February 15, 2018

Millennial's Must Have Tools

As millennials start moving in and purchasing homes in the Bay Area California, they will need an arsenal of home repair tools. While renting, most repairs would have been taken care of by the property management or landlord so there wasn't a reason for them to purchase a lot of tools.

Now that the millennials are first time homeowners, they will need an arsenal of home repair tools. Here is a list of a millennial's must have tools to help get them started and great ideas for a housewarming gift.

1. Set of Screwdrivers
2. Measuring Tape
3. Hammer
4. Nails
5. Utility Knife
6. Pliers
7. C-Clamps
8. A Power Drill
9. Set of Wrenches
10. Electric Cords
11. A Wire Stripper
12. Flashlights - you can never have too many flashlights
13. Ladder
14. Broom & Dustpan
15. Utility Buckets

This is just the beginning. What other tools can you think of for first time homeowner millennials?

Your Satisfaction Is My Success   Izabella Lipetski 

February 1, 2018

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Are East Bay housing prices going to continue to rise?


Third-quarter numbers for Alameda County’s residential real estate market continue to reflect very tight inventory and high demand. Berkeley, showing one of the higher increases in inventory at 20 percent, had a 9 percent year-over-year appreciation rate, bringing the city’s median home price to a record-breaking $1,131,000. For most of the rest of the county, including Oakland, there has been a decline in an already tight market, and prices were approximately 2 to 3 percent higher than the same period last year. Multiple offers continue to be placed on listings in the East Bay and prices are expected to continue to rise.
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Millennials are growing up, settling down, and having babies.

Zillow research says new entry-level construction will be located in the suburbs, where the availability of land and fewer zoning requirements make it more cost-effective to build. Economists predict that’s where millennials and first-time buyers will flock to the greater variety of homes at affordable prices.
Rising home prices, a sluggish job market, and an increase in student loan debt made home ownership largely unattainable for many millennials in past years. However, there’s significant evidence that this trend is turning around. For the fourth year a row, the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends survey found that millennials were the largest group of home buyers.

Millennials are growing up, settling down, and having babies.

Millennials are growing up and settling down. They are having families, which has prompted an increasing demand for larger but affordable homes. Thus, many are flocking to the suburbs, with 57 percent of millennial buyers opting for a suburban location.

What does it mean for Millennials?

If you’re a millennial who has been priced out of urban living or is looking for more space for your growing family, a number of suburbs in our area have a lot to offer. I can point you towards the communities that will be best for you and your family.
And if you’re a suburban homeowner with plans to sell, give me a call. I know how to market your home to millennials … and can help you sell quickly for top dollar by appealing to the growing market!
Millennials are flocking to the suburbs.

 While national real estate numbers and predictions can provide a “big-picture” outlook for the year, real estate is local. And as a local market expert, I can guide you through the ins and outs
of the market, and the local issues that are likely to drive home values in your particular neighborhood. If you have specific questions or would like more information about where the real estate trends are headed in our area, please give me a call. 

I'd love to discuss how the trends are likely to impact your desire to buy or a sell a home this year.

January 30, 2018

Do you know where I am?

Do you know where I am?

Who can tell me what famous location is pictured here?
Can you name the title of the sitcom(s) that were filmed here? 
Were there more than one sitcom that was filmed here?

 Hint: There were a few episodes which were filmed on-location in Hawaii.

Your Satisfaction Is My Success

Izabella Lipetski
Direct: (510) 506-2072
CalBRE #: 01372992

January 27, 2018



Pre-Marketing Checklist 

Fully preparing your home for sale can make a considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessary repairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.

  • Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants. 
  • Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape. 
  • Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter.

  • Check to make sure the house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are in good condition. 
  • Touch-up with fresh paint as needed. 
  • Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage. 
  • Repair loose trim, drain pipes and fencing. 
  • Clean stains and window screens.
  • Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves. 
  • Clean the floor.
Living Areas
  • Apply fresh paint as needed. Think about brightening your interiors with neutral-toned paint. 
  • Clean draperies and carpets. 
  • Replace burned out light bulbs.
  • Sinks, appliances, and countertops should sparkle. 
  • Remove any clutter. 
  • Wax the floor. 
  • Clean the oven, range and other appliances. 
  • Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary. 
  • Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces. 
  • Replace shower curtain if necessary. 
  • Fix any faucet drips or leaks. 
  • Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary. 
  • Doors and drawers should open and close easily. 
  • Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks. 
  • Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.
  • Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don't stick, squeak or are too loose. 
  • Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle. 
  • Clean your furnace and water heater, so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.

You may also want to check out Tricks of Trade Before Selling Your Home 
for more great ideas for Preparing Your Property To Sell.

January 25, 2018

7 Reasons Why You Need a Home Inspection

7 Reasons Why You Need a Home Inspection

1. Mold and Mildew
If mold and mildew issue occurs, a homeowner should react immediately. If ignored, it can cost $1000s in repairs. There have been cases where the homeowner actually covers the mold and mildew in order to avoid the costly repairs. A home inspection can protect you from this costly mistake.

2. Moisture
When shopping for homes, you more than likely will not be entering the crawl space yourself. Moisture in the walls and floors may deteriorate materials under the flooring that you can't see and attract insects - so beware!

3. Roof and Chimney
You aren't able to see the roof and chimney while you are viewing the home. What is there to see? The shingles could be rotted, the chimney could have a blockage which could create a health hazard or even the chimney brick may have damage.

4. Electricity
It's important to have the electricity to be checked to ensure the circuit breakers and systems are up to date. 

5. Heating & Cooling
Heating and cooling units are expensive. Your units need to be efficient and up to standards. Without an inspection, you could be looking at some uncomfortable nights and an uncomfortable wallet.

Home Inspections save you money.

6. Foundation
When looking at a home, you can see the outside of the foundation, but is it solid? Is the structure crumbling on the inside or is it good for another ten years? Not worth the risk.

7. Appliances
Do you know how to tell how old appliances are? How about a hot water heater? Are the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in working order? Garbage disposal?

Also, take time to check out the Top Tricks of the Trade Before Selling Your Home

Izabella Lipetski
Your Satisfaction Is My Success
Direct: (510) 506-2072

January 24, 2018

Benefits of owning a home...

The big 3 benefits of owning a home.

Your Satisfaction Is My Success
What's so great about owning a home?
  • Equity. You're going to spend money for a place to live no matter what, right? It's best to build equity for yourself rather than for your landlord.
  • Lower monthly housing costs. Lock in a low monthly mortgage payment that will never go up.
  • Tax benefits. As a homeowner, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your income. Talk to your tax professional for details.

So, are you ready to start enjoying the benefits of homeownership? Call me!

Izabella Lipetski
Your Satisfaction Is My Success
Direct: (510) 506-2072
CalBRE #: 01372992

Millennial's Must Have Tools

As millennials start moving in and purchasing homes in the Bay Area California, they will need an arsenal of home repair tools. While rentin...