Marin County Real Estate Blog

What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation

Five Steps to Take for Better Mold RemediationWhen excess moisture starts to build up in the home, it reacts with the chemistry of the air surrounding it. Mold remediation is the process of removing mold from a home and treating its root cause. Because there are so many types of mold, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for homeowners, but learning more about general mold safety and removal can be the key to safeguarding the home from future infestations.

Safety Basics

Mold usually irritates people's systems in some way, shape, or form, even if that irritation seems like general illness or allergies. If anyone has been feeling unwell in the home, it's time to take them to a doctor. Regardless of how people are feeling though, everyone should be kept away from the mold to ensure they don't become sick. Homeowners should swab a sample of the mold to present to the doctor so they have a better idea of what they're up against.

Test the Mold

Every kind of mold comes with its own dangers, so it helps to have the mold tested. Each kind thrives under different conditions, and an expert should hopefully be able to provide more insight into where the infestation is hiding. They should also be able to identify the original cause of it. Homeowners need to do their research so they hire someone reliable. Some mold potentially can be easily treated, but it wouldn't be difficult for an expert to misrepresent the severity of the danger.

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4 Strategies For Selling a Home With Pets

4 Ways To Make Selling a Home With Pets EasierWhen selling a home, owning a pet can make it more difficult than it would be without one, but it isn’t impossible. While some people may recommend getting rid of pets when selling a home, no one should feel like they’re forced to kick their furry friends to the curb just because other people may not like them. Here are four strategies pet owners can use to help sell their home that don’t resort to parting ways with the most important part of the family.

1. Temporarily Relocate Pets During Showings

Having pets at home during a showing can be dangerous for the animal. Not only can they be exposed to people or children who don’t know how to interact with animals, but doors can accidentally be left open for them to get out and get lost. To avoid this, consider taking pets like dogs and cats to a kennel for a day so they’ll be somewhere safe. Or, if this isn’t an option, homeowners may also try asking friends or neighbors if they can watch over the pet until after the showings are over.

2. Hide the Pet’s things

When showing a home, it can be a good idea to go beyond just temporarily removing the pet from the home and also take some time to hide their things like food and water bowls, beds, and toys. This can be helpful because some buyers may think a home with pets is inherently damaged...

What to Know About Sustainable Home Construction Options

The Many Paths to a Sustainable HomeThe interest in sustainability continues to grow and a there are a number of potential homebuyers interested in learning more about sustainable home construction. Construction companies can build using new materials and passive design, as well as help homeowners retrofit a traditional home. Homeowners and homebuyers may have more opportunities to affordably incorporate sustainable design and materials into a current or future home. What should individuals know about sustainable home construction and how it may benefit them and the environment?

Get more information on sustainable home construction and its many benefits today.

Sell Your Home for More

In some areas, it appears that potential homebuyers are shopping around for a green home. They will often pay more for such homes when they understand the long-term benefits in terms of reduced energy costs, as well as a smaller carbon footprint. One joint study was able to demonstrate that homeowners with green homes sold their property for an additional 9 percent when compared with comps without sustainable features. There are communities in which sustainable home construction is of great interest.

However, those looking to sell or market a sustainable home need to work with an agent experienced with marketing such homes to potential buyers. Not...

What You Need to Know About FSBO Home Sales

5 Reasons FSBO Could Be a Disaster for SellersSelling a home without an agent might seem like a great way to save money. However, it has the potential to doom a sale from the start, or at least generate a lot of extra work for the seller. Here's what people need to know about for sale by owner (FSBO) home sales.

1. Selling Paperwork Is Complicated

Anyone who has gone through a home purchase knows that there is a ton of paperwork. Generally, it is the agent's job to identify the documents needed (which vary by state and the details of the home), help the seller fill them out correctly, and then send them to the buyer's agent for review and signature. Sellers who have no representative must either rely on their own savvy to march through the process and hope that they do not lose the advantage, or pay a lawyer to help them instead.

2. Marketing a Home Requires a Skilled Eye

Like many other business transactions, marketing a home for sale requires a complete package that is attractive to buyers. There are many aspects of the initial listing of the home that may fall beyond sellers' skill and knowledge. Setting the right price is paramount. Homes that are listed too high will languish on the market. Properties listed far too low result in a poorer investment for the seller, and this is common for FSBO. On their own, sellers have to figure out what are the best ways to stage the home for sale, and entice buyers to request a showing for a ...

House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand

House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand | MyKCM

Why are home prices still rising? It is a simple answer. There are more purchasers in the market right now than there are available homes for them to buy. This is an example of the theory of “supply and demand” which is defined as:

“the amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.”

When demand exceeds supply, prices go up. This is currently happening in the residential real estate market.

Here are the numbers for supply and demand as compared to last year for the last three months (March numbers are not yet available):

House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand | MyKCM

In each of the last three months, demand (buyer traffic) has increased as compared to last year while supply (...

Effective Marketing Strategies for Selling a Home

7 Ways to Market a Home for SaleSelling a home requires a solid marketing approach to get a good price without a long wait. When you and all the other home sellers in the market are all competing to sell homes to the same individuals, the right tactics could make all the difference. These tips help sellers determine how to market their homes ideally, to suit any buyer.

1. Hire an Experienced Agent

Although many people will sell a home at some point in their lives, it really is a professional activity. Hundreds of thousands of dollars changes hands in this transaction, which demands an expert hand. Hiring a real estate agent who has experience in the area will help sellers to understand the dynamics of the market in their region and local neighborhood, what buyers in the area expect to see, and how best to approach selling the home quickly.

2. Set Effective Pricing

Part of bringing on a professional to help sell a home is to determine the right price for the property. Homes that are listed too high are less likely to get buyer interest. Sellers that list the home far too low may make buyers wonder what is wrong with the property. Effective pricing ensures that buyers will seek more information once they see the list price, if they think the home may be right for them. An agent can do a market analysis for the neighborhood to select a sale price that is likely to match an appraisal....