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Jim Klinge, broker-associate
858-997-3801
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Encinitas, CA 92024
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Jim Klinge
Cell/Text: (858) 997-3801
klingerealty@gmail.com
701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011


Category Archive: ‘Remodel Projects’

Master Bathroom Trends

Earlier this week the grays were on their way out, but it may take a while.  Can you believe that 34% are removing the bathtub? From Houzz:

Anticipating Aging Needs: The majority of baby boomers (ages 55 or older) are addressing current or future needs of aging household members during master bathroom renovations (56%). One-third of boomers are addressing current aging needs (35%), while nearly a quarter are planning ahead for future needs (21%).

Curbless Enthusiasm: Nearly half of boomers change the bathroom layout and one-third remove the bathtub (47% and 34%, respectively). Other upgrades include installing accessibility features such as seats, low curbs, grab bars and nonslip floors in upgraded showers and bathtubs.

The Suite Life: Homeowners are focusing on the master suite as a whole, with nearly half of master bathroom projects accompanied by master bedroom renovations (46%). Master bathrooms command the second-highest median spend ($7,000) in home remodels, behind kitchens ($11,000), while master bedroom spend rivals that of living rooms ($2,000 versus $3,000, respectively).

Premium Features Galore: A surprising one in 10 master bathrooms is the same size or larger than the master bedroom (11%). Beyond size, premium features in master bathrooms are on the rise, with dual showers, one-piece toilets, vessel sinks and built-in vanities showing significant increases in demand in the last three years.

Bathed in Gray: Gray palettes continue to lead in walls and flooring and are increasingly popular in cabinets. Newcomer styles continue to overtake contemporary style, with farmhouse more than doubling in popularity, from 3% in 2016 to 7% in 2018. Matte nickel and polished chrome are the most common metal finishes.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Boomers, Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Repairs/Improvements, Tips, Advice & Links | 0 comments

Brava Closed

Brava closed yesterday, after a whirlwind of activity – here are the MLS stats:

We received 13 cash offers, and went through five escrows to get one to stick.  Each time one would fall out, I went back to all of the other contenders to give them another chance to buy it.

Buyers would say that they had reviewed what’s needed (new kitchen, 3 bathrooms, windows, flooring, etc.), and were comfortable with the project.

Of the four that cancelled, three dropped out altogether once they did more extensive research.

Only one tied up the property, and then, after a few days, tried to work me down on price.  They are looking for the desperate sellers and agents, and hope to convince you to drop another $20,000+ just get it over with.

It was Mr. T who tried to get me to cave, and he had agreed to pay $665,000.  After further review, he wanted to drop the price down to $645,000.

But instead of just taking it, I went back around to all the other contenders and offered them another opportunity.

A different buyer agreed to pay $655,000, and Mr. T. held his ground, and backed out.  But then the $655,000 guy cancelled, and in the next round Mr. T wanted to drop again, this time down to $635,000.

I got another buyer to do better.

We closed at $650,000.

It’s more work to keep all the contenders engaged, and keep tempting them to buy the house during our five-week adventure.  But this is what I do for my sellers – I’m going to everything I can to get you that extra $15,000.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Flips, Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects, Why You Should List With Jim | 5 comments

Instant ADU

If baby boomers have to sell their home because they need the money, this will be a great alternative – and could help to dry up the housing inventory, especially if you can build an ADU for less than $50,000.  Homes with bigger yards would be more valuable too.

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Today, Samara is announcing a new initiative called Backyard, “an endeavor to design and prototype new ways of building and sharing homes,” according to a press statement, with the first wave of test units going public in 2019.

It means Airbnb is planning to distribute prototype buildings next year.

The name “Backyard” might imply that Airbnb just wants to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), those small cottages that sit behind large suburban houses and are often rented on Airbnb. Gebbia clarifies that is not the case. “The project was born in a studio near Airbnb headquarters,” he says in an interview over email. “We always felt as if we were in Airbnb’s backyard–physically and conceptually–and started referring to the project as such.”

Backyard is poised to be much larger than ADUs, in Gebbia’s telling. Yes, small prefabricated dwellings could be in the roadmap, but so are green building materials, standalone houses, and multi-unit complexes. Think of Backyard as both a producer and a marketplace for selling major aspects of the home, in any shape it might come in.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in ADU, Boomer Liquidations, Boomers, Homeless Cure, Jim's Take on the Market, Modular Homes, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects | 1 comment

Very Brady

There’s something fabulously far-out happening at HGTV. Maybe you’ve heard the rumblings. The network has purchased one of the most universally recognized homes in America — the ‘Brady Bunch’ house — and plans are underway to restore it to its full, resplendent, unabashedly ‘70s grandeur.

So, here’s the story. (Surely you didn’t think we’d pass up the opportunity to use that line.) Back in August, HGTV officially became the proud new owners of that quintessentially suburban split-level ranch seen in virtually every episode of The Brady Bunch. And you can rest assured that, with its penchant for magical, mind-blowing home makeovers, the network has some very special things in mind for this particular home transformation.

It’s all part of — and will be documented in — a new series, A Very Brady Renovation (w.t.), scheduled to air on HGTV in September of 2019. And we suspect that even the most ardent Brady Bunch enthusiasts and purists will not be disappointed.

As one of the biggest programming events that HGTV has ever undertaken, the high-profile renovation will feature additional celebrity guests and drop-bys throughout the course of production. Already stirring up social media buzz from fans and A-listers alike, the upcoming series will showcase the famous house as it undergoes a full-blown ‘70s-inspired rehab with input from some of HGTV’s most recognized design talent.

“What’s so exciting about this project is that we are creating one of the most iconic homes from many of our viewers’ childhoods,” said Loren Ruch, senior vice president, HGTV programming and partnerships. “It will be the first time in history that the house from all of our memories will be created in a real brick-and-mortar location. It is certain to be a trip down memory lane.”

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects | 0 comments

La Costa Fixer w/Granny Flat

For those who want to build out a project your way, have I got a deal for you!

The architect drew up plans for a 3br/3.5ba house plus a 1br/1ba granny flat, and they just needs the finishing touches. Last sale nearby was 7503 Solano St for $975,000 in June.

Will not qualify for conventional financing – no kitchen or baths currently:

Youtube walking tour here:

The address is 7516 Brava St., Carlsbad, listed for $699,000.

Call or text Jim today! (858) 997-3801

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Bubbleinfo TV, Carlsbad, La Costa, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects, Why You Should List With Jim | 5 comments