A Good Impression for Your East Bay Home!

ImageWant to make a good impression for that house hunter?  Here are some tips that will help you do just that when selling your East Bay Home

You definitely need to put your focus on curb appeal.  In order to make that first good impression, you need to focus on the outside of your East Bay home!  You should keep the grass mowed and watered well.  The trees should be trimmed and any overgrowth definitely needs to be cut back.  Put in some blooming flowers.  Make sure you store toys, bikes and garden tools out of sight.  Why not try painting your trim and the front door?  This is a quick cosmetic fix!  Make sure the walkway and porch are clean of clutter and swept.   

Another great tip is to clear out the clutter in your home.  Buyers won’t purchase a house that they can’t see!  If the house has overflowing closets, cluttered counter tops in the bathroom and kitchen, too much furniture or tons of family photos and collectibles, house hunters won’t be able to see your home!  If there is anything you don’t need or use, pack it away or donate it to a charitable organization.  If you need these items, put them in boxes and put the boxes in your garage or basement.  You could even rent some off-site storage. 

Make sure your East Bay home smells good.  A lot of people don’t have a good sense of smell but other people can be very sensitive to offensive odors.  Make sure your pets are bathed, keep the litter box clean, clean your carpets, dry clean or wash your draperies and make sure your garbage cans, ash trays and recycling bins are empty.  If there are areas in your home that are prone to smells, just place an open box of baking soda there.  You should also refrain from cooking strong smelling foods or fish.  These odors can stay if the home a while, especially if the windows are closed.  Use air fresheners and potpourri to make the house smell good!  Open up a few oranges or bake a pie so the house smells fresh!

Make sure you do some minor maintenance on your home.  Buyers will notice leaky faucets, broken windows, burned out bulbs, appliances that don’t work and cabinets that stick!  Before you put your East Bay home on the market, make these repairs. 

Use your imagination to introduce accessories into your home and make it attractive and comfortable!  Put your best dishes on the dining room table.  Put your nicest towels out in the bathroom.  Make sure the spare room is made up.  If you have a fireplace, put some logs in it!

Then when this is all finished, walk up to your home and pretend this is the first time you are seeing it!  Do you notice anything?  How do you feel?  Does the house look inviting?  Is it well maintained?  Would you want to purchase this house?  If you answered yes to these questions, then the house is ready to be put on the market!

So now that you are ready to sell your home, call me, Brad Gothberg, at (925) 648-5326. I have been a professional in the Real Estate business for the last 23 years. My qualifications include production of over $105 million in sales in the past 5 years. 



Tips for Buying an East Bay/Alamo House

ImageThere are some things you need to know and consider if you plan on buying a house.  What are they, you ask?  Well, first you need to be able to stay in the home for a few years.  Because of the closing costs and fees associated with buying a home, if you sell any sooner, you may lose money. 

Next, because you will need to secure a mortgage for the purchase of your home, you need to make sure your credit is in good shape.  A couple months before you start home hunting, get copies of your credit report.  Fix any problems you see and make sure everything is correct on them.

You should really purchase a home you can afford.  A good rule to follow is to buy a house that is about two and a half times your annual salary.  Take into consideration any type of monthly payments you need to make, such as alimony. 

Lenders will usually want 20% down for the East Bay home you want to purchase.  If you don’t have that, there are a lot of public and private lenders who will offer you a low interest mortgage and only require you to pay a 3% down payment.

Try to buy your home in a good school district.  Even if you don’t have children, when it comes time to sell, you will discover good school districts are on the top of prospective buyer’s wants.

Make sure you get an experienced professional agent.  They will be able to help you with strategies during the bidding process and will have your best interests in mind.  You can research online but nothing beats a really great realtor!

Before you start house hunting you should get pre-approved for your mortgage.  It will prevent you from looking at houses you can’t afford, and you will be in a good place when you find that Alamo home you want!  Pre-approval is normally based on your income, debt and credit history.

