3 Steps To A Faster Sale

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by Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, CA

8 Seconds –  The time you have to make a first impression. Also the time that it takes the average buyer prospect to decide whether or not they want to pursue your home any further. These tips are merely the basics for which a seller in today’s real estate environment might best benefit from their monetary investment. The numbers I have listed in this article are based on averages collected from other reports. Even though I limited this list to only three pre-list recommendations I believe that these will provide you with the highest yield for your investment.

As a Real Estate Investor and Licensed Real Estate Broker I have had numerous opportunities to apply this advice to my own projects with great success. I have also done the same for multiple private and corporate sellers who were seeking a fast sale. Most sellers don’t like to invest a lot of money in a home right before they sell it, but I think you will find these recommendations to be of great value if you give them a try.



Planter beds full of newly installed bark adds a fresh look to what might otherwise be an aging or possibly even neglected looking landscape. Whether your planter beds are full of colorful plants or not, a new coat of bark will surely add color and dimension to these areas. It also provides a nice contrast to concrete, stone, or lawn areas. For the best results you should try and match your bark to the exterior color of your home. For example, if your home is painted an earth tone color you may want to go brown or black on your bark selection. If you have a stained wood exterior on your home you may be able to go with a reddish brown or brown bark to compliment it. Any homes that are painted in the grey tones should stick with black bark as this material will compliment that homes exterior the best.

Bark can sometimes produce a smell which is a result of the dying process. For example some bark has been double or even triple dyed and these materials will have the deepest color and as such come at a slightly higher price. Don’t worry about the smell however, because the smell is something we associate with newly installed landscaping materials, so it’s a good thing. Even though some bark materials can get rather pricey your return on this investment will be well worth it. Not only will it get some of those buyer prospects to stop their car, but the average return on this investment is upward of 200%* with a reduced time on market of 10 – 15%*. That is money well spent!



Let’s start with the first and foremost principle when it comes to lighting. EVERY light bulb throughout the home both inside and out should be operational! I can’t stress this enough. This should be done before any listing photos are taken by the listing office. Have you ever looked at an agents listing and noticed that there were lights not on in some of the photos? This is a problem for multiple reasons. One is that the home is not represented in its best form thus affecting all marketing materials online and in print as well as any in person tours of the property.

If you have any new home developments in your area make it a point to drop by one of them and take a tour of their homes. You will notice that every light is on in their homes and that many if not all of the light switches have been disabled so that the lights can not be turned off by those taking a tour. Why is this you ask? Because all homes look better when well lit. It even improves a prospective buyers mood encouraging them to spend more time at your listing or online viewing your marketing materials.

Lastly, I would recommend investing in lighting elements that sell. This can be something as simple as the type of light bulb you choose. The hot thing right now is LED. You can now purchase LED style light bulbs in just about any shape or size to fit your lighting fixtures. They produce a very clean and attractive looking light and operate at only a fraction of the cost when compared to incandescent bulbs. They also have a very long operational life. Most LED style bulbs look a lot like an incandescent light, unlike the tubular CFL style bulbs that aren’t so attractive when installed in fixtures that expose the lighting element.

Regardless of what lighting elements you choose, having your home lit up for marketing materials and showings will surely add to your overall marketing strategy and most likely result in a faster sale.



You don’t get a second chance at a first impression! Whether inside the home or out, if your walls are dirty, stained, or cracking it is time to seal them up with a new coat of paint. Fresh paint not only gives a home that clean appearance, but it also produces that new home smell which prospective buyers love. Buyers want a move-in-ready home and nothing says move-in-ready like clean floors and fresh paint! Color schemes consisting of two or three colors which include at least one contrasting trim color are what most buyers desire right now. Earth tones and anything in the grey color pallet would be very desirous. Keep it somewhat light and neutral so that it provides for a positive and upbeat viewing experience. Try and also think about the flooring when painting your walls. You don’t want to paint the walls in a color scheme that works against your flooring colors.

