Save the Date!

by Carol Wolfe

There are many wonderful things to do in Encino through out the year.  One of my favorites is fast approaching. The Taste of Encino will be held on October 12th this year.  If you have missed this event in the past you won’t want to miss it this year. This 21st version of the annual event promises to blow out all of the stops for a spectacular fun filled family event.

This year the Taste of Encino will feature a Business Expo, a Wellness Pavilion, Arts & Crafts, Children’s Activities, four separate stages with live performers, a Beer & Wine Pavilion and of course the star of the show will be foods showcasing all of the truly spectacular restaurants in the Encino area. New additions this year will be a Home and Garden Show and a Disaster Preparedness Expo.

The Event will be held on Ventura Boulevard between Balboa and Amestoy between 10 and 5pm on October 12th.  For more information or to register as a Sponsor or Business contact The Encino Chamber of Commerce.

Hesby Oaks Elementary

by Carol Wolfe

Our next featured school is Hesby Oaks Elementary School.  This remarkable school’s rank is nine out of a possible 10 in the Great Schools List in Encino California.  With a parent approval rating of 4 stars this school is definite luminary. 

Hesby Oaks Elementary offers instruction, grades K -8, to a total of over three hundred students.  The teacher student ratio averages 1:23. One of the newest schools in the area, Hesby Oaks Elementary opened its doors in September of 2006.   It is located at 15530 Hesby Street in Encino.  Judy Mintz is the Principal at the helm of this beautiful school.
   
Parent comments praise the safety and discipline at the school, rating them above average.  The school offers an E-3 after school program for children of working parents; the program is a favorite among both parents and students.  High ranks in participation from teachers, parents and students make this a top performing school.

Lanai Road Elementary

by Carol Wolfe

While all of the schools in Encino are superlative there are some that are particular stand outs.  One is Lanai Road Elementary; which boasts a 10 out of 10 rating for Great Schools in Encino.  This school has a coveted 4 star parent rating on great schools.net, and has the highest test ranking in the area.    

High Ranks for Teacher performance and students scores make this a top rated school.  For all of these reasons Lanai Road Elementary is an extremely popular school.  Enrollment in this school can only be guaranteed to children who reside within its home school boundaries.

Lanai Road Elementary is located at 4241 Lanai Road. Principal Mary Melvin is very popular, her parent review is 5 stars out of a possible 5.  The school features excellent programs ranging from music instruction, arts, book clubs as well as many others.  Parents are very vocal in stating that money can’t buy better education than at Lanai!

Encino Elementary

by Carol Wolfe

For most of us this time of year is full of excitement and preparation for “Back to School!”   School is such an important part of our children’s lives and by extension our own lives.  When you have school age children knowing about school districts and individual schools can be as important in the home buying process as the number of bedrooms a house has.  For that reason I’d like to highlight some of the individual schools in our area. 

Encino has a lot to be proud of and our schools are certainly one of our shinning achievements.  Today I would like to focus on Encino Elementary School.

Encino Elementary School is located at 16941 Addison Street.  This lovely K-5 school has a three star parent rating on www.greatschools.net.  The teacher to student ratio averages at an amazing 1:15, and the school is known for its high parent involvement. 

Encino Elementary also ranks high in staff for special needs curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Encino Elementary is a LAUSD school and is ranked third in the area for test scores. For more information on Encino Elementary visit their website at www.encinoelementary.net

Marketing Your Architectural Home

by Carol Wolfe

One size does not fit all.  When selling your architectural home there needs to be a specific marketing plan to properly showcase your property. Coldwell Banker has a special interest in Architectural homes and the realtors who specialize in selling them.  That’s why in 1991 they began a special division entitled “The Architectural Division”.

This special division was created to recognize the unique and important distinctions of Architectural Homes and to properly address their marketing needs. The specific marketing materials utilized by The Architectural Division have set an industry wide benchmark for excellence.

