4 Easy-Peasy Must-Do’s for Homeowners in December

Quick-and-easy tasks that’ll brighten up your interior in December.

The year’s coming to an end. Time to do four small tasks for a bright (and money-saving) new year.

#1 Clean Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Two great reasons to clean your light bulbs: You want as much light in your house as you can get as the days grow shorter, and, you’ll save money.

Dirty bulbs apparently shed 30% less light than clean ones, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Wipe bulbs with a cloth dampened by a mix of 1 oz. dish soap, ¼ cup white vinegar, and 3 cups of water. Get to it December 1 so you’re ready for the curtain fall on the shortest day of this year: Thursday, December 21.

#2 Evaluate Homeowner’s Insurance

The holidays. You love them, but they do seem to eat up more cash than other times of year. Sure, you can scrounge around for change under your couch cushions, but that’s not going to offset much.

Why not get a home insurance checkup? Call your agent to go over the type of coverage you have, how much you really need, and how you can lower your premiums before your next monthly installment.

#3 Pack a Home Emergency Kit

The last thing you want during the holidays is for an emergency to chill your family’s cheer. Prepare for power outages and weather-related emergencies with an easy-to-find emergency kit.

Some items to include are bottled water, a hand-crank radio, a flashlight, batteries, a portable charger for your phone, warm blankets, and of course, a first-aid kit to patch up any boo-boos. Singing carols ‘round the flashlight may not be ideal, but it’ll beat trying to celebrate in the dark.

#4 Buy Holiday Lights (After December 25)

It’s tough to think about next Christmas when you’re still stuffed from a holiday dinner with all the trimmings. But think you must if you want to save on next year’s holiday. From December 26 through year’s end, big-box stores try to clear the shelves of all that glitters.

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REMINDER – Property taxes are due by November 1st and will be delinquent after December 10th.

A friendly reminder on the property tax. You should have received your property tax bill by now. Most property taxes are due by November 1st and will be delinquent after December 10th.
For property in San Francisco county, please click here to pay your property tax.
For property in San Mateo county, please click here to pay your property tax.

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What to do this holiday season in the Bay Area!

Check out these Festive Holiday Events in the Bay Area

THE GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR | Daly City

November 18 – December 17 at the Cow Palace

SAN FRANCISCO TURKEY TROT | San Francisco

November 23 at Polo Field, Golden Gate Park  

MARIN TURKEY TROT | Novato

November 23 at 1800 Ignacio Blvd.

SILICON VALLEY TURKEY TROT | San Jose

November 23 in Downtown San Jose

ILLUMINATE SF FESTIVAL OF LIGHT | San Francisco

MACY’S 28TH ANNUAL GREAT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY | San Francisco

November 24 in Union Square

SAN RAFAEL PARADE OF LIGHTS AND WINTER WONDERLAND | San Rafael

November 24 in Downtown San Rafael  

HARVEST FESTIVAL | San Jose

November 24 – 26 at San Jose McEnery Convention Center

GINGERBREAD HOLIDAY TEA AT THE FAIRMONT | San Francisco

November 24 – January 1 at The Fairmont San Francisco

555 CALIFORNIA STREET ALL STAR HOLIDAY CULINARY KICKOFF | San Francisco

November 29 at 555 California St.

ZOOLIGHTS | Oakland

December 1-23, 26-31 + January 1 at Oakland Zoo

SWEDISH CHRISTMAS FAIR | San Francisco

December 2 at 1111 Gough St. 

UNION STREET FANTASY OF LIGHTS | San Francisco

December 2 on Union Street in Cow Hollow

THE ELF PARTY | San Francisco

December 2 at Broadway Studios

MUIR BEACH HOLIDAY ARTS FAIR | Muir Beach

December 2 + 3 at Muir Beach Community Center

RUN WILD SAN(TA) FRANCISCO 5K | San Francisco

December 3 at East Beach, Crissy Field

THE RWF WORLD TREE OF HOPE CELEBRATION | San Francisco

December 4 at San Francisco City Hall

RUN & RIDE RACE + WINTERFEST | Santa Clara

December 9 at California’s Great America

SANTACON | San Francisco

December 9 in Union Square

SANTA SKIVVIES RUN | San Francisco

December 10 in Santa’s Village at The Lookout

HOLIDAY MERCANTILE | San Francisco

December 10 at San Francisco County Fair Building

THE GREAT SANTA RUN 5K | San Francisco

December 10 at Crissy Field

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE | San Francisco

December 15 on San Francisco Bay  

ZOOLIGHTS | San Francisco

December 15-17, 19-23 + 26-31 at San Francisco Zoo

CRANEWAY CRAFTS FAIR | Richmond

December 16 + 17 at Craneway Pavilion

 

 

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Why Homebuyers Pass Up Good Homes

Selling your home takes hard work and commitment to get it ready to impress buyers.  While you cannot control the market, you can control your home’s appeal.  Don’t let the following reasons make buyers pass on purchasing your home!

