Happy Thanksgiving from Redondo Beach Real Estate

From our family at Keith Kyle Homes, RedondoBeachRealEstateHomes.com and Visa Sotheby’s International we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Vista Sotheby’s International with Offices in Redondo and Hollywood Riviera Top Producers

Vista Sotheby’s International, one of the top real estate firms in the South Bay area of Los Angeles have recently introduced their “Top Producers” for 2016. With offices throughout the area including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and the Hollywood Riviera, Vista Sotheby’s has quickly become the dominant force in the local real estate market.

We are proud to annouce that Manhattan Beach realtor Keith Kyle was one of the top agents companywide and was the #9 top producing agent for 2016.   Congrats to all of the realtors given the award.  See also the Vista Sotheby’s top producers for 2015.

We wanted to thank all of our clients and friends that helped make 2016 such as successful year in real estate.

First Time Home Buyer Information

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Information for First Time home buyers.

  1. Find a real estate professional who is the right fit for you.
    Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the Realtor® you choose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality.
  2. Timing the market.
    There is no “right” time to buy anymore than there is a right time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting. Changes don’t usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price and a good home won’t stay on the market long. See article on trying to time the real estate market.
  3. The most important opinion is your own.
    It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas will make it much harder to make a decision. Don’t ask for too many opinions and trust your own instincts.
  4. The Big Picture.
    Accept that no house is ever going to be perfect. Pay attention to the things that are most important to you and let the minor things go. Make the decision based on whether you would be happy in the home.
  5. Keep negotiations realistic.
    Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price may lose you the home you love and although the difference may sound like a lot, it may be an insignificant difference over the life of a 30 year mortgage.
  6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
    Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house: room size, kitchen, floors, etc. that you forget such issues as amenities, noise level, neighborhood, etc. that have a big impact on what it’s like to live in your new home.
  7. Get pre-qualified or pre-approved.
    Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage. Not only is getting pre-qualified quick and easy, but there is no obligation. Finding out how much you can afford, whether your credit could use some repairing, and what your monthly payments might be, is a significant step toward buying a house and making the process less stressful.
  8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post home-buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.
  9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass.
    Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big commitment, but it also yields big benefits. It is common
    to question your decision but in the long run, home ownership is usually a fantastic opportunity.
  10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation.
    A home’s most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live. With the increases in value in the
    early 2000’s, people have begun to think of their home strictly as a way to make money. Make sure your home is something that you’ll enjoy living in for a long time.

See our other articles for first time homebuyers:

 

Buying-A-Home.com – Home Buyer Guide Information about common buyer problems every first time home buyer needs to know!

Happy Halloween from Redondo Beach Real Estate

From all of us at Redondo Beach Real Estate and Homes for Sale, Keith Kyle Homes and Vista Sotheby’s International, we wishhermosa-beach-halloween you and yours a very safe and happy Halloween. The holiday’s are always a great time, and there’s no better place to celebrate than here in Redondo Beach and the South Bay.

Vista Sotheby’s to acquire Shorewood Realtors

Manhattan Beach, newsletter – by David Mendez Shorewood Keith Kyle Vista Sotheby's International RealtyRealtors, which has been in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings since mid-June, has struck an agreement to be acquired by

Source: Vista Sotheby to acquire Shorewood Realtors

Are all Realtors and Listing Agents the Same in Redondo Beach?

By Keith Kyle

While this post is about realtors in Redondo Beach, it really applies to any city and any market.  Simply put there are good realtors, average realtors, and bad realtors.    The irony is that the commission is the same for almost all realtors (in Redondo Beach the standard commission is 2.5% to both the buyer’s and seller’s agents)….

So why would anyone hire a listing agent that wasn’t good?Livingrom-View-small

That’s a great question without an easy answer.  Buying or selling a home is often the most important financial decision someone will make in their lives, and putting that in the hands of someone for any reason other than them being the best and willing to put in the most effort just doesn’t make sense.

So what is the difference?

As with anything in life or any profession, there are good realtors, bad realtors and most are somewhere in the middle.  We’re lucky here in the South Bay as many agents are not only full time professionals, but very good at what they do.  A good realtor is a local expert, uses the latest technology for their clients, is a good negotiator and communicator, someone that will go beyond the normal services offered and first and foremost, one that puts the clients needs ahead of their own.

A good realtor…..

  • Knows the market and gives the very best pricing advice (even when it’s not exactly what the seller wants to hear…it our jobs to be the experts.
  • Helps the seller understand how best to prepare the home for sale (again often not exactly what the seller always wants to hear as it often involves cleaning things up, removing family photos, redecorating a bit and all in a home that is often “perfect” in the sellers eyes.
  • Offers staging advice or even actual staging (see some of the past staging we’ve offered for free)

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  • Uses a professional photographer
  • Uses the latest technology including custom videos, property websites, virtual tours, and social media to ensure the greatest exposure for the home
  • Actively networks with other agents to know the market above and beyond simply knowing what’s on the MLS
  • Offers guidance on timing, negotiations, and preps the client on the entire process BEFORE it happens.
  • Steers the escrow process to be least stressful on the seller and towards a successful close.
  • Communicates throughout the process.  Realtors may know what is supposed to happen and when, but the client is relying on the agent to make sure that they understand the process and know where things are at in the process.

A bad realtor…..

  • Doesn’t know the competition or the very latest price information (such as trying to find the actual sales prices of homes in escrow) and relies on very basic information (or worse yet the valuation that appears on Zillow and similar sites)
  • Doesn’t offer guidance on getting the home ready and how to get the most impact and interest when it hits the market.
  • Simply puts out a for sale sign and prints some flyers and that’s the entire marketing plan
  • Takes pictures themselves and often on their phone.   Often these agents won’t do any more than take a few exterior photos as it’s “too much work” to get the inside cleaned up a bit for photos.
  • Offers little to no advice on the offer process, negotiations, and the various details that will come up during escrow.  They’re often caught off guard when a problem arises instead of planning for it.
  • Puts their needs ahead of the sellers which can mean them “steering” the process to their own buyer or not giving the home proper exposure so they can try and find a buyer and take both sides of the commission.

Digs Magazine Real Estate Insider – Meet Top Agent Keith Kyle

Vista Sotheby’s top producing agent Keith Kyle was recently profiled as June’s real estate insider in Digs Magazine.  Digs Magazine focuses on the South Bay and Beach Cities lifestyle with an emphasis on luxury and high end real estate in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  June 2015’s edition featured top producing Manhattan Beach real estate professional Keith Kyle.  See the full profile of Keith in the June edition of Digs Magazine.

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South Bay Brokers Names 2012 Top Producing Agents

South Bay Brokers, one of the top real estate firms in the South Bay of Los Angeles, has recently named their Top Producing Agents for  2012.   RedondoBeachRealEstateHomes.com and Redondo Beach realtor Keith Kyle was once again a top producing realtor.  Thank you to my many clients that have put their trust in me over the years and have allowed me to part of their real estate needs.