Category: General

Tips & Tricks For Fall 2020

Ohh Fall! What can we say other than Pumpkin Patches, lots of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween + Thanksgiving! Considering this year may be a little different than last year, it should not stop us from decorating, eating, and spending quality time with our loved ones.

Things To Consider When It Comes To Elevating Your Home This Fall

A few simple changes can help upgrade your home into a Pinterest Worthy Space. Read some of our easy tips you can incorporate in your home today:
  • Color palette – consider what colors speak to you! We are currently obsessed with burnt orange, emerald green, gold and chocolate
  • Gather outside – hang some string lights, get a few plush pillows and grab a cozy blanket to really set the fall aesthetic
  • Decorate your front porch – utilize lanterns, artificial leaves, pumpkins, squash, throw blankets and a homemade wreathe
  • Consider your space and how much time you can truly allocate to decorating and maintaining your home

Some Fall Fun To DIY

  • Wheat Centerpiece – Venture off to your local Farmer’s Market, purchase a bundle of dried wheat, tie colored ribbon around the base and voila! For an elevated look consider placing your bundles inside a glass jar.
  • Cornucopia 2.0 – Looking for a modern twist on this traditional piece? Look into different textures, colors, and themes. Head to your local craft store and pick up various pumpkins, squash, and acorns. Don’t forget to grab some acrylic paint, glitter, and velour fabric to really elevate your piece.
  • Pumpkin Centerpiece – This is another fun one your guests will be raving about all night! This is a longer process but the results will be worth it. You will need floral foam, shears, a small pumpkin, and fresh flowers of your choice – choose between carnations, roses, and sunflowers. Another tip to remember, try to soak your floral foam overnight.
  • Pear Place Cards – Hosting a dinner party? Write your guests names on wooden leaves and attach them to pear stems!

Decorating 101

  • Don’t be afraid to step outside of your box and use color – deep velvets, rich purples, and even jet black will instantly modernize any room in the house.
  • Plaid is a great piece which can later help you transition to winter.
  • Consider mixing inexpensive elements, like wood chargers, with delicate china. This trick can really change up a look without breaking the budget.
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tips & Tricks For Summer 2020

Hello Summer – argumentatively everyone’s favorite season! From beach days, to long nights, and Summer Fridays, what more can for you? Considering we need to spend our summer cautiously; it should not get in the way of creating and making new memories with our families.

Things To Consider When It Comes To Summer + Safety

Between Covid, sunburn, and mosquitoes, we need to be stay prepared. Read some of our tips you should consider incorporating today:
  • If you need to escape to the beach consider driving an hour north of Los Angeles and you will be faced with smaller crowds.
  • If we are experiencing a heat wave, grab an extra water and snacks to keep on hand just in case you aren’t feeling well.
  • The sun is not your friend – always remember to grab sunscreen and reapply every two hours.

Weekend Getaway

Even though Federal, State, local laws and Stay at Home Orders are changing rapidly, remember to exercise care to protect yourself and assess your own risks. Confirm lodging, dining options, and national park + beach closures before you leave to your destination. Living in Los Angeles we are very fortunate to be a short drive away from some ‘gram worthy destinations – here are some of our top picks:

  • Palm Springs – About 100 miles from LA, you can enjoy golfing, poolside lounging and an array of restaurants. Walk around Downtown, check out the Art Museum and take a drive down to Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Santa Barbara – If you like wine then we highly recommend taking a trip up to SB. This coastal beach town really embodies the carefree, calm, “in the moment” lifestyle.
  • Catalina Island – Less than 26 miles from LA, Catalina is a perfect day trip for anyone who is looking for adventure, dining, and fishing! Catalina Express ferry sails from both Long Beach and San Pedro.
  • Laguna Beach – Known for it’s art scene and beautiful beaches, this is a perfect spot to spend Sunday afternoon. Make sure to check out an abandoned Pirate’s tower in Victoria Beach.
  • Sedona, Arizona – Soaring Red Rocks cradle an array of resorts, spas, art galleries and boutique wineries. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of open space, explore various hiking trails as you wind through these infamous Red Rocks. Sedona is a bit of a drive but this is a sight you do not want to miss!

Go Outside

Looking to stay local and not be around large crowds? Check out some of our suggestions below:
  • Need to escape the hectic lifestyle of hustle & bustle – grab your bike, drive down to the suburbs and take a nice afternoon stroll around a new community.
  • Learn how to make kombucha yourself – this is a something you may enjoy and continue to do every summer.
Summertime is always the best of what might be. Charles Bowden

Staying Safe on Site During Covid-19

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, a pandemic. Two days later, a national emergency was declared in the United States concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems appear to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

New Protocols For Relators & Buyers

The California Association of Realtors has created a “Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration” which can be obtained by the Listing Broker or Buyer’s Agent. A new declaration should be signed from each visitor, every time they enter a property. This form may be used for more than one property visited on the date the declaration is signed. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out directly to your agent!

Scheduling Showings

  • We will not be hosting open houses or showings which are open to the public or on a walk-in basis; property tours will be appointment only.
  • We will be utilizing virtual tours via social media and Facetime, if virtual tours are not feasible, we will limit the number of people present during showings.
  • Be expected to provide verification of funds and lender prequalification letters for all non-virtual, in-person showings.

Rules of Entry

Even though Federal, State, and local laws and Stay at Home Orders are changing rapidly, remember to exercise care to protect yourself and assess your own risks. Consider your age, underlying health conditions, recent travel, possible exposure to COVID-19, and doctor’s recommendations. Below are Property Entrant Rules everyone will need to follow:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, immediately upon entry and before touring or inspecting the Property. Remember to not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Wear a protective face covering at all times.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet between yourself and others. Do not gather in groups.
  • All persons on property for in-person showings should avoid touching knobs, faucets, toilets and toilet handles, light switches, garage door opener buttons, handles and pulls, alarm system controls, fan pulls, remotes, thermostats, switchboxes, gates and gate latches, window locks and sashes, pool coverings, and other such items. If it is necessary to touch surfaces or items in the Property, be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before leaving.
  • Upon exiting the Property, discard any disposable face coverings, disposable gloves or disposable shoe coverings worn during the visit.

Communications

  • All information will be delivered electronically. We will discontinue providing handouts or other types of promotional or informational materials.
  • We will avoid passing transaction materials such as pens, paperwork, and keys.
  • Discussions after the showing with the seller or clients will be conducted digitally through email, telephone, Zoom or FaceTime, rather than in person.
“This, too, shall pass.”