March 2017

Natalie Swanson

Our Commitment to Home Sellers

  • Educate you about current market conditions
  • Prepare a professional Comparable Market Analysis
  • Communicate several times a week with you
  • Help you prepare your home for sale
  • Recommend which "Pre-Sale inspections are appropriate for your property
  • Provide an excellent list of subcontractors
  • Coordinate the subcontractor work
  • Implement an aggressive Marketing Plan for your property
  • Negotiate expertly on your behalf
  • Be present at escrow signing appointment at title company
  • Provide a complete file on CD after close
  • Offer continued service beyond the close of escrow

Watch the transformation of this simple home into a charming gem. We want to help you sell your home for less stress, most amount of money and least amount of time.

How Long Should You Own a House before Selling?

The length of time that people stay in their homes goes through cycles. If you bought a home before the 1960's, there was a good chance you stayed there your whole life. If you bought a home in the 1990's and early 2000's, there was a good chance you kept it only five years before moving on. Since 2007, however, homeowners have been staying in place longer, with the average now being about nine years.

The reasons have less to do with cultural affinity for staying put, and more to do with economics. Today’s sharply rising home prices seem to offset any increases in equity gained by home owners, leaving them frozen in place. But many home owners still want to upsize. So what can they do?

They need to be creative, such as looking for homes with attached apartments, looking in new locations, or running the numbers to see if a fixer as trade up property makes sense. If you or someone you know needs perspective on moving up in today’s market, give me a call to talk about your situation.

Thank You Friends!

Thank you to all my friends who've trusted me to help them and their friends, family, & co-workers. Special thanks this month to...
Branden & Tara Smith
Amy Heath
                           Rupy Randhawa

Win a Free $10 Coffee Card!

It's easy to win! Look for the quiz question in this email, then click the button to email your answer. Last Month's Quiz & Answer:
     Q: What does the average adult human heart weigh?
     A: 8.5oz/250g (women) - 10.5oz/300g (men), less than a can of soda.
Congratulations to Last Month's Winner!  Doug Bell

March Quiz Question

What is the typical color of the sky looking up from the surface of Mars?
Click to send your answer

Do open houses work…or are they a waste of time?

There are definite reasons to hold open houses, and reasons to not hold open houses. Read this report to evaluate your best course of action!
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Increase your purchasing power! Ask Maureen about UNISON HOMEBUYER

Maureen Torrento
Sr. Loan Consultant
2300 First Street, Suite 350 Livermore CA 94550
NMLS ID 267095


How can UNISON HOMEBUYER help me?
Unison HomeBuyer helps you buy the home you really want, today, rather than waiting or settling for less. Unison can contribute up to half of your down payment, investing alongside you. The money is not a loan, so there is no interest or monthly payments. Instead, Unison hopes to earn a return on its investment from a share of the appreciation when you sell your home at a profit - up to 30 years in the future. You can also buy them out in 3 years.

Just For Fun: IOU What?

A woman went to a lawyer. “My neighbor owes me $500, and he won’t pay up. But I don’t have the loan in writing. What should I do?”

The lawyer said “Easy! Write a letter asking for the $5,000 he owes you.”

“But he only owes me $500,” the woman said.

“And when he writes you back to tell you that, then you’ll have your proof!”

Featured Listing

Thrasher Ave | $650,000
Livermore, CA 94551
3B, 2B, 1048 sq. ft., Lot size 6,000

Fully upgraded home is a turnkey solution for anyone who is looking for functionality and charm. Gourmet kitchen has all stainless-steel appliances, granite counter tops. Resort like backyard has custom pebble tec pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and BBQ Island. Convenient to both Interstate 580 as well as Hwy 84 and minutes from the ACE Rail Station and BART.

Coming Soon

323 Quartz Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
1,524 sq. ft.  Lot 7,861 sq. ft.

Covellite Lane
Livermore, CA 94550

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
2,116 sq. ft.  Lot 10,059 sq. ft.

To get current  information on Coming Soon properties visit our website 
Tim Gillis, Team Member

Tim Gillis has been with the team since August 1st 2016 and brings a ton of energy with him. He comes to the team with 2 ½ years of real estate experience in property management. His vast experience in different service and sales industries makes him extremely adaptable to the many roles one has to own to thrive in the real estate industry.
Patiently getting a deep understanding of client needs in the beginning of the process allows Tim to present a stress free home transaction experience, which leads to truly satisfied customers. He truly enjoys helping clients get their homes market-ready and positioning the property to sell.
Born in Manchester England, he moved to the US with his family as a young boy. Tim had the opportunity to live in many different states in the US while growing up, which gives him a very unique perspective on different cultures and people. His passion is luxury cars and learning about any kind of fabrication, building or repairing materials. In his free time, he loves to travel and play Futbol.
Reasons to work with our team
"As we were first time home sellers and were planning to buy at the same time in a different city, we were dreading about plunging into this process, and stress involved. We knew the only way to make it simpler was finding the right realtor. In the very first meeting with Natalie, we figured she had the most ideal team.
Specific aspects that set her apart:
  • Her clarity about real estate and intuition based on years of market trends
  • Timely follow up and execution as per initial planning
  • Help in prioritizing the budget on just the essential fixes to make the home desirable and welcoming
  • Negotiation tactics in order to keep both parties at ease
  • Honest in her opinions, efficient in managing and friendly in every interaction
She was able to package her service precisely for us which sets her apart from traditional realtors. Working with Natalie was a learning process, and we enjoyed every bit of it. We highly recommend her. There is a reason why she is the best in the area."
Deepak Lakshmanan and Suprabha Deepak
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $625K in Livermore, CA

"Please, Close Off My Kitchen"

For years the concept of a grand room with an open kitchen has been all the rage. Countless walls have been knocked down as a result, and it’s rare to find newer houses without open kitchens.

But is the tide turning? Are we returning to days when the kitchen was an isolated room where smells were trapped and messes hidden?

Increasingly home builders are hearing requests from customers for a closed off kitchen, and remodeling companies are being asked to put the walls back.

Perhaps it's a matter of the grass being greener on the other side...if you've lived your life with a closed-off kitchen, maybe you want an open space. And if you've lived your life with an open floor plan, maybe the novelty of a closed-off kitchen is appealing.

This is a natural cultural shift. If you look at homes from the 1920's, bathrooms were seldom put inside a master bedroom, kitchens were almost always isolated, and garages weren’t attached. By contrast, homes built in the last 20 years typically have attached garages, large master baths, and open kitchens.

But there’s a shift taking place among builders, who take their cues from the market. People are starting to ask for smaller homes and cozier spaces, pushed in part by high property costs and in part by a desire for simplification.

Ultimately, the footprint of homes over the next several decades will depend on the cultural preferences of people who live in an area, since we tend to take our housing cues from one another in a community.

Want to Pocket an Extra $5,000 When Selling Your Home?

I specialize in pointing out simple, inexpensive things you can do to help your home sell for thousands more. Schedule a time for us to talk about making your next move as profitable as possible!


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