Top Home Renovations

In our last post, we shared an infographic chronicling the top five home renovations to avoid when you are preparing to sell your home. Which begs the question: “now that I know what to avoid, what home renovations should I spend my money and attention on?” To get the highest return on investment, your pre-move repairs should focus on both the appearance of your home and its underlying structure. These days, high ticket updates don’t…

What to Do When Your Home Appraisal is Too Low

Home appraisals can be tricky. Though we recently discussed how to get the best outcome for your home appraisal, things don’t always go as planned. Many factors, both internal and external, can impact the final result of your appraisal. So, what to do when your home appraisal is too low? 1. Realize that you aren’t alone Particularly in rising housing markets, a lower-than-expected appraisal happens more often than you might think. Appraisal results can be influenced…

The Importance of Curb Appeal

If you’ve ever bought a home, or even looked intently at houses while walking down the street, you know that curb appeal is vital. In fact, we’ve discussed the importance of curb appeal many times on this blog! From having clean, dent-free front and garage doors to ensuring the home’s entry is free of debris, there are many aspects of curb appeal to consider. But did you know that there is even more to it?…

Home Size in Today’s Real Estate Market

There are many reasons why people move: from job changes, to schools, to lifestyle desires such as urban or rural living. But did you know that over 60% of Americans wish to downsize their home? Home size is a major factor for owners, renters, and house hunters alike. Only 32% of Americans would choose a home the same size as the one in which they currently live. And among affluent Americans, 53% wish to downsize. According…

Contra Costa County Real Estate Market Data

If there were any doubt, today’s Bay Area real estate market can be summed up as described by a recent Mercury News article: “Bay Area real estate: too many buyers, not enough houses.” Despite our continued seller’s market, you can still prepare to make a great investment with current Contra Costa County real estate market data in hand. In 2016, sales and median home prices increased in Alamo, Clayton, El Cerrito, Martinez, Oakley, and Orinda, making these…