Before You Take The Plunge With A Fixer-upper, Think About Resale Value

We’ve all watched the HGTV programs that show a run-down old house transforming into a dream home. Tackling a big renovation project on an outdated property can indeed pay off big—both with the home of your dreams, and with a return on investment. If resale value is a primary concern, consider these factors as you’re making your fixer-upper plans.

Is the price right?
How much can you invest in a home beyond the sale price while staying in line with the value of homes in the neighborhood? You don’t want to improve a home to the point that it’s worth far more than the norm for the area. You’ll enjoy the property while you’re living there, but if you ever decide to sell, your ROI could be limited by the market value of nearby houses.

Low cost, instant equity
There are a lot of low cost and DIY improvements that will add equity almost immediately, such as rehabbing the landscaping and adding fresh coats of paint. These improvements add value to the property almost instantly.

What’s worth spending on?
A little elbow grease goes a long way, but there will inevitably be projects that require some serious spending. If you’re concerned with getting a return on your investment, focus your dollars toward the roof, floors, and the home’s exterior. They’re not flashy upgrades, but they’re important for future buyers. On the other hand, luxuries like a swimming pool are unlikely to see any return on investment.


1841 Scotch Pine Ct, Tracy, CA 95376

$651,000 | 4 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,696 SqFt

Welcome to this fabulous 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom nearly 1700 square foot single story home! Great court location. Large open family room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace & ceiling fan. Generous kitchen with lots of counterspace and cabinet space. Kitchen looks out to the family room. Dining room off kitchen and family room. 4th bedroom set up as an office with closet and double-entry doors with a sliding glass door out to patio on side yard. Backyard with inground pool, water feature, stamped concrete & covered patio. Updates have been made. Laminate style Hardwood flooring. Master bedroom has sliding glass door out to backyard for quick access to patio and pool. Side yard access. Short walk to William Larsen Park. Well cared approx.. 6300 square foot lot. 2-car garage. This is a great home looking for a new owner!



9529 Sandpoint Dr, San Ramon, CA 94583

$1,535,000 | 4 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,874 SqFt

Extensively updated single story home in the heart of San Ramon! Corner lot location, recently remodeled throughout! Open floor plan concept…inviting remodeled kitchen with LED lighting, stone counter tops, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, eat-in nook area that leads into living and family rooms. Lots of natural light! Generous size bedrooms with closet organizers, built-ins and custom mill-work. Updated baths, lighting, engineered hardwood floors…so many updates to list! Large corner lot with a pool. Located close to Country Club Elementary, Pine Valley Middle School and Cal High. Close to shops, restaurants, City Center, San Ramon Golf Course, Iron Horse Trail and commute access! This one is a must see!



2594 Oak Rd, Unt 264, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

$615,000 | 2 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 1,168 SqFt

Welcome to this great condo in the sought-after Ashford Court community in Walnut Creek! This 2 bed/2.5 bath 2-story condo has 2 en-suites upstairs both with full bathrooms, vaulted ceilings & ceiling fans. Upstairs in-unit laundry closet with washer & dryer as well. Enjoy spacious living & dining room space with a cozy wood burning fireplace. Half bath also on main level. Large balcony off family room with generous storage closet. Master bedroom has a large wardrobe closet along with its own private deck and double sinks in the bathroom. 1-car detached garage near condo. This is the place to be! Adjacent to Walden Park and the Iron Horse Trail, and minutes from top-rated schools, freeway access, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill BART stations, and Walnut Creek’s thriving downtown. The HOA fee covers water and waste management, and amenities include community pool and common area.



401 Travis Ct, Pittsburg, CA 94565

$550,000 | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 1,867 SqFt

Fabulous 4-bedroom home in quiet, well-maintained gated community. Great court location with corner lot! MOVE-IN READY! Large home with open floorplan and vaulted ceilings in entry, living room & dining room. Kitchen and family room have the open floorplan concept. Lots of natural light. Hardwood flooring downstairs plus brand new carpet upstairs. 4 Large bedrooms. Master with large walk-in closet. Fireplace in family room. Landscaped low maintenance backyard. Upstairs laundry room. 2-car garage. Private community park. Great commute location minutes from BART stations, as well as the Marina and Highway 4.



