Monthly Weather Report – October

No tricks this past month, only treats! While other teams might be haunted by the fall selling season, we’ve been spooktacularly successful! The main theme you’ll find this month (other than ghouls and gobblins) is that we’re working with multiple clients who are both sellers and buyers. Selling an existing home and then purchasing a new home can be a complicated process, but we’re smoothly guiding our clients to the finish line.

2508 Wilde Avenue, Pleasanton – Sold for $2,255,000

This wow house went pending after just 8 days and sold for $60,000 over list price! It was a record high sale for the neighborhood. Virtual Tour.

 

1517 Whispering Oaks Way, Pleasanton – Sold for $1,353,858

The buyers of 2508 Wilde Avenue were the sellers of this beautiful Walnut Hills home. This rarely available Carriage House model didn’t last long on the market. Virtual Tour.

 

3839 Antonini Way, Pleasanton – Sold for $2,740,000

Originally starting as a pocket listing, or off market listing, this gorgeous Ruby Hill Mediterranean inspired home now belongs to a happy family. Virtual Tour.

 

480 Montori Court, Pleasanton – Sold for $1,569,000

The sellers of this Ruby Hill home are the buyers of 3839 Antonini Way. In order to purchase Antonini, they needed to sell their home. We were able to not only sell their home, but have a 7 day close! Virtual Tour.

2425 Heritage Oaks Drive, Alamo – Pending

We’re representing the buyers of this home, who happen to be the sellers of 3839 Antonini Way. They had liked a few other properties, but this one has won them over. Offered at $2,395,000, the views go on for miles.

1121 Navalle Court, Pleasanton – Pending

Offered at $1,299,000, we’re representing the sellers of this Vintage Hills home. Located in a highly-sought-after neighborhood, it didn’t stay available on the market for long! Virtual Tour.

14 Arreba Street, Martinez – Pending

We’re representing the sellers of this adorable home. What started out as their starter home, turned into an updated charmer offered at $479,000. Virtual Tour.

 

1824 Ohlone Heights, Clayton – Pending

The sellers of 14 Arreba Street are purchasing this house, listed at $839,999. They wanted to make the upgrade from their cute single story to this completely updated Clayton home.

2245 Doccia Court – Pending

Offered at $1,800,000 we’re representing the sellers of this French Country inspired home. We worked hard to find the perfect buyers for this property. Now our clients will be able to rest easy in their new construction, Brentwood home. Virtual Tour.

We love being able to represent sellers and buyers, working to make their dreams come true!

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.

2842 W Ruby Hill Drive, Pleasanton

Gorgeous Custom Estate Home in Ruby Hill!

Open House Friday 10-1, Saturday/Sunday 1-4

Built in 2001, this gorgeous custom estate home sits on one of the 15 original premium lots at the prestigious gated Ruby Hill golf course community, just steps from the 8th hole of the Jack Nicklaus designed course. Luxurious amenities and custom features throughout, with a well designed floor plan and highly upgraded entertainer’s backyard. Top rated Pleasanton schools and proximity to Historic Downtown, award winning Livermore Valley Wineries, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Monthly dues of $215 include resort style HOA amenities.

