Blog Posts in Category: Essentials

06/05/2020

Energy Tips and Tools While Residents Spend More Time at Home

Energy Tips and Tools While Residents Spend More Time at Home

As Bay Area residents do their part by turning their residences into virtual places of business and e-learning hubs, they must think about energy use. Whether using energy to power appliances and technology or light, heat or cool their homes, this increase in residential energy use could result in higher costs.
Since California's shelter in place rule went into place in March, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has seen residential electric usage already increase by 15-20% compared to the same time last year. Two programs currently exist which may help residents who are feeling the energy burden, including:   more...

05/29/2020

10 Very Common Rental Property Repairs

10 Very Common Rental  Property Repairs

As a Property Owner, one of your most significant responsibilities is to keep up the property and repair things when they break. Although this can be high-priced and stressful if you budget and successfully plan for maintenance, you will have funds saved to handle these issues. Repairs tend to scare new landlords, but most maintenance issues are typically simple to repair. Even though you will rarely foresee when these issues happen, you can predict that they certainly will.
1. Appliances Not Working Appliances have a lot of moving parts, and as such, tend to break down fairly often. Although the landlord can fix some issues, many problems will require a professional appliance repair representative. Unless a new appliance is needed, the typical cost to fix is between $50 and $100 per hour, and most repairs take about an hour. Used appliance stores exist in almost every town, and especially in the case of stoves, can be just as good as new.   more...

05/22/2020

6 Common Mistakes First-time Homebuyers Make

6 Common Mistakes First-time Homebuyers Make

Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions you’ll make in your life. Although, on occasion, it can be one of the largest sources of stress for many first-time buyers is the financing process. Unless you’ve planned thoroughly and dedicated time for research, receiving a mortgage can feel complicated and overwhelming. Luckily, you could learn from these common mistakes first-time homebuyers make to have a less stressful experience:
1. Not realizing the full cost of homeownership: Being a first-time homebuyer involves much more than the monthly cost of renting, which usually includes your rent payment, some of the utilities, your internet, and cable bills. As a homeowner, you’ll be responsible for the additional monthly costs that may have been covered by your landlord. That includes the following expenses: Water, sewer and garbage, monthly HOA fees, landscaping, property taxes, and homeowners insurance. All of that is in addition to maintenance costs, which you should set aside 1-3 percent of the purchase price of the home annually to cover repairs and maintenance.   more...

05/22/2020

4 Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Home For The Market After COVID-19

4 Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Home For The Market After COVID-19

While the spring market would usually be running at full power now, COVID-19 has put an impermanent stop to most real estate transactions. However, that does not imply that you cannot set aside the effort to prepare your home to be listed and available to be purchased once we flatten the curve. In light of that, here are four recommendations on things you can do to prepare your home to hit the market after stay-at-home orders have been relieved:
1. Address any minor repairs: Even the most meticulous homeowners typically have a list of home repairs that they mean to fix when they have time. Whatever fixes may be on your to-do list, it's imperative to deal with them before you list your home available for sale. While these fixes usually won't require a ton of effort on your part, they will go a long way towards improving the opinions of the overall condition of the home, which can lead to higher-priced offers.   more...

04/09/2020

The Difference Between Cash vs. Mortgage When Buying a Home

The Difference Between Cash vs. Mortgage When Buying a Home

Cash vs. Mortgage Overview: There's a lot to consider when contemplating purchasing a home outright versus financing it. Here are some of the major differences between using cash or a mortgage to buy a home:
KEY TAKEAWAYS   more...

04/08/2020

The Masketeers for Covid-19 Outbreak Relief

The Masketeers for Covid-19 Outbreak Relief

Dear Friends & Fellow Citizens: We are a group of individuals with resources and connections in Asia for Mask and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) supplies. This campaign is to help fund the purchase of these vital supplies and deliver to those service providers in the most urgent need during this pandemic outbreak. We are ordering masks and PPE as we speak, and fundraising on the backend to help multiply our purchases by way of large quantity discounts.
We are contacting all hospitals and clinics in the hot spots initially to understand their situation for supplies and will prioritize based on the needs accordingly.   more...

03/11/2020

The Coronavirus pandemic causes mortgage rates to dip to 8-year low

The Coronavirus pandemic causes mortgage rates to dip to 8-year low

As the coronavirus pandemic effects hit financial markets, U.S. bond yields are falling, driving mortgage rates that freely follow the 10-year Treasury yield toward an eight-year low. With no end in sight, they could sink even lower. The normal rate on a common 30-year fixed home loan hit 3.34% on Monday, as indicated by Mortgage News Daily. That is for borrowers with solid financials and FICO credit scores.
“Aggressive lenders will be at 3.25% today, and 3.375% will be the new going rate for the average lender,” said Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at Mortgage News Daily. That rate hit 3.34% for one day in the summer of 2016, preceding spiking a lot higher than fall the same year. Before that, rates were this low in 2012. While rates, for the most part, follow the 10-year yield, there are sure market factors that keep rates over a specific level.   more...

