What’s your Walk Score

 

Have you heard about {Walk Score}? Every home on the MLS has a walk score ranked 0-100 which tells you how close you are to restaurants, schools, parks, bars, and more. Home buyers prefer properties that are walkable to some of their favorite places.

The gated 228 Montclair Lane in Salinas {priced at $459,900 for a 3 bed/2.5 bath} has a walk score of 54 with these hot spots less than half a mile:
Starbucks
Target
Michael’s
BJ’s Brewhouse
McDonalds
Safeway
El Dorado Community Park

Check out the walk score at some of my other public listings:

  • 7070 Rainbow Drive #5, San Jose, CA
  • 233 Montclair Lane, Salinas, CA
  • 1225 Vienna Drive #202, Sunnyvale, CA

Looking for a place near work, a gym, or something in particular? Contact me at (831) 801-8206 or (650) 503-4110 to find a home that fits your lifestyle.

 

 

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Contact me at (831) 801-8206 or (650) 503-4110

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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FREE Paper Shredding Event on Friday, July 11th in Hollister

Do you have old documents that you need to have shredded? Come to the FREE paper shredding event on Friday, July 11th from 11am to 2pm. Bring in Kristen Jurevich’s flyer and you can bring up to 5 banker boxes at no cost. To get a special flyer, fill out the information below and receive an email shortly.

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Why Americans Love Real Estate

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By Gino Blefari
President & CEO
Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.

Results from a new Gallup poll out this past month show that Americans still view owning a home as the best place to park their hard-earned cash for the long term. And of course, opinion writers jumped on the chance to point out holes in the thinking.

Results from an April 3-6 Gallup poll on the Economy and Personal Finances showed that 30% of Americans saw real estate as the top long-term investment, up from 25% a year ago. This follows a February survey from Fannie Mae that showed Americans’ positive views on housing.

One Washington Post writer was quick to point out the pitfalls of real estate as a long-term investment, quoting research from Robert Shiller that shows housing’s return paling in comparison to stocks and other forms of investment.

“Over the past century, housing prices have grown at a compound annual rate of just 0.3 percent once one adjusts for inflation, according to my calculations using Shiller’s historical housing data. Over the same period, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has had comparable annual returns of about 6.5 percent.”

We’ve heard this argument before. And while you can’t argue with arithmetic, there are two very large considerations missing: one, real estate is local. We cannot stress this enough. While the national median price may have shown only incremental increases, individual markets often tell very different stories. For instance, if you had bought a house in Sunnyvale, California, in the 1960s, as my parents did, you probably would’ve paid less than $20,000. Today, that house would be worth approximately $1.5 million. Just think, if they had continued to rent, how much money would have gone down the drain over the last 54 years.

The other consideration that is constantly missed in the “housing is a bad long-term investment” argument is lifestyle – something you can’t quantify with numbers, charts and graphs. By succumbing to a lifetime of renting in order to keep your money tied up in the stock market, you’re also signing up your family for a lifetime of uncertainty. You have no control over your monthly housing costs. And you have no control over surprise letters in the mail stating it’s time to move because the landlord decided to sell.

This is why housing will always be top of mind for Americans when they think about where they want to invest their money. Because at the end of the day, it’s about more than money. It’s about security, controlling your own destiny, and rooting your family in a certain lifestyle. For these reasons, and though it may defy logic when put to long-term graphs, housing is and will be the best investment for the majority of Americans.

 

Buyer Optimisim According to the California Association of Realtors

Buyer_optimism_way_upAsk yourself this question, will home values increase in the next five years?  California ladies and gentlemen feel the market will increase, so sooner rather than later is a better time to purchase real estate, especially in Hollister, CA.

The average sales price in Hollister falls between $400,000-500,000, and a conventional loan with 20% at a purchase price of $450,000 at today’s average interest rate of 4.5% brings a PITI of about $2424.  If the interest rates rise .5%, then a home buyer would have to pay over $100 more monthly.  Imagine an increase in sales price too?! Eekk More money out the window if a buyer decides to wait to purchase real estate.