Buying your first home can be a daunting process, but with the right preparation and guidance, it can also be an incredibly exciting and rewarding venture. To help you navigate this new terrain, we've put together a list of 5 essential tips for first-time home buyers: ✨🏡
1. Draw up a hard budget and stick to it – One of the biggest mistakes many first-time homebuyers make is not having a budget. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your finances, including your current income, expenses, and savings. Be realistic about what you can afford, and stick to your budget.💰
2. Make a short list of your non-negotiables... Read More
From our friends in KCM
Today’s higher mortgage rates, inflationary pressures, and concerns about a potential recession have some people questioning: should I still buy a home this year? While it’s true this year has unique challenges for homebuyers, it’s important to think about the long-term benefits of homeownership when making your decision.
Consider this: if you know people who bought a home 5, 10, or even 30 years ago, you’re probably going to have a hard time finding someone who regrets their decision. Why is that? The reason is tied to how home values grow with time and how, by extension, that grows your own wealth. That may be why, in a recent Fannie Mae survey, 70% of respondents... Read More
By Aarthi Swaminathan
The numbers: U.S. pending-home sales fell in May, the National Association of Realtors said on Thursday but the housing market is still showing signs of being in recovery mode.
Demand for homes is still strong, despite mortgage rates hovering near 7%, but buyers are finding few properties for-sale to choose from as homeowners hold out on selling.
The shortage in housing inventory has become so dire that it’s pushed pending home sales down in the spring, which is generally the peak season for home-buying.
Sales fell by 2.7% from the previous month, according to the monthly index released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
The figure fell short of... Read More
710 Montecillo Rd, San Rafael
Serenity and Mid-Century Style in the Heart of Terra Linda
The Best of California Living
This beautiful & expanded Eichler is light and airy and has a large, level backyard with views of the surrounding hills and a very flexible floor plan with bonus rooms that can be used for additional bedrooms, offices, workout rooms or dens. The kitchen is upgraded with quartz counters & stainless appliances. There is a remodeled primary suite w/ generously-sized bathroom with oversized jetted tub & separate shower. The floor plan allows for multi-generational or multi-situational living –a large light-filled bedroom with an area that could be a kitchenette, as... Read More
35 Corte Dorado, Greenbrae
Living Your Best Life in the Heart of Greenbrae
Offered at $2,495,000
Experience luxury and serenity with this elegant 4 BR/3BA home in Greenbrae. This two story home has the spacious primary suite with full Mt. Tam views and a large guest bedroom on the main level with two bedrooms, a bath, family room, laundry room on the lower level.
Situated on a cul-de-sac in a sylvan setting, walking distance to top-rated schools, this home was rebuilt in 2000 using gorgeous finishes including slate, granite, marble, limestone and wood. It is on a large lot that slopes gently to a seasonal creek and affords tremendous privacy.
With large... Read More
There was a point, not too long ago, when buying a house was fairly straightforward: You’d schedule some tours, make an offer, and boom, you’re in the house before you know it.🏡
Today, though, the housing market is a very different animal—fast, ferocious, and ever-changing. In such an environment, it’s no longer a given that all homebuyers will easily find a house and seal the deal. And even more surprisingly, those lucky folks who do succeed aren’t just sitting on piles of cash. On the contrary, real estate agents and other experts we spoke to say that successful homebuyers today simply possess a particular mindset and behaviors that... Read More
Here are some great tips from a company called Moving Game Plans! ✅
Moving with children can be an overwhelming prospect, but it doesn't have to be! With a bit of planning and preparation, you can make the move smoother and easier for everyone involved. Here are six tips to help ease the transition for all family members when moving with kids: 👨👩👧👦
1. Communicate With Your Kids: Moving with kids can be a great experience, but it's also important to remember that it can be an unsettling time for them. Before and during the move, talk to your children about what will happen and why you... Read More
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.
When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the property’s structures and systems. It’s a worthwhile investment that can save you money in the long run, either by warning you away from a bad purchase or by providing a list of deficiencies you can use to negotiate with the sellers.
However, many buyers make mistakes... Read More
Make your home appealing to potential buyers with these 3 simple design tips.
1️⃣ Give your interior a fresh coat of paint. Remember that neutrals are best for selling.
2️⃣ Update your landscaping. This gives buyers a great first impression.
3️⃣ Stage your furniture. Data show that staged homes sell faster and for more money.
While these three steps are helpful, there are likely a few more things you can do to maximize your property’s sales potential.
Contact us for a free, customized assessment of your home!
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