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How to find out if your home is haunted BEFORE you buy!

October 16, 2017 · · 1 Comment

NOBODY wants to move into a home only to find out that it has a sinister history or is prone to unexplained activity – here’s how to uncover spooky occurrences before taking the plunge.

 

Not everyone believes in ghouls but it’s still a query that should be raised during a viewing with the estate agent or seller to protect yourself later, according to the Ombudsman Services.

It comes after a landmark case a couple of years ago in which prospective homebuyers found out too late that there was a history unusual occurrences at the property.

The couple ended up losing a large deposit they had put down on an old manor house in Britain when they tried to pull out of a sale after realising it could be haunted.

In an effort to get their cash back, the buyers told the watchdog how they had looked around the home and during the viewing suddenly felt ill.

The wife asked the agent if the home was haunted, but he reportedly avoided the question.

When the husband approached the master bedroom on the first floor, he said he felt a rush of ice-cold air across his face.

When he tried to turn the handle to open the door it pushed back so hard it felt like someone had shut it from the inside, he later told the Ombudsman.

Despite the strange experiences they had put down a large cash deposit to have the home taken off the market and avoid being gazumped.

But closer to the exchange date, the couple stumbled upon a book about the home in a local second-hand shop.

The tome revealed that the manor house was more than 200-years-old and built by its first owner.

The book said the owner had been a cruel and wealthy shipping merchant who now haunts the master bedroom on the first floor of the property.

The couple quickly withdrew from the sale, but the vendors kept the deposit.

The husband and wife tried to get the money back through the ombudsman and said that the estate agent or vendor should have disclosed the history.

In theory, it is the responsibility of a seller to disclose paranormal activity at contract stage when asked: “Is there any other information you think the buyer may have a right to know?”

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San Bruno’s Crestmoor #3 Home Steals the Show!

October 13, 2017 · · 1 Comment

$1,099,000 2360 Whitman Way San Bruno, Ca. 94066 4BR/2BA

Located in the beautiful Crestmoor Park 3, this sought-after neighborhood offers many conveniences such as nearby shopping ctrs, parks, fine schools, and easy transportation. This spacious home offers 1,740 sq. ft. of living space, newly refinished hdwd flrs, new kit & bath tiles, and permitted FR. LR w/updated wood burning FP leads to a large separate dining area. This spacious space will be perfect for entertaining family & friends during the holiday season as the sliding doors opens up to the outdoor patio. Eat-in kit w/ plenty of cabinet/counter space. Natural light pours into all the BR. Bath updated w/new tile flrs & water-saving toilets. FR on lower level has new laminate flrs. Easy access to fwy 101/280/35, BART, caltrain, SFO.

Listed by Lee Ginsburg, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty, 180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca 94066 | lee@leesellsmore.com | (650) 888-5662

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Staging Vs. Not Staging a House For Sale

October 10, 2017 · · 2 Comments

In an era where homes for sale are looked at online before visiting them in person, most agents arrange some type of staging and photography to highlight their listing’s full potential. Does staging always suggest a higher sale price? Some say yes and some say no.

On the yes side, the argument is clear that staging makes a home appear homey, well appointed and maintained. One may decide that it is worth seeing sooner than later after viewing a beautifully staged home online.

On the no side, someone might say that as long as the home is priced right, in a good location, and just tidied up it should bring in the same amount of activity and offers.

What do you think?

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San Bruno’s Exclusive Portola Highlands Home

October 6, 2017 · · 2 Comments

 

$1,195,000 136 Merced Dr., San Bruno, Ca. 94066 4 BR/2.5 BA

136 Merced Dr. sits proudly atop of San Bruno’s exclusive Portola Highlands boasting 4 well appointed bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There is a lovely porch in front that looks out to the quiet, cul de sac neighborhood. There is a separate dining area suitable for a large table and a separate family area off the kitchen with gas fireplace. The kitchen has modern updates including granite counter tops, gas stove, dishwasher, and a breakfast bar. A well manicured backyard, off the kitchen and family room, includes an outdoor patio, lush green grass, and a functioning waterfall! Many of the systems are newer and have been upgraded including heater and roof. The home is located a block and a half to Portola Elementary School and around the block from popular Sweeney Ridge Trail!

Listed by Karin Cunningham, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty, 180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca. 94066 | 650-438-3504 | karinc@bhhscalreal.com

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty Annual Pumpkin Patch 2017

October 2, 2017 · · 2 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooray! It is that time of year again for sweaters, boots, scarves, pumpkin spiced lattes, and the rustle of leaves on the streets! It’s also time, again, for our annual pumpkin patch! Here are the details!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty invites you you our annual:

Pumpkin Patch Party!

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca. 94066

Donate a gently used sweater or coat for the San Bruno Coats for Kids Program and be entered to win a $50. Target Gift Card, just in time for the holidays!

(Men and women’s sizes welcome, too!)

Event includes FREE hot dog BBQ, candy bags, popcorn, face painting, photo booth,

and a pumpkin to take home (while supplies last!)

