Selling Your Home With Fido

Putting your home on the market was the easy part – now you are in a constant state of cleaning as you strive to make sure your home is always ready for a showing. This means making sure someone is available to watch your pooch since it is best that all residents, both human and furry, are out of the home while potential buyers are present. Plan a doggy day together or hire help such as a dog walker or day care. The tips in this infographic will get you both through it, tails still wagging.

Besides, your pooch won’t mind the move once he sees all the dog-friendly fun nearby such as the agility equipment at Dougherty Hills, and the bountiful smells and sights at Sycamore Grove Park. California is known for its plentiful beaches, and Baker Beach certainly won’t disappoint either of you with the sand, crashing waves, and views of the infamous Golden Gate Bridge.

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1.Visit to find a place to board your dog

2.Visit for expectations on scheduling showings

3.Visit for other tips on decluttering

4.Visit for tips on eliminating pet odors 

Moving is an exciting new adventure, and having your dog along for the ride makes it that much better. The showings will eventually come to an end, and you are left to explore California with your furry companion by your side.

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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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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…]

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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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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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…]

VA Loans – Why Veterans love them, and why Realtors should too!

VA Loans - Villa Properties

We reached out to Mark Wharton from Vintage Mortgage Group in Pleasanton to better understand VA Loans.  Here is what Mark had to say:

A lot of Realtors have little experience with VA loans, and what they don’t know they are often afraid of.  Most agents are receptive once I explain the loan process. [Read more…]

6 Tips To Keep Your Lawn Green while Selling Your Home during a Drought

6 Tips To Keep Your Lawn Green while Selling Your Home during a Drought

Tip #3: . Mulch Well, Mulch Often
A thick layer of mulch will help to reduce evaporation, improve water penetration in addition to moderating soil temperature.

As the California drought begins to take its toll on Californians everywhere with suggested or mandated water restrictions, you may be wondering how to preserve your lawn.

This might be especially pertinent if you are trying to sell your home. How is a brown, or is it golden, yard going to affect the value of your home?  Potential buyers may wonder how much it will cost to replace the lawn or restore it to its natural lush greenness. [Read more…]

Sincerely, Home Buyer – Hand Write a Letter to Accompany Your Home Offer

Sincerely, Home Buyer – Hand Write a Letter to Accompany Your Home Offer
In today’s market, simply providing a higher offer on your potential new home may no longer be enough.  It’s vitally important to understand that there is a personal side to this business transaction, which in some cases can override a seller’s need for the highest price. It’s important to make a connection with the seller and let them know why you are the perfect person to be the next owner of their family home. A great way to do that is to write a letter to the seller. Just like wearing your best suit for your dream job, you’ll want to ensure you write the best words to land your potential dream home. [Read more…]

San Ramon Civic City Center Underway

San Ramon City Center Downtown

Location of the long awaited San Ramon Civic City Center.

Ask any resident about the uniqueness of San Ramon and you will undoubtedly hear that the city is thriving with a strong business and community environment despite its lack of an official downtown area. [Read more…]

New Developments on the Rise Along Norris Canyon in San Ramon

New Developments on the rise in Norris Canyon EstatesWhen American settlers first laid claim to San Ramon in 1850, the first purchase of land was granted to Leo and Mary Jane Norris.  The Norris name still remains strong in San Ramon, as the city officially gave recognition to its founding family by naming Norris Canyon Road after them.  Today, the Norris family is once again being honored by having San Ramon Valley’s newest luxury estates named after them, the Norris Canyon Estates. [Read more…]

Trend in Housing Market Suggests Now May Be the Perfect Time to Sell Investment Property


A local trend in real estate shows that now may be the perfect opportunity for investors to sell the properties they bought in droves during the 2008-2009 housing market crash.

When homeowners defaulted on their bank loans, investors took advantage of the influx of short sales and foreclosures.  Many investors bought the homes below market value, renovated them and flipped them for profit.  Using this profit, the investors continued to buy and renovate homes.  The homes that were not flipped were kept for family members or maintained as rental property. [Read more…]

High Rental Rates Attract Home Buyers in the San Ramon Valley

High Rental Rates Attract Home Buyers in the San Ramon Valley

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Any family looking to relocate to the San Ramon Valley may face a bit of shock as the rental prices for single family homes continue to be in favor of the landlord.

The San Ramon Valley continues to be a popular place to raise a family.  Its vicinity to popular vacation destinations and working hubs such as San Francisco and Silicon Valley make the areas surrounding San Ramon and Danville very attractive.  With its excellent schools, bountiful parks, quaint restaurants, retail outlets, and miles of beautiful trails, the San Ramon Valley tends to command a higher price tag. [Read more…]

New Housing Opportunities In Danville

Danville has long been touted for its dynamic family atmosphere, excellent school systems and small town feeling.  Voted the 9th safest city in California by November’s SafeWise report, Danville has all of the charm and presence that makes people want to live in that community.

