Real Estate

Video: Steps for Staging Your Home

Posted on November 21, 2018 by James Florence

LOS ALTOS HILLS — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re selling your home, you’ll need to get it ready to present to potential buyers. Today we’re in Los Altos Hills with Diamond Certified Realtor Marc Roos to learn some important steps.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Marc Roos: So, I have some great tips for when you’re staging your home. It’s really important to make your home appear as if it’s a model home, and the best ways to do that are to walk through the house and decide what items should stay and what items should go. When you are selling your home, you first want to de-personalize the house. Read more

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4 Tips for Staging Your Home

Posted on November 01, 2018 by James Florence

LOS ALTOS HILLS — When selling your home, you can increase its appeal to potential buyers by staging it. Staging is a common real estate sales technique for enhancing a property’s visual attractiveness. Essentially, you want your sale property to look like a model home. Consider the following staging tips:

Depersonalize. A key goal of staging a home is to make it easy for buyers to envision themselves living there. For this reason, it’s a good idea to remove any items that might interfere with that—particularly personal items like family photos. By creating a more neutral space, depersonalizing will help facilitate this process.

Declutter. Besides basic cleaning measures like dusting and mopping, Read more

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Video: How to Find a Quality Real Estate Agent

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

LOS ALTOS — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to buying a home, a quality real estate agent can make all the difference in securing a successful outcome. Today we’re in Los Altos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Howard Bloom of Intero Real Estate to learn what to look for.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Howard Bloom: So, you want to buy a home. Well, hopefully I’m going to be able to give you some insight into some important things to consider when you’re looking to purchase. The number one most important decision is choosing the right agent to represent you. You want an agent who is highly experienced, who knows the ins and outs of your neighborhood that you’re looking. Read more

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Choosing a Quality Real Estate Agent

Posted on September 27, 2018 by James Florence

LOS ALTOS — If you’re looking to buy a home, one of the first things you should do is choose an agent to represent you. However, just any agent won’t do—to ensure a successful outcome, you’ll need to choose a quality one. To guide you in your choice, consider these attributes of a quality agent:

Reputability

A quality agent’s reputation will speak for itself. Perform an online search for agents who work in your area and look at their reviews. Focus on agents with four- or five-star reviews, and read the reviews in detail. Look for consistent patterns in what their clients say about them. Additionally, see if the agent has affiliations with consumer resources and agencies like the Diamond Certified Resource. Read more

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The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Soils Report

Posted on March 30, 2018 by James Florence

ALAMEDA — When buying a home in the Berkeley Hills, one important step is having a soils report performed by a geotechnical engineer. Why? Because if the home needs foundation work, you’ll need to know what type of soil it’s sitting on.

I’ve seen many instances in this area where foundation repairs were improperly engineered because no one had performed a soils report. This can lead to dire consequences—in fact, a foundation repair that’s incorrectly performed can result in a worse situation than what the home was previously in. For example, drilling a pier in the side of a hill that’s composed of landslide material can encourage a landslide to occur. Likewise, drilling a pier in the wrong kind of soil material can drag the house down rather than stabilize it. Read more

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Video: Real Estate Sewer Inspections

Posted on March 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When ordering inspections for a prospective home purchase, don’t neglect the importance of a sewer inspection. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jonathan Millington of Ace Plumbing and Rooter to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jonathan Millington: Often I will see that people will have purchased homes, and they will have a home inspection. They will inspect the roof, the structure, the foundation, but oftentimes they will not have the sewer inspected by way of video inspection.

I highly recommend video inspection when purchasing a home to show you the quality of the sewer line and warn you of any upcoming expenses. Read more

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The Importance of Sewer Inspections in Real Estate

Posted on March 27, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Before purchasing a home, buyers typically have a number of inspections performed to ensure the property’s integrity. A few common areas of inspection include the roof, the structure and the foundation. However, there’s one area of the home where inspection is equally crucial yet often overlooked: the sewer system.

Most people know how important the sewer system is to a home’s functionality, which is reason enough to have it inspected before purchasing. What’s more, sewer line problems can be expensive to fix, with major repair projects often falling into the $5,000 to $10,000 range. Considering the potential expense, it’s certainly worth paying a couple hundred dollars to verify the sewer system’s condition before you buy. Read more

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