Oct. 19, 2018

Discover South County Episode 16: LJB Farms

On today’s episode of “Discover South County,” we’re taking a closer look at a great family-owned business. Here’s LJB Farms.

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We’re back with another edition of “Discover South County” and today we’re taking a closer look at LJB Farms in San Martin.

LJB farms is a small, family-owned farm that’s been in the community for over 100 years. They farm over 600 acres and their main attraction is their farm stand. There are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables here, as well as tons of pumpkins for the fall season. 

LJB Farms is located at 585 Fitzgerald Avenue off of the Masten Avenue exit on the 101. You can visit their website here and their Facebook page here.

    LJB Farms is located at 585 Fitzgerald Avenue in San Martin.

Thanks for joining us to discover another great place in South County. If you have any questions for us in the meantime or know any businesses that you think should be featured on our next episode, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Oct. 1, 2018

Discover South County Episode 15: the One Step Closer Program

On today’s episode of “Discover South County,” I’m speaking with the director of One Step Closer, which provides equine therapy to children and adults with special needs. 

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I’m here today with Landa, director of the nonprofit organization One Step Closer, to find out what the group is all about.

According to Landa, One Step Closer is an adaptive horse riding program that serves children, adults, and U.S. veterans with special needs. They’re a PATH Premier Center, which stands for Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. One Step Closer is one of the few centers in the Bay Area that provides these services.

They conduct their general lessons on Saturday mornings, Tuesday afternoons, and Wednesday afternoons, and provide their services to veterans on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

The program provides a great service to the community, and the people who benefit from the program are lucky to have it.

   The program provides a great service to the community.

One Step Closer is located right here in the heart of Morgan Hill, right off Foothill Avenue near Tennant, so it’s easy to get to from the 101. Visit their website at www.OSCTR.org if you’d like more information about the program. Tax deductible donations can also be made on their website www.OSCTR.org.

 

I spoke with a parent whose daughter has been riding with One Step Closer for close to eight years now, and he knows that it means a lot to her. It teaches her confidence, memory, and cognitive skills, as well as how to work with others. They have no intention to stop coming anytime soon.

If you have any questions for the Superior Realty Partners, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to speak with you.

Sept. 18, 2018

The Worst Mistake You Can Make When Selling

    

For some home projects, it’s better to have a sense of perspective about your own abilities. Today I’ll talk about five home projects you’d do better to leave to the experts.

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What’s the worst mistake you can make when selling your home? Well, if you’ve ever gotten your home ready to sell, you know that you need to do certain things to get it in salable condition, whether that’s painting, making repairs, or renovating. Those projects can add up.

Experts agree that one of the biggest mistakes people make is doing these projects on their own when they aren’t experienced enough to do so. With that in mind, today I want to discuss some projects you should probably avoid attempting on your own.

1. Drywall repair. You can certainly paint your home by yourself, but if your drywall has cracks or dents in it, it’s usually better to hire a professional first to make the repairs, then you can paint it afterwards.

2. Advanced electrical problems. Replacing a light fixture might be a good DIY project, but if a project requires you to get into the electrical panel, experts say that’s where you need to leave it to the professionals. It’s very easy to hurt yourself or cause a fire, especially if you’re dealing with an older house.

3. HVAC repairs. The heating and air conditioning systems in your house are very complex, and they’re often times connected to both the gas and electrical systems. Doing something wrong here could blow the entire system, making the repair even more costly.

  Replacing pipes might sound simple enough, but you might find that after attempting it, it’s more complicated than you thought.

4. Plumbing. Some plumbing tasks, like snaking a toilet, tackling a leak, or unclogging a drain could be good DIY projects. However, replacing pipes might sound simple enough, but you might find that after attempting it, it’s more complicated than you thought. Hire a professional to get the job done right.

5. Tree removal. Removing all the roots of a tree is more complicated than you might think. The process requires special tools to cut it down and get everything out of the ground. You certainly don’t want to be the neighbor who had a tree fall on the house next door.

If you don’t have the experience and the right tools to accomplish a project at home, or if you have any questions about projects that you’re not sure you should attempt yourself, please reach out to us. We can refer you to vendors and contractors we trust to help you get the job done.

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Sept. 6, 2018

Discover South County Episode 14 - BookSmart

    

At BookSmart, they specialize in matching people with books. But that’s not the only thing that makes this book and toy store special. 

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More books, less screen time. 

As a 23-year business mainstay of Morgan Hill, this family-friendly book and toy store matches people with books, and I was glad to be able to visit them on the latest episode of “Discover South County.”

In the words of co-owner Cinda Meister, “If you have a reluctant reader, bring them on down and we can find something for them to read.”

