Pleasanton, CA Real Estate News

By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
Just imagine this Pleasanton CA home - a traditional home loaded with charm and appeal. Imagine gleaming hardwood floors and designer touches throughout. Imagine an elegant granite & cherry kitchen and remodeled baths. Imagine a premium 7000 sq ft lot with covered deck and huge storage shed. Imagine walking to BART, award-winning schools, multiple parks, shopping, and the community pool. Welcome, Home!   SOLD! 7717 Applewood Way, Pleasanton, CA 94588 Overview Maps Photos Market Stats IDX Search $1,025,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 1,721 sqftLot: 7,000 sqftYear Built: 1967 Location 7717 Applewood WayPleasanton, CA 94588USA Doug Buenz Venture | Sotheby's International Realty(925) 621-0680[email protected]http://www.680homes.com    ...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
 Hi, this is Doug Buenz and this is the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to address a common question some sellers have. That is, “Doug, that’s great that you want me to change the carpet, or repaint, or do some staging, but why do that? Why not just offer the buyer credit instead?”  The thinking for this kind of comment is basically that the buyer may not like the colors you choose, or the carpet you choose, or might prefer to pick it out themselves. On an intellectual level, that’s true. However, buying the property is not an intellectual exercise. It’s an emotional exercise first and foremost. 93% or more of the home buyers buy what they see, not what could be.  So, it’s important to attack a property on an emotional level to maximize its appeal in the marketplace. That’s w...
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By Rhonda Fee - REALTOR®, @ Aspire Realty Services
(Luxury Property Agent, Home Sales, Relocation)
Don't forget the closing costs Buying a home is exciting but also nerve-racking, especially for first time buyers. If you are buying a home in Pleasanton CA, you are probably thinking about the initial down payment and the monthly mortgage payment you have to make. But there is one thing that many first time home buyers neglect to prepare for, and that is the closing costs. The closing costs are the fees and charges you pay for your mortgage loan. It is generally between 2-5% of the purchase price. In Pleasanton CA, the closing cost of homes for sale can set you back, on the average, at least $3,700. Before you can truly own a home, you have to figure out your closing costs. Ideally, your mortgage officer will give you a Loan Estimate which should help you know how know approximately  h...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
THIS IS IT! Exquisite custom home in prestigious Golden Eagle Estates on a private cul-de-sac lot with amazing views. This fabulous home is graced with soaring volume ceilings, elegant tumbled stone and hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, & designer finishes & amenities throughout. Functional open floor plan, with an elegant master suite, office, & guest suite downstairs. Dramatic living room, spacious dining room with wine closet, huge gourmet cherry/granite/stainless kitchen opens to a dramatic family room. Upstairs features 2 bedroom suites plus bonus room/optional 5th bedroom suite. There is a 4 car attached garage. The generous .95 Acre lot enjoys sweeping views of the Valley, Mt Diablo, & Pleasanton Ridge, & backs to permanent open space. This Pleasanton CA home features custo...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
Hi, I’m Doug Buenz and this is the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to talk about photography in real estate and why it’s important. Everybody knows buyers start their home search – 90% of them anyway – on the internet. Your photographs are probably the single most important element to buyers’ decision as to whether they want to see your home or not. The quality of the pictures has a huge impact on whether you can convert an online visitor into an actual showing of your property. As we know, the more people look at your home in person the higher the chances you’re going to sell your home quickly for top dollar. I personally hire architectural grade photographers to shoot my houses. One of the big reasons is their equipment. They bring in ancillary lighting. We do night shots. ...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
0:09: Hi, this is Doug Buenz with the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going address a common question. Is it worth it to stage a vacant house? 00:19: In my opinion, it is definitely worth it for a number of reasons. Now, look I know it’s expensive. It can run anywhere from a thousand dollars a month to as much as five to six. I’ve seen some exclusive estates cost as much as ten thousand a month to stage. Whatever the cost is there’s a benefit to it as well and it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth the benefit. 00:42: Number one. It creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for the buyer. Buying a home is a process that’s emotional first. Buyers need to connect with your property on an emotional level and see themselves living there first. 00:57: The second reason. It’s easier fo...
