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California Property Taxes, Tax Relief Programs and Proposition 19

We had a surprise conversation with a friend recently who was lamenting she was stuck in her house because her property taxes were so low and if she moved they would go up quite a bit. We mentioned

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The Real Story with Adam and Sherry - Episode 2 - Hard Times

How do we overcome challenges in the contect of Real Estate?  In today's podcast we discuss how we approach hard times, how we nurture our clients, and what we think our role in the real estate

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The Real Story with Adam and Sherry - Episode 1 - Our Origin Story

Do you know our origin story?  Check out our first podcast to find out how we met, what capes we wear, why we work so well together, and what's specifically in our partnership?

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Short Sales

Short Sales in 2024? Wondering about the resurgence of short sales in today's market? In this video, we dive into what exactly a short sale entails and why we're seeing them reappear. A short sale

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Short Sales in 2024?

Are Short Sales returning?  A Short Sale is a term that you may not have heard during the last 10+ years but under current market conditions we are starting to see a few of them come on the

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2023...Not How We Would Have Planned It

My cousin asked me over the holiday how the real estate market is doing. My response was, “How much time do you have?” 2023 was a challenging year that required a breadth of knowledge to

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Real Estate Industry Update

October 31, 2023 proved to be scary for the residential real estate market with the judgment against the National Association of REALTORS® and their co-defendants. But like most scary things,

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Spreading Warmth & Kindness: One Warm Coat

As the chilly winds of winter approach, so does the opportunity for compassion and generosity.  One organization making a significant difference in communities across the nation is One Warm.

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Third Quarter Market Stats of 2023

The 2023 third quarter numbers are in for detached homes in Central Contra Costa County. It proves to be a very interesting market space that defies some previously presumed conventions. Let’s

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Considering An ADU?

I recently heard someone say they were leaving California because they were afraid of being forced to build an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit). Which, I think it's  safe to say, we all watch too

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California Insurance Woes

There are currently several challenges that individuals face when buying home insurance in California. One of the main challenges is the high cost of premiums. Due to the state's vulnerability to

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Fire Hardening: What is it?

The California fire season is in full swing. The abundance of rain this past year created a surplus of combustible fuel in addition to already existing conditions. There are a number of things that

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Second Quarter Market Stats for 2023

The second quarter is typically the most active real estate market of the year, averaging 30% of all annual home sales. Sellers often start thinking about selling around the holidays and it takes a

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Top 3 Upgrades Homeowners should Do

The most consequential choices for selling a home are which maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to do to prepare for sale. This is definitely not a one size fits all list. Each home has its own

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Summer Fun Activities 2023

When we say real estate is all about location, it’s true. One of the things that makes for great locations are communities, neighborhoods, and their group activities. Please find a curated

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Please Join Us! ShredFest 2023

Please join us for ShredFest Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 11 am - 1 pm.  This is an opportunity for you to bring your old personal paperwork, files, bank records, confidential documents, etc. and

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Real Estate And Taxes

When we talk about taxes and home ownership, we always want to direct you to a tax professional who knows our state and federal tax laws better than we do.  This is just meant to be an.

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8 Steps to Buying a Home

So you think 2023 might be the year to buy a home. So many thoughts, fears, and possibilities. It is such a big financial decision on top of all the ways it will affect your life and relationships.

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Is 2023 the Year?

Just when we felt like the world was settling into a new normal, it changes and evolves. That being said, some things remain the same. The importance of a safe, secure place to call home will always

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2022: Year In Review

The East Bay real estate market made a notable shift in April of 2022. As you can see from the graph below, average home prices in the Central Contra Costa County* peaked and began to decline. But

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Holiday Safety

End of the year holidays can be some of the best times for gathering in your home with family and friends. The warmth of relationships, memories, comfort food and festive decorations. Paying

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Leaning Into Each Other

During the past few years we have sorted ourselves into isolation. But the good news is we can bind our community, one to another, by leaning into each other.  As we choose to unite around our

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3rd Quarter Market Update 2022

Third Quarter of 2022 Real Estate Market Update shows changes in trends that lead to a more balanced market. As interest rates go up and the stock market goes down the market is shifting as the

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3rd Quarter Real Estate Market Update

As promised, here is our 3rd quarter-post Labor Day market analysis. This year the fever finally broke on the overheated housing market in the East Bay. Several factors conspired to get us where we

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Escrow Explained

What is the function of an Escrow company and who does it protect? If you have ever traded baseball cards, then you might understand why an escrow company is an integral part of a real estate

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What About AVMs?

Lets talk about Automated Valuation Models or AVMs. AVMs are computer driven home values based on quantifiable data like bedroom and bathroom counts, square footage, and lot size. The best known AVM

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Which Pre-Sale Preparations Add Value?

It's common for sellers to freshen up their home in preparation for selling. Fresh paint and new carpets are almost always money makers for sellers, even in a sellers market. But there might be

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Spring Maintenance

Home maintenance is as important to home ownership as insurance and paying your mortgage on time. As the single largest asset in most people's portfolio, maintenance is essential to your equity.

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Are Bare Light Bulb Fixtures a Risk Hazard?

