Fresno and Clovis Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

April 22, 2019

Today’s Fresno and Clovis Real Estate Market is proving to be ripe for Homebuyers

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a home, now is a great time to buy. When you find the right house, here are three topics I can help you learn about:

Low Mortgage Rates – When interest rates start to increase, monthly payments and total loan costs will increase as well.

Home Prices – The median home price has dropped back down to where it was a decade ago.

Owning vs. Renting is More Affordable – The average principal and interest payment has fallen well below the average rental rates.

I'm here to help you evaluate the house you want against the current market to make sure you get the right house at the best price with the least hassle. When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Call me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550.

 

Courtesy: KW

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April 15, 2019

Is It a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood?

When it comes to the location of your home in Fresno or Clovis, what's important to you? Maybe it's proximity to good schools, a short commute to work or attractive amenities for your family.

Does your current neighborhood fit the bill? If not, it might be time to consider moving.

One easy way to search for homes in an area you love is by downloading my mobile app, which allows for custom search filters in any area you choose. You simply draw the perimeter or drop a pin to find nearby listings. In addition to homes for sale or for lease, the map shows popular amenities like schools and attractions.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local  REALTOR®.

Call me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550.

 

Courtesy: KW

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April 8, 2019

Four Questions to Decide If You Should Stay or Go

Do you find yourself dreaming about a new home? Or, maybe you think it could be time to move to a new neighborhood. Ask yourself these questions to figure out if it's time to search for greener pastures: a new Fresno or Clovis home.

1) How happy are you with your current home?

If you're not feeling the love when you walk through the door, it may be time to start exploring available Fresno or Clovis homes on the market

2) Do you love your Fresno or Clovis neighborhood and schools?

If a good neighborhood, strong schools and neighbors you enjoy are important to you, and you feel like your current home leaves a bit to be desired, give me a call.

3) Do you have too little or too much home in Fresno or Clovis?

If the size of your family has changed recently, you may be left with a home that's too small or too large. Let's find a home that's just right.

4) Is it time to buy?

If you think it's time to make a move, give me a call and we can find a home in Fresno and Clovis that hits all the right notes.

When you're looking to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a  REALTOR® 

who will be by your side every step of the way.

 

Call me today for a personalized consultation: 559-779-5550. Courtesy: KW

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March 11, 2019

Three Ways to Add Livable Square Footage to Your Backyard in Fresno or Clovis

Bring the indoors outside by transforming your backyard into an additional living space. It's the easiest way to make your home in Fresno or Clovis feel bigger without an add-on. Bring the indoors outside by transforming your backyard into an additional living space. It's the easiest way to make your home feel bigger without an add-on.

Here are three ways to add livable square footage to your outdoor spaces:

1. Think "cozy." Outdoor furniture today goes well beyond the limited wrought iron and rigid plastic of the past. Look into comfortable outdoor seating options like cushy sofas and plush chaise lounges made of all-weather materials. And, add some shade for those hot Fresno and Clovis summers.

 

2. Electrify the atmosphere. Choose outdoor lighting options that add a soft, warm glow, like strings of café lights. Music also can create ambiance, so consider outdoor entertainment systems or portable speakers.

 

3. Fire it up. In addition to grills, a longtime backyard stalwart, add some warmth to your outdoor living spaces with a fire pit. Pre-assembled, propane-powered pits are available, or try DIY-ing your own and fueling it with firewood. However you do it, warm up those cold Fresno and Clovis winter nights.

 

Looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate? Let's talk about it.

Call today for a personalized consultation: 559-779-5550

 

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March 4, 2019

Is Your Home Smart?

In the past few years, home automation has progressed light years beyond The Clapper® of yesteryear. Today, many home features can be automated, from door locks to light switches to thermostats.

These smart home devices, many of which are managed via smartphone or tablet, can work independently or as one unified system through a hub. Implementation of these devices is becoming more and more mainstream, much to the benefit of the booming home automation sector, which is projected to be worth more than $121 billion by 2020.