  1. PRICE:  If you price your home too high, the right buyer won’t see it, and the ones who do see it will quickly realize other homes in the same ring offer more value.
  2. CLUTTER:  If your tables are full to the edge with photos, figurines, mail and coffee cups, buyers will be more focused on trying not to break something than considering your home for purchase.  To much stuff makes it confusing for buyers to see the rooms clearly, so they’ll move onto to a cleaner choice.  Not because the house is “dirty” – simply because you so clearly live there and the buyer can’t see past “your” house to “their” house.  When going to sell it is time to start packing up everything!  I sometimes find myself distracted by photos or art that even a pro – gets swept up!  It is important to present your home in a simply fashion so the buyer can mentally move in.
  3. DEFERRED MAINTENANCE:  Buyers really want home that’s been well-maintained, so it’s your job as the homeowner to keep your home in good condition.  You don’t want buyers wondering what needs fixing and how much that will cost BEFORE they write their offer.  Chances are if the list is too long they’ll find a better suited home for their needs and budget.
  4. OUTDATED DÉCOR:  The reason people are looking at your home instead of buying brand new is because of cost and location.  They want your neighborhood but not a dated-looking home.  Take popcorn ceilings and flocked wallpaper down BEFORE you go on the market.  Replace carpet with an upgrade or perhaps hardwood floors.  Even vinyl flooring makes better sense than saying “the new owner can change it”.  Chances are there will be no new owner if they can’t see past the old.
  5. SMELLS:  There’s not a buyer in the world who will buy a home that smells like pets, dirt or water damage.  If you get an offer at all, it will be low and contingent on a positive inspection.  Replace the carpets and drapes and soft materials around the home that retain smells.  Repaint.  Prepare the home to be showcased.

Whenever you place your home on the market, you truly need to look at the home through difference eyes.  Get it ready to sell – make it shine!

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Should I Refi???

Questions You Should Answer Before Refinancing

Before interest rates rise you may want to refinance your home to pay off debt, get better terms, or cash out equity for reinvestment elsewhere.  Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you take out a new loan.

  1. How Long Do You Plan To Stay In The Home?  If you don’t play to own the home for roughly three years or more after refinancing, it might not make financial sense to refinance.  Ask your lender for a break even – breakdown.
  2. Are You Refinancing For A Good Reason?  Taking equity our of your home to pay down credit card debt is risky.  Once the debt is gone away, it is easy to “reload” and run new debt while still paying off the equity line.
  3. What Type Of Loan Do You Currently Have?  One good reason to refinance is to get more favorable terms, such as getting into a low fixed-rate loan from a higher fluctuating rate.
  4. Should You Reinvest The Money?  Cash-out refinances are cheap compared with other loans, so you may be tempted to invest the money in another home, and rent out your current home.  Or you may want to remodel to keep you home’s value high in the marketplace or to improve its utility.  All investments carry risk, so before you decide, ask your lender to help your figure out the risk vs. reward.

Take the monthly saving amount and divide it into your total closing costs.  This figure represents the number of months it will take to pay back your closing costs.

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

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Seller’s Advice – Negotiating…

When you list your home for sale, you believe you’ve priced it right, staged it beautifully, and timed the market correctly for a quick sale.  But that doesn’t mean buyers will pay full price.

First-time homebuyers deferred home-buying seven years longer than other generations and are challenged by high home prices, large down payment requirements as well as unprecedented college debt.  Due to the last recession, housing stock is older and few new homes are available.

So even though your housing market may be healthy with homes selling quickly, expect to negotiate.  Negotiating doesn’t mean you win and the buyers loses, or you lose and the buyer wins.  It’s a way for both of you to win.  The Caton Team always says – buying and selling a home is a meeting of the minds – not a force of hand.

Don’t take a low offer personally.  The buyer may be using the low price to tell you something, like your hime is tired or overpriced for the neighborhood.  Or perhaps it is ALL THEIR MONEY!  Your job is to find out what that something is.  Have your Realtor ask their reasoning for offering such a low price.  You’ll be surprised!

Meanwhile, ask your Realtor for an updated comparable market analysis.  Markets change quickly and learning new information may convince you to reconsider your position.  Be flexible on the points that count most with the buyer like closing costs.  Throw in the washer and dryer, and the buyer could be more flexible when it comes to repairs and other concerns.

You want to keep the dialogue open and a possible deal alive.  Remember, the buyer chose YOUR home, and it could be your best opportunity to sell.

 

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The Caton Team is comprised of Susan and Sabrina Caton – a mother/daughter in law team.  We are full time, local Realtors with over 25 years of combined Real Estate experience.  How can The Caton Team help you?

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

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

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Reviews.com – Home Security – which one is best???

A while back I posted an article from Realtor.com Magazine about home security and Reviews.com asked if I could post their review page.  I took a look and felt it was a great resources to share.  If you’re in the market for a home security system – take a look at Review.com – link below…

https://www.reviews.com/home-security-systems/

 

The Caton Team is comprised of Susan and Sabrina Caton – a mother/daughter in law team.  We are full time, local Realtors with over 25 years of combined Real Estate experience.  How can The Caton Team help you?

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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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