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.

April 6, 2018

2018 Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Application Deadline is April 11, 2018

If you or someone you know is a high school senior in South County, don't miss the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from our South County Realtor Alliance. This year we plan to award at least $20,000 in scholarships to high school seniors from Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy.

 

2018 Scholarship Application 

 

In 2017 I was excited to hear the son of one of my clients received one of the SCRA scholarships. Will you be next?  

Posted in Community News
April 5, 2018

Discover South County Episode 9: Tint World

 

On this edition of Discover South County I talk to Xan, franchise owner of Tint World, Morgan Hill's premiere automotive styling center. They offer window tinting, car audio, security upgrades, dash cameras, LED upgrades, headlight upgrades, clear bras, ceramic paint sealants, auto detailing, and more.

Tint World is located at 380 Tennant Avenue, Suite #1, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

If you own a local business or community organization and want to be featured in the next episode, visit discoversouthcounty.com

If you have any other questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

April 3, 2018

Why Should Every Home Seller Get a Home Inspection?

 More and more home sellers are getting inspections before they list their homes for sale. Here’s why.

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Today I’m answering this common question from sellers: “Should we get a home inspection before putting our house on the market?” My answer is always yes. Here are a few reasons why:

 

1. You can fix any issues ahead of time. If there’s anything wrong with the home, finding it early on is key. You don’t want to scare any buyers off.

 

2. You can save money. By controlling the inspection ahead of time, you can also schedule the repairs, if needed. This makes them much less expensive than if you were to fix them after the buyer’s inspection.

 

3. You’ll get better offers. Not just in price. You might get offers with a shorter closing period or waived contingencies as well. Buyers are also less likely to ask for repairs when they have the inspections to review upfront.

 

 Controlling the repairs yourself is cheaper than doing it after a buyer has uncovered them.  

 

 The home you’re seeing in the video above had a pre-inspection. It had a leaky faucet, and we wanted to make sure it wasn't a bigger issue. The inspector let us know that all we had to do was spend a few hundred bucks on repairs, instead of having to spend thousands on water damage mitigation.  If we didn’t uncover this upfront, buyers would have been hesitant about making a non-contingent offer or making an offer on the home at all. We ended up getting multiple offers on this home with no contingencies.

 

If you have any questions about this topic or anything else related to real estate, give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Selling Your Home
March 15, 2018

Discover South County Episode 8: Lawson’s Bakery

Lawson’s Bakery has a fantastic breakfast and lunch menu. They’ve also got some of the best baked goods around. 

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Lawson’s Bakery is a family-owned and operated business here in South County that has been around for about three years now. They have a full pastry line with cakes and other pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch service until 2:00 p.m on weekdays.

One dish they are particularly known for are their delicious French-style beignets. These delicious fried clouds of dough are dusted in powdered sugar and served with a caramel sauce. They do a lot of custom cakes for parties, weddings, and more. 

You can find Lawson’s Bakery at 15862 Monterey Road in Morgan, Hill, CA in the shopping center right by Super Taqueria. Here are links to their website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

 

  If you haven’t been here yet, make your way here soon.   

 

We had the pleasure of heading back into the kitchen to make the Bananas Foster French Toast. The banana bread that the french toast is made with is made from scratch and it was fantastic to get to see the chef in action flambeing those bananas. I also got to try their amazing turkey sandwich (watch 'til the end to see it). 

 If you haven’t been to Lawson’s for breakfast or lunch, make sure you find your way here soon. If you own a local business or community organization and want to be featured in the next episode, visit discoversouthcounty.com

 If you have any other questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Feb. 27, 2018

How to Prepare a Home to List in Today’s Market

Today, I’ll be discussing the state of the market, using one of our new properties as an example of how to prepare a home for sale.

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I’m coming to you today from inside one of my newest listings, a townhouse here in Morgan Hill. I want to talk to you first about the market, then give you a little bit more information about this property—specifically, what we’ve done to prepare it for sale.

As you know, interest rates have gone up, so if you’re a buyer looking to purchase a property, you really need to be fully pre-approved with your lender and be ready to go as soon as these properties hit the market. They’re selling fast.

The market stats show that in January of 2018, the number of homes on the market was down over 25% here in Morgan Hill compared to January of last year. That number is actually even larger when we look at all of South County.

The days on market has gone from 51 days in January 2017 all the way down to 26 days in January of this year. We’re seeing far fewer homes on the market, and things are selling quicker, which is continuing this low-inventory market that we’ve been in for a while.