Dollar for dollar, paint is one of those investments that return some of the highest yields to sellers of real estate. During the time that we occupy our homes we may choose to do different paint schemes throughout as a way of customizing the rooms for our children or customizing rooms to our decor. Unfortunately this breaks up the flow of the homes floor plan by creating visual separation between rooms. This is usually not in your favor when trying to sell the home. When it comes to pre-list paint schemes keep it to only a couple of colors that are carried consistently throughout the home. This makes for a better viewing experience. Even though your paint may still be newer in appearance a busy color scheme could unknowingly hamper your sale. This little trick should help you reach an escrow faster and as we all know a faster sale usually means more money.

I hope you find this short article useful and I wish you the greatest of success on your future real estate projects.



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Tiny Is The Trend That Will Survive Time


by Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, CA

I think it is safe to assume that in 2018 we will see more home owners and first time home buyers making the shift towards owning a tiny home or smaller dwelling unit. This has been a growing market segment over the last several years and for good reason. The initial cost to acquire one is low and the energy needs to sustain comfortable and functional daily living is substantially lower than that of other dwelling options. In this article I would like to focus on detached tiny homes and how they are being used so that our readers can get a feel for how this shift is changing the future of our housing market. I think many people assume that this movement has not reached California yet, but there are full blown housing developments under way featuring these small energy efficient homes.

Stand Alone Units

These structures generally don’t conform to the conditions and restrictions placed on structures located in developed communities so they are often located on property where these conditions and restrictions don’t exist. The most common location would be country property or land where a portable housing unit is permitted to park for an extended period of time. Some like the tiny home concept for their portability, enabling them to relocate to new locations periodically. Others like the low cost associated with their housing needs.

Our societies debt laden past and economic struggles have many seeking a debt free future. They want more control over their necessity for employment and ability to travel. In addition they want complete control over the improvements and maintenance to their living structures which multi-unit housing does not offer them. I have also heard that it is the freedom and independence that these stand alone structures provide that has so many drawn to them.

Second Unit Housing

Another very popular and growing application of these small homes is there use as a second living unit on property that already has a main living structure. We have seen many purchasing country homes or homes with large lots in areas where restrictions are minimal for the relocation of a tiny home on their land. The most common reason for their desire to have these second housing units is for relocation of their retired parents, many of whom are living on limited incomes. This supplies their family members with clean, modern, and safe housing while giving each their own space so that they can still enjoy the freedoms of independent living.

The second highest use is for rental income with the goal being accelerated payoff of their existing mortgage as part of their overall retirement plan. Many are having great success with this. If rented out as a short term rental like many do using sites such as Airbnb.com the owner can secure premium rates while enabling use of the unit for friends and family when they come to visit. This has become a very popular trend in the state of Washington right now and we are starting to see it bleed down into both Oregon and California.

Tiny Home Communities 

Some cities with dense population count have permitted the development of tiny home community projects in an effort to offer affordable housing for those in need. This was an outstanding concept that came to fruition at a time when the need was highest. There are so many that have been priced out of our housing market and others who just simply live off of very little means. These tiny home developments offer a great solution for those seeking there own private residence where expenses can be better managed.

You can also find some of these little communities popping up in counties where you would least expect it. For example, in Sonoma County, California where they are known for their wine as well as their above average housing prices there is a new development that launched pre-construction sales of their tiny home models in 2015. This is a well planned out community that features a recreation center as well as independent on-site storage. It is without hesitation that I say this trend is not only here to stay, but that we will see strong growth in this housing model over the next several years.

Big Design In A Small Package

Some tiny homes may not feel as small as they actually are. Design concepts can include many of the latest and greatest finishes and treatments as well as luxurious fixtures and amenities. Floor plans can be quite ingenious offering up lots of room to move around and store your belongings. Many of these small homes also feature lots of windows so that natural light can pour in connecting the outside with the inside while giving the appearance of more space.

With Wi-Fi connected smart homes being the latest craze we are seeing this concept roll out into the tiny home movement as well. Blinds that open and close remotely, door locks that open via smart phone, lighting elements controlled remotely, learning thermostats, and much more. Now of course a tiny home can be extremely inexpensive or can add up to a sizable investment depending upon what you choose to include in its design. One thing is for certain though. When these homes range in size between 220 – 720 square feet materials can only add up to so much. This usually means that a tiny home is only limited by the purchaser’s vision.

Whether a small house is the right option for you or not I hope that this article gave you some insight as to this trending market segment. I thoroughly enjoy studying the trends in home design as well as the needs of our consumers. Housing is something that should be available to everyone. I think that this movement fills a need for many Americans and I hope that people continue to be as creative in the years ahead.


