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The Northgate Area-  Comprised of many neighborhoods with a lot of homes. Located in East Walnut Creek, most of the homes were built in the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's and have long been popular for their traditional style single and two story floorplans. 

New Northgate- Some of the newer constructed Walnut Creek homes are located in the Northgate Area. Subdivisions like Rancho Paraiso were built throughout the 90's by Herald Smith Construction. 

The Woodlands- Once nothing but farmland and walnut groves. This all changed in 1961 and 1962 when several developers, including Leadership, MacKay and Hofman, were the first to break ground and build the Woodlands.

Lake Lakewood Area- It's always a surprise to anyone who doesn't know, that there's a lake in Walnut Creek. Lake Lakewood was man made and has a lot of history. Most of the home development in Lakewood began in the 1930's when it was expected that the opening of the Caldecott Tunnel would increase demand for homes in Walnut Creek.

Crystyl Ranch- Crystyl Ranch is a beautiful neighborhood nestled in the Mt. Diablo foothills of Concord, Ca. Located between Walnut Creek and Clayton, homes in Crystyl Ranch are close in proximity to parks, shopping, dining, entertainment, schools and just about the best the East Bay has to offer.

Elderwood Glen- Elderwood Glen is a subdivision located in Martinez, Ca. There are 55-60 homes, homes range from 3-5 bedrooms and are known for their spacious rooms. Elderwood Glen is also centrally located to downtown Martinez, downtown Pleasant Hill, Concord, Lafayette and Walnut Creek. 

Chateau Ridge- Chateau Ridge is a wonderful neighborhood settled in the foothills of Martinez, Ca. The neighborhood has a private setting with most of the homes backing to the open space and green belt. 

Valley High- These beautiful homes were built by the well know builder, Davidon Homes.  There are many home models to choose from, ranging from single stories to split level homes. The 3-4 bedroom homes have luxury features including skylit entry halls, vaulted ceilings, wet bars, woodburning fireplaces and spacious Master suites.

Alamo, CA- Alamo, CA is an unincorporated community with high demand real estate. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, nestled between Walnut Creek and Danville. The average home price in Alamo is $1.1 million in comparison to the average home price in the state of California at $347,000.

Friday
Dec032010

Foreclosure Activity in the United States Overview

Foreclosure activity rates are up again for the 3rd quarter. However, home sales are improving in major metropolitan areas which proves people are buying up the inventory.

The reason these problems still exist is because of high unemployment and high underemployment. With so many homes on the market, many homes have lost their equity. These numbers will likely stay high until these problems in our country are resolved.

Friday
Dec032010

Cities With Highest Foreclosure Rates

Many of these cities are in California. Take a look at the list below for the cities in the United States with the highest foreclosure rates below...

Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., 12%

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., 11.9%

Merced, Cal., 10.1%

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., 8.8%

Stockton, Calif., 8.6%

Modesto, Calif., 8.5%

Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla., 8.2%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz., 8%

Port St. Lucie, Fla., 7.6%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla., 7.2%

Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif., 7.1%

Bakersfield, Calif., 7.1%

Naples-Marco Island, Fla., 6.4%

Reno-Sparks, Nev., 6.2%

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, Calif., 5.6%

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla., 5.3%

Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Fla., 5.3%

Lakeland, Fla., 5.2%

Fresno, Calif., 4.9%

Salinas, Calif., 4.8%

 

Monday
Nov152010

Is It A Good Time To Buy A Home?

When is it a good time to buy a home? This a question that I am often asked and my answer is Now!  It's a great time to buy a piece of real estate. In the cycles of real estate, this buyer's market won't be around forever.  Ten years from now, we will look back and see these times as a great home buying opportunity. Don't miss out!

Interest rates are Historically low! Inventory is on the rise... Many buyers are getting 30-year fixed rates at 4 percent.  Which is an amazing rate for the long term investment.  Also, as an investment home prices are at generational lows with foreclosures and short sales hitting the market, giving buyers more homes and options to choose from. If you are a buyer, now is a great time for you to be picky.  Buyers 5 years ago were often rushed into their decision making, with homes on the market for less than two weeks you had to be fast when finding a home. In a typical buyer's market, purchasers have more time and negotiating power than the sellers, Bank owned properties may be more competitive..

