Right price for Selling a home in Castro Valley,CA

When you’re selling your home in Castro Valley, California, the price you set is a critical factor in the return you’ll receive. That’s why you need a professional evaluation from an experienced Realtor®. Meena Gujral can provide you with an honest assessment of your home, based on several factors, including:

• Market conditions

•Condition of your home

• Repairs or improvements

• Selling timeframe.

In real estate terms, market value is the price at which a particular house, in its current condition, should sell within 30 to 90 days.

If the price of your home is too high, this could cause several things:

• Limits buyers. Potential buyers may not view your home because it appears to be out of their buying range.

• Limits showings. Other salespeople may be more reluctant to view your home.

• Used as leverage. Other Realtors® may use this home to drive the sale of other homes that are better-priced.

• Extended stay on the market. When a home is on the market too long, it may be perceived as defective. Buyers may wonder, “what’s wrong,” or “why hasn’t this sold?”

• Lower price. An overpriced home, still on the market beyond the average selling time, could lead to a lower selling price. To sell it, you will have to reduce the price – sometimes several times. In the end, you’ll probably get less than if it had been properly priced in the first place.

• Wasted time and energy. A bank appraisal is most often required to finance a home.

Realtors® have known it for years – well-kept homes in Castro Valley that are properly priced in the beginning always get you the fastest sale for the best price! And that’s why you need a professional to assist you in the selling of your home.

Often, in a seller’s market, homes that are priced slightly below market value initially will sell for more, simply because of the extra interest they incite. This can be a risk, however, and when it comes to such a decision, an experienced, trusted Realtor® is your best ally.

If I can help answer any questions or provide you with a free market analysis on your home, you can call me (Meena Gujral) at 510-279-9580. To see all the homes I have sold in Five Canyons, Palomares Hills and other areas of Castro Valley California, go to

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September Home Sales in Castro Valley, California

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Housing Market in Castro Valley, Ca.

As per the Bay East Association of Realtors, Days on Market (DOM) for the Castro Valley area year-to-date is around 84. The median attached home price in Castro Valley for September was $505,000. As of the last day of September there were 107 active homes in  Castro Valley. At current selling rates this means there is approximately 2 months of inventory in Castro Valley remaining.

  Active Pending Sold Months Supply
Aug 08 190 36 42 4.5
Sep 08 184 40 33 4.4
Oct 08 174 43 32 4.2
Nov 08 162 25 29 4.5
Dec 08 157 22 32 4.8
Jan 09 152 39 18 4.7
Feb 09 151 30 25 5.2
Mar 09 137 50 25 3.9
Apr 09 125 46 31 3.0
May 09 111 48 34 2.6
Jun 09 102 53 29 2.1 
Jul 09 108 49 45 2.2
Aug 09 100 52 44 2.0
Sep 09 107 48 38 2.1

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How much have the prices dropped in Five Canyons in the last 2 years?

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I will give you an example of how much the prices have dropped in 2 years in Five Canyons. The example I am giving is the floor plan close to my heart since it was my own home.
I sold my house in Five Canyons for 1,125,000 on 2/1/2007. It was a 2,992 sq ft home.
On 5/5/2008 the same floor plan sold for $925,000.
On 5/16/2009 the same 2,992 plan sold for $730,000. This home was not the best location since it was closer to the power lines which is not desirable. It was also a foreclosure property.
There is a home currently listed in that sq footage for $845,000.

I hope that gives you a pretty good idea of what has been going on in Five Canyons. The prices in Five Canyons are now starting to go back up and if you are looking to buy, now is a great time since I don’t see them going down anymore.

The schools in Castro Valley are excellent, and the homes in Five Canyons are beautiful. There is a new Montissori school in Five Canyons which is also very good. The area is centrally located with easy access to major freeways like 580, 92 and 880.

To see all the homes I have sold in Five Canyons and Palomares Hills click on the link below:
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If I can show you any homes in Five Canyons or Palomares Hills (another great area with awesome Jensen Ranch school), please let me know at 510-279-9580.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty

Castro Valley California June 2009 Housing Statistics


As per the statistics from the Bay East Association of Realtors, Days on Market (DOM) for the Castro Valley area year to-date is around 96. The median single family home price in Castro Valley for June was $435,000. As of the last day of June there were 102 active homes in Castro Valley. At current selling rates this means there is approximately 2 months of inventory in Castro Valley remaining.

