Rancho Santa margarita Open House. Recently upgraded 2 bedroom 2 bath corner unit in the in the wonderful Belfora community of RSM. Great spacious floor plan with nearly 20k in upgrades including matching granite counters and travertine floors in the kitchen and baths. Plenty of light offered with its numerous windows or enjoy privacy with the California Shutters. Relax on the patio surrounded by trees with no other buildings in front or on the side of you. Well kept complex with recently painted exteriors. Monthly HOA dues includes Association pools, tennis courts, Basketball Courts, RSM lake, Beach Club, Club House, Man made beach, skate park, dog park, and more. The property is close to the RSM lake, shopping, schools, parks, hiking, parks & recreation. Centrally located to freeway & toll road.
Selling a house is a complicated process, no matter how good the real estate market is. Whether you’re a first-time home seller or not, you’ll probably have a bunch of questions. Do I need a real estate agent? What’s “closing”? How much paperwork am I going to have to fill out? How can I get the best price for my house? How can I sell my house and buy a new one at the same time?
There are two main ways to sell your home — with an agent or without one. Before we discuss and weigh each option, let’s go over some general tips that all sellers should know.
Though the Internet has made it easier to sell your home without an agent, about 93 percent of home sales are still done with some type of real estate agent. An agent can work independently or for a company that acts as the broker. The broker signs the agreement with the seller. Top agents receive 100 percent of the commission and pay a fee to the broker while less experienced agents get 30 percent to 40 percent of the commission. The Orange County market has shown to be consistently one of the most competitive markets in the Nation with prices averaging in the top 1% of the United States. For this reason many Realtors have started to work as a team creating a business structure that brings unsurpassed value to the home owner and each team member.
There are many reasons why hiring an agent can be helpful:
Education and experience – A good realtor understands the complex procedure and paperwork involved in selling a home.
Saves time and energy – You won’t have to spend time scheduling and conducting tours of your home, which cut into your work and weekends.
Gauging offers – An agent can help discern serious buyers from those who are simply looking
The market – A good realtor knows the market and understands trends, which can help your bottom line. The Orange County market is experiencing low inventory levels and buyers are extremely motivated right now. A good Realtor will help you take advantage of this and utilize the current market to get you a price you probably did not think you could.
Negotiation – An agent has the negotiating skills to help you get a good price.
Professional contacts – Your agent’s contacts with other realtors and with contractors, inspectors, landscapers and the like can help you find a solution for any problem you may encounter.
Sale price – A good realtor will get you top dollar and the end figure after the commission will more times than not exceed the figure that you could have gotten on your own. In some cases, buyers will offer less money to someone who’s not using an agent, believing the seller is trying to save money by not paying commission.
A key tool for real estate agents is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), a massive online database, which 900,000 agents subscribe to, that contains listings of 90 percent of properties for sale across the United States. Buyers can access the service for free at realtor.com however the information is not updated and can be inaccurate and misleading.
With all of the benefits that come with using an agent, there are some drawbacks.
Most importantly, it’s very expensive. Commissions can run up to 6 percent of the house’s sale price, though many agents are willing to negotiate commission, especially in a good housing market
Working with an agent also requires a certain degree of trust, a willingness to place your most valuable possession in a stranger’s
That, along with letting go of any sentimental attachments you may have to your house, is part of a home sale
processSilverman, Jacob. “How Selling a House Works” 06 December 2006. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://home.howstuffworks.com/real-estate/house-selling.htm> 28 March 2013.
The City of Rancho Santa Margarita amenities include access to the Santa Margarita Lake and Beach Club, many parks and sports fields, community swimming pools and spas, access to miles of hiking and biking trails, golf, tennis and more! This wonderful master-planned city also includes a community center, huge central park that plays host to a summer concert series, and repeatedly finds itself at the top of the FBI’s list of “safest cities in America”.
Mayor Delivers Good News About the State of the City
On December 1, 2011, at the Dove Canyon Country Club, Mayor Tony Beall delivered the annual State of the City address to an audience of community leaders during a breakfast meeting hosted by the RSM Business Alliance and South County Bank. Below is a summary of the Mayor’s remarks:
“At a time when our nation, state and many local government agencies are drowning in debt and deficits, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita continues to thrive.”
Mayor Tony Beall
Despite the economic challenges facing our nation and state, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita finished the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year with a budget surplus of $1,002,174 and $19.4 million in reserve.
