California Top Real Estate Trends for 2015

Housing Recovery Gains Momentum The economy in 2015 continued to improve complete with existing home sales hitting nine-year highs due to job growth, rising consumer confidence, and low interest rates.  Individual micro markets vary from zip code to zip code and consistent year over year gains are everywhere, but there may be flattening on the…

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Ready to Renovate? See The 2015 Trends in Home Remodeling

I spend every year remodeling or remaking 12 to 25 bathrooms and 5 to 10 kitchens for my clients in preparation of getting their homes ready to sell.  The process is incredibly rewarding for both me and my clients and each year brings new and creative ideas to our work.  Not only is your home…

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Palo Alto’s Real Estate, Businesses and Top-Rate Education Attract People Nationally and Internationally

Californians have known forever that Palo Alto is a world-class city. This status was cemented in 2015 when one renowned study named the city one of the top 100 best places to live on the planet. Palo Alto is the beating heart of the Silicon Valley with legendary companies like Facebook, Tesla, and HP launched…

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Is Spring the Best Time to Buy a Palo Alto Home?

The world of real estate is an exciting and confusing place filled with sage advice for home buyers and sellers. You may have heard plenty of recommendations on when to buy, when to sell, whether you should stage, and other helpful tips to get your home sold fast; however, it may be difficult to tell…

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In My Opinion – Pocket Listings Don’t Help Home Sellers

Pocket listings hurt home buyers and sellers

Do You Want To Shoot Yourself In The Foot?  Sell Your Home Off-Market Or Don’t Expose It To The Multiple Listing Service With An Open House – That Will Do The Trick Every Single Time – Guaranteed! No matter what you call it, “off-market, private, or pocket listings” are on the rise again as sellers…

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How Many Offers Will I Get On My House?

I can’t remember a listing where my client didn’t ask me, “[H]ow many offers will I get on my house?  It’s a crystal ball question, but usually the answer is – “we will probably get several if we price it correctly.” The juggernaut seller’s market continues to march forward like a rapid moving lava flow…

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Attention Downsizing Baby Boomers – Sell Your House, Protect All Your Equity, and Pay NO Capital Gains Taxes with this Simple Strategy Using Tools Congress Gave Us

Many of my parent’s friends who have fortunately accumulated significant equity in their homes over the last several decades are faced with a dilemma of downsizing into a smaller home because they can no longer conveniently or adequately take care of their properties.  Importantly, many of them desire a simpler-smaller property, usually all single-level, accessible…

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Cost Value Ratio 2015 – What Are The Best Improvements Sellers Can Make To Improve Return-On-Investment?

Last year I wrote an article on “Cost-Value Ratio” or more appropriately what improvements are the best return-on-investment for homeowners or sellers – see link right here –  https://shellyrobersonrealtor.com/home-improvements-critical-now-more-than-ever/.  Home improvements are critical for sellers and buyers alike, but are sellers getting the right advice? Consistently I see mistakes by sellers, usually at the advice…

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New California Real Estate Laws for 2015

Here is a quick recap of the new 2015 real estate laws effecting owners, residents, real estate agents, and brokers.  How these laws effect you, your business interests, your family, landlords, and tenants vary greatly depending on your individual circumstances, but please read and make yourself aware of the basics.  For detailed analysis or any…

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Mountain View Weighs Increased Developer Fees – What Else?

How Should Cities Deal With Developers And Affordable Housing Proponents? How do cities in tech-rich Silicon Valley curb skyrocketing housing costs while at the same time appease developers to build more affordable housing units?  In the city where Google Inc. resides the conundrum of housing is a bubbling caldron between residents, developers, and city staff. …

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