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By Mona Koussa-Listing Specialist | Broker in San Ramon, CA
  • San Ramon Street Smarts Event

    Posted Under: General Area in San Ramon, Schools in San Ramon, In My Neighborhood in San Ramon  |  March 3, 2014 1:04 PM  |  579 views  |  No comments
    San Ramon Community Events

    A class for teens and their parents is available in San Ramon on April 2 from 7-9 pm. The “Smart Start” program given by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is a two hour class given by a CHP officer,and is highly recommended for new teen drivers and their parents. The class will be held at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts located at 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. The topics covered in this class include parent/teen responsibilities, collision avoidance tactics, and how speed and distracted driving are huge factors in many traffic accidents. (Note: there will be very graphic images shown during the class).

    For more information or to Register Today, please contact Cathy DeLuca at 925-314-3382.

    CLICK HERE to view more San Ramon events

  • Local High School Making Holidays Brighter for Nearby Community.

    Posted Under: General Area in San Ramon, Agent2Agent in San Ramon, In My Neighborhood in San Ramon  |  December 3, 2013 9:06 AM  |  549 views  |  No comments
    San Ramon Cal High

    Students and faculty of California High School in San Ramon are showing their kindness and community spirit by “adopting” several families of children attending the Wilson Elementary School in Richmond.

    They have outlined what they are hoping to collect and achieve, and the timelines and instructions for donating. This is just one example of how our young people are reaching out to help others, and practicing how it is better to give than receive! Please read below:

    “The holiday season is upon us, and there are 32 needy families at Wilson School in Richmond who are looking to our Cal High Families to make their holiday season a little brighter. You can adopt 1 family member, 2 family members or an entire family! We are grateful for any donations you can provide.

    We would like to deliver each adult one personal gift AND 1 household gift. And we would like each child to receive 2 items of clothing and 2 toys or games. Some kids need such basics as jackets/socks (this is noted in the list). We also would like to give each family at least $50 in gift cards to both Target and a grocery store to help them with their Holiday meal. You can sign up to donate just a gift card if you like!

    The gifts:

    1) Please wrap all gifts

    2) Please label all gifts with the Family # and name of recipient

    3) Please place all gifts (that will fit) in a large hefty type garbage bag and place the family # on the outside of the bag

    4) Gifts can be dropped off at Cal High's office Dec 6-11.

    5) Gift cards can be dropped off at any time with the Cal High Office Staff

    This is a wonderful program, and a great template and example if anyone knows of other communities in need. For further information on how to help, please contact the Cal High Office Staff or the Cal High PTSA.

    Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

    CLICK HERE for more information and to adopt a family.

  • Commuting in San Ramon? Getting from here to there in and around the city

    Posted Under: General Area in San Ramon, Home Buying in San Ramon, In My Neighborhood in San Ramon  |  October 20, 2013 8:26 AM  |  270 views  |  No comments
    Commuting in San Ramon

    Besides being a wonderful place to live, San Ramon has many resources for commuters, and for those who choose or rely upon public transportation.  Utilizing public transportation and riding bicycles to work whenever possible is becoming more common.   (Another benefit to taking public transportation to work is having time to read, relax, or listen to music!) Thankfully, there are resources in place to help us achieve a more healthful and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

    The San Ramon Transit Center is located at the corner of Executive Parkway and Camino Ramon.  This center provides commuters with 54 parking spaces to meet a carpool, vanpool or bus. These parking spaces are available on a first-come first-serve basis and are free of charge.  It is also a place to get a County Connection bus.

    The County Connection provides bus service to and from the Dublin/Pleasanton and Walnut Creek BART Stations to San Ramon.  Updated Bus Schedules are available at BART Stations, City and Town Offices, Public Libraries, and Community Centers. Call 925-676-7500 or visit www.cccta.org. Transit tickets for County Connection can be purchased at the San Ramon Permit Center, Community Center, City Hall, Senior Center and Dougherty Station Library.

