To Stage, Or Not To Stage

By | March 21st, 2016|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles|

Staged luxury home in Palos Verdes To stage, or not to stage is the question many sellers grapple with when they make the decision to list their property for sale.  Staging is often an upfront cost with no guarantee it will deliver a ready, willing and able buyer.  On the other hand, showing a property staged to perfection increases the home's appeal to prospective buyers. Will staging my property enhance the value?  Probably not to an appraiser, but the added value of staging a property is frequently returned to the seller in other ways.  Most staged homes sell faster than similar homes listed with a "lived in" look.  Professional staging companies often suggest a fresh coat of paint on the walls and new flooring in some instances as a backdrop for their staged rooms.  Again, more costs for the seller before the sale but buyers prefer moving into a [...]

Sellers, There’s a Buyer Looking For Your Door

By | March 18th, 2016|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles, Los Angeles luxury listing agent, Palos Verdes Coastal Homes|

A Cotswold Door--England 2010 As a Palos Verdes real estate agent and broker / owner of Charlemagne Int'l Properties, I spend much of my time opening and closing doors.  Sometimes for sellers when showing their property, and sometimes for buyers when showing other agent's listings.  Recently, as we waited for buyers to arrive at the final walk-through inspection, a car stopped, and the would-be buyers asked if they could see the house my son was in the process of unlocking. "I'm sorry, it's sold,"  Josh replied just as our buyers arrived. "Do you have any more?"  The disappointed prospective buyers inquired. I walked to the curb and told them, of course, there are other homes for sale in the neighborhood.  After exchanging contact information, they drove away but only after thanking me profusely.  They were driving through their first choice neighborhood and felt extremely fortunate to see an agent out there working in the [...]

Is One of Your 2016 Resolutions to Find a Top Palos Verdes Real Estate Agent?

By | December 31st, 2015|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles, Los Angeles luxury listing agent, Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes top real estate agents, Rancho Palos Verdes Listing Agent, Selling your Palos Verdes Home, selling your palos verdes luxury home, Seniors Selling Primary Residence|

If one of your 2016 New Year's resolutions is to find a top Palos Verdes real estate agent(and brokerage) to help you maximize the value of your Palos Verdes property before you sell, we hope Charlemagne International Properties is on your radar. If not, it should be, and here's why:  One of the most valuable things the best and brightest agents in the field can do is make sure your property sells for its highest and best value. Achieving your real estate goal requires much more than planting a sign in your front yard. Preparing a property for sale is crucial if the goal is to sell for the highest price the present real estate market will bear. We recently helped a seller increase the sale price by approximately ten percent. Yes, it required time and effort, but since the average Palos Verdes property is worth just under $2,000,000, ten [...]

2015 Housing Market Update–Before You Sell or Buy Read This

By | November 15th, 2015|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles, Palos Verdes top real estate agents, Rancho Palos Verdes Listing Agent, Selling your Palos Verdes Home, Seniors Selling Primary Residence|

If you're in the market to either sell or purchase a property in the near future here is some insider information that will add to your knowledge of what's happening in the local and California real estate market as 2015 draws to a close. Last week I listened to a webinar hosted by Oscar Wei, a senior economist with California Association of Realtors.  He shared snippets of real estate trends and statistics with brokers and agents in hopes this information can be used as we formulate our business plans for 2016.  At Charlemagne Int'l Properties we feel one of our primary goals is to share our real estate knowledge to educate prospective sellers and buyers so they can make the most informed and intelligent decisions when they purchase or list a property. Here are some of the most pertinent points conveyed:  2015 year-end price increases will be single-digit in most [...]

Cost Versus Worth–10 Reasons an Exceptional Real Estate Agent Is Good For Your Bottom Line

By | August 13th, 2015|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles, Los Angeles luxury listing agent, Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Coastal Homes, Palos Verdes top real estate agents, Rancho Palos Verdes Listing Agent, Selling your Palos Verdes Home, selling your palos verdes luxury home, Seniors Selling Primary Residence, South Bay of Los Angeles Homes For Sale, Top Palos Verdes Listing Agents|

The Home Pat Sold to Me and For Me in St. Petersburg, FL. Real estate commissions loom large in the eyes of most sellers.  I know, I sold six single family homes before I became a real estate agent.  I must admit back in my pre-agent days I questioned the value of paying an agent I rarely saw and seldom communicated with such a large portion of the profit from the sale.  Honestly, I do not even remember the name of five of my past agents.  It was not until I met Pat that I realized what a great agent is worth--not what she costs, but the amount of value she brings to the closing table.   Great agents often work their magic behind the scene but sellers are frequently left out of the loop. Once the listing was signed, the only time the five forgotten agents communicated with me [...]

Need a Top Agent to Sell Your Palos Verdes Home–Norma Toering Is the BEST!

By | July 15th, 2015|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles, Listings, Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Coastal Homes, Palos Verdes Gated Estates and Homes, Palos Verdes Ocean Front Homes, Palos Verdes top real estate agents, Selling your Palos Verdes Home, selling your palos verdes luxury home, Top Palos Verdes Listing Agents|

If you're in the market to find a top Palos Verdes real estate agent to sell your Palos Verdes property, the choices can be daunting since there are so many agents and real estate companies to consider. The agent you choose to list and sell your residence is one of the top two most important decisions you will make during the entire real estate transaction.  The other one is pricing the property.  The best real estate agents can help you make pricing the property simple with their knowledge of the local market, neighborhood experience, negotiating expertise and awareness of current real estate trends. Forbes Phoned A few weeks ago I received a call from Forbes Magazine. The conversation went something like this:   Me: Hello, this is Norma Toering with Charlemagne Int’l Properties. Forbes: Hello, I’m with Forbes Magazine and am calling you regarding our annual Forbes 400 List. Me: Wow! [...]

5 Things To Do When You Decide To Sell Your Palos Verdes Home

By | July 9th, 2015|Charlemagne Int'l Properties, Featured Articles, Listings, Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Coastal Homes, Palos Verdes Gated Communities, Palos Verdes Gated Estates and Homes, Palos Verdes Homes with Pools, Palos Verdes Homes with view, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Ocean Front Homes, Palos Verdes top real estate agents, Rancho Palos Verdes Listing Agent, Selling your Palos Verdes Home, selling your palos verdes luxury home, Top Palos Verdes Listing Agents|

The decision to sell your primary residence is a life-changing event, especially if it was your home for several decades.  Not only are there preparations required for the sale, there are also a plethora of self-preparation stages an owner must go through in order to become the seller of a house rather than the owner of a home. Moving through the stages of selling a property can be emotionally and physically taxing.  It is a daunting task to wade through years of accumulated stuff, not to mention the storehouse of memories and decision each item requires.  Do you keep it, donate it, or toss it?  When one evaluates the possessions accumulated over the years we can't help but realign the associated memories in our mind.  This is especially true if the house was your home for many years. There's no overnight solution, but by breaking your move into stages you [...]