Highlights of this home include striking Formal Entry with custom hand crafted front doors and column accents. Elegant Formal Living and Dining Rooms with hardwood flooring and wine closet with hand crafted doors, complementing the main entry doors. Gourmet Kitchen and Breakfast Nook feature distressed Alder cabinetry, granite counter tops and travertine backsplash, top of the line appliances, built-in coffee bar, oversized island with bar seating, walk-in pantry, and travertine tile flooring. Adjacent Family Room with fireplace and granite topped wet bar, distressed Alder cabinetry with media niche, and 50 gallon salt water fish tank. Luxurious Main Level Master Bedroom with coffered ceiling, slider to backyard, and pass-through to Executive Office. Master Bathroom features his & hers vanities, Jacuzzi tub, oversized stall shower, and large walk-in closet. Sun Room with Half Bathroom and Laundry Room with sink and storage round out the main floor. Upstairs features oversized Bonus Room (easily converted to additional Bedroom or second Master Bedroom Suite) and 3 generously sized Upstairs Bedrooms with 2 Full Bathrooms. Smart Home System with built-in speakers, Pella dual pane windows, crown molding, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, stone accented doorways and alcoves, multi-zone HVAC, central vacuum, and so much more! Highly upgraded, private Entertainer’s Backyard with 30′ x 25′ Outdoor Cabana with Kitchen, fireplace, and commercial grade heaters. Custom designed lower level temperature controlled Wine Cellar with 2100 bottle storage, hand carved imported door, and spacious tasting area. Pool and Spa, Fire-Pit, Sports Court, and Fenced Yard with Gated Access to Golf Course. Country club amenities (with membership) including social club and golf club.

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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.

Pleasanton Real Estate Agents

Just Beautiful in Popular Mission Park!

5877 San Juan Way, Pleasanton

Open House Friday 10-1, Saturday/Sunday 1-4

Situated on a hill-top lot in the popular Mission Park neighborhood, this beautifully updated Pleasanton home for sale offers partial views of the valley & surrounding hills. Within walking distance to Historic Downtown’s shops, restaurants, and events, with proximity to major commuter corridors & ACE train.

Highlights include updated Kitchen with granite counter tops and tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, island with bar seating, sunny Breakfast Nook, and loads of cabinet storage. Adjacent Family Room features raised hearth gas fireplace and slider to covered Backyard patio. Formal Living and Dining Room with vaulted ceiling, plantation shutters, and slider to side yard raised deck. Spacious main level Bedroom (possible second Master Bedroom) with slider and main level updated granite Bath with dual granite topped vanity. Upstairs, large Master Bedroom suite features vaulted ceiling and partial valley views with updated granite Bath featuring his & hers vanity, oversized stall shower with glass enclosure, soaking tub, and walk-in closet. Two additional comfortably sized upstairs Bedrooms share updated Hallway Bath. Hardwood Bamboo flooring & tile flooring throughout, main level half bath, ceiling fans, crown molding, recessed lighting, inside Laundry, and much more. Private, low maintenance Backyard with covered patio and mature landscaping with new sod in front and rear yards. No HOA dues. All this and top rated Pleasanton Schools, walking distance to park, proximity to Livermore Valley Wine Country, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.

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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.

Pleasanton Real Estate Agents

Our Monthly Real Estate Weather Report

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

This saying couldn’t be more true for our month this May! In April we were showered with listings and sales. Our team made the market rain! This set us up for a full bloom in May. We were able to end the Spring selling season with a bouquet of happy clients.

Now we’re fired up for the HOT summer selling season. If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell, contact the team that’s flaming with success!

Now, spring to it and check out all the beautiful homes we sold!

3879 Picard Avenue, Pleasanton – Sold for $2,029,500

With multiple offers way over list price, we went pending after 8 days on the market. We were able to get our sellers $34,500 over list price. Shortly after we listed the buyers’ previous home, and it’s already pending! Virtual Tour

 

1631 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek – Sold for $770,000

We represented the buyers who purchased this beautiful one story home for their daughter’s first house. Our negotiation skills helped us get the home even with multiple other offers.

39460 Sundale Drive, Fremont – Sold for $1,010,000

This home sold for $51,000 over list price! We represented the sellers, who are now buying a stunning home from us in Pleasanton. Virtual Tour

 

 

565 Trebbiano Place, Pleasanton – Sold for $1,595,000

We represented both the sellers and the buyers of this beautiful home. Located in the prestigious golf community of Ruby Hill, it sold for $46,000 over list price. Virtual Tour

 

Bixler Road, Byron – Sold for $400,000

This was a vacant lot where we represented the sellers. It had gone off the market, but we kept persevering to find the perfect buyers, and we did!

