JULY 4TH EVENT ON ANGEL ISLAND BY GREG & LISA DOYLE, J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS

Here is another great event we wanted to share with you for the 4th this year!  Hope you can make it out there!

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4th of July Fireworks Cruise from Angel Island State Park – Enjoy the July 4th Firework celebration on Angel Island. Bring your own dinner or get drinks/snacks on board while getting an up-close view of the fireworks display. Boat departs 5pm from Tiburon. Thursday, July 4, 2013. 21 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920. (415) 435-2131.

Lisa Doyle, TheDoyleTeam.com, Greg Doyle, San Ramon Real Estate, Real Estate in San Ramon, Danville Homes, Bay Area Homes, Bay Area Short Sales, Bay Area Foreclosure, Short Sale in San Ramon, East Bay Real Estate Market, Hardship

What Buyers Are Looking For By Greg & Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team, J. Rockcliff Realtors

Size matters, according to the recent survey by The
National Association Of Homebuilders. It seems buyers are
now seeking homes that are approximately 2,000 square
feet, but the problem is half of U.S. homes are nearly 40
years old and may not have many of the amenities buyers
want.
So what does this mean for sellers
whose homes might not be in that
2,000 square-foot-sweet spot?
Will buyers just shun your home
and continue on to find the home
that meets their square footage
requirements? Well, that depends.
Size, like location, is a very
important consideration. However,
both of these areas are often
open for negotiation and buyers
may consider sacrificing one
aspect in order to achieve a more
important amenity.
For instance, if the home is smaller
than the buyers were originally
looking for but is in an area that
has the best school district and the
potential for expansion, then suddenly this home becomes
more appealing.
However, in order to market a home properly, you have to
find out who your target is. If you reference this recent
survey, then you can assume size matters. Remember, there
are approximately 40 percent of homes that do not have
the square footage. Now is when you look for other great
amenities to highlight about your home. Make sure you and
your real estate professional have good marketing flyers
that play up the features of your home.
Another great thing to do is to show what is possible with
the home. If you had ever considered remodeling and had
received ideas from a remodeling firm, you can let buyers
know what options you had considered. This can give them
an idea of how to use various areas of your home. Maybe
they need a den and you have an area that could be
easily turned into a small den or
office loft. Helping buyers see the
possibilities will open up their
minds to opportunities and help
them not rule out your home simply
because its current amenities do
not meet all their needs.
As with any home, the way you
show it is going to be a big
influencer. With small homes this
can be extra important because if
the home is crowded with furniture
and clutter it will look even smaller
and maybe even give a
claustrophobic feeling.
Remove any furniture that does
not complement the home’s size.
Keep the furniture that will
showcase the home, its
architecture, and style without engulfing it. Based on
experience, this means that you will likely remove several
pieces of furniture because often, over the years, people
add lots of pieces that they may not need. Taking these
pieces out could give the home a refreshing, open airy feel.
Ultimately, remember, even if your home is smaller than
what many buyers want, it does not mean you won’t find
that perfect buyer, it just might be that you need to
emphasize the fantastic amenities that come in small
packages!

Lisa Doyle, TheDoyleTeam.com, Greg Doyle, San Ramon Real Estate, Real Estate in San Ramon, Danville Homes, Bay Area Homes, Bay Area Short Sales, Bay Area Foreclosure, Short Sale in San Ramon, East Bay Real Estate Market, Hardship

Sell Your Home Faster With These Cost-Effective Staging Tips By Greg & Lisa Doyle, J. Rockcliff Realtors

