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By Lourdrie McNamee, MRP | Agent in Lakewood, CA

Good Morning Lakewood/Move In Ready or Fixer Upper?

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Why buyers want move-in ready homes

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Buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, are increasingly looking for move-in ready homes. They want to move in within 30 days of signing, without the fuss of repainting a room or two, or installing new carpets. If you plan on selling your home in 2013, it’s important to know the reasons for their pickiness so you can make your home move-in ready.

A wide selection of homes

It looks like 2013 will usher in a buyer’s market. That means that house-seekers will have more selection to choose from when it comes to their dream home. That being the case, buyers will take the time to investigate all possible options.

If your home is not up-to-scratch, they will write it off their list. Why would a buyer voluntarily choose a house that needs a new roof when there’s one down the street that is in top condition? Your home may not need major work, but even something as banal as a new coat of paint can mean fewer offers when buyers have a wide selection of move-in ready homes.

The huge investment

Putting money down on a home is daunting. Down payment amounts have increased in recent years, and buyers want their investment to be worth it. First-time homebuyers work especially hard to come up with the down payment, leaving them strapped for cash when it comes to further repairs.

They want to avoid homes with leaky pipes and dodgy windows because they can’t envision investing the time and money required to fix them up.

Homebuyers will see repairs as a financial risk. If the boiler needs replacing, what other hidden problems might the house have? If the basement is moldy, what kind of structural issues might that imply? Not only that, but if the potential homebuyer is new to the neighborhood, he or she will worry about how to find the best contractors to do the repairs, or where to get a good deal on new carpeting.

They will also baulk at the amount of time they might have to invest. All these concerns will cause buyers to choose a move-in ready home instead.

Home decor and renovation shows

This may sound silly, but TV is flooded with home decoration and renovation shows. The HGTV channel is entirely devoted to the home, and the result is an increase in what used to be seen as unreasonable expectations.

Everyone wants the ideal move-in ready home with beautiful appliances and feng shui bathrooms. That means that even the slightest perceived fault (old tiles or wallpaper) can turn buyers off.


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Coming Up in Lakewood in March

'Icky Yucky Gross Bug Show' wants your family!
A ffordable family fun is slithering and crawling its way down to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. Families are invited to the Friday, March 8 edition of the "Icky Yucky Gross Bug Show" when it arrives to entertain kids of all ages. Like all Lakewood "Family Fun Night" programs, it combines a reasonably priced family meal with entertainment close to home. Sign up online using the eCatalog for class #31185.

Special free class: 'Can you defend yourself?'

The Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center is hosting an evening with personal safety and rape defense expert Pamela Jesse. A certified trainer with 15 years’ experience, Jesse will discuss how residents can reduce their risks and deal with an assailant. Details are at: www.lakewoodcity.org/safetyclasses.

Lakewood Community Run in just two weeks
Saturday, March 9, rain or shine!

Lakewood Community Run
“The Lakewood course is wonderful for runners going for their best time,” says Sonia Southwell, one of the event’s team of volunteer organizers. “Our tree-lined streets are in great shape and they’re safe. Having a well-marked, flat course is ideal for anyone wanting to record their personal best with our professional timing.” Chip timing and registration will be provided by RaceWire.com. Go to www.lakewoodrun.com/registration to sign up.


Lakewood Economic Forecast Luncheon tickets on sale now


The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakewood will host the 2013 Economic Forecast Luncheon on Wednesday, February 27, at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Avenue, Lakewood. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start promptly at noon. The event will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

This month on CityTV

State of the CityIn February... tune in to State of the City, Café 5050, and Community Digest. CityTV Channel 31, on Time Warner Cable, FiOS TV and web streaming live 24/7, produces programming each month ranging from local news and entertainment to sports and special events.

Community Digest (3:30, 6 & 10 A.M./P.M. daily)
CityTV’s monthly magazine show spotlights the latest city information and upcoming events.

 In this informative presentation, city officials speak about challenges and goals for the coming year.  

Café 5050
Learn how to prepare gourmet meals. Guest chefs include instructors who teach cooking classes offered by the Recreation and Community Services Department.

City Council (7:30 AM/PM Tues/Sat)
Coverage of the business portion of all regular city council meetings, including Before the Council, an informative talk show about the issues to be discussed at the city council meetings.

Huell Howser (4:00 AM/PM Sun/Thur)
Catch Huell Howser as he uncovers the people, places, and things that make California a wonderful place to live. Featured this month is Visiting with Huell Howser - Vietnamese New Year, Barack Obama's California College Days with Huell Howser, Road Trip – Big Bear, and California's Golden Parks – California Coastal National Monument.

Watch Your Back
CityTV launches a new public safety series in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The short informational segments will air every Tuesday and Saturday at 6:30 a.m./p.m., addressing any immediate needs, warnings, tips or specific requests for help from Lakewood’s public safety partners.

Click here for a complete monthly schedule. The CityTV Channel 31 schedule is available via Time Warner digital cable by pressing the guide button on your remote control. To receive a free monthly schedule by mail, please call 920-9325 and leave your name, address and phone number.

Recreation signups continue for new season

The cover of the 2013 Spring Recreation Catalog features people from all over the city portraying how they "love Lakewood." It also offers over 600 programs and classes planned for February through mid-June. Signups are going on now.
Declutter with bulky item pick ups
Six free pickups per year

If the New Year finds your home awash with holiday debris, the city's bulky item pick up program can help you start the New Year right. It’s a convenient way to get rid of old appliances, electronics and furniture. Also, that pesky Styrofoam that’s so much a part of holiday packaging, it can now be put into your blue recycling cart. Read on or learn more at www.lakewoodcity.org/bulkystuff.
After-school Activity Zone continues

Lakewood parks that offer after-school activities returned to normal schedules following holiday vacation hours. Fun activities include cooking, crafts, and sports instruction. Students will have a variety of activities to participate in while parents can be assured that their children are properly supervised in a safe and creative environment. Program schedules are available online and can be picked up at Lakewood city hall, all parks and city libraries.
Adult sports program signups

Information packets and roster forms are now available at Lakewood City Hall for a variety of adult sports. Please check out www.lakewoodcity.org/sports, or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408, for more information.

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Lourdrie “Lou” McNamee 

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