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Real Estate Market Report

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Take a minute to check out this updated Market Report that summarizes recent real estate activity.  Please keep in mind that values represented are based on current, detailed information from the regional Multiple Listing Service. If you need clarification of any of the figures, or if you wish to take additional steps toward property ownership, please let us know and we would be happy to help.

 

MARKET SNAPSHOT
El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, Pescadero
As Of 1/24/2017

 


MARKET SUMMARY
El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, Pescadero
As Of 01/24/2017

 

Status MLS ID Address City Bed Bath(F/P)* List Price DOM
Active ML81614937 4931 Pescadero Creek RD PESCADERO 3 2/- $6,200,000 130
Active ML81626019 390 Pigeon Point RD PESCADERO 2 2/- $3,500,000 121
Active ML81631629 331 Kelly AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $2,600,000 75
Active ML81612996 3999 Willowside Ranch RD PESCADERO 3 2/1 $2,349,900 141
Active ML81633922 152 W Point AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 2/1 $2,250,000 41
Active ML81628749 118 Carnoustie DR HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,859,000 100
Active ML81628771 116 Carnoustie DR HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,829,000 100
Active ML81636321 546 Avenue Cabrillo EL GRANADA 5 4/- $1,749,000 4
Active ML81629512 81 Turnberry RD HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,700,000 95
Active ML81635852 4399 Pescadero Creek RD PESCADERO 3 2/- $1,499,000 8
Active ML81631027 731 El Granada EL GRANADA 3 2/1 $1,498,000 81
Active ML81627489 205 Farallone AVE MONTARA 4 2/1 $1,495,000 111
Active ML81636364 331 Miramontes AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,360,000 3
Active ML81634430 314 11th ST MONTARA 3 2/1 $1,210,000 26
Active ML81634420 408 Roosevelt BLVD HALF MOON BAY 3 3/- $1,100,000 26
Active ML81634935 362 Avenue Del Oro EL GRANADA 3 2/- $999,000 19
Active ML81635018 1070 Date MONTARA 3 2/1 $979,950 17
Active ML81626954 560 Wurr RD LOMA MAR 3 2/0 $899,000 114
Active ML81629567 668 Buena Vista ST MOSS BEACH 3 2/- $899,000 93
Active ML81635515 1559 Mizzen LN HALF MOON BAY 4 2/- $899,000 12
Active ML81635025 417 Church ST HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $879,000 17
Active ML81635418 424 Grand BLVD HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $879,000 13
Active ML81634855 551 Terrace AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $875,000 19
Active ML81635441 712 Arroyo Leon DR HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $875,000 5
Active ML81633935 890 Etheldore ST MOSS BEACH 3 2/- $799,950 41
Active ML81634153 1141 Birch ST MONTARA 2 1/- $759,000 36
Active ML81629564 701 Madrone AVE PESCADERO 2 2/- $650,000 94
Active ML81600979 914 The Alameda EL GRANADA 1 1/- $525,000 157
Contingent ML81632478 120 Carnoustie DR HALF MOON BAY 4 3/1 $1,923,500 64
Contingent ML81633721 311 Bayhill RD HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,695,000 44
Contingent ML81626856 420 1st AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,625,000 116
Contingent ML81635232 435 Valdez AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,400,000 15
Contingent ML81615009 843 Stetson ST MOSS BEACH 5 3/- $1,182,500 129
Contingent ML81632693 130 El Granada BLVD EL GRANADA 3 2/1 $999,000 58
Contingent ML81633716 638 San Carlos AVE EL GRANADA 1 1/- $799,000 44
Average       3 2/1 $1,506,880 62
High       5 4/1 $6,200,000 157
Low       1 1/1 $525,000 3

 

