When you sell your home, it makes sense that you’d want to hire a real estate agent who’s an “area expert”. After all, an agent who is not an “expert” may not realize things or trends in your neighborhood that affect the values. Factors such as the latest information about our award-winning schools. Or what new developments are planned, both residential and retail, that can impact home values one way or another. The thing is, “area expert” is a term used a bit too frequently, … [Read more...] about Why List Your Home For Sale With An Area Specialist?
Regular readers know that I am very much an Indian food lover and I try to visit every new Indian restaurant that opens in our area, yet sadly, most do not manage to stick around for too long and to be honest, many don’t deserve to. Swad is not a new Indian restaurant, of course. They have been in Lafayette for over 10 years. What prompted a visit by Sylvia and me recently was the fact that they re-located from premises on Mount Diablo Boulevard to a small strip mall on Moraga Road. We … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Swad Indian Cuisine, Lafayette
When you decide to sell your home you have to face facts - you are going to have to endure a degree of inconvenience if you want to get the best price. You will probably have it staged - so you will be living in a somewhat artificial environment for a while. You will also have to vacate your home when an agent has arranged to show it to his buyers And when you have Open Houses you have to disappear for a few hours at a time so that total strangers can walk through it without interacting with … [Read more...] about Open Houses – Are They Necessary Or Not?
Blackhawk Grille is one of the oldest established restaurants in the area and I believe it has been in existence as long as Blackhawk Plaza. It has seen some changes over the years though. Initially, and for many years, this was an upscale fine dining establishment. Tastes change though, and a few years ago, they closed for renovations and a complete re-vamp. Now, the Blackhawk Grille markets itself as a neighborhood tavern. Rarely have I seen restaurants successfully reinvented without a … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Blackhawk Grille, Danville
It seems that every home I list for sale in Twin Creeks has my sellers moving out of state and the vast majority are down-sizing, although perhaps not to such a small home as the one pictured above). Moving is stressful enough without these complications. Consider these tips to ease the pain. Fix What Needs Fixing Your best bet for getting top dollar when you sell is to make sure your home is free of defects. A home inspection and termite inspection will point you in the right direction … [Read more...] about Downsizing? – 5 Tips To Help You Prepare For A Successful Sale