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Hidden Gem in Charming Brisbane, Ca!

September 26, 2017 · · 1 Comment

 

$898,000 445 San Bruno Ave. Brisbane, CA 94005 2 BR/2 BA

Spacious, beautiful home located in the charming town of Brisbane! Situated on an over sized lot with a big backyard, private front yard, and a lovely outdoor deck. Additional features of the home include a big bonus room (possible 3rd bedroom), and an attached garage. Walking distance to Brisbane’s magnificent community park, restaurants, shopping, and a free local shuttle which takes you to the BART & Caltrain stations. San Francisco and the airport are also only a short 5-10 minute drive away.

Listed by Kathy Wall, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty, 180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca. 94066 | kwall@bhhscalreal.com | (415) 608-4168

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Best Deal on the Peninsula! Crown Colony Condo! $399,000

September 22, 2017 · · 1 Comment

$399,000 376 Imperial Way #112, Daly City, Ca. 94015 1BR/1BA

This cheerful, spacious unit offers a serene greenbelt outlook from the patio, living and bedroom. Beautiful gleaming wood finished floors in the living room. Brand new stove, refrigerator and dishwasher and brand New paint and bedroom carpets too.Your own private patio, assigned parking and a storage locker.. Enjoy being close to the pool, club house and all the beautiful amenities offered by the complex. Crown Colony also offers a resident shuttle to BART, contact HOA for details. Truly a beautiful condominium home.

Listed by Brian Boisson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty, 180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca. 94066 | bboisson@bhhscalreal.com| 650-871-3603

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South San Francisco and the Comforts of Home!

September 21, 2017 · · 2 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$949,000 130 Valleyview Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080 3 BR/2 BA

Enter through double doors to a spiral staircase of this well cared for home. The spacious living room has a partial view towards the Bay. A comfortable family room off the kitchen has its own fireplace and leads to the rear deck and private yard. A perfect place for entertaining and BBQ’s. The master bedroom suite also overlooks the rear yard and boasts a beautifully tiled bathroom with electric floor heating for those chilly mornings. Monte Verde Elementary School and Westborough Middle School as per the South San Francisco Unified website. Both rated 9 of 10 on GreatSchools.org

Listed by John Gieseker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty, 180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca. 94066 | jgieseker@bhhscalreal.com | (650) 619-2216

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Bay Area Real Estate Market Update Sept 2017

September 18, 2017 · · 2 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is going on in the Bay Area real estate market as we close in on the end of summer and welcome the fall? According to a variety of real estate agents who work full time on the peninsula and East Bay, price is the common denominator. Let me explain the phenomenon..

An agent generally puts a house up for sale at a price based on recent comparables. When prices move upward it would be safe to say that house values increase for the next house that goes up for sale. For example, if a house is listed for $899,000 and sells for $1,099,000 (which is common in San Mateo County), the next house for sale is tempted to be listed at $1,099,000 in hopes that it sells for a great deal more. Not always the case and as we get into autumn we see less and less of an increase in sales prices, which is typical.

It’s the same phenomenon in the East Bay, according to another agent who works the Hayward market. When a home is listed at $599,000 and sells during the spring or summer for $700,000 and the next house is listed for $700,000, it doesn’t seem to generate the same activity as the prior.

So, what to do? What some real estate agents are doing is keeping the list price at the same as the prior listing that sold. The savvy home buyers review the recent sales in order to prepare their best offer and can see the past activity. According to some agents, this system has been effective, especially in the fall when the home buying and selling season start to dwindle.

Everything sells for the right price, they say, but in real estate marketing, pricing is a talent and a skill that can make or break a sale!

Written by Karin Cunningham, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty | karinc@bhhscalreal.com | 650-438-3504

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10 Tips for Moving to a New State

September 12, 2017 · · 1 Comment
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Whether you’ve landed a new job in a new city or you’re simply ready for a change, moving to a new state is sure to be an exciting adventure. You just have to get there (with all of your stuff!) first. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Here are our tried-and-true tips for successfully moving to a new state without losing your mind!

Research ahead of time

Before you move, research as much as possible about your new city. From restaurant suggestions and local businesses to recreational activities and social clubs, you’ll find a wealth of information about your new home on the internet. I also suggest visiting the area and exploring the city for yourself. Speak to locals, ask questions, look at maps, and drive around neighborhoods to get a real feel for the area.

Find a new home

At least a few months before you move, I recommend contacting a local real estate agent in your new state to help you find a home. Regardless of whether you’re renting or buying, you’ll need someone who’s an expert in the area’s housing market to show you around. Realtors possess a deep knowledge of the market and can narrow down your search, so that you spend less time looking at houses and more time preparing for your move. To find the right Realtor for the job, check Realtor.com’s Find a Realtor tool.

Hire a reputable moving company

With so many moving companies vying for your business, hiring the right one can be tricky. First, I recommend asking friends, family and neighbors for recommendations to see if they’ve had good experiences with local movers in the past. Second, double-check a moving company’s online reviews and ratings. Moving.com’s Moving Company Directory includes customer reviews of more than 600 moving companies nationwide. The reviews also include the moving company’s U.S. DOT number, Better Business Bureau rating, any official complaints filed with the FMCSA, and whether the moving company has any association with the American Moving & Storage Association.

