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?
Cafe Attila - “The Best Restaurant You Have Never Heard Of”. Café Attila is located in a small shopping center on San Ramon Valley Boulevard, next to Morgan’s Masonry Supply. Formerly known as City of D’Lights it is in reality a bakery/café but at 5pm every day it is magically transformed into a very appealing European style restaurant, strongly reminiscent of many bistros that Sylvia and I have visited in France. By day, it is very much a typical casual bakery/café (although with far better … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Café Attila, San Ramon
When you decide to list your home for sale, one of the most pressing questions in your mind is most likely “How Long Will It Take To Sell?” While it is not possible accurately predict how long, it should not be too difficult to arrive at a reasonable estimate based on how quickly homes like yours have been selling recently. It is generally thought that higher priced homes take longer to sell yet of all detached homes listed for sale from San Ramon to Walnut Creek in a recent 3 month … [Read more...] about How Long Should It Take To Sell Your San Ramon Home?