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By Rhonda Fee - REALTOR®, @ Aspire Realty Services
(Luxury Property Agent, Home Sales, Relocation)
As a home seller, you want to be sure that your home is priced right before you list it. The last thing you want is to leave money on the table, or overprice your home. Doing any of these two things will lead to more problems, and you already have enough challenges and concerns on your plate. To find out how much your Pleasanton CA home is worth, the best and closest price you can find for its market value will be from a real estate agent, or a REALTOR® like me. How do I come up with your home's estimated value? Real estate agents determine your Pleasanton CA’s home value by doing a comparative market analysis. A CMA is an analysis of recently sold homes in your area which can help set the price range for your home, just as you like to compare the prices of your favorite brands from dif...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
 00:09: Hi, I’m Doug Buenz and this is the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to address a question I get quite a bit which is, “Doug, I know my house is priced kind of high. So why don’t buyers make an offer?” This is an interesting question. It can be puzzling. My experience tells me there are several reasons for this. 00:31: Number one. There are things about the property that the buyer just doesn’t like – its location, its condition, its amenities, etc. The things that just make a property not desirable to the buyer. So, they would not make an offer on the property. I don’t want to say at any price but for any reasonable price, they just don’t perceive the value to be there. 00:53: The second reason is maybe a buyer sees the house and likes it but they think it’s just too ex...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
00:09: Hi, this is Doug Buenz with the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to talk about the difference between pre-approval and pre-qualification for home buyers.Everyone wants to make sure the buyer for their property is qualified to purchase and it’s basic real estate. But there is a distinct difference between the two methods: pre-approval and pre-qualification.00:32: A pre-qualification is basically a statement by a lender, quote and quote, lender. That the buyer appears to be qualified to purchase your property. You need to consider who the lender is that’s giving this opinion that the buyer is qualified to purchase your home.Generally, pre-qualifications do not incorporate a full review of credit, full verification of employment and down payment. This is a half measure in ...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
 **In case you cannot view this video here, please click the link below to view “Is Your Home In the Market or Out of the Market?” on my YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/ccJqIvlrv4s ** 0:09: This is Doug Buenz with the 680 Home Video Channel. Today we’re going to talk about “Is Your Home In the Market or Out of the Market?” and how will you know. 00:18: So, what is in the market mean? In the market means it’s priced properly, you’re getting aggressive showings and offers. Out of the market, meaning we’re hardly getting anybody looking at it and I’m depressed because it doesn’t look like my property is going to sell. 00:32: Here’s what it looks like if your property is severely overpriced. If your property is severely overpriced, then you are going to get little or no activity in terms o...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
THIS IS IT! Gorgeous 3 BR, 2 1/2 BTH with loft and downstairs MBR, soaring vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, berber, carpeting, sunny granite & maple kitchen, luxurious master suite, covered patio, and premium location across from open space with private lot! Check this home in Pleasanton CA.  SOLD! 5703 Athenour Ct, Pleasanton, CA 94588 | Pleasanton CA Homes Overview Maps Photos Features Description Market Stats IDX Search $888,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 2,056 sqftLot: 5,421 sqftYear Built: 1997 Location 5703 Athenour CtPleasanton, CA 94588USA Doug Buenz Venture | Sotheby's International Realty(925) 621-0680 [email protected] http://www.680homes.com           Our recent listings SOLD! 8267 Moller R...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
Prepare to fall in love with one of the premier Estates in the entire east bay. A very unique, private county estate on most exclusive Santos Ranch Road. Gorgeous gated grounds with panoramic views, quiet solitude, relaxed ambiance and unspoiled landscape nestled with timeless design and interior finishes. With 360 degrees, majestic views of the city below and the surrounding mountains complete this 70-acre compound. Check this Pleasanton CA Home. SOLD! 9745 Santos Ranch Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588 | Pleasanton Homes for Sale Overview Maps Photos Features Description Market Stats IDX Search $2,620,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 4,851 sqftLot: 70.00 acre(s) Location 9745 Santos Ranch RdPleasanton, CA 94588USA Doug Buenz Venture | Soth...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
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Gorgeous updated, Executive Laguna Oaks!!! REMODELED Kitchen and Master Bath, Cherry Cab, Rich Granite, Stainless, Hardwood Floors, Plantation Shutters, opening to Resort-like Huge Backyard with Breathtaking VIEWS!!! Sparkling Pool, 5 bed, Master on the bottom floor, close to shopping, schools, commute. Check this sold real estate property in Pleasanton CA. SOLD! 7913 Paragon Cir, Pleasanton, CA 94588 | Pleasanton CA Homes Overview Maps Photos Features Description Market Stats IDX Search $1,620,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms3 Full BathroomsInterior: 4,106 sqftLot: 0.46 acre(s)Year Built: 1995 Location 7913 Paragon CirPleasanton, CA 94588USA Doug Buenz Venture | Sotheby's International Realty(925) 621-0680 [email protected] http://www.680homes.com           Our recent li...
