City Wide Garage Sale – San Carlos – Sept 29th

Hello Fellow San Carlos Residents!

It’s time to empty those closets, clear out the garages and walk around the block to buy other people’s stuff.

Saturday September 29th is the City of San Carlos – Citywide Garage Sale – !

In order to be part of the master map – you need to sign up at: Sign Up for San Carlos Garage Sale

See you around town – shopping for the goodies!

– Sabrina & Susan

 

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the upmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com

Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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Welcome Home to 1921 Poplar Ave in West Side Redwood City

1921 Poplar Ave | Redwood City | Ca | 94061|

Open Sat & Sun 9/22-9/23 from 1-4pm

 

Opportunity Knocks

Tastefully Updated | Move in Ready | Single Family Detached Home |  Offered for $1,149,000

1921 Poplar Ave in West Redwood City is a good investment if you want to live in a single family home on the San Francisco Peninsula for under $1.5 Million.  This 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath is situated on a 2500 sqft lot.  Curious what the value of Similar Lots in ALL of Redwood City are?  You’ll see why this is an opportunity to buy a home that is priced like Townhome but living as a private home.   Our Peninsula is growing, this opportunity is rare for Redwood City Ca – especially since this home is in such great condition and tastefully updated! 

The kitchen has been updated with granite counters, gas oven range, dishwasher and garden window and painted in shades of blues and gray.  The kitchen is versatile as an eat-in kitchen or space storage.  The chic living room / dining room combo has a newly tiled hearth with entertainment area above the gas starter fireplace.  Plantation shutters gives privacy and light. The newly updated bath room is a must see with its awesome geometric patterned cement tile floor, while white subway tile warps around the tub-over-shower in contrast with the dark fixtures. The second bedroom is the perfect office or guest room and the master bedroom is spacious with ample closet space.  Let’s not forget the back yard – the custom seating area is perfect for a fire pit and friends.

For a private showing, disclosures and more information please contact: The Caton Team – Sabrina – call | text  650.799.4333 or Susan – call | text 650.796.0654

MLS ML81723310

For more information and PHOTOS visit our website at: 1921 Poplar Ave Redwood City Information

Find out what else is FOR SALE in Redwood City Ca

Click here for – 1921 Poplar Ave Redwood City Information

Similar Lots in ALL of Redwood City

Condos and Townhomes in Redwood City

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently.  We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the upmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts.  Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you?  Let us know how we can be of service.  Contact us any time.

EmailSabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com

Callus at: 650-568-5522  |  Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina

A Family of Realtors

Effective. Efficient. Responsive.  What can we do for you?

Remember to follow our Blog for the local real estate beat, a pulse on the San Francisco Peninsula at: The Real Estate Beat

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1921 Poplar Ave – West Side – Offered for $1,149,000

FOR SALE in Redwood City Ca

1921 Poplar Ave Redwood City Information

Opportunity Knocks

Are you looking for a home in San Mateo County?  Has your price range pushed you into a searching for condos or townhomes?  Does adding HOA dues to your monthly payment make your search for condo living even more difficult?  What if I told you there was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, SINGLE FAMILY HOME, in West Side Redwood City for UNDER $1,500,000?

1921 Poplar Ave in Redwood City is a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Single Family Home.  The kitchen has been updated with granite counters, gas oven range, dishwasher and garden window.  The kitchen is versatile – it can be arranged as an eat-in kitchen or for extra work space and storage.  The living room, dining room combo has a gas starter fireplace with newly tiled hearth.  Plantation shutters offer privacy and light.  The updated bath room is a must see with its awesome geometric patterned cement tiles, the tub-over-shower is surrounded by crisp white subway tiles and chic dark fixtures.  Very modern.  The second bedroom is the perfect office or guest room and the master bedroom is spacious with ample closet space.  Let’s not forget the back yard – the custom seating area is perfect for a fire pit and friends. 

We’ll be open on Tuesday for a quick open house 10am-12pm – for those savvy buyers who know it’s best to see a home sooner than later.  We’ll also be open both Saturday and Sunday September 22 & 23 from 1pm to 4pm.  Don’t miss this chance to own a home priced at a condo!

Disclosures are available by Request.

