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.

Listing Loganberry – From Start to Finish

1519 Loganberry Way, Pleasanton

This beautiful single story home had everything going for it, it just needed updating! We came in with our go-to contractor, Vista Construction Company Inc., and did a complete overhaul. With the owner out of town, we managed the whole project from start to finish. It’s amazing what got done in just 3 short weeks!

Not only did the remodel freshen up the home, it enhanced the neighborhood with it’s proximity to top Pleasanton schools, the aquatic center, parks, and Historic Downtown.

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 beginning of the remodel:

After Vista Construction wrapped up,  we coordinated house cleaners, window washers, and one of our go-to stagers, Time 4 Order, to bring the project to completion and present the finished product to potential buyers.

Here are the before and after photos:

Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Family Room
Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom

For more photos, check out our virtual tour!

If you are interested in selling your home, contact us. We know how to get top dollar for our clients!

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.

JUST SOLD! 3218 Novara Way in Ruby Hill and 4563 Gatetree Circle in Pleasanton Valley

One of the best parts or our career is meeting people at open houses. Some are there to look, some to buy, some just to spend time together, and some are neighbors wanting to keep their finger on the pulse of their home value and their community in regards to real estate.

We meet all kinds of people and we love it. We are curious about them, we chat, we inform, we laugh, and we listen.

Pleasanton Luxury Real Estate

Recently we were holding an open house at 3218 Novara Way in Ruby Hill. A couple came in and as we talked, we discovered that my daughter knew one of their sons. This couple ended up spending around an hour and a half with us talking about the house, their lives, their three kids. They did not come in with the intention to buy-they were just looking. They saw our marketing and thought the home with a master bedroom on the main floor might be interesting to take a look at.

Shortly after that open house, this family decided to hire us to list their home at 4563 Gatetree Circle- a beautiful, updated home close to Amador High School. They also asked us to represent them on the purchase of the Ruby Hill home.  Some days, this is how real estate happens-our marketing enticed the buyers to come into Novara Way, hosting an open house allowed us to meet the buyers and sell the listing.   In the end, with a different agent on our team representing each party, we were able to manage all aspects of both sales and bring both to a successful closing.  (And the home on Gatetree sold for a neighborhood high sales price!)

Both families are happy and it was a win-win for everyone. 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.

Take a Peek!  Here are the Virtual Tours for these 2 homes:

Home Tour in Ruby HillRuby Hill Real Estate Tour

 

 

 

 

www.ArmarioVenemaHomes.comPleasanton Real Estate Team

 

 

Thinking of adding a pool to your home? Things to consider before you start.

We can all agree that we are having some unusually hot weather this summer in the Tri Valley. Nothing better on a hot day than to slip into that new swimsuit and dive into that crisp, cool oasis in your back yard.

Before you google the best pool builder in your area and break out your check book, let us help you with a few options and factors to consider when planning the design of your new pool, like types, shapes, water, extras and costs. Your pool type, style and cost may vary depending on weather conditions, frequency of use, topography and a number of other factors.

East Bay Pool Types

Here are the most common Pool types’ materials. Ask your pool builder which will be the best for you. Sometimes soil and topography are major factors when choosing:

– Concrete
– Fiberglass
– Vinyl

And of course, most importantly, which style of pool would best suit your lifestyle and family needs? Here are a few of the popular styles today, and are illustrated in some of the photos.

– Infinity Pool
– Lap Pool
– Plunge Pool
– Exercise Pool
– Indoor Pool

Chlorine or Salt Water Pool??

Salt water pools can be more expensive, mostly due to the need for a specific salt water generator. Now, remember that even a salt water pool has chlorine in it, but much lower levels so it doesn’t dry out your skin as much. The good thing is that you don’t have to add the chlorine yourself. It is actually created by chemical electrolysis, which happens within a salt water chlorinator (or generator).

Even though upfront is more expensive to build your Salt water pool, the money you save monthly will add up and depending on the link that you have your pool, you will end up saving money long-term by not having to buy as many chemicals.

