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Doug Buenz Real Estate Buyers Services

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Doug – What makes me effective as an agent is my ability to connect with my clients and really understand what it is that that they’re trying to achieve, what it is that’s important. Well my background is in finance and marketing and I’ve always had a strong interest in real estate, I love real estate, I love development, I love architecture; it’s something that’s always been a passion of mine.

 

Doug brings a lot of experience to the transaction. He knows how to get the job done. He has a tremendous amount integrity, if he doesn’t think it’s the right thing to do as far as selling your home right now he’ll tell you, “Walk away from it, don’t do it” and he really has his client’s best interest in mind.

 

So I called him and just immediately felt a great connection with him and was really knowledgeable about the area, really warm, didn’t seem like he was really pushing or trying to sell himself or really aggressive kind of, sometimes you get aggressive Realtors® who are really like, you know, “Give me a call back I can do this for you, I can do this for you.” He’s just really laid back, really comfortable. Kind of almost felt like I was talking to like a father kind of figure.

 

I was posing questions, very simple questions, to a lot of different Realtors® just to get a sense of one town versus another and neighborhoods within towns and for the most part I would just get boilerplate, cut and pasted responses from people, if at all. And from Doug I got almost immediately very careful, thought out, personalized responses and that totally distinguished him from everyone else.

 

Doug – I can’t stress strongly enough how important it is for me that my clients have a good experience that they’re happy. I just had a situation about a month ago and there was two houses my client was considering. One of them was a brand new house by a builder and of course they were offering this huge commission if somebody would buy their house, but it had a busy street behind it and it bothered me. And I told my clients that.

 

When you hire Doug as a Realtor®, you don’t just get Doug, you get a whole team of professionals. And I’m not talking about just an assistant. I’m talking about painters, contractors, professionals in the business that get the job done.

 

We were in Los Angeles and trying to close a house, trying to have people coming to your home, you know, you want someone that you can trust. You’re handing over a key, you’ve already bought the house. I have no idea what’s going on up here and it was just great to know that he did every single thing that I asked him to do. There was no question that when I said you know “This person is coming to our house at five o’clock I need for you to be there.” He would drop everything and make sure that he was going to be there for that and that was the world to me. And you know it just, it just made the transaction so much easier.

 

He was there for the roof inspection, the home inspection, the termite inspection, all things we would’ve wanted to be there in person if we weren’t 3,000 miles away. He just went way above and beyond whatever I would’ve expected anybody to do for us.

 

Doug – It’s nice to have a safe harbor at home, where we can connect as a family. And I realized how important family is to me and I know it’s just as important my clients.

 

Actually he’s a great asset and resource for us to have in the area. When we were looking to have things done to our house, we’d email Doug first, “Hey Doug do you have anybody that does these things?” or he just definitely knows the area. He’s become a good friend of the family that way.

 

Doug’s a family man, you know, he’s got kids like I do about the same age. I think he knows what families need in terms of property and location and I think that mix really worked really well for us.

 

Doug – My job is to do whatever it takes to help my clients. I remember I had some clients who needed to sign a counteroffer but they were at their brother’s wedding and so I said, “Stay there, have a good time I’m coming up tonight.” And I drove up, the hour plus my car, had them sign the document right at the reception I got to dance with his grandmother, too. It was fun. They did get the house.

 

Real Estate Seller Services in Pleasanton

Doug Buenz Real Estate Seller Services

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As an industry observer and someone who’s been in the marketing field, real estate specifically, for over a decade I really think Doug is one of the best marketers out there in this business. He really takes a 360-degree approach to real estate marketing. Utilizes a mix of media you know, online, offline. He’s really just trying to go to serve the consumer.

Doug – With my multitude of websites, my family of websites in my all of my, both traditional and non-traditional and Internet-based marketing channels, I’m able to expose a home to the marketplace in much greater exposure levels than your typical agent would be able to do.

