4 MEETINGS EVERY FAMILY OUGHT TO HAVE

An unexpected crisis draws families together–it’s almost inevitable. But families should also meet regularly to discuss important topics, both fun and serious. These meetings give each family member the opportunity to contribute and be invested in outcomes that consider everyone’s needs. They make your family stronger, happier, and more harmonious. They make it second nature to come together in crisis, as well as help avoid stress in more mundane matters. Here are four meetings your family should regularly have.

Gift Giving Guidelines. Is excessive gift giving causing strain from the desire to reciprocate? Meet on this topic with extended family members. The goal is to reduce the tsunami of gifts that come to your children on birthdays and holidays. Try meeting on this at the end of a visit. Suggest that you all put a limit on the value of gifts you exchange, or have each family member give only one gift to only one other family member. While you can’t force anyone to gift the way you’d like, you can set some limits that will keep things under control. Here are some other strategies to keep gift giving gracious, instead of stressful.

Family Safety. A simple conversation can save lives, so make safety issues a regular topic of discussion. Review what to do in case of a fire and agree on a place to meet outside. Decide what to do if separated during a storm, flood, or other natural disaster, and make sure all family members agree on the plan. Remind family members of home safety hazards, such as watching videos in the tub while charging your phone. Kids have more access than ever to questionable pranks they see online, so discuss the dangers these pranks can pose. Empower older kids with a plan of action if they’re home alone and accidentally start a fire, and what to do if someone has a medical emergency. Post emergency numbers in the kitchen, put them on all phones, and touch base with neighbors you could call in an emergency. Because emergencies can still happen while away from home, it’s important for everyone in the family to memorize each other’s phone numbers. Remind kids if something happens when you’re not around, they must listen to a police officer or other first responder, teacher, or other adult in charge. Ask extended family members for backup contacts if you can’t reach them. By having these discussions, you’ll be better prepared if disaster strikes.

Family Vacations. Meeting as a family to decide on a vacation is a great way to keep everyone happy. Share ideas about what a vacation means to each person, and what they think were their best vacations. Keep the focus away from where they went, but instead on how they felt there. Let everyone share the one thing they’d really like to do, then see what vacation choices could satisfy all family members. If nothing satisfies all, have each person make a list, and keep searching for the trip that checks a box for everyone. When taking a vacation with extended family members, be honest and up front about sharing your budget limit, keep in regular contact as plans are made, and be ready to compromise.

Your Parents’ Future. Discussing the future with aging parents can be stressful, but the earlier you know their desires, the better you can plan to fulfill them. Meet with your parents to make sure they’re set for the future. Meetings can be by texts, emails, or online video conferences. First meet with siblings, so you’re together on questions and issues. With Mom and Dad, check that they’ve written a will, appointed an executor, and created an advance healthcare directive (living will). Find out where they keep important documents, and get contacts for their lawyer and financial person. See if there are any health or safety concerns, and how they plan to cover costs if they need care later on. If parents need assistance now, meet with siblings to coordinate caretaking support. By approaching these topics and discussing personal considerations and desires before choices become urgent, you and your family will save a lot of headaches and heartaches.

I also posted about TRUST AGREEMENTS and HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES – two topics that are intertwined in Real Estate.  If you have any questions please reach out to The Caton Team and the appropriate professionals.

Get exclusive inside access when you follow us on Facebook & Instagram

Other posts you may be interested in – HOW TO SELL during COVID-19 HOW TO SELLMOVING MID PANDEMICHOW TO BUYHOW TO BUY during COVID-19

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

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

86050413-22fd-4c4a-913e-0f70ac5bb3d2

Thank You Jennifer and Will!

When we met Jennifer and William we were so excited to help them achieve their goal of Bay Area home ownership. Even mid-pandemic we took the necessary precautions while utilizing all the virtual tools to assist us in determining which homes to pursue.

We review and draft contracts and disclosures online. With email and a cell phone we can make your Real Estate dreams come true safely and effectively.

Every client has different needs and it’s The Caton Teams joy to create a plan to home ownership. Let us help you. Contact The Caton Team at any time.

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

Read more tips on buying during Covid below.

The Caton Team wanted to share some of our best practices for buying during Shelter in Place due to Covid-19. I like to call this – Buyer Tips – Pandemic Edition.

