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Just Listed!
Open House Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25 from 1:30-4pm
35 Buckingham St., Hillsborough – Listed at $3,695,000
4BD/3BA, 3,390 sq. ft., 30,203 sq. ft. lot, tennis court, putting green with
3 car garage.

Just Listed!
Open House Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25 from 1:30-4pm

619 26th Ave., San Mateo – Listed at $1,249,000
3BD/1BA, 1,370 sq. ft., 5,400 sq. ft. lot.

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Open House Sun. 6/25 from 1:30-4pm

1900 Willow Rd., Hillsborough – Listed at $8,595,000
5BD/7BA, 4,900 sq. ft., 22,561 sq. ft. lot with a pool!

Just Listed!
Open House Sun. 6/25 from 2-4pm

1701 Black Mountain Rd., Hillsborough
4BD/3.5BA, 3,925 sq. ft., .9 flat acre, pool, guest house and 4 car garage.

We look forward to working with you!

Luxury Specialists
Denise Laugesen
C: (650) 465-5742
E: deniselaugesenteam@gmail.com
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Cortney Laugesen
C: (650) 678-5084
E: cortneylaug@gmail.com
CalBRE #01859860

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Magnificent Tudor in Burlingame

2817 Hillside Drive, Burlingame

Serving Sibby’s, Sushi. and Sparkling Thurs 3/9 4:30-6:30pm

Open House Sat/Sun 1:30-4pm

$2,695,000

4 beds, 3 baths

3,145 living sqft

10,088 sqft lot

The beautiful and prestigious Burlingame Hills, where the romance of early twentieth century architect imbues each neighborhood with alluring charm and stately grace. Such is the backdrop for this magnificent Tudor-style home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Built in 1920s and extensively remodeled, the two-story design has been lovingly updated to blend modern convenience with period elegance. Custom-milled molding and trimwork of cherry-stained fir adorn the expansive rooms while richly textured walls present a fine array of Ralph Lauren colors that enhance the play of light. Established by the living and dining rooms, the excellent circulation of rooms on the main level welcomes entertaining. A culinary masterpiece blending functionality with beauty, the tremendous gourmet kitchen incorporates a casual dining area and showcases cherry wood, soapstone, and granite. Nearby, the inviting family room welcomes relaxation with a striking slate-tiled fireplace set in a wall of cherry hardwood floor-to ceiling book and display shelves. Graciously integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, a vast rear deck extends from these informal living areas and overlooks the delightful rear yard with private canyon views. Two main-level bedrooms plus two upper-level bedrooms cater to flexible living arrangements. Adding to the appeal, a finished basement opens to a rear patio and putting green

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The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

www.TheLaugesenTeam.com

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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!

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

www.TheLaugesenTeam.com

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5 Spring Home Improvement Projects for Under $1,000

By Yuka Kato

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

siding repair

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

paint door

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

stain your deck

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

air ducts

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

Grass

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.

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

www.TheLaugesenTeam.com

www.the411on94010.com

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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.

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

www.TheLaugesenTeam.com

www.the411on94010.com

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Local home prices keep rising: Average county home price hits $1.6M, experts say no indication of slowing

May 25, 2015, 05:00 AM By Austin Walsh Daily Journal

As the weather heats up over the coming months, local real estate professionals are getting ready for a hot summer as the market continues to sizzle throughout San Mateo County.

Average sales prices for homes throughout the county climbed to $1.6 million at the end of April, nearly $100,000 higher than they were at the beginning of the year and nearly $200,000 more than they were a year before, according to data from the San Mateo County Association of Realtors, or SAMCAR.

The median value of local home sales drove upwards as well, to roughly $1.2 million at the end of April, a $200,000 hike from the median sales price one year ago, according to the report.

And as many families prepare to put their house on the market over the spring and summer months, experts claim there will likely be no cooling period for a housing market driven by a thriving local economy, said Quincy Virgilio, a Realtor with Keller Williams and chairman of the board of MLS Listings, a real estate listing agency.

“It’s out of this world,” said Virgilio. “And the market will continue to do this as long as the economy is humming the way it is.”

