Testimonial of the Day – From Heidi & Robert

“Susan & Sabrina did an excellent job, I am very happy.  I highly recommend them.”

– Heidi & Robert M.

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

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

 

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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

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

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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Fall To-Do Checklist

The scent of fall is in the air. Time to bake an apple pie, crunch some leaves on a long walk, and carve the family pumpkin. It’s also time for some fall home maintenance. Use our fall checklist as a reminder to do important seasonal tasks like cleaning the gutters, replacing air filters, and getting the fireplace ready for the coming winter.

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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.

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.

 

We’d like your opinion on Virtual Staging…

I want to talk about the sofa in the room — or the one that isn’t…

If you’ve looked at homes for sale online, you may or may not have noticed it – Virtual Staging.  It’s happening more and more and I’m curious what you think of it.

I get it, we live in a virtual world with snapchat filters and photoshop.  We’re used to seeing doctored up pictures every day; why wouldn’t it apply to home photos?  However, there’s a little voice in my head that says — truth in advertising.  I’m not judging — it just in Real Estate we have to be careful where we draw the line on photo enhancements. 

To be frank, staging is usually up for a couple months and then moved along if the house hasn’t sold yet.  So in the end, there is a chance the staged photos online do not line up with the home in person.  So yes, walking into an empty home you saw furnished online is commonplace; but that’s not the point of staging.

Several times the Virtual Staging has come up in conversation, mostly a text or email asking — is that a real sofa while perusing online or when we walk in the door I hear I knew that was a fake sofa.  Now it’s becoming a game, as the photos look more real it’s hard to determine.  I know it comes down to budget, it is far less expensive to do Virtual Staging than paying for the real deal in 3D. 

The point of staging is the WOW factor when you walk in the door.  It’s truly hard to visualize an empty space for what it could be.  Some people can do it, some cannot — we all have our gifts.  The point of staging is to show the potential of a space, which translates into great photos. 

I always say staging is important for the photos.  But that’s just the hook — a home needs to photograph well these days, just like models selling clothes — it’s all about the lifestyle.  However, nothing can replace walking into a well staged home — really seeing the possibilities — far better than an empty room. 

My concern is where we will draw the line, how much will be digitally altered to the point it’s not the house you walk into.  So please, indulge me — it’s the Realtor and Marketing Major in me that is dying to know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading…

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.


 

All the Apps in the World – Cannot Replace A Realtor

We Realtors spend our weekends hosting open houses in order to meet clients.  That’s what Realtors do, we connect people with homes. Funny thing is, everyone walks in holding their smart phone, no need for a flyer, all the info right there on the App.  Great!  So, why am I here again?  Oh yay — because as a professional, full time Realtor – I do much more than an App can.

Finding a home, yup — the Apps makes it easy.  Literally finding the home — directions from the smart home — even easier.  But getting the home?  As a Realtor – that is what I specialize in — negotiations.

Does the App feel your pain, when your offer isn’t accepted?  Does the App know what you’re going through, looking at a ton of homes and getting out bid?  Or as the market is now, seeing a ton of homes and not knowing which one to pursue?  It’s hard when some are selling fast and others are not.  The App doesn’t understand — but we Realtors do.

Sure an app makes forms easy to fill out — but that doesn’t translate into making negotiating a cinch.  Nope, there is so much more than ticking off a box to an offer.  So much behind the paper, so much after the paper — an App can’t walk you through surprises like a Realtor can. 

Does an App know how best to present an offer, what addenda to include, what other supporting documents to send along?  Maybe an App as a few options — but it doesn’t posses the wisdom and know-how that a Realtor has gained with hands on experience.  Does the App bring comparables to meet the appraiser?  Will the App review that appraisal to make sure it is correct, all the rooms and baths are accounted, the size is accurate and the comparables are true?  Does an App do that?  It’s more than cross referencing online stats, it’s walking through a home and knowing it’s vaule.  No, the App doesn’t do that — and neither do the discount brokerages for that matter!  I’ll tell you who reads that appraisal with a fine tooth come – I do, a Realtor and my fellow solid Realtors do too.  The Apps – they don’t do that. 

