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Buy a house, get a car thrown in

Owners of high-end home hope sports car will cause buyers to step on the gas

Posted: May 7, 2009 4:21 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Homeowner Joyce Gonzales is throwing a new Saturn Sky automobile with the purchase of her Stevenson Ranch home.

Two homeowners are hitting the accelerator in the race to sell their home by offering a little extra incentive to the future buyer of their Stevenson Ranch abode ‑ a brand new 2009 Saturn Sky.

The home’s original owners, Lou and Joyce Gonzales, hope the new convertible will be the incentive buyers will hop into to get their $949,000 home off the market. The original listing price was at $1,049,000.

“I’ve owned many houses. It used to be fun to buy a house; now it’s just turned into a very stressful situation,” Gonzales said. “What is more fun than a convertible? We’re putting the fun back into real estate.”

The home, located on Oakridge Road in the Southern Oaks community, has four bedrooms, three baths and a workout room. Among its many amenities are granite countertops, Viking Professional appliances, a master bedroom with a fireplace, a built-in barbecue, a three-car split garage and a built-in entertainment center.

Despite current low interest rates, the home has been on the market for 90 days with just  10 to 12 lookers. Realtor Phil Nordella of Realty Executives said the couple is still waiting for the perfect buyer.

“We have a couple of challenges here,” Nordella said. “This is not your average $300,000 tract house, so that narrows down the field.”

Nordella also believes homebuyers are hoping for a second wave of foreclosures, which was predicted by some as the major banks lift a moratorium on foreclosures that’s been in place since December. Nordella said the second wave is likely never to come because banks will slowly release foreclosures into the market, but buyers are still looking for a good deal.

“People don’t know what to do, people are looking for a deal,” he said. “Well, now with the car, that makes this a deal. We can compete with the foreclosures, short-pays and whatever.”

It was Lou Gonzales’ idea to throw in the car as an extra incentive. The Gonzales own a car dealership in Palmdale.

“His thought was, just making it fun and setting us apart from other people in the market,” Joyce Gonzales said.

The Gonzales family moved out from the house two years ago into a home they built for themselves in Acton. They’ve recently rented the house to friends who are preparing to move.

“When it comes to the car, that’s a great incentive to get a great house, in a great neighborhood, with no Mello-Roos tax,” Nordella said. “I think this is going to be what does it for us.”

Nordella will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and from  noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The house is located at 25033 Oakridge Road in Stevenson Ranch.

“What more perfect Mother’s Day gift can you receive besides a red, shiny sports car?” Joyce Gonzales said.



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