Entries by Ken

A Simple Checklist Sellers Should Use Before Every Showing

  1. Dust and sweep quickly Sweep the kitchen, bathrooms and entryway. If needed, use a cleaning towel or sponge to clean any spots or debris. Give the baseboards and window sills a quick once over, and quickly wiping down the furniture, TV screens and computer monitors can help make each room shine. 2. Make […]

Ultimate Guide To Babyproofing Your Home

Written by Ryan Howard Young children love to explore. Unfortunately sometimes they stumble upon things that aren’t safe. In this post, we cover all of the steps that you will need to take to childproof your home. We also touch on lots of potential hazards and things that can go wrong if they are not addressed. […]

Castro Valley Project (part 2)

Hey Everyone, sorry for the delay in updates! We have a bunch of them for you! We’ve made a lot of progress at our Castro Valley project and here are some of the most recent update: – We completed demo of the walls separating the living and family rooms, bathrooms, and existing kitchen – New […]

Changes to Real Estate 2019

  City Transfer Taxes As approved by voters in this past November’s election, the city transfer tax will change in Berkeley, Hayward, Oakland, El Cerrito, and Richmond. The transfer taxes will increase in Berkeley for properties over $1.5m, over $2m in Oakland, and for all properties in Hayward. Properties in Oakland that are less than […]

Castro Valley Project (part 1)

If you have followed us for awhile, you’ve probably seen some of the renovation projects we’ve done for our sellers prior to putting their home on the market and our investment projects. Now, we’re going to take you behind the scenes and show you how we plan and execute a large scale renovation. We’ll give […]

New Restaurants in the East Bay You Need to Try

Are you tired of going to the same restaurants? Looking for something new? Just here in California for the holiday season and don’t know where to go? No worries! We have compiled a list of the latest and greatest restaurants across the entire East Bay. Oakland The Payback – A traditional American bar & restaurant located […]

Midterm Election: Real Estate in California

How do midterm election results affect the real estate market? See below for a list of the noteworthy measures that have the power to influence the California real estate market. Prop 5: NO Vote opposed to amending Proposition (1978) to change how tax assessments are transferred between properties for homebuyers who are age 55 or […]

Making the Most of Your Open House

Image via Pexels If you are planning to sell your home, there are a lot of things you can do to make it more appealing to buyers during an open house. Potential buyers need to be able to see themselves living in it, enjoying it and entertaining family and friends there. And not everything you […]