Making sense of this market… by Sabrina Caton (updated)

Update – Fall 2022.

Quick Read:

Well, rates went up again. This shakes things up for buyers, how much they can afford and that will impact home values over time.

Which – for buyers – is exciting because – if you can buy a home for less – you can always REFINANCE out of that high rate when rates go down! So Marry the House – Date the Rate!

Each market is impacted differently – if you’re thinking about selling and buying – The Caton Team is here to guide you. We’ve worked through several different market dynamics and have wisdom and knowledge to aid us. Reach out – we’re happy to help.

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Long Read:

Right now, Realtors and their buyers are reworking the numbers, trying to stay within their budget and readjust their plans to accommodate for higher interest rates. Sometimes the goal changes, and sometimes there is a silver lining. 

For buyers in the Silicon Valley – anyone shopping for a home since 2020 – had low rates, lots of competition, and overbidding. When rates went up – buyers lost their purchase power and it was back to the drawing board – determining their new budget and how that translates into homes. The sellers felt it as offers dried up and escrows didn’t close. 

It’s going to take some time to hash out but life doesn’t stop.

With higher rates – buyers can afford less, so eventually, that will impact home sales and prices. But for an agent who’s always working with buyers – as scary as this all seems – this is the market we’ve been waiting for! 

There are going to be homes that need to sell, job transfers, wedding, babies – life events trigger moving events – no matter the market. So for the well-prepared buyer, even with higher rates – this is a rare opportunity to be – dare I say – the only offer on the table? This is where the real negotiating happens. Finding that middle ground where the buyer can buy and afford their home and the seller gets what they need to move forward with their lives. It’s the sweet spot.

If you’re a homeowner with no need to move – this doesn’t hurt you – it is all part of the normal business cycle. However, if you’re a homeowner who has to sell – well – some of your equity is lost for now. So if selling is a must – let’s sit down and chat about your goals and how we can make them happen. Because homes are still selling.

What we are seeing a shit to a buyer smakret, if a seller wants their price and a buyer can’t go that high, the buyer is moving on to the next. There are options out there, homes that need to sell, and price reductions galore. And if that is not enough incentive – I’ll say it – just offer a fair price. Finding that middle ground doesn’t have to be a mystery. 

For buyers – this is a wonderful time to prepare. Get your loan approved, and understand your budget and the impact of the Interest Rate. Are their homes in your reach? Then go for it? If not – then save and wait but keep that goal in mind. SAVE SAVE SAVE!

Now here’s the golden rule – Marry the House – Date the Rate. If you can afford any Real Estate in the Bay Area – even if it is not your dream house – buy it. Hold it and when the rates go down – refinance – and when the home values go up-sell and make your move. This is how it is done, the old addave – Buy Low Sell High – applies. 

So how low will it go? Not that low. Let’s stay realistic – we’re not dropping to 1990 prices – but we will see prices reflect the higher rate. 

Truthfully – for buyers – this is exciting because – if you can buy a home for less – you can always REFINANCE out of that high rate when rates go down! So Marry the House – Date the Rate! I said it three times – it’s gotta be ringing in your ears by now.

Each market is impacted differently – if you’re thinking about selling and buying – The Caton Team is here to guide you. We’ve worked through several different market dynamics and have the wisdom and knowledge to aid us and better serve you. Reach out – we’re happy to help.

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Previous Article…
It’s the middle of 2022. The “Pandemic Real Estate” seems to have simmered down with the rate hike as we watch prices adjust. With so much chatter about “this crazy market”, I thought I’d share my insight.
Interest Rates go up and down. That’s what they do, and rates will continue to do so. We don’t control the rates. As it fluctuates – it is wise to consider saving to buy down your rate and when budgeting – round up to account for a higher rate. I prefer knowing if I lock a lower rate – I’m more than comfortable with my payments.
Back in the 80’s rates for home loans were 13%. Back in the early 2000s, we were around 5%, then we dipped down to 3% and life was good.
Now that rates are dancing around 4.5-5% over the past few weeks – we are experiencing two phenomena. Well-positioned homes are still seeing multiple offers and over-list price sales while some homes are dropping their price to garnish more viewers.

