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624 Varese Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Fabulous single story Ruby Hill luxury home in cul-de-sac location. Gorgeous Mediterranean style open floor plan built for modern living. Oversized .68 Acre lot with in-law unit/guest suite and sparkling pool & spa. Represented buyer.


SOLD! 624 Varese Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566
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$2,200,000
Single Family Home
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5 Bedrooms
4 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 5,100 sqft
Lot: 29,707 sqft
Year Built: 1994
Location
624 Varese Court
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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SOLD! 7472 Hillsdale Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Imagine a fabulous Stoneridge area home in a premium location. Imagine a fabulous open floor plan designed for modern living. Imagine a newly updated interior with designer updates throughout. Imagine an updated quartz kitchen and newly remodeled bathrooms. Imagine a private yard with pool and large patio area for entertaining. Imagine walking to parks and schools. Welcome Home!


SOLD! 7472 Hillsdale Drive, Pleasanton
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$1,165,000
Single Family Home
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4 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 2,460 sqft
Lot: 7,212 sqft
Year Built: 1969
Location
7472 Hillsdale Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
USA

Doug BuenzDoug Buenz

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doug@680homes.com
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The Importance of Quality Photos in Marketing Pleasanton CA Real Estate

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Hi, I’m Doug Buenz and this is the 680 Homes Video Channel. Today we’re going to talk about photography in real estate and why it’s important.

Everybody knows buyers start their home search – 90% of them anyway – on the internet. Your photographs are probably the single most important element to buyers’ decision as to whether they want to see your home or not.

The quality of the pictures has a huge impact on whether you can convert an online visitor into an actual showing of your property. As we know, the more people look at your home in person the higher the chances you’re going to sell your home quickly for top dollar.

I personally hire architectural grade photographers to shoot my houses. One of the big reasons is their equipment. They bring in ancillary lighting. We do night shots. We do things that actually make the house look better than arguably it is, in some cases. So, photography is super important.

The other thing is photography speaks to the quality of the marketing of your home and therefore it extends to the quality of your home. Quality is everything when it comes to marketing and photographs are a huge component of that.

Those are some of the factors that make photography so important to you. They say pictures are worth a thousand words. In real estate, pictures can be worth thousands of dollars. So, let’s make sure you have high-quality photographs that present your property in the best possible light so that you can get on with selling your home.

This is Doug Buenz with 680 Homes Video Channel.

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7700 Foothill Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566

7700 Foothill Rd | Pleasanton | CA | 94566

$3,798,000

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Imagine an exquisite gated estate nestled against the Pleasanton Ridge. Imagine custom tumbled stone, granite, limestone, and designer finishes throughout. Imagine a huge “great room” with beam ceilings, custom bar, and dramatic 20 ft fireplace. Imagine an inviting loggia with kitchen and incredible resort-like yard. Imagine a flat 3 acre creek side lot with room for vineyards or guest house. Welcome Home!

 

3668 Ashwood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

3668 Ashwood Dr | Pleasanton | CA | 94588

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Imagine a fabulous one story home in a premium location. Imagine a fabulous open floor plan designed for modern living. Imagine gleaming hardwood floors and designer updates throughout. Imagine a gourmet granite kitchen and newly remodeled bathrooms. Imagine a private yard with new landscaping and a tree house. Imagine walking to parks and schools. Welcome Home!

Do You Need a Full Termite Inspection for Your Pleasanton Home for Sale?

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00:28: Theodora: Hello, and welcome to 680 Home Video Channel, a web series where we answer all of your real estate questions. I’m your host Theodora and I’m talking to local East Bay real estate broker Doug Buenz.

 

00:40: Hi Doug, It’s great to see you!

 

00:42: Doug: Nice to see you, Theodora.

 

00:44: Theodora: The topic today is termite inspections. So Doug, what does the average person need to know about termite inspections?

 

00:52: Doug: Termite inspections. That’s actually not the correct name. It’s actually technically called Wood-destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection. And it refers to both termites as well as dry rot which is a wood-destroying organism which is a fungus. And as well as other insects that destroy wood including beetles.

 

01:13: So, a pest inspection is a very common part of every transaction here in California. There are two types of termites prevalent in our area. Subterranean termites which live in the soil and they attack wood by building mud tubes up from the soil to the wood. And they go back and forth, they eat the wood, digest it, go back from moisture and go back up. So subterranean termites exist under the sub floor of the house typically. They are fairly easy to treat. You can treat the soil that they live in and that will eliminate the termites.

 

01:52: The other type of termite would be a drywood termite. These are termites that swarm in random patterns through neighborhoods. The drywood termites are treated by tenting the house. So if you drive down the street and you see a big – more looks like a circus tent over a house, they’re fumigating the house for drywood termites. And that’s the most effective way to treat drywood termites. There are other treatments but for transactional purposes, they need to be certain that the termites are treated. So, typically it has to be fumigated.

