Questions To Ask Yourself During The Quarantine

We’ve been sheltering-in-place for over a week now. Spending this much time in your home might be prompting you to re-evaluate your home needs. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

  • How are you enjoying your current home?
  • With kids being home-schooled and learning online AND parents working from home, does your home feel too crowded or just the right size?
  • Do you need a larger home with a bonus room or a few extra bedrooms?
  • How about a smaller home with less maintenance?

Like many industries, the real estate industry is adapting and figuring out how to make it work during the shelter-in-place order. Appraisers are performing drive-by appraisals, lenders are finding work arounds, and our team has been conducting virtual showings. We are so grateful for technology-we’re seeing it used to its best advantage.

Lots of people are wondering about home sales.  The real estate market is not the stock market. The home market and banking industry are solid.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak,  our local real estate market was thriving and we expect to continue to have a high demand for homes. If you are a seller,  let’s talk about your needs and timing. If you are a buyer,  this is a unique opportunity to buy! Let us help you be in a place of power so you are ready to make the right move once the shelter in place order is lifted.

Stay safe and be well!

Take a look at how our team members have been sheltering-in-place:

DeAnna’s view about to have a video conference call
Liz celebrating gratitude and being a BadAss while working from home
Kim’s pup’s feelings towards the virus
Lisa welcomed a beautiful nephew
Michelle working seriously hard with her guard dog
Lexi and her boyfriend built an igloo
Kevin enjoying working from home
Amanda trying to entertain her littles and work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Quarterly Recap

For many agents the Fall and Winter months tend to slow down, that was not our case! With a total sales volume of $35,745,500, we sold a blizzard of homes this quarter! We are so proud of our team and our clients. We gotta say – there’s no better gift during the holiday season than making our clients’ home dreams come true.

We had quite a few families who sold their home with us, and then purchased a new one. Whether they were upsizing or downsizing, we loved being able to help them make the transition from their old home to their new one.

We also helped clients who were going through different phases of life whether it be purchasing for the first time, separating, inheriting a home that needed to be sold, or empty nesters ready to move. We always try to make the process as delicate and smooth as possible.

See our list of sold homes for the fourth quarter:

3155 E Ruby Hill Drive, Ruby Hill – Represented Seller – $2,534,500

1192 Paladin Way, Ruby Hill – Represented Both – $3,180,000

6 Westside Place, San Ramon – Represented Buyer – $1,450,000

34203 Oneil Terrace, Fremont – Represented Both – $1,300,000

902 Old Oak Road, Livermore – Represented Both – $1,405,000

71 Heligan Lane #4, Livermore – Represented Seller – $605,000

2762 Vine Drive, Livermore – Represented Buyer – $1,295,000

1773 Orchard Way, Pleasanton – Represented Seller – $1,450,000

3874 Stanford Way, Livermore – Represented Seller – $795,000

4117 Moselle Court, Pleasanton – Represented Buyer – $1,050,000

1707 Orchard Way, Pleasanton – Represented Seller – $1,231,000

2946 Lethbridge Court, Pleasanton – Represented Buyer – $1,200,000

3633 Dunsmuir Circle, Pleasanton – Represented Seller – $1,080,000

1527 Honey Suckle Court, Golden Eagle – Represented Both – $3,500,000

708 Saint John Circle, Pleasanton – Represented Seller – $1,395,000

748 Saint Michael Circle, Pleasanton – Represented Seller – $755,000

9517 Macdonald Court, Pleasanton – Represented Seller – $2,135,000

In addition to selling homes, we had an extremely busy fourth quarter with team events. We had our annual Pie It Forward event where we passed out Thanksgiving pie to our clients and vendors at Rubino Estates Winery while they sipped on wine and ate charcuterie. It was an extremely successful evening and a wonderful way to show our appreciation to all the people we work with!

