Friday, March 2, 2018

Get Real... ID That Is

Planning to travel on a plane? Traveling within the US even? Then, you better get on board with a REAL ID or else, enjoy your staycation at home. Starting October 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security is enforcing this not so new rule that will be in effect. It was born out of the 9/11 attacks, but the logistics has taken some time. If you have not heard of this, you are not alone. Many US citizens are going to feel left in a lurch or worse, stranded because they had no idea.

Okay, so to get started, you and I need to go here. (shortend link to DMV REAL ID). The DMV lets us know what to do (bring) in order for them to approve and create a REAL ID.  There's more to this than you may think too.

Let's say you are not traveling, but need to visit a federal facility. You will need a REAL ID to gain entry. Unlike California, some states are already REAL ID compliant, they beat California to it by a long shot. They have compliant ID cards to wave around in our face. To see who made the cut already for the REAL ID, go here.

Many articles pay much more attention to detail on this issue than mine. Keep in mind, I am a Tri-Valley and Tri-City Real Estate Broker and not the greatest writer, but to get to the gist of it--at least visit the DMV link and get started because you can save a fee if you need to renew your license (ID) anyway. Here's one more reason to get it done.  Let's say you buy a home, then need to sign the buyer package at the escrow office, the escrow officer/Notary may accept your CA ID, but what if the lender, of all people, adopts the new REAL ID standard and kicks your documents back. That will age you a bit. Wouldn't you agree? When it comes to real estate, I always keep your money top-of-mind as well. I am a frugal man. Just apply for the REAL ID and save a buck.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Buy a Brookmeadow Park Livermore Home Investment Property

The Brookmeadow Park subdivision in Livermore is a good place to buy an investment property in Livermore. It is sandwiched between Autumn Valley and Windmill Springs next to Patterson Pass and N. Mines Road. Brookmeadow Park homes vary greatly in size because they are comprised of basically three builds. There are condominiums, smaller traditional and mid sized up to about 2000 sq ft  built by McBail in the late eighties, so Brookmeadow Park investment property can be found in three price ranges. The larger homes are on Erica, Andrea and Mulqueeney. So, if you are looking for a good investment property, you can start in Brookmeadow Park.  There are price ranges that can make sense for many investors, and the rents are strong. Exisiting homeowners there can always enjoy home value appreciation even if there are a number of rental properties around. Depreciation really only happens when a subdivision of single family homes and condos are surrounded by high density apartments. This is not the case in Brookmeadow Park.

Try clicking on my Livermore Lab subdivision map for interactive reports on sales price trends and more.
The Arroyo Secco, "dry stream" in Spanish, is an important Livermore watershed that winds through the subdivision, and it provides space between abutting lots of land where no one can build. There is also an electrical easement there that abuts the tract. Huge lots are created because of the easement that abut the tract, so it looks like a football field in the back yard. There is a large pool off of Marie Common and four tennis courts off of Kimberley Common. All in all, The Brookmeadow Park subdivision is a good place for starting investors as well as the seasoned portfolio holders.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rancho Arroyo Livermore Ace Train Vasco Station and Real Estate Sales Trends

Rancho Arroyo is my more challenging Livermore home routes. I am a real estate broker and property manager, so it makes sense to visit the streets near where I live and remind Livermore homeowners of real-estate-sales-price-trends and that I sell and manage homes here. The rancho-arroyo-livermore-real-estate-sales-price-trends. has interactive maps and charts updated monthly. The interactivity is not always obvious, so you have to hunt bit. It is a challenging route to walk because in order to visit each home without doubling back, etc. I have to follow a planned route exactly.  Believe it or not, one can get turned around a bit and waste time.
The Rancho Arroyo subdivision is full of great neighbors who care about the neighborhood. The Rancho Arroyo-Patterson Pass traffic can be loud at times, and together with the train tracks on the other side of the pass, it can get louder during the ACE Train Vasco Station commute. But, the ACE Train Vasco Station is close by, (click map) so if you need to use the ACE Train, it is very convenient to live in Rancho Arroyo. You can park on both sides of Vasco to get to the Vasco ACE Train Station, but it gets packed fast.
The homes at Rancho Arroyo are mid size ranch style with a square footage near 1200 and 2000 with lots averaging 7000-8000.  William Payne Sports Park is on the other side of Patterson Pass where a lot of soccer games are played by lower age groups. There is also a motocross track on real dirt that has high turns and steep jumps. Both Sandia and Livermore Lab employees live in this area as well.
For a more in depth look at the Rancho Arroyo real estate sales trends, just visit the link above.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mini Pumpkins--All 635 of Them!

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Joan's Farm in Livermore sold me 635 mini pumpkins, so I could deliver them to my Livermore neighborhoods around me reminding people who I am and what I do.  The Livermore minis were inspected, washed and scrubbed (some of them) then set on a cart for delivery. 

Ergonomic and motion study experts would have tipped their hat I think when they saw how I braced the pumpkin tub onto my cart to raise the level of pumpkins so as not to force me to bend into a tub over 600 times. Putting a 40 count cluster of minis onto the removable lid allowed even better reach and left a huge reservoir of  pumpkins underneath to help me restock the lid whenever I had to deliver 200 or so mini pumpkins in one trip.  My routes are all carefully mapped as well so as not to double back or deliver both sides of the street. My 15 years as a UPS driver in Fremont helped with that. I covered all the girl streets in Livermore within the boundaries of Charlotte, Joyce, Bianca and Katrina. So, if you live on Debra, Felicia, Hazel, Carla and the others, you would have by now received a mini pumpkin with my card that says, "It's No Trick, I'll Treat You Right!" 