Buying Real Estate During Shelter in Place

Real Estate is an essential service and The Caton Team is proud to serve our clients when home – more than ever – is so important.  Some things to consider, the Covid Real Estate Market is one of the strongest, most competitive markets we’ve seen in our 35 years of combined experience.  Only the MOST prepared buyers are successful.  The market moves faster than ever.  

Steps on How to Buy During Shelter in Place while Following Social Distancing:

  1. In order to gain access to show a home, our buyers must be Pre-Approved for their home loan (a pre-qualification is not sufficient.) Be prepared to provide Proof of Funds for each offer we write (bank statements).
  2. A Completed approval process with a lender COMMITMENT LETTER is BEST as it allows you to write the strongest, non contingent offer.  Buyers will be in a multiple offer situation with almost every home on the market – the strength of a buyer is key for success.  
  3. We are happy to line up homes to show you – once you are Pre-Approved.  We will line up several homes to view in one day and decide your course after our showings.  Some homes take offers as they come, some set offer dates.  
  4. Buyers must drive their own cars, wear their own masks and if possible bring their own hand sanitizer though we do have hand sanitizer.  
  5. Not every home will provide hand sanitizer or be cleaned in between showings.
  6. Be prepared to act quickly.  We’ve successfully represented several buyers and sellers during our Shelter in Place and will discuss with our client our best practices for turning you from Buyer into an Owner. 

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

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

Testimonial of the Day – from Mike E.

Testimonial of the Day – from Mike on Google – 5 stars

“I can’t say enough about this awesome duo of Sabrina and Sue!!  They are with you every step of the way.  Answering all the question as well as helping with the emotional side of selling your home.  Second time I have worked with them and would recommend highly!

7999501F-4099-409A-BB33-4B4B4C7F49F3.pngScreen Shot 2020-02-07 at 9.01.46 AM

THANK YOU Mike and Terri – you both are dream clients, easy to talk to and work with.  Thank you for putting your trust in The Caton Team.

 

Need Real Estate help? Contact The Caton Team for a consultation.

To read all our testimonials visit The Caton Team Testimonials and Yelp!

 

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 650-799-4333

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.

img_2624-15

 

Thank You Veterans

Happy Veterans Day. Thank You to all who served our country. We are the home of the free because of the Brave!

Get exclusive inside access when you follow us on Facebook & Instagram

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 SusanWant Real Estate Info on the Go? Download our FREE Real Estate App: Mobile Real Estate by The Caton TeamBerkshire 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. IMG_2294

SOLD – by The Caton Team in San Carlos

We love what we do!

We love turning Real Estate goals into Reality – even mid-pandemic.

SALES INFO | 3D TOUR

SALES INFO | 3D TOUR 

How can The Caton Team help You?

Many of our clients are our friends, many of our clients turn into friends.  Helping our friends brings us joy!  

When it was clear – even mid-pandemic – there was no stopping The San Carlos Real Estate Market – our client took advantage of the opportunity.  We found the perfect home for their needs and were able to obtain a bridge loan from Welcome Home Funding to buy it. Once they got them moved in, then the preparations of their previous home for sale started – all during the pandemic. Thank you to all our stagers and vendors for making a new normal and getting it all done!  

San Carlos is a robust market and everyone shopping here knows the vaule.  Within a few days we found the right buyers – so much so – our seller didn’t need to see any other offers – the one in hand was perfect.

It takes a team to make Real Estate happen – so The Caton Team was very grateful to work with Alana Corso of Dwell – a great buyers agent makes our lives easier.

Like all things during COVID we had our share of hiccups – but together – we made it work.

Thank you Kit for trusting The Caton Team with your Real Estate goals – feels so good to have helped you accomplish it!

 How can The Caton Team help You?

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

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  |  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

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

Pending Feels So Good!

Pending feels so good – because we are one step closer to our client’s goal. Once an offer is accepted the real work begins – and The Caton Team is here for all of it.  How can The Caton Team help you?

It takes a whole team to make dreams come true.  A huge thank you to the Sellers Agent – Tabre Hess of Compass San Francisco for working on presenting our offer till the wee hours in the morning – his seller accepted our offer at 2:06AM and Tabre was up late/ early getting us our ratified contract.  It takes a village!

