July 2018
Natalie Swanson | 925-580-9829

What a great 4th of July!

Congratulations to our winner Katie Nannini.
Thank You to everyone for your kind words and appreciation of a simple gesture to bring the communities that we live in and work in together. The Natalie Swanson Real Estate Team placed an American flag in the front yards of a few of the Livermore neighborhoods - Tempo, Sunset East, The Oaks and Arroyo Crossings. We then requested folks to pick up that flag and take a selfie and post it to their Instagram account and tag us. There was a random drawing and the winner won a deluxe basket filled with poppers, goodies and more!!
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The July 2018 Real Estate Weather Report features statistics and analysis about real estate activity during June 2018 in the East Bay. It compares market activity during June 2018 with June 2017. The information provided in this video is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Bay East Association of REALTORS® or its Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

If We Have Real Estate…
Do We also Have Fake Estate?

If so, how about a house swap? A house-swap can put you into a home in your ideal location at a fraction of the cost of a hotel for the same amount of time, or more!
House swapping is a decades old vacationing practice. Today there are many home-swapping websites to choose from, allowing you to use reviews and other customer information to evaluate opportunities.

Experienced house-swappers Mona and Gary Spencer advise using that information fully. "We've spent a month every summer in different parts of the world, and the experiences have been priceless. We usually know what to expect because we contact references and talk to people who've been in the house. We also prefer simultaneous exchanges, rather than one-sided exchanges. We figure if we're living in their house and they in ours, we'll take care of each other's homes."

House swapping sites are not free. You'll need to pay a membership fee to have access to listings and to list your own home. Fees range between $9/month and $39/month, sometimes paid annually.

Here are three special tips from experienced swappers: 1. Get home exchange insurance. Some swapping sites provide this. 2. Be clear about expectations—yours and theirs. Make sure you know if the kitchen is fully stocked, if there is a person to contact with problems, etc. 3. If possible, get your swapper to show you their airline tickets to prove they're committed to showing up. "If they're very experienced exchangers," says Mona Spencer, "we don't bother with the proof. But if they're new, we explain why we want to see tickets."

Thank You Friends!

Thank You to all of our clients who’ve trusted us to serve them, and who have referred their friends, family and co-workers.
Special thanks to...
Bryan and Susan Daley
Bill and Ruth Gordillo 
Jessica Degwa 

Win a $5 Coffee Card— Monthly Quiz Contest

Enter today! Scroll down to find the July quiz question inside this newsletter, then send your answer. Each month, one correct answer will be drawn to win. It's that easy!

June's Q&A:
  • Question: How did the word "cattle" come to refer to a heard of cows?
  • Answer:From the word ‘chattel’, which refers to moveable property (as opposed to real estate).
Congratulations to last month's winner! ARIANA FLYNN

July Quiz:

Ice Cream Riddle

In this visual riddle by Budapest-based artist Gergely Dudás, the answer requires a little math. The riddle asks you to determine how much an ice cream cone, a scoop of white ice cream (let’s call it vanilla), and a scoop of pink ice cream (let’s call it strawberry) are worth, according to the logic of the puzzle.

Stare at the equations for a while, then send your answer!
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Featured Listing


1296 Ariel Dr.
Danville, CA 94506

4 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths
4,383 sq. ft. Lot Size 10,226 sq. ft.


Coming Soon!

642 Mojave Ave., Livermore CA 94550
Beds 3, Baths 2
1,200 Sq Ft Lot Size 6,690 Sq Ft

5409 Betty Circle, Livermore CA 94550
4 Beds, 2.5 Baths
2,363 Sq Ft, Lot Size 6,444 Sq Ft
4409 Clovewood Lane, Pleasanton CA 94588
Beds 4, Baths 3
2,200 Sq Ft Lot Size 7,440 Sq Ft

My Advice

I'm in College Now. When Should I Buy My First House?

Traditionally, many young graduates put off buying a house until they start thinking about getting married. But these days, as marriage rates are falling or young people are getting married later in life, they’re starting to think about buying a house earlier, while they're still independent.

They’re realizing it’s a long-term investment, much like a stock investment that earns compounding interest.

They realize that either the home will increase in value or their equity will increase over time—or both. Either way, they’re seeing buying a home as a smart long-term investment, whether they’re
getting married or not.

If you, or someone you know is in their twenties, please put us in touch with each other. Together we’ll sit down and create a buying plan that fits their income and lifestyle, so they can buy a home that will be a great long-term investment.

Home Décor DIY: 3D Wall Art Project

  • photos with clear forms
  • black poster board
  • foam board
  • double-sided tape or glue
  • wall putty
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • empty frames (thrift stores and garage sales)
  • black paint and a paintbrush
  • hammer and nails
  1. Cut figures from your photos. This is the first step to creating silhouettes.
  2. Trace the photo figures on the poster board and cut them out. Now you have the actual silhouettes.
  3. Cut small tabs from foam board and use strong double-sided tape or glue to stick them to the back of silhouettes. This prevents the silhouettes from puckering when you mount them on the wall and also adds a little dimension. A few pieces of foam on the back of each figure should do it—no one will see it, so be messy.
  4. Paint the frames, decide on an arrangement, and hang them. Test different designs on the floor before hanging.
  5. Position silhouettes within and around the frames and secure them to the wall using putty (apply the putty to the foam tabs and press it to the wall. You’re doing it right if the actual poster board shouldn’t touch the wall).
"Create Your Own Lifestyle"
Not sure how a certain style of flooring will look like in your space, use our Room Visualizer feature to test it out. Choose your room, your flooring and see your results before you make your decision!
Gary Wolfe
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34 South P Street
Livermore, CA 94550
4th of July


Congratulations to our winner
Katie Nannini.
Won a deluxe basket filled with poppers, goodies and more!!


Look for these on your door step soon.
Our team will be delivering these in the next couple of weeks.
Looking forward to seeing you all!

A Recommendation Is a Way to Say "I Care"

Recommending a service is a way of giving a gift of professionalism, so people you care about don’t get caught up in the wrong situation.

A real estate recommendation is easy to give. It’s as easy as sending your friends and family of my newsletter, or sending them a text saying, If you’re ever in the market for a real estate agent, give me a call: 925.580.9829
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