Camarillo, CA Real Estate News

By Sabrina Boyd, NMLS#300925, California Mortgage
(Primary Residential Mortgage - Carlsbad California Mortgage)
This home for sale in Las Posas Country Club features 4 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms with 2458 Square Feet and a lot size of 41649. The front of this true custom estate in Las Posas Country Club, Spanish Hills exudes style and understated elegance reminiscent of old world haciendas and features a 3 car garage. The beautiful situated one acre property in Las Posas Country Club, Spanish Hills studded with ancient trees, lush park like landscaping, organic fruit trees, berry vines and vegetable garden, gentle breezes and soothing sounds of humming birds and water fountains is meticulously maintained, entirely irrigated and fenced in. 990 Camino Concordia Camarillo, Ca 93010 is located in Las Posas Country Club, Spanish Flats which is conveniently located near several private elementary and h...
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By Kevin Clayton
(SoCal Pool Builders Lic#939803)
Swimming pool renovations and remodels are on the rise in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, Southern California. Many of these swimming pool renovations and swimming pool remodels are being done to properties that were previously short sales and bank repossessions. SoCal Pool Builders is an experienced and quality conscious swimming pool contractor. We remodel swimming pools and build new swimming pools in Camarillo CA.   SoCal Pool Builders has been receiving an above average number of requests for swimming pool renovations and remodels in the past six months. Owner, Kevin Clayton, stated that he believes it is partly due to the number of vacant and abandoned homes because of the high number of short sales and bank repossessions on the market. He has also seen the swimming pool equipme...
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By Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services
(Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA)
  Step back in time this holiday season at the Camarillo Ranch for its 10th Annual Candlelight Gala on Friday, December 3rd from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each year the Ranch House is specially decorated for the holiday season. Enjoy great food from local restaurants as well as the special exhibits.    There wil be a tour of the stately, elegantly-decorated Queen Anne mansion that Adolfo and Isabella Camarillo called home.  The Red Barn will also be open for touring. There will be live music as well as gift auctions and carriage rides.  This special event is the major fundraiser for the Camarillo Ranch Foundation.  All proceeds help preserve and operate the Camarillo Ranch House and grounds. Dress will be evening attire or period dress, with black tie optional.  Admission is $75 per person in ...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
There I said it and I'm not taking it back. It's almost laughable that we natives seem to come to a screeching halt when we get a trickle of water on our windshields. This happens not only on our freeways, but open houses, broker tours, caravans, all get canceled as well. Last week I did what every Realtor typically does in preparation for an open house. You know, the scheduling, coordinating with the owner, ad in the newspaper, research in the neighborhood for comps, shopping for sweets and beverages to offer the public and door knocking a few days ahead of time to prepare the neighbors for the flood of cars that will be filtering in and out of their neighborhood. Let me be very clear what happened the day of my open house...a rain had come through the night before depositing a nice we...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
As an extended courtesy to my colleagues, I'm submitting this through Active Rain to shed some light when faced with a homebuyer who thinks they can go this avenue alone. Just stating the simple merits of how you can help them successfully realize their goals is valuable: Are you looking to buy a new home?  If so and you need more information, you may use the Internet to research foreclosures. I've got a direct link you can utilize at www.CaliforniaCoastPropertyGroup.com to find all of Ventura County's latest foreclosures and their status. The sale of foreclosed properties is on the rise, due to their affordable prices and the lowest interest rates we've seen since 1963!  Somewhere in the mix, you may find homes for sale that are in the pre-foreclosure stages.  As you can likely gather ...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
As I write this I reflect back on my earlier days in taking on short sale listings and advising clients as to how to prepare their paperwork for submission to their lien holder. Getting the word out that I tend to be a tireless Realtor who will pretty much go to any lengths to see to it that the lender has every document in place and am relentless in follow up to gaining a positive outcome was and still is next to impossible. Client trust needs to be gained because so much is at stake and some of my clients had the unfortunate experience of working with "expert loan modifiers" only to had over thousands of dollars in savings to a scam artist. I think the critical key point in question to the homeowner is "Who do I trust?"  For me that question is easy to answer as none of this process (...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
