Testimonials

Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
Will never quits and keeps looking for the best possible outcome. Thanks to Will’s integrity, tenacity, and compassion, we were able to sell a family home.Lisa L. Magnuson
Team Rahill was great, but the credit really goes to Mario Bulnes. He was our agent. We started this process in early March when we contacted Mario. We were referred to him by our loan broker. We coordinated a visit, and he had lined up 7+ properties for us to see that met our criteria. We made an offer the first day we toured properties, and on April 15 we closed escrow. Mario was knowledgeable, and we always felt he was looking for our …Wendy Patrick
Lisa Seifert was an excellent representative of your agency. She was always available, knowledgeable and got us all the answers to all of our questions. She has a great positive attitude, and is very friendly. I chose Rahill Real Estate because of your affiliation with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, and I’m glad I did. Not having any experience with working with a realtor before, I was a little apprehensive. The experience was perfect.Susan Pearson
Excellent Agent! Will did a great job for me!Fred Liebel
My husband and I couldn’t be happier about the service we received from Will Rahill and his team.  His knowledge of the market and unique strategies for listing our higher-end home were unimpeachable. The process was efficient and resolved much more quickly than we’d ever imagined possible. He was also extremely responsive, encouraging, and persistent in getting us through it all without undo stress. We wouldn’t hesitate to use him again or recommend him to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to let us share …Lorraine Wolfe, Ph.D.
I was tasked with finding a realtor in Big Bear Lake 2 days before Thanksgiving. We were located 500 miles north of Big Bear in the SF Bay Area. After reading the positive reviews about Rahill Realty, I took a chance and gave them a call. We were lucky to have Brad King answer the phone (even though a lot of people were not working that week – Brad was!) I explained we were planning to purchase a company cabin in the Big Bear …Lori Brown
Will consummately blends his extensive market knowledge and attention to detail with keeping things simple and in a lay-person’s terms. His skill, confidence and familiarity with all aspects of the process ensured that my home purchase as convenient and effortless as possible. I will no doubt use his expertise again and I unequivocally recommend others do the same.Tom Peirce
I’ve recently utilized Lisa Seifert’s talents to close on two properties within the past year. She is the most competent and reliable real estate professional that I’ve come across. Going forward, regardless of who is listing the property, I will always call Lisa first. I hope you realize what a gem you have within your company. Cherish her because good people are hard to find these days.James Black
Rick was great! House was priced right, sold quickly, smooth transaction and short escrow. Thanks you!Sudie Smartt
Brian Atkins was the realtor I used for buying my Big Bear Lake Cabin. He was AMAZING! I actually researched Big Bear Realtors and chose him. Brian met all of my expectations. He had so much knowledge of the area. Brian was very good at returning all of my emails and texts. He was so friendly and made me a priority when I was available to look at cabins. I would recommend Brian to any one. Thank you, Brian! Aubrey KingAubrey King
What a grand experience I had working with Rick & Nicki. You have a very professional, efficient crew at your office. I felt as if I was kept informed on my listing, progress of sale, and the negotiation process. Rick guided me through it all with clarity and patience. I appreciated the constant communication that I had from/with Rick & Nicki, along with the MLS emails. I look forward to spreading the word about the exceptional service that I received from the Rahill Real …Karin Powell
Lisa, you have been such a breath of fresh air in this process. When we began working with you, you really helped put our minds at ease. Thank you for your guidance and support it has made all the difference.Javier & Cassandra
Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
It is always great working with Will. He is very trustworthy as well as kind. I would highly recommend Will to anyone interested in real estate. He genuinely enjoys helping people.Sara Gordon
Will was a real treat to work with…professional, experienced and he sold our home the first weekend it was on the market. We had a difficult buyer and if it wasn’t for Will “talking me off the ledge” a number of times, I’m sure I would have blown the sale. He’s calm and cool under pressure and made selling our home easy. Thanks Will.Christie Walker
