Novato, CA Real Estate News

By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
I Can't Believe This Happened To Me! When I received this email saying: "Linda, Congratulations!  You're one of the top 5% most connected LinkedIn Members worldwide" I was shocked!  I feel very honored but I can't believe it happened to me.   Just recently hitting the 300K mark here on ActiveRain I was pleased as punch at that achievement...   now this and I feel on top of the moon! LOL! This might seem small to others but it's really huge to me.  So far this year my business has been booming.  I've been in business for 7 years now and the month of January is usually a very slow month for me but this January I had an unusual amount of business.  I am very thankful and appreciate all that I have been given. If you have recently achieved one or more business or personal goals, achievement...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Recently I hit a Big Milestone here on ActiveRain!" I know it might not be big to some but to me it was huge!  I just crossed over to the 3K mark here on AR.  Although I had planned on making it there a lot sooner than I did I am still proud of myself and what I have accomplished.  I realize that all this would not be possible if this wasn't one of the best communities to be active in.  I have met some of the most wonderful people from all over the United States and Canada that I would not have had the opportunity to meet if it wasn't for ActiveRain. My life has changed a lot since I joined but I am always drawn back to a place that I have found good friends and super SEO as an added bonus!                                  A Big Thank You ActiveRain!                                    ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Winding Down The Holiday Weekend" As the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend comes to a close I reflect on what has happened the past four days.  I always look forward to being with my family...  spending time catching up with what everyone is doing.  I also look forward to setting down and having a meal together...  it doesn't happen often enough throughout the year.  We always seem to talk about when we last got together...  someones birthday usually.  We then set aside some time to talk about what we are thankful for this past year.  Some of us might have had some bumpy roads since last Thanksgiving...  but we always seem to realize that we have it better than so many and it could always be worse.  All in all this past weekend has been pretty wonderful...  and I almost forgot I sure enjoye...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Thankful for my Family on Thanksgiving" We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Celebration this year.  Lots of good food and fabulous company.  This years dinner was at my daughters house.  Her house was decorated so beautifully and she made a delicious meal for us all. We all have so much to be thankful for...  and we were especially thankful that we could all spend this Holiday together! Thanksgiving 2012     "Happy Holidays"   You never get a second chance...   to make a Great First Impression!   Linda D. Pufford, ASPM With Divine Style Real Estate/Home Staging ~ Interior Redesign ~ Professional Color Consulting 707.217.0817 lpufford@withdivinestyle.com www.withdivinestyle.com Serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area    
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Looking Forward to a Fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday! With just two days from Thanksgiving and lots of preparation still to do I stopped for a moment to "Smell the Flowers".  Just a saying... but I felt it was really appropriate.  Fall is such a beautiful time of year...  gorgeous colors of nature everywhere.  No matter how far along you are with your Holiday preparation I hope you have a chance to take a moment to enjoy all the beauty around you... even for just a moment.  We have so much to be thankful for.    Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving with family and friends!   Can potential buyers see themselves living in your home? You never get a chance...  to make a Great First Impression! Linda D. Pufford, ASPM With Divine Style Real Estate/Home Staging ~ Interior Redesign ~ Professional C...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
  As a Stager would I go the Extra Mile if I thought it was Necessary? The answer is absolutely YES!  Without being told...  without the extra pay I would certainly go the extra mile if I thought it would make a big difference if a house would sale or not.  As a Home Stager I see things that I know could possibly cause a buyer to question and maybe turn them away from a home.  Sometimes I will go into a home to Stage It and find that the bathroom or Kitchen might need some cleaning or if the carpet isn't vacuumed I will curtaining take care of it rather then come back on another day and stage the home.  Then there are times when a home might need something extra like drapery panels at the windows to help the home look more appealing.  In this case I always ask first or suggest that they...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
LET ME TELL YOU A STORY...  A STORY WITH A VERY HAPPY ENDING!!! There once was a house...  a beautiful home with beamed ceilings, two stories with very large rooms.  It had 3 bedrooms with full baths for each one.  This lovely home was almost 2700 sq ft and had an enormous shop/storage in the basement level.  It was in a gated community with a tennis court and swimming pool.  This home was also situated in a gorgeous setting surrounded by trees and water. But this house was a very sad house.  It was vacant...  no children playing in the yard and no BBQ's on the large wrap around deck.  No one to sit down for a meal and enjoy the great cooking from it's six burner stove, no clothes or toys to put in the oversize closets in the halls and each room.  This home had no family to live in it a...
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
Spacious Novato 4/bd home just leased by agent Daniel Warren. Large private yard and access to Pleasant Valley School District. Rented at $2800. Thanks everyone!
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
4bed/2bath home rented in San Marin Neighborhood of Novato. Just two weeks on market and leasing agent Michael Kass closed at list price of $2650/month to very well qualified tenants. Thanks everyone!
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
RENTED! Gorgeous 4+bd/3ba home in Pointe Marin, Novato. Rented by Foundation Rentals leasing agent Michael Kass at list price $3995 with just two weeks on market.
