Give Your Home Entryway a Facelift in 10 Easy Steps

Take a look at your home’s front entry. Step back, and ask a few questions: Does it convey your style? Is it well maintained and safe? Does it have an inviting “wow” factor? If your home’s front door entry looks a bit tired, uninspired, or neglected, here’s a list of quick, inexpensive updates to give it the welcome feel you want to convey.

Paint Your Door

Make it pop! If choosing a new paint color intimidates you, search online for photos of painted doors.

Add Accessories

Add a wreath that complements your home’s style and colors. Changing it with the seasons provides a fresh look all year long.

Replace Numbers

Update your house numbers by refinishing or replacing. Have fun with where and how you place them, horizontally or vertically, on the door itself, on the surrounding trim, or on a decorative wall mount.

Swap Out Door Hardware

Update your door’s style and security with new hardware. Depending on the style you want, the complementary hardware could be a traditional keyway and lock assembly or one of the latest electronic locks.

Replace Door Knocker

Fancy or fun, door knockers add charm to your front door. Express your style.

Upgrade the Doorbell

If your doorbell button needs a refresh, replace it with a finish that matches your door’s hardware, or consider updating with a video doorbell for security.

Stage Your Door

Frame your entry with plants and pots. The walls surrounding and near your door frame make wonderful places for adding a wall planter or outdoor art.

Add a Doormat

Say welcome with a doormat that expresses your home’s personality. Be sure it’s large enough for the scale of your front door and entryway.

Update the Kick Plate

Refinish or replace a worn kick plate. Its purpose is functional as well as esthetic – if you update door hardware, don’t neglect the kick plate.

Light it Up

Maintain, update, or add lighting for safety and beauty. Lanterns with battery candles add a warm and inviting light.

 

I read this article at: HERE

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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 utmost 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.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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REAL EATS – Apple Fritter – San Mateo

REAL EATS – The beat on where to eat!
Hello! Thank you for reading REAL EATS, where my passion for Real Estate and food meet.  On our next adventure we visit….

Apple Fritter – San Mateo

My hubby and I are always on the quest for amazing breakfast joints.  Apple Fritter is no secret even if they are tucked under the 92.  Their doughnuts make my mouth water.  Their menu is fun and delicious – a combination of naughty and nice.  I’ve been here several names and never manage to snap a photo because I have to jump in – except for this one time – the stuffed french toast was to die for.  Worth every calorie.  Highly recommended. 

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HOMES FOR SALE NEAR APPLE FRITTER

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Follow The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat, visit our Website – The Caton Team to start your own home search.  Read our Testimonials to get to know us or simply reach out – Call | Text Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Email  Info@TheCatonTeam.com.

The Caton Team does not receive any compensation for any posts, we use YELP for ease of use.  All restaurant reviews are unsolicited and unpaid. Photos of dishes and edites are my own. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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 utmost 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.

Call | Text |Sabrina 650.799.4333|Susan 650.796.0654|Email Info@TheCatonTeam.com

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The 5 P’s to Loving Your Home More

Here are some simple (and mostly free) ways to love your home more everyday:

Paint It

Neutral paint colors are great for attracting buyers when your home is on the market, but leave a lot to be desired for most homeowners. Let your personality shine through your walls and go crazy with bright and fun paint colors that make you smile every time you walk into the room.  Trying something new and exciting with color – if you hate it, you can always change it back.

Pictures

Pictures are taken at some of the best times in our lives; weddings, vacations, time spent with loved ones, etc. Make a collage of photos of your favorite memories and proudly display them in an area of your home that you are likely to see them often, such as your entryway or living room. What better way to love your home than to decorate it with pictures of things you love?

Perk Up with Light

Sunlight is one of the best ways to brighten up your home and make it feel warm and inviting. Whenever it’s a bright and sunny day, open all of your drapes and fill your home with natural light. On gloomy days, make sure each room has sufficient lighting to still feel bright.

