Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market—and Where They’re Lingering Longest

Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market—and Where They’re Lingering Longest

Why do home buyers and sellers alike track days-on-market stats every bit as obsessively as money managers fixate on the Dow, baseball fans on weight-on-base averages, or “Bachelor” fans on ambush breakups? Well, it all depends on which side of the sales aisle you’re on. Sellers, of course, want their homes to move to closing as quickly as possible, maybe even spurring a sweet price war en route. Buyers, on the other hand, are eager to avoid said price wars and maybe even have a bunch of different homes to choose from.

But contrary to what you might assume from reading real estate news headlines, there are metro areas where homes aren’t being snapped up at a breakneck pace. It’s a big country, after all. So we got curious. What could we learn from how long homes spend on the market in different metros?

Buyers and sellers, take note(s)!

“That info can give home buyers an idea of how much competition they face, how limited homes are in the market, and how quickly they need to make a decision if they find a home they like,” says Chief Economist Danielle Hale of realtor.com.

And sellers can get a reality check about how long their home should spend on the market—if it’s priced right and in good condition.

“It helps them get an idea of how long they have to move somewhere else,” Hale says. “In a really hot market, you can probably sell your home without making updates. But if you make updates, your home is more competitive.”

Nationally, the median number of days on the market is falling—there are too many buyers and not enough properties for sale, particularly in booming tech hubs. It hit a low of 60 days in the high-home-buying season of both May and June 2017, according to realtor.com data. That’s down from 89 days in June 2012. (Our data go back only to May 2012.)

To figure out where these home-buying headaches are the worst (or are relatively painless), we looked at the median number of days that for-sale homes in the 300 largest metros spent on market from February 2017 through January 2018.* We limited our rankings to just one metro per state to ensure some geographic diversity.

Ready? Get set? Let’s first go look at those boiling-hot metros where homes spend the least time on market.

1. San Jose, CA

Median days on market: 28.6

Median list price: $1,100,300

When it comes to high-tech jobs with correspondingly high paychecks—and a soaring real estate market—nothing can compete with San Jose. The sprawling city is the heart of Silicon Valley.

As a result of those movin’-like-flapjack homes and the resulting availability shortage, median list prices in the metro rose nearly 26.4% year over year as of February, according to realtor.com data.

Local real estate broker associate Zaid Hanna, of Intero Real Estate Services, routinely receives five to 70—yes, 70—offers per property if it’s not priced outrageously. He received nearly two dozen offers for one three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom abode that was listed at $829,000. It wound up selling for $960,000. That’s $131,000 over asking price, and had a down payment of $600,000. And this was a property that hadn’t been updated in 35 years!

It’s not uncommon for homes to go for $100,000 to $400,000 over the asking price, Hanna says. Ouch.

“There no shortage of buyers—many of them well-heeled—in Santa Clara County, where so many tech giants are located and jobs, generally, have lately been on the rebound,” says area real estate broker associate Dawn Thomas, of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty.  “Buyers are ‘burning’ through inventory with [still] low-interest rates.”

2. Seattle, WA

Median days on market: 34.1

Median list price: $499,950

Homes are flying off their blocks in the birthplace of Amazon and Microsoft almost as quickly as in Silicon Valley.

“Anything on the market that is halfway decent is selling immediately with multiple offers,” says Annie Radecki, senior manager at John Burns Real Estate Consulting Seattle. “New-home builders used to sell first come, first served. But more than half of them have converted to selling to the highest and best offer.”

That’s because the economy is strong with plenty of well-paid employees needing places to live. But the home shortage—as well as skyrocketing prices—is leading more buyers to venture farther out from the city limits.

Take Tacoma, about 35 miles from Seattle, where the median list price is a much more reasonable $270,000, according to realtor.com data. But prices are rising there as well. Prices jumped about 13.9% from December 2016 to December 2017, according to the most recent realtor.com data.

They were up 16.9% year over year in Seattle over the same period, according to realtor.com data.

“It’s so hot that one would have to drive an hour and a half at rush hour from downtown Seattle to get a better inventory situation,” Radecki adds. That means to find an area with a better stock of homes on the market buyers have to commute 30 to 40 miles to the north, south, or east.