I’ve had some clients jump into getting approved – knowing when the market “slows down” they have a better chance of getting a home. I also see some clients stalling, a wait-and-see approach. Especially when a lot of “down payment funds” are tied up in stocks – those clients are forced to wait.
But if there is one thing I want to make clear – in the Bay Area – this was and is not a crazy market. This IS our market.
The San Francisco Peninsula – Silicon Valley – has had limited inventory for sale at any given time. I’ve been a full-time Realtor for going on 19 years now and we’ve always had limited inventory – thus the overbidding. Coupled with high salaries and when the Stock Market is robust – there is no stopping the Real Estate Market around here. This has fueled our prices, the over-bidding with the already low inventory – it’s classic
Supply & Demand.
What I do know – everyone needs somewhere to live and owning your own place is the best way to keep a roof over your head and create long-term wealth. Real Estate is the only investment you can live in. Real Estate prices may flux month over month, year over year – but decade over decade – Real Estate will appreciate. They have since 1849…

I am no economist and I too am glued to the news about our economy, interest rates, inflation, and gas prices. All this will be represented in Real Estate and why long-term vision is key.

Let’s look at the big picturea few questions to help you determine your course.

Do you want to live in the Bay Area?

Is your job in the Bay Area?

Do you want long-term financial security?

Do you want to stop worrying about your rent going up?

Do you have assets to invest in?

If your answer is yes, – you want to own a piece of Silicon Valley – contact The Caton Team. We’re happy to guide you through the steps of homeownership. If you’re not ready to buy today – we’ll let you know what it takes so you can plan.

I became a Realtor because, as a first-generation American, I understood what the American Dream was and it is grounded in Real Estate.

If you are considering a sale or purchase of Real Estate – The Caton Team would love to interview for the job as your Realtor. We love what we do, let us take care of you.

We believe to be successful in the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts.  

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3 Time Management Tips That Actually Work

written by JAMES CLEAR

Time management can be tough. What is urgent in your life and what is important to your life are often very different things.

This is especially true with your health, where the important issues almost never seem urgent even though your life ultimately hangs in the balance.

  • No, going to the gym today isn’t urgent, but it is important for your long–term health.
  • No, you won’t die from stress today, but if you don’t get it figured out soon, you might.
  • No, eating real, unprocessed foods isn’t required for you to stay alive right now, but will reduce your risk of cancer and disease.

Is there anything we can do? If we all have 24 hours in a day, how do we actually use them more effectively?

And most importantly, how can we manage our time to live healthier and happier, do the things that we know are important, and still handle the responsibilities that are urgent?

I’m battling with that answer just like you are, but in my experience there are three time management tips that actually work in real life and will help you improve your health and productivity.

Time management tips

1. Eliminate half-work at all costs.

In our age of constant distraction, it’s stupidly easy to split our attention between what we should be doing and what society bombards us with. Usually we’re balancing the needs of messages, emails, and to-do lists at the same time that we are trying to get something accomplished. It’s rare that we are fully engaged in the task at hand.

I call this division of your time and energy “half-work.”

Here are some examples of half-work…

  • You start writing a report, but stop randomly to check your phone for no reason or to open up Facebook or Twitter.
  • You try out a new workout routine. Two days later, you read about another “new” fitness program and try a little bit of that. You make little progress in either program and so you start searching for something better.
  • Your mind wanders to your email inbox while you’re on the phone with someone.

Regardless of where and how you fall into the trap of half-work, the result is always the same: you’re never fully engaged in the task at hand, you rarely commit to a task for extended periods of time, and it takes you twice as long to accomplish half as much.

Half-work is reason why you’re able to get more done on your last day before vacation (when you really focus) than you do in the 2 weeks previous (when you’re constantly distracted).

Like most people, I deal with this problem all of the time and the best way I’ve found to overcome it is to block out significant time to focus on one project and eliminate everything else.

I pick one exercise and make it my only focus for the entire workout. (i.e. “Today is just for squats. Anything else is extra.”)

I carve out a few hours (or even an entire work day) to deep dive on an important project. I’ll leave my phone in another room and shut down my email, Facebook, and Twitter.

This complete elimination of distractions is the only way I know to get into deep, focused work and avoid fragmented sessions where you’re merely doing half-work.