If you are interested in seeing this home and cannot visit during our open house – please contact Sabrina – call | text  650.799.4333 or Susan – call | text 650.796.0654 – we’re happy to arrange a private showing.

For more information and PHOTOS visit our website at: 1921 Poplar Ave Redwood City Information

MLS ML81723310

1921 Poplar Ave | Redwood City | Ca | 94061

OPEN HOUSE

TUESDAY – Sept 18 from 10am – 12pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – Sept 22 & 23 from 1pm – 4pm

THURSDAY  – Sept 20 – Disclosures Available by Request

Find out what else is FOR SALE in Redwood City Ca

Click here for – 1921 Poplar Ave Redwood City Information

Similar Lots in ALL of Redwood City

Condos and Townhomes in Redwood City

 

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!  

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently.  We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the upmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts.  Together we make dreams come true.  

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you?  Let us know how we can be of service.  Contact us any time.  

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com 

Call us at: 650-568-5522  |  Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina

A Family of Realtors

Effective. Efficient. Responsive.  What can we do for you?

 

Remember to follow our Blog for the local real estate beat, a pulse on the San Francisco Peninsula at: The Real Estate Beat

The Caton Team Testimonials

The Caton Team Website

The Caton Team Advantage

How to Buy While Selling Real Estate

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

Sabrina DRE# 01413526 / Susan DRE #01238225 / Team DRE# 70000218/ Office DRE #01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Third party information not verified.   

The Caton Team Presents 

1921 Poplar Ave  – West Side Redwood City

2 Beds | 1 Renovated Bath | 860 Sqft Updated Home | 2500 Sqft Lot | 1 Car Attached Garage

Poplar Avenue is a lovely tree lined street situated in west side Redwood City, close to shopping, restaurants and parks.  Welcome Home to Opportunity – this 860 sqft home has been tastefully updated home with a cute kitchen, featuring a gas oven range, granite countertops, an elegant living room dining room combo with recessed lighting, fire place with tiled hearth and hard wood floors.  Plantation shutters for privacy and light, these two bedrooms share an updated bath with cement tiles, shower over tub surrounded by crisp white subway tile, newer fixtures and windows.  The backyard with custom seating is ready for entertaining.  Welcome Home to Redwood City.

For Price and More Information Visit: Poplar Avenue

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com 

Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

Remember to follow our Blog for the local real estate beat, a pulse on the San Francisco Peninsula at: The Real Estate Beat

We strives to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently.  We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts.  

A mother and daughter-in-law team with 35 years of combined, local real estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you?  Let us know how we can be of service.  Contact us any time.  

Effective.  Efficient.  Responsive.  What can The Caton Team do for you?

The Caton Team ~ Susan & Sabrina

A Family of Realtors

The Caton Team Testimonials

The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat

The Caton Team Website

The Caton Team Advantage

How to Buy While Selling Real Estate

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Visit us at:  Our Blog  * The Caton Team * Facebook * Yelp Us * My Yelp * Instagram * HomeSnap* Pintrest * LinkedIN Sabrina * LinkedIN Susan 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

Sabrina DRE# 01413526 / Susan DRE #01238225 / Team DRE# 70000218/ Office DRE #01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Third party information not verified.   

Market Snapshot – Fall 2018

Each month our newsletter subscribers get a Market Snapshot for San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  It is amazing to see the growth our area has experienced.  Curious where the market is going?  We are entering the Fall Market – as my guy friends say – Sunday Football Season.  It’s no joke, the market tempers each fall and winter.  Don’t fret when you see price adjustments.  It’s not the collapse – it is partially the seasonal shift of focus.  As the leafs turn and the air chills – our real estate market tempers a bit.  For Buyers it means opportunity with less competition.  For Sellers – this market is very much in your favor as there is ample demand for each home.  Please feel free to contact The Caton Team for a custom market evaluation.  Each price point and area is different.  The Caton Team – are natives to the Bay Area and know the Silicon Valley Real Estate market like our backyard – because it is our backyard.  What can the Caton Team do for you?

