real estate: 10 Home Improvement Tips for Your Pittsburg, CA Home - 10/17/19 09:52 PM
Pittsburg CA – Home improvement projects can not only be fun, but they add value to your home as well. Whether you’ve decided to add improvements to your home before it goes on the market or is planning improvements to your new home, here are some creative home improvement ways to add sparkle.
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1. Window TreatmentsBecause windows are such a focal point, it pays to decorate them. It’s amazing what a simple curtain or valance can do to change the atmosphere of a room.
Your bedroom can be transformed … (2 comments)

real estate: Homebuying Negotiations: What to Consider Other than the Price - 10/17/19 01:10 AM
Naturally, the price of a home is top-of-mind when we talk about negotiating in a real estate deal. And, for some homebuyers, these homebuying negotiations are critical. If you need any help, you can always contact an Antioch CA Realtor.
But, did you know that there are other ways to bargain with a home seller other than on price? The purchase agreement is full of haggling opportunities. Let’s take a look at five of them we deal with most often.
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1. RepairsNegotiating home repairs is something we are quite familiar … (0 comments)

real estate: What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a House in Concord CA? - 10/14/19 10:36 PM
Concord CA – Three digits. They may be all that is standing between you and your own home in Concord CA or continuing to rent. Known as your “credit score,” those digits reflect how risky it will be to lend you money. The score may also impact other aspects of the homebuying process as well.
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How Your Credit Score is CalculatedThe road to your credit score, also known as a FICO® Score, begins with the credit reporting agencies. Known as “the big three,” they include Equifax, TransUnion® and Experian®.
The information the agencies … (0 comments)

real estate: How to Budget Your Way to Buying a Home - 10/13/19 10:11 PM
Antioch CA – Buying a home isn’t as easy as walking up to a lender and requesting a mortgage. You’ll need cash for a down payment and the loan’s closing costs unless you’re applying for a VA or USDA loan.
If you’ll be going after a conventional loan, you’ll typically (but not always) need 20 percent of the loan amount as the down payment in buying a home.
Right now, the median sales price of a home in the U.S. is $240,000. Based on that price, you’ll need to come up with between $8,400 and $48,000 (depending on the loan program) just for the … (0 comments)

real estate: USDA Loans – They Just May be the Best Option for Low-Income Buyers - 10/10/19 09:01 PM
Pittsburg CA – Keeping your nose to the grindstone, using credit wisely and responsibly and paying your bills on time every month have their rewards, no matter how much or how little money you make.
One reward is how much easier it is to realize your piece of the American Dream – the opportunity to purchase your own home. A bonus for the low-income earner is a government-backed loan with no down payment.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Single Family Housing programs may just be the best option for low-income folks with good credit and a steady job to … (1 comments)

real estate: Should You Renovate Your Home Before Selling? - 10/08/19 10:36 PM
Pittsburg CA – One of the most common questions we hear from our listing clients is whether or not they should renovate or remodel their homes prior to putting them on the market.
Whether your goal is to make more money off the sale of the home or to help it to sell faster, part of our services to our clients is to help you figure out where to focus your time, energy and money, and renovating your home may be one of these.
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Make Repairs FirstConcentrate first on making … (1 comments)

real estate: 3 Things To Know About Buying A New Construction Home - 10/02/19 10:51 PM
Pittsburg CA – Will this be the year you buy a brand-new home in Pittsburg CA? Don’t be discouraged by news reports claiming that “U.S. homebuilding fell,” or “housing starts dropped.”
The scary-sounding numbers are due to a drop in multi-family home building, not single-family.
In fact, the single-family home construction market across the country is set to be just fine, with a surge in new building permits late this summer.
Moving into a new construction home in Pittsburg CA is a lot like the first time you sit behind the wheel of a new car but on steroids. No stinky smells from whatever … (2 comments)

real estate: 5 Home Selling Myths Home Sellers Believe - 09/29/19 09:09 PM
More than half of today’s home sellers are selling a home for the first time, according to Zillow’s Consumer Housing Trends Report for 2018.
That’s a whole lot of home sellers who may not understand the pitfalls that await them because they either don’t understand the process or have bought into home selling myths they read on the internet.
If you hope to sell your home during your preferred timeline and for the most money possible, you need to:
Fully understand the selling process, from the paperwork to marketing methods Choose the right real estate agent Divorce yourself from your emotions Don’t buy … (3 comments)

real estate: Buying a Golf Course Home in Discovery Bay, CA - 09/26/19 10:06 PM
Discovery Bay, CA – We are frequently asked if a golf course home in Discovery Bay CA is worth more than those not similarly located, if a golf course home is a good investment and about the pros and cons of golf course home living.
Here’s what we know, the good and the bad.
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The Future of GolfIt’s not all doom and gloom for the $84 billion-dollar golf industry. Nearly 40 percent of Americans (107 million, to be more precise) either played read about or watched golf in 2018, … (0 comments)

real estate: Having a Golf Course Home - 09/25/19 08:19 PM
There was a time when real estate agents could confidently tell their clients that one of the biggest advantages of owning a golf course home in is that the verdant view would be permanent.
Today, many owners face a view of brown, dead fairways, vandalized buildings and uncertainty about what may pop up when the land is sold.
Chalk it up to the busyness of Americans. The lengthy game of golf has declined in popularity, leaving course owners to deal with the consequences.
Or, blame the oversupply of golf courses and the waning of Tiger-mania (among other reasons), as  John Eidukot at does.
Whatever the reasons, “More … (0 comments)