Some of my other ideas were delivering a mini bottle of Tabasco sauce reminding people that the market was hot. I delivered house-shaped sponges early spring (Spring Cleaning), I hand delivered 635 tomato plants in late spring, and I delivered bay leaves in the winter for cooking stew, etc. 

My main job I am responsible for as a Livermore-real-estate-agent is to find buyers for sellers and sellers for buyers, then a myriad of other things once a real estate purchase contract is signed. I also manage properties in Livermore and other areas. 

Wrapping it up, be creative when it comes to reaching out to the public.  Dropping off a xerox copy of homes that sold in Livermore is not creative. Make it interesting, and make it fun. They'll remember you.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Preparing Your Home for Sale is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Home selling in Livermore is in full swing and thoughts of putting your home on the market may have breezed through your mind. Industry experts say this is the ideal time to list your home. If you were considering listing your home in Livermore, you  should consult with me ASAP and have a checklist ready – and that checklist is easy as 1, 2, 3.

First, let me provide you with a sales marketing plan that includes a pricing strategy that takes into consideration competing homes, current inventory levels and time on market. That plan will also outline the online marketing approach and the initiatives you need to complete as a homeowner to ensure success.

Second, you will need to clean everything! Ensure that your home has optimal curb appeal, particularly as we enter into fall since gardens need a little extra attention. Ensure that lawns are mowed, clutter is removed, trash bins are hidden from view, exterior paint is fresh and no roof tiles are missing. It is also important to make sure your driveway is free of cracks and oil stains. First impressions are important and potential buyers do judge a house by its exterior, so be sure to invest a little time and elbow grease to win over buyers before they even walk through your door.

The inside counts too. Cleanliness is king when it comes to showing your property to prospective buyers. Make sure to clean your windows inside and out, vacuum carpets, mop floors and clear all the dust that accumulates in exhaust fans and lighting fixtures. If deep cleaning is not your forte, you can hire a professional cleaning service to scrub down your home. This may cost a few hundred dollars, but it’s well worth it. I have names of providers that have helped me before.

Equally important is to declutter as minimalist interiors tend to show best. Buyers walk in and try to imagine their ideal or actual furniture in various spaces. There is nothing worse for house hunters than walking into a cluttered space and being so overwhelmed with stuff that they decide against it on the spot. Be sure to minimize extra furniture and objects by renting a small storage space while you are in the process of showing your home. The small cost is worth the large return.

Third, comfort is key. Particularly during the warmer months, so be sure to have your AC running at a comfortable temperature. If your home is not equipped with AC, then make sure the windows are open and fans are running in the extra warm spaces. It is also a good idea to ensure that shutters and blinds are drawn until just before the open house to help keep out the heat.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Park Plaza Homes Livermore CA

Roy N. Jensen built a lot of homes in Livermore in the late sixties. There is even a street named after Mr. Jensen right off East Avenue just East of Livermore High School. Everybody knows the name Jensen in Livermore.  His office was located on East Avenue  and on Tuesday, October 10, 1967, He filed his corporate status with the sate of CA as Roy N. Jensen Homes, Inc. Albeit that his name and subdivisions were and still are well-known. There was a  not so well-known subdivision project Jensen was fond of called Park Plaza Homes.

The Park Plaza Homes ended up being a relatively small build out of about 12 homes on Hazel Street and Terry just off Charlotte Way. Why so small? At the time of writing, I am currently not sure, but the Park Plaza plans were anything but small.  The Park Plaza Elementary School, the Park Plaza Park and the Park Plaza Shopping Center were all part of the building plan within a significant size lot just west of Livermore Lab. The Park Plaza Homes parcel of land was just east to what was then called Sandia Corporataion and Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. Jensen was actually supposed to live in one of the homes in Park Plaza Homes on Hazel Street.

When my wife and family sold our Fremont Townhouse and moved to Livermore in June of 2014, we bought one of the Park Plaza Homes by Jensen. At he time, I only knew that it was way different than the other homes around. I knew it was a custom build, and I also knew I wanted to live in it. So, we bought it, and I am so glad we did.

I now live and work in this neighborhood, and one of my neighbors has hired me to sell their Livermore home in Jensen's Park Plaza. I have an affinity for original brochures of homes built some time ago.  I like mid century stuff.  My clients actually have the original brochure for the Park Plaza Homes by Jensen. I took some digital images and thought I would share them with you.

These single story ranch Park Plaza Homes are fortified with 2 x 6 and 2 x 8 rafters throughout, 1 1/8 inch thick subfloors, girder and beam supports and more. They were and still are tanks. 

You do not need a Jensen home to be happy in Livermore. Just come to Livermore like I did. Visit and let me know if there is anything I can do to help with that. I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reunited After 16 Years :)

Alameda County Tax records shows that  a client of mine from 1999 sold her Fremont Niles home in 2004 without me as her real estate agent.  I was the real estate agent who helped her buy the Niles Canyon home back in 1999, but we had lost contact after a few missed tries to stay in touch. When I saw that she sold her Niles home in Fremont, I felt bad. Turns out, the tax records are incorrect.

Recently, I received a text to voice line from a Zillow app. Something about selling her house. It was quite jumbled. After some quick digging, I realized it was my long lost client who now needed to sell her home in Niles Fremont.  She must have typed in Jeff Pereyda, real estate agent in google and "pow" there I was, now a real estate broker. She was so glad she found Jeff Pereyda, Real Estate Broker, rather effortlessly in fact.

So, after 15 years, she simply googled me. That says something nice about her. I also must have done something right in 1999.

Try this cool google aplet that searches for you. Maybe someone will use it to reconnect with you some day soon.

Google me

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