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Posted on 07/26/2021
Home Upgrades: Which Boost Value Without Breaking the Bank?
When you’re making upgrades to your home, aim for changes that have a higher return on investment (ROI). ROI refers to the amount of money you can expect to recoup when you sell your home. Changes that have a higher ROI mean you can expect to recoup a higher amount compared to what you paid for these upgrades....
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Posted on 07/20/2021
Another Property Sold - 2526 Betlo Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043
Classic 4 bedroom Mardell home in a great location, freshened up with new paint inside and out, refinished hardwood floors. New roof installed with 2" foam over living areas for added comfort. Ready for new owners to finish updating to their own taste. (Staging is virtual to show potential of some rooms). Attractive wrap around yard includes beautiful rose and jasmine borders, pavers and stamped concrete walkways and a large side patio area that flows from the living/dining room area to allow for easy entertainment. Close proximity to San Antonio shopping complex, restaurants, grocery stores, major access routes, and Caltrain station. And...
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Posted on 07/19/2021
Checklist for Buying a Luxury Penthouse
Photo by Steven Buissinne via Pixabay Buying a luxury penthouse isn’t just about finding one perfect thing about it. Several other factors come into play when deciding where you might live for many years. If everything isn’t just right, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Buying a penthouse is different from buying a house in that you...
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Posted on 07/13/2021
254 Swett Road, Woodside, CA 94062 is now new to the market!
Enjoy living in this peaceful oasis, with plenty of walking/hiking trails along Skyline Boulevard and trails to the coast. Or just relax on the balcony and enjoy spectacular views of Half Moon Bay/Princeton, the Mavericks, the Farallon Islands, the Golden Gate, and Point Reyes. 2 story home, approx. 1600 sq. ft. with 1BR/1BA on each level. The large lower level bedroom has a fireplace at one end, sliding door to expansive balcony on the other, plus a large walk-in closet. The lower level also includes an office area for working at home, and a laundry area. The kitchen has been remodeled and offers wonderful view while you create your...
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Posted on 07/12/2021
Your Home, Your Lifestyle: 3 Reasons to Choose a New Construction Home
Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels A few short decades ago, the home was merely a space where people resided. They would gather at the end of a long day of work or school, have an evening meal and go to bed. Most daily activities took place away from the home, so therefore, houses did not need...
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Posted on 07/05/2021
What Closing Costs Do Sellers Pay?
In a home purchase, both the buyer and seller need to pay closing costs. These costs are made up of several individual expenses from different sources and the list can look staggering at first glance. While the buyer typically has the longest list of fees to pay, sellers are still responsible for part of the bill. Here we’ll...
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Posted on 06/28/2021
What Are the Risks to Rental Property?
Photo by 1000Photography via Shutterstock Investment in real estate rental properties has many upsides. You can make great money long term. But as with any business, there are risks. Before you turn your condo or townhouse into a rental or invest in a house or duplex, consider the ramifications and consult professionals. Dos and Don’ts: Do set up...
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Posted on 06/21/2021
Buying Land for Home Building
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay Have you always wanted to design your dream home at a location of your choosing? If so, buying a plot of land to build your customized home on is probably your best option. Before getting started, you'll want to do your due diligence to ensure you're making a smart investment. Find a...
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Posted on 06/14/2021
How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After Removing Wood Paneling
Photo by Prawny via Pixabay Circa 1965, having beautiful wood paneling was the envy of the neighborhood. It was like bringing the outdoors in. But 50-60 years later, it usually just makes a room seem dark and dated unless you live in a log cabin. In most cases, you can remove the paneling and paint the drywall underneath....
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Posted on 06/07/2021
Is Home Automation Worth It for Me?
There are a lot of numbers thrown around when it comes to the marketing of home automation devices. It can be a bit confusing to sort through all of the claimed savings percentages. How much money you save will ultimately depend on a variety of factors, some of which you can control, and others that are out of...
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Posted on 05/31/2021
Hiring A Contractor To Build Backyard Improvements Proves Cost-Effective
Real estate professionals point to curb appeal as a critical factor in attracting offers and increasing resale value. While a well-manicured lawn and flowering gardens are wonderful assets, homeowners may also want to consider investing in backyard improvements. Too often, homeowners spend weekends laboring in their front yards and hire contractors to remodel the interior of the home....
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Posted on 05/26/2021
Another Property Sold - 1440 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062
Build your dream house here! This lot in the Mt. Carmel neighborhood is vacant with no existing structure. Just 2 1/2 blocks to El Camino and Whole Foods, Sequoia Station, and a short distance to the vibrant downtown Redwood City, library, Caltrain station, etc. Walk score is 89!! (per Zillow) Perfect for somebody who wants the convenience of close-by amenities without living right downtown. Convenient alley at back, driveway access at...
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