So now that you are ready to buy that new home, call me, Brad Gothberg, at (925) 648-5326. I have been a professional in the Real Estate business for the last 23 years. My qualifications include production of over $105 million in sales in the past 5 years. 

About Brad Gothberg


Brad Gothberg is a professional real estate agent with the knowledge and experience necessary to help his clients make informed decisions about their real estate goals. Home buyers and sellers alike believe in Brad so much that they often refer him to family and friends.

Brad’s knowledge was gained from his business degree from UC Berkeley and many years working in the real estate business. After college, Brad settled in Alamo, California and built a life – and a real estate business. He has used his business background, analytical thinking skills and caring, personalized approach to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals for over 23 years. Even with sales totaling over $205 million, Brad takes time with each client to ensure personal attention in each transaction.

Although real estate is certainly a passion for Brad, some of his other interests include competitive swimming and community involvement. Brad has been a member of the Walnut Creek Swim Team for over 35 years and enjoys its competitive spirit. In fact, athleticism and competitiveness give Brad a bit of an edge – this drive to succeed helps him obtain the best positioning for his real estate clients.

Community involvement for Brad comes from being a devoted family man and a major supporter of the San Ramon Valley Unified School, where his daughter is a student. In addition, Brad avidly supports the Ronald McDonald House in San Francisco and assists in many of its community activities.

House Painting Tips

ImageEven though it is a major job to paint the entire outside of your East Bay home, it may not necessarily need an entire paint job. You can brighten up the appearance of your house and even extend the life of a complete paint job. How?   

First, you need to clean and prep the area you are going to paint. Next, you need to decide the type of paint you are going to use. Finally, apply the paint. A great time to paint is during late spring or early fall, on a dry day with not too much sun. You should inspect your home very thoroughly before painting. Here are some tips on dealing with different paint problems.

The cause of peeling paint is often due to painting over wet wood. If you can’t control the moisture, you should definitely use latex primer and latex paint. Dirty or glossy surfaces are another cause of peeling paint. In order to undo the damage, you need to loosen up all paint flakes. They should be scraped off with a wire brush, then sand the surface to smooth the sharp edges. Any bare spot should be primed before you start painting.

“Alligatoring” is when your surface looks like the alligator hides. Paint will shrink into individual islands, exposing the previous surface. Sometimes the paints might not be compatible. Other times, the second coat was applied before the first coat dried. You will need to scrape off the old paint, sand, prime and repaint the surface to get rid of the “alligatoring”.

Moisture and improper painting of your Danville home can cause the paint to rise from the surface and form blisters. To fix this, you will need to first scrape off the blisters. If there is dry wood behind the blisters, the blistering is due to moisture. After scraping off the blisters, if you see paint, then it is caused by painting with an oil base or alkyd-base coating in hot weather. The solvent is trapped in a bubble from the heat. 

 A series of slack, skin-like droops is caused by new paint that runs and sags. This happens when you are using a paint that is too thick and forms a surface film over the liquid paint below. Painting in cold weather can make the cold surface dry slow. To fix this, you will need to sand the wrinkled areas out smooth and remove the paint. Make sure the new paint has the right consistency and brush it out as you apply it when recoating. 

 If there is dampness and shade, you will get a moldy growth appearing on your Alamo home. If you paint over this, it will come right though the new paint. You should use either a commercial solution or chlorine bleach to kill the mildew before you paint.

Running Sags: Using paint brush incorrectly or too much paint on the brush will create a wavy surface. If this happens, after the paint is dry, sand and repaint the surface. Be sure to smooth out the new coat of paint to an even thickness.

If the paint has been tacky for a long time, this is a definite indication of an inferior paint. Applying poor quality paint too thick or on a very high humid day will cause it to stay tacky for a long, long time. Use good quality paint and you will see just how quickly it dries. 

When you are ready to buy or sell your home, call me. I have been a professional in the Real Estate business for the last 23 years. My qualifications include production of over $105 million in sales in the past 5 years. 


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