Sarah Arnold - Orinda, CA Real Estate
Sarah Arnold - Realtor License #01713564

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  • Is now the best time to sell your home?

    The Bay Area Real Estate market is going up!  Is this now a good time to sell your home?  Sarah discusses five factors which you need to know before you decide to put your house in the Real Estate Ring....

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  • A Good Time to Get an Updated Home Value Analysis

    It's time to get a new Home Value Analysis!  Wondering if your home is price-balanced or underwater?  Listen to Sarah talk about home values and explain why you should get an updated one.

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  • 2013: Timing Is Right for Bay Area Sellers

    The Bay Area’s real estate markets are poised for a busy year ahead. Buyers are eager and anxious. The pent-up demand that sparked bidding wars and pushed home sales into record territory in 2012 shows no sign of slowing down in 2013, as buyers rush to take advantage of bargain-priced properties and mortgage rates still hover near historic lows. Now it’s time for sellers to join the party. With the U.S. economy on the mend and home prices rising, many sellers are entering a sweet spot where they’re able to get desired sale prices and then save tens of thousands of dollars as they ...

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  • Low Inventory Means More Money in the Seller's Pocket

    Inventory is at a very low level now.  Low home inventory plus a stable stream of sales means that NOW is a great time to put your home on the market.  Get ahead of the spring rush at this time when you're more likely to get multiple offers and a lot more attention.  Listen to Sarah explain why. 

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  • What Does the Fiscal Cliff Mean For My Home?

    There's a lot of talk this month about the "Fiscal Cliff."  People are worried about what it might mean for the economy, the state and their pocketbooks.  Here's Sarah's thoughts about what it might mean for real estate and the value of your home.

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  • Eight Ways to Improve Your Home Appraisal

    (Reuters) - When Kellie and Michael May decided to refinance their home in the New York suburbs, they wanted to take advantage of historically low interest rates. But before landing a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, they had to get through a home appraisal. "It was a major stumbling block," says Kellie May, who has owned the 4-bedroom, 3-bath colonial for seven years. Not that she and her husband were unprepared; they'd been through an appraisal for another refinance in 2010, so they knew to point out improvements they'd made to the 3,400 square foot home, and supply prices for other ...

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  • 2012 home sales: Best in 5 years

    The National Association of Realtors said that December sales of previously-owned homes came in just slightly below November's sales pace, but up 12.8% from a year ago. That brought full-year sales to 4.65 million, up 9% from 2011 and the best year for home sales since 2007, when there were 5 million homes sold just before the start of the recession. Sales are being helped by a combination of strong market fundamentals -- near record low mortgage rates, lower unemployment and a rebound in home prices, all of which are bringing in buyers into the market who had ...

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  • Planning to Sell? Get Cleaning, Get a Stager.

    The decision to sell your home may come after many months of deliberation, but once you’ve made the decision and have talked with a real estate professional, give yourself some additional time to prepare the property. Spending a few hundred or a few thousand dollars to spruce up your home – from a thorough cleaning to repairs, painting, and staging – can add many times that amount to the final sale price. It’s Cleaning Time The first and most important task in preparing a home for sale is a top-to-bottom cleaning. Wash the walls and the windows. Clean the bathroom and put out fresh towels. Close ...

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  • Bathroom Remodels—for $1,000 or Less

      The bathroom is one room in the house where you can accomplish a lot with $1,000. Here are four updates and upgrades that will leave you feeling like a million bucks when you step into your new bath. • Redo walls and floors. The key to bringing this job in under $1,000 is to do the work yourself. The actual materials—paint for the walls and tile, stone or vinyl for the floor—can be purchased for a relatively low cost. • Switch out the shower door. Replacing a plain shower door with one that features a design, pattern or frosting can ...

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  • Choosing Exterior Paint Color

    Paint Forecast: 2013 Looks Bright As one of the leading color experts, Benjamin Moore’s forecast of color trends is eagerly anticipated each year. Here are a few highlights for 2013.                     RED continues to be a staple color in design. For 2013, we will be seeing more regal, stable reds, shaded and made more quiet with the introduction of black. Bright red will also be popular, bringing with it a heritage feel. YELLOW is still a true staple and can be used as a neutral even if it is bright. It is not being used so much as an accent ...

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