 

 Don’t rush to get your home on the market; you could be throwing away money that you could be putting in your pocket.   

 

However, once we reach April, May, and June, we’ll see more homes come on the market. For sellers, this means there will be more competition around that time. Historically, sellers have wanted to wait until the spring or summer because there will be more buyers, but, because of the low inventory, there are still a lot of buyers out there looking for homes. There’s no reason to wait until spring or summer; if you’re thinking about selling, now is a great time.

This doesn’t mean you should just throw your house on the market to get it sold right away—you could lose money by doing that. This brings me to the property I’m currently in.

The tenants moved out, and we could have put it on the MLS and sold it right away, but that wouldn’t have been the best situation for the seller. We took a little time and came up with a plan to paint it and stage it. Now it shows beautifully and will attract a lot of buyers looking for a townhouse in Morgan Hill. It was an easy process that only took a few extra days to complete.

Refer to 3:00 in the video to see some before and after footage of the property.

Remember: Make a plan. Don’t rush to get your home on the market; you could be throwing away money that you could be putting in your pocket.

If you have any questions or want to talk about your property and put together a customized plan to sell your home, I would love to talk to you more. Feel free to reach out me!

 

Posted in Market Update
Jan. 30, 2018

Highlighting a Great Local Business: Bike Therapy

In this episode of “Discover South County,” I’m talking to Doug Hall of Bike Therapy to learn about what his business has to offer.

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Welcome back to another edition of “Discover South County.” Today, we’re going to talk to Doug from Bike Therapy to see what they have to offer to Morgan Hill.

Bike Therapy is a bike shop that has been in Morgan Hill for just about four months now. Located at 15540 Depot St, Morgan Hill, their main goal is to put more butts on bikes. They have resources for all levels of bikes, from children’s bikes to electric-assist bikes, mountain, or road bikes. They also have a big new category called gravel or adventure bikes, which has been a lot of fun.

Bike Therapy has a full-service bike repair shop just behind the premises, where they do wheel builds, suspensions, overhauls, and more.

 

  Bike Therapy’s main goal is to put more butts on bikes.  

 

Further still, Bike Therapy has a specialized sizing tool for bikes called Retül, which allows for anyone coming into the store to be properly sized for a bike on the spot. This way, they can find the model that’s the best fit for their needs based on what kind of riding they’ll be doing

All that, plus they have a fitness studio that’s still in the works. With it, Doug will be able to fine-tune the fitting process for anyone coming in to look for a bike by dialing in all the fitting points, like seat height, so riders won’t have a lot of stress on their hands, rear-ends, and knees.

You find out more about what services they offer by visiting www.ridemorganhill.com. It’s all about bringing more people to Morgan Hill to ride so they can take advantage of the great opportunities for road riding, mountain biking, and more.

If you own a local business or run a community organization and would like to be featured on a future episode of “Discover South County,” please feel free to reach out to me by phone or by visiting www.discoversouthcounty.com.

Jan. 15, 2018

What Can You Expect From the Silicon Valley Market in 2018?

What can you expect from the 2018 real estate market? Will we continue to see a hot seller’s market like we had in December of 2017?

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How did the 2017 real estate market end, and what can you expect moving forward in 2018? 

As we all know, 2017 was a hot seller’s market. The days on market came down for properties, home prices went up, and inventory was really low. As a result, a lot of homes sold with multiple offers. 

In December of 2017, the average days on market was 19 in Santa Clara County. The year before, the average days on market in December was 35, so the average days on market dropped significantly year over year.

 

  We are starting 2018 with extremely low housing inventory.  

 

Right now, there are only 364 homes on the market in Santa Clara County. In January of 2017, there were 1,168 homes on the market. 

Now, we’re not all the way done with January yet, so that number could go up a bit still. However, 364 homes for sale is extremely low for our market, especially when you consider that we had low inventory at this time last year. 

In South County, there are 62 homes on the market compared to 149 homes at this time last year. Again, that number should go up a little bit since January isn’t all the way over yet, but we are drastically low on inventory. As a result, homes are selling quickly and above list price. 

What can we expect as we move forward through 2018?

If you plan on selling your home, it looks like we’ll have a strong seller’s market again. When determining the best time to put your home on the market, make sure you pay attention to how much competition you’ll have. January is a great time to sell. Buyers are still out looking at homes, and you will beat the spring rush. It’s better to list your home now than to wait for two of your neighbors to put their similar homes on the market along with yours. 

