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5 HOME IMPROVEMENTS TO BOOST YOUR CHANCES OF SELLING

To increase the odds of a quick, well-priced sale, make the effort to get your home viewer ready.  It is important when selling a home you do a few minor improvements that can be extremely persuasive when it comes to appealing to buyers.  Buyers need to envision the homes as his or hers, not yours.  You want to try to make your home look less like you and more like a new house.  Doing the simple and inexpensive things can speed the sale of your home and ensure a fair selling price.

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1.  DO A THOROUGH CLEANING:  It should go without saying, dust bunnies and dirty windows are going to be turnoffs to most buyers.  They are looking to buy a “new” house, so any signs lack of upkeep will be viewed negative.  It’s worth hiring a service to clean carpeting and remove stains from upholstery.

2.  UPDATE THE BATH:  If your toilet seat is worn, stained or dated, put in a new one (the cost is about $30 and the job takes less than 10 minutes).  Replace the shower curtain and liner.  Re-caulk around the tub, when this job is done right it will score lots of points with prospective buyers.

3.  IMPROVE THE LIGHT:  Everyone loves light, so make sure draperies are open and replace missing or dim light bulbs.  If your compact fluorescent lights have dimmed over time, replace them.  When showing the home turn on all lights and open all windows, even in the middle of the day.

4.  CLEAR OUT CLUTTER:  Get serious about throwing out or donating stuff you don’t need.  Closets, and cabinets should have space and not be packed full.  Remove unnecessary and unused furniture from rooms to help make rooms look larger.  You are getting ready to move so start packing all of the knickknacks and personal items.

5.  PAINT OVER RISKY COLOR CHOICES:  If your bedroom is purple or your living room is orange, cover it up with a nice light beige.  Even if your house is already painted in neutral colors, consider repainting rooms where the walls and ceilings are stained or faded.  Nothing makes rooms look new like a fresh coat of paint and it’s one of the most affordable ways to update your space.

A FEW EXAMPLES OF DE-CLUTTERING, RE-ARRANGING, CLEANING, PAINTING, AND LIGHT…..

All of these examples are from homes using the same furniture they already had.

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NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN ANTIOCH

 

BASES LOADED IS NOW SCENDS DEUX

Deborah Nickelson, of Antioch, is the new owner of Scends Deux restaurant in Antioch, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nickelson is taking over the Bases

Deborah Nickelson, of Antioch, is the new owner of Scends Deux restaurant in Antioch, CA
The Bases Loaded restaurant in Antioch has a new owner and with that brings many changes.  Deborah Nickelson of Antioch is the new owner of Scends Deux restaurant.  The restaurant at the corner of G street and West 4th street is scheduled to have a grand opening on August 30th.
The new owner believes her family’s time-tested menu and experience in the industry will be the recipe for success.  Debora Nickelson’s Cajun-soul food eatery, Scends deux is slated for a soft opening on Saturday and a grand opening on Aug. 30.

JUST LISTED – WILLOW LAKE ROAD IN DISCOVERY BAY

I would like to introduce you to my newest listing is at 1555 Willow Lake Road in Discovery Bay.

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This home is over 2700sqft on a large lot overlooking the Discovery Bay Marina

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4 bedrooms with a huge bonus room and 2 bathrooms

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Beautiful eastern exposure views

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Large back deck

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Updated kitchen

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Custom cabinets with pull outs

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Kitchen family room combo with fireplace

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Upgraded master bathroom with jet tub

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3 car extra deep garage and side yard access

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For more info and to have pictures and video sent to your phone call 888-881-6801 enter home code 21880#

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Contact me with any questions or to schedule a showing of this home.

Kari Cross – Intero Real Estate Services

925-584-1640

kcross@interodb.com

RECENT CELEBRITY HOMES (LISTED/PURCHASED/SOLD)

Nascar Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli Sells Mansion for $4.85 Million

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Nascar crew chief Greg Zipadelli is finally looking at his mansion on Lake Norman from the rear-view mirror.

Zipadelli, now the competition director for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing, has sold his massive estate in Mooresville, NC.  Originally listed for $6.8 million back in August 2013, the home ultimately closed in mid-March for nearly $2 million less than the decorated crew chief’s original ask of $4.85 million.  He paid just $1.175 million for the property back in May of 2007.

Built in 2008, the Tudor-style mansion sits on a nearly one-acre lot overlooking Lake Norman and has a total of five bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and two half baths. Highlights include mansion-standard amenities such as a gourmet kitchen, formal living areas and a wine cellar, along with a few unique perks. A decked out man cave comes complete with a wet bar, video game arcades and a pool table; and Zipadelli’s personal office sits adjacent to his garage.  Outside, the scenery of Lake Norman takes center stage from a wide patio area that includes an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, and a pool with a hot tub. A pathway leads from the home to a private dock on the water.

 

Hayden Pannetierre sold her Hollywood home for $3.075 million

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After settling into Nashville, TN, earlier this year, actress Hayden Pannetierre has officially bid adieu to the Hollywood scene—at least, as far as her home in Los Angeles is concerned.Realtor.com® has confirmed that the television and film star has parted ways with her house in the celebrity-preferred Hollywood Hills West neighborhood. News of Pannetierre’s home sale was first reported by TMZ and records show the property changed hands in an off-market deal for $3.075 million in early February.  Pannetierre paid $2.635 million for the property back in March of 2008.

Built in 1962, the stylish residence has been updated to include designer finishes, wood flooring, recessed lighting and other luxury touches. An open floor plan of 3,120 square feet contains three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and an office.  Outside, 180-degree views of Hollywood take center stage thanks to a large, entertaining space with a pool.

