JUST SOLD – 979 36th Street, Richmond

Congratulations to my newest set of homeowners! Admittedly, this home started out with some flaws that might have scared other homebuyers away.  But after reviewing what was truly important to my clients and taking a closer second look, my clients decided this was the home for them, so we convinced the seller to fix those “flaws” with our winning offer and went for it.  It took some persistence, but sometimes winning the right home for you means really thinking about what you want, what can be fixed to get you what you want, and what you can’t live without.  Then, with the right negotiations, you can reach an agreement that works for everyone.

Unfortunately for many people, there is no such thing as the “perfect” home unless they buy a brand new home that’s custom-made just for them (and pay the premium for doing so).  Inevitably, with buying an older home, some things will need to be repaired.  So I work with homebuyers to find the “perfect-for-them” home with the right amount of work they can either undertake themselves or negotiate with the seller to take care of.  I also help homebuyers, like these, investigate some overlooked neighborhoods that have many hidden benefits — like this cozy, family-friendly neighborhood in North & East Richmond, CA just minutes from Bart, Oakland, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco.

If you’re interested in finding your own “perfect-for-you” home in the Bay Area, contact me today.

JUST SOLD – Off Market in La Honda

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of helping my clients buy their first home nestled in the beautiful redwoods of La Honda, California. After exploring a few different areas, these homebuyers decided La Honda was the next place they wanted to plant some roots.  Located just a short drive from Palo Alto and the rest of the peninsula, as well as the Pacific Ocean in the opposite direction, this location was absolutely perfect for them to start their next chapter.

With little inventory available in La Honda, I knew I had to get creative to find this well-deserving couple their dream home, before prices continued to appreciate and with interest rates on the rise.  Continue reading “JUST SOLD – Off Market in La Honda”

Pros and Cons of Waiving Contingencies

If you’re at all involved in the real estate market lately, you have probably heard a lot about “contingencies” (also referred to as “conditions” in other parts of the country).  You might have also heard about all-cash offers, “non-contingent” offers or “waiving contingencies,” especially if you’re in the Bay Area.  Many of my first-time homebuyers, and even experienced homebuyers, are commonly confused by this complicated-sounding term.  If you’re one of them, this post is for you… Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Waiving Contingencies”

Getting to Know Me: 6 Things I Love The Most (and Least) About Being a Realtor

I’m often asked the question of how I like being a realtor compared to being an attorney.  (For those of you new to this site, I practiced law full-time for about 5 years before starting my real estate business.)  The truth is, I LOVE IT! Like every profession, there are pros and cons to working in residential real estate.  But for me and where I am in my career right now, the pros far outweigh the cons.

For anyone considering the real estate industry, here are a few things to consider… Continue reading “Getting to Know Me: 6 Things I Love The Most (and Least) About Being a Realtor”

JUST LISTED – 2724 Oak Road #122, Walnut Creek

Don’t miss this gorgeously remodeled home featuring upgrades that have been carefully selected with the utmost care: an upgraded kitchen with granite countertops and brand new faucet, newly remodeled bath, fresh interior paint throughout, two bedrooms with brand new carpet, and laminate floors! You’ll also love the upgraded dual pane windows in this end-unit condo, which allow natural sunlight to shine throughout the day. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the easy access to Iron Horse Trail just steps from your door, the outdoor pool and Walden Park, just to name a few. Conveniently located a short walk to BART and with quick access to 680, excellent restaurants, shopping, fitness, and top-rated schools. Extra storage space and 1-car covered parking are included; HOA set to replace balcony soon.  So much to love about this home! Continue reading “JUST LISTED – 2724 Oak Road #122, Walnut Creek”

The Less Obvious Costs of Buying A Home

If you’re a first time homebuyer, or it’s been a while since you bought your home, you’re probably wondering what added costs are involved in purchasing a home, aside from your down payment.  Once you are under contract to purchase a home, your lender will provide you with a loan estimate, which will include an estimate of all closing costs.  However, you may want an idea of what these costs look like long before reaching that point in the homebuying process.  And rightly so:  it’s important to be informed ahead of time to avoid surprises – just a little preparation can make all the difference.  A general rule of thumb is to budget for 1% of the purchase price towards closing costs.  Below is a rough estimate* of some of the costs that might be involved with your home purchase.  (Please note these numbers are based on the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market and may vary.) Continue reading “The Less Obvious Costs of Buying A Home”

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