Smart Home Trends for 2018 By Celina Vazquez


Smart Home Trends for 2018 By Celina Vazquez

Homes are getting “smarter.” From greater connectivity across all technology platforms and devices to complete automation and AI, consumers are finding more and more options to utilize Smart Home devices and products than ever before. Beyond a novelty, homeowners are seeking new and innovated products to provide greater security and ease-of-use at home and on the road.

Once the purview of the wealthy, most homes now use some kind of Smart Home technology every day. In 2018, look for the following trends:

  • Products are more accessible as the average price point continues to drop.
  • Voice control is the future. From turning lights on and off to answering the door from
    your office, audible controls and access is more responsive and simpler to use.
  • Kitchens and baths are joining the fun. Manufacturers’ offer self-cleaning toilets and
    refrigerators who can read their own contents and populate a shopping list on your
    phone app.
  • Greater demands for scheduled automation. Alexa for instance offers a “wake up
    routine” which can turn on lights, heating/air conditioning, start the coffee and provide a quick news update, all with one command.
    The biggest trend change in the last year is that smart technology has gone mainstream. Watch for more products and services as consumers continue to drive innovation. 

Open House! 4020 N Walnuthaven Drive Covina, CA 91722

Open House!
4020 N Walnuthaven Drive
Covina, CA 91722
4020 N Walnuthaven Drive
Covina CA 91722

Open House August 19th – 20th

From 1PM – 3PM Saturday and Sunday

3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
1564 Sq Ft of Living Space
6339 Sq Ft Lot
Built in 1954
Your new Covina Pool Home Awaits you! This home will not last, too many features to list! Located in a desirable neighborhood in Covina, this move in ready home features a beautifully converted garage that can be used as a pool house, a guest house, or a rental unit, complete with its own full bath. The backyard features a sparkling pool and large covered patio with lighting and ceiling fans perfect for entertaining. The large pool is fully gated for extra safety and is heated for year round enjoyment! The main home features a spacious 1,564 sqft, 3 bedrooms all with ceiling fans, 1.5 baths, an open floor plan with a separate living room and family room, lovely fireplace for those cozy nights, beautiful laminate hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, new carpet, fresh paint through out, and an indoor laundry room! This home has also been upgraded with a tankless water heater, artificial grass in front yard, and Central Heating and Air! Plenty of parking for your vehicles with an automatic-gated driveway and covered/enclosed parking area that can also dual as a workshop area. The covered parking area also features ceiling fans and upgraded lighting and plenty of electrical, making it the perfect space to work on all of your projects! Detached converted garage square footage and bath not included in total sqft. Hurry today this will not last! Priced to sell!

Lowes Home Renovation Upskill Project Contest Riverside County

Lowes Home Renovation Upskill Project Contest Riverside County
Lowes Home Renovation Upskill Project Contest Riverside CountyHey Neighbors in the Riverside County Area. As your neighborhood Real Estate Agent i am addicted to houses and renovation and I just found a great opportunity for a home renovation. Lowes is hosting a Home Renovation Contest and all who live in the Riverside County Area are eligible to enter. Enter a video submission and fill out the application in the link here at LOWES UPSKILL PROJECT. You must be 18 years or older and submit a video showing the skills you want to learn in home renovation, the space you would like to renovate and  why its important to you. Consider smaller projects that have a big impact: painting, tiling, building, shelves, landscaping of flower beds, etc.
What You Can Win
  • $2,000 Lowe’s Gift Card

5 people will be chosen for the grand prize and will recieve a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card to use in             their home renovation project

  • Design Consultation Services 

Winners will also receive a design consultation to help bring to life their desired project, and learn a few design skills along the way.

  • Side-By-Side Instruction

To help complete the project, we’ll send an experienced teacher who will teach the necessary skills and techniques over two days. All projects materials and tools within the $2,000 project budget will be purchased from a local Lowe’s store.

  • Community Project

To help their neighbors gain confidence, winners may be asked to participate in a community event where they’ll share their newly learned project skills with others. Community events will take place in November , either at a Lowe’s store or with an existing community partner.


