How does location affect my home value?


We all know the three key factors in real estate: Location, Location, Location. Maybe it is an over-simplified axiom, but it is still relevant today. But what variables affect home price? Here are some of the major ones that affect locational home value:

  • On a cul-de-sac vs. drive thru street
  • On a busy vs. quiet street
  • Gated vs. non-gated community
  • Views of ocean, lake, or mountains vs. buildings, industrial, etc.
  • The School Boundary in which it lies (will go up or down based on desirability of school)
  • Walkability to outdoor activities, stores, restaurants, and businesses
  • Lies within a Natural Hazard Zone (Fire, Flood, etc.)
  • Known area to negatively affect value (such as soil settlement issues, nearby or in a commercial zone, under a flight path, near active train tracks, etc) 
  • Stage of neighborhood life cycle (Growth, Stability, Decline, or Renewal)

These are some key aspects to pay attention to and let guide your decision-making when searching for a long-term home.

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

Seaside Realty

DRE 01882756 |

830 E. Santa Clara St.  Ventura, CA 93001

Cell 805.258.2870   Fax 805.856.1583


The Dirty Words – Mello Roos!


What are Mello Roos? 

The Community Facilities Act (aka Mello-Roos) enacted in 1982 enabled “Community Facilities Districts” (CFDs) to be established by local government agencies, creating bonds to pay for public works and public services. These services may include streets, water, sewage and drainage, electricity, infrastructure, schools, parks and police protection to newly developing areas. The tax paid is used to make the payments of principal and interest on the bonds.

What areas have Mello Roos taxes in Ventura County?

In Oxnard, the Riverpark community (off 101 and Oxnard Blvd) as well as the Seabridge community (Victoria Ave and Wooley Rd) have mello roos taxes. Moorpark Highlands in Moorpark and the Bridges Community in Fillmore have mello roos as well.

How do I find out the amount of mello roos for a property?

The quickest and easiest way is to go online to Ventura County Assessor’s Property Characteristics and Value page and fill in the property address or APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number). Once you click submit, the APN and address should appear below. Click on the APN which will show the property identification information below. On the fourth line, click on “click to see values”. Lastly, click “view your tax bill”.

How do I know which items are the mello roos on the tax bill?

Under the special assessment section, the items labeled as CFD (Community Facilities Districts) will be the mello roos tax amount.

What else should I know about Mello Roos?

Certain mello roos have an end period and some do not. For instance, the Seabridge community in Oxnard has 2 CFD special assessments, one which expires with a maturity date and one that does not. CFD 3 is for the infrastructure improvements (waterways, etc.) and it is a bond that matures in 2035. CFD 4 is a maintenance district to pay for ongoing operational items (park/landscape maintenance, storm drain maintenance, harbor patrol, etc.) which does not expire.

*As always, Buyers are recommended to do all due diligence to their satisfaction. For legal advice, contact an attorney. For tax matters, consult a CPA. For Mello Roos information, go to your local governing authority for the most up to date information.

Chris Chin Seaside Realty   DRE 01882756


Why a Seller May Want to Consider a Pre-listing Home Inpsection

Home inspections are more associated with buyers, but sellers may want to consider a home inspection prior to listing their home.  Here are a few reasons why:

(1) The buyer’s home inspection has the power to put the deal back into negotiations.  With a pre-listing inspection, the seller can fix items that may come up during escrow.  With the necessary made repairs, buyers will have less of a reason to negotiate price or request repairs.  This puts the seller in the driver’s seat.

(2) Be certain a major issue doesn’t show up during the buyer’s inspection.  Depending on the situation, it may be beneficial for the seller to address any major issues that were unknown to the seller that could derail the transaction.

(3) If the seller chooses to not do major repairs that show up on a home inspection, then the homeowner can price the listing accordingly and make the issue known.  This can not only save the seller’s time but also helps prevent a buyer from cancelling escrow because it avoids the element of surprise for the buyer; informed buyers are less likely to cancel a transaction because they are prepared for any existing or potential problems before proceeding.

Any other city mandatory inspection would also be beneficial before the transaction begins.  For example, Ventura’s private sewer lateral inspection program became effective on Feb. 3, 2014.  Click link for details.  Two other helpful inspections prior to listing are termite report and roof inspection. Seller-initiated inspections can save time and money in the long run.

August 18, 2014