Sept. 13, 2017

The Magic of Staging, With Special Guest: Lilly Rahbar


Staging and redesign can really make your home pop in a listing. Lilly Rahbar has some ideas to help. 

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Yesterday, I was inside one of our newest listings that’s getting ready to go on the market. We just had the whole interior painted, and as I was admiring the beautiful fresh paint, I couldn’t help but think that something was missing.

Today I’m here with a special guest—Lilly Rahbar from Simplistic Staging. She has the answer to what this home was missing.

What was the magic thing this home was missing? It was actually missing furniture and pops of color. When you walk into a home like this, where the focal point is the windows, you want to have additional colors to tie it all together. With a home of this size and layout, people often have a hard time visualizing themselves living in it—especially when it's vacant. 

Having furniture, pops of color, artwork, etc. creates focal points. Everything is strategically placed to help buyers see the beauty of the home, and also to see their own furnishings in the property.


About 80% of buyers need help visualizing where their furniture will go in a new home.


A lot of buyers can’t visualize where things should go in a house—they see an empty home. About 80% of buyers need help visualizing where their furniture will go in a new home. When they’re looking through the MLS, if there isn’t any furniture in a property, those are the homes they’ll pass over, paying attention to ones that are furnished. It gives them an idea of where they’ll put their own things.

If a property is staged, it may not be how a person’s going to have their own furniture, but we want to basically give them a blueprint. 

Our preferred stager does a good job of putting together a report that says what you should move around or declutter. Staging isn’t necessarily about bringing in all new furniture. Even with redesigns, most stagers typically like to use the client's furniture and accessories—you may not realize that things you have in your cabinets or bookshelves can be used for centerpieces, whether it’s on the coffee table, in the bedroom, or in the office. I’d rather people use their own items, rather than having to go out and purchase all that.

That’s why we’ve brought our preferred stager Lilly Rahbar in on every one of our listings. We see the importance of redesigning and staging to some extent. Buyers are flipping through those properties online looking to see photos that really pop to them to make them want to go see those properties.

If you have any questions about staging or redesign, feel free to give us a call.

Posted in Selling Your Home
Sept. 7, 2017

Discover South County - 9Round in Morgan Hill CA

This episode of DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY features 9ROUND in Morgan Hill. Check out this video to see what this unique gym has to offer. Visit their website to schedule a free workout.


This is going to be the
best 2% of your day!



1295 E. Dunne Avenue #160
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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Aug. 10, 2017

What to Look for in a Painting Company, According to an Expert


If you want to find a good painting company, there are a few tips you need to follow—according to the advice of an expert. 

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If you’re on the lookout for a good painting company, what should you look for before hiring one?

According to Gary Rosyski of WOW 1 DAY Painting, it’s most important that you get multiple quotes—at least two or three is sufficient. The company you hire should also have good references and online reviews. Lastly, make sure they have a contractor’s license, they’re fully bonded, and they have all the proper insurance forms, including general liability and worker’s compensation.


The company you hire should have good references and online reviews.


Gary is an expert in this area. Based out of Santa Clara County, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING has been in business for six years. They specialize in residential interior and exterior repaints but also do commercial work. In addition, they offer deck and fence staining, power washing, and other prep services. 

What separates WOW 1 DAY PAINTING from other painting companies is the speed and time in which they finish their jobs. They base their estimates on man hours and staff accordingly, and with bigger crews, they’re able to start and finish their work quicker. In fact, 70% to 80% of their jobs are completed in just one day.

If you’d like to get a quote from Gary, book an appointment, or find out more about the services WOW 1 DAY PAINTING offer, you can visit them online at or call them at 1-888-969-1329.

If you have any questions for me or you’re interested in buying or selling a house, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to help you.


Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 9, 2017

Discover South County - Active Spinal & Sports Care, Morgan Hill CA

This episode of DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY features Active Spinal & Sports Care in Morgan Hill. Check it out.



88 West 2nd Street
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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July 28, 2017

Discover South County - DUB Baseball, Morgan Hill CA

This is the first episode of our new video series DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY where we spotlight local businesses and community organizations. This episode features DUB Baseball in Morgan Hill. They offer travel ball teams, private lessons, camps, and even have a non-profit organization. Check it out.


Our non-profit, DUB Foundation, makes us very unique compared to other programs.



700 Jarvis Drive, Suite 120
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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July 17, 2017

What Do You Need to Look for in a Moving Company?

Knowing what to look for in a moving company involves several factors.


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I recently had the opportunity to talk to with Tony Sandoval, the general manager of You Move Me, about what people should look for from a moving company.

What Tony explained first and foremost was to make sure that you are working with a company that is licensed, has the proper insurances, and follows the PUC laws for your specific state. 

Outside of just these things though, he mentioned that it’s also important to check a company’s reputation. Whether that means looking them up on the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Homeadvisor, Angie’s List, or elsewhere, it is always a good idea to get a sense of what is being said about a company.

Tony’s company, You Move Me, has a five-star rating overall.  

Equally essential, he says, is knowing who you are working with. You Move Me doesn’t contract any work out. Their team is their team, so you can be sure that training and screening have been done internally and thoroughly.


You Move Me has a five-star rating throughout.


Tony himself is the first and last person who oversees the process when he works with people to help them move. 

Even in portions of the process that his team is responsible for, he is always there checking in to make sure that everything is going smoothly for them and for the client. 

Back on the subject of insurance, Tony also told me that you should always check a company’s liability insurance. This is especially true if you’re moving into a high-rise or an apartment. 

Not only does You Move Me have $2 million of liability insurance, they also have worker’s comp insurance and are otherwise covered in every aspect. 

To get in touch with You Move Me, you can visit or call at 1-800-926-3900. 

