Ceilings Are the Perfect Blank Canvas

One of the many joys of homeownership is incorporating your signature style throughout your home. From furniture and rugs to artwork and paint colors, there are so many ways you can make a space all your own. 

But there’s one space in the home that’s often left untouched — the ceiling. Though rarely considered, it’s a vital part of your home’s story. 

Whatever your design style, there are plenty of ways to dress up your fifth wall. Check out these ceiling styles that designers and architects are raving about:

Go Modern Minimalist  
If you like sleek and elegant design schemes, minimalism is for you. A minimalist home has clean lines in a defined color palette. Forego bright color schemes and add elaborate elements sparingly. 

Paint, tile or paneling in black or grey add engaging contrast to ceilings without stealing the show.

Add Some Rustic Charm
If you’d prefer a more accessible look, then rustic style is the answer. It’s comfortable, warm and inviting with neutral tones and natural textures like wood and stone.

Wood is the order of the day with a rustic ceiling motif. Rough-hewn panels, bold beams or reclaimed wood will add stunning character to your barnhouse decor. 

Keep It Traditional
If you’re looking for a style that’s casual and understated, consider a classic look. It’s a great option whether you enjoy muted tones or simple pops of color.

For traditional ceilings, bright white paint with recessed lighting is a tried-and-true choice. Your cool and classic fifth wall can be flat or vaulted with lavish details like crown molding or coffers. 

Bring the Focal Point Down
If a crisp, white ceiling is your preferred style, you can dress up your fifth wall with a custom pendant or light fixture

Ready to get rid of those old popcorn ceilings? Get in touch if you’d like referrals to interior designers in our area. 

Or reach out today if you’re ready for a new space to design.

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DIY Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Yourself

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How handy would you say you are? Can you fix a leaking faucet or install a new backsplash? Do you own all the drills, power saws and sanders used by the pros?

It can be tempting to DIY it all — especially if you’re on a budget. After all, you can have an active role in improving your home, and save cash to put toward other things. Why wouldn’t you want to?

The truth is not all projects are suited for a DIYer — no matter how much of a shiplap expert you might be. 

If you’re considering a few renovations, here’s when to put on your toolbelt and when you might want to call a pro: 

In the Kitchen: You can probably replace a sink, reface your cabinets or install a new dishwasher. 

Want to move the sink or add recessed lighting? You’ll want a pro.

In the Bathroom: Installing new floor tiles, upgrading your toilet seat or changing your showerhead are all tasks you can do. 

If you want in-floor radiant heating or to install a tub where there isn’t one, bring in a pro.

On the Exterior: Looking for more curb appeal with a new garden bed and a fresh coat of paint on your front door? Have at it. 

Substantial upgrades like installing a skylight, repairing your roof or repaving your driveway are better suited for a professional.

Structural Changes: If you’re super handy, you can probably install drywall or relocate a door. 

But if you’re changing an area that’s load-bearing? Definitely call a pro.

Remember, DIY doesn’t mean doing everything yourself. You’ll want to hire a professional for anything that requires specialized knowledge. There’s no shame in asking for help from an expert. 

Want to discuss what home renovations might improve your property’s value? Get in touch today.

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Have you checked out the neighborhood?

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This is the post that went out in my e-mail blast this week and it one that I really like. It is so simple, but in all my years of selling homes, it is not something that I even considered. When you consider that the purchasing of your home is the largest purchase that most people will make in their life, why not check it out first. In one of the articles that I read, the buyers asked the agent if they could rent the house that they were looking to purchase for a week, after all, the house is vacant. Because of the nature of the housing market that we have in the Bay Area, there are still multiple offers on houses, so the chances of sellers allowing buyer to rent their house for a week is highly unlikely. But there is a contingency period to do your inspections, why not check out an Air BNB in the neighborhood during that week. Check out the neighborhood at night, see what the streets are like, check out the noise level. See what your commute will be like what the walk to school will be. It’s a great thought and something that I will mention to my buyers in the future. Check out my e-mail post and let me know what you think.

Drive Before you Buy

Have you checked out the neighborhood?

You wouldn’t pick out shoes before choosing an outfit, right? Or buy car accessories without first deciding if you want a truck or a sedan?