Thank you for reading, Sabrina

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

The Caton Team strives to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com

Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials

The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat

The Caton Team Website

The Caton Team Advantage

How to Buy While Selling Real Estate

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Visit us at:  Our Blog * TheCatonTeam.com * Facebook *Yelp Us * My Yelp * Instagram * HomeSnap* Pintrest * LinkedIN Sabrina * LinkedIN Susan

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

Sabrina DRE# 01413526 / Susan DRE #01238225 / Team DRE# 70000218/ Office DRE #01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

How Important Is The Lender in a Real Estate Purchase?

How Important Is The Lender in a Real Estate Purchase?

More important than you think….

Hi!  Sabrina Caton here, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Redwood City.  I wanted to write my own article today – to shed some light about the importance of the Lender you are working with when purchasing Real Estate in the Bay Area.

If you are a Buyer in the Silicon Valley – then you already know how competitive this market is.  If a Buyer wants to be the winning bidder on a home – they pretty much have to write their best offer – Non Contingent.  Meaning they’re locked into that contract no matter what.  Interest rates rise and they can’t afford their loan?  Doesn’t matter if their offer is Non-Contingent.  House doesn’t appraise for their offer price?  The Buyer better pony up the money or risk possibly losing their good faith deposit – because the offer was Non-Contingent.

As scary as Non-Contingent sounds – it is doable – as long as a Buyer has their ducks in a row – and what I mean by ducks is the Buyer is working with a terrific Realtor and a fantastic Lender, who has already run their credit, taken their application and had the Underwriter  review it all before drafting the Pre-Approval Letter.

Often times, at this stage in the process – a Buyer is looking for the best “deal”.  Meaning – they will follow the path that gets them the “most money” – or so it is perceived.  People may shop a Lender based on their closing costs, the interest rate quoted or because they know them.  All fine and well – but we need more!  The worst is when a buyer uses any Online Lending Score – that is a horror story for another blog post.  (Just take my advice and use a local Lender when buying in the Bay Area.)

When a Buyer is writing a Non-Contingent offer – they are heavily relying on what their Lender has told them.  What some Buyers overlook is the followthrough.  Did the Lender have the Underwriter  (The Bank God as I call them) review the application to ensure they fit into the box?  Did the Lender verify employment?  Does the Lender know one income earner is on leave?  Will their income still be used to qualify for the loan?  What happens if their income is not used?  What happens in a Buyer takes on new debt?  What is a Buyer pays down debt?  So many issues can up at any time, it is best to start off with their best foot forward.

The last thing a Buyer needs once they get an offer accepted is surprises in their loan.  Like – they don’t have a loan!  Large purchases that change their debt to income ratio can turn a Buyer from Pre-Approved to Not Approved.  To make things worse – what if a Buyer found this out AFTER their Non-Contingent offer is ACCEPTED?!  Well – the Buyer could risk losing their Good Faith Deposit and around here that’s 3% of the purchase price and our purchase prices are at least $1 – $1.5 million dollars.  So we’re taking $50,000 here!  

Unless a Buyer is buying a home in cash – the home loan is the most critical part of the transaction.  Any Sellers Realtor worth their salt will call each Lender on each offer they receive – to ensure the strength and validity of the loan.  Because without the loan – there is no sale and NO SELLER is going to risk the most important sale of their lives on “what if’s.”

I could go on and on about the horrors of bad lending.  So instead let me leave you with this.  When you are starting the journey towards homeownership – the true first step is to apply for a home loan and determine your budget.  That entails sitting down and making your own personal home budget.  Itemizing what you spend your money on and how much you have left towards the mortgage.  Once you’ve applied for a home loan, find a Reatlor your can talk to and trust and sit down and do just that – talk.  Each client is a unique situation and therefore requires a different plan.  The Caton Team is comprised of myself Sabrina and my partner/mother in law – Susan.  Together we have 35 years combined, local real estate experience.  Chances are we’ve worked through similar situations as you are in now.  Our time is free, our advice is free – put us to work for you.

If you’ve got Real Estate questions – we’ve got answers.  Contact the Caton Team when you are considering a purchase or sale of Real Estate.

I wrote this…

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

The Caton Team strives to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com

Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials

The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat

The Caton Team Website

The Caton Team Advantage

How to Buy While Selling Real Estate

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Visit us at:  Our Blog * TheCatonTeam.com * Facebook *Yelp Us * My Yelp * Instagram * HomeSnap* Pintrest * LinkedIN Sabrina * LinkedIN Susan

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

Sabrina DRE# 01413526 / Susan DRE #01238225 / Team DRE# 70000218/ Office DRE #01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

How to Sell and Buy Real Estate in Today’s Market

Are you a Move Up Buyer in Silicon Valley?   Then you know how hard it is to take that goal and realize it.  It is much harder to sell and buy today than ever before!

If you’re a Buyer in the Silicon Valley – then you are well aware of how competitive it is to get a house in this market.  A Buyer may have started off with big dreams, the want list, the wish list and then quickly condensed the list to one thing – I want a house – any house in the Bay Area.

It’s that nuts.

Why?

The Bay Area has limited space to build.  Land is the gold of Real Estate, without land you cannot build more homes.  So if you want to own a home around here – get ready for the bidding wars.

But if you’re a Buyer with a home to Sell first – then you’re really up for a challenge.  

Seller EXPECTATIONS

If you’re a Seller these days – you have some expectations.  With multiple Buyers for each home – a Buyer pretty much has to do the following to be a candidate:

  • OFFER OVER LIST PRICE – sometimes even more than the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) warrants.  This can be frightening and can setup a Buyer for some surprises*.  The Caton Team always prepares a CMA and gauges market activity to help a Buyer determine their right price.
  • WAIVE ALL CONTINGENCIES – These days a Buyer cannot ask for repairs, or request time to sell their current home .  If a Buyer wants to be a contender – they must come in Non-Contingent and ready to close.  Let me re-phrase that.  A Buyer must write THIER best offer and if that includes a contingency – the Buyer must do what is best for them.  Just know – if there is a contingency – generally that offer goes to the bottom of the stack because in this market, the Seller has plenty of offers to choose from and does NOT have to accept a Contingent Offer – no matter how cute the letter is.  (Note, in cooler markets Buyers have more leverage and will have the opportunity for Sellers to accept contingencies.  It’s just not that market today.)
  • PROOF OF FUNDS – A Buyer MUST HAVE ALL their down payment, closing costs and reserve monies ready from DAY 1!  Not only for their bank loan approval – Buyers need proof of funds just to write a contending offer!  To be frank, sometimes a great offer is beat out by an offer with “better” proof of funds – IE – money in the bank.
    • Each Seller and their Realtor will REQUIRE Proof of Funds to be submitted WITH the Offer.  Meaning your Realtor needs recent copies of all your bank statements to be provided in your Offer Package to show money for the downpayment, closing costs and reserves.  You would too if you were in the Seller seat.  Our job as Realtors is to protect OUR Clients best interests.  Meaning, while reviewing offers, not only does The Caton Team call each lender to verify loan strength – we also want to see Proof of Funds totaling at minimum the monies for said deal AND reserve funds which are healthy and liquid to ensure –  if things go awry – there are funds to close on time.  In other words, the strongest reserves has an impact on what is considered the “Best” offer.  It is not always price that equates as “Best”.  (Curious why?  – Ask us anytime – it is another blog post.)
      • An example of a Buyer surprise* is when the appraised value is lower than the offer price.  The Buyer may need to pay the difference between the appraised value and offer price because there are NO Contingencies – a Buyer must perform or quit.  Quitting on a Non-Contingent Offer means the Buyer could forge all or a portion of their good faith deposit – which is 3% of the total purchase price.  Note – each case is different and this is just an example.  Bottom line – selling Real Estate is serious business and being prepared is the first step.

There are several more items that make the perfect Offer Package – so if you’re curious – contact The Caton Team.

Ok, so now you have an idea of what it takes to buy a home around here.  Now what do you do if you have a home to sell first?  Bear with me on this – it is the hottest topic in Real Estate today.

HOW TO SELL THEN BUY

If you’re lucky enough to already be a Silicon Valley homeowner – congratulations!  You’re ahead of the game.  Right?  Unless you need more space and want to move up.  The Caton Team has met many clients who opted to add onto their existing homes.  Great!  Unless that is not an option.  Then we are back to square one – How does a Buyer sell then buy in this market?  

As I stated above in Seller Expectations, the “requirements” for contention can feel like a tall order.  If your down payment funds are tied up in the equity of your home – you have several options but only a few are viable in this market.  

DREAM OPTION

Rich Aunt Sally gifts you the money you need for the purchase of the home.  Thank you Aunt Sally.  But what if we don’t have rich relatives?

