Bay Area Real Estate Trends. What's happening in Danville, San Ramon, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Oakland, Berkeley, Castro Valley, San Leandro! We work all over the East Bay Area. Les Palia, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty. Selling Locally 41 Years. 

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Nov. 26, 2018

1245 Sheburne Rd Livermore Ca Just Listed

Call us for details. https://www.lespalia.com

 

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Nov. 9, 2018

3004 Swallow St Danville Open Sat Sun 1-5

2 Bedroom  Spacious and Bright Townhouse! Walk to Blackhawk Plaza, Shopping, Trails, Parks and Schools. You really cant beat the price and location. New Paint and Flooring. Vaulted Ceilings. 2 Car Garage. Low HOA. Pool. Come take a look

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Nov. 9, 2018

805 Orange Blossom Way Danville CA Open Sat and Sun 1-5

Open House This Weekend Saturday and Sunday 1-5 , 805 Orange Blossom Way Danville CA

New Price! Check out our video of this lovely home. You can't beat the location. Stop in this weekend and see us. 

See the video here on youtube!

https://youtu.be/mABzm8_JOE8

 

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Keller Williams Realty 

Danville Homes For Sale

 

 

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Nov. 1, 2018

Les Palia Just Sold

Our team just closed on this home in Danville. In a changing market, we still got a great price and negotiated a free rent back for our seller!

Experience Matters

Les Palia

East Bay House Hunter Group

Keller Williams Realty

Probate and Trust Expert

Selling Locally Over 40 Years. 

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Oct. 26, 2018

Danville, Alamo, San Ramon Homes For Sale

Check out our site. Looking for a home in the East Bay? Let our team help you. We've been working with Buyers and Sellers over 40 years. The Market is shifting and experience matters. Les Palia, Marissa Smith, Pamela Ranella, Keller Williams Realty Danville. 

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Homes for Sale Danville CA

Homes for Sale Alamo CA

What's your home worth Danville CA

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Oct. 15, 2018

282 Barrett Circle Danville CA SOLD

See the video here on youtube- click the link

https://youtu.be/isRQ7kO0nYk

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Oct. 8, 2018

JUST SOLD BY OUR TEAM $75,000 OVER ASKING! LES PALIA

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April 21, 2018

The Sun Shines Brightly Over Walnut Creek Homes

When the weather's warm Walnut Creek home owners want to be outside enjoying the day. Neighbors and friends eagerly head on down to Heather Farm Park for some fun in the sun. A popular place to gather, this spacious park overflows with open spaces and plenty of recreational amenities. Open from sun up to sun down over 100 acres are ready to be enjoyed. Mother Nature smiled here and folks appreciate her beauty when walking the trails. Plenty of bike paths meander through the landscape as well. Inspiration comes to those who seek it and many find enlightening moments when gazing across the nature pond deep in thought. Close by a fishing pond finds anglers living in Walnut Creek casting out in hopes of catching the “big one”.

Athletes Living in Walnut Creek Get in the Game

There’s plenty of action on the grounds with spontaneous bouts of friendly competition springing up all around. Friends shoot hoops on the basketball courts while others come with tennis rackets ready to play. Half a dozen athletic fields are set up for soccer, baseball, flag football and softball. The Clarke Memorial Swim Center is the ideal place to cool off when it’s hot in town. Kids splash about and many a youngster has learned to swim here.

Heather Farm Park is proud of its state of the art skate park. Skateboarders are in their element completing the latest tricks and having an all around good time. Safety is key and all athletes must wear helmets and pads to be allowed to skate. The venue is decked out with bowls, rails, spines, and other fancy features.

When it’s time to relax with a good book there are plenty of shady spots to choose from. Picnic areas are ready for lunches to be spread out and devoured. Parents chatter amongst themselves while watching their little ones frolic and laugh on the playgrounds. Don’t leave the dog behind in your Walnut Creek home. Pets are family members too, and the pups have a tail wagging time in the off leash dog park. Here they can run free, romping about with their canine friends. Everyone has a great day in the park. Get out and enjoy the sun!

 

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Feb. 23, 2018

Just Listed 10422 Royal Oak Rd Oakland Ca Listed by Les Palia

This home has so much character and charm. Nestled in the Hills with Expansive Bay Views. Built in 1959. 3 Bedroom 2 Baths. Open this Saturday and Sunday 1-5. Come in and take a look, if you are looking for a home in Oakland. 

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Feb. 15, 2018

The Mythical Value of Smart Homes

The Mythical Value of Smart Homes

Disabuse buyers and sellers of these common misunderstandings about what constitutes a true smart home and what different technology features are actually worth. This is a good to know piece of info. 

