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Oct. 1, 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELECTING YOUR REALTOR BASED ON "LOCAL MARKET KNOWLEDGE"

Many families are looking to sell their homes and with selling comes the stress of selecting the right Realtor. 

 

As a Realtor for over 15 years with expertise on relocation, when I interview with a home buyer or seller, one of the main topics I stress is working with a local expert that knows the area. 

 

What we are seeing of late, is out of area agents listing homes in our newly emerging community. Out of area Realtors typically are not familiar with local schools, neighborhoods or appropriate pricing and often times we “local” agents, get calls asking for assistance from out of area agents, asking questions about these things.

 

Using an out of area realtor is not only a disservice to the home seller, but also buyers, who are looking for neighborhoods that are conducive to their family’s needs. I often meet families who purchased a home with an out of area agent, who was not familiar with the area, and many times the home buyer is not happy with their purchase, due to various factors regarding the family’s needs. Buyers often feel that they wished they had worked with a Local Expert, who knew the area and who could help guide them to the best choice for their home needs for the long term.

 

My mantra has always been, if you live in our community then give back to the community you live in. Using out of area Title Companies, Lenders, and Inspectors, often times leads to frustration from all parties, and takes away business, jobs, and puts dollars into communities that do not serve the community you live in!

 

Homebuyers and sellers should keep in mind the professional Realtor you select should embody "local market knowledge" to guide you thru the best selling or home buying experience. 

 

If you are uncertain about which local Realtor to hire, call different Brokers in town and ask to be referred to an agent. 

 

Do your homework! Although many work out of town and have connections elsewhere, it is our community that you are planning to live in or have lived in, and it’s always nice to give back to the community, even when selling your home!

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Posted in Real Estate Tips
Sept. 14, 2018

5 Reasons to buy in San Benito County

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

I am happy to have called San Benito County, and more specifically Hollister, CA home for over 20 years. Located about 45 minutes from San Jose we are removed from the hustle and bustle of city life but close enough to easily make the trip for special events, concerts, plays, shopping and other "big city living". In addition to its easy access to San Jose and San Francisco an hour further north, Hollister is conveniently situated to the Monterey Peninsula and the I-5 corridor making day and weekend trips a breeze.


COUNTRY LIVING

Although we are experiencing somewhat a of a building boom in Hollister, we are fortunate to still be surrounded by rolling hills, gorgeous trees and an abundant wild life. I often get to experience a variety of livestock and other wild critters on my "commute" to the office. Its one of my favorite parts of the day! Looking for horse property? San Benito County is the place for you!


CULTURE

With a population of around 60,000 in the WHOLE county, we're still pretty small in the grand scheme of things, but what we lack in size we make up for in culture! Hollister has an active theatre company that puts on plays throughout the year, there is a wonderful chorale group and summer brings outdoor concerts. We have an active artists guild with art tours, open studios and shows, community art classes and so much more. Hop on over to San Juan Bautista for its many street festivals, tours and antique shops. In addition San Juan is home to the renowned El Teatro Campesino celebrating 50 years of Latin theatrical production. Our Chamber of Commerce and other organizations work to provide lots of fun things to do from antique car shows to wine and food tasting events to our Annual Olive Festival too. There is always something fun and enlightening to do on the calendar.

WINE!

While vineyards are not new to San Benito County and our surrounding areas, we seem to be experiencing a growth spurt in the wine industry. Our wines are gaining notice in the world of wine and local vintners are producing mouthwatering offerings. Many of the local wineries are open to the public for tours, tastings, parties, concerts and more. 

COMMUNITY

Yes, Hollister is definitely growing but there is still a "home town" feel about this town. People still say Hello in the shops and wave to you from passing cars. We have several events that allow us to mix and mingle with our neighbors, from the downtown Farmer's Market to our good old fashioned County Fair and several clubs and organizations. There are many old timers but there are recent transplants too and many are willing to flash you a smile and welcome you to town.

 

*photo: Nan Madruga

Posted in Community
July 31, 2017

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates