Serafino Bianchi, 5 Star Zillow Agent!

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We are so thrilled to have the honor of a FIVE STAR rating on Zillow!

It’s a great place to go if you are buying a home, or trying to sell the one you already own. You can find great real estate agents in your area, ask questions that will get real answers from real agents in a matter of minutes, and find out how much your home is worth! If you feel like the amount that Zillow indicates your home worth is incorrect, you can change the “zestimate” to add in things like a new bathroom or additional upgrades that increase the worth of your home.

Zillow is a great resource for all things real estate related: Market Trends, Tips and Advice, and Home Improvement!

As a real estate broker, Serafino appreciates the access that Zillow gives clients. More often than not, a client has already visited zillow before they meet with The Bianchi Team, and we can start our conversation from a place of information about the market, their value of their home, as well as what’s currently available. We love that clients can check out Serafino’s profile, read reviews from past clients, and make an informed decision about working with The Bianchi Real Estate Team.

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Serafino Bianchi’s best advice: “Do what you do best and multiply it”.

Make sure you get a qualified Real Estate Agent that you feel comfortable with to represent you as you sell your home.

So what is it that you do best?  If selling your home isn’t on your list, you owe it to yourself to hand that job over to a professional Realtor.  And if you live in California in the East Bay, you should give the Bianchi Real Estate Team a call.

Selling your home can be an overwhelming task, and trying to do it all yourself won’t save you money in the end.  If fact, it is more than likely that it will end up costing you money.  So don’t try and do everything yourself.

In talking to Serafino Bianchi about life and work,  Serafino says… Do what you do best and multiply it.  And what Serafino does best is sell houses.   So for example, if you are a doctor, you don’t want to get distracted… focus on what you do, and save more lives!     In an ever changing market and an overwhelming amount of choices to be made, work with a professional who does this all the time.    If you hand over the responsibility to the Bianchi Real Estate team, then you can get back to doing what you do best…  hopefully enjoying your life.

Serafino and the Bianchi Real Estate Team organizes all aspects of your remodel

Serafino and the Bianchi Real Estate Team organizes all aspects of your remodel

An experienced professional realtor knows the ever changing market… trends change monthly, and a realtor is intimately familiar with these nuances.  You might think that you know the market, and you’ve priced your house on Zillow (which is a great site, by the way, you should absolutely check it out, just don’t rely on it entirely).   It’s not so much what your house is worth per se but how it’s presented, what buyers are looking for right now, what is trending and selling today.

Do you know just how to get your house ready for market?   With 24+ years of experience in Real Estate in the East Bay, Serafino and the Bianchi Team knows what to do to, and has the expertise and connections to get you there.  When you spend money to prep your home for sale, you want to get your money back out of it!   Make sure that your Realtor knows which decisions will actually sell the house for you at a higher price and make that money back.

Remodeling Advice with Bianchi Real EstateSerafino knows what sells and how to market a home for the best success in selling it.  He can pull together an experienced team of professionals for any job — from a big remodel to painting your home to fixing up the garden, Serafino and the Bianchi Team is on your side.  They will work with you and your budget to determine the best course of action to get your home ready, and then oversee all the work to make sure that it is done exactly the way you want it.  Not only will this raise the value of your home and potential for selling it quickly, you can rest easy that everything is being done with the most professionalism and personal care.

And you can go back to doing what you do best.

 

Tips on selling your East Bay California home

As we have seen home prices move back up in the past year, more people are putting their homes on the market again, creating more inventory for others to buy!  If you’ve been thinking about selling or buying in the California East Bay , make sure you are ready with the following tips!

One of The Bianchi Team's latest listings

One of The Bianchi Team’s latest listings

Plan ahead!  It always takes longer than you think it will to get your home ready to sell.    Get your home inspected early, to prepare for any unexpected repairs or issues that might arise.   Declutter, clean closets and shelves, store stuff you don’t need or just take the opportunity to purge.  If you take the process slowly, then it won’t be as overwhelming when you go to list your home.