SELL FIRST OPTION

This is the cut and dry option.  Sell the home.  Close Escrow.  Move out and into a short term rental or with relatives.  Bank the  proceeds of the sale – aka: the downpayment and enjoy the Home Buying Experience at your own pace knowing you can A) Prove your Funds and B) Go in Non Contingent. 

Oh – Did I mention this option is also terrifying?  A Seller feels as if they are loosing their only piece of California – the “what if we don’t get the next one” can be frightening.  That’s why this option that is often chosen last.  Next up…

SELL FIRST WITH RENT-BACK OPTION

Similar to the first scenario – except instead of moving out at Close of Escrow – the Seller is granted Rent Back to live in the home for an agreed timeframe and cost, then move out – whether or not the Seller has acquired their next purchase.  The advantage to this is the Closing – the Seller has the proceeds in the bank and can write a non-contingent offer on their next home.  The down side – it is a short term solution – if the Seller doesn’t find their next home within the time frame – they will have to move out when the tenancy is over no matter what.  

OBTAIN AN OFFER TO PURCHASE

This option is often the first step – the proverbial toe in the water.  We, as your Realtors will try to find a Buyer willing to do the following:

  • Offer to Purchase the home with an Extended Close of Escrow, giving the Seller time to acquire their next property then quickly close on one then the other – a Domino closing effect.  The downside, their proceeds are not in the bank; therefore the Proof of Funds will be short AND even if the Seller writes a Non-Contingent Offer – we as Realtors know – it isn’t over until it’s over.  In other words, when comparing offers – the one with less strings attached wins.  Even Non-Contingent Offers in this scenario are not as strong as Buyers ready, willing and able to close on time.  IE:  Don’t have to close one house before they can close on the other.  Confusing right?  

That’s why inevitably, if a Client truly needs more space and cannot add on – they often are forced to sell first, rent then buy because this market is too competitive to request contingencies from the seller.  – Please don’t shoot the messenger – 

THE LONG ROAD

Now here’s my idea – but it takes a few years and you truly need to ask your CPA.  The idea is – the Seller moves out into.  (Where?  That is not part of my scenario.)  The Seller then converts their personal residence into a rental – renting it out for a minimum of 2 years.  (I cannot give tax advice, so please verify with your CPA).  After those two years, the Seller sells their home as a 1031 exchange, then buys their next home – as another investment.  The caveat – the Seller cannot move into their new home until it’s been rented for at least 2 years. Again run this by your CPA as tax laws change and I am not a CPA.  Anyway, this is the long term approach.  The good news, especially if you’re buying in the same community, even if prices rise – hopefully so will the value of your current investment.  Anyway, can you tell I have several clients in the same boat?  This blog post was really just me organizing my thoughts then I figured – why don’t I just share this – if I can help someone make a better decision for their future – then I did my job today.  

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Right now – the forecast is Interest Rates will rise.  This can diminish a Buyer’s buying power.  As the interest rates rise the amount of the loan reduces.  To remedy this – a Buyer will need to bring in more monies towards the downpayment.  Easy, if we have Aunt Sally on speed dial.

The Caton Team cannot forecast the future but we have endured all sorts of markets.  We always worry about our Buyers waiting themselves out of the market and in this still inclining market – that can happen faster than you think.  Ask us anytime – we’re in the trenches, we know what homes are selling for before the internet gets wind.  It’s wild out there but we’ve got you covered.  Susan and I have over 35 years combined, local real estate experience.  We represent our clients with integrity.  Our offer packages stand out and often times just the edge a Buyer needs in this market.  Our Seller Package is successful, our negotiating is skilled, kind and focused.  We pride ourselves in being effective, efficient and responsive.

Real Estate is multi faceted and this blog is just the tip of the iceberg.  Each family has a unique set of needs.  We value the sit down time to get to know what you need whether buying or selling a home in the Bay Area. 

What Can The Caton Team Do For You?

Thank you for reading and forgiving my typos,

Sabrina

 

I wrote this…

Got Questions – The Caton Team is here to help.

The Caton Team strives to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com

Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials

The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat

The Caton Team Website

The Caton Team Advantage

How to Buy While Selling Real Estate

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