03/06/2020

According to Designers, These 6 Items Should Always Be In Your Home!

According to Designers, These 6 Items Should Always Be In Your Home!

We've all had that one household item that was passed on or given away. But what about the items we know to be worth hanging on to for generations? Think staples that can stand the trial of time, nostalgic finds, or even flea market treasures you can't stand to leave behind. Today we'll be listing the stylistic layout pieces worth staying with, regardless of a remodel, a distant move or spring cleaning cleanse from a number of trusted home decor specialists. This is what you shouldn't leave behind at any point in the near future.
Anything That Truly Speaks to You   more...

02/21/2020

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be both invigorating and upsetting, particularly if it's your first time. Despite why you chose to sell your home, there are various complexities you can accidentally fall into, making your home selling experience far less than perfect. Fortunately, we've assembled a summary of the most widely recognized home selling mistakes to avoid when selling your home. Underestimating the cost of selling your house While the point of selling your home is to eventually benefit from the profits, many home sellers disregard the expenses related to selling their home. First of all, you can hope to utilize five to six percent of the entire cost of your home to cover the commissions of both the seller and buyer agents. For instance, in the event that you sell your home for $700,000 you could end up paying upwards of $30,000 in commission fees. Besides, this substantial cost does exclude potential concessions homebuyers may need you to make during the negotiation stage, for example, making fixes proposed by a home inspector. Skipping a pre-listing home inspection before selling your house Selling a house can be stressful, even when everything is going according to plan. However, if a homebuyer employs an inspector who notices an issue like pests, mold, or a split foundation, your feelings of anxiety will increase as you jeopardize losing the entire deal. Given that home inspections are relatively affordable, there's very little motive to stay away from them. Getting a pre-posting home review will comfort your psyche, as you'll either realize that your house is in sound condition or you'll have the option to handle the issues before homebuyers get the opportunity to bring them up during the negotiation stage. In the event that an issue arises, you can either fix it or you can tell purchasers and afterward and make a concession during the negotiation stage by properly depreciating the cost of your home. Pricing your home incorrectly On the off chance that you price your home excessively high, your home may remain available on the market for an unfathomable length of time. Then again, in the event that you price your home very low, you'll probably sell your home swiftly yet you chance passing up a lot of cash. The initial step to seeing how much your house is worth is using an online calculator or contact Advent for a free home valuation consultation. Schedule a meeting with your realtor afterward to consider an adequate pricing method for your home. They will take a gander at similar properties in your neighborhood that were recently sold, as well as bring perceptive insights into what the housing market is currently doing. Together, you'll select a satisfactory opening cost as well as a pricing strategy that will incentivize purchasers if your home starts to sit available for a long time. Not budgeting for your move At the point when you think about the moving procedure, you have two choices: paying a moving company or get your friend's truck and moving your items with buddies. By hiring a moving company instead of moving without anyone's help, you're getting somebody who will pack, move, and afterward unload your things. This implies a full-service mover can certainly be justified despite the tasks associated with selling your home. Also, when you contract movers your assets are safeguarded so you're secured in the event that anything breaks. Not addressing the exterior of your house Throughout the years, your home's outside has gotten damaged from the elements. With everything the unstoppable force of life tosses at it consistently, the paint on your home's outside and the stain on your deck has likely lost a touch of their radiance. So before posting, make certain to pressure wash your home first. Ensuring your home puts its best self forward in the marketing photos, you will likewise improve the general check offer when purchasers, in the long run, arrive for a tour. Along with pressure washing your home and deck, you can likewise set aside the time to pressure wash your garage door entryway, fence, yard, driveways, and any walkways you may have. One of the primary things a potential purchaser will see when they pull up to your house is the paint. On the off chance that you need to establish a suitable first impression, at that point you'll have to guarantee that your house is painted an intriguing color and that the nature of your paintwork is choice. While the activity of repainting your home may take a couple of days, the benefit of painting your home before selling will be certainly justified regardless of the effort. An ongoing report found that painting the outside of your home has a 51% quantifiable profit. But try not to stop with just the outside! In the event that you happen to have a bold and unfitting divider, you'll need to repaint them to be a more buyer-friendly neutral shade. Doing so will make it simpler for purchasers to have the option to imagine themselves living in your home as it makes them think about your dividers as a clear canvas.
Not refinishing hardwood floors or cleaning your carpet In case you're reading this at home, look down. How do your floors look? Regardless of whether they don't look awful, there's a fair possibility they're beginning to show their age. Since potential purchasers will be assessing each part of your home, you should begin considering revamping your hardwood floors and cleaning your rug. Regardless of where you're selling, the best time to have your rug cleaned or hardwood floors revamped is directly before you organize your home. Since you'll as of now be moving most (or the entirety) of your furniture to either another home or a capacity unit, this is an extraordinary time to complete your floors (like the floors above) and make them an offering point to potential homebuyers. Forgoing professional real estate photos With the coming of cameras on cell phones, everybody likes to consider themselves a photographer nowadays. Despite the fact that that image you took of your meal a week ago seemed as though it could be highlighted in promotions, you're still most likely not prepared to take your own real estate photographs. A Real Estate Photographer will ensure that your home looks extraordinary when you show it, in addition to the fact that they have the professional equipment, and they comprehend the points that best sell a home. On the off chance that you have an enormous home, a dazzling perspective you need to flaunt, or a lot of land, you may need to consider having aerial photographs taken of your home. The perspectives that automatons can catch are noteworthy and can assist appear with offing your home such that it will ensure it stands apart from different houses in your general vicinity that is available. Furthermore, drone innovation makes this choice more affordable than at any time in recent history, permitting you to get much more value for your money. Lingering during a home tour No one likes someone lingering around them, especially when they happen to be the owner of the house they're touring. On the off chance that you don't leave the home during a showing, potential buyers feel ungainly as they aim to discuss their thoughts on the house. You additionally keep your listing agent from being able to do their job to the best of their abilities as you’re naturally going to want to answer any questions the buyers have rather than leaving those questions to your agent. So as opposed to remaining in your home during a tour, try taking the opportunity to go shopping, get things done, or visit a few companions. Your agent will be thankful! Taking a Lowball Offer Personally Despite your reasons behind moving, the way that you've most likely lived in your home for a considerable length of time implies that you have plenty of solid sentiments attached to it. So when you get a lowball offer, it's normal to feel offended. Rather than leaving, send them back a counteroffer that you and your realtor believe is reasonable. In the event that they truly are intrigued, then you’ll be glad you didn’t let your emotions get the better of you. If you need any assistance during your home selling process, please call Darryl Glass via. Phone at (510) 500-7531, or email dglass@adventpropertiesinc.com dglass@adventpropertiesinc.com. You can also schedule a call with Darryl directly on his calendar below:   more...