Thank you Mike Kamienski of Welcome Home Funding for working late and chatting with Tabre directly to assure the team our clients were well prepared and qualified to buy.  

Thank you to our sweet buyers for trusting the Caton Team with your dreams!

The Caton Team’s loves helping sellers prepare their home for sale as much as we love finding the right home for each buyer.  We’ve been blessed making dreams come true by taking advantage of this active market and amazing low interest rates. If you’ve been considering a sale or purchase of Real Estate – especially in the Bay Area, now is a great time to get discover the possibilities – all while taking the necessary COVID precautions. 

Real Estate means homes and home is where the heart is. We’ll get through this together.  We work remotely, can draft and sign contracts online; with virtual tools The Caton Team can make any of your Real Estate goals happen whether you’re selling or buying – today or tomorrow.

We love what we do and we love taking great care of our clients.  That’s never changed. Let us know how we can help you.

For Timely Information Subscribe to our Blog

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

Get exclusive inside access when you follow us on Facebook & Instagram

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. We’re here when you need us – The Caton Team.

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

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

IMG_2294

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. 

(For more photos check out our FACEBOOK  and INSTAGRAM)

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.

For photos of this old haunt check out our FACEBOOK  and INSTAGRAM pages.

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

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

The Caton Team Testimonials

The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat

The Caton Team Website

The Caton Team Advantage

How to Buy While Selling Real Estate

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

Visit us at:  Our Blog * TheCatonTeam.com * Facebook * Instagram * HomeSnap* Pintrest * LinkedIN Sabrina * LinkedIN Susan

Thanks for reading – Sabrina

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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

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

Are Low Mortgage Rates to Blame for High Home Prices?

Double-digit price increases for homes are not exactly what most people in real estate predicted to occur in a recession. But could low mortgage rates—the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record-low average of 2.81% last week—be partially to blame?

“The combination of what could be the lowest mortgage rates of our lifetimes, a paucity of inventory, and a desperate rush of buyers has resulted in median home list prices hitting new records,” realtor.com® reports.

Home prices were 12.2% higher for the week ending Oct. 10 than they were a year ago,  realtor.com® data shows.

“It’s unprecedented for us to get a massive run-up in home prices during a recession,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “It’s clear that [mortgage] rates matter even more than unemployment rates.”

Low mortgage rates are helping buyers afford higher home prices, and they’re creating a buying frenzy in the housing market to lock in such low rates. Home buyers purchasing a median-priced home at about $350,000 still pay about $80 less than if they purchased a median-priced home of $315,000 last year at a higher interest rate average of 3.69%, a realtor.com® analysis shows.

Affordability goes up with low mortgage rates. However, home buyers do need a higher down payment as prices rise.

High home prices with high mortgage rates, on the other hand, is not a good combo, housing analysts point out. Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda, told realtor.com® that if mortgage rates go up by even a half-point, hundreds of thousands of buyers may no longer be able to purchase a home. First-time buyers, who tend to have smaller budgets, likely would experience the biggest repercussion.

But many economists are predicting mortgage rates to stay low in 2021. In the meantime, home prices likely will remain elevated because buyer demand remains high and inventories remain stretched thin.

Get exclusive inside access when you follow us on Facebook & Instagram

I read this article 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.  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

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

IMG_2294

 

Testimonial of the Day – from Frank

Frank gave The Caton Team 5 stars on Google –

“Sabrina and Susan were very helpful and made the buying and selling my condo a very easy process. Any issues that came up, they were on top of it and handle the problems. When I had any questions, they were quick to respond. I highly recommend the Sabrina and Susan Caton.”

– Frank

091FAAA0-BADD-4286-A592-54ABCC01E32A

THANK YOU FRANK – Your kind words mean the world to us.  We love what we do and we love taking great care of our clients – how can The Caton Team help you?

Need Real Estate help? Contact The Caton Team for a consultation.

To read all our testimonials visit The Caton Team Testimonials and Yelp!

 

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 650-799-4333

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.

img_2624-15

 

Germs, Be Gone! 7 Simple Renovations To Coronavirus-Proof Your Home

Germs, Be Gone! 7 Simple Renovations To Coronavirus-Proof Your Home

By Lauren Sieben | Oct 15, 2020

As much as we all wish we could go back to a time when social distancing was a foreign concept and masks were just something you wore with a Halloween costume, it’s clear by now that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere. At least, not anytime soon.