How much more could you achieve if you did the work you needed to do, the way you needed to do it, and eliminated the half-work, half-wandering that we fill most of our days with?

2. Do the most important thing first.

Disorder and chaos tend to increase as your day goes on. At the same time, the decisions and choices that you make throughout the day tend to drain your willpower. You’re less likely to make a good decision at the end of the day than you are at the beginning.

I’ve found that this same trend holds true in my workouts as well. As the workout progresses, I have less and less willpower to finish sets, grind out reps, and perform difficult exercises.

For all of those reasons, I do my best to make sure that if there is something important that I need to do, then I do it first.

If I have an important article to write, I grab a glass of water and start typing as soon as I wake up. If there is a tough exercise that I need to do, then I do it at the beginning of each workout.

If you do the most important thing first, then you’ll never have a day when you didn’t get something important done. By following this simple strategy, you will usually end up having a productive day, even if everything doesn’t go to plan. If you actually do the most important thing first each day, it is the only productivity tip you’ll ever need.

3. Reduce the scope, but stick to the schedule.

I’ve written previously about the importance of holding yourself to a schedule and not a deadline. There might be occasions when deadlines make sense, but I’m convinced that when it comes to doing important work over the long–term, following a schedule is much more effective.

When it comes to the day-to-day grind, however, following a schedule is easier said than done. Ask anyone who plans to workout every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and they can tell you how hard it is to actually stick to their schedule every time without fail.

To counteract the unplanned distractions that occur and overcome the tendency to be pulled off track, I’ve made a small shift in how I approach my schedule. My goal is to put the schedule first and not the scope, which is the opposite of how we usually approach our goals.

For example, let’s say you woke up today with the intention of running 3 miles this afternoon. During the day, your schedule got crazy and time started to get away from you. Now you only have 20 minutes to workout.

At this point, you have two options.

The first is to say, “I don’t have enough time to workout today,” and spend the little time you have left working on something else. This is what I would usually have done in the past.

The second option is to reduce the scope, but stick to the schedule. Instead of running 3 miles, you run 1 mile or do five sprints or 30 jumping jacks. But you stick to the schedule and get a workout in no matter what. I have found far more long-term success using the this approach than the first.

On a daily basis, the impact of doing five sprints isn’t that significant, especially when you had planned to run 3 miles. But the cumulative impact of always staying on schedule is huge. No matter what the circumstance and no matter how small the workout, you know you’re going to finish today’s task. That’s how little goals become lifetime habits.

Finish something today, even if the scope is smaller than you anticipated.

Time Management Tips That Actually Work

There are thousands of time management apps and productivity gadgets. You’ll find more calendars, reminders, and task lists than you know what to do with. But in my experience, the most effective and practical time management tips are simple.

When it comes to living a healthy and productive life, I do my best to focus on three time management tips…

  1. Eliminate half-work and focus deeply.
  2. Do the most important thing first.
  3. Stick to your schedule and build the habit, no matter how small the accomplishment.

How have you managed your time better and accomplished more at work, at home, or in the gym? Let us know YOUR Tips!

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Time Change – Fall Back to Pacific Standard Time

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday November 6, 2022 to Pacific Standard Time.

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My Haunted House – Part II

It’s been decades now, but every Halloween I think about that restaurant, situated in an original  antebellum home on Stage Road.  Thing was, it was haunted.  Yes, you heard it right – a Haunted House – but boy was she beautiful.  A majestic two story brick home, with a huge, two tier porch with white gingerbread detail dating back to the 1800’s.  Old rooted trees, lush lawn; white fences.  The day I saw her, she was dressed for Christmas with wreaths at each window and framed in twinkling white lights.  A vision.  Back then we literally knew nothing about the home and just a fraction of its history.  But thanks to the Internet and the new owners book –  now I can share some of the photos and information I’ve recently uncovered. 

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It was by no chance that in 1835, Dr. Nickerson Snead and his wife Betsy Scott-Beatie-Sneed built their dream home on Stage Road, then Old Stage Road, then The Great Road, or The Great Wagon Road, now known as Route 11 or Lee Highway.  That road’s been traversed for ages – long before the Snead Family ever set foot on this land; the Native Americans in the area called it The Great Warrior Path.  Using the area as a trade route in times of peace and a traveling route in times of war.  The tribes called it –  Passawatami – meaning “This is The Place.”   In fact – it was the place for their Fall Festival – or as we celebrate it now – Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos and the Equinox – how appropriate as I pen this tale.

