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…

Summer Fun in Lamorinda

Beat the blues this summer with some free weekly community events right here in Lamorinda. Whether it’s an outdoor family movie night, weekend farmer’s market, or midweek food trucks and music in the park – there’s something here for everyone. So, mark your calendars, grab your family and friends, and get ready to relax and have some fun while you enjoy these community events.   MUSIC: Free outdoor summer concerts have long been an American…

Six Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Home

California is one of the best states in the country to live, and that’s why the real estate market is so hot. Even though it’s been a seller’s market for years, a few tweaks to the outside can always help bring in the offers. Here are six landscaping trends that can increase the value of your home. Gravel landscaping You want the latest trend, but you don’t want to go crazy. Gravel landscaping is super…