Minimizing the Back-to-School Craziness

It’s hard to believe, but summer vacation is wrapping up and the bustle of back-to-school is in full swing. Going from flexible summer days to mornings dictated by the alarm clock can certainly be a jolt to the system. While you can’t make the summer last any longer, there are a few things you can do to help the transition back-to-school. Here are a few tips to get you started. Sleep. This means establishing a…

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Home Buying

Throughout your lifetime, you will make some pretty big purchases and commitments. There may be weddings, car purchases, or college/grad-school tuition; however, not much compares to buying a home. While this will be an exciting time, there are also many other emotions that come up during the home buying process. Working with a Village Associate Real Estate agent who can guide you through the roller-coaster of emotions will certainly make the whole process smoother. Below…

Seven Tips to Prepare for a Home Appraisal

Getting ready to sell your home or perhaps you’re hoping to refinance your current mortgage? Either way, you will be required to have your home appraised. The whole process can feel a bit stressful and like it’s all out of your control, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are steps you can take to help you get the maximum appraisal value for your home. 1.  First impressions count You may not think too much…

Helping kids deal with a move

Moving to a new home, whether it be in a new city or state can be very stressful especially for children. While adults can focus on the practical problems, children are more focused on the losses caused by the move. These loses range from a loss of control, friendships, and familiar habits. Keeping this in mind, we have put together a few suggestions to help alleviate some of the stress experienced by children in a…

Tips for Staging Your Outdoor Living Space

  Lamorinda is among the most desirable areas in the nation, which makes selling a home in this area a breeze. However, getting an offer at or above asking depends on that first impression. Most sellers wouldn’t dream of trying to sell an unstaged home, but sometimes overlook staging the yard. That’s a shame because outdoor staging can increase curb appeal, reduce time spent on the market, and increase the asking price. Here are a…