The two story brick masterpiece itself is built on top of the original log cabin, established in the 1700’s by Francis Kincannon.  That limestone foundation has seen hundreds of years of history.  The original two room cabin served as a Fort – known as Fort Kincannon during the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War.  When I read this my jaw dropped.  My history is intertwined with a house that was built before our country was founded.  Furthermore, during the Civil War. Dr. Snead’s home served as a field hospital; on account of the 1st and 2nd Battle of Saltville occurred just 8 miles away in 1864.  The cellar doubled as the morgue for a spell.  The less fortunate stored down there until the earth thawed enough to bury the dead.  Coincidentally, just down the road is the Old Glade Springs Cemetery where many a solider and the home owners, Mr. and Mrs. Snead reside to this day. 

The home is said to be haunted by various spirits.  Young children presumed to be Josephine and Douglas Mason both died young in the home.  Josephine from an onslaught of disease and Douglas from a kick to head by a horse, where the little boy died on the back steps waiting for the doctor to arrive.  There are two devious little prankster in the old log rooms, suspected to be two of the 11 slaves which were part of the estate.  But the most famous of them all is Betsy Scott herself, known as the Woman in Blue who is said to walk the corridors and purposely ignore the patrons of the Bed & Breakfast / Restaurant and walk away if ever addressed.  It became a problem.  The complaints were consistent and the real hostess always apologized and explained no one by that description worked there.  Can you imagine if Yelp existed back then?  Or maybe it’s Mrs. Mason, who bought the home from the Sneads and upon her death requested her wake to be held in the salon; and so it was.  She’s been said to be seen looking into her own coffin from time to time.

So here I am, drinking in the history of this house and look back at my own time there and some odd coincidences started to line up.

The first was very distinct as it was a well heated argument between a mother and her teenage daughter… over a video tape recorder – the battery to be exact.  My mom called me furious that I hadn’t charged the battery for the tape recorder before their trip.  I did.  But the machine stopped working as soon as they headed down into the basement.  Mom would recharged the battery – but it still would just drain.  This modern technology was pissing her off and being on the opposite coast I was little help to her.  Frustrated they purchased new batteries and chargers hoping to catch enough video.

Sadly, none of the batteries ever held a charge while in the home. 

I remember the whole house was cold, always cold, even if every fireplace in the joint was blazing.  In particular the Long Room on the second floor which was my dads office never got warm.  I mean, you could see your breath in there.  But we Californias had no idea what was the norm, so there we sat with our mittens.  I’m grateful for that memory because I can still hear my dad’s  laugh that day, when his teacup from the prior morning was frozen solid.

I remember the Red Room.  Situated on the 2nd floor at the heart of the home ; it had its own entrance while still connected to the main house – making it the prefect living quarters while the bustling restaurant downstairs filled the various salons and hallways.

Because of its separate entrance the Red Room was most likely the doctors office and perhaps the operating area; making the little house on the lawn a field office, nurse’s station or the Post Office as Dr. Snead was the Postmaster for three years.  When I came across a photo of the home today, it was of the Red Room and the exact corner and door that I entered years ago. The empty corner of the photo replaced in my memory with our Christmas Tree and the hollow room filled with the people I love.   It’s funny, looking back.  The first time I saw this home it was an enchanting Christmas fairytale and when I see it now it is a Halloween House of Horrors.  Strange how life works out – isn’t it?

I remember my cat sitting on the huge window sill of the Red Room looking out at the white barn next door; two brown horses neighing on the snow patched grass.  I remember the Christmas lights dancing off the ice on the glass.  I remember how tense and terrified my cat was but it didn’t occur to me as to why. I remember seeing the cemetery from the second floor window and the fog clung to each gravestone.   At the time I didn’t know the former residences now resided there – but I’ll never forget that view. 

