“New”, Energy Efficient Home, Large Lot

As you watch the VIDEO Tour of 961 Verissimo Ct., Hollister, consider these valuable components: this home is 2 yrs. untitled-4New with the virtues
of a new home and the added upgrades of a resale home. Because of the 19 solar panels there’s little reluctance to crank up the dual zone heaters in the winder and A/C in the summer.

Inside, the owners upgraded to 9′ ceilings and 8′ doors. The plantation shutters add charm to the tall windows in every room. So “open and bright” is not just a cliche for this house.  They also spent a lot of money in the kitchen: ceaserstone quartz counter tops; 40″ cabinets and easy-close drawers; stainless steel appliances including a huge sink. The double vanities of both bathrooms feature slab granite counter tops and upgraded fixtures.  There is a large landing at the top of the stairs in addition to the 13′ x 14′ bonus room. An optional, 4th bedroom, could easily be added here. An upstairs laundry room is conveniently located to all of the bedrooms.

There is plenty of room for an RV and, or boat on the side of the home and still have room for a pool, family garden & orchard etc. The backyard measures nearly 100′ corner-to-corner.

With no homes in front of this house and virtually none behind it you can enjoy views of the foothills on both sides of the valley.

After watching the VIDEO Tour you should come see this great home in person. Just text, email or call me for your own, personal tour and I will arrange it for you.

The Cost of Renting vs Buying

I’m going to wait to buy”; “Buying a home right now is just too expensive”; “I don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage”…

I hear these types of responses all of the time. It is disappointing when I know they could qualify to buy a home because, I know prices and interest rates will only go up over time. I also know that renting costs more than buying when you consider all of the related elements of dwelling costs.

My grandfather was born in and lived his entire life in San Francisco, CA.  When he was in his 20s he could have bought a house in San Francisco for $7,500. Today, homes in S.F. range in the millions of dollars. Unfortunately, he never did buy but rented. Had he purchased a home our family would be enjoying the beaches in Cancun.

Here is an article from “Market Watch” which addresses the question we all grapple with at some point in time. He also points out that we don’t need to buy a dream home to get started. Buy what you can afford now and move up has time and circumstances change.

In some cases there are legitimate reasons why someone can’t buy a home now: poor credit, saving money for closing costs and down payment, pending job relocation.  However, when you look at the reasons they are most often temporary and can be remedied.

Our daughter is currently renting. She and her husband just got full time jobs and have little savings. In the beginning, their landlord was pleasant and promised to take care of her place. However, things quickly changed. To make matters worse, he just raised the rent 28%! I’ll give you one guess what goal has moved to the top of their list.

If you are pondering the “rent vs. buy” question, I strongly recommend that you start the buying process as soon as you able.

‘New’, Big Hollister Home For Sale

After watching the VIDEO Tour of this nice home, text, email or call me for your own, personal tour.DJI_0250

901 Verissimo Ct., is a 5 bd., 3 full bth, home with 2,775 sq. ft. of living space. There is a downstairs bedroom and full bath. The owner paid roughly $20,000 more for the kitchen upgrades which include: stainless steal appliances, separate pantry and a sizable preparation island. Someone said: “it’s not an island, it’s a continent!”.

There are 2 separate heating and air conditioning zones and USB ports in a electrical outlet in each room. The bonus room upstairs is 13′ x 18′ and the master suite is 15′ x 18′.

This house sits on a corner lot in a private court and has a wide side yard with double gates for your boat or RV. The low maintenance backyard is ready for your personal design.

This 2 yr. ‘New’ home has hardly been lived in. The seller received a job expansion shortly after the purchase and hasn’t been home much.  This house even smells new.  Why not come and see it for yourself?

Sizable Executive Home, San Juan Bautista

_O2A3463-HDRAs this VIDEO Tour of 939 Via Rodriguez displays, here you can live close to all of the important venues but feel so far removed from the hustle and bustle.

It is a remarkable home tucked away in the foothills of San Juan Bautista just a mile from Hwy 101 which means “Gilroy Premium Outlet Center” and CalTrains are just 15 min. from here. 30 min. going the other direction takes you to the beaches and Monterey. San Juan Oaks Golf and Country is just down the road and there is a tennis and basketball court within this gated community of “Rancho Larios”.

Imagine breathtaking views in every direction. Then consider these features: 5 bedrooms plus a study/guest quarters; 5 full baths; 4 car garage; 2 fireplace, 4,700+ sq. ft. of living space, and all sitting on 21,700+ sq. ft. – a half of an acre. 10′ ceilings and 18″ diagonal tile with in-laid marble. Then, there is the ‘chef’s kitchen’: built-in frig, double convection ovens and microwave, a 6 burner commercial stove, custom drawers and pullout shelves, granite counter tops and a large preparation island.