Lisa is a great agent who worked very hard to keep us informed of every step of the house sale. Her knowledge of the industry and her honesty are well appreciated by us all in a very stressful time. She made it a lot easier. She always kept us informed almost on a daily basis.  David & Judy Behrens
Thank you very much! We had a wonderful experience of buying land with Tarl Wood. He provided excellent services and he was always prompt, helpful and informative. I would not hesitate to recommend Tarl’s services to anyone we know. We also loved the easiness & convenience of signing all documents online.Glenn & Vera Savage
Tarl did an excellent job. He was professional, honest, on time & worked extra hard even though it was a small commission. Thanks Tarl and Rahill Real Estate Team.Kevin McKee
Loved working with “real” real estate professionals. You & your team provided us with on time performance with regards to paperwork requirements & deadlines.  Your Docusign made everything easy, hassle free and on time.  Thank you for making this real estate experience painless & successful.Roland B Scott
Lisa is the most amazing person I ever met. It is a good thing we have no plans to move again, because I can’t imagine going through another transaction without her. Every person I spoke with while going through the rigors of selling a home have only had the highest praise for her. She was on time for every meeting, she was available every time I needed her, she worked well with all the people involved in this sale including the contractor, buyers, other …Donna Cooper
Dear Mr. Rahill, I wish to commend you for having Jonathan Vasquez on your “Team”.  He was impressive right from the start and he never let up the pace.  He totally guided me through the process of listing our family cabin and he (and your office) marketed it skillfully so that we ended up selling it for the full listed price. But mostly I want to commend him for his kindness and patience and the respect with which he treated this old (and very …Joyce Kucera
I’ve known Will for 25 years, and there is nobody I would trust or recommend more highly.Mark Spurlock
Lori & I are very pleased with your service. Team Rahill is very lucky to have Tarl as your agent. Tarl is very special in all his skills and is an asset to your firm. I have sold life insurance for 30 years and know a gem when I meet them. Thanks for all your services!Frank & Lori Garcia
Will has the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. He is intelligent, honest and capable, and he has my strongest personal recommendation.Kenneth M. Klein
When I was looking for a Realtor, I looked on the computer and there were many people to choose from. I chose Brian Atkins because he had many reviews and they were all positive. Now I know why. Brian is not only a Great Realtor, he is a very sincere person. He is very professional, down to earth, easy going and he makes you very comfortable while looking at many houses. Brian was always available to us by phone or texts. He always promptly …Vicki Wheeler Whitley-Earnest
Our experience with Team Rahill was very positive at all times. We worked with Tarl Wood over several months. Tarl provided advice & important knowledge of the area which helped us make decisions. As a result, we made a purchase we are very happy with.Max & Julie Perdue
Both my wife & I were very happy with all the work Lisa Seifert did to find our Big Bear property. Lisa worked hard for 6 months to find the property where we can build a cabin in Big Bear. She stayed in touch and kept us aware along the way. We are both very pleased.   Thank you!    Dave & Jeanne Jensen
I’ve known Will for 18 years from snow skiing, investing in stocks, and buying and selling homes! You’ve got a great guy working for you!Bryan Dilbeck
Superior local knowledge and a true dedication to both his personal and professional lives are what set Will apart from the masses. Will’s integrity in his craft is unsurpassed. You could not choose a finer practitioner.Kevin Dougherty
You are the best! Thanks so much for making it as effortless as possible during the process of buying. We’re grateful for your attention, warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm. We think of you as a friend in Big Bear and hope to see you soon. And thanks for offering to answer any further questions regarding improvements and maintenance. Chal Pivik
I decided to sell my house in Big Bear, so I contacted a few realtors.  After looking at Will’s marketing plan to sell my house and his realistic evaluation of the market value of my house, I decided to list my house with Will’s team.  Other realtors gave me decent evaluations, but no one had such a strong marketing plan as Will’s team.   Within a week after it hit the multiples, I received a strong offer.  After brief counter offers the property was put into escrow.  …James Evans
