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1422 Montero Avenue, Burlingame

$2,495,000

3 beds plus an office/3 bath
2,640+/-sf of living space
6,100+/-sf lot

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Standing as a pinnacle of masterful custom design, this contemporary showpiece built in 2001 offers bespoke details throughout the home’s open and bright layout. The two-story residence features versatile living spaces, three bedrooms plus an office or additional bedroom, and three bathrooms, all in a peerless location in Burlingame’s desirable Easton Addition.

Professional lighting design coupled with thoughtfully placed recessed alcoves create perfect spaces for showcasing art pieces, as maple floors, high ceilings, and large windows enhance the residence’s open design. Common areas flow gracefully together and include living and dining rooms at the front of the home, ideal for elegant entertaining, and double fogged glass doors leading to the open kitchen, family room, and dining alcove, a retreat within the residence.

Set on a tree-lined street exuding neighborhood appeal, the home boasts an incredibly convenient location near schools, parks, downtown Broadway Burlingame, El Camino Real, and both 101 and 280 access for easy commutes to Peninsula, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco workplaces.

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This Weeks Open Homes Presented By The Laugesen Team

446 Turner Terrace, San Mateo

$1,795,000

3 beds, 2,915 sqft

9,365 sqft lot

1st Open Sat/Sun 1:30-4

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Grand Victorian awaits the savvy homebuyer who appreciates enhancing early 1900 era estates. Only blocks to downtown San Mateo and Downtown Burlingame, the spacious, bright 2 level main home boasts high ceilings, two sunrooms, two fireplaces and a grand staircase with substantial banister leading to and from the main entry. Oversize second structure in back was most recently used as a multi purpose room for a private school Approved plans to add second living quarter and garage available to potential buyer.

1242 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae

$2,249,000

4 beds, 2 baths

2,200 sqft

1.1 flat acre

Open Sun 2-4

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Set back at the end of a private driveway, this redefined and stylish 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a sprawling 1.11 acre lot is imbued with peacefulness and tranquility. The home offers two quiet top-floor bedrooms, a main-level bedroom plus versatile den, and an additional bottom-level bedroom with separate exterior access, making it perfect to serve as guest quarters or a multi-generational living area. A large stone terrace stands as a centerpiece to expansive yard, offering a gorgeous space of an alfresco dining area or living room. A seasonal creek runs through the front of the property as trails meander throughout the lot connecting the many gardens and outdoor living areas, instilling the property with a bucolic ambiance. The fruit tree and rose bush studded property includes mature redwoods, multiple lawns, rose garden, hidden back arbor, secluded deck nestled beneath the trees, a wooden play structure, and an undeveloped flat back portion of the yard ready for a pool.

408 Williams Place, San Mateo

$949,000

2 beds, 2 baths

1,100 sqft, 2,430 sqft

Open Sun 2-4

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Charming home on a quiet cul-de-sac. 2 beds, 2 baths, sun filled home…First time on the market in 40 years..Walk to downtown Burlingame or downtown San Mateo, easy access to freeways. walk to school.

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Charming Home on Hidden Cul-de-sac

Best opportunity in San Mateo to own a charming 2 bedroom home with close proximity to Downtown San Mateo and Downtown Burlingame.

Open Houses: Tuesday (5/2) 10-1pm, Saturday (5/7) 1:30-4pm, Sunday (5/8) 2-4pm

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List Price: $949,000

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms

Aprox. 1,100 sq. ft.

Lot is aprox. 2,432 sq. ft.

Great cul-de-sac location

Conveniently located walking distance to Downtown San Mateo, Burlingame Ave, and Caltrain.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Sold My First House

secrets to selling your house hire a real estate agentFrom listing with an agent you trust and being wary of going the FSBO route, these homeowners share the lessons they learned from their first home sales.

Hindsight is always 20-20: Heed these secrets to selling your house from those who’ve successfully sold before.

