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Blog Archives: June 2014

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 16 Pages

June 30, 2014
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. This week we have 16 pages – ...

How To Attract High-End Buyers For Your Home For Sale

June 30, 2014
There’s at least one good thing about the drop in the dollar and it’s boosting the real estate market. Many high-end Europeans are now looking toward the U.S. for a vacation home or permanent residence, and that could mean big hope for your home for sale. However, this also means a different way of selling. Stage A Benefit No open house for high-end buyers. Host an event instead – maybe even a benefit dinner for a worthy charity. Let people come and view the property, but give them an avenue to mix and mingle as well. In addition, they get ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014
Last week brought several economic and housing sector reports including Existing Home Sales, Case-Shiller and FHFA home prices for April, as well as New Home Sales. Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rates survey and the weekly report on new jobless claims were released on Thursday, and Consumer Sentiment for June rounded out the week on Friday. Existing Home Sales Stronger than Expected! Good news came from the National Association of REALTORS® Existing Home Sales report for May, which reported 4.89 million previously owned homes sold on a ...

Discover Why Your Home Isn’t Selling This Summer

June 27, 2014
Just when you think you’ve done everything you need to do to get your home ready for the market, months pass and your home doesn’t sell. Consider a few factors that can effect your goal of selling your home. Priced Too High If your home has an excessive asking price, it will be harder to sell. With so many homes available today, a big price tag may turn buyers off. And, your competition down the street may have the same home but a better price. The Market  No longer can you simply put a home on the market and watch the offers roll in....

4 Tips To Lower Homeowners Insurance For Your Home

June 26, 2014
With the prices for everything skyrocketing these days, every penny counts. This includes your homeowner’s insurance costs. If you’re thinking of buying a home and need homeowner’s insurance, here are a few tips on getting quality insurance for a fair price: Tip #1: Shop Around Ask family and friends about their homeowner’s insurance. Check the Yellow Pages, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the state insurance department. Other places to shop for insurance include consumer guides, insurance agents and online ...

Wrought Iron, A Simple, Strong, And Beautiful Addition To Any Modern Home

June 25, 2014
Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been used to beautify homes for centuries. Its strong and simple elegance is a wonderful addition to any modern home and can be incorporated into home design in many different ways. A Masculine Addition To Any Design Wrought iron is considered to be masculine from a design standpoint. It is a great way to add depth and balance to a home. It works well with both light and dark palettes, and can be incorporated into most modern home designs. Because it is fabricated by welding, wrought iron has a ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 20 Pages

June 24, 2014
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. This week we have 20 pages – ...

Three Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting

June 24, 2014
Many home owners putting up their home for sale on the market don’t have a lot of available cash to spruce it up. While staging houses is a definite plus, it can cost a fair amount of money, as do many of the other suggested “to-dos.” Here are a few inexpensive and easy ways to make your home look more inviting to buyers. Put Up Your Personal Stuff Not every buyer looking at a home for sale appreciates the fact that someone still lives there. Putting away the your personal things can help the buyers’ see themselves in the home. You will ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014
Last week’s scheduled economic news included the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, Housing Starts and Building Permits. The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) issued its usual statement at the conclusion of its meeting, and Fed Chair Janet Yellen also gave a press conference. Home Builder Confidence Improves, but Housing Starts Slow NAHB released its Housing Market Index report, which reached its highest reading in five months. The index moved up from 45 to 49; a reading of 50 indicates that ...

DIY Or Hire It Done, Renovating Real Estate Investment Properties

June 23, 2014
Sometimes, when buying – or even thinking about buying real estate for investment purposes, you’re faced with the need to fix up the property. The question then arises: Should I fix it up myself or hire it done? Unfortunately, no one can give you the right answer. However, there are a few questions that you can ask yourself to help decide the issue: Do I Have The Time? Time is an issue that many people forget about, but it should be one of the deciding factors. Some renovations, such as handles, hinges or kitchen hardware can take very ...