This truly was a 5-star experience that we had with Jonathan Vasquez and his team. We were selling our cabin in Big Bear and Jonathan could not have done a finer job. He knows the area so well and advised us on how to get the cabin ready to sell, as well as the yard….little things that we probably would have overlooked to guiding us through the selling, after an offer we liked came in. We could not be happier. Thanks Jonathan for all …Victoria Collins Bufler
Lisa & Rick were absolutely fabulous!! We were referred to them by a friend from down the hill, called and scheduled to meet, and the same day found a house we loved. The best part is that we came up with a long list of homes we wanted to see, but Rick & Lisa also brought us to a few houses not on our list and came up with a home that we instantly fell in love with. Lisa was available at all hours, …Todd & Yorley Blacher
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Tarl Wood.  He was engaging, quick to respond and professional. We were regularly updated as to time frames, condo repairs & paperwork. Thank you, Tarl.Don & Elizabeth Harris
Thank you for all of your hard work in making this happen! My house was the last of about 5 properties to go on the market on our street and I think the first to sell.   Donna Gurule
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rahill Team, especially Rick & Lisa Seifert. At first the sale of our cabin seemed like a daunting task. Rick & his wife dug in and helped us prioritize what needed to be done.  They were constructive….never pushy. We were amazed at the difference de-cluttering made.  Rick patiently helped us through each step of the process.  The last time we entered an escrow was in 1992. The computer made it easier in so many ways …Dan & Delayne Stotts
Will is talented, hard working and professional. I highly recommend him!Mary Scott
We have used Will on several properties and have found him & his staff to be very knowledgeable & courteous to me and our staff. Closings go smoothly which we like very much and Will & Nicki follow up with escrow to make sure there are no loose ends. We are happy, satisfied clients!Portia Frost
Very happy we chose Will Rahill to sell our property. He gave us great advise, very communicative, down to earth person. If you are looking for a Realtor who is smart, well connected and will market your property the right way…hire Will.Patrick Beneventi
Lisa, John & I have bought and sold over ten properties with eight different real estate people. You by far exceed them all in every way. You simply are the best and a wonderful person.  John & Karen Schofield
Our experience with your office was great from the moment we walked in and fortunate enough to connect with Tarl Wood. Tarl listened to our concerns, needs and budget and went over and above our expectations to find us the cabin we wanted. Tarl understood that we lived far from Big Bear so when we made the drive up he maximized our time & showed us every available property. Tarl also kept in close contact through email & phone conversations to let us know of “new” …Perry & Colette Gustafson
Will, we had heard your real estate team was great, but now I can say firsthand I know why your company is considered the top real estate group in Big Bear.  I am someone who owns a service business, and did specialized studies in service delivery in graduate school. I really value great service. I am serious when I say that Tarl Wood is the best service provider I have worked with this year (and possibly ever, but I’d have to go way back …Colin & Cathy Walker
Best down to earth and honest real estate agent I know.Kim Nunes Bailey
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
This letter is intended to give thanks for an excellent job done by Jonathan Vasquez, part of Team Rahill, Keller Williams Realty. I first met Jonathan on May twentieth after seeing various properties to get an idea of what I was looking for. He managed to locate the house next door to my brother’s cabin which was exactly what I was looking for. We put a bid on the house which was immediately accepted. The process went very smoothly thanks to Jonathan and his …Oscar Menendez
Tarl Wood was our agent that helped us with the purchase of our house. He did a fantastic job. He went above & beyond in helping us with the process of buying a home in Big Bear. It was a pleasure working with him every step of the purchase. Top notch!!!  Ken & Cindy Epema
Will was great to work with. He showed me several homes that were within the parameters of my price point, and only homes with the size and amenities I was looking for. The foreclosure purchase I made went very smoothly, and Will kept me updated throughout the process. Will is extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the Big Bear area, and is very involved in the community. I highly recommend Will for your real estate needs.Manuel Gutierrez
Over the years I have purchased & sold many properties including commercial & rentals. During this time I have been involved with numerous realtors and Tarl is one of the best. After I purchased this home, Tarl did not disappear (as most agents do) but continued to be very responsive to my needs & is still helping me get settled. I have no doubt Tarl will be even more successful going forward as I will go out of my way to recommend him to …Pete Buenzli
