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Blog Archives: March 2016

5 Photo Shoot Tips for Amazing Listing Photos

March 31, 2016
 Pick The Right Light It won’t even be worth your while to pick up the camera if the lighting is off, so make sure you capture your home in the middle of the day when natural light is at its peak. Instead of morning or night, when spaces can appear dim, turn on the lights during the day, let the sunlight flow in and shoot away! Keep It Clutter Free While it’s common sense to clean up your home before committing anything to photography, it’s also important to be aware of any items that may catch the eye of the viewer and deflect interest ...

Selling Your Half of a Jointly-owned Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

March 30, 2016
 There are many factors to consider when it comes to selling your home, and if you own your home with someone else the details involved can be even more confusing. If you’re wading into your co-ownership options and are curious about your next steps, here’s a short list of some things to think about. Buyout: Selling Your Half If you own your home with a friend, family member or former partner who would like to keep the property, the first thing you’ll want to do is contact an appraiser who will provide you with the market value of your ...

Accent Walls: 3 Easy Ways to Spice up Your Space

March 29, 2016
For those who love to decorate and are always excited to test out the latest trends in design, the accent wall is a concept that’s become popular in recent years. If you’re not sure how to use this feature to twist any room on its side, here’s how to go about painting your very own and instantly dressing up the look of your favorite room. Pick The Perfect Wall When deciding on the ideal location for an accent wall, it’s important to consider which space in your home will benefit from a splash of color and still be complimented by this ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016
Increasing Home Prices Good For Sellers The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported lower sales of pre-owned homes in February. Would-be buyers were discouraged by rapidly rising home prices. Short supplies of available homes sidelined potential buyers as higher home prices and cash buyers squeeze out buyers who need mortgages to buy homes. Multiple offers resulting in bidding wars have also deterred buyers in high demand markets. According to NAR’s February report, sales of existing homes fell 7.10 percent to their lowest level ...

3 Psychological Hacks That Will Help You Sell Your Home Faster

March 25, 2016
From real estate agents to home buyers, there are so many tips out there on how to sell your home that it can be overwhelming to determine which tricks will boost your success rate and make the sale. If you’re looking for a few sure-fire hacks for getting your home off the market quickly, the following may do a lot of the hard work for you so that selling won’t remain a worry for long. Stick To A Neutral Palette Neutral colors like white and grey may seem like a boring approach to design, but they’re actually a great way to grab a potential ...

4 Websites to Help You Evaluate the Safety of Your Future Neighborhood

March 24, 2016
When you’re just moving into a neighborhood, it can be hard to know exactly what you’re getting into. Certainly, you can see the sights for yourself and read about your new community online, but there are still things that may not be readily available. If you’re looking for the cold, hard facts on the safety of your neighborhood, look no further than the following websites for the things you’ll want to know. Situation Alerts on SpotCrime By simply typing your street address in at SpotCrime, you will get an instant report of all the criminal ...

Fed Policymakers Make Interesting Decision on Interest Rates

March 23, 2016
According to a press release by the Federal Reserve, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the current target federal funds rate will hold steady at  0.25 to 0.50 percent. Committee members cited positive developments in the U.S economy including jobs growth, stronger labor markets and gradually increasing inflation. In addition, stronger housing sector and household spending were also noted as positive signs for the economy. Committee members cited risks associated with global economic and financial developments as a concern. FOMC ...

Worried about Your FICO Score? 4 Easy Strategies to Fix It Up

March 22, 2016
If you’re worried about your bad credit, you’ll want to do everything in your power to improve your rating as quickly as possible – especially if you have a major purchase coming up. Improving your credit rating can give you access to better interest rates on mortgages or even help you to get that job you’re after. IMPORTANT! If you are currently involved in a home loan transaction, speak with your trusted real estate advisor before taking any action regarding your credit! So how can you boost your FICO score quickly and easily? Here’s what ...

Tuesday Tour Sheet for March 22, 2016

March 21, 2016
Tuesday tour (aka Broker’s Tour) is not just for brokers anymore – the public is invited and welcome to attend. In fact, it’s one of SF’s best kept real estate secrets. Many of the properties on the tour are open for the first time. For serious buyers, this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the weekend crowds. Plus, many of the open houses are catered – BONUS! Click HERE for a full schedule. I go out just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not, and report back to my clients. For help with San Francisco ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016
 Housing Starts Up in February Shortages of available homes are a major factor in rising home prices; shortages also make it more difficult for buyers to find homes they want. Housing starts in February rose, which is good news for the peak spring and summer home buying season. Other housing related news released last week included the Fed’s decision not to raise the target federal funds rate and Housing Starts and Building Permits reports issued by the Commerce Department. Consumer Sentiment was also released along with regularly scheduled ...