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...

10/25/2019

10 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out This Winter

10 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out This Winter

Home Trends can make your home feel and look new and refreshing, but they can also make your home feel outdated and uncomfortable. Some trends reach their end date while some become timeless. You might be asking yourself “How can I tell when my home needs to be renovated?” The most common method of staying up-to-date is to find blogs, influencers, and catalogs that fit the moods you want to show inside and outside of your home. You can modernize your home with small details like adding wallpaper, plants, and accents. Or you could go big and paint your rooms, order new furniture, or even add/remove the carpet. But remember, trends change like the seasons. So here is a list of 10 Home Decor Trends we’ve noticed that are losing their appeal this forthcoming Winter Season. 1. Fake Plants Implementing Plants in your home can help improve your indoor air quality. So place a few living plants in the appropriate hospitable locations of your home over several fake plants and flowers. If you’re concerned about your lack of a green thumb, here are a few suggestions that are easy to care for during winter. • In an Overly-Heated Room: Cacti and Desert Plants • In a Dry Room: Aloe or Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees • In a Dry Room: Philodendrons or Succulents • In a Low-Light Room: Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema • In a Drafty Room: Christmas Cactus or Jade Plants 2. Too Much Granite Granite is a popular option when choosing kitchen counters, but avoid going overboard by adding accents such as quartz or butcher block countertop for your kitchen island and workspace. 3. Industrial Everything Industrial home decor has been popular for decades; Edison bulbs, exposed brick, rusted or brushed metal accents are a few examples of this decor design. However, there is such a thing as too much industrial. If you want to go for an industrial look inside of your home, add a couple of elements such as modern pendant lights or a pegboard backsplash. 4. All Grey Everything Adding to the Industrial trend we’ve listed prior to this, all grey rooms can sometimes make a room feel dull and life-less in contrary to creating a calming and minimal environment. If it is too late to re-paint your walls or you absolutely adore your grey furniture, try adding in some vivid colored plants or wall decor that is an appropriate fit for the type room. 5. Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds can be a pain to open, close, and can become tangled easily. So most home decor enthusiasts update to mini blinds, DIY window treatments, and lightweight curtains to preserve the abundant natural sunlight in their homes. 6. Indoor Wicker Furniture Wicker furniture is typically a top choice for your balcony or porch, so keep the wicker outside. When used indoors, wicker is one of those home trends that can quickly make a home look dated. 7. Carriage hinges Carriage Hinges are most popularly found on tilt-up retractable garage doors that usually do not open like shed doors. This trend could make your home garage feel more like a barn shed as opposed to a destination for your vehicle. 8. Tuscan-Inspired Kitchens A popular kitchen design trend for just about two decades, but Tuscan kitchens are starting to lose their appeal. Instead of lots of stone and darker colors, today’s kitchens focus on brighter lighting and a crisp color palette for home trends. 9. Brass Hardware Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass or stainless steel. 10. Bold Appliances Bold kitchen colors are on-trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn’t put a ’70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or seafoam green appliance will in a few years. We hope this list is helpful to your home modernization, we anticipate the various point of views about trendy home decor. Please let us know what your thoughts are in the comment section below, or tag us in your post on any social platform!   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...

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