New Listing in Half Moon Bay

I’m very proud to announce my new listing at 583 Terrace Avenue, in the lovely coastal city of Half Moon Bay. List priced at $848,000, this beautiful 3BR/2BA home on the coast is close to beaches, coastal trails and charming downtown Half Moon Bay. This wonderful home features fresh paint inside and out, new floors, brand new kitchen, stainless steel appliances, new bathrooms, and low-maintenance front yard landscaping. A cozy backyard space awaits new owner's creative touch. Modern doors throughout, LED light … [Read more...]

Gory Details Podcast — 2015 vs. 2016

Welcome to the Gory Details Podcast! The real estate market of Silicon Valley in 2015 is behind us, and 2016 is off and running.  But what is our Silicon Valley market going to do this year?  Will it continue to be a battle of inventory "shrinkage" and rabid buyers? Or will it somehow, sometime, somewhere just get a little more "normal"? So that you can know what  REALLY is the scoop behind this crazy market we're having here in Silicon Valley, I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Carole Rodoni, … [Read more...]

Inventory Slightly Rises as Median Prices Hold Steady

January’s single family inventory numbers took a slight jump from December 2014, increasing in all of our five home counties. Year-over-year inventory numbers for single family homes also rose with Santa Clara leading the way with a 34% increase. Townhouses and condos followed the same pattern as single family homes in January. Inventory saw modest gains, and the counties that had inventory numbers dip only did so slightly when compared both to last year and last month’s figures. Despite growing inventory and … [Read more...]

SOLD with 12 offers — Listing in Berryessa!

SOLD -- for $121K over asking price. I'm very proud to announce my new listing at 1353 Aberford Drive, in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose. List priced at $659,000, this beautiful single level home in a desirable, tree-lined neighborhood offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy your passions. A large yard with mature landscaping, room to play and an inviting outdoor eating area is ideal for entertaining. Move in ready, updated kitchen and bathrooms, double-paned windows throughout. Best of all you are … [Read more...]

5 Things Buyers Don’t Want to See

When preparing your home for sale, you might focus on the things that will impress buyers, such as clean/uncluttered spaces, well lit rooms, staging, and so forth. But it’s equally important to pay attention to those things you don’t want buyers to see... those little turn-offs that, although seemingly minor, can distract buyers and cause them to lose interest in your property. I’d categorize these things as: Pets. Although many people love pets, some don’t. Others are allergic to them. Dogs, in particular, … [Read more...]

Chinese Cash Drives Up Silicon Valley Prices

More and more, home buyers are bringing a once-rare tactic to the negotiation — all-cash offers. And, in the San Francisco Bay Area, a lot of those buyers are coming from China. We’re seeing three different phenomena. One is asset diversification, people trying to move money out of China. Second would be the focus on education for their families.  And thirdly would be lifestyle, because this is a beautiful place to live. In certain areas of Silicon Valley — Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the city of San Francisco — … [Read more...]

Why Staging is SO Important

First impressions are everything, especially when selling you home.  As a seller, one of your primary considerations should be "staging" your house, meaning furnishing, decorating, outdoor clean-ups and ultimately arranging homes in such a way to attract increased buyer interest. A recent national survey indicated that staged homes sold on average in 13.8 days, while non-staged homes sold in 30.9 days.  Because your home is competing with other nearby comparable listings, staging your home is important for … [Read more...]

Carole Rodoni Speaks! Podcast – Q1 Market Update

Q1 of 2014 -- a little crazier, a little frothier. What can this all mean? It means that it's time for the Q1 market update, so that you can know what  REALLY is the scoop behind this crazy market we're having here in Silicon Valley. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Carole Rodoni, the expert on all economic and market dynamic issues around real estate, both here in Silicon Valley, and throughout the US. Take a listen, she's always got such great info. Happy listening! … [Read more...]

Making a Small Home Look Bigger and Show Great

  Small homes can offer very unique advantages.  They can cost less, be cozy and cute, and limit the amount of maintenance that is required. These can be a big plus in an economy where people are tight for money and tight on time.   However, a small home loses its appeal if it is cluttered.  Cramped living is usually never on any buyer's wish list.  Fortunately, there are a several tips to help you make your small home look bigger and still offer the conveniences of a small house, such as: Mirrors. Using mirrors … [Read more...]

Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You Won’t Regret: Part 3

The next two items, Subway Tiles and Ergonomics:   #5: Subway Tile for the Backsplash Subway tile goes back to the early 1900s, when it was used to line New York’s first subway tunnels. Classic subway tiles are white, 3-by-6-inch rectangles — a look that became popular in American kitchens and baths, and has stuck around ever since. Now it’s an iconic part of the American design vernacular, destined never to go out of style. In the kitchen, ceramic tile excels as a backsplash, where it guards … [Read more...]