I was very pleased with the service I had from Will Rahill. I found him to be very professional yet very nice to deal with & very informative. I have bought & sold many homes over the past years and can honestly say that working with Will & Nicki was the easiest & most pleasant.Jane Alexander
I live in San Diego and wanted to find a local realtor in the Big Bear area who could help us find a property that would be great for personal use – but most importantly for vacation rental purposes. I actually came to Yelp and contacted Rahill through Yelp messages and Brad King reached out to me in minutes. Brad was great from the beginning – he had great knowledge of the area and most importantly knew what we needed to find to make …Alyssa R.
If you’re looking for a professional, intelligent and personable Realtor who knows Big Bear, Will Rahill is the guy for you.Megan Blaney
Mr. Rahill, thank you for the informational disc and your interest in my experience. In short, “the best experience of my life”. Jonathan is an asset to your business and a delight to work with. The time flew by and I’m very happy with my purchase. I look forward to meeting you on the mountain soon.Rick Negrette
I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make this whole process go smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without you Lisa.Cheryl Soave
I would like to recognize Tarl for providing the best experience possible as our agent. Tarl met all my expectations as a professional and my expectations are high!  Thank you!Maritza Makemson
We could not be any more pleased with the job that Tarl has done on our behalf. Throughout the whole process he has been available and sensitive to our questions & worries. I would like to thank all of you at the Rahill Real Estate Group for helping us make our dream come true. Especially you, Tarl!Bob & Terri Miller
Will is honest, trustworthy, and an all-around great person! He is very intelligent and a hard worker (and a lot of fun too!). I trust him with my real estate needs!Chris Nagel
I was very happy with my agent, Tarl Wood. He was very responsive, professional, and dependable. He took more than sufficient time to keep us up to speed & meet our needs. His service was top rate, exceptional!Ryan Miller
Thank you for the great service you and your team provided.Karim
We appreciated all of Rick’s efforts & professionalism. It made the sales transaction easy & straight forward.Rich Roche
Brad was an incredible resource for us. We had originally been referred to a different realtor who was slow and very disinterested, so we put our a request for a local realtor and Brad immediately responded to us and gave us the local lay down and was very willing and enthusiastic to answer questions, promptly. Also, Brad was extremely willing to help us with vendors and other procedures outside of the closing process. We couldn’t have been happier to have such a knowledgeable, professional, …Josh Golden
I’m writing this letter to let you know how pleased we were about Tarl’s caring attitude. Tarl exceeded our expectations. He took time to find out our needs & knew which homes we’d like to see. He gave us his personal knowledge of the area including restaurants, activities & winterization. We feel Tarl is a great person and cares for people’s needs. Thank you!Juan & Irma Orozco
Will was good, very good.  I felt I knew who I was dealing with, which you don’t get with most real estate agents.  He was great!Keegan McGrath
We had been looking for a property for about 3 years and in our search, we met Tarl Wood. He was very accommodating. He showed us properties when we came to town and also sent us some to view online. He would always make himself available and gave us some insight on rentals and regulations. The process was very smooth with no problems or issues. We would definitely recommend to future buyers.Mike & Cathy Butkus
Will knows Big Bear. He is a man of integrity and understands what you are looking for. If you are reading this recommendation then you are looking for someone to trust. Trust Will.Julie L Appel
Lisa Seifert was such a blast to work with. She patiently showed us cabin after cabin until we found our dream getaway. All along the way we learned so much about Big Bear & all the special places to go & have fun with our family & friends. She helped us through each step & was always there to answer any questions quickly. We feel blessed to have our family getaway so enjoyed what would have otherwise been a stressful process, thanks to Lisa …Sean & Elizabeth Stephens
Will, great Job!  I got the dream property I wanted. Aneta Black