There are over 125 certified architectural specialists in Coldwell Banker who provide a wealth of knowledge about architect designed homes. These specialists are trained in a wide variety of styles and architects to appreciate the quality and value of these unique homes.

Accordingly, these architectural specialists are able to address the needs of both buyers and sellers interesting in these specific properties.

If you are interested in buying or selling an architectural home you will want to deal with one of these specialists in order to maximize your time and resources.

I am Carol Wolfe a certified architectural specialist.  Nobody does it better.

e-PRO

by Carol Wolfe

Times have changed and so has business.  Like any other business the real estate business has evolved with growing technology.  It’s important to have a real estate agent who has also kept up with the technological advances.  But how do you know if your realtor is technologically savvy? Simply ask them if they are e-PRO certified!

e-PRO is a distinction reserved for realtors who have completed a specific course designed for real estate professionals and endorsed by the National Association of Realtors.  The course is tailored specifically for realtors to keep them abreast of the technological tools and advancements available to realtors.

Working with an e-PRO offers significant benefits for a home buyer or seller:

Privacy 

An e-PRO certified internet professional is adept at keeping your information safe from internet piracy.  They respect your privacy and have the tools to keep your valuable information safe.

Convenience

A trained e-PRO can provide you instantly with extensive data on neighborhoods, property listings, up to the minute market updates, referral networks, on-line home tours, and faxes by email.  All of this information is available to you as a client, on demand both in the office and on location.

Cost Effectiveness
An e-PRO can maximize your home’s internet presence to effectively market your home in less time, using less paper, and less travel.  With on-line tours clients can effectively tour a home from another city or country saving valuable time and resources to narrow their search.

Working with an e-PRO is the best way to ensure that your real estate transaction is smooth, efficient and effective. I am Carol Wolfe a registered e-PRO realtor.  Nobody does it better.

What is a Certified Residential Specialist?

by Carol Wolfe

When it’s time to hire an expert we look for certain credentials to verify a level of expertise.  For a professor it might be a PhD, for a surgeon it would be board certification.  In real estate the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS distinction is bestowed on professional realtors to acknowledge accomplishments in both experience and education.

In 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists began conferring the prestigious CRS Designation; agents who receive this designation must meet specific stringent requirements.
Agents who take CRS training receive in-depth knowledge about marketing, negotiating, business planning, creating smooth closing transactions and satisfying clients needs whether they are buyers or sellers.

When looking for a professional to assist you in buying or selling your home, make sure to give yourself the best possible experience, choose a realtor who is a Certified Residential Specialist. 

I’m Carol Wolfe a Certified Residential Specialist. Nobody Does it Better!

Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

by Carol Wolfe

We are all aware that the housing market has changed significantly in the last two years.  But the fact remains that homes are still being bought and sold.  If you are trying to sell your home or are interested in listing it there are a few things that you should know that can help you to sell your home quickly and for the right price.

  1. Get an Expert – This may sound a little simplistic but you would be surprised at how many people will list their home with a friend or a relative who is just starting out in the business of real estate.  Two years ago, selling a home was easy; in today’s market you need an expert.  Make sure that it is a realtor who has a proven track record in today’s market. 
  2. Make sure that your expert has a specific marketing plan for your home that utilizes the internet.  Every home I sell has its own website and the URL address is listed prominently on every aspect of the marketing.  We now know that approximately 80% of people buying a home will begin their search on the internet.  Having a strong web presence with beautiful pictures is an absolute necessity in today’s market.
  3. Make sure that the real estate expert you choose has access to top notch stagers.  While it is no longer advisable to do expensive renovations before attempting to sell your home, it is advisable to hire the services of a reputable stager.  A stager can come in and make a few small changes which can make the difference of how quickly your home sells.  I recently sold a home that had been languishing on the market for several months under the direction of another realtor.  When I took over the listing we had a stager come in to work her magic and the house sold within 3 weeks. 

For all of these reasons it is important to provide yourself with the best possible professional services when selling your home.  Your time is valuable; don’t waste it working with anything less than the best. 

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.