From the Desk of Rini Realtor – September 2017

Hope you all are doing well …
Wanted to keep you updated regarding the real estate market here in the Bay Area … As you might have heard, all over the Bay Area inventory is historically low … Recently a house in Sunnyvale sold for close to $800,000 over asking and here’s some more on that story Of course real estate is hyper local and different areas, neighborhoods, have their own dynamics …
In some ways it is a challenging time for buyers with the limited inventory … but since interest rates are still historically low, this is a good time to get off the fence and get started … in fact the market shows consistent growth year-to-year so prices and interest rates will probably inch up higher next year affecting the purchasing power of some buyers .. Here’s some graphs to show the limited inventory and consistent increase in prices in the different counties …
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..For anyone looking for dedicated real estate service and proven results, I am here to help 🙂

 

-Rini

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From the Desk of Rini Realtor – August 2017

I hope you are doing well!
Wanted to take a minute to thank you for your support and encouragement  … I’m starting my 7th year in real estate, and having helped with 80 home purchases and sales so far in these past 6 years, I truly feel grateful for your support, and trust in me!
On the real estate side the market is doing well … since the the jobs report was strong, the housing market is expected to continue to do well in the near future … Last month was a slightly slow month all across the Bay Area in terms of sales and rentals … the industry-wide analysis is that travel patterns of Bay Area residents have changed over the years and more folks are now choosing to travel overseas for longer periods in July-August … For buyers it seems to be a good time to hit the market … and for sellers this August-October stretch should see a strong market …
I’m writing to you from Vegas today, attending a real estate conference with the Nation’s Top Realtors … so if you know someone looking to relocate or thinking of buying an investment property in a different state please let me know and I’d be happy to connect them to someone in my network …
Also wanted to share with you about a few programs that are helping/encouraging households become more energy efficient …
Rising Sun Energy is a PGE backed non profit that helps households become more energy efficient … Rising Sun interns changed light bulbs to LED ones in my house and had some great advice …
OhmConnect helps you track your usage and comes up with suggestions to lower usage and you actually get paid through your Paypal account as you save energy …
And in case you have an Electric Car I hope you signed up for the $500 PGE credit? Woohoo!
Lastly, I hope to help 10 more people achieve their real estate goals by the end of this year! Do you know anyone thinking of moving? Who do you think I can help? Your referral is my highest compliment and I promise to always go the extra mile for you and your friends 🙂
Best regards,
Rini

From the Desk of Rini Realtor – April

Hope you all are doing well!
Just wanted to keep you updated on the Bay Area real estate market … inventory seems to have slightly improved, so for buyers wondering when the nice move-in-ready houses will hit the market it’s a good time to get started with the search … Talking about nice, move-in-ready houses, I have a couple of listings coming up in Fremont and in San Jose, Evergreen so if you have any one looking in these or other Bay Area markets please go ahead and introduce us … If this is the right house for them great, otherwise I will find them one 🙂 As you know, I love serving Sellers and Buyers trying to navigate the market, and my team and I are here to help!
This first quarter of the year, which is usually a slower one in general was a super busy one personally with 2 Closings and 4 Homes Pending, which goes to show that it is a robust market … of course none of us have crystal balls and cannot foresee what the market will be like in the next few years …  As Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said recently: “The simple message is the economy is doing well.”
And here’s a friendly reminder, Property Taxes are due by this Monday April 10th
Lastly if you bought a home this year please consider getting your taxes done professionally to see what you can deduct – your final HUD statement may have information that can be handy for you – please let me know if you need a copy …
Here to help you and yours 🙂 Thank you for your support, encouragement, and referrals always!
Best regards,
Rini

From The Desk of Rini Realtor :)

Dear Friends, Family, and My Blog Readers,

Hope you all are doing well!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you – for your support, referrals, and encouraging words! Being an entrepreneur can be challenging at times, yet knowing that you all are there cheering me on is such a blessing – please continue to keep me in your positive thoughts 🙂

You have perhaps heard that I won the Grandmaster Award for 2015. Our local realtor association made the announcement in February … I’m happy that I was acknowledged and even more delighted in serving all the people I did … Each happy client makes me feel like a winner and the challenges we overcome together helps me grow …