House searching during fall and winter makes buying a home less competitive, since most of the people purchasing are doing so during the summer before school starts up again.

It's the Fall/Winter Selling Season. Typically, sellers are motivated and interest rates are at all time lows.  Don't let this cycle pass!

Wednesday
Oct202010

Foreclosure Procedures Undergo Review

Mortgage lenders possibly could have filed some faulty papers during the foreclosing process on tens of thousands of homes. Some major banks have suspended the foreclosure process temporarily. Bank of America has halted foreclosures in all 50 states as banks are under review by state attorney generals and the Federal Housing Administration.

If foreclosures are delayed significantly, it can take longer for the housing market to recover.

Monday
Oct112010

Lakewood Neighborhood in Walnut Creek Data 

On city-data.com, the Lakewood neighborhood in Walnut Creek, CA has it's own profile that goes over everything from median income, demographics to what time the average person leaves for work in the morning. Check it out here.

This is all made up of data that was collected in 2008, it's a very detailed profile. I currently own a home in this neighborhood and absolutely love it. If anyone is interested in buying or selling a home in the Lakewood Area feel free to contact me.

Wednesday
Oct062010

Tips For Updating Your Kitchen

The most important room in your house is the kitchen. Your kitchen may have the biggest impact on the value of your home. If you feel your kitchen needs some help then it probably does and you may want to look into making improvements. The last few homes I have listed all had updated kitchens within the last few years. Most of my clients have replaced many items in their kitchens in order to update their homes. Here is a list of affordable ideas.

 

  1. If your kitchen has been recently updated just make sure the room is clean and smells fresh. Before an open house drop a lemon slice or two into the disposal and give it a grind.
  2. If your light fixtures are outdated consider replacing them with new track lighting. 
  3. If you have old or ugly cabinets, you can have a professional replace the doors. There are plenty of professionals in the Walnut Creek area.
  4. Look into installing new knobs and hardware on the cabinets as well.
  5. Find out what the new colors are. If you have appliances that are dated by colors have them refinished with something new.

It's better to hire a professional if your not 100% confident in getting the job done right. Don't take on a project you can't handle, it will show. I've walked into many homes and kitchens that owners have updated themselves and the mistakes are obvious. 

 

Wednesday
Sep222010

Big Real Estate Opportunity in Concord

Check out the video below of 1180 Green Gables Court below. This Concord, CA home is listed at $619,000, it's bank owned and priced to sell. Don't miss this one!

Built in 1999, the bank just put in new carpet, fresh paint, tile floors and stainless steel appliances. The home sits on a court location and features a 3 car garage with a huge driveway. This home is perfect for those who like to entertain and the backyard has a lot of potential. 

Thursday
Sep162010

Two New Listings and Low Fixed Rates

I have two new listings, one in Concord, CA and one in Pleasant Hill, CA. I'm putting together a video tour for my Concord listing tomorrow, 1180 Green Gables Ct. It's a beautifully remodeled 4 Bed, 3 Bath home and was priced at $619,500. What a deal! 205 Elderwood Drive in Pleasant Hill will be listed tomorrow, pictures and video to come.

30-year fixed mortgage rates are currently at 4% with a 20% down payment who pay a standard .07 to 1 point origination. 15-year fixed mortgage rate are 3.625% today. These fixed mortgage rates are at all time record lows. Wells Fargo is currently the nation's retail leader in mortgage lending, doing more loans than Bank of America, and is advertising a conventional 30-year fixed mortgage at an interest rate of 4.5% with an APR of 4.686. What are you waiting for?

If anyone is interested in buying a home, again I have two new listings and stay tuned for the video tours to get a detailed viewing. Or give me a call at (925)330-3878. Please feel free to use the MLS search I provide on my site to view other homes currently on the market. Remember, interest rates are the lowest they have ever been, get into the real estate market before they go back up!

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