Shopping for your next dream home seems like a blissful idea, until you realize you have to sell your current home first. And as many a homeowner can attest, even if you’ve purchased a home before, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to selling your house.

Here’s what sellers around the country say they wish they’d known about the home-selling rigmarole before they listed their home for sale.

1. How much is your home really worth?

“I didn’t do my homework about comp prices, so I had an unrealistically high number in mind,” says Jack, who recently listed his Miami, FL, home for sale. “I also wish I knew more about trending prices.”

In robust markets, it’s easy to get excited about your potential listing price, especially if you’re planning to put all that newfound equity into your next home purchase. But the worst thing you can do is have an unrealistic expectation about your home’s value — you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment. So do your research to find out what your home is worth: look at local comps, consider nearby home sales over the last six months, and then really narrow it down to properties that most closely resemble your own. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your foundation or that termites might be in the picture — the kind of thing you’ll most likely have to pay to fix later on in the selling process — it might be worth it to get a presale inspection (or at least fix some of the larger, known issues so you don’t have to tackle them on someone else’s timeline).

2. How important is your listing agent?

“There are several things I wish I had known, but far and away the biggest was to interview more than one real estate agency,” says Suzanne, who sold a home in Los Angeles, CA. “I went along with a relative’s advice: ‘This is the only agent who really has your best interest at heart, plus he’s only handled the more expensive properties in the area’— and my place sold for easily $25,000 less than it could have.”

Once you’ve decided to list your home for sale, the biggest decision you’ll make is choosing a real estate agent. Choosing a listing agent can be challenging, especially if you’ve never hired one before, but working with a recommendation can have its own pitfalls. Interview several real estate agents, and do it before you need to list your place so that you have plenty of time to make a decision. Judge them for their knowledge of the local market rather than their flashy presentations, and be wary of both pie-in-the-sky promises and a lack of enthusiasm for your place.

3. Does anyone even read listing descriptions?

“I wish I’d known that I really should have just written the description for the listing myself, because my real estate agent’s spelling and grammar errors were so egregious that as a buyer, I would never have looked at a house that was so poorly described,” says Dana in Portland, OR.

Just because your real estate agent is a professional doesn’t mean they’re also a professional writer or photographer. If you otherwise love your agent but cannot handle the typos in the listing (or the glare in those all-important listing photos), gently ask for revisions to the listing.

4. What’s the best home-staging tip?

“I wish I’d known that to sell a family home to another family, you have to declutter it of anything a family would ever use. Which means every toy, baby bouncy seat, and stroller has to get shoved in the back of your car for every showing,” says Hadley, who had a home for sale in Boston, MA. And don’t overlook the small details either. “Get the windows professionally cleaned!” says Kerry, also selling in Boston, MA. “Man, it made a world of difference. It also made me mad we lived with dirty windows for so long!”

Obviously, you want your home to be tidy. But when your home is for sale, it should be pristine. That means gleaming refrigerators, organized closets, sparkling surfaces, and nary a piece of clutter anywhere. In fact, sellers are often best off throwing as much as they can into storage bins and living an austere life until the place goes under contract. And don’t forget: You have to keep it clean. So you might want to put a cleaning service on speed dial.

5. Should I make plans for the pets during home showings?

“When I sold my first place, I had two cats and a dog. Somehow I had it in my head that it wouldn’t be hard to hustle them out before a showing. Of course, that was ridiculous — potential buyers stopped by during the workday all the time, which meant I had to leave my office, dash home, bundle all three pets into the car, and then drive around for an hour with the cats yowling before dumping them back at our place,” says Dan in Denver, CO.

In the rush to get your house listing-ready, the pet factor can be easily overlooked. But it’s a big one! For starters, no matter how clean your place is, pets can often find (creative) ways to undo your hard work. And a smelly litter box is no seller’s friend. Never mind that some potential buyers might be allergic to pets; that would be a terrible way to lose a sale. Your best strategy is to find a place for your fur children to stay while your place is on the market, then shower them with apologetic treats later. If that’s not in the cards, make it as easy as possible to remove the pets and all of their things from your home quickly so you can do one final sweep (literally) — and take that litter box with you!