3. Salt Lake City, UT

Median days on market: 38.2

Median list price: $372,450

People are flocking to Utah, particularly Salt Lake City, like luna moths to flame.

That’s probably because the economy is booming with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S., ringing in at just 2.7% in December 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s leading to plenty of transplants. The city is expected to gain an additional 600,000 residents over the next 50 years, according to a University of Utah research brief.

Pair that with a relatively low cost of living, compared with some of the other cities on our list, a great public transportation system, and nearby ski slopes, and you have yourself a great big shortage of homes for sale.

“Anything under $350,000 is selling pretty easily,” says Brook Bernier, a Realtor® with Hot Property Utah. She listed one home just outside the city limits for about $285,000. Within a few days, she had three offers at $300,000. “We have zero days on market with some places—no sign even goes out because it’s already gone.”

4. Denver, CO

Median days on market: 39.2

Median list price: $543,572

Buyers can’t seem to get enough of Denver. In recent years, the capital of Colorado has been drawing swaths of millennials to its outdoorsy lifestyle and vibrant nightlife. (Legal recreational marijuana probably doesn’t hurt either.)

But in addition to all the perks, the city is also home to a robust technology scene—albeit one with a cost of living well below that of Silicon Valley. And now many newcomers who have been renting are ready to purchase homes. Unfortunately, like the other metros on the list, there are few homes to buy.

Entry-level listings, from around $300,000 to $450,000, get snapped up in minutes, say local real estate professionals. However, that demand flows up to homes priced at over $1 million. The city basically has the lowest amount of inventory its seen, with just around 3,300 homes on the market.

“We make jokes that buyers are walking into homes on fire saying, ‘I’ll take it,’” says Jeff Plous with ONE Realty. “I try to tell clients to wait and be patient, keep calm. But prices seem to keep going up.”

5. Nashville, TN

Median days on market: 40.6

Median list price: $359,950

The Country Music Capital is booming these days—a Southern hub for millennial techies, foodies, makers of craft beer and spirits, and indie fashion labels. That has translated into the area receiving an influx of about 100 new residents per day, many of whom are looking to buy real estate. That’s led to the inventory shortage and rising prices.

These days, downtown condos are selling quickly for well over $600,000, says local real estate professional Lisa Peebles Chagnon of Benchmark Realty.

She had one Midtown listing that sold so quickly, she didn’t even have to enter it into the multiple listing service, the database of real estate listings.

“We put it in the MLS after the fact for comp purposes only,” she says. “That happens a lot these days.”

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Rounding out the metros with the fewest median days on the market are Portland, OR (44.3); Boise, ID (46); Sioux Falls, SD (46.8); Omaha, NE (47.2); and Minneapolis (47.3).

Need to slow down a bit? Let’s take a look at the other end of the market, where homes are taking the longest to sell.

 

Take your time: Where homes sit on the market the longest…

1. Claremont, NH

Median days on market: 138.8

Median list price: $245,300

The small town of Claremont has an idyllic downtown punctuated with historic buildings dating from the 1830s to the 20th century. These range from wood-frame Greek Revival buildings to the ornate Queen Anne/Colonial Revival Hotel Claremont and the Italian Renaissance Revival Opera House.

However, the real estate market isn’t quite as strong as its architecture. The population has decreased (3% from 2010 to July 2016), and the property taxes are far higher than in nearby areas. However, there is no sales or income tax in the state.

In Claremont, the property tax rate is nearly a whopping $43 per $1,000 of home value, which is considered a factor in the low demand, according to Housing Solutions Real Estate, which sells property.

Just 35 minutes away, in Hanover, NH, home to the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and a highly coveted public school district, taxes are more like $20 per $1,000. But the median home prices are also much higher, at about $520,000.

“So it’s a wash, pretty much,” says local real estate agent Ann Jacques, of Century 21 Highview Realty, of the lower prices but higher home prices in Claremont. She’s seeing a lot of locals returning to the region, along with retirees and out-of-staters seeking a cheaper cost of living. “It’s been super busy lately.”

