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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 may gauge your reasons for buying a home, your specific needs, and what your expectations are during this process.

Do you have plans to live on the property full time, or are you looking for more of a second home/vacation home? Some buyers may also just be looking for an investment property that they can rent out to bring in some additional income. Will you need to rent it and if so are there any AirBnB restrictions in the chosen area. Regardless of your exact reasoning, finding out the “why” behind the purchase can help us understand what you’re searching for homes that meet your specific criteria. I will send you my home buyer questionnaire in advance so all parties can discuss their goals to find the right property.

2. WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?

While some may consider this a private question, the reality is that we need to be sure that all our clients can realistically afford the homes we will be shopping for before starting the process. This is especially important in today’s market where luxury homes sell for unprecedented amounts and sometimes much higher than original asking price. Each market and price points are currently undergoing a market shift, but as your trusted advisor, I feel it’s  best to present the reality of a volatile seller’s market and determine if the ROI is worth the investment.

Helping affluent clients figure out how much home they can afford means looking at other aspects of one’s personal finances. While real estate professionals are certainly not financial advisors, it is perfectly common and accepted for you to ask for a mortgage pre-approval letter during an initial meeting. This demonstrates that the buyers have been pre-approved for a mortgage and are serious about their intent to buy. At Intero we offer as part of our concierge services a complimentary referral consultation with our partners at Summitry Wealth Advisors.

3. WHAT’S YOUR MOVING TIMEFRAME?

The next important step is to determine a buyer’s move-in timeline. Those who urgently need to find a property due to job relocation or pressing life circumstances (aging parents, a desired quick divorce resolution) might have fewer options. In contrast, buyers with a flexible timeline will have more opportunities to find properties that match their needs.

4. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN OTHER MARKETS?

Out-of-market purchases are not uncommon, especially for affluent buyers looking for their second home or investment properties. Do let me know if there are other areas of interest (local or out of state or international) Intero / Berkshire Hathaway has an international presence and our relocation department . However, it’s also good to discuss about other markets and lifestyle passions to present some lesser-known markets clients haven’t considered. I would be most happy to provide current researched data and market reports to explore new opportunities.

5. ARE YOU OPEN TO BUILDING OR A FIXER-UPPER?

Despite the growing labor and raw material costs to build a house from scratch, it might be worth the investment if  luxury buyers can’t find anything desirable on the market. Building a custom home on an lot requires experience of asking the right questions whether if the lot is buildable. Dealing with the possibly geo-engineers (for perc tests for septic and well water availability and utilities) there are many considerations and also deciding what’s best use for the lot. Alternatively, they can opt to buy an older home that needs refurbishment, which might cut down starting cost while also allowing customization of your dream home.

Here’s an ideal lot in Bennett Valley Santa Rosa wine country on a private established paved road.

Warehill Road Santa Rosa

Ask me for more details

 

Lynne MacFarlane, Realtor

MCDM, SRES, SRS | DRE # 02066698

Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

(408) 800-1141

LMACFARLANE@INTERO.COM

 

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HomeownersWealth August 9, 2022

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

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If you have any questions, I’m here to assist you with the next transition in your life helping families get to where they want to be with my fantastic concierge network. Thank you for your consideration!

Alameda CountyFremontReal Estate April 13, 2022

Pending! Great Condo in Fremont For My First Time New Homebuyers!

In Escrow! Lynne MacFarlane Homes

 

Got my first time home buyers in contract! So happy for them!

Think about it, you’re either helping to pay for your landlord’s mortgage down via your monthly rent or building your own wealth. It does take sacrifice but so worth it over time! Now they wish they had taken the leap and bought last year!

Fact: Median sales price for Townhouses & Condos in the 94538 have increased 79.4% (that’s $646,500) in the last month, and 24.7% ($930,000) over one year!



Let me know if you need any assistance. I’m always happy to serve and take care of any needs. Cheers~!

 

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, Realtor

Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay

Local Knowledge With Global Reach

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Mountain ViewSellersSellers Market December 15, 2021

JUST SOLD! Lynne MacFarlane Homes – 234 Jason Way Mountain View

Lynne MacFarlane Homes - JUST SOLD MOUNTAIN VIEW $330K over list price!!!

Congratulations To My Savvy Home Sellers!!

We were able to negotiate $336K+ over list with several strong multiple offers!

If you’re wanting to cash out that sweet equity and value you’ve gained over time like my smart sellers did,

make sure you give us a call.

I’d love to explain how we were able to get many interested, well-qualified buyers. It’s not just luck, it’s understanding each market & knowing specific areas. It’s also about home preparation and I would love to share with you our process.