Pamper Your Senses

Sight shouldn’t be the only sense you focus on when decorating your home. Remember to indulge your other senses such as smell, touch, sound and even taste. Bring in your favorite smell, such as fresh flowers or a mild potpourri, to make your home feel inviting. Engage your sense of touch with textured accents like throw pillows and rugs to add a new dimension to your home. Stream your favorite music throughout your home to delight your sense of sound. Finally, treat your sense of taste with bowls of your favorite indulgence, such as fresh berries or small candies, scattered throughout your home.

Purge

Usually, less is more. It may be hard to enjoy your home if it’s too cluttered, so make a conscious effort to let go of any knick-knacks around your home that aren’t essential. If you have a collection of items that you like to show, display a few of them at a time and switch them out every few months. This will keep your eye for getting trained on seeing them every day and allow you to enjoy and appreciate them more.

 

I read this article at: HERE

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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 utmost 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.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

 

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A Family of Realtors
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Why 2576 Hopkins Avenue in Redwood City is a diamond in the rough and worth a look!

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I spent last Saturday hosting 2576 Hopkins in Redwood City and let me tell you – I fell in love with this house.  It’s not a superficial love – like an easy-on-the-eyes celebrity – it’s a whole ‘nother level of appreciation.  It goes beyond skin deep.  What I love about this home is its potential.

I don’t want to offend anyone’s personal taste – so I will just reiterate some of the feedback from my Open House.  Buyers would walk in and instantly dislike the bathrooms.  Yes they are dated.  They were all the rage when they were installed – but now they are too “vintage”.  Not the quirky vintage mind you – just – well – as one buyer said – old!  I get it – I get it.  This house has not been overhauled… yet.

I think the one thing new buyers forget is that a house is a house and it doesn’t become a home the second you buy it – it becomes a home when you make it your own.  Adding your personal touches, changing things to your liking, remodeling, updating, painting, – removing the fixtures of yesteryear and adding fresh touches.  That’s the ticket – that’s why you buy a house!  The potential it has! 

So allow me to get the negative out of the way – I’m not going to sugar coat this – this home is dated.  It has some modern touches, added by various owners through the years, but overall the home is older.  It’s not the type of home you envision when writing a nearly 2 million dollar check.  But it is the type of home you do so in the Silicon Valley for various reason that I can’t wait to discuss.  But first, to address the elephant in the room – the location is not ideal for a family with small children – there will be no riding their bikes in street.  Hopkins and that particular intersection is busy.  However, there is so much more to this house than just the street.

You walk into a formal entry, a very large, traditional living room with insert fireplace is situated on the left, with a picture window overlooking the landscaped front yard.  The drapes are new and are remote operated – pretty nifty!  To the right, the formal dining room, with another window overlooking the front garden and French Double Doors that lead to the updated kitchen.  I saw updated because it is not the original kitchen.  The gray quartz counter tops are lovely with a little sparkle, picking up the stainless steel appliances – a gas oven range, dishwasher, trash compactor and refrigerator.  The enormous skylight floods the kitchen with natural light – a wonderful feature. 

Turning right from the kitchen will take you to the oversized two car garage with washer and dryer and forced air – AC and heat!  Turning left will take you to the family room.  A huge space with fireplace, three picture windows and sliders to the backyard where the soothing sound of the waterfall will greet you.  That makes TWO living areas and that’s just the first floor.  TWO LIVING AREAS!  Rounding out the rest of first floor are three bedrooms and two baths, including the original master suite with backyard access.  Yes, the bathrooms need remodeling, yes the carpet and flooring could use some updating.  Or better yet – if you have the budget, the whole first floor could benefit from some universal flooring, tying all the spaces together.   To be real, the kitchen is doable and a buyer could live it for a spell before remodeling it completely. 

But that’s just the first floor.  Lets head upstairs to a THRID LIVING AREA – an open air family room with sliders to the upstairs balcony.  This second floor space is HUGE!  (If you watched my Instagram Virtual Open House video – HUGE was my most utilized word – because this home at 3075 SF is just that – H U G E !)  This space would make a great master suite retreat, office or playroom where toys would be out of sight from the front door.  Great light, several windows and its own upstairs bath!

