FALLBROOK – Rudy and Sandy Gallegos of RE/MAX United Fallbrook office have emphasized the importance of using local real estate professionals when buying or selling a home or other property in the Friendly Village.
“Local Realtors' understand the many intricacies in working the Fallbrook area,” said the Gallegos.’ “When purchasing or selling rural properties, there are many issues that need to be understood and addressed such as septic issues, property lines, private roads, easements and local county restrictions. Another common aspect of rural zoning includes the restriction of horses on one side of the street, but not on the other side. Fallbrook agents are educated in these very specific rural issues.”
The Gallegos said local agents are well versed in the additional disclosures needed due to the town’s proximity to Camp Pendleton and the Naval Weapons Station. These disclosures are vital as they serve to provide necessary information to both the buyer and seller.
“Will an Orange County or San Diego agent know about the military helicopters that fly overhead or the occasional booming from Camp Pendleton as the military practices their maneuvers?” the Gallegos’ ask.
The Gallegos’ explained that the local Realtor ' caravan takes place on Wednesday mornings, when local professionals view the most recent listings.
“This is invaluable because approximately 30 to 40 agents come to check out the new listings to see if the properties would be appropriate for their buyers,” they explained. “Prior to heading out for weekly caravan, an hour-long pitch session is held in which Realtors' stand up and talk about their listings or any special needs their buyers have.”
“Many deals have been made from attending these pitch sessions, as agents work to promote their clients’ specific needs, bringing buyers and sellers together,” (often before properties even hit the multiple listing service) they added.
“Most out-of-area agents are unaware of the caravan, or do not participate in it,” they said.
The Gallegos also said local real estate professionals have more expertise in helping seller’s price their properties.
“Determining the value of a Fallbrook home is much more difficult due to the many variables of diverse property characteristics. Using the “price per square foot” theory that works in neighborhoods like Temecula, does not work in Fallbrook. There are many variables such as custom versus tract homes, amount of land, usability of land, location, views, home upgrades, groves, etc., that influence the price of a home.”