Helping First-Time Buyers Purchase Appliances – a New Program in 2021

C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund Home Essentials Program will provide qualified first-time California homebuyers a $1,250 Lowe’s Gift Card to purchase appliances for their new residence. * Due to limited availability, funds will be distributed on a first come/first served basis.

       How to Qualify:

  • Be a first-time Homebuyer
  • Homebuyers must use a California REALTOR® in the transaction (That’s The Caton Team)
  • Purchase a primary single-family residence in California with the intent to occupy the property as your primary residence (“Single Family Dwelling” means any single-family residence (including a manufactured home or mobile-home), a single-family residential unit in a condominium, cooperative or planned unit development, or a single family residential unit within a one-to-four family residence you purchased in California
  • The conforming loan amount on the single-family residence must be at or below the FHA Conforming Loan Limits
  • The purchase of the single-family residence must use financing. All-cash purchases do not qualify.

       How to Apply:

  • REALTORS® must complete a Home Essentials Program application and Home Essentials Certification form on behalf of their client
  • Once the Home Essentials Program Application is received and processed, we will email you the Home Essentials Certification Form for your client to fill out and sign, in order to be considered a completed application.
  • You will then receive an email confirming your submission of the Home Essentials Program Application
  • The Home Essentials Program application form along with rules and conditions for HAF’s Home Essentials Program will be available January 08, 2021 

Please Note: HAF must receive all program requirements below no later than thirty (30) days after closing escrow:

      1. Home Essentials Program Application and Home Essentials Certification Form
      2. Purchase Contract
      3. Closing Disclosure Form

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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 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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Hindsight – 2020 and Real Estate

 Hello Caton Team Friends – sharing this great article about 2020 and Real Estate – what to expect this year…

The housing momentum continues into the first week of 2021. 

California’s 2020 Market Stats on Track to Close with More Growth Than Expected: The California Association of REALTORS® is still finalizing its numbers for December of 2020, but preliminary estimates suggest that the year ended with roughly 3% more home sales that occurred the previous year. Although not an impressive rate of growth by typical standards, given that activity virtually ceased during April and May when home sales were falling by more than 20%, it shows how strong the housing recovery was during the second half of 2020.

Rates Still a Bright Spot: Interest rates ticked up ever so slightly last week from 2.66% for a typical 30-year fixed rate mortgage to 2.67%. That is the lowest level ever recorded outside of the previous week. In addition, the Fed has signaled an increased willingness to keep rates low, and although recent election results in Georgia caused 10-year treasury rates to rise temporarily, the outlook for inflation remains dubious and low mortgage rates are still expected to persist through 2021.

Construction Spending Resumes Uptrend in November Report: In a sign of optimism for the future and a testament to the strength of buyer demand, new construction spending rose by 0.9% in November. This was driven entirely by an uptick in residential projects, are homebuyers continue to strain existing supply. Nonresidential construction has not benefitted from the structural shift ushered in by this crisis, which has made our homes more important to us than ever. In some cases, they have increased our individual needs for housing because we work from home and now need more space. As a result, nonresidential spending was down in November as delinquencies remain high and space requirements are being reevaluated.

Buyer Demand Still High Despite Modest Downshift: Mortgage applications declined again last week but remain above last year’s levels by nearly 5%. That marks a deceleration from previous weeks, but the previous week saw a market acceleration from the mid-20%s to more than 44% so the last two weeks are roughly on par with the solid growth of the previous month when taken together.

Pending Sales Down Outside California: Although pending sales in California remained strong in California, the National Association of REALTORS® reported that pending sales fell nationwide in November despite low rates. Demand remains relatively robust and rates remained low, but increasing economic restrictions likely suppressed new escrows. Despite the relatively small decline of 2.6% from October, pending sales were still up by more than 16% from the same time in 2019.

Forbearance Now Back on Uptrend: One observation does not make a trend, but the percentage of mortgages in forbearance has now rise for three consecutive weeks. The percentage of mortgages remained constant at 5.3%, which is down from its peak during the summer, but the number of mortgages in forbearance were up. In addition, FHA and VA forbearance rates rose last week, which drove the overall numbers higher.

California’s Public Health Challenges Persist: California continues to see cases of coronavirus surge to levels far in excess of levels seen during the summer. On Saturday alone, nearly 600 Californians died. This will continue to place economic restrictions on businesses and residents, which will impact jobs and incomes, and therefore rent and mortgage payments. We remain optimistic that the economy will continue to improve gradually as we move towards more general availability of the vaccines, but there will be significant challenges until that time. Even after economic activity can normalize, there will still be significant financial and economic losses that will take time to fully recover. 

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SOLD by The Caton Team – San Carlos

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

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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.

It takes a team to make Real Estate happen – so The Caton Team was very grateful to work with Violaine M’Raihi of Intero – a great listing agent makes our lives easier.

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?

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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 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.

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Testimonial of the Day – Thank you Ben & Sarah

From our clients Ben and Sarah regarding the sale of their family home in El Granada…

Sabrina and Susan were an incredible help in selling our house.  They moved at the pace we needed and answered every question we had.  They adapted to the difficulties of selling in 2020 with ease.  FANTASTIC!  Thank you so much for all your did helping us.  I appreciate how patient you were throughout and how helpful you were to me personally.  

THANK YOU Ben and Sarah!!! Your kind words mean the world to us.  We love what we do and we love taking great care of our clients. It was a joy to help you both through this difficult and emotioinal sale – then throw in a pandemic. I’m grateful we were able to help you accomplish your goals.

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.

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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.

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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?

The Caton Team’s loves helping sellers prepare their home for sale as much as we love finding the right home for each client.  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 The Caton Team guide you home.

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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.

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Sold in San Francisco!