The market is red hot! There’s low inventory and still favorable interest rates.  With the threat of inflation, people are looking where to park their money and home buyers are ready to step into a single family home or become first time home buyers.

Congratulations to my sellers again, they deserve an applause & a smooth retirement for moving quickly and taking our advice to achieve top dollar.

Let me know if you’re considering a move in 2022, we would love to help you every step of the way (from decluttering to negotiating with buyer agents) we are with you!

Questions on how to sell your how in today’s market? I’d love to help you!

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor

Mobile: (408) 800-1141 or (831) 346-2743

Email: lmacfarlane@intero.com

 

 

 

Mountain ViewReal EstateSANTA CLARA COUNTY November 12, 2021

PENDING ~ Multiple Offers! 234 Jason Way Mountain View

PENDING SALE IN 4 DAYS!!!

We are so happy for our wonderful sellers (who found their dream home in Oregon) but also thrilled to announce that Jason Way will be getting another new wonderful family in the neighborhood!

(We also can’t wait to reveal what this great home sold for! Any guesses? We had 4 strong multiple offers.) 😁

 

Pending! 4 Days! 234 Jason Way Mountain View

 

 

House Hunter Silicon ValleyReal EstateSANTA CLARA COUNTY October 4, 2021

230 Jason Way Mountain View – 3 Bedroom 2 Bath -New Listing [Video Tour]

 

Check out the property website: http://230jasonway.com

 

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, single story home

1,386 SqFt living, 6,003 SqFt private lot

Welcome to this charming mid-century modern home in Mountain View! Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, this single-story home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, including a spacious full-sized den with clerestory row of windows bringing ambient light to its spacious full-sized room that could be used as a home office or spare bedroom. A generous two-car detached garage, a private garden, and three deck areas with sliding glass doors and ambient lighting maximize outdoor living among the majestic redwood trees in the private backyard. 

This home has been updated with new interior and exterior paint, new neutral carpeting in the living area and all 3 bedrooms, brand new baseboards throughout, and refreshed plumbing and lighting fixtures. Award-winning architects Winston and May accentuate the dramatic use of vaulted open beam ceilings, skylights, and oversized windows to showcase areas for indoor-outdoor California living.

This property is located just a few minutes from Google and other Silicon Valley companies, and the lively downtown Castro restaurants, shops, Mountain View’s Farmer’s Market, awesome library and the Center of Performing Arts, the transportation hub, and major commute routes 85/101/237. Bike commuters will love that the Stevens Creek Bike Trail entrance is only a block away!

Make Mountain View your home,

this unique architectural style and location is highly desirable

and won’t last long!

 

 

Single family home for sale in Mountain View

Call Lynne MacFarlane

Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

DRE#02066698

408-800-1141 

LMACFARLANE@INTERO.COM

 

Jennifer Cosgrove 

DRE# 01334273

408.930.8425  

JCOSGROVE@INTERO.COM

 

Coming Soon listingsMountain ViewReal EstateSANTA CLARA COUNTY October 1, 2021

Coming Soon! 230 Jason Way Mountain View

Mountain View Single Family Home for sale coming soon!

Contact me for detail for my latest listing that is coming soon! Fantastic location, great quiet cul-de-sac! You’ll never find a better home that has the appeal of a Tahoe cabin yet close to a lively downtown community!  With majestic redwood trees and big beam ceilings that allow big windows to showcase the private backyard; plenty of natural sunlight. Three decks outside the sliding glass windows making it perfect for the California indoor-outdoor lifestyle, and there’s even a cement pad with 22ov just ready for you to put  in a jacuzzi or a firepit to enjoy the warmth with friends! Call for more info, don’t miss out on the opportunity to become a Mountain View resident. The downtown is thriving and delightful!

 

 

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LMACFARLANE@INTERO.COM

Cupertino June 20, 2021

Open House – Relaxed Elegance Montebello Villa in Cupertino Wine Trail on 51 Acres [Video]

Get ready to be wowed!