Status MLS ID Address City Bed Bath(F/P)* List Price DOM
Pending (Do Not Show) ML81631769 182 Cypress Point RD HALF MOON BAY 3 3/0 $1,299,000 26
Pending (Do Not Show) ML81633129 499 Avenue Alhambra EL GRANADA 3 2/- $849,500 18
Pending (Do Not Show) ML81614461 644 Poplar ST HALF MOON BAY 4 2/- $849,000 44
Pending (Do Not Show) ML81634412 526 Terrace AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 1/1 $839,000 13
Average       3 2/1 $959,125 25
High       4 3/1 $1,299,000 44
Low       3 1/1 $839,000 13

 

Status MLS ID Address City Bed Bath(F/P)* List Price Sale Price DOM
Sold ML81626903 10721 Cabrillo HWY PESCADERO 4 3/1 $6,875,000 $6,875,000 18
Sold ML81600432 100 14th ST MONTARA 1 1/1 $3,000,000 $2,675,000 64
Sold ML81613231 839 Linda Vista ST MOSS BEACH 5 4/- $2,498,000 $2,498,000 34
Sold ML81627320 3100 Lobitos Creek RD HALF MOON BAY 4 3/1 $2,065,000 $2,065,000 1
Sold ML81614723 200 Valencia ST HALF MOON BAY 5 3/- $1,999,000 $2,000,000 24
Sold ML81612379 775 Railroad AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 2/1 $1,995,000 $2,150,000 8
Sold ML81629467 14 Ashdown PL HALF MOON BAY 3 3/1 $1,795,000 $1,725,000 32
Sold ML81632701 175 El Granada BLVD EL GRANADA 3 3/1 $1,775,000 $1,775,000 18
Sold ML81632223 308 Garcia AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 2/1 $1,575,000 $1,587,500 1
Sold ML81601002 551 Highland AVE HALF MOON BAY 6 3/1 $1,499,000 $1,475,000 42
Sold ML81614464 401 Nevada AVE MOSS BEACH 3 2/0 $1,450,000 $1,450,000 1
Sold ML81615055 260 Paloma AVE EL GRANADA 4 2/1 $1,299,000 $1,280,000 19
Sold ML81601501 630 Ferdinand AVE EL GRANADA 4 2/1 $1,295,000 $1,288,000 20
Sold ML81614958 840 Lincoln ST MOSS BEACH 5 3/0 $1,278,000 $1,264,000 28
Sold ML81631535 407 THE ALAMEDA EL GRANADA 4 3/1 $1,275,000 $1,255,000 13
Sold ML81599288 608 Silver AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 3/1 $1,225,000 $1,300,000 9
Sold ML81633155 140 Cypress AVE MOSS BEACH 3 2/1 $1,200,000 $1,368,000 6
Sold ML81631726 750 Stetson ST MOSS BEACH 4 3/- $1,195,000 $1,175,000 14
Sold ML81614329 21 Merion RD HALF MOON BAY 3 2/1 $1,188,000 $1,130,000 42
Sold ML81630835 770 Moro AVE EL GRANADA 3 2/1 $1,180,000 $1,160,000 12
Sold ML81625911 545 Palma ST EL GRANADA 3 2/- $1,109,858 $1,045,000 33
Sold ML81625830 491/493 Laurel AVE HALF MOON BAY 5 3/- $1,100,000 $1,100,000 85
Sold ML81626612 162 Sevilla AVE EL GRANADA 3 2/1 $1,100,000 $1,100,000 14
Sold ML81629327 296 5th ST MONTARA 4 3/- $1,100,000 $1,050,000 42
Sold ML81627594 613 Palma ST EL GRANADA 4 3/- $1,050,000 $1,023,750 15
Sold ML81613665 422 Avenue Cabrillo EL GRANADA 4 2/- $1,025,000 $1,010,000 69
Sold ML81612659 2320 Winged Foot RD HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $1,020,000 $1,050,000 16
Sold ML81630700 1107 Columbus ST EL GRANADA 3 2/- $999,000 $1,025,000 8
Sold ML81627013 425 5th AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 2/1 $939,000 $900,000 66
Sold ML81626604 531 Lancaster BLVD MOSS BEACH 3 2/1 $930,000 $907,000 20
Sold ML81612626 831 Columbus ST EL GRANADA 3 2/- $899,000 $910,000 17
Sold ML81613105 1340 Stage RD PESCADERO 3 1/- $899,000 $899,000 37
Sold ML81613562 423 Vermont AVE MOSS BEACH 3 2/- $899,000 $870,000 73
Sold ML81613974 363 Columbus ST EL GRANADA 3 2/- $899,000 $890,000 9
Sold ML81626949 679 Kelmore ST MOSS BEACH 3 2/- $899,000 $950,000 8
Sold ML81627332 137 Avenue Granada EL GRANADA 3 2/- $899,000 $915,000 39
Sold ML81628550 771 Kelmore ST MOSS BEACH 4 2/1 $899,000 $875,000 21
Sold ML81611936 210 Farallone AVE MONTARA 3 2/1 $889,000 $900,000 12
Sold ML81626510 327 Filbert ST HALF MOON BAY 4 2/- $875,000 $865,000 20
Sold ML81626926 130 Bridgeport DR HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $870,000 $860,000 11
Sold ML81626923 659 Grove ST HALF MOON BAY 3 3/- $849,000 $812,500 55
Sold ML81599887 141 Harbour DR HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $848,000 $858,000 22
Sold ML81614468 909 Etheldore ST MOSS BEACH 4 3/0 $825,000 $825,000 1
Sold ML81601008 521 E Terrace AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 2/0 $809,000 $800,000 54
Sold ML81611855 461 Cypress AVE MOSS BEACH 2 1/- $799,000 $799,000 44
Sold ML81613572 508 8th ST MONTARA 3 2/- $798,000 $850,000 10
Sold ML81600780 338 Virginia AVE MOSS BEACH 3 1/1 $749,000 $749,000 64
Sold ML81613983 160 Keel CT HALF MOON BAY 2 1/- $748,000 $748,000 11
Sold ML81626357 1201 Audubon AVE MONTARA 2 1/- $748,000 $754,000 13
Average       3 2/1 $1,308,854 $1,302,770 26
High       6 4/1 $6,875,000 $6,875,000 85
Low       1 1/1 $748,000 $748,000 1