    Bike Racks and Lockers are available at the Transit Center.  Bike lockers are covered and secured and can be rented monthly, quarterly or yearly. Bike racks are available on first come, first serve basis. Bike lockers are also available at the Sycamore Park and Ride Lot in Danville.

    Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) There are three BART stations nearby – one in Dublin on 580 between Hopyard and Hacienda  one in Dublin at 580 and Dublin Blvd, and one in Walnut Creek at 680 and Ygnacio Valley Blvd. There are parking facilities at all 3 stations.  Another option for getting to any of these stations is to leave your car at the San Ramon Transit Center, and board a County Connection Express Bus that will take you to any of the three BART stations. Carpool to BART – Carpools can park in a designated Carpool parking space at selected BART Stations, including Dublin/Pleasanton and Walnut Creek BART. Carpools must have a BART Carpool Parking Permit.

    Park & Ride Lots  – These lots are available for a commuter to meet carpools, van pools and buses. The Bollinger Canyon Rd. @ San Ramon Valley lot provides 100 parking spaces and the Sycamore Park & Ride lot in Danville provides over 150 spaces as well as bike racks and lockers.

    Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) train.  This is a train that travels between Stockton and San Jose, over the Altamont Pass passing thru Tracy, Livermore, Pleasanton Fremont, and Santa Clara. County Connection Route 92x from the San Ramon Transit Center and the Danville Sycamore Park & Ride Lot will get you to the ACE train station in Pleasanton.

    For real time traffic and transportation information for the San Ramon Valley and the Bay Area, visit www.511.org or call the San Ramon Transportation Division at (925) 973-2650 or e-mail   transportation@sanramon.gov.    Whether getting to work, or going shopping or sightseeing -  San Ramon has you covered.   And when it comes to real estate, we have you covered.  Call or email us today.  We have lived and worked in San Ramon for 15+ years.  We would love the opportunity to assist your efforts whether you are buying or selling in San Ramon.

  • Halloween in the San Ramon Valley~ Things that go bump in the night

    Posted Under: General Area in San Ramon, Shopping & Local Amenities in San Ramon, In My Neighborhood in San Ramon  |  October 17, 2013 9:08 AM  |  402 views  |  No comments
    Halloween in the San Ramon Valley

    It’s that spooky time of year again.  Time to be on the lookout for werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and the occasional superhero or princess.  Halloween in the San Ramon Valley.  The question on the minds of children in our Valley:  Where is the best place to go trick or treating?  Who ya gonna call?  Well, Mona of course!  Mona has been a realtor in the San Ramon Valley for 15 years, and she knows all the good safe neighborhoods with the best candy and the best decorations!

    Let’s start with the basics – where to get a pumpkin to carve?  Most local grocery stores have a nice selection, but for a more Halloween themed experience, there are pumpkin patches nearby with a variety of activities.  Check out the list below:

    •Forest Home Farms Historic Park located at 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard: Pumpkin patch and attractions for younger children.

    •Windmill Farms Produce located at 2255 San Ramon Valley Boulevard: Pumpkin Patch and petting zoo

    •Moore’s at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and Rowell Ranch: Pumpkin patch and activities for the kids

    •G & M Farms located at 487 East Airway Boulevard: Corn maze and pumpkin patch

    Del Osso Farms off 205 in Lathrop is definitely a Halloween season destination. They feature:  A Corn Maze • Dell’Osso Express Train • Pumpkin Blasters • Pumpkin Princess • Pumpkin Prince  Gem Mining •Jumping Pillows • Spinning Pumpkins • Kiddie Land • Pony Rides • Petting Zoo • Face Painting  Tram • Tractor Train • Scarecrow Ride • FREE Hay Ride • FREE Speedway • FREE Tire Pyramid Country Store • Maze Bridges • Picnic Area • Food Court • Seasonal Decorations • Photo Opportunities

    Whatever will you wear?  Here is a list of the top costumes of 2013 for adults and children:

    Top Adult Costumes                                                     

    1.Witch  2.Batman character  3.Vampire   4.Zombie   5.Pirate   6.Action/super hero  7.Superman   8.Dracula  9.Cat  10.Scary costume/mask

     Top Children Costumes

    1.Princess  2.Animal  3.Batman character  4.Action/super hero  5.Spider-Man  6.Witch  7.Zombie  8.Disney character  9.Superman  10.Fairy

    Where to shop for these costumes?

