Testimonial of the Day – From Elisa

“The Caton Team has helped us many times. Susan and Sabrina are wonderful and we will use them again when the time comes. They know everything about the bay area and never pressure you about making decisions. We couldn’t ask for a better team.”

– Elisa

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

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We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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Tips for Creating an Energy-Efficient Living Room

Do you know how much energy you can save by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs in the living room? Is your fireplace an energy-efficient heat source? Find out the answers to these questions and more. And try these tips for creating a more energy-efficient living room. The simple changes you make now can help lower your energy bills.

Save energy in the living room

 

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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

 

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What to Consider Before Downsizing

Sometimes the choice to downsize isn’t actually a choice. Some life events, such as a divorce or unemployment, are unexpected and force you to find a smaller home for financial reasons. But choosing to live in less space often has to do with wanting to live simpler, whether you’re retiring, empty-nesting, or wanting a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Most homeowners typically don’t daydream about buying a smaller home, but minimal maintenance is definitely an upside to living smaller. After all, the time and money you used to spend on maintaining can now go towards fun things. Downsizing can definitely be a positive lifestyle change. Many older adults are leaving the suburbs behind and moving into condos or lofts in downtown areas. Not only are these homes easier to maintain, but they are often within walking distance of restaurants and nightlife.

The Costs of Downsizing

It sounds simple: you’re going to spend less than you would for a larger house, so the only financial consideration is: do you like saving money? Of course the answer is yes, but…not so fast. It’s easy to forget that fewer rooms will mean less space for all of your stuff, and it’s even easier to forget that storage can cost you money. Also consider that condos or retirement communities may have considerable HOA (home owners association) dues.

When moving to a smaller home, sometimes even your furniture needs to be downsized. Large pieces may look out of scale and may simply not fit. So if you have furniture that’s too large for some of your rooms, like the king-sized bed, you may need to replace it.

Though buying smaller furniture can cost less than larger pieces, you still may be spending a lot of money on replacing furniture. You could find yourself wondering why downsizing is costing so much! Make a plan for selling or giving away things you no longer need and keep track of potential costs for a better sense of downsizing costs.

Also, carefully consider things like family heirlooms. Fewer rooms mean less storage space and where will you keep all of your antiques and treasures that you just can’t take with you? You may have to make some tough decisions. Holding on to things for sentimental reasons can become a burden. Check with other family members to see if they are interested in the overflow, things like an old roll-top desk can be a welcome gift for a college student in the family.

Finding the Right Home

newhomeIf you’ve decided your current home no longer fits your lifestyle or your income, it’s time to start looking for something more suitable or more economical. Sometimes downsizing means less property, not less home. You’ll need to determine the right amount of property as well as living space.

When it comes to low maintenance and convenience, an “attached” home – such as a townhouse, condo, loft, or co-op, in which you share walls and/or common areas with your neighbors – is a popular choice. You won’t have to worry about fixing the roof or mowing the lawn. But keep in mind that these homes are managed by homeowners’ associations (HOAs), which collect monthly fees for maintenance services and impose rules for the community. So research the HOA before buying.

Lastly, when shopping for a smaller home, know how small you’re willing to go, and be prepared to make some adjustments.

The Neighborhoods and Areas for You

If you’d like to stay in the same city, you might want to look for neighborhoods or communities that are closer to the center of town or downtown. This is especially helpful if you work downtown and want to keep your commuting costs low. Also, shopping and hospitals are usually closer to the center of town. Oftentimes, neighborhoods with a high-concentration of detached homes and condos are also pedestrian-friendly, meaning everything you need can be found within walking distance.

Also consider buying in up-and-coming neighborhoods: you might find an affordable home that could potentially increase in value once the area is fully developed. And, of course, your real estate agent will know where the smaller homes in quality neighborhoods houses are. Once you’ve decided downsizing is right for you and you’ve found the perfect new home, check out How to Downsize 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?

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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

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Which Architectural Style for Your Home?