 

He did an excellent job of marketing our home online. As everyone knows people look online for homes now. When we were looking for a new home that’s how we found our new home. Especially in this area it’s very important to have a good website, very important to have a website that’s easy to access, that pops up for just about anyone searching for a home and we definitely found it was it was hard to not find Doug’s websites.

 

Doug – My strategy is very simple: I want to get my listings on as many different websites and as many different channels to potential buyers as possible. That’s called “impact marketing”. That’s what it really takes today to expose property to homebuyers.

 

He has a special feature on the website where you can search by neighborhood. So once you find the town that you’re looking for you can actually focus on a particular neighborhood and look only at houses in that neighborhood and, you know, I’m a very busy person and I don’t want to have to be you know looking at houses and trying to figure out where they are and whether they’re where I’d like to be. And having that feature on his website was just very very helpful. And he also has very good link to aerial views with 3, 000 miles away is important.

 

When it comes to understanding the market particularly market that’s in transition like this one, I don’t know anyone who’s got more insights than Doug Buenz when it comes to trying to figure out what’s happening before it’s happening. It’s just absolutely a talent that he has which must partly speaks of his intellect but I think also probably speaks of just the fact that he’s got that intuition, that insight that tells you he knows from the gut what’s happening out there. Great partner.

 

Just really enjoyed the experience working with Doug. He was very very helpful throughout the process. You know that that’s a very difficult thing for for families coming into a new area and Doug, he provided a lot of information about the local market. He was a great consultant to us.

 

Now since he’s been in the business for 18 years he’s getting some of his past clients’ children are now using him. That support it is sort of like you have your family doctor, Doug’s going to be your family Realtor®.

 

Real Estate Properties In Pleasanton CA

Downtown Pleasanton California

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Welcome to Pleasanton!

Welcome to Pleasanton!

Welcome to Pleasanton!

Welcome to Pleasanton!

Without question, the heart of Pleasanton is its downtown area, it harkens back to the 1800s in the wild West. Today it’s full of cafes, coffee shops, boutiques, art galleries, bakeries, and fine restaurants. Think Butch Cassidy meets Wolfgang.

 

In 1884, Pleasanton was made a city and it is on from there we celebrated our Centennial a few years back. John Cottanger was an admirer of general Alfred Pleasonton. It was Pleasonton, not Pleasanton but the Postal Service fouled it up, and put the “A” and instead of the “O”. And so that’s why we’re Pleasanton, instead of Pleasonton. It’s a great community and it draws people because it has a hometown feel. Our Main Street is still a home town.

 

We were looking for an area such as this, where it looks a little bit like Old Town, hometown USA. A lot of people from back east say it reminds them of where they grew up, in the area and so forth, and it has that kind of feel. So between the uniqueness of the merchants here, the stores and the wonderful restaurants on Main Street, find people come back regularly, every day.

 

We are the wine steward, we’re in downtown Pleasanton. We’re the largest wine shop in the East Bay, happens to be right down here in full old downtown Pleasanton. And this used to be an old movie theater built in the 1920’s, and we took occupation in 1999 and have been here ever since.

 

Pleasanton is one of those throwback towns, this part of it which is the old downtown, is just a quaint area, and people are friendly, people are down here walking their dogs, and it’s just like old America, it’s a really nice place to hang out and live.

 

I’ve been in Pleasanton for 26 years, and I’ve had my store here for ten years and I love Pleasanton. The customers are really friendly, all my friends come in, my kids go to school in Pleasanton and it’s just been the best experience in my life to have a store here.

 

Downtown Pleasanton is actually the heart of Pleasanton. That’s what everyone calls it, it’s a place we gather, it’s the place we come down to just for coffee or a good piece of pizza. Great restaurants of all kinds here. People like to just sit out and watch each other and talk to each other. You’ll see lots of bike riders, you’ll see lots of hikers and walkers and just people with baby carriages, down here in the downtown because it’s the place we all gather.

 

Got to love the farmer’s market too.

Yeah, the farmer’s market, which we’ve only done this a few times now, but this is really nice to be able to walk down here on a Saturday. We live right on the street right on the main street, so we don’t get in the car at all. And having the fairgrounds, right next door, with all the car shows that happen every year. Being able to just walk from our house like right to the car shows when it’s happening, it’s great.