Some of the biggest benefits of home automation are increased security – such as through cameras and video doorbells – and energy efficiency – such as through thermostats that adapt your home's temperature to your schedule. For the elderly and homeowners with disabilities, smart home technology increases accessibility through options like voice-controlled light switches or automated lawn watering.

As smart home features become more commonplace, home buyers will begin to demand homes that are outfitted with the technology, and the market value of smart homes will continue to increase.

Looking to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate? Let's talk about it.

Call me today to arrange for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550.

 

(Courtesy: KW)

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Feb. 21, 2019

Three Kitchen Upgrades to Help Boost Your Home's Value

You may have heard that investing in upgrading your kitchen may yield a return when it comes time to sell. Here are three easy updates you can make that may boost the value of your home:

1. Give your cabinets a facelift.

Instead of gutting your cabinets and starting from scratch, keep everything but the cabinet doors. New cabinet faces are an inexpensive way to give your kitchen an updated look. Go for a classic Shaker finish for a timeless appeal and don't forget new hardware for a finishing touch.

2. Opt for accessibility.

With more multigenerational families sharing homes, consider upgrades that could improve ease of use for everyone, like side-opening ovens placed at counter height or touch-activated kitchen faucets.

3. Get creative with storage.

Lazy susans can transform a pantry into a storage goldmine. Swapping cabinets for deep drawers creates easier access to small appliance storage, dishes and cookware, or trade one of your lower cabinets for a popular amenity like a wine or beverage fridge, which buyers love.

When you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, you need a Realtor® that will be by your side every step of the way.

 

(Courtesy:KW)

Call me today for a personalized consultation: 559-779-5550

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Feb. 13, 2019

Comfort is Trending for 2019

A consensus of home decorators agree that comfort is trending for 2019. More people are seeking warm colors, intimate spaces and a casual but sophisticated lifestyle.

Designers looking to pair physical coziness with emotional comfort forecast seven decor trends:

Scaled down furnishings - After years of favoring large furniture and open spaces, consumers are aiming for a ‘nesting’ environment and choosing smaller pieces arranged in more intimate settings.

Wall coverings - The return to traditionalism brings with it a return to wallpaper, fabric wall coverings and murals. Expect to see plenty of rich shades of green in fabric and wallpaper patterns.

Color changes - While blues and indigos have been huge in recent years, green is the new blue for 2019 and is likely to be used in everything from upholstery patterns to kitchen furnishings.

Color ‘pops’ - People are ditching beige minimalism in favor of fun colors, especially in family-friendly spaces. Yellow is the hottest color for small accent pieces–from ceramics to lamps to sofa pillows.

Warm woods and traditional styles - Antiques and even second-hand items are having their moment again, with consumers looking for skirted tables, wooden chests and other wood pieces with a sense of history.

Indoor and outdoor fireplaces - The coziness trend favors indoor fireplaces, working or not, with homey hearths as a nice spot to gather. Outdoors, fireplaces are preserving the joy of summertime barbecues.

Crafts and artisanal accents - In a world of increasing mass production, there has been a shift back to artisanal and boutique choices in pillows, wall hangings, quilts and other accent pieces all around the home.                                              

 Courtesy: KW

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Dec. 1, 2018

Can a Comparative Market Analysis help you?

To get an estimate of how much you should list your property for, you can request a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). A CMA is an informal estimate of market value, based on sales of comparable properties in your area. It generally takes into account various aspects of your home, including size, features, and annual costs. Reviewing comparable homes that have sold within the past year, along with the listing or asking price on current homes for sale, should help you determine a fair sale price for your property.

CMAs can include homes that are currently for sale and those which have recently sold. They can cover areas as narrow as one or two streets surrounding your home, or as broad as an entire subdivision.

A CMA is an informative tool, but like any tool, it doesn't work by itself. For this reason, the CMA will always need to be interpreted by a professional.

