My Haunted House II – The Legend Continues…

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…

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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

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My Haunted House!

Stay tuned for an update to this tale on Halloween!  Oh and head over to Facebook & Instagram to find out my favorite Haunted House Movies right in time for Halloween!

The following is a true story…

I never really thought twice about it. But this is true; for a short spell in my life, my parents experimented with a restaurant situated in a haunted house decades ago. It was a beautiful brick colonial mansion in Virginia that was converted into a restaurant on the bottom floor with the living area on 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 – 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. This didn’t faze my parents in the least – my father was an amazing Executive Chef and the opportunity to be a part of this restaurant far exceeded the disclosure.

So they dove right 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. While 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, my breath fogged before my 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. I wasn’t going in the basement.  Not that night.

Bundled up in parkas, thermals, hats and gloves Billy and I walked across the front lawn towards the tiny brick house.

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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I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween and if you are ghoulishly curious – here is a link to the Top 10 Haunted Houses

 

 

Don’t Let Buying or Selling be Spooky!

 

 

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My Top 6 Favorite Real Estate Themed Movies

Hi blog readers!  I thought I would have some fun with FB and IG this week and posted my Top 6 Favorite Real Estate Themed movies!  If you missed it – here’s the run down – I would love to find out what your favorite Real Estate Themed movies are!

I’ve listed them from Like to Love.  Can you guess my line up?

Number 6

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The Money Pit – 1986

Tom Hanks, Shelley Long – Directed by Richard Benjamin.  Written by David Giler.

This was an easy choice, buyer beware!  A classic, worth a good laugh and some consideration if you’re looking at fixer uppers.

Number 5

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Back to the Future 2 – 1985

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson – Directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Written by Robert Zemeckis, Baby Gale

The reason I selected this classic time travel tale is for the exact moment Marty is standing at the Lyon Estates Entrance and his street is still farmland.  That sparked my love of history and real estate and as a little girl, I started looking into the history of San Carlos – which started off just like that.  Stay tuned for my History of San Carlos bit coming soon!

Number 4

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Field of Dreams  – 1989

Kevin “Dances with Wolves” Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta – Directed by Phil Alden Robinson – Written by W.P. Kinsella and Phil Alden Robinson

I had to choose this movie – as in the options when you are a homeowner – as in – you turn your cornfield into a Field of Dreams.  The message is clear, homeownership allows for your dreams to come true – whatever they may be.  Super cheesy – however I just love Kevin Costner and baseball so I had to pick this!

Number 3

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Home Alone  – 1990

Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci – Directed by Chris Columbus – Written by John Hughes

Now, this is one of my childhood favorite holiday movies but what I really fell in love with was the house.  Did you know the entire home was decorated in Christmas colors – red, green and white?  That beautiful colonial home will always be Christmas to me.

Number 2

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Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House – 1948

Cary Grand and Myrna Loy – Directed by H.C. Potter – Written by Eric Hodgins, Norman Panama

A true classic film starting Cary Grant (swoon) and Myrna Loy (Gorgeous).  I love every aspect of this film.  Each headache Mr. Blandings experiences is as true today as then.  A great movie just to laugh through your own remodel.

Number 1

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Under the Tuscan Sun – 2003

Diane Lane and Raoul Bova Realtor Vincent Riotta  – Directed by Audrey Wells  – Written by  Frances Mayes, Audrey Wells

First I love Diane Lane.  Who doesn’t.  She is divine in this role and so is Bramasole.  Another home that just beckons to me.  But Martini, the Realtor played by Vincent Riotta is just perfection.  The whole movie is a feel good moment.  I love the theme of turning a house into a home, and again how dreams really do come true.

Thank you for following my favorite Real Estate themed films.

What are some of yours?

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1st Installment of your Proprety Tax Is Due 11.1.18

A friendly reminder that the 1st Installment of Your Property Tax is due Nov 1.   You should have received your property tax bill by now.  Most property tax 1st installment are due by 11.1  and will be delinquent December.
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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | 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 the upmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

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Co-living has Become a Hot Real Estate Trend

By Lee Nelson

Properties offering a communal lifestyle with luxury amenities are attracting residents from around the world. Learn how to break into this growing residential niche.
Jonathan Restivo travels the world as a consultant in telecom development for Empire Blue Real Estate, and because of that, he no longer pays for a permanent home. He found an ad on Instagram for Roam, a co-living residential concept expanding in many parts of the globe. So far, he’s enjoyed stays in Roam’s London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Bali properties. “I felt I needed to open myself up to meeting new, similarly-situated people, or else the whole experience would get pretty lonely,” says Restivo, 32.

