San Joaquin Valley Homes Blog

Is It Time to Stop Renting and Buy That First Home?

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: June 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Is It Time to Stop Renting and Buy That First Home?

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, chances are you’re renting now. And you might be wondering whether you’re better off buying a home or continuing to rent.

The truth is there are advantages and downsides to both buying and renting depending on your circumstances. For example, renting might be better if you have a fast track career and have to move every couple of years. On the other hand, your landlord can raise your rent every year when your lease is up. Buying has the advantage of building equity and improving your credit score, but it also means paying taxes and homeowner’s insurance, and of course you’re responsible for maintenance.

To help decide if this is a good time to buy your first home, ask yourself these four questions: Read the rest of this entry »

What Homeowner’s Insurance Doesn’t Cover: You Might be Surprised

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 28, 2018 | Comments Off on What Homeowner’s Insurance Doesn’t Cover: You Might be Surprised

Homeowners insurance is an invaluable investment that helps secure and protect your home and the items within its walls. While insurance will protect your home from a variety of things such as theft as well as fire and wind damage, there are many things homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover that often surprise homeowners. It is important you are aware of what your homeowner’s insurance does cover, so you are not surprised by a rejected claim. If you are wondering what homeowners insurance doesn’t cover, here are a few common things not covered. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Home Upgrades that Pay Off at Resale

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Top 10 Home Upgrades that Pay Off at Resale

Whether you’re buying your first home, moving up to better digs or downsizing as an empty nester, you’ll be faced with a delightful array of interior design choices at San Joaquin Valley Homes. You should certainly pick the options you find most appealing.

But if you intend on selling your home down the line, you may want to stick with upgrades that pay off at resale. To help you out, real estate authority Zillow analyzed the effect of certain design choices on housing values. Here are their top home upgrades and what percentage increases they add to resale values. Read the rest of this entry »

Homes For Sale: How To Choose a Neighborhood

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Homes For Sale: How To Choose a Neighborhood


If you’re in the market for a home, you’re no doubt thinking of what the home itself should have. A whirlpool bath, granite counters or a beautiful garden.

Sure, amenities are important. But it’s also important to focus on the right neighborhood. The best policy in home shopping is to choose an area that has everything you need and want. Then you focus on the specific homes and what you want within them.

Why? Well, neighborhoods vary. Location is only one example. And that’s only one example. Neighborhoods vary in their safety, the number of parks and just about any factor you could name.
So, what’s the best way to choose the right neighborhood for a home? Here are three tips. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Allergy Proof Each Room in Your Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: April 16, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Allergy Proof Each Room in Your Home

Even in sunny San Joaquin Valley, you look forward to spring because of the longer days and the blooming of trees and flowers. But with the season of colorful renewal comes plenty of pollen as well as mold spores wafting through the air. If you suffer from allergies, being outdoors can prove a major challenge as you sneeze and itch your way through major allergens.

While there’s nothing you can do about the outdoor onslaught, you can avoid problems inside your own home by following these allergy-proofing tips for each room. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Purchases to Prepare for Summer Fun

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Spring Purchases to Prepare for Summer Fun

Spring is a wonderful time to start dreaming of the fun you will have this summer in your new home. It is also a good time to start making purchases to prepare for any summer projects you have planned. Yard and garden projects are popular for many families. If you own a new home you may be looking to put in new flowers, add mulch or create an outdoor living space. Maybe it is time to get your first grill or lawnmower. Are you considering building a deck? Often any of these projects require purchases. Let’s examine some common new homeowner purchases! Read the rest of this entry »

Make Your New Home Kid Safe!

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Make Your New Home Kid Safe!

You are excited about buying a new home for your family! You will make many wonderful memories and share fun times. As you are getting ready to make the purchase and move in focus on whether the new home is kid safe. This will help you minimize the number of memories that involve trips to the hospital and maximize those that are of the family enjoying time together!

Chemicals

In 2016 over 2 million Americans called poison control due to concerns that someone had been poisoned in their home. Children under the age of 6 are especially at risk. Therefore, it is important to keep all chemicals out of sight and out of reach. Read the rest of this entry »

Costs to Consider When Buying a Home in the San Joaquin Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Costs to Consider When Buying a Home in the San Joaquin Valley

One of the biggest decisions most people ever make is the decision to buy a new home. When you are looking to buy a home, it is important you build a conservative budget and do not overspend. To ensure you make the best home buying decision possible, there are several different types of expenses that need to be taken into consideration when determining your home buying budget.

Closing Costs

One of the first expenses you will incur for your new home is your closing costs. Closing costs can end up costing thousands of dollars upfront. These can include costs for appraisals, home inspections, transfer taxes, title fees, legal costs, bank fees and a range of other expenses. While these can be significant to pay up front, you can often negotiate a credit from a seller to cover some or even roll the costs into your mortgage and pay a slightly higher interest rate. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoid Making These Three First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: February 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Avoid Making These Three First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Buying a home you can call your own can be one of the most unique and exciting life experiences you can ever go through. On the other hand, it can also be one of the most stressful and frustrating life experiences as well. We want to help you stay ahead of the game. We have put together a list we hope can help you avoid making some of the mistakes many first-time buyers have made in the past:

Mistake 1: Not Doing Enough Research

It is important to make sure you have covered yourself with enough information and facts. When you are covered in facts, you will discover the process will be easier. This is especially true when it comes to participating in negotiations. You do not have to be afraid of negotiating, and when you have the right tools and information, you will be ready to aim and fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Tap into Your Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: February 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Tap into Your Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look


The word “redecorating” holds mixed emotions. Sure, it’s exciting to give your home a fresh new look. But the question of cost quickly enters. How much will it cost to buy new furniture, new paint, new knickknacks?

We are here to give you good news! Redecorating your house does not have to empty your savings. In fact, we believe that to get a new feel for your home, you don’t even have to look at your wallet.

“How?” you ask. Shop your home for a new look! “But what does that mean?” Read the rest of this entry »