One consequence of the pandemic is that our collective concern over cleanliness remains at an all-time high.

A recent survey found that 47% of Americans are pining to upgrade their bathrooms during the pandemic, and 44% want to redesign the kitchen.

The study was conducted by the New York City–based Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, and according to Adrianne Russell, its showroom manager, the kitchen and bathroom are “two rooms where a lot can be done for hygiene.”

Here are a few ideas on how to enhance your home and reduce the transfer of germs during the era of COVID-19.

1. Install touchless faucets

This isn’t just a feature for public bathrooms anymore. Installing a touchless faucet is a quick and easy project that you can take on in your own home.

“No handles or knobs means less surfaces touched and less of a chance of cross-contamination occurring after hand-washing or handling messy foods,” Russell says.

Touchless faucets aren’t just for the bathroom: You can install one in the kitchen—or even a utility sink.

2. Switch to automatic soap dispensers

After you’ve upgraded to a new contact-free faucet, why not take the cleanliness to the next level?

“Since the best way to fight germs is hand-washing, homeowners may also want to consider installing sensor-operated soap dispensers,” Russell says.

“Like touchless faucets, touchless dispensers also help eliminate most surface contact during the hand-washing process,” she says.

You can opt for a sleek, commercial-grade dispenser that requires some installation, or choose a battery-operated stand-alone model if you’re on a budget.

3. Upgrade to a bidet or touchless toilet

Worried about another toilet paper shortage? Install a bidet in your bathroom. No toilet paper, no problem!

“During the pandemic, toilets with integrated bidet functionality soared in popularity,” Russell says. “They are a hygienic alternative to toilet paper, using water-jet cleaning.”

You can purchase a stand-alone bidet or a bidet toilet-seat attachment that works with your current toilet. You can also purchase a smart toilet with or without a built-in bidet.

Many smart toilets come fully equipped with digital controls, touchless flushing, and Bluetooth connectivity, plus self-cleaning features to relieve you of your toilet-scrubbing duties.

“Some options may also include special cleaning solutions, hydrophobic or hydrophilic glazes, advanced flushing technology, and specially designed rims,” Russell says.

4. Use smart lighting for touchless illumination

Think of how often you touch the light switches around your house—then think of how many germs could be lurking there.

“One of the dirtiest surfaces in a home are light switches, with homeowners having to touch them multiple times a day, every day,” Russell says.

Switching to a smart lighting system can help reduce the transmission of germs. You control the lights from your phone, and with a smart system, you can control the lighting even when you’re away. This not only helps with home security, but also cuts down on your energy costs.

5. Eliminate contact with smart door locks

Just like light switches, door locks can be a breeding ground for germs as people go in and out of the house.

Digital keypad and smart door locks (e.g., the Google Nest Smart Lock with Nest Connect) can help reduce human surface contact, Russell says. Their features often include keyless options, voice activation, and biometric identifiers.

6. Take it outside year-round with space heaters

In some parts of the country, outdoor hangouts have traditionally been limited to the summer months. But keeping your activities outside doesn’t have to be out of reach, even on cooler days—and it can help minimize the risk of transmitting the virus. The solution? Pick up an outdoor patio heater, for as little as $100.

“Heaters are great if you want to have guests on your patio,” says Suzi Dailey, a Realtor® with One Luxe by Realty One Group International. “I think heater sales are going to go through the roof.”

7. Try a sanitizing closet on for size

These days, it’s not just the Roomba that’s helping us keep our homes clean. From hands-free trash cans to refrigerators with sensors for touchless opening, tech tools and gadgets are making it easier than ever to keep our homes clean.

One product that has exploded in popularity in recent months, according to John Romito, founder and licensed real estate agent at Heart & Home Real Estate, is sanitizing closets, which use ultraviolet light to sanitize garments.

“The technology has been very popular among retail clothing stores, to minimize the spread of pathogens after people try on or return apparel,” he says. “It’s now being purchased for home use.”

You can even recruit help from robots to turn your mudroom into a disinfection station where you and your guests can thoroughly sanitize each time you enter.

Get exclusive inside access when you follow us on Facebook & Instagram

I read this article 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.  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

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

IMG_2294