FEBRUARY 2018 | BY KRYSTAL ROGERS-NELSON

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Consumer demand for smart-home technology is surging, with reports predicting the industry will reach $130 billion between 2020 and 2025. But despite the popularity of the idea, many of your clients don’t fully understand what constitutes a smart home, how the technology works, or how it can affect a home sale. For example, many falsely believe that home automation, which allows owners to set the functions of their home on a timed schedule, is the same thing as smart-home technology.

“A smart home is a home that learns through artificial intelligence what the homeowner does, and will eventually do the automations without interference from the homeowner,” explains Mark Westlake, CEO of technology review site GearBrain. Simply put, smart homes use Wi-Fi connectivity and machine learning to streamline daily tasks in the home using a centralized hub that can be controlled on site or remotely via smartphone. That goes far beyond automation.

To better educate your buyers and sellers about smart-home technology and set reasonable expectations at the start of a transaction, take a look at these three common myths you should bust for your clients.

1. Smart-Home Devices Always Boost Property Value

While smart-home products can fetch a higher sale price—for example, 44 percent of millennial buyers say they’re willing to pay an extra $3,000 or more for a home with smart features, according to Coldwell Banker’s 2016 Smart-Home Marketplace Survey—there is a lot of variance in the value of individual features. Consumers say they find smart security (58 percent) and thermostats (56 percent) more appealing than smart appliances (34 percent) and entertainment (29 percent), according to the survey. That may be an indication of which items will add the most value to a home sale.

For buyers, it can be hard to determine when it’s worth paying a premium for smart-home technology. Buyer’s agents should be capable of demonstrating smart-home features to their clients so they better understand their value. Meet with the listing agent ahead of a showing to learn how the home’s smart system works. Then, you’ll be able to show your client how it would fit into their lifestyle. Listing agents might even consider creating a guide or fact sheet for buyers that highlights the benefits of the technology and addresses any concerns.

But keep in mind that “connected devices are not necessarily considered fixed property,” says Tom Flanagan, chief technology officer at The Group Inc. Real Estate in Fort Collins, Colo., and author of technology blog Real Estate Things. It behooves sellers to indicate in the sale contract which specific smart features are included in the home sale. It will prevent buyers from being surprised and disappointed if they wanted a feature the seller plans to take with them.

2. All Smart-Home Devices Work Together

Many consumers think that as long as there is a Wi-Fi connection, all smart-home devices will automatically work in tandem. But while Wi-Fi connectivity is a crucial part of smart-home technology, different devices have different means of exchanging information between them, called communication protocols. Some wireless protocols use infrared technology, while others use Bluetooth, Thread, Zigbee, or Z-Wave. Make sure you have all of your devices on the same wireless protocol; otherwise, you will have problems setting up automation for all your devices, Westlake notes.

That can make a home sale more difficult, as buyers will likely flinch at having to manage multiple smart devices in different ways. For sellers with existing devices or recent buyers who plan on adding smart technology to their home, advise them to use a centralized hub to control smart devices. A hub makes it easy for users to automate, schedule, and control tasks on all of their smart devices from one place, typically via a smartphone app. Some systems can be programmed to activate a series of tasks when the homeowner is within a certain distance from their home. For example, when a homeowner pulls into the driveway, sensors can unlock doors, open blinds, and turn on lights.

Provide extra caution to clients who plan to install devices themselves: Before they purchase, they should ensure that all devices are compatible with each other and the hub they want to use. Buyer’s agents can recommend that their clients ask for a demonstration during a home showing so they can see for themselves whether the technology works seamlessly together.

3. Smart-Home Devices Are Not Secure

Recent security vulnerabilities associated with smart phones, voice-assist devices, and other gadgets may have consumers worried that smart-home technology could further expose them to hackers. But as adoption of smart-home technology becomes more widespread, so do data security protections, says Mitchell Klein, executive director of Z-Wave Alliance, a smart technology think tank. “There is an industrywide movement towards securing connected devices that will alleviate consumer concerns about hacking and device security,” he says.

In fact, the data security of smart-home devices may be more at risk when being transferred between owners. You don’t want to be vulnerable to identity theft because remnants of your personal information were left behind after a sale, says Sheryl Roth, an investigator for the Office of Technology Research and Investigation at the Federal Trade Commission. To protect both your personal information and privacy, you’ll need to remove administrative access, cancel or change account settings and logins, delete all personal information, and then reset all the connected devices to factory settings. This will also protect the buyer by ensuring they have full administrative access to create new access codes, install critical security updates, set personal preferences, and have complete control of the system. It’s a good idea to review with your clients the Smart-Home Checklist, developed by the Online Trust Alliance and the National Association of REALTORS®

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