527 Isabel Drive Martinez

Prime End Of Court Location With Mt. Diablo Views + Open Space. 1 Block To Hidden Lakes Park. Dramatic Contemporary -W- Stainless Kitchen Appliances, Updated Baths, Inside Laundry, Newer Comp Roof + Multiple Rear Decks & Privacy Galore. Amazing Location- Just Needs Some Paint & Rear Lawn....

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3461 Euclid Ave. Concord

Updated one story open floor plan with new carpet, fresh paint, new granite counters, recessed lighting, ceiling fans & light fixtures. Lot includes vacant land next to house for possible in-law unit, guest house or shop and out buildings. RV parking & 2 car carport, patio & overhang & front porch!...

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421 Sycamore Circle Danville

Currently under contract. This is a Great complex, many upgraded features to the home. Quiet area. Newer dual pane windows, kitchen has been remodeled, crown molding, custom fireplace, tiled entry, newer carpet and floor coverings, one car garage, nice patio for outdoor entertaining upstairs full bath was remodeled....

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1556 Sunnyvale Ave. Walnut Creek

Sold. Rare opportunity to own this modern town-home within walking distance to BART, Restaurants, Groceries, Freeway & Trails. Pristine condition with low HOA dues, floor to ceiling framed windows and high end finishes throughout....

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818 Royal Ann Lane Concord

Sold. Two-story condo with detached garage, many original features though it is in good shape and ready for the new owner to upgrade everything and call it home. Great location, close to shopping and schools....

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881 Andrix Ct. Concord

Sold. Great home, well taken care of, sits in a quiet court. Close to transportation, freeways, and major shops. Don’t miss this opportunity to get in to a home that needs very little work. Shows really well....

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1820 Monterey Ave. Colorado Springs

Sold. This 4-plex offers great views of Pikes Peak and a friendly neighborhood.  Private play area for children and plenty of parking....

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113 Stone Pine Lane San Ramon

Sold. Renovated and in impeccable shape, this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Condo is a gem. It has the perfect view to Mt. Diablo and is located is located in a very quiet part of the condominium subdivision. Dual pane windows, walk in closets, central heat and air, indoor laundry, new carpet and paint....

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Second half of 2008 should see an increase in home sales

Although existing-home sales have been soft since the beginning of this year, they are expected to improve notably during the second half of 2008, according to a forecast by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR). Statistics suggest a sizeable pent-up demand for homes, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, which will be released into the marketplace as excessive home-buyer pessimism about the market begins to subside.“Ever since the credit crunch last year home sales have noticeably declined,” says Yun. “Subprime lending accounted for 20 percent of the market, and that suddenly disappeared last August. For brokers, these have been tough times, but given that we have historically low mortgage rates, I believe we’ll see an increase in sales the second half of the year.”  Steady Increase in New-Home Sales Yun believes existing home sales will start showing a sustained increase within a few months. High mortgage loan limits should translate into more sales in high-cost markets, while wider access to affordable credit should increase sales activity this summer as pent-up demand begins to be met.  NAR predicts existing-home sales will rise 6.6% to 5.74 million in 2009. Parts of the country that should see improvement include the Northeastern region and oil-patch states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Weak home sales related to jumbo-loan problems depressed home prices in the first half of this year. But Yun expects...

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4 Tips for Selling a House in a Slow Market

It’s no secret that the days of houses selling like Beanie Babies are over. After real estate appreciated at jaw-dropping rates during the first half of the decade, home prices and sales tallies have dropped precipitously in recent months—tilting market dynamics to favor buyers over sellers. That doesn’t mean your house won’t sell, just that the playing field has changed. So here are four tips to help you get a timely sale at a fair price in today’s reshuffled housing market. The slowdown doesn’t mean your home won’t sell, but it demands a different approach.  1. Make those repairs. While in years past it may have been enough just to cut the grass and retouch the paint, anyone looking to sell in today’s market will have to take care of those more onerous repair projects as well. “The buyer that might have bought a fixer-upper five years ago now has an opportunity to purchase a short sale or a foreclosure,” says Ronald Phipps, president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “So if you have a property that needs a lot of work, you are competing against real estate-owned [properties] that are compelling rather than interesting.” So fix the leaky roof, call the plumber, and rebuild the staircase. “The modest repairs should be done,” Phipps says. “Frankly, repairs period should be done.”  2. Price to the market. Unfortunate though it may be for...

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