4102 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton – Sold for $1,420,000

This was a highly sought-after property where we beat out multiple offers due to our winning strategies. Our buyers are extremely happy to be in the heart of downtown Pleasanton!

28 Castlewood Drive, Pleasanton – Pending

Offered at $1,899,000 this is the first time in 50 years this home has been on the market! This piece of Pleasanton history named “Vistas Verdes”, or Green Views, was a delight for us to list. Our sellers received multiple offers way over list price! Virtual Tour

468 Trebbiano Place, Pleasanton – Pending

Offered at $1,579,000 this beautiful Ruby Hill home was only on the market for 8 days! Featuring over $240k in upgrades, remodeling the kitchen and upgrading the backyard. Our sellers received multiple offers way over list price! Virtual Tour

21 Verbena Court, San Ramon – Pending

Offered at $1,299,000 our sellers received multiple offers way over list price! The sellers of this home were the buyers for 3879 Picard Avenue. We love having happy clients where the home buying and selling process are a win. Virtual Tour

 

7476 Limerick Avenue, Dublin – Pending

Offered at $888,000 we are representing the buyers. They’re very excited as they will be first time home owners! We competed against other offers, but our strategies prevailed.

Even with more inventory coming on the market and price reductions in top tier homes, it remains a seller’s market.

Ready to sell? Great! Let’s get together and discuss a strategy for getting you top dollar for your home during this Summer Selling Season. Contact us

Ready to buy? Great! Let’s get together and discuss a strategy for competing and winning against other buyers in this competitive market. Contact us

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.

Gotta Have A Single Story? We Just Listed Two Beauties and They’re Both Open This Weekend!

2 New Beautiful Pleasanton CA Homes For Sale

Both Open Today, Friday 10am-1pm and Sat/Sun 1-4pm

3440 Gravina Pl in Ruby Hill Golf Community

Pleasanton Home For Sale

Just Beautiful! Located on a premium corner lot at prestigious, gated Ruby Hill golf course community with Jack Nicklaus designed course, this rarely available single story home has been beautifully updated throughout. Dramatic formal entry opens to Formal Living/Dining Room with soaring ceiling & fireplace. Updated Kitchen/Family Rm. boasts Carrera marble counters, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, SS appliances, built-in cabinetry, and French doors. Spacious MBR suite w/sitting area includes his/hers closets & newly updated Bath with travertine accents, soaking tub, & stall shower. 2 additional comfortably sized BRs-one with custom loft bed-share updated Hallway BA. Guest BR/Office. Large Laundry Rm w/storage. 3 car garage w/storage. Private, fenced Backyard with pergola & patio. Mature landscaping in front & rear. Resort style HOA amenities. Proximity to Historic Downtown, Livermore Valley Wine Country, Silicon Valley & San Francisco. Open Friday 10am-1pm, Sat/Sun 1-4pm.

Here is the Full Virtual Tour:

…AND 3637 Touriga Dr in Vintage Hills Neighborhood

New Home Listing in Pleasanton CA

Rarely available single story in popular Vintage Hills neighborhood! Situated on a large flat lot and nicely updated throughout including updated Kitchen with new stainless steel stove & dishwasher and new granite counters. Spacious Living/Dining Room with cherry hardwood floors, fireplace, and slider to Backyard. Large Master Bedroom Suite with newly updated Bath. 2 additional comfortably sized bedrooms share updated Hallway Bath. Inside laundry room with storage. New paint and carpet. Extra wide, gated side yard for RV/Boat parking and spacious Backyard with patio area and mature landscaping. No HOA fees. Walking distance to elementary school and Historic Downtown. Proximity to major commuter corridors, ACE train, and BART. Open House Friday 10am-1pm, Sat/Sun 1-4pm.

Here Is the Full Virtual Tour:

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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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