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

We love what we do!

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!  

The pandemic made one thing clear to all of us – the importance of home.  This year has been a great opportunity to buy and sell Real Estate.  As an essential service – The Caton Team uses technology to maintain safety during the pandemic while still negotiating deals and making dreams of homeownership come true.  How Can The Caton Team Help You?

It takes a team to make Real Estate happen – so The Caton Team was very grateful to work with Tabre Hess of Compass Realty in San Franciscp. He is a fantastic sellers agent who worked unitl 3am the night we wrote the offer to answer all his seller questions and send us an accepted offer.

Thank you JR and Alex 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?

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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.

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Testimonial of the Day – From Heather on Zillow

“Susan and Sabrina, The Caton (Dream)Team –

Thirteen years ago, we met Susan Caton who so kindly helped us find our first home in the Bay Area. She was mindful of our budget and attentive to our wish list. We landed a great starter home fit to our needs and close to work. In 2012, when it came  time to relocate into a neighborhood with great schools, we once again called upon Susan, who now was partner with her daughter-in-law, Sabrina, to find the right house for our growing family. First, Susan and Sabrina helped sell our house within 2 weeks time at a price within our expectations. Then, they delivered BIG by helping us find our next dream home in a competitive market with little time to spare knowing Facebook millionaires would soon bring stiff competition to the housing market. All along, even when our first two offers fell through, Susan and Sabrina helped us keep our focus and always had our best interest in mind. Settling for less than our hearts desired was not the answer, and our patience combined with our trust in Susan and Sabrina paid off when we stumbled upon our dream home. We can honestly say that working with The Caton Dream Team has been a true pleasure as it has enabled us to find a wonderful place to call home, not only once, but twice. When the time comes, we will gladly call upon their services again, and we highly recommend them to anyone looking to find their first or next dream home.”

  • Heather R – 6.18.2013 via Zillow – 5 Stars

 

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THANK YOU Heather!  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?

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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 utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

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Carpet Cleaning Tips – Since We’re All At Home… A Lot

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – our go to call when we need it – sent us a great email I thougth I’d share. Here are some tips on spot removal for your carpets,area rugs, upholstery and floors.

Often times when professional carpet cleaners are called upon to take care of stains or spots in carpets the first question will inevitably be “can you get it out”? If the first response out of the tech’s mouth is a resounding “yes”, then you might want to look into hiring someone else. The truth of the matter is not all stains are removable. We always have a “let’s take a look at it and if it can be removed” mindset. If it can be removed, we have what it takes to get it out”.

Sugar and oil based stains

Most dark colored, brown or black, spots are sugar or oil based. These can be removed 90% of the time. Stains in this category include colas, tea, coffee, and non-red juices. With cola stains a traffic lane cleaner is usually the way to go and will take care of the problem almost always. Tea and coffee are sometimes a little more difficult and may require an acid rinse in conjunction with the traffic lane cleaner. Juices like apple or orange are relatively easy to get out. The problems occur when you get into the red juices such as grape or cranberry, especially on light carpets. Red juices fall into the red dye category and sometimes the only way to get those out is a heat transfer dye process. This process is usually reserved as a last resort and even then there are no guarantees.

Body fluids

So what about stains such as blood, vomit, and urine? Well these, like all stains, need to be addressed quickly. The sooner you get them removed the better. The trick with blood is to not clean it with hot water or alkaline cleaning products. You might think you’re helping the carpet tech out by trying to remove some of the stain yourself but these treatments will actually set the blood into the carpet. Your best bet is to leave it to the professional. Vomit and urine are similar in that they are removed through a process. And it is very important to get urine up as soon as possible. The longer it stays the more it will continue to deteriorate the carpet. These types of spots are usually removed by utilizing a pre-treatment that breaks down the stain. Then the spot is thoroughly extracted. These steps will be repeated as necessary and afterwards an enzyme is sprayed that will continue to break the spot down.

Mystery stains

Sometimes you can get stains through no fault of your own. These would include stains from yellowing, water rings, and filtration soiling. Yellowing is one of those stains that can either be easily neutralized or impossible to remove. It is very common and can be treated with citric acid or an acid rinse. Water rings are also sometimes hit or miss. They are treated with traffic lane cleaner or an acid rinse. Filtration soiling is usually found in hallways near air conditioning units or where the carpet meets the baseboards. These are black lines that are caused by the carpet “filtering” soil. Getting rid of these stains requires using a special spotter and manually scrubbing the area with a towel. Due to the extra labor involved, this process may cost a bit more than you would like.

Remove it FAST!

The bottom line is that there are no guarantees with spot removal. What seems like an easy to remove stain could prove terribly difficult, and vice versa. But SPEED is your friend. Remove spots and stains FAST and you’ll have better luck in removal.

For tips on spot removal visit our website at:
http://www.LewisFloorCare.com
or call now
(800) 23-Lewis(800) 235-3947

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

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Sold by The Caton Team – El Granada

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

SALES INFO | 3D Tour

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 How can The Caton Team help You?

Many of our clients are our friends, many of our clients turn into friends.  Helping our friends with their Real Estate goals and needs brings us joy!  

This year we had several clients ready to go then Shelter In Place happened.  Devastated we all took a beat; within a month of SIP – we saw the market going strong, buyers were buying and sellers were finding the new normal of Real Estate – so we did too.

The safest way to sell is a vacant home; we can physically stage vacant homes and staging is so important – it sets the tone, gives us something to photograph and creates the WOW moment when a buyer walks into a home.  

It takes a team to make Real Estate happen – so The Caton Team was very grateful to work with Amir Chima of Compass SF – a great buyers’ agent makes our lives easier.

Thank you to our clients 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?

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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 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.

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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.

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