Melinda DiPerna Real Estate Referral

December 11th, 2015

Working with Melinda DiPerna was fabulous! She listens to what you are requesting in a house, focusing in on your main requirements. She is fabulous in negotiating through any counter offers that may arise, and guides through the process so that the client is successful in obtaining the property desired. She is very cordial, polite, respectful, but …. she is still firm at the same time to achieve success. If there is any subject in regards to the property that she is not aware of, she makes it her mission to get that information and respond back to the client in a very timely manner. All in all, it was a very positive experience in an area that can be very stressful. I would refer Melinda DiPerna to family and friends.

Melinda DiPerna Real Estate Referral

November 9th, 2015

June 23, 2015

My experience with Melinda DiPerna, representing Keller Williams, was a breeze. I actually live in LA County and this was not any major problem for Melinda, considering my home to be sold was located in Vista, San Diego County.

She had everything organized from staging to “Open House.” And including everyone’s favorite, the “Termite Inspection Man.” I got the lucky charm and was able to bypass staging and Open House due to a sign which was advertised, “Coming Soon.” It provided an excellent key to success for the sale of my home.

If you’re looking for an honest and hard working agent, count on Melinda DiPerna from Keller Williams. They don’t get any better!

Sincerely,

Catherine Johnson
Pasadena, CA

San Diego on the Move

June 22nd, 2015

SD Trolley Green Line

“SD Trolley Green Line” by Thomas Baer

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project received its final environmental clearance from SANDAG last November and is expected to begin service in 2018! The extended light rail service will connect the Santa Fe Depot (downtown San Diego) to the University City community, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC.

The University City area is considered to be a 2nd downtown, with its high density residential areas and major employment hub. Although this area is flourishing, it currently lacks the support of regional transit. The Mid-Coast Trolley Extension will provide efficient transit connections to University City, UCSD, as well as frequent and reliable, Trolley service throughout the corridor. Effective transit that is competitive with the automobile will attract riders to transit, improve regional mobility, and help maintain and enhance San Diego’s quality of life.

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will provide new transportation options to San Diego county residents. The expanded trolley lines will accommodate existing and future travel demands (especially during peak traffic times) and will provide a much needed alternative to the county’s overcrowded freeways.

Nine new trolley stations will be constructed as a part of the project. The new stations will be located at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, the VA Medical Center, Pepper Canyon (serving UCSD west campus), Voigt Drive (serving UCSD east campus), Executive Drive and the Terminus Station at the Westfield UTC transit center.

Final engineering and FTA approval are the next steps for this important transit project. It is anticipated that the full funding grant agreement (FFGA) will provide 50 percent of the funding needed. The expected cost is approximately $2 billion (with half coming from FFGA and the other half coming from the region’s half-cent sales tax for transportation.)

For updates and additional project details, sign up for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project eNewsletter

San Diego county looks forward to the improved travel options to employment, education, medical, and retail centers for corridor residents, commuters, and visitors. Keep Moving San Diego!

How To Buy With Low Inventory

March 31st, 2015

There are many facts and conditions that come into play when buying a home, and low inventory in the market is certainly a common condition that can make being a home quite difficult. The good news is there are strategies experienced agents can employ to help get the job done. Low inventory doesn’t always mean higher prices and more demand if your agent is an expert in three major areas. The three most important things that your your agent must help you to have is a large network of connections, creative searching, and preparedness when making an offer.

Many agents believe they are connected when they post a property to MLS. This however should be the very bare minimum an agent does for their client. Using an agent’s network of connections can help you reach maximum exposure. The second is an agent who is creative.

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Finding homes and negotiating the best prices, from builder flips to FSBO’s, can also be the trick to finding a steal. If your agent is knowledgeable and able to target neighborhoods with the best properties available on the market, dream homes can become reality for low prices. The final is to have clean offers. When buying a home, preparation is also a significant factor. Being pre-approved for a loan and having no pending contingencies are just a few examples of ways you can make your offer the best it possibly can be.

To learn more about how an experienced agent such as myself can help you find your dream home, or for a complimentary California home buyers guide email me or call me at (858) 848-7555!

724 Granada Drive – Sold in Less Than 3 Weeks!

March 31st, 2015

Dreaming of a single level, 3 bedroom/2 bath home? With over 1600 square feet and nearly a 1/4 acre of flat land, you won’t believe your eyes! 140066511 This home is located just an easy commute away from Emerald/78, has parking for an RV/trailer/boat, AND a 2 car garage. The inside has been opened up to form a great room with a fireplace, and direct access to the back where you can enjoy a drink in the shade, relax in the jacuzzi, or even build a pool. The bathrooms are nothing short of luxurious. There’s room for everything – inside and out.

I am proud to announce this house was sold in less than 3 weeks! If you are looking for a REALTOR® who can sell your home the fastest for the most money, I am happy to tell you how I can help and why I’m the agent for you, just reach out! 140066511-1

For any of your real estate needs, reach out to me, your California Real Estate Lady, by calling (858) 848-7555 or e-mailing melinda@carealestatelady.com!

345 19th Street – Escrow in Just Ten Days!

March 31st, 2015

One of San Diego’s original jewels is fully restored, ready to move in and put into escrow in just ten days! I am very excited to help sell a home where a family can enjoy all of the good things of urban life, while living in a large Victorian charmer in a neighborhood rich with character, pride, and history. With the help of staging expert Stephanie Malcolm, this Vista home located in the craft beer-capital of the world has been put into escrow in just ten days! It is a registered historic property (#206), features gorgeous fir floors, four modern spacious bedrooms, kitchen with Fisher Paykel dishwasher, and a back yard reminiscent of a secret garden oasis. This home must be seen to appreciate everything!

The property is located at 345 19th Street in San Diego, CA 92102 and readers can view more details and pictures below.