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By Rhonda Fee - REALTOR®, @ Aspire Realty Services
(Luxury Property Agent, Home Sales, Relocation)
The quote “Everything has a price” may well be talking directly about your home.  These days, any home upgrades, even minor renovations, cost something. Therefore, it is only fair when you put your Pleasanton home up for sale, the upgrades should also be considered. When you are selling your home and you want to increase its value, you may consider getting renovations.   But before you start planning home renovations, there are three important principles you have to remember.  Choose the right upgrade. Anything and everything that you do in or out your home may raise your home’s price from the ‘average’ price of homes for sale in your area.  What is its complication? If the renovation you choose will raise your home’s price to the “upper end” but your neighborhood does not exactly give ...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
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Simply stunning custom home on a premium 1.1 Acre lot in South Pleasanton in a quiet country setting with easy access to schools, shopping, and commute routes. Open modern floor plan with the finest in designer finishes and custom craftsmanship. This impeccable masterpiece features gleaming hardwood floors, designer sculpted carpeting, granite, marble, and custom trim throughout. It features 5 Bedrooms plus a stately office and large bonus/media room, along with 5 full baths and 2 partial baths, including a downstairs master bedroom plus guest suite. Functional 3-car attached garage plus 2-car detached garage/workshop gives you maximum flexibility. The expansive lot features sweeping views of the surrounding country setting with rolling hills and oak trees. Entertain family and friends ...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
THIS IS IT! Charming 3 BR home with bonus room/possible 4thbedroom. Custom tile entry, soaring volume ceilings bathed in light, and custom tile and hardwood flooring with new designer carpeting. It features a sunny updated kitchen with quartz counters, spacious dining room with a designer fixture, downstairs bedroom with updated bath with quartz counters, elegant spacious living room with cozy fireplace, and a huge bonus room/possible 4thbedroom with balcony. Upstairs features 2 large master suites with vaulted ceilings and updated baths featuring quartz counters and designer light fixtures. This home is bright, spacious, and built for modern living! The private yard is a private oasis, and features a sparkling pool and waterfall for hours of summer time fun, along with a new redwood de...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
 ** In case you can not view this video here, please click the link below to view How Do Property Disclosures Affect an Offer on a Pleasanton CA Home? on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/3hBy8cjaaA4 **00:28: Theodora: Hello, and welcome to 680 Home Video Channel, a web series where we answer all of your real estate questions. I’m your host Theodora and I’m talking to local East Bay real estate broker Doug Buenz.  00:40: Hi Doug, It’s great to see you!  00:42: Doug: Nice to see you, Theodora. 00:44: Theodora: The topic today is termite inspections. So Doug, what does the average person need to know about termite inspections? 00:52: Doug: Termite inspections. That’s actually not the correct name. It’s actually technically called Wood-destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection. And it r...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
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**In case you cannot view this video here, please click the link below to view What You Need to Know About Home Inspections When Selling a Home on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/_b8YXXsptZE ** 00:28: Theodora: Hello, and welcome to 680 Home Video Channel, a web series where we answer all of your real estate questions. I’m your host Theodora and I’m talking to local East Bay real estate broker Doug Buenz.  00:40: Hi Doug, it’s great to see you!  00:42: Doug: Nice to see you, Theodora. 00:44: Theodora: Today’s topic is home inspections. So, Doug, this is a big deal in real estate. Please explain to us a little bit more about what home inspections are. 00:53: Doug: Home inspections are a standard practice in the real estate industry. It’s normal for a buyer to obtain a home inspectio...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
Incredible designer showcase in the heart of Downtown Pleasanton. This stunning home is graced with designer finishes and upscale architectural details throughout. It features 5 bedrooms plus office, 4 full baths, elegant formal living room, incredible circular dining room with 2 story ceiling, expansive state of the art kitchen with huge eating area, wet bar, and wine closet. The family room off the kitchen boasts soaring volume ceiling bathed in light and a 2-story fireplace, with awesome views of the yard. There is a large laundry room and full bath with granite finishes. This stunning home also features a functional office off the entry, with 2 additional bedrooms and 2 baths on the main level.  The upstairs features a magnificent master suite with fireplace, web bar, and viewing ba...
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By Doug Buenz, Doug Buenz | 680 Doug Buenz Group
(COMPASS)
The best of all worlds! This fabulous East-facing luxury home includes a separate ground floor in-law/au pair suite with separate entrance. It is set against the rolling hills of West Pleasanton and it features 6 bedrooms plus office and bonus/media room, and 5 ½ baths. This gorgeous home features soaring vaulted ceilings bathed in light, gleaming hardwood floors, designer carpeting, updated baths, and a state of the art gourmet granite & stainless kitchen. Glorious designer finishes and upgrades throughout, with a bedroom suite, office, and separate guest suite on the ground level. The dramatic living room, spacious dining room, and expansive family room are perfect for entertaining family and friends.  Upstairs is the luxurious master suite with fireplace, sitting area, huge walk-in c...
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