Homebuyers need to be prepared to go see houses as soon as they hit the market. You need to have your pre-approval in hand and be able to make an offer. Work with a lender who will be able to get your whole file through underwriting so that you can write an offer with a very short or no loan contingency. 

You need to be ready to move quickly. Homes are selling only two, five, or 10 days after they hit the market. If you’re not ready to make an offer, you will miss out on those homes. 

If you have any other questions about buying or selling a home in 2018, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Posted in Market Update
Jan. 2, 2018

Discover South County - South County Outlaws Lacrosse

This time on “Discover South County,” we’re interviewing Brad Ledwith about the South County Outlaws lacrosse
to get a glimpse into the growing popularity of lacrosse in South County.

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In this edition of “Discover South County,” we decided to learn a little about the lacrosse scene in South County by interviewing Brad Ledwith, who started the South County Outlaws a few years ago.

Despite being North America’s oldest game, lacrosse is currently the U.S.’s fastest-growing youth sport. When Brad’s kids became interested in lacrosse about three years ago, there was no lacrosse program in Morgan Hill, so he joined with a couple other parents in the area to form their own.

There were 22 kids at their first clinic, and today they have a total of 78 kids in their program. Their goal is to have 200 kids playing by the year 2020. Brad is confident that they’re well on their way to meet this goal.

“Once you put a stick in a kid’s hand, they’re sold,” he says. What Brad and his program really like to focus on are the kids in the five- to seven-year age group. “That’s where the game gets so much fun, and they really love it.”

 

  Their goal is to have 200 kids playing by the year 2020.  

 

Aside from the youngest age group, they have kids participating in professionally coached camps, leagues, and clinics all the way up to age 15. Typically, they have a fall league and a winter clinic happening around this time. Once spring hits, they start playing other teams in the Bay area.

To learn more about the South County Outlaws, visit their Facebook page here or visit their website at southcountyoutlaws.com.

I want to give a special thanks to Brad for being on this edition of “Discover South County.” If you have any questions or are interested in being on a future episode of this series, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to speak with you.

 

Dec. 15, 2017

A Market Update and Ballot Initiative

Today I have a market review for 2017, as well as a call to action to get an important initiative on the 2018 ballot.

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I have two topics I want to touch on today. 

First, the market is incredible right now and if you’re thinking about selling your home, there’s a high demand because inventory is so low at the moment.

At this point in the year, you’re probably going to wait until 2018 to list. Though a lot of people like to wait until spring or summer to sell their homes, I actually encourage you to list sooner than later. 

The reason for this is the fact that so many people like you will also be waiting until spring and summer to list their homes, so you’ll have a lot more competition during those times than if you were to list now. Even now during the holidays, we’ve had extreme interest from a number of buyers looking to purchase homes.  A large majority of properties are getting multiple offers and are selling over list price. Because of that, there’s no reason to wait.

The second topic is an initiative that we’re trying to get on the 2018 ballot for voters. We need one million signatures to get it on the ballot. 

 

  We need one million signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.  

 

The initiative relates to property taxes. As you probably know, Prop 13 limits the amount of property tax and how much it can increase each year. 

A lot of seniors 55 and older don’t want to move because they want to keep that property tax. If they move to a new location within the same county, they can keep their current property tax as long as they buy a house for less than for what they sell their current house. If they move to another county, it will have to be one of the 11 counties that participates in the program that allows them to transfer their property tax base.

Because of the way this puts unfair pressure on seniors, the new initiative would allow seniors 55 and older to move anywhere in California and keep their property tax bill as long as they buy a house equal to or less than the price of the house they’re selling. It also limits the tax increase if they were to buy a more expensive home. 

The current law only allows you to do that once in your lifetime, whereas this new initiative would allow you to do it as many times as you want.

The initiative presents an opportunity to seniors to move if they want to without feeling trapped in their home for fear of increased property taxes. If those seniors do decide to move, it will in turn open up a lot more housing opportunities for other buyers, especially first-time buyers.

If you’re interested in more information, please contact me and I will send you more details about the initiative we’re trying to get on the 2018 ballot. These are live documents so if you’re interested in signing, give me a call or send an email and we can arrange to meet in person so that you can sign.

I also want to say thank you for supporting our video blog throughout the year. We hope you appreciate them because we enjoy making them for you. Happy Holidays!

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