Moving Checklist: RealtorKJ

The whirlwind of moving can quickly take on the effects of a hurricane when you add in kids, pets, or special circumstances. As is the case with most things in life, planning is key!

Whether you have six months, or six days to get it all done, just take a deep breath, prepare and let’s get planning!

Once you have decided to move, and established a loose timeline, its time to prep, prioritize and pack. Knowing what you touch and use daily as opposed to items in closets, storage and in the very back of cupboards makes it easier to start packing early on. If you are able to spread the work out, you, your family, and your pets will all feel at ease.

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New Years Resolutions for your Home – Part ONE

For many people, the start of the new year is an opportunity to set new goals; a chance to achieve the things that may have overwhelmed them previously. Whether your goals are for your pocketbook, your waistline or your family- they’re all achievable! Make a list, set a plan and hop to it! Below are some of the top resolutions, no matter how cliche, and how they pertain to your home. This year could be the year you not only improve your mind, body and soul… but your HOME! Enjoy these top 5 resolutions, and check back in a few days for the remaining five.


Lose Weight

Fitting into your favorite jeans, or buying a size down is exciting, but in your home, fitting all of your belongings in the space you have is key to pleasant day-to-day living. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out, over the top project. Break your space out into zones. Perhaps its easiest for you to go room to room. Maybe you prefer to pull anything that doesn’t have a home into a common space and organize it from there. The most effective practice for me is setting locations for everyday items. Office supplies, utility items, craft, miscellaneous can all migrate into designated areas. Streamline your life! Imagine what you could do with an empty shelf in the garage, or how much easier it would be to cook after clearing old items you no longer need or use in the kitchen. You know what you can handle. Set a timeframe, and goals– you can do this!


Quit Smoking

Everyone knows it’s a nasty habit, its rough on your body and is proven to shorten your lifespan. In your home, smoking can be interpreted in many ways. Make new, healthy habits in 2017 by designating January as the month you ensure the cleanest air possible inside your home. Check and replace air filters, vacuum out registers, wipe down hard to reach surfaces, and clear your dryer vents. You’ll be shocked by how much dust might be lying around your house. Especially living in Central California with seasonal weather. Another way to protect those in your home would be replacing batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors, using air purification machines and dehumidifiers can also reduce allergens like dust, mildew and mold in your home.


Save Money/Get Out of Debt

Your home can be a money pit or you can leverage it to be a worthwhile investment. Understanding your finances is the first step. Know what your limits are and don’t over extend yourself. Some simple steps could free up cash to be put toward your mortgage, or toward various projects to increase your equity. Reevaluate your utilities- has your gas bill jumped? Is your water use out of control? Are you throwing money at landscaping that dies every season? Are you paying for more channels than you could watch in a year? Take stock of your daily habits and examine how you could make changes to put some extra cash in your wallet.


Learn a New Language

Learning something new, as challenging as an entire language, can seem daunting. The home-buying process can hurl new words, acronyms and topics that can easily sound like greek at times. An easy way to reduce stress before you start your search, is by reading up on the basics. Get to know financial terms, discover essential steps, and clarify any questions you might have prior to beginning the process. Learning these things before you proceed is a great way to ensure you make educated decisions. Find a book, a blog, a magazine or website that you can relate to, and always, always  make sure it is a reliable source. Some of my top picks are: Forbes  Money  and for real estate RealtorKJ , of course.


Get Organized

Don’t worry, we already covered purging your closets and tackling those junk drawers. This topic is dedicated to the organization of everything that goes into your home. Collect all of your utilities, chart them on a calendar (electronically allows you to set reminders), and streamline everything from home maintenance to monthly expenses. Additionally, you will benefit come tax-season! Get rid of those stacks of papers and make your life easier.


Implementing these resolutions could allow you to be prepared if you take the leap of listing your home with me Kristen Jurevich, if it sells faster than you anticipate, or if you decide to purchase. Having your life organized, being educated and prepared will make the moving process far easier to handle. I am always available as a resource and am happy to answer any questions, refer you to resources, or help to navigate your next step toward homeownership. I look forward to finding your first home, an additional income property, or your forever home. Give me a call (831) 801-8206 or shoot me an email at and let’s resolve to make a move in 2017!


Check back in a few days for part two of two!

Where is the real estate market going in 2016?

Real Estate Changes in 2016Central California will march to its own drum.

California is not like the rest of the country, so it’s hard to compare California on a national level like CNN, CBS, and NBC tend to group together.  Even the real estate market in the Peninsula – San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto down to the Bay Area in San Jose is even more unique and hard to compare on a California level.  The local housing market varies from mile to mile and location, location, location still stands strong.

The housing inventory on the MLS is relatively low, but that has been the new normal for South San Jose like Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister.   The real estate market has been tough for some buyers looking to invest or purchase their first home in a lower price range.  Using a local full-time agent will help point out some “pocket” listings and new constructions that are not on the MLS.

Since Intero Real Estate Services holds the market share in Hollister, our community oriented agents tend to hear about listings before they are active.  Sometimes we can make successful transactions without having to go public.  Seems to keep everyone happy and stress free.

New construction is booming in Morgan Hill, which is leading the trends followed by Gilroy and Hollister.  While the teezer base prices of new construction are appealing, home buyers spend well over $30,000 in upgrades for some standard features.  Buyers pay the price for the brand new tag, but communities went for years without new construction they greatly oblige to the prices.