2. Brownsville, TX

Median days on market: 129.4

Median list price: $200,000

Brownsville has experienced its share of difficulties over the past year, including budget cuts and hiring freezes at the local colleges. Unemployment is about one and a half times the national average, at 6% as of December 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The upside is that after close to a decade of high-impact fees on new real estate development, the city lowered the rate to a more affordable level, spurring a flurry of new construction. That left many of the older homes, including many of those McMansions from the early 2000s, stagnating on the market.

“Anything over $150,000 is just sitting unless it’s just a really good deal,” says Craig Grove, broker/owner Grove Realty Team. “I’ve seen more people build over the past year than the whole time I’ve been here.”

3. Salisbury, MD

Median days on market: 124.9

Median list price: $299,500

Set on Maryland’s idyllic Eastern Shore, about a half-hour away from popular beach town Ocean City, Salisbury is the largest city in this rural region.

The historic town is filled with a mix of bungalow, Victorian, Colonial, and Cape Cod homes. Those properties are selling at a slower rate than what is common in the rest of the country. But homes are still fetching top dollar, says local real estate pro Dale King of Esham Real Estate.

Homes are selling for about 97% of the list price. And Salisbury is also experiencing a lack of inventory.

“The good stuff gets snapped up,” says King. “Older stuff languishes.”

There are a lot of older homes in the area that are in need of renovation, and many local buyers just don’t want to put in the elbow grease, says King.

Plus, a couple of economic factors may be driving down demand in Salisbury. Although the city’s population has increased 8.5% from 2010 to 2016, according to Census data, the city’s median income, $37,780, is lower than the national median of $59,039 in 2016.

There is also a large renter population. Only 29.9% of housing units in Salisbury were owner-occupied from 2012 to 2016, according to Census data.

4. Rocky Mount, NC

Median days on market: 123

Median list price: $135,050

There are several reasons why homes in Rocky Mount sit longer on the market than in other cities in booming North Carolina, the fifth fastest-growing state in the country, according to Census data.

The city was slow to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, utility costs are high, and many locals prefer to live in the surrounding counties, where there is no city tax.

And the few homes that do come onto the market (about 470 active listings in Nash and Edgecombe Counties compared with around 1,200 a half-decade ago) aren’t necessarily desirable to the small pool of buyers who are looking.

The ones that move are those that have been renovated and modernized.

“If we see a good, renovated home it’s usually gone within a day or two,” says Ana Joyner, a real estate professional with Joyner-Silk Team Market Leader Realty. “We don’t have a lot of new construction, and many older houses here have not been updated—they’re the ones you’re seeing longer on the market.”

5. Pittsfield, MA

Median days on market: 121.6

Median list price: $371,775

Lying between the lush Berkshire Hills and the jutting Taconic Range, Pittsfield and greater Berkshire County are defined by the stunning New England wilderness. But like many former industrial hubs of the Northeast, the city has been losing well-paying jobs since the 1970s.

This includes the General Electric plant closures that took place primarily between the 1980s and early 1990s. Since 2000 alone, more than 40% of the area’s manufacturing jobs have disappeared, a Berkshire Regional Planning Commission told MassLive.com.

Populations have been declining throughout Western Massachusetts. Berkshire County has lost more than 3.3% of its population since 2010, according to the Census, squelching demand for the aging property supply.

The area isn’t attracting many out-of-towners from bigger cities, like New York, seeking country homes. It’s more a local’s market with homes selling under the $200,000 mark, says local real estate broker Susan Baum, of Berkshire Homes and Condos, based in Lenox, MA.

“We’re an older housing market. We don’t have [a lot of] new housing construction,” she says.

Taking the No. 6 slot for cities with the highest median days on the market is Bangor, ME (118.8), followed by Torrington, CT (118.4); Hilton Head Island, SC (114); Naples, FL (112.6); and Lebanon, PA, (112.4).

  • We looked at the monthly, median days on the market for each of the largest 300 metros. Then we created an average of the past 12 months ending Jan. 31, 2018.

 

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6 Unorthodox Ways to Use Airplane Mode on Your Phone

What can you accomplish when you cut your smartphone off from the world? No wi-fi, no voice, no data–nothing but literal radio silence?

