Home » Archives by category » Homesellers

Maintaining the Value of Living Tree Assets on Your Property

Maintaining the Value of Living Tree Assets on Your Property

Trees are assets to most properties if they are properly maintained. Often, homeowners want to open up their property to more light and/or better views and hire unqualified tree trimming companies that either don’t know or don’t care about the long term health of the trees they are working on. …

May Home Buyers Write Simultaneous Offers On Multiple Homes For Sale?

May Home Buyers Write Simultaneous Offers On Multiple Homes For Sale?

The short answer to the question is no, unless they intend to buy both! Two situations are prompting homebuyers to want to make simultaneous offers on multiple properties: 1) a hot market with multiple offers, and 2) a short sale where it may take a bank a long time to…

Inviting Prospective Buyers Into Your Home For Sale

Inviting Prospective Buyers Into Your Home For Sale

We love our pets and feel that they are a natural part of our home – they have rights too! When it comes to selling your home certain precautions need to be taken regarding animals.  Some cats are restricted to inside only, for their own protection;  it important that the…

Saratoga Trees Important to Home Values

Saratoga Trees Important to Home Values

Last week Jill Hunter, Vice Mayor of Saratoga, CA asked me if trees contribute to home values in Saratoga and I said yes.  Acre+ estate properties frequently have heritage oaks that add to the beauty and distinctiveness of the neighborhoods.  On the other hand, they also act as a constraint…

Moving Tip If You Are Selling Your Silicon Valley Home

Image by Emily Lewis via Flickr Moving is a good time to sort out extra furniture that does not quite fit in your new location.  Perhaps you are scaling down in size from a larger home;  selling a second home; or it’s “just the right time” to get rid of…

What Green Remodeling Is Smart For Home Sellers?

Image via Wikipedia Are you thinking about doing some remodeling? If so, for the best return on investment, go green. The new term is “eco-renovations” and some homebuyers are paying a premium for the added value of energy-efficient houses. Light Bulbs – Sounds too easy, but CFL florescent light bulbs…

Color Trends: Purple is The New “It” Color

Color Trends: Purple is The New “It” Color

Purple has long been associated with royalty, nobility and wisdom and was at one time only associated with the upper echelon. In today’s economic climate, this once exclusive color is not only attainable, but also marked as the hottest color for the months ahead according to Luxury Portfolio’s LuxeTrends.  Alain…

Need Saratoga and Los Gatos Recycle Resources When Moving?

Need Saratoga and Los Gatos Recycle Resources When Moving?

Are you moving and have good stuff left over after your garage or estate sale? If you have unwanted items that you don’t want to move, don’t throw them away- donate them! Reusing, reselling, recycling and donation saves these items from becoming waste in our landfills. There are many agencies…

How to Stage Your Home For Maximum Impact?

How to Stage Your Home For Maximum Impact?

Here are three simple homeseller tips from professional stagers: Un-clutter, Neutralize, Create Impact. Rick Bonetti | Alain Pinel Realtors | 408-857-8800 | DRE#01237009…

Moving In the Moment

Moving In the Moment

Several of my friends are in the process of moving.  Some are going through divorces; others are wrapping up employment without clear-cut prospects of where they will be going next; some are embarking on the adventure of building their “dream home.” All this can add up to stress upon stress. This…

What a Difference Price Makes

What a Difference Price Makes

I usually tell homesellers that there are fundamentally only two reasons why a home does not sell – it is either marketing or price.  If after 2-3 weeks of good marketing a homeseller is still not getting showings (much less offers) then it is a good indication that the price needs to be adjusted. Pricing…

What a Difference Staging Makes

What a Difference Staging Makes

  The way someone lives in a home and the way it should be “staged” for sale are two different things. The staging process starts with depersonalization (removal of photos, religious symbols, kitchen convenience items, etc.) that helps the potential buyer not to be distracted by the personal effects of…

Save $$$ with an Assessment Revaluation

Save $$$ with an Assessment Revaluation

Since any increase or decrease in assessed value will impact the amount of property taxes you pay, it is very important to contact the Assessor’s Office if you feel that the assessed value exceeds the market value of your property. In Santa Clara County, a Notification of Assessed Value (indicating…

Virtual Staging Is The Latest In Real Estate Marketing

Virtual Staging Is The Latest In Real Estate Marketing

A recent Facebook post by blogger friend of mine, Mary Pope-Handy, highlighted a new service that adds digitized furniture to photos of vacant properties.  Since furniture is not part of real estate this is not a deception, but is actually a helpful service that enables buyers to visualize what a…

A Christmas Tree in the Forest

A Christmas Tree in the Forest

Marketing is the “art” of being able to making something stand out as a “Christmas tree in a forest” and it is exposing that awareness to as broad a market as possible – people who have the capacity and inclination to buy. In real estate there is a “forest of…