I also wanted to remind you of a couple things:
a) For all those who bought a house this last year please remember you will probably be getting a Supplemental Tax bill – please note that you are responsible for that too.
b) Property Tax due date is coming up – the last date is April 10th …
c) In case you would like to set up an appointment with a CPA (and I highly recommend that for the first year of home purchase at least) – please let me know if you need a recommendation – CPAs are extremely busy this time of the year and by April are drowned in work …

Each of you inspire me in your unique way – And I wanted to share with you about one of my friends who is helping raise awareness about Heart Health … This is a huge concern within the South Asian Community since there’s a higher incidence of diabetes and heart disease. Please help spread the word and consider attending the Scarlet Night Annual Fundraiser in support. 

Last but not the least, I love helping people, so please continue to connect me to anyone you know who may be buying or selling in the coming months. I promise the best in Negotiations, Marketing, and will come up with solutions to make it a Win-Win 🙂

Best regards,
Your Realtor, Rini

Building a Community … together

They say it takes a village to raise a child … I believe that we may grow up (yes it’s a choice) but we still need that village 🙂  … especially for those of us who traveled many seas to anchor in a distant land … In many ways I feel blessed that real estate has often offered me that opportunity to bring people together … It’s a joy to see strangers become friends over the years, support each other through challenges, and become part of each others village.

This was Spring/Summer a few years ago and I was busy showing my brood of clients homes in the South Bay … A condo popped up in a building I had sold in the year before and I asked one of my clients looking in that area if he’d be interested to see it… Mmm, only if there was one available on the top floor … I kept my fingers crossed and yes in a week or so there was another one listed AND on the top floor!

Even before we went to see the condo, I promised him friends if he were to live there :)) … I was pretty sure that my past client who lived in that building and her friends would  happily welcome him to their village … We did a tour of the property and just as we were leaving the gated community someone called out my name … Yes one of the friends I was planning to introduce my client too 🙂 … It was serendipitous that she was right there at the time, helped answer his questions about commute etc, and in general made him feel welcome … And Yes it was a multiple offer scenario but he did win the house!!!

I have introduced families to other families so that the kids can make friends in a new neighborhood. As adults we stop articulating as simply and spontaneously as kids do -yet seeing these wonderful people interact that day, and support each other over the years has brought immense joy to me  … may your hearts be warm, your village strong, and you always have friends …

 

As we played so we work …

It’s funny how Lego was so much a part of my childhood that at times I wonder if it’s making Lego houses all my childhood and placing the little Lego people in them that in some way was priming me towards my career in real estate … of course I’m not really  building the house anymore but it’s rather intense and touching to be part of that exciting and often arduous journey to build a nest, and helping people belong, and giving them keys to their new home … their own space to personalize in whichever way they wanted … Paint each wall a different color, or Navajo White like me 🙂

Perhaps I never realized people’s need to own as much as I did that one time when all my clients wanted to do every time we visited houses together was to break everything down and build their own … Like a Mother Hen I tried to remind them that it might be a lot of work and I would not recommend them buying something that needed work … They were first time home buyers and I gently but repeatedly cautioned against breaking down a whole kitchen and rebuilding … Till I realized that they had been renting for all their adult lives and really and truly wanted to break some walls 😛

She was always the one with the creative plans … and he the happy implementer. He was a karate instructor too, so guess what, within a day or so of getting keys to their house I was sent a picture of the living room wall broken down to make the living and family area one Great Room … he literally took off the wood panels with his bare hands and couldn’t wait to send me a picture of his handiwork – There was so much joy in that one picture that all the struggles and challenges of finding them that home was forgotten … And I wished them a “happily ever after” …

My “Real” in Real Estate …

When I first started in real estate the goal was to help 100 families in my first five years … I’m now close to the 5 year mark and am no way near :)) … It was a big and hairy goal as goals should be and having helped 55+ families in these five years I have made innumerable beautiful memories and realized along the way that every person I have helped was a wonderful gift – their struggles helped me keep things in perspective, their friendship enriched my life through the years despite personal challenges, and their encouragement and joy helped me take the next step forward on days that were darker than usual …

This is my endeavor to share the memories that live with me, and the places that excite me … They aren’t in any chronological order although I will try to rack my brain to pull out moments I treasure every now and then … You are welcome to laugh with me and share my blog! Thank you …