Waking up this morning I got to thinking (after a cup of coffee) about Labor Day and the meaning of the day. I've got a special connection with Labor Day, in fact, so many holidays seem to be laced with a story behind it for me; mostly good connections like becoming engaged to my husband on Valentine's Day and married on Memorial Day weekend. As for me, I tend to stay in my groove and continue to labor with various odd tasks such as client follow up, lead generation, blogging, tweeting; you get the picture. But tomorrow I will take a little "me" time to rest and rejuvenate and also reflect on that special Labor Day in September, 1987... when I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Meagan Kate. She's truly a labor of love. Like her mother and father, Meagan is considering a career in...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
Every once in a great while I find myself unscheduled. By that I mean the weekend is rapidly approaching, I'm not scheduled to show property AND I have not scheduled an open house for one of my listings. So here I am thinking to myself that I had better get on it and schedule my time. By all means sometimes we all need to just take a weekend off like regular folks, but lets face facts here, we're not regular folks! Our job is to keep the ball in motion not only by staying motivated but by lead generation and get ourselves out there to meet and greet the public thereby introducing ourselves to our communities. Just curious here, what do you have planned?                                             www.SheilaRasakEstates.com         MktTrends on Twitter          Sheila Rasak Estates on Fa...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
I don't know about anyone else here, but the market is indicating a huge slowdown and I personally am starting to feel it and am thinking that because we enjoyed an early spring selling season, we're melting down to an early end. I'm finding it more and more difficult to connect with potential clients who are facing foreclosure and looking for answers. I've expressed to quite a few clients during the month of March that short sales don't happen overnight and it will take months of negotiating with the lenders to obtain desired results. These people are clearly underwater and with substantial hardships. I would imagine the situation is not getting much better but haven't heard from them and their properties are not listed on the multiple listing service. When I work with a short sale cli...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
After reading a recent blog post on the pros of an open house I felt compelled to write my own blog post on this same subject. Not only do I believe an open house is an excellent addition to getting the property noticed, I believe that it benefits both the seller on the subject property, the neighborhood, the buyers, and the listing agent. Let's break down the benefits: Seller - Added property exposure. Either an ad in the local paper, a Youtube video, blog, or an announcement on your Facebook page calls attention to the property and when it's open for viewing. Neighborhood - Open houses are the opportunity for the neighbors to see an active real estate professional "giving it their all". It allows them to compare their property to that of the open house property and maybe, just maybe t...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
Beat. That's sums up how I'm feeling tonight as I remove my 2+ inch high heels from my tired feet after sitting an open house. Why we call it sitting an open house, I'm still uncertain as I dont get much time to sit while I do my job on the weekends. Yes, weekdays often find me at my desk either plugging away at the computer or previewing property that involves a lot of time getting into and out of my car. But come open house time, from the moment I plant the first Open House sign until I take my last sign down, I'm pretty much on my feet. I once heard at a networking meeting that some geographical areas (and I bet they're talking about Beverly Hills and the Santa Barbara area) do have a service that maps out your listing and places strategic signs where they are allowed to draw your po...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
Quite often I have an out of area friend who knows I'm a Realtor and either writes or calls me to see if I can shed some sort of light on various topics relating to home selling or buying. Being in real estate for over 25 years has taught me at least two things with the first being "disclose, disclose, disclose!" I sold my own home in Woodland Hills, California about five years ago (I know, timing is everything and I did make some nice cash on that one). I recall that for two years after the property sold I spent more than a few sleepless nights thinking..."Was there anything that I forgot in my Transfer Disclosure Statement that could haunt me?" I worried needlessly, but I know that EVERYTHING matters when it comes to disclosure. I received an email from a friend in Studio City. She wa...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
When  we're not servicing our clients most of us are busy doing what we in the industry call "lead generation". You know, keeping our already busy day busy with generating new clients to service and keeping the ball rolling (okay, a girl can hope). I believe in using a wide variety of resources when it comes to finding new Sellers to assist, one of which is postcard mailings. I know a lot about advertising and what tends to capture the eye and I've used that knowledge to aid in the success of my real estate business. I've held many seminars in Camarillo, CA for the public regarding foreclosure prevention and I'll often advertise it in the local newspaper and send out postcards announcing the date as well. I carefully spell out (in a limited space) what the seminar will provide and I inc...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
