Another new listing! Go HERE for the virtual tour.
Open Wednesday, May 27 from 10 am – 1pm!
Another new listing! Go HERE for the virtual tour.
Open Wednesday, May 27 from 10 am – 1pm!
CLICK HERE for the virtual tour of this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom Hayward Hills beauty.
This was my very first listing as a new REALTOR years ago. The current owners have hired us to sell the home, which will be available in a few weeks. They were originally represented by their own Buyers’ Agent when they bought it. I am thrilled that they chose us and our team to represent them in the sale!
This animal rescue organization is having an event in the same town as our 5572 Cerro Norte, El Sobrante listing. We love supporting animal rescue efforts and introducing soon-to-be residents to the virtues of these organizations before they even move in. Are you available this Saturday night?
The Bay Area real estate market continues its scorching pace as we enter the second quarter of 2015. Supply is extremely limited, with properties all over the Bay Area attracting multiple offers. Here in Hayward, a recent listing of ours attracted 14 offers the first few days it was on the market…the numbers are higher in the South Bay and Peninsula. What is a buyer to do? Well first, make sure you have a good agent…it is more important than ever to have someone on YOUR side when purchasing a home. During these competitive markets, price is just one consideration…the terms of the purchase contract are equally if not more important. Some bidders place ridiculous offers price-wise just to get into contract, knowing the property won’t appraise and they will then be able to negotiate the sales price later. Not cool. Don’t work with an agent that plays that game, as a good listing agent won’t bite and will protect the sellers from such manipulation.
Professional ethics are also in danger of being compromised when the competition is so fierce, so be wary. Hire only a professional, full-time REALTOR that is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the California Association of REALTORS, and adheres to the NAR professional Code of Ethics. For more information about the market (a February article that is all the more true today) click on the link below.
Rent control is quite controversial in terms of its effectiveness in controlling rents as well as stifling the development of needed rental property inventory. A recent article (link below) goes into more detail about the push for rent control as Bay Area rents skyrocket. Is the answer rent control or more liberal approval of new housing to meet continued strong demand for housing in our area?
Exterior paint color may be one of the most important factors in enhancing your home’s curb appeal. There are many factors to consider when choosing an exterior paint color, especially when resale is your goal. It is important to understanding neighborhood standards as well as your home’s style, size, construction materials and the color of the roofing.
According to a national survey conducted by Sears Weatherbeater Paints, the most popular color for a home’s exterior is white. The survey found that nearly 40 percent of those polled said they would prefer white as the primary color of their homes exterior. The survey concluded that the least favored colors were yellow and red. White paint can make the outside of a home look more expansive and can bring light into a shady yard. You can accentuate trim and other architectural details on a white house by painting them in another subtle, but noticeable, color. There are many variations of the white paints, from stark white to more cream colors, so there is a lot of flexibility when choosing a paint in this family of colors.
If you want to make your home look newer and more modern, take a look at the colors being used on new housing developments in your area. Typically, newer homes are painted in light, neutral shades, including light tones of tan, clay, cream, gray or beige. Shades of white are often used on the trim. You can incorporate a splash of color by painting the door a contrasting shade. For instance, a deep gray-blue door looks stately on a light-gray home with white trim. Neutrals can be pretty boring, so spice up the palette you select to emphasize and highlight features of your home while still staying consistent with neighboring homes.
Generally speaking, light colors are the best bet for painting a home for resale; however, if your home is in an older neighborhood, a light color may make it look out of place or less charming than the traditionally painted homes around it. Medium to dark shades of tan, gray, blue and brown may be the most common in established neighborhoods. Homes built from brick or stone often have trim painted in dark red, deep green or Williamsburg blue.
Drive around your neighborhood and community to look at other homes to see what works. You don’t have to copy someone else’s choices, but you might see something that works really well with your home’s design too. Finally, paint is relatively inexpensive, so if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Lingering odors can affect how much you enjoy your home or how much you might be able to sell it for.
Whether your family caused the odor in your home or you inherited a smelly room from the previous owner, you can get rid of it using a few proven methods. Avoid making the mistake of spraying an air freshener to cover up a bad smell. While it can take time to eliminate lingering odors from smoke, cooking, pets or mildew, it is possible to deodorize your home and introduce pleasing scents.
After you think your place is smelling better, invite a friend or two over to have them do an honest sniff test. Our own noses get used to odors we are around, so get an objective schnozzola to do the test. Then be sure to bbq your next salmon OUTSIDE, not in the house!
The real estate market here locally continues to sizzle, with 10+ offers on an available listing not being uncommon.
Having the right agent is all the more important when trying to buy in this market. We recommend you select an agent that is a full-time real estate professional, a REALTOR who abides by the National Association of REALTORS code of ethics, and someone who knows the local micro-markets to write up the best possible offer. Winning the bid for a property isn’t just about the highest offer, but also the terms under which the purchase contract will be executed. This is really where the experience and reputation of your agent can be the deciding factor in which buyer’s offer gets accepted.
