Some budget friendly tips to add value to your home!

The Niner’s stadium is expected to be completed in July with the first event, a San Jose Earthquakes games, scheduled for August 2nd. The new 68,500 seat stadium has “200-foot-wide video boards, a 27,000-square-foot rooftop garden, 1,180 solar panels and 2,700 TVs sprinkled through out the 1.85 million-square-foot venue.”

Thinking of going green by installing solar panels on your home? Solar panels have been found to add value to your home but it can depend upon whether you buy or lease the panels. Some buyers may be put off by having to assume the solar panel leasing contract which could detract from the value of your home.

This week is “Dine Downtown” restaurant week where you can dine at some of San Jose’s downtown restaurants and sample “three-course, specially priced prix fixe dinners at great savings”. Sysco, who is sponsoring the event, will donate $1 to Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen for each prix fixe dinner sold. Click on the link  to see the participating restaurants and to find out more information.

After living in a home for a while, it’s easy to forget some of the features that may appeal to buyers. Here is a great list of things to make sure you mention when marketing a home for sale.
Diridon Station, which is near the SAP Center and is San Jose’s largest Caltrain hub, won the city’s approval on its plan to add up to “4.96 million square feet of office/R&D/industrial space, 424,000 square feet of retail, 2,600 residential units and 900 hotel rooms within its boundaries”.
This article from HouseLogic lets you know how “Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10% to 15%”. Planting trees and native plants as well as adding outdoor lighting and fencing can really add value to your home. Find out more by clicking on the link below.

Applying for a mortgage often takes longer than you think because of the paperwork and the time needed to gather the documents required. I advise my clients to start this process as soon as possible so they can understand the different mortgage options available to them. Here are some additional tips to help make applying for a mortgage easier.

A hilltop or ocean view are the top two settings that buyers are looking for in a luxury property.

A hilltop or ocean view are the top two settings that buyers are looking for in a luxury property.

Trying to figure out whether it makes sense to buy a home or rent can be a complex one. When buying a home you need to consider not only the initial costs of the down payment and closing costs but the recurring costs like the mortgage, property taxes, insurance and home maintenance expenses as well as the opportunity cost of the lost investment income of the down payment. Click on the link to this interactive calculator from the NY Times to help you determine what makes the most sense for your situation.