I stumbled upon this article and the hairs on my neck rose.  Patrons of the restaurant complained about this rude lady dressed in blue, who would blatantly ignored them when addressed.  It reminded me of a conversation with my late father; who was having trouble finding a polite hostess, because they were constantly being complained about and in a small town he was running out of options.  When I read the accounts on this site, well I just got chills again typing this.  Perhaps the complicated employee was the legendary Blue Lady herself, Betsy – the original heiress.

I remember the beautiful dining rooms in the salons, the breathtaking views from each window.   The light hitting the porch as the snow glittered around us.  I remember sledding down the soft bank out back in huge waiter trays.  I remember sitting in the upstairs covered porch and watching the snow fall through the tiny window panes.  If little Douglas haunted that spot, he was quiet that night.  I remember the Christmas breakfast by the fireplace, the hot coco, the gift giving, the love and the ghost hunting…

But what really gets me is the Christmas Eve I spent in that old haunt.  The pending blizzard clearing out the joint; leaving all but me, my folks and good ole’ Billy.  When I met Billy that week, it was said he came with the house, a dedicated worker the owners simply kept on, so my Pop did too.  We didn’t shake hands, he was awkward and hardly kept your stare; a goofy smile, kind and full of energy.  With the whole place to ourselves and nothing to do – Billy took us on a ghost hunt.  We explored each room, up in the attic but not the basement, nothing could get me down there after dark – or at high-noon for that matter.

It’s only at this moment, as I’m reading about the history that I recall those memories in the tiny brick house out front.  How dreadfully cold it was.  How I was wrapped in layers of clothes, scarfs and jackets; while Billy wore just a sweater.  How I was shivering and he was giggling.  How my breath turned into ice before my eyes and his…  his breath didn’t make ice crystals.  All these years later, that moment engraved in my mind, I noticed it then but was too scared with my Dad playing tricks on us to say anything.  But you can’t trick that. 

When I recall that magical Christmas Eve ghost hunt, where we found nary a ghost… but maybe, just maybe…

We were hosted by one. 

After all, many a wayward solider met his untimely end in that old house…

* * *

That mansion has seen a lot in 183 years and I’m grateful that for the time it was ours as it was pure magic.  In today’s harsh political climate, I take solace knowing two immigrants with a dream lived in a home with roots so deep they precede our nations birth.  Two immigrants and their California girl danced in those hallways.  Laughed in those rooms.  Cozied up by those fireplaces.  Us and 183 years of souls.  I would lying if that moment in time didn’t shape the woman I am today – and the foundation as to why I become a Reatlor.  A house is a home, a home to all that love there.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tale.  It is a bittersweet memory I only dare think about on All Hallows Eve.

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The following amazing sites are where I gathered the information and photos for this article.

Bibliography

Caudill, Rhonda, L.  The History & The Hauntings of The Nickerson Sneed House: Rhonda L. Caudill, 2017.  Print.

https://www.facebook.com/149408365269387/photos/pb.149408365269387.-2207520000.1447724941./156738294536394/?type=3&theater

https://thenickersonsneadhouse.wordpress.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvSuqdYE3RQ

http://www.marionvaparanormal.com/nshm.html

http://www.ramblingroots.com/RYB-p/e932.htm

http://www.ramblingroots.com/RYB-p/p2756.htm

http://www.ramblingroots.com/RYB-p/p2660.htm

http://www.ramblingroots.com/RYB-p/p6828.htm

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My Haunted House – Part I

The following is a true story…

I never really thought twice about it. But this is true; my parents ran a restaurant in a haunted house back in the 90’s. It was a beautiful brick colonial mansion in Virginia that was converted into a restaurant on the bottom floor with the living area was the second floor.

The house was amazing; it dated back to the Civil War where it was built by a doctor and his family. In the front yard, just to the right of the long driveway was a tiny brick room where the good doctor would greet his Civil War patients, perform surgeries and amputations. To add to the mystic – as across the street and down a bit was a Civil War cemetery. Classic.

At the time, the home was registered as a haunted house with the state and it was disclosed by the Realtor. This didn’t faze my parents in the least – my father is an amazing Executive Chef and the opportunity to own his own restaurant far exceeded the disclosure.

