Home ownership is commonly associated with a sense of accomplishment and success and this certainly rings true in the bay area with the high cost of housing. Just this year, the median home price for the bay area hit an all time high of $709,000. Given the lack of inventory this figure will move higher by the end of the year. However, despite the low inventory and high demand, buyers are still picky about what home will work for them as they see this purchase not only as a home but a great long term investment.
Even more important buyers are looking for a place to call home and gather with friends and family. Because of this, buyers have always focused on kitchens during the home buying process. However, not only for functionality, but how the kitchen is incorporated into the rest of the living space. A common question buyers ask is how can I prepare and cook, while still being involved with entertaining family and guests? While on showings with our buyers, if the kitchen is not functional or incorporated properly with the living areas, the focus then becomes, how can I take down a wall and is it possible so I can have visibility to the living room area? A kitchen that opens to a living space creates a vision of entertaining while cooking and dining with friends as opposed to a sealed off kitchen with no visibility (visualize a galley kitchen).
This trend is continuing as Millennials are spending more time in the kitchen than past generations. As a seller, kitchen improvements have one of the highest returns on investment. So if you are considering improving your home, a well thought out kitchen is very important. We welcome your thoughts on this topic.
Please reach out to any of our real estate professionals. Enjoy the rest of your summer
Kevin & Naomi Kieffer, Broker Associate, Team Leaders for the EastBayPro Team of Keller Williams Realty
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Kevin R. Kieffer is a Broker Associate and Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. His focus is the East Bay residential home market. He is a top producing agent and also leads a successful team of Realtors as one of top producing teams throughout all of California (Real Trends Ranking). He was recognized as a Five Star agent numerous years through an independent survey and has been featured in Diablo Magazine. He closed out 2015 in the top 1% of all agents in Contra Costa & Alameda counties and is currently one of the top producing agents in 2016 and awarded Quadruple Platinum Producer for the region. He has offices in Danville & Walnut Creek and has a team of experienced Realtors focusing on markets throughout the East Bay. Please give him a call and let him exceed your expectations!
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"Even having done our homework, my wife and I were still nervous and unsure of what to expect when we began shopping for our first home. Adding to the uncertainty of being first-time homebuyers, we were also renting a home that would require us to terminate our lease agreement early should we purchase a home before the expiration of our contract. Enter the EastBayPro Team of Kevin and Naomi Kieffer. Let me start off by saying Kevin and Naomi are without a doubt experts in the business of real estate. Buying, selling, renting, flipping, investing, property management…you name it, they know it. With that being said, we came across Kevin’s phone number when we drove passed a house we thought we might be interested in viewing. Kevin was the listing agent for the property and within a couple of short hours after speaking to him over the phone, we were back at the property and he was showing us the home. Kevin did a great job and was extremely knowledgeable of the property he showed us but in the end it was too small for our family’s needs. We later decided to have EastBayPro Team represent us as our buyer’s agent and we made a wise decision in doing so.
Kevin was always responsive in that whenever a property came on the market that we were interested in, all we had to do was give Kevin a call and he was there to show us the property within hours. We also spent a day with Kevin in which he showed us properties that he thought we would be interested in. I would like to note that we have four small children and they were with us at every showing. Kevin was great with them and had more patience with them than we did. It was on this day, that we found the house we fell in love with and Kevin was on top of putting an offer in for us immediately. The house was a short sale and as complicated as these transactions can be, they made it happen. We worked mostly with Naomi after our initial offer and as great as Kevin was, Naomi was even better (Sorry Kevin but your wife has you beat). Naomi was extremely responsive to any questions or concerns we had. When problems came up during the inspection process, Naomi was on top of it and was able to negotiate the price down beyond what we were expecting. Excellent job! Naomi was extremely organized and made the process, all the way through closing, run very smooth. But their service didn’t stop there. After closing, Kevin called our property management company for the house that we were leasing to see what it would take to break our lease earlier and minimize any penalties. Throughout the homebuying process, Kevin and Naomi fully represented our best interests and we believe that they went above and beyond what most agents would do for their clients. Two thumbs up for the EastBayPro Team of Kevin and Naomi as we would highly recommend!"