Well, house hunting should be treated the same way.

You shouldn’t search for a dream home without vetting neighborhoods or experiencing the new area for yourself.

If the area doesn’t meet your needs, the property may not provide a dream scenario. So how do you make sure you’ve found the right neighborhood? Keep these details in mind:

Cost of Living
Are the property taxes and HOA fees trending upward? Are there mostly trendy boutiques and high-end businesses in the area, or does it have a good mix of local and national retailers?

Planned commercial development could affect the long-term affordability of the area. However, having more access to retailers and entertainment could enhance your lifestyle.

Commutes and Social Life
How close do you want to be to the friends and family you visit the most? How far are you willing to drive to get to the restaurants, theaters or stores that you frequent?

It’s understandable to prioritize your work commute, but keep in mind the other places you visit on a daily or weekly basis.

Long-Term Goals
How does the community fit into your future goals? Are there good schools, parks or sports leagues for your family?

A thriving community adds to your quality of life. And it’s a good sign for future home values.

Want to try before you buy? Where possible, consider renting a unit in the area for a few days through a short-term rental site. Experiencing the neighborhood like a resident can help you to decide if it fits your current and future needs.

Are you looking for a new home? Get in touch if you’d like to see a neighborhood report.

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It’s Your Bottom Line – Chuck Barberini Real Estate

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TV shows make finding a profitable fixer-upper seem easy. But in the real world, there are real challenges and decisions to be made.  

Whether you’re buying an investment property or a starter home for your family, there are dozens of factors to consider. How much will it cost to renovate? Are home values rising or falling in the neighborhood? How in-demand is the area? 

Want to make sure your purchase isn’t a money pit? Ask yourself these four questions:

1. Does it have good bones?
We want to avoid expensive repairs that would eat into your bottom line. It’s vital to have structural elements like the roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical and HVAC system inspected. 

2. Is the price comparable to the area? 
The property may come at a fixer-upper price, but how does it compare to others in the area? Let’s also take a look at new developments or zoning laws that could influence future home values.

3. Does it need special inspections?
Fixer-uppers need to go beyond standard inspections. Things like sewer lines, septic systems and pools age with the property, so it’s important to have each evaluated. 

4. What does your contractor think?
Bringing a contractor on board early is essential when creating your renovation budget. We need to estimate the cost of any aesthetic changes or upgrades to avoid over improving the home.

Remember, it’s not just the sticker price you want to consider when buying a fixer-upper, but the cost of the entire project. 

Do you need help finding the fixer-upper of your dreams? 
Together, we can evaluate the purchase price, factor in repair costs and determine the future resale value of the home. 

If you’ve already got your eye on a fixer-upper, or want help finding a contractor in our area, get in touch today.

Check out my Listing of the Week –

283 So Wildwood –
Hercules, CA 94547

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Party House – Chuck Barberini

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I was going through Realtor.com this week when I saw an article that caught my eye by Becky Bracken. It showed this week’s most popular listings, which were all impressive. Besides the fact that that I am constantly blown away but the prices of homes outside of California, the Godfather’s home is for sale. Being young and impressionable in the 70’s I was a huge fan of The Godfather and their compound on Long Island. Just think of the parties that you could have in this place. This is so cool, check out the info. on the compound and the Tahoe place, there is a link to the whole article below.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: NYC ‘Godfather’ Home Is Week’s Most Popular Listing

By Becky Bracken | Apr 5, 2019

Decades have passed since we first met the Corleone family in “The Godfather,” and the mystique just keeps pulling us back in. So, we weren’t shocked to find that a Staten Island, NY, home used in the film ranks as this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

The property on the market served as Michael Corleone’s residence—one of three that made up the fictional Corleone family compound in the 1972 classic. The main Corleone residence, where the film’s legendary wedding scene took place, is right next door.

Much of the property is unchanged from the 1970s, so it’s likely to feel familiar to fans. Quite apart from its sparkling Hollywood cred, it is a lovely family home sitting on a large lot at the dead end of a tree-lined street. The fact that Marlon Brando probably passed the time there is just one of its many selling points.