So they bought it and moved in…

During winter break that year, I came to visit. I hadn’t seen the house prior and I was intrigued that it was haunted. Well, truthfully I was scared to death – but so excited.

It was snowing by the time I got there and for this California girl – I was cold! So the fact that the entire house was freezing didn’t occur to me as haunted! The first couple of days were lovely, the snow covered hills, the horses next door – I was bewitched by the beauty.

Finally, on Christmas Eve, the restaurant was booked solid and I was left to my own devises. As the evening progressed, a huge snowstorm was coming our way when suddenly we found ourselves snowed-in. None of the dinner guests could make it and the only other employee, Billy couldn’t even go home. It was hellish out there. And the view of the cemetery from the second floor balcony scared me stiff. Low fog clung to the gravestones I had read earlier that day. Through the snow it was hard to make anything out. So what were we to do? Well, go ghost hunting of course.

Billy and I started in the attic. He knew stories about the house – or maybe they were tall tales. Nonetheless we were in for a riveting evening. We took the long skinny staircase to the top floor. The wood creaked heavily as we walked up the stairs. We got to a small landing that led to a small door. Billy went first. The door was unlocked and he pushed it – it opened ever so slowly. The room smelled dank and it was freezing up there, our breath fogged before our eyes. Billy hit the nob and tube switch for a light. A tiny blub hanging from the rafters illuminated. It barely lit the corner. The attic was rather empty, there were some old wardrobes and furnishing stored up there under dirty white sheets. Classic horror movie stuff, I was scared. Shaking I couldn’t even take another step in.

Then the light went off.

I SCREAMED bloody murder.

But before I could move – I heard the laughter. A hearty laugh. And some good ole’ knee slapping.

Billy had switched the light off. Haha. Very funny Billy.

We left the attic and worked our way through the salon, the morning room, the entire second floor bedrooms and living rooms, the entire first floor of dinning rooms and bar and then we ventured outside.

Bundled up in parkas, thermals, hats and gloves Billy and I walked across the front lawn towards the tiny brick house. Per the previous owners, most activity took place in the doctor’s tiny office.

I pulled on the door. Hard. It wouldn’t budge. Was probably frozen shut. I pulled again. Nothing. So Billy gave it a shot. He pulled and pulled. The door simply creaked. He pulled again and with great effort he finally got the old wooden door open.

We stepped inside this tiny room. It was maybe 10 feet by 10 feet. One tiny window – but no light came through. It too smelled old and moldy. It had a packed dirt floor. There was nothing in there and no electricity. With our flashlights we brightened every corner, our breath playing games with our eyes.

Then the door slammed closed.

This time it wasn’t Billy – he was standing ahead of me.

I shouted – “Oh Hell No!” Turned around and with one solid front kick I blasted that heavy door open and ran. Billy right behind me.

We flew towards the big house and I went straight for the parlor where my dad had the fire going and some hot totties.

He had a silly grin on his face. Sometimes I think he slammed the door.

I was officially done. My young teenage heart couldn’t take anymore. I was just fine watching the snow flurry from my chair in the parlor and I hung up my paranormal investigating badge.

The next morning, the sun was shinning and the snow blanketed the world as far as the eye could see. It was enchanting. Even the tombstones looked pretty again.

I never went back to the doctor’s office, or the cemetery and like hell would I ever venture up the stairs to the attic again. From what I heard after I returned home, Billy never set foot in the office again either.

I tried looking up the old place, but I couldn’t find it. And that’s fine with me. Maybe some stones should be left unturned. I did find one picture of the home…

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UPDATE:  I found the home and discovered it had been purchased to become a Haunted House attraction – so stay tuned for an update to this tale on Halloween!

I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween and if you are ghoulishly curious – here is a link to some other Haunted Homes…

Top 10 Haunted Houses

Don’t Let Buying or Selling be Spooky!

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Savings Strategies to Help You Reach Your Goals

Hello Friends! Thank you Ryan Dang of Wells Fargo for these tips:

No matter what you’re saving for, these strategies will help you get there.
– Set a Timeline. I.e. “By 2026, I will save $20,000 for a down payment on a home.
– “Calculate a monthly savings amount for each goal.
– Add the total monthly savings goals into your budget.
– Consider budget shifts to accommodate the new goals.
– Set up automatic deposit to your savings account.
– Aim to transfer at least 10% of each paycheck.
– Consider saving accounts that earn interest.