Just when is "enough is enough"? Only the homeowner knows for sure! I've come across so many people with more stamina than a two year old throwing their best temper tantrum. Don't get me wrong, I understand the mentality of home ownership all too well and know in my heart that when it comes to not being able to afford your mortgage payments, it's very personal and painful. I paid attention to the market trends in my neighborhood (at the time living in Woodland Hills, CA). I saw it adjusting slightly downward on a regular basis...and decided to protect my investment. I got it right. I sold my own last piece of residential property some time in 2005-2006 to a "kid" in his 20s who managed to obtain 100% financing. He WANTED that house really bad. 10 day escrow and it was his. I breathed a ...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
"Someone told me long ago, there's a calm before the storm"...I can't help but think of today's real estate market when I hear that song. We're especially hard hit here in California and seriously, what goes up must come down, and it did, big time. As in the song's title, "Who'll Stop the Rain", well the question remains a mystery, however there are some answers out there that at least provide a bit of comfort in this unquestionable storm. The trouble is the average consumer is finding it difficult to find anything close to "reasonable solution" as they try to navigate stormy waters by themselves. By all appearances, the market is not fairing very well and if I had to place a bet, my bet would be the area I'm working in, Ventura County, Camarillo, Ventura & Oxnard (mostly) is that we wi...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
I have to say since I reentered the residential side of real estate, I've not lost my momentum from day one. Each day I wake, I seem to have a day filled with the typical Realtor duties like, lead generation, lead follow up, client contact, lender negotiation, sales meetings, geo farming, etc. My office is hot on going to a seminar at the end of the month. You know, the rah rah rah, you can do it! type of seminar that resembles Mary Kay Cosmetics and her pink cadillacs. Part of our "motivating" factor was that it was FREEEEEEE! So I joined the merry group and signed up and started a series of coaching calls to make certain I got everything my company's money would buy. By the time I got half way through coaching call number two I had my 2nd migraine. I couldn't take the motivational "ab...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
Recently I've had the unfortunate opportunity to work with several sellers who not only have been facing financial hardship, but dealing with the side effects that the stress has put on their bodies. In my last short sale transaction, a couple who are in their mid-sixties came to me with a mountain of paperwork from their various efforts to obtain a loan modification. I'm sure you know the scenario; they became behind in their payments and were courted by the typical sharks out there looking to steal whatever cash might be left in my seller's bank account only to not produce anything but heartache at the end. Their story dated back to 2008 when the husband went through emergency coronary bypass surgery and placed on permanent disability. From that point on, they weren't making enough mo...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
I get it folks, we all like to use our friends if they hold a real estate sales license, but let's face some very real facts here: You the consumer are about to purchase what might be your largest single investment, your home. Working with an agent who has never been to that area or maybe doesn't even work in the same county let alone state is like asking an ear, nose, and throat doctor to treat you for sudden migraines. Sure, they can do it, but do they have the expertise that the neurologist has? I think not. Before I came back to selling residential real estate I owned a home in Woodland Hills, CA. I knew that even though a friend could probably do the job, I politely explained to him that in the spirit of continuing our friendship, I'd rather go to the local expert who could possibl...
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By Sheila Rasak
(Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group)
You know, I have to hand it to them, those lenders are quite crafty when it comes to approval letters and short sales. I've been through H E double toothpick and back with the best of them, yet it never ceases to amaze me that they think they can cut my income without neotiating or at least gaining my permission.  Let's face it, folks, when was the last time you asked your doctor how much your office visit was going to cost and then asked that them to reduce their bill? I am still in negotiations with a lender that I shall not name here but will tell you that my commission was cut even though it's clearly outlined and accepted in my listing agreement and was submitted months ago with the short sale package. Under HAFA, this lender is applying $3,000 for moving assistance to my Seller an...
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