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6 Reasons to Purchase a Home in Winter

6 Reasons to Purchase a Home in Winter

Don’t wait until summer to purchase your next home.

Although winter is a slower time, it can offer some good advantages to the home buyer.

We’ve put our top 6 below for you to consider:

1. The Competition is Low

There are less people looking which means home sellers are more likely to negotiate the asking price of the house.

2. There are Less Homes

While we often believe choice is king, in fact, too much choice can be confusing.

With less homes on the market, you’ll save time and be able to find the one that is just right for you.

This will reduce your stress, and make the whole process move more smoothly.

6 Reasons to Purchase a Home in Winter

6 Reasons to Purchase a Home in Winter

3. Sellers May Need to Sell Fast

Some home sellers are forced to put their home on the market in winter for career or health reasons.

They simply don’t have time to wait for the warmer months.

This means you have an advantage and can work with them for a better deal and a quicker sale.

4. There is Less Pressure

With less competition, there is less pressure on the seller and the buyer.

You can take your time and really look at the home you are interested in.

You are choosing a lifestyle, not just a home remember.

6 Reasons to Purchase a Home in Winter

6 Reasons to Purchase a Home in Winter

5. Professionals have More Time

Professionals which you’ll need during the sale process won’t be as busy. Real estate agents, lawyers, home inspectors and furniture removalists aren’t as busy in a slower market.

They’ll have more time for you and your needs.

6. See the Home at its Worst

This might seem strange, but you wouldn’t want to purchase a home in summer and then find out how cold and draughty it is in winter.

Seeing the home at its worst means there won’t be any nasty surprises, and you’ll also be able to check out how well the fireplaces and heating.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Save Money and Buy a Home in Winter in San Luis Obispo

Save Money and Buy a Home in Winter in San Luis Obispo

Did you know that you can buy your home in winter and save?

While many home sellers and purchasers leave the important decision of buying a home in the warmer months, there are some important advantages of purchasing a home in winter.

Less Homes on the Market

Less homes on the market means less buyers, and you can use this to save you money.

With competition down, home sellers may be interested in taking less.

You can negotiate a better price, and the seller gets a quicker sale.

In a report, NerdWallet.com research showed that the cost of homes dropped 8.45% on average during January and February than they did in June through August.

For a $150,000 home, that’s a savings of over $12,000.

Save Money and Buy a Home in Winter in San Luis Obispo

Save Money and Buy a Home in Winter in San Luis Obispo

Shorten the Purchasing Process

As well, purchasing a home in winter can be quicker.

There are less people wanting to see a home, which makes potential buyers a rare breed in the real estate market.

As well, people selling their home in winter are usually compelled to for reasons out of their control.

The seller may need to move sooner because of work or family reasons, for example.

If you are considering moving to the San Luis Obispo area or you are looking for an investment home, then take advantage of buying in winter – you may be pleasantly surprised.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Many people make the mistake of waiting for spring or summer to put their home on the market.

Why not showcase how comfortable and cozy your home is during the colder months?

There are also less homes on the market in winter, so your home has less competition – another great reason to put your home on the market during this time.

Open fireplaces and heating

If you’ve got an open fireplace than use it as a major feature during open inspections.

There is nothing more tempting than being cajoled by open flames or hearing the steady sound of wood burning.

Accent this with warm rugs and furnishings, and who wouldn’t want to curl up with a good book on a chilly winter’s day?

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Showcase the Best of What Your Home Has to Offer this Winter in SLO

Rich, amber lights

While natural sunlight might be hard to take advantage of during winter, you can use rich, warm lighting to really set your home’s features off.

Change bright white globes in lamps with soft, yellow tones and cleverly add darker colors to any room.

Embrace the Wonders of Winter

Not everyone loves the sunshine so why not show potential buyers how nice your home is in winter?

Let the heating and cozy ambience reveal just how livable your home is.

Just because winter is considered to be a down period in real estate, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of it and sell your home.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Purchasing Your New Home in Winter can be a Real Advantage

Purchasing Your New Home in Winter can be a Real Advantage

If you are in the market to purchase your next home in San Luis Obispo, CA, then we may have some news which will be of interest.

Most people wait until spring or summer to look for the next home.

The weather’s nice and, let’s face it, no one wants to be out and about when it’s cold and rainy.

However, there is an advantage of looking for your next home in winter.