For those interested in doing some research on land or small housing opportunities here is a link for free access to our MLS system:  FREE MLS. You are also welcome to contact the author directly by clicking on the following link:  Email Shane.

Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage is licensed by the California BRE – ID 01803537



Online Home Bidding – Sellers Beware!


Computer-keyboard-house-for-sale-copyby Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, CA

I am constantly doing market research in an effort to monitor real estate sales activity and forecasting. In this research I will look at everything from unemployment rates, cost of financing, real estate trends, new construction starts, and regional population growth studies. There is a lot to stay on top of if a Real Estate Broker wants to position themselves correctly in any given market condition. This current and relevant market data also contributes to reaching a successful outcome on any existing or upcoming client projects. With that said I recently came across some interesting information that I felt was important enough to share with you on my blog.

I am going to jump right into this and try to summarize as much as possible so that I make my point without writing a book on the subject. During my research the other day I noticed that some Real Estate Brokerages are trying to mimic online home auctions like we had seen during the massive downturn in our housing market when foreclosed property (REO) was the primary product for sale. To make a long story short these online auction sites were used to provide transparency between all parties while selling a real-estate-auctionnumber of properties quickly and in some cases at a reduced cost to the seller. The big question, did they work? Well, most properties did sell and indeed they sold fairly quickly due to the number of investor buyers we had in the market at that time. Because these sites usually had online transaction management features associated with them the seller had the extra benefit of maintaining a digital transaction file in real-time which reduced the chances of them not receiving a complete and compliant transaction file at closing. For the purpose in which it was created these sites functioned extremely well.

Since most of our sellers in the market today are usually only selling one property at a time instead of hundreds or even thousands I am certain without any doubt that these sites would not serve the same purpose for these folks. The first and most obvious reason is because a non-institutional seller does not look at their property as a just an asset to be liquidated. They care about every dollar and want the highest possible price for their property. This is hard to accomplish when most online bidding sites disclose the highest offer to every potential bidder. There is a reason why Real Estate Agents do not usually disclose the highest standing offer during the marketing process. You never know what someone is willing to pay and unless you like receiving a bid for one-dollar over the highest bid amount I suggest you allow the buyer prospect to generate a figure that they feel best reflects their interest in your home.

So the big question, can you save money by selling your home with a company that offers an online bidding service? The one thing that will never change in real estate is that there will always be a need for Real Estate Brokers and the Realtors who represent them. This means the the fees associated with this type of service will always exist, Business meetinghowever the way in which brokerages may present these fees to you can and will vary. The few who are using this online bidding approach are charging the prospective buyers a premium upon contract acceptance as way of spreading out the fees normally burdened by the seller in connection with the sale. Sounds kind of nice when you think about it. Here is the best way to look at it though. You have two homes that feature similar upgrades each of which are located on the same street, but one has a buyer premium of ten-thousand plus dollars ($10,000+) associated with it and the other has no buyer premiums. Which do you bid on?

In my opinion, less prospective buyers coupled with a transparent bidding process will almost surely result in a lower net profit to the seller at close of escrow. In the end, you, the seller, end up paying the listing fees anyway. It just depends upon how you look at it. I suggest that people who are interested in selling their home seek a reputable and experienced Professional Real Estate Broker and/or Realtor who can present them with a good plan for marketing, selling, and closing escrow on their home. Ask them about their fees. Maybe they can accommodate you in some manner that doesn’t wind up scaring away your valued buyer prospects. Additionally, we would like to leave you with this thought. Next time you get a chance go to your television or computer and watch an episode or two of House Hunters, Million Dollar Listing, or Love It or List It. You will notice that there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes for these real estate professionals and their work performed online does not incorporate an online bidding site. Why you ask? Because they are busy selling, which is what all really good Realtors and/or Brokers do. If it were a clerical job Realtors would be paid by the hour.

I hope this sheds some light on a topic that I couldn’t find anyone else discussing. For more information on buying or selling real estate please feel free to contact the author directly at:  (916)223-8119 or shane@assetvu.com.

Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage is licensed by the CA BRE – ID 01803537


Death Of The McMansion

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By Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, CA

In the years leading up to the housing bust of 2008 the average size of homes being built and sold went up substantially. From the year 2000 to 2007 the average home size within the Western United States went up by more than 12% in gross living area. If you were to extract data for only the Greater Tri-Counties Area (Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado) this numeric value would be closer to 23%. This is a huge number and the driving force behind it was consumer confidence coupled with access to easily obtainable high loan-to-value ratio purchase funding. People felt good about buying big too. It was an ego boost for some who were walking into large-scale tract homes with price tags in some cases breaching the million dollar mark. For some buying big was a symbol of success.

Before I get too far ahead of myself let’s discuss the term McMansion. McMansion refers to homes that are considered ostentatious and lacking in architectural integrity. They don’t adhere to design characteristics of any particular style and usually consist of less expensive building materials. It is common to see these homes clad in siding or stucco. For builders this was great because their construction cost was reasonably low while the per unit selling price was high. These were nothing like design appropriate custom-built homes outside of the fact that they were large and had many upper-end surface treatments on the interior to give them a more luxurious appearance. During the early 2000’s I can remember seeing many McMansion style tract developments go up that were situated closely to custom home developments where the average selling price was already high. This provided the developer with comparable sales figures for their project.

In today’s real estate environment there are much fewer buyers who are out shopping for high budget real estate. The reason for this results from tighter lending pr20248299-161024actices, average household assets, and trending consumer budgeting practices. That being said we have seen a substantial drop in the average home size being built and purchased today. Many of today’s developments are now multi-family style communities such as courtyard homes, town-home projects, and small to moderately sized detached single family homes. These developments are much more affordable for buyers and builders can turn each unit fairly quickly due to the lower final selling prices.

Many families are on a mission to find financial freedom. The latest recession was a wake up call that shed light on just how unstable things like employment, income, and investment based retirement assets can be. That said we are seeing a huge wave of buyers who are seeking to downsize. We are not just talking about retirees here either. Many young families are downsizing to manage tighter budgets allowing them more financial freedom. This is a huge trend right now that may be here to stay.

It was almost certain from the start that the architecturally non-conforming jumbo tract homes would die out like the dinosaurs. They only filled a niche when money came easy and homes couldn’t be built fast enough. Will their time come again? Who knows, but I don’t think it will be any time soon. Don’t get me wrong, these homes still sell, but the number of buyer prospects are so much lower now that it has really discouraged a lot of builders from building these developments in our area. A bigger footprint means more land is needed to build each unit. Being that a developers goal is to make money another project type would almost certainly be more advantageous.


If you have questions about a particular housing development or anything relating to the purchase or sale of real estate feel free to contact the author directly at:  (916)223-8119 or shane@assetvu.com.

Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage is licensed by the CA BRE – ID 01803537


What Every Home Seller Needs To Know Regarding Realtor Keyboxes!


by Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, CA

For most the thought of installing a keybox on their home for property access by real estate professionals is one of mixed feelings. They don’t want to restrict access to their home if it will reduce the number of potential showings to buyer prospects, however the thought of unauthorized access to the box is one of concern. Now you are probably thinking that this unauthorized access would come in the form of someone breaking into 900-4the box by force and removing the key during a time in which you are away from the home or sleeping. Well, if the box is a Supra iBox BT like the ones Realtors currently use in the Greater Sacramento and Placer County region I can tell you with all certainty that this would not be an easy task for one attempting it. These keyboxes are constructed of solid steel and are jacketed in a very thick and dense rubber coating. Can they be broken into? Sure they can, however the tools needed and the time it would take is a strong deterrent for most.

Where the actual highest number of incidents have occurred regarding keybox security has arisen from misuse by real estate professionals. I know, hard to believe, right? All real estate professionals should hold themselves to a very high level of ethical and professional standards when conducting their day-to-day business activities. Unfortunately not all real estate professionals take this commitment seriously and fail to realize that some actions they take may not only be unethical, but illegal. The number one issue experienced by many listing agents has been a failure to schedule a showing appointment on property which is specifically identified as shown by appointment only listings. This is an example of unauthorized and illegal entry and should never occur by a real estate professional, yet it does occasionally.

