Brokers’ Tour New Listings March 10

There were 40 houses open this week for the Real Estate community to preview. Because the space of time to vie  the properties is limited, it is a matter of selecting between 10 to 12  properties. I choose different areas each week so that I can stay aware of what’s new and price points for Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, San Ramon and Diablo. Today we were able to preview 12 homes and here are the highlights. Oh and did I mention that the majority of the Realtors hosting the open house feed us.

3 New listings in Greenbrook– all single story ranchers. Read the rest of this entry

Do I Really Need a Realtor?

The Importance of Using a Realtor In Your Home Search

Even though many home buyers are using the Internet to search for homes they underestimate the value of working with a Realtor right from the get go.

The Internet is indeed a place to start as it will give you some understanding of home prices in neighborhoods and the types of homes in those areas. And using the Internet to start your search will in many cases save you time. But once you determine the neighborhood and your price range, it is advisable to contact a local Realtor. Read the rest of this entry

Mortgage Investors Suing Banks – More Trouble for the Mortgage Industry?

Buyer beware is not just a caution to the average consumers, but should also be caution between company mergers.  Bank of America who purchased Countrywide Mortgage back in 2008 to rescue the company believed it was a great opportunity, according to the CEO of Bank of America as cited below:

“Countrywide presents a rare opportunity for Bank of America to add what we believe is the best domestic mortgage platform Read the rest of this entry

San Ramon – Danville This Week’s New Listings

This weeks broker tour had over 30 new listings to showcase. In order for me to stay on top of the market, I faithfully preview as many listings each week as possible between a time frame of 10:30 to 1:30. I was able to preview 11 homes in Danville and San Ramon. Here are some of the highlights:

For those wishing to be within walking distance to downtown Danville there are 3 new listings all very nice, ranging in price $1,025,000 to $1,299,950 – all one story. Two of the homes have had some fabulous redo work, one which was completely taken down to the studs.

The home on Verona Avenue is deceiving on the outside. While the exterior displays the original brick, once you walk into the home it is completely transformed, 3100 square feet, 4 bedrooms with an in-law or nanny unit. Hardwood floors throughout backing to Iron Horse Trail.

All three properties are worth seeing located on Verona Avenue, Glen Rd and Emerald Drive.

For the first time home buyer a great buy located at Serene Place (just the name sounds relaxing), Danville. Read the rest of this entry

Modular Homes – A Housing Option?

Modular HomeWith soaring real estate prices, many Americans are looking to alternative home options. Modular homes are one of the popular affordable housing options.

Modular homes represent almost 8% of all new U.S. home sales, with nearly 43,000 of them built in 2004 alone. In the Northeast today, 10% of the houses constructed are modular. It is primarily the states of North Carolina, Michigan and New York that make up the most popular locations for modular construction.

Modular homes are manufactured in several sections at a factory. The factory environment allows protection against harsh weather and vandalism during construction. The quickness of the process also significantly decreases building costs. Even though these homes are factory built, it is possible to have these homes customized. Read the rest of this entry

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