Monday, April 11, 2016

GlassHouse Keeps Your Home in Check!

More time living at home and less time maintaining it . . . sound good?  Unless we are diligent about their upkeep, our homes are going to become worse with wear and that's just the stuff we can see.  But it's the items that you can't see that can really cost the big bucks and leave you a little shell-shocked come time to sell.  Outdated foundations, leaking roofs, water intrusion and active infestations behind walls can all lead to expensive repairs . . . a plumbing leak is problematic enough without compounding the damage by waiting too long to make the repair, but add to that ongoing small maintenenace issues like air filters, dryer vents, removing debris from gutters.  So what is the answer?  Enter, "Glasshouse" which literally manages your house for you.  For a small monthly fee, your home will have a proactive service with four quarterly maintenance visits a year--a wellness check-up if you will.  Your home will have someone checking and maintaing the working components of appliances, water heaters, HVAC system, gutters, toilets, pipes, etc.  To sign up for an appointment and find out more about this amazing service, visit  For more information about all your real estate needs, call FRITZ.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Must-Dos Before Showing a Home

Thoughtful home staging is more than just tidying up and cleaning every room.  It could mean a quick sale and higher selling price if done right.  Here are five ways you can leave a positive impression on potential buyers.

Eliminate Clutter.  Clear the clutter from around your home.  It's easy to overlook things you see every day, so try to approach all spaces with fresh eyes.  Consider having a friend come over to help point out unnecessary items.  Larger pieces like coat racks and side tables can make a room feel smaller.

Clean Out Storage Spaces.  Make space in kitchen and bathroom cupboards, closets and other storage areas.  Pack up items you don't regularly use and put them out of sight or donate them. Leaving these area completely full may give potential buyers the impression that your home doesn't have enough storage.

Clear the Way.  Make sure potential home buyers can move through your house easily.  Remove furniture that blocks the flow of traffic or hinders sight lines.

Remove Personal Items.  Family pictures, children's artwork and other personal items should be removed to avoid distraction.  Personal belongings can also make it hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Remember Curb Appeal.  Make a strong first impression by sprucing up your front yard and entryway.  Replace the house numbers and exterior light fixtures if necessary.  Keep the lawn mowed, plants maintained and free of clutter and toys.

For more information about how to sell your home fast and for the right price, contact FRITZ.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Here Are The Top Features That Help Sell Homes Fastest

From the Pacific Union blog:
What makes one home sell overnight and another languish on the market for weeks on end?  A recent study identified a half dozen attributes such as architectural style and amenities that caught the interest of home buyers, and the results, while hardly scientific, open a window on current trends in real estate . . . read more.  For more information on buying and selling a home, call FRITZ.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Alameda's East End Attracts with Schools, Parks and Recreation

From the Pacific Union blog:
The island of Alameda used to be considered a bit of a local secret, but times have certainly changed. With the announcement that Google is planning to open an office at the former Alameda Naval Air Station and the general shortage of available homes throughout the Bay Area, the island city has become a highly desireable location for both East Bay homebuyers and those coming from San Francisco . . . read more:

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pacific Union's January 2016 Real Estate Update

Bay Area home shoppers who ventured out in the first month of 2016 were in luck, as the amount of homes for sale expanded in every one of our regions, although conditions still mostly favor sellers. See how 2016 kicked off in the world of Northern California real estate in our January real estate report.  For more information on this and all your real estate needs, contact FRITZ.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

US, Bay Area Housing Markets Finish the Year Strong

From the Pacific Union blog:
The national housing market enjoyed a sizable annual improvement in December, with the Bay Area's two major metro areas also flexing their muscles.  Read all about it at  For more information on this and for all your real estate needs, call FRITZ.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's Never Too Late for New Year's Real Estate Resolutions

From the Pacific Union blog:
The year 2016 is already more than a week old, but it's never too late to adopt a smart set of resolutions to help guide you through the year ahead.  Whether you are a home buyer or a seller---or might become one or the other over the course of the year---take a look at Pacific Union's roundup of real estate resolutions for the new year.  They're online at  Contact FRITZ for all your real estate needs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dining, Shopping, and Prime Location Make Oakland’s Grand Lake a Hot Destination

From the Pacific Union blog:
As in other highly walkable and vibrant East Bay neighborhoods, demand for real estate in Oakland's Grand Lake remains intense, driving up home prices and ensuring speedy sales.

Grand Lake enjoys a favorable, central location just north of Interstate 580, a perk for residents who commute via car.  Downtown Oakland and the 19th Street BART station are about two miles away and accessible via several bus lines.  AC Transit also offers trans-bay service to downtown San Francisco via the B and NL routes, both of which make stops in the neighborhood's heart . . . read more . . .  For information about real estate in the Grand lake area and other areas of the East Bay, call FRITZ.