Is Home Staging Worth It?

When done right, home staging can not only make your home more inviting to potential buyers, as previously discussed, but over 52% of buyers surveyed would definitely pay more for a well staged home!  An additional 28% of surveyed buyers were also very likely to do the same!  Less than 20% claimed that it had […]

What Do I Need to Put Away After Listing My Home?

One of the most common questions asked by new sellers is “What do I need to put away?”  These two infographics on safety and staging give a great starting point.  What I always tell people to put away anything valuable, irreplaceable, easily and commonly stolen (such as medications and cash).  One of the many unique […]

The First Time Buyer Mortgage Challenge

Understanding the mortgage process seems to be the biggest challenge for first time buyers.  Hopefully the new RESPA TRID regulations will help alleviate some of that.  Luckily for those the buy with Huggins Homes, we have excellent lenders who do a great job of explaining the mortgage process and helping even the most unseasoned buyers […]

Where do Millennials want to live?

Great news for us, Millennials prefer to live in the ‘Burbs rather than the big city!  The main reason for this?  The availability and affordability of 3+BR homes!

Millennial’s Obstacles to Home Ownership

The concerns of the Millennials, aka Generation Y, are the same main concerns the rest of us have!  They boil down to various forms of debt, saving the money for the down payment and not knowing how to start.  At Huggins Homes, we can certainly help with the last one!  

Who are the property virgins?

Curious who the first time home owners are?  According to this infographic, Generation Y makes up the lion’s share.  See below for the full breakdown.

The best and worst eco friendly upgrades for a home

        Thinking of adding an “eco friendly” feature to your house?  Better windows, fans, solar power new appliances?  Check out this infographic to see which features have the most benefit (and detriment) when selling your home.      

Ventura County Market Update – August 2015

Curious what is happening in the Ventura County real estate market?  Well wonder no longer!  Below is the August 2015 Market Update, brought to you courtesy of Huggins Homes!   Sales Activity: Year to date change in sales: 15.7% Ventura, 7.4% California Year to year change in sales: 8.6% Ventura, 9.3% California Price Activity: Median […]

2015 Halloween Pumpkin Patches

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) with hours from 10am to 9pm in October (starting Oct 2nd). In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282. Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch located at 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula […]

Big Banks Tighten Requirements for FHA Loans

JPMorgan Chase may be the second-largest mortgage lender in the nation, but when it comes to government-backed, low down-payment Federal Housing Administration loans, it’s not even in the top 100. Onerous regulations and the constant threat of litigation have all but stalled originations of these loans, which were originally designed to help first-time homebuyers with […]

New-Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2008

Sales of newly built single-family homes increased nearly 6 percent in August, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000 units, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That is the best monthly figure in new-home sales since February 2008. However, the number does still remain far off from the 706,000 unit-pace that is considered the 30-year […]

Add Some Romance to the Master Bedroom, Survey Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015 U.S. Houzz Bedroom Trends survey of more than 1,500 home owners. What does that entail? Contemporary finishes, soft neutral color […]

My most requested holiday recipe: Pumpkin Delight

Note: All ingredients come from Trader Joe’s.  Recipe is courtesy of Lisa Scott and T.J. Tramonto, Cooking with Trader Joe’s class, with some modifications performed by me. Pumpkin Delight Ingredients: 1 container pumpkin biscotti (these are on sale NOW and go quickly.  I’ve already bought two!)1 cube butter, melted (about 1/2 cup melted butter) 1 […]

How to Spot a Bad HOA

How to Spot a Bad HOA Your buyers can avoid their own homeowner association horror story by keeping an eye out for these items during the search. September 2015 | By Jill Schweitzer What’s the difference between a good, mediocre, and downright bad homeowner association? It’s not entirely a matter of opinion. There are specific […]

7 Reasons to use a Realtor when selling your home

1. REALTORS® Know How to Navigate the Process – A REALTOR® is the manager of your home buying process. Nicole explains that you and your REALTOR® will begin with extensive discussions to head off any road blocks later on. Your REALTOR® is aware of your concerns, needs and priorities. They are there from the beginning […]

HGTV Star Shares Chic Solutions for Empty Walls

By Christina El Moussa, HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” When I look at blank walls, I see a fun opportunity to brighten up a room and make it all yours. Of course, if you aren’t super experienced with interior design and décor, you might see a blank wall and think, “Oh my … what am I […]

6 Tips for Planning Ahead for an Eye-Popping Spring Bulb Garden

Contributed by Longfield Gardens Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and alliums. Before ordering your bulbs, here are a few tips to guarantee great results come spring. 1. Pick a color theme. Interior designers often work with a color palette – a selection of colors chosen to give […]