Safest City in the State
For ten consecutive years, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita has been ranked as one of the safest communities in California.
This year, for the second year in a row, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Rancho Santa Margarita was ranked as the #1 safest city in the State of California for cities with a population greater than 20,000 residents!
In fact, in 2010 Rancho Santa Margarita experienced its lowest crime rate since becoming a City in 2000!
Transparent and Open Government
Especially during these challenging times, when so many in our country have lost faith in their government officials, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita has promoted openness and transparency by redesigning the City’s website to make it more user-friendly. For example, we’ve added:
Audio streaming to allow residents to listen to meetings
E-comment feature allowing electronic submission of comments on all agenda items
Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr
Mello-Roos Information Search Tool
Innovative Leaders Achieve Success
One of the first cities in the State to adopt a two-tiered Pension Reform Plan to ensure future solvency and sustainability.
Successfully negotiated the sale of Rancho Santa Margarita’s total allocation of “Rule 20A funding credits” with the City of Laguna Beach and Southern California Edison, converting those seemingly worthless credits into nearly half a million dollars cash for Rancho Santa Margarita.
Successfully completed an update audit of every Mello-Roos tax district in the City and confirmed Rancho Santa Margarita is entitled to receive more than $500,000 in reimbursement for infrastructure costs previously paid for with City funds.
Business Friendly Environment and Commitment to Economic Development
Despite the challenges posed by the national and state economic situation, many existing local businesses have expanded or have plans to further expand their operations, including Verizon, Applied Medical, Selma’s, Hanna’s, Tilly’s, and Cinnamon Productions.
Numerous new businesses have opened to become part of Rancho Santa Margarita this past year, including BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Ulta, Sears Home Appliance Showroom, Academic Learning Labs, LNF Home Creative Transformations, Marque Urgent Care, Togo’s and Embarcadero Restaurant.
In-n-Out Burger has also made a commitment to invest in Rancho Santa Margarita and plans to open a location on Santa Margarita Parkway next year.
The City is seeking to engage a project manager for development of the “Chiquita Ridge Property,” a project that would include the largest regional sports park in O.C. and significant new commercial/retail business opportunities.
Promoted Quality of Life Through City Sponsored Community Events and Programs
New Year’s Eve “Celebrating Family and Friends” – Brings together thousands of children and adults to enjoy good food, low-cost activities, and free entertainment in an alcohol-free setting.
Summer Concert Series – Thousands gathered in Central Park to relax and enjoy the evening, and their city, to the sounds of their favorite bands.
Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K – The City partnered with Hyundai to bring back to Rancho Santa Margarita this signature community event which was entirely underwritten by the generous support of Hyundai Motor Corporation. Best of all, the event raised $50,000 to benefit CHOC Children’s Hospital to fund pediatric cancer research!
Support for the City’s Adopted 2/5 Marine Battalion – The City partnered with Santa Margarita Ford to host a 2/5 Ooh-Rah! Car Wash to assist families during the long periods of deployment.
Solemn Patriot Day Ceremony – This year’s event was a special observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, as well as a special tribute to Corporal Jordan Stanton, a hometown hero who gave his life defending freedom in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Flag Retirement Ceremony – The City partnered with the American Legion to retire worn flags in a sacred and honored ceremony.
Community Emergency Preparedness Academy – The City sponsored program provides residents with critical information and skills to sustain themselves and their families for up to 72 hours without the support of emergency responders.
Student Recognition Program – The City Council recognizedoutstanding students from virtually all Rancho Santa Margarita public and private schools for their academic and citizenship achievements.
Programs and Classes – More than 200 programs were offered for preschoolers, youth, adults and seniors with topics ranging from arts to fitness and guitar to sewing.
Summer Camps – Nearly 30 different camps engaged children in learning about engineering, cheerleading, art, animation, cooking and magic.
Welcomed the Prime Minister of Latvia to Rancho Santa Margarita
Prime Minister Dombrovskis and a trade delegation of 40 business and political officials were welcomed at City Hall to celebrate the opening of a Latvian Honorary Consulate in Rancho Santa Margarita and the appointment of Honorary Consul Dr. Juris Bunkis, to promote political dialogue and economic development between the business communities.
Award Winning City
Recipient of the prestigious Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Named the “Best Family-Friendly City” by Parenting OC Magazine.