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Accessory Dwelling Units Can An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) Fit In My Lot in Silicon Valley? | Lynne MacFarlane Realtor   If you’re curious and wonder if your existing home lot or a home you’re considering to buy fits an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), I can help you! In this video I walk you through an example using the Symbium website (under California law it will show if an ADU is allowed; Your city may […]
Advance Real Estate Education Demo Using Home Search RealScout – Helping Sellers Connect With Buyers in Silicon Valley & Beyond [video] One of the great tools we use to communicate with our buyers and match them with our listings is the use of RealScout, an award-winning listing alert platform, it’s an industry-first computer-vision powered home search! This is a quick demo of Capitola single family homes. Let me know if you’re ready to find the home […]
Building Wealth 5 Questions You Should Ask As A Luxury Buyer – MacFarlane Homes Blog 1. WHY ARE YOU BUYING AND WHY NOW? Perhaps the most basic and essential question to ask if you’re a buyer in today’s market is why are your buying and why now? Regardless of what you know from research, data, or experience — this question will help me as your real estate advisor so I […]
Homeowners Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal – Lynne MacFarlane Realtor Blog Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal   Whether you’ve just retired or you’re thinking about retirement, you may be considering your options and trying to picture a whole new stage of your life. And you’re not alone. Research from the Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) shows 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the typical retirement age […]
Alameda We’re In Escrow! Congratulation To Our Wonderful Buyers!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lynne MacFarlane (@lynnemacfarlanerealtor) If you’re interested in buying or finding buyers in Alameda, contact me! <Click here to see the Alameda Market Report>      
Homeowners What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?   Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and why this matters for your homeownership goals. Last Year’s Rapid Home Price Growth Wasn’t the Norm In 2021, home prices appreciated quickly. One reason why is that […]
Economy 3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble – Lynne MacFarlane Realtor Blog   With all the headlines and buzz in the media, some consumers believe the market is in a housing bubble. As the housing market shifts, you may be wondering what’ll happen next. It’s only natural for concerns to creep in that it could be a repeat of what took place in 2008. The good news is, there’s […]
Homeowners Wealth Tips Real Estate: How Homeownership Can Shield You From Inflation – Lynne MacFarlane, Realtor Don’t let inflation delay your homebuying plans. Let’s connect so you can start the process today. Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, Realtor MCDM, SRES, SRS | DRE 2066698 Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate Professional Fiduciary Affiliate, SiliconValley 408-800-1141 Bay Area 831-346-2743 Santa Cruz Co Lmacfarlane@Intero.com I’m local with global reach Like and Subscribe to see more content […]
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Home Improvement Home Upgrades Can Help Homes Sell Nearly 40% Faster than Those Without Improvements   Once you have decided to sell and move, it’s best that the home sells quickly and smoothly. Many sellers may be interested in an analysis by Knock (https://www.knock.com/blog/home-improvements-buyers-love/) about what makes homes sell faster. For example, homes in which homeowners have done upgrades sell 30% faster than those that don’t. Plus, a full-on renovation […]
Homeowners Excellent Time To Sell In Today’s Sellers’ Market 2021 was a GREAT market for sellers! 2021 sets the stage for 2022 with higher median prices & lowest home inventory we’ve ever seen! We’ve seen the return of the sales cycle … Buyers are unrelenting; California is a state full of very rich people! Wealth continues to grow with higher income mostly Silicon Valley […]
Building Wealth Presentation on Silicon Valley’s Top Real Estate Questions From Buyers and Sellers Silicon Valley Real Estate Questions – Top Question for 2022 from Lynne Watanabe-MacFarlane This is a presentation that I recently gave about the top questions that homeowners and buyers would like to know about 2022  in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. The average equity gain in California in a year (Nov 2020 – […]
Homeowners Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers With so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on average, houses are receiving over four offers from buyers and they’re selling in less than three […]
Building Wealth Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respondents: 88% – a better chance of saving for retirement 87% – the best investment plan 85% – the […]
Buyers Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think about how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future. Here’s a dive into three often-overlooked financial benefits […]
Alameda August 24 2020 – Wildfires in Bay Area & Creating a Wildfire Safety Plan [Video]  Today in this video we share the areas of the wildfires in the Greater SF Bay Area. We also discuss the importance of creating a Wildfire Safety Plan for Older Adults who are living alone. Also, please note that if you and your family have evacuated Intero has a special discount with Country Inn […]
Buyers Our Life in 2020 [Original Video] We’re all trying to figure out life during this health crisis. We all have different needs, our priorities have shifted and our lives have been permanently been effected. We’ve learned how much our lives are intertwined with services, businesses but most importantly, our friends and family. How has your life changed since March 2020? My […]
Buyers Open Houses During a Zombie Apocalypse [Video]   Residential real estate is considered an essential service, but we no longer host public open houses during health crises. You may wonder how realtors show properties these days. Well, we do this mindfully with our clients’ health and safety in mind. Firstly, before entry, all visitors must sign a PEAD-V form and we schedule […]
Accessory Dwelling Units Adding Value To Your Home Here are some ways to add value to your current home. Some are relatively inexpensive, such as painting trim or adding new bark for curb appeal, but solar panels are expensive and depending on the next home buyer, it may not get the direct return as expected (plus solar technology is always advancing). There are […]
Articles Will The Corona Virus Create A Housing Crisis …And Our New Norms Concerns about the impact COVID-19 will have on the global and local economy are real. They’re scary too as the health and wellness of our friends, families, and loved ones are high on everyone’s emotional radar. While we don’t know the exact impact the virus will have on the housing market, we do know that […]
Homeowners 5 Tax Benefits to Owning a Home When Filing for 2019 Taxes Homeownership has its benefits, especially when tax filling time comes around. But the rules have changed in recent years, so it’s best to familiarize yourself with what deductions and credits are currently available.