Finding the New Normal of Real Estate – Virtual Staging & Tours

Virtual Staging & Tours has taken Selling Real Estate during the time of Covid to a whole new level.  With concerns over cleaning and surfaces, Virtual Staging allows a Buyer to get an idea of how a room could look, while also seeing the original space – all from the comfort of their home.  It minimizes exposure and though that WOW factor is lost when you walk in; safety is so much more important.

The next tool in The Caton Team Virtual Tool Belt  is the Virtual Tour and my favorite – the 3D Tour.  Virtual Tours were already common practice prior to Covid, but the 3D is fast making itself indispensable.  They say pictures are worth a thousand words –  Here is an example of our 3D Tour of – Belmont Ave, San Carlos Ca.

To be frank, vacant homes are the easiest and safety route to sell and many stagers are still staging vacant properties with precautions.  However, don’t fret – if you need to stay at home – owner occupied homes are also on the market – and Virtual Staging & Tours is the answer to our current situation.   On the date of publish, the Bay Area is allowing homes to be shown to pre-approved buyers, with their Realtors and signed entry forms outlining our Covid precautions.  Open Houses are no longer allowed, but the online Virtual Tour is filling that void.  Check out our Facebook Tour of Hudson St in Redwood City, Ca. Or our Yaza Tour of Middle Rd in Belmont,Ca.

It’s wonderful to see our essential service of Real Estate find its new normal.  How can The Caton Team help you find your new normal?  If you have a Real Estate need or simply some questions about Buying, Selling, or Investing in Real Estate during Covid and beyond – let us know – The Caton Team is grateful to be of service to you and our community.

Examples of Our Virtual Staging on Sapphire in Redwood City, Ca.

 

I wrote this 🙂 – Sabrina Caton 7.11.2020

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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.  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.

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HomeBuyer Checklist

Hello Caton Team Friends!

Being at home really gets you thinking about your home.  Perhaps a purchase of your first home or a different home is in the cards  Here is our HomeBuyer Checklist – a quick guide to get you started on the right foot.  As always, The Caton Team is here to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and chat about Real Estate.  Contact us anytime…

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654 |  EMAIL  |  WEB  |   BLOG

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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  |  WEB  |   BLOG

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

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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The Caton Team with some Buyer Advice

Welcome to our new series by The Caton Team – Client Advice – things we’ve picked up in the past 35 years of being Realtors…

When considering a home purchase… Do not change your financial snapshot. Do not open or close any credit lines. Try to keep your finances as they were the day your home loan was approved.  Trust me – you’ll thank us later…

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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
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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9 Ways Buyers Sabotage Their Home Purchase

I just read this great article from Inman News and wanted to share the highights….

9 Ways Buyers Sabotage Their Home Purchase

1 Having unrealistic expectations!

Here in the Silicon Valley it can be hard to see what you can afford and how small it is.  However, if you want to live in the Silicon Valley and you can afford a mortgage – adjust your expectations and take that first step towards financial security! 

2 Hesitating!

Once a buyer starts the loan and house hunting process, even if what you find in your price range isn’t ideal – don’t give up.  Getting the home of your dreams is often a multi step process and buying your first home is that first step.

3  Comparing everything to the one that got away

Stop – just stop beating yourself up.  The Caton Team knows that what is meant to be will be – and what we missed out on is nothing like what we’re going to find!

4  Nitpicking

I will say this once – your dream house DOES NOT EXSITS because YOU HAVEN’T MADE IT YET!  Every listing was once someone else’s dream – so that paint and kitchen belong in their dreams.  Once you own your home, YOU can make it what YOU want! 

5  Looking too much

It’s happened, a buyer doesn’t readjust expectations to align with reality and if they are also price sensitive – a buyer could loose their window if they look too much and don’t work with what is currently for sale.  I tell my clients – buying a home is a process of elimination not a process of selection.  Look at what is out there and act!

6  Trying to time the market

If Realtors had crystal balls we’d be retired by now.  Timing the market is a game – no one knows the future.  I work in the here and now and I use the past as a gauge.  The only timing I’ve seen over the years is seasonal.  If the sun is out – the house is worth more than when it is raining.   Price sensitive – buy in the fall and winter.  Want the best choices, buy in the spring and summer and be prepared for multiple offers.  

7  Making Low-Ball Offers

Don’t waste your time, mine or the sellers.  We as professional Realtors will provide our buyer with a current market analysis which shows the vaule of the home – today.  If you want to be a homeowner – write realistic offers. 

8  Asking for far too much

Be realistic – run your ideas by your Realtor but don’t ask for something that will bite you in the end.

9  Being inflexible

I say this to each client where buying or selling – Real Estate is a meeting of the minds and not a twisting of the arm.  If you’re an arm twister – go into wrestling.  

The 9 points from this article are from Inman which was provided to me through my office.  I’ve taken those points and added my 2 cents. 

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
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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The Caton Team with some Buyer Advice

When considering a home purchase, start “living the budget” by saving the difference between your current rent and future mortgage.  You’ll start saving money towards your purchase or closing costs and you’ll get the feel of what your new mortgage and lifestyle habits will be.

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Welcome to our new series by The Caton Team – Client Advice – things we’ve picked up in the past 35 years of being Realtors…

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
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

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