Open House, Private Setting

Mike Walters - 986 Calle Cruz, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA-34Watch this VIDEO Tour and then come see it for yourself.

986 Calle Cruz is located at the end of a private lane, inside the sought after, gated community of “Rancho Larios” in the rolling foothills of San Juan Bautista. While it feels remote this house is a little over a mile from Hwy. 101 for quick accesses to the beach, Monterey, Gilroy and San Jose.

It features: 3,146 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a large 3 car garage and a sizable bonus room – all on a single floor. The views, from this 3/4 acre lot, are breath taking. There is: crown molding on 10′ ceilings throughout the home, slab granite counter tops, zebra wood hardwood floors, 18″ tile, dual heating zones and nice landscaping.

Text or call me for the gate code and I’ll save some chocolate chip cookies for you.

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!

 

Great Home in San Juan Bautista!

If you want to be close to all of the important places but live “far” from it all – this home is calling you!  Watch this VIDEO Tour of it here.DSCN2503

352 Orchard Hill Road, in the rolling foothills of historic San Juan Bautista, is one of just 12 ranchetts on this lane.  It is less than 5 minutes from Hwy 101 and 5 minutes from San Juan Bautista’s boutique shops and restaurants, historical sites, elementary and high school. From here it is only 15 minutes to Gilroy’s Premium Outlet Center and, CalTrain – for an easy commute.  The beaches and Monterey are just 30 minutes in the other direction.

Out each window of this single story, 2,500 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms 2 baths and 2 – 1/2 baths, with separate dining, family and living rooms, are spectacular views!  Even the extra wide, 3 car garage has plenty of windows to capture the views and flood it with natural light.

When you step inside 352 Orchard Hill Rd. you are standing on colorful, wood finish tile, and looking up at a cathedral ceiling, beautiful chandelier and crown molding. Leaving the foyer the remarkable kitchen becomes the favorite spot. Custom cabinetry has under cabinet lighting which shins down on beautiful slab granite counter tops; the commercial, stainless steel 6 burner gas stove and double ovens are one of the two center pieces.  The other is the copper apron sink and faucets.

Both the family and living rooms have their own raised fireplace.  While both have coved ceilings the living room has craftsman molding around the highest reach of its ceiling.

The guest bathroom has a sky light and the master suite bathroom has a jetted, sunken tub and, again remarkable views.  The master suite has a tastefully finished brick backdrop to its own “fireplace”.  A short stroll from the master suite takes you the sunken, hot tub and its octagon building.

Rather than go on, why not text, email or call me for your own tour of this remarkable place.

Available in Ridgemark Golf & Country Club

Lrg PatioHere is your chance to own a home in the remarkable, “Ridgemark Golf and Country Club”.

As you will see in this VIDEO Tour, 50 Florence Ct., Hollister is just one of 5 homes on a private court within the gated golf and tennis community.

This home sits on a 10,700 sq. ft. lot with wide side yards for behind-the-fence-storage of your RV, boat and toys.  It has 1,945 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Many features of this home have recently been refreshed: there is a new roof; the exterior was recently painted; the master suite has new carpet; all of the appliances are just 2 years old.

I love the new manufactured hardwood floor in the kitchen leading up to the brick fireplace and the private patio just outside the dining area.  The great room also has it’s own fireplace, floor to ceiling windows for natural light and there is another private patio just out side this cozy room.  Each room has exposed beam ceilings.  In addition to the new forced air heater, there are 4 heaters for individual room comfort.

Outside the master bathroom is a sparkling hot tub.  And then, there is the massive backyard.

Since Ridgemark is just 40 miles from San Jose, Monterey and the beaches it is ideally located for an easy commute and vacation-time when you are home.

Text, email or call me for your own personal tour.  First Open House: 4/16/16, 1-4 PM.

 

Do We Have Enough Homes?

On a national scale the enclosed article in Yahoo Finance points to the 6 reasons why there are NOT enough homes for prospective buyers.

Of course housing markets are typically influenced first by the neighborhood, then community, and finally by their region.  In ‘South County’ (Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, CA) for example, there is a shortage of homes to choose from and, therefore, home values seem to be forever increasing.  12-16% annual appreciation is pretty typical.

In Hollister we are seeing a slight slow down in the appreciation pace for resale homes this year due to the significant number of new homes being built.  In 2015 the average single family residence value increased 12.6%.  Morgan Hill and Gilroy’s appreciation for the same period were: 15.5 and 16.9% respectfully. Hollister’s new home construction in 2015 affected its appreciation which, normally is on par or, even higher, than both Morgan Hill and Gilroy, CA.

So the proverbial question: “Is your glass half full, or, half empty?”

