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Welcome to Laurel Lane!

This light and airy townhouse in the heart of Oakland’s Laurel District is just steps to neighborhood shops, cafes, and restaurants including Sequoia Diner, Communite Table, and Everett & Jones BBQ.

Featuring an open floor plan with excellent indoor/outdoor flow, this 2-story end-unit only shares one wall with its neighbors. Sliding glass doors from the kitchen and living room lead out to the gated, fully fenced, wrap-around private yard with cheerful landscaping and sunny patio. Upstairs are 2 master suites and in-unit washer/dryer. The 2nd bedroom is perfect for guests or possibly a roommate. Fresh paint throughout, brand new carpeting upstairs, and updated kitchen appliances make this townhouse move-in

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4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer | MyKCM

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

Below are 4 steps provided by Freddie Mac to help buyers make offers, along with some additional information for your consideration:

1. Determine Your Price

“You’ve found the perfect home and you’re ready to buy. Now what? Your real estate agent will be by your side, helping you determine an offer price that is fair.”

Based on your agent’s experience and key considerations (like similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood or the condition of the house and

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Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.”

With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clutter, your efforts can actually increase the value of your home.

Ready to give it a try? Here are six home organization ideas that will “spark joy” for you and your property value.

1. Boost Bathroom Storage Capacity

When was the last time you cleaned out your bathroom cupboards? If it’s been awhile, remove everything and take a look at each item. Toss any old or expired

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Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold! | MyKCM

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by condition, financing, and price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by
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If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably received your share of advice from family and friends. Add to that the constant stream of TV shows, news segments, and social media posts that over-simplify the home buying process for easy entertainment.

With so much information to sift through, it can be tough to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why we’re revealing the truth behind some of the most common home buyer myths and misconceptions.

Buying a home is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a scary one. If you arm yourself with knowledge and a qualified team of support professionals, you’ll be well equipped to make the right choices for your family and financial future.

DON’T FALL FOR THESE COMMON HOME BUYER MYTHS

Myth

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Set back on a beautiful and wide tree lined street, this move-in ready Broadmoor Tudor will steal your heart.

The light filled 2 level home has a spacious master bedroom with separate walk-in closet and sitting area. The living room with lovely Batchelder tiled fireplace leads to a formal dining room. There is an updated kitchen with ample storage and stainless-steel appliances plus washer and dryer. Wonderfully maintained hardwood floors throughout!

Upstairs you will find two good sized bedrooms and an updated full bathroom. The fourth bedroom located on the ground floor is ideal as an office or guest room. There is plenty of storage throughout the home.

But don’t forget the outdoors! The front yard is well maintained and

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Yesterday the sales office doors opened to a public tour of Richmond Marina Bay's newest community known as NOMA. Built by William Lyon Homes this community is about 30% completed and buyer reservations are now being taken. Several homes have already sold the first closing will be taking place in late April, early May of 2019.

NOMA consists of approximately 200 homes, half of which are 2-3 story, single family, detached homes and the other half consisting of townhouse style live-work condos. All of these homes will be featuring high-end finishes, spacious balconies, rooftop terraces, on-demand water heaters, and many more creature comforts that one can only expect from new construction.

The homes are priced very competitively. There are

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What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House? | MyKCM

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed!

Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown according to Experian:

  • 16% Very Poor (300-579)
  • 18% Fair (580-669)
  • 21% Good (670-739)
  • 25% Very Good (740-799)
  • 20% Exceptional (800-850)

Randy Hopper, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Navy Federal Credit Union said,

“Just because you have a low credit score doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a home. There are a lot of options out there for consumers with low FICO® scores,”

There are many

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Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market

It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier.

As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price it too high, it may sit on the market. But price it too low and you may be losing out on a good chunk of money (nobody wants that!). For buyers, it’s important to know a home’s worth before you make an offer. You want your offer to be competitive, but you don’t want to overpay for the property.

Even if you’re not a buyer or seller right now, as a current homeowner you might just be curious about the value of your

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2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell | MyKCM

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge.

The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights last seen in 2014, with millennials and Generation X leading the way!

Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!

1. National Association of Realtor’s Existing Home Sales Report

Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every

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