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 In my 27+ years of real estate experience, there have always been two main indicators that play an influential role on housing prices. The first is the economy. The second is low interest rates that affect affordability. A good economy implies job growth, consumer confidence, and the potential t...
05/19/2015
Spring is here. Temperatures are warming up as we are having glorious weather in Northern California. Now is the time for outdoor activities. One of those activities can be sprucing up your yard. In  my previous article (http://actvra.in/4pwY), I mentioned landscaping projects which add privacy ...
03/30/2015
During the fall I am often asked “Should I buy now or wait until next spring?” Without a doubt I always recommend buying in the fall.  After school starts back up and the holidays roll in, most buyers decide to shelve their home search and wait until spring. This is exactly what you want as a buy...
11/03/2014
If you've ever bought or sold a home before, you know one of the most important factors is in how their home looks. I'm not talking about the layout of the house, or how big the kitchen is, but the presentation of the entire home. Often times, sellers forget that there is one attribute that could...
10/31/2014
There are many important variables taken into consideration in selecting a home to purchase – price, location, layout, distance to place of employment or retail amenities – and that’s just to name a few. My clients sometimes ask me this question: “Marco, besides these usual factors, what do buye...
10/29/2014
In 2013, there were multiple offers on just about every property that came on the market. In 2014, there are still many houses that come up for sale that get multiple offers. As a seller in this environment, what are the options when your property receives more than one offer? Here are a few: Pic...
10/27/2014
There are two main approaches to determining a home’s value. Approach 1 is the comparable sales approach. Step 1: Find out the price of similar homes. It is not always possible to find recent sales of similar homes.  In that case I find homes that have recently sold which are as similar as I can ...
10/25/2014
The California Association of Realtors had polled Californians about what they want in a neighborhood. The results are here. In over twenty-five years of selling real estate, most clients with whom I’ve worked with tell me during they want a large lot. The vast majority of them end up purchasing ...
10/13/2014
This past October, about a year ago, I hit my 25th anniversary of being a Realtor. I’m reflecting on how things were really different in October 1988, not only in Real Estate, but in life. THINGS HAVE REALLY CHANGED. At the time I received my real estate license, Ronald Reagan was President of t...
10/10/2014
I frequently receive calls from current and prospective clients asking about purchasing a foreclosed home. I’m writing today to give you some insight into that process. There are many myths and legends surrounding foreclosures and the differences between buying a seller’s home in a standard tran...
10/09/2014
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