Entry Period – Submissions must be entered by August 14th
The Details
  • Video should not contain any individuals other than entrant and should not display or include any trademarked, copyrighted, or proprietary brand names, logos, images, or objects.
  • Video should not include music and should be between 60 and 90 seconds
  • Video must show your face, the space you want to refresh, and must explain and show exact refresh project you want to accomplish
  • Recommended formats include: MPG, MPEG, FLV, AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, WMV, MV4
The Scoring
Lowes will review every video and narrow down the selection based on a 100 point scale.
  • A maximum of 50 points for excitement and passion shown towards the project and learning new skills
  • A maximum of 30 points for providing a clear ad creative description of the skills you need for the project
  • A maximum of 20 points for providing a clear and creative description of why you want to improve your home


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Sky Country Community July Newsletter 2017

Sky Country Community July Newsletter 2017
Presented by Celina Vazquez
Summer Concerts in the ParkJuly 7th,14th,21st,28th
Hey Sky Country, Enjoy the summer nights with FREE concerts in the park. Yeah I said Free! Every Friday till August 25th from 7:30PM to 9:00PM at Harada Heritage Park. Located on the corner of Scholar Way and 65th Street. So bring your lawn chairs,blankets,food,etc and get comfy. There will also be vendors selling a variety of food and drinks at the park. If needed there will be additional parking located on 68th Street. See a variety of bands paying tribute to rock legends such as Bon Jovi, The Beatles, and more. For more information feel free to visit 

Swimming Lessons – July through August

Learn to Swim! Swimming lessons are available at Rubidoux and Jurupa Valley High Schools. There are leeson for Parent and Child and for swimmers 6 years and older. Summer Sessions are from Monday -Thursday from nature projects. Cost includes two local field you in next months newsletter. Feel free to call 9AM to 7PM the cost is 40$ per session and Non-residents is 50$. For more information 
call (951)361-2090 or visit JARPD.ORG 
Summer Day Camp – July through August
Summer Day Camp is now in session! Day campers will participate in various theme-based activities including arts & ing events, projects, or services you have. If so and for swimmers 6 years and older. Summer crafts, sports, group games, cooking, and nature projects. Cost includes two local field trips per session. Ages are from 6-12 years old and day camps are Mon-Fri from 8AM-5PM. More Info Call (951)361-2090 

Sky Country Announcements

Sky Country Announcements

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Open House! 12716 Colonnade Dr Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739

12716 Colonnade Dr Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739

Open House!

12716 Colonnade Dr Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
Open House!
Celina Vazquez Broker/Realtor Brings to you another Premier Property located in The #VictoriaArbors of #RanchoCucamonga. This 2,840 Square Foot Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 3-Car Garage. One #bedroom is downstairs with a full bathroom. Gorgeous entrance with a large formal living room and formal dining room perfect for entertainment. The #beautiful #kitchen has large island, tile counters, built-in oven, high-performance built-in microwave and cooktop and large pantry. #Family room is adjacent to the #kitchen with cozy #fireplace. The #breathtaking master suite with sitting room and walk-in closets. Outstanding master bath with powder room, separate shower, his-and-hers vanities and oval tub.
If you love to #entertain this is the perfect home with the gorgeous backyard with a beautiful sparkling blue swimming pool, #BBQ #Island and outdoor fireplace.  This home has a large drive way and RV parking.
#Grapeland Elementary School, Etiwanda Intermediate School and #RanchoCucamongaHigh School are the designated schools of this area. The 15 Freeway, 10 Freeway and 210 Freeway are within minutes of this home.
The #VictoriaGardens is a beautiful shopping center pedestrian-oriented, open-air concept, mixed-used town center with stores such Macy’s, #JcPenney, #BassProShops, #Express, Banana Republic, #bebe, Brighton and much more. Great restaurants to dining in such BRIO Tuscan grill, California Pizza Kitchen, The #Cheesecake Factory, Crepes de Paris, #Lucille’s Smoke House, Bar-B-Que, #LunaMexicanGrill, Yard House and much more.
 For showings please contact Celina Vazquez @ 909-697-0823 or

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner!

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner! – In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
Here are the top five reasons:

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers 

Recent studies have shown that 94% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 16% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the homes they actually purchased?
  • 51% on the internet
  • 34% from a Real Estate Agent
  • 8% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers
The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With 

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale by Owner:
  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

4. FSBOing Has Become More And More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 8% over the last 20+ years. 
The 8% share represents the lowest recorded figure since NAR began collecting data in 1981.

