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Pat Zumbrun
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Email Pat at patz4re@aol.com  
Cell: (805) 340-9338
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Email Dave  at zman4re@aol.com
Cell: (805) 340-9339
BRE #01227683

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Outdoor Living Space Ideas That Buyers Like

Today’s Ventura homebuyer looks for a good home office space (among other things) inside a property. But they also appreciate a nice outdoor living area. After all, being stuck inside our homes for most of 2020 really showed us that we need as much space as possible. Thankfully, Southern California weather permits outdoor living pretty much year-round. If you want to appeal to buyers in the future, consider incorporating some of these outdoor living space ideas.

Before you put your Ventura County home on the market, think about sprucing up/creating an outdoor living space that appeals to today's buyers.

Outdoor Living Space Ideas

A Cozy Firepit

Search Ventura County homes for saleAs the evening cools off, people enjoy spending time around a roaring fire. Roasting marshmallows. Swapping stories. In general, spending time with each other outside of a viewing screen. In fact, people craved this so much last year that firepits sold out well before fall came in. Think about adding a firepit to your outdoor living space that includes comfy seating for several people around it. After all, things are starting to open up again. And when it does, you know that you will want to invite people over to entertain.

Install a Second Kitchen

Speaking of entertaining, a second kitchen is another outdoor living space idea to consider. A simple barbecue is fine. But for really entertaining, you need an entire kitchen. This should include a nice grill and (possibly) a smoker. Gas hookups, a refrigerator/freezer, and even a sink will make your Ventura home the envy of the neighborhood. Plus, it keeps your kitchen from heating up during those hot summer days.

Swimming Pool

Another part of outdoor living space in Southern California is a swimming pool. They do not have to be six or eight feet deep either. A nice lap pool still allows you to exercise or simply cool off when temperatures hit those high notes. And make sure there is plenty of shaded seating area around the pool, too.

Storage Shed

We all could use as much storage as possible. Keep clutter at bay by installing a storage shed. This gives you extra room to store away tools, lawnmowers, bicycles, and other yard implements out of sight. Buyers love to see additional storage already added to a property.

Water Features

Water features always feel inviting in an outdoor living space. They can be added onto a wall or included as a stand-alone feature. Kits to create your own unique water feature can be found at most home improvement stores or online.

Updated/Extra Lighting

An outdoor living space is meant to be enjoyed both day and night. Therefore, you need to make sure your lighting is up to par. Colored lights help set a mood. Garden lights add soft light throughout the backyard. Consider utilizing eco-friendly solar lights to help light up your walkways in the backyard as well.

Don’t Forget the Front Porch

Finally, do not forget about your front porch. It is also an outdoor living space. Spruce it up with padded seats, plants, and a lovely water feature. And always makes sure it is adequately lit at night.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Tax Deductions for Selling Your Ventura Home

Yes, even during a pandemic, the Ventura County housing market flourished. If you happened to sell your property in 2020, you need to think about how this affects your taxes. Last year, the government delayed our usual tax deadline date until July. However (so far), it appears that this year returns to the normal April 15th deadline. But you can never start preparing too early. To help you out, the following is a list of tax deductions, write-offs, and exemptions you might want to keep in mind for tax day.

Did you sell your Ventura home in 2020? Then you might be eligible for some great tax deductions when you file in 2021.

Tax Deductions for Home Sellers

Selling Costs

Search Ventura County homes for saleYou probably had to come up with some money out of your own pocket/profits in order to sell your Ventura home. These included escrow fees, agent commissions, advertising costs, and possible legal fees. As long as you lived in your home for at least two of the past five years, you may deduct these costs on your taxes. Just make sure they were all associated with the sale of your Ventura home.

Improvements/Repairs

Again, only those improvements and repairs you completed to make your property more marketable will be considered for tax deductions. That includes anything from painting rooms all the way up to totally renovating your kitchen. However, only the costs associated with improving/repairing your property completed within 90 days of your closing date (when you sign your final paperwork and hand over the keys) may be considered for tax deductions.