Inside the store, they also have a cafe and offer notary services. Their main focus, though, is reading. They love reading and sharing books so much that they’ve created a nonprofit foundation called BookSmart Community Advantage that allows them to bring more authors to the community and host more reading events. Every Christmas, they hold a book drive to make sure all the kids in Morgan Hill can have a free book for the holidays. 

BookSmart matches people with books.

If you’d like to take a visit to BookSmart and see what your book match is, you can visit them at their new location at 1295 East Dunne Avenue, Suite 120. If you want to know more about BookSmart, you can also visit their website MyBookSmart.com or check out their Facebook page. 

As always, if you own a local business or run a community organization and you’d like to be featured on a future episode of “Discover South County,” give me a call or go to DiscoverSouthCounty.com

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me as well. I’d be happy to speak to you. 

Aug. 10, 2018

These Home Staging Tips Will Help You Sell Quickly and for Top Dollar

Staging is a very important part of the home selling process, and here are a few tips to make sure your home is staged in its very best light. 

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If you want to stage your home so that it sells quickly and for top dollar, here are a few tips you can follow. 

First, before you think about decorations and furniture placement, you need to declutter and deep clean. Clear off all of your countertops, remove any non-essential items you don’t use every day, and give your home a good deep cleaning. 

You should also depersonalize your interior, so we recommend that you take down any personal photos and remove any personal collections. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home. 

Next, focus on accessories in odd numbers. While you do want to declutter your home and make it look as nice as possible, you also want to make it look lived-in. Professional stagers often recommend staging with accessories (vases, plants, books, etc.) grouped in odd numbers and in varying sizes and shapes. 

After that, add a bold accent or two. As far as colors go, staging should be mostly neutral, but it doesn’t hurt to add a bold accent somewhere. For example, you can add a fancy chandelier in your dining room or entryway to add some light and bring a degree of architectural significance to the room. 

   You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home. 


Once you’ve gotten rid of the furniture you don’t need, your next step is to arrange the furniture that’s left in conversational groups and keep them away from the walls. This will make your rooms look bigger and add a better flow to the interior. 

Next, use mirrors. Mirrors can bring light to a room and make it look bigger overall. For a cheap, decorative fix, you can buy a cheap mirror, frame it, and place it somewhere. 

Staging is all about making buyers feel an emotional connection to your home, so if you follow these tips, you’ll have offers rolling in. 

If you have any more home staging questions or there are any other real estate needs I can help you with, feel free to call or email me anytime. I look forward to speaking with you.

Posted in Selling Your Home
July 28, 2018

Discover South County - Patti's Perfect Pantry

I’m visiting Patti's Perfect Pantry in Morgan Hill for our latest episode of “Discover South County.”

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In our latest episode of “Discover South County,” I’m visiting Patti's Perfect Pantry, a dedicated gluten free bakery in Morgan Hill. 

 

You don't have to be gluten free to eat here.

 

You can visit their website at http://www.pattisperfectpantry.com/index.html

Or visit the bakery at 435 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037

As always, if you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime. I’d be glad to help you. 

 

July 5, 2018

Priced Out of the Market? 2 Solutions for Investors

In the increasingly pricey Bay Area, what options do those looking to invest in real estate have?

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Here in the Bay, prices are skyrocketing. Sellers are seeing multiple offers way over list price, and some potential investors feel as though they are being priced out of the market. Given that, what is the best way to invest in real estate? What options do people have? I would like to share two ideas with you today.

  1. The best investment property for you could be the house you are living in. If you bought the house a few years ago when interest rates were lower, you might have accrued some savings by now that would allow you to buy another house and keep the one you are living in. 
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  3. Purchase out of state. We have a large network of agents all over the country and the world who could help you find an area to purchase an investment property. Additionally, we can help you find a property manager to handle the work. However, before you hire a property manager, you want to assess whether or not it makes sense to in terms of the rents you will receive, what you will pay in property taxes, as well as the various fees you will be charged for the service.

   We have a large network of agents all over the country and the world who could help you find an area to purchase an investment property.  


If you have thought about investing in the Bay Area but have been put off by high prices, or if you have questions in general, feel free to reach out to me. I can connect you with agents from all over to talk to them about investing in their areas.

 

June 25, 2018

Discover South County Episode 12: Hi5 Produce

I’m visiting Hi5 Produce in Morgan Hill for our latest episode of “Discover South County.”

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In our latest episode of “Discover South County,” I’m visiting Hi5 Produce, a health and wellness company that delivers fresh produce to homes and businesses all over the Bay Area. 

They started 20 years ago when owner and founder Dan Locsin had the idea to make his community healthier, so he started packing boxes of fruit and vegetables into his own car and delivering them to local homes himself. 

They expanded into the corporate field when, one day at a Taste of Morgan Hill festival, a company approached them and asked them if they could deliver produce to their break room. At that time, they were servicing about 150 local residential customers, but once they started making deliveries to that company, Chris Locsin, Hi5’s corporate services manager, expanded their clientele. 

