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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 […]

200 Brannan Street to well-qualified buyers.

Sam Benson of Engel & Völkers proudly presents 200 Brannan Street to well-qualified buyers. The prestigious two-story condo is located at unit 420 with the secured building. Its well-appointed amenities provide lifestyle continuity for those seeking more from the 94107 neighborhood. “This condo is a prime opportunity for buyers seeking luxury meets practical living. Walk-in […]

The best & the worst markets

I receive a lot of questions about the local real estate market, as well as the bigger picture. Yes, real estate markets in different areas will always have their ups and downs, but there are a few markets who have steadily been good or bad over the last three years. San Francisco is on both […]

East Bay Home Buying Secrets

The market is moving in 2017. This said, I am starting to get the calls about buying homes. Everyone wants to know the secret for the best deal. Here’s the secret…there is no secret.  There are some basic things every to-be home buyer can do, regardless if you are in Walnut Creek or the East […]

Shaping Real Estate in 2017

Across the country, real estate trends for the 2017 year are starting to shape up. However, it is the real estate trends in the Walnut Creek, CA area that I am specifically interested in as they seem to be leading the way. First, commercial real estate used to define the success of an area but […]

Do You Feel Stuck?

Many times I speak with people who feel like they are stuck in their home. They want to move, but that stuck feel is overwhelming. These same people  know pricing in the San Francisco and East Bay – even Walnut Creek- markets are great right now. However, they had their home listed for months with […]

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