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.

The Tax Man Cometh…

Tax TimeCongratulations! Your home is SOLD. Upon close of escrow you should have received a document called the Closing or Settlement Statement. It includes an itemization of all your debits and credits from your transaction and is of particular importance during tax preparation as some expenses may be considered tax deductions. These potential deductions apply if you sold a home, bought a home or refinanced your primary residence. Some of the items generally considered to be tax deductible include:

  • Any of your paid real estate taxes
  • Your paid loan origination fee
  • Private mortgage insurance cost
  • Any prepaid mortgage interest

If you don’t have this document handy, contact your real estate agent. It is important to seek advice from your tax attorney and/or your accountant to be certain about your eligible deductions. Unfortunately we are all faced with two unavoidable givens: taxes and death, but the deductions may make April 15th a little less painful.

Coming Soon Home for Sale in 94598

Dayna Did It Again! Proud to present a New Listing…
3456 Peachwillow Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 1,781 s/f / Single Story Home
Coming Soon in the Popular Walnut Creek Woodlands Neighborhood

Dayna Did it Again-New Listing in Walnut Creek, CA

Dayna Did it Again-New Listing in Walnut Creek, CA


• Four Bedrooms, incl. Master Suite
• Two Remodeled Bathrooms
• Fresh Interior Designer Paint
• Gleaming Hardwood Floors
• Formal Dining Room
• Peaceful, Landscaped Backyard ready for entertaining
• Dual-Pane Windows-Anderson and Milguard
• Crown Moldings
• Steel Roof
• Top Rated Northgate High School
• Walk to Valle Verde Elementary School
• 3 Blocks from Shopping, Services, Restaurants
• Woodlands Cabana Swim Club-Memberships Available

My children attended this school and we loved it-great teachers and lots of fun activities, field trips, school play, Haunted House, etc.

My children attended this school and we loved it-great teachers and lots of fun activities, field trips, school play, Haunted House, etc.

Please call me for more details…Dayna Wilson – Downsizing Diva!
Keller Williams Realty-East Bay

Are YOU ready to get moving in 2015?

Day Real Estate and Town of Danville are hosting a Special Screening of Age of Champions on September 9th

Day Real Estate, in partnership with The Town of Danville, is hosting a FREE event that celebrates seniors. The downloadscreening will held at the Village Theatre, located at 233 Front Street in Danville, and features the documentary Age of Champions, produced by Tad Ochwat and directed by Chris Ruso. There will be a special appearance by the film producer, Tad Ochwat.

Age of Champions is the inspiring story of a group of athletes, including a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, a team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers that are all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.
Age of Champions made its world premiere at the 2011 Silverdocs Film Festival and was heralded by the Washington Post as “infectiously inspiring.” Athletes featured in the film have received wide attention from the national media, including NBC Evening News, CNN, The Regis & Kelly Show, ABC News, NPR, and a cover story in Washington Post magazine.

Immediately following the local Age of Champions screening, film producer Tad Ochwat will participate in a 30 minute question and answer session with the audience. The evening will include light refreshments served in the lobby beginning at 6:30pm.

To Register Please call 925-314-3490

EVENT DETAILS: Age of Champions Film/Documentary Screening

This event is FREE

Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Village Theatre
233 Front Street
Danville, CA 94506

About Day Real Estate/Dayna Wilson:
Wilson is certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP). Wilson is focused on assisting seniors and their families negotiate a later in life home sale and move. As a SRES® designee, Day is astute to the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home. Day creates a customized approach to marketing and selling a property for seniors, and also works with clients to explore assisted living housing options and find appropriate care for long-term. Dayna has special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design, helping senior clients find qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts.

Dayna Wilson

Keller Williams Realty CalBRE# 01781285

I’m a Cover Girl for 2013 Born to Age Directory

The 2013 Born to Age Senior Care Directory has arrived~8th Anniversay Edition.

I'm a Cover Girl!

I’m a Cover Girl!

The Mission: to provide timely, accurate information on Senior Resources to people who want to be a part of the process of planning for, and deciding on, the care that’s right for each unique individual.

Born To Age provides timely, comparative advice on:

  • Home Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Long Term Care
  • Senior Living
  • Retirement Homes
  • Nursing Homes
  • Eldercare
  • Real Estate and more…

I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist serving Boomers and better in Contra Costa County! Let’s get you moving this year…

Dayna Wilson – SRES Realtor for Contra Costa County

Walnut Creek, CA – My Home Town

WELCOME HOME! The traditional downtown, located in the heart of Walnut Creek, CA is full of personality and charm. This area is home to Broadway Plaza with over 98 specialty shops, including Tiffany, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Apple and Coach. We even have a Neiman Marcus, now! My teenage daughters love hitting Forever 21, American  Outfitter, Sephora and Macy’s. We have the upscale designer boutiquesand also super consignment stores where you can often find a real gem of a deal.Downtown Walnut Creek



















Located nearby is the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts. I have fond memories of brining my dad to see the opera. It was his Father’s Day gift for many years. You can park once and walk everywhere to all your favorite spots, including places to be served a great meal. Walnut Creek, CA has a number of friendly cafes with patio dining, (many are dog-friendly) and an extraordinary array of excellent restaurants. One of my favorite restaurants is Sasa on N. Main. I happen to know the woman who designed the decor using Feng Shui~seems to be working as they are constantly full. Another is Cypress which has a fun and affordable happy-hour.

Now, let’s go shopping, get a bite to eat and see a show! As an East Bay Native, long time resident, community volunteer and local real estate expert let me be your guide!

