Housing Update Oct 2020 [video] – Reasons Why Sellers in the SF Bay Area Should Consider A Move Now

Oct 2020 market report for national and SF Bay Area. Hello Sellers! If you were waiting for that time that you wished. you had taken advantage of last time and WISHED you had got the most out of your money before it went down – well, maybe this is your time. Here’s Oct housing trend and we take a look at what the economy has done nationally and what’s happening now locally in the SF Bay Area. We learn how the economist forecasters change their home price appreciation predictions. We discuss why the average U.S. citizen (not home buyers) have improved their FICO scores and proof that the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well during times of economic distress. And lastly, we learn why being a seller in this market is a fantastic opportunity (with existing home sales up 34% YTY and listings down -32% in the Bay Area).

 

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Does the home I’m currently in meet my needs for the next decade?

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor

Intero Real Estate Services 831-246-2743 text anytime

What’s My Home Worth? https://sfbay.areahomevalues.net/

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

I like to educate my clients and friends about what’s going on in the real estate market and depending on whether you’re a seller or buyer (or investor) I’ll give you the facts so you can make informed decisions. Give me a call, let’s have a cup of coffee to discuss your real estate goals, I want to help you achieve them. 831-346-2743 Lynne Please LIKE and Subscribe I’m happy to help and educate. If you know of someone who needs assistance, I’m also a PFAC affiliate (Professional Fiduciary Assoc. California- Silicon Valley) I have a great network of specialist who can assist with special needs, disabilities and seniors. I also have an advance certificate in SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) I partner with Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, the top brokerage network in the SF Bay Area, offering off-MLS listings, Pinnacle concierge services, lending and title to bring my clients a smooth and seamless transaction experience.


Posted on October 23, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in Housing Market, Sellers, Sellers Market, Video | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Should You Buy A Retirement Home Sooner Rather Than Later? [video]

 

Should you buy a retirement home sooner


Posted on October 21, 2020 at 8:38 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in investors, Real Estate, Renovation, Retirement, SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Sellers Market, Tax, Tax Relief, Video | Tagged , , , ,

House Hunter In Royal Oaks – Country Living Under $800K! [Video]

Want to live the country life but still be an hour away from Silicon Valley? $800K may seem like a lot of money, but here in Silicon Valley it’s difficult to find a single family home with acreage.

Whether you’re from Santa Clara county, San Mateo county or Santa Cruz county, there has been a trend of families looking for more space, larger outdoor living areas for family gatherings and more rooms with multi-purpose functionality as we continue to stay safe and work from home.

Check out this video to see if this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2,045 sqft home (with over 2 acres) fits your lifestyle.

 

Give me a call to learn more about this property. 831-346-2743 Text/voice

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor

PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

phone 831.346.2743

lmacfarlane @ Intero.com

www.lynnemacfarlane.com

DRE# 02066698


Posted on October 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in MONTEREY COUNTY, Video | Tagged , , , ,

House Hunter – Spotting a Multigenerational Fixer in Santa Cruz! [Virtual Tour Video]

So you say you are looking for a home where you can:

:1) add value

2) build “sweat equity”

3) move the entire family

4) convenient location on the Santa Cruz Eastside

5) Walking distance to restaurants, shops and hospital.

Let me know if you’re interested… I’d love to help a buyer write a winning offer or find similar like properties that you can add your personal touches to and enjoy the Santa Cruz life style.

Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE My YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/LynneMacFarlaneSubscribe

Here are 5 reasons why having a digital savvy realtor using virtual real estate technologies benefits buyers and sellers in today’s demanding market: https://bit.ly/YourREadvisor

Lynne MacFarlane Explains Shelter in place with a troll

I’m a transition specialist – I’m a native born SF, proud of my city and the Bay Area and I love helping families pursue their home goals. I’m a member of the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors and Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. I have an advance certificate as a Senior Real Estate Specialist and I’m also an affiliate member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Silicon Valley Chapter

 

 


Posted on October 2, 2020 at 7:14 am
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in multigenerational, Santa Cruz County, Video | Tagged , , ,

What’s Your Favorite Feature of Your Home? Seller’s Letter in Saratoga [Video]

 

Seller’s ‘Love Letter’ to a buyer is a good idea – The seller can elaborate about their favorite best features of the property and the memories attached to the home. Also sometimes included in a letter to prospective buyers are neighborhood shops, restaurants, and parks. This love letter from the seller describes the pros and perceived cons and how much they think their home is worth and why. If you’re a seller would you consider writing a buyer love letter to your prospective buyers? Do you think this would benefit the sale of your home?

Leave your comments below and. your questions!

Curious to see the home which seller was referring to?

Check out the post here

 

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

Text/voice: 831-346-2743

DRE# 02066698

www.lynnemacfarlane.com


Posted on September 2, 2020 at 7:13 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Saratoga, Sellers, Video | Tagged , , , , ,

100+ Days On Market… in Saratoga? Sept 1, 2020 [Video]

 

 

Here’s my search for all Saratoga homes listed on the market, click here:

https://lynnemacfarlane.realscout.com/homesearch/map?geo_type=city&geo_id=0670280&for_sale=1&for_rent=0

 


Posted on September 2, 2020 at 6:04 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Saratoga, Video | Tagged , , , , ,

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 and Suites –  Address: 1350 N 4th San Jose  Phone: (408) 467-1786

If you or a loved one are in need of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.

(831) 346-2743 text anytime
LMACFARLANE @ INTERO .COM

Thank you, take care & be safe.

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Packing an emergency kit: Assemble an emergency suitcase your family elder can quickly grab in the event of a fire. When a wildfire requires evacuation, every second counts.

