Staging Your Home For Sale

In general, buyers know whether or not a property will work for them within the first few minutes of walking through the front door. First impressions are key so you want to make sure your home makes a stellar first impression with as many buyers as possible. One of the best ways to do this is by staging your home for sale. In today’s marketplace, especially here in the Silicon Valley, most homes are “staged” when they hit the market. This is … [Read more...]

Prepping Your Home For Sale

One of the best ways to get a leg up on the competition before your home even hits the market is by prepping your home for sale. As a seller, it’s important to remember that your goal is to get as many buyers as possible to want to buy your home. You want to sell it. And in order to do that, you want to put your home's best foot forward, even if that means betraying your own sense of style and decor temporarily. Buyers are going to walk through … [Read more...]

A History of California Home Prices

Ever wondered what California home prices looked like 20, 30, 40 years ago? Were they as high as they are today? (I can complain, we do have the best weather...) To put it in perspective for you, I bought my first home in Los Altos over 30 years ago for under $200,000. That same home is now valued at over $1,500,000. Amazing what can happen in the time span it takes your kids to grow up! Here’s a great visual of how much home prices have risen … [Read more...]

Changing Interest Rates and Monthly Payments

With interest rates still at an all-time low, it’s easy to forget how much of an impact they can have on a your monthly mortgage payment. At some point, things are bound to change so keep in mind the fact that interest rates and monthly payments are directly tied tied to one another. Here is a great visual that explains exactly how interest rate fluctuations can affect what your monthly mortgage payments look like. … [Read more...]

Infographic: The Home Buying Process

Ever wonder how many homes buyers looked at before they found "the one"? Or how people found their homes? Here’s an infographic from the California Association of Realtors that breaks down some aspects of the home buying process in a fun, easy to visualize way.     … [Read more...]

First Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

Buying your first home can be a complicated, time-consuming, and often emotional experience and most first time home buyers wind up making mistakes they wish they could take back. US News recently made a list of some of the most common first time home buyer mistakes made before and during home buying process. Take a peek at the list below; knowing what mistakes other people make - and how you can avoid them - will help eliminate headaches, … [Read more...]

Small Home Upgrades That Can Sell Your Home

I know, the last thing you want to do before selling you home is spend a ton of money making improvements for the next owner to enjoy. But the reality is, you are probably going to have to spruce up a few areas to make your home more appealing to perspective buyers. In some cases, it might be necessary to completely renovate a bathroom in order for your home to meet it's selling potential. But believe it or not, most of the time, there are a few … [Read more...]

Preparing to Buy a Home

Here's a little something you might not know, buying a home doesn't start when you hit your first open house. Before you even start the home buying process, you should be preparing to buy.   Why?  Well, buying a home is one of the biggest decisions of your life and can often be stressful and overwhelming. The home buying process is complex and when you first make the decision that you’re ready to buy, you might not even know where to begin.  So … [Read more...]

How to Prioritize Home Repairs

Buying a home is an expensive endeavor and most likely one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make.  A lot of buyers choose to save money by purchasing a home that needs a little bit of work.  By purchasing a home that is in need of a little TLC, they're are able to shave some money off their monthly mortgage while also having the option of personalizing their new home.  But which repairs should you make first?  Knowing which repairs are more … [Read more...]

Tip For Buyers: Know What is Included in the Purchase Price

There is nothing like walking into an open house and seeing gorgeous crystal chandeliers, top-of-the-line appliances and updated, energy-efficient fixtures. For buyers who are on the fence about the purchase, these small features may be enough to steer them toward buying a home. However, be aware, one of the most common misunderstandings when viewing a home is what you see is not always what you get. As a buyer, you want to know exactly what is … [Read more...]