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…]

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…]

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…]

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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