Video series - ALL ABOUT THE VIEW

We’re back again with another home transformation, this time in the beautiful Emerald Hills neighborhood of Redwood city. Located on a hillside cul-de-sac, this particular 4-bedroom home was spacious and had plenty of potential, however, the most desirable feature of the property was hidden behind a row of junipers that obscured fantastic views of the Silicon Valley below. With a little landscaping, along with interior updates, we elevated the home to be “All About The View.”

Phase One

Like the first property I showcased in our video series “Gloom to Bloom”, our goal was to transform the home and attract the a larger pool of buyers. We started off quickly by painting all the cabinetry and interior walls, installing flooring, and building a wall in one of the bedrooms to better define the space. We touched up the front door and walkway, and prepared for landscaping to come in and dramatically change the back yard and take advantage of that incredible view.

The kitchen undergoing a new paint job.

The kitchen undergoing a new paint job.

Picking out new flooring.

Picking out new flooring.

Brand new bedroom wall installed.

Brand new bedroom wall installed.

Phase Two

Phase two began with the immense transformation of the view from the back of the house. The landscaper came to remove the junipers, plant rows of fresh flowers and new mulch. To make things challenging, the usually temperate Silicon Valley weather gave us a rare heat wave. The solution was for me to pick up a hose and water the plants myself over the weekend.

Watering the plants after a heatwave.

Watering the plants after a heatwave.

One real estate tip is to pull off all the window and door screens. It really brightens up the house, and gave an unobscured look out to our panoramic views. 

Removing window screens to let light in.

Removing window screens to let light in.

With all the interior work finished, it was time for the stagers to come in. Stagers play a large role in making the photography stand out, but also staging allows a buyer to build an emotional bond with the home by seeing the potential of building a new life for themselves inside.

Stagers coming in to place furniture in the home.

Stagers coming in to place furniture in the home.

The Sale

After seeing what the stagers had done to the house, I was amazed. It had really come together and felt like home. With the house ready to go on market, we went into the final stages with photography, producing copy and marketing assets, and holding open houses.

In less than a week of going on market, I had property into contract with multiple competitive offers. When a client entrusts me with the sale of his home, they can be sure that I will take care of every aspect of the sale from start to finish. It's one of my favorite parts of my job to see a home transformed like this, the sellers always comment that they want to move back in! 

What a view!

What a view!

If you have questions about selling your Silicon Valley home, let’s talk.

Worst Real Estate Agent Reviews

We told these actors they'd be reading some of the worst online reviews.

Here's what happened when they read real estate agent Alex Wang's online reviews.

  1. oh, thank you
  2. remember the adage, you get what you pay for?
  3. after our experience with Alex Wang I would have to say that this holds true
  4. I expected Realtors in the Bay Area to be working at an especially high level of professionalism
  5. but Alex Wang, he stood apart.
  6. after meeting Alex and interviewing him
  7. I thought I've found just the broker I was looking for
  8. Alex seemed to know what he was doing
  9. in my case
  10. Alex is marketing and staging teams presented our house beautifully
  11. great photos and marketing materials guys
  12. they were always upbeat
  13. positive and fun to deal with unlike some Realtors who focused on high-end clients or
  14. volume clients Alex is all about the one-on-one
  15. relationship and is devoted to all of his clients
  16. working with Alex was a unique pleasure
  17. In short Alex is a bad... ass
  18. agent very intelligent
  19. experienced and balanced and harmonious person to deal with you have a home you want to sell a top-dollar
  20. call this man
  21. we are very happy to have worked with him to sell our house and to now think of him as a friend
  22. not how I thought that would go

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Gloom to Bloom in 12 Days

This Mountain View listing located in the heart Silicon Valley brought together a lot of the expertise I’ve gained over the years, so we documented the entire process to show how I took the home from “gloom to bloom.”

A Better Way for Real Estate Agents to Provide Disclosure Packages Using Google Drive

In our fast-paced Silicon Valley real estate market, the time it takes to prepare, distribute, and track disclosure packages can be daunting for any top agent. It also takes time away from closing deals! So what can be done to streamline the process?

Using Google Drive for Disclosures

If you are not familiar with Google Drive, don’t worry, here’s a great interactive tour to help get up to speed on how to use Drive. You’ll want to learn how to upload documents and reference the templates that I have below.

Things Real Estate Agents Should Not Say - #1

I am consistently amused by the words that I hear some "ethically-challenged" real estate agents say. With an industry where the barrier to entry is so low (raise the bar please!) and over 50,000 licensed agents in our MLS, it's just bound to happen that our paths cross. Since I'm getting older and I think I'm starting to forget things, I'm now committed to documenting these unbelievable (or believable, depending on how you look at it) statements that I hear from real estate agents. This is partly to poke fun at these agents for my own amusement, but even more so to hopefully raise the professional standards of real estate professionals.

Inman Real Estate Connect 2014 Highlights and Take-Aways

Inman Real Estate Connect 2014 Highlights and Take-Aways

Spent two-and-a-half days at the Inman Real Estate Connect conference. It was great to be invited to speak on a panel about "Great Real Estate Transactions" and to learn from so many forward thinking real estate professionals. There was a ton of info and I couldn't be in multiple places at once, but here are some highlights, take-aways and personal action items from last week's event:

Chronicles of a Silicon Valley Real Estate Evangelist - Day 2,952

This Saturdy was one of those half work/half home days. It's possible (but not easy) to turn completely "off", but today was not one of those days. 

Started the morning contacting someone interested in selling their family's home in San Mateo and relocating to the Palo Alto area. Played a little phone/email/text tag, but we were able to connect and schedule a tentative meeting for Tuesday. I know there are some agents that think that they must pick up every phone call otherwise they will lose business. I'm not one of those agents. Our business is hard enough as it is with just returning phone calls! If someone is not willing to wait for me to call them back at a more appropriate time, then what value do I have as an agent? Chopped liver is all that I would be. What's your value?