Why Selling on Your Own Won’t Save Any Money

Thinking about selling on your own? You won’t save any money. Here’s why:

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Travel Tuesday- Santa Barbara

In this week’s Travel Tuesday, we’re exploring Santa Barbara! Just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a beautiful beach resort town with rich history. Whether you seek high end dining and the resort lifestyle or a casual laid back experience, there’s something for you to do and see on our list of the Top 10 Attractions:
  1. State Street- Boutiques, Bars, & Nightlife
  2. Santa Barbara Mission- Marvel in this 18th century architectural gem
  3. Beaches- Swimming, Sunning, or simply taking in the views.
  4. Funk Zone- Hip & trendy warehouse district with beer & wine tasting
  5. The Lark-Family style, 5 star American dining & McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream on State St
  6. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – 78 acres of stunning native Californian plants
  7. Summerland’s Lookout Park- Have a picnic and take in the amazing views
  8. Urban Wine Trail- If you like Bordeaux, check out Grassini Family Vineyards
  9. Ganna Walska Lotusland- Check out the rare and exotic plants
  10. Sterns Wharf- Have some clam chowder at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company
Don’t forget to share your trip on Instagram and tag @MelissaMenardHomes!



Keeping up with the Joneses

Want to Keep up with the Joneses? Now’s your chance!  Market conditions around the country have presented an opportunity like no other for those who are looking to make the jump to a premium or luxury home. Check out the details here:

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Market Monday – New Buyers Hitting the Market

It is now predicted that a burst of buyers will be entering the market very soon. What does this means for home sales? Find out now:

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The Art of…Matchmaking

In this month’s “The Art of…” series, we highlight The Art of…Matchmaking, through my Relocation Services and Proprietary Referral Network.In this month’s “The Art of…” series, we highlight The Art of…Matchmaking, through my Relocation Services and Proprietary Referral Network.


Throughout my career, I have worked consistently to cultivate and hone my skills as a real estate professional, with special emphasis as a Relocation Specialist, bourn from my own relocation to Los Angeles from Detroit, in 1999.
So, what does Relocation Specialist do?  Several things:

  1. I’ve created a proprietary system for working with absentee owners to sell their properties here in Los Angeles. Life situations often involve the sale of a property after a homeowner has moved away or, an inherited property in a town or state they’ve never been to.
  2. I’ve also created a formula for out-of-area buyers looking to relocate and find a place to call home here in L.A. (often sight unseen, thanks to modern technology).

Regardless of your real estate buying or selling needs here in Los Angeles, and no matter where in the world you are, I have the tools in place to offer you exceptional service and a positive experience when you work with me, my team and my worldwide team counterparts.

In the last year, 32% of the homes I’ve sold were with very happy absentee sellers. You need an agent with the local expertise and the right team to list and sell your home when you’re not local. Through clear and constant communication, my clients always feel assured throughout the selling process.

More than 37% of my buyer clients over the last year have relocated into the Los Angeles area from other parts of the world. The home-buying process can be challenging and stressful and this can be compounded when the process involves relocation. My team and I create a Custom Buyers Consultation Package for every relocation client to help introduce the many wonderful components and neighborhoods that make up our great city of Los Angeles.


At absolutely no cost, I provide my clients with a proprietary Relocation Service. No matter where in the world you are, if you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, I have the perfect local expert for you. I will introduce you to my team counterpart, the right local real estate expert in your neighborhood. Whether you’re moving across the street, across town or across the country, I’ve got you covered from door to door, in every town in every state, all around the world!

I am in the business of matchmaking – I match clients with homes, whether I represent Buyers or Sellers. Since it is physically impossible for me to represent clients everywhere, I rely on my one-of-a-kind Preferred Agent Network to match you with the best local expert to help you buy and sell real estate. I act as the liaison and communicate all important information about you, your wants and needs and your expectations to my Preferred Agent in your community, and I am always available throughout the process and after the closing, should you have questions or concerns.

Whether you’re looking to relocate into or out of Los Angeles, or if you’d like to take advantage of my complimentary Preferred Agent Network everywhere around the world, I welcome the opportunity to help you and your family. Allow me to guide you to the best local experts that will provide you with exceptional service and a seamless process culminating in the best experience, no matter where in the world you are.


Who You Work With Matters

Raise your hand if you want to sell your home for the most money, effectively and efficiently! (If you didn’t raise your hand, you might not be a “Right Now” Seller)
Check out this article to understand why “who you work with matters.”
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To stage or not to stage?

To Stage or Not To Stage…curious why some people choose to stage their home before putting it on the market?

Check out this infographic to see the benefits to staging your home for sale.

58% of Homeowners See a Drop in Home Values Coming

Some Homeowners believe a Market Correction is coming…what does this mean for you?


Travel Tuesday – San Diego

In this week’s Travel Tuesday, we are going to explore San Diego! Just a 2+ hour ride from Los Angeles, there are so many interesting areas of SD to explore. Take a look at our list below for Jessica’s pick of the top 10 must-see attractions:

  1. Gaslamp District – Night Life
  2. Little Italy – Dinner & Wine
  3. Coronado Island – Day Trip or Ferry Tours
  4. San Diego Zoo & San Diego Safari Park
  5. La Jolla Cove – Beaches, Swimming, Kayaking, & even snorkeling
  6. Petco Park – Baseball Game, Concerts
  7. Seafood – Top of the Market $$, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood $$$, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood $
  8. Balboa Park – Spend the day exploring gardens & Climb California Tower
  9. Bali Hai Restaurant – Have a famous Mai Tai!
  10. Torrey Pines State Park or Torrey Pines Golf Course

Don’t forget to share your trip pics & videos on Instagram and tag @MelissaMenardHomes!

And what happens if you fall in love with San Diego and want to stay? Just let us know! We can hook you up with our Team Counterparts who can work with you to find a beautiful home in every part of San Diego.


Sellers: Your Home is an Oasis in an Inventory Desert

First-time homebuyers are flocking to the real estate market by the thousands to find their dream homes! Curious to learn the good news for current homeowners?