Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Niles Rancho Arroyo Home for Sale

Since real estate is all about location, location, location, how then does the Rancho Arroyo area of Niles stack up? Your first impression could be how wonderfully the mature trees line the curved streets.  After that first impression, just south east of the center of Niles, Rancho Arroyo Park, Niles Community Park and Quarry Lakes Regional Park you may be struck as to how the parks create a  significant southern perimeter of half the Niles area. To the north boasts Niles Canyon, a beautiful canyon where even golden eagles have been spotted. With such a landscape, it is easy to be taken by Niles' charm and appeal.

What's more, Niles' historic back round has always given a certain pride of ownership to its residents. Tributes to Charlie Chaplin's films and the historic Niles train station are always at the center of Niles and its main Boulevard. Tea shops, antique shops, cafes and more line Niles Boulevard to make it one of the few places in Fremont that have retained a true downtown look and feel. 

For those of you looking for a Rancho Arroyo home for sale, I have listed a wonderful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Spanish style home in the Rancho Arroyo area on Montecito Drive for $720,000.  Plenty of windows and skylights give this home plenty of light--yet it is surrounded by mature trees of all kinds. Blue spruce, cedar, redwood, and many more types of trees contribute to the charm and warmth of the coveted area of Niles. The home has a unique ventilation system that utilizes a whole-house-fan and a dual zone furnace system to control both airflow and heat where you need it. The driveway and entry way are custom-paved to really bring out the Spanish look and feel of this Rancho Arroyo home. The house kept its original floor plan and backyard size. A custom red-stained wood patio was built that is a must see. You are always invited to contact me with regards to any and all my listings and services as a Fremont real estate agent.

If you are thinking of selling a home in Fremont Rancho Arroyo area, I can provide the best service as you listing agent to get you where you need to go.

by Jeff Pereyda

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Less Is More When It Comes to Remodeling the Kitchen

Image of new Cedarbrook kitchen in Niles I sold.
The numbers do not lie, and they have been in for some time. The numbers prove that when it comes time for a home seller to decide whether or not to remodel the house or sell the property "as is," that a minor kitchen remodel is the number one investment to make before reselling a house in the San Francisco Bay Area. It scored almost 116% recoup. That's a good thing. Interestingly, a major kitchen remodel did not fare as well in the recoup group as one might think. It scored a 94%, so less really is more. An excerpt from the report defined the minor kitchen remodel as:  

  • A functional kitchen about 200 sq ft with 30 ft linear ft of cabinets. 
    • Keeping the cabinet boxes and replacing the fronts with the new raised-panel wood doors and the drawers--This is often referred to as refacing the cabinets. 
    • Replacing all appliances with energy efficient models. 
    • Replacing laminate counter tops and install a mid-priced sink and faucet, repaint the walls and wall cover in necessary--also replace resilient flooring. 
    • Slab concrete can take any type of flooring, but if you live in a multi level home where the kitchen floors may flex, then refrain from installing grout and tile flooring unless first layering with wonderboard(tm) or the like. 

    These numbers are encouraging for us. We want to see investments pay off, especially in the kitchen where a lot of time is spent in the home. 

    But, the post would not allow much contrast if I never mentioned the one "upgrade" that is really in the dark. A backup power generator install scored a loss on recoup at 45% of the original investment. So, I know you were thinking about getting that done first, but hold off. There are differences in percentages of recoup when it comes to remodeling or installing features to a home prior to sale. It depends on what remodel and to what extent. More of a good thing does not always pay off.

    Hanley Wood LLC, the creator of the report, allows reproducing or posting information from the site as long as it is sited correctly as well as informing the public that it is always free, but you should use the siting properly like this: © 2011 Hanley Wood, LLC. Reproduced by permission. Complete city data from the Remodeling 2011 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded for free at I have a copy of the Cost vs Value report on my website for you to download free here. By Jeff Pereyda