Lake Tahoe Location Seen in ‘The Godfather Part II’ on the Market for $3.75M

The Lake Tahoe, CA, estate famously featured in “The Godfather Part II” as Fredo’s final resting place has since been transformed into 22 individual homes, now called Fleur Du Lac Estates. One of the homes is currently on the market for $3.75 million.

The original 15-acre estate known as Fleur Du Lac was built in 1938 by businessman Henry Kaiser to celebrate the completion of the Hoover Dam. The company Kaiser owned was one of the principal contractors for the dam.

In all, 300 workers labored day and night for 30 days to erect this lakeside property’s 17 homes, cottages, yacht club, boathouse, and more, according to the community’s history.

Until Kaiser sold the estate in the 1960s, it was used as a hideaway for business tycoons. It was also the perfect spot for Kaiser to race his beloved hydroplanes, which were stored in the property’s boathouse.

But to movie buffs, the home is better known as the backdrop for Michael Corleone‘s son’s first communion party, the scene of Michael brooding in his lakefront office, and the fateful final scene of Michael’s brother Fredo—all filmed in the 1970s.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: NYC ‘Godfather’ Home Is Week’s Most Popular Listing

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4 Steps to Prepare for Home Ownership

Buying a home is a big undertaking. From finding the right property and negotiating to sorting out the legal details and moving in, there are dozens of important steps along the way. And for many first-time buyers, it can seem overwhelming. 

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier, even if you’re still in the planning phase. If you know buying a home is on the horizon, you’ll want to tackle these tasks before you get too far into your search:

1. Get preapproved for your mortgage. 
Research lenders, choose your mortgage company and apply for preapproval. This will give you an idea of what you can afford so we can point you toward homes in the right price range. 

2. Give your budget a test run. 
Once you have a rough estimate of what your monthly payment will be, give that budget a trial run. Are you still able to afford all your monthly bills and expenses? If not, let’s have a chat with your lender to see what the monthly payment could look like if we target a lower price point.  

3. Start saving. 
It’s never too early to start saving up for your down payment and closing costs. Cutting out unnecessary spending and setting up automatic deductions from your paychecks are two easy ways to give your savings a boost.

4. Create a wish list. 
What do you want in your future home? Jot down your must-haves concerning size,location and features. You can also include some deal breakers to help guide you in your search. Are you looking to buy your first home soon? With the right help, the process will be less overwhelming. Reach out today for step-by-step guidance or a referral to a trusted lender in our area.

Make sure you get the most for your money and don’t make first-timer mistakes.

Buying a house for the first time can be a daunting task. With so many places and situations that can cost you money or even happiness, it’s something to approach with caution and while being informed.

In my book, I’ll show you everything you need to know to cause the process to go as smoothly as possible, without any mistakes. You’ll learn about programs for people buying for the first time, the best ways to get a loan, common mistakes to avoid and much, much more. Don’t let a couple of simple errors cost you thousands and thousands of dollars.

Claim your free book now and start preparing to make one of the biggest decisions of your life.

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You can compete with all-cash offers

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You can compete with all-cash offers. Here’s how;

In today’s hot market, bidding wars have become the norm. With many out-of-state buyers and property investors looking for a great deal, all-cash offers are also becoming common.

A cash offer can seem tempting for sellers since it offers the possibility of a faster closing. But despite this perk, cash buyers don’t always win. Many times, they make low offers or demand costly extras, both of which will mean lost cash for the seller.

Want to boost your chances of getting the home you want when competing with cash buyers? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Include a preapproval letter. Get your financial documents in order, find a mortgage lender and get preapproved. Additionally, a note from your lender stating that you’re a well-qualified buyer can go a long way.
  2. Work with a fast-moving lender. Average closing times vary significantly from lender to lender. Choosing one known for fast transactions shows sellers that you’re willing to move at their pace. Get in touch if you’d like a referral to a trusted lender.
  3. Offer more earnest money or a bigger down payment. More money down means you’re serious about purchasing their home, which gives sellers more confidence in your offer.
  4. Make an appropriate offer. We’ll discuss local comps to assess the home’s value, allowing you to make a solid bid right off the bat. Low offers are likely to be dismissed without a second glance.

