Santa Clarita Real Estate Update
December, 2020 - Issue #195

"Our clients are LEVELING UP in 2021, taking advantage of quick sales, multiple offers and bidding wars. We're positioning them for maximum returns."
Dave Rendall, owner of RE/MAX Gateway, Valencia & Santa Clarita 702-4500
17759 Sweetgum Lane in Canyon Country
Four Bedrooms | Three Bathrooms | 3,006 Square Feet

Located in the desirable Fair Oaks Ranch community, this light and bright home boasts high ceilings, plenty of windows and gorgeous details.
At over 3,000 square feet of living space, you'll never feel cramped. Spread out in the living room with adjacent dining area or settle into the convenient downstairs office, just steps from a full bath and bonus room.
The kitchen is the ideal spot for family meals and gatherings thanks to the large center island with custom travertine stone countertop and matching backsplash; travertine-stone flooring; double oven; stainless-steel appliances and walk-in pantry. The family room has a fireplace and built-in cabinets for extra storage.
Upstairs, you'll discover three bedrooms and a large bonus room that is currently used as the fourth bedroom. The hallway bathroom includes dual sinks and a shower/tub combo. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en-suite with separate walk-in shower, jetted tub and dual sinks.
Recessed lighting, laminate wood flooring and double-pane windows are just a few more of the upgrades you will find throughout this home - and wait until you get outside! Step into your new oasis, featuring a covered patio with grassy area - a perfect place for the kids to play or to enjoy al fresco dining.
The community offers great amenities to enjoy: pool/spa, park with playground and outdoor cooking area. Your new address is centrally located near shopping, trails, restaurants and top-rated schools. This home and community is perfect for entertaining family and friends.
Craig Martin is number one in his office in sales and ranks in the top 1 percent of Realtors in Santa Clarita. He was also featured on TLC's "Flip That House" and recently on "Yahoo! Finance" as a top California Realtor. 466-4663

"On the days when it feels like things are going ok, settle into those moments. Absorb them. Name them. Experience them to the BEST OF YOUR ABILITY."
How to be Grateful Even When You don't Quite Feel Like It
For over 30 years, I've been known as the Realtor with an "attitude of gratitude." It's never been hard for me to conjure up reasons to give thanks - especially this time of year.
Until now. 2020 has been... tough.
I had to sit myself down for a little chat before I wrote this, which made me think that sometimes it's better to remind people how to be grateful than why they "should" be grateful.
I'm not a therapist or a mindset coach - but in my work as a Realtor, I've partnered with enough people to recognize patterns and draw lessons from them. I hope this helps those of you who might be feeling stuck.
Being grateful takes practice.
When you're feeling kicked in the gut, a saccharine-sweet reminder to "count your blessings" can feel really hollow. I realize that I've made my focus on gratitude a sort of preventative medicine in my life. If you think of being intentionally grateful every day as the equivalent of a vitamin you pop each morning that helps you stay healthy, you're on the right track. It's the same thing! On the days when it feels like things are going ok, settle into those moments. Absorb them. Name them. Experience them to the best of your ability. If this year's proved anything to us, it's that the next day might be a bit of a dud - or worse. Doubling down on gratitude when it comes easy makes it less difficult to find reasons to feel thanks on days that are hard.
Being grateful requires attention and presence.
Close your eyes right now and quickly picture all the things, situations and people that you're grateful for. I'll wait!
Was it easy? Did your brain quickly overflow with images, sounds and thoughts of gratitude?
If it didn't, that's ok. Most of us are stressed right now - and that makes it harder to take time to do much more than the necessities.
Here's the trick: Stop focusing on how things are "supposed" to be and just acknowledge how things "are." You might be pleasantly surprised by how many things are actually unabashedly good when you sit in the moment and focus on what's right in front of you.
Being grateful means you have to put in the work, too.
Here's the tough love, friends. If you're struggling to find reasons to be grateful, it might be because you're not putting in the work to make moments that are remarkably worthy of gratitude. It's hard to feel grateful for our health when we're on Day 8 of stomach-churning fast-food dinners. It's tough to feel grateful for our relationships when we pick unnecessary fights with our equally-stressed-out partner. It might feel impossible to feel grateful for our jobs that provide our standard of living if all we do is complain about our boss every chance we get. Yes, we "should" be grateful that we woke up today, that we have food to eat, etc. - but most of us desire a more rich, fulfilling feast of gratitudes. Absolutely be grateful for every. single. thing. You are blessed! But put in the work where you need to - and then you can add "your proactive mindset" to the list of things to be thankful for!
Truth be told - I've never been more grateful for you, my friends and neighbors. I'm also grateful that Santa Clarita is experiencing a market like no other - and that sales prices continue to climb for well-positioned homes. I'd love to tell you how much your home is worth right now - and how you can best capitalize on that very attractive number. It'll be one more thing for you to be grateful for in 2020!
Let the Kathy Watterson Team of RE/MAX Santa Clarita with over 31 years of experience - put it to work for you! 284-5066
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