Boost Your Internet Speeds

Nothing is more irritating than carefully selecting the perfect amount of bandwidth for you and your family just to experience spotty and oftentimes slow internet speeds while at home. And now more than ever, it is crucial that you have a reliable connection while many of us are working and studying at home. Check out the tips below to boosting those speeds.

Place your router in a central, open location. Your connection speed can be affected by distance, so if possible, place your router in an open area between the rooms you use your Wi-Fi most, such as the living room and office.

Avoid obstacles and interference. Top internet providers recommend placing the router off the floor above furniture and away from brick or concrete walls that can block or slow the internet from being transmitted properly. Additionally, other electronics like baby monitors, microwaves, and cordless phones can interfere with the connection.

Look into a wireless range extender. Have you noticed that your far guest room is a Wi-Fi dead spot? Although an extender won’t boost the speed of your internet overall, it will help increase the signal in the room it is placed in, extending the connection’s reach. Upgrade your router and firmware. If the router you own or rent is outdated, it is possible that is the reason your bandwidth is not reaching its full potential. It’s recommended that you upgrade every three or four years to make sure it can support the latest Wi-Fi standards. Plus, many of the new routers allow data to transmit over two radio frequencies, giving you two WiFi networks.

Is Downsizing Right For You?

Downsizing your home is not just for empty-nesters. There are numerous reasons and situations where this path could be the right one for you and your family!

Minimizing

Owning a large home and property comes with a large responsibility like multiple rooms and floors a large yard, and maybe features like a deck or pool. There is a lot of upkeep and cleaning that is required to keep a home looking and functioning at best. One common reason homeowners are looking to downsize is to reduce the time, energy, and money spent on those activities, leaving them with more to do the things they enjoy with the ones they love.

Saving Funds

When downsizing to a smaller home, you allow for an increase in your monthly budget. Not only does your mortgage and maintenance cost less, but so does your utility bills, insurance, property taxes, interest payments, and furnishings. This is a great option for those who want to put their children through college, save for retirement, or pay off existing debts, such as credit cards or car payments.

New Adventures

Whether you are single, parents whose kids have flown the coop, retirees, or an adventurous family, downsizing your home could allow you to seek new experiences. Take that long-term trip you’ve always wanted to go on. Buy a second home for the family. Or purchase that boat, RV, snowmobile, or ATV.

FOR SALE IN THE HEART OF ALBANY!

907 Buchanan St, Albany, CA 94706

$1,149,000 | 3 Beds | 3 Baths | 1,559 SqFt

Welcome home! Charming two story located in the heart of Albany! This 3 bedroom, 3 full bath home was re-built from the ground up approximately 10 years ago. Efficient floor plan with an open living room and dining area plus the master suite, are all on the main level. Additionally, there are two bedrooms upstairs with a “Jack and Jill” bath in between. Inviting kitchen with lots of counter space, cabinetry and natural light. Loft area on the second floor allows for a home office or study area. Oversized detached one-car garage provides extra storage space as well. Views of hills and city lights. Close to schools, shopping, dining and minutes from BART, commute access, Albany Beach and Golden Gate Fields.

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NOW PENDING IN SAN RAMON!

447 Pine Ridge Dr, San Ramon, CA 94582

$670,000 | 2 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,314 SqFt

Stunning, updated home checks all the boxes! Great location, close to San Ramon City Center (located in Bishop Ranch) with shopping, dining and movie theater, yet tucked away in a secure, gated community. Minutes away from parks, playgrounds, library, fitness/sport facilities. Close to top rated elementary, middle and high schools. Easy commute access to 680 and Bishop Ranch. Home shows like a model with newer floors in family room, kitchen, dining; freshly painted interior and updated lighting. Kitchen boasts granite and stainless steel appliances. Newer state-of-the-art WiFi controlled Lennox HVAC system and water heater. Community pool, tennis courts, walking paths are among some of the attractive amenities. Attached 1 car garage plus permitted outdoor parking spaces and large private patio that overlooks open space with views of trees and hills!

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NOW PENDING IN DOWNTOWN WALNUT CREEK!

1315 Alma Ave, Unit 314, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

$438,888 | 1 bed | 1 bath | 681 SqFt

Premier downtown Walnut Creek location for this fabulous condo in the coveted Montecito! Enjoy the best of lifestyles Walnut Creek has to offer! Walk to everything; the best shopping and restaurants (Broadway Plaza), movie theatre, Lesher Center, Alma park, BART and more (walkability score of 85) while enjoying Concierge Service, secure under-ground assigned parking, fitness room/gym, Business Center, Conference Room, Club House with kitchen, outdoor courtyard and BBQ area, an assigned storage space, under-ground guest parking and a gorgeous park! This 3rd floor unit is one of the most popular floor plans and enjoys serene views off balcony of courtyard and gazebo. Open floor plan with spacious and bright living areas and great use of space. Kitchen with breakfast bar. Crown molding, granite counters, spacious bathroom with shower over tub. In-unit laundry with washer and dryer. Master bedroom with walk-in closet. Additional HOA amenities also include water, hot water, sewer and trash.

