Category Archives for Investment Property

Ranch Property Close To Downtown In Livemore!

1888 Buena Vista Ave, Livermore. $900,000 3 beds, 2 baths, built in 1968. 2060sf home on nearly 1 acre lot(200ft less than 1 acre) Shop/barn/garage/tack grandfathered in. Nice wide lot with lots of potential. Incredible opportunity to live on a county road so close to town. New and refinished hardwood. Updated kitchen. Long term owner of 40 years.

Natalie Swanson
Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty
2300 First St. #316
Livermore, CA 94550

Congrats to Joe and Janna Lamendola!!!

My husband and I have been friends with Joe and Janna for decades. We are so happy they were able to pick up a nice rental property in Tracy. They are nervous and excited to move ahead with their long time plans of becoming a landlord.  I appreciate their trust and am so happy to have been able to assist them in their search.  

If you are interested in buying rental property here in the Bay Area please contact me today. I'm happy to help you achieve your goal and am here to answer all your real estate related 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


Coming Soon! 565 Leah Ln. Mountain House

Beautiful 2 story Turnkey home in great location near park and school.   This 2,865 sqft home features 4 bedroom 3.5 baths, granite countertops, 18 inch tile. 

Check back for more details on this super clean home.   If you know anyone needing the market knowledge and experience to get things done quickly, please contact me today. Whether selling your home or buying, we can help!

Natalie Swanson


3290 Maguire #101 Dublin: NEW LISTING

Very nice 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo at the Terraces in Dublin.  Don't miss this ground floor unit.  It has a great location with courtyard access.   Community amenities include pool, work out room, theatre room, and more!  Close to park, bart and every important place you need to go!!  Traditional Sale!  Call me for details.

Natalie Swanson

homes@natalieswanson. com

Coming Soon 857 Murdell Lane Livermore

Livermore real estate could use some good value homes right now.  With the lack of inventory buyers are looking closely at every home. This upcoming home represents good value, great schools and an excellent South Livermore neighborhood. These are always a big plus. 

Preview now! Don't miss the opportunity.   This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is getting some quick updates prior to going on market.  It has 1438sf of living space and a 7,000sf lot which includes a pool.  With a new roof and gutters and exterior paint, the home will be ready for a new buyer to complete the interior finishes. 


Call me to arrange your sneak peak.


Natalie Swanson


5 Apples to Apples Tips in Tri-Valley Real Estate



Ok, what does this anology have to do with writing offers on homes?  Well, it’s all about a simple concept.  You want your apple to be sweeter than the other guy.  You have competition to beat. 


If you want to get your offer accepted, please listen up.   I have a few tips and advise you might want to consider. 


Tip #1:   Choose your buyer agent wisely.   If your agent is not well respected by other agents and does not cooperate well within the local real estate community, you move one branch down the tree.  All else equal, the cooperative, well-liked agent wins out every time. 


Tip #2:   Use a local expert.  When buying investments in Rome, use a Roman agent.  All kidding aside,  if you are buying investment property or otherwise,  in Livermore, seek the advise of a Livermore expert.  If buying a home in Fremont, Ca, seek out help from a local Fremont specialist.   Local experts have thier ears to the ground and have deep connections that are valuable to you in your home search. They will keep you from making embarrasing offers that may upset a Seller. 


Tip #3:  Put as much money down as you can.  Large down payments are seen as a sign of strength.


Tip #4:  Provide a compelling cover letter with photo to complete your offer package.   It’s time to get back to basics like in the  “olden days “ when a hand written note and photo of the family was provided to the Seller.  In a traditional sales situation, this can make the difference.


Tip #5:  When viewing a home with the Seller present,  keep you mouth quiet.   The houses you preview are practically sacred  to the Seller.  Remember, this is their home.  If you are overheard saying negative things about the home,  you might as well have shot yourself in the foot.  Whether or not a Seller likes you,  is a big deal.  It can make or break you.


Shopping for a home today?  I can help.  


Natalie Swanson


What Are Tri-Valley Real Estate Investors Facing Today?

Investors are facing fierce competition,  lots of cash buyers, and a trend that has curbed the tide of foreclosures.

If you are just now trying your hand at buying investment property in Livermore and Pleasanton,  you may have missed the boat.  It seem the boat  left last year.  Back when regular folks were lamenting about the horrible market, savvy investors were picking up sweet deals left and right.  Fearful buyers worried why nobody else was bidding on the property they seems interested in.  Boy, how quickly things change. One smart client who picked up two great deals in Livermore last year in the $219k-$230k range now would see these same two homes sell for at least $240k – $260k.  To say she did well, is an understatement.  The lower end has jumped.  This jump was inevitable.  

Entering the market today you will find that the savers have come out of the wood-work.  They are flush with CASH, CASH, CASH.   Multiple offers are not only common in the Tri-Valley, they are being seen all over the California.  Investing has become quite popular and if you enter the arena you will be met with fierce competition.   What might be stopping investors now??   Bulk purchasing, that's what.

Bulk foreclosure purchases are competed by hedge funds and large organizations. They are being allowed to purchase large quantities of foreclosures at deep discounts.  They will probably be renting these homes out in a hot rental market.   I'm sure eventually they will be fixed up and sold for a hefty profit as well.  This shrinking of "potential inventory" is taking it's toll on the middle investor. The middle investor is the guy who works on a team at the county courthouse helping others buy homes,  or the one who tries to  " flip " homes by purchasing in the resale market.   The courthouse auctions are getting bid up with the inflow of "green" investors, making the good deals less and less likely.   Unless foreclosures get released singularly,  we will continue to see a battle go on with buyers trying purchase their investments.  Simple supply and demand dictate this. 

If you are interested in picking up your first investment property please contact me.  Although it is challenging,  it is not impossible.  With some due diligence and preparation, you too can take advantage of some fantastic deals. 

Natalie Swanson