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March 14, 2017

5 Tips for House Hunting in Walnut Creek California

House Hunting in Walnut Creek CaliforniaBuying a new luxury home should be a fun and exciting time. Unfortunately for many people, it’s also horribly stressful. It doesn’t have to be, however; you can enjoy the search for your next luxury property if you approach it in the right way. After all, this is the time when you get to visit tons of gorgeous homes and pick the very best one that suits all your needs!

It never hurts, however, to have a little expert help in your corner. Read these five tips for luxury house hunting in Walnut Creek California, and turn the stressful search into an exciting journey towards home ownership!

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March 7, 2017

Traditional vs Virtual Home Staging: Which Works Best?

Virtual home stagingStaging your home, quite simply, is making it look its best to attract the most potential buyers and help land you top dollar for the sale. It’s common wisdom that staging your home properly is key to selling your house quickly and for the best money possible. However, with the information age there are more ways to stage a house than ever before. These can be broken down into two broad categories: traditional staging and virtual staging.

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Feb. 28, 2017

5 Anti-Theft Tips when Selling a Home in Martinez CA

anti-theft tips when selling a home in Martinez CASelling your home is a stressful experience. Not only are you hoping to get as much money as you can for the property, you have to deal with the insecure feelings of dozens of strangers traipsing through the place when you’re not around. We all like to believe that people are generally honest, but all it takes is one bad person to do a lot of financial and emotional harm to you and your possessions.

Following some basic safety tips can help to add a little piece of mind and protect you against burglary during showings of the property. Explore some important anti-theft tips when selling a home in Martinez CA to keep your property and possessions safe from unscrupulous visitors.

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Feb. 21, 2017

Ultimate Guide: Home Purchase Timeline for Buyers

Home Purchasing Process and Timeframe for BuyersBuying a home in today’s market is tough. You want both to be picky and get the home you want, and to have as stress-free and efficient a process as possible. It’s important to have a bit of information to get it right from the very beginning. Explore an ultimate guide to a home purchase timeline for the real estate buyer so you can be sure to avoid serious and costly mistakes in the process.

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Feb. 14, 2017

Purchasing Walnut Creek Luxury Homes [3 Expert Tips]

Walnut Creek Luxury HomesThe process of buying a luxury home is very different than your typical home purchase. It involves specialized marketing techniques, a different means of conducting home viewings and bringing in the best buyers, and a process of auctions to get your home sold at maximum dollar value.

It’s not a process that’s easily navigated by a novice trying to buy a luxury property for the first time, and expert help can go a great distance in getting you through. With that in mind, let’s explore three tips offered by expert realtors and investors for purchasing Walnut Creek luxury homes and walking away with the house of your dreams.

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Feb. 7, 2017

2017 Real Estate Market Forecast [Infographic Review]

2017 real estate market forecastThere’s a lot of uncertainty in many areas moving forward into 2017. We’re looking at a brand-new government and administration, and it’s one the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Financial markets are holding their breath waiting to see what’s coming, and the real estate market is no different.

However, if the markers and indications are to be believed, it looks like it’s going to be a strong year for housing and real estate across the board. While it won’t be without difficulties, things look good. Explore what’s ahead and what came before in this review of the 2017 real estate market forecast so you know what moves to make this year.

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Feb. 5, 2017

Invest Now in California Real Estate - Perfect Storm

What’s Going to Happen?

The state of the real estate market according to Steven Elias, RealtorForecasts about the Bay Area housing market are a subject of much debate these days. It seems like there has been no end to home prices continuing to escalate, no matter who is in the White House or even amid rumors of a looming recession. Or so it seems.

Forecasters are in a somber mood about the Bay Area market. In recent years, the tech industry has spawned thousands of jobs and attracted persons from all over the country and the world while paying them top salaries. Startups abound throughout the area and dreams of going public or getting bought out are strong, regardless of the slim chances.

Even with salaries that would make you a king in Peoria, we live in arguably the most expensive place in the country, The San Francisco Bay Area. Techies are 3 or more to a house or apartment and sharing bedrooms or converting living rooms. Or they just stay at home with their parents if local. So, is economic growth expected to continue to rise along with home prices to unfathomable levels?

Nothing lasts forever. According to reputable forecasters (read more about what they have to say here), the high tech boom is not going to last forever. Unlimited job growth will end and the economy is due for a cooling trend. As to whether it will be similar to past busts remains to be seen, but it is coming and probably within the next 4 years.

Interest rates are expected to go up, so it will be a bit more difficult to buy a home or perhaps to sell one. But there are buyers out there and inventory is not exactly busting at the seams so sellers may still have the upper hand.  (Read more here about how easy it is to currently get a loan)

There are also rumblings that Dodd-Frank will be either repealed or compromised by the Trump administration so as to render it ineffective. Dodd-Frank refers to financial regulations that were instituted in response to the banking industry abuses that led to the subprime mortgage crisis and the financial slump in 2008. If repealed, banks will likely return to easier credit and lending standards and you may benefit as a result.

There's always the risk of abuse and a return to the crisis that left so many underwater and in foreclosure. The lesson is to have a lender you can trust, understand your contractual terms and have the financial means and ability to make your payments.

We have trusted lenders, financial advisors, inspectors and tools to help you find home in the right neighborhood for you.  We also have an arsenal of marketing tools to help you sell your real estate investment for top dollar.  Just reach out to me?  I'm ready to get to work when you are.


When buying or selling a home, contact Steven Elias for the best Realtor negotiator in Contra Costa County.

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Jan. 31, 2017

How 3D Real Estate Video Tours Sell Your Property FAST!

3D Real Estate Video ToursReal estate marketing techniques strategy and technology evolve almost faster than we can adopt it. The process of buying and selling homes has, as a result, become at the same time both easier and more complex than ever. In order to narrow down their search as much as they can, home buyers are looking for those who use the latest, most advanced means of showing off their homes.

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Jan. 24, 2017

California Conforming Home Loan Limit Increase [Buyer’s Guide]

California conforming home loan limitThere’s great news for homebuyers in California! For those looking to buy a new home, your ability to buy bigger just increased significantly. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, has announced that they are raising the limit on conforming loans in a number of high-cost counties. This means the ability to take out larger loans without the need to step up the type of loan you’re taking on. It’s important, however, to understand how a California conforming home loan limit increase affects you, and what it means for your mortgage approval process and home loan interest rates.

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Jan. 20, 2017

For Rent: 442B Marshall Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Contact info:
Elizabeth Russo or Steven Elias

Newly Remodeled, 2-Bed, 2-Bath, Condo over House!

442 Marshall Dr Unit B, Walnut Creek, CA 94598


Kitchen 442B Marshall Drive Walnut Creek CA 94598

Bedrooms: 2 Beds
Bathrooms: 2 Baths
Lease Duration: 1 Year
Pets Policy: No Pets Allowed
Parking: Guest parking
Property Type: Condo


Located on country road with access to hiking trails. Elementary school nearby in prominent school district that includes Indian Valley Elementary, Walnut Creek Intermediate and Los Lomas High School. Close to downtown shopping and restaurants, Heather Farm pool and playground. Two malls including new Safeway and Whole Foods markets just minutes away along with world-class John Muir Hospital and other medical facilities and clinics.


  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Family room
  • Storage space
  • Breakfast nook
  • Range / Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Garbage disposal
  • Balcony, Deck, or Patio
  • Heat: forced air
  • Air conditioning
  • Double pane / Storm windows
  • Hardwood floor
  • Tile floor


  • Guest parking
  • Off-street parking
  • On-street parking

Contact info:
Elizabeth Russo or Steven Elias

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