The great news is that there is a solution to all of this! The new Supra iBox BT keybox has a number of programmable security features that enable real estate professionals to customize the keybox to the clients specific access requirements. For example, these newer units can be programmed so that they only open during certain hours of the day. The listing agent can also program them to require a customized seven digit code entry by any selling agent trying to access the box. This code would only be issued to a selling agent by the listing agent or their seller (client) during the showing appointment confirmation so the likelihood of unauthorized entry is nearly non-existent.

There are also a number of programmable management features that enable listing agents to monitor access in real-time via their smart phone. I happen to enable this feature on all of our listings and each box is programmed with the specific property address so images-1that I get immediate notification of any use of the box. This is not only a great sales tool for the listing agent, but it enables them to take a more proactive approach to managing appropriate use of the keybox. If a client would like ongoing showing feedback the listing agent can even program the keybox to require feedback from any selling agent who accesses the keybox to show the home. It is absolutely amazing what these new keyboxes can do and it has changed the landscape for real estate professionals and sellers alike.

If you are thinking about selling your home and have concerns over the installation of a keybox be sure to consult with your listing agent about the options available to you. Installation of a keybox may not be for everyone, however with the number of new security and management features available to real estate professionals today on the new Supra iBox BT there are many solutions to past concerns that may make your decision a little easier. We hope this short article helps you in making an informed decision on whether the installation of a keybox is right for you.

For more information about keyboxes or buying and selling real estate please feel free to contact the author directly at:  shane@assetvu.com  or by phone at:  (916)223-8119.

Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage is licensed by the California BRE – ID 01803537


What You Need To Know About Selling Your Home In Winter!


by Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, California

Looking to sell your home this winter? You may be surprised to hear that in a recent study it was determined that more homes listed in the winter months (December 21 – March 19) sell for over the listing price and in a shorter duration of time than those listed in the spring or summer selling seasons. The main reason for this is due to the fact that there is a lot more competition in the warmer months of the year. If you are ready to take the next step in prepping your home for a winter sale then here are a couple tips on how you can increase buyer appeal during these colder months.

Festive Decor

Who doesn’t like holiday décor? With one of the biggest holidays of the year landing in the winter season it would only make sense to decorate appropriately. Holiday spirit can be infectious and with the right planning you can produce some of the jolliest buyer prospects. When doing seasonal decorating we suggest that you keep it simple and clean. A cluttered home will have the opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve. Some people are just natural born decorators and I have seen some amazing things done with properties that would otherwise lack luster in the real estate market. If you aren’t one of these people then worry not because there are plenty of people out there who do seasonal decorating for a small and very reasonablent_home1e fee.

The biggest topic of controversy when it comes to decorating for the holidays is whether religion has been brought into the décor and the effects that it may or may not have on a percentage of the buyer prospects. This is a very sensitive issue and I will do my best to address this utilizing factual statistics rather than personal opinion. According to a poll taken by ABC News 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. The remaining 17% had other religious beliefs or none at all. Without any direct reference to religion I think it is safe to say that holiday décor is desirable by most and may result in more smiles from your buyer prospects. We hope that this information arms you with the information needed to make an educated decision on the matter.

Seasonal Outdoor Living

Winter can kill what might ordinarily be a beautiful backyard scene. With spring comes colorful flowers, bright green lawns, and trees with leaves. Many sellers wait to sell their homes until spring for just this reason. There is a simple solution though that will make your backyard stand out as a space to enjoy during all seasons. If your landscape does not include enough evergreen plant material then we suggest that you incorporated some of this into the landscape. Evergreen shrubs and trees will stay green year round and make for an appealing landscape throughout the entire year. Quality landscaping should have a balance between the number of evergreen shrubs and flowering perennials so that there is always something beautiful to look at.

Add the element of fire! Who doesn’t love a good fire on a cool winter evening? Fire pits can be purchased fairly inexpensively nowadays and come in a variety of styles and colors. A couple of chairs and a fire pit will go a long way for those trying to draw people into their backyard. If yoakland-living-firepit-tableou don’t have a special place on the patio for this then make one elsewhere within the backyard landscape. The best part about this item is that you can take it with you upon move out!

Outdoor furniture with heating lamps is also a great way to appeal to those winter buyers. If it appears that you are spending time in your backyard during the cooler months then buyer prospects will picture themselves doing the same. Because nicely landscaped backyards with patios appeal to such a large percentage of buyers it is important that you don’t skip over this item when staging your home for sale.