That lead right up to the Hometown Holiday Parade. We were all prepped with the float that Vista Construction Company, Inc. spent two days putting together. All our elves were waiting to wave in the parade, we had our outfits picked, candy ready, and were giddy with excitement. Then the rain came! We were so disappointed that the parade got cancelled. Now we are even more ready for next year! Here are a few pictures from the fun we had in 2018.

Last, we had our annual team holiday lunch where we get to all visit with one another, enjoy food, drink, and have fun! We went to Piatti in Danville and when there was a mix-up with our reservation, we end up sitting at high-top tables in the bar. Not our number one choice, but that’s what our team is all about – adapting and being positive. We had such a good time mingling and spending quality time with each other, our team is truly a family.

Our fourth quarter was full of gratitude and appreciation, hard work, and fun! With 4 homes in escrow, 1 current listing, and 3 homes ready to come on the market, we are set for a successful first quarter in 2020! Contact us for a free consultation. We’d love to get you in on the action!

The Tri-Valley is a great place to live!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

What’s Happening in Downtown Livermore?

You may have been noticing some recent changes to our beloved downtown and it’s all thanks to the Downtown Plan Adopted by the Livermore City Council in 2018.

Here’s what the approved plan looks like:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore

The City of Livermore has gone above and beyond to make Livermore a highly desirable place to live. A boutique hotel with a luxurious wine country feel, plenty of retail, 3+ acres of green space including Stockmen’s and Veteran’s Parks, a Science and Society Center, and 2 parking garages to accommodate our growing city are just some of the features to look forward to.

If you’re interested in being walking distance to this new downtown, check out our current Livermore listing here!

So, what can you expect in the upcoming years?

Stockmen’s Park to be completed by summer 2020:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore
Courtesy of the City of Livermore

I Street Parking Garage to start construction early 2020:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore

L Street Parking Garage to start construction in 2021:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore

With hotel and retail construction starting in 2020, the 130 unit Affordable Workforce Family Housing and Cultural Performing Arts Center construction start dates are still to be determined.

We are excited for this major revamp to such a beautiful city!

For more details on the timeline and plans, click here.

Livermore is a great place to live!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

Fremont Ranked as Best City to Buy a Family Home

Are you looking for the perfect family home, but don’t know where to start?

How about our listing at 34203 Oneil Terrace in Fremont?

Recently SmartAsset released their third annual “Best Cities to Buy a Family Home – 2019 Edition”. Can you guess where Fremont ranked? Drumroll please…Fremont topped the list as #1! With home value increasing by 47% over 5 years and 88% of homes having at least two bedrooms, it’s the perfect location to find a large enough family home. Also, Fremont has a 37% five-year rent increase, which was the third-highest in the study.

To come to this conclusion, SmartAsset analyzed 6 metrics including 5-year change in median home values, 5-year change in median rent costs, average effective property tax rate, percentage of homes with at least two bedrooms, median housing cost as a percentage of median income, percentage of homeowners who are housing-cost burdened. You can find out about their data and methodology here.

We just so happen to have the perfect home for sale in Fremont right now! 34203 Oneil Terrace, Fremont.

34203 Oneil Terrace, Fremont

Beautifully updated in popular Ardenwood neighborhood within walking distance to elementary school and proximity to major commuter corridors and outdoor activities including Ardenwood Historic Farm, Coyote Hills, and Mission Peak. Open concept floor plan with lots of natural light. Spacious Living and Dining Room with soaring ceiling, open stairway, and striking glass block wall.

Kitchen

Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and Breakfast Nook. Adjacent Family Room with fireplace and slider to Backyard. Upstairs, Master Bedroom and updated Bath with large stall shower, soaking tub with jets, heated towel rack, and walk-in closet. Three additional comfortably sized Bedrooms share full Hallway Bath with tub/shower combination. New interior paint, new carpet, durable laminate flooring, recessed lighting, and ceiling fans. Fenced Backyard offers covered, raised deck with benches and newer hardscape. Full size Garage with laundry area, storage cabinets, and epoxy flooring. Ample guest parking. Low monthly HOA dues of $35.

