Open House Today & Tomorrow from 2-4 pm! Beautiful Cambrian Charmer!

1451 Revere Avenue, San Jose, CA

Stop by this wonderful Cambrian home – open today and tomorrow from 2-4 pm. Move-in ready and very well maintained featuring a large kitchen with granite counter tops, formal dining and living rooms. Spacious master bedroom plus three additional bedrooms. Fourth bedroom located off the living room can be used as a den / office. Quiet convenient location close to shopping.  Schallenberger Elementary!

Offered at only $525,000! Call me for details!

 

Nicole Culbertson

(408) 410-2060

nicole.culbertson@cbnorcal.com

http://www.realestatebynicole.com

 

 

 

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Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

Summer has ended, the weather is cooling, leaves are changing and, you may be surprised to learn, homebuyers are out in force. Fall is a popular time for corporations to relocate associates – creating a pool of buyers who need to make quick decisions about housing. They’re serious about purchasing and, with fewer houses on the market this time of year, your house may soon be getting more attention. What can you do to make sure your home sells before all the leaves fall off the trees? Here are a few helpful tips.

Highlight the location. Bring the benefits of your location front and center. Establish a list of perks that your property offers, such as proximity to public transportation, schools, shopping, recreation or entertainment.

Use the season for curb appeal. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year and by using that to your advantage, your home can stand out from others in the neighborhood. Leaves turning shades of crimson and gold can add extra appeal, but be sure they don’t get out of hand. Keep trees and shrubs properly groomed and pick up fallen leaves before they suffocate your front lawn. Add pumpkins, gourds or a fall display to your front porch to invite in potential buyers.

Stage your home. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in your home before they will consider buying it. You can help them by de-cluttering, de-personalizing and thoroughly cleaning the entire house. Brighten your rooms by bringing the outside indoors with vases or displays of twigs, leaves or acorns from your yard.

Get everything in tip-top shape. Your buyer will most likely hire an inspector before closing, so pay close attention to elements around the home that are important in the fall. For example, make sure gutters are cleared of fallen leaves and that fireplaces are in working order.

Know your home. Access to real estate information on the Internet means that buyers are walking into your home more educated than ever. Take the time to review homes similar to yours on real estate websites like http://www.californiamoves.com or http://www.realtor.com. I can also let you know of the conditions and price ranges of other homes for sale in your area. This will allow us to better negotiate with potential buyers.

Despite what you may have heard, this time of year offers plenty of opportunity to sell your home. By taking a few simple steps to make sure you and your house are ready to hit the market, you can better prepare yourself for what is to come. After all, the more welcoming your home is to possible buyers, the more welcoming it will be to offers.

 

Does Moving Up Make Sense?

Has your family grown out of that 2 bedroom home? Are you considering a larger residence in a different area? Or perhaps you just need more room for the new family dog? Here is a great article from Realtor Magazine which discusses the questions to ask yourself if you are considering making the move into a larger home.

“These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it’s a sign that you may be ready to move.

1. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look at your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to find out. Usually, you don’t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest, but if you’ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant, unrealized gains

2. Has your income or financial situation improved? If you’re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and cover the costs of moving. 

3. Have you outgrown your neighborhood? The neighborhood you pick for your first home might not be the same neighborhood you want to settle down in for good. For example, you may have realized that you’d like to be closer to your job or live in a better school district. 

4. Are there reasons why you can’t remodel or add on? Sometimes you can create a bigger home by adding a new room or building up. But if your property isn’t large enough, your municipality doesn’t allow it, or you’re simply not interested in remodeling, then moving to a bigger home may be your best option.

5. Are you comfortable moving in the current housing market? If your market is hot, your home may sell quickly and for top dollar, but the home you buy also will be more expensive. If your market is slow, finding a buyer may take longer, but you’ll have more selection and better pricing as you seek your new home.

6. Are interest rates attractive? A low rate not only helps you buy a larger home, but also makes it easier to find a buyer.”

If you are considering a move, now is a great time to take advantage of the low inventory of homes. With so many buyers and so few homes on the market, selling now often means multiple offers with buyers paying top dollar for your home. Additionally, if you are thinking of buying now, interest rates are at all-time historical lows which means saving money on your monthly payments. If a move is in your future, give me a call today to discuss your options!
Nicole Culbertson – Realtor

Coldwell Banker

(408) 410-2060

nicole.culbertson@cbnorcal.com

New Cupertino Area Listing Features Top Schools for Under $1 million!

Well maintained & spacious!

This wonderful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome features 1,598 square feet of living space with upgraded kitchen, bamboo floors, built-in storage, view of park-like setting off the patio and newer roof by the Homeowners Association. Walking distance to award-winning Cupertino Schools: Dilworth Elementary (API 991 , Miller Middle (API 981) & Lynbrook High School (API 943). Don’t miss this one, it will go fast!Offered at $828,000.

 

Contact me for more information (408) 410-2060 or nicole.culbertson@cbnorcal.com!

 

Reality Check: Shortage of Homes for Sale in the Bay Area Creating a Great Opportunity for Sellers

This months Reality Check focuses on the shortage of homes for sale in the Bay Area. Inventory is down over 62% from last year meaning multiple offers everywhere. If you are thinking of selling now is a great time. Conversely, if you are thinking of buying it may be time to consider a purchase before interest rates increase along with home prices. (Click on the link below to view this report)

Reality Check: Shortage of Homes for Sale in the Bay Area Creating a Great Opportunity for Sellers

 

 

Real Estate Bidding Wars are Back – The Wall Street Journal

Real Estate Bidding Wars Are Back – Check out this video on the state of the real estate market. We are seeing multiple offers everywhere. Hopefully  as we enter the summer months we will see more inventory hitting the market which is good news for frustrated buyers.