Tehachapi, CA Real Estate News

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
26100 Rifle CT., TEHACHAPI CA 93561 For Sale Vacant LandDirections : From Los Angeles 405 Fwy ( N ) to the 5 Fwy (N) to the 14 head North to 58 head West to the 202 continue West to Cummings Valley Rd; Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Bear Valley Rd. Enter the gated community turn right onto Jacaranda Dr and the turn right on to Rifle Ct. Go to end of Cul-de-Sac.Remarks : Truly a fantastic opportunity for developers &/or owner users to possibly build one to three 'view homes' in this coveted Gated Community of Bear Valley Springs. The land has a large flat pad to facilitate the 'Multi-million Dollar Views' at the end of the cul-de-sac. All you need is connect to the Electricity & Water at the paved road. This community provides for a safe and secure resort style life with private...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
Great question, isn't it?  Is a smart home right for you?  My discovery is that on some level almost everyone can benefit from smart home technology.I moved (and downsized!) my own home recently and am in the midst of remodeling to make it truly mine.  I've installed some smart home devices already and the two that I'm loving the most are the August Connect lock on my front door and my Liftmaster garage door opener with the MyQ connectivity app.Why do I love these?  Simple, because when I'm not home, I can see who specifically has entered or left my house by the front door and when the garage door has been used.  I also love that I can easily check remotely to be sure that when the front door has locked after the last contractor has left by the front door that the garage door is also cl...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
What's the 2018 Tax Law Mean for Real Estate in Tehachapi?NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) is projecting a 1-3% growth in home values in 2018 but says that in areas with higher housing costs there could actually be a decline in value.  Why is that?The new tax law limits the state (and local) income tax and property tax deductions to $10,000 total.  That will definitely have a big impact in higher property value areas.  For example, a property valued at about $800,000 could expect to pay about $10,000 in property taxes leaving no "room" for a state and local income tax deduction.There are also changes in the amount of mortgage interest that can be deducted, but for loans originated before the end of 2017 and closed before April 1, 2018, they get a pass.  Again, these changes gener...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
What's the Best Way to Choose Your Real Estate Agent? Choosing the best real estate agent to help you in the purchase or sale of your home can be a daunting task.  Most agents are spending thousands of dollars advertising to attract your attention.  In many cases, all that gets for you is someone that needs to churn out as many transactions as possible in order to cover the cost of all that advertising.So what about online reviews on an agent's website, Yelp, Google or other similar platforms?  That can be a good choice, but think about how useful, or not, those reviews might be.  Generally, a satisfied customer will be happy no matter what and so they will post a positive, glowing review about how great the agent was.Curiously, I've read a bunch of these reviews and rarely find any tha...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
Your House Is Ready to Show, Where are the Buyers?You've done all the right things: taken care of deferred maintenance, spruced up the paint, super cleaned and decluttered.  Advertising is in place, agents have visited to preview, but you haven't had any showings.  What's the problem?Ideally, every seller hopes that they will have the house ready to sell and immediately get a call for a showing that then turns into the new owner of the home in 45 days.  One and done!  What could be better?  That's the ideal, but it is quite rarely the reality.If your house is ready to show and has been properly marketed, then there is only one reason that you are not getting showings.  Before we get to that reason, what does "properly marketed" mean.  Marketing is now a specifically targeted activity th...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
You've done the initial decluttering and you've touched up the paint, repaired the obvious deferred maintenance and your house is on the market and ready for showings.  That's an exciting feeling because now you know all your hard work will pay off!  You believe that now agents will want to schedule showings for their clients and multiple offers will be yours to sort through.Before we get quite there, let's review best practices to be ready for a showing.  First and foremost, you really need to keep the house sparkling clean and always ready.  If you work away from home, then you want to turn on strategic lights to highlight the best features in the house and make it feel welcoming.  If you are at home when a showing request comes in, then the best bet is to turn on every light in the h...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