Wikipedia lists more than 110 architectural styles. That’s an overwhelming number when you are deciding on the right style for you and your family. In fact, if you’re like most people, you’ll probably find several diverse styles appealing. To narrow the list of architectural styles that appeal to you the most, you can use criteria that help assure that the style you choose is both suitable and practical for your needs. Here are a few considerations:

Climate and Environment

Architectural styles are often associated with specific parts of the country. While it may seem merely a matter of taste, often there are underlying reasons why specific styles are more common in particular areas. For instance, European architectural styles such as Tudor or French Eclectic are often characterized by smaller windows and built with materials such as stone and brick that offer greater insulation. These styles are more popular in areas such as the east coast where temperatures can drop very low, as these homes need less energy to make living areas comfortable. However, these building materials, while suited for colder temperatures, are less desirable in areas with substantial seismic activity such as California, where more flexible building materials such as wood and stucco are more practical. These materials lend themselves well to such styles as Craftsman and Mediterranean architecture. So it can be important to consider where you live when choosing an architectural style for your home.

Lifestyle

When choosing the architectural style for your home you also need to take your lifestyle into account. Take, for example, the difference between the common courtyards of Spanish design, providing a safe utopian sanctuary from the outside world, and the wrap-around porches common in such styles as Farmhouse and Victorian homes. One, seemingly, was designed to thwart visitors while the other awaits and observes the outside world, welcoming it in. Other lifestyle aspects that can be influenced by architectural styles include the formal dining areas common in most European styles versus the more informal, “great room” eating areas and breakfast nooks common in contemporary architecture.

Personal Preferences

It’s not uncommon to have an instant “gut reaction” to specific design styles. While it is important to pay attention to those instincts, taking time to think about whether the specific aspects of the style align with your preferences can help you decide if you can live with the style of house you are considering. For example, the many small details and patterns found in Victorian style homes are qualities to admire, but many people prefer less detailed, more relaxed styles such as Craftsman or Contemporary architecture. Also, some styles have distinctive color palettes associated with them, such as Southwestern and Spanish architectural styles. Taking the extra time to consider these elements when choosing the architectural style for your home can help you select the style that suits you and your family the best. It can also help you understand how you might combine the best parts of your favorite styles to create a living environment tha

 

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?

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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Is Artificial Grass Right for You?

Artificial grass has come a long way since AstroTurf first hit the playing fields (and maybe your grandmother’s patio). With the ongoing drought in the West, the new, improved artificial grass is becoming more and more popular for sunny, low-rainfall areas, as well as with pet owners, and people who are just tired of lawn maintenance. Today’s synthetic grass is colored and textured to look like various grass types, so you can likely get a look very similar to what you could grow naturally. It is not without its drawbacks, however. Artificial grass is not cheap. Installed costs can run from $10 to $20 per square foot. Compared to natural grass, it can take up to seven to eight years to recoup the initial cost of artificial turf. It isn’t easy to install either, so it might not be the best DIY project.

Best Uses for Artificial Grass

Artificial turf is a good solution if you have an area where grass simply won’t grow because conditions are shady or wet. Artificial grass is a popular option with dog owners for pet runs, or if you have multiple dogs that are wearing out your natural lawn. Artificial greenery is also a great option for places like a small patio or outside space. It also works great for defined shapes within a yard where real grass edges can be tough to mow and keep weed-free.

Pros:

  • No need to water your lawn
  • No weeding or mowing
  • No need for fertilizers or pesticides
  • Looks very similar to natural grass: soft, even, and green
  • Does not get muddy or rutted (and keeps your house cleaner)

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Needs to be cleaned off with water and sanitizing agents (more frequently if you have dogs)
  • Not easily recycled
  • Heats up in direct sun
  • Banned by some homeowners associations and municipalities

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The Bottom Line

If you love the look of green grass and plan to be in your house for a while then it’s worth considering an artificial lawn. For pet owners it can be a great solution, but remember it can’t absorb and break down pet urine, so it will require washing (which does take water). Although it’s not maintenance-free, it certainly requires less maintenance than real grass. Remember to check with your city or HOA about their rules for artificial grass.

 

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?

