Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Increasing a Home's Curb Appeal

For more than 13 years, Corey Nelson has served as a Realtor with Sotheby's International Realty in Los Angeles, California. Known for his hands-on service as a Realtor, Corey Nelson often pulls weeds, helps with cleaning, and otherwise supports his clients in improving the curb appeal of their homes as they are put up for sale.

First impressions play a key role in generating buyer interest in a property. Homes that look well-kept on the outside are more likely to make a buyer want to look at them more closely. 

For the seller, this means that it is worth taking the time to clean the front entry way and, if necessary, ensure that the front door has a fresh coat of paint. Entryway light fixtures should be functioning, and the door mat area should be free of dust and dirt.

If parts of the exterior are dirty, pressure washing will likely be worth the time and investment. Homes with painted siding may need a fresh coat, particularly if there is any chipping or fading.

The landscaping should be free of weeds, and grass should be full and healthy. Removing any dead plants can instantly brighten an area, as can the pruning of overgrown tree branches and bushes. Mulched areas may need some fresh mulch to be added, and planting a few flowers can provide a further burst of color.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

NAR Leadership Summit - An Inspiration to Industry Professionals

Corey Nelson is a realtor of over 13 years, working specifically within residential real estate sales and leasing. Based in Los Angeles, Corey Nelson works at Sotheby’s International Realty, and routinely spends time furthering his professional ambitions through his membership in the National Association of Realtors. 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is a professional organization dedicated to providing resources for those working in the real estate industry. The association was originally founded under a different name, the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, in 1908. Steadily growing ever since, NAR has become the largest trade association in the United States, with over a million members.

Member resources include a multitude of events offered throughout the year. These events, such as the annual Leadership Summit, seek to enhance members’ skills and introduce them to new trends in the industry. The Leadership Summit is both a networking opportunity and a venue to learn leadership qualities and best practices. The Summit is packed with numerous presentations and panels for members to choose from, and to return home motivated in their profession.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Homeowners Insurance Regulations in California

As a Realtor with Sotheby's International Realty in Los Angeles, California, Corey Nelson draws on over 12 years of experience in the local market. Realtor Corey Nelson helps buyers to navigate the complexities of buying a house, which includes the purchase of homeowners insurance.

While the law does not require someone to have homeowners insurance simply because he or she owns a property, most mortgage lenders do require buyers to have a policy. This protects the lender against loss in case that a fire, natural disaster, or other event leads to damage or destruction of the home.

Under California law, insurers can determine their own rates, provided that they secure approval by the California Department of Insurance (CDI). As long as the CDI determines rates to be competitive and reasonable, the insurer can charge a buyer based on coverage purchased, construction of the home, property location, and other factors that may increase or decrease an insurer's risk. If a homeowner cannot afford a policy at market rates, he or she may be able to secure coverage through the state's Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) plan.

The insurer has the right to alter these rates within 60 days of a policy start, provided that the company contacts the buyer and gives him or her the opportunity to cancel coverage. In addition, the insurer can only cancel coverage after the policy has been active for 60 days, and then only for specific reasons including nonpayment, fraud, or significant changes to the property. The policy holder must receive notification at least 20 days before cancellation, or at least 10 days prior in the case of fraud or failure to pay.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Simple Ways to Boost the Value of Your Home

Corey Nelson serves as a realtor for Sotheby’s International Realty and represents buyers and sellers of homes and investment properties. Based in California, realtor Corey Nelson ranks in the top three percent of all nationwide sales associates for Sotheby’s parent company, NRT, and primarily handles real estate in Hollywood Hills and the surrounding Los Angeles neighborhoods.

In recent months, the median home price in Los Angeles county has quickly risen above the pre-recession record of $550,000. Some analysts expect this trend in toward higher prices to continue, as demand will soon likely outgrow new supply in the area. 

This increase was seen throughout most of Los Angeles’ neighborhoods. Atwater Village experienced the largest boost in year-over-year sales volume between the second quarter of 2016 and that of 2017, and the average sale price of these homes within this neighborhood jumped from $730,106 to $763,230. Meanwhile, other pricier neighborhoods within the city, including Playa del Rey, Los Feliz, and Cheviot Hills, have experienced between 86 and 128 percent higher sales volumes.

The upscale neighborhoods in LA aren’t the only ones to see a growth in popularity. Certain areas in Northeast and South LA have also grown, including Cypress Park, South Inglewood, and Ladera Heights. All of these areas experienced a sales volume increase of more than 30 percent.