Remember, too, that a Comparative Market Analysis is also used as a buying tool. Real estate agents will typically share CMA reports with their clients as they consider buying homes in an area or neighborhood. Just as you can use the CMA to ask the highest possible price for your home, buyers can use it to roughly determine if your home is being listed at a fair market value.

Price it right

When you're ready to sell, don't make the mistake of overpricing. It could prove costly if it slows down the sale of your home or makes other homes look like a better value.

If you overprice your home, you could easily disappoint buyers who will compare your home to other homes within the same price range. Plus, you may eliminate a pool of potential buyers who are shopping for homes priced closer to your home's true market value, causing you to lose customers during the crucial first weeks that your home is on the market. And, the longer your home stays on the market, the more buyers may begin to reason that there is something wrong with the property.

Avoid a "price high then drop" strategy. You run into the risk of buyers believing that the home has flaws or that you are desperate to sell. If you accept a bid at an inflated price, your buyer may face financing problems, because an overpriced house will not appraise for the selling price.

Contact me for an unbiased estimate. We’ll evaluate all the information and come to an agreed, best price for your home.

Sellers: protect yourself and your home

Never allow random house hunters into your home unescorted. A serious buyer will be working with a real estate professional or should be willing to contact your agent to schedule an appointment. Also, always lock your valuables away before an open house. Many people will be walking through your house and it is impossible to monitor all of the areas of your home at the same time.

Let’s establish a good price from the start and get your home sold quickly. Contact me today to arrange for a Comparative Market Analysis of your home.

 

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Feb. 11, 2018

Four Questions to ask before Selling your Home

As spring and summer arrive and the school year comes to an end, buyers in  the Fresno and Clovis area will begin to search for their next home. If you're thinking about selling your home and making your next move, now is the time to plan for maximum exposure for your home.

I understand your unique needs as a home seller in the greater Fresno and Clovis area and I will evaluate your house against what is available in the area. Together, we will bring you top dollar for your home.

Here are four factors to consider:

  • 1. How does your home's size and layout compare to those in your neighborhood in Fresno or Clovis?
  • 2. What are the key selling points of your home?
  • 3. What small upgrades or improvements should be made before listing?
  • 4. What type of buyer should we target for your unique home?

Call me today to discuss the local market, and how my marketing plan will attract the right buyers for your home in the Fresno or Clovis area.

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Feb. 10, 2018

It’s Okay to be Wild on Fresno Property

Fresno property transforms into a true African setting at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Guests wandering through the African Adventure exhibit feel as if they have actually landed onto a different continent. Authentically styled habitats ensure thriving animals and the species here are content in their Fresno homes. A bit like on safari travelers will spot giraffes, lions, rhinos and elephants. Take a peek by viewing the live web cam here.

Listen to the roar of the lions well before spotting the pride. A magnificent herd of elephants trumpet in response nearby. White rhinos are in jeopardy in the wild. Stop by and learn all about them and how to help protect these majestic beasts. Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land. Spectators will be seeing spots as they zoom past.

The Sky Is in Reach Near Fresno Homes

Visitors get to know gentle giraffes up close and personal at the Twiga Terrace Feeding Station. Long and lanky, these sweet creature amble up close to accept lettuce leaves from friendly guests. Feeding the giraffes is an amazing experience for one and all. The views of the zoo are spectacular on top of the terrace. From these heights a 360 degree view of the savanna is seen making it easy to plan out where to explore next.

When planning the day at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo be sure to check the daily schedule. Keeper chats are great ways to pick up extra insight and information about favorite critters. Oftentimes other special events are in the works as well. Future generations hold the lives of exotic animals in their hands. Educational programs help teach them about animals when they are young. Designed just for four and five year olds, Tot Time introduces live animal friends to youngsters and features crafts and stories. Periodic zoo camps allow kids an intimate showing of the zoo. The Zoomobile heads out into the community on a regular basis with animal ambassadors ready to make new human friends.

 

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