This was our first home purchase since we retired 2 years ago. During my 35 year career, we were moved 7 times domestically and 6 times internationally. The property purchase in your area was, by far, the easiest one we have experienced. We were guided through the process by our agent, Lisa Seifert. Lisa was patient with our ever changing goals, as we viewed dozens of properties and learned more about the area. She provided concise guidance, communicated with us on a daily basis, …Mike & Roseanne Mollere
Seldom does one receive customer service as satisfying as was provided by our agent, Tarl Wood. He was professional & personable and made a process that might otherwise have been stressful, progress smoothly & efficiently. His warm and friendly personality made him a pleasure to work with and I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a competent agent. Thank you Lisa Seifert for referring us to one of your best.Sandy Smith
Best experience I’ve ever had! From day 1 through escrow closing & beyond, Rick of Rahill Real Estate was there for “me”……….Sheila Pitts
Will is an amazing Real Estate agent with a wonderful team that is always on top of what is going on in Big Bear. He is an honest and trustworthy person who will help you with your real estate deals and questions.Nicole Lathrop
Lisa was professional and yet friendly and caring. She was not just interested in making a sale, but she made sure that I would be happy & comfortable in whatever home I chose. Lisa always used the utmost integrity. She will be my first choice for a Realtor in the future.    Adrienne Schubert
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
I’ve known Will for well over 20 years and has my highest recommendation as a professional who pays attention to detail while looking out for the best interests of his clients.Sean E Stall
We wish to thank you for our agent Lisa Seifert.  She is truly a patient and sincere person & so down to earth!  Our experience with Rahill Real Estate Group has been quick & smooth even with a Cal Vet loan!  Dell & Laura Warfield
Will Rahill’s team have proven to be professional & efficient. I am thankful to Will for his accurate suggestions to upgrade the property and to Rick Seifert for his caring & availability. The combination made the sale immediate & smooth. Excellent team! Highly recommendable!!!!Fariba Rofougaran
When my wife & I started getting interested in purchasing a vacation home in Big Bear, we really didn’t know for sure what we wanted & weren’t entirely sure with the area, so I started searching the web to find a real estate agent to help answer our questions. The first real estate agency I emailed replied a couple days later and then I didn’t hear back from them for over a week. Therefore, I decided to try a different agency. However, I never …Brad Gilpin
Lisa & Rahill exceeded our expectations.  I feel Lisa is just as interested in making friendships as she is in selling real estate. She showed us 19 properties in one afternoon. That must be some kind of record. Talk about organized & multi-tasking all at once. Very impressive. I wish she worked for me at my firm.Mark & Diane Frank
We had a very nice experience dealing with Rahill Real Estate. In particular, our agent, Lisa Seifert!! She was patient, informative, and made herself very available to any and all questions and requests we had for her. Her knowledge of the area and understanding of what we were looking for in a family cabin helped the process be as efficient and easy as possible. We feel very fortunate she answered the phone when I called inquiring about the property that caught our eye.  Thank …Ron & Carol DePompa
My wife and I bought a house in Big Bear Lake from Will Rahill in 2008. We love our home here.  Will, made the experience wonderful.  He is very knowledgeable and he knows how to do his job in a quick and efficient manner.   Will also gave us a lot of pointers on the town and people here and he gave my son his first set of skis and boots. We would highly recommend him.Paul & Andrea Columbis
Tarl Wood was a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. We are out of state buyers and he made us feel as though we were next door during the entire transaction. His follow up was great and he over delivered on everything we needed. Thank you Tarl for a great buying experience as it rare to experience such a seamless transaction, you are an asset to your team and I look forward to seeing you when we are up there!   …Robert Dubel
Lisa, my son Joe was spot on when he recommended the Rahill Real Estate Group. It was comforting to have a person who could understand the emotional problems in having to give up my dads cabin. Thank you for being so sweet.Lois Lillibridge
I would like to say how great my agent Lisa Seifert at the Rahill Real Estate was in helping me find my new home in Big Bear Lake. She has to be the best agent that I have ever had in all the years that I been buying homes. She took the time to show me all the homes that were in the Big Bear Lake area and never gave up the hunt to find me my home.  She is a supper person and …Jim Bullard