 

Status MLS ID Address City Bed Bath(F/P)* List Price DOM
Canceled ML81600629 407 THE ALAMEDA EL GRANADA 4 3/1 $1,288,888 79
Canceled ML81632271 441 Granelli AVE HALF MOON BAY 4 3/- $1,000,000 22
Canceled ML81611730 526 Terrace AVE HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $829,000 70
Expired ML81614948 2200 Cabrillo HWY HALF MOON BAY 3 2/- $1,189,888 70
Expired ML81615054 362 Avenue Del Oro EL GRANADA 3 2/- $999,000 104
Expired ML81626827 315 Valencia AVE EL GRANADA 3 2/- $928,000 110
Withdrawn/Temporary Off Market ML81629348 6225 Pescadero Creek RD PESCADERO 3 2/1 $1,700,000 35
Withdrawn/Temporary Off Market ML81627738 202 11th ST MONTARA 4 3/- $1,698,000 69
Withdrawn/Temporary Off Market ML81633215 448 Correas ST HALF MOON BAY 3 2/1 $1,260,000 25
Withdrawn/Temporary Off Market ML81613993 508 Myrtle ST HALF MOON BAY 2 1/- $899,000 68
Withdrawn/Temporary Off Market ML81627198 439 Sonora AVE EL GRANADA 3 2/- $570,000 3
Withdrawn/Temporary Off Market ML81626556 210 Redwood Ave PESCADERO 3 1/- $499,000 75
Average       3 2/1 $1,071,731 61
High       4 3/1 $1,700,000 110
Low       2 1/1 $499,000 3

The Cost of a Down Payment

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

By Mike James, President Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Saving for a down payment can often be challenging for first-time homebuyers, particularly in high-cost areas like Northern California, and it is likely an issue that most consumers carefully weigh before the housing hunt begins.