What Does "Showing Ready" Really Mean?I have already written about starting the decluttering process in order to get your home ready to sell.  Once you've gotten rid of the stuff you didn't want to move, it's time to take a super critical look at what deferred maintenance or other conditions detract from your home showing at its best.Let's start with the easy things, also known as the Elephant Approach.  You've all heard the quote, "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!" That's the same way you get your house showing ready.  One step at a time!Wall Painting If you have chosen bold, or multiple wall colors, you will need to paint.  Your bold colors and accent walls are great when it comes to expressing your personality but not so great when it comes to showing your house to po...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
Are you getting ready to sell your home?  If you have lived in the same place for a long time the task may seem even more daunting but take heart it can be comparatively stress free with a few simple steps.Most of us have boxes of "stuff" that we have put away somewhere to "deal with later."  If this sounds familiar to you, I can relate!  In fact, I have a bunch of those boxes myself and a whole lot of "stuff" that really no longer has a place in my life.  Because I'm getting ready to sell my own home I thought my experience might be useful to you.Set aside time each day to work through the stuff you may not even have looked at in years.  How much time?  That depends on your timeline, and how much time you can make available between work, family, social obligations, etc.  When I decided...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
I would have expected the Millennials to have been the most stressed by the process because as a group they are most likely to be going through the home buying process for the first time.  I was wrong.  It was actually the Gen Xers that were most stressed.  Baby Boomers were least stressed overall.Thinking About Buying?  NerdWallet has released their Home Buyer Reality Report and it has some interesting findings.  If you read the entire report, there are insights as to who is most likely to find the process stressful.  Frankly the findings were a bit surprising to me.So what causes the most stress?  Across the board, the biggest stressor seems to be the mortgage process.  Apparently many folks found it difficult to understand and navigate.  Millennials prefer to do an online application...
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By Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®
(Advantage Real Estate)
Thinking about selling?  I don't have to tell you that if you are thinking about selling, the most important thing to you is to get the top dollar in the shortest period of time, do I?  Often, you may have started discussing your plans to sell your house with friends or family members or co-workers.  Because real estate is a subject so many people are passionate about, those folks will often have some advice to give you on pricing.   Make sure you price it to at least get what you paid - and some profit Real estate markets are cyclical and the market in which you are selling may have lower values than the market in which you bought.  Your best bet is always to price your house at, or just below, fair market value.  That ensures the fastest sale.  It's still a good time to sell, especial...
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By Jill Nelson, Interior Design
(Jill Nelson Design Services)
Hello real estate professionals, I have recently moved to the Tehachapi area down from Sacramento. I'm excited about offering home staging for the Tehachapi real estate market. I'm just settling in and will soon be available for all of your home staging needs. In the mean time I'm enjoying all of the sunny weather and beautiful wild flowers! I'm not a "newbie" to Tehachapi, both my parents and inlaws live here and I also lived here about 10 years ago when by husband's job brought us to the area. I have horses myself and am familiar to the challenges to marketing "country" properties. I look forward to meeting local Tehachapi real estate agents and if there's anything I can do to help prepare your listings don't hesitate to give me a call. 
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
Easy To Make Lollipop Valentine's Day Roses   You'll Needwrapped heart shaped lollipopsgreen chenille stemsscissors DirectionsStart at the top of the lollipop stick, tightly wrap the chenille stem in a coil around the lollipop stick. Cut off reaming pieces of chenilleabout 3 inches. Twist the small piece of the chenille around the stem where you want the flower leaves to be. Then shape the leaves and twist to secure. If you want to add a name tap or note,cut a piece of paper and make a hole with a hole punch. Secure the note onto the smaller piece of chenille before twisting into the leaf shape. Use tissue paper and ribbon to make a sweet bouquet!   
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
It is hard to believe that it is time to register your teenager for high school. On August 12th at 8:00 a.m. Tehachapi High School will begin Freshman Orientation. All Freshman students are expected to attend the orientation along with there parents. Parents are asked to attend an hour long orientation about P.E. clothes, ASB cards, Books and important information regarding your new high school student. Orientation is expected to end around 12:45 and there will be a bbq for the new Freshman class. On August 13th all returning and new high school students will have registration. They will hold registration at different times depending on your last name and grade. Please view below: New Students - 12:30 p.m. Seniors - A-L - 8-9 a.m.Seniors - M-Z - 9-10 a.m. Juniors - A-L - 10:30-11:30Jun...
