San Ramon Valley Events – August 2015

Time flies when you are having fun! It seems like summer just got started and I am already hearing talk about kids going back to school. I hope that you are enjoying these summer months and have taken the time to get out and do something fun. My family loves the outdoor movie nights. If you have never been, you definitely need to go check it out. Bring a blanket and some snacks and head on down to one of the 4 showings this month. I haven’t seen “Big Hero 6” or “Lego Movie,” so those two nights are on my list. Whatever you do I hope you have fun doing it and I hope to see you out there.

Have a great summer!

As always thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, and if you have an event coming up that you would like us to include, please let us know.

Mike Continillo
myvillaproperties.com

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San Ramon Valley Events – July 2015

Happy 4th of July! When I was growing up here in the San Ramon Valley, the 4th of July was all about going to the parade in downtown Danville in the morning, and then the fireworks show at Bishop Ranch in the evening. While Danville is still carrying on the tradition, San Ramon has not had a fireworks show the last few years due to budget and location constraints. It is something we all really enjoy and I hope we will have it back soon. Even without the show there are still lots of events going on. I hope you are able to get out there and enjoy what our cities have to offer and you have a safe and happy 4th of July.

As always thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, and if you have an event coming up that you would like us to include, please let us know.

Mike Continillo
myvillaproperties.com

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Legal Real Estate Terms Defined

real estate termsMany professions have their own language and terminology. Real estate agents are no different. For many lay people it is a struggle to wade through all the verbiage and acronyms to get to the information they need. Below is a list of the most popular legal real estate terms defined to make the process of buying or selling a home clearer. The list isn’t comprehensive, but covers the more common terms you’re like to encounter in the process:

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History of Diablo

Diablo CC Cars

Thank you for joining us along our journey into the history of the San Ramon Valley area. Today we are going to dive into the history of a lesser known community in the region called Diablo, California. This area is much smaller than either San Ramon or Danville, but it is rich in history, which makes this community worth a closer look. [Read more…]

History of Danville

Danville, California

Danville, 1858

In our series of articles about the history of the San Ramon Valley, we have covered the history of the city of San Ramon. We highlighted the Harlan House that was built by settlers Joel and Minerva Harlan in 1858 and still stands today. And we explored the Indian tribes who used to inhabit this area. However, no discussion of San Ramon Valley history would be complete without the inclusion of Dan Inman. [Read more…]

Indians in the San Ramon Valley

In our special series, “The History of the San Ramon Valley,” we delved into the history of the city of San Ramon, as well as, the famous Harlan House, which still resides on San Ramon Valley Boulevard. In covering the history of San Ramon Valley, we would be remiss not to take a step even further back in time to look at the first people who inhabited the area: The Valley Indians.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

Photo courtesy of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

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The Harlan House – Past, Present and Future

Harlan House. Photo circa 1890 courtesy of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

Harlan House. Photo circa 1890 courtesy of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

So often today developers are eager to raze long-standing buildings in favor of modern houses and offices. On the flip side you have historians who feel it’s better to leave things as they are and preserve the legacy of those who have come before us. Just such a situation is currently occurring and the subject of debate is the Harlan House, also known as El Nido.

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Historic San Ramon

San Ramon

Photo circa 1890. Courtesy of Museum of the San Ramon Valley and the San Ramon Valley Historical Society.

People in San Ramon enjoy their community and love all that it has to offer. With modern homes and shopping centers as well as present-day features such as streetlights and crosswalks, it may be difficulty to envision what San Ramon looked like over a century ago. However, the city of San Ramon is rich in history and there are many important stories that make the city what it is today.

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Renting a House vs Buying A Home

buy vs. rentPurchasing a home is one of the main financial decisions that most adults are called upon to make. The costs of buying are varied and complex and it’s important to consider the pros and cons of renting and buying before making your decision.

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Credit Reports – How Important Are They When Buying a Home?

Villa Properties Credit Reports and Home BuyingWhen the time comes to buy a home, most people do not have the money to buy their house in cash. This means that, sooner or later, if you want to buy a home, you’ll need to speak with a lender who will refer to your credit report. Your credit report will help them decide whether or not to lend you the money.

Why is that? Credit reports are used by lenders to evaluate the risk of lending you money to buy a home. Lenders reviews items such as: ability to make payments on time, your level of debt relative to your income level, types of credit you’ve been able to secure, and how long you have had credit. [Read more…]

Getting to Know San Ramon – Trails Challenge 2015

Villa Properties Getting to Know San Ramon Trails Challenge 2015What do you think of when the month of February comes around?

Do you think Winter Rain, Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month or Trails Challenge? Chances are the latter barely creates a blip on your radar, but it should.

Here’s why the Trails Challenge should be on your yearly bucket list: Free Healthy Fun!

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San Ramon Valley Events – February 2015

A topic of conversation that comes up for me on a regular basis is our wonderful school district. I speak with families all the time who want to move here because San Ramon Valley Unified is so highly rated, and has such a great reputation. Most of the credit for this high level of excellence goes to the wonderful teachers, and staff in the schools and the district, who work very hard to provide the best possible education for our children.

It’s important to also recognize that school districts don’t become so highly rated on their own. They need the constant support and involvement from parents and the community. Credit also needs to be given to the parents, families and community members who take the time to be involved in our children’s education.

I am very thankful to live in such a strong community, and I appreciate of all the effort and hard work that has contributed to making SRVUSD one of the best.

As always thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, and if you have an event coming up that you would like us to include, please let us know.

