A lot of my clientele are over 50 years old and many of them are moving to the Bay area to retire, enjoy the waterfront and a more laid-back, peaceful way of life. However, some homebuyers are still reluctant about purchasing a home later in life. Is it scary? Are there negative connotations? How easy is it to buy a home after 50? [Read more…]
There is not a person we have met out there who does not want to be at their best health. Now more and more people are doing whatever they can to feel and look better and hopefully even younger. Luxury home buyers with busy schedules are now looking for homes that have amenities to help them on their health journeys right at home. [Read more…]
The summer is almost upon us and we are seeing beautiful weather around the Tri-Valley area. If you’re looking to update your home both inside and outside you might be looking at design trends, Pinterest boards and other places for inspiration and ideas. Here’s another place that you can find some of the five must have summer design trends for your home.
#1. Palm tree prints. Palm tree prints are everywhere right now and not just on tapestries and textiles. People are putting palm trees everywhere and even though we are in California, the Palm tree still gives a sense of relaxation and vacation. Consider putting palm leaves in a large glass vase on your dining room table or choosing palm trees on accent pillows, throws, and maybe in the texture of logs or wooden textiles. This is not necessarily a jungle theme, just a palm tree or palm leaf design accenting different parts of the house.#2. Flamingos. Okay, I know we are not in Florida, but California is kind of the next best thing. These are not the lawn ornaments of the 1970s; it’s the fun motive in wallpaper, accent pillows, and the color of the flamingo in general. Perhaps it’s a big bouquet of white in
#2. Flamingos. Okay, I know we are not in Florida, but California is kind of the next best thing. These are not the lawn ornaments of the 1970s; it’s the fun motive in wallpaper, accent pillows, and the color of the flamingo in general. Perhaps it’s a big bouquet of white and pink flowers that just touch on the idea of Flamingos or something even bolder like flamingo wallpaper!
#3. Rattan. Yep, rattan has made a comeback. This is not the 1970s throwback but a brand-new look. We’re talking about chairs, baskets and even patio furniture. In the past, this texture was confined to outdoor patios and balconies but today, this trend is popping up on the inside too. It’s also known as Manila, Manau, or Malacca and it’s a natural, woven technique that adds texture and richness to any room. Use it as an accent piece here were there without going overboard.
#4. Florals. Now, this is nothing new but they are trending in either 1960s throwback prints or bold floral prints on larger items such as couches and chairs. Vintage inspired floral patterns are definitely making a trendy comeback in many new homes. You might find them on window treatments, bedspreads or throw pillows.
#5. Fresh colors. Paint is always a good way to completely change the look and feel of an area. House Beautiful article stated that many colors painted in a bedroom can change the feeling or the sense that people get. Green and yellow make it easier for people to fall asleep whereas purple actually makes it harder for people to fall asleep. You might consider bright colors in bold rooms or muted colors in smaller rooms to make the room stand out.
These summer trends are perfect over the next few months as you enjoy both the inside and outside of your home. Consider carrying outside trends to the inside combining the two and elongating the living and entertaining space.
If you’re looking to sell your home, one or two of these accents might be ideal and then again, if you’re looking for a home with these items, give me a call today and I would be happy to pinpoint exactly what’s trending in your neighborhood.
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If you’re planning on buying or selling within the next couple of months throughout the San Ramon California area it’s important to know what the market is doing. As a professional real estate agent in this area, I keep close tabs on the market so I know when my buyers are overpaying and so I know exactly how to price a property to sell. I want my buyers to get the absolute most fair market value and save money on their purchases all the while offering my sellers the very most the market can bear. [Read more…]
San Ramon Housing Market – Homes for Sale and DOM
It’s May 2017 and let’s talk about the housing numbers for the local real estate market. There have been a lot of changes compared to just a couple months ago. There have been major changes just in the last month. If we look back to February there were 75 active homes for sale and 37 pending homes for sale. But, in March there were 94 active homes for sale, which represents a 25% increase in active homes since February. But pending home sales really skyrocketed. There were 85 pending homes for sale in March, a 230% increase month over month. Pending homes mean those that have already come under contract or have an accepted offer.
