Nov. 15, 2018

5 Reasons Why Holidays Are a Good Time to Sell

Here are some reasons why the holiday season is a great time to sell your home.

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Step aside, spring selling season! The holidays are also a great time to sell your home, and here’s why:

1. Buyers want to be in their home before the new year. Many are interested in being moved in before January 1 so they can enjoy the tax benefit of owning a new home the previous year. People believe the real estate market is especially slow during the holidays, but we’re actually the busiest in the months before the end of the year. Understand there are still a lot of buyers who are anxiously searching for that perfect home before the year ends.

 

2. There are fewer homes on the market. Because of the myth that real estate dries up in the winter months, sellers take their homes off the market. This gives an advantage to those who keep theirs on the market—supply and demand tells us that the fewer homes there are, the more opportunity you have to sell.

 

 

  

We’re actually the busiest in the months before the end of the year.

 

 


3. Buyers have time off to view your home. For many people, it can be difficult to make it to showings due to traffic, work schedules, and overall business. With holiday time off, these people are now free to schedule appointments and see what’s available to purchase.

 

4. Holiday decorations increase curb appeal. So many of my buyers have made decisions based on the beautiful decorations they’ve seen on potential homes. The holiday cheer has an effect on buyers—they’ll actually imagine spending holidays with family in a well-decorated home.

 

5. The holiday season has blackout dates. As a seller, you may be somewhat cautious about having your home on the market due to your hectic holiday schedule. It can be difficult to be constantly available when buyers need to see your home. You can simply let us know when you don’t want your home to be shown. We can also remove our sign for times such as when family is visiting. The key is to still give buyers the opportunity to see your home.

If you have any questions, need information, or have ideas on future video topics you’d like me to cover, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted in Home Seller
Nov. 15, 2018

LIVE with Kari, Elyssa and Harley Quill 11-15-18

Check out our LIVE this week.  It was a train wreck but we are pretty sure you will enjoy watching.  We cover some real estate market predictions, talk about our coat drive and have a heck of a time with Miss Harley.

 

 

Nov. 12, 2018

2018 Letter From Santa

Send Someone Special a Letter From Santa!  

Want to know an easy way to bring a smile to a child’s face? Have Santa send them a personalized letter!  The Cross Group's team of elves has coordinated with the Big Man in Red to send letters to good boys and girls all across the US. It is very simple, just follow the steps below and we will take care of the rest! (We told you it was easy!) And would you like to know the best part? The letters come with an official North Pole postmark and they are FREE!

Here are the easy peasy steps:

– Complete the form below. Please be sure to speeall coreckly ???? and use capitals when required. 

– Once you have completed the form, hit submit. Our team will take it from there! Letters will be written by Santa and mailed directly to the child! 

Please note:
– You can put up to 4 children on a letter but if you have more children in the same home you can fill out the form twice.– To have the special North Pole postmark on the letter, we MUST have your request by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 19.

The magic of Santa is something all children should experience. We are thrilled to help you bring joy into your loved one’s holiday!

Please scroll inside the box below to see more of the form.  And be sure to hit submit when you are done! 

 

Posted in Community
Nov. 8, 2018

Where In The World?

This week on Where In The World? we travel to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

Check out this video for all the details about the differences between Discovery Bay California and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  You will be amazed at the differences.

 

 

Join us fro our next Where In The World! And let us know if you are interested in learning about somewhere new!

Nov. 4, 2018

Do You Know About Proposition 5 and Proposition 10?

On Tuesday, California voters will make their voices heard. Here’s some information on two important ballot measures that you will be voting on.

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In the upcoming midterm election ballot, there are two very important propositions that I wanted to give you a little bit of information on: Proposition 5 and Proposition 10.

Proposition 5 allows those age 55 and older to take their tax base with them if they decide to sell their home and move into a smaller one. If you’re retiring anywhere in the state of California, you'll be able to take your tax base with you if this proposition is passed.

In California, when people live in homes and their equity has gone up, their tax base could double or even triple if they move to a smaller home. With Proposition 5, more people will be able to downsize without having to worry about higher taxes. This also frees up more larger-sized homes for buyers who are in the market to upsize. Most people in the industry are in support of this proposition.

 

 

   No matter what your opinion is, it’s important to get out there and make sure your voice is heard.