Attend Open Homes in your area.  This is a great way to get ideas on how other people are staging their homes, and how they are presenting themselves to appeal to buyers.  When you go to stage your home, you’ll want to remove any personal articles such as family photos from the general living areas.  This helps buyers potentially see themselves in your home (rather than seeing pictures of other people).

Find a Realtor you connect with and trust.  Maybe people try and DIY to sell their home, especially when the economy is booming.  The economy has certainly been making its way back, but you are still going to safe a lot of time, hassle, and inconvenience if you can find a Realtor who knows the market, the area, and how to best present your home.  A Realtor who is familiar with your specific home town –Danville, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Alamo — is better than one who doesn’t spend a lot of time in the area, and isn’t familiar with the buying patterns and pricing strategies.  A Realtor can also help you to negotiate the best deal for your home, AND a good Realtor should handle all of the details involved in getting your home ready to sell — managing any repairs, upgrades, inspections, and staging for you.  The Bianchi Real Estate Team, for example, has all of these experts at our fingertips — painters, roofers, gardeners, etc.  — these people we work with all the time that we trust.  As a seller, this is something you should expect from your Realtor.

Make sure you get a qualified Real Estate Agent that you feel comfortable with to represent you as you sell your home.

Make sure you get a qualified Real Estate Agent that you feel comfortable with to represent you as you sell your home.

To Renovate or Not?  Discuss the merits of major renovation of your home with your Real Estate Agent.  Often, rather than spending $15,000 on a new kitchen it might be better to negotiate a credit to buyers for less than a new kitchen would have cost.  This way you both win — the buyer gets a credit and can change the kitchen the way they like it, and you avoid the hassle of a major remodel before you are about to leave your home anyway.  Each situation is unique, and it’s important to have an agent who is on your side and can give you experienced advice.    An agent can also help with decisions around current trends in remodeling — hard wood floors vs. carpet, for example.

Expect a Realistic price for your home.  When you are interviewing agents to find the right one for you, beware of those agents that are giving you a ‘to good to be true’ price for your home.  Some agents are just trying to “buy” your listing by making unrealistic promises.  Serafino Bianchi knows the fluctuating market, and the fair price for your home.  He has been doing this for many years — find an agent with experience and negotiation savvy, don’t just jump at the first one who promises to sell your home for an unreasonable price.  That will just end up wasting your time, as your home sits on the market, unsold and eventually you have to drop your asking price.

 

View all of Serafino’s latest listings here! 

Five Great Tips for your Home this Fall!

1.  Windows treatments: Adding blinds or shutters cuts down on your monthly utility bill and keeps heat in your home at wintertime.  Check the calking for any potential drafts.  Adding calking is actually not that difficult, using a calking gun!  Do the treatment on a warm, dry day, which is why it’s important to do now before the rain starts!  Here’s a little ehow video to help:  Getting your home ready for fall
2. Gutters: Leaves are gonna start to fall and hopefully we’ll get some rain, so make sure you are ready to keep yours clean, or buy maintenance-free gutters.  To do their job, gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris. If they aren’t, drain outlets will dam up and rainwater will fill the gutters, overflow, and eventually pull the gutters loose. Water that pools in troughs will rot wood gutters and rust sheet-metal ones.You can hire a service to clean your gutters, but doing it yourself can save you $100 or more. Plan to clean gutters at least twice a year—more often if the roof is directly beneath trees or you live in a region with frequent storms. But only take on this task if you can work safely from a ladder or the roof. If your roof is higher than a single story, you’re better off hiring a gutter-cleaning pro.
3.  Foundation: look for these warning signs of foundation failure – fractured brick, exterior mildew, standing water, sidewalk cracks.  With winter coming, it’s a good idea to check if your foundation is in need of any repair. The soil beneath your home shrinks and swells throughout the cycles of wetness and dryness. This poses a threat to your home’s foundation. When your home starts the settlement plunge, you will notice the joints and floorboards start to make mysterious noises and creaking. The severity of the settlement is based on different factors such as how well the house was designed and constructed, and how well the soil was compacted that your foundation was going to sit on.  Go to http://www.myfoundationrepairs.com/ if you are worried about your foundation.
4.  Hot Water Heater: check for rust or consider a new energy efficient one.  When selecting a new water heater for your home, choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that will do so energy efficiently, saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home. Check out the Energy Saver 101: Water Heating infographic to learn more about the different types of water heaters and how to select the right model for your home.
Check brick and cement for foundation damage before winter

