HOME OWNERSHIP

| Jason Burns

ATTENTION FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS AND PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THEIR SECOND OR THIRD HOMES. THERE IS A HOME OWNERSHIP FAIR IN FRESNO DATE:  SEPTEMBER 20, 2014. TIME:  9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM LOCATION:  FRESNO CONVENTION CENTER, 848 M STREET, FRESNO CA 93721 SPONSORED BY:  CHASE  AND  GOLDEN 1 CREDIT UNION HOME LOANS PRESENTED BY: […]

ATTENTION FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS AND PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THEIR SECOND OR THIRD HOMES.

THERE IS A HOME OWNERSHIP FAIR IN FRESNO

DATE:  SEPTEMBER 20, 2014.

TIME:  9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

LOCATION:  FRESNO CONVENTION CENTER, 848 M STREET, FRESNO CA 93721

SPONSORED BY:  CHASE  AND  GOLDEN 1 CREDIT UNION HOME LOANS

PRESENTED BY:  FRESNO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS,  CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS,  AND WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE

HOPE YOU MAKE IT THERE AND GET A CHANCE TO PRE-QUALIFY FOR YOUR NEXT HOME PURCHASE.

 

 

GET A FREE HOME MARKET EVALUATION

| Jason Burns

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market in the next few months, one of the first things you should know is what the estimated home value is.  If you have been waiting 2 or 3 years to sell, now is the time.  If you think you might break even before, you […]

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market in the next few months, one of the first things you should know is what the estimated home value is.  If you have been waiting 2 or 3 years to sell, now is the time.  If you think you might break even before, you may be surprised what you think your home value is today.  It is a very exciting time to know that you have equity when you sell your home.

TWO (2) items that you should have done to definitely be clear about your home value before you sell are:

(1) GET AN APPRAISAL.  An appraisal is a third party professional that will get a value on your home.  Usually a gets an appraisal done when they finance with a bank and are approved and qualified to purchase a home during escrow.  The price can range from $300 to $500 depending on the property.

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(2) GET A CERTIFIED HOME INSPECTION.  If you know what needs to be fixed ahead of time, you can get it fixed before you put it on the market.  The cost for a certified home inspection can be as low as $250 and as high as $500 depending on the size, condition, and location of the property.  The cost of the inspection is valuable and will help get your home a higher value.  The repairs you make before you put it on the market, will be less now than when a buyer submits a purchase agreement to escrow and schedule an inspection, then finds out that there are items in the house that needs to be repaired.  The buyer would prefer to have a contractor show proof of the repairs.  Who will pay for that?  During negotiations, should the seller lower the asking price or make repairs?  Now you have pressure to get the repairs done so it will close in time.  Or will you decrease the price for the buyer? Or will the buyer decide not to go through with the purchase…  You could eliminate a fallout in the escrow by you knowing what the buyer will know up front.

Wood Posts for wood fences

| Jason Burns

Attention Homeowners:  Before you have a fence company start to estimate a new fence and gate, do this.  At least for a minimum, make sure to have them use wood that is treated (pressure treated) that will be embedded into the soil or into concrete. A wood fence (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many wood fence built […]

Attention Homeowners:  Before you have a fence company start to estimate a new fence and gate, do this.  At least for a minimum, make sure to have them use wood that is treated (pressure treated) that will be embedded into the soil or into concrete.

A wood fence
A wood fence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many wood fence built in older homes have used standard wood that has not been treated to resist moisture and pest or insects.  When a home is built, pressure treated wood is used for the sill plate at the base of the wall, which sits directly on the concrete.  The same concept should be used outdoors for fence so the fence would last longer.

The minimum is to at least have all posts that are embedded into the soil or into the concrete to be pressure treated.  This will help keep the fence structure base and the rest of the fence hold up through rain, sprinklers, watering the lawn, or wood eating insects or pests. It is worth it to pay a little extra, at least for the posts, to keep your fence several more years.

Another thing, is that wood expands and contracts.  When it is hot it dries up and expands. If the wood wasn’t cured properly or it has so much moisture when installed, it could expand at the gate area.  Sometimes the gate will not close. The fence contractor should allow space for movement.

What restaurant is opening soon in NW Fresno?

| Jason Burns

Are You Hungry? This restaurant is just less than 5 minutes east from state route 99 and minutes west from highway 41 on W. Shaw Avenue in Fresno. It will be the second one in Fresno. The building,  exterior landscaping, and the parking lot seem to be complete.  All the exterior signage is up and […]

Are You Hungry?

This restaurant is just less than 5 minutes east from state route 99 and minutes west from highway 41 on W. Shaw Avenue in Fresno. It will be the second one in Fresno.

The building,  exterior landscaping, and the parking lot seem to be complete.  All the exterior signage is up and multiple paint colors are on the exterior of the building.  The canvas awnings above the windows has an enlarged logo of the restaurant on it.  The exterior of the building utilizes different type of materials as exterior veneers.  It gives it a new modern look and nice appeal.  It may be that the kitchen and dining rooms must be having their equipment installed and checked and tested soon for a final go.  The interior fixtures, seating, finishing touches on the interior finishes, interior signage, and furniture must be about ready as well.  This is located at a corner, with the front entry, adjacent to a bus stop.  There are 2 driveway access: 1 each at Shaw and at Marty – Avenues.

During this late hot spring day, the picture of the restaurant was taken; a few days shy of summer 2014.  The national brand restaurant with a red hot fruit on the logo.  (Who would of thought that fruits are hot and spicy?)  Opening soon on the south east corner of W Shaw and Marty Avenues.  Actual address is 3585 W. Shaw Ave. in Fresno.    

 

 

 

 

 

A red hot logo restaurant is opening soon on a hot summer day.

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Second Chili’s restaurant opening soon in Fresno.

 

 

Are you interested in remodeling – what is the cost vs value?

| Jason Burns

Interior View (Photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design) According to REMODELING MAGAZINE, the cost vs value can be found in the Fresno Area as compiled in the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com).   In addition, this report identifies several items separating 2 different project types; Midrange projects and Upscale projects.  In this report, the Pacific region […]

Interior View
Interior View (Photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design)

According to REMODELING MAGAZINE, the cost vs value can be found in the Fresno Area as compiled in the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com).  

In addition, this report identifies several items separating 2 different project types; Midrange projects and Upscale projects.  In this report, the Pacific region and Fresno region is compared.  In general, the midrange project had a higher return on investment as compared to the upscale project of the same type. In this post, the basement project will be omitted in this review.

So the top 5 projects indicated in the midrange section in recouping costs are as follows:  1] Window Replacement (wood) 106.7%, 2] Roofing Replacement 103.5%, 3] Siding Replacement 103%,  4] Window Replacement (vinyl) 99.4%, and 5] Garage Door Replacement 98%.

And the top 5 projects indicated in the upscale section in recouping costs are as follows:  1] Window Replacement (wood) 98.4%, 2] Siding Replacement (foam backed vinyl) 98.2%,  3] Garage Door Replacement 98.2%,  4] Siding Replacement (fiber cement) 97.4%, and 5] Roofing Replacement 90.1%.

According to this report, the Major Kitchen Remodel came in 83.6% in the midrange section and at 73% in the upscale section.  The Minor Kitchen Remodel came in at 93.1% in the midrange section.  There is no minor kitchen remodel in the upscale section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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