Third, check to see if the moving company is properly licensed by the Department of Transportation. If so, you can check the company’s USDOT number for information. Finally, contact three to four reputable moving companies about your upcoming relocation. Each company should perform either an in-person inspection or a video survey of your belongings before giving you a quote.

To find the right moving company to handle your next move, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands.

Gather all records

Don’t forget to pack important documents before the move in a separate and clearly labeled box or folder. These documents should include Social Security cards, birth certificates, tax forms, health records, school records, etc. Make sure all records are in a safe and secure place at all times.

Pack, pack, pack!

Word of advice: start packing as soon as possible! If you’re planning to pack yourself, don’t procrastinate. Not only will you have to box up all belongings, but you’ll also have to spend time deciding what to keep and what to toss. Remember: the cost of your long distance move will be based on the overall weight of your things. The less you bring with you, the cheaper your move will be. So, with that in mind, start the packing process by eliminating all of your unused clothing, out-of-date electronics and any items that only weigh you down. Sell what you can on Craigslist or another online marketplace. Consign gently used items at your local consignment stores. Donate the rest of your unwanted belongings to a local Salvation ArmyHabitat for Humanity and Goodwill.

Once you determine exactly what you are bringing with you, calculate the number of moving boxes needed using our handy Packing Calculator. I recommend starting with all of your non-essentials (everything you won’t need during the last month in your home) first. As the weeks progress, move room-to-room and pack as much as you can. Don’t forget to label your boxes. Finally, pack the kitchen and all other essentials last, as you’ll need to use these items leading up to the move.

Forward your mail

Several weeks before you move, notify USPS of your upcoming change of address. All you have to do is go to USPS.com and choose the date you wish to begin forwarding your snail mail. If you’re interested in renting a PO Box in your new city, check out Moving.com’s helpful guide to setting up a PO Box when you move.

Save all moving receipts

Save all moving receipts for three reasons: First, By donating your things to a Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity, you may be able to deduct a portion of the value of these donations against your income tax. Second, if you’re relocating for work, you may be able to deduct moving expenses from your taxes come tax season. For more information on moving expenses and taxes, read the IRS’s information sheet here.  And third, if your company plans to reimburse you for the move, you’ll need to show HR all of the receipts in order to get your money back.

Notify utility companies

Unless you want to walk into a house with no electricity, I suggest notifying the new utility companies of your upcoming move. This way you’ll have all utilities up and running within the first week of moving in. You’ll also need to call your current utility companies to make sure your cable, electricity and gas are turned off the day after you move out.

School

Moving with school-age children? It’s never too early to start thinking about schools in the new town. To find top-rated schools in your new neighborhood, use Moving.com’s School Ratings tool, which includes GreatSchools ratings and other helpful information.

Transfer an out-of-state driver’s license

Planning to drive in your city? You’ll need a new driver’s license for that. Many states require you to get a new license within a certain time window after establishing residency. To transfer your out-of-state driver’s license, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. While requirements vary from state to state, you’ll most likely need: your current driver’s license, proof of residency (lease, electric bills, etc), proof of your social security number and an additional form of identification, such as a birth certificate.

Article taken from: http://www.moving.com/tips/10-tips-for-moving-to-a-new-state/

 

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A Pacifica Sun Valley Beauty!

September 8, 2017 · · 1 Comment

$1,095,000 1071 View Way, Pacifica, CA 94044 

5 Bedrooms/3 Baths

Stunning two story large & well maintained home on the sought after Sun Valley area. It’s beautifully remodeled and move-in ready! It includes two very large cathedral ceiling suites, one with jets tub & the other with sitting area & office. The living room has custom crown moldings & columns at entry doors. It includes a second den/office, remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances, three fireplaces, views from the upstairs deck, two car garage, hardwood floors, some new carpets, sunny and gorgeous patio perfect for relaxing, new fences and much more!

Listed by Al Ortega, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ca Realty, 180 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca. 94066 | aortega@bhhscalreal.com | 650-465-1212

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San Bruno Record Breaking Home Sale of the Summer 2017

September 5, 2017 · · 1 Comment

San Bruno just hit its record home sale high with 1870 Parkview Dr., San Bruno, Ca. listed by Larry Franzella, from our office, at $1,589,000 and sold by Mike Darling, also from our office, at $1,730,000!

According to county records it is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home sprawled on a 8,189 foot lot.

Parkview Terrace home, charming courtyard entry, remodeled and expanded in 2011, open concept great room with gas fireplace, recessed large screen TV, recessed lighting, built-in speakers, remodeled kitchen with high end appliances. Five bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en-suite, one with a steam shower) with designer title and fixtures, den or TV room, gorgeous wood flooring, energy saving solar system, wired for A/V & network, two tankless water heaters, two heating systems, large yard with a new redwood deck, 2,670 square feet of luxury.