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…

Today’s Model Home Features

Are you curious about what today’s home amenity trends are? There are so many aesthetics to choose from that it can be difficult to decide where to start. One great way to get acquainted with current trends is to look at model home features in brand new developments. It’s no secret that a stone countertop has been the classically trendy way to go for years. But which stone should it be? Granite was in for…

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…

What Do Millennial Home Buyers Want in a Home?

It’s a question many people are asking: what do Millennial home buyers look for in a home? Gen Y buyer demographics are steadily rising: thirty-four percent of today’s home buyers are under 36 years old, up from 32% two years ago. Since it’s clear this segment will only grow, current and future home sellers need to know what Gen Y wants in a home. According to Realtor.com, top motivating factors for Millennial home buyers are the aspiration to become home owners and…