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Another Short Sale Sold! – 1827 Helsinki Way Livermore

Another successful short sale in a great Livermore neighborhood. Congratulations to our buyers The Bells!

With patience, understanding, team work, and flexibility of the ALL the parties involved, these sales can occur successfully.  I am committed to going the extra mile to help distressed Sellers/Buyers. Please don't hesitate to call with any questions.

Natalie Swanson


Coming Soon! Home for sale in Jensen Tract Livermore

Coming soon to Livermore – 237 Cambridge Way

1,284 sqft 3 bdrm 2 bath home is located in the heart of Livermore.

Fresh and clean, ready for new owners. This home features remodeled kitchen

and baths. Manicured front and backyards and much more!

Always available to answer questions.

Natalie Swanson


Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day!

Whether your sharing your day with a special someone or single and loving it, enjoy your day and some guilty treats!

Happy New Home Owners – 645 Catalina Dr. Livermore

Congratulations to the Fieldings!

They are one of our newest  S. Livermore residents!  Livermore is a better place with such great new residents and I was very happy to represent them on their purchase.

Representing Buyers and Sellers in Livermore is what I love to do.

If you want to work with an agent specializing in this area please contact me today.

Natalie Swanson


Free Tour of Foreclosures in Livermore, Saturday Feb 25.

Come join me at my Livermore Bank Owned Property Tour on Saturday, February 25.  First time homebuyers are welcome. You DO NOT need to be an investor to join us, although, investors are welcome. You will be met at my office briefly and then head out to see numerous bank owned properties available. Come personally to see some of the opportunities available in real estate. This a low-key event and you will be driving your own vehicle.  Each participant will receive a special bonus incentive for attending. I will have financing information available. Come with your questions and curiosity.

Where: Prudential CA Realty 1790 First Street, Livermore

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012  10 AM – 12 PM

Contact me for more details:  925-580-9829 or

Your Livermore Market Summary

Average price per square foot for Livermore CA was $222, a decrease of 5.5% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Livermore CA for Nov 11 to Jan 12 was $340,000 based on 276 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 9.8%, or $37,000, and the number of home sales decreased 14.3%. There are currently 248 resale and new homes in Livermore on Trulia, including 2 open houses, as well as 431 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Livermore CA was $501,990 for the week ending Feb 08, which represents an increase of 2.6%, or $12,913, compared to the prior week.

Livermore Market Summary

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Conquering Kitchen Clutter

Do you ever walk into where you cook and wonder where your kitchen went?  The kitchen tends to be the most-used room in the house, and can fill with all of the refuse of the day quicker than you can microwave a frozen dinner.  Fear not!  Though you may not be able to see your counters yet, there are a few simple steps to bring back your kitchen to how it looked when you first moved in.  If you want to reclaim your kitchen, here are the first steps.  

1) Store all items near where you use them (pots and pans near the over, for example)

2) Group like items together (mixing bowls, cooking gadgets, storage containers, etc.)

3) Store the stuff you use the most in the most accessible places

4) Keep small kitchen items in containers so they don't get lost

5) De-clutter as least once a year

Ridding the kitchen of clutter is probably the most important step – and the most difficult.  The once-yearly de-cluttering is the time to get rid of the stuff that you don't use or need anymore.  It may be tough to toss things, but when will you really use all seven of those pie pans at the same time?  Maybe it is time to get rid of one or two.

When it's time to start tossing, many people are amazed at how many like items pile up in the kitchen.  Often times, the once lost can opener is found, and then you have two or three; more than you really need.  You may even find that de-cluttering may be best several times a year.

After your kitchen is streamlined, it's time to make a plan for organization to keep things under control.  Take stock of what you have and where you use those things most often.  Store like items where you use them.  Designate the place where you prepare your food, and store those tools (measuring cups, mixing bowls, etc.) near there.

Next, where do you cook the food?  That should be where the spices and utensils rest.  Your flatware and dishes are best stored near the dishwasher or sink, which makes putting away the clean dishes easier.  Stackable wire shelves and spice racks that mount to cabinet doors can help make the most of your cupboard space.

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Tax Benefits for Livermore, Pleasanton Owners


YES, It’s that time of year again!  I know, it’s hard to believe, but tax time has arrived.

Homeownership has many benefits, including tax deductions for those who qualify.  Here are five of the top tax advantages of owning a home here in Livermore or in Pleasanton.  Really, anywhere in the state.

Did you know that taxpayers spend over 3.5 billion hours each year preparing for and completing their tax forms?* Given that the instructions for the forms seem to increase each year, this number is likely to increase. Even if you’re among the 3-in-5 Americans who pays a professional to complete their tax forms, there are ways to streamline the process and make it as painless as possible.* 


Please call me if you would like a referral to a tax preparer in our local area.  I am always easily available.  You reach reach me at:


925-580-9829 or


Your Livermore Market Statistics

Your Livemore Market Statistics for January 2012

Total Active Residential Listings:  138

Average List Price:  $459,044

Average Sales Price:  $453,824

Sales Price to List Price Ratio:  98.86%

Average Market Time:  35 Days

Number of Sales YTD:  77

Number of Expired Listings:  8

Number of Months of Inventory:  1.6

Prime Interest Rate: 3.25%


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Should Appraisers Use Distressed Properties as Comparables?

Clients often ask me if appraisers use distressed sales (short sales and foreclosures) as comparables when doing an appraisal on non-distressed properties.  Last month, the Appraisal Institute issued a paper on the subject, and in it,  explained the following:

“Foreclosures and short sales can provide important information for appraisers, who develop valuations based on market data and market forces.”  This is especially true when the number of traditional sales is limited.

“An appraiser should not ignore foreclosure sales and short sales if consideration of such sales is necessary to develop a credible value opinion.”

And they explained the possible differences between short sales and foreclosures:

“A short sale … might have involved atypical seller motivations and so might not be an ideal comp…”

A sale of a bank-owned property might have involved typical motivations, so the fact that it was a foreclosed property would not render it ineligible as a comp.”

The bottom line is that some will argue that distressed properties should not be used when appraising non-distressed properties. However, there is no longer any doubt that they will be. 

If you are interested in purchasing a home or need information about your own Upcoming sale, I'm here to answer your questions.

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