As you can see just from the last 3 months below, inventory is getting low and prices are on the rise.

             Average Price               Active Properties

March    $450,258                     137

April       $505,030                     125

May        $507,597                     111

June       $505,362                     102 

The market is changing from a buyer’s market to once again a seller’s market. I am finding multiple offers in many areas in the East Bay especially in Castro Valley, California.

 I just sold a home in Palomares Hills, Castro Valley. As per the seller’s agent he had 3 offers, and thankfully our offer was accepted. In Five Canyons , Castro Valley I ran into the same situation. The home there too sold over asking price. I now have an investor who wanted to see a house that just came on the market in Castro Valley. I had to give him the disappointing news that they already have 4 offers over asking price out of which 2 are all cash offers.

If there is anything you need to know about Five Canyons, Palomares Hills, Castro Valley Schools or homes for sale in Castro Valley California, you can reach me at 510-279-9580. You can also go to my website at http://www.helpusellachievers.com

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Is it a good time to buy in Five Canyons, Castro Valley, California?

Five Canyons Home on Crestfield DrCrestfieldMany people, particularly first-time homebuyers, still aren’t sure if homeownership is feasible. Prices, interest rates, mortgage lenders and market speculation are just a few of the things that are cause for concern among those looking to buy their first home.

This recent downturn is allowing the California real estate market to correct itself to more affordable levels. This is good for our economy as well as a positive sign for homebuyers. Real estate should be seen as a minimum five- to seven-year investment in order to give your home time to gain equity. With that average in mind, real estate is a solid investment. But beyond investment and tax benefits is the security and enjoyment a new home can bring.


The truth is homeownership is within grasp of more prospective new buyers in today’s new home market with prices in Five Canyons and Palomares Hills in Castro Valley at their lowest levels since 2004, and relatively low interest rates make real estate investment a very good idea right now.

 How long is this “Buyers Market” going to last? No one can actually predict, however the typical cycle in real estate starts to change when inventory shrinks below demand, driving up prices.

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Is winter a good time of the year to buy a home in Castro Valley?

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The prime time to buy a home in Castro Valley or in the Est bay is when you are ready financially and have the desire to buy a home. As you are aware, price of homes all over the bay area have come down substantially.


Many sellers take their homes off the market because they want to enjoy the holidays or are not too motivated to sell ( you know the ones that say “I am not in a hurry to sell, or I don’t have to sell unless I get the price I want”).


In the winter there are less homes on the market, but less buyers (competition). In the spring/summer more homes on the market and more buyers (more competition). Prime time is what is most convenient for you.


As a matter of fact I believe the winter months are better to buy. The sellers that are motivated wil keep their homes on the market and you as a buyer may be able to negotiate more since they really have a need and desire to sell as soon as possible.

I would be very happy to negotiate for you to get you the best possible price on your first home.


If you are looking for Castro Valley homes for sale, Homes for sale in Palomares Hills Ca., Five Canyons Castro Valley or a real estate agent specializing in Castro Valley, California, Please call Meena Gujral.

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How does the latest Housing bill effect me if I am a Buyer or Seller in Castro Valley?

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Higher Loan Limits will make it easier for buyers in Castro Valley to get mortgages because those mortgages are more likely to be traded if they are considered conforming. The new law also includes a tax credit  for first time home buyers worth up to 10% of a home’s purchase price but no more than $8,000.           

First time homebuyers represent a significant segment of U.S. homebuyers.  According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, nearly half of the homebuyers in 2008 were first-time homebuyers.  Hence, the new tax credit for first-time homebuyers, along with affordable home prices and historically low mortgage rates, should help spur the housing market                                                                                             

 For a seller: With an increase in confidence and stability in the housing and financial markets more buyers will be coming into the market, increasing the demand for housing. Homes will begin to sell faster and housing prices are expected to rise again.

If you are looking to sell a home in Five Canyons Castro Valley, Palomares Hills Castro Valley or homes for sale in Castro Valley, please call me at 510-279-9580 and I would be happy to help you.

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