In the spring of 2014, 7 newly constructed residences will allow more people to call Danville their home.  Situated on the corner of Camino Tassajara and Tassajara Lane, these single family residences feature 3-5 bedrooms and up to 2.5 baths.  Some of the models will offer lofts and tech spaces amidst the 1837-2342 square feet of living space. [Read more…]

New Year, New Home Trends: Present Market Analysis for Homes in San Ramon

Real Estate Marketing Trends for Homes in San Ramon for 2014

With the start of a new year, many homeowners and those looking to purchase a home are watching with interest the current trends of the housing market in San Ramon compared to last year.  The news is positive for many sellers, as home trends are showing an increase in not only the price per square foot for homes in San Ramon, but also an increase in the price of median home sales.

At the beginning of January 2014, the average price per square foot for a home in San Ramon was $371 according to reports by Trulia.  This shows a 23.3% increase compared to the same period and the same geographical location last year.  Median home sales prices from October 13-January 14, 2013 averaged $745,000, an increase of $93,000 compared to similar homes a year ago. [Read more…]

Preparing to Sell Your San Ramon Home in Winter

Preparing to Sell Your San Ramon Home in WinterThe chilly nights encompassing San Ramon as of late remind us that we are in the throes of winter.  This news is great for skiers and lovers of the cold, but creates a bit of anxiety for those having to put their home on the market during the colder months.

Ideally, February through May is the best time to list your home, but the reality is that people have to move at all times of the year and can’t wait for spring. [Read more…]

The Time Couldn’t Be Better to Sell

Sell San Ramon Home

Is now a time to sell?  In the past, the answer to this question has often been contingent on a variety of factors; this is not one of those times.  In short, now is most definitely the time to sell.  In fact, it has been years since we have had such a strong seller’s market.

So what’s so special about now?  The largest single factor is that there is a shortage of homes on the market in the Bay Area.  The old simple rule of supply and demand is being well demonstrated. It’s interesting to note that this trend is holding true in many other areas of the country as well. [Read more…]

Q&A with San Ramon Real Estate Broker – Mike Continillo

San Ramon Real Estate Broker Mike ContinilloSan Ramon Real Estate Broker – Mike Continillo

Mike Continillo is a San Ramon Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Villa Properties.  To provide a better perspective of the San Ramon and the San Ramon Real Estate market, we asked Mike a few questions:

Why you decided to open up a location in San Ramon?

I was born and raised in The San Ramon Valley, so I know what a great place this is to live. I moved away for a few years, but have returned back with my family, and I am very happy to be back home.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a San Ramon Real Estate Agent

San Ramon Real Estate Agent

Choosing the right San Ramon Real Estate Agent:


When it comes time to find a San Ramon real estate agent and get down to buying or selling a home, there are certainly quite a few things to consider. After all, your home is typically your largest and most important investment – not to mention the place where you spend most of your time! Because of that, it’s critical that you make it a point to make a wise decision with your home and what you choose when it comes to picking a real estate agent.

But with real estate agents, how can you tell the good from the bad? And what can you do to pick one that will work for you? Here are just a few major ideas to work with when it comes to picking the best real estate agent for your needs:

Their Experience

First and foremost, experience matters! If it didn’t, after all, you could pick any old person to be an agent – but that’s just not the case. Pick an agent based on their experience and background, as they can parlay that experience into working for you when it comes to getting a good deal and a good price for your home, and a great experience for your real estate event.  Don’t forget to review their realtor testimonials.

Their Familiarity With Your Neighborhood

Is your real estate agent familiar with your neighborhood? Do they know what is going on and what is happening with your neighborhood, and home values and prices in the area? A good agent will fully understand the neighborhood, and realize how to get the most out of your home in due time – make sure that you have an agent who can fully understand this, and pull up what needs to be pulled up when it comes to applicable numbers and trends in your community.

Is There a Relationship?

When you work with a San Ramon real estate agent, you may be spending quite a bit of time with this person showing your house off, preparing it for sale, and seeing other homes in the area. For that reason, it’s critical that you have a relationship with that person, and a full and complete friendship with them that gets off on the right foot. If you don’t like your real estate agent, it may be more difficult to find common ground with them – make it a point to find and build a relationship with a realtor that you can trust and enjoy being around!

Are Your Goals In Alignment?

Finally, are your goals in alignment? Do they know your price point, the amount of sale you’d like to make, and your eventual goals for both buying and selling? If the agent’s goal is to sell as quickly as possible for the first offer, and you want to sell for the highest price even if it takes a longer amount of time, your goals may clash and you may not be in alignment. Make sure that any good real estate agent is on the same page as you are to ensure a good experience when it comes to choosing a real estate agent for your needs!

Looking for a San Ramon Real Estate Agent?  Villa Properties can help.  Email us today or call (925)519-0794  for a free comparative market analysis to help you understand the real value of your current home.