SOLD: 7393 Mines Road – Welcome to Paradise!

 

DSC_2830a7393 Mines Road

Livermore, CA 94550
$1,675,000
MLS: 40666082
5 Bedrooms
3.5 Bathrooms

Welcome to Paradise!  Nestled amongst the oaks in the foothills of Livermore on 4.5 acres, this beauty is a slice of heaven.  Entering through the foyer,  you will be hypnotized by all of the elegant details found throughout this home. The spacious living room comes complete with cathedral open beamed ceilings and walls of glass with gorgeous views that continues throughout the home and provides warmth and charm. The well thought out floor plan makes everyday living and entertaining a breeze.

Imagine creating delicious masterpieces for your guests in the kitchen that is outfitted with beautiful custom cabinetry for a luxurious feel, hardwood hickory flooring, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.  A sizable center island as well as recessed lighting make this kitchen any aspiring chef’s dream. A breakfast area is just steps away and offers more stunning views and decorative cabinetry for serving your meals or storage.  You will be enthralled by the open family room that is enhanced with a brick fireplace and mantle.  To top it off, this room offers tranquil views of the Oak trees and hills!

Escape to your personal hideaway in the master bedroom suite with its own private bathroom, carpeting and spacious closet.  Four additional bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms can accommodate either residents or guests.  Experience outdoor living at its finest on your private covered patio where you will indulge in the views of the sizable backyard, and of course, the sparkling in-ground swimming pool.  Once you have experienced the views and copious amount of unbelievable features found throughout this home, you will not want to leave! From the approximately 1,000 square foot shop to the two stall barn, this home is just waiting for that sophisticated buyer. This gem is truly a must see!

SOLD: 1592 Roselli Drive – Custom Delight!

DSC_8898a1592 Roselli Drive
Livermore, CA 94550
$630,000
MLS:  40644239
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms

Enjoy coming home to this beautiful haven in Liverpool! This home has been renovated with an abundance of updates including specialty flooring, crown molding, wainscoting and plantation shutters throughout. Stepping into the foyer, you are greeted by the family room boasting elements such as crown molding and upgraded lighting, sure to catch your eye. Beautiful upgraded kitchen, stainless steel appliances, new granite counter tops and a separate breakfast nook are sure to impress. For dining, show guests to the dining room where the open floor plan creates the ideal atmosphere for any special occasion.

At the day’s end, lounge in the living room open to the dining room. A brick fireplace is the center piece of the room and will produce an environment of rest and relaxation. Three bedrooms, including a sizable master suite, offer ample sleeping quarters for residents and guests alike. While the master bedroom is complete with an additional closet and contemporary wall colors, the attached master bathroom is equipped with a vanity with granite counter top and separate tile shower with sliding glass doors. The two additional bedrooms include spacious mirrored closets and windows for plenty of natural sunlight.

It will be easy to enjoy a quiet afternoon on your rear paver patio overlooking the landscaped backyard. This backyard affords a tranquil setting in which viewing nature will be pure joy and a negotiable small storage shed will provide a separate home office. Additional bonuses include: a newer roof, furnace, water heater and lighting fixtures and fans. Completely move-in ready, this could be the home you have been dreaming about!

 

Home Prices Rise as Distressed Sales Fall in Livermore, CA!

Did you know that the current average listing price of a Livermore home is $1,068,938? The real estate market continues to charge ahead, with a list-to-sales ratio of 100.2%.

This means that the vast majority of  Livermore home sellers are getting their asking price, and then some! Home buyers in Livermore Valley aren’t just off the fence, they’re ripping out the posts.

We can credit some of the market activity to continued low mortgage interest rates, an improved employment picture, and a scarcity of homes on the market. But the reduction of distressed home inventory is the biggest story in California home sales.

The California Association of Realtors® reports that equity sales continue to gain market share statewide. Traditional home sales in California for October 2012 were 63.4% of the market. This is the highest level of equity sales since June 2008!

Distressed home sales, consisting of bank-owned property and short sales, represented 36.6% of the market.

Within the distressed sales, there is a ratio worth following between bank-owned homes and short sales. Bank-owned homes accounted for 11.8% of the distressed market in October 2012. Meanwhile, short sales accounted for 24.4% of the market and continue to gain ground as foreclosures shrink.

This matters because short sales are based on current market value, whereas foreclosures are usually discounted. Short sales are not as harmful to surrounding property values, and so watching this ratio trend in their favor is encouraging.

