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It’s 2014. We’ve seen housing bubbles form and then burst.
We’ve seen the dot.com boom and bust.

One constant in the real estate market, is that there is a continual transformation in the way properties are listed, sold and marketed to the public.

It used to be, Realtors were happy as clams just to get their listings faxed out to prospective buyers. Well, we’ve come a long way from thermal paper with baked-in black-n-white photos, baby!

 

Estate in the Hills
Do you own a property in a great neighborhood?

Is your home located in a serene or magnificent setting?

Is your location  truly what sets it apart from the rest?

Does your estate have a truly awe-inspiring landscape that took  years (and megabucks) to perfect?

Then allow me to sell those features for you! Those ordinary terrestrial based photos just aren’t going to cut it anymore.

If you’re looking to get top dollar for your home, then it needs to be marketed as such! Why settle for mediocrity in marketing.

With AirPixBot technology, we’ve got the power and ability to lift your listing above the rest.

Ask me how we can unleash our marketing prowess for you.

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Home Improvement Projects That Pay You Back!

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When Is The Best Time To Check Home Insurability?

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Michael Koenig and Dale Edelmann discuss when it would be the best time to check insurability of a house during the home buying process. The answer may not shock you!

The 2014 Real Estate Market Outlook

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Michael Koenig and Dale Edelmann discuss the outlook for the real estate market for 2014.

 

Huge Win For California Distressed Home Owners

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shutterstock_119270362IRS and California Franchise Tax Board declare California distressed home sellers not liable for federal or state income tax on short sales

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 4) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) announced today it received a letter from the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), obtained by Board of Equalization (BOE) member George Runner, clarifying that California families who have lost their home in a short sale are not subject to state income tax liability on debt forgiveness “phantom income” they never received in a short sale.

Last month, in a letter to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognized that the debt written off in a short sale does not constitute recourse debt under California law, and thus does not create so-called “cancellation of debt” income to the underwater home seller for federal income tax purposes.  Following the IRS’s clarification, C.A.R. sought a similar ruling by the California FTB.  Now with the FTB’s clarification, underwater home sellers also are assured that they are not subject to state income tax liability, rescuing tens of thousands of distressed home sellers from California tax liability for debt written off by lenders in short sales.

“We are pleased with the recent clarifications issued by the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board, which protect distressed homeowners from debt relief income tax associated with a short sale in California,” said C.A.R. President Kevin Brown.  “We would like to thank Sen. Boxer and BOE member Runner for their leadership in obtaining this guidance from the IRS and FTB.  Distressed California homeowners can now avoid foreclosure or bankruptcy and can opt for a short sale instead, without incurring federal and state tax liability, even after the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 expires at the end of this year.”

Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with 165,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Ok. Now What?
Fill out the contact form below, to setup a discreet and confidential appointment to discuss your options. We are reputable Realtors licensed in California. Before you pay anyone to assist you, see if we can help. Our fees are paid by the lender, if you choose to do a Short Sale.

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Disclaimer: I am by no means an attorney or a tax professional. As always, consult your attorney and tax professional for specific questions! And if you think it will help to consult your politician, well… knock yourself out!

Stoneridge Drive Extension Finally Opening!

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Woohoo!

 

The Stoneridge Drive Extension is finally opening!
Basically, it will allow you to drive straight through from the Livermore Premium Outlet Mall down Stoneridge Drive into Pleasanton. The Ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 10am.

See all Real Estate near the Stoneridge Extension Opening.
(all data current as of 11/21/2014)

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,787 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 49
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,951 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 138
  3. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,796 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,873 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  4. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,435 sq ft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 25
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,532 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 28
  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,519 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 49
  7. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,401 sq ft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 28
  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,246 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 49
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,066 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 7
  10. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 840 sq ft
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 135

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

City of Livermore Featured on Today in America! [Video]

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Our own city of Livermore was featured on “Today In America”, a show hosted by Terry Bradshaw.

Livermore is no longer up and coming. It’s new and improved and here to stay!

Pretty cool, eh?

Here are some links to places mentioned in the video:

Livermore Premium Outlets – click for website

Wente Vineyards, Concerts – click for website

Livermore Valley Wineries and Events – click for website

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center – click for website

Livermore 13 Cinemas  – click for website

Livermore Downtown Events – click for website

Home of the World’s Longest Burning Lightbulb – click for website

Annual Livermore Rodeo – click for website

i-Gate Technology initiative – click for website

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – click for website

Sandi National Laboratory in Livermore – click for website

Would you like to make the move to our awesome town? Here are some of the latest homes to hit the market:

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(all data current as of 11/21/2014)

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,912 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,377 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,172 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  3. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,620 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,331 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,410 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,122 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  5. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,890 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.14 ac
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 2
  6. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,820 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,322 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 2
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,433 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,200 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4
  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,000 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Thinking about Selling? Five Reasons You Should Do So Now.