It is also important that your agent is well-know in the industry and marketplace, because even in this technologically driven world, relationships matter when negotiating a real estate purchase. Agents that are involved in their profession, attend local professional marketing meetings held throughout the week, and those with significant internet and social media presence are often the most likely to get you into the home of your dreams. Now, more than ever, selecting the right agent could mean the difference between packing up to move to your new home or the stress of not knowing where you might land next…
There will always be those who want to live in the “City” and those that prefer the “Country” life. Some just can’t decide…the link below provides some interesting discussion about both lifestyles. Take your pick! http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/live-in-city-or-country
I grew up in a very old house, and often imagined as a kid that all sorts of scary things must have happened in that house. We moved into the old place when I was around 9 years old. We were told that the previous owner’s husband had died in the “big room upstairs”. That room was to become my older sister’s room (she was 16 at the time). My brother and I came up with the story that we could hear breathing in that room. My now sister’s room also had the sinister attic opening that led to the nether regions of the house. Certainly something awful must occupy that space above her room as well.
Aside from the little brothers terrorizing our sister, the house had a gravity about it…a real sense of place, of sincerity, of history that no new place with mere sheet rock and cheap carpet could provide. To be sure, there were probably environmental hazards of living in the 1904 dwelling. Asbestos? No problem…lead paint? Very durable. Who knows what disease is percolating within my tissue because of my residing there for the better part of 10 years, but it was so worth it, whatever befalls me. Those were a great 10 years, with old mahogany paneling gracing various rooms, cork flooring in a hallway upstairs, and the classic “cowboy and Indian” wallpaper adorning my brother’s room when we moved in. Cedar lined closets and old hot water radiator heating in each bedroom were clanky and smelly and at the same time wonderful.
One of my favorite parts of that old house was not what was inside, but what was outside. Two majestic maple trees sprawled between the sidewalk and the lazy Anderson street. Having been planted probably around the time the house was built, they towered over the landscape at least 75 feet. The shade, the rustling leaves, the falling leaves, the red and orange and green leaves, the majesty they provided will never be forgotten.
Now, some almost 35 years later since having moved out of my childhood home I find the same love of place, the same warmth in the hand hewn plank floors, the undersized closets, the giant inefficient furnace built to outlast me, the spookiness of the downstairs (basement I would call it, although Anna disagrees, calling it “the downstairs”). We still have some single pane windows left in the house, with no plans of replacing them. We will wear a sweater when we need to, remembering the workmanship that someone put into crafting those windows just for this house, unlike some of the other windows in the house that are probably repeated in thousands of homes. Our house has many of the modern efficiencies expected in this day. We don’t beat our laundry in the creek that is for sure, and the dishwasher’s name is Frigidaire, not Mabel. We installed a solar array and now produce more electricity than we consume. We have a landscaping that requires very little water. We have LED lights and solar lighting all over the place. We even have a high speed electric car charger (electric car not included…yet). We even have a giant California native oak tree in our back yard that keeps the hillside firm and gives the whole property strength against the elements, whatever those might be.
It is home.
A Home for the Furry Ones: Adopting a Furry One from a shelter can transform your house into a cozy home. But without careful preparation, your new furry friend can turn the old homestead into a mess. The following household and training tips will get you on your way to having it all—furry love and a tidy home.
Get Off to a Great Start
And remember to increase your pet’s roaming privileges slowly, room by room. Going from restriction to complete freedom can set a pet up to fail.
Keep Your Pet’s Eating and Sleeping Areas Tidy
Here are some fun ways to spruce up your home for your companion animals:
Adapted from articles by Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Companion Animals Program Advisor, and Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, Senior Vice President, ASPCA National Program Office.
Bay Area Home Sales Tank. Why? Because things are BAD or because they are soooooo GOOD? What we have is a supply problem, folks. No supply, no sales. This puts the pinch on buyers and creates a feeding frenzy for the little supply available. The message here is that it is a great time to put your home on the market, but be sure you have somewhere to move. Arkansas anyone???
As professional REALTORS, one element of helping our clients is to be actively involved in our profession. As FULL TIME REALTORS, we are active in many aspects of our industry. This helps our clients because we are known in the community as active, full time real estate professionals that do the job well and within the National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics.
Being involved also means attending what is called our local weekly “marketing meetings.” This is where we meet with fellow active professionals to talk about our current clients and their needs, be it to buy a property or list their property for sale. The group also conducts a weekly “broker tour” to hold new listings open for fellow REALTORS to preview newly available properties for sale.
Interestingly (and perhaps sadly) only about 75 or so of us get together at our local meeting, yet there are over 3,000 members of our local association. Those that attend the meetings are the serious and committed professionals that serve their clients at the highest possible level.
Those of you searching for a local real estate professional here in the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo-San Leandro market should first make sure that person is a REALTOR. Second, ask them how often they attend their local marketing meeting to represent your interests. Finally , as them where that local marketing meeting is held (Answer: Knudsen’s Ice Creamery in Castro Valley should be their answer).