 

When it’s the first Wednesday of the month and they block off Main Street, it’s pretty much a block party. It goes from six to nine on the first Wednesday of the month, from May to September I think it is.

 

Main Street is like a Rockwell painting, it’s kind of a small town. Everybody talks to each other it’s, it’s just really nice.You can look and see, everybody is just kind of cruising, it’s relaxed, there’s no stress. It’s just a really, really beautiful town.

 

It’s a vital downtown, it’s where everybody wants to be.

 

So I hope you enjoyed our look around Downtown Pleasanton, if I can be of any assistance to you or answer any questions, please give me a call. I’m worthy of your trust.

Homes for Sale in Blackhawk CA

Blackhawk CA Homes for Sale | Blackhawk Market Update November 2017

Blackhawk CA Homes for Sale | Blackhawk Market Update November 2017

  • Inventory flat for past 3 months
  • While pending sales have been falling sharply
  • Prices mostly stable
  • Time on market way down in November

Blackhawk CA Market Report - November 2017

While inventory has been flat for the past three months, pending sales have fallen sharply during the same period.  Only six sales went to contract in November, compared to 18 in August, 13 in September and nine in October.  Price indicators have been mixed but mostly stable, while time on the market was only 18 days in November.

23 homes were actively listed at the end of November, compared to 24 at the end of October and 25 a year ago.  Pending sales were down a third from October and 40% from November 2016.  A 3.8 month supply was on the market at the end of November, up from 2.7 months at the end of October and 2.5 months a year earlier.

The average sale in November took 18 days, way down from 74 days in October and 80 days from November 2016.  November’s ales closed for 95% of their list price, unchanged from October but higher than November 2016’s 89%.  The price per square foot fell from $513 in October to $482 in November.

The tables below provide further details on the current market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is a great time to be selling a home in Blackhawk.  Inventory is very low and demand is strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for a few select properties, most other homes have to be priced strategically to get top dollar.  More than ever, having a highly competent agent who knows the Blackhawk market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market has been fairly balanced, especially compared to the previous few years but inventory is low and multiple offers much more common than in the past year.  Prime properties, in particular, are getting a great deal of attention and multiple offers.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Blackhawk market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Blackhawk CA Market Report - November 2017

 

Danville CA Homes for Sale | Danville Market Update November 2017

Danville CA Homes for Sale | Danville Market Update November 2017

  • Inventory continues decline
  • Sales drop as supply constrains
  • Median sales price up
  • Homes sold in November for less than list

Danville CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

The real estate market in Danville cooled off a little in November.  Inventory continued to fall after a one month bump in October.  The reduction in supply kept a lid on sales, which also fell during the month.  Price indicators were mixed, with homes selling for less than their list price, while the median sales price increased.

The supply of homes for sale fell 27% in November, from 70 at the end of October to 57 at the end of November.  By comparison, 81 homes were on the market a year ago.  49 sales went to contract during November, 16% fewer than in October but 7% higher than in November 2016.  We had a one month supply available at the end of November, down from 1.2 months at the end of October and 1.8 months a year earlier.

November’s median sales price was $1,313,000, an 11% increase over October’s $1,183,000 and a 16% increase over November 2016.  The price per square foot was up 3%, from $477 in October to $$93 in November.  However, the average sale in November was for 97% of the list price, down from 100% in October.  Homes sold for 96% of list in November 2016.  Time on the market was little changed at 25 days.