Establishing good practices: Developing precautionary habits can keep an older adult safer when it comes to a home fire or a wildfire. Put glasses and hearing aids on the bedside table. Always have cell phones charged. If an older adult uses a wheelchair, walker, or cane, encourage them to keep it nearby.

Purchasing an emergency radio: In the event of a power outage, an emergency radio allows older adults to stay connected. Whether it is a crank radio or a battery-operated one, there are a variety of options to choose from.

Planning evacuation routes: It’s also important to plan escape routes from every room in the house. For rooms upstairs or homes on a higher elevation, you may want to order fire escape ladders that attach to windows. If your loved one may have trouble climbing down a ladder, they should stay close to the ground floor.

Creating a neighborhood escape plan: Just like you need two escape routes from the senior’s home, you also need two separate ways out of their neighborhood. If one is blocked by fire, they won’t lose time trying to figure out what to do. When the order comes to evacuate, it’s also important to know where a safe place to retreat is.

 

California Fire Resources

If you or your friends are affected by the California wildfires, below are links to some helpful resources:

Fire Resources for Realtors®

·        C.A.R. Disaster Relief

General Fire Resources

·        California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) website

·        Fire Incidents Map

·        Evacuation Checklist

·        Air Quality Information

·        Wildfire Relief Funds


Posted on August 24, 2020 at 6:26 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in Alameda, Homeowners, SAN MATEO COUNTY, SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Santa Cruz County, Video | Tagged , , , , , , ,

House Hunter Wednesday 8/19/2020 featuring 3063 Woodcrest – Cambrian 95118 [Video]

It’s been a red hot sellers market here in the SF Bay Area and for a few of my buyers, who have trouble seeing property during the weekday, it’s often too late to preview by the time all offers are due!  – Yes,  houses are flying and for buyers it can feel discouraging to see a property that you absolutely love, but disappear!  Popular single family homes will often have multiple offers and offers will be made sometimes sight-unseen, and without contingencies, it’s an aggressive move.  Buyers need education and preparation in this market and I can help you win an offer!

I am here to help folks understand the real estate market of each community of interest and educate with comparable properties and together discuss your likes and characteristics of  a desired home.  As a digital savvy realtor I  show clients homes that are on the market, coming to market and off-MLS. Learn more about the benefits I bring to my clients here.

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Today we visit a modern farmhouse 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,284 SqFt, with my favorite part of the house, the 6186 Square Foot Lot with raised garden beds to fulfill your farmer soul dreams with fruit trees, drip irrigation.

It’s a single family home in the Cambrian neighborhood in San Jose 95118.

  • Offered at $1,284,000

Schools:

  • Reed Elementary
  • John Muir Middle School
  • Pioneer High School (according to GreatSchools.com)

Listing by Ryan Hatfich

Let’s bring in an offer for this great neighborhood home! Private tours only following COVID19 guidelines – Serious buyers for private tours only. Let’s schedule a consultation to discuss your needs and lock you in a great record low mortgage rate in today’s hot real estate market in the Bay Area market.

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

831.346.2743 text/voice Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor

PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

831.346.2743 text/voice

lmacfarlane @ intero.com


Posted on August 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in Cambrian, Video | Tagged , , ,

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 focus is helping others in transition so that they can focus on what’s important in their lives.

I’ve experienced multiple transitions in my life and I know that when one must make a move, it is not easy AND the last thing you want to worry about is the physical move (prepping a home, the sale of a home, where will I live, etc…)

If you’re considering a move and change in life, feel free to reach out, we can talk over the phone or on a Zoom or Facetime chat. I can assist with not only the sale of your home (and educate you about the real estate market and home’s worth) but help plan what’s the next steps and discuss your options. I’m a Professional Fiduciary Association California ( #PFAC) affiliate member and a senior resource specialist in real estate #SRES ready to help you or family members. 

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor

PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

phone 831.346.2743

DRE# 02066698

www.lynnemacfarlane.com 

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https://twitter.com/lynnewatanabe

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Posted on August 12, 2020 at 2:40 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in Buyers, Homeowners, SRES, Video | Tagged , , , , , , ,

New Listing!! 21471 Lee Drive Los Gatos – Adorable Cabin in the Woods [Video]

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Building: 1,100 SqFt Apprx Lot: 18,797 SqFt

List Price: $699,000.

Who knew you could get away from it all, while so close to town!

This rare opportunity for a charming 2BD, 2BA mountain getaway sits in desirable Redwood Estates adjacent to the community protected open green space. Stairs bring you down to this secluded cottage, not visible from the street. This beloved cozy mountain cottage has been completely remodeled from ground up, with a 1 BD 1 BA unit upstairs, and a separate entry to the 1 BD 1 BA downstairs (can easily be used as partial rental). Custom Alderwood cabinetry, 2 brand new decks & steps to separate entry, new dishwasher, new low profile microwave, new interior paint, new carpet in bedrooms, and beautiful views from every window. Central heat, inside laundry, plenty of storage.

Make this secret mountain cottage yours! Private community pool access only for Redwood Estate residents.

Easy hop on Hwy 17, 10-minute commute to downtown Los Gatos, top Los Gatos schools, 20 minutes to Santa Cruz. Schedule a tour today (below).

Welcome home!

 

Visit the property website: https://bit.ly/21471LeeDr

Schedule a tour: https://bit.ly/CozyCabinLeeDrive


Posted on June 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm
Lynne (Watanabe) MacFarlane | Posted in Los Gatos, Real Estate, SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Video | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,