A recent report outlined just how much homebuyers would need to save for a 20 percent down payment in major metropolitan markets across the country. Not surprisingly, some of the largest down payments are required in markets throughout California.

A median-priced home in the U.S. is $192,500, which means buyers need $38,500 for a 20 percent down payment, according to the report by Zillow. But in most market areas in California, the down payment cost is much higher and the income burden is greater. In fact, metro areas in California were among the cities where homebuyers needed to save the highest percentage of income to cover a 20 percent down payment.

For homebuyers in areas like San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles, saving a year’s worth of income wouldn’t even cover a 20 percent down payment, according to the report. Buyers in those markets need to save at least 180 percent of the average income in those cities.

In San Jose, for example, the median 20 percent down payment translates to $192,320. That represents 182 percent of the average income and is roughly the same as the median price for a home in the U.S.

San Francisco-area buyers are faced with a median 20 percent down payment of $164,920, which is 180 percent of the average income.

Buyers in Sacramento need $70,040 for a 20 percent down payment, which is about 108 percent of the average income.

The down payments are particularly steep when compared to the nation as a whole: the average American homebuyer sets aside two-thirds of his or her annual income to make that 20 percent down payment.

“It’s a big number,” Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas told CNN Money. “Very few are saving for a down payment in one year, it’s something they do over multiple years. And for renters who have been faced with rising rent and health care costs, it’s very difficult to put away any money at all.”

There are programs to assist first-time homebuyers, particularly those that offer smaller down payment requirements. While it is possible to put down less than 20 percent, that often translates to a higher interest rate and the extra cost of private mortgage insurance for homebuyers.

“Saving enough cash for a down payment is a major barrier to homeownership, especially in expensive markets, where a 20 percent down payment can cost nearly $200,000,” said Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman. “While it’s possible to buy a house with a smaller down payment, 20 percent ensures the best rates. As important as it is to find a monthly payment you can afford, some buyers’ budgets will come down to the amount of cash they can bring to the table.”

Here’s what our local Northern California offices had to say about market conditions as we started the new year:

East Bay – The East Bay market has had limited inventory and steady buyer demand and sales activity. Almost every property is receiving multiple offers because of the low number of homes available for sale, our Oakland manager reports, and buyers are eagerly waiting for more homes to come on the market. In fact, the office had 5 multiple offers. Sales associates have multiple buyers and many of them are looking for the same home, she added. The Oakland office has observed that many properties are being repaired and staged to be listed in the future, possibly by March.

Monterey County – Rain was a big factor in the area in the first weeks of January, but that hasn’t deterred sales associates and consumers. Buyers are looking in all price points and “sellers that have been waiting for the new year seem to be ready to get serious about selling,” says the manager of our Monterey Peninsula offices. A $10 million-plus property went into escrow this past week. There is limited inventory in the mid-level million-dollar price point.

North Bay – Pent-up buyer demand and low inventory continue to affect the North Bay area. However, a “surge” of new listings is expected in the Greenbrae and Southern Marin offices in coming weeks after the Super Bowl, our office managers report. The market is so short on supply that it has created an “off market” supply that is equal to almost 25 percent of all transactions in January, our Southern Marin manager reports. The office had 18 open houses and 10 properties under contract. Many buyers missed out on the opportunity to buy last year in Marin County, our Greenbrae manager said, so there could be a bump up in sales as new inventory comes on the market. The Greenbrae office had 7 open houses and 8 properties under contract. The high-end sector has also seen some activity, with new multi-million dollar listings coming on the market in January and February, and 2 $5 million homes going into escrow during the last week, said our Southern Marin office manager.

