Category Archives: Costa Mesa Real Estate

Torelli Realty’s Anne McCasland Unites Buyer and Seller

Real Estate Timing for the Seller

Torelli Realty real estate agent Anne McCasland recently experienced the joy of good real estate timing. She had a listing on a property that had a special circumstance: the seller decided to list the home in May 2010 and was unable to move until December 2010. Timing in real estate deals can be very stressful for buyers and sellers. This client decided to list the home over six months ahead of schedule in hopes of avoiding headaches.

Real Estate Timing for the Buyer

Of course, many buyers want to in right away so a wait like that can be a turnoff. Luckily, the perfect buyer came along. This buyer always wanted to live in the Mesa Verde Inner Loop and fell in love with the charm of the home. In fact, it reminded him of his childhood home. In this case the house was worth the wait.

Happy Buyer

The Happy Buyer

Uniting Buyer and Seller

Since the buyer and seller were so pleased with the arrangement, Realtor Anne McCasland took them both out to dinner at local restaurant. The seller of the home entertained the buyer with stories and the buyer was thrilled to have the chance to hear all about the home from the former owner.

Cheers to all!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

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Torelli Realty Moves to New Office

We’re finally in our new home! The finishing touches are still being put in place and we couldn’t be happier in our new space at 1700 Adams Ave., #110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Please come by for a cup of coffee anytime!

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Welcome to our lobby!

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Our office floor

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

Costa Mesa Room Makeover – After

Costa Mesa Room Makeover

Room makeovers are exciting and people often think they are pricey. However, they can be done on a budget. Inspired by an article in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine where a designer did a room makeover for $350, we put ourselves to the same challenge. We held a contest and selected a winner who wanted their master bedroom to get a makeover. Here’s the result and their reaction:

 

 

 

 

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How We Did It

First of all we want to give a big thank you to Yong with Crystal Painting and  Diane Gray Concialdi with DC Redesign Real Estate Staging & Conceptual Design.

Yong donated paint and and painted a neutral, beige accent wall that complements the furnishings and is a tasteful color in case the couple ever decides to sell their home in the future. (Home staging 101 – Neutral colors are best!) We call upon Yong’s painting team all the time when we are preparing homes.

Diane assisted with picking out the decor, helping us find amazing discounts through her contacts at Macy’s, and the final arrangements on the ‘Reveal’ day. Her company can help with staging for any budget and also uses the latest technologies to conceptualize how a room would look if remodeled.

A special thanks to Macy’s. Since the winners, Julieta & Ryan, had nice furniture, we were able to keep what they had in place and redecorate to fit their space. We focused on their bedding, which we got at a major discount thanks to the help of our friends at Macy’s. By shopping great sales you can save major bucks. In fact the comforter set and pillows we bought were discounted from $350 to $134.99. Plus the bluish-green color of the comforter is a very hot color this season and it’s also very peaceful and relaxing for a master bedroom retreat.

The euro sham pillows were bought at IKEA.  Since they are for show and not going to be used they really dress up the room for very little cost. Each one was only $6.99!

The curtains were found at Target and matched the bedspead perfectly. They are a blue-green sheer stripe that irons easily and helps create a light, airy feeling rather than a dark, weighed down one like the former ruby curtains created. Over by the bathroom, we decided to use matching curtains but used 2 to create a symmetrical look and then bought some traditional gold tassels to tie them back.

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We moved some pieces around to add more space and create a cleaner look in the room. For instance we moved the hamper and glider from the room to make it feel larger.

Also, we borrowed a photo of the happy couple that was in the hallway and put it next to the bed. They were thrilled when they saw it! It added a little of their spirit to the room.

Thanks so much to Julieta & Ryan for letting us help them!

