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May 20, 2021

The Top 3 Parks In Santa Clarita Valley

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.


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

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. 

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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!

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July 31, 2017

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