I’ll be hosting this stunning estate in Montebello Road, Cupertino Hills tomorrow, Sunday June 20th, from 3PM – 5PM limited hours.
Located at 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014
4 Bedroom, 5 Bath, 5,400 SqFt living, on 51 acres.
Stunning views of Santa Clara County and watch the twinkling lights below as the sunsets.
Inspiring – excellent for family gatherings & corporate entertaining
Inspirational secluded gated retreat feels like you’re on top of the world with evening twinkling lights and panoramic views. This 4 bedroom, 5 bath has plenty of room for family and entertaining guests with 5,400 SqFt living space, decks that face views. With each bedroom with its own bath, entertainment media room downstairs with bar, outside patios, decks for entertaining, large French Provencial style kitchen with huge granite island & Indoor BBQ brick fireplace, rock-lined pool with waterfall, and your own wine cellar. Warm and cozy primary suite features a Santa Fe style fireplace, high wood beam ceilings, and a step down jet jacuzzi bath for two overlooking the view & large shower & steam room, with a deck right off the primary bedroom with an outdoor spa facing the views. Spectacular living spaces and perfect for family entering company guests. Broadband internet also available (15Mps), perfect for work at home video conferencing. And for your auto enthusiasts there’s a 4 car garage on top and two garages below. Must see! It’s all here with 51 acres of natural beauty, best luxury property value! 20 mins to get to #AppleHQ and other #SiliconValley companies.
Located at 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014
**Schedule your private tour, give me a call:
(408) 800-1141 or (831) 346-2743
Call me for reports too. Very special opportunity for a stunning property. 
Schools:
Argonaut Elementary (9/10)
Redwood Middle (9/10)
Monte Vista High (10/10)
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Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane

SRS, SRES, MCDM | Realtor
Intero Real Estate Services
Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay
Call for private tour:
(408) 800-1141
LMACFARLANE @ Intero.com

 

SANTA CLARA COUNTY June 6, 2021

Tour of 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino [Video]

Get ready to be wowed!

15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014

Inspirational, relaxed, luxury gated estate feels like you’re on top of the world (Silicon Valley!) with views that go on for miles!

This 4 bedroom, 5 bath has plenty of room for family and guest with 5,400 SqFt living space. With each bedroom with its own bath, entertainment media room downstairs with bar, outside patios, decks for entertaining, large French Provencial style kitchen with huge granite island & Indoor BBQ brick fireplace, rock-lined pool, and more. Warm and cozy primary suite features a Santa Fe style fireplace, wood beam ceilings, and a step down jet jacuzzi bath for two overlooking the view & large shower & steamroom, with a deck off the primary bedroom with an outdoor spa facing the views! Spectacular living spaces and perfect for family entering company guests. Broadband internet also available (15Mps), perfect for work at home video conferencing. And for your auto enthusiasts there’s a 4 car garage on top and two garages below. Must see! It’s all here with 51 acres of natural beauty, best luxury property value! 20 mins to get to #AppleHQ and other #SiliconValley companies.

Located at 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014

**Schedule your private tour, give me a call:
(408) 800-1141 or (831) 346-2743

Schools:
Argonaut Elementary (9/10)
Redwood Middle (9/10)
Monte Vista High (10/10)

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane
SRES, MCDM | Realtor
Intero Real Estate Services
Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay
DRE#02066698
PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate
(408) 800-1141
LMACFARLANE @ Intero.com
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AthertonHouse Hunter Silicon ValleySANTA CLARA COUNTYVideo January 6, 2021

307 Walsh Road Atherton – Beautiful New Custom 5 Bedroom Home [private video tour]

Welcome to prestigious Atherton!

If you’re searching for a brand new custom build in the exclusive enclave of Atherton, this is it!

This modern, 3 story custom build has 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath home with a stunning open floor plan, two gas fireplaces, a chef’s gourmet kitchen with elegant white quartz island waterfall and floor to ceiling glass folding pocket doors that allow indoor/outdoor California living!
This modern home has gorgeous wide plank white oak floors, open floor plan and boasts lots of natural light gleaming through the modern Andersen 500 series windows delight the senses. Combining stunning modern design with its showcase floating staircase and state-of-the art technology, absolutely no detail has been overlooked as top of the line finishes and amenities adorn every corner of this magnificent home.
The top floor feels like a retreat as the master suite has it’s own balcony and spa-like bath and shower with dual sinks. The main entry floor has living area, kitchen and a bedroom – This bedroom can be used as an office right off the kitchen OR a room for multi-generational/senior guest room as it has it’s own private bath and close to the family kitchen and does not require stairs.
The bottom floor has two bedrooms and is ideal for small intimate gathering, perfect for entertaining with a linear gas fireplace, big screen TV and it’s own private bar for after hour entertaining. Give me a call to learn more about this property or for a private tour.
5 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATHS 3,773 SF LIVING SPACE | 8,906 SF LOT
Listed at $5,895,000
CALL Today 831-346-2743 Text/voice
More info about this property: http://bit.ly/307WalshRd
Lynne MacFarlane HomesMarket Trend for Single Family Homes in Atherton: http://bit.ly/AthertonMarketTrend
Lynne MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor
PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
DRE# 02066698
phone 831.346.2743 text
lmacfarlane @ Intero.com
www.lynnemacfarlane.com
Listed by Marita Lahijanian | Intero Real Estate Services 

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