The days on the market have also changed dramatically. In February, the average days on the market were just 37 but in March that number dropped to 21.
This is great news for sellers. It is a great time to sell and homes are selling faster for higher prices than they did just a couple of months ago. If you are a buyer, there’s finally more inventory on the market and rates are still going strong.
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That is, if you have the cash to purchase a property, is there any reason why you wouldn’t pay cash?
In today’s hot market, especially in the Oakland and Tri-Valley area, cash offers can be king but, there are reasons why you might not want to pay cash. I know that many sellers are more likely to accept an offer of cash, but the seller will get the money regardless of whether it is financed or all-cash. Cash offers can tend to close quicker but you really needs to look at all of the details of a purchase and sale agreement including terms and contingencies.
In 2016, 23% of US homebuyers pay cash for their properties. That’s still in the minority. There may be some good reasons not to pay cash.
If you just have enough cash to pay for a house, you may not have any left over for repairs or emergencies. If you have the cash, it might be a good idea to set it aside so that you have at least three months of housing and living expenses should something unforeseen happen was losing a job or having medical issues. If all of your money is tied up into the house, you might end up losing the house to pay for unforeseen items.
A great mortgage.
You might have qualifications for an excellent mortgage. According to a recent study by Money magazine, Generation X and millennial’s are considered to populations with the most potential for growth as borrowers. Taking on a little bit of debt, especially for tax purposes great terms might be a better option for your finances overall.
A better investment.
Buying real estate is an excellent investment that if you have all cash, you might make a better investment than putting it elsewhere. Maybe investing in the stock market, mutual funds or a personal business might be a better option for you in the long run.
Most homeowners will receive some sort of mortgage tax breaks on the interest paid to the lender. Depending on how much you owe and your terms, you could be deducting quite a bit on your taxes.
Home values have no guarantee of increasing even though overall, the trajectory is good. Home prices rise and fall with the economy so unless you’re planning on hanging onto the house for 10 to 30 years, you might be better off investing that cash elsewhere.
I’m not telling you to not get a mortgage or to not pay cash, but there are pros and cons to both. It’s important to talk to your financial advisor and even a lender about the best options for you at this stage in life.
Ready to get started looking at homes? Give me a call anytime.
The home office. It’s a place of intentional work, pay bills, or just sit and manage your home life. Maybe you work from home so it’s literally your office. Many sellers are creating a home office setting when staging and listing their home but is it necessary? Do buyers really expect homes to have an office?
There are options and many buyers are not putting the emphasis on a home with an office as an office setting really can be anywhere. So what are other options sellers can do to present their homes in a new light?
This might sound extreme but in many markets around California, this type of room is becoming very popular. The dedicated space with surround sound, high-quality TV and visual dynamics are making a comeback in many homes.
It all depends on how much space you have and if it’s a closed off room or open area. Many new homes have a landing at the top of the stairs that can be turned into a large play room or family room instead of an office space, which feels awkward when you have to walk through it to get to the bedrooms.
This could be an arts and crafts room or a space that one could get messy in. The floor may be tile or other material that’s easy to clean.
If you have plenty of books, try dressing up a space room into a quaint library. Large bookshelves can even serve as dividers to section off the room into a sitting area and library. Create an inviting space by using comfy chairs or couches, blankets and good lighting.
The guest room doesn’t have to just be a bed. Create a neutral bedroom that could suffice for anyone for the nights. A neat night stand, lamp, good book, vase of flowers, dresser, neutral decor and fluffy linens all invite guests to make the space their own for the night.
There are lots of different things you can do to a room beside the typical office. If you’re selling in the Tri-Valley area, give me a call! Let’s talk about what buyers are looking for and how you can appeal to all buyers out there.
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…]
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…]
Zero down home loans are not as popular as they were five years ago but they are still around. Lenders have gotten a lot more strict when it comes to qualifications and eligibility, so buyer that comes along wanting a zero down home loan does not look too attractive to potential underwriters. Having additional funds, reserve funds and a down payment is much more attractive and may offer lower interest rates and better terms. [Read more…]