165 Canyon Lakes Way, San Ramon, CA 94582

$1,772,318 | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3,024 SqFt

Welcome Home! Fabulous location in the desirable Canyon Lakes Estates Community! Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, this approx. 3,000 square foot home boasts an open floor plan, 4 generous size bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large lot (play structure & garden area) that sides to common space, wet bar, two fireplaces, wired for surround sound, 3-car garage and much more. The gated community provides privacy, yet you are just minutes away from the popular San Ramon City Center, Iron Horse Trail, The Marketplace Shops, Clubsport of San Ramon, highly rated public schools, restaurants and commute access! 


9465 Thunderbird Pl, San Ramon, CA 94583

$1,525,000 | 4 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,112 SqFt

Welcome home! Attractive single story home located in the heart of San Ramon! Great views of the 8th fairway of the San Ramon Golf Club, hills and the Iron Horse Trail. Open floor plan with living room, family room as well as dining area. Situated in a court, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, over 2,100 square feet (approx) living space, 3 car garage, side yard access…this is a must see! Built by Shapell Homes, close to shops, restaurants, commute access and walking distance to schools!


3079 Riviera Way, San Ramon, CA 94583

$1,503,700 | 5 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,426 SqFt

THIS IS IT! Fabulous 5-bedroom home IN THE HEART OF SAN RAMON! Great location w/corner lot! Walk to schools K-12! Wonderful floor-plan w/1 bedroom downstairs. Resort style backyard w/6-yr-new pool complete w/hot tub & water features plus a stamped concrete patio and artificial lawn in backyard. UPDATED HOME with dual pane windows, hardwood floors, updated kitchen & bathrooms. Kitchen has stone tile floor, wall between kitchen & family room was removed and replaced with a great bar sitting area encompassing granite countertops, recessed lights, stainless steel appliances and new cabinets. Bathrooms have ceramic tile in upstairs master bathroom, shower and sinks, recessed lighting and replaced vanity tops and faucets. Upstairs hall bathroom has tile floors, tile walls, furniture vanity and mirror, re-textured walls, recessed lighting. Ceiling fans in Family Room and upstairs bedrooms. All fences around the house have been replaced.


5 Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Summertime is here and it’s bringing the heat! It’s always an option to blast the air conditioner all summer long, but there are ways to keep your home cool that are better for the environment and won’t double your energy bill.

1. Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans may be an overlooked method to keep your home cool, but that’s because they are often used incorrectly. During the summer months a ceiling fan should be rotating counterclockwise to send cool air down otherwise you will be recirculating the heat in your home.

2. Blinds

If your home has windows that face the west or north, make sure to keep them covered with blinds to prevent the sun from heating up your home.

3. Mind the Gaps

Cover or repair all gaps and cracks near doors and windows to ensure your cool air stays in during the day. This paired with your home’s insulation will also prevent heat from seeping in on hot days.

4. Evening Chill

When the sun goes down and the temperature is cooler, open up your windows and doors to bring that cool air in. Just make sure to get them closed before the sun returns.

5. Box Fans

If your home has multiple windows on opposite sides of the room, you can create a cooling effect with two box fans on each side. One should be facing inward and the other outward. This will keep a constant airflow bringing in fresh air and removing the hot air.

Top Tips For First-time Homeowners

Owning your first home is one of the biggest milestones in an individual’s life. Once it’s finally all yours, you want to make sure you avoid common rookie mistakes like the ones below.

Starting major renovations right away. With all the excitement and energy from the closing table still lingering, it’s easy to get caught up in home improvements. Before starting a major renovation, give yourself 2 or 3 months of living in your home to really solidify that it’s the right financial investment and what you really want.

Ignoring routine maintenance. Ignoring routine upkeep and maintenance, such as prepping your pipes for winter, clearing gutters, and filling cracks near doors and walls, can cause big issues down the line. Make sure to budget both time and money for these tasks.

Hiring the cheapest option. If you have a job that requires a professional, don’t always opt for the cheapest option. Makes sure to get several estimates for the work and look online for reviews. Once you do your research, select the professional you think will do the best job.

Not knowing your property boundaries. During closing, you may receive a survey of your home and property, however it’s crucial you know exactly where your property lines are. Outline this before your start planting or building fences or structures.

Neglecting the exterior of your home. Once you move in, it’s easy to focus your energy and effort on the interior. But don’t forget to give your exterior some TLC with thoughtful landscaping and regular checks to ensure weeds are taken care of and water is draining correctly.