Realtor Dale Warfel

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Living in Willow Glen

Willow Glen is a neighborhood in San Jose, California. It is located southwest of Downtown San Jose, south of the Midtown and Rose Garden neighborhoods, east of the West Valley neighborhoods, and north of the Cambrian Park neighborhood and the city of Campbell, California. Once an incorporated city in its own right, Willow Glen is today the only part of San Jose that feels like a small town with its own main street--Lincoln Avenue--surrounded by tree-lined neighborhoods of architecturally distinctive single family homes, many of them Spanish-style homes built in the 1920s and 1930s.

Willow Glen is a district roughly 3 miles southwest of downtown San Jose. The traditional boundaries of Willow Glen are the Guadalupe River, Los Gatos Creek, and Coe and Curtner Avenues, though many adjacent areas are usually included today. "Downtown Willow Glen" is on Lincoln Avenue, generally between Coe and Minnesota Avenues.

Gentrification transformed Willow Glen in the 1990s, though it remains a diverse community with Latino, Italian, Asian, Jewish and gay influences contributing to the rich tapestry of a quiet, enjoyable and very livable Silicon Valley community.

Willow Glen Real Estate offers some of the most charming neighborhoods, with older homes, many of which are on larger lots, and a small town feeling, particularly near Lincoln Avenue. If you’re looking to buy or sell properties in this community, feel free to get in touch with Dale Warfel. Call him at: 408.624.6202 or Email him:

Prepare your home for selling

Selling your home requires a mindset that is quite difficult for a long time home owner. The house, at the time of selling, becomes a mere product. If you have been living in your house for a long time, it is difficult to see it being commoditized. However, the secret of selling is in understanding the product. It has to be packaged and marketed well.

One of the first things that a prospective buyer looks at is the exterior of the house. So, you should make sure that you present the best possible exterior to your prospective buyer. Repair the fence by replacing the posts and slots if necessary. Paint it. Your yard needs to be at its best – mow, trim and fertilize the lawn. Clean the greasy spots in your garage and make sure your automatic doors work. Provide unobstructed view by clearing up parked cars in your driveway. Polish door handles and door knockers. Replace worn or broken items, such as an unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.

Be sure porch lights are working and add welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants. Pay close attention to your exterior and look at it from the buyer’s perspective. You should get convinced yourself before convincing the other person.

When you take the buyer inside, your house should make him/her comfortable. Pay attention to the minor details and make every appliance work. Oil hinges to both doors and windows. Keep stairways tidy and secure handrails. Repair or replace bent or damaged screens and window glass. Cut back outdoor plants that restrict natural light. Keep windows clean and tidy with draperies firmly affixed and in proper working order. Repair or replace missing or damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards. Steam-clean or shampoo carpets. Secure loose carpeting and replace damaged areas. Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, high-traffic areas or pets.

Keep living areas clean and inviting. Arrange furniture to allow a spacious atmosphere. Clear counters, drawers and cabinets of unnecessary items. Clean soap dishes, mirrors, faucets and appliances (inside and out).

You must also ensure that all your electrical and mechanical fixtures are working well. Plumbing, lighting, cooling/heating systems should be checked.

Finally, when you show your home, bear in mind that it is a sale. Act