Placer County – Open house activity was slow in the first two weeks of the year because of the heavy rains and flooding, our Auburn manager explained, but listing inventory is steady and there were 3 multiple offers and 7 homes under contract. A majority of buyers are coming from the Bay Area, especially San Jose and Marin, because Auburn and the surrounding communities offer more affordable housing options, she said. Conditions in the Previews® luxury market are basically unchanged since December. High-end properties are being shown although the majority are overpriced, according to the Auburn manager, and several luxury listings will be hitting the MLS in upcoming weeks and months.

Sacramento County – Listing inventory is on the rise and sales are declining, according to both our Folsom and Sacramento Fair Oaks managers. However, the Fair Oaks office reported 6 multiple offers and 7 properties under contract. The office also had 19 open houses. The offices in the region are gearing up for the spring selling season.

San Francisco – The start of the new year was marked by a bump-up in listings. Total inventory was 30 percent higher compared to a year earlier, shares our Lombard office manager, but sales and buyer traffic have lagged. Entry-level priced homes and fixer uppers are seeing the biggest demand, while the mid- to upper-priced condos have seen the largest number of price reductions, he said, with two-thirds of closed condo transactions selling at or under asking price.  The Lombard office had 2 multiple offers and 3 properties under contract. With mortgage interest rates expected to climb this year, open houses and broker tours have been well attended, and sellers are noticing increased demand and not waiting until the Super Bowl to sell in hopes of “catching a more-than-ready and able buyer,” according to our Market office manager.

San Francisco Peninsula – There was a significant slowdown in activity, due in part to the holidays and inclement weather, with our Burlingame, Burlingame North, Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto Downtown, and Redwood City managers reporting that sales activity decreased. Several offices in region held open houses during the last two weeks – 6 in the Burlingame office, 4 each in the Burlingame and Half Moon Bay offices, and 2 in the Palo Alto Downtown office. Demand seems to be healthy. Our Redwood City manager says there are still a lot of buyers, with very limited inventory, and both the Half Moon Bay and Burlingame offices dealt with multiple offers (2 each).

Santa Cruz County – The Santa Cruz area has seen a decline in overall sales but an increase in sales activity in the high-end market. Inventory is steady when compared to the level of listings a year earlier, however sales are off by about 25 percent. Previews® luxury property sales, on the other hand, have climbed, with 15 more unit sales recorded compared to the same period last year. Open house activity is on the rise in the region.

Silicon Valley – The new year has started off on a strong note, with sales activity and prices picking up in some parts of Silicon Valley. Gains in inventory are starting to emerge, but inventory is still not sufficient to meet the robust buyer demand in most areas. There are currently only 32 active listings in all of Willow Glen with only 3 of those listings priced under $1 million. Sales associates are reporting heavy traffic at open houses and strong buyer demand, says the San Jose Willow Glen manager. Many of the homes that had been lingering on the market have either gone off the market or have been absorbed, said our Los Altos office manager, and there is a little more than a month’s worth of inventory. With such a limited number of homes available for sale, properties are still receiving multiple offers and some are going for over the asking price. Average sales prices climbed in multiple communities, according to our San Jose Almaden office manager. The average sales price so far for January in Almaden is $1,216,000, which is 4 percent higher than January 2016 ($1,169,000).  Blossom Valley’s average sales price is up 9 percent to $695,000 in January 2017 compared to $633,000 in January 2016.  Santa Teresa had the largest increase of average sales price in January.  It is currently $829,000, which is 23 percent higher than the $674,000 average sales price recorded a year earlier.  Cambrian was down with an average sales price of $883,000 from $1,024,000 in January 2016 ( -14 percent).  The luxury market — homes priced over $3.5 million — is steady but somewhat flat with days on market and inventory creeping up; frenzy bidding and/or multiple offers is the exception as opposed to the rule, shared our Los Gatos manager.