 

02:23: A pest inspector, when they do an inspection will look at several things. They’ll look at the exterior roof eaves for signs of dry rot. They’ll look at the exterior wood trim for the same thing – for dry rot. And inside the house, they’ll look inside the attic. They’ll check the ceilings of each room carefully looking for water leaks and a potential for dry rot there. They’ll look very carefully at the bathrooms. They’ll check all the tub and shower surrounds and the tile there to make sure that there’s no dry rot or damage to the tile. They’ll look under sinks for water leaks and damage to the sink area. They’ll look at the sub floor and underneath the home, they’ll look at the drains in the tub and shower area. And they’ll look for termite tubes underneath the floor as well.

 

03:14: When a termite inspector or pest inspector issues a report, they break their findings down to the three main areas. Section 1 would be any items where there’s active infestation or damage. So if there’s active dry rot, and it has destroyed the wood or if there’s active termite infestation from either subterranean or drywood termites then it will be called a Section 1 item. It means it needs to be treated. In California, typically the seller must remedy any Section 1 items.

 

03:44: Section 2 items are items that are deemed likely to lead to infestation or damage. These are things that are typically more considered preventive maintenance. It’s an area where if you leave the situation alone eventually it will lead to dry rot or infestation. Examples of this would be, for instance, soil piled up against wood trim on the side of the house. If you leave soil against wood trim eventually it will rot out. Or if you have wood trim that’s not properly painted or sealed. Or if you have bathroom floors that are not caulked at the seams next to a shower where water can get in, that will ultimately lead to damage. So those are Section 2 items. Typically, buyers pay for Section 2 items in California.

 

04:29: But last major section of a pest inspection report would be a further inspection item. And that’s where the inspector believes that there’s a strong possibility that there’s damage hidden behind a surface. So, typically you’ll find it in a bath or shower area where the inspector believes that maybe dry rot or fungus behind the shower’s surface. In that case, they’ll come back out and they’ll remove a tile or whatever surface there is to peek behind there to see if there’s actual damage. If there’s damage, it gets reclassified as a Section 1 item and the seller is typically responsible to pay for it. If there is no damage then the termite inspector will repair the surface and return it to its normal condition and the buyer is typically responsible for the cost of that further inspection.

 

05:19: The best prevention for dry rot and problems associated with it is to keep wood well-painted and sealed and keep all bath surfaces and any surfaces that are in common contact with water well-sealed and caulked.

 

05:43: If you have real estate questions or need assistance I do hope you’ll give me a call. I’m worthy of your trust.

What You Need to Know About Home Inspections When Selling a Home

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00:28: Theodora: Hello, and welcome to 680 Home Video Channel, a web series where we answer all of your real estate questions. I’m your host Theodora and I’m talking to local East Bay real estate broker Doug Buenz.

 

00:40: Hi Doug, it’s great to see you!

 

00:42: Doug: Nice to see you, Theodora.

 

00:44: Theodora: Today’s topic is home inspections. So, Doug, this is a big deal in real estate. Please explain to us a little bit more about what home inspections are.

 

00:53: Doug: Home inspections are a standard practice in the real estate industry. It’s normal for a buyer to obtain a home inspection as part of the transaction.

 

01:03: Home inspectors typically look at the major structural and functional components of a property. ASHI or American Society of Home Inspectors is the main body that certifies and sets the standards for what we know as home inspections today. They typically cover heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roof, attic, walls, ceilings, walls, windows, floors, foundation, and all the major components of a property.

 

01:36: There are several things that are not included in a home inspection typically landscape features such as landscape lighting and sprinklers, and irrigation are not included. Spa, pool equipment, and solar equipment usually are outside the realm of a normal home inspection.

 

01:53: It’s also not really a code compliance inspection. Some people mistakenly believe that home inspectors are looking strictly for code violations and they’re not. They’re looking for structural integrity and operational functionality of all the various systems of the house. That does include some code questions especially electrical and plumbing. So, if there’s an obvious code violation it will be on the report but they don’t specifically look for code violations.

 

02:23: Another common misperception is that a home inspector inspects for drainage and structural problems. They don’t really typically do that. Home inspectors are not engineers. Typically, they’re not drainage consultants or soil engineers. But they do look for clues and if there is major drainage or structural problems on a property, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum, there are clues. When you bought the house it was nice and level but over time all suddenly you have a step-down living room. That’s a pretty good clue that there are some structural things happening with the house. A well-trained inspector can pick-up that kind of clues. And those clues usually involve severe cracking inside the house and even door frames or window frames if a window doesn’t open. That’s sometimes a clue that the soil is settling and there’s some ground settlement involved.