Earlier this year, Pannetierre purchased a home in the country music capital after two years of working in the city on the ABC hit series “Nashville.” In addition to her Nashville home, Pannetierre reportedly owns a penthouse apartment in Hollywood, FL.

 

Gwyneth Paltrow pays $14 million for new home with Chris Martin

Realtor.com® has confirmed that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, have purchased Lautner’s Garwood Residence in Point Dume. The couple paid $14 million for the home.

Presiding over a little more than an acre overlooking over Little Dume, the Garwood Residence sits hidden from the outside world behind tropical landscaping that provides the perfect cover for the celebrity haven.  A primitive covered pathway leads the way to the one-acre summit, where the 3,650-square-foot home sits. Three bedroom suites, a chef’s kitchen and a media room have perfectly framed views of the ocean through rows of floor-to-ceiling windows, while outer buildings with separate yoga and art studios offer places to escape for the creative type. For the sports enthusiast, there is a custom, full-size tennis court designed by the legendary tennis player and art dealer Gene Mako.  Outside, the landscaping design is punctuated by jungle gardens filled with fruit trees, a pebble-stone pool, and an outdoor master steam room and rain shower. A private pathway leads to the shore and a protected cove that presents the perfect place for boating visitors to drop anchor.

 

Vince Vaughn Buys $6.5 million home from Trojan’s football coach

In early March we learned that the former USC Trojans football coach had sold his Manhattan Beach, CA  7,300-square-foot custom Craftsman home to Vince Vaughn for $6.5 million.

Built by Nick Schaar in 2002, the rustic-contemporary Craftsman enjoys a half-acre lot and has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The grounds include a saltwater swimming pool and spa, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and a guest house.  Inside, vaulted ceilings and a wealth of windows give the home an airy feel. An enormous living room is highlighted by a stone fireplace. The country kitchen comes complete with commercial-grade appliances, a center island and a breakfast nook that faces toward the backyard. The master suite features a private sitting area, a pair of walk-in closets, a steam shower and a spa room.

 

Zac Efron Lists His Home For Sale $2.849 million

Newly listed in the Hollywood Hills West area of Los Angeles is a home owned by the film and television actor. Zac Efron is asking $2.849 million for the Case Study Program home designed by esteemed architect Rodney Walker.

Built in 1947, the home of the “High School Musical” star has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,400 square feet of living space. Telescoping walls of glass add an organic dimension to the open floor plan, and open the interiors to a large deck and impressive views. Shaded by mature trees, grounds spanning one-third acre offer a relaxed state of living with various patios and an infinity pool with a private cabana.

 

Kari Cross – Intero Real Estate Services

925-584-1640

kcross@interodb.com

 

DIVORCE AND REAL ESTATE

If you are like most couples, your home is one of your most valuable assets.  It is important to know what your options are and how to protect yourself.  I specialize in helping couples decide what is best for their unique situation.  It is important to contact a Realtor to help guide you through the process.

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TOP THREE MOST ASKED QUESTIONS FROM COUPLES GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE

1.  Do I have to sell to divide equity?

Not necessarily.  The equity in the house can be shared in a number of ways.  Selling is one option, but a buyout could also be possible.  If you opt for a buyout, it is important to remember that removing one spouse from the deed does not relieve them from the liabilities and responsibilities of the mortgage loan.

2.  Who is responsible for paying the home mortgage?

A separation or divorce agreement may specify that one spouse make the mortgage payments but if both spouses’ names are on the mortgage, both are liable if the paying spouse defaults on the loan.  The only way to protect yourself from being liable for the mortgage debt is if the other spouse qualifies and resonances the loan into only their name.

3. What if we owe more than the home is worth?

If you owe more money on your mortgage than the home is worth and it is not likely that either spouse will be able to pay for the home, a short sale might be the best option for you.  In a short sale, the mortgage lender agrees to allow the home to be sold for less than is owed on the mortgage.

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Contact me for all you real estate related questions.

Kari Cross – Intero Real Estate

kcross@interodb.com

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6 BEDROOM HOME ON OVER 12 ACRES FOR SALE

Luxury country living is exemplified in this exceptional rural estate, custom built in 2007 . This spacious 6 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom 7476sqft estate sits on 12.28 flat acres. Kitchen-family room combination, large upstairs entertainment area, huge game room with full wet bar, loft, home office, etc.  100% irrigated and fenced!. 6 stall horse barn, 4 car garage, 1 bedroom in-law suite attached to main home, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom separate home in the rear of property.  If you are interested in more information on this home contact me at kcross@interodb.com

HOFFMAN LANE

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FRONT OF HOME

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DINING ROOM

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BATHROOM

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MASTER SUITE

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MASTER BATHROOM

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GAME ROOM WITH FULL WET BAR

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BABY ROOM

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GIRLS BEDROOM

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BATHROOM

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BACK YARD VIEW

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Kari Cross – Intero Real Estate

kcross@interodb.com

 

DEEP WATER DISCOVERY BAY HOME FOR SALE

New home for sale in Discovery Bay.  This home is on the water on a premium lot…..  3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 1524sqft  Offered at $520,000.

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LARGE BACKYARD AND LARGE SIDE YARD

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DEEP WATER BOAT DOCK

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FAMILY ROOM – DINING ROOM – KITCHEN COMBO, WOOD FLOORS

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UPDATED MASTER BATHROOM

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Contact Kari Cross – Intero Real Estate Services

kcross@interodb.com

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