The tables below provide further details on the current Danville CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is a great time to be selling a home in Danville.  Inventory is very low and demand is strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for a few select properties, most other homes have to be priced strategically to get top dollar.  More than ever, having a highly competent agent who knows the Danville market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market has been fairly balanced, especially compared to the previous few years but inventory is low and multiple offers much more common than in the past year.  Prime properties, in particular, are getting a great deal of attention and multiple offers.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Danville market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

 

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Danville CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

Danville CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

Homes in San Ramon

San Ramon CA Homes for Sale | San Ramon Market Update November 2017

San Ramon CA Homes for Sale | San Ramon Market Update November 2017

  • Inventory drops 53%
  • Pending sales down a third
  • Almost no homes priced under $1 million
  • Homes selling over list, on average

San Ramon CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

The San Ramon real estate market refused to cool down with the weather in November.  A big drop in inventory lead to fewer sales but homes that did sale tended to do so very quickly and at good prices.  The average sale was for 101% of the list price and took only 16 days.  Homes priced under $1 million continued to be in demand but scarce.

Only 22 homes were actively listed at the end of November, a 53% drop from October’s 47 and down 62% from November 2016’s 58.  The lack of inventory hampered sales, which fell 33%, from 52 in October to 35 in November.  That was also 29% below pending sales of a year ago.  Only 0.6 weeks of inventory were on the market at the end of November, down from 0.9 months at the end of October and 1.2 months at the end of November 2016.

The median sales price fell 12% in November, from $1,165,000 in October to $1,030,000.  The price was still 3% higher than a year earlier.  On average, homes sold for 101% of their list price in November, compared to 100% in October and 98% a year ago.  The price per square foot increased from $462 in October to $479 in November.

The tables below provide further details on the current market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is a great time to be selling a home in San Ramon.  Inventory is very low and demand is strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for a few select properties, most other homes have to be priced strategically to get top dollar.  More than ever, having a highly competent agent who knows the San Ramon market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market has been fairly balanced, especially compared to the previous few years but inventory is low and multiple offers much more common than in the past year.  Prime properties, in particular, are getting a great deal of attention and multiple offers.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the San Ramon market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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San Ramon CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

 

Homes in Livermore CA

Livermore CA Homes for Sale | Livermore Market Update November 2017

Livermore CA Homes for Sale | Livermore Market Update November 2017

  • Market remains hot
  • Inventory at lowest level January 2014
  • About two weeks supply
  • Sales strong in spite of low supply

Livermore CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

The weather may be cooling but the Livermore real estate market isn’t.  It’s hard to believe that inventory is at its lowest level in nearly four years given how low supply has been the past couple of years.  But that is exactly where we are.  An in spite of the lack of inventory, sales remain pretty strong.  While pending sales were lower in November than a year ago, they were slightly higher than in October.  Homes priced under $1 million are in particularly strong demand and are selling in an average of only 18 days.

With only 30 properties actively listed at the end of November, it is likely that sales will drop in December.  But they managed to eke out a small gain in November, increasing from 57 pending sales going to contract in October to 59 in November.  That was with inventory at 43% of where it was at this time last year.  We had 69 homes for sales at the end of November 2016 and 51 at the end of October 2017.  With such strong sales and low supply, only two weeks of inventory was available at the end of November, compared to 0.9 months at the end of October and 1.0 month a year ago.

On average, homes sold in November did so in an average of 21 days and for 100% of their list price, virtually unchanged from October but markedly better than November 2016’s 31 days and 98%.  The median sales price in November was $780,000 down from October’s $798,000 but higher than November 2016’s $690,000.  The price per square foot also dipped, from October’s $444 to $430.

The tables below provide further details on the current Livermore CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is a great time to be selling a home in Livermore.  Inventory is very low and demand is strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for a few select properties, most other homes have to be priced strategically to get top dollar.  More than ever, having a highly competent agent who knows the Livermore market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market has been fairly balanced, especially compared to the previous few years but inventory is low and multiple offers much more common than in the past year.  Prime properties, in particular, are getting a great deal of attention and multiple offers.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Livermore market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Livermore CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

Livermore CA Real Estate Market Update November 2017

Why Open Houses are Important in Pleasanton CA

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Hi, I’m Doug Buenz. Welcome to the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to talk about why you should do an open house.

Open houses are hit and miss propositions with a lot of my clients and sellers. However, here are the reasons that you should consider it.

