I had the great pleasure of helping my buyers with the purchase of this home in the Laurelwood neighborhood in San Mateo. The duplex is in a great neighborhood, with quick access to major highways.
If you’re in a large metropolitan area like San Francisco, New York, or LA, you’re probably well aware how insane the real estate market is. This insanity involves a large number of buyers/investors that make offers with all cash. In my daily practice, it’s normal to have offers from not one, but several all cash buyers. Let me pose a question that seems to have an obvious answer. Should you always accept an all cash offer when selling your home? [Read more…]
By far Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. How can it not be with the gathering of family, and of course the food. Like most, the star of my family meal is the turkey. We all have our “go to” recipe for the turkey. Without a doubt, my turkey recipe of choice is a herbed roasted turkey. We have been using this recipe for more than five years, and it has never disappointed. [Read more…]
As a buyer or a seller, the appraisal is one of the key parts in the home sale transaction. If you’re the buyer, you have to get an appraisal to get a loan. As a home seller, one of the key stumbling blocks on the sale is having the home appraise for the selling price. What happens when the home does NOT appraise for at least the agreed upon sales price? Are there any options? [Read more…]
Realtor Magazine, the trade magazine for the National Association of Realtors, recognized me, Shaun Arceneaux, for my use of a free social network. Specifically, they recognized my use of the photo sharing site Instagram.
Shaun Arceneaux is a perfect example of a practitioner who’s using Instagram not only to show beautiful photos of homes but also to share his own personality, likes, family, and favorite places.
I’m a big fan of social media. Not only do I use it in my personal life, but it has become an integral way for me to connect with clients and market my seller’s properties.
Yes, I was in a McDonald’s commercial. It wasn’t planned, and I didn’t audition for it. It was just one of those “once in a lifetime” things that just happened. It was a testament to the saying “timing is everything”. [Read more…]
Here are some general time frames for getting a new home loan after going through a short sale. [Read more…]
It’s almost that time. Here are some start dates for San Mateo area schools. [Read more…]
Spring/Summer of 2013 is turning into one of the most frustrating home buying seasons for buyers. Low interest rates, super low housing inventory, and incredibly hyped media reports are making it hard for willing buyers to successfully get into contract on a home. If you’re frustrated at the whole process, and believe your current efforts are futile, I have a few suggestions. These tips are no guarantee you will be successful, but it will help you be competitive on all of your offers. [Read more…]
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