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Many are talking about why now is a great time to buy a home. Today, we want to look at why it might also be an opportune time to sell your house. Here are the Top 5 Reasons we believe now may be a perfect time to put your house on the market.

1.) Demand Is High

Homes are selling at the fastest pace since November 2009 when the market spiked in response to the home buyer tax credit. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that monthly sales increased 9.7% over the same month last year. Total sales have been above year-ago levels for 22 consecutive months. There are buyers out there right now (buyer traffic is 31 percent stronger than a year ago) and they are serious about purchasing.

2.) Supply Is Beginning to Increase

Total housing inventory last month rose 11.9% to 2.16 million homes for sale. This represents a 5.2-month supply at the current sales pace, compared with 4.3 months in January. Many expect inventory to continue to rise as more sellers escape the shackles of negative equity. Selling now while demand is high and before supply increases may garner you your best price.

3.) New Construction Is Coming Back

Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. These ‘shiny’ new homes will again become competition as they are an attractive alternative for many purchasers.

4.) Interest Rates Are Rising

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have shot up to 3.98% which represents a jump of more than ½ point since the beginning of the year. Even those trying to be the voice of reason on this issue are projecting higher rates. For example, Polyana da Costa, senior mortgage analyst at Bankrate.com said:

“Rates are unlikely to keep going up so quickly and should remain below 5%.”

Whether you are moving up or moving down, your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

5.) It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you are thinking about selling and decide whether it is worth waiting. Is the possibility of a few extra dollars more important than being with family; more important than your health; more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

You already know the answers to the questions we just asked. You have the power to take back control of your situation by putting the house on the market today. The time may have come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire. That is what is truly important.

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Livermore Median Home Price Hits $550K. Here’s What That Buys:

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Listing courtesy of my good buddy Dave Toledo with Prudential CA Realty.

With the closing of May, Livermore is holding value quite well. We actually hit a median price of $550k back in March, then bumped up to $578K in April, now back to $550k. Would you like to take a guess where prices will be at the conclusion of June? Take your best shot!

At any rate. What does $550k buy you in Livermore? My buddy at Prudential Realty, Dave Toledo, just listed a new property on 846 Seminole Drive at $525k. It’s a 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 1,848 square foot house. Currently, the average list price to sale price ratio is about 104%…which brings you quite close to that magical $550k value.

Here’s what’s been happening in Livermore this past year.Livermore Chart 6-13
As you can see, we’ve seen a pretty good uptick in home values the past 12 months. The main reason(s)? Low inventory and low interest rates. But alas, Times They are a Changin. We’re starting to see more homes come to market (marginally). More significantly, interest rates are on the march.

What do you think about this market? Let me know! Got a Question? Ask me!

In the meantime, here’s a smattering of homes for sale in Livermore priced between $500k-$600k

See all Real estate in the city of Livermore.
(all data current as of 11/21/2014)

  1. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,639 sq ft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,377 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,172 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,410 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,122 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,366 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,049 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,433 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,200 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,000 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,199 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,315 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 7
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,840 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,768 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 9
  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,262 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,231 sqft
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 9
  10. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,520 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,336 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 9

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Livermore Real Estate Market Update: Spring-Summer 2013

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We have seen a rather serious increase in year-over-year price increase in the Livermore Valley.

From March 2012 to March 2013, there has been a 37.5% increase in the median sale price of a single family home! The average time on market has dropped during the same time period from 64 DOM (days on market) to only 21.

Why are we see this significant change in market activity? There are 2 primary reasons: Record low interest rates and low housing inventory.

This being said, in just the past few weeks, we have seen a noticeable uptick in new listings hitting the market. Generally, as we head into summer, we see a larger quantity of homes hitting the market, as this is when families begin planning their move or upgrading to a larger home. Much easier for a family to move in the summer when children are out of school. However, with the increased inventory, we will see an increased appetite for housing, as those families need to find their replacement homes.

We’re also seeing increased inventory due to homes rising above the ‘under water’ line. When a homeowner owes more than there home is worth, it makes it very difficult to sell, or only possible to sell as a short-sale. As prices increase, the market is self-correcting the problem of value, allowing these homeowners to sell their homes without distress and actually return a profit. Much better on the psyche to sell when there is positive worth!

My outlook through the summer is a slight continued uptick in the appreciation in home values, but not rocket-roaring up to the moon appreciation as we’ve experienced in the last 12 months.

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