Whether you are planning on selling your property or just looking for a fresh look without a major remodel, doing small things that help update the look and feel of your kitchen is one of the best ways to improve the home. We’re seeing a lot of new construction around the Tri-Valley area and buyers are looking for updated, renovated, or upgraded materials. If you’re looking to put a little bit of elbow grease and possibly a little money into your kitchen, you can do some upgrades without breaking the budget with a full remodel. Here are six kitchen upgrades that you can do without a full remodel. [Read more…]
Sage is the latest collection of townhomes at Sage in Livermore. This is one of the largest developments in Livermore with dozens of new homes, recreation, and open space just north of the freeway. There are 4 distinct subdivisions in Sage: Balance, Harmony, Synergy, and Tranquility. From single family homes to townhouses, there’s something for everyone in all price ranges in Sage.
Sage has been very popular since it’s successful opening in 2016. Built by Shea Homes, these properties have received six awards from the Building Industry Association and the facilities and amenities are unparalleled [Read more…]
House been on the market for 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:
You have just 5 to 10 second to capture a potential buyer by either the way your home looks as they drive by or in pictures on the Internet or in print. This is why curb appeal is so important. You don’t want people to pass by your home and not stop, look and want to know more. Yet, how can you appeal to a wide range of homebuyers and capture them simply on your curb appeal? Here are some simple and easy tips to captivate buyers and attract more eyes on to your property. [Read more…]
When purchasing a home or condominium throughout California’s Tri-Valley area, many buyers wonder who actually pays for the home appraisal. There are a lot of closing costs and different fees built-in for buyers and sellers in a purchase and sale agreement. Sellers pay for excise tax when selling the property and several courier fees all culminating into their own closing costs. Buyers also have several closing costs and one of those includes the appraisal. [Read more…]
What If I Hate Every Home We Look At? There are some homebuyers the know exactly what they want and when they see it they’ll know. Other buyers may have no idea what to look for and even though they are open-minded, nothing seems to stand out as a home they’d really want to buy. [Read more…]
Before finalizing on a home purchase it is imperative to get an inspection. This home inspection is to be conducted right after mutual acceptance of the purchase and sale agreement or the offer. Once mutual acceptance has happened the earnest money can be deposited or held with the escrow or title company and the transaction moves on to “subject to inspection”. It is at this point that the buyer needs to schedule a home inspection from a professional inspector. This can be scheduled through the buyer’s agent, a local company or the buyer themselves but there are five important things you should know about the home inspection. [Read more…]
There are lots of new home developments and subdivisions going up throughout the Tri-Valley area. While a lot of these have general layouts and set designs, homebuyers can really customize the building experience to create the home that is unique to them, lifestyle and practicality. Designing and building a custom home you certainly don’t want to make any mistakes however, mistakes are given but if you can learn ahead of time with some of the more common mistakes are, you have a better chance of avoiding them. Here are some pretty common mistakes that homebuyers can make when building a custom home. Don’t Make These Mistakes When Building a Custom Home [Read more…]
Have you recently purchased a home or you’re considering purchasing? You’re probably doing a little bit of research on how to find the best home loan, the best rates and of course, the best house for your needs and budget. There are several things you can do while looking for homes but once you already purchased a home there are 10 things you should immediately do once you move in. [Read more…]
Buying or selling real estate in California’s Tri-Valley area and the Bay Area real estate market is a very unique experience when you choose to work with a Tri-Valley Real Estate Broker. I don’t only love where I live, I have a deep working knowledge of the area that is much more in-depth and wide than what you would expect from a local Realtor. When most area brokers cover one or two Bay area counties at the most, I have hometown experience in various markets including San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, Danville, and Fremont. Based in San Ramon, service Alameda and Contra Costa County as well as individual communities and towns. In an effort to create a more valuable service for my clients, Key to the Bay maintains all continuing education courses and connections to the local MLS. With my top local expertise, state of the art technology and time tested industry experience, your experience will make navigating even the most complex transaction smooth and easy. [Read more…]