A whole lot, it turns out. Last month, we showed you a neat Instagram trick using Airplane Mode (the fastest way to go “radio silent” on your phone). There are plenty more creative uses for Airplane Mode, so today we’re going to show you a sampling of the best.

Why Airplane Mode?

But first, let’s start with a quick refresher on just what Airplane Mode is, and why it’s the perfect method for accomplishing certain things.

Airplane Mode disconnects you from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, voice calls, and mobile data–effectively shutting you off from the outside world with just one click. As its name suggests, Airplane Mode was created for use on flights, as turning it on prevents your phone from sending or receiving signals and thus from interfering with the plane’s navigation equipment.

For our purposes, it’s the complete disconnection from the internet and cell networks that’s of interest. Why? Because it lets us do things on our phone that we couldn’t otherwise do. Read on to find out what we mean…

Practical Uses for Airplane Mode

The first set of Airplane Mode uses are purely practical and are aimed at making your phone work better. Turn on Airplane Mode to:

Save battery

When your phone is disconnected, it’s in a state of rest. That means it’s not constantly searching for nearby cell towers, or Wi-Fi networks, or pushing notifications your way. This disconnection alone saves a MASSIVE amount of battery, as all of the checking in your phone does with various networks and apps is a huge energy drain. So if you’re running low on battery, switch your phone to Airplane Mode to conserve what’s left.

This is also a good trick when you’re in a rural area with spotty reception. Your phone will be constantly searching for nearby cell towers, which is another big battery drain. Turn your phone to Airplane Mode in these areas to save battery life; you can turn it off when you get back to an area with better reception.

• Pro Tip: If you’re going to be in an area with poor reception, you can download a Google Map of that area beforehand. When the time comes, just turn on Airplane Mode to save battery and access your downloaded Google Map for navigational help. Here are instructions for doing this on iPhone and Android devices.

Charge your phone faster

Need to charge your phone a LOT in a little amount of time? Turn on Airplane Mode!

Most people charge their phone while it’s still turned on and connected to various networks and Wi-Fi. That means your apps and other phone functions are still communicating with the networks around it, and all that activity drains your phone even while it’s being charged.

To cut off this energy siphon, just turn on Airplane Mode. Your phone will charge a lot faster because of it.

Regain cell service

Sometimes our phones drop cell service for no apparent reason. If you’re in an area where you would typically have service, but don’t at the moment, turn on Airplane Mode and then turn it back off again.

Why? Well, because when you turn off Airplane Mode and go back to normal mode, your phone automatically pings nearby cell towers and connects your phone to the nearest tower. Think of this trick as a connectivity “reboot.”

Regain your sanity

If it’s you that needs the reboot, use Airplane Mode to disconnect from all of the constant texts, emails, and notifications. Bonus: Airplane Mode is the quickest way to disconnect–instead of disconnecting from each network individually, it disconnects from all of them (voice, mobile data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) in one touch.

The Down Low

These next couple tricks–well, let’s just say they fall into a bit of gray area. Use them at your own discretion.

Read messages without the other party knowing

So you know how on apps like Facebook Messenger when you read a message, it shows the sending party that you’ve seen it? Well, if for some reason you don’t want them to know if you’ve read their message (no judgements here), turn on Airplane Mode, read it, exit the app (VERY important!), and go back to normal mode. Because the app was disconnected from the internet and cell service, it couldn’t communicate that you read the message–and because you exited the app before reconnecting, it never will. Mwa, ha and ha.

(This also works on other messaging apps like WhatsApp.)

Screenshot Instagram and Snapchat stories on the sly

Instagram made waves last month after TechCrunch reported that the social platform was testing a new feature–one that notifies posters when another user screenshots their Instagram Stories. (Snapchat has a similar feature that you can also outsmart in Airplane Mode.)

This made a lot of creepers very angry and was widely regarded as a bad move–but only because they didn’t know about Airplane Mode. Like the tip above, this trick relies on you logging into the app, entering Airplane Mode, doin’ your thang (screenshot), exiting the app, and going back to normal mode.

Because Airplane Mode disconnects you from the outside world, you can ghost in and out of the app without anyone knowing you were there or what you did.

 

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Dryer Fires – How to Prevent Them!

