Before Your Costa Mesa Listing Appears, Take 2 Financial Steps


In a fast-moving market, sellers can be caught off-guard when their Costa Mesa listing turns into an unexpectedly quick sale. That might sound overly optimistic, but most people who are preparing to list their homes are so focused on preparing the property that they put off worrying about what happens once Job One is accomplished. Yet the downside to being caught unprepared can lead to awkward (and expensive) consequences.
Getting the place ready for the listing photos—and after that, preparing for the first showing or open house—tends to command a lot of attention. It’s no surprise that many an average Costa Mesa home seller doesn’t see the need to focus on what will happen after the sale. But a “that’s the kind of problem I hope to have!” attitude is a misstep—particularly when it comes to the financial details.
This is particularly true for sellers who plan on an immediate move to their next house—either one you already have your eye on, or one you plan to seek out once you find a buyer for your current Costa Mesa home. It’s easy to be lulled into complacency since common sense would seem to indicate that financing your future residence will be a snap. After all, any existing loans will be paid off at closing, a substantial amount of extra cash will become available at the same time, and your credit score should reflect those admirable financial accomplishments including a happy ending for the last home loan lender. How could there possibly be a hitch when it comes to financing a new place?
Well, there shouldn’t be (but those can become some of those ‘famous last words’). Fortunately, to prevent any irritating unexpected (and undeserved) financial SNAFUs, it’s only necessary to take a couple of preventive moves:
• First, check on your current credit score. As you know, all three of the credit reporting agencies are legally obligated to let you see your report details as they currently stand. Don’t assume no misreporting has crept into your score—they can appear at any time. And since it can take at least weeks (and often months) to correct, the right time to check is before your Costa Mesa listing hits the market.
• Second is something that can prove to be a godsend if your Costa Mesa home sells immediately to buyers who need to move in quickly. Simply do the same thing your buyers may already have benefitted from—secure a lender’s pre-approval. Although it will be contingent upon the sale of your Costa Mesa property, it will still signal to the next home’s seller that you are a VERY serious and prepared buyer. If you find yourself vying with others to land that next home, that can make all the difference. If, on the other hand, you find yourself scrambling to get the paperwork in order at the same time you are closing on the first property, unnecessary tangles could develop. Part of our service includes helping our clients foresee upcoming events. Whether buying or selling (or both), I hope you’ll give us a call!
We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

Sense-sational Real Estate: Selling to All the Senses


When we think of traditional Costa Mesa real estate sales scenarios, most of us would initially picture the photos that dominate the MLS listing and the information we read onscreen. Then, if those impressions were positive, the next step would be seeing how well the property presents itself as a prospective buyer approaches (the renowned “curb appeal”).
Notice that every impression up until the next step, positive or negative, had been exclusively visual. In fact, I think most of us think of real estate sales scenarios in exclusively visual terms. That’s not wrong—the majority of what impresses prospective buyers comes to them through their eyes.
But, whoa! Seeing is important (in fact, “seeing is believing”) but sight is only one of the five senses. Costa Mesa homeowners who are preparing their homes for market can also benefit from thinking about using the other four senses to make a winning impression. It may sound like an unusual way to look at Costa Mesa real estate selling, but when you think about it, a useful one!
Examples:
SOUND: when your visitors open the front door, if it squeaks, the quality message is less than satisfactory. Likewise for stair railings that creak, air conditioners that squeal, or windows that rattle in the wind. On the more positive side, when a musical background is present (but not too loud), it can supply a pleasant aura for a showing or open house.
SMELL: kitty boxes—well, you know! Bathrooms, bedrooms, and other living areas benefit from the kind of quality scent enhancement that can be provided by candles or aroma dispensers. And floral bouquets add more than just visual appeal.
TOUCH: back at the beginning, if the prospective buyer opens a front door handle that feels loose and flimsy, that’s a first impression that sends the wrong message. Likewise, if the door feels lightweight, it communicates an entirely different feel than one that’s heavy and substantial. That’s why consumeraffairs.com rates front door replacement among the top two tweaks for ROI (Return on Investment) for sellers. Any feature that would-be buyers might touch—from sticky light switches to obstinate sliding doors—are also worth fixing before visitors arrive.
TASTE: this sense is by far the least relevant. But I’ve seen tired prospects whose energy perks up considerably at the sight of a welcoming plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!
When you are selling your Costa Mesa home, it’s not a bad idea to be keenly aware that your home’s next owners will be using all their senses when they visit—even if they aren’t really aware of that. Another sensible idea: for any and all Costa Mesa real estate sales matters, do give us a call!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

New Mesa North Listing from The L3!

Fantastic Mesa North Home in Quiet Cul-De-Sac! - $775,000
Main Photo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Parking Spaces: 2
Year Built: 1965
Garage Size: 2 Car
School District: Newport Mesa
Square Footage: 1242
Agent Name: Larry Weichman
Broker: The L3
MLS #: PW18069036
Price: $775,000
3012 Buchanan Way
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Range/Oven
  • Full Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Reverse Osmosis Water System
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen Island
  • Patio
  • Fenced Yard
  • Grass Lawn
  • Secluded setting
This is one of the best homes in Mesa North to come on the market in a long time! Fantastic cul-de-sac location gives you ton's of privacy. Home is in move in condition, seller has gone way over the top on this custom kitchen with wood cherry cabinets, custom pullout drawers featuring Wolf 5 burner gas range, convection microwave oven, Bosch dishwasher and Bosch refrigerator! Large center island + eating area in the kitchen. Both bathrooms have an amazing touch to detail, the main bath features Kohler digital value controls, new cabinets and don't miss the hidden medicine cabinet behind the slide up mirror, master bath is over the top as well! Lovely living room fireplace just another added touch to this home. The house also has an enclosed patio room that could be a hobby room, office or art studio. Home has reverse osmosis water system. Check out the back yard bar area with a very large producing avocado tree behind it along with persimmon and guava trees. Home has upgraded 200 amp electric service + central A/C + solar tubes to brighten your day. Garage flooring was just redone with beautiful epoxy paint.

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