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Is it a buyers’ or sellers’ market right now?

More inventory is starting to come on the market. That is good news for buyers.

Mortgage rates are still very low and lenders are willing to approve loans for well-qualified applicants on homes that appraise within the proper range.

If you are considering buying a property, I would be happy to help you identify suitable properties and set you up with a search with your specific terms to give you an idea of what the possibilities are. It never hurts to do a little homework and it can be fun too. I am happy to provide any help you need to identify lenders if you don’t have one.

Sellers please note that homes that show well and are priced well are moving quickly. You have only one chance at creating a good first impression. It is best to go on the market prepared with your best foot forward. If you are considering selling your home, I would be happy to help you find comparables, research the market conditions, and give you feedback on what you need to do to get your home market ready.

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About how long will it take to sell my home?

If your home is priced right and presented in its best light, you should expect to sell your home within three months in today’s market.

I would be happy to provide you with a market analysis of your home’s value based on other sales in the area, the condition of your home, and my professional judgment of the market’s velocity and volatility. I can also give you my thoughts about what type of buyers your home would most likely attract.

You’ll then be more knowledgeable and better prepared to decide whether the time is right for you to sell.

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What should I do before looking for a home to buy?

One of the first things any realtor is going to ask is your price range for purchasing a new home. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage amount is a smart move so that you can make a reasonable offer when you find the right home.

Also, think about the features that you are looking for in a new home–neighborhood, type of home, square footage, property size, schools, etc.

Understand the market by using the Property Search tab on my website. It’s a nifty tool to help you find available homes, and see what and when new listings hit the market. If you prefer, call me at 707-889-7778 and I can set up the searches for you.

With a plan for financing, a clear picture of what you would like in your new home, and an understanding of the general housing market in your desired area, you can have a productive first meeting with your realtor.

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How can I find out which school district serves a property I’m interested in?

You can find out school districts and a lot more from the County of Sonoma website.

Start with website of the County of Sonoma, Registrar of Voters, Secure Voting Information, District & Elected Official Lookup. It offers a wealth of information about a property, including school districts, fire districts, transportation districts, political districts, elected officials, etc.:

District Lookup for Sonoma County Properties

Select the city and street from the drop-down menus, then enter the street number and click on Find District. All the relevant information about that particular property will be displayed.

If you want to find out more about the schools within that district, go to the website of the Sonoma County Office of Education and move your cursor over the Schools & Districts tab. You can then select the category of interest.

Sonoma County Office of Education

You might also like to check out another website for school ratings:

School Ratings

If you are out of the area and need a contact in the school district you are considering, please contact us.

I have an older home to sell that needs some repairs. What should I do to prepare for the sale?

It has been my experience that homes that are well maintained and look clean and fresh sell faster and for more money than those that appear less so. It’s my personal philosophy that you have only one chance to present a great first impression.

No matter what the age of the home, it should be as warm and welcoming as possible. Cleaning your home thoroughly, sprucing it up with neutral paint, fixing minor flaws, reducing clutter inside, and adding some colorful plants outside can greatly add to its appeal.

As for major repairs, find out what it would cost to remedy them. Call me and I can recommend contractors, painters, plumbers, gardeners, etc. who can provide you an estimate for the work that needs to be done.

Even if you’re not quite ready to sell, it is worth having me come out and give you a good idea of essential projects that add value at the time of the sale. I provide this complimentary service for all my clients to help keep the value of their investment, regardless of whether they are getting ready to go on the market.

You may not need to do costly repairs and others you may elect not to do. We would have to factor that while pricing your home.

There is definitely a demand for older homes–even those that need a little updating–especially in this tight market when there is a short supply of homes for sale.

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Do YOU have a question I can help you with?

The following are questions that I have recently been asked by clients of mine. You may have a question or concerns of your own that I have not addressed here.

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What should I know about buying country property?

There are more considerations when buying property outside city limits. To find more detailed information click here.

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