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Win!!! Costa Mesa Homes – Design A Room and Star In Your Own Video!

Costa Mesa real estate company Torelli Realty is offering 1 lucky winner a chance to win a $350 makeover of one room/area of their house. “Whether you are selling your home or plan to live there forever it’s easy to get a picture perfect look and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune,” says Holly Schwartz, former HGTV producer of House Hunters, Designers’ Challenge, and My House Is Worth What? Small changes can make a big impact in Costa Mesa homes and Costa Mesa condos.

picture of staged room

(This Mesa Verde Costa Mesa home is currently on the market for $995,000 – see more info here.)

The team at Torelli Realty sees this everyday when they look at Costa Mesa homes for sale. The contest was inspired by the July 2010  issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, which featured a $350 room makeover.

We will also offer 25 additional people the chance to be in their own video that will be featured on our website, youtube, and blog about Costa Mesa life. Talk about your favorite shop, restaurant, neighborhood, anything community related and represent the city of Costa Mesa proudly.

If you wish to be considered for the contest, please email minimakeover@torellirealty.com with your contact info or fill out the form HERE.

A lucky winner will be selected on August 15, 2010 as will the runnners up.

Only homes in Costa Mesa, CA will be considered for the contest. Winner will be selected randomly. Winner must be willing to let Torelli Realty take photographs before and after the mini-makeover, which will be used in their marketing materials. Renters are eligible as well however we will only be able to accessorize if you rent in Costa Mesa.

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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Costa Mesa Golf Course Homes

Costa Mesa Residents – Sign up here to win a free mini-room makeover!

In Costa Mesa real estate there are many city highlights that make the community a draw for homebuyers. Anyone checking out the City of Costa Mesa website will note that one of the major highlights is that there are 3 notable golf courses. Two of the area golf courses are located in western section of Costa Mesa – The Mesa Verde Country Club (private) is in the Mesa Verde neighborhood and the Costa Mesa Country Club (public) is located along the border of Mesa Verde and Westside Costa Mesa. On Eastside Costa Mesa in Eastside North is the Santa Ana Country Club (private).  Lots of homebuyers look for homes on the golf course in Costa Mesa but finding homes for sale on the golf course is no easy feat since the supply is limited. Living on the golf course is ideal for golf enthusiasts. Also the location projects a sense of luxury – imagine overlooking manicured grounds and beautiful greenery. It is a chance to have a stunning view and not be cramped by neighboring homes… For many people it is like being on vacation every day.

Golf course

Costa Mesa Country Club

Torelli Realty is excited to be able to feature an upcoming listing that is a prime Costa Mesa golf course home. Golf course properties are rare and offer buyers a chance to buy an amazing home in a coveted location. In fact there are less than 100 homes on the golf courses in Mesa Verde and Westside Costa Mesa and at the current time there is only one other home for sale along the golf course. On Eastside Costa Mesa there are currently 2 homes on the Santa Ana Country Club golf course.

For more information about homes for sale on the Costa Mesa Golf Course: Click here to read more about this stunning 5 bedroom, 3 bath home that is situated right on the beautiful Costa Mesa Country Club. It has never been on the market before! Nestled on the golf course, this contemporary colonial encompasses nearly 3,000 square feet of living space. This home presents an opportunity for a buyer to own a one-of-a-kind dream home, that’s perfect for a golf enthusiast or someone who appreciates the privacy and luxury of an unparalleled view of the green. It is situated on a prime street in the desirable Mesa Verde neighborhood of Costa Mesa, and this home has beautiful curb appeal.

Please feel free to contact us about Costa Mesa golf course homes for sale.

