home sells for. What matters is how much money you're going to have in your account when escrow closes.

Title And Escrow Fees

Some of the very first fees you should be aware of are your title and escrow fees. Your title fees are going to be for your title insurance. This covers any liens that come up on the property after we closed escrow; the title company would be responsible to make sure that those were all taken care of. Title fees can range anywhere from $1,200 to a few thousand dollars, depending on your sale price. When we get together, I'm going to be able to tell you exactly what your title fees will be.

In addition, you're going to have escrow fees. On a $500,000 home, these fees will run about $1,400. Again, this is an estimate; when we work together, I can give you exact figures of what your escrow fees will be.

Transfer Fees And Prorations

Since we're in LA County, we do have a transfer fee. This costs about $1.10 per every $1,000 of the sale price. This amount will be paid to the county for the transfer fee. We’re also are going to have prorations of taxes.

Additionally, we have prorations of interest and also of HOA fees—if you have one. Everything is prorated on the day of the recordation of the deed. Property taxes, HOA fees, and interest will all be paid until the day escrow closes. These aren't true closing costs, as they are more a cost of living in the property. You're going to have to pay this whether you sell your home or not, but they do have to be paid through escrow to close on your new home. Of course, the buyer is going to pay the taxes, association fees, and the interest on their loan from that day on when we close escrow.

Loan Payoff

Next, you have to pay off the loan on your property if you have one. This amount depends upon what you owe. Your bank will also charge payoff fees, usually ranging anywhere from $100 to $300. We have no control over that; it simply depends upon your bank and what they charge for the payoff information.

Realtor Commissions

Most sellers ask about real estate commissions. Sellers pay both the buyer's commission and the seller's commission. You probably remember when you bought the house that you didn't pay your buyer's agent any commissions. The seller paid for their commission, so now you're going to pay both sides of the commission.

That being said, commissions are negotiable. For example, I have different tiers of service that I offer. Depending on whether your house is vacant or just needs furniture brought in by a professional stager, commissions can be a little more or a little less. If the house doesn't need much and you just want me to bring in my staging stuff—like little knickknacks and things to make the house look nicer for pictures—that will cost you a little bit less. It all depends on what level of service you want for the sale of your home. This is something we'd discuss beforehand.

Marketing

Another question clients always ask is who pays for the photographer, drawings, and marketing. That is the seller's agent's responsibility to pay for, which comes out of the commission. It's not something you're going to pay for separately. Rather, it’s part of why you're paying a commission.

Total Closing Costs

When you add all of the closing costs together—your escrow fees, title fees, and payoff fees for your lender—you should expect to pay somewhere between 6-8% of your sale price. This, of course, is a rough estimate. When we meet, we can provide you with more accurate figures so you know exactly what you're going to walk away with at the end of the transaction.

If you would like to receive an estimated net sheet for your upcoming sale, see what we can do to market your home to get top dollar for you, or just have any real estate-related questions, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to connect with you!

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

Our Favorite Hikes in Santa Clarita California

 

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. 

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