Working from Home? Learn How to Create the Perfect Office with Any Spare Room

March 18, 2016
With the increasing flexibility of the modern workplace, there are many more businesses offering their employees the opportunity to work from home. While this shift in the job market has created a bevy of new options for freelance workers, it can also be a good reason to turn a spare room into a spanking new office. If you’re working from home, here are some tips for a stylish transition. Prime It With Paint Outside of lighting, the color and upkeep of the walls is going to have a huge impact on the way your spare office will look. Before ...

How to Calculate Your True Cost of Living and Determine How Much of a Home You Can Afford

March 17, 2016
A monthly mortgage can seem like enough of a financial responsibility on its own, but there are many factors involved in home ownership that affect its fiscal feasibility. If you’re in the market for a house and are wondering how your income will stack up against the rest of your expenses, here’s how to determine a home cost that’s reasonable for you. Determine Your Down Payment Before you start with anything else, you’ll want to determine the amount of money you can put down so you can estimate your monthly payments. The traditional amount ...

Looking to Invest or Live in an Up and Coming Neighborhood? 5 Clues to Finding The Best Ones

March 16, 2016
Making a home purchase in a neighborhood that is sure to boom in the coming years can be a great real estate investment, but guessing on the next trendy locale may seem fraught with risk. If you’re trying to determine which area will be up and coming down the road, here are some telltale signs that buying may be a benefit to your bank account. Full Of Creative Energy Many bohemian areas are popular because of their lower rental and purchase prices, but a locale with plenty of artists and cultural vibrancy is probably going to be on the ...

3 Budget-friendly DIY Weekend Renovations to Step into Spring

March 15, 2016
The springtime is often the best time of the year for cleaning up and getting rid of old items, but with its proximity to the winter months it can still be hard to commit to large-scale renovations. If you’re looking for some small fixes to give your home a seasonal boost, here are a few options that won’t take up a lot of time. Freshen Up The Window Frames Paint can instantly enhance the brightness of any room, but deciding to repaint can be a job that takes more than just a weekend. Instead of committing to everything, paint your window ...

Tuesday Tour Sheet for March 15, 2016

March 14, 2016
Tuesday tour (aka Broker’s Tour) is not just for brokers anymore – the public is invited and welcome to attend. In fact, it’s one of SF’s best kept real estate secrets. Many of the properties on the tour are open for the first time. For serious buyers, this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the weekend crowds. Plus, many of the open houses are catered – BONUS! Click HERE for a full schedule. I go out just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not, and report back to my clients. For help with San Francisco ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016
Last week’s economic news included Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index along with weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. The City of Detroit also announced a program to help would-be buyers purchase homes that do not qualify for mortgage loans due to severe damage. Fannie Mae: Home Buyer Sentiment Index Rises Fannie Mae’s Home Buyer Sentiment Index (HBSI) gained 1.20 percent for an overall reading of 82.70 percent for February. The index reading is calculated using responses to several questions contained in Fannie ...

Dream Renovations: Upgrading Your Bathroom from ‘Regular’ to ‘In-Home Spa’

March 11, 2016
There are times you might long for the relaxed leisure of the spa experience, but with the cost of a manicure it’s not always a pleasure one can afford. If your current bathroom set-up isn’t the optimal place for rest and relaxation, here are some cues for how you can turn it from a bit of a problem to a consummate pleasure. Install A Vintage Vanity The look of slick steel and porcelain can certainly be classy, but if you’re looking for an upscale room you’ll love to spend time in, consider a vintage dresser that you can turn into your very ...

Smart Appliances Get Smarter: Here’s What We Saw at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

March 10, 2016
With technology advancing at a mile a minute, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is a great place to see what’s new to the market and what will be sure to turn heads in the year to come. If you couldn’t make it to the show yourself but are curious about the highlights of the event, here are some of the hottest items in technology that appeared in Las Vegas this year. Make It Molecular With A Spectrometer Designed by Consumers Physics, the SCiO is a modern, small-sized molecular sensor that can give you volumes of information about your food ...

Thinking About Selling in 2016? 3 Reasons You’ll Absolutely Need a Great Real Estate Agent

March 09, 2016
Whether you’re familiar with the market or you’ve never sold a home before, an effective real estate agent can be exactly the thing you need to make for a positive market experience. With the world of real estate in a constant state of flux, here are a few reasons why the right agent can successfully guide you through the muddled waters of the market. A Skill For Communication In the case that the real estate market makes you nervous, it’s particularly important to have the kind of agent who will keep you in the loop and give you the ...

Thinking About Buying A Waterfront Home? Check Out These Important Tips!

March 08, 2016
The idea of an idyllic beachfront home is appealing for many people, but there are a number of factors involved in this type of home purchase that should be considered before getting serious. Whether it’s a home to live in full time, or a vacation property with investment potential, there are a number of issues to take note of. So, if you’re on the fence regarding waterfront property, here are some things you should keep in mind if beach life might be right for you. The Ever-Shifting Shoreline It goes without saying that the times are ...

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