SEMINAR May 3: Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

FREE SEMINAR: Selling You Home in Today’s Market

Get the facts about what is involved in selling a home in today’s market and the Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid! Whether you are planning to sell this month or not for a few years, do your homework now and be prepared!

REGISTER: By phone 925-788-6582 or online http://savvyseniorsliving.com/schedule/

Join us for additional candid conversations with local experts focused on the unique and complex housing-related issues facing California’s mature homeowners & families.

June 7th: Tax, Legal & Financial Issues
July 12th: Reverse Mortgages-Truth vs. Myth
August 2nd: Aging in Place
September 6th: Assisted Living Options
October 4th: Downsizing Lessons
November 1st: Rightsizing 101
December 6th: Storytelling-Legacy

FREE SEMINAR: March 1st: Independent Living Options

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE SEMINAR: The “Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” presents “Independent Living Options” on March 1st.

Learn what independent living is and isn’t…and what people can expect when moving to an independent living community. You get to ask ANY question you have on your mind and we will answer it to the best of our ability.

We realize that as you are making choices about where to live in future years, being educated and informed is key. You’ll leave with answers to the following questions, including:

  • Where do I begin looking for independent living options?
  • What do independent living communities offer me as a senior?
  • What will it cost to live in an independent living community?
  • Are there independent options for purchase? For lease? What are they?

Admission is free. Location: Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. Time: 10 AM – 11:30 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at http://savvyseniorsliving.com/schedule/. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

55+ Senior Living Options

Ad for 55+ Senior Living OptionsREGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE SEMINAR: The “Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” debuts on Wednesday, February 1, with “55+ Senior Living Options”. You will learn the facts about the many types of retirement communities available in the East Bay area and the questions you should be asking when considering your options. This is the perfect place to educate yourself so that you can make the right decisions for you and your family.  Admission is free. Location: Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. Seminar start at 10 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at http://savvyseniorsliving.com. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

“Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” to Educate and Empower East Bay Senior Homeowners

Savvy Seniors Living Seminar SeriesThe facts. It’s what East Bay homeowners want concerning late-in-life housing issues like reverse mortgages, 55+ senior living options, selling a house in today’s market, and preparing to “stay put” in your own home as you age-in-place.

These topics, along with others, will be presented in the upcoming Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series as 90-minute monthly educational seminars beginning in February at the Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette.

Adults 55+, seniors, and caregivers are invited to attend the free Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series to learn the actual facts about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing in the S.F. Bay area.

This series of candid conversations and expert panel discussions about the unique and often complex issues facing long-time homeowners is to be moderated by Dayna Wilson, Seniors Real Estate Specialist® [SRES]® of Keller Williams Real Estate-East Bay, who has a team that provides comprehensive “senior friendly” transition services related to downsizing, late-life relocation, and (55+) senior living solutions.

“Emotions get in the way, and fear often sets in,” said Wilson. “Seniors often have to deal with the prospect of leaving the family home, of losing their independence, and sorting through all the stuff they’ve accumulated over the course of their lifetimes. This is where our expertise and experience in dealing with these types of moves comes in.”

Increasing numbers of 55+ active adults in the East Bay and beyond have many questions. “Many seniors have no idea what is available to them, how much it will cost, or the process for making all the pieces fit together,” Wilson continued. “We want to give them helpful information, introduce them to trusted local resources, and answer their questions. Beyond helping with immediate needs, our intention is give individuals and families both direction and confidence so they feel empowered when the time comes to make a major life decision.”

The Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series debuts with “55+ Senior Living Options” on February 1 at 10 AM. “You will learn the facts about the many types of retirement communities available in the area and the questions you should be asking when considering your options. This is the perfect place to educate yourself so that you can make the right decisions for you and your family,” said Wilson.

Additional seminars include:

February 1: 55+ Senior Living Options
March 1: Independent Living Options
April 12: Estate Liquidation Strategies
May 3: Selling Your Home in Today’s Market
June 7: Tax, Legal & Financial Issues
July 12: Reverse Mortgages -Truth vs. Myth
August 2: Aging in Place (a.k.a. ‘Staying Put’)
September 6: Assisted Living Options
October 4: Downsizing Lessons from People (Just Like You) Who Know
November 1: Rightsizing 101 – Professional Panel
December 6: Storytelling – Legacy

The seminars are open to all individuals who want to learn the facts about local senior living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the senior living industry. Admission is free. All seminars start at 10 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at http://savvyseniorsliving.com. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

More about the host and moderator: Dayna Wilson has been serving clients in the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez and beyond since 2009. As a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist® Dayna helps Boomers, Zoomers and Savvy Seniors explore housing options, ensuring that their next home best serves their current and future needs.

Dayna Wilson Awarded as a Top Rated Real Estate Agent in Walnut Creek

I am happy to announce that I have been selected as one of the Top Rated Real Estate Agents in Walnut Creek.