For short-term savings goals, consider low-risk accounts. These earn compound interest with higher APY.

– High-Yield Savings Accounts — Pays up to ten times the interest rate offered by traditional accounts.
– CDs (Certificate of Deposit) — Must leave funds in for full-term to avoid early withdrawl penalties in most cases.
– Money Market Accounts — Interest rates vary with the market.How long should you save for?

Savings Goal Duration
Emergency Fund Short-term
Vacation Short-term
Down payment Short-to-mid term
Education Mid-term
Retirement Long-term

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Email Fraud and how to Prevent It

No one ever thinks wire fraud will happen to them, but the fact is, one in three real estate transactions will be targeted by a fraudster. How can you protect yourself from becoming a statistic?

Watch out for impersonation. In one of the most common forms of fraud, hackers pretend to be somebody else and send false instructions to infiltrate your transaction. These emails may appear authentic, using similar domain names and imagery such as logos.

Tip! Emails from your Escrow Officer WILL have their company name as the email. Realtors may not – so it is best to SAVE ALL Contact info in your device so you know it is the correct email and phone.

Follow wiring instructions. Read wire instructions carefully and review them with your escrow officer. Tip! Always verify the wire instructions by calling a trusted number. Never send your financial information over unsecured email.

Look out for common email tells. Subtly different email domains, misspellings, and last-minute changes may all be signs of fraud.

Hover over links or attachments before clicking to verify the source. Independently verify phone numbers, program the title company’s number in your phone and only accept calls from that number.

If something seems suspicious… If you receive a message to change wiring instructions…

Call your escrow officer at an independently verified phone number and confirm.

Defend your email. Fraudsters gather information about transactions by watching emails behind the scenes. Security measures such as multi-factor authentication can make it more difficult for hackers to force their way into your account.

My 2 Cents – SAVE YOUR CONTACTS! Use a photo or emoji to know that they are the one calling or emailing you and that it IS from the correct source. If something feels off – Call Your Realtor or your Escrow Officer Directly.

Thank you First American Title for this info.

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When our client called with their plan – we were ready to spring into action, but sometimes life has other plans. Our journey started in March, with low-interest rates and a hot market but we didn’t hit the market till August. A lot had changed in the Real Estate world by then. Higher interest rates, talk of inflation, and possible recession – but our clients couldn’t change their plans, so we had to change the plan. Easy to do – beleive it or not.

We took a step back and took a fresh look at the current market. With great, open communication and back and forth, we changed our strategy to come up with a new plan. Then the real work began.

The Caton Team was proud to present our selling client with multiple offers – even in this challenging and fluxuating market. Our client knew, they were getting the best price and terms this market could bear when they had several to pick from.

The Caton Team works transparently. From a full disclosure package, to easy communication and access. We can work magic when our clients work with us. So grateful to be of service in any market.

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7 Genius Organizing Tips We Learned From The Home Edit—Including the 80/20 Rule

BRB, we’ve got some decluttering to do.

By: Katie Holdefehr SOUCE

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PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER TESTANI

Each year, our annual Real Simple Home is bursting with design ideas we’re excited to try—but it may just be the smart organizing ideas that end up transforming our homes the most. This year, we collaborated with the organizing pros at The Home Edit to help tidy up the fridge, utility closet, and other clutter-prone spots around the house. After admiring The Home Edit’s color-coded closets on Instagram and watching them make over celeb spaces on their Netflix show, we thought we knew all their clutter-busting methods (rainbow order, right?). As it turns out, they had a few more tricks up their sleeves. The Home Edit experts Alli Bridgers, Emily Shreve, and Shaina Burrell helped us tidy every corner of the three-story house and taught us we’ve been organizing our fridges all wrong.

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For even more tidying tips, check out The Home Edit co-founders Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer’s new special-edition magazine, The Home Edit: Feel-Good Organizing. It may even inspire you to actually organize that junk drawer.

