I’ve recently come to realize that there are many home sellers who really believe that all real estate agents are the same. We all supposedly do exactly the same things to get homes sold so it really doesn’t matter who you choose to list your home for sale. Sure, they accept that you probably shouldn’t list your home in San Ramon for sale with an agent from San Jose, but that’s about it. All Agents Are Not The Same The fact is, agents vary immensely in levels of service, competency and … [Read more...] about Does It Really Matter Who Lists Your Home For Sale?
Not too long ago only the highest priced homes in any market would be professionally staged for sale yet today it seems that staging is the de facto standard for all homes except fixers. Is staging your San Ramon Valley home really necessary in today’s hot home sellers’ market? The answer to that question, as so often, is “It depends.” What are your main objectives when it comes to selling your home ? But first of all let’s consider what “staging” means. The concept is that a home that is … [Read more...] about Professional Home Staging – Necessary Or Not?
Remodeling has never been more popular - or valuable to the U.S. economy. Last year, Americans spent $130 billion on remodeling and renovation projects. So why should you remodel now? Here are a few very compelling reasons. Because you're selling your home now Renovated homes sell quicker and for more money. But that doesn't mean you should run out and spend tens of thousands of dollars fixing up a home you're not going to live in much longer. Spend your dollars wisely. Give me a call … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons You Should Be Renovating Right Now
In the early to mid 2000s, back before the housing bubble burst it seemed that anyone with a pulse could get a mortgage. While that wasn’t entirely accurate, it was true that qualifying for a home mortgage was easier than perhaps it should have been for some people. Now the pendulum has swung the other way. This more rigorous lending environment has given rise to a few mortgage myths. Many people now believe that without outstanding credit, a sizable down payment, or minimal debt, they just … [Read more...] about 3 Myths That People Believe About Mortgages
Brena Swanson of Housingwire states "My thoughts are that solar panel adjustments will vary by appraiser and property. The important thing is for the Appraiser to interview the homeowner who has a PV system to determine what their actual average wattage saved is. Loan Officers can help this process by having the homeowner gather this info prior to the appraisal inspection, for the appraiser to analyze." She goes on to cite a study – “Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a … [Read more...] about Solar Power: How Much Does it Increase the Value of a Home?