Blog Posts in Category: Residents

01/16/2020

Style the Perfect Guest Bedroom with These 10 Decor Tips

Style the Perfect Guest Bedroom with These 10 Decor Tips

Decorating the Perfect Guest Room One of the many pleasures of home decorating is welcoming your friends, family, and loved ones into your home to experience it. If you're someone who loves to host (or even if you're not!), creating the ideal guest sanctuary is key to ensuring an unforgettable stay for your family and friends.
The best guest rooms are uncluttered, comfortable and feel a little like home. But it is also a place to explore decor options, put your own personal touch, and make your guests feel like they're staying somewhere that is intentional, welcoming, and well-planned. Whether you add a bold wallpaper or you're seeking ways to create the ideal guest room oasis, we've formed our favorite guest room decor tips.   more...

01/09/2020

5 Home Design Trends That Are Taking Over 2020

5 Home Design Trends That Are Taking Over 2020

Good news for those who want to get a head start on their home decor remodeling plans: Home remodeling site Houzz, a database where millions of home decor enthusiasts and interior designing experts share decorating concepts, recently created a summary of home design patterns ready to find their way into your home this year.
Formal Dining Rooms Regardless of whether it's an easygoing weeknight dinner or a Saturday evening gathering, meals nowadays will be shared over casual arrangements, often within or near the kitchen. Houzz anticipates that residents should treat their dining areas like the stunning spaces they should be, with eye-catching hues, designs, bold light fixtures and fine art that probably won't fit somewhere else inside the style of the home. Colorful Kitchens In the kitchen, an all-white color palette has ruled since the beginning of time. They're timeless, typical, modern, clean, and compliments almost any decor style. In any case, residents just might be seeking a change in 2020. As indicated by Houzz, while white cabinets remain a preference to remodelers (with 40% of redesigning property owners installing them), there's a greater uptick in those seeking more choices. Houzz recognizes delicate shades of light grays and blues, as a substitute on-the-rise for the all-white kitchen. Another choice for the individuals who can't leave behind their white cupboards? Try small touches of wood, which can be presented through open racking, ledges, drawers, and pull-outs.   more...

12/19/2019

Behind downtown Oakland's Office and Housing Boom

Behind downtown Oakland's Office and Housing Boom

Downtown Oakland’s development has been long coming, but the 2008 recession delivered a critical blow to the proposed plan. Freezing practically all development in Oakland until around 2015, as high priced rents were driving the residents and organizations out of San Francisco eastbound.
Now, a flood of relocation from San Francisco alongside nearby business development has made Oakland one of the most sizzling neighborhood economies in the nation. Extra office ventures totaling in excess of 4 million square feet, or space for 20,000 additional workers, are under development or scheduled in Downtown Oakland, which presently has around 80,000 total jobs.   more...

12/04/2019

7 Home Security tips to prevent burglaries

7 Home Security tips to prevent burglaries

Every 18 seconds another preventable break-in will occur in the United States, totaling to over 200 break-ins within an hour. The average monthly cost for home security monitoring services is $30/month ($360/year). Monitoring prices can be as low as $9.99/month ($120/year) for basic monitoring, and upwards of $100/month ($1,200 annually) for more premium services with complex devices. Even though implementing proper home security can become expensive, there are small steps you can take to improve home security and genuine feelings of serenity before leaving your home. Lock your door and windows This appears to be a conspicuous tip, yet 30 percent of thieves report breaking into a home through an opened window or entryway. Life gets occupied and we hurry to work, school, and activities. Take a couple of moments before you leave to check the entryways and as of late opened windows on the primary level. In the event that you'll forget to, stick a note in your entryway to remind yourself before exiting. Additionally, do not forget to close your blinds and curtains. Prior to entering a home, a robber needs to realize what they're going to take. A planned home break-in's duration typically lasts between 6-12 minutes, therefore burglars will investigate a home's valuables through windows before the break-in.
Train your dog Appropriately prepared pooches are Effective at hindering home invaders. While they are able to defend themselves by biting, their loud barking can cause intruders to panic and caution somebody of the bulgar's presence.   more...

12/03/2019

On the Move: Decisions Seniors Face When Downsizing

On the Move: Decisions Seniors Face When Downsizing

A large house with a sizeable yard and a white picket fence used to be the American dream. Even if you love your house, however, all that space can eventually become difficult to maintain. Especially as we age, many people tire of maintenance and upkeep. Modern seniors want to spend their retirement years living life to the fullest, not cleaning and repairing their property.
Downsizing, or relocating into a smaller and more easily managed home is an ideal option for many seniors. Of course, there’s a lot to consider when planning your move. For instance, you’ll need to determine what to do with your current home. Here are some ideas.   more...