Dryer Fires
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that annually dryers are associated with 22,000 home fires which result in some deaths and injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or exhaust duct thus blocking the air flow.Reduced air flow causes excessive heat buildup that can result in a fire.

How to prevent fires?

  • Clean the dryer lint screen/filter before drying a load of clothes. If clothing is damp after drying or the drying cycle is taking much too long, then this may be a sign of blocked air flow.
  • Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct to the exterior of home annually. Check the exhaust termination on the exterior wall for proper operation; the termination must be free of lint, with no screen and a flapper that operates to prevent animal entry.  Monitor dryer air flow out of the exhaust termination with the dryer operating normally. If you do not feel significant air flow, the duct system may be partially blocked, or the duct is too long.
  • Check the User’s Guide to ensure the duct is the correct length. If blocked, have it evaluated and cleaned appropriately.
  • Clean around dryer and under dryer periodically to remove lint build up. Ensure that flammable materials are not stored around the dryer.
  • Replace plastic accordion type duct connector from dryer to wall with rigid metal or semi-rigid metalized duct.Also, ducts from dryer to exterior of home should have a slight slope downward (with no dips) to avoid collecting water and thus trapping lint.
  • Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, finishing oils or stains. Wash this type of soiled clothing more than once before drying and dry it on the lowest heat possible.

For additional information consult the web at https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/5022.pdf

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‘I Need to Report a Stolen House’

Oh My Goodness – are the words you’re going to utter when you read this.  What a debacle.  What an experience!  On a real estate note, The Caton Team always suggests taking out a title policy on your property  and obtaining the proper permits – in this case – to prove there was a … well go on and read it….

‘I Need to Report a Stolen House’

Homeowners in Madisonville, Texas, who reported the theft of their home to police on Friday got some good news: The structure has been located. But it’s too soon for them to relax yet.

On Friday, Jo and Lonnie Harrison, a couple from Houston reported the missing house to police after they went to their vacation home and discovered it was completely gone from their 10-acre property in Madisonville.

The Harrisons say the one-bedroom, one-bathroom prefab home was their vacation home that they purchased last year. The cabin has a green roof and wood siding.

The retired couple told ABC-13 that they purchased the home to escape the busy city life. They last visited the house in early November. But last Friday, when they returned, the entire house was gone.

An investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department found that the building had been repossessed by a company in Temple, Texas, for nonpayment.

Sergeant Larry Shiver told ABC-13, “It was part of the deal, but the problem was it wasn’t specified in the writing. Yes, we feel sorry for them. That’s why we’re looking to find the house. They had belongings in the house. Plus, they put time and effort into the house.”

The couple says that when they arrived on Friday, the only traces of the home that were left were cinder blocks and pipes sticking out of the ground.

They reported the missing house to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Jo Harrison recalled telling police: “‘You know this is really going to sound strange, but I need to report a stolen house.’ They were like, ‘A house?’ I said yes. We have 10 acres and had a little cabin, and the cabin is gone. … We really would like to have our house back.”

Shiver said records don’t show the building listed on the property. He suggested anyone looking to purchase land visit their local tax assessor and run the transaction through a title company.

Source: “Mystery Solved: Police Find Couple’s Missing Vacation Home” and “‘I Need to Report a Stolen House!’: Houston Couple Wants Vacation Home Back,” ABC-13 (Feb. 6, 2018)

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The 13 Best Ways to Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Want Anymore

The 13 Best Ways to Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Want Anymore

By ALLISON MCCARTHY 

You’d think that years of apartment living would have made us San Franciscans the queens of minimalism. But somehow clothes, shoes and books always seem to take over our living spaces. (Repeat after us: Bay-window loveseats do not count as second closets.) Now that winter is officially over, it’s prime time for spring-cleaning. So put on your KonMari hat and start the purge. Here are the absolute easiest ways to get rid of everything you don’t want anymore.

WHEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SOME EXTRA CASH

You bought those Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos because they made your legs look killer, but they’re way too high for San Francisco hills. Remove them from the “stuff I’ll probably never wear again but you never know” section of your closet and post them on an app such as PoshmarkTradesy or ThredUp. You’d be surprised how much you can actually make, and you’ll steer clear of the judgy looks from buyers at Wasteland and Buffalo Exchange.