Backyard

For more details and photos of our listing, click here.

For the full SmartAsset article, click here.

Fremont is a wonderful place to live!

To find out more about Fremont schools, click here.

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

Listing Orchard – From Start to Finish

1707 Orchard Way, Pleasanton

This home had been very loved throughout the years and was there for many family milestones. It was our job to come in and assess what could be done to revamp it to be ready for it’s new family!

We brought in our go-to contractor, Vista Construction Company, Inc., to do the complete remodel. With all of the updates, it’s like brand new!

If this is something you are interested in, contact us. We would love to chat with you on how to get top dollar for your home!

Here’s a video of the home prior to any work being done:

After Vista Construction overhauled the home, we coordinated cleaners, window washers, and one of our go-to stagers, Divine Designs By Lydia, to tie everything together. Now that we have the finished product, it’s time for this home’s new family!

Here are the before and after photos:

Front Exterior
Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Family Room
Master Bathroom
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 4
Bathroom 2

For more photos, check out our virtual tour!

If you are interested in purchasing this home, contact us!

Pleasanton is a wonderful place to live!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

Need A Summer Getaway?

Load up the car and pack the kids, it’s time for a road trip!

Just kidding, because this “getaway” would actually be in your very own backyard! With our newest listing at 7801 Flagstone Drive, Pleasanton, you could be on a perma-vacation! Forget the travel and imagine resort living in your own home!

7801 Flagstone Drive, Pleasanton

With an oasis Backyard showcasing a custom designed pool and spa with waterfall feature, and lush tropical landscaping including banana trees, this updated single story home feels like a vacation getaway!

Front Exterior

Situated on a large corner lot in the popular Muirwood neighborhood, within walking distance to Muirwood Community Park, elementary school and high school, with proximity to Historic Downtown, Stoneridge Shopping Mall, BART, ACE Train, TECH buses, and 580/680 freeways.

Family Room

Open concept and updated Kitchen/Family Room with stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, breakfast nook with chandelier lighting, tile flooring, fireplace, and slider to Backyard. Formal Living Room and separate Formal Dining Room.

Master Bedroom

Spacious Master Bedroom Suite with Sitting Area, oversize slider to Backyard, and newly remodeled Master Bathroom with walk-in stall shower, dual vanity, and custom closet. Three additional comfortably sized Bedrooms share full Hallway Bathroom with tub/shower combination. Additional features include new Bamboo flooring and new interior paint, owned solar panels, Ecobee climate control system, electric car charger, recessed lighting, Solatube skylights, Laundry Room with storage, paver stone driveway and walkway, and much more! No HOA dues.

You will never want to leave your own tropical paradise!

Open House: Friday, 6/28, from 10-1, Saturday & Sunday, 6/29 & 6/30, from 1-4

For more photos and details click here.

Click here for all of our current listings.

Pleasanton is a wonderful place to live!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

It’s Your Last Chance to be a Cowboy!

Yeehaw! The Cattle Drive is coming to Pleasanton for the Alameda County Fair’s Opening Day. On June 14th at 10:30am hundreds of cattle will walk Downtown, but you better giddy on up since this is the “Last Ride”.

Here’s the route the cattle will be taking:

In addition to watching the Opening Day Cattle Drive, the Museum on Main will have fun activities for kids and many businesses will be giving away free Fair tickets.

The Fair will also offer free admission to everyone Opening Day until 3pm. It’ll be your chance to experience the start of “Western Weekend” starring Team Roping on the June 14th and Pee Wee Kids Events on June 15th.

We can’t wait to see you at the Cattle Drive, be sure to bring your cowboy hat and spurs but please leave the six shooters at home!

Click here for more information on the Cattle Drive.

Click here for more information on the Fair.

Pleasanton is a wonderful place to live!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.