Posted by: The Fry Team | March 22, 2017

Wouldn’t You Adore a She Shed?

I am continually amazed that some of my girlfriends have not yet heard of She Sheds. I LOVE these adorable personalized wee buildings, and how easily they can be incorporated into most yards. A moment to ourselves is all we are really yearning for!

Here’s a way to get away from it all – right in your own backyard. It’s simply just a regular storage shed…with lots of style added! You can create all kinds of different spaces: an artist’s workspace, a home office, a reading nook, a yoga retreat, a peaceful tea room…the varieties are endless, and only limited to your imagination in creating your own private refuge.

Think “dreamy entrance” (curtains?), subdued or bold paint colors, Summer cottage look, a colorful rug, candles or dainty chandelier. Add fun touches like shutters, flower boxes, a weathervane…and how about skylights or a front porch while you’re at it?

Most She Sheds can be affordably created from hardware store purchased sheds, and many are offered online as the concept is growing in appeal. Check out these adorable She Sheds and where you can get started with your own…. –

Posted by: The Fry Team | February 17, 2017

Are You a View Buyer?

We are view buyers. Nearly every home Michael and I have owned has had a view of open city lights or the sunset. And, we are more than willing to recognize this in the price we pay for our home.

Different views attract different passions.

City light enthusiasts love the twinkling affect as night falls upon their home.


Those who appreciate romantic sunsets hope to capture the gorgeous orange hues that spread across the horizon.



The fairways of the golf course offer peace at the end of the day when gazing across the green grass.

Hills views are often sought out by nature aficionados, who long to end their days feeling outside the hubbub of their daily lives.

Mesmerized by the ebb and flow of movement, buyers also seek the serenity and interest water views afford.

Each type of view brings with it a value that a buyer is willing to pay, and that value varies with the quality of the view (unobstructed, panoramic, angled, double-fairway, waterfront, etc.)

What type of view fits your lifestyle? How would you put a value on the view at your future home?

Posted by: The Fry Team | December 9, 2016

It’s not how much we give…

A couple of years ago, a family event occurred that caused us to question what was truly valuable. We deeply longed for closeness, so instead of buying Christmas presents for one another, we all contributed to designing a memorable headstone for our beloved brother.

The following Christmas, my family chose to donate to a personal worthy cause, rather than spending on gifts for each other again. We have continued with our annual holiday charitable donations, and have chosen to enjoy the Christmas season by sharing activities together. This has now created lifelong memories by sharing the performance of “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory and a holiday dress-up dinner following, and “Disney on Ice” show at the Honda Center with dinner at Downtown Disney’s “Story Teller” restaurant.

The gift of time together and newly shared traditions is the most precious present of all.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

– Mother Teresa

Posted by: The Fry Team | November 25, 2016

Is a Low Price or Low Interest Rate Better?

Right now, buyers have the best of both worlds – home prices are beginning to slow down for the season and mortgage interest rates are near record lows. So should you wait for prices to go lower or take advantage of low interest rates right now?

The price of a home is fixed, so home prices have to drop significantly to beat a minor fluctuation in mortgage interest rates. Here are some numbers to consider:

  • If you buy a home at $400,000 with 10 Percent down ($360,000) and a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at 3.5%, your monthly payment will be $1,617. If you keep the mortgage for the entire term, you’ll pay $221,962 in interest.

  • The same home at 4% interest costs $1,719, a difference of $102 more per month and $258,730 in interest over the life of the loan. The difference in interest payments alone is $36,768.

  • If you’re able to buy the home you want for five percent less ($380,000 less 10 percent down) and 3.5% interest, your payment would be $1,536, $81 less per month than in example one.

  • You’re able to buy the home for $380,000, but in the meanwhile, mortgage rates go to 5%. Your monthly payment is $1,633, $97 more per month than if you’d purchased at 3.5 percent.

Clearly, higher interest rates cost you more monthly, but getting a better deal on a home is nearly just as good. Take advantage of slowing prices and low interest rates while they’re both available. Happy home hunting!

Posted by: The Fry Team | November 17, 2016

How CMAs and Appraisals Differ

Establishing a home’s market sales price is equally important to buyers, sellers, lenders and real estate professionals. To help transactions proceed quickly and efficiently, sales professionals and appraisers both utilize information from the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

The MLS is a professional member-based cooperative that contains a wealth of information including active listings, homes that have recently sold, tax roll data, historical data, and market trends such as how quickly homes are selling and how close they sell to the original listing prices.

Using this data, licensed real estate professionals prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) reports to help sellers choose a listing price for their homes and to help buyers make offers. The CMA is a consumer-facing report that includes recently sold homes and homes for sale that are most similar to the seller’s home in location, appearance, features, and general price range.

If the buyer is receiving financing through a bank, the bank will order an appraisal, using the same MLS data, but with some differences. A bank appraisal is performed by a licensed appraiser to determine market value. Comparable homes similar to those in a CMA are used to compare physical features, property tax records and recent solds to determine whether values are trending up or down.

In short, the CMA introduces consumers to the ever-changing marketplace of homes for sale and those properties that have recently sold. The appraisal determines market value for the bank so that the bank doesn’t lend too much money on a single property. Together, CMAs and appraisals help consumers buy and sell homes.

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