 How to Organize Your Closet in 30 Minutes Flat

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Resort Your Refrigerator

If you’re currently stacking yogurt cups and placing produce on the open shelves in your fridge, you’re doing it wrong. Clear storage bins will keep items contained while making it easy to see what’s inside. With transparent bins specifically designed for everything from berries to veggies, it’s easy to see when you’re running low on eggs or if you have excess carrots you might want to work into your dinner plans. Hidden near the back of a shelf, produce has a tendency to rot until you find it liquified weeks later, but sorted in clear bins, it’s easy to spot when greens are less than fresh.

To maintain the order, label each bin. “Fridge items have a high turnover rate, so use broad categories. Try ‘veggies’ and ‘condiments,’ not ‘cucumbers’ and ‘mayo,'” says The Home Edit experts. “This ensures that everything will always have a home!” Shaina explains.

Follow the 80/20 Rule

“You get the item or the space; you don’t get both,” says The Home Edit team. “Live by the 80/20 rule: Keep your home no more than 80 percent full and leave at least 20 percent for breathing room.” Allowing some open space will help your home feel calmer and less chaotic. Let this principle guide each room overall (no, you don’t need to cover every wall with art or fill the floor space with furniture), as well as smaller areas. For example, if you have bookshelves in the living room, fill them 80 percent of the way with books, collectibles, and decorative objects. Leave 20 percent open.

Make Organizing Intuitive

According to The Home Edit, fridges and pantries tend to be some of the toughest spots to keep tidy because they’re high-traffic areas frequented by the entire family. “Everyone in the home uses them on a daily basis, from adults to kids. This means the system must be intuitive and user-friendly for all ages,” they explain. If the system you’re using simply isn’t working, try something more realistic and less aspirational. Labeled and color-coded bins make it easy for everyone to figure out what belongs where. Consider keeping kid-friendly snacks on a lower shelf so little ones can help themselves. Arrange labeled bins for seltzers, cheese sticks, and condiments where you tend to store those items, rather than creating a new system that goes against the habits you’ve already established.

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Stop Storing Clothes You Don’t Wear

The biggest closet organization mistake The Home Edit team sees regularly? “When people hold onto things they never wear,” they say. “It’s just a waste of space! If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably never will.” Sure, you can ask if it sparks joy or run it through a list of questions, but if you haven’t taken it off the hanger in the last 12 months, you probably won’t in the next 12 months either.

“Closets can be hard because there tends to be an emotional aspect to getting rid of clothing,” says The Home Edit. “Rather than going through every item of clothing separately, start by grouping them in categories. It will help you see where you have unnecessary duplicates and decide which items are worthy of keeping.” Strict rules (like the 12-month time limit) and practical considerations (like duplicates) may help you make more logical decisions when it comes to closet decluttering.

Swap Clothes With the Seasons

Unless you have an enormous walk-in closet with ample space for every single item you own, you’ll want to reorganize your closet as the seasons change. “Winter coats shouldn’t be front and center in the summertime,” Shaina says. Instead, move in-season clothing to the easiest-to-reach areas, and stash off-season items in breathable bins with lids or vacuum-sealed bags. Not only will your clothing have more room to breathe, but you’ll get ready more quickly when you can see all the in-season items at eye level.

Remember: Cleaning Is Not Organizing

Say it with us now: Cleaning is not the same as organizing. Cleaning can include wiping away dust, vacuuming debris, and getting rid of piles of old mail. Whereas organizing is all about creating systems that keep order in your house. “If you don’t create a sustainable system, a mess is bound to reappear. If you take the time to think through your habits, your home, and your lifestyle, you can create smart solutions that you’ll be able to maintain,” Shaina says. Beyond just decluttering and putting things away, organizing your house requires thoughtful consideration of where and how items are stored. Each household is different and the storage systems you choose should be customized for how your family lives.

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Organize According to How You Shop

If your utility closet and pantry are neat and tidy until you come home from Costco and suddenly toilet paper is falling off the shelves and giant snack packs are piled on the floor, you may need to reorganize according to how you shop. “If you are buying in bulk, make sure to have space for overflow items that don’t fit into your bins,” the Home Edit recommends. “If you have a huge amount of snacks, devote a couple of bins to those items so you aren’t cramming everything into a single container.”

As a huge fan of The Home Edit – I truly enjoyed sharing this article – now to get organizing!

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