Advice for Livermore Valley Home Sellers & Home Buyers!

home purchase offerHave you wanted to sell your Livermore Valley home but have been waiting for home prices to rise and equity to return? Have you wanted to buy a Livermore Valley home but have been busy saving up a down payment and paying down debt? No matter what has made you wait to accomplish your real estate goals in the Livermore Valley real estate market, now is the time to act!

As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I want to update you on the latest market news for Livermore Valley home sellers and Livermore Valley homebuyers. Whether you’re one, or both, here are some tips from MSN Real Estate that I’ve summarized for you.

Livermore Valley Home Sellers:

  • Jump-start the process now! The sooner you sell, the better, before competition from other sellers and new homes starts increasing. Sellers usually don’t realize how long the process takes, so begin to clean, declutter, organize and stage your home now. Also, consider getting an inspection done before listing your home, so you know what needs upgrading or repairing. You could also visit a couple open houses to get ideas for staging your own home.
  • Work the market in your favor. With prices up and inventory low, the Livermore Valley real estate market is in your favor right now! You still have to work it intelligently, though. Work with a Livermore Valley real estate agent that is familiar with the market and what homes are selling for. Don’t just go with the agent that promises you the best price. He might be bluffing. If you’re getting the price you wanted, and then some, offer the buyer something in good faith, such as a fast move-in date.

Livermore Valley Home Buyers:

  • Be credit-ready! As soon as you’re ready to buy, you want to get preapproved for a mortgage. Many sellers will turn you away if you’re not, seeing you as an unserious or complicated buyer. Also, this will help pinpoint what you can afford, so you’re not wasting time going after homes out of your price range. Check your credit report, and if your credit score is below 620, work on paying off debt and raising that score.
  • Adjust your negotiating expectations. With inventory low and home prices high, lowball offers just aren’t going to cut it in this competitive market. There are a lot of eager buyers out there, trying to beat rising mortgage rates and prices, so if you really love a house, start with a great offer and respond to counteroffers quickly. You want to avoid a bidding war. Try to have a few houses in mind, in case you lose one to another buyer.

For more tips, either as a Livermore Valley home seller or a Livermore Valley homebuyer, check out the full list from MSN Real Estate.

When you’re ready to buy or sell, or you have questions, contact me! As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’m here when you need me!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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Things to Do Around Livermore Valley This Month!

guitarAre you feeling bored now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over? Have no fear! As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’ve done some research and collected information on a few upcoming events in the Livermore Valley area. No matter what time of year it is, there is never a dull moment here in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, CA! It’s one of the many qualities that make this area an excellent place to call home.

Read up on these upcoming events and mark them in your calendar if they sound appealing:

  • Saturday, join Livermore Ballet School for A Night of Dancing! This is a fundraiser in honor of Delaney Newton, a two-year-old battling her way through brain cancer. The $50 tickets will include hors’ d’eourves, dinner, non-alcoholic refreshments, dancing, a DJ and so much more. A cash bar will be available. The silent auction and raffles have some great giveaways!
  • Do you have off work for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Celebrate your three-day weekend at one of Livermore Valley’s finest wineries! McGrail Vineyards and Winery in Livermore will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. Stop by and taste a lineup of five wines for $10. Or, stop by Garre’s Vineyard & Winery in Livermore between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. They’ll have wine tasting for $5!
  • International Guitar Night takes place at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will feature Brian Gore, who for nearly two decades has been uniting some of the world’s best acoustic guitarist in one collaborative event. This year, Gore is collaborating with guitarists from Italy, England and Argentina, bringing sounds from all over the world together on one stage! Purchase your tickets so you don’t miss out.
  • Beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 22, and running through Feb. 22, stop by the Firehouse Arts Museum in Pleasanton, CA for Just Add Water & Black on White. This features two separate art exhibits. One contains a colorful display of watercolor works from Bay Area painters. The other contains works in black and white, so the collections are as different as night and day! An opening reception will take place Jan. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy yourself for the remainder of January here in Livermore Valley. If you’re thinking about buying a Livermore Valley home, or selling your Livermore Valley home, now is the time to do it! Conditions are excellent! Contact me, your Livermore Valley real estate agent, for more information, or to get started on the home-buying or home-selling process.

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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Fast Cleaning Tricks for Livermore Valley Home Sellers!

cleaning2When selling your Livermore Valley home, it’s important that you declutter, organize and clean as much as possible. This doesn’t mean throwing everything in a closet and shutting the door, because Livermore Valley homebuyers will look there. It means deep, serious cleaning.

However, once you deep clean your Livermore Valley home, it’s hard to keep it in pristine condition every moment of everyday. After all, you still live there! But as a Livermore Valley home seller, sometimes potential homebuyers will show up on your doorstep, or showings will be scheduled before you have time to clean again.

As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’d like to share some quick cleaning tricks from Real Simple that will spruce up each room of your home in no time. Again, these are for after you’ve already deep cleaned and organized, and right before potential homebuyers, or house guests, stop by.

In the living room:

  • Get rid of pet hair on the sofa fast by wetting the fingertips of rubber gloves and sliding your hand over the couch. The wet rubber will pick up the hairs.
  • Keep a decorative basket next to a couch or table for you to stack books, magazines or TV remote controllers in.
  • Turn the couch cushions over before homebuyers or guests arrive. The side less used often looks better.

In the kitchen:

  • If the dishwasher and sink have washed-but-not-clean dishes in them, store dishes in a large stockpot until after homebuyers leave. (Don’t forget about them!)
  • Hide aromas from your last meal by boiling nutmeg, cloves or cinnamon and orange peel in a saucepan on the stove. Or, diffuse an essential oil, such as orange or lemon.
  • Replace the hand towel with a fresh one, and fold it neatly over the oven handle.

In the bathroom:

  • Light a candle. The light is flattering, it smells good, and it makes the bathroom seem like a peaceful place to relax.
  • Hang fresh guest towels and throw your dirty/damp towels in a closed laundry basket.
  • Keep a decorative basket or box handy under the sink for products and gadgets from the sink. Make sure it looks nice, homebuyers might look in your cabinets!

Check out the Real Simple article for more tips for these rooms, as well as for a home office, a kids’ room and a laundry room.

As a Livermore Valley home seller, you always want your home looking clean, organized and pristine to Livermore Valley homebuyers. You also want your home to appear neutral, without any personal photos or artwork around. Therefore, preparing your home for the selling process should start before you’re ready to list your home.

Have questions? Need suggestions for cleaning or staging your home? Contact me! As a Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’ve helped tons of local homeowners stage their homes, list their homes, show their homes and sell their homes. Now is the time!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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