The Things I See on Brokers’ Tour #5

Brokers' Tour 5: Windows 1

Brokers’ Tour: Stop #5 On my 5th round of the Brokers’ Tour, I got quite a wide array of home decor. Here are a few of the awesome rooms I saw that I’d love to share with you! The “Let’s Get This Party Started” Room Wow! In 9 years of touring homes, I’ve never seen a Read More

The Things I See On Brokers’ Tour #4

pink 1

Brokers’ Tour: Stop #4 This brokers’ tour has brought about many firsts for me. This tour marks the first time I’ve seen a shocking pink bedroom. So many folks repaint with neutral colors when their house is on the market, that colorful rooms aren’t the norm. I have to say, in this case, it definitely Read More

The Things I See on Brokers’ Tour #3

Vintage Cabinetry

Brokers’ Tour: Stop #3 On my third stop of the Brokers’ Tour, I realized why so many people want to own homes in Downtown Livermore: there are no cookie-cutter homes there. Each home has its own uniqueness that sets it apart from the rest. There are still remnants of days gone by with stately Victorians, interspersed with Read More

The Things I See on Brokers’ Tour #2: DIY Backyard

Livermore backyard

The DIY Backyard Seen on brokers’ tour last week was this backyard in Livermore. This homeowner invested in moderate enhancements to a mid-size backyard with very appealing results. A do-it-yourself backyard project, this really added to the overall appeal of the home. He did the work himself, and did an excellent job. Existing lattice topped Read More

The Successful Home Sale: Step 4 – To Prep a Home for Sale (or Not?)

Home Preparation

What catches your attention best – ‘fixer’ or ‘move-in ready’? At opposite ends of the scale, these two options have very different audiences. Both audiences require different levels of home preparation to garner interest. CONDITION Move-in Ready – functionally sound, and cosmetically appealing Fixer – usually implies deferred maintenance, visibly worn and often outdated PRICING Read More

The Successful Home Sale: Step 3 – Evaluate Your Home Price

Home Price

Consumers have a general idea of the average home price in their neighborhood. But, when the time comes for them to sell their house, opinions are expressed that their house should sell for more than it may be worth. A number of factors contribute to those opinions: List prices as seen on flyers Zestimates How Read More

The Successful Home Sale: Step 2 – Get Real.

Home Sale Uncertainy

A common comment made by would-be sellers is “We don’t have to sell”. And that may very well be true. But something is causing you to think about selling. Really explore those reasons. If the reason isn’t solid enough, perhaps it’s not the right time. Is lack of information holding you back, or is it Read More

The Successful Home Sale: Step 1 – Weighing Your Options

Home Sale Pt. 1

Thinking of Selling? There was a time when California homeowners moved on average, every seven years. That average has changed drastically and is now deemed to be every 20 years. (These figures were stated at the California Association of Realtors conference by CEO Joel Singer 4/15). If it’s been a long while since you’ve sold Read More

Property Inspection Types

Home Inspection

Most common inspections done for a residential property: Pest Inspection (will include costs for most, but not all repairs noted) Property Inspection (costs of repairs not quoted, as these may be done by a variety of contractors) Roof Inspection (will include costs for repairs) Based on recommendations from the reports above, buyers may hire other Read More

Cash is King, or Is It?

Home Price

Despite the number of all cash buyers in the market, other buyers are making offers and buying properties. What other options do you have in writing an attractive offer for a seller, when you’re not the only buyer in the equation? Contingencies and Timelines: Non-contingent – you don’t have to sell a property Appraisal contingency Read More