According to TV Top Real Estate:

“Dayna Wilson has been selected as one of the Top Rated Real Estate Agents in Walnut Creek to be featured on TV Top Real Estate available on Xfinity On Demand. TV Top Rated Real Estate features videos of Top Rated Real Estate Agents and their homes listed for sale which will allow consumers to select the best Real Estate Agent when buying or selling their home. As a top rated agent, Dayna Wilson is one of the exclusive agents that is able to offer her clients the opportunity to sell their homes on television 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Dayna Wilson has also been honored on top real estate television shows as an award-winning Real Estate Agent.

Top rated Real Estate Agents like Dayna Wilson were hand selected and interviewed by an independent research team who determined them to be the top 5% in the region. Real Estate Agents were selected because of popular reviews by customers on review websites such as Yelp, Trulia, Zillow, Redfin, Realtor.com and other leading independent real estate rating companies.”

Your Contra Costa County Listing Could Be on National TV

Only a select few top real estate agents will have the ability to showcase homes for sale on TV!! And, I am one here in Contra Costa County.

Look for my commercial, beginning this month during one of the following: Million Dollar Listing, Property Brothers or House Hunters.

Savvy home sellers will want the maximum exposure for their homes! Web presence on XFINITY.com first quarter 2017 driving traffic to tvtoprealestate.com will deliver approx. 100,000 impressions.

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

What am I waiting for? A question on a napkin with a cup of coffee.

It’s a new year! Here are 5 ways to stop procrastinating:

Do the Worst Thing First

Attack the hardest task when your energy is fresh and you give yourself the strongest chance of success.

Start Your Day Over at 2 p.m.

At 2 p.m. every day, assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing.

Race the Clock

Having trouble even beginning a burdensome project? Try the old trick of setting a timer for 10 minutes. Work in a focused, perhaps even frantic manner for that short stretch, and watch what happens.

Don’t Interrupt Yourself

If you get pulled away from tasks by every ding, whistle, and ring on your digital devices, well, you’re like most of us. But keep in mind that other people aren’t interrupting you; you are interrupting yourself.

Create an Audience

It’s easy to blow things off when your commitment to yourself is the only thing at stake. But make yourself accountable to a friend and suddenly potential embarrassment becomes a powerful motivator.

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Need to find a real estate agent near Walnut Creek CA? Dayna Wilson serves the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez. A certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Dayna helps boomers and seniors with the financial and emotional challenges encountered when selling a long-held family home.

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7 Real Estate Market Trends in 2017

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#1 Home Values will increase.

For a time, as the market has been recovering, we were seeing very high home-value appreciation rates.  Expect more historically normal appreciation rates. As the market continues its recovery, appreciation will slow down which is a leading indicator of a normalizing, or balanced housing market. Home values will increase in moderation, vs. the past two years.

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#2 N. California will lead the price increases.

Northern California has experienced the most significant job growth since the end of the recession, followed by Portland, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix and Tucson. We will see increasing demand for homes as population growth follows job growth beyond the market’s ability to build inventory. This should continue to push prices higher still.

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#3: Cities face an affordability problem.

A lot are addressing this by building smaller homes — which take up less space and by developing additional public transit to the developments. But, what if a backyard, more space and room to breathe is what you crave?

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#4 Buyers are flocking to the “burbs.”

People would still like to live close to the city where they work and they’re close to amenities and in walkable neighborhoods, but currently many folks in S.F. are not able to find enough inventory. And, many of the properties that fit their ‘wish-lists’ are not affordable for them to buy.

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#5 Millennials are on the move.

More jobs are being created for the 30-somethings, with rising wages. This demographic group also has marriage and children on their minds and this is driving them to buy a home with room to grow.

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#6 Baby Boomers are downsizing…or are they?

Many boomers are looking to move when they reach retirement. Some wish to downsize to simplify life due to financial or physical needs. However, many are also buying-up to accommodate kids and grandchildren when they come to visit. And, the boomers are no longer flocking to AZ and FL like they used to; family is what they want to be closer to.

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#7 Rates are increasing.

After the housing market crash, interest rates have remained historically low for years. This is now changing, with the Feds planning on three more rate hikes in 2017. If you are a buyer or a seller, the time to act is NOW. Rates will go higher and inventory is not expected to improve. So, Winter/Early Spring is the time to get moving!

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Recent Review

“I chose Dayna to help sell my mom’s home because of her outstanding reputation. Dayna was the perfect agent and went above and beyond through the whole process. Her advice was spot on and added to the sale amount. I highly recommend Dayna!”

Walnut Creek Home Seller – Mona W.

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Need to find a real estate agent near Walnut Creek CA? Dayna Wilson serves the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez. A certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Dayna helps boomers and seniors with the financial and emotional challenges encountered when selling a long-held family home.

Buyers’ Corner: 3 Well-Meaning Pieces of Advice You May Even Believe!