 

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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Losing the Miami Vice Look in Costa Mesa Real Estate – Staging Homes to Sell

In the Costa Mesa real estate market, there are about 45 Costa Mesa homes that were built between the years 1977 and 1989. Approximately 40 of these real estate listings are condominiums or townhomes that are currently listed for sale in the MLS. That’s because there was a boom in attached style homes in the late 1970s through the 1980s.  The cool looks that depicted the Miami Vice era are no longer cool. There are new trends that homeowners need to accept when they list their home for sale if they want to get top dollar.

 picture of palm treees

Recently some of our Realtors at Torelli Realty were helping sellers in Costa Mesa condos make some important updating decisions. In fact a seller at one of our current townhome listings made a few smart choices. Here are a few tips that we found helpful:

-Update the flooring. For instance, linoleum in the kitchen and baths is out. Carpet is the bathroom is out (yuck)! Tile that is smaller in size (12” squares) is too small. The modern look is at least 16” tile, or 18” tile or 24” inch depending on the size of the room. (Larger rooms can handle larger tile).

-Update the moldings. Many of the homes built in that era had small baseboards. For a more modern look, larger baseboards (at least 2 ¾” tall) is adequate. Buyers like the look of ceiling moldings as well.

-So long popcorn! This may be the most important thing to do to improve the look of your home. Nothing turns a buyer off like popcorn on the ceilings. Scrape it, texture the ceiling, be gone with it. It will turn frowns into smiles in no time!

-Don’t be flashy, bye-bye brassy! Brass finishes are out of date. Nowadays, buyers are looking for nickel or bronze finishes. So make sure to get rid of the brass details that often adorned closet doors, door fixtures, ceilings fans, cabinet pulls and more.

-Finally… Mirror, mirror on the wall… Dated mirrors and doors can send a buyer running away screaming. A much more current look is six panel hardwood doors.

Making these changes will help to stage your home for buyers and guests. So long Miami Vice, hello 21st century.

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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Costa Mesa Real Estate – South Coast Metro Home For Sale – 949 Dahlia, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Costa Mesa Real Estate

Costa Mesa Homes For Sale

South Coast Metro Costa Mesa

949 Dahlia, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

Costa Mesa, CA 92626 for $635,000

Picture of Costa Mesa homes for sale

949 Dahlia, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

4 beds/2 baths

Featured listing of Valerie Torelli

More info click HERE.

Call for details: 714-540-7355 or email info@torellirealty.com

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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Costa Mesa Real Estate Is Affected By Home Improvements

Costa Mesa real estate company Torelli Realty provides useful news & tips for Costa Mesa homes.

Costa Mesa real estate is a great investment and time and time again we see Costa Mesa homes making quality home improvements. Here’s a few reasons why this is a positive trend for Costa Mesa real estate:

-Quality improvements are more durable and last longer

-Better materials show pride of ownership

-Typically when homeowners make long-lasting home improvements, it indicates that homeowners intend to remain in the home for a longer term. Home values tend to be higher in established areas.

-Upgrades can enhance the value of your home and help to increase values throughout the city or neighborhood

-Homes with quality improvements stage better and have the most “wow-factor” when they hit the real estate market.

 For example, one of our newest Costa Mesa homes for sale in South Coast Metro has made all the right choices in terms of home upgrades.

-Homeowners are always told to put their money into their kitchens and baths. So spending $4,500 on stainless steel appliances is a smart move. For a home of this size, stainless steel appliances are the standard that most buyers would expect or desire because they are durable and sleek. The cost is a bit higher than standard black or white appliances however this investment is one that is worth the cost.

-For just under $13,000, the homeowners updated two bathrooms with classy finishes. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report 2009-2010 the average midrange bathroom remodel in Southern California cost $18K. It follows that 2 bathrooms would normally run about $36K. These bathroom projects combined cost nearly 1/3 of that amount! The look of the bathrooms is classic and the quality of the materials reflects that style.

-For $5,500 the homeowners installed custom porcelain Italian flooring throughout. The sleek design is modern and complements the architectural features in the home. The cost spent was comparable to the amount it would cost to lay hardwood floors. Yes, it was more expensive than carpet however tile is a feature that adds value to a home. The material is long-lasting and will be a hit with buyers.

-For $5,400, baseboards were added to every room, crown molding was added to all the bedrooms, and the kitchen was given a coffered ceiling. The finished look of all these room is worth every penny of this investment. The amount spent is reasonable for a house with nearly 2,000 square feet. These fine touches show pride of ownership and create wow factor.

