Entries by Ken

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 […]

Dog Lovers: Save Money and Keep Your Home Clean with These Tips

Image via Pexels According to a survey of over 1,000 U.S. pet owners, Americans spend an average of $126.19 every month on their furry family members, with dog owners spending more than those who adopt cats. When you invest that much money in your pooch, it can really eat into your budget. To cut down […]

Why a Quick Sale May Not be in Your Best Interest

SOLD! 5 days on market, over asking! Sounds great, doesn’t it? The seller was able to sell their property quickly AND received over the asking price. The listing agent was able to get the deal closed and only had to market the property for two days. Win-win for everyone involved right? WRONG! By accepting an […]

Guide to 4th of July Magic in the Bay Area

Fireworks: 4th of July Berkeley Marina: family activities beginning at noon, fireworks at 9:30 p.m 4th of July Celebration at The Pier: San Francisco, Pier 39 fireworks over the bay at 9:30 p.m. Oakland A’s Independence Day Fireworks: July 3, after the A’s play the White Sox Alameda County Fair 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: […]

How to Make Your Lawn Safe for Kids and Pets Alike

Image courtesy of Pixabay Written by Cindy Aldridge With warmer weather comes the desire to spend more time outdoors, and much of this time is likely spent in your backyard. This green respite is particularly appealing to kids and pets who no longer have to suffer through frosty paws. But as fun as it is […]

Make Your Pets Invisible for a Successful Home Sale

Image courtesy of Pixabay Written by Cindy Aldridge Pet ownership is fulfilling and offers tremendous rewards. However, one of the few downfalls involved with owning pets comes when it’s time to sell a home. Unfortunately, most potential buyers are put off by the prospect of purchasing a home that housed pets. With proper staging, you […]

Minimum Income To Qualify For Various Price Points; Realistic Goals

REALISTIC GOALS BASED ON INCOME AND DOWN PAYMENT PARAMETERS One of the primary jobs of our Mortgage Analysts is to ensure borrowers have realistic home-buying goals. For example, a buyer with $6,000 of monthly income should not be looking to buy in a $700,000 neighborhood unless she has over $300,000 of down payment funds. Realistic […]

How to Help Your Dog Settle Into a New Home

Written by Cindy Aldridge, Ourdogfriends.org Moving is one of life’s big stressors, right up there with losing a job. Chances are you’ve had to move a few times in your life already, but it never gets any easier. Adding children and pets to the mix makes an exhausting process that much harder. While moving is […]

Changes in Real Estate for 2018

With the New Year comes many changes to laws and how they affect real estate. You have probably heard about the new tax law in one form or another, but that is not the only thing that will affect buying or selling a home this year. Read some of the things that you should know.