There are a few concerns on the horizon, including the much-publicized “fiscal cliff”, and the pending expiration of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007.  Industry trade groups are doing heavy lobbying to make sure the importance of a healthy housing market is not forgotten by lawmakers.

Meanwhile, our home market in Livermore Valley needs one more thing to sustain growth – namely, more homes for sale! Now is the time to make your home selling plans for 2013!  As your Livermore Valley real estate professional, I will provide you with a comparative market analysis and all the facts on recent home sales. I will also provide you with an expert marketing strategy to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price.

Contact me today for your home selling consultation in Livermore, Pleasanton or Dublin!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Accord

Livermore Real Estate
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Top 10 Ways to Streamline the Home Buying Process in Livermore Valley!

Buying a home in Livermore Valley is a smart investment.  There are so many things that draw buyers to Livermore Valley year after year, with its stunning wine country environment being at the top of the list!  And, while you can experience some of the best wines in California; Livermore’s strong community, excellent schools, year round events and beautiful homes are also featured reasons to find your next home in Livermore Valley.

You may be wondering if now is the time to jump into the Livermore Valley Real Estate market due to the bad press surrounding the national housing market.  Not only are you slightly nervous about the market, but with the holidays just around the corner, you feel that best decision is to wait.  However, I can assure you that now is the ideal time to buy a home in Livermore Valley!   Home prices are at historic lows, along with interest and mortgage rates.  Those in Livermore Valley who currently have their home on the market are hoping to sell before the holiday season and tend to be more motivated to make it happen.

Below are the top ten ways, as noted on Frontdoor.com, to help streamline your Livermore Valley home buying process.  If you are serious about buying now in Livermore or the surrounding areas; these tips will get things moving in the right direction.

1.  Start Your Search Online– Instead of spending your time perusing neighborhoods for open houses or for sale signs, get online to streamline your search.  There are many great homes available in Livermore Valley which you can view online.

2.  Get Pre-Approved– Finding the home of your dreams and then shopping for a loan is a risky move, as most home sellers won’t even look at an offer that’s not accompanied by a pre-approval letter.  Getting pre-approved ensures you know your exact budget and can save you from a bidding war if many are vying for the same home.

3.  Look for Motivated Sellers– Again, this shouldn’t be hard to find motivated sellers right now in Livermore Valley since they’re more than likely wanting to sell before the holidays.  Don’t settle for sellers who aren’t willing to budge on a home at the top of your price range; there are too many other great Livermore Valley homes out there that will have motivated sellers.

4.  Prioritize Your Housing Needs– Finding a home fast means being flexible.  The longer the list of requirements, the harder it will be to find a home.  Keep your list short and to the point.  Focus on the key elements you’re looking for and let the extras fall as they may.

5.  Find a Great Agent– This may seem easy, but finding an agent that truly knows the Livermore Valley Real Estate market and can show your properties that are right in your price range and meet your style and needs can be challenging.  Of course, I’d love to help you in your home search and know that my experience and proven success will make the home buying process an easy one, but my point is to do your homework and really research local agents.

6.  Steer Clear of Short Sales– While short sales seem to be flooding the market across the country; if you’re looking for a quick buy, short sales are not the way to go.  There is a long process involved with these homes and complications are almost always in the cards.

7.  Try a Real Estate Auction– While not common, auctions make the purchasing process quick and streamlined — in many cases, you tour the property beforehand, make your bid, and close in 30 days if you’re the highest bidder.

8.  Negotiate Repairs– If an inspection reveals that the home you want to buy requires repairs, taking the responsibility off the seller can help you close the deal quicker. After obtaining estimates, ask the seller for a credit rather than asking them to complete the repairs themselves.

9.  Have Cash Ready for Closing– You don’t want to be scrambling for funds at the last minute, so be prepared for this important date. A day or two before closing on your Livermore Valley home, you’ll get the final settlement statement, detailing the terms of your loan and all the closing costs. Be sure to get a certified or cashier’s check made out for the total amount you owe at closing, including the down payment since you can’t use a personal check.

10.  Have a Plan B
– Because not every transaction goes smoothly, be sure you have a property or two as a backup; you don’t want to have to start from scratch!

I hope these tips are helpful as you consider a new home purchase.  I’m here to help and to answer any questions you may have about the Livermore Valley Real Estate market!  My goal is to help buyers and sellers navigate through the oftentimes confusing world of real estate.  I’d be happy to talk with you and get started on your Livermore Valley home search!  I look forward to hearing from you!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Accord

Livermore Real Estate
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