5. You Net More Money When Using an Agent 

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.
Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $185,000, while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $245,000. This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $60,000 more for your home, as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, let’s get together and discuss the options available in your market today.
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Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?


Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?


Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home? – Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.
Zillow recently reported that:
“With Rents continuing to climb and interest rates staying low, many renters find themselves gazing over the homeownership fence and wondering if the grass really is greener. Leaving aside, for the moment, the difficulties of saving for a down payment, let’s focus on the monthly expenses of owning a home: it turns out that renters currently paying the median rent in many markets could afford to buy a higher-quality property than the typical (read: median-valued) home without increasing their monthly expenses.”

What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?

1. The latest Rent Vs. Buy Report from Trulia pointed out the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:
  • Mortgage payments can be fixed while rents go up.
  • Equity in your home can be a financial resource later.
  • You can build wealth without paying capital gain.
  • A mortgage can act as a forced savings account
  • Overall, homeowners can enjoy greater wealth growth than renters.
2. Studies have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 45x greater than that of a renter.
3. Just a few months ago, we explained that a family buying an average priced home at the beginning of 2017 could build more than $42,000 in family wealth over the next five years.
4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the rent payment –along with a profit margin!!

Bottom Line

Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.
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4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer

4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer

4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer – So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!
Freddie Mac covered “4 Tips for Making an Offer” in their latest Executive Perspective. Here are the 4 tips they covered along with some additional information for your consideration:

1. Understand How Much You Can Afford

“While it’s not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.”
This ‘tip’ or ‘step’ should really take place before you start your home search process.
As we’ve mentioned before, getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and will allow you to make your offer with the confidence of knowing that you have already been approved for a mortgage for that amount. You will also need to know if you are prepared to make any repairs that may need to be made to the house (ex: new roof, new furnace).

2. Act Fast

“Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.” 
According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of homes for sale is currently at a 3.7-month supply; this is well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. #Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes.
Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as soon as possible.

3. Make a Solid Offer

Freddie Mac offers this advice to help make your offer the strongest it can be:
“Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.”
Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways that you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market!

4. Be Prepared to Negotiate

“It’s likely that you’ll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared. The two things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you’ll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford.
Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”
If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home.” If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller, or cancel the contract.

Bottom Line 

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, having a local professional on your side who is an expert in their market is your best bet in making sure the process goes smoothly. Happy House Hunting!
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3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble

3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble


3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble – With housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to look back at the reasons that caused the bubble ten years ago.
Last decade, demand for housing was artificially propped up because mortgage lending standards were way too lenient. People that were not qualified to purchase were able to obtain a mortgage anyway. Prices began to skyrocket. This increase in demand caused homebuilders in many markets to overbuild.
Eventually, the excess in new construction and the flooding of the market with distressed properties (foreclosures & short sales), caused by the lack of appropriate lending standards, led to the housing crash.

Where we are today…

1. If we look at lending standards based on the Mortgage Credit Availability Index released monthly by the Mortgage Bankers Association, we can see that, though standards have become more reasonable over the last few years, they are nowhere near where they were in the early 2000s.
3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble | MyKCM
2. If we look at new construction, we can see that builders are not “over building.” Average annual housing starts in the first quarter of this year were not just below numbers recorded in 2002-2006, they are below starts going all the way back to 1980.
3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble | MyKCM
3. If we look at home prices, most homes haven’t even returned to prices seen a decade ago. Trulia just released a report that explained:
“When it comes to the value of individual homes, the U.S. housing market has yet to recover. In fact, just 34.2% of homes nationally have seen their value surpass their pre-recession peak.”

Bottom Line

Mortgage lending standards are appropriate, new construction is below what is necessary and home prices haven’t even recovered. It appears fears of a housing bubble are over-exaggerated.
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Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running


Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running

Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running – Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.
For the fourth year in a row, Real Estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! This year’s results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 26%. The full results are shown in the chart below.
Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running | MyKCM
The study makes it a point to draw attention to the contrast of the sentiment over the last four years compared to that of 2011-2012, when gold took the top slot with 34% of the votes. Real estate and stocks took second and third place, respectively, while still in recovery from the Great Recession.

Bottom Line

As the real estate market has recovered, so has the belief of the American people in the stability of housing as a long-term investment.
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