Seeing the Home at its Darkest

While summer allows us to open the drapes and windows, seeing a home in the darker months can be an advantage.

As a purchaser you’ll be able to see what each of the rooms is like when it’s overcast or rainy.

You can then plan in which areas you’ll need to add lamps or brighten up with a fresh coat of paint, for example.

Purchasing Your New Home in Winter can be a Real Advantage

Purchasing Your New Home in Winter can be a Real Advantage

Discover what the Home Feels like in the Cold Weather

Being warm is essential for everyone, and when you attend an open inspection in winter you’ll be able to check out the house’s heating system.

Is it cozy enough for you?

Are there any draughts or chilly rooms that you might not like?

Does the home feel comfortable even though it’s cold and miserable outside?

When you purchase a home you are buying more than just bricks and mortar, you are purchasing a lifestyle in which you want to thrive.

Seeing a home in the colder months gives you a more realistic idea of what the home is like and if it will suit your needs.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

Many people think that spring or summer is a great time to sell their home.

Sure, there’s the sunshine and warm weather which gets people out and about, and homes do look brighter.

But as the colder months approach why not consider putting your home on the market this winter?

There are many advantages you might not have considered.

Here are just three:

1. Less Competition

There are less homes on the market in winter, which means your home will be seen by more people.

The cooler months means your home will get better exposure by realtors, too.

It won’t be completing with so many other homes on their listings.

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

3 Reasons Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Good Idea

2. Compelling Motivation to Sell

Most people move home in the warmer months because it’s easier, however, there are some people who are forced to move because they are changing jobs, or they need to move closer to an ailing parent, for example.

These potential buyers have a greater motivation to move sooner rather than later, and your house might just be the right one for them.

3. Professionals are Less in Demand

Realtors, furniture removalists and house inspectors are less in demand during the colder months.

This means you’ll not only get all their attention, but you can bargain for a better service too.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

The Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo

The Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo, CA

One of the most amazing natural wonders of San Luis Obispo are the Nine Sisters or the Morros.

The amazing mountains are a chain of nine volcanic mountains and hills in western San Luis Obispo County, central California.

They run from Morro Bay east through San Luis Obispo.

The peaks were created over 20,000,000 years ago during the Miocene Epoch of the Neogene Period, as volcanic plugs of magma which welled up and solidified inside softer rock which has since eroded away. The highest plug is Bishop Peak at 1,559 feet (475 m).

As you can imagine their volcanic origin makes them of significant geological interest. They are popular with photographers and rock climbers.

Each of the Nine Sisters

The peaks in order from Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo including their height.

Morro Rock 576 feet (176 m)

Black Hill 665 feet (203 m)

Cerro Cabrillo 911 feet (278 m)

Hollister Peak 1,404 feet (428 m)

Cerro Romauldo 1,306 feet (398 m)

Chumash Peak 1,257 feet (383 m)

Bishop Peak 1,559 feet (475 m)

Cerro San Luis 1,292 feet (394 m)

Islay Hill 775 feet (236 m)

The Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo

The Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo

Living with Such Natural Beauty

We love the SLO area and want to share it with everyone.

Living in this amazing town has so many advantages for the young and the elderly, the Nine Sisters is just one natural feature we would love to share with you.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Image source: By Basar at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

San Luis Obispo Shares its History in Many Museums

San Luis Obispo Shares its History in Many Museums

One thing that attracts so many people to San Luis Obispo, and the Central Coast, is its cultural history.

There are so many wonderful artistic events happening all year round.

And, to top it all off there are nearly 100 museums to visit.

Something for Everyone

Now, you might think of museums are being stuffy, cold buildings full of stuffed animals and ancient artefacts, and you’d be right.

Many museums are like that, and that’s what people love about them.

But, what about a museum dedicated to children, or Hans Christian Andersen?

What about the spooky looking Tor House and Hawk Tower with gargoyle heads jutting out of the walls?

Does the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History interest you instead?

There are museums of art and outdoor activities and sports.

San Luis Obispo Shares its History in Many Museums

San Luis Obispo and its Museums

Enjoy the Great Weather and Learn

San Luis Obispo is renowned for its fantastic weather, and what better way to enjoy it than touring the many museums with your loved ones.

Take a picnic along and learn about this fascinating place.

The full list of the museums the Central Coast and San Luis Obispo has to offer here.