    Party City – 4922 Dublin Blvd Dublin (in the IMAX Plaza)

    Spirit Halloween – 7050 Amador Plaza Road Dublin – (Dublin Target Plaza)

    Encore Theatrical Supply – 5556 Springdale Avenue (across from Stoneridge Mall)

    Local stores like Target and Walmart also have a great selection to choose from.

    How about a scary movie to get into the Halloween spirit?  Put on a pot of soup, pop some popcorn,  and have a spine tingling evening of food and fright!  Keep the remote handy so you can pause the movie when trick or treaters come to the door! Here is a list of some of the scariest movies of all time – Not for younger audiences.

    Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979),  The Shining (1980),   The Exorcist (1973),    Fatal Attraction (1987) Paranormal Activity (2009),   The Ring (2002) ,  The Others (2001),   Black Swan (2010) ,  The Birds (1963)

    Does the thought of selling your house frighten you?  Does the idea of buying a house give you nightmares? Call or email Mona to ease your fears about selling or buying.  She is the realtor for busy people, and takes the terror, and stress out of the process.

  • Home Buyer Top Legal Mistakes

    Posted Under: General Area in San Ramon, Home Buying in San Ramon, In My Neighborhood in San Ramon  |  December 14, 2012 9:16 AM  |  284 views  |  No comments

    Thinking about buying real estate? Avoid most common home buyers’ mistakes.

    Mona Koussa is a San Ramon local realtor. More about our neighborhoods at East Bay real estate market updates

  • Danville Real Estate-The Variety and Charm of Danville, CA!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Danville, Home Selling in Danville, In My Neighborhood in Danville  |  December 6, 2012 9:03 AM  |  519 views  |  No comments
    Danville, Ca Real Estate

    Danville, Ca is a town that has so much to offer, it is difficult to know where to begin. It started in 1854, and has grown and flourished ever since. This place has many amenities – from dining to museums to shopping, to parks, to golf courses. The school system here is one of the best in the state and is highly sought after for folks moving into the Bay Area. If it’s been awhile since you visited Danville, or are considering moving here, let’s review just a few of the many wonderful neighborhoods.

    With mature trees, captivating views of the Las Trampas Open Space and Mt. Diablo, and mostly large flat lots, the West Side of Danville is an extremely desirable area. Mostly built in the 50’s and 60’s, the homes favor the single story ranch style, with lots on the larger side. Homes here are often within walking distance of Downtown Danville, and the neighborhood elementary school. Many of these homes have undergone spectacular remodels and additions in recent years.

    Have a look at the Brookside/Greenbrook/Danville Crest neighborhoods of Danville, located just east of 680 and south of Sycamore. These homes were built mostly during the late 60’s to early 80’s by builders such as KB and Ponderosa. These homes range between 1500-3000+ sq ft, sit on slightly larger lots, and there are plenty of neighborhood parks and schools nearby...Read More

    Mona Koussa is a local agent in the San Ramon Valley area.

    Looking to buy Danville, Ca homes, visit ehomeSurf.com to view the latest listings
  • Home Values: How Much Equity is in your Home?

    Posted Under: General Area in San Ramon, Home Selling in San Ramon, In My Neighborhood in San Ramon  |  December 4, 2012 11:00 AM  |  281 views  |  No comments

    San Ramon home values

    Have you heard the new real estate buzz term? We want