Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Add Privacy to Your Yard and Patio

A yard or patio is a perfect spot for enjoying the outdoors, whether fun with the family or quiet relaxation after a long day--and privacy goes a long way to create that perfect tranquil retreat.  Here are a few things you can do . . .
Fencing -- Probably the most straightforward solution--be sure to check city ordinances and HOA policies before installing one.
Hedges -- Shrubs like the boxwood and privet are commonly planted along property lines. Choose an evergreen variety for year-long privacy--make sure it's suited for your climate.
Screens -- Stylish and effective, wood panel screens add a nice visual element. Opt for weather resistant options for the best results.
Trellis -- The lattice configuration is perfect for hosting vines and plants for additional coverage.
Pergola -- A pergola helps block views from second-story windows and balconies and offers shade along with privacy.
Drapes -- budget-friendly, panels can be moved as necessary---use fabric suitable for the outdoors.
Vertical Garden -- Consider a living wall--a beautiful element that adds additional landscaping---grow anything from flower baskets to your own herb garden!
For information on how to improve your home for buying and selling, contact FRITZ.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Ridge: Northern Ca's Largest Retail Development

Guaranteed to be Oakland's largest shopping and hangout spot when it opens in the fall of 2017, The Ridge just got underway with the last phase of the project that will be approximately 300,000+ sq ft when it's completed.  Read all about it at

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Bay Area: A Tough Real Estate Market for Home Flippers

Courtesy the Pacific Union blog:
High real estate costs, both to purchase and renovate properties, make Bay Area cities among the least friendly in the nation for home flippers hoping to turn a fast profit.  Get the full story at .  For more information about buying and selling a home, contact FRITZ.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Labor Day Kicks Off Northern California Fall Real Estate Season

From the Pacific Union blog: (Photo courtesy Pacific Union)
Ready, Set, Go:  Labor Day Kicks off Northern California's Fall Real Estate Season. With Northern California's balmy fall weather, this is a prime time to shop for that perfect starter home or trade up to the home you've always dreamed of.  Here are some tips, how-tos and information sheets to help get you started: .  For more information about buying a new home, contact FRITZ.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First-Time Buyers Want Homes That They Can Grow Into

Photo and article courtesy the Pacific Union blog:
The majority of today's first-time buyers would prefer to forgo starter homes for properties that will meet their future needs and almost all of them are willing to make sacrifices in order to realize their homeownership dreams.  Read more at .  For more help with all your real estate needs, call FRITZ.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary

Photo Courtesy Jennifer Worts Design.

Since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, we should place high importance on the look and feel of our bedroom.  Here are some tips to improve the look and feel of our personal sanctuary.

Bring in neutral colors.  Light, neutral colors like creams, grays, taupes and blues provide a tranquil atmosphere.

Add soft lighting.  Overhead light can be harsh and concentrated.  Add lamps to soften and illuminate the room.

Use window treatments.  They add both privacy and a beautiful design element to your room.

Remove outdated bedding.  Make sure your mattress and pillows are in good shape.
Plan on replacing you mattress about every eight years and your pillows every year or two.

Remove excess furniture.  Pare down your space to the essentials--clutter can disturb rest and be distracting.  Above all, reserve the bedroom for rest and relaxation--remove the electronics.

Call FRITZ for answers to all your real estate needs and how to buy and sell a home.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Write an Offer Letter That Will Win the House

Photo and article courtesy Cathie Ericson,
You love the house sooo much.  The problem is, lots of other people probably do too.  How can you stand out in a competitive environment?  Try writing an offer letter that knocks the seller's socks off.
"Making the highest offer is typically the best way to win a bid, but when a seller is faced with two very similar offers, a letter can oftentimes tip the scales toward yours," says Realtor Mindy Jensen of Longmont, CO.
So how do you use writing to woo a seller to your side?  Check out these snippets from winning offer letters, then learn how you can follow in the footsteps of these real-life buyers.
Read the snippets. . . .  For more information on expert tips on buying or selling a home, call FRITZ.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Smart Homebuyer Strategies

Courtesy Blanche Evans:
When homes are in short supply, buyers don't have the luxury of taking their time, teasing sellers with low ball offers, demanding that every little thing be fixed and shopping for homes with multiple real estate agents.  Do these five steps instead.

Make a good first impression.  When you find the home you want, send the seller a letter along with your offer outlining why you love the home.

Get pre-approved by a lender.  Not only will you know how much home you can buy, you'll be ready to make an offer quickly.

Shop within your price range.  In a seller's market, it's wise to shop for homes within or slightly below your price range.  This will give you more room to make a full price offer or above in case the home you want is in a bidding war.

Be flexible.  No home is perfect.  To get more home for your money, try to look past old or ugly finishes and visualize the home with new finishes.

Be ready.  Be ready to see a new listing at a moment's notice and be ready to make an offer.
For more information on buying and selling a home, call FRITZ.