Congratulations to this month's winners of the Where and What is this challenge! And the winners are: Carissa A., Jack B, and Rocco C
The correct answer which many of you guessed is the Newland house in Huntington Beach. The Newland house is one of the first residences ever built in Huntington Beach In 1898 the home was built for William and Mary Newland and their 10 children. The house was originally built on a ranch with over 500 acres of land bordering Beach Blvd. To Magnolia and from Yorktown to Atlanta. The Newland ranch grew lima beans, sugar beets, celery and chili peppers. The Newland's paid $1485 to build their home. The turret at the front of the house was Mr Newland's office.
If you would like to take a trip down memory lane the house is now a museum, open on the 1st and 3rd weekends of the month.
A barn was built towards the back of the Newland house which can be rented out for weddings and special events. For information on park facilities or to make a reservation call Community Services at (714) 536-5486
Congratulations to Susan, Ben, and Vicki, you are our December Gift Card Contest winners! Each of you have won a $25 Amazon Gift Card. You all figured out that the mystery picture was taken of the Historic Brewster's Ice House located at the corner of 6th and Lake in Huntington Beach.
Brewster's Ice is a family owned business that has been at the same location since 1945. In fact, it is one of the oldest business in Huntington Beach. Originally, the military originally utilized the ice house as an Army meat locker to feed the military located at gun encampments during World War II. Virgil Brewster purchased the war surplus ice house from the military after the end of World War II and moved it to its current location.
Back in the 1940's and 50's, before refrigerators were in every home, it was common for the iceman to deliver to the ice and food was stored in an ice box! After the war, refrigerators were in mass production; however, it would take awhile before they were considered a common household appliance.
As the times have changed, the demand for ice has decreased. So many years have passed since the days of Virgil hauling blocks of ice to the Surf Theater, The Golden Bear, and local restaurants. Today, Brewster's Ice is still popular with the local community, beach goers, and nearby restaurants.
So you think you want to buy a house. Whether you are looking for a home in Huntington Beach or elsewhere, what should your first step be? Find a qualified lender and get pre approved! I know you have heard this said before and you probably thought it was not necessary; however, if you are serious about buying a home it is. Getting pre-approved not only helps you to fully understand how much you can afford; it makes you more appealing as a qualified buyer when making an offer. This speaks volumes to a seller who may not want to, or cannot afford to, take the time to see if you are a viable buyer. Being pre-approved is not a guarantee for a loan, it is the first step. A pre-approval letter from a lender is generally good for 60 to 90 days, providing you maintain your good credit and work history. What do I need to get pre-approved? You will be asked about your financial history. If you have a co-borrower, the lender will want their information also. Here are some of the things you may be asked to provide.
1. Bank statements with account numbers showing balances over the past 3 months
2. Employment history and references
3. A months worth of pay stubs
4. Your last two W2's
5. If you are self employed or have other income, you will want to provide your last two tax returns.
6. How much debt do you have? You will have to provide credit card numbers and balances as well as any automobiles, recreational vehicles, personal loans etc.
7. How much of a down payment have you saved? This can be taken from your bank statements, but it is good for you to allot how much of your savings you intend to use as a down payment.
8. The lender will need to pull your credit report. This will require your social security number as well as any co borrower that will be on the loan.
9. If you have been renting, it would be good to show the last 12 months of payments
Once you have received a pre-approval letter you are on your way to buying a home. The pre-approval is not a guarantee but rather the first step in the home purchasing process. When you make an offer on a home, you will need to have an appraisal. Depending on the outcome of the appraisal the lender will decide if they want to move forward with you on this loan.
Lastly, remember the Huntington Beach Real Estate market can be very competitive. Therefore, it would be wise to be fully pre-approved with your lender prior to making an offer on a home.
The Huntington Beach Real Estate Market is heating up! It’s As Easy As Pie! Six simple steps you can do to prepare your home for an open house.
1. When competing for buyers attention in the Huntington Beach Real Estate Market, one of the most important steps is to de-clutter your home. Those knick-knacks and sentimental chachkies sprinkled throughout your home can make a space seem smaller and cluttered.
2. Lighten things up. Clean windows, screens and blinds. Open shutters and drapes. Bring in as much light as you possibly can.
3. Send Rover on vacation. Removing pets from the home will make potential buyers feel more comfortable when viewing your home. And most importantly, make sure that you have cleaned up any remnants of Rover in the yard that may get tracked back into your house!
4. Many people think that watering their yard and driveway make it look fresh and inviting. Actually, you will end up with mud and watery footprints. Buyers tend to avoid walking around the yard if it is wet. Instead, a few well placed potted plants can add a nice touch.
5. How can I say this politely? Well, I will just say it…please remember to flush the toilet! Really, you would be surprised, especially in homes with kids, how that last minute run to the bathroom gets left behind. Speaking of bathrooms, try not to leave it all steamy and wet. Remove wet wash cloths and damp towels. Perspective buyers will be looking in the shower and tub and they do not want to get dripped on when they open the door or shower curtain.
6. It is as easy as pie. Baking an apple pie has been a wonderful touch that I have even used myself. It can fill the home with thoughts of family gatherings and cozy evenings. There have been a lot of studies on scents and what they can do to our emotions. So it does not just have to be apple pie. It has been said that mint and pine can lift your mood. One woman I know used to place a fresh potted plant of mint just by the front door. No wonders I always felt so uplifted when I entered her home!
These are just some ideas you can use to spruce up your home for an open house. It wouldn’t hurt to go to a few open houses in Huntington Beach and see what the other home owners are doing with their open houses. Buying a home can be very emotionally driven, so you want to evoke as many positive emotions from your prospective buyers as you can!
With our beaches, shopping, parks, proximity to transportation, Huntington Beach Real Estate is highly sought after – especially as we approach the summer months. Prepare and take advantage of the favorable market conditions that appear to be heading our way!