American Dream Team

We have officially named our team “American Dream Team”. Super excited to work with 3 amazing women like Dyane, Danelle and Tami. 2014 is starting off with a bang. We look forward to being of service to you!


It’s Price That Sells The Home….

I was reading up on Real Estate Conditions and Updates and I came across this article “It’s Price That Sells The Home” written by Blanche Evans on Realty Times.  I think this is a great and important article for homeowners who are thinking about selling their home.


It’s The Price That Sells a Home  

You’ve heard the old saying – “Location, location, location.”

The real truth is “Location, condition, and price.” And price trumps every other factor.
Location affects the value of a home, but it’s price that sells a home.

Oceanfront, mountainside, or penthouse, the most desirable location in the world won’t sell at the wrong price.

Every property has a potential buyer, but like rock, paper, scissors, it’s sometimes hard to know which factor is going to win the showdown.

A good location will sell at a fair price. A bad location will sell at a fair price, too. It just won’t be as a high as it would be for a good location. But neither location or condition will sell any house. Only one thing does that – price.

So if you’re a seller waiting for that “special buyer” who will appreciate your faded pink and black bathroom tile, your vintage orange shag carpet and is willing to help you put your kids through college because of your real estate prowess, you’re going to have a long wait.

So if your home is represented by an agent, and it’s been on the market for a long time, chances are it’s your own fault.

Maybe you didn’t listen to your agent when he said you’re pricing your home above the market. Maybe you got mad at the first few folks who looked at your home and didn’t make offers.

When the showings stopped completely, maybe you accused your agent of not doing a good enough job.

You put the blame on everyone except where it belongs – on you. It’s not about you, what you want, or how much you need for your retirement.

It’s about the price.



Exceed your expectations

I was reading an article  this morning called “3 Things You Can’t Afford a ‘Wait & See’ Attitude About in 2014,” written by PJ Wade, and I wanted to share this excerpt regarding exceeding  expectations:
“The best way to exceed  expectations is to stop making excuses. Excuses are poison to progress.  I’ve always maintained that “many reasons, no excuses” is the best  approach for consumers and professionals alike. Understand why things  did not work and look for ways to improve results when the next  opportunity arises. Spend your creativity on great excuses and you’ve  accomplished nothing except wasting time and opportunity. Be determined  to meet and exceed your expectations of a newly-renovated home, home  ownership, or whatever real estate results you value – no excuses.”
As our technology has  allowed us to get the quick fix results we want in,  I find that instead of trying to understand what didn’t work in a situation we just move on instead of reviewing the situation and seeing how we can improve our  game plan to better the turn out next time the same circumstance may  arise”
Although this article is geared towards real estate, we can all  use this approach in all aspects of our lives.  What do you think?  Will you exceed your expectations this year?

SB 407 Cal Green Code – Effective January 1, 2014

For those of us who will be remodeling our homes in the years to come and your home was built prior to 1/1/1994 this is some important information.

SB 407: Water Conserving Plumbing Fixture Replacement
Effective January 1, 2010
Summary :
SB 407 establishes requirements for residential and commercial real property built and
available for use on or before January 1, 1994, for replacing plumbing fixtures that are
not water conserving (defined as noncompliant plumbing fixtures–see the statute for the
On and after January 1, 2014, this law will require, for all building alterations or
improvements to single-family residential real property, as defined, that waterconserving
plumbing fixtures replace other noncompliant plumbing fixtures as a
condition for issuance of a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final permit
approval by the local building department.
On and after January 1, 2014, for specified building alterations or improvements to
multifamily residential real property and commercial real property, that water-conserving
plumbing fixtures replace other noncompliant plumbing fixtures as a condition for
issuance of a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final permit approval by
the local building department.
New disclosure requirement: On and after January 1, 2017, a seller or transferor of
single-family residential real property must disclose to a purchaser or transferee, in
writing, specified requirements for replacing plumbing fixtures, and whether the real
property includes noncompliant plumbing.

You can go to: to read more about the new code and it’s exceptions.