Executive Home in San Juan Bautista

This VIDEO Tour of a great home feels like you are walking through the home and grounds. 381 Via Vaquero Sur, in San Juan BauFronttista boasts of 3,500 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4 car garage and it sits on a 22,000 sq. ft. (.5 ac) lot in the foothills.  As you saw in the VIDEO there are many remarkable appointments and features included in this home.

The location of 381 Via Vaquero Sur could not be more ideal: just 3/4 mi. from Hwy 101 for an easy commute to Monterey or Santa Clara counties.  CalTrain and Gilroy Premium Outlet Center is only 15 min. from here.  The beaches and Monterey – just 30 min. “San Juan Oaks Golf & Country Club” is a short drive down the road. Play tennis on this gated community’s own tennis court.

The Open House for this home is Saturday, 11/22 from 1-4 PM. Why not stop by for your own, personal tour. You will see a remarkable home and, enjoy freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Let me know what you liked about this house.

Old backyard fence, hmm.

I love simple ideas that are fun and make our homes more inviting.

Do you have an old, ugly fence in the backyard? Try replacing the boards which are shot, then spray on fence/deck cleaner (actually a bleach). With a focused nozzle spray offf the the deck bleach. When it is dry spray the fence with you favorite color stain. I did this to our 17 year old cedar  fence and it looks new.

You could also use your fence as a natural canvas and paint on it images like bushes or trees. This short video  shows you just how easy, and fun this project can be.

What ideas have you come up with?

What a Great Home! VIDEO Tour.

Fairhaven quartz cntrWatch this VIDEO Tour for an intimate view of the inside of the home and private backyard. 2451 Fairhaven Court in Hollister, CA is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 car garage home with 2,700 sq. ft. in Hollister, CA and shares a private court with just 7 other homes.

It is a casual walk to Cerra Vista Elementary, a neighborhood park and playground, and a short drive delivers you to “Ridgemark Golf and Country Club”. South of here is the famed “Hollister Hills (off road vehicle) State Park”.  “Gilroy Premium Outlets” and “CalTrain” is just 20 min. North of this gorgeous home.

In addition to the features mentioned in the VIDEO Tour there is a whole house, reverse osmosis and soft water system in the spacious 3 car garage.

This is a home you are going to want to see.  The first Open House is scheduled for Sat. 11/1/14 from 1-4 PM.  Check this site for additional dates for an Open House. Or, text, email or call me for your own personal tour of 2451 Fairhaven Ct., Hollister, CA.

What did you think of this VIDEO? Do you have any questions? Feel free to call me.


Home Prices in Our Bay Areas

Here is a quick glance, one page summary of year-over-year values for of our Bay Areas.

The median prices increased slightly in Santa Clara County (up 9%) and Monterey County (up 6%) but dropped 1% in San Benito County.

At the bottom of the summary page we see some indicators which suggest San Benito County values may rise in 2015: Inventory of homes for sale increased 14% 9/13 to 9/14 which is one of the causes of the median price to drop. However, the Days on Market (DOM) dropped a whopping 46%!  Since homes sold significantly faster year-over-year we may see San Benito County single family prices rise next year.

With one eye on these opaque indicators and one on “the holidays” disengagement many get caught up in – a shrewd buyer should buy a home before the year is out. And, with interest rates around 4% for a home loan, you could be one of the few others admire in the future: “You bought at the end 2014?  You really ‘lucked’ out”.

Why not text, email or call me?  With your answers to 4 simple questions I will be able to compute for you how much of a home you can qualify for and provide you with a list of those homes in your price range.

“Happy (Holiday) shopping”.

 

 

No Place For a Pool? Check This Out.

I have had a pool. It was a lot of fun on those hot days. It looked nice (most of the time). It was another chore – to keep clean and the chemicals balanced.  It took up most of our backyard and, it could only be used for one thing – getting wet.

Check out  this cool pool. I wish these were available back in the day. How cool is this? It’s a pool and decorative patio you can use for more than – just getting wet.

Do you have a pool story? Did you become familiar with “black algae”?  Ever forget to turn the water off?  Did it change from blue to lily-pad green?

Agents: AFTER Service, THEN Paid

Here’s a fantasy thought: “What if our teachers, doctors, or politicians only got paid AFTER they finished their service, to their client’s satisfaction?” And, the professional gets paid nothing until those they serve are satisfied with an acceptable conclusion. Can you imagine?

Abraham Lincoln said:  “A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade“.  Their income is based on two ‘tools’ used to serve their clients: their time and advice (knowledge). 

It seems many people don’t stop to consider how their real estate professional gets reimbursed for their time and knowledge.  Perhaps, because the client is on an hourly wage or salary, they assume agents must have a similar revenue basis?

Your real estate agent typically receives no reimbursement for their expenses (gas, time, advertising, time, promotion, time, etc.) until several days AFTER their client’s escrow closes.  If the sale does not close through him/her, the agent gets nothing for their ‘time and knowledge’.

Just imagine: At your job you don’t get paid  until you completed all of the tasks.  If there is no successful conclusion to your work, you get paid nothing. You might understand agent’s frustration when that happens to them.

Oh, and BUYERS, you typically pay nothing for your agent’s services – the seller does, through their contract with the listing agent. Make sure you have an experienced agent with a proven track record to represent you. They will “cost” you the same as a rookie agent will – zero.

Love Your Tat? Want to Remove It?

Occasionally, I help out at our high school and I am often asked, “Hey Mr. Walters, have any tats?”  When I say “no” they almost always ask “why not?”.  (My answers are for another post).  It is becoming more common for young people to get tattoos.

Ask people your close enough to if they wish they had not gotten their tat and some will admit they do.  Nationally, 23% of adults have at least one tat and 2 out of 10 wish they could get rid of them.  Angeolina Jolie may be one. See hers?

Well, tell those who wish to remove their “mistakes” that there is a way.  This article covers virtually all of the questions you can imagine: the process, the cost, the affects, etc.  It is really amazing.

Do you have one?  Like it?  No?  Well, here you go.

College Student: “Should I Buy or Rent?”

A college student posed this great question in Trulia: 

“I’m a college student looking to move to Sac this winter. Should i rent or buy? Property around Sac State is expensive…  I need some help on what i should do cause renting is more expensive then a mortgage would be”.

Here was my response:

I would buy if you can.
Why not email me these basic items and I will tell you how much of a loan you can qualify for and what your payment options are:
1. Gross, (before taxes) income year-to-date and for 2013;
2. Amount of cash you have for down payment & costs (including family gift $);
3. What is your minimum, monthly, required debt payment for all, unpaid card balances, car loans etc.;
4. Whether you have had any late charges, or collections.

I will email your results back along with a couple of outstanding, buyer-real estate agents contact info.

Same offer to anyone: you could send me the same info and I will provide you with the results listed above.

Webcam Sneak-a-Peek Prevention

By now you have heard that people can easily hack into your computer to watch you through your computer webcam, right? Yep, and I guess it is easy. The scary thing is you have no way of knowing they’re watching: no blue light comes on, nothing.  Take a look at this fun little video.

Well, here is a low-tech prevention solution:  You know those little poke-a-dot things from your 2 hole punch? Tape one of them across your camera eye on your lap top when you’re not using it. Bye bye peepers.

Have you been hacked?  What have you done to prevent peepers?