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Blog Archives: July 2018

A Little Money In…a Lot of Money Out

July 20, 2018
Simon & Saraya Motley
Our homes are one of our largest assets and an important commodity as well as our shelters, keepers of our memories of family fun, exciting life events, and a place to rest our weary selves each night. With that in mind, one of the most important elements of our job is to help our clients get the highest offers possible on their property so that they receive the best available return on the initial investment they made in their home. Over the years we have evaluated which pre-sale improvements—both small and large—get our clients the most ...

Stay Organized and Clutter-Free

July 15, 2018
Simon & Saraya Motley
Want to keep your home clutter-free? Below are several tips to help your home stay organized, even when you’re busy. Follow these tips and enjoy more of your time at home.  

Neighborhood Highlight: Rockridge

July 13, 2018
Simon & Saraya Motley
This vibrant East Bay neighborhood has something for everyone. Whether you’re hankering for a unique gift for a friend (or let’s be real—yourself), clothes and toys for your little ones, a pungent organic artisan cheese, the perfect escape novel, or a delicious cup of coffee, you need go no further than the shops lining College Avenue. One of our favorite places to search out the little something that will add personality to your new home is Maison d’Etre. It’s full of pottery, books, textiles and trinkets and is practically one stop ...

To Stage or Not to Stage: That is the Question

July 10, 2018
Simon & Saraya Motley
We are often asked by both clients and friends about whether or not it’s worth it to move out and have a home staged before it goes on the market. Over the years our instincts told us that staged homes do sell for higher prices than those that are not staged, but we decided to gather some hard facts to find out if the data supported what we believed to be true. Here’s what we discovered: We took a look at eight years of sales we’ve made for our clients and divided the homes into three categories: 1) homes where the owners moved out and ...

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