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of August 13, 2012 a whopping 60% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of July 2012 73 homes (27 of which were distress sales) sold for an average final selling price of $580,285. The average original asking price of these homes was $591,492. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $144,900 to a high of $2,000,000. Of the 73 homes that sold 9 sold at their original asking prices and 24 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 106 days to sell. To see everything that is currently for sale through our MLS click here and register with me as your agent. To learn more about this area in general visit my website, search around this blog or contact me directly. Outdoor dining area near Paradise Foods and Boca Pizzeria in N...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of July 11, 2012 55% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of June 2012 68 homes sold (25 of which were distress sales) for an average final selling price of $513,900. The average original asking price of these homes was $535,525. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $140,000 to a high of $1,079,000. Of the 68 homes that sold 7 sold at their original asking prices and 30 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 123 days to sell To see all homes that are currently available for sale through our MLS click here and register with me as your agent. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog or feel free to contact me directly. Novato Library by Kelley Eling, Marin County Realtor
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Who Can Tell Me Why This Home Sold So Fast??? Yes, the housing market has picked up, but can you tell me why this house sold so fast?  Was it the pricing?  Was it the presentation?  Can the age of a home play a part in the sale?  How about the photo's that are placed online?  Was this home updated or remolded in anyway?  These are just a few of the questions that run through our minds when a home sells so quickly and successfully.  This home was recently for sale for $869,000. and this home was in contract with-in 10 days with multiple offers and sold for over asking price...  and yes the home was priced right and was beautifully presented...  and no it was not a new home, it was built in 1951.  The Kitchen was original to the home as well as the Bathrooms although they received minor u...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Helpful Home Staging Tips Transform a Fireplace in this Cozy Home!" On one of our recent Home Staging Consultations we recommended to these Homeowners what they could do to update the fireplace in their home before their house went up for sale.  In our Home Staging Consultations we recommend area's of your home that might need updating, repairing, cleaning, de-clutting, painting, improving and staging. This home already had a nice fireplace so our recommendation was to do a little improving and updating to make it stand out more and be a more welcoming focal point in the Living room.  Here are before and after photos of the fireplace.  You can see how a little paint and framing out the fireplace with some wood brought this fireplace to life. Before "With Divine Style" Home Staging Cons...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Helpful Staging Tips Transform the Entrance to this Lovely Home!" Giving your home a lasting First Impression can really make a difference.  On one of our recent Home Staging Consultations we recommended some home improvements, updates and repairs that needed to be made to help prepare this home for sale. These homeowners were very motivated and made all the necessary improvements to make their home stand out above the competition.  The outside of the home was painted in a lovely Taupe color with white trim so we suggested that they paint the front door a rich black.  The entry step needed a face lift so slate was installed on the front step and on the entry instead of the tile that was currently there.  Below you will see before and after pictures of how this home was updated and how ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
A Perfect Example of how a Staging Consultation can help sell a Home!  We got a call from one of our Preferred Realtor's to give a Home Staging Consultation on one of her listings.  We were to recommend to the homeowner any areas in the home that we thought might need updating, cleaning, de-cluttering and repairing before the house went on the market.  In the photos below you will see before and after photos of the Living room and the recommendations that were done by the homeowners.  After the homeowners completed all the list of things we recommended in our Staging Consultation we then were called in to Stage their Home. Before "With Divine Style" Home Staging After "With Divine Style" Home Staging This Homeowner did their homework and hired a Professional Realtor who knew the value o...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
FAQ #5 What if I don't like your Staging...  Can I get my money back? This is not a question I've heard frequently but it was a question once asked really made me think.  Honestly I was so surprised to hear this question that I really didn't know how to respond.  But as I thought about it I came to the conclusion that in reality I am not staging for one single person, not for the homeowner's taste or even the Realtor's taste...  I am staging each home I stage for as many potential buyers as possible.  To make the most impact to the broadest amount of people. So my response is now, if asked this question again: "You are hiring a trained staging professional, one who has your best interest at heart".  I'm staging your home for the type and style that it is, for the area that you live in a...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
FAQ #4 Once we accept an Offer can you pick up the Rental Furniture? This is a question I am frequently asked and my answer is this: "Are you sure you want me to?".  I have experienced the result of removing our Rental Furniture out of a vacant home that we had staged only to see the Offer fall through and the home was vacant yet again.  The homeowner now had the choice to leave the home vacant until they got another Offer or invest in another home staging. My first advice is to consult with your Realtor and discuss the best timing to remove the Rental Furniture.  Your Realtor will be able to tell you the length of the Escrow and when it get's closer to the day of closing and the day the new homeowner's will be signing the papers   Can potential buyers see themselves living in your home...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
FAQ #3 Should I remove the Dark Wood Paneling or just paint over it? Many homes from the 50's and 60's still have dark wood paneling on the walls and I am often asked do I think that it is necessary to take it down.  In most cases I say yes...  but there are exceptions.  I would not recommend taking it down if it was not feasible for a client to do so because of their budget or if they were unable to physically do it themselves.  Each home staging project is unique and is handled differently.  No one staging project is ever the same.  As a home stager I must take into consideration each client's concerns, need's and desires but also be flexible if things are not possible to do.  Here are three reason's why I do not recommend keeping it.  1.) It makes a room look very dark.  2.)  It date...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
FAQ #2 Do I need to Stage my whole house if I am selling it? This is a question I am frequently asked.  Although I do not believe it is always necessary to stage your whole house I do believe it helps to make more of a connection and allow buyers to see the potential and purpose of each room in the home.  Buyers only know what they see not the way it's suppose to be.  With only ten percent of buyers being able to envision how things can be, home staging can help show the purpose of a room or even the size with proper furniture placement. Here is an example of a vacant room before and after home staging.  With furniture placement in this room a buyer can find it easier to see how to place their own furniture. From up above the room looks very large and wide. With home staging we are able...
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