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

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  • Why You Should Put Your House Back on the Market Again

    Have you tried to put your home on the market but let it expire because you couldn't get the price you wanted? You should think about putting it on again.  Listen to Sarah explain why.

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  • Why You Should Try to Put Your Home Back on the Market Again

    Have you tried to sell your home in the last couple of years but let it expire because you couldn't get the price you wanted?  It's time to try again.  Listen to Sarah explain why.

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  • Planning an Open House? The Right Scent May Help You Sell Your Home

    Sellers preparing their home for an open house may be tempted to put a batch of cookies in the oven, following the conventional wisdom that the smell of baked goods will make buyers feel at home – and more likely to buy. You may get a tasty snack for your efforts, but don’t count on a sales contract. Recent research says complex smells, such as chocolate chip cookies or potpourri, are a distraction and have no bearing on buying decisions. Instead, Eric Spangenberg, dean of the college of business at Washington State University, recommends simple scents, such as orange, lemon, green tea, cedar, pine, basil, cinnamon, ...

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  • Housing: It's Becoming a Seller's Market

     This just in from the Wall Street Journal... The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday what home buyers in many parts of the United States have known for months: it’s becoming a seller’s market. The number of homes listed for sale in January fell by 4.9%, leaving 1.74 million properties on the market. That’s the lowest since December of 1999, when there were 1.71 million homes on the market. By contrast, there were 2.91 million homes on the market two years ago at this time. After adjusting for seasonal factors, home sales rose by just 0.4% in January, to an annual rate of 4.92 million ...

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  • Busy Season for California Homebuyers Is Just Ahead — Are You Ready?

    Springtime is just around the corner, and that means a whole new crop of prospective homebuyers will soon emerge in towns and neighborhoods across the Bay Area in search of the home of their dreams. Are you ready? Data analysts at Trulia, the online real estate marketplace, say more Californians go on their site to search for available homes in March than any other month of the year. They found that home searches peak in other months in some other states, but March is the most active month in 18 states including California. That means sellers need to make plans now so their homes will ...

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  • Rents are High, Interest Rates are Low - Looks Great for Sellers!

    As high rent prices and low interest rates cause more and more renters to look towards home ownership, the Bay Area rental market may have finally reached its peak.   RealFacts, an apartment data source, predicted last year that "San Jose and San Francisco metro area (rents) would plateau in early 2013, but it appears that this has already happened in the fourth quarter." Reports Pete Carey with the Mercury News   This may also be true on a national level. Broderick Perkins, a writer for theRealty Times, released an article in January, stating "In the fourth quarter of 2012, rents simply stopped growing, actually dropping an average ...

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  • Luxury Home Buyers Changing Their Ways

      Goodbye, bling. Hello, quality and value. That’s the new approach luxury home buyers are adopting in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to Alf Nucifora, chairman and founder of the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco. He says lessons learned from the recession, baby-boom buyers eyeing legacy purchases, and young tech turks who value function over form are fueling the trend. “The recession taught us that we can live without unnecessary extravagances,” says Nucifora. “And that has led to a systematic shift in the way people buy. We are less concerned with showing it on the outside but more concerned with enjoying ...

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  • The Facebook Effect...

    Does social media help you sell your home?  Our thoughts are a resounding YES!  The more your home is exposed to the buyers market, the more potential buyers you will get.  More buyers mean more competition and more money for your home.  Here's an article from Market Watch in the Wall Street Journal proving this point: Facebook’s initial public offering is having a marked effect on San Francisco Bay Area real estate, according to one mortgage banker. As Julian Hebron wrote on his blog, “The Basis Point,” this week, there’s a definite “Facebook effect” being seen in the San Francisco real-estate market. He ...

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  • What Happens When Your Home Is Listed?

    If you list your home with me, be assured that keeping you informed of all client interest and market activity is a high priority of mine. Whether by phone, by e-mail, or by written notification, I will report regularly to you and keep you apprised of all relevant information including: Broker feedback from broker tours and open houses Client feedback from showing appointments including broker feedback Advertising notifications Any new market data or trends affecting the sale of your home Review of your home’s marketing activities Suggested adjustments to your marketing plan or pricing strategy If you are interested in selling ...

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