 

03:15: So, that usually if an inspector sees some of those clues, they’ll recommend an investigation by a further expert in the field and that’s the typical language you’ll find in a home inspection.

 

03:28: The other question we get quite a bit is, ‘do they inspect for mold?’ Not specifically, they’re not licensed really to evaluate mold on whether it’s toxic mold or harmless mildew. They do however look for conditions that may lead to that. And if a home inspector sees for instance evidence of a water release on a property or prior flooding, it would be normal for them to recommend further investigation by an expert in mold or toxicology so they can come in and take air samples and see if there’s, in fact, any mold infestation on a property.

 

04:04: Another question I get asked quite a bit is, ‘should I get a home inspection on a new home?’ The answer there is, “I think it’s a good idea.” Builders are sure they’re supposed to build a home up to code, etc. But cities on their best days can be fairly lax at actually looking at the construction or verifying the construction. I’ve seen roof permit inspectors drive by the house at 20 miles an hour and sign off on it. So it is a good idea to have a home inspection. And one of the main reasons is the builder usually will have a one-year warranty comprehensive on the home. And it’s a good idea to have a home inspector go through as if it were a resale and identify any problems that would be a problem in the resale market and why not have the builder fix it during that period. So it’s just additional peace of mind for my money is well worth it to have a home inspector look at a new home.

 

05:05: If you have real estate questions or need assistance I do hope you’ll give me a call. I’m worthy of your trust.

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SOLD! 8046 Rockford Pl, Pleasanton, CA 94566 | Pleasanton Homes for Sale

The best of all worlds! This fabulous East-facing luxury home includes a separate ground floor in-law/au pair suite with separate entrance. It is set against the rolling hills of West Pleasanton and it features 6 bedrooms plus office and bonus/media room, and 5 ½ baths. This gorgeous home features soaring vaulted ceilings bathed in light, gleaming hardwood floors, designer carpeting, updated baths, and a state of the art gourmet granite & stainless kitchen. Glorious designer finishes and upgrades throughout, with a bedroom suite, office, and separate guest suite on the ground level. The dramatic living room, spacious dining room, and expansive family room are perfect for entertaining family and friends. 


Upstairs is the luxurious master suite with fireplace, sitting area, huge walk-in closet, jetted soaking tub, and separate shower. There are 3 additional large bedrooms upstairs, with one being a suite. There is also a large bonus/media room for added flexibility. 


The yard is spacious and private, with a sparkling solar heated pool & water feature, patio, and ample lawn area. Extremely convenient location with easy commute access to I680 & Niles Canyon Road, and the ACE train. Close to downtown Pleasanton, Castlewood Country Club, award winning schools, and the Pleasanton Ridge open space. The pastoral setting feels like you are living in the country, but with access to all of the major amenities Welcome Home!


SOLD! 8046 Rockford Pl, Pleasanton, CA 94566 | Plesanton Homes for Sale
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$2,275,000
Single Family Home
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6 Bedrooms
6 Full Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 5,000 sqft
Lot: 0.41 acre(s)
Year Built: 1999
MLS #: 40776995
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8046 Rockford Pl
Pleasanton, CA 94566
USA

Doug BuenzDoug Buenz

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[email protected]
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Pleasanton CA Homes for Sale | Pleasanton Market Update June 2017

Pleasanton CA Homes for Sale | Pleasanton Market Update June 2017

  • Low end of market is hot
  • Homes under $1 million selling quickly and supply is short
  • Rest of the market more normal
  • Inventory increases
  • Prices down from May but still higher than year ago

Pleasanton Real Estate Market Update June 2017

The low end of the real estate market (homes priced under $1 million) in Pleasanton remained very hot in June, with homes selling in an average of only 17 days for 101% of the average list price.  As we move up the scale, the market cooled somewhat.  Homes priced from $1 million to $2 million were also in demand but not quite as much as those under $1 million.  Above $2 million, the market slowed even more and there was nearly a five month supply of these homes at the end of June.

Overall, inventory increased 19% in June, from 67 homes at the end of May to 80 at the end of June.  That was still 14 fewer homes for sale than we had one year ago.  June ended with a 1.0 month supply available overall but in the sub $1 million segment there was less than two weeks of inventory.

Pending sales fell from 83 in May to 79 in June, on par with the 78 homes that went pending in June 2016.  While homes priced under $1 million accounted for less than a quarter of inventory, they made up more than half the sales that went to contract in June.

On average, homes sold for their asking price in June and took an average of 18 days, compared to 100% and 14 days, respectively, in May.  The median sales price in June was $1,098,000, down 4% from $1,143,000 in May but 3% higher than June 2016’s $1,038,000.

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 Pleasanton.  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 Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton 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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