Will the App hunt the lender down to review that appraisal if there are errors, will the App call out those who need to be accounted for?  Does the App know who to call the title company or explain an inspection — better yet — get the inspector to come out and explain it directly to you?  Does the App haggle the home warranty company when they don’t do their job?  No, the App doesn’t — but I do.

Will the App find a roofer, well guy,  HVAC or plumber at a moments noticed because a red flag popped dup.  Will the App even know a red flag when it sees it?  Does an App even have eyes? Lol  Does the App have a dozen stagers, inspectors, and tradesmen they can rely on?  Because we Realtors do!  Does an App make specific recommendations tailored to your homes and needs?  We Realtors do.  The Caton Team will sit down with our clients and explain each process in detail because we’re more than an App, we’re people just like you.   

We’ve answered all the questions over the years…what is the escrow process, what are the steps to staying ‘in contract,’ what’s the market like today?  We’ll create and review an accurate market valuation with you and not just regurgitate online assumptions.  As Realtors, we’ll describe your specific contractual obligations, we’ll review contracts and deeds, encumbrances, surveys, clouded title, lot lines, septic systems, shared wells, deed restrictions, local ordinances, and… the list goes on and on.   As Realtors, such as The Caton Team – we will sit down with you, our client and discuss with honesty your needs and the best course of action. 

Because as Realtors we know how much money should be put into a home before it’s sale and keep that bottom line.  We’ll guide our sellers on what repairs they should or shouldn’t invest in.  We Realtors know what to put in and where, maybe it’s landscaping or carpet and paint — each house and each client is different.  We know what it takes.  We’re more than an app.  We’re The Caton Team and as full time, local Realtors we’ll even tell you no — now is not the time to buy or sell because… will an App do that?

Don’t get me wrong – I love technology and The Caton Team utilizes all we can.  But there is now substitute to looking at another person and knowing that they care and are looking after you during the highest financial decision you can make — investing in Real Estate.  The App can’t do that — but The Caton Team can.  Wouldn’t you like to work with someone who cares about you?  We’re more than an App – we’re The Caton Team – contact us for your Real Estate needs. 

– THANK YOU FOR READING – if you got this far let me know who you are – I’ll toss your name in our raffel!

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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

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


 

Fall House Cleaning: Chores to Do Now

Everyone talks about spring house cleaning a time to freshen up your living space to get it ready for fresh air and sunshine. But, advises a staffing supervisor for Molly Maids cleaning service, a clean house requires a fall cleaning routine as well:

Deep Clean the Closets

Sort out your wardrobe and clean out clothes closets. Donate whatever you are unlikely to wear again to make room for seasonal purchases.

Get Rid of Expired Medicines

Check the medicine cabinet for expired meds and last winter’s leftovers. As you dispose of them, make note of things you need to buy, such as bandages, antiseptic creams or over-the-counter cough syrup.

Clean Out the Fridge

Dig deep for tired or expired foods, clean the shelves and organize the fridge. Remember to replace that old box of baking soda with a fresh one to guard against odors.

Clean the Carpets

A little elbow grease now will get you ready for holiday entertaining. Deep clean summer’s grime out of your carpets or hire a professional carpet cleaner with equipment that may dig deeper than you can.

Clean Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Light Fixtures

Open doors and windows all summer have likely left them coated with dust. Clean them thoroughly now that the doors are closed.

Wash the Windows

Washing them inside and out may be a pain, but winter can be depressing enough without having to look through dirty windows.

Shine the Silver

Before Thanksgiving is the best time to get out the polish and get your silverware ready for company.

Check the Gutters

Autumn means gutters are full of falling leaves. Clean them out now with a special hose attachment that has a hooked end to get down into the gutters. Look into attaching “hoods” or “helmets” to the gutters so you won’t have to worry as much about cleaning out leaves in the future.

