Selling Your Home

Your Guide to Home Flooring

Home Flooring ExplainedThe key to home flooring is to understand both the functionality and the aesthetics of each space in the home. From the master bedroom to the hallways, the floors are one of the largest surface areas to work with when it comes to the overall vibe of the house. Find out more about the criteria experts use to decide which flooring is appropriate and where it should be used for the best possible outcomes in your Beldevere home.

Living Room

Whether a homeowner calls it a living room, family room, or den, the key for this room is to make it as comfortable as possible (unless planning to turn it into a formal space). One fashionable trend when it comes to these areas is to choose hardwood floors and then augment the space with a colorful area rug. However, carpeting is still the number one choice for homeowners today. Not only is the floor soft and welcoming underfoot, but it's also excellent for those who may be unsteady on their feet. Carpets not only provide more traction, but they can cushion a fall too. It's extremely important that homeowners invest in quality when it comes to carpets, as inferior ones will turn threadbare very quickly.

Kitchen

Tile has been the traditional choice for kitchens everywhere because it's so easy to clean. With all the spills in the kitchen from morning to night, tile is resistant to moisture and stains alike. The material has also come a long way since its original inception. Now there are limitless colors, shapes, and materials to choose...

6 Telltale Signs Your Roof Needs Repair or Replacement

5 Signs Your Roof Needs RepairRoofs constantly protect homes from harsh weather like rain, wind, and snow, and unfortunately, they don’t last forever. Many homeowners aren’t sure of what to look for in a damaged roof until it’s too late, so here are 6 different things to keep an eye out for when inspecting your Woodacre roof for damage.

Misshapen Shingles

Shingles are supposed to be flat and straight, this way they can do their job of protecting their home. If the shingles are curled, bent, or ripped, they can allow moisture and wind to get inside the home. Likewise, if shingles are completely because of causes such as strong winds, animals, or age, this will also allow weather to get into the home. Curled and missing shingles are to be expected as the roof ages, so when these become common sights, it’s time to start thinking about replacing the roof.

1. Cracked shingles

Cracked shingles fortunately aren’t as bad a prognosis as misshapen or missing shingles. Cracks can be a sign of cold weather or wind damage, and if just a few shingles are showing damage from cracking, they can easily be replaced. However, if after inspecting the roof the homeowner finds that there’s cracking all over, this is a sign that it should be replaced in the coming years.

2. Neighbors are Replacing Their Roofs

In a neighborhood, the next-door neighbors will typically...

7 Advantages of Downsizing Your Home

7 Reasons You Should DownsizeHomeowners may start thinking about downsizing for a variety of reasons. Maybe members of a family have moved out and a big house feels empty or daily household chores have become too time consuming because there’s just too much to take care of. There are many advantages to purchasing a smaller home, and here are 7 of them that all homeowners should know.

1. Smaller Home Means Smaller Bills

Between mortgages and utilities, the larger a home, the larger the subtotal on the monthly bills. Everyone loves saving money, and downsizing can help save several hundred dollars or even more every month on the mortgage alone depending on the new home. Smaller homes also use less energy, so homeowners don’t have to worry about paying unnecessarily high heating bills just to stay warm during cold winter nights.

2. Less Time Spent on Chores

The larger a home, the more care it needs. Dusting, vacuuming, and mowing the lawn are all time consuming chores that take even more time in a large home because there’s so much more to do. While downsizing doesn’t make the chores go away completely, it does make those chores smaller and more manageable so the homeowners have more time for other things ...

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling?

hould Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling? | MyKCM

In a recent CNBC article, it was reported that many baby boomers are selling their current homes and moving into rentals, rather than purchasing another home.

“Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters aged 55 or above rose 28 percent, while those aged 34 or younger only increased 3 percent...

Meanwhile, more than 5 million baby boomers across the nation are expected to rent their next home by 2020, according to a 2016 analysis from Freddie Mac.”

This makes sense in the short term for many reasons. If you are moving to a different part of town or a new region of the country, you may decide to rent until you pick the perfect home in an area you love. However, is renting a good long-term strategy?

A mortgage payment remains fixed. Rents, however…

The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 third quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

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Tips for Selling Your Vacation Home

Selling a Vacation Home and How it Differs From a Primary ResidenceA vacation home can be a great investment for some people and in certain stages of life. However, it is not always the best option for everyone even if the idea sounds great at the time. For people who have purchased a vacation home but have learned that it is not something they will be able to use as often as they wished or it is too expensive for the benefit, the decision may be to sell it in the market. Selling a vacation home is not always as easy as selling a personal home because it is not a market that everyone is looking to purchase in. These tips can help you sell your vacation home for a good amount and as quickly as possible.

