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Testimonials

Lisa

I want to compliment one of the Realtors®® that works in the office.  Maria Jensen went above and beyond to help me with my recent Short Sale.

It was a very difficult time for me, as I had owned my home for over eleven years.  So, of course, I waited to the very last minute.  Maria was able to list my property and get me in to contract in less than one week.  She used every resource at her disposal to postpone the foreclosure, assist with removal of tax liens and help me qualify for HAFA relocation assistance.

Maria and I have been friends for a number of years.  However, she was able to keep emotions for my situation separate from the transaction.  She is a consummate professional and always acted in my best interest.

I am so thankful that I chose Maria and Twin Oaks Real Estate to handle this transaction.  I am certain that a successful outcome would not have happened without you!

Francis Harkins

Corrine Oakes approached my husband and me almost fifteen years ago regarding some property we owned. She helped us not only to sell that property but to find a replacement in a highly desirable area during a very competitive and difficult buyers’ market. Her local knowledge is a big plus. She is persistent but not pushy, patient, and well-versed in current real estate trends, documentation, and lending aspects. I have referred her to friends and relatives and she has always come through. If I were buying or selling a home in this market, she would be at the top of my contact list. Despite some title complications with our recent purchase of a local property, Corrine stuck with the deal, and worked with the seller’s realtor, the lender and most importantly, the title company to make sure our deal went through. Corrine showed professionalism and used her expertise to smooth issues out throughout the escrow. She deserves much of the credit for our successful close.

Mary and Gary Marlow

Maria Jensen Thank you for doing a wonderful job.  With out your help we could never have gotten the house on the market as soon as we did.  We are amazed at how fast it told.  With you knowledge of the market, it made it sell quick and go easy through escrow.  Thanks again.

Taylor

Not only is Toni extremely professional in all areas of Real Estate, she truly listens to her customers so that she knows how to take care of them. It’s not all about “selling” for Toni. It’s about the relationships she cultivates. She understands her market, learns regularly to keep knowledgeable and stays in touch constantly to let her customers know what’s happening and how it affects them. I would certainly work with Toni again and recommend that all who need an honest, decent, hard-working Realtor® call her and begin the relationship that will more than likely last a lifetime.

Michael Roach

I met Corrine Oakes about 3 years ago. As my wife and I were thinking what to do with our home in Vallejo. We had or were moving to Oregon. Corrine was interested in what was best for us first before making a sale. Corrine told me the price she felt at the time I may get for the house. Along with the positive things and negative things about the home and what I could do to improve it’s value. Corrine told me about the market at that time and suggested the following.. I could sell now during a low market for my type of home. Or wait and the market should improve sometime but may still get even lower for awhile. Corrine suggested I could rent the house if we wanted and wait. Corrine said rents were up even though prices were down. Corrine recommended a property management company and we rented the house out. The property management company did a great job. We rented and the market went lower then rebounded sharply over about 2 years… I called Corrine and asked her what she thought? The market was really good for our house and we told Corrine to sell. I asked Corrine to handle everything. She did the selling about as professional as you can get. Corrine worked with the property management company and quickly got the house ready to sell..The house was listed on a Monday sold on the following day for well over the listing and about 35% over what the house was worth 2 years earlier. In our opinion Corrine is the best because she cares about people and what is best for them. Corrine sincerely is an expert in her field!

Nancy Cheatham

Corrine was wonderful in guiding us through the sale of our home of 35 years. Her knowledge of the market was a defiant plus for our situation. Corrine is personable and the same time very professional in all aspects. She took time with our questions and concerns and made us comfortable. We would recommend her to anyone.

Angie Robley

Our experience with Toni Foster was like none other. From the first time we met we felt certain that she could help us with our needs. She really took the time to explain things to us, and was just a wealth of guidance and information. Toni is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. We enjoyed our experience with Toni and very much look forward to working with her again.

Pat Speka

Maria Jensen was wonderful to work with, she made the process of selling my condo as painless as possible. I especially appreciated the constant communication from her with each step of the sale. I was leaving the state so timing was very important, Maria pulled it all together arranging a close date convenient to the buyer and myself.

I think I most appreciated how wonderful Maria was making sure my dog was cared for throughout the entire sales process. She’s great I highly recommend talking to her before choosing a realtor and see for yourself that Maria is extremely professional and accommodating.

Mark Santiago

As a direct result of Ms. Hadenfeldt’s efforts, my transition of moving from New Mexico to California was virtually stress free. It has been a privilege to know Theresa for she possesses excellent negotiation skills, responsiveness in getting the details completed, expertise of the real estate market in the Bay Area and her magnetic personality are just a few of the attributes Theresa possesses. In essence, Ms. Hadenfeldt will work hard to get the job done.

Tips to Boost Your Home’s Value

There are two ways to think about remodeling projects that will boost your home’s value; you can get one or two major remodels done or opt for a bunch of small fixes. Depending on your budget and your timetable, one approach may be better for you than the other.

For instance, if you have an unfinished basement, maybe your dream when you first moved into your home was to refinish it. It never happened. But now that you are thinking about selling your home, you feel that a prospective buyer would really appreciate a full finished basement. Is that the remodeling project that you should do before selling?

On the other hand, you want to spend as little as possible to squeeze as much value out of your home. Maybe you would prefer to just spruce up the kitchen cabinets or repaint the house. Whichever camp you fall into here are some remodeling project ideas that usually add at least a few thousand dollars to the value of your home.

Interior Improvements

Depending on where you live, some remodeling projects bring in more dollars on resale than others. Here are some of the interior remodeling projects that can help boost your home’s value:

Kitchen Upgrades: Potential buyers these days want spacious, modern kitchens. Simple upgrades like adding new appliances, granite countertops, or new cabinets can pull in the big bucks. Some big-ticket improvements that usually add value include:

  • Adding an island
  • Adding a breakfast nook
  • Adding new ceramic flooring
  • Adding accent lighting

Removing Walls: The style right now is open concept kitchens and living rooms. If you have an older home, you could knock down a wall or two to really open up more interior space. If they’re load-bearing walls, removing them will usually push the price tag up. But non-load-bearing walls are easy to take out to add a pass-through window or a bigger entryway. Use a professional contractor to make sure the job is done right.

Room Additions: Believe it or not, adding a new room to your home is not as expensive as you might think and can greatly increase your home’s value. Think about converting your attic into a spare room or building a new room addition onto your house. The added space increases the overall square footage of your property and will push your asking price up.

Exterior Improvements

They are often overlooked when making improvements to your home, but there are a number of exterior projects that can boost your home’s value. Here are just a few ideas for exterior improvements:

Outdoor Living Space: Especially in warm weather climates, buyers want a home with comfortable outdoor living spaces. That could mean adding in a slate patio or a wooden deck. Make your outdoor living space an oasis by adding in path lights, pathways, plants, shrubs, and trees.

Siding Upgrades: If you are making simple upgrades on the cheap just to spiff up your home exterior, a good paint job will do. To really boost your home’s value try adding new siding. If you replace portions of your siding with stone veneers, it will greatly improve curb appeal and your home’s value.

Driveways/Garages: If you haven’t paved your driveway in a while, new paving is an excellent exterior improvement that makes a good impression as soon as buyers pull up to your home. Your garage doors and exterior also make a good or bad impression. Even if you do not make any changes to your garage, you should clean it out and organize its contents for resale. Replace broken windows and locks and give it a good paint job.

A qualified agent with years of experience in the real estate market can help you determine the best improvements to make based on your particular market. When you’re ready to learn more, connect with me today. I’m happy to help!

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