Coastside Real Estate & Lifestyles
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Serving Half Moon Bay Coastside - San Mateo County - San Francisco Bay Area - Northern California

Gardener’s Advantage

Marian S Bennett

We are thinking about Fall planting - in between enjoying summer!  Get a head start here on what you can plant to encourage good bugs and keep away the "pests", while supporting best practices for water use.                                                   August 2014 tips from local gardening expert Jack McKinnon "The Garden Coach".  His nine tips this month acknowledge our drought and how to balance beauty, fun and conservation.  #7 is my favorite "Rather than complain about the drought (or anything else for that matter),...

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Coastsiders Begin Online Conversations

Marian S Bennett

Our Coastside is a blend of "native Coastsiders" going back several generations, new Bay Area transferees who have discovered that our communities are not that far from work and yet feel a world away, and everything in between. The local government and community meetings typically see a handful of attendees.  Many people share their real opinions while running into friends and neighbors around town.  Now there is a new way to share ideas, form support groups of like-minded people, and move local initiatives forward. Over the last few...

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Enlightening Findings from Remodel – 22% Savings

Marian S Bennett

Source:  HOUZZ - Contemporary Spaces by Nashville General Contractors Franks Home Maintenance We remodeled last year; thought I would share some fun stories and maybe even some war stories from time to time.  This story has to do with my quest for much more light in my home.  I really don't do well living in dark spaces.  I knew that when the time came to remodel, we would look forward to an updated lighting plan.  So I'm writing today about our...

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Expect more than Shiny Objects | 3 Apps +

I spent a day in SF last week at a real estate industry conference called Inman Connect taking in tons of new information to process and decide what is worthwhile to share, what is valuable to improve my client and customer experience, and consider as an upgrade for my business. Here is the best of what I found in my one day there, condensed and broken down into three categories for you: Apps, Concepts, and Tools. Apps Refresh - Refresh syncs "effortlessly" with your calendar to...

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Enjoy Your Gas Fireplace

Marian S Bennett

If you've ever heard the phrase "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco", well, there is some truth to that.  Since we're about 20 miles south of the City on the Coast, we experience similar weather patterns at times.  Those of us who are not traveling to warmer parts all summer may be cozying up to our fireplaces on cool gray nights. Converting to gas is considered a hot (no pun intended) fireplace trend for 2014.  If you have a gas fireplace that...

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Buyer Options if you need to Sell first

Marian S Bennett

It’s spring, the weather is heating up and so is the Coastside real estate market. For the first time since the early to mid-2000s, we are seeing several homes go under contract within the first week of when they’re listed (sometimes even before).  Also, in some locations here, it’s again becoming a reality to see multiple offers over the asking price for some homes. This is obviously welcome news for those homeowners thinking about selling their property. Buyers are out there in force and searching for...

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More Seller Disclosure in 2014

Marian S Bennett

The Transfer Disclosure Statement is a required (in most cases) disclosure for sellers in California.  It is a three page document that is completed by the seller on pages 1 and 2, and completed by the participating Realtors on page 3, then signed by all principals in the transaction and their Realtors once completed, also on page 3. This year's Transfer Disclosure Statement is about to be updated again.  The new addition will be an additional seller question related to construction defect claims. From the California Association...

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Coastside: Solar Panels and Home Sales

Marian S Bennett

What better way to celebrate Earth Day 2014 than to talk a little bit about solar power on the Coastside, residential solar energy specifically.  More and more homeowners are asking about the benefits of photovoltaic panels, including Coastside homeowners.  I'm seeing more panels on roof tops, but the number of sales with these energy saving systems are still few and far between, making value using comparable homes still challenging. The roof top panel system, called a photovoltaic (PV) system will either be owned or leased...

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