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Buying a Home in a Tight Market

Buying a home in a tight market can be stressful.  A new report by Realtor.com suggests that home buyers may see a tightening market in the Bay Area in 2020.  Among other factors, inventory may reach historic lows, especially in the availability of entry-level homes and condos.

Here are some ways to increase your chances of getting your dream house in a competitive housing market.

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Posted on December 5, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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Partnering with a Real Estate Agent to help sell a home for a parent or loved one

The need to sell a home for a parent or loved one is extremely stressful, especially when working full-time or when out-of-area or out-of-state. In addition, the details and effort required may seem overwhelming.

As a full-service, SRES-certified real estate professional, consider me a partner in the process.  I can help with many tasks, with special consideration and compassion for the dignity of your loved one or parent. Continue reading

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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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
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Buy a better home in a poorly-performing school district, or buy a smaller home in a great school district?  Should you consider private school?

Should you buy a house in a better school district –  one with “higher-performing” metrics? Or consider a nicer/larger home in a less-expensive, lower-performing district and send your child to private school? Does buying a house based on a school district make sense?

If you have a family with school-age children or are considering starting a family soon, it’s likely you are closely examining school district 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.  The trade-off can be difficult, but Continue reading

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 1:39 am
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What is the difference between a Co-op and a Condo at Rossmoor?

Many are confused by the difference between condominium and cooperative real estate at Rossmoor.  At Rossmoor, there are three primary forms of residential ownership:

  1. Condominium (Condo)
  2. Stock cooperative (CoOp)
  3. Single-family detached home.

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Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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What does real estate at Rossmoor, Walnut Creek look like, and what does it cost? Additional Rossmoor costs?

With approximately 6,700 residential units within three cooperative (co-op) groups, 14 condominium (condo) groups, one single-family home development, and over 100 different floor plans/configurations… Continue reading

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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