Category Archives for Livermore Real Estate

Return of Contingent Offer

Just when you think you have the real estate market figured out,  it changes on you.  Families want to move but are afraid to let go of their homes until they find a replacement. This is the perfect contingent offer market. We are going to see more sales fall in line like “dominoes.”  Not only will Buyers write contingent offers, the Sellers will be approving their sale contingent on them finding a suitable replacement home as well.  It can get tricky so work with an experienced agent. Call us for details

Natalie Swanson


CAL BRE#01709115

You Can’t Post That!

My husband tells me occasionally, YOU CANT POST THAT!  This picture might be one of those.  Never have I seen grass and weeds growing out of an indoor carpet! No photoshop here, this is actually growing in a distressed sale home in Livermore. Just when you think you’ve seen everything!


Is It Time To Sell?

Yes, and here are 5 good reasons to sell now:

1. Price increases have brought your equity back.  2013 brought some of the largest gains in decades. Most owners in the Tri-Valley now have plenty equity in order to complete a non-distressed sale.

# 2. If a planned move-up is in your future, do it now! An anticipated 10% rise in prices means your current, less expensive home, is appreciating less dollars than the larger, more expensive one.  The sooner your move up happens the better.

# 3. Increased competition means that your home will mostly likely sell closer to list price and on average, over list price in the Livermore Valley.  If you trust my expertise on pricing and list with my team, you should expect to sell at 103.5% of list price.  That’s my average. ( That’s above the Realtor average in town. I will always give you my honest, professional opinion on pricing an explain my proven pricing strategy.)

# 4. Get on market before others! Beat the competition to market. Prepare now and reap the rewards later with a higher return on your investment.

# 5. We have tremendous pent up demand for people to move.  Sell easily now and with the help of my team, use a proven strategy to ensure you find the perfect home in a timely fashion.




Could-a, Should-a…

Based on this chart showing the rise in the average price per square foot in Livermore, I wish I would have bought lots of real estate in 2012.   Whether I could have or should have, is water under the bridge. It’s not too late!  We have tremendous upside potential based on the economic indicators  I have been hearing.



Livermore’s, 234 Amber Way Comes to Market

Livermore is still a hot market.  With only 32 single family detached homes to purchase today, Jan 7th, 2014, this Tempo, single level, South Livermore home is sure to sell fast. Call me for all the details. With a nice list price of $599,950 and 3 beds/2baths, you will want to make a move fast!

Natalie Swanson  Cal BRE 01709115

Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty


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Ok, I’ll Admit…..

I had two listings in Livermore this year that did not sell. They were the only two of the 27 listings I put on market. Sure, we hit the market right when we ran into a price dip in August, but truth be told, the owner was warned that the price was on the very high side and that this strategy is very risky at best.

It seems that some owners don’t believe me when I tell them the following, “The longer a house is on the market, the less likely you are to get fair value.” It’s really that simple. So you really need to position yourself to be the one that sells, not the one that languishes. How have I helped people do that?

It’s seems counter intuitive but, when you list a property lower in price, you end up selling faster and for a higher amount. If a home is priced low enough, you will have multiple offers which is the best case scenario. The price is bid up.

With little inventory right now, it’s a great time to hit the market early as a Seller, but before doing so, please get prepared for sale. Call me for more details.

Natalie Swanson
Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty

Livermore’s Median Sales Price Making Healthy Gains

The median sales price for homes in Livermore CA for Sep 13 to Dec 13 was $526,000. This represents a decline of 2%, or $11,000, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 19.7% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 31.5% over the last 5 years in Livermore. The average listing price for Livermore homes for sale on Trulia was $731,510 for the week ending Dec 25, which represents an increase of 3.2%, or $22,905, compared to the prior week and an increase of 10.3%, or $68,292, compared to the week ending Dec 04. Average price per square foot for Livermore CA was $333, an increase of 26.6% compared to the same period last year.

The Livermore market has settled and It’s a good time to consider a purchase. Call me today to get started and learn everything you need to know about Livermore!

Natalie Swanson
Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty
Cal Bre #017091115

Low Inventory Is An Understatement

There are 31,167 total Parcels in Livermore.  Of that 21,034 have structures on them that are zoned for residential type use.  It’s amazing to us that we only have 48 properties in Livermore currently for sale out of a potential 21,034!  In percentages that’s .23% that are listed that potentially could be for sale in all of Livermore, CA.

Actives in Livermore:

Number of actives this week: 48

Number of actives last week: 60

That is a 20% decrease

Average days on market: 79

Median price: $598,000


Natalie Swanson  925-580-9829


Dear Homeowner:

I have news for you. The market and your home’s equity rose over 35% in Livermore last year. At the same time I quietly sold 50+ homes in Livermore over the last 11 months.  The secret is getting out that your equity is back and that my team’s expertise is helping homeowners finally move!

During the downturn in the economy, many homeowners were not able to sell their properties due to the loss in equity. Your property probably lost 30 to 50% of its value from our peak. I have analyzed the properties in our neighborhood and found that we are now back at the values prior to the downturn. Some properties are above the 2006 to 2007 values.

If you have considered selling but were uncertain if your value had returned, please contact me for a complimentary Market Analysis of your property.  I would be happy to educate about the current market, show you the comparable sales in the neighborhood that would be used to estimate your home’s value and discuss a Marketing Plan if you are ready.

I am a veteran Realtor with 8 years of experience helping Sellers move and am a fellow neighbor of Sunset East neighborhood.   You will occasionally see me door to door but in case I miss you, please call me. I’m usually just around the corner.  Let my team’s success go to work for you.  Contact me today.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

CA BRE #01709115

Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty

Natalie Swanson


2571 Merlot Lane Livermore

Gorgeous single level beauty in Livermore’s popular Tapestry neighborhood. It’s the last of the wide streets and big lots!  The price has just been adjusted to $999,999. This spacious floor plan is one of the most popular. With the possibility of turning the garage shop area into a 5th room, this home has the ability to fit a very large family. It’s meticulously cared for and just waiting for a new owner.  With 4 bedrooms and nearing 2900sf of living space, you will see why this floor plan remains in demand.

Call Natalie Swanson for an appointment.  925-580-9829 or email

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