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5 Spring Home Improvement Projects for Under $1,000

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Spring is not only the best time of year to give your home a good cleaning, it’s also the best time of year to take on several home improvement projects. Spring projects like these can improve your home’s looks and performance, and rarely cost more than $1,000 , so you can easily take care of these issues before they have a chance to lead to bigger problems down the road.

Siding Repair

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Winter weather can really do a number on your siding. Hail stones can dent or damage anything from aluminum to vinyl, while painted wood siding frequently needs to have sections replaced that have been subjected to moisture over the cold wet months. In most cases, repairing a section of siding can help your home maintain its curb appeal, while also helping to ensure that problems like rotting wood don’t spread, necessitating further repair.

Costs
The average cost to repair siding of nearly any type is about $300, with a full range of up to $1,000 for more invasive types of repairs.

Money Saving Tips
The best way to save money on a repair is to try to color match the new siding to the old. That way you only have to replace damaged boards, rather than the whole section. You can also paint aluminum or vinyl siding to match existing siding if you are unable to find matching planks to help keep costs down.

DIY Considerations
Aluminum and vinyl siding can both be very easily repaired by most homeowners. Things like dents can be popped out of aluminum, and cracked or broken boards can be removed and replaced without needing to disturb too much around them. Wood siding, masonite, brick, and fiber cement siding, however, should be left to professionals for repairs, as should any major repairs that appear widespread.

Paint Your Front Door

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Just like the paint on the rest of your home, your front door can be subject to things like peeling, cracking and fading over time. The freeze/thaw cycle in the winter can make this even more obvious, as can things like salt or ice melt getting splashed on the door by slush as people make their way indoors. Repainting your door is fairly easy and inexpensive, and can really give your home’s curb appeal a big boost.

Cost
The average cost of painting a front door is about $100 per door. The total cost ranges from about $20 for a DIY job to $300 for high-end doors and paint jobs.

Money Saving Tips
The best way to save money on front door paint jobs is to invest in high quality enamel paints for the job. They’re less likely to need touch ups as frequently as other paints, which means you need to paint less often. If you’re comfortable painting the door yourself, tackling this job DIY can really save you a lot of money as well. Just be sure to use a primer and two coats of paint to ensure you’re doing it right.

DIY Considerations
Most people can comfortably tackle the job of painting themselves. The only time you may want to leave it to the professionals is if you have a door with windows, glass inserts, or a lot of carvings and features that may take a specialized approach.

Stain Your Deck

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All that snow, ice and freezing rain hitting your deck this winter could have done a lot of damage to the stain and finish of the wood. Stain is necessary not only to keep your deck looking great, it also helps prevent the wood from absorbing moisture and rotting over time. So if your deck has begun to peel and show the wood through in places, it’s time to put on a new coat of stain. Doing so will not only help protect your deck from the elements, it will also improve your home’s curb appeal.

Cost
The average cost of staining a deck is around $2 a square foot, assuming a deck of around 500 square feet. In most cases the cost will not be any higher than $400 for the total job.

Money Saving Tips
Your deck will need to be power washed before it can be stained, and this needs time to dry before the stain can be applied. Save time and money by doing the power washing yourself; schedule the professionals to come in after the deck has had a chance to dry. If you’re comfortable with tackling the job yourself, DIY can also save you professional fees, as most pros will take about 4-5 hours to do the job, and charge for their time.

DIY Considerations
Most able bodied homeowners will be able to tackle this job on their own. Keep in mind that you will need to rent or purchase a power washer to thoroughly clean the deck. You’ll also need to remove old, peeling stain, and apply at least two coats to ensure good coverage.

