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Closing Costs & Your New Home

If you’re close to buying a home, closing costs will become a point of consideration for you- maybe even concern. Here in Walnut Creek, CA – and the surrounding areas- closing costs are pretty expensive, but pretty competitive when looking at our neighboring states.  You need to look at paperwork called TLE. The Loan Estimate (TLE) […]

3 Tips to Selling High End Walnut Creek Homes

People often ask me what makes a home appealing. Well, there are a few things that really play to the psychology of attracting home buyers. First, a great manicured front lawn. Yes, fresh cut grass. I always tell people to have their lawn cut within hours of showing because it will help the home sell […]

Selling Homes in Walnut Creek this Summer

People tend not to consider that summer heat does impact how someone views a home. If you’re shopping for a house to buy in the summer, you tend to spend more time online researching the house than actually visiting homes and stepping inside to experience all they may have to offer- you know, the stuff […]

Sell Your Walnut Creek Home Quickly

There are certain things you and your real estate professional can do to help sell your Walnut Creek, CA home quickly. Some of these tips are common sense, but some of them are real estate industry secrets. We here at Sam Benson Real Estate are pleased to offer them all to you! First, know that […]

When The Sale Won’t Close

People think it doesn’t happen, but it does. Every one in a while a home sale will not close. It is rare, but this does happen – even in the greater Walnut Creek area. So, why does it happen? Well, there are a few reasons. First, missing documents are the most common reason in this […]

Don’t Buy A Home This Year!

Yes, a real estate professional is telling you NOT to buy a home this year… that is under certain circumstances. Buying a home right now (in this hot market) is a good idea, unless you are in a few certain financial positions. What are these positions? Well, I am listing them below; 1. You have […]

Money Tips on Buying a Home

No matter where you buy a home, there are basic things to consider. People fall in love with the idea of their own home, but they often are not aware of all the responsibilities  that come with owning home. For example;  are you setting a budget? By budget, I mean make sure to calculate a […]

PMI – The 411

A big question that many real estate professionals are asked about simply comes down to PMI. If you’re a first time homebuyer with a low down payment, you will become quickly familiar with the term ‘PMI’. Most lenders require PMI when a homebuyer makes a down payment of less than 20% of the home’s purchase price […]

Walnut Creek Homebuying Tips

I always like to people that there is no “magic wand” when it comes to buying homes in the greater Walnut Creek, CA area. However, there are two tips right now that I can share which will help your home buying efforts become more competitive within the local area. First, do some footwork yourself. This […]

When It’s Time to Rightsize

Is it time to let that big house go? Think about why you want this because there can be for many reasons. I tell my clients the to really think about the need for a family home during retirement. The expense associated with keeping up a pool, a lawn, maintenance on a home, taxes on a […]

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