And, if you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Image source: By CelesteDavison at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bubble-gum Alley an Unusual Thing to See in San Luis Obispo, CA

Bubble-gum Alley an Unusual Thing to See in San Luis Obispo, CA

Now, we’ve talked a lot about the great wineries, restaurants, beaches and outdoor activities available all year round in SLO, CA.

However, today we thought we’d look at one of the more unusual activities you can see, and perhaps if you have a mind, add to it and make your mark on the world of art.

Bubblegum Alley

No one likes to see or feel used bubblegum under a table or chair, but since the 1940s locals from San Luis Obispo have leaving their unwanted chewing gum behind – stuck to the walls of an alley, and no one’s complaining!

Since that time, Bubblegum Alley has become a major tourist attraction.

The alley itself is 15-foot (4.6 m) high and 70-foot (21 m) long alley lined with chewed gum left by passers-by.

It covers a stretch of 20 meters in the 700 block of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Bubble-gum Alley an Unusual Thing to See in San Luis Obispo, CA

Bubble-gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, CA

The History of Bubblegum Alley

The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) tell us the exact origin of the gum is not really understood.

Some historians believe that leaving the gum behind was a tradition which started after WWII by San Luis Obispo High School graduating class

Others believe it started in the late 1950s, as rivalry between San Luis Obispo High School and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) students.

Whatever the reason by the 1970s, Bubblegum Alley was well established and is still popular today.

Throughout the years, San Luis Obispo’s Bubblegum Alley has been featured on a number of television shows, news programs, and in newspapers around the world.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Bubblegum Alley: Image source

 

CalPoly and Purchasing an Investment Home in San Luis Obispo

CalPoly and Purchasing an Investment Home in San Luis Obispo

If one of your kids is heading for college then you really need to consider CalPoly.

It’s one of the most loved educational institutions on the West Coast, and many locals are very proud of it.

What are People Saying About CalPoly?

According to TripAdvisor this is what some people have said about CalPoly:

Nice feeling around the campus. Not crowded, nice mix of older and newer buildings. And downtown SLO is fun, with a lot of bars, craft breweries, restaurants, etc. Fantastic weather most all year.

If you want to send your child to one of the best Engineering schools in California.

This is a great school and a terrific value for the price. Our daughter left the tour with Cal Poly as one of her top choices for college.

Fantastic education for our son! Great town and location. Safe environment, he loved it and so did we.

My kids (ages 8 and 10) and I had a great time exploring the Cal Poly campus for a few hours. It’s lovely! We particularly enjoyed the new science building – it has a living periodic table of elements – very cool!

CalPoly and Purchasing an Investment Home in San Luis Obispo

CalPoly and Purchasing an Investment Home in San Luis Obispo 

Where Will My Kids Stay?

There are a few living options for students, such as living on campus or shared accommodation.

However, you might consider purchasing an investment home for your child to live in.

It means you won’t be wasting money on rent, and you’ll have somewhere fabulous to stay when you come to SLO.

An investment property is never waste so if you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell

Outdoor Activities, Art Galleries and Modern Culture Take Center Stage in San Luis Obispo

Outdoor Activities, Art Galleries and Modern Culture Take Center Stage in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo has a moderate climate which has attracts many people, young and old.

There is always something to do and be part of.

Its art and theatre community is alive and thriving and is one of the reasons so many people call SLO home.

The Culture of Creativity

San Luis Obispo is renowned for its culture of creativity.

Whether it’s the magnificent outdoors sculptures or small, bespoke galleries you’ll find yourself emerged and living in and amongst art all the time.

Outdoor Activities, Art Galleries and Modern Culture Take Center Stage in San Luis Obispo

Outdoor Activities, Art Galleries and Modern Culture in San Luis Obispo

The Utility Art Box Program is a great example.

This project invited all members of the public to come along and decorate a box.

Their artwork is now part of the living community and can be appreciated by everyone on the street.

Getting Out & About in SLO

As well, there are endless access to outdoor activities including biking for mountain and road.

As well as, kayaking, body boarding, fishing, hiking, golfing and more.

SLO is a wonderful place to raise a family and where anyone can become part of a vivid, vibrant community.

If you would like to have a quick chat about a home you would like to sell or a referral that you have for us, please do reach out to us – carrie@atlasreai.com or Phone: 805.441.0943

Kindest regards,

Carrie and Eric Kimmell