South County – Listings are down and sales have been slow and flat since the beginning of December in South County. The holiday season, coupled with the election and economic uncertainty that goes along with it, and the perception that mortgage interest rates are on the rise, has caused sellers and buyers to postpone or delay their real estate decisions. “The old saying that the real estate market doesn’t hit its stride until after the Super Bowl seems to ring true this year,” says our Gilroy & Morgan Hill manager. The office had 7 open houses and 10 properties under contract.

Contact us via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903 with any of your real estate needs or questions.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

 

Mike James
President
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Home Maintenance Tips For Coastside Homeowners After The Storms

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

With the old adage “Rain Rain Go Away” on the minds of many coastside residents this past week, The Rain Team is here to help your problems go away and  to give you some useful tips to help during the stormy weather.  After heavy amounts of rainfall and strong winds hitting the coast over the past week, homeowners need to inspect their homes for any signs of damage. Here are a few things every homeowner needs to do as a result of all the storms we have had recently.

Inspect For Standing Water

Dependent on the grades and slopes around your coastside home, there may be standing water underneath it due to the heavy rain and winds we have recently experienced.  Standing water underneath your home could cause structural problems. If you find that you have standing water under your home contact a foundation specialist.

Roof Inspection

Strong winds can damage your home’s roof. Inspect your roof for any broken or missing tiles.  Have any damage fixed as soon as possible to prevent water from finding its way into your home causing further damage.

Gutters

If debris found its way into your gutters during the storms, they could be clogged. Inspect your gutters for debris and damage. If your gutters are clogged it could lead to water finding its way under the eaves and down the exterior walls of your home.  Remove any debris from gutters. It may be time to replace them if they are dipping.

Sump Pump

Your home’s sump pump draws water that collects beneath your home and pushes it away from your house.  If you have a sump pump in your home, test it by pouring water down it and it should pump it right back out. If it doesn’t, it could be backed up or broken and needs to be fixed to prevent flooding in your home.

Trim Shrubs

Shrubs around your home that have grown out of control could have caused damage to your home during the recent storms.  Inspect your home’s exterior for any damage from shrubs and then trim them. Now would also be a good time to prune tree branches that hang over your home to prevent them from falling on your home during future storms.

French Drains

If your lawn has a steep slope you may have a French drain system  - or need one. The job of a French drain is to manage the water at ground level.  After a storm you want to make sure that the screen vents near your home have not become loose or have holes in them.  Inspect your French drains for clogged debris.

Contact us via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903 with any of your real estate needs or questions.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach, Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

The Latest Coastside Real Estate Market Report

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Here is an updated Market Report summarizing recent real estate activity in our area. Please keep in mind that the values represented are based on current, detailed information from the regional Multiple Listing Service. If you need clarification on any of the figures or if you wish to take additional steps toward property ownership, please let us now. We are happy to help.

MARKET REPORT As Of 01/10/2017

El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, Pescadero

MARKET Summary
El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, Pescadero
As Of 01/10/2017

View the complete report with all the current listings and their status here.

 

2017 Has Arrived. How to Stop Procrastinating so You’re Ready for Anything!

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We were called by a Coastal family last year that was ready to list their home.  They had spent one year organizing everything in their house because they had lived there over 25 years.  The garage had storage racks in rows with plastic boxes neatly arranged and labeled.  The inside of the house was as decluttered as they could make it and still live comfortably.  Now they were ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. 

1 Year may seem like a long time to some of us or not long enough to others.  The important point is to use the new year as a fresh start to getting your life in order.  Whether you’re thinking of moving now or in the days ahead – NOW is the time to stop procrastinating.

What to do first?  When you have lived in house a long time a lot gets accumulated.  Start by taking out 5 different color post it notes.  Label the notes - Throw-out, Family, Garage Sale, Keep, Donate.  This process can take a while.  You will likely find yourself rearranging the post its from item to item once you find out your family doesn’t want an item or you decide you don’t want to keep something.

