Real Estate

Video: Additional Advantage of a Real Estate Agent

Posted on May 17, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Sarah Rutan: A real estate agent can help you buy or sell a home, but that’s not the only advantage they can provide. To learn more, we’re with Sarah Furmankiewicz of MikkiMoves Real Estate, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mikki Cardoza.

Sarah Furmankiewicz: A realtor is more than someone who just opens the door for you. We can connect you with people to help you get through the buying process. So, through our time in real estate, we have gotten to know contractors, escrow officers, lenders, painters, anybody you’re going to need to know to help you close a deal comfortably, and after you close a deal, Read more

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Video: Utilizing Your Purchasing Power in Real Estate

Posted on May 17, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When preparing to buy a home, it’s important to get an understanding of your purchasing power and how to utilize it. To learn more, we’re with Erica Frey of MikkiMoves Real Estate, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mikki Cardoza.

Erica Frey: What is your purchasing power, and why is it important? Your purchasing power is the preapproval amount from the lender, so make sure you know what you can afford to shop and the right price range. You might be surprised by how much you qualify for. Be in a ready and confident position when you find your dream home. Read more

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Video: The Value of a Dedicated Real Estate Agent

Posted on May 17, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When hiring a real estate agent, one trait you should look for is a dedicated disposition. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mikki Cardoza of MikkiMoves Real Estate to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mikki Cardoza: Hey, everybody, did you know that it’s super-important to find the right realtor for you? There are a lot of choices out there, but do find somebody, interview. It’s okay to interview for your real estate agent. Interview for somebody that you get along with, that you can trust. That person will get to know your likes, your dislikes. They’ll know your financial situation. Read more

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Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

Posted on April 30, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — As the saying goes, when it comes to relationships, there are a lot of fish in the sea. If you think about it, this phrase can also apply to finding a real estate agent. There’s an ocean’s worth of agents to choose from, and when you make a hiring decision, you enter into a close, long-term relationship that typically has very high stakes. That’s why it’s important to be proactive about interviewing real estate agents and finding one that’s a good match for you.

Like any good relationship, the relationship between you and your real estate agent should be a two-way street. That’s why one of the most essential traits to look for in an agent is a caring, Read more

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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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