 

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

 

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.

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A Very Brady Staircase – For Sale – 234 Edgewood Rd, Redwood City

I can’t help but notice that this staircase at 234 Edgewood Road is very similar to a very famous staircase – The Brady Bunch Staircase!  Come snap your Brady photo this Saturday 1-4 and enjoy the open house for this amazing home!  That staircase – with garden space underneath – could be yours!

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Welcome Home to Wellesley Park

Don’t miss football come visit on SATURDAY 9.14.19 from 1-4pm

  • Bi-Level Home with 4 Beds and 2.5 Baths
  • 2844 sf Home on a 10,100 sf Lot
  • Huge Master Bedroom Suite with Remodeled bath’
  • Living Room with elevated Brick Fireplace and skylight
  • Dining Area opens to Patio Backyard with Privacy
  • Open Style Kitchen with Island, Dual Cooktops & Dual Ovens
  • 24 Panel Solar System supplies most of the Electrical Power
  • 2 Car Garage with Storage and 220V Electric Car Charger
  • New Carpeting in all Bedrooms and Living Room
  • New Laminate Flooring in Kitchen and Dining Area
  • 50 Year Roof, New Sewer Line, New Paint – Great Schools!
  • Full Disclosure / Inspection Package Available By Request
  • Information Deemed Reliable but Not Guaranteed

 

For price and more information visit:  234 Edgewood Rd

For more photos visit The Caton Team on Instagram

~ Open House SATURDAY 9.14.19 from 1-4pm ~

 

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.  New Brady photo from The Very Brady Renovation on HGTV.


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Protect Your Home with Clean and Efficient Gutters

Gutter and Downspout Maintenance

Clean, efficient gutters and downspouts are essential to keeping water channeled away from your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. Experts generally recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year in the spring and fall. If you have a lot of trees (especially pines) near your home you may need to clean gutters more often. 

Letting leaves and debris pile up can damage your roof as well as your fascia and gutters. The excess weight of debris and standing water can cause them to sag and pull away.

It is also important to check that the gutters are sloped toward the downspout and the downspouts drain away from the foundation. You may need to add an extension or a splash block for added protection to divert the runoff. If you shop around for splash blocks, you will find many choices such as sculptured/decorative stone, aluminum, concrete, and plastic.

If you are able to clean the gutters safely yourself, a ladder on firm, secure ground is best. It can be dangerous attempting maintenance from on top of the roof. If your home is on a hillside or too tall to access with a ladder, consult a professional.

To get started, clean leaves and debris from the downspout end first, and work away to the other end. Check with your local home improvement store for hose attachments made specifically for gutter cleaning. If your downspout is clogged, check the downspout strainer(s) and be sure it is clear. Check your gutter for leaks by running a hose with water. If your gutter has leaks, first be sure the seam/connection is tight and seal the joints with gutter sealant. Use the proper product for your gutter material, whether aluminum, fiberglass or other. Once cleaned and repaired, you may want to use one of the many products available to help keep them free of debris. One option is to install gutter covers. There are many types, including screens, grates and foam. Look online to research products and installation instructions.

Noisy Downspouts

There’s nothing quite like the loud pinging sound of a noisy downspout in the middle of the night. Generally this sound comes from the elbow, or bend, in the downspout. When the dripping water hits a hard surface it can amplify it to an annoying level.

There are a few do-it-yourself fixes you can try (no guarantees!).

  • Attach a piece of 1/4” or 3/8” poly rope inside the downspout. The rope can channel the water and eliminate the excessive sound.
  • Attach a scrubbing sponge (or look for gutter sponges online) to the inside of the downspout where the water hits the elbow. This should soften or eliminate the sound.
  • Try a decorative downspout such as a “rain chain.” Shop around for a style that complements the design of your home.

 

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

 

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.

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