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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

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Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

It’s often during the winter our homes take a beating and we notice it needs a little TLC.  Great time to plan ahead….

Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to update the look of your home. Not only will new paint look better and increase the value of your home, it will also protect you home and save you from costly repairs down the road. Here are some things to consider before you set out to paint your home.

The Best Time to Paint Outdoors

This really depends on where you live, but you’ll want to paint when temperatures are moderate and the weather isn’t too hot or cold. In some areas, fall is a great time to paint, but in other areas it might be too cold at night. The best temperatures for painting outside are typically between 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but many new paints will cure in temperatures as low as 35 degrees F.

DIY or Hire a Pro

Even if you’re used to tackling interior painting projects, painting the outside of your house is a big job. When you factor in your time, tools, and material, it might be worth the cost to hire a pro. Here are some things to help you decide:

  • Your house type and features – A one-story ranch house is relatively easy to paint, while a two-story Victorian is a big challenge. Similarly, a house on a hill or slope will be a trickier task.
  • The condition of your exterior – Is there blistering or peeling paint? Do you have siding problems like wood rot? If so, prep work can be up to half the job. Don’t like prep work and just like to paint? Consider hiring a pro to do the prep for you.
  • Tools and materials – Do you need special ladders or scaffolding? A pressure washer or paint sprayer? Price out the cost of renting or purchasing what you need – including paint – and then compare this to the cost of hiring a pro.

When in doubt, get a couple of bids from different painting pros.

What Will it Cost?

Determining what painting your home will cost involves many factors: home size, number of stories, exterior condition, and more. According to homeadvisor.com, the national average cost for hiring a pro to paint a single story house is about $2,800. Angie’s List reports a higher average of $3,700. If you’re doing the job yourself, make sure you factor in the tools and equipment you’ll need to purchase (or rent) as well as the cost of the paint. Good exterior paint can cost from about $30 to $70 per gallon. It’s worth the money to buy good paint, as cheaper paints often mean you have to repaint sooner. If you’re using a painting contractor, make sure you specify the paint you want to use when you get a bid.

Choosing the Right Color

And last, but by no means least, you need to choose the right color for your home. First, consider the style of your home and the character of your neighborhood. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, but you don’t want to look just like every house on the street either. As you’re thinking of possible colors, don’t forget to consider existing colors on or around your home, like the roof, stone, or brick, and landscaping. Also make sure you paint a swatch on the front of your home and look at the color at different times of day. Finally, many paint manufactures have online tools and apps to help you visualize and explore different paint options for 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

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For Sale in San Bruno – Studio Unit at Shelter Creek

For Sale in San Bruno – Studio Unit at Shelter Creek

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Fantastic Opportunity to Own Your Own Place!  Why Rent When You Can Earn Equity!  This Studio is the perfect investment in self care.  Located at 6220 Shelter Creek Lane in San Bruno, this 2nd Floor, Corner End Unit is the perfect get away – tucked in the back of the complex. 

This Studio features a bedroom alcove, walk in closet, shower over tub, breakfast bar, dishwasher, full size electric oven range, with a balcony overlooking water feature.  A quick walk over the breeze way and you’ll find the laundry room.  This unit comes with one parking spot in the Garage 6 Carport and an extra storage closet.  The Shelter Creek Complex features tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, enclosed hot tub, gym, rec room, billiards area in club house and security service.  Shelter Creek is right off San Bruno Ave near Highway 280 and a jaunt down to 101.  Near Bayhill Shopping Center.

Walk through the lush garden green belt through Shelter Creek, your own hideaway tucked on the second floor.  Enjoy a dip in the enclosed hot tub or a lap in the indoor or outdoor pool?  Anyway game for a tennis match?  Condo living at its finest.

If you’re interested in seeing this studio home, please contact The Caton Team for a private showing.

Did you know that average studio for rent in San Mateo County is between $1600-$2000.  WITH 20% DOWN YOU COULD OWN THIS STUDIO AND PAY LESS THAN THE AVERAGE RENT!

 

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Photos and Further Details.

Pet and Rental Restrictions apply – full disclosure package coming soon.

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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?

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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.