Uncategorized The False Sirens of Real Estate At first glance that headline would seem counterintuitive for two real estate brokers to start with. But it is tied into one of our core philosophies of business:  tell the truth because the truth is more important than our next commission check. We discuss with clients everyday about what they want from their next home […]
Uncategorized  Residential Housing as a Multi-Generational Story Housing stability and security is an essential part of everyone’s story. Buying a house in the current Bay Area housing market can be daunting and it is common for buyers to receive help from family members. As each generation hopes to create a better future for the next generation, it is essential to understand how […]
Uncategorized Creating a Hedge Against Inflation Inflation appears to be at our doorstep and the best way to control your housing costs may be to buy now, even in this crazy market. Fixing your housing costs with a fixed rate mortgage at historic lows will be better than risking rent increases in the coming years. If you have done anything during […]
Uncategorized Protecting Your Home From the Never-Ending Fire Season California residents need to prepare for the never-ending fire season. Regardless of the causes of the more severe fires there are several things you can do to protect your family, home, and other assets. The perils can include direct loss to fire, utility interruption, home value, and insurability.  Knowing what you can do to protect […]
Uncategorized 8 Steps to Selling Success It’s a great time to sell! Our 8 steps to selling success will ensure you reap the rewards of the current seller’s market. Home selling doesn’t need to be complicated when we guide you through our home selling process. The market continues to heavily favor sellers and if you are ready we can help you […]
Uncategorized Record Setting Sales Prices Create Strong Seller’s Market The first quarter of the year is typically the slowest one of the real estate cycle. Sales and sale prices mostly reflect what was happening during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. The market slowly starts to wake up post-Super Bowl as we head towards the prime selling season known as Spring Market. But this year […]
Uncategorized Will Prop 19 Help Me Save On Taxes? It has been said that only two things in life are guaranteed, death and taxes. We know we can’t avoid the first but we are all up for trying to minimize the second.  Proposition 19 is California’s latest effort. If you are over 55, severely disabled, or a victim of wildfire/natural disaster, you may be […]
Uncategorized Early 2021 Indicators Show Housing Market Run to Continue What can we say, 2020 did not go as predicted, so any 2021 forecasting perhaps should be taken with a grain of salt. As it turns out, our crystal ball is really just clouded glass. That being said, here is what we see happening post insurrection, post inauguration, and anticipating new administration policies (both COVID […]
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Uncategorized Going Home It has been said that “…you can never go home again.” Perhaps that has never been more true than this past holiday season of Covid-19. Wise counsel told us that traveling is dangerous and that sitting around tables with our at-risk family members is too risky to enjoy. Even if we were together, it wouldn’t […]
Uncategorized Making A Difference In Our Community   While some of us were on a media fast during the height of election season, the world kept spinning and Covid-19 kept wreaking havoc in people’s lives, healthwise and economically.  As you might guess, Sherry and I believe safe, secure housing is fundamental to our overall well-being. We love how Habitat for Humanity’s vision […]
Uncategorized 5 Fall Exterior Home Maintenance Tips Fall is an important time of the year for exterior home maintenance and perhaps this year even more so than usual. With fire season seemingly starting earlier, lasting longer and with more damage, we need to do more than a quick once over on our homes and yards. Fire Safety: It is important to contact […]
Uncategorized Best Practices Withstand COVID-19 Earlier this month we were invited to speak at Luxury Connections, a top producer panel for The Artisan Group. The Artisan Group is made up of five of the most influential independent brokerages in Northern California. We discussed our successes in serving our clients’ real estate needs in the age of COVID-19. The best practices from our […]
Uncategorized Who is Buying and Who is Selling During a Pandemic? Many real estate markets are thriving in the age of COVID-19 and a few are struggling. Where and what you are buying and selling makes all the difference.  We have seen heavy activity with younger buyers and sellers. The classic downsizer is more likely to stay on the sideline.  And the higher-end homeowners are making […]
Uncategorized Has Contra Costa County Housing caught Covid-19? *April numbers represent new and sold listings through 4/15. Real Estate professionals should always discuss market conditions with buyers and sellers. It is more true in the current conditions as they are changing.  Because a home is usually the largest single investment most of us have, we need to have a fact-based understanding of its […]
Uncategorized Difficult Market Conditions? “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that […]
Uncategorized Home Safety By definition, a house or apartment can only be called a home if you feel safe living there. Depending on a specific location there are a number of things to do to help your home be safe.  Here is a shortlist of simple things to do. 1) Keep your home well lit: Put in motion […]
Uncategorized 5 Tips to Get Your House Ready for Fall 1.  Furnace   It’s a good time to make sure everything will run smoothly this fall when the temperatures drop. Get your furnace inspected and make sure to change the filters regularly. This will help keep energy costs down.2.  Chimney & Fireplace   If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and […]