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Richmond’s Marina Bay – the Bay Area’s Hidden Gem

“Although it may get less shine from the national press than its Bayside neighbors Berkeley and Oakland, Richmond has the secret advantage of being the East Bay’s best hidden gem, with 32 miles of waterfront (more than any other city in the Bay Area), 13-plus art centers and museums, easy access to nature, and that under-the-radar, underdog feel that makes it reminiscent of Oakland 20 years ago.”

A Perfect Day in Richmond: Hidden Wineries, Authentic Eats + Miles of Waterfront

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Posted on September 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home | Tagged , , , , ,

How to Buy Real Estate in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek CA 55+ community

Buying real estate in Rossmoor is similar in many ways to buying real estate in any other community; however, there are significant differences.  Hiring an agent who specializes in Rossmoor and is familiar with the specific procedures is important to a smooth and successful purchase.

Here are some quick points for individuals interested in buying real estate in Rossmoor, the premier 55+ community in Walnut Creek:
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Posted on September 21, 2019 at 9:04 am
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What is the initial transfer fee to “buy in” to Rossmoor? What is the Golden Rain Foundation?

Initial Transfer Fee to “buy in” to Rossmoor

When a home buyer purchases a home in Rossmoor, they pay a fee to the Golden Rain Foundation ($10,000 as of July 1st, 2019). This fee helps to support the Golden Rain Foundation operate and maintain the Continue reading


Posted on August 24, 2019 at 8:13 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Rossmoor |

Partnering with a Real Estate Agent to help sell a home for a parent or loved one

Selling a home for a parent or loved one can be extremely stressful, especially when working full-time or when out-of-area / out-of-state.

As a full-service, SRES-certified real estate professional, I can…  Continue reading


Posted on July 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Selling a Home, Rossmoor | Tagged , , , ,

When buying a home, bring a compass!

Why it’s important to bring a compass when looking at homes to buy.

I always bring a compass when showing real estate to my clients.  Yes, a manual compass – smartphone compass apps don’t always provide accurate results.

Knowing where you’ll see sunlight at different parts of the day is an important consideration.  Continue reading


Posted on June 15, 2019 at 7:01 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home |

When selling your home, be flexible – and ready to show!

Having a house ready for sale can be a tiring process. However, being ready to show your home at any time is very important; since the real estate market is constantly moving and evolving, it’s important to accommodate buyers’ schedules to sell your house quickly and for the best price.

It’s important to understand that one thing buyers don’t want to see is you.  Having the seller present at a home showing leads to unease among potential buyers, since they don’t feel free to look around.  When you’re there, they feel like a guest – you want them to feel at home.  Here are some quick tips to make the process easier.   Continue reading


Posted on June 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Selling a Home | Tagged , , , ,

Price Premium: What You Can Expect to Pay in Contra Costa’s Highest-Performing School Districts

A 2017 study from Realtor.com identified the price premium to buy a home in a strong public school district and provided market insights into the top districts garnering the highest home prices and demand from buyers.

The table below includes the 2016 median list price for homes in specific Contra Costa school districts as compared to home in the county as a whole.  Average school ratings are included for reference (provided by GreatSchools.org).  Continue reading


Posted on June 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home, Information on Selling a Home | Tagged , ,

Is Rossmoor strictly a retirement community, or do residents of Rossmoor work?

Rossmoor is an age 55+ resort community.  Many individuals buy real estate in Rossmoor to enjoy their retirement; however, many residents at Rossmoor work (approximately 33.4 percent*).  Employed residents purchase Rossmoor real estate (condominiums, cooperatives, and single-family detached homes) to enjoy Rossmoor’s carefree lifestyle & activities, central location, proximity to San Francisco, great weather, 24/7 security, and transportation options.  Continue reading


Posted on June 5, 2019 at 8:02 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Rossmoor |

Buy a better home in a poorly-performing school district, or buy a smaller home in a great school district?  What about private schools?

If you have a family with school-age children or are considering starting a family soon, it’s likely you are closely examining the local school district’s ratings on websites such as greatschools.net.  In a  2017 study by the National Association of Realtors, 26% of home buyers considered the quality of schools when looking to purchase a home.    Continue reading


Posted on May 30, 2019 at 1:39 am
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Easy and inexpensive ways to get your home ready for sale

Thinking of selling your home? The most important and cost-effective improvements you can make to get your home ready for sale are often the least expensive and the fastest!

Buyers love properties that are move-in ready; these tend to sell the most quickly.  Alternately, houses priced at a significant discount to account for a less-than-ideal condition can attract buyers who are willing to close quickly.  Which is right for you?  Give me a call at 925.699.0031 and I can give the best advice for the current market.

I want to sell my house fast!

When the housing market is slow, homes in better condition tend to sell much faster than homes in poor condition.

Here’s a list of some relatively inexpensive “fixes” to get your home ready for sale.  Continue reading


Posted on May 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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