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?

 

“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?

 

 

Sizable ‘New’ 5 Bdrm Home

20151101-1711 Morning Glory, Hollister-17If you are looking for a nice family home which is well located for an active family you are going to want to see 1711 Morning Glory Drive in Hollister, CA.

As you will see in this VIDEO Tour  this 18 month ‘new’ home offers a lot of comfortable living for this price.  And, with Hwy 25 just .5 mi. away the Bay Area commute is very convenient.

Often families have other family members living with them.  The downstairs bedroom and full bath offer a blended family option.  Some have friends or relatives who visit regularly.  Again, the 1st level bed/bath provide for a comfortable visit time.

We are hosting an Open House for this home on Saturday, 5/16, from 1 to 4 PM.  Why not stop buy and see this home for yourself.

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.

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.