Are you planning to purchase a new home soon? Get in touch today to discuss the right strategy for your home search.

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Can you own your dream house with student debt?

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Can you own your dream house with student debt?

Did you know you can buy your dream home while paying off student loan debt?

It’s true and even quite common. While student loans are factored into your debt-to-income ratio, they shouldn’t prevent you from becoming a homeowner.

And fortunately, there are many programs and options available to prospective buyers, some you may not be familiar with. Here are four ways people with student loans achieve their homeownership goals:

  1. Co-buying With Friends or Family
    Purchasing a home with a roommate, significant other or sibling allows you to combine multiple incomes to qualify for a better mortgage rate. This can help lower your monthly payment and make home maintenance more affordable.
  2. Receiving Financial Gifts From Family 
    You can also accept gift money from your parents, grandparents or other family members to put toward your home purchase. Some loan programs have a cap on how much gift money can be used, so make sure you know the limits first.
  3. Choosing Low (or No) Down Payment Loans 
    There are many low down payment options, including FHA, HomeReady and Home Possible loans. For loans with no down payment, VA loans may be available to veterans and military members as well as USDA loans for those purchasing in rural areas.
  4. Using Assistance Programs 
    Down payment assistance programs can cover some or all of your down payment costs if you qualify. These programs vary by location, so talk with a lender to learn about potential options.

Working on your credit can also help you buy a home. Pay your credit card bills on time every month, aim to pay down your debts and never let an account go into collections. It also helps to get preapproved for a mortgage so you know how much you qualify for.

If you’re ready to make home ownership a reality or would like a referral to a trusted lender, get in touch today.

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Should you purchase your dream house first?

Gone are the days when a three-bedroom, two-bath starter home was the norm for first-time home buyers. Today, many buyers are skipping that stage altogether and going straight for their dream homes. They’re buying bigger, more expensive properties with upgraded features, and they plan to live there for the long haul.

Not sure which type of property you should look for? Here are a few things to consider:

Why are you buying?
Are you mainly looking for a way to lower your monthly living expenses, or do you want a place to raise your kids and put down roots? Do you want this to be your only purchase, or are you willing to go through the process again in a few years?

What’s your budget?
Can you buy your dream home with what you can currently afford, or would that stretch your budget too far? It’s crucial to consider how much you’ll need to save for a down payment and how large of a loan you can qualify for. Your credit score and the expected interest rate will also play a factor.

How long do you plan to stay? 
Do you plan to be in the area for a long time or is there a chance you’ll need to move for your career, family or another reason down the line?

Is the market favorable?
What is the current housing inventory, and will you be competing with other buyers? Favorable market conditions mean you’ll get more house for your money, making it an ideal time to purchase a forever home.

Get in touch today if you’re ready to buy a new home. If you’re unsure about a starter home or forever home for your family, we can discuss what options are available to meet your needs and long-term goals.

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Building your house? How an agent can help.

Hire an Agent When Building a House

Many homebuyers think they don’t need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you’re buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix?

The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It can mean paying more than you should, missed opportunities for upgrades, contract errors that aren’t in your favor or a delayed closing.

Thinking of buying a new construction home? Here are three reasons to have an agent on your side before visiting the sales office:

  1. Expert Negotiation:While their advertising would have you believe otherwise, builder’s prices aren’t always set in stone. Agents are skilled negotiators who can likely get the price dropped slightly or have a few upgrades thrown in.
  2. Preferred Vendors:Your builder might have an affiliate mortgage lender or title company, but chances are they aren’t going to offer the best deal. It’s important to shop around, and what’s better than a vendor your agent already knows and trusts?
  3. Guidance and Support: The homebuying process can be complicated, with lots of twists, turns and steps along the way. When buying new construction, you also have design reviews, electrical work and other construction needs. An agent can guide you through all of these, making sure your purchase stays on track, on time and on budget from start to finish.

It’s important to note that while you may be working with an agent or representative from the builder, they may not have your best interests at heart. Enlisting your own trusted agent can give you an advocate from the very first meeting to closing day.

Are you interested in buying a new construction home? Get in touch today for more info about builders in the area.

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