Lisa did a fantastic job as our agent. Her approach was always positive and helpful, yet not pushy and was always respectful to us as home buyers understanding our desire to find the perfect Big Bear home. Once we entered into a contract with the seller, Lisa was extremely knowledgeable and willing to respond to our questions or concerns day or night, in a very timely manner! It is obvious Lisa Seifert is a very hard-working and caring individual. We feel fortunate to have …Andrea
Will was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, & helpful throughout the entire home-buying process.Bill LaGrosso
Lisa was really fantastic from the initial contact, through closing and beyond. Friendly, professional, and clearly an expertTzvi Haber
Tarl Wood was awesome and I had a great experience with The Rahill Real Estate Group and the progress. Thank you!Rick Pathi
Will has the professional integrity that it takes to ensure complete customer satisfaction. He has my stamp of approval.David Owings
Will is a very helpful and knowledgeable realtor!Jessica Stack Yeoman
As both a homeowner and a real estate investor in California and out of the U.S.A. over the past forty years,  I’ve worked with many realtors.  I truly think you are one of the best. You helped our family sell our wonderful but quite dated Big Bear vacation rental home by tactfully suggesting reasonable improvement ideas and recommending trustworthy contractors, and by realistically pricing it and steadfastly showing it during a very bad sellers’ market.  Furthermore, you exuded confidence that you would sell it, and …Shirley Kedes
Having worked side by side with Will when I lived in Big Bear, he’s my go-to agent for every referral I have. I trust sending my LA based clients to him, because I know they’ll get the same great service from Will that they do when they work with my own team locally.Deanna Wallo-Whipp
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
Very attentive, Will will help you find what you’re looking for.Karen Scholl
Mario Bulnes with Rahill was amazing. He went above and beyond to make the process of selling our family’s home smooth and kept us informed at every single step. He and his team make sure that their clients are making the best decisions and never push for anything. Thank you so much, Mario and Rahill team for your hard work with our sale. I recommend Mario and the team on the highest level. Tiffany SmithTiffany Smith
My wife and I listed and sold our home in Big Bear Lake with Tarl Wood of The Rahill Team. We cannot say enough about the excellent level of professionalism that was present during each aspect of our relationship with this group! Starting with Tarl Wood who was absolutely the most helpful, knowledgeable, hard working, and positive Realtor we have ever worked with! We received weekly updates on our listing and really appreciated the assistance we got from the Rahill Team. We highly recommend …Ed Lineberry
I have known Will for over 20 years. You will not find a real estate professional with more integrity, honesty and knowledge of the Big Bear area than Will. He is the first person I call when I need investment advice and/or have questions about real estate.Paul Skip Sjoberg
Relying on an agent to represent you in a real estate transaction is all about trust. The profession sometimes draws “salespeople” that are more interested in their wallets than your needs. There isn’t anyone I would trust more than Will to be my advocate buying real estate, both from a technical perspective in understanding the angles of the “deal” and more importantly, knowing that integrity and helping people are more important to Will than what’s in his wallet.Wade Griffis
Tarl did an amazing job finding the right house & connecting me with others that made the process quick & easy. I closed in less than 21 days & was very happy. I can’t say enough about Tarl’s service & I would recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Big Bear. I thank Tarl again for everything.Cyndi Dart
How lucky we were to have been introduced to Brad King at Keller Williams.  It was our daughter and son-in-law that was originally looking for some property.  The more we looked at properties with Brad, the more we grew to like him and trust him. As it ended up, we were shown 10-12 properties for us, but in the end we decided to purchase a lot and build what we were looking for.  Our daughter and son-in-law are still working with Brad to find …Norbert & Judy Goulart
Rick was great from the start. He was not pushy and answered all our questions. If there was something he didn’t know he would be honest about it and got back to us with an answer. He was very easy going and always on time. Since we live in Anaheim, he made all arrangements to accommodate us. He also referred us to a great lender and kept us in the loop at all times. This was the best home buying experience we’ve ever had. …Hyong & Hilda Perkins