Throwing away is a good first step.  Usually people have a garage sale in the Spring when the weather is good.  If you are thinking of selling in 2017, have your garage sale ASAP.  Get a head start on all the procrastinators on the Coast. Schedule your family to come and get their items.  Call to get donated items picked up or plan on loading the car and driving to a drop off location.

When you get to this point, CALL US.  Now is the time to get advice and help on staging.  As an accredited stager, we can give you all the guidance you need using your own furnishings.  Staging consultations typically cost $500 not to mention the standard $3000-$4000 minimums to do staging.   We provide you a free consultation and most often our sellers elect to not use a professional stager after we help them rearrange their own furnishings.

Below are some general tips for preparing your home inside and out.  Let us know how things are going with your organizing.  If you find you need a professional organizer, we know a few of those you can hire to help you.

Just Call our direct lines - Kathy 650-888-6903 or Michael 650-888-6361.

Make 2017 your Best Year Yet.  Kathy and Michael

 

Want To Sell Your Coastside Home This Spring?  Here Are 4 Ways To Get Ready

It may be winter, but spring will be here before we know it and traditionally it has marked the beginning of home selling and buying season.  Homes along the coast are bought and sold throughout the year, but it seems during spring we see more homes on the market and more buyers out looking to buy. If you are wanting to sell your coastside home this spring, here are 4 things you can do to get your home ready for the market. 

Clear Away Clutter

Now that the holidays are over you may have discovered you have more stuff than you have room for. Now is the time to start to declutter. Start viewing your home through the eyes of a potential buyer.  Remove any oversized furniture you have and clean off all shelves and countertops of clutter. If you have ever toured a model home, what you won’t find are stacks of magazine or children’s artwork hung throughout the home.  While we all can’t have a model home, buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your home when they tour it.

Small Home Improvements

A major home improvement or an expensive renovation may not make sense right before you plan to move, but there may be small home improvement projects you can do now that will help your coastside home sell for top dollar this spring.  Small things such as replacing the caulk and grout between your tiles can freshen up a room and make it appear new. Updating a kitchen or bathroom with new faucets or fixtures can be affordable and modernize your home.   A fresh coat of paint in a room or even on the entryway door can make a home more appealing. If you ‘re already working with a real estate agent, ask them what small things you can tackle in your home now so that it will sell quickly and for top dollar this spring.

Pack

It may seem like jumping the gun, but start packing now.  Packing is something you will have to do eventually, so why not get a start now and start packing away those things you don’t use routinely. For instance, start going through your garage, basements or attic and getting rid of things you no longer need and packing up what you will take with you to your new coastside home.  By packing up items now and moving them to a storage facility, your home will appear larger and also neater which will help your home show well.

Depersonalize

Like we mentioned before, buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your home. To help buyers achieve the vision of living in your home while touring it depersonalize the space.  Remove any family pictures from the walls, pack away those awards and trophies, and fill that space with neutral art work.

Choosing to sell your coastside home may be one of the largest financial decisions you may ever make.  If you’re not already working with a real estate agent we would be happy to meet with you and help you throughout every step of the process.  Give us a call or contact us here today.

 

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Kathy: 650-888-6903
Fax: 866-396-0207

Kathy and Michael Rain of Coldwell Banker provides real estate services in the San Mateo County, California area including the surrounding communities: El Granda, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica and San Mateo. Search for homes in San Mateo County. We list and sell residential real estate, investment properties, vacant land, lots for sale in the San Mateo County, California area.

Licensed in the State of California

Kathy Rain - CA BRE# 01169588 | Michael Rain - CA BRE# 01125976 | Coldwell Banker - CA BRE# 01908304  

Email: therainteam@coastal-realestate.com
Cell Phone: (650) 888-6903 * Direct Phone: (650) 712-0411
San Mateo County Real Estate and Homes for Sale

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