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Business + baby update

Melissa is back from maternity leave!

Being a mama is definitely her favorite thing in the whole entire world. Which is why she decided to take some extra time off to be with her girl.

London Reese Adler was born March 10, 2013. We couldn’t be more in love with our little angel. She is the most adorable grand baby ever!

Recently we took a family camping trip to Lake Del Valle in Livermore. It was so much fun!! London absolutely LOVED being outdoors & swimming in the lake with Daddy. Here’s me “grammy” & London at the lake. Too precious for words!

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In Melissa’s absence my youngest son, Evan came aboard to help with her duties. It worked out so well that they are now officially working together. Which is great, because trying to work with a 5 month old can be quite tricky. We make a fantastic team! In the past 6 months, we have been continuing to expand the business & learn new skills.

We look forward to keeping you updated & of course helping with your real estate needs.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

We’re always here to help!

Best Wishes,

The Re/Max Lindstrom Team

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Happy holidays from us

This is the time of year I really enjoy sharing all the accomplishments and events we’ve experienced throughout the year, both personal and in business.

The most exciting thing I want to share with you – as I’m sure you already know, is that Melissa is going to be a mommy in March of 2013!!  Yes, I will be a “Grammy” once again. Can’t wait to meet my new baby grand daughter!

We have had a very good business year and the Real Estate market is absolutely on fire.

One of our recent listings had 20 offers and sold for $72,000 over the asking price!! The crazy market is back.

I am so proud of the teamwork we have established in our business which contributes to our success in a big way.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2013.

We hope Santa brings you all you want this holiday season.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and choosing us to help you with all of your Real Estate needs. Thank you for all your generous referrals!

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This is where you’ll find us this holiday season!

 Warmest Wishes,

Melissa & Virginia

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Exciting News!!

Well we’re back from our hiatus! It’s been almost 5 months since my last post ekks. I’ll admit I definitely dropped the ball on the blogging front. The real estate market finally heat up and we became insanely busy this past summer.

AND… my husband & I found out that I am PREGNANT!!!

Frank announced the news to all our Facebook friends hehe 🙂

We found out on July 5th that I was 5 weeks pregnant. Couldn’t be happier!

I scheduled an early sonogram on my birthday so we could find out the baby’s sex & IT’S A GIRL!! It was funny because I was 100% convinced I was having a boy for some reason. Maybe it was those stupid chinese baby gender predictor tests I kept doing online lol. We were both in shock & so incredibly happy to find out we are having a baby girl. It was what we both really really wanted.

My mom was just dying for me to have a little girl.. so you can only imagine how exciting it was to share the news with her. She was the first person we called.

Here she is at 16 weeks

I’ll be 23 weeks (5 1/2 months) tomorrow & I’m due on March 8th.

Here’s her little feets!

It’s been an amazing experience. I had no real morning sickness, except in the beginning & that was just nausea in the mornings. So I really lucked out with the pregger symptoms.

We can’t wait to meet our daughter! Here’s the latest belly shot – at 22 weeks + 5 days pregnant

I really look forward to getting back to blogging & keeping you all updated with our personal & business lives. I have definitely missed it.

As always let us know if you need any real estate help, suggestions or advice. We’re always here to help!

Warm Wishes,

Melissa & Virginia

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Just Listed {1128 Stoneylake Court Sunnyvale}

This newly remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath, 2 car garage spacious home is located in Lakewood Village on a quiet cul-d-sac lot.It offers 1,650 Sf of living space.

The property is within walking distance to shops, walking trails, Lakewood park & Lakewood Elementary School.

The family home offers:

  • Wood burning fireplace in living room
  • Gorgeous exposed beam ceilings

  • brand new laminate wood flooring
  • new dual pane windows throughout

{Remodeled kitchen offers}

  • new granite slab counter tops
  • new cabinetry
  • 2 breakfast bars
  • all new energy efficient appliances
  • pantry

Large family room & dining room addition (no permits) perfect for entertaining!

Bathrooms have been remodeled with marble showers & flooring

Attached master bath has newer jetted jacuzzi tub & separate stall shower + marble floors

{Property Overview}

  • 3 bedrooms 2 full remodeled bathrooms
  • 1,650 Sf living space
  • Lot size 6,300
  • 2 car garage
  • brand new water heater
  • backyard has grapefruit & peach trees
  • new dual pane windows
  • new wood flooring throughout
  • wood burning fireplace
  • remodeled kitchen
  • Huge fam & dining room addition
  • Walking distance to park where you can enjoy swimming, tennis, skate park, walking trails & more!
  • Walk to Lakewood Elementary
  • Close to 101, 237, Central & San Tomas Expressway
  • Blocks away from De Anza College, Mercado 20 movie theaters, shopping & restaurants!