Work With an Agent With Experience in Vacation Homes

Not all agents have the same experience with different types of real estate transactions, so it may not be wise to hire just any agent. Instead, look for one that has experience with these types of property as well as the area. It is important that the agent knows there is a stark difference between selling a vacation home and property when compared to selling almost any other type of property. Choosing someone who has the right experience for the type of home as well as the area it is located in can completely change the experience of a seller. This is not something that should be overlooked in the process.

Sell During the Busy Season

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What You Need to Know About Selling Papers

How to Get Selling Papers in OrderThe paperwork for a home sale is not nearly as straightforward as a seller might expect. This isn't just because real estate agents need something to do, but because life gets messy and the paperwork ends up reflecting the complexities. Having a good real estate agent is usually the best way to avoid mistakes and delays, but it helps to understand more about the process before putting a home up on the market. This list will give you a general overview of the types of documents a home sale will need, but specific laws vary depending on the state your home is located in.

The Affidavit of Title

Sometimes called the Seller's Affidavit or General Title Affidavit, this document will give the buyer information about the state of ownership of the home. Usually, the affidavit will disclose major problems with the actual home (e.g., mold or insect infestation), as well as any conflicts that might affect the buyer in the future. Liens against the home or outstanding contracts will need to be listed, as well as all known disputes about the property lines of the land (e.g., if a neighbor contests the division of the lawn.) Buyers generally use this as extra insurance if they doubt the authenticity of the home deed in your San Rafael home.

The Home Deed

Seller's transfer control of the property with the help...

What to Know About Going Solar

What to Know About Going SolarSolar energy is being touted as a clean energy solution that can potentially save homeowners considerable money over the panel's lifetime. However, is solar the right choice for every homeowner?

Solar panels have become common in communities in California, New Jersey and Arizona. Learn more about solar energy before making the switch to sustainable energy today.

Solar Panels Provide Clean Energy

Traditional sources of energy create chemical by-products and may produce toxic emissions. Solar energy is a clean source of energy that has gained a following in many first world countries, including Germany and Japan. The United States is not only the only country taking advantage of solar panels for residential and commercial use. Solar energy is used in countries around the world to provide an affordable and sustainable energy source. The use of solar panels decreases a home's carbon footprint by approximately 35,180 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

Solar Panels Can Benefit Many Different Lifestyles

Solar power can be used not only by homeowners of traditional homes. Homeowners of tiny homes, apartments, RVs and mobile homes can all incorporate solar power to meet energy demands of their home. Those looking to become completely self-reliant, such as those living an off-grid lifestyle, can pair solar panels with batteries to securely store energy produced from a ...

Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICE

Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICE | MyKCM

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.

If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

Every month in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner who is seeking to refinance their home believes their house is worth, and an appraiser’s evaluation of that same home.

Bill Banfield, Executive VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans urges anyone looking to buy or sell in today’s market to remember the impact of this challenge:

“Based...

Earn Money Back with Energy Efficient Upgrades with High ROI

Earn Money Back with Energy Efficient Upgrades with High ROIGreen improvements can improve the energy efficiency of a home and attract home buyers willing to pay a premium for valuable upgrades. Many new construction homes now include the option of systems serving to improve energy efficiency but owners of older homes can get in on this growing trend seen in homes across America.

Those with a renovation budget can easily allocate funds to make high ROI energy efficient upgrades before the year is out, whether you're in a San Anselmo home or elsewhere. What are the latest suggestions? Learn which energy efficient upgrades should top your home renovation list today.

Take Care of the “Envelope”

Addressing gaps and cracks can reduce heating and cooling costs, as sealing and insulating a home's exterior can reduce the heating and cooling demand of a home. Homeowners can improve the energy efficiency of a current home by:

  • Adding attic insulation to the floor
  • Filling spaces in the attic floor around areas such as recessed light fixtures, pipes, wiring and chimneys
  • Weather stripping doors and windows

This project can reduce energy bills while keeping a home at a comfortable temperature year round. Gaps and leaks can overwork an HVAC system and allow cool or hot air to escape rather than...

5 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

5 Tips To Sell Your Home FastThe longer your home lingers on the market, the more money and time will be spent on maintaining the property. Getting a home in top shape before listing is one way to get more prospective buyers to consider making an offer on a home in the first few months. What should homeowners be doing in order to increase interest and get offers right away?