People who choose co-living buildings pay rent for a private bedroom (sometimes with an en-suite bathroom) but share common spaces, such as kitchens, living rooms, or lounge-type spaces. These types of residences are mostly in big cities—where relocating renters may not know anyone—so the benefit of this living arrangement is an instant community and planned social activities for the building. Most co-living properties offer temporary leases. “With the right blend of people, the community aspect is really cool, and I’ve met some incredible people who are now friends,” Restivo says.

Co-living is getting noticed as one of the biggest trends in real estate throughout the world. It’s a new way of living in the 21st century, even though it’s a lifestyle that existed for generations. Now a surge of real estate developers and companies are seeing more opportunity in this growing movement.

Co-living in Action

In Chicago, one property making a splash is QUARTERS, located in the Fulton Market district of the busy West Loop neighborhood, right across from McDonald’s international headquarters and Google. The building offers 175 beds, which were already 80 percent occupied by the June 2018 grand opening. “It’s not Airbnb. It’s a place to live. It brings people together,” says Steve Caton, broker and co-owner of Caton Commercial Real Estate Group in Naperville, Ill., which operates QUARTERS.

Caton joined forces with Medici Living Group, the world’s largest co-living provider—which has had great success in Europe and New York—to open QUARTERS. “My father, Bill Caton, had been pushing for years to get into global business,” says Caton. “It’s growing worldwide, and it disrupts the residential marketplace by allowing shorter-term leases and being flexible. It’s a whole new class of residential real estate.”

The costs of co-living are typically 20 percent to 25 percent less per month than standard rentals, Caton explains. The bedroom is fully furnished and includes all utilities. Renters even receive sheets, towels, maid service, and free internet. Some companies entice new residents with chef-grade kitchens, swimming pools, pool tables, gyms, maker’s workshops, recording studios, and movie screening rooms.
But the flexibility that co-living properties offer is usually what wins over tenants. Once they are part of the co-living community, renters can change locations. For instance, QUARTERS requires a three-month commitment, then you can jet off to New York and other destinations where their facilities are located.
“Building a large footprint in Chicago and throughout the nation is a priority,” says QUARTERS CEO Gunder Schmidt. “In Chicago, we want to grow to 10,000 beds. Across the country, we are looking at key cities like Denver, San Francisco, L.A., Miami, and Detroit for expansion in the next 12 to 24 months.”
Meeting Market Demand
Many real estate companies are realizing that the self-employed, roaming entrepreneurs of today want to live a fulfilling life without paying astronomical prices. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves and feel a community presence.
Daisy Onubogu, Roam’s global head of community, advises real estate company leaders who are considering getting into the co-living industry to first figure out the target market in their area. “Co-living is filling a gap in the rental market because young people are becoming more mobile and want to live in the urban areas,” says Onubogu. But it’s a misconception that all co-living residents are single freelancers in their twenties. Roam assists artists, corporate professionals, consultants, retirees, bakers, lawyers, and even race car drivers.
Once you understand your target market, you need to build the experience that the market demands. Make sure you have a diverse and representative product team so that when they are making decisions on what your space and living experience will look like, they don’t end up missing the mark, Onubogu says.
Roam is committed to building a space so ideally calibrated that even the pickiest of people will enjoy it. This means thinking about how every aspect of the design impacts the user experience—from ensuring privacy in en-suite bathrooms to the building’s lightbulbs and the copywriting for the events newsletter. “It’s hard work, but seeing it pay off makes us so glad we chose to do it this way,” Onubogu says.
Is Your Market Ready for Co-Living?
Become the local expert and learn everything you can about co-living if you want to be competitive in this real estate niche, Caton says. “Co-living is so new in the United States that it gives any broker a chance to get in and be an expert. Developers and cities are looking for solutions,” he explains.
Don’t try to put the project together on your own. Visit co-living facilities already operating in the United States and afar, Caton recommends. “If you know the story behind it and talk with those living there, then you’ll know how to sell it,” he says. Co-living companies are popping up all over the world with names such as Common, Ollie, WeLive by WeWork, Nomad House, Unsettled, and Outside. You can find them now or coming soon to cities such as Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati; Austin, Texas; Miami; Portland, Ore.; Pittsburgh; Jersey City, N.J.; Boston; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Sacramento, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and San Diego.
Every co-living development and company offers something different. Some properties are creating spaces just for female renters, while others are offering co-working spaces along with co-living areas. Most of the time, everything from toilet paper to weekly maid service are included in the price. But some places go way beyond, with amenities such as language schools, surf camps, yoga decks, hammocks, photography classes, and fitness centers.
The Gallery on Wells in Chicago just began the first chef-in-residence program to enhance its co-living offerings. The chef, Tyler Houston, is a sous chef at a restaurant next door, and he shares his expertise with residents in return for a free year of rent. In a survey, the residents had interest in grilling classes, outings to a farmers market, wine pairings, and seasoning lessons. Magellan Development Group and Mac Management began the artist-in-residence program at its Chicago and Nashville properties.
Finding the Right Location
Build and retain good relationships with developers who can help you find the right neighborhoods for co-living buildings. Caton strives to position QUARTERS in desirable neighborhoods with restaurants and other amenities nearby. Many co-living developers also are finding unique buildings for co-living purposes. For instance, Roam renovated the former arch bishop mansion for its San Francisco location.
Starcity, another player in the co-living market, identifies underutilized multifamily properties, hotels, and office or commercial buildings to develop into co-living homes, says company spokesperson Erin First. This strategy helps add to a city’s housing stock without displacing a community’s longtime residents. “On average, Starcity is able to deliver three times more housing than a typical apartment development,” First says.
Starcity is a full-stack real estate development, meaning the company identifies, acquires, develops, and manages their communities, First says. The company, which launched in 2016, locates its co-living communities near major transit hubs so that tenants can live in the city center and get around easily.
“Large urban centers are often very isolating environments,” Onubogu says. “People move only to discover an environment so vast and fast-paced that it can be difficult to find a tribe and that sense of belonging.”
By virtue of being a shared living space, a co-living property will help your brand build a tightknit community—even in the business of cities.
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We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | 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 the upmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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The Importance of your Home Owners Insurance