Listed for $465,000 – regular sale

for disclosures/reports or showing info call (408) 529-4299 or email remaxadler@gmail.com

View MLS listing here

Virginia Lindstrom & Melissa Adler – proudly serving you for two generations!

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Going “green” in the kitchen {by Erik Braunitzer & Elliman Real Estate of NYC}

This is Erik Braunitzer, from Elliman Real Estate in New York City. I am very excited for the opportunity to guest post for Melissa & Virginia here at House To Home Blog.

Tips for a greener kitchen

By Erik Braunitzer, and compliments of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company, agents for NYC Rentals.

There’s a lot of emphasis these days on going green, but one of the places it’s heard most is in the housing industry. The way we use resources in our homes as we go about our daily lives has a tremendous impact on our carbon footprint, and this is especially true in one of the most energy-heavy rooms of the house: the kitchen.

Appliances: A home’s kitchen is its heart. All too often, it’s the heart of our electrical bill, too. Kitchens are full of large, energy-sucking appliances. One of the most direct ways to reduce home energy use is by ensuring that all major appliances such as stove, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher are energy-star compliant at the very least. Exceeding those standards would be even better. For dishwashers and faucets, purchasing models that use less water or utilize low-flow technology is another key element. Look for appliances with the energy star sticker. Not only is this better for the environment, but you will save loads of money on your bill.

{via Comparance}

Lighting: A combination of natural lighting during the day and efficient lighting in the evenings add up to green savings. Compact fluorescent bulbs can be used in existing standard-sized sockets, and last up to ten times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Alternatively, LEDs are even more efficient, lasting up to ten times longer than CFLs. During the day, try to not flip a switch on at all, and instead use the light from windows. If existing windows are old or drafty, consider replacing them with an energy-efficient alternative. Most of a home’s heat loss occurs through its windows, so it’s important to find a balance that allows plenty of natural light without sacrificing excess energy loss.

Counters: Counter tops are the real workhorse of a kitchen, but green can still be tough. Kitchen counters can be made of recycled glass, sustainable hardwoods, renewable bamboo, or natural stone. Any of these options provides a beautiful, chemical-free alternative to the typical plastics-based counter top that may be off-gassing toxins into your home for years to come.

Reclaimed wood counter tops – beautiful & recycled{Photo via Fresh Interiors}

{via CoolCounters}

Flooring: Replacing worn vinyl with new vinyl doesn’t solve any environmental problems. Vinyl is a petroleum-based product that cannot be recycled, does not degrade, and has a limited lifespan. The production process required to create vinyl includes toxic waste as one of its main byproducts. Natural linoleum or cork flooring is comparable in price to high-end vinyl, have natural antimicrobial properties, and are both very durable. Both are renewable, and biodegradable, making them ideal for the homeowner who wants to go green. Natural tile and bamboo are other good alternatives.

Chevron reclaimed wood floors {Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

Cabinets: Remember, being green isn’t just about using non-toxic, renewable, or energy-efficient products. It’s also about keeping waste out of landfills and making the most out of your existing resources. If current kitchen cabinetry is dated but still functional and sound, a quick coat of glossy zero-VOC paint can bring them up to date. If the alternative is to rip out the kitchen and dump the cabinets in a landfill while replacing them will all-new cabinets made from recycled or sustainable materials, which option is really better for the environment? High-quality non-toxic paint is a whole lot easier on the budget, too.

Reclaimed wood cabinetry goes with any style. Whether you like rustic, modern, contemporary or a mix of a few.. you can achieve that look with reclaimed wood

{Images via Pinterest}

Remember, going green isn’t just about physical surroundings. It’s about the decisions we make every day. This includes making smart choices about water usage by taking short showers and only running full wash loads, recycling, composting, and carpooling. A few small changes tossed in with all that remodeling will make it easy to be green.

Erik is a member of the creative writing & web strategy department at PDE. Along with an experienced team of writers, he blogs mostly about interior design and issues of sustainability. For more information, feel free to contact Erik directly.

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Now is the perfect time to sell {Easy tips to get your house ready for the market}

Spring is here and with it brings lots of home buyers looking to purchase! If you have been considering selling your home, Spring time is by far the best time to do so.

{We have compiled a list of tips for preparing your home to be sold}

Your goal with this first and foremost is to make sure your home is clean, bright and comfortable.
Keyword clean. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your
home. You don’t need to go crazy fixing up your house, but in order to get top dollar,  make sure these key things are complete:

  • Clean carpets & remove stains and/or replace flooring if necessary.
  • Clean windows, doors (finger prints), keep kitchen clean; remove all food products, cookware, etc from counter tops.
  • De-clutter the home. Get rid of the knick-knacks.