Home Buyers: Now’s the Time

I have been in the housing business so long that I’ve been through several outgoing, 2 term presidents, where their party was in control of both houses.  Typically, at the beginning of the election year, interest rates and gas prices begin to rise.  They peak during 3rd. quarter and begin to improve toward the national election in November.  (Watch, as soon as I say this, we’ll see an aberration in 2016.)

However, this article may well be a signal that the trend will repeat itself in the coming months.

Prospective homeowners would be wise to buy their home as soon as they can.  Sales prices in the South County (San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, CA) begin to rise more rapidly at the end of March and peak in July.  The interest rates will probably inch their way upward during this same time frame.

And look at the impact of a 1.0% rise in interest rates*:  A $400,000 home with 10% down to a new, $360,000 30 yr. fixed rate loan will see a $214 higher monthly principle and interest; a corresponding increase in the qualifying income needed by $642/mth.  The closing costs will also be slightly impacted.

If you are thinking of buying a home, now will be the lease expensive time for South County homes for the next year or more.

*4.0% to 5.0%

Gilroy, CA Home Prices

Gilroy, CA single family home prices have followed a fairly typical pattern over the last 12 months although the Gilroy Sales Price 2average sale price for 10/15 is virtually the same as 12 months ago.

I reviewed 548 Gilroy sales of single family residences from 11/14 to 10/15.  We saw a fairly flat market from Nov. last year to Feb. this year.  Then, in March the prices began to rise and spiked in July.  Since July the average sales prices drifted back to the same level as this time last year.

It is important to note that in 2014 Gilroy home values increased roughly 21% from Jan. through Dec.  And, Jan. this year saw average prices roughly 11% higher than 12 months earlier.

So, what does all of this mean?  Well, if you are a buyer and like to play the odds, your best buys will typically be between now and next Feb. or Mar.  If you are a home owner who is thinking of selling you may want to be ready to go on the market in March or April.

Lastly, you may find that next year, being a National Election year where a sitting majority will want to maintain their plurality, will be anyone’s guess as to what home prices are going to do in Gilroy.  Actually, I have a prediction based on the 9 other national election years I have seen while in the housing business.  Text, email or call me for that information.

Thanks to MLSListings for the data.

 

El Nino’s Coming, 3 To-Do Tips

Rainy season is about here.  In Morgan Hill, Gilroy & Hollister Calif. we welcome any rain!  However, there are 3 smart things you can do to protect your home from water damage:

Clean out your rain gutters.  Here is a quick ‘how-to’ video to show you how easy it is.

Make sure your down spouts take the rain water away from your foundation. Here is another, quick video to show how easy this chore is.

Lastly, make sure the earth against your foundation is sloped down hill, away from the home. Here is a short, DIY video.

While these 3 tasks will take some time to do, they are not expensive and they will greatly reduce expensive repairs due to water!  I absolutely recommend that you invest the time now, before the rains come.

Let me know if you have found other, easy tips, to prepare your home.

“Home of The Week” Open House

On Saturday, 5/16, we will be holding an Open House for 1711 Morning Glory Dr. in Hollister, CA.20151101-1711 Morning Glory, Hollister-12 - Copy

If you can’t stop by between 1 – 4 PM for your own tour of this 5 bdrm, 3 bth, 3 car garage, 2,650 sq. ft. home – watch this VIDEO Tour.  It is almost like walking through the home itself.

“1711 Morning Glory” is just 18 mths ‘new’.  The significantly upgraded walnut hardwood flooring and great carpet still look and feel fresh. This home also sits on nearly 7,500 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room in the back and both side yards.

Since Hwy 25’s extension is just .5 mile away, the drive to the Bay Area is surprisingly comfortable.  When I moved to Hollister from San Jose people asked: “moving way down there“?  It wasn’t long before I just smiled and said “yeah, way down there” with a subtle secret in my smile. The little extra drive yields so much more of a home and lot.  It is absolutely worth it.

Some, even catch CalTrain in Gilroy for an even easier commute.

What has been your experience with living in South County while working in the Bay Area?

 

 

Simple Curb Appeal Improvements

Often I will have 4-6 homes to show buyers.  Each time we arrive in front of a prospective home the buyers nearly always comment on what they think the home will be like – based on what they first see from the curb.  And, typically an impressive front of the home opens to a similarly maintained home on the inside.   The opposite is also true.  There have been times when the buyer doesn’t even want to get out of the car, because the front of the house is shabby, overgrown, or in need of paint.

There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do this Spring to make your home very appealing.  Click here for 13 suggestions.  Each of these easy to do tasks also provide the most added value – to – investments you can do to the outside of your home.

Lastly, your neighbors may be a willing source of help if you announce your ‘sprucing up’ plans for the ‘tired’ front appearance of your home.