Common Distractions That Can Keep Your House from Selling!

Cabin for sale in Big Bear Lake, CA

Are you about to put your home on the Big Bear real estate market? If you are, this list will help you to sell your house! Emotions play a huge part in the Big Bear home buying process. A sale relies on how the buyer and seller both feel.

For sellers, they want to make sure that the buyers will feel comfortable and happy when they are in their home. A knowledgeable Big Bear real estate agent can help you go through this list of distractions to see if any of them are an issue for your property.

To do that, a couple of negative distractions need to be avoided. When a Big Bear home buyer is visiting a property that they may want to buy, the feeling they receive from the house can influence their decisions. A little thing could be the reason why they don’t buy your home!

List of Distractions
Smell:

The scent of your home is one of the first things that people will notice. Make sure that they remember a relaxing and fresh scent that will motivate them to love the house even more! The tricky part is to know if there is an odor that you’re accustomed to and may have forgotten about.

Pets are one of the top causes for unpleasant smells in a house. We can get so used to how our dogs or cats smell that we don’t notice it until someone else walks inside.

Have a friend or family member walk through your house to see if there is a smell that you didn’t catch. If there is a smell, you could steam clean the carpets! That is a great way to work out pet odor. Open up your windows to let in fresh air to help air out your house or consider painting a room that your pets were in most of the time.

Use essential oils to help your Big Bear home smell wonderfulExperienced Realtors know the trick to creating a pleasant atmosphere by adding a certain scent. Candles are wonderful, but then you have to be extra cautious that they don’t start a fire. The easiest way to introduce a nice aroma is by using essential oils (a diffuser makes this an easy route) or by baking a batch of cookies before the viewers stop by.

Clutter:

Clutter is a huge distraction! Don’t let buyers be more interested in the items in your house rather than in the house itself. Having a clean and organized home helps buyers to feel more comfortable; it gives them the peace of mind on how the house was taken care of before. When there are objects scattered around the room, it takes them out of the buying mindset and into a negative one, making them want to leave and not purchase.

Don’t stop there! Deep clean the house before you put it on the market. Sellers want the buyers to feel relaxed and at ease while visiting; if you have ever been in a dirty house, you know what a challenge that is. Either hire a cleaning company to make the house sparkle or break out those cleaning products yourself. Your Big Bear Realtor can refer a cleaning service that they trust to do the job properly!

Personal Belongings:

Buyers want to be able to see themselves as the owners when they view the house. An empty wall might not look appealing to you, but as a buyer, they can envision their family portrait, a shelf that holds their personal mementos, or the perfect place to track how fast their children grow. When sellers distract potential buyers with their personal belongings placed around the house, they take the buyer out of the mindset that that house could be theirs.

Subconsciously, buyers are not as likely to take the house into account as a possible purchase if they see family photos of the current owners. They won’t associate the house as their own but as someone else’s. Photos can make it hard for them to see it as their home. Our emotions fuel our choices more than you may think! When a buyer can see their children growing up, taking their first steps in the living room, or enjoying a family vacation, then they are more motivated to buy.

Many buyers are searching for a house to put on the rental market. Personal belongings can negatively affect those buyers as well. Generally, a vacation renter in Big Bear searches for a home that embraces the cabin experience; where they wake up and can practically smell the clean mountain air. With that in mind, a buyer views the home and tries to see how they could decorate it to fit that image but can become easily distracted with your belongings to be able to do so.

Darkness / Lack of Natural Light:

Sun shining through the window of a Big Bear home for saleBig Bear Lake is a very open and beautiful town, perfect to let the sunshine in to improve your mood. Natural light helps brighten up a person’s attitude!

According to U.S. News, “Experts now believe that sunlight has widespread mood-elevating effects, possibly because the “happy” hormone serotonin increases when nights are short and days are long. In fact, psychiatrists often recommend that depressed individuals go outside in the sun for 30 minutes a day.”

Open the blinds and let that light shine in. The happier the buyers are, the more likely they are to buy. It’s a tip that doesn’t cost anything for the seller but does go a long way.

Animals:

Our pets can be like our children, but they can also be the reason why a buyer doesn’t purchase a house. We can get used to our pets and not notice when the house has been affected by them. Before putting your house on the market, it’s important that a seller moves out of the house, especially if they have a pet. A dog can bark and cause the buyers to feel uncomfortable while looking around because they don’t know the animal.

Unfamiliar pets can put buyers on edge. If an owner still lives in the house with their animals, it can remind the buyer that there could be some possible damage. It’s easy for a dog to rip up carpeting, chew up furniture, or accidentally wet the carpet. Don’t let their thoughts focus on the negative aspects of having an animal. Rather than try to have them concentrate on the positive, take that aspect out altogether. Don’t let them see anything that is related to an animal or pet.

The backyard can be your animal’s haven. Yet, before a seller invites any buyers over, double check the condition of the backyard. Did your dog dig up multiple holes, tear out a part of the fence, or leave toys littered on the ground? Clean and fix any issues before anyone else sees them. A tiny tear in the fence may leave the buyers worried about what else will be ruined or need fixing.