Interest rates may rise in 2016, but not on a large scale originally anticipated.  Leslie Appelton Young shared that it really depends on the economy at that time before we see major increases.  With the Presidential Election 2016, America will just have to wait and see what is promised by the candidates. National Association of Realtors did a fantastic job stopping a “transportation” tax that would have impacted home buyers, so REALTORS had a win in 2015.

With home prices on the rise and flattening, investors are looking to buy properties to rent versus flipping.  Foreclosures and short sales are few and far between, so capitalizing on distressed properties are starting to become a thing of the past.

Home values have been neutral in San Benito County but Santa Clara County still remains a seller’s market.  If you have to buy a home in 2016, then it will be a great time for you to enter the real estate market.  Prices are not going down anytime soon, thanks to global powerhouses like Apple, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, etc.

If you would like a home value analysis or buyer location analysis, please contact Kristen Jurevich at (831) 635-6719 or (650) 503-4110 or



To-Dos: Your October Home Checklist

As temperatures drop and leaves start to turn and fall, prep for winter weather and enjoy the colors of the season

Intero’s Premier Properties

Composed of some of the finest luxury estates Intero has to offer, this Prestigio Virtual Magazine gives you a glimpse into the world of high-end properties.  Since it is an online piece, feel free to enjoy it at your leisure, whenever you can take the time to relax and open your eyes to an album of beautiful homes. This also allows you to instantly share it with friends and family through social media, websites, or email.  Browse through the gorgeous photos and find the property information and unique qualities of each one of the exceptional properties featured.
Prestigio is a division of Intero Real Estate Services specializing in the marketing of high end homes and estates in all relevant markets, whether local, regional, state-wide, national and international. We offer the widest scope of marketing coverage to multiply the opportunities to reach out to the most qualified buyers.
It is wonderful to see how this global high-end marketing program has become the reference in the industry for this type of publication and the standard by which others are judged. The release of our eleventh issue attests of the mark that Intero has established in this prestigious market.  Take a look at the beautiful homes that are the finest in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond… you just might find your next home!

Kristen Jurevich sells luxury real estate

Meet Our Awesome Affiliates

The San Benito County Association of Realtors® is to serve its members by providing the resources necessary for their pursuit of sales and marketing of real estate reflecting the rules and regulations of the California Department of Real Estate, the California Association of Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors® promoting professionalism with strict adherence to the Code of Ethics.We advocate the right to own, transfer and enjoy the use of real property and seek to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

1031 Exchanges
Investment Property Exchange Services
Ron Ricard
1067 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95123
Phone: 408-483-1031

Advertising- Local Newspaper
FreeLance Newspaper
Kelly Sinon
350 Sixth Street
Suite 101
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-637-5566 X317

Appraisal Services
Clark Appraisal Service
Everett Clark
Hollister, CA  95023
Phone: 831-750-5331

David Rocha, Real Estate Appraisal
David Rocha
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 408-804-1400

Kristin Jacobson Appraisal Co.
Kristin Jacobson
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Phone: 408-779-0527

Greg Scattini Appraisals
Greg Scattini
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Phone: 831-901-1678

J & J Appraisal Services
Linda Ondricek
Hollister, CA 95024
Phone: 831-637-0933

Loorz Appraisal Services
Dave Danza
330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite B2 7
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-634-0114

Tomasini Appraisal Service
Jeff B. Tomasini
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-902-0203

Home Inspection
Donna or Bruce Howe
1725 San Felipe Rd, Suit
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-636-1390

WIN Home Inspection
Robert Vierra
880 Victory Drive
Hollister CA 95023
Phone: 831-637-2194

Home Warranty
Fidelity National Home Warranty
Sarah Malone
3132 Stevenson Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Phone: 831-241-0154

Insurance Services
Boyer Insurance Services
Gary Boyer
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone:  831-313-0391

Investment Services
Edward Jones Investments
Mark Vivian
615 San Benito Street
Suite C
Hollister, CA  95023
Phone:  831-634-0694


Golden Eagle Mortgage
Pauline Amstutz
260 Tres Pinos Road
Suite B-2
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-636-5363

Guild Mortgage Company
Jayson Stebbins
18525 Sutter Blvd.
Suite 140
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
Phone: 408-825-0220

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
455 San Benito Street
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: Cynthia Holthouse831-630-2289
Sue Rocha831-630-2280
Yvonne Claus-Bessa831-630-2288

Mandatory Disclosure Reports
Property I.D.
Jen Nobles
1981 North Boad Way #325
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
Phone:  1+800+626-0106

Multiple Listing Service
MLS Listings, Inc.
350 Oakmead Parkway, 2nd Floor
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Phone: 408-874-0200

Pest Control Services
Western Exterminator Co.
Donald McComb
415 E. Market Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-757-6226

Property Management
The Pivetti Company
Althea Dunning
330 Tres Pinos Road, B-1
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-637-7337

Storage Services
Hollister Moving & Storage
Doug Halley
1650 Lana Way
Hollister, CA 95024-1987
Phone: 831-637-6250

Title Companies
Chicago Title Insurance
Michelle Taylor
330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite C-2
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-637-7441

First American Title Company
Sam Johnson
260 Tres Pinos Road
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-637-8410