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO DONATE

All the non-designer stuff that’s taking up precious space in your closet is screaming to be donated, but you’ll never make it to Goodwill on foot with bags that weigh more than you do. Wovin will take your castoffs, and you don’t even have to leave the house. Just download the app, schedule a free pickup and pack up bags or boxes with your old stuff—everything from clothes and shoes to pillows, towels and bedding. It’s all tax deductible, and the goods go to a number of local charities.

WHEN YOU NEED SOME GUIDANCE

We get it: A closet overhaul is not to be taken lightly (even if it’s sorely needed). And it’s best done in the company of experts—otherwise, you’ll hold on to that pair of vintage Levi’s from high school forever. That’s where Cary Lane’s styling service comes in. The retailer sends a professional stylist to your home to help you figure out what to toss, what to keep and what key pieces to consider adding to give you the well-edited closet of your dreams.

WHEN YOU WANT TO GET RID OF SOMETHING BIG

That teal couch that never quite fit in your apartment? There’s always Craigslist, but may we suggest a few updated alternatives? LetGo is an online marketplace where you can sell anything from an Amazon Echo to a mountain bike. The app makes it easy to post products in a snap. Trove is a good option for furniture—listing is free, and you can show your availability to meet potential buyers right in the app. If you’re looking to unload high-end home goods, try Chairish. Your items will have to be approved first, but when they sell, you’ll reap 80 percent of the sale price.

WHEN YOU NEED TO UNLOAD OLD ELECTRONICS

You want to get rid of a broken TV and that old BlackBerry from 2007, but you can’t throw them out because electronics contain toxic materials that don’t belong in landfills. Drop them off at  Ewaste SF’s recycling center in the Mission, or schedule a pickup for $49. (There is an additional cost to recycle certain items, so check this list beforehand.) Recology Recycling allows you to schedule one free bulky-item pickup, so save this option for something like a refrigerator or washing machine. For a complete list of nearby e-cycling centers—they’re everywhere—check Greener Gadgets.

WHEN YOU WANT TO DONATE TO A GOOD CAUSE

Your new office has a pretty lax dress code, but you still have a bunch of J.Crew blazers and Banana Republic button-downs from a past corporate life. Donate them to Dress for Success, which provides women in need with interview-appropriate outfits. And those bridesmaid dresses you wore only once? They’re destined to make high school girls feel like a million bucks through The Princess Project.

I read this article at: https://www.purewow.com/home/donate-or-sell-your-stuff-san-francisco?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sf&utm_campaign=21477&utm_content=30_Days_editorial

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Working with The Caton Team…

I’m on hold at the moment.  Waiting to hear how many offers are coming in on my clients dream home.  Wondering if we offered enough.  Oh the joys of Real Estate in the Silicon Valley.

This isn’t the first time I’ve waited on hold, nor the last.  Though this is the first time I’ve waited long enough to start a blog post – so that tells you something.  Tenacity.  I’m not hanging up until I know.

You see, once I find out where we stand, I can call my clients and update our strategy.  Because it isn’t over until it’s over – and if we’re not the best offer – well gosh darn it – we will be.  Or try to be.

– I know Yoda – there is no try.  But I tell you – it doesn’t hurt to try.

When The Caton Team has the trust and confidence of our clients – we can do anything…

… As soon as the lovely agent concierge gives me the latest news.

I am so proud to say – that in 2017 – sellers left money on the table to work with The Caton Team buying clients.  That says something.  Furthermore, there were no side deals, no commission re-negotiations, nothing but a good clean offer and our Caton Team offer package.    Because The Caton Team knows what it takes – good old fashioned hard work.  Because when I say – sellers left money on the table – I mean – our buyers didn’t offer the most money for property in Silicon Valley – BUT – we had the best offer package and the hustle to ensure – we will close escrow.  That’s the name of the game.  You can offer all the money in the world and it doesn’t mean a thing if it doesn’t close escrow.

As my mother always told me.  Talk is cheap.  It’s all about the action.  Her words ring true today.

