“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.

‘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?

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.

Great 4 bdrm Hollister Home 4 Sale

003Watch the VIDEO Tour here, of 2141 Calistoga Dr. in Hollister. It will be like walking thru this comfortable home.

This single story house offers 4 bdrms & 2 baths on a raised foundation and has a good size, 3 car garage.

What a great location too: directly behind this house is 102 acres of grazing land and an unobstructed view of the Diablo Mtn. Range; a short walk takes you to the much sought after “Cerra Vista Elementary School”; the school has a large park the neighborhood enjoys; at the end of Calistoga Dr. is the popular ‘Whale Park’ with its water features, playground equipment and benches; a little over a mile away is “Ridgemark Golf & Country Club”; 15 min. or so takes you to the popular “Hollister Hills” offroad vehicle state park and, 20 min. north of this home is Gilroy Premium Outlets, big box shopping and CalTrains for an easy commute.

By definition 2141 Calistoga Dr. is a “turn-key” home: freshly painted inside and brand new carpet allows you to move right in and enjoy.

After watching the VIDEO Tour contact me for your own, personal tour. You can text, email or call me with your best time to see it.

Coming Soon, Hollister 4 bd. 2 bth.

In about 2 weeks 2141 Calistoga Dr., Hollister, will go on the open market for sale.  When it does this 1,820 sq. ff. home won’t last long.  We’re pricing 003it to sell quickly.

This nice house will be freshly painted, new carpeting, and a refinished hardwood floor entry.  Unlike the new homes being built, the home sits on a raised foundation, has a remarkable view of the acres immediately behind it, the foothills beyond. and reasonable side yard space. Likewise, 2141 Calistoga has a cozy fireplace in the family room – many of the new homes near hear don’t have a fireplace.

If you would like to see this nice house before the open public does, text, email or call me.  I will arrange a tour of it for you.

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%

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.

Cycling, Ribs, and Yoga

Today was the first time back on my bike since my crash 6 weeks ago. After breaking 4 of my ribs and collapsing a lung, I was a bit anxious as I approached the 1st hill (deep breaths).

Up to this point I was reminding myself of all the basics: ‘pull up on the back stroke, push down over the top, use the gears and save the legs‘ etc. That was on fairly flat roads. Quickly, the ‘mental’ messages gave way to familiar muscle memory.  Shortly after starting the 1st hill, I thought: “okay, here comes the test“.

But, I remembered the breathing technique I learned in a Yoga class, “ujjayi“, where you use your diaphragm to inhale and exhale. I had no discomfort!  It’s like the ribs get bypassed and the diaphragm does all the hard work. It was a relief and empowering.

It is amazing how in just 6 short weeks the techniques, which had been automatic, reverted to a deliberate, mental process. I had been practicing ujjayi breathing before my accident and was relieved this AM when I remembered it on my first ascent.

Truth be known: THIS time, as I began the big descent, I actually touched my brakes.   Well, “touched” is not correct. I used them for nearly half of the crest down, where I normally love to fly.  Now I understand, a little more clearly, why seasoned riders always go so much slower down steep hills than I do, er, DID.

So, am I chicken or more wise?