It’s not unheard for buyers to place bids $100,000 to $200,000 higher than the asking price to increase their chances of landing a deal in a market with an ever diminishing housing stock, he said.

The pressure to overbid in an extremely competitive market creates anxiety for some potential buyers, who may be uncertain whether their assessed home value will rise to reach the purchase price, he said.

But Virgilio said it is likely that concern is unfounded.

“There is some fear in the marketplace from buyers that we are entering another bubble, but there is no economic data that support that,” he said.

Virgilio said it could be reasonable to expect the market to drive upwards for as long as the next three years, which could push prices up to 25 percent higher, and leave the average sales price of a home in the county near $2 million.

“Sellers are extremely happy,” he said.

Median sales prices of single-family homes in the city of San Mateo have increased $300,000 over the past year, to $1.3 million at the end of April.

The median is the middle point of the market, whereas the average is the result of adding the prices and dividing the number of the homes.

San Mateo trails neighboring communities such as Belmont, Foster City and Burlingame, all of which have median sales prices through the end of last month above $1.5 million.

Burlingame has joined an exclusive club of cities in the county that have a median sales price of at least $2 million or higher, which also includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Hillsborough, La Honda, Woodside and Portola Valley.

Michael Verdone, president of SAMCAR and a Realtor, noted that homes in elite regions of the market are available, while much of what might be considered the more affordable housing options are being snapped up as soon as possible.

“With starter homes, people are just scrambling to be a player,” he said.

Verdone said there is not a local housing stock sufficient to quench the seeming undying demand to live on the Peninsula.

The local headquarters of technology titans such as Facebook, Apple, Google and a variety of other successful web-based companies who compensate their employees handsomely have played a substantial role in keeping the housing market blazing throughout the county and across the greater Peninsula region, said Virgilio.

Many of the employees of these companies, at times even colleagues, are often the ones bidding against each other in competition for purchasing a new home, he said.

Virgilio said he has clients employed at some of these notable technology companies who relocated from across the country and are experiencing severe cases of sticker shock in regards to their inability to afford a home in San Mateo County.

“It’s just nuts,” he said.

And for those who cannot stand the heat, many desirable alternatives still exist elsewhere, said Virgilio.

“There are still some good buys in California,” he said. “It’s just that the Bay Area is so darn expensive.”

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Just Listed!

325 Moseley, Hillsborough

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

$4,495,000

Open Sat 1:30-4 and Sun 1:30-3:30

YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/9F05fLHDo2w

Spectacular custom-built home with exquisite details makes this 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom estate truly remarkable. Amazing indoor/outdoor entertaining complements the lushly landscaped grounds with infinity pool and captivating Bay views.

This Stunning home features:

  • Approximately 4,700 sq.ft. of living space completely renovated in 2005

  • Situated on over half an acre surrounded by terraces, large lawn area and infinity pool

  • Majestic Views of the Bay

  • Five generously-sized bedrooms, four large bathrooms

  • Huge master suite features view of pool, extensive walk-in closet and a bath with dual vanity, jacuzzi tub and separate shower

  • Stately formal living room with oak floors, marble surround fireplace, a wet bar and glass sliders that open to patio and infinity pool

  • Formal, grand-sized dining room wrapped in elegant wainscoting

  • Spacious chef’s kitchen with large center island, breakfast bar, plentiful cabinetry, broad counter space, mini desk space and a butler’s pantry

  • Ultra-spacious family room with beautiful fireplace and glass sliders that open to the deck

  • Huge wine cellar

  • Area for a gym

  • Sprawling yard

  • Three-car garage with plenty of storage and a dog shower

  • Highly-sought, prestigious location near commute routes and top-rated, award-winning schools

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The Laugesen Team

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

www.TheLaugesenTeam.com

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Possible Change in 10/31 Exchanges

If you are considering a 1031 Exchange in the very near future, you should consult your exchange facilitator or qualified tax advisor.

The “Tax Reform” tab has something about the possibility of 1031 exchange being repealed?

http://www.ipx1031.com/tax-reform-proposals/

 

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The Laugesen Team

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Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742 Cortney:650-678-5084

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