Implement the following suggestions prior to selling a home to make the most of every day it is on the market.

Boost a Home's Curb Appeal

Different changes may be suggested by a real estate agent in order to make a house more attractive to potential buyers. Agents often recommend planting seasonal flowers, giving the front door a fresh coat of paint and fixing cracks in the driveway or walkway.

When interested buyers see a property for the first time, it sets up their expectations of what the rest of the home will be like. Make needed repairs, give siding and decks a good power washing and remove any debris or unhealthy shrubs or plants. Some owners may also need to sod a yard if the grass is discolored, as this may be an indicator of a pest problem. A seller wants their home to look well-maintained and move-in ready.

Declutter and Clean

In order to make a home feel ready for a new occupant, make it as inviting as possible. A thorough deep-cleaning and the removal of extra furniture and knickknacks is generally suggested. Removing heavy furniture, family photos and religious...

Why Sell Now Instead of Later? The Buyers are Out Now

Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released data suggests that a seller’s best deal may be available right now. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item will be realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. Let’s see how this applies to the current residential real estate market.

SUPPLY

It is no secret that the supply of homes for sale has been far below the number needed for over a year. A normal market requires six months of housing inventory to meet the demand. The latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that there is currently only a 4.2-month supply.

Supply is currently very low!!

DEMAND

A report that was just released tells us that demand is very strong. The most recent Foot Traffic Report (which sheds light on the number of buyers out looking at homes) disclosed that there are more buyers right now than at any other time in the last twelve months. This includes more buyers looking at homes right now than...

Home Warranties and Why They Are Important.

Sometimes overlooked, but nontheless important, item 7 D 10 of the CAR California Residential Purchase Agreement concerns home warranties and who will pay for them. A home warranty may cover many of the types of things that can go wrong shortly after the new owners take possession. And if it's not already in place at the time your furnace or dishwasher, or refrigerator breaks, or your roof starts to leak, its too late to purchase it to cover that occurrence!

I always make an effort to ensure my clients have a home warranty in place. Usually we write in the request for the seller to pay for the warranty. It's actually in the seller's interest to see that the buyer is protected because it protects the seller too.

I had clients a few years back who had the stove, washing machine, and refrigerator all quit during the first 3 months  they owned the home; the home warranty paid for them all! Another client had the furnace fail shortly after closing and it was replaced by the warranty company for just a small service charge. (After trying many home warranty companies over the years, I found a terrific one that actually holds up its end of the deal!)

Recently, one of my clients agreed to a rent-back for the sellers after the close of escrow, and during that time, the garage door opener failed. It was an old unit, and parts weren't available. Not only that, but the new unit required the replacement of the springs on the garage door, so it could have been quite expensive. Could have been. Except the home warranty company (the same one that bought the appliances for the client above) paid for everything. The total charge was just $75.00 for the service call, and the seller, who was in residence when the unit died, agreed to pay for that. No disputes, no arguments, no negotiations, no problem- everyone happy! Interestingly, that seller had refused...

Home Owner Decisions: Hire A Professional or Renovate Yourself?

Should You Renovate Yourself or Hire a Contractor?Buying a home means investing in upkeep. Every so often we must tackle small and large repairs and updates to keep our investment in good shape. But should you try your hand at renovation, or should you pay the extra dough to get a professional to do it? This is one of the biggest home owner decisions you will make, and choosing wrong can have costly consequences. Consider these points when you are planning a home renovation for your Novato home.

What needs to be done?

Small updates like changing out faucets and installing ceiling fans are projects that don't take much time or skill. Installing kitchen cabinets, replacing a tub, or knocking down walls is far more complex. Home owners should consider the involvement of the renovation before diving into it themselves, or they could get in over their heads.

How handy are you?

Are you adept at using a hammer and drill, or do you not even know what those are? Renovating your home yourself requires at least a bit of carpentry talent. While almost anyone can paint, but biting off more than you are equipped to handle can result in the project getting ruined and looking wonky (think uneven tile) or spending even more money hiring professionals to fix the mistakes. Think about the project, how in-depth it is and whether or not you have experience on such a project before you decide on renovating your home yourself....

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is Coming

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is Coming | MyKCM

The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.7% over last year.

How will this impact buyers?

More inventory means more options. Danielle Hale, Realtor.com’s Chief Economist, explained this is good news for the housing market - especially for those looking to buy:

"It's not spectacular construction growth, but it's slow and steady in the right direction. Eventually, the pickup in single-family home construction will mean [buyers] will have more options. Especially with the limited number of sales right now, more options are really needed."

