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Home Decor Tips For The Fall

Home décor in the autumn is different than summertime décor. As the temperature drop, the days shorten, and the leaves change color, we often choose to reflect nature in the way we decorate our home. With every new season there are new trends. What’s trendy for Fall 2010? Here’s some tips from the Styled, Staged and Sold blog.

1. Go vintage. Accessories like candleholders and decorative pieces and wall sconces are a great touch. Plus reusing old treasures is a great way to repurpose items! There are many cool vintage shops in the OC like: Castle Anqtiques on 18th St. in Costa Mesa, Old Newport Antiques on Old Newport Blvd., and Timeless Antiques in Laguna Beach on PCH.

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2. Use artwork. The art shouldn’t be matched up as a set but should rather complement each other. Also, the art should be something you love and find beauty in. You can find art you like on the Internet or exploring art galleries. A couple of local ones are: Art Gallery International at 1500 Adams Ave. in Costa Mesa and Peter J. Art Gallery in Newport Beach.

3. Pick bold accessories or rugs. They can accent the spirit of the season and holidays. Neutral wall colors are still key and bold accents are a wonderful way to inject a fun punch of color.

4. Bye-bye bulkiness! Bulky furniture pieces add clutter to the home. Whenever we go into a home to list it for sale we instruct sellers about how to declutter the space. If possible, big furniture is relegated to an out of the way area so buyers can see the size of the room for what it is.

5. So long karate chop!  The days of karate chopping your pillows in the middle are gone. In fact if you look at pictures of pillows that have been “fluffed” like this, they end up looking lumpy and unattractive.

Couch

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.

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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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How to Make a 1950s Cookie Cutter Home Look Stylish

Many Costa Mesa homes are 1950s tract homes. Drive through the streets of Mesa Verde, Mesa Del Mar, Halecrest, Mesa North, College Park… The majority of Costa Mesa houses were built during the building boom of the 1950s. We recently saw a question & answer piece in Inman News where an anxious homeowner wrote in asking for tips about how to update the design of their 1950s home. Since this is a question our Costa Mesa Realtors are often asked, we’d like to suggest some ways to redesign a tract home and add major curb appeal.

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-Give your home a fresh coat of paint. What color, you ask? Drive around your neighborhood and pick out homes that fit your taste. Most of the homes around you are probably similar in style so this is a good way to see what looks right and what doesn’t look right (in your eyes). Take your time and make sure you are tied to the color since it’s going to be a big, fairly permanent change. Don’t forget to choose a trim color that complements the house color.

-Play around with color swatches and even online photo programs. Some high end paint stores will have interactive tools where you can mix and match paint colors. You can even do this on the Internet or with some computer programs. (Just a head up, there may be a fee with some of these programs).

-It’s ok to look at homes that aren’t the same age and style as your home to get ideas. Often times people vibe with more modern colors and designs that are common among homes in newer neighborhoods. The beauty of a 1950s tract home is that these homes tend to be pretty basic since they were built quickly. The same is true with many of the more recent tract homes and if you these colors on your older home, you can easily add a contemporary, sophisticated look to your home.

Driving through the neighborhoods of Costa Mesa with homes from the 1950s, it’s interesting to see the various materials that builders used to jazz up the homes. For instance many homes have wood paneling on the exterior that you don’t see everyday. Some people enjoy the charm of the woodwork, others do not. We’ve seen many homes simply paint the wood to conceal it and it looks beautiful. This is such an easy fix that truly updates the look of our Costa Mesa homes.

Many of these principals can be applied to landscaping updates as well. Our Costa Mesa Realtors are happy to assist you in making decisions about how to update your Costa Mesa home and maximize your home’s value. Our real estate agents have great professional service contacts as well. We know Costa Mesa real estate and all of its intricacies since we’ve been doing business here since 1984.

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 Torelli Realty Presents Home Staging Tips with Roger Turk

Costa Mesa Realtor Roger Turk with Torelli Realty gives viewers some simple home staging tips that are useful for real estate. Roger Turk sells real estate in Costa Mesa, real estate in Huntington Beach, and real estate in Orange County, California.

Holly Schwartz, former HGTV producer of  ‘My House Is Worth What?’ says, “In every market across the nation hardwood floors are a hot commodity. All the tips in this home staging video are relevant and home sellers should check with their local real estate experts to make sure the amount of money invested makes sense prior to listing a home for sale.” Schwartz handles media, marketing and home staging for Torelli Realty.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to offer home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. The company has been servicing Costa Mesa, CA almost exclusively for over 25 years and knows Costa Mesa homes. 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 home values and markets locally and nationally. Holly Schwartz provides home staging tips for Torelli Realty clients. Check out another home staging video here, presented by Costa Mesa Realtor Keith Fitzgerald for more home staging tips. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Home Makeover – Living Room Redo for Under $500

Living rooms are one of the rooms seen and used most in any house. A basic living room has 3 staples: a couch, a chair, and a coffee table. Are you ready to makeover a living room? Here’s some budget-friendly tips from The Nest. Whether you are a homeowner who’s itching for a budget-friendly change or a seller ready to put their home on the real estate market, these cost-effective tips can suit any style.

Living room

1. For a modern living room, stylish lights are a must. Pay attention to window treatments – try modern blinds or window treatments.  A cool vase on a table is a fantastic piece of decor. To soften up the space, incorporate a throw rug with a minimal design that complements your color scheme. (In California, modern living rooms are one of the most popular styles.)