Home For Sale Real Estate Sign and Beautiful New House.Once your friends and family know you are looking for home to buy you may hear,” let me give you some advice.” They’ve been there, done that and watch copious amounts of House Hunters on HGTV. However, their well-meaning opinions and words of ‘wisdom’ may lead you down the wrong paths.

“You should remove contingencies to make your offer stronger.”

In a competitive market it’s tempting to write an offer with no contingencies. I beg you to reconsider. These safeguards are part of the contract for a reason. There is an inspection contingency: to save you from buying a mold-ridden, termite infested property. Appraisal contingency? Understand that if the lender’s appraisal comes back less than your offer price, you are obligated to buy the home and come up with the difference by closing. How much do you like to gamble? Lastly, the loan contingency protects you in case the lender cannot approve your loan. Remember, contingencies are designed to protect you from utter catastrophe.

“Make a low-ball offer and negotiate up from there.”

Again, it’s still a sellers’ market, and often they receive more than one contract to consider. This can start the negotiations off on the wrong foot, offending the seller, or worse, driving them to reject your offer outright. Not all seller’s counter the offers they receive, often taking the highest and the best one. Serious buyers and sellers know what a home is worth.

“Don’t bother with a home inspections.”

Sure, you can save a few bucks by not doing your due diligence, after all the house looks really clean and well cared for. Saving a few bucks upfront could cost you thousands down the road. Some folks only get a termite company to do a pest inspection. All they are looking for is termite and dry-rot. Consider getting a home, chimney, sewer lateral and possibly pool inspection. You will uncover issues and know if/how you wish to move forward.

“Just use the listing agent to represent you.”

Called dual-agency, it’s ethical, legal and often done. You think it will give you an edge and cuts down the number of cooks in the kitchen. You think your offer will rise to the top of the pile. Why? The listing agent represents the seller. They have a fiduciary duty to keep the sellers’ best interests at heart. It’s the seller who chooses which offer they want to accept, not the agent. Using the listing agent to write your offer and represent you is like having the same attorney representing both sides of the case.

 

Dayna Wilson Recent Real Estate Market News

Dayna Wilson Recent Real Estate Market News!

 Dayna Wilson Recent Real Estate Market News

Dayna Wilson Recent Real Estate Market News

3057 Kittery Avenue, San Ramon – SOLD! Received 14 offers, Sale $/Original $ 102%.

3383 Moraga Blvd., Lafayette – SOLD! 9 Offers. Closed at 114%% of asking $.

502 Daisy Place, Pleasant Hill – SOLD! Buyers purchased at list $

424 Peppertree Road, Walnut Creek – Pending. Multiple Offers. Will close well over asking.

With all the many offers we have received on our most recent listings, we have many buyers ready, able and willing to buy in the Contra Costa County area. Even thought homes are selling on average at 104% of list in Lafayette, 103% in Walnut Creek, teh story is almost the same in most neighborhoods. Please contact us should you learn of a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member needing to sell their home in the shortest amount of time, for the most amount of money with the least stress. We will make it easy and maybe even fun.

Rock Oak Road, Walnut Creek 4/5 bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom 2 level. Coming Soon this summer!

Tice Creek Drive, Walnut Creek 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom Golden Gate Model in Rossmoor 55+ community. Coming this fall after extensive remodel!

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Home Inspections: Tips to a Successful Close

When working with sellers, I always recommend they consider doing pre-sale inspections.

Why, they ask, when the buyers will typically order their own set of inspections during the contingency period.

Inspections are a risk-management tool, allowing the homeowner to discover unknown issues that might have an impact on the price down the road. Typically, I see sellers able to rectify problems using their own contractor at a lower cost than waiting for the buyer to make the initial discovery and then attempting to renegotiate their offer price.

The general home inspection should include an assessment of all the systems including the foundation, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, crawlspace, interiors, exterior siding, doors, windows, appliances and framing. In some circumstances, the home inspector might recommend getting a specialist to further evaluate an issue outside his or her area of expertise.

A pest inspection is another that I always recommend. These inspectors look for subterranean and wood-destroying termites, beetles and other insects, plus mold infestations, water damage and dry rot.

When working with buyers, I strongly recommend they order any and all inspections and reports that will give them the information they need to feel comfortable when moving forward with the purchase. In addition to home and pest inspections, I also suggest they consider inspections of the chimney, roof, sewer lateral and a pool/spa if there is one on the property. The inspectors I work with spend hours at the property, factually reporting their findings and offering recommendation on repairs, replacements, or other specialists for further investigations. Once we know about issues needing repair or replacement, I arrange to get a couple of contractors to bid on the work in order to justify any price adjustments.

An agent has a duty to complete a visual inspection of each home they help a buyer purchase or a seller to sell. However, we do not crawl under the house, up in the attic, pull pictures off walls, etc. We are not licensed, certified inspectors. We understand there is a cost to all inspections, but it is still the best bet to avoiding future surprises down the road.