Property Taxes and Mortgage Interest

When you owned your Ventura home, your mortgage interest and at least a portion (if not all) of your property taxes were allowed to be claimed as tax deductions. The same holds true when you sell. Anything you pay up until the date you sell your home may be used as a tax deduction. For property taxes, anything paid for the year up to $10,000 may be tax-deductible. For mortgage interest, you may deduct any interest paid up to $750,000 of your mortgage debt. However, if you took out your current mortgage before December 15th, 2017, you may deduct the interest paid up to $1,000,000 of your mortgage debt. You must itemize your taxes in order to claim the mortgage interest deduction. Discuss with your tax preparer before filing whether or not itemizing works in your best interest.

Capital Gains Tax Exemption

While technically not a “deduction”, the capital gains tax exemption still works in your favor on your taxes. The difference between what you paid for your Ventura home and what you sold it for is called “capital gains”. Uncle Sam considers this income. Therefore, it is eligible for income tax consideration. However, the law allows you to exclude up to $250,000 in profit for individuals ($500,000 if you are married and filing jointly) from this tax. What does that mean? If you paid $250,000 for your home a few years ago and sold it for $550,000 in 2020, only $50,000 of that is considered “income” for individuals. For married couples, none of it would be considered income. But you must have lived in the home for at least two of the last five years in order to qualify for this capital gains exemption.

Always discuss these tax deductions and exemptions with your tax preparer before filing your taxes. Tax laws change from year to year. They should be aware of all current laws in effect at the time of your filing. Good luck and happy filing.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Home Office Space Appeals to Today’s Ventura Home Buyers

In mid-March, Governor Newsom placed California on a virtual shutdown. At that time, non-essential workers found themselves either furloughed or sent to work from home. Those temporary work-from-home orders appear to be more long term now. In fact, some companies may never bring their employees back into a communal office. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that home office space holds a huge appeal to today’s home buyers. So, if you plan on selling your Ventura home anytime soon, your marketing needs to include a dedicated home office area.

Today's Ventura home buyers want to see a dedicated home office space included when they view a property. But that doesn't always mean transforming a whole bedroom into an office space.

Tips for Creating a Home Office Space

Guest Room/Office

Search Ventura County homes for saleA couple of months ago, we talked about creating a classroom space at home for your child. That included using part of their bedroom as a dedicated classroom area. While buyers love office space, hold off on completely transforming a guest room into an office. Bedrooms still help sell Ventura homes. Keep the closet available for hanging clothes. But feel free to add organizing units that include shelves to store office supplies and files. Use a smaller dining table for your desk rather than some heavy, oversized office furniture. Throw in a daybed or sofa bed to show buyers how the room could easily transition between an office and guest room.

Transform Unused Space Into Office Space

No bedroom to spare? Time to get creative then. Carve out space under the stairs. Utilize the loft as an office area. If even that proves difficult, borrow space from a large room (like the family room or dining room). Section it off with a pretty screen or partition. You don’t need a huge area to make an office space function.

Location is Key

The difficulty with creating a home office out of a common area like the dining or family room is that it can get noisy. If virtual meetings are a regular thing with your company, you need a quiet space. Try to choose an area of your home that sees little to no traffic but is still large enough to house your office essentials.

Don’t Forget Your Staging

Yes, staging your home office is equally important as staging the rest of your Ventura home when you list it on the market. Keep things neat and tidy. Tuck electrical cords out of sight. Turning your desk to face the entrance into the room makes it a little easier to hide messy cords. Add a houseplant, flowers or a nice area rug to bring color into your space. Keep your window treatments open to allow lots of natural light to flow inside. Declutter and depersonalize like you would any other room in your house.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

What is My Ventura Home Worth?

Before you put your property on the market, ask yourself "what is my Ventura home worth?" There are several ways to determine a proper list price.Before you sell your Ventura home, you will want to determine a proper asking price.  If you ask too much, your home could languish on the market for a long time.  You will most likely have to reduce your asking price after a while and may eventually sell it for less than you would have if you had priced it right to begin with.  To find out what the “proper asking price” is, you need to ask yourself “what is my Ventura home worth?”