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4 Bedroom
3 Bath
MLS #150010198

REALTORS® may click here for more information.

For any details on this gorgeous property or for any of your real estate needs contact me, your San Diego expert, by calling (858) 848-7555 or e-mailing melinda@carealestatelady.com!

The Three Controls of Selling Real Estate

March 19th, 2015

When selling your home, there are three things we as sellers control that affect the price you can sell for in any given market, and are the direct result of the buyer’s experience. These controls include availability, conduction, and price.

Best Price

With me as your agent, we can achieve the maximum exposure possible through an available agent, continuous communication, and the use of selling tools such as open houses and even lockboxes. If there is a buyer who is interested, we will find a way to accommodate them. Ensuring a large amount of eyes see the property increases the chances of finding a likely buyer.

Condition

The second is the condition. With my knowledge and expertise in staging, I can have your home in the best condition imaginable, no matter if it’s occupied or vacant. Emphasizing a homes’ space while keeping it cozy allows buyers to picture a seamless transition into their future abode.

The final control is the price. It is important to understand the market value of your home as it truly is, and that takes an agent with expertise such as myself. When pricing a property accurately, interest in it increases, and again, makes it more desirable for buyers.

Dream Home

The end goal is to have multiple offers to choose from, allowing you to sell your home for the maximum price in any given market. By creating the best possible experience for potential buyers, the chances of doing this is significantly increased. I would love to discuss with you your opinion of these controls, feel free to leave a comment. If you have any questions about your home, contact me, your California Real Estate expert, by e-mailing melinda@carealestatelady.com or calling (858) 848-7555!

Sneak Peek: University City Home for Sale: 4915 Via Lapiz, 92122

March 19th, 2015

Great schools… Check.
Gorgeous kitchen… Check.
Easy commute to fabulous jobs… Check.
Entertainer’s delight… Check.

Yes, this University City home for sale has everything on your checklist and more. You won’t want to miss it, as it won’t last long.

Via Lapiz

Enjoy living a sunny corner lot in the established Canyon Ridge neighborhood, close to Curie Elementary, the 805 and the 52. This home is truly immaculate with exquisite and low maintenance tile floors, granite countertops, new carpet, new baseboards, new paint, and new windows and doors on the southern side of the house. This University City home has that staircase you’ve dreamed of coming down for all those special events; it has the two fireplaces you’ve wished you had on cool winter evenings; the home boasts a private backyard ready for summer fun and BBQs! Pull your car into the two car garage and you will never want to leave!

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This beautiful home is located in the mesas and canyons of University City, with natural views and opportunities for hiking, biking, and birding in areas such as Rose Canyon, and neighboring cities such as La Jolla, Clairemont and Sorrento Valley. Agents may click here to view more details. For any of your real estate needs or more details regarding this property, contact me, your San Diego expert, by calling (858) 848-7555 or e-mailing melinda@carealestatelady.com!

Zillow/TruIia Merger Approved

February 17th, 2015

Right before the end of this past weekend, Zillow and Trulia’s blockbuster merger was finally approved by the Federal Trade Commission, but is this ruling ultimately a positive adjustment for homebuyers? Two of the leading websites within the real estate industry for both REALTORS and consumers worldwide are now under the same roof, meaning they control a tremendous amount of the available online real estate presence. Check out the excerpt from the article from Inman Select below, and click here to read more from the original article.


FTC will not block Zillow-Trulia merger
Federal agency completes investigation, merger expected to close as early as Tuesday

“The decision puts an end to speculation that antitrust regulators might impose conditions on a deal that puts ownership of the two most popular U.S. real estate search sites under the same roof.

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Although Zillow executives say they plan to continue keep the Trulia brand and website alive, the merger could pave the way for it to raise the rates it charges for ads and leads across sites including Yahoo Homes, AOL Real Estate, HGTV’s FrontDoor, HotPads and MSN Real Estate.

Zillow and Trulia both get more traffic than the third-biggest national portal, realtor.com, but capture only a fraction of the more than $10 billion real estate brokers and agents are thought to spend to market their services online, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has noted…”

Although both Zillow and Trulia can be good sources for gaging the market, they now have more influence in the market than ever before, which may result on consumers relying on them too heavily. Now, more than ever, it is important to buy and sell through a licensed real estate professional, particularly for their unique market knowledge, their ability to physically see homes, and their second opinion to confirm the online information you find on sites such as Trulia/Zillow.

What It Means For Agents

It will be interesting to see what two powerhouses joining forces can do to improve the market through innovation in the home buying experience and process, but do not be fooled… this merger does not make REALTORS more irrelevant. In fact, we are now more important than ever!

To learn more about what to expect from this merger, readers can click here.

To get more information from previous proceedings, click here.

If you would like to discuss this article and merger or for any of your real estate needs, contact me, your California Real Estate Lady, by calling (858) 848-7555 or e-mailing melinda@carealestatelady.com!

Three Things You Need to Know Now About VA Loans

February 5th, 2015

Right now in San Diego County, active-duty members of the military as well as veterans have extraordinary home-buying opportunities. Check out my video below, where Lynn Schuler, Senior Loan Officer of Movement Mortgage, and I discuss VA Loans and the benefits military members receive for serving our country. Veterans and active members, know the three most important things about VA Loans so you can take advantage of what you have earned!

•Active-duty members of the military or veterans can purchase a home up to $562,350 with no down payment.

•Veterans can buy a home for the cost of an appraisal, or $450, if the loan is structured correctly.

•Interest rates are lower than conventional financing typically by a 1/4 of a percent, currently in the mid 3’s.

Use your benefits! To learn more about VA Loans or standard home-buying, contact me, your California Real Estate Lady, by calling (858) 848-7555 or e-mailing melinda@carealestatelady.com!