Home inspections are important but how important are they when buying a condo? The siding, roof and general frame of the property is all covered by the Home Owners Association, right? They can take care of that…. However, would you buy a lemon car that had mounds of problems even if the dealership promised to repair them? Probably not. This is why having an inspection of the condo AND the association is so vital to your purchase. [Read more…]
If you’re thinking about improving your home, remodeling, or doing some renovations it’s important to get a lot of information beforehand so that you can plan, prepare, and budget accordingly. We’ve undertaken a few renovations over the years and while I’m not an expert, I can definitely appreciate advice and tips from those that of been there before or constantly do it as in real estate investors or flippers. Here are some of the 10 best home improvement tips from the experts. [Read more…]
To be honest, not much. Prices in the Contra Costa Valley in San Ramon Valley have skyrocketed over the last 10 years and at the moment you can’t buy anything for less than $500,000. Let me rephrase that, you can’t buy anything for less than $650,000, and even then you’re looking at condos and townhouses.
This isn’t to say that this area is unaffordable because homes sit on the market for typically less than 30 days, so people are buying but it’s all relative. The cost of living might be a little bit more but so are wages and salaries around our area. To give you an idea of what homes are going for these days, here are some of the lowest-priced homes to some of the highest priced homes in San Ramon. [Read more…]
House been on on the market a long time? Maybe just a few weeks without any bites? Perhaps you’re just setting yourself up for success when you do list? Whatever the reason is that you’re selling, you certainly don’t want to be on the market any longer than you have to.
In doing research yesterday I came across several houses that have been on the market for more than a year. That’s very unusual in this hot market. Even most markets around the US are seeing a four-month absorption rate, meaning that if no new listings hit the market today, it would only take less than four months to completely eliminate every listing on the market. So, what is up with these houses that have been on the market 300 – 400 days or more?
In my experience it really only comes down to three things:
It’s not often that San Ramon gets some new homes, but recently, Gale Ranch is offering several new communities, Serena at Gale Ranch is one of them.
These luxury two-story homes offer an open concept design for single-family layouts conveniently located next to the Bella Vista elementary school and across from the Rancho San Ramon Park. [Read more…]
Selling? Maybe you just don’t want your house to look like a maple tree shed all over the property. Whatever the case, there are ways to spruce up your home’s curb appeal regardless of the time or year. Here are some of our best secrets!
Having the right Realtor® is a huge part of ensuring the home shopping and buying OR selling experience is a good one. A good Realtor® is constantly working for you. They’re constantly finding homes that meet your search criteria, sometimes even before they’re officially on the market, meeting you to look at potential homes on YOUR schedule and pulling strings with colleagues in the business to get your deal to go through. When selling your home, they work just as hard or harder. Home buying and selling can also be so emotionally and physically exhausting, that a good Realtor® is also an encourager and occasionally needed a reality check for you during the process. A bad Realtor® is none of that and tons of frustration and even heartache. When choosing the RIGHT Realtor® for you be scrupulous. It’s no little wonder that choosing the wrong Realtor® is one of the many reasons homes fail to sell. Therefore, keep these Realtor® choosing mistakes in mind, when you start the hunt. [Read more…]
According to our local MLS this is San Ramon’s highest priced home located at 3105 Ashbourne Cir. This is a five bedroom, 6 1/2 bath home with over 6600 ft.² priced at $2,589,000. [Read more…]
“As a first time homeowner, I really appreciated Dale’s expertise. He’s thorough and available to answer all of our silly questions! We didn’t have an agent, and Dale was very easy to find. We were looking for information on a new development, and Dale was the one agent who’s informative youtube video showed up in a google search! We thought it was early on in the process but contacted him, he responded right away, and said it was a good thing we spoke up when we did, the units were not even built yet but were selling fast.” – Manda Z.
There is no greater compliment than having a repeat buyer or seller. I’d love having repeat clients because I know that they’ve trusted be enough to do the job once, they know I will do an exceptional job the next time. From real estate investments, first-time homebuyers, to repeat buyers, having someone come back to you for the same job, means that they were satisfied before, and they know I will get the job done this time.
“I have done several real estate transactions with Dale and would highly recommend him for any Bay Area transaction. He is very knowledgeable, professional, energetic and responsive- and he is also very fun to work with! Dale assisted us tremendously with putting our offer together and were so thrilled the the seller picked ours out of the multiple offers they received.” ~ Zillow Review