Final Tally:

Macy’s Comforter set: (Originally $350) $134.99

Macy’s Sheets: (Originally $120) $79.99

IKEA 2 Euro Sham pillows: 13.98

Target Curtains (2 for the windows, 2 for the bathroom doorway): 59.96 each

Target 2 Gold Tassel Tiebacks: $5.98

Plus various taxes…

Grand Total: $325.70

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG – NEW: 365 Things to do in Costa Mesa

Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

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Eastside Costa Mesa – Eastside Story

Eastside Costa Mesa

Torelli Realty Presents Eastside Story

Eastside Costa Mesa has a fine establishment called The Goat Hill. The reason behind the name is that Costa Mesa used to be a bean field and goats used to roam around. Broadway is the widest street in Costa Mesa. Broadway has the former homes of the officers from El Toro Marine Base and was originally designed to go to down to the beach. Eastside has so many things. We’re here at Eat Chow – they were able to encompass the genius of “and”: great food and low cost and they are expanding into Newport Beach. We have a 17th Street that is thriving – they don’t let a place go vacant. We have live music at Skosh Monahan’s, The Harp, Pierce Street Annex, the Little Knight, and Le Cave. Hi-Times Liquors too.

The neighborhood is amazing. I grew up on the East Coast and never thought I’d be able to replicate my experience of playing with kids in the neighborhood. We walk to a Blue Ribbon school… People on the Eastside are proud of their homes. It’s an eclectic neighborhood of diverse homes and there’s a restocking of families with children over here. People are always fixing up their homes. Broadway just got a million dollar ‘Safe Routes for School’ and will put a sidewalk all the way down. They’ll get 40 new trees and a bike lane. We’ve been able to site destination bike routes to improve bike-ability, walk-ability, and because it’s Costa Mesa skate-ability!

I believe that Eastside Costa Mesa is a sustainable community because it’s a grid-like system: it has transportation nodes, it has south facing homes to take advantage of the sun and Mesa Water’s 50th Anniversary tells us that we have a local water supply. Thank you for letting me share my passions about the Eastside.

What do you think of your neighborhood? Please share it on video by emailing holly@torellirealty.com today.

Thank you Jim Fitzpatrick!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG

NEW – 365 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA MESA

Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

Torelli Realty Agent Gets Award

From ‘I Hate Realtors’ to Flowers and Dinner!

I Hate Realtors!

Everyone knows somebody who hates Realtors. There’s a variety of reasons:

-Some view them as greedy and just out for a commission

-Some think they don’t do enough work to justify the compensation

-Some think the job is too easy and doesn’t require a professional

-And some people have had a lousy experience with an agent and vow never to work with one again.

Finding Middle Ground

Whatever the reason, these objections are real and real estate agents face them all too often. In fact, we recently had a client who claimed to hate real estate agents and wanted nothing to do with us. However, the ice melted because our agent Judy Reyes made a positive impact. Her kindness and experience made the difference.

The Result

Judy worked hard to provide her clients with the best service. By creating an enjoyable, safe atmosphere, the transaction brought about no signs of sellers remorse. The picture below only tells half the story…

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Judy Reyes

The clients also took Judy and her husband to dinner!

The Bottom Line – always give your best and don’t give up! A tough sell can end up being your best sell!

Hello? I’m Looking For A Real Estate Agent…

How do you say “Hello?”

Looking for a real estate agent, or any type of service provider, can be a scary task for many reasons. Some people are intimidated by the phone. Will the person who answers be nice? Will they have the answers you need? Will you know the right questions to ask?

Some people don’t like e-mail. Will you get spam forever? How can you tell if the service provider is genuine? Is your e-mail being answered by the person you think it is?

For some people time is of the essence. They don’t have time to make a phone call only to wait on hold. Others don’t have easy access to e-mail.

The times are changing

Luckily, the times are changing. Communication is able to happen more rapidly than ever before. There are multiple mediums available to make a point on contact and continue a conversation.

“Real” People Answer the Phone

For instance, when you call our office you will always get a ‘real’ person. We don’t do voicemail or answering machines.

E-mail works

We monitor our e-mails closely and make a commitment to respond quickly with the information you need.

Cell access

All of our agents have cell phones are are easily accessible. When they are in appointments they make sure to return calls once they are free.

Catching the texting bug

More and more of our clients have caught the texting bug. If you want to text, go for it! We understand that not every question warrants a phone call or email.

Facebook & Twitter

Many of our clients have been connecting with us through Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn and Youtube. Actually, the people we interact with through these channels are not always clients. They may be someone in the community who has a question pertaining to real estate, home improvement, or a local event. Since Costa Mesa is our home we usually know what’s going on and if we don’t we make an effort to get people the information they need.

Technology is changing the way we communicate and we are excited to interact with clients in whatever manner that suits them best.

What channel do you prefer?

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs. 

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG – 365 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA MESA 

Company License #: 00878443  Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297