 


Proposition 10, on the other hand, is mostly opposed by the industry and regards rent control. Many people believe that rent control is needed, but that’s not what this initiative does. It will take investors out of the market and allow for less rental availability. It will also take some of the equity away from homeowners due to the decreased rental market. Most people in the industry are not in support of this. A vote of “No” on this proposition keeps the current initiative in place and keeps the current rent control measures we have.

It’s important that you do your own research on both of these measures because they do affect this real estate market.
No matter what your opinion is, it’s important you get out there next Tuesday and make sure your vote is heard.

If you have any questions for me in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Community
Oct. 15, 2018

4 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Home’s Value

There are four simple things you can do to increase the value of your home. I’ll explain today.

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If you plan on selling your home, there are four things you can do to improve your home’s value:

1. Add a fresh coat of paint. Most buyers are looking for homes that are move-in ready. They don’t want to worry about painting the walls while they’re trying to move in. If you have scuffed and dirty walls or old paint colors, paint your home in nice, neutral colors to appeal to more buyers.

2. Depersonalize and declutter. You’re getting ready to move anyway, so pack up your personal pictures, excess furniture, and anything that’s cluttering your counters (keeping one decorative item on the countertop is fine). Remove as much clutter as possible to make your rooms look bigger and brighter.

3. Don’t forget about curb appeal. You need to make the front of your house look as amazing as possible. I have had buyers refuse to get out of the car and look at a home because they were so turned off by the front of the house. Remove any cobwebs, trim the grass and the hedges, plant some flowers, and clean the driveway. Great curb appeal will increase your home’s value.

 

 

   Remove as much clutter as you can to make your rooms look bigger and brighter.

 

 


4. Visualize. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves living in your home. Make sure your yard is a place where they can see their kids playing. Make sure they can see themselves relaxing in the living room or cooking dinner in your beautiful kitchen. Paint the picture for your buyers.

If you have any other questions about increasing your home's value, or about real estate in general, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

Posted in Home Seller
Oct. 14, 2018

2018 Pumpkin Patch

Posted in Community
Sept. 28, 2018

Don’t Assume You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home—You Can, and Here’s Why

If you think you can’t afford to buy a home, think again. There are many loan programs available and ways you can raise your credit score.

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As a renter, have you convinced yourself that you can’t afford to buy a home in this market? If you look at the actual numbers, they might tell a different story.

If you’re paying the average $2,000 per month in rent, you’ll pay over $120,000 over the next five years and end up with no equity at all. If you put that same $2,000 per month toward your monthly mortgage over the next five years, you’ll not only pay down your principal, but you’ll also have appreciated the value of your home and increased your net worth by thousands of dollars.

Many people wonder whether they can qualify for a loan, how much down payment they’ll need, and whether their credit score is high enough. If your credit score isn’t as high as you’d like it to be, we can help you decide the best way to raise it—whether that means paying off debt, charging on a card just enough to pay it off regularly, etc.

 

 

   If your credit score isn’t as high as you’d like it to be, we can help you decide the best way to raise it.

 


There are also many different loan programs available to help you purchase a home, from zero money down loans, to grant loans, to down payment assistance programs. It’s important to know what your options are for your specific situation.

Now that you know that obtaining a home isn’t something that’s outside of your reach, what’s the next step? Just reach out to my team and I so we can put some numbers together and figure out where you’re at in the process and how we can help you moving forward.

If you have any other real estate questions or you have a real estate topic in mind you’d like to see me discuss in a future video, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to speak to you.

Posted in Home Buyer
Sept. 26, 2018

Who You Work With Matters

WHO YOU WORK WITH MATTERS! If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, we can show you what we do different than other real estate agents.... it may save you thousands of dollars!
Our homes sell faster and for more money than the average real estate agent, ask us how.
Thank you Mike for sharing your story and the kind words!

 

 

THE CROSS GROUP

KARI CROSS

925-584-1640

Aug. 15, 2018

Knowing The 925 featuring The Byron Inn Cafe

On this episode of Knowing The 925 we visit The Byron Inn Cafe, a staple restaurant here in Byron now under new ownership.

 

 

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WEBSITE

https://www.byroninncafe.net

 

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Posted in Knowing The 925