11/26/2019

6 Effective Ways to Prevent Package Theft

6 Effective Ways to Prevent Package Theft

If your packages keep getting stolen or lost, it is high time you take some measures to stop package theft. Here are the top 6 ways proven useful to secure package delivery.
1. Use Smart Package Lockers or Convenience Store To avoid your Amazon package being stolen from your front porch, use an Amazon Locker. Amazon allows you to pick up your delivery in Amazon Locker in selected locations across the country with a unique code, which you can punch into the machine to retrieve your package (See How to find an Amazon Locker near you). Amazon lockers will be the safest and convenient place to secure your Amazon package. If your community does not have an Amazon Locker, and you are a frequent online shopper, use The UPS Store. You can also check the availability of lockers in nearby convenience stores, Kiosks or buy your own digital locker like BoxLock to prevent package theft or share a locker with your neighbors or friends. 2. Have Packages Delivered to Your Workplace/Office We have heard residents complaints about package thieves or bad neighbors sneaking around the street and looting drop-off deliveries, irresponsible mailman or carriers leaving packages on the front door without even knocking or ringing the door, pre-signing your delivery without your consent, or delaying home delivery by sending notifications too early. One of the best ways to stop package theft is to have your package delivered to your office or friends' houses that you trust, leaving no opportunities for the porch pirates. 3. Require Signature on Delivery to Stop Package Theft Many customers grumble about delivery man signing the unauthorized packages and leaving them wide open on the porch or doorstep, making them desirable for package snatcher. To prevent your package from being stolen off the front porch, side door, back porch, or garage area, ask for a Signature Delivery. If your package is delivered by UPS/DHL/FedEx, consult your sender and require a delivery confirmation signature. Signature-required delivery should be strictly followed by couriers. Did you know? If your package that demands delivery by YOUR signature was left unattended, or even worse, lost, because they didn't follow the protocol, delivery companies are liable to legal actions and you are entitled to a full refund or replacement.   more...

11/20/2019

People staying at home longer is a big reason for slower sales

People staying at home longer is a big reason for slower sales

According to a new analysis by Redfin, Americans stay in their homes for much longer than before creating a shortage in off-market housing inventory. This helps explain why home sales have been fluctuating throughout the year into 2020. Generally, when owners do not shop for a larger home for a growing family or decline as children depart, it stalls the market for buyers who come after them. Long-term homeowners who have remained contributes to the housing inventory falling to their lowest level in decades, which has also contributed to rising housing prices for median-priced homes.
Fewer homes for sale are a major reason for lower mortgage rates, record levels for equity, and a strong labor market. Economists at Redfin say that baby boomers are the biggest culprits because many stay healthier later in life and choose not to sell. While some look around for smaller and less expensive homes and are unwilling to compete with their children's generation to get one.   more...

11/08/2019

Los Gatos is the Best Place to Retire in the Bay Area

Los Gatos is the Best Place to Retire in the Bay Area

Living in the Bay Area has its fair share of difficulties, from the lofty average cost for basic items to the awful traffic, yet there's no uncertainty that life here is additionally loaded with care-free joy. Stunning natural beauty, a cutting edge tech-driven economy, and a feeling of belonging due to diverse cultures make this area one of a kind. Toss in a world-class social scene and the absolute best colleges on earth, and you can see why eight Bay Area cities made it into the top 10 of a new ranking of best places in California to retire.
In a new report by WalletHub, which inspected factors like the typical cost for basic items, climate, change, access to medicinal services and entertaining activities, the Bay Area turned out on top! After all, where else can you find gorgeous beaches, huge redwoods and world-famous landmarks nearby? In fact, there are so many amazing places to live in the Bay that you may have trouble guessing which city ranked number 1.   more...

11/07/2019

Three Bay Area Cities are among the nation's most culturally diverse places to live

Three Bay Area Cities are among the nation's most culturally diverse places to live

While Immigration is still a sensitive topic to most Americans, many would agree that what makes America amazing is the melting pot of culture occurring across the nation. The diversity of a city is a unique selling point in deciding where to buy, sell, or even rent a property. So we are proud to congratulate three Bay Area cities with the highest ethno-racial diversity in the country. The personal finance website WalletHub took a snapshot of the nation. Comparing more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities to see which are the most diverse. The company analyzed each city based on ethnicity, race, language, and birthplace. Most of the data used to create this ranking were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The largest city in the East Bay, Oakland, came in at seventh place. With a population of 429,082 according to the census, received a score of 68.91. “The city ranked first in terms of ethno-racial diversity,” says WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez. The majority of Oakland’s population is almost evenly distributed between Caucasian, Hispanic or Latinx, and Black or African-American. Additionally, citizens of Asian descent make up for almost 16 percent of Oakland’s population.   more...

