Blog and Real Estate News Archive

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) […]

Posted on: June 26, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: June 16, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: May 24, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: May 3, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: April 27, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: April 18, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: April 12, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: April 5, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: March 21, 2017

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 […]

Posted on: March 17, 2017