Are Bare Light Bulb Fixtures a Risk Hazard? According to Home Inspectors, yes! Many times, they are found in closets and garages. Exposed incandescent lights are often used because they are

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Tips to Sell Your Home

It's been a great market for sellers over the past few years. But interest rates are increasing and it's important to have a pre-sale plan in place. As we enter a transitional market, buyers will

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Are Trees An Asset To A Home?

Are trees an asset to a home? Well, that depends. Watch my latest video to learn why the type of tree and tree location.

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What is a CMA?

What is the value of a home? Well, that depends on who is asking and why. Watch my latest video to learn what goes into calculating the value of a home and why you need an experienced agent to

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Midyear Market Update

Halfway through the year and it continues to be a sellers market in the Bay Area. However, there are three factors influencing buyers' attitude and capacity that are giving them and the market.

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Home Maintenance's Dirty Little Secret

In a shifting market, pre-sale preparations become even more important. Buyers can be more discerning about the condition of the homes when selecting their new home. Check out our latest video to

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Our Mid-Year Real Estate Story

The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favorite books as a child. The story was an allegory about the worth and weight of love. A child loves a stuffed animal so much that its Velveteen case is worn

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Second Quarter Market Stats for 2022

For the first time since 2008 we are seeing a dramatic change in the real estate market. Where the change will settle is yet to be determined.  Three major factors are influencing buyers'

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How To Read A CMA

The number one question sellers have is, “What is my home worth?” Value is a complicated idea and varies depending on your purpose. Capital tax basis, property tax base, and insurance

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Summer Fun Activities

Adam is going on a short-term mission trip to NAOMI House in Arizona at the end of June/beginning of July. Native American Outreach Ministries Inc. (NAOMI) is a non-profit mission home dedicated to

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8 Steps to Sold

The past few years have been an unimpeded sellers’ market.  With interest rates creeping up we are likely to see a transition market develop. Housing shortage will still be a factor but

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5 Spring Maintenance Tips

Home maintenance is as important to home ownership as insurance and paying your mortgage on time. As the single largest asset in most people's portfolio, maintenance is essential to your equity.

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Elevate Your Home's Value

It's common for sellers to freshen up their home in preparation for selling. Fresh paint and new carpets are almost always money makers for sellers, even in a sellers market.  But there might

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2021: Year in Review

How to describe 2021? I have no words (stop laughing Sherry). Ok, I’ll give it a shot. We all lived it together, so you already know there were so many ups and downs in every area of our.

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Extending the Holiday Table

Community is what we make of it. In what has been a bizarre several years where we have become more isolated from each other physically and, in surprising ways, ideologically, we need to choose

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Fall Market Update

What a real estate ride the last 18 months has been. The pandemic, low interest rates, and growth of wealth in the stock market have all contributed to an out of control housing market. We have been

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The False Sirens of Real Estate

At first glance that headline would seem counterintuitive for two real estate brokers to start with. But it is tied into one of our core philosophies of business:  tell the truth because the

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 Residential Housing as a Multi-Generational Story

Housing stability and security is an essential part of everyone's story. Buying a house in the current Bay Area housing market can be daunting and it is common for buyers to receive help from family

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Creating a Hedge Against Inflation

Inflation appears to be at our doorstep and the best way to control your housing costs may be to buy now, even in this crazy market. Fixing your housing costs with a fixed rate mortgage at historic

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Protecting Your Home From the Never-Ending Fire Season

California residents need to prepare for the never-ending fire season. Regardless of the causes of the more severe fires there are several things you can do to protect your family, home, and other

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8 Steps to Selling Success

It's a great time to sell! Our 8 steps to selling success will ensure you reap the rewards of the current seller's market. Home selling doesn't need to be complicated when we guide you through our

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Record Setting Sales Prices Create Strong Seller's Market

The first quarter of the year is typically the slowest one of the real estate cycle. Sales and sale prices mostly reflect what was happening during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. The market

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Will Prop 19 Help Me Save On Taxes?

It has been said that only two things in life are guaranteed, death and taxes. We know we can't avoid the first but we are all up for trying to minimize the second.  Proposition 19 is'

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Early 2021 Indicators Show Housing Market Run to Continue

What can we say, 2020 did not go as predicted, so any 2021 forecasting perhaps should be taken with a grain of salt. As it turns out, our crystal ball is really just clouded glass. That being said,

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Going Home

It has been said that "...you can never go home again.” Perhaps that has never been more true than this past holiday season of Covid-19. Wise counsel told us that traveling is dangerous and

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Best Practices Withstand COVID-19

Earlier this month we were invited to speak at Luxury Connections, a top producer panel for The Artisan Group. The Artisan Group is made up of five of the most influential independent brokerages in

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Who is Buying and Who is Selling During a Pandemic?

Many real estate markets are thriving in the age of COVID-19 and a few are struggling. Where and what you are buying and selling makes all the difference.  We have seen heavy activity with

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Has Contra Costa County Housing caught Covid-19?

*April numbers represent new and sold listings through 4/15.Real Estate professionals should always discuss market conditions with buyers and sellers. It is more true in the current conditions as

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5 Tips to Get Your House Ready for Fall

1.  Furnace   It's a good time to make sure everything will run smoothly this fall when the temperatures drop. Get your furnace inspected and make sure to change the filters.

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