In light of the home fire in San Carlos this weekend, my Monday Market Update video on Instagram and Facebook reminds us of the importance of Home Owners Insurance – also known as Fire Insurance. 

Please note, Flood and Earthquake insurance are entirely different and not part of today’s topic.

If you’ve ever bought a home with a home loan, you have Home Owners Insurance.  However, did you know that as time goes by, as you update your home, as you buy a better computers, maybe a new wedding ring, or upgrade to new appliances, your policy may fall short?  All that is your home and all that is inside your home falls under your Home Owners Insurance and should something happen – you want and need to ensure you are properly covered.  In light of the Santa Rosa fires – this topic should be top of mind.  Fire is one thing, we know it will consume everything in sight.  But the fire isn’t the only damage.  Imagine a small attic fire – you think – that’s ok my furniture wasn’t burned.  Did you consider what it takes to put out a fire?  How to get to the fire?  Sometimes the water damage in putting out the fire is worse than the fire itself.  Nonetheless it is imperative to make sure you are properly covered. 

Now, right now, this week, is a great time to call your Insurance Agent and set a revaluation appointment to go over your policy together.  Chances are, your home has changed since the day you bought it.  Don’t forget to speak to your Insurance rep about CODE UPGRADE.  Especially if you bought your home several years ago.  Adding the code upgrade to your policy can and will make all the difference if you are impacted by a fire or other home damage.  Chances are the policy in place is to rebuild the home to – let’s say –  to 1960’s standards but your home has been updated, you want and need to build your same home by today’s standards and costs – so that means you need a Code Upgrade on your policy.

Take some time to document your personal items of value.  Jewelry, computers, antiques, collectables, your furniture, clothes, kitchen cabinets, granite counters, name brand –  top of the line appliances, these all cost money to replace.  Gather as much information as you can so you can get the proper coverage.  A little extra work today can make all the difference should something happen tomorrow.

The Caton Team – we are Realtors and cannot give any advice beyond Real Estate.  This blog post is meant as a gentle reminder to call your Insurance provider directly and set a revaluation appointment as soon as possible. 

Oh – on that note, you do NOT have to be a home owner to insure your personal property.  Renters Insurance is just as important and covers the TENANTS personal belogings.  You can’t rely on the Landlords Insurance to make you whole – what if they are under insured?  Protect yourself and your life – get home and/or renters insurnace.

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | 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 the upmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Email Sabrina & Susan at: Info@TheCatonTeam.com

Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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