Pools in Pleasanton California

A few extras to consider when making your budget:

– Fencing? Sometimes required by code
– Slide or no slide?
– Diving Board?
– Hot Tub attached?
– Bar? Especially if you plan on entertaining
– Cave attached? Sometimes fun for kids and a shaded area from the sun.
– Lighting, for night time enjoyment
– Rock Structures for maybe a waterfall or plant features
– Automatic Cleaners. Ask your designer about the best for you
– Tile Trim. Like any design, it can be the small extras that pull it all together and express your taste and style.

Most of all! Remember to enjoy the creation and design of your new pool. It’s like adding a new addition to the family.

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The quicker the sale the better!

3 Strategies for a Quick Home Sale

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Most sellers have a specific goal when it comes to their transaction: a quick sale and top dollar. But sometimes fast action doesn’t align with achieving the highest and best value.

There are multiple schools of thought on this subject and the perspective varies not only with where you are in the country, but also by price point, neighborhood and even down to the block. When it comes to pricing and the search for a quick sale, it’s always best to get help from a local agent.

Here are some strategies you can use to get offers fast.

1. The Theory of Under-Pricing

Under-pricing means that you go to market with a list price that is just below what the comparable sales in your area support.

You can’t pinpoint the exact market value of a home until it sells. But before you list, there’s always a range. If you price your house at or below the bottom of the value range, you are under-pricing the home.

In many West Coast markets this strategy will work effectively. Take this San Francisco home, for example: priced at $1.1 million, it received 10 offers and sold for $1.425 million in less than a week.

Risk alert: If you price your home low, this plan could backfire — big time. If you don’t know your market and this strategy doesn’t work, you’d better be ready to accept that list price.

2. Staging and Market Presentation

Well-priced homes that also show well sell quickly. If you want a quick sale, you need to invest some serious time in getting the house ready.

Prepping the home means taking out large pieces of furniture and personal items, painting, replacing carpets, finishing floors and even doing some minor renovations.

Enlist the help of a home stager and take their advice, and you can be assured a quicker sale. The investment of time and money will pay itself back.

Risk alert: If you go overboard on staging or you don’t spend the time and money in the right places, it could be a waste. Don’t make staging decisions in a vacuum. Focus on kitchens and bathrooms, de-cluttering and cleaning. When in doubt, ask for help.

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Not a US citizen? Here’s what you need to know about buying a home…

Buying a Home When You’re Not a U.S. Citizen

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Immigrants are having a significant impact on the U.S. housing market. According to the Research Institute for Housing America, immigrants accounted for nearly 40% of the net increase in U.S. homeowners from 2000 to 2010. Meanwhile, the same group estimates that U.S. homeownership rates among Latino immigrants will hit 50% by the year 2020.

Overall, the number of immigrant homeowners is still relatively small, representing only 11.2% of owner-occupied homes in 2014, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies. Even so, that’s up from 6.8% 20 years earlier.

So immigrants are clearly buying homes. But what sort of obstacles and challenges do they face that native-born homebuyers do not?

There are no legal barriers to foreign nationals buying property, owning homes or obtaining loans in the U.S.

Foreign investors buy U.S. property and do business with U.S. banks all the time — getting a mortgage and buying a home is simply more of the same, on a smaller scale.

“Residency of any kind is not a requirement for home ownership in the U.S.,” said Jason Madiedo, president of Alterra Home Loans, in Las Vegas. “The challenge for the consumer is to gain financing.”

Documenting Foreign Financial Info Can Be a Challenge

For a legal immigrant with an established employment and credit history in this country, the process of buying a home is much the same as it is for a citizen. However, there are still certain challenges that non-citizens may face when seeking to buy a home in the U.S. that native-born borrowers are unlikely to encounter.

“It becomes a little more difficult for a foreign national to buy an owner-occupied property unless they’re here with a job in the U.S.,” said Bill Ashmore, president of IMPAC Mortgage in Irvine, California. “The longer somebody’s here and the more they can document their income through tax returns, the better off they are.”

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