The 19 fruit trees and grow boxes are on an automatic watering system and the huge backyard can become any flavor of playground you want.

Watch the VIDEO Tour then contact me for your own, personal tour. You will not be disappointed!

 

Open House: 1710 Morning Glory, Hollister

I’m hosting an Open House on Saturday, 3/4/17 from 1-4 PM. Warm chocolate chip cookies and a remarkable home_O2A1829 wait you.

This Stone Bridge built, 5 bd., 3 bth.  3 car garage and 2,650 sq. ft. of living space is a “turn-key” home. Seriously, it is not only move in ready it is freshly maintained.

Here are some pictures.  A VIDEO Tour will be launched Fri. afternoon.

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I hope to see you on Saturday.

Good News, Bad News In San Juan Baustista

This VIDEO Tour of 766 Avenida Del Piero in San Juan Bautista turned out really well. It is a gorgeous executive home which sits on a professionally_DSC2350-HDR landscaped , half acre and is bordered by a 510 acre Agricultural Land Trust. It offers 3 good size bedrooms and a nice office, 2.5 bathrooms and a finished, 3 car garage and 3,415 sq. ft. of living space. Travertine tile and plush carpet, 10′ & 12′ ceilings, recessed lighting and remarkable views out every window makes this home very desirable. It is an entertainer’s dream.

The good news is that it was available for you to buy.

The bad news: we received multiple offers, it sold over the asking price and sold in just a couple of days. People from many different areas were calling about the home. One gentlemen was going to drive down from Oregon (a 6 hr. drive) to buy it. He had seen the VIDEO Tour and wanted the home. However, to each all I had to offer was a different listing I am working on, in that same community, which should be on the market in a couple of weeks.

This has become my good news, bad news experience: with a nicely staged home and great marketing materials my listings sell quickly and typically for more than the owners asked. I’m becoming more comfortable with: “Sorry, it went quickly, however, I’m will have another listing in that same subdivision. Would you like me to send you it’s information?

7 Good Ideas for Remodeling

Thinking of doing some ‘freshening’ up in your home this year? Here are 7 good ideas you can do for little money.

Likewise, there are some things which were popular years ago but now are passe.  This article lists 2 of those things you want change.

The standards for most return value on improvement dollars spent, in this order are: mailbox, garage door, front door, kitchen and bathrooms. We find that money invested in these areas at least helps the home sell quicker and, often for more than you spent to spruce up the house.

Likewise, it remains, funds devoted to pools, bedrooms, and even living rooms, in that order, will yield the least profitable returns.

Pssst, I Know A Great Place, Coming Soon!

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It’s fun to know, before others, about something which is coming soon. This is just, such a surprise: it’s a drop-dead-gorgeous executive home tucked away in the foothills of San Juan Bautista.

Golf, nearby. Tennis, down the lane. Scenic trails & wildlife….. And the commute…so easy!

Watch for the VIDEO Tour of it.  I’ll be launching it about 2 weeks.

You don’t want to miss this jewel!

 

 

A ‘Willow Glen’ Home 4 Sale

1817 Comstock Ln 004This VIDEO Tour of a nice home on a tree lined lane in Willow Glen, San Jose just makes you want to be there.

1817 Comstock Ln., is a turn-key, 6 bed. 3.5 bath home in the Doerr Park neighborhood. It has the pool club, sizable tree studded park and a dog park – all within a short walk from here.

Significant, silicon valley employers are a short drive away as is the San Jose airport, Westfield’s Valley Fair shopping, Santana Row, the Tech museum and so many venues are near by. And the schools: Cambrian Elem. & Branham H.S.!

Text, email or call me for your own, personal tour of this home. It has a full master suite down stairs and another upstairs. There is slab granite and Corian counter tops, marble floors, tile, hardwood floors, 5 burner gas stove in a functional kitchen island etc.  There are just too many features to mention here. The seller is offering it for $1,399,800.

Kitchen Trends Add Value

The best return on your home improvement dollars is in the kitchen.  This article offers 10 suggestions for kitchen updates in 2017.

While the mailbox, garage and front door have the highest return for their costs, the kitchen is the #1 investment room inside the house. While you may not get 1:1 return you will get more of your money back in the form of a higher sales price than a home with a dated kitchen – you will get more bang for your buck than say, money spent on a bedroom.

Besides, don’t we spend a great deal of time in the kitchen? Especially when family and friends are over. Holidays, special events etc., often evolve around the kitchen.