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”
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”
Many homebuyers I encounter are on the fence of buying now vs. waiting until later this year or next year to buy a home. “Will inventory get better?” “What if the market softens?” “Is another crash coming?” “I’m waiting for prices to come down.”
If we haven’t spoken over the phone or in person about these concerns yet, we definitely should. But below is some general information for you to consider when determining whether now might be the right time for you to buy a home. Continue reading “The Cost of Waiting To Buy”
A homeowner recently asked me whether she should make certain upgrades to her home before she put it on the market. While I believe some upgrades help the home show better, and increase the home’s appeal to a greater number of buyers — such as removing popcorn ceilings, applying a fresh coat of paint — many upgrades aren’t necessary to sell a home for top dollar. Below are some repairs that can get you a greater return on investment. Continue reading “Do I Need To Remodel Before I Sell?”
Even if your credit is already solid, it pays to keep improving. A higher score (especially above 760) can give you more options — and better rates — when applying for a mortgage. Here are some tips to help you improve: Continue reading “5 Tips to Take Your Credit From Good to Great”
Congratulations to my client on purchasing this wonderful single family home in the Sunset district! This home has tons of potential and is in a convenient location near so many things. Wishing his family many years of happiness in their new home!
2721 Taraval Street, San Francisco
2 bed, 2 bath, 1200 sq ft.
Many first time homebuyers mistakenly believe that the first step to buying a home is to find the home they want to live in. In reality, searching for a home should come only after two important things have been completed: finding the right real estate agent and getting pre-approved. Today’s post is about the second step — the all-important pre-approval. Continue reading “The Importance of Getting Preapproved”
Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. As evidence of that, 91% of Americans believe that owning a home is either essential (43%) or important (48%) to achieving that “dream.” In a market where some people may be unsure about the benefits and possibilities of buying a home, it is important that we remember this.
Homeownership is NOT just about the money. In fact, some of the major benefits are non-financial. Here are a few of those benefits as per the National Association of Realtors: Continue reading “The Benefits Of Homeownership Go Beyond The Financial”