NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

Celebrate The Weekend and Gothtober 11th With “Casper Goes Corporate”

It’s Gothtober time!!!!

For over a decade, I have been a Gothtober artist and part of a group called “Del Norte Presents” and today our music video “Casper Goes Corporate” is now available on the digital advent calendar for Halloween and just in time for the weekend. Watch as our ghostly friend finish work-related tasks and then seeks out some sunshine and fun.

This was such a blast to be a part of and I am so excited to finally share it with everyone!

To watch “Casper Goes Corporate”, visit: and click on October 11th.




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A Behind The Scenes Look At What A Real Estate Agent Can Do For You

When you think about hiring a real estate agent or broker, you may think that their scope of work only entails finding, negotiating and completing the sale of your new home. There is so much more they or I can do from helping to move your driveway, identifying off-market properties of interest, staging your home, relocation services to helping you select a home inspector, property management & rentals, helping you find a temporary living space and even credit counseling.

Most of the general population of homebuyers and sellers don’t know just how much their real estate agents do behind the scenes. Besides showing you homes to buy or taking care of your listing paperwork, they’re fielding phone calls, negotiating the best deal for you, and organizing inspections, appraisals, professional listing photos, open houses, and much more. But aside from the usual everyday tasks, there are lots of things a great Realtor or Broker Associate can assist you with. 

Buying or selling off-market properties
Many potential buyers don’t realize that there are properties for sale that are not listed on the MLS and that some homeowners can actually be motivated to sell their home even if they weren’t considering it. I can help you to identify off-market properties or back pocket listings. I can also motivate potential sellers to consider selling their home for the right price and terms.

Staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize living in a home, and in some cases can actually net a 1% to 5% higher offer than similar unstaged homes. I am happy to help you stage your home to make it even more appealing to buyers. I have many trusted contacts on speed dial that can help out with the staging process. Even if it’s as simple as using your own furnishings and decor, but removing personal touches like family photos, it’s always a great idea to stage your home before it goes on the market. 

Relocation Services
When you’re moving—and especially if you’re moving to/from a new city or state—it can be stressful to find relocation experts you can trust. I have a solid list of trustworthy businesses and individuals in many different industries. This typically includes moving companies, cleaning services, handymen, and contractors to name a few. If you need assistance finding providers for services like these during the relocation process in Los Angeles, NELA, Pasadena and surrounding areas, please let me know.

Having an unbiased eye is invaluable when it comes to deciding whether to keep or get rid of certain belongings. Believe me, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to decide whether or not throw away something that holds memories. I am happy to help you figure out how to purge your belongings when it’s time to sell or move into a new home. They might help you out personally or arrange for professional organizers, trash haulers, or storage services. 

Get your home in “ready-to-sell” condition
I am available to do a walkthrough with you and help you make a to-do list of items that should be taken care of before putting your house on the market or up for lease. If you need help getting it all done, I can recommend professionals, make appointments, meet contractors or other vendors, etc.  

Design ideas and advice
By nature, I am a creative person and thinker. But, it is through my years of experience as a Broker Associate that has really taught me a thing or two about home decor and design. I can help you navigate the dos and don’ts of design, assist you with a game plan for setting up your existing furniture in your new home, or just help choose paint colors, wall art, and other decors. I am also happy to refer you to a designer or decorator that can help with your specific needs and in your area.

These are just a few of the little extras I can help you with. Think of me as your home buying or selling guru. I am more than willing and ready to stand by you step by step and assist in any way I possibly can. Please e-mail me at or simply visit my Contact page here on my website for all your real estate needs.


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The Winchester Mystery House


In preparation for Halloween, I paid a visit to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. They were decorated for Halloween but all year round the house has a spooky feel with doors to nowhere, Flights of stairs that do multiple switchbacks between flights and rooms that are closed off from the rest of the house.  It has been reported that you can smell food cooking when the kitchen has not been used for years and ghostly apparitions of a gardener who died years ago have been seen walking the basement.