11/06/2019

Resources for Unlawful Evictions

Resources for Unlawful Evictions

The Tenant Protection Act caps annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, while also forcing landlords to specify a legitimate reason for evicting tenants and to offer relocation assistance for no-fault evictions. While AB 1482: California’s new tenant protection act is set to take effect on January 1st, 2020. Many California residents find themselves receiving wrongful eviction notices from Landlords of their respective homes.
We have received calls from recently evicted tenants of competitor Property Management companies, to discuss their options for resolving these matters and finding new homes to reside. It is unclear if the actions of some landlords are motivated by the new law, or simply profit-maximizing. But Advent Properties, Inc. takes pride in conducting every precautionary step to verify that Property Owners we work with are knowledgeable of rental laws, and never abuse this method of unjust evictions.   more...

11/01/2019

The Rising Competition between Move-Up & First-Time Buyers

The Rising Competition between Move-Up & First-Time Buyers

A recent report from Realtor.com® confirms that lower mortgage rates have piqued the interest of more buyers this fall. However, the consistently shrinking inventory of lower-cost homes is not keeping up with the high demand of buyers.
Highlights: • In September, inventory levels were 2.5% lower than a year ago • Mid-market homes—those priced between $200,000 to $750,000, which make up the largest segment of housing inventory—showed zero percent growth in September. • “The mid-tier of housing represents nearly 60 percent of homes for sale on the market, making it a solid indicator of how tight inventory levels are in the U.S.,” says George Ratiu, senior economist for realtor.com®. • Further, homes available under $200,000—the entry-level tier--have decreased 10% over the last year. • Meanwhile, homes listed for sale over $750,000 continued to grow, in September reaching 4.7 percent over levels from a year ago. • However, realtor.com® economists note that if strong homebuying demand, fueled by lower interest rates, continues to persist into the fall, the inventory of homes in this upper-tier price range also could see declines by February of the coming year. • “While lower mortgage rates and the arrival of fall promised a reprieve, conditions continue to tighten as demand remains strong. September inventory trends, especially in the mid-market, may be the canary in the coal mine that we could be headed for even lower levels of inventory in early 2020.” • The median list price nationwide in September was $305,000, up 4.3% over last year. Nationally, homes sold at an average of 65 days in September, one day slower than a year ago. Tell us your thoughts below: • How can move-up buyers edge the first-time buyer competition? • What are some ways that first-time buyers can top move-up buyers in search of lower-cost homes? For More Information set up an appointment to speak with Darryl Glass, our lead Realtor and Broker Associate by clicking here: Darryl's Calendly   more...

10/31/2019

California's New Tenant Protection Act & How it Affects YOU!

California's New Tenant Protection Act & How it Affects YOU!

AB 1482, California's New Tenant Protection Act can get pretty legal pretty fast, so here is what you need to know at a glance:
What the Rent Caps mean to you: • Starting in January 2020, landlords of multi-family buildings (2 or more apartments) cannot increase your rent by more than 10% annually unless local stricter rent control applies. • If you are in a multi-family home in a non-rent-controlled city and received a rent increase of OVER 7.8% between March 15th, 2019 and December 31st, 2019 - On January 1st, 2020, your rent will be reduced to reflect only a 7.8% increase. • Single Family homes not owned by a corporation are exempt from this rent cap law still. What the “Just Cause” Ordinance means to you: • Landlords CANNOT conduct No-Fault Evictions without paying you (the tenant) a relocation payment of one month’s rent or what the local laws state if you are in a rent and eviction controlled city. • However, Landlords CAN evict residents for consecutive delayed rent payments, due to a breach in contract, especially if the resident lived in the unit for less than one year. We are anticipating questions about both the Tenant Protection Ordinance, and about its effects on local ordinances. Please call (510) 500-7531) or email (dglass@adventpropertiesinc.com), and we will help answer your questions and concerns.   more...

10/22/2019

Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

As the brisk winds of winter approach us, Advent Properties is here to keep you updated on how you can prepare to keep your home warm, cozy, clean and sturdy! For your safety, and to avoid damage to your property inside and out; it is best to routinely clean your microwave and oven, range hood filters, unclog sink and drain holes, replace heater filter, and check smoke alarms and fire extinguishers on a monthly basis.
Cleaning your heater system, windows, and running water to flush toilets in unused spaces should be done on a quarterly basis. However, the following home maintenance tasks done to prepare your home for the Winter season will help you stay ahead of any property damage inside and out of your home.   more...

10/17/2019

Major Earthquake Preparation for the Bay Area

Major Earthquake Preparation for the Bay Area

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, the 6.9 tremors stuck October 17th, 1989 shortly before game 3 of the World Series concern with the safety between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. With concern for your safety and well-being, we will update you with quake-related coverage and how you can be best prepared for forthcoming devastating Earthquakes. Are you ready for the next major Earthquake?—You should be!
The Earthquakes that occurred in 1906 and 1989 will happen here again. Possibly bigger this time around, and sooner than you think. Which is why TODAY is the right time to get your emergency earthquake kit ready.   more...