Great Price for a Huge Property! $749,000


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Beautiful Sunsets! OH Sun 1-4


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Summerset – August 2016 Re-sale Home Update

UPDATE 8/26/16:  Summerset currently has 15 homes available for re-sale.  Homes in Summerset range from 984 sq. ft. to +/- 2700 sq. ft.  All homes are single story, and built from 1994-2005.  Currently there are 2 duets for sale (the smallest models) and 2 of the largest models available (Cascade & Majestic)

Here  is a link to the current homes available in Summerset. 

Should you want more information, or a copy of the floor-plans, give me a call at 925-852-1659.

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AUGUST 2016 UPDATE – Trilogy Vineyard re-sale homes….

UPDATED 8/13/16:   Happy August to you!  Are you looking for a FABULOUS move-in ready home in one of the BEST “over 55” communities in the Bay Area?   Then, Trilogy Vineyards re-sale homes may be for YOU!    Although the 2016 inventory is less than prior year, there are several great properties with lots that cannot be found on a new build.

The current re-sale inventory consists of 5 homes; ranging from $579,900-$1,189,500; please note that the home on Malbec is CONTINGENT!  Here is a link to current Trilogy Vineyard re-sale homes!   The home on  Zinfandel is the smallest model (Alicante) and the home on Barbaresco is brand new.

Next Saturday, August 20th, will be a FUN evening under the stars.  Joel the Band will be performing; a Billy Joel tribute band.   Concert starts at 7:30PM, and the entry donation benefits the re-building of the John Marsh home.

Should you want to know more about Trilogy Vineyard re-sales, or receive a copy of the floor-plans, give me a call at 925-852-1659.

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Upper Valley Beauty: 1/3 Acre $799,000




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Tips for Buyers

Tips for Buyers

Try to look beyond the furniture, the artwork and the personal items.
Instead, try to focus on…
The location of the property.
The quality of construction.
The layout of the house.
The dimensions of the rooms.
The possibilities for customization and sweat-equity improvement.
And, of course… The view!

If you buy this house, everything not attached will be gone.
Try to imagine all of YOUR possessions in this house.
Make it your own, in your mind.

Happy Buying !

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Sold $512K 6 Days, $23K Over Asking!

Castro Valley Is On The Move!



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Summerset Re-sale Update -July 2016

UPDATED 7/28/16 – Summerset is an “over 55” community in Brentwood; with 2,000+ homes in 4 communities.  The homes were built from 1994-2005, and offering a minimum of 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, garage, and 9′ ceilings in a gated environment.

Currently, there are 16 homes on the MLS in Summerset; with a total of 6 homes next to/on the golf course that are available. Here is a link to current homes on the MLS.

The Average Sales Price for the 2nd Quarter 2016 was $488K, with the average days on market at 32.  There were 31 homes sold; the lowest was a duet at $340K, and the highest was a golf course Majestic in SS#4 at $749K.  (A record sale at Summerset!)   Here is a link to 2nd Quarter 2016 sales.

Summerset offers its residences a club house to gather, pool, spa, work-out room, and many monthly events/activities and trips.  For more information, call me at 925-852-1659.

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Trilogy Vineyard Re-sale Properties….

UPDATED 7-28-16: Trilogy Vineyard Resale homes can be a great alternative to purchasing a new build.  These homes have the warranties, a completed yard, window coverings and included upgrades that would cost much more to add on to a new build.   The first homes were built in 2007, so floor plans differ from the current 3 Collections being offered.  The last re-sale price on the entry-level/smallest re-sale home (the Alicante – 1468 sq. ft.), had a $560K recorded sales price in April 2016.

There are 5 re-sale homes now on the MLS…  an Alicante (1468 sq. ft.), a Rafael (2751 sq. ft), a Maxime (2846 sq. ft.), a Tropez ( 2970 sq. ft.), and a Cetera (2338); which is a FORMER MODEL (built 2006) and all decked out, including a vineyard view.  Here is a link to current TRILOGY VINEYARD RE-SALE HOMES

In the 2nd quarter 2016, there were 8 re-sale homes in Trilogy Vineyards.  They ranged from $560K-$1,199K, and here is a link to these 2nd Quarter 2016 re-sale homes.

If you would like a copy of floor plans or have any questions, give me a call at 925-852-1659.

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Train Your Buyers

Train Your Buyers

After many years in this business, I still can’t get over how picky some Buyers are. What really bothers me is that they are not picky about the right things.
I’ve seen Buyers breeze through an open house or a private tour gawking at all the personal items in the house, or even if it is professionally staged, they comment on some of the particular staging items.

They must realize that after escrow closes, NONE of those unattached items will be left there.

As Realtors representing Buyers, we must educated them to look at the location of the property foremost, then the layout of the house, then the dimensions of the rooms, then the amenities included in the sale…in that order…and that’s all!

This education of our Buyer clients is one of the most useful services we can offer. Pre-approval for financing, searching for property in their price range and location, negotiating on their behalf for the best deal, writing the strongest offer for them, following through in escrow with all the inspections and contingencies, and assistance in re-locating are all great services to our clients.

But, without sitting down with them first and showing them exactly HOW to look at property, we are limiting their search and their eventual satisfaction.
As, primarily a listing agent, I can tell if a Buyer is a lookie-loo, a nosy neighbor, or an intelligent, serious Buyer.

The trouble is Buyers only do this once in a blue moon. Very few really have any experience at Buying.  As agents, it is up to us to give them the guidance they need. After all, we do this all the time.

Happy Buying!

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