Tenants/Occupants:

A bad idea for a Big Bear homeowner is to put their home on the market while trying to still live in the property. Stay clear of this situation because it brings too much chaos into the equation of selling your house. For homes that are unoccupied, Realtors are able to preview and show the house at any time.

This is a huge advantage because it gives buyers more time to see the home. Real estate agents can access the lockbox with the key located inside. When there is a tenant inside, Realtors have to schedule appointments to show their house, making it impossible for last minute showings to happen.

There is also the negative part of all your personal belongings being around the house. It’s a pain for the owner to have to box everything up and move it out of the way before buyers come. An owner could be doing that multiple times a day. Also, buyers don’t like the idea that someone else is in the house and is listening to their conversations. They’re not as comfortable as they could be without anyone there but them and their Realtor.

Buyers want to be able to speak to their spouse, family member, or friend about their likes and dislikes without thinking they will upset the owner. Save yourself the time and hassle by moving out of your house before putting it on the market.

Street Appeal / Exterior Appeal:

Gorgeous wooden home for sale in Big Bear LakeIt’s all about the curb appeal! Before putting your house on the market, think about how you would feel walking up to your house as a home buyer.

Is there something that needs to be fixed or cleaned up? It’s better to fix the curb appeal before you have buyers coming to your house. An experience local Big Bear Realtor would be able to help you by suggesting what he or she believes would benefit you by fixing.

Photographs, video tours, and in person viewings regularly include the view of the front of the house. A buyer is less likely to purchase your property if they don’t find the exterior’s appearance to be appealing. They might walk into your home with a negative mindset of the house before they enter or if they even enter at all. There is a chance that a buyer won’t go inside if they don’t like what they see on the outside.

Temperature:

Big Bear either has lovely summer or spring weather or the chilly air of winter. A crucial part of having a buyer be interested in your property is to meet all of their needs, including the temperature. Typically, being too hot or cold causes a person to focus entirely on how uncomfortable they are. Being distracted takes the buyer out of the mindset of buying a home. A buyer can’t see their family playing chess on the dining room table while searching for the heater.

Keep the temperature at a comfortable level to stop potential homeowners from disliking your house. A good cozy atmosphere will make them want to come back. When they leave the house, you want them to wonder the next time they will see “their” home. Being happy and comfortable is the key to doing that!

Keys and Locks working Properly:
Convenience is a major motivator for buyers. When they come to see a property, they want to go inside and leave without any problems. There have been times where the keys and locks wouldn’t work properly. Some locks and doors are hard to open; where the Realtor has to put pressure in a certain way while pushing the door to open. If the buyer sees this, they could start off the showing with a negative mindset.

The inconvenience is a small issue, but the repercussions might be the reason why your house doesn’t sell! This is especially true during the winter because of the cold. Buyers don’t want to stand outside in the snow, waiting for the door to open. The experience becomes negative; thus, your house has an unfavorable feeling attached to it.

Political or Religious Statements:

Politics and religion are not only two topics you avoid around your family but also around buyers. Each person may have another opinion and belief when it comes to these two topics. It’s easy to offend another person without even meaning to by the way your house is decorated. Make sure to take down any religious or political statements you may have in your home.

Remove all political belongings before selling your Big Bear HomeFor example, if you supported Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and a person with an opposite viewpoint came to view your home, they might be put off from buying. Owners could have a sign up in their front yard, showing whom they voted for. When a buyer sees the sign, they might associate the negative feelings they have for that politician onto the house because they know the seller supports them.

When people feel passionate about a subject, topic, or belief, it’s important that sellers take those feelings into account. Don’t miss out on selling your house in Big Bear because you didn’t take down a sign outside. Trinkets of religious statements can also be a problem for individual buyers. Religion is a topic that not everyone sees eye to eye on. Take down any religious decorations to not alienate anyone from another belief.

Before you put a property on the Big Bear real estate market, check off this list of distractions to stop them from negatively affecting the sale of your Big Bear home. Each subject listed can be easy to miss, but now that you know what to watch out for, they shouldn’t be a problem for you! Ask your local experienced Big Bear Realtor for advice on other aspects of selling your house that may be a hindrance in the process.

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