I’m still on hold…

I’ve been a Realtor for a lucky 13 years now, Susan for 20.  However in the past decade give or take, Real Estate has changed dramatically.  In fact, the past 5 years have been a revolution if you’ve been in the thick of it.  I was able to see how the internet – wait – mobile devices – single handedly changed everything.  It’s amazing.

By the looks of commercials, just a push of a button will summon someone to open the door and show a home.  That’s perfect – that’s grand!  I wish I could offer such amazing services, thing is – I’m probably across town showing homes and meeting inspectors for the pre-sale checklist – that I can’t drop everything to – well – literally just open a door.  So I wonder…

Do people still need Realtors?  Or is there an App for that?

In my humble opinion, the answer is YES, professional Realtors are still needed, relevant and imperative – especially in the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market.  As long as we are human, making one of the largest financial decisions in our lives, and for as many algorithms and apps with data we have – there are some things you cannot replicate.  Experience,  knowledge and the ability to navigate a contract in a market that moves so damn fast.

Not every Realtor is the same mind you.  I’m speaking on behalf of myself, Susan and a bountiful handful of awesome Realtors who get it.  We offer so much more than just opening a door.  There’s an app for that – what The Caton Team brings to the table is knowledge, experience, negotiations skills that turn our buyers into homeowners.

The Silicon Valley Real Estate Market is on par with New York now as one of the hottest Real Estate Markets in America and it also happens to be in our back yard.

The Caton Team has 35 years of combined, local Silicon Valley Real Estate experience.  Both of us born and raised in San Carlos – The City of Good Living.  We know what it takes to become a homeowner in the Bay Area, we know what it takes to prepare your home for a successful sale in Silicon Valley.  If you’re interested in working with The Caton Team – please reach out at your convenience.   Desk (forwards to cell):   650-568-5522 | Email:  Info@TheCatonTeam.com

On that note, I’m off hold – back to work!

 

THANK YOU FOR READING!

Sabrina Caton

 

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5 Overlooked Dirt Spots Buyers Will Notice

IT’S SELLING SEASON!!!  If you’re thinking of selling your home give us a call – in the meantime …

5 Overlooked Dirt Spots Buyers Will Notice

Make sure your home sellers pay attention to several areas in a home that often go uncleaned but could stand out to potential buyers. Jan M. Dougherty, author of The Lost Art of House Cleaning: A Clean House Is a Happy Home, shared with HouseLogic several spots that homeowners are likely missing, including:

1. Light fixtures

Light fixtures can be a magnet for dust and dead bugs. Spritz and wipe them with a cleaning solution to get them shining again.

2. The body of the toilet

Dougherty recommends washing the porcelain thrones all over. Start with the top of the tank and spray all around—the lid, under the lid, the seat, the surrounding floor, and the walls behind the toilet, Dougherty recommends.

3. Drawer organizers

Use a handy vac or spray a rag with vinegar and wipe away any dirt or crumbs that have accumulated in drawers throughout the home.

4. Ice maker

Clean and sanitize the entire system periodically. Old ice can absorb food odors, Dougherty says. Pull out the ice bin, dump the ice, and wash the bin and ice maker with vinegar, Dougherty recommends. Be sure to wipe the ice maker with a dry rag to get rid of any remaining moisture before putting it back in place.

5. Appliance handles

“One night a week, I take the knobs off the stove, remove the dish and the grease screen from the [over-the-range] microwave, and take the bowl with utensils that sits next to my stove and put them all in the dishwasher,” Dougherty says. “Do this before bed and by the morning you’ve cleaned half your kitchen, yet touched nothing.”

Read about the other forgotten cleaning spots and how to clean them at HouseLogic.

Source: “‘Yikes!’ 7 Filthy Spots Everyone Sees But You,” HouseLogic (November 2017)

 

The Caton Team strives to be more than just Realtors – we are also your resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here. Contact us at your convenience.  Info@TheCatonTeam.com

 

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Remember to follow our Blog for the local real estate beat, a pulse on the San Francisco Peninsula at: https://therealestatebeat.wordpress.com

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

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  http://thecatonteam.com/mobileapp

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Please enjoy my personal journey through homeownership at:

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina – A Family of Realtors

Effective. Efficient. Responsive.  What Can The Caton Team Do For You?

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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