How will this impact sellers?

More inventory means more competition. Today, because of the tremendous lack of inventory, a seller can expect:

  1. A great price on their home as buyers outbid each other for it
  2. A quick sale as buyers have so little to choose from
  3. Fewer hassles as buyers don’t want to “rock the boat” on the deal

With an increase...

Curb Appeal: It's All in the Details

How to Get the Most Out of Your Curb AppealOn a listing, a property that offers an updated gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and a jetted tub in the bathroom may seem like a total catch. But if an interested buyer drives by the home to find overgrown landscaping or a brown yard rather than lush, green grass, those interior upgrades and effective staging tricks are not going to matter. Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in a seller's ability to list their home for the highest price possible and sell it in the shortest amount of time.

According to Realtor.com, curb appeal can boost a seller's property value by up to 20 percent. On the surface, it may seem like curb appeal requires a well-manicured lawn and a nice looking exterior, but there's actually a lot of details to consider when improving the curb appeal of a property that is going to be listed on the market.

5 Small Details that Make a Big Impact on Curb Appeal

  1. The Mowing Lines. Most sellers know that they need to mow their lawn regularly when their property is on the market. However, many do not realize that their mowing technique can have a big impact on a buyer's impression of their home. Sellers should make an effort to mow straight lines, as this gives the home a clean, crisp and tidy appearance. In a desirable community like Larkspur, buyers may even expect this level of lawn care.
  2. Seasonal Decor....

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall | MyKCM

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market.

This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.

Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in their home was six, but that number has jumped to an average of almost nine years since 2008. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until this other inventory comes...

America Needs Your House!!

America Needs Your House!! | MyKCM

The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists are saying on the issue (emphases added):

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist

“The underlying fundamental issue is an overwhelming lack of supply… The supply of newly constructed homes is also sagging, adding to the supply challenges. Over the last eight years, housing demand has increased by 5.9 million, but the net new number of housing units has only increased by 3.5 million.”

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Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?

Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell? | MyKCM

Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make:

  1. Remodel your house to fit your current lifestyle and needs
  2. Sell your house and purchase the perfect home

Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling and renovations, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on number one. But, is that the best long-term solution?

If you currently live in a 3-4-bedroom home, you probably bought it at a time when your children were the major consideration in determining family housing needs. Along with a large home, you more than likely also considered school district, the size of the property and the makeup of other families living in the neighborhood (example: you wanted a block with other kids your children could play with and a backyard large enough to accommodate that).

Remodeling your home to meet your current needs might mean combining two bedrooms to make one beautiful master suite and changing another bedroom into the massive walk-in closet you always wanted. However, if you live in a neighborhood that historically attracts young families, you may be dramatically undermining the value of your house by cutting down the number of bedrooms and making it less desirable to the typical family moving onto your block.

And, according to a recent study, you will recoup only 64.4% of a remodeling project’s investment dollars if you sell in the future.

Your home is probably at its highest value as it stands right now. Instead of remodeling...

5 Staging Tips for Home Sellers

Staging Tips For Home SellersIf you approach your decision to sell your home realistically, you will also take some important steps to assure that it is in prime condition, shows well, is priced properly and appeals to the largest-possible pool of potential buyers.

Once you have made the decision, one of the best things you can do is "shop the competition." Visit open houses in neighborhoods like Inverness, or other neighborhoods near you. Look at listings of comparable properties online, and try to understand what's selling and what's not. Ask pertinent questions of real estate agents, and ask a friend or neighbor to view your home with "fresh eyes." You'll gain some new understanding.

But then, it's time to "set the stage" for prospective buyers. Think of staging as a merchandising tool, and know that it's one of the best things you can do to sell your home quickly and for top dollar. Here are 5 ways to do it right.

Consult with a Pro

View an initial consultation with a professional stager as an investment. Staging to sell is not the same as decorating a home to live comfortably. With professional guidance, you'll find ways to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers with the most ease and at a cost-effective price.

If you need additional help with furnishings or accessorizing, the price may be well worth it in terms of...

Why Is It Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home?

Why Is It Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home? | MyKCM

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.

In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the first step that “… 44% of recent buyers took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale.

However, the report also revealed that 96% of buyers who used the internet when searching for homes purchased their homes through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their homes directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the home they will buy (50%), to negotiate the terms of the sale (47%) & price (36%), or to help understand the process (61%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers who reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots.”...

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