Mike Continillo
myvillaproperties.com

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San Ramon Unified School District Top Ranked in California

San Ramon Unified Schools Top Ranked in CaliforniaAs a local relator in the San Ramon Valley, a topic of conversation that comes up regularly is the school district. I speak with families all the time who want to move here because San Ramon Valley Unified is so highly rated, and has such a great reputation. Most of the credit for this high level of excellence goes to the wonderful teachers, and staff in the schools and the district, who work very hard to provide the best possible education for our children.

This high level of educational excellence was recently reflected with a very high ranking on the website Niche.com. With over 35 schools in the district and an annual budget over $250M San Ramon Unified School District (SRVUSD) came in 20th out of 378 eligible school districts according to Niche’s ranking criteria.

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San Ramon Real Estate – Outlook 2015

It’s the beginning of the year, and everyone wants to know “how’s the market”? It’s an important question that both buyers and sellers will need to explore in order to make an educated decision on whether it’s a good time to buy or sell a home.

It is impossible to know exactly what the real estate market will do in the coming months. Unless of course you have a magic crystal ball, or a time machine. Last time I checked those didn’t exist, so the next best thing is to look at past and current values, and explore other economic factors that influence the market. This will help give us an idea of how prices are trending and what the market may look like in the coming months.

Looking at Values

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Nextdoor.com – Connecting Neighbors Online

In October 2011, Nextdoor created the first social network for neighbors! Today with over 48,000 neighborhoods online, Nextdoor is becoming a common name and the new way to meet your neighbors. It provides a message board platform to easily share information with your neighbors.  This can help with anything from finding a lost pet, to forming a local crime watch team, to recommending your local handyman. [Read more…]

5 Safety Tips for Your Own Festival of Lights

5-Safety-Tips-Festival-Lights-My-Villa-PropertiesFor the past 25 years, in the town of San Ramon a neighborhood called Vista San Ramon has been delighting the public with a light show known only as “The Festival of Lights!

In fact, there are many neighborhoods in San Ramon that take pride in decorating their homes for the holidays. If you weren’t the first in your neighborhood to get your holiday lights up before the storm this past weekend, don’t worry. There is still plenty of time, and in the meantime indoor decorating is a great family activity when it’s raining.

With all of this additional decorating activity it’s important to think about safety. When it comes to safety we often think of smoke detectors, alarm systems, self defense and activities such as trick or treating. However; safety also encompasses home decorating, especially during the Holidays. [Read more…]

San Ramon Valley Events December 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and are enjoying lots of leftovers.

This month we will be hosting a special event which I hope you will be able to attend. We have teamed up with our local Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) instructor, Paul Turner to teach the Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class.

Join with fellow community members at this free class geared to help you and your family prepare before an earthquake, survive during the quake and recover quickly after the disaster. You will learn hazard mitigation, utility control, the duck-cover-hold technique, as well as tips for creating emergency kits.

The class will be held on Wednesday December, 10th from 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Bollinger Hills Cabana located at 2951 Morgan Drive in San Ramon. Refreshments will be served. If you can make it please email me to let me know, as space is limited.  I wish you all the best this holiday season, and I hope to see you all out there real soon!

Don’t forget: If you have an event coming up that you would like us to post in our next news letter please let us know, and please feel free to share this with your friends.

Thank you,

Mike Continillo
myvillaproperties.com

To find more events please like our Facebook page, San Ramon Valley Events.
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The Move Up Buyer

Move Up Buyer Villa PropertiesWith the California housing market in recovery, many homeowners have enjoyed seeing their home appreciate in value. As a result, many of people, especially first-time home owners, become a move-up buyer and purchasing a larger home. There are number of reasons why a homeowner becomes a move-up buyer, including:

  • The home has become too small because the family size has increase.
  • Desire to move from a starter home and upgrade to a larger, nicer and more expensive home.
  • The home does not have the desired amenities, such as a large backyard, swimming pool or family room.

Since you will be both selling and buying a home, talk to an experienced real estate broker to find out what the process entails, how you should prepare yourself and potential pitfalls.

Obtain information on current market conditions so that you can develop a strategy to determine if you should sell first or buy and then sell. You should also get data on the price of comparable homes–both for the one you intend to sell and the larger house you would like to purchase.

Selling a Home in a Seller’s Market

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San Ramon Valley Events November 2014

Happy Halloween!

Our three year old is “so excited!!!” and just can’t wait to get out there and trick-or-treat. No amount of rain is going to stop her.  With that in mind, we prepared a list of ways to help keep everyone safe, 7 Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween and Beyond. There are lots of great events coming up this month, so make sure you take the time to get out there and have some fun. We wish you all a safe and very Happy Halloween and we hope to see you out there soon.

If you have an event coming up that you would like us to post in our next news letter please let us know, and please feel free to share this with your friends.

Thank you,

Mike Continillo
myvillaproperties.com

To find more events please like our Facebook page, San Ramon Valley Events.

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3 Tips to Making a Good Home Impression

What's your home's Curb Appeal WorthThe term first impression is usually used to refer to people we first meet and where we instantly create a mental image of them.   The image we create of the person is either favorable or slightly lacking until we get to know them better.  The same applies to homes.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home, the home also has the potential to make either a favorable or slightly lacking first impression, as well.

A home’s first impression is often referred to as “Curb Appeal”.  Curb Appeal is defined as “the general attractiveness of a house from the street or sidewalk”. It is a term that most people probably only consider when selling their home. While that’s a very important time, it’s good for us to remember that Curb Appeal is something we should pay attention to all the time. Proper maintenance and upkeep of our homes is an important factor that affects the entire neighborhood. [Read more…]

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