They still deliver fresh, organic fruit and veggie boxes to many residential addresses all over South County, though. They start their deliveries at 2 a.m. every morning and finish their rounds at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. at the latest, so their deliveries are at people’s doorsteps before they wake up. In addition to fresh fruit and veggies, they’re adding dried fruit, nuts, and healthy snacks as part of their delivery options. 

 

All these years later, they’re still going strong making healthy food deliveries.

Replacing treats and candy with fresh fruit and vegetables in corporate break rooms is a philosophy Hi5 pioneered. 

“Our competition at the time was donuts and bagels in the break room,” Dan says. “We came up with the idea of ‘Hey, why not trying something healthy for your employees?’”

This philosophy, Dan claims, actually started at a school district in East San Jose. While he was delivering a couple boxes of fruits and vegetables to one of the schools, he saw a huge supply of donuts being delivered into the teacher’s lounge. That experience made him want to bring healthier snack options into more places than just people’s homes. 

“I just always had this idea that—especially in Silicon Valley, where we’re busy, we’re hustling, we’re working, we’re trying to pay our $10,000-a-month rent—we really can’t get healthy food into our kitchens and into our break rooms. That’s what made us passionate about bringing fruit and veggies to your home or to your break rooms.”

All these years later, they’re still going strong making healthy food deliveries. 

To learn more about what products Hi5 Produce offers or to sign up for your own delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables, you can visit their website at www.Hi5produce.com or give their office a call at (408) 778-6476.

As always, if you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime. I’d be glad to help you. 

 

May 30, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Sell Your Home In 24 Hours

Some agents brag about being able to sell a home in just 24 hours, but is that really in a seller’s best interest?

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Don’t sell your home in 24 hours.

I know this advice might seem counterintuitive, especially since we’re in Silicon Valley where homes are selling fast and for way above list price. So let me explain why I say this.

There are some rare cases in which it might be better to sell your home in 24 hours. A lot of times, your first offer can be your best offer; maybe you’re in a hurry to sell because you’re buying another house.

In most cases, however, it’s better to wait. Why? You’ve probably done a lot of things to get your home ready to sell—professional photography, staging, etc. After that, your agent puts the listing in the MLS as active.

The thing to know is that your listing doesn’t immediately go out to all the buyers that are looking for a home like yours. After it goes live on the MLS, it goes to sites like Zillow, Trulia, and other agents’ websites. Many of those will then send emails out to their potential buyers.

  Last year, they did over 175 weddings throughout the South County area.  


The MLS does not send your listing to those sites
—those sites will have to access the MLS and pull the feed. Some of them do it multiple times a day, but some also only do it once at night. If I put your house on the market on a Thursday, there’s a change that some of those websites don’t pull the feed until overnight, so it won’t be until Friday that your home is even on some of the sites. Then come the email blasts out to potential buyers—most of the people you’d want to reach will still be at work or on vacation.

If you accept an offer in 24 hours, a large majority of buyers never even knew your house was on the market. In order to get the highest and best price, you need to wait a little bit longer to allow more potential buyers to see the home. Exposing the most buyers possible to your listing is how we create the frenzy needed to inspire buyers to put out high offers. Once you’ve let enough potential buyers see your listing, schedule a showing or hold an open house to give them time to put that offer together.

Don’t sell yourself short by accepting an offer within the first 24 hours of your listing going live.

If you have any questions or are thinking of selling your, please feel free to reach out to me. We can make you a customized plan for selling your home for the most money possible.

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April 10, 2018

“Discover South County”: Frank’s Garden Florist

Today’s business spotlight is on Frank’s Garden Florist. We’ll be talking to Lisa, the fourth owner since the business opened in 1982.

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Welcome back to another edition of “Discover South County.” Today, we’re at Frank’s Garden Florist here in Gilroy, where we’ll meet the new owner, Lisa, who also owns Expressions Floral, which is their Events and Wedding Department.

According to Lisa, Frank’s has been in the community since the 1980s. She is the fourth owner since its inception and is very excited to have the opportunity to revive it and hopefully bring it back to its heyday.

At Frank’s, they’ll do anything from weddings to funerals to everyday retail. If you need something delivered for a birthday, they’re there to help you. 

 

  Last year, they did over 175 weddings throughout the South County area.  

 

Additionally, Expressions Floral is there to serve as well. Last year, they did over 175 weddings throughout the South County area, anywhere from Hollister to Morgan Hill, and sometimes points beyond.

If you need to contact them for questions or services, you can visit their Facebook page or website, www.franksgardenflorist.net. To reach Expressions Floral, visit their website at www.expressionsfloraldesigns.com

For questions about real estate, please feel to reach out to us at Superior Realty Partners. We’d be glad to help.