Thinking About Buying An Investment Property? 6 Tips To Ensure You Don’t Get Fleeced

June 20, 2014
Purchasing an investment property is one of the most important decisions that you’ll ever be a part of. As such, it’s a necessity to make your decisions with only the most careful of consideration. Here are six tips that you need to heed in order to ensure that you don’t get fleeced. Find The Right Property At The Right Price Yes, this is a whole lot easier said than done. However, it’s not impossible. All it takes is some patience and research. You have to determine what everything in your area is selling for in order to be able to spot ...

Three Mobile Apps That Make Home Automation Tasks Quick And Easy

June 19, 2014
These days, efficiency and productivity are the keys to life, which is why it’s no surprise that home automation is a bigger topic than ever before. As more and more people become tech savvy and get used to working with handheld devices, home automation becomes a natural fit for your smartphone or other handheld device. After all, it’s a true pleasure to be able to control nearly everything in your home from just one device! You have so many things to do each and every day that it could be too much of a hassle to do everything separately ...

The Green Thumb: Four Easy Ways To Get More From Your Home Garden

June 18, 2014
Growing a home garden creates beauty, oxygen and even food for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get more from your home garden, here are four easy ways to improve a green thumb. A Good Foundation For Your Garden Good soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. By using quality soil, you can give your garden the best start possible. Adding a variety of organic matter to soil will give plants a happy home to grow in. Add two to three inches of organic matter to your garden bed at the beginning of each season. Compost, dried ...

3 Signs It’s Time To Lower The Price On Your Real Estate

June 17, 2014
Selling your home or property in a slow real estate market isn’t easy, but it can be done. Pricing your property right is the key to selling it within a reasonable amount of time. Sometimes this means lowering your price while it’s on the market. Of course, you want to get as much money as possible, so how do you know when it’s time to lower your asking price? No One Is Looking At Your Home If you expect your home to sell, you need to have people look inside it. Most buyers search for homes within a certain price range. If you aren’t ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 18 Pages

June 16, 2014
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. This week we have 18 pages – ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014
Last week’s economic news was quiet in the housing sector, but retail sales and employment-related reports provided indications of less consumer spending and reduced consumer confidence. On Monday, James Bullard, St. Louis Fed President, commented that inflation appears to be rising. Although not a voting member of the Fed’s Open Market Committee (FOMC), inflation has been a topic of concern to the FOMC in recent years. Mr. Bullard had previously noted that inflation was stable. His remarks set the stage for this week’s FOMC meeting and ...

Six Easy Ways To Protect Your Home Against Burglars And Thieves

June 16, 2014
Burglaries are a concern for many North Americans. Although some communities report more break ins than others, everyone should be aware of their home’s safety and security. Protecting yourself and your home from thieves can contribute to a better quality of life. Know And Connect With Your Neighbors There is much to be said about knowing your neighbors. By establishing connections with the residents around you, you’ll be better equipped to spot suspicious people. When neighbors look out for other members the community, they give thieves ...

How To Build The Ultimate Tree House For Your Children In Just Seven Steps

June 13, 2014
Building a tree house is a time honored tradition for many families. One of the benefits of having a yard is the ability to build a tree fort for your children. If you’re planning to build a fun fort for your kids, here are seven steps to help you create the ultimate tree house. The Ultimate Plan For The Perfect Playhouse The best projects are often the most thought out. Sit down with your children and lay the plans for their tree house. Let them contribute their thoughts and ideas so they feel a part of the planning process. Although you ...

Market Focus Report May 2014

June 12, 2014
The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well, but here in San Francisco, buyers must contend with an array of market factors, including decreasing supply and increasing competition, to make that dream a reality. With single family homes selling for 116 percent of list price and condos/TIC/Coop going for 109 percent of list price, it’s always a good idea to have a seasoned REALTOR® in your corner. New Listings were down 28.3 percent for single family homes and 18.5 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales decreased 23.0 ...

Did You Know? How Paint Color Choices Can Drastically Affect The ‘Mood’ Of Your Home

June 12, 2014
Whether you’re sprucing up your house to sell or simply looking for a color to bring out the beauty of your home, it’s imperative that you do your homework. Before you head off to your local DIY store with a paint sample in one hand and a wallet in the other, you need to ensure that you’re picking the colors that are right for your home and your personality. It is true that you can never go wrong with a neutral, but you can also go so much more right with the correct color in the appropriate space, whether it’s a neutral or not. Give The ...

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