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NOW PENDING IN BLACKHAWK!

3491 Country Club Pl, Danville, CA 94506

$3,199,000 | 5 Beds | 5 Baths | 6,038 SqFt

Striking contemporary estate with awesome views! Views from inside and out to take in and enjoy! No expense was spared in creating this spacious property which provides for a lifestyle reserved for the select few. An easy, flowing floor plan with soaring ceilings and a delightful ambience. New carpeting and freshly painted as well! Beautiful designer front doors welcome you into this truly special home with class. Walls of glass permit lots of natural light to enhance this elegant home. Many quality amenities including a spacious kitchen, wine closet and a lavish master bedroom suite on the main floor with a retreat and its own laundry area. The grounds are expansive with an inviting sparkling pool and have a wonderful tropical feel. You will also enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Diablo and the Tassajara Valley. Wonderful location in the heart of the Blackhawk Country Club community. Conveniently close to The Falls Clubhouse. Be sure not to miss this truly special opportunity!

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NOW PENDING IN THE LEANDER HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD OF DANVILLE!

810 El Quanito Dr, Danville, CA 94526

$1,594,999 | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,505 SqFt

Fantastic single level floor plan located in the popular Leander Hills neighborhood! Entertainer’s delight…FLAT 0.55/acre lot (approx.), open floor plan with living, dining and family rooms, updated kitchen, walk-in closets, sparkling pool & spa, 3-car garage. Room to expand, side RV access…this one is a must see! Close to downtown Danville, restaurants, shops, schools have services and commute access.

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JUST SOLD @ 105% OF ASKING PRICE W/11 OFFERS IN TRACY!

1971 Bayberry Ct, Tracy, CA 95376

$549,900 | 4 beds | 2.5 baths | 2,032 SqFt

Fabulous updated home with court location and owned solar! Resort style back yard is set up for entertaining! Sparkling pool with waterfalls (with an energy efficient variable speed pool pump) and a 12′ x 12′ Pergola with roll-down sun shades allows you to relax in comfort. The home has an easy, flowing floor plan with high ceilings and a delightful ambience. New LVP wood style flooring throughout downstairs, new carpeting upstairs and freshly painted interior as well. Kitchen has new cabinets with granite counters, new oven, new dishwasher, new garbage disposal and a nook. Family room is off the kitchen with an elegant marble gas fireplace. Bathrooms have new vanities with granite. Master bedroom is spacious, with vaulted ceilings, large bathroom and walk-in closet. Multiple ceiling fans throughout. Updated lights & fixtures. First floor was re-piped – no galvanized under the slab! Windows are equipped with 90%+/- solar screens. Oversized driveway for RV/boat.

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JUST SOLD IN ANTIOCH!

2424 Kendree St, Antioch, CA 94509

$496,000 | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,105 SqFt

Move-in ready single story charmer! Close to shopping, dining, BART, commute access, Delta Fair Shopping Center and more! Very inviting and functional, open floor plan with good-sized bedrooms. Features include a living room with fireplace, an eat-in kitchen nook, hardwood floors, newer carpeting, corner lot, lots of natural light, cozy arbor and patio area. Close to parks and schools…this one is a must see!

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Reasons To Maintain A Phone-free Bedroom

In this day and age, our smartphones have become just another limb, permanently fixed to our bodies. So, the idea of keeping phones out of the bedroom seems like such a foreign concept. However, here are 5 reasons you should give it a try!

Minimize temptation. Even if you think you have strong self-control, with your phone within arm’s length, you are much more tempted to play that additional game of solitaire or scroll Twitter for just another 15 minutes. This results in staying up later and later, which can readjust your internal clock, making it harder to fall asleep.

Ease your brain. Whether you’re scrolling social media, texting your significant other, replying to emails, or skimming the news, you are using and stimulating your brain. When you finally do put down the phone, your brain is still on overdrive. Try reading a book, meditating, or doing yoga instead to put your brain in a relaxed state.

Lessen disturbed sleep. One of the most common phone activities before bed is checking social media, however, a study published in the journal of Sleep1 found that using social media within 30 minutes of going to bed has been independently associated with disturbed sleep.

Limit LED screens in bed. Blue-light emitting devices, such as phones, can trick your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, slowing the production of melatonin which helps regulate sleep.

Reduce disruptions to your sleep. With your phone out of the bedroom, you eliminate the chances of that ding or buzz waking you in the middle of the night and disrupting your important REM sleep.