Appearances count, especially
when you are trying to sell a home.
Even though the housing industry
experts predict this summer will be a
seller’s market, it is important to grab
every advantage when you are trying
to sell your home.
Staging – decorating a house to
appeal to the broadest possible
range of buyers – can make the
difference between a quick sale or a
long, painful linger on the market.
Fortunately, many of the most
effective staging tips are also
inexpensive, from a thorough cleaning
to decorator details. Here are five
staging tricks that don’t cost a bundle:
1. Cleanliness counts – Nothing
turns off buyers faster than a dirty
house. Before you list your house, give
it a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning –
something that costs nothing but the
price of supplies if you do it yourself
and a couple hundred bucks, tops, if
you hire pros to do it for you. Do not
overlook little details like baseboards,
ceiling fans, blinds and shower doors.
Include de-cluttering in your cleanup
efforts, and remove excess items from
your home, even if you have to rent storage unit to do it.
2. Work those walls – Painting is
one of the cheapest, easiest ways to
help your home look fresh and great.
Choose neutral colors that will
appeal to the broadest range of
buyers. Do not forget that neutral
does not have to mean bland, either.
Consider dressing up an accent wall,
easily and cost-effectively with a
removable wallpaper mural. Choose
an adhesive that makes it easy to
install the mural – creating an eye-catching
focal point for any room –
and easy to remove it later if buyers
decide they do not want it. It is a
great way to get a designer look at
a fraction of the cost, without the
commitment of traditional wallpaper.
3. Fix up the fireplace – Sure, you
are heading into the summer selling
season, but fireplaces charm buyers
no matter what the weather. Make
yours look its best. Old brick
fireplaces can get designer flare
from a coat of paint. If your
fireplace is wood-burning, remove
and clean the screen. If it looks tired
and rusty, give it a fresh look with a
coat of heat-resistant spray paint.
For gas fireplaces, keep the glass
clean and make sure everything is in
working order.
4. Spruce up outdoor living
spaces – If you have a deck or patio
do whatever it takes to spruce it up,
from power-washing to staining tired-looking
wooden decks. If you do not
have a patio or deck, and do not want
to spend a lot of money adding one,
you can still create an appealing
outdoor seating area. Mark off an
area using stones or edgers near the
house or in a shady spot in the yard.
Fill in with pea gravel, then add an
attractive bistro set – with umbrella –
to create a pleasant seating spot.
5. Brighten the bath – Bathrooms
and kitchens sell houses, yet many
sellers are reluctant to sink any
additional money into staging a
bathroom. You do not have to spend a
bundle to make your bathroom more
appealing. After a deep cleaning,
invest in some designer towels that
only come out for showings. Put up a
fresh shower curtain and fresh area
rugs that will make buyers think clean.
Staging a home can help make it
more appealing to potential buyers
and ensure you sell it faster.

 

Lisa Doyle, TheDoyleTeam.com, Greg Doyle, San Ramon Real Estate, Real Estate in San Ramon, Danville Homes, Bay Area Homes, Bay Area Short Sales, Bay Area Foreclosure, Short Sale in San Ramon, East Bay Real Estate Market, Hardship

Great Fourth of July Events!

Hi all,

I have heard about some great events coming up for the 4th of July in the Bay Area.  I’ve had so many people new to our area ask where to go for fun, so here you go.

Alcatraz fireworks
http://www.alcatraz.us/?event=offer.detail&offerId=3718
Fourth of July Dinner Dance & Fireworks Cruise in San Francisco – Four-course seated dinner, open premium bar, fireworks, live bands and dancing, 6:30pm – 11pm. Thursday, July 4th , 2013. 1(800)-410-8233.

Pier 39 fireworks
http://www.pier39.com/home/events/
Fourth of July Celebration at The PIER – PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family featuring musical entertainment, activities, and fireworks. The City of San Francisco will treat spectators to an elaborate fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. Thursday, July 4, 2013. Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133. (415) 705-5500.

Lisa Doyle, TheDoyleTeam.com, Greg Doyle, San Ramon Real Estate, Real Estate in San Ramon, Danville Homes, Bay Area Homes, Bay Area Short Sales, Bay Area Foreclosure, Short Sale in San Ramon, East Bay Real Estate Market, Hardship