Number one – and this might be the most important one. It creates the impression of activity for potential buyers. It creates with that particular buyer a sense that this is a hot property and that it may not last long. It creates emergency and the perception that this is a very desirable property. That’s definitely a benefit.

The second benefit is it creates some buzz among your neighbors and friends. It’s positive in the sense that your neighbors and your friends are often your biggest advocates for your house. If they come in and see your house and really like it, guess what they’ll be talking about in the soccer game, or at work, or at their church meetings? It’s important to create buzz for your property and that’s one of the best ways to do it.

The third reason you should consider having an open house is that it’s convenient. If buyers and agents want to see your house, it gives them a set time that they can come over and see it without having to call and make appointments, etc. On the convenience scale, it’s very favorable to have open houses available for buyers and agents to view the property.

It’s kind of fun to have people look through your house and complement it. Some people put a lot of pride, energy, and effort into making their house the best it can be. It’s always nice to know people think your house is nice. They want to come through and complement your house and tell you how great it is. There’s some payoff there. That’s probably not the major factor but those are the reasons you should consider as a seller doing open houses.

This is Doug Buenz with 680 Homes Video Channel.

Should I Offer a Credit to Buyers instead of Changing the Carpeting?

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Hi, this is Doug Buenz and this is the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to address a common question some sellers have. That is, “Doug, that’s great that you want me to change the carpet, or repaint, or do some staging, but why do that? Why not just offer the buyer credit instead?”

The thinking for this kind of comment is basically that the buyer may not like the colors you choose, or the carpet you choose, or might prefer to pick it out themselves. On an intellectual level, that’s true. However, buying the property is not an intellectual exercise. It’s an emotional exercise first and foremost. 93% or more of the home buyers buy what they see, not what could be.

So, it’s important to attack a property on an emotional level to maximize its appeal in the marketplace. That’s what leads to sales.

Even if a buyer rips out every inch of carpeting you just put in or paints over every wall you just painted, it’s still the best money you ever spent because it creates that inviting environment that makes the buyer place themselves in the property and wants to pursue it as their own home.

So, it is important to do those improvements. Making the property clean, fresh, new carpet, new paint, up to date, make it home sparkle is what creates demand for your property not a credit for $4,000 so the buyer can go pick out for himself. That just doesn’t translate well in the real world of selling houses.

This is Doug Buenz with 680 Homes Video Channel.

Does it Really Make Sense to Stage Your Real Estate Property?

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0:09: Hi, this is Doug Buenz with the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going address a common question. Is it worth it to stage a vacant house?

00:19: In my opinion, it is definitely worth it for a number of reasons. Now, look I know it’s expensive. It can run anywhere from a thousand dollars a month to as much as five to six. I’ve seen some exclusive estates cost as much as ten thousand a month to stage.

Whatever the cost is there’s a benefit to it as well and it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth the benefit.

00:42: Number one. It creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for the buyer. Buying a home is a process that’s emotional first. Buyers need to connect with your property on an emotional level and see themselves living there first.

00:57: The second reason. It’s easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in the property. When you have a vacant house, sometimes space can be deceiving. They’re not sure if the family will work for them. They’re not sure if their bed will fit in the master bedroom.

When you stage a house you give them a point of reference for furniture. It more easily allows them to visualize their own furnishings and personal belongings in the property.

01:20: The third thing is it lends itself to better photographs in marketing. It is really important in today’s digital world that your photographs, which are often the first point of contact for potential buyers, scream the benefits of your property that they draw the visitor in emotionally.

It’s really hard to do that with a vacant house. Vacant houses have four walls and a floor versus if you have furniture and top-flight designer accessories that really create a warm space. That is a much more compelling photograph.

01:55: Lastly, vacant houses attend to make the buyer feel that the seller is desperate. So when you stage a house, even though it’s obvious that the house is staged, I believe that it reduces the perception among the buyers that you’re desperate as a seller and you can’t even afford to put a couple of couches and a coffee table in your house.

So it’s important from the perception of value standpoint that the house is staged.

This is Doug Buenz and this is the 680 Homes Video Channel.