First and foremost, my condolences on the loss of your loved one. It’s never easy to lose someone.

There are so many things you’re probably finding yourself having to deal with, beyond just the sadness of your loss. It’s hard to ever be entirely ready or prepared for everything that has to be thought about and addressed.

One of the more obvious things people expect to have to handle is the “estate” of someone who has passed. However, it’s often more involved and complex than many people expect. “Estate” is a broad term that involves many different things.

And one of the largest elements of one’s estate is typically the real estate they owned.

This booklet will touch upon a few of the more common, but unexpected, issues people find themselves dealing with when handling the real estate portion of the estate.

This is not a comprehensive “how-to” but rather a look at some issues most people (and even most real estate agents) do not expect or address — until they’re in the middle of dealing with them.

Hopefully this booklet will help you avoid them altogether or at least help you to identify and deal with them more readily when they arise.

Again, my thoughts and condolences go out to you, and please feel free to reach out to me with any real estate related questions you may have.

NOTE: If you have extended family who will be involved in the estate and real estate related decisions, and you’d like additional copies of this booklet for them, please just ask and I will send you some copies.

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It's official, the market has shifted!

The Bay Area real estate market has been experiencing a slow down, and beyond the seasonal slow down. There has been more homes on the market, which gives more options for buyers. Homes have been staying on the market for longer days on market. Prices are cooling down. More inventory but less homes being sold. Here are a few articles on what’s going on here in the Bay Area.


C.A.R. releases its 2019 California Housing Market Forecast
Market shift underway as housing shortage issue becomes demand issue

It’s Official: California Housing Market is experience shift

Homes Flying Off The Market In Record Time Thanks To Low Inventory

According to the Housing Shortage Report from, the United States is currently experiencing the most serious inventory shortage in 20 years. The historically low inventory is driving up home prices across the country. However, that's not stopping homes from selling like hotcakes. According to recent data from the National Association of Realtors, homes stayed on the market for an average of 26 days in April—that's down from 30 in March and the fewest number of days since the Association began tracking the data back in 2011.

The Takeaway

If you've been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to do it. There's never been a better time to get top dollar for your home. And if your sale follows the trend, you're likely to have a "Sold" sign in your front lawn by this time next month.

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15 Before & After Photos That Prove the Power of Home Staging

There's no denying it: Homes that are staged well definitely stand out. Not only does the right amount of decluttering, organizing and accessorizing make your home more attractive, it can actually increase its value. According to the National Association of Realtors' 2015 Profile of Home Staging Report, 32 percent of buyers' agents believe their clients are willing to offer one percent to five percent more for staged homes. What's more, 81 percent of agents said home staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their future home. If that's not enough to convince you, take a look at these before-and-after photos to really illustrate how powerful home staging can be.

1. Cool kitchen

Attractive barstools and place settings make you want to sit right down for lunch! The hardware upgrade on the cabinets makes a big difference too.

2. Dining room do-over

A fresh coat of paint and right-sized furniture create an appetizing room that's welcoming without being over-the-top. (Removing that potty chair from the picture was a wise move as well.)

3. Room with a view

This living room went from sad to sophisticated with the help of the right furnishings and accessories. Who could focus on that stunning view with those flimsy outdoor chairs in the way?

4. The personal touch

Homeowners are often advised to keep their rooms neutral and remove many of their personal effects. But by adding a few well-placed items to the countertops, this kitchen just became a lot more enticing.

5. The beauty of decluttered space

Organizing and decluttering go hand-in-hand with home staging. It's a shame to bury a fireplace behind so much stuff.

6. Updated decor

Many consumers have a hard time envisioning themselves in a space if the decor is too distinctive or distracting. Keeping items current and appealing to all is a way to attract as many buyers as possible.

7. Bedrooms don't need to be bold

While you may love the idea of an extreme shade, not everyone wants to wake up to dramatic hues. In addition to lightening the wall color, moving the bed away from the window enhances the view.

8. Brighter bathroom

Nothing makes a bathroom sparkle like clean, cream-colored walls. Fresh-flowers, white hand towels, and an elegant soap dispenser take this bathroom from drab to eye-catching without any remodeling required..

9. Gorgeous guest room

This stunning space was packed with potential but failed to live up to it. In addition to new chairs, the right lighting and taking the photo from a better angle transformed this room.

10. Wall art adds a wow factor

The right wall hangings can take a room from comfortable to curated with minimal effort.

11. Less is more

Home stagers will often suggest placing some of your items in a storage unit to make your rooms appear more open and spacious. This photo illustrates why that's such a smart idea.

12. Accent on color

The walls can stay neutral but adding a pop of color through accent pieces like throw pillows and well-placed chairs pull a room together.

13. Let there be light.

This attic bedroom went to dim and dreary to quaint and cozy with the addition of a nightstand and table lamp. The complementary geometric patterns bring interest to the small space without overwhelming it.

14. Empty just isn't as appealing

Even if an empty room looks great on its own, showing buyers how to show off the space is inspiring.

15. Every detail counts

In case you needed any additional convincing that home staging makes an enormous difference, this montage of makeovers should do the trick.

Selling a House During a Divorce

Considering everything you’re thinking, feeling, and dealing with, one of the last things you want to think about is selling your house.  Selling a house is a stressful thing to do even when you’re not getting divorced. But when you are, it can be even more stressful.  Hopefully this guide will help you along the way and make it as smooth of a process as

First off, you’re not alone. (I was one of them who had to sell a house with my ex-boyfriend.  We weren't married, but still, a break-up is the same thing. We also had to
deal with Family Law because we had a child together).  While there are many reasons people sell a house, divorce is certainly a common one.  And because of that, we agents
see the most common issues time and time again.

This guide was written to help you understand some common issues you should expect and how to deal with them.  While this is not legal, marital, or financial advice, hopefully this guide will help you protect yourself from losing time, money, and your sanity while selling your house.
We’ll begin by looking at some of the common roots of the problems. Then we’ll get into some of the most typical problems, followed by what you should do to make the sale of
your house as smooth as possible.

With that said, this guide might not cover every question or concern you might have.  So, if you have a thought or a question you’d like a real estate agent’s perspective on,
please feel free to reach out to me directly. I’m glad to help.  Download the guide here.

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