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
Do you enjoy a nice glass of wine? If you do Main Street Tehachapi is putting on a wonderful wine walk with local businesses. On July 18th between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.. You are able to pick up your wine glass and a map at the Flower Shop then hit the streets to start tasting. A map will be provided to show you where to go to taste your favorite wine. When you choose what wine ou would like to try head over to that business with your glass. The business will pour your wine and have an appertizer to pair with the wine. This is a wonderful way to meet new friends and drink some very yummy wine! If you would like to purchase tickets for this event they are $20 presale and $25 day of the event. My office has  tickets if you are interested but hurry they are limited!  Let our Team Advice you on...
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
Who would have ever thought that our small town that started out growing Potatoes would end up with a winery. Could we be the next Paso Robles? Only time will tell but from my view it is a good possibility! Tuscany in Tehachapi hangs over the door to our very own Tasting Room. As you enter through the doors of Souza Family Vineyards Tasting room you are surrounded by wonderful wine and accessories. There is a bar to sit at for your tasting or you may choose to sit at a round table or comfy chairs. You may also choose to sit outside for the beautiful views of the Mountains, valley or vineyards. The relaxing atmosphere gives you many chooses to relax as you sit and enjoy your Tehachapi Wine. Recently Souza Family vineyards received a phone call about winning there very first award for th...
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
A budget of $300 can get big results Here are a few steps to start with! 1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)What it costs: $1-$20 each (quantity discounts available)Why do it: CFLs use 70% less energy 2. Install an Energy Star-rated programmable thermostatWhat it costs: $29-$100Why do it: Save up to 15% on heating and cooling bills 3. Employ "smart" power strips that use motion or power sensorsWhat it costs: $35-$50 eachWhy do it: "Idle current" can account for 1%-2% of energy bills 4. Clean or replace furnace and air-conditioning filtersWhat it costs: $2-$20 eachWhy do it: Clean filters can reduce heating/cooling costs by 1%-2% 5. Caulk and seal walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, and duct workWhat it costs: $10-$40 for caulking, weathe...
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
If you are going to be traveling through the kern county this weekend you should stop by Tehachapi. Our Main street program will be hosting our first International Chili Society Chili Cookoff. There will be cooks from all over the state (with 3 champions in the mix) and local chili cooks. Besides the chili you can stop by to ride the 25-foot ferris wheel, check out the gun fights or maybe you would like the sports car show. I'm so excited to take my family to this event there is so much to do! I almost forgot there will be live music all day next to the beer booth and BBQ Vendor. I hear the BBQ is great! Here in Tehachapi we have a wonderful mix of music that will keep your foot tapping all day long! So if you find yourself driving on the 58 Fwy you should pull off and stop downtown (yo...
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
Canine Creek has recently joined other historic downtown business. This awesome dog wash and store moved from Valley Blvd to Tehachapi Blvd. The owner Suzie had a re-grand opening inviting all dogs and there owners to join her. If you have not been in this store the carry everything you need and would ever think of for your dogs including organic treats. She also offers bath areas to bath and groom your cute little or big pups. If you have always wanted to visit the store and haven't you must you will be greeting with a very warm welcome from the staff and a quarter machine with dog food. Oh and don't forget to bring your dog they will love it.
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
Earth Day is here and so is Tehachapi's 2nd annual Earth Day Celebration. If you would like to go it will be on Saturday April 26th at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. hosted at Mama HillyBeans and Apple Shed. You will learn about growing, selling and eating your own produce. There will be a live chef demonstration on fresh food preparation along with local experts to give you growing tips. The Canine Creek will have products on hand that are organic for your doggies. Don't forget to Green your home as well with helpful tips and products provided by Associated Real Estate. This is a great event to bring your children or grandchildren there will be a children's corner, petting zoo and a bounce house. This event is a wonderful way to learn about organic foods to feed the whold family and a way to lessen...
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By DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield
(Associated Real Estate)
 My Grandmother Bruno is from England and would often speak of high tea with her girlfriends when she was a teenager. I 've always imagined my beautiful grandma dressed up with her lipstick and her hair all done sipping tea with her friends. How fun I would always think to myself! Well today I was fortunate enough to experience sipping on tea with friends just like my grandmother. I went to the Victorian Rose where they serve Tea and organic coffee with fresh homemade scones, muffins, croissants, quiche, and a wonderful pecan cinnamon roll. Unbelievable! Everything was so yummy and fresh. I spoke with Kathleen the owner and she informed me that everything is made from scratch. She also uses organic products when ever she is able. The table were set up with lovely linens, candles, flower...
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