-The homeowners spent $10,500 installing Milgard double-pane low-e windows and sliding doors throughout the entire home. This improvement packs a triple punch. First of all, homeowners can’t go wrong with replacing windows and doors for homes because they are an essential part of the home. Also, the owners chose a high-quality brand. Finally by picking energy-efficient windows and doors the home will be more energy efficient and help to keep utility costs lower over the long term.

-For $4,400 recessed canned lighting was installed in all the bedrooms, baths, and kitchens.  For that price they put in 40 lights! An upgrade like this may not seem like a big deal however it’s a great way to add value. Recessed lighting helps to brighten up the space and is a stylish look.

These are just some of the remodeling projects that the homeowners in South Coast Metro tackled before listing their home for sale. If you want to check how your home improvements can affect the value of your home, it’s a good idea to check with your local Realtor who understands the market conditions. On Zillow, there is a cool feature that allows homeowners to update the improvements and features of their home and see how that impacts the value. Again, a local Realtor can give you a more subjective analysis however it’s key to note that a website like Zillow supports the fact that home improvements do alter the value of homes.

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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Costa Mesa Real Estate Company Presents South Coast Metro Neighborhood Garage Sale July 17, 2010

For years Costa Mesa real estate company Torelli Realty has been holding annual garage sales in the Costa Mesa neighborhood of Mesa Verde. It’s a day that Costa Mesa homes in the area anticipate so they can clear out their clutter and hunt for bargains. The company also holds garage sales in other neighborhoods and on Saturday, July 17 there will be one in the South Coast Metro neighborhood.

garage sale flyer

Costa Mesa High School will be raising money for the cheerleaders and football team by collecting items from families and friends and selling them at a home in the neighborhood as well. Check back for more info about which homes will be holding garage sales and whether or not you can check out any of our Costa Mesa homes for sale in South Coast Metro on that day as well.

(Which homes do we have for sale in South Coast Metro near South Coast Plaza? 3396 Wimbledon, one with $100K in upgrades, and one more that’s coming soon.)

 

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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Summer is Here & So Are Hot Deals! – Appliance & Decor Deals for Costa Mesa Homes

Who doesn’t want a great deal? With Orange County being one of the most expensive counties in the nation to live in, we know you want to keep your costs low, so we’ve got some tips that will help you find great deals on items for your home. Here’s a list of a few ways to get a great deal. Some come from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, and some are courtesy of our Costa Mesa Realtors at Torelli Realty.

1. Now that it’s summertime, it’s sale-time! Here are some tips for key sale times for household items:

-appliances go on sale holiday weekends

-cookware goes on sale in May, June, and December

-electronics go on sale in Spring & early summer (as well as Black Friday & Cyber Monday)

-personal computers go on sale in August & December

-patio furniture goes on sale after Labor Day (though you might all ready be able to find hot summer deals!)

-paint is on sale during the summer

-mattresses can be found on sale May-August

2. Follow your favorite shops/businesses on Facebook & Twitter… They often announce special sales that way. (You can follow us too – on Facebook & Twitter!)

3. For all you garage sale and auction fans, sign up at estatesales.net for updates in your area. (And go ahead and mark your calendar for the next Torelli Realty sponsored garage sale on Saturday, July 17, 2010 in South Coast Metro.)

4. You can often find great deals on ShopGoodwill.com for home décor items and items for the house. 

5. Art can be pricey but if you visit etsy.com or Ugallery.com deals can be found on unique artwork created by recent art school grads. (You never know, you could have the next Picasso!)

6. Home décor rule – pick pieces with the fewest materials and embellishments when you shop for home décor at discount stores. Classic and simple looks clean and tasteful. (Tip: This is the best way to stage a home so that it will appeal to the broadest range of buyers.)

7. Shop for scratch and dent items. You can buy appliances off the showroom floor for less. Or you can check out the “secret” section at Ikea for items that need a little love (back behind the registers – you never know what you’ll find!)

Happy Shopping!

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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