Top Ten Tips for Selling Your Home

1. Clean your house

A good thorough cleaning is vital. You can do it yourself, or even better, hire professional cleaners to get into every nook and cranny.

2. Do minor repair work

Repair any problems within the home, and repaint anything outside that needs a little bit of touchup.

3. Spruce it up

A good, fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your home. It can bring life back and it doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact you can do most of this yourself.

4. Hose it down

Use a high-pressure hose on your home, really giving it a good fresh spray. You’ll be absolutely astounded with how fresh and clean it could look, once you’ve actually done it. Once you’ve done this you’ll be able to easily spot any areas that may need attention.

5. Prepare to stand out

When someone walks into your house that you’re presenting for sale, you want to amaze them. You want your house to shine - to stand out from the crowd. You can draw attention to your home by paying close attention to its exterior. This is, of course, the first thing that a prospective buyer will see so it must be memorable. Weeds should be eliminated, any broken or missing brickwork replaced, pot plants must be in good order and any peeling paint eliminated.


I know you probably had the carpets profession- ally cleaned or even cleaned them yourself.

7. Toss it!
Clutter has got to go. If you’ve got kids, or a clutter inducing hobby, then you’ve got extra bits and pieces around. Do yourself a favor and get it out of the house. Rent a storage shed.

8. Before the showing

Your window dressings should be clean and your windows sparkling. You want to let in as much natural light as possible, Use fragrance to appeal to buyers’ senses by using either great flowers or freshly brewed coffee

9. Make sure the light bulbs are working.

When people walk into a home the first thing they do is start-pressing lights.

10. Online presentation

In addition to a detailed description of your property, your online listing should include plenty of pictures taken at complementary angles.

11. Let us sell your house!

Rob Dolan
Borrowing Boost
Patty Jenab - Sr Loan Officer  (760) 300=4145 ext 5217  NMLS #288283/1850

Patty Jenab - Sr Loan Officer

(760) 300=4145 ext 5217

NMLS #288283/1850

Patty Jenab - Diversified Capital Funding

A rate decline led to an application incline according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending January 10. The PMMS credits lower energy prices and continued income growth for a 20% increase in mortgage applications last week as rates for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage dipped to the lowest levels since March of last year.

Rob Dolan
Recipe of the Month

Fall is here and that means its time for hearty soups. I love clam chowder and have used this recipe to wow family and guests many times. Enjoy!


New England Clam Chowder


  • 4 red potatoes cut into bite size pieces

  • 4 Stalks of celery chopped

  • 1 Medium onion chopped

  • 4 Oz. pancetta chopped

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • 2 6.5 Oz. cans minced clams

  • 2 Cups of milk

  • 2 Cups heavy cream

  • 2 Tbs. flour

  • 1 Tbs. of butter

  • 1/2 Tsp. fresh nutmeg grated


In Dutch oven fry until crisp pancetta. Remove pancetta and drain ( leave a little pancetta fat in the pan). Add butter, sautee onions and celery until tender. Stir in flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Add clams with broth, milk, cream. nutmeg and potatoes cook for 15 to 20 minutes over low heat.

Bon Appetite!

Big Announcement!

With Joe’s Broker license we have decided to go on our own! We are now “STAITI PROPERTIES” Because we built up our company, of over 20 years in San Jose to number one in the Country, we feel we can do a better job for you working on our own. Please go to our website to see our history.

Jewelry party by request at Bonnie’s Nov. 7th, 1:30 pm. Rick Gonzalves, gemologist, from By George will speak to us on jewelry and answer any questions you might have on antique or estate jewelry.

Wine pairing and tasting dinner on Nov. 13th @ 5:30 p.m., Soul of Mexico. Always a sell out.