2. For a retro look, retro artwork is key. Consider hanging multicolored curtains in fun colors. Don’t be concerned about traditional style rules. For instance, throw in some fun pillows and crazy candles. Be original – try using an old-fashioned tin for a serving tray for instance. (In California, some hip or eclectic neighborhoods pride themselves on going retro. Make sure retro fits your home and style. It can be a problem if one room is retro and all the others are a completely different style.)

3. For a calming look, try sheer drapery. Choose neutral tones for rugs, pillows, and throws. Dress up the space with some flowers and glass vases. And remember that blue is known to be a calming color, which can set the tone. Reduce clutter to keep the space stress free. (In California, a lot of people who like the beach or who live near the beach pick this style.)

4. For a cozy room neutral, warm colors work best. Texture is a must. Adding comfortable throws, fluffy pillows, and plush rugs can create environment made for curling up in. Make the room inviting with rich, inviting wood accessories, like a coffee table or perhaps a basketweave serving tray. Don’t forget chunky candles, which literally brighten up a room.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to offer home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. The company has been servicing Costa Mesa, CA almost excludively for over 25 years and knows Costa Mesa real estate. 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 home values and markets locally and nationally. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Handy Guide on Home Improvement Tips

Costa Mesa real estate begins with the first impression. There’s plenty of ways to improve your home’s exterior. Homeowners can do some of these projects as a do-it-yourself project and others will require the help of a professional. Which home improvements can you tackle on your own and which ones will need professional help? There’s a great book out that comes highly recommended by the leading real estate source Inman News called “Home Repair That Pays Off: 150 Simple Ways to Add Value Without Breaking Your Budget,” by Hector Seda.

What things can help your curb appeal? The book gives tips about landscaping, exterior upkeep, cleaning, draining, roofing, driveways, garages, masonry and foundations. A sample tip from the book tells readers how to make sure they buy enough mulch to prevent the rain from washing plants away.

The book also gives tips for improving your home’s interior. Again, some of the projects are easy DIY projects and others will require help. 

A book like this is helpful for evaluating whether you should tackle a project on your own or hire it out. Remember, while it may seem cost-effective to do a project DIY-style, if you misjudge the complexity of the project or make an error it could end up costing more to have a professional repair your mistakes.

It’s important to note that return rates for home improvements are highly dependent on the location and real estate market of the home. Homes in Costa Mesa need to be evaluated based on a number of factors that a skilled, local real estate agent can help you determine. You can’t expect all home improvements to pay off big time, however when it comes time to sell they will certainly give you an edge. Before you make any changes big or small, you may want to consult with a Costa Mesa realtor who can give you an objective evaluation.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to offer home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. The company has been servicing Costa Mesa, CA almost excludively for over 25 years and knows Costa Mesa real estate. 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 home values and markets locally and nationally. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

Costa Mesa Real Estate Company Torelli Realty Welcomes Holly Schwartz, HGTV Producer

 Torelli Realty, an independent real estate company focused on buyers and sellers in Costa Mesa, CA and throughout Orange County, welcomes Holly Schwartz to its realty team as Media Producer and Marketing Director.

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Holly Schwartz

“Torelli Realty performs well and year after year and our realtors are number 1 in Costa Mesa because we make it a goal to be part of the community,” said Valerie Torelli, founder and president of Torelli Realty.  “We’re looking forward to providing our clients with the same attention we’ve always given them as we expand into other neighborhoods where we can offer our personalized approach.”

Holly Schwartz has spent the past 5 years working for Home and Garden Television, HGTV, as a director, producer, and promoter for the top-rated real estate shows House Hunters, House Hunters InternationalMy House Is Worth What? and Designers’ Challenge.  She worked directly with real estate expert Kendra Todd and maintains relationships with hundreds of other realtors around the world.   Holly brings an expertise and unique perspective to Torelli Realty and will teach sellers what their homes need to attract buyers and get top dollar, including home improvement tips and staging tips.  Having worked with homebuyers, home sellers, and realtors around the world has provided Holly with the chance to tour homes and research real estate markets and trends with great detail.  She will also organize events that benefit local schools and organizations to enhance Torelli Realty’s involvement in the community.

Holly studied at Boston University’s College of Communications. She has spoken at the International Real Estate Congress in Miami and is an avid industry writer. She is also a member of The Producers Guild of America. Originally from New Jersey, Holly moved to Boston for college, and then relocated to the Los Angeles area to pursue her degree in communications.  As a resident of Costa Mesa, Schwartz is looking forward to supporting the community by providing real estate information and organizing events.

About Torelli Realty Torelli Realty, founded in 1984, is the leading real estate office in Costa Mesa, CA.  As a top producer in Costa Mesa sales for many years, president and founder Valerie Torelli has led the company to sell more than 1,400 homes throughout Costa Mesa’s communities, including Westside and Eastside Costa Mesa, South Coast Metro, Mesa North, Halecrest, College Park and Mesa Del Mar. Torelli Realty represents both buyers and sellers and is located in the Mesa Verde neighborhood in Costa Mesa. The firm is dedicated to supporting the entire Costa Mesa community and hosts several events for residents every season. Learn more about Torelli Realty at the following websites:
 
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