There are a few different ways you can find out what your home is worth in the Ventura community.  Real estate websites like Zillow and Trulia offer up automatic valuation models (AVMs).  They use the data they have on hand, such as their inventory of homes for sale in the area, how much homes have sold for, etc.  What you will quickly find, though, is that this data can vary quite a bit from site to site.  If you use AVMs, you may want to visit three or four sites and then use the average of all the sites you visited.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for sale

Another way to find out what your Ventura home is worth is to hire an appraiser.  This will cost you a few hundred dollars.  The initial investment could bring you a little more money in the long run.  That is because, not only will you find out what your property is worth on the current market, but the appraiser could help you identify potential problem areas that you may want to address before you put it on the market.  Fix these problems beforehand and you might be able to ask a little more for your home.  However, like snowflakes, no two appraisers are alike.

When working with a Ventura REALTOR®, you have access to more information than most people.  That is because an experienced REALTOR® is well versed in the local market trends as well as what is selling in your neighborhood.  They can access the local MLS to find out what has sold in your neighborhood recently.  They will be able to take into account any upgrades and improvements you have made to your home and adjust the list price accordingly.  Ask your REALTOR® to run a Comparative Market Analysis.

What is my Ventura home worth?  This is an important question to ask yourself before putting your home up for sale.  Keep in mind that your property is only worth what a Buyer is willing to pay for it.  This may be more or less than what you have invested in your home.  Contact the Z Team today to get your house on the market tomorrow.

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Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Staging Your Closets

Staging Your ClosetsYes, you heard us right.  When getting ready to put a Ventura home on the market, sellers scrub the kitchens, deep clean the carpets and drapes, get rid of clutter and rearrange the furniture to show off the best features and spaciousness of each room.  But, they tend to forget to stage their closets.

Believe it or not, buyers look everywhere…and we do mean EVERYWHERE, when considering buying a Ventura home.  This includes opening up cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, looking through the pantry and peering into the closets.  They want to view every inch of the property they are considering plunking their hard-earned cash down on.  That means that it may be time for a bit of a makeover when it comes to the inside of your closets.

This is the perfect time to get rid of old clothes, shoes, jackets and accessories that don’t fit or just aren’t worn much anymore.  Consider holding a yard sale.  You may even be able to make a little cash there.  Whatever doesn’t sell can be given away to family, friends or local Ventura area charities, such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  Charities are always in need of these items.  Donations are also tax deductible (a good thing to keep in mind, come tax time).

Once you’ve gotten rid of the excess, the actual staging can begin.  Organize your clothing into groups: shirts, pants, dresses, etc.  In each of these groups, place similarly colored items together.  This is much more visually pleasing.  Add a shoe rack to keep your shoes neat and tidy.  Smaller items can be placed in bins or even labeled shoe boxes.  Put smaller luggage inside larger luggage to help save space.  If possible, consider adding some shelving or even have a custom closet organizer installed. If you can’t afford a professional, visit your local home improvement store for ideas.

The whole point of staging your closets is to show them off to their maximum potential. Walk-in closets can especially benefit from a bit of staging.  These same principals can be used when it comes to organizing your pantry and/or kitchen cabinets.  When selling your Ventura home, don’t forget to stage your closets!

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2914536/staging-your-closets.

Often Overlooked Home Staging Areas

Often Overlooked Home Staging AreasSmart Ventura County home sellers stage their homes to highlight its assets and minimize liabilities.  De-cluttering, removing and/or rearranging furniture are just a couple of ways home staging can transform an ordinary room into an extraordinary one.  This is all well and good for the areas you do see (kitchen, bedrooms, living room, bathroom, etc).  But there are some areas that need home staging that aren’t necessarily visible right away.  These are the often overlooked home staging areas.