  • Pretend you are a potential buyer. Clean up and repair everything that would turn you off.
  • If your home will be vacant consider having it staged. This helps the buyer see what the house looks like with furniture.Also; depending on the home’s condition can help the house look more appealing! When a house is completely bare, it tends to show every little flaw.
  •  Clean bathrooms; get rid of mildew and mold, toilet bowl rings and remove personal hygiene products. Bathrooms and kitchens are top sellers, so get them in the best condition possible. Nobody wants to see your tooth brush and toothbrush sitting on the vanity! Also, consider buying white hand towels, new bathmats & shower curtain – white suggests clean.
  •  A small vase with pretty flowers wouldn’t hurt either. Just sayin!

  • If necessary, remove pieces of furniture to make a room feel bigger.

If you have dark or bright colored paint on your walls, we suggest you paint
them a neutral light color.Wild colors don’t really appeal to buyers. Neutral sells.

  • Handle all minor repairs around the house. Examples: fix faulty electrical wires, replace lose tiles in the bathroom, replace cracked electric plates,replace light switch plates, fix leaky faucet, repair sprinklers, re-calk shower.

Click here to view our Handpicked Home Vendors list for reputable tradesman – plumbers,house cleaner, electricians, painters & more

  • Install Carbon Monoxide detector – mandatory & the law as of July 2011
  • Install fire alarms in the home or make sure current ones are in working order.
  • Mow the lawn, paint front door, straighten up front porch & plant some pretty flowers (flowers optional). It’s always helps the home sell when it has curb appeal, so do what you can.

We hope this helps! Contact us today for a free, no obligation market analysis of your home.

Any other questions, feel free to email, call or text us anytime.
Direct – 408.921.3601
RemaxAdler@gmail.com

Happy Friday & enjoy your weekend!

Xo, Virginia & Melissa

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Brand New Listings & Open Houses

Happy Friday! Thought we’d share some new listings that have hit the market recently. Some of these are having open houses this weekend {2/25-2/26}, so if you are house shopping in the Bay Area, here are some great deals you should check out.

**1691 BLOSSOM HILL ROAD, San Jose 95124 {Bordering Los Gatos}**

Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath Cambrian home near Los Gatos offers updated kitchen with granite slab counters, stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets and Travertine floor & breakfast bar. Hardwood floors throughout home. Large back yard with covered patio. Central A/C, close to freeways and shopping, mature fruit trees: apple, lemon, peach & more! 10 days on the market. Please contact us if you are interested in viewing this property. We would be happy to give you a tour. There is no open house this weekend. Full property details here.

Listed for $549,999

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***57 HERNANDEZ AVENUE,#A and B, Los Gatos 95030*** {Monte Sereno/Los Gatos area}

Great opportunity!! Two houses on one lot in the prime Glenridge area of Los Gatos. Both the larger house and the cottage would be perfect rentals. Or rent one & live in the other! The lot would also be a perfect site for new construction if you prefer. 4 days on the market. Full details here.

Listed $639,000

Open House this Saturday & Sunday {2/25 & 2/26 – 1-4pm}

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***2217 Santoro LANE, San Jose 95124*** {Bordering Los Gatos}

Absolutely stunning 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths newer Townhome with 1,535 SF of living space – a fabulous floor plan in the very desirable Parkwood community by Summerhill Homes. Formal living room w/cozy fireplace. Spacious kitchen w/pinewood cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous cherrywood floors, large bathrooms, large patio & more! Union schools – Carlton Elementary, Union Middle & Leigh High School. Near freeways 85 & 17. Walk to Los Gatos, parks & Good Samaritan Hospital. 4 days on the market! Full property details & photos here.

Listed $615,000 HOA: $215

A must see! Open House 2/25 & 2/26 1:30-4:30pm

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***1151 NORMANDY DRIVE, Campbell 95008***

Gorgeous 1,723 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath completely remodeled Campbell home offers tons natural light, beautiful hardwood floors in all rooms except master. Sunroom not included in the square feet. Huge country kitchen with granite counters & abundant cabinetry. Recently installed central A/C & Heat. Beautifully landscaped backyard features huge paved patio,waterfall, lawn for kids.Plus a 1 bed 1 bath guest cottage with kitchen!! Perfect in-law unit! Large lot – 9,100 sf lot size. Fenced in front yard perfect for dogs & children. Great schools & close to all major freeways, farmer’s market & downtown Campbell. 4 days on the market!

Full details & more photos here.

Listed $849,500

Open House Sunday 2/26 1-4pm

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We hope you enjoy this sunny weather & your weekend!

Are you looking to buy? We can help! 408-921-3601

Mortgage loan pre-approval info here.

Xo, Melissa & Virginia

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