But wait – there is more! 

The new master suite is tucked upstairs with another HUGE bedroom with spacious walk-in closet, private bath with sunken jetted tub, dual sinks and stall shower.

What really made me love this house was the space.  THREE LIVING AREAS, 4 bedrooms with 4 baths.  I am day dreaming of some amazing holiday parties, birthday parties, any excuse for a party.  Even relaxing evenings in the tub, listening to the waterfall and forgetting your troubles away.  A home this size will affront that type of privacy.  Each member having their own space to retreat and re-energize. 

I wish I could show you what this house could be.  What I see in my mind.  It’s not a house to buy to flip.  It is a house to live in and slowly remodel while building the life of your dreams and equity to boot.  There are several, fixed or news homes in the area pushing $3million – so there is room for equity growth in this home – I just need to find the right buyer who can appreciate all 2576 Hopkins Avenues has to offer.

If you would like a private showing, bring your contractor and interior decorate – I’d love to show it to you.  Contact The Caton Team at any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 |  Email |  Info@TheCatonTeam.com

 

For photos and more information please visit:   2576 Hopkins in Redwood City

 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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 utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

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.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
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What can we do for you?

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.


 

Real Estate Market Update

Data is priceless and Real Estate Data is my bread and butter.  I thought I’d share these links, provided by Aculist which analyzes real estate data for the five MLSListings counties in Silicon Valley and the coastal regions and publishes a set of Market Data Reports.

Below are the links for the July 2019 Market Data Reports:

 

Determining when the best time to buy or sell can be overwhelming – even with all the data at your fingers tips – that is why The Caton Team believes in sitting down and getting to know your needs, your goals, your timeline in order to help you decide what course of action is best for you.  Sometimes getting on the market fast is more important than remodeling, sometimes taking the time to take care of cosmetic issues out weighs the wait.  When buying, sometimes striking while the iron is hot is the best.  Sometimes waiting for the frenzy to wind down would be better.  No matter what direction you need to take – The Caton Team is here to help guide you.  Contact us anytime, we’re happy to be of service.  With 35+ years of combined, local Real Estate experience – you rely on us.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Email   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

 

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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 utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

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.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
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What can we do for you?

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Real Eats – Amazing Wok, San Carlos

REAL EATS – The beat on where to eat!

Hello! Thank you for reading REAL EATS, where my passion for Real Estate and food meet.  On our next adventure we visit….

Amazing Wok – In San Carlos

My hubby and I have enjoyed Amazing Wok since we started dating in 1998.  The place has changed a lot over the years and when the original owners sold it – we were a bit worried our favorite Chinese Food spot would change.  I am happy to report – Amazing Wok is still as delicious as ever.  Their potstickers are so good.  We enjoy popping over for lunch and the addition of a small salad was a nice surprise.  We’ve tried about every dish and they are all so delicious.  We head over when we want something spicy and savory and they serve it up hot and with a smile.  THANK YOU for keeping a good thing going!

 

 

 

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HOMES FOR SALE in San Carlos

Follow The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat, visit our Website – The Caton Team to start your own home search.  Read our Testimonials to get to know us or simply reach out – Call | Text Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Email  Info@TheCatonTeam.com.

The Caton Team does not receive any compensation for any posts, we use YELP for ease of use.  All restaurant reviews are unsolicited and unpaid. Photos of dishes and edites are my own. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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 utmost 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.

Call | Text |Sabrina 650.799.4333|Susan 650.796.0654|Email Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
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Testimonial of the Day – From Chris & Gary

“The Caton Team are the best. They are very easy to work with and know what they are doing. Made a very stressful time much easier! I would recommend them to all. First time buyers and people that have sold many times will enjoy working with these wonderful ladies!”

– Chris & Gary

Contact us for a consultation if you’re considering buying or selling real estate.

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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 utmost 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.

Call | Text 650-799-4333

Email Info@TheCatonTeam.com

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A Family of Realtors
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