Air Duct Cleaning

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After running your furnace all winter, it’s a good idea to get your air ducts cleaned come spring. This is particularly crucial if you’ve had any work done indoors over the past year, as construction dust and debris can build up in your ducts, reducing your HVAC system’s efficiency. Likewise, if you or your family suffer from allergies, cleaning out the ducts periodically can help improve your air quality.

Cost
The average cost of having your ducts cleaned is between $300 and $500 for a professional cleaning. The total range of costs is between $200 for cleaning the ducts in a small house to $900 for older ductwork that may need some upgrades done at the same time.

Money Saving Tips
Change your filter regularly on your HVAC system to help prevent dust and dirt build up in your ducts. You should change these seasonally at a minimum, but some brands recommend changing them monthly. Remove your filter and hold it up to the light; if you can’t see through it, it’s time to replace it. Clean and wipe down your grates periodically as well to help get rid of buildup that could be falling into the ducts, necessitating their cleaning.

DIY Considerations
Special equipment and knowledge is required to clean out the ducts properly. While you could possibly clean around the openings and the grates, cleaning the ducts themselves should be left to the professionals.

Fertilize Your Lawn

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Help bring your lawn back to life after a cold, snowy winter with fertilizer. Fertilizing your lawn helps feed it with nutrients it needs to grow. Some fertilizers can also help eliminate weeds, and improve the overall quality of your lawn at the same time, so it requires less water or maintenance in the future.

Cost
The average cost to fertilize your lawn is around $.03 a square foot, assuming a 6,000 square foot lawn. The total costs range from around $.02 a square foot for a DIY job to $.04 a square foot during the peak season.

Money Saving Tips
Make the most of your lawn fertilization by ensuring that you water your lawn either early in the morning or late in the evening to prevent the sun from drying out both your grass and the fertilizer at the same time. If you have your lawn professionally serviced regularly, ask about bundling in fertilization with other services such as mowing to help reduce costs.

DIY Considerations
Nearly any able bodied homeowner should be able to tackle this job. All you need is a spreader and the ability to traverse your entire lawn. If you have a lot of steep hills or other issues, however, it may be better to hire a professional.

Keeping your home looking and functioning well in the springtime doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips to help ensure your home looks and functions its best this year. For more cost savings, visit these Cost Guides.

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The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Remodeling

The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Remodeling

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Kitchen Remodel

Home Depot & Coldwell Banker Real Estate teamed up to provide you with the ultimate guide to kitchen remodeling.

Step One: How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel

Taking the time to plan a new kitchen design is arguably the most important step in the remodeling process. A clear, well-conceived plan will guide you through each phase of the remodel and help ensure that the work progresses smoothly and stays on budget. In our first post, we show you the steps to take and provide you with some valuable remodeling design tips. Read It Here

Step Two: Creating a Budget

After deciding on a plan for your kitchen remodel, the next step is assigning a budget to the project. The easiest, most accurate way to establish a kitchen-remodeling budget is to break down the project into smaller jobs. In post #2, we show you which major remodeling expenses to calculate and other ways to keep your costs on target. Read It Here

Step Three: Put On Your Hard Hat (And Thinking Cap) Time for Construction Planning!

Kitchen-remodeling projects should follow a logical work sequence, as those that don’t are subject to problems down the line. In post #3, we provide a typical progression of work for a moderate remodeling project. Read It Here

Step Four: Picking the Right Appliances

A key component of any kitchen remodel is selecting new products that fit with your design,  budget and construction timeframe. In our final post, we take a brief look at six categories of kitchen-remodeling products. With several models, options and variations within each category, picking the right product for your specific kitchen can seem daunting. However, it’s actually a lot of fun and easier than you might think.