Heiress of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, Sara Lockwood Pardee Winchester began construction on this Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion located at 525 South Winchester Blvd in San Jose in 1886. The renovation would continue for 36 years and become known for its architectural wonders and paranormal activity. In 1923, mansion tours became available drawing in upwards of 12 million guests and has since inspired books and films including the 2018 film Winchester and the 2002 Stephen King television mini-series Rose Red.

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8 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home This Fall

While the Summer months have proven to be the best time to list and sell your home, Fall is not necessarily the worst time either. There are things to keep in mind though so I have compiled a list of 8 things you can do if you decide the time to sell is NOW.

Embrace the Fall Season 
Fall is such a beautiful and fun time of year. The leaves are changing colors, there are pumpkin patches everywhere and Starbucks carries those famous pumpkin spice lattes. This is also a great time to redecorate with Fall scented candles and warmth colored throw blankets to add a cozy, welcoming environment.

Price It Right
While Fall is generally a busy season for real estate, the upcoming Winter months are not. People generally focus more on the holidays and less on wanting to pack and move. Pricing your house right in the beginning stages vs asking for a larger purchase price will help your property to sell faster. The longer the property sits on the market, the more likely it will become harder to sell and potential buyers may begin to question why the property has been listed for so long.

Making Sure Your House Is Ready To Sell
Minor improvements can make all the difference and go a long way when you decide to list your house on the market. Potential buyers will be more inclined to choose a new home that doesn’t require any repairs or at least any that are urgent. More than likely, they will want to move right into someplace where they can unpack, redecorate and begin inviting family over for the holidays.

Clean and de-clutter
As with selling your house any time of year, it is crucial to keep everything organized and clean. It is also the perfect time to throw things out that you don’t use or need and put things away that are just causing clutter and collecting dust. Fall also brings a much bigger task with leaves and yard work and the last thing you want to have to do is rake leaves for an hour on a Wednesday at 5 pm just so you can show your house to a last-minute showing. Keeping things dusted and put away, cleaning windows, counters, fixtures, and floors and making the beds are just a few ways you can keep things show-ready. 

Check The HVAC
Fall is the perfect time of year to change your air filters, clean the vents and test out the heater after months of using the air conditioner. This way if you need to have it serviced, you can repair any issues so that nothing comes up during the home inspection or after the new buyers move in. 

Brighten Things Up
With shorter daylight hours and longer, darker evenings, brightening up your house is a must. Not only will it enable potential buyers to see all of your home’s wonderful features, but it will also add to the curb appeal. Things like cleaning windows & screens to allow more light to come in, adding extra lamps and switching out lightbulbs, keeping blinds, shutters, and curtains clean and open. The more warm light you can add, the better!

Keep It Cozy
Potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your house. The Fall season provides many advantages that can add that special warmness to your home other seasons can’t. Adding Fall colored throw pillows and blankets, lighting Fall scented candles and having the thermostat at a comfortable temperature can create a vision that is welcoming and will give buyers a more homey feeling.  Limit Halloween decorations but add seasonal accents without going overboard. Modest and tasteful is key to appealing to the different personalities of potential buyers. Offering or providing treats like warm apple cider or pumpkin cookies can also help to cozy things up and add the ambiance.

Be Flexible
Flexibility helps when selling your property during any season. Being accommodating to potential buyers this time of year when we have daylight savings, upcoming holidays and busier schedules (kids in school, work, activities) is important. Showings may not always be on a designated day and potential buyers may want to stop by during a weekday evening. It is important to always keep your house “show ready” just in case. If your house sells, you must also be flexible on closing and moving dates and make things convenient as possible for your buyers.

I am here to help you with pricing, staging and any of your questions or concerns along the way, If you are considering listing your home, please e-mail me at or simply visit my Contact page here on my website.


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