If you have any additional questions you can also reach out to me by giving me a call or an email. I look forward to hearing from you, soon.


Posted in Buying a Home
June 14, 2017

4 Tips for Winning in a Multiple Offer Situation

What can you do as a buyer to get your offer accepted when there are multiple offers on the table? I’ve compiled a list of four tips.


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We are still experiencing a hot market right now in Silicon Valley, and many homes are getting multiple offers. These tips will help you make your offer as a buyer stand out in the crowd:


1. Choose an early close date. Sellers want a sure thing. They want to accept an offer and know that offer will close and the sooner that happens, the better. The less time there is to closing, the less time there is for something to happen that might jeopardize the sale, like losing a job or going through a divorce. If you’re getting financing, you have to make sure you give enough time for the loan process to be completed, so you’re probably looking at 25 to 30 days. If you’re paying cash, then you can shorten that period.  


2. Consider offering a rent-back agreement. This season can be difficult for some sellers. It may take some time for the sellers to find another house, or they were waiting for school or other kid’s programs to finish and need some time to get out of the house. Maybe they’re finishing up their new house 


If you can offer a rent-back to the sellers that allows them to stay in the property for a couple of weeks or even a couple of months, then that gives you a huge advantage over the other offers that don’t include that agreement.


Sellers want a sure thing.


3. Reduce or eliminate contingencies. In this market, we’re seeing a lot of the seller disclosures up front where you can view all the documents, including HOA documents, as well as some inspection reports, and possibly eliminate those contingencies up front. If they don’t have the inspections done up front, you can put in writing to the seller that if repairs are under a certain amount, you as the buyer won’t ask for the repairs and take the home as-is.


Sometimes these properties aren’t appraising with the purchase price, and something that you can do that sets your offer apart from others is offer to pay the difference if the property comes in at a certain amount (say, $10,000) under the contract price. This makes the seller feel more comfortable in accepting your offer over others that may not offer the same things.


4. Send a personal letter or video to the sellers. This is becoming more of a common practice, but when there are multiple offers on the table you can really separate yourself from the others by telling the sellers what you love about their home and letting them get to know you. 


We’ve even taken it a step further by offering the option to film a video that we can send to the seller. We can do it either at the property during a showing or back here at our office and give the seller the added bonus of seeing who you are as a buyer rather than just reading a letter or seeing one picture.


If you have any other questions about this topic or you’re looking to buy or sell a home, give us a call. We’d be happy to help!


Posted in Buying a Home
May 31, 2017

What’s Happening in the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market?

What is happening in our local real estate market? Let’s look at some of the leading indicators to find out.

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We’re here to give you the most updated information about what’s going on in the real estate market. 

The media often reports on the average sales price and the number of homes sold, but those are actually lagging indicators from months past. We look at the leading indicators to determine what’s happening in our current market. 

One of those indicators is the number of new homes on the market. In our area, that number has stayed the same year over year. However, we are down 3% from last month, so there are fewer homes coming on the market. 

Since there are fewer homes on the market, there are also fewer sales. Year over year, home sales are down 5.5%. What’s interesting is that month over month, home sales went up 28.7%, which means there are more homes going off the market.


We are in a seller’s market.


With fewer homes on the market, our inventory levels have dropped 17.2% from last year. Low inventory means we are in a seller’s market. 

So, how can you take advantage of the current market? 

If you are a seller, now is a great time to put your home on the market. The spring and summer market is a lot of fun, and you won’t face much competition due to the low inventory. 

As a buyer, it’s important that you work with an agent who knows how to navigate multiple offer situations. Your agent should have a proven strategy to get your offer accepted. 

If you have any questions about our current market or would like to learn more about buying or selling a home, just give us a call. We would be happy to help you!


Posted in Market Update
April 26, 2017

Superior Realty Partners' Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt & BBQ

We just finished up our third annual Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ! 

I’m so pleased and grateful for the way everything turned out. 

It was a great time for the surrounding community to get together and enjoy the beautiful weather.


Thank you to everyone that came out for this incredible event. 

I’d like to give special thanks to those that helped planning and organizing it,

and a special thanks to the giveaway sponsors. 

My company, Superior Realty Partners, sponsored the event and we are thrilled with the outcome.


We’re looking forward to another incredible year in 2018. 

We’d love to gain your continued support next spring as well!

Posted in Community Events
April 14, 2017

Why Professional Photography Is So Important When Selling a Home

Listing a home and using bad photos to showcase it online is a bad idea. Here’s why.

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Today, I want to start with a trivia question: Back in 1995, what percentage of homebuyers were searching for homes online?

Give up? The answer is 2%. Today, the percentage of homebuyers that search for homes online stands at 95%. 

Why is this statistic so important? The No. 1 thing people look for when they search for homes online is photos. Additionally, according to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, the No. 1 thing sellers look for in a real estate agent is the ability to market and promote their home to potential buyers. Buyers are online looking for photos, and sellers want agents who can market their homes to those buyers. 


The No. 1 thing people look for when they search for homes online is photos.


If you’re a home seller, you need good photos of your home for buyers to see. It still amazes me how many homes come on the market that feature blurry, grainy, iPhone photos, and the seller wonders why that home sits on the market for so long. These phones have good cameras, but it’s not a professional camera that can showcase the property properly. 

Good photos make a person want to come see your home in person. Statistics show that professional photography helps homes sell faster and for more money. Adding aerial and/or drone photography can make them sell even faster. 

As we enter the spring market and inventory rises, you need to make sure you have an agent who knows how to get your home in front of buyers. Ask them how they plan on ensuring you will get the most money for your property after you put it on the market. 

I work under the assumption that you want the most money possible from your home sale. For our team, professional photography is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a house you need to sell or you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. I’d be happy to help.

Click here to see ALL the professional photos of this beautiful home!



Posted in Selling Your Home