real estate: Antioch CA Down Payment: What are “Seasoned and Sourced Funds”? - 09/23/19 09:12 PM
Antioch CA – Sometimes (not often enough, in our opinion) money falls into our laps. Tax returns, bonus checks, gifts, and inheritance are just a few ways that we can come into a chunk of money suddenly.
If you’ve been saving for a down payment on a home in Antioch CA, the windfall will go a long way toward getting you closer to homeownership. But, “sudden” money comes with a catch.
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Lenders Like Things SeasonedLenders become skeptical when money suddenly appears, seemingly out of nowhere. Your lender will want … (0 comments)

real estate: Personal Property Tips for a First-Time Homebuyer in Pittsburg CA - 09/19/19 09:45 PM
Pittsburg CA – Marcy, a first-time homebuyer in Pittsburg CA, was over-the-moon excited about finally moving into her new home.
The day arrived, the movers were actually on time and, for the first time since the final walk-through, she opened the door to her home.
Since she had a case of water bottles with her, she headed straight for the refrigerator to ensure they were kept cool for her hard-working crew.
But there was no refrigerator – just an empty space where it stood just weeks earlier during the walk-through. Marcy panicked. The stove was there and the built-in microwave above it. The dishwasher was there.
She then ran … (0 comments)

real estate: Maximizing Profit for Pittsburg CA Homes For Sale - 09/17/19 10:35 PM
One thing I know for certain: homeowners that sell their homes quickly and for top dollar are happy. Let’s face it, selling Pittsburg CA homes for sale is hard work and nobody wants to be in that position for any longer than they absolutely have to.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to get in and out of the “Pittsburg CA homes for sale” process quickly and maximize profit at the closing table. And if you need to find your next home, click here to find Pittsburg CA Homes For Sale.
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real estate: Current Real Estate Market FAQs - 09/16/19 08:24 PM
Whether you’re entertaining notions of buying or selling a home, you’re no doubt keeping up with housing news. And, what you’re seeing may concern you.
Doom and gloom, naysayers and, curiously, even some experts are claiming that they are worried about the real estate market.
The fact is, the real estate market is the one bright spot in the economy right now, and there are three reasons we can say this with confidence:
Pending home sales Mortgage rates Consumer confidence Let’s take this one-at-a-time and break it down for you.
Pending Home SalesWhen a homebuyer signs an agreement to purchase, the home moves from … (4 comments)

real estate: Home Negotiations to Avoid When Buying a Home in Pittsburg, CA - 09/09/19 09:27 PM
When buying a home in Pittsburg, CA, unless you are buying direct from the owner, you’ll not negotiate with the homeseller you have your eye on.
That’s your real estate agent’s job, negotiating on your behalf. So, when we talk about buyer negotiations with sellers, we’re referring to indirect home negotiations through your agent, as middle-person.
Unless you’re an attorney, a salesperson or in another occupation that requires negotiating skills, we think it’s safe to say that it’s not something you do on a regular basis.
If done correctly, home negotiations require subtlety and the ability and willingness to find a win-win for all … (0 comments)

real estate: A Critical Step Toward Buying Your Dream Home in Pittsburg, CA - 09/08/19 09:56 PM
Shopping for a new home in Pittsburg, CA can be overwhelming. Finding a real estate agent, looking at homes online, and applying for loan approval, there is a lot to do, and it can be difficult to know where to start.
Believe it or not, there is a first step that every home buyer should take before they start interviewing real estate agents and before they look at even one home in Pittsburg, CA online.
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Know What You Can’t Live WithoutMake a list of everything you want for a home in … (0 comments)

real estate: 10 Tips When Buying an Antioch CA Home - 09/03/19 09:52 PM
When we think about the impulse purchase, most of us picture a grocery store. After all, retailers purposefully set up their stores to encourage us to pick up and purchase items on a whim.
If you, like millions of consumers, like to shop for fun, if you are status-conscious or if you find that you spend money without thinking about what you are buying or why you’re buying it, you may be an impulse shopper, according to Ian Zimmerman Ph.D. at
Grabbing a Candy Bar is Okay. Grabbing a New Home is Not.We see the tendency often in our real estate business. Clients … (1 comments)

real estate: Selling Your Concord CA Home in Winter - 09/03/19 03:09 AM
Did you know that winter is one of the best seasons to sell a Concord CA home?
Fewer homeowners list their homes during winter so naturally, fewer homes sell. But Concord CA homes that are listed in winter have a better chance of selling than those listed for sale in summer, fall and, yes, even spring.
Homes sell quicker in winter too and, best of all, they sell for more than they do in fall and summer and only slightly less than in spring, according to a study by a national real estate brokerage.
The study looked at how much above list price homes eventually sold for … (3 comments)

real estate: What’s Best? Buying or Selling Your Pittsburg CA Home - 08/30/19 12:02 AM
More than 71 percent of home sellers look at homes for sale while their current home is on the market, according to a 2017 Zillow report. Looking back, 24 percent of them said they wished they would have started the selling process earlier.
Most of these home sellers ran up against a common problem on what to be doing first: Buying or selling your Pittsburg CA home first?
Let’s take a look at just some of what you should consider and a couple of solutions.
Current Market Conditions
In a seller’s market (when there are lots of buyers looking for homes but few homes available) you’ll … (0 comments)

real estate: What is a home purchase offer? - 08/26/19 03:52 AM
The seemingly endless hours searching for homes on the internet are finally over. No more open house visits, no more house tours with your agent. You found the one – the home you may have spent months waiting for.
“I want to make a home purchase offer.”
The statement that starts the process of turning your dream into a reality.
It’s easy to get overly excited. It’s far too simple to allow your desire to get the better of your common sense. Yes, you’re buying a home. But you’re also making a significant financial investment both now and for your future.
Of course, we’ll be with you … (0 comments)