Check brick and cement for foundation damage before winter

5. Professionally clean your carpets: Take advantage of nice weather now to have your home deep cleaned for a fresh winter!  You can hire a professional or do it yourself, but depending on how much effort and time you want to spend on your carpets, a professional might be your best option since you have to rent a wet-cleaner machine anyway.
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Serafino Bianchi and the Bianchi Real Estate Team : Feeding Families and Saving the Planet one bag at a time.

Did you know that nearly 400 billion pounds of plastic bags are used and thrown away every year? Less than 2% of that gets recycled, and the rest ends up swirling around in our oceans, damaging the eco-system and marine life. Alameda County has taken action by banning plastic shopping bags, and many individual stores have begun to charge for bags as well, to encourage their patrons to bring their own and recycle.

In light of all this, Serafino Bianchi of the Bianchi Real Estate Team had an idea. What if he provided eco-friendly grocery totes for his clients? He could provide a nice service, help save the planet, and remind his clients to think of him the next time they wanted to buy or sell their home – all at the same time.

He ordered the bags, and started putting them into the hands of his clients. They were a huge hit! Both fashionable and functional, these beautiful reusable bags are making a scene at the local grocery markets in Pleasanton, Alamo, and Danville.

Plastic Bags end up in the ocean.

Plastic Bags end up in the ocean.

Serafino grew up in Italy and developed a taste for healthy, wholesome food at a young age. As a young boy, loved to pick blueberries, mushrooms, and chestnuts from the wild countryside. He loves to tell stories about how the chestnuts were dried and prepared in a huge two-story stove in his tiny hometown, and how his mother would make chestnut soup and bread from the dried nuts

Since Serafino’s bags are being used to carry food, he thought about how he could help those in need who didn’t have access to a healthy meal, and decided to team up with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County. The Food Bank has been serving the community for over 35 years, and serves approximately 149,000 hungry people in need every month.

Serafino and the Bianchi team will donate to the Food Bank every time someone buys or sells a home in 2014. This feeds a family of four for an entire month with the sale or purchase of just one home.

Bianchi Grocery Tote

You can donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano too! If you’d like one of Serafino’s Eco-Friendly grocery totes, drop us an email at sbianchi@pacunion.com.

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Get to know Serafino Bianchi!

 

Serafino and his wife, Pat love all things horses, dogs, and real estate!

Serafino and Pat Bianchi of the Bianchi Real Estate Team

Serafino and Pat Bianchi of the Bianchi Real Estate Team

At an early age, Serafino was a creative boy.  He drew constantly, he wrote stories, and he invented all kinds of things with his hands.  I know because he told me many many stories about these things from when he was a boy — I am his daughter and many a night when I was a little girl my sister and I would cry, “daddy!  tell us a story!”  and he would settle in and start to talk, and we knew we were in for a treat.

My father was born in Italy and life as a boy was worlds apart from what his life is like today.  He would tell stories about picking blueberries, and mushrooms, and chestnuts (oh he loves the chestnuts!) and all of the amazing food his mother would make from it.  He would sit for hours and draw pictures of his little home town up in a mountains near Lucca.

Serafino Bianchi draws San Romano

Serafino Bianchi draws San Romano

 

The funny thing is that still has that curious mind, he’s still constantly reinventing himself and always thinking of a better way to do something.

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