Scents of the Season

Winter is a time for baking and hot chocolate. Who doesn’t love walking into a home that smells good? If baking a fresh batch of cookies isn’t your thing then something as simple as a scented candle will go a long way. Nowadays there are hundreds of scents to choose from when candle shopping. Pick up something that looks good and goes with your décor. Give it a light approximately 20 – 30 minutes prior to any showing of your property. We are certain that your buyer prospects will melt over the pleasing scent and most likely spend more time in your home during their visit.


For more information about home improvements or buying and selling real estate feel free to contact the author directly at:  shane@assetvu.com  or by phone at:  (916) 223-8119.

Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage is licensed by the California BRE – ID 01803537



What Value Does That Swimming Pool Bring To Your California Based Home?


by Shane Thompson, Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage, Roseville, California

We are constantly getting inquiries on whether or not the installation of a swimming pool would be a good investment for their California-based home. With some areas of California such as Central Northern California where temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees in the summer months the idea of a swimming pool might be very attractive. The question most want to know is whether or not they are going to take a bath in shelling out the initial cost to have a pool installed.

As the housing market continues to gain traction we are seeing contractor costs rising. It is not uncommon today for a consumer to spend anywhere from $30,000 – $42,000 for a fairly simple in-ground gunite style swimming pool. Gunite is also called Shotcrete and refers to a concrete type material that is shot through a hose in construction of the pool. If you are considering another type of pool installation such as vinyl liner (colorized chlorinated PVC thermoplastic) or fiberglass you can expect costs today to be anywhere from $20,000 – $30,000. Keep in mind that these figures don’t take into consideration additional costs that can be realized for things such as more complicated excavations or topography challenges.

Our first recommendation to a home owner is that if they want a swimming pool and they plan to live in the home for at least five years then go for it. A pool should be installed for its enjoyment and not the resale value. Yes, they are expensive, and yes, there can be a lot of upkeep. Make sure to account for the fact that maintenance cost can creep up on you if you haven’t budgeted for this. Pools require chemicals, periodic equipment replacement, and replastering. Some of these costs can be shocking so we recommend that you do your homework before signing an installation contract.

As far as what your return on this investment might be it ultimately depends upon what type of pool you install and whether your neighbors have similar improvements. In our real estate market up in Northern California we have found that a vinyl lined or fiberglass
pool does not carry the same weight as a gunite pool when it comes to buyer appeal. With that being said we recommend that you try to go the gunite route if your budget permits. In general we are seeing returns of 25 – 30% on gunite pools in our area however this
number can change drastically based on total installation costs and whether or not neighboring homes are receiving similar improvements.

A home we sold only a couple of years back had a gunite pool with an Pool Fountainsestimated build cost of around $250,000. This was a very elaborate pool to say the least. Because it was installed on the large lot of a tract home where it was uncommon to see this level of improvement the seller was not able to recoup but a very small fraction of his initial build costs. The point here is to look at what your neighbors have done and build accordingly. Customize the build to your taste but be aware that as the price goes up your returns go down.

Now when it comes to high-end homes such as luxury property it is almost a given that these homes will have a pool of some sort. If they don’t they have lost a share of the buyer market since most in our area will expect this feature. If you are selling in Northern California there is absolutely no doubt that we have more buyers looking for homes with pools than without. That being said, if you have a home that is clean and in good condition with a swimming pool you are probably going to get a fair amount of interest from prospective buyers. This can result in more offers and a faster selling time which almost always results in more money.

In closing I would like to add that if you think you might list your home for sale within the next couple of years rethink the idea of installing a pool. Paying $40,000 to get $12,000 or so in return doesn’t seem like such a good financial strategy. Make sure you are going to have some time to enjoy this investment before you move forward with installation. Sometimes your best bet is finding your dream home with the pool already installed. You are only paying a fraction of the cost for this feature if you do it this way. That’s the best return on your investment when it comes to pools. Either way, we encourage you to explore and have fun with the project.

For more information about home improvements or buying and selling real estate feel free to contact the author directly at:  (916) 223-8119.

Asset Vu Real Estate Brokerage is licensed by the California BRE – ID 01803537