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Home Care Tips

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Take a look at your lawn mower and give it a quick tune up. You’ll be needing it soon enough!
  2. Examine the exterior foundation grading/slope and ensure water moves away from your home. If water is collecting near the house, you’ll want to get things fixed right away.
  3. Inspect your roof’s surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; after winter weather, the roof could use a little attention.
  4. Drain approximately 2 gallons from your water heater to eliminate sediment.
  5. Examine, repair and replace caulk and grout around your tubs and showers.
  6. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  7. Check your window and door screens in anticipation of warmer weather.
  8. Vacuum your bathroom vent covers.

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Tips for Homebuyers in a Hot Seller’s Market

 

This may be a really good time to be in the housing market – if you are a seller, that is. There just aren’t enough homes on the market, so if you are selling right now, you may find yourself in a more favorable position. Multiple offers and bids over list price for some properties aren’t unusual these days.

But what if you’re a buyer – one of many out there in the trenches looking right now? With lots of competition from other buyers, how do you “survive” the house-hunting wars and, hopefully, land that home you’re after? While there are no guaranteed ways to succeed, here are a number of tips to help increase your chances of getting into a home of your own before long:

  • Work with a real estate professional. There’s a myth among some novice homebuyers that it’s only the sellers who need a real estate professional. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially in a seller’s market. Having someone who knows the local market well, has experience in evaluating homes, knows how to successfully negotiate, and will be your advocate through the entire process from start to finish, is important. Take the time to interview several real estate professionals so that you can select the person that you believe is the most qualified to help you through the home buying process.
  • Get prequalified for a mortgage. Getting prequalified lets you know how much home you can afford and it also shows sellers that you’re a serious buyer who is much more likely to be able to close escrow.
  • Do your research. Although your real estate professional will provide lots of help in your home search, it’s important to do a little homework on your own up front. It will help the home-buying process if you know which areas you’d like to live in, what you can realistically afford, the type and size of home you’re after, the features you’d like, etc. Nearly all buyers start their search online, and a great place to begin is ColdwellBankerHomes.com.
  • Be prepared to compromise. Everyone wants that big, gorgeous home in the best neighborhood but you may have to compromise a bit – especially when the market is competitive. This doesn’t mean settling for a home you dislike; it just means going after homes with the features that you really need rather than what you simply want. For example, if your preference is to be in a community with great schools you might take a smaller home, or perhaps one without a pool or a formal living room. Or you might decide to commute a little longer to work so as to find the right house at the right price.
  • Make a strong offer. Work with your real estate professional to put together a strong offer for the home you’re after. You may also want to work with the seller on closing date and contingencies. Sellers often have their own preferences regarding when to close and if you’re flexible that may help put you in a better position as a buyer.
  • Don’t wait too long. In a competitive real estate market, time is of the essence. If you spend too long making an offer on a home you like, it can give another buyer a chance to come in first with a strong offer. Sellers are usually motivated and want to act as quickly as possible. So when you find the right property, don’t waste time.
  • Connect with the seller. If two offers are close, it may help your chances to try to personally connect with the seller. We’re not talking about become their BFF. Consider writing a sincere letter explaining how much you love their home including your hopes and dreams about living there one day – holiday gatherings, cooking meals together in the kitchen, or having barbecues in the yard with friends. Anything that helps personalize you and your offer may make a difference.

Although a seller’s market can be challenging for homebuyers, there are still opportunities out there for qualified buyers.

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Ice Skating Rink coming to Central Park

 

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11 Aug Ice Skating Rink coming to Central Park

San Mateo on Ice will open to the public on Saturday, November 14th, and will be open daily (including holidays) through Sunday, January 10th, 2016.

Located in Central Park, San Mateo. The outdoor ice rink features 9,000 square feet of REAL ice. Skaters will be able to skate in the sunshine during the day, and under the stars at night.

The ice skating rink will be open to all ages, offering daily recreational ice skating, free skate rental included. San Mateo on Ice also offers parties, private ice time, special events, and skating lessons.

Tickets are good all day (sorry no in and out privileges). To learn more visit San Mateo on Ice.

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