As we stated in our last post, closets are one area often overlooked during the home staging process, especially if you aren’t using a professional.  Ventura home buyers are notorious for opening up cabinets, looking through drawers and even opening the stove to peer inside.  Walk-in closets, in particular, are a highly sought-after item on a buyer’s checklist.  You want yours to look its best.  Minimize clutter by getting rid of all the old stuff you don’t wear.  Smaller luggage pieces can be stored inside bigger items.  Shoe racks keep shoes organized.  Even adding a couple of shelves can impress a buyer.

I guarantee your kitchen cabinets and pantry will be given the “once over”.  Stack plates, bowls, etc, neatly inside.  When organizing your pantry, think about what a grocery store shelf looks like as inspiration.  Before anyone sees your house, empty out the trash bin.  Smelly garbage is not what you want potential buyers remembering.

Ventura County buyers also check out the garage.  Store all boxes neatly.  Keep tools put away in tool boxes or organized on the shelves/wall unit.  Extra items that are rarely used can be kept up in the rafters.  Even the garage needs to be neat and tidy when selling your Ventura home.

It’s not just the stuff you see right away that needs to be addressed when selling your home.  There are a few common areas that are often overlooked during the home staging process. In a competitive market like Ventura County real estate, you need to make your home stand out from the rest.  As they say, the devil’s in the details.  Don’t let your home be the devil of you.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2852139/often-overlooked-home-staging-areas.

A Good Marketing Plan is Key to Selling Your Ventura Home

A Good Marketing Plan is Key to Selling Your Ventura HomeTrying to sell your Ventura County home?  In today’s economic climate, that may seem like a superhuman task.  But, it’s not.  A good marketing plan is key to selling your Ventura home.  With a little work and planning, you can have a successful home sale.

Over the years, The Z Team has cultivated a marketing plan that optimizes your Ventura home’s assets and gives you the most exposure.  The first step is to evaluate your home’s condition to determine if any repairs or adjustments (including home staging suggestions) need to be made so that your home makes the best first impression possible.  It is important for your home to put its best foot forward since the first few weeks are when a listing gets the most traffic.  Our recommendations are made specifically to help you get the most you can for your home.

Next, we run a Comparative Market Analysis report that lists other Ventura County homes in your neighborhood with similar amenities to your own home to get a realistic view of what you can expect to sell your home for.  Listing your home at an appropriate price can be a crucial piece of the home sale puzzle.  Overpriced homes tend to languish on the market longer and tend to sell for less money than if you had listed it competitively to begin with.  It’s hard to place a “real” value on our own homes since they hold so many cherished memories.  You will need to set your personal feelings aside, including how much you owe, how much you “think” it should be worth, how much money you have put into the house and so on in order to have a clear picture of what to expect your home to sell for.

After we have agreed on the sales price, your Ventura home will then be listed with the Ventura MLS and CARETS (the California MLS) so that it is seen by our network of real estate agents and brokers.  The MLS is the “go-to” for real estate professionals to find homes on the market.  After that, The Z Team will arrange the brokers caravan (which is the first time a broker will physically see your home and determine whether they want to recommend it to their clients or not).  We also take care of photographs, signs and ordering the lock box for your home.

Since studies show that most buyers turn to the internet first when looking for a Ventura home (even before they have contacted and/or hired a REALTOR® of their own), it is important to make sure your listing is posted online.  In addition to advertising your listing on our own website, we will get your listing syndicated to top real estate sites (such as Trulia, Zillow, Real Bird and more) as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) so that your home gets the exposure necessary to bring in the buyers.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, you can imagine what a video says.  Your Real Bird listing can be made into a video that will then be posted on You Tube for even more exposure.  As special “Showcase” subscribers on Realtor.com, your Ventura home will be placed on more than 60 websites (including MSN.com, ReMax.com, The Wall Street Journal Online and Craigslist).

Finally, we still network with other Southern California agents via colorful email flyers.  When you hire The Z Team to represent your Ventura home sale, you can rest assured that we are committed to getting the job done.  A good marketing plan is key to selling your Ventura home.  Please contact us today so we can sit down with you and create a strategy to get your home sold as soon as possible.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2564576/a-good-marketing-plan-is-key-to-selling-your-ventura-home.

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