Dayna Wilson- Local Real Estate Expert  in Walnut Creek, Ca

Boomer Lifestyle Show-Feb. 9 & 10. 2013

Hiding the Over FiftiesI will be participating in this show! Please come by and visit the East Bay Senior Resource Solutions Group’s Booth.

We believe that you are never too old to enjoy life and never too young to start planning. We boomers are living longer and the Boomer Lifestyle Show can help us all live better. It’s time to find help to plan for the rest of your life – whether you have kids in college, or parents needing assisted living – we have the experts with answers for your tough questions about financial security, health and fitness, leisure and travel, real estate and home improvements – everything you need for a full and satisfying life. For more information please visit: http://boomerlifestyleshow.com/
Source: Boomer Trade Show

Come enjoy one or both days and bring a friend.
Date: Feb. 9 & 10, 2013
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

I will be speaking on: Downsizing Made Easy.
Dayna Wilson – Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Keller Williams Realty DRE# 10781285
www.Day-RealEstate.com 925.788.6582

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5 Ways to SELL your Home in Walnut Creek, CA

sold1It’s Tuesday 1/15 and I love the number 5! So, I’ve selected 5 tools I use that will get your home SOLD. As a Seller, you have entered a competition. How will you win? Whether you realize it or not you are now participating in a Price War and a Beauty Contest…how are you going to beat the others competing for your Buyer?

#1 Pictures tell a story: Once the home has been staged, hire a professional to take photos and video will draw folks to want to see the home in person. When the curtain is drawn, don’t you want your property to be seen in the best light possible? Note: staging is about showing off the size of each space and sometimes it’s best and highest purpose.

#2 Stay neutral: You may have enjoyed your purple bedroom or burgundy accent wall, but most buyers will have a hard time imaging their furniture in a room with such dramatic color, especially if they hate purple or red. It’s time to tone it down. Using neutral colors on the walls can help prospective buyers create their own vision for the house, and will also leave them with less work to undo if they buy the house. At the same time, get rid of clutter and pack away the family photos. Again, a buyer needs to be able to see themselves living in your house.

#3 Attract the most “Eyeballs:” You can have your home in pristine condition, staged and ready to sell, but if no one is finding your listing it’s not going to get Sold. I recognize that over 90% of home Buyers begin their search on the internet, that’s why I post listings on 350 of the top real estate websites in the world.

#4 Curb-appeal, it’s not just a TV program: You’ve attracted folks to drive by the property, but if it looks uninviting from the outside, most buyers will assume there will be more of the same inside. Brighten up the front porch with a coat of paint on the front door, plant some colorful flowers in some pots, mow the grass, power wash the drive and walk-ways. It will make buyers want to come inside and see more…

#5 Repair, Replace, please: Buyers do not want to move into a home with a laundry list of ‘honey-do’ items waiting for them. You may be like most home owners and have some deferred maintenance. Now is the time to fix those items before you list your home. They’ll need to be repaired anyway. Don’t have issues that can become areas of negotiation you could have avoided in the first place. I also suggest you have a home and pest inspection before going on the market.

I remind my Sellers that when you list your home, it ceases to be your home and becomes a house For Sale. This is more of an emotional letting-go that takes place and can be more trying for some than others.

My next 5 items for Sellers to consider to follow…
Dayna Wilson – Keller Williams Realty # 01781285
Dayna@Day–RealEstate.com | 925.788.6582

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Bad Knees? Call ME Please!

downsize Meeting with yet another Downsizing couple, last week in Walnut Creek, CA, today in beautiful Clayton, CA, looking for guidance. Why? KNEES can’t do the stairs and the UPKEEP of the property is too much of a BURDEN-physically & financially. Will discuss: getting home market-ready, the process, expectations on both sides, the contract, the trends, the local stats, and why it’s so important to hire a Senior Real Estate Specialist. You owe it to yourself to expect the best.
Dayna Wilson – Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES Certification – less than 1% of ALL REaltors in the United States have earned this designation.
Keller Williams Realty | 925-788-6582 | Dayna@Day-RealEstate.com | DRES #01781285 DSC_8604 (Copy)<

photo source: mikebaird

East Bay Real Estate Market isn’t Frozen Anymore

a href=”http://eastbayhome.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=1399″ rel=”attachment wp-att-1399″>icicle Home Buyers and Sellers, wake up: the local real estate market isn’t frozen anymore. Between now and 2017, homes are expected to gain 3.3% a year in value.

Home prices are expected to rise a modest 1% from the fourth quarter of this year to the end of 2013, according to the real estate research firm Fiserv. David Stiff, Fiserv’s chief economist, notes that after some choppiness early on, prices should increase 3.4% from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014. In hotter regions out West, you can expect bigger gains.

Foreclosure inventory continued it’s fall in November: total number of preforeclosures, foreclosures scheduled for trustee sale, and REOs fell 7.6 percent from October to November and declined by 31.8 percent from a year ago. Some say this is a leading factor casing the extreme lack of inventory.

Buyers and Sellers are no longer sitting on the side-lines waiting for the thaw. ice cubes<
Many homeowners are finally ready and able to sell, as well as would-be buyers who've been delaying a purchase in anticipation that prices would keep falling. New home loans are poised to increase 55% in 2013!
Call a local expert for a consultation regarding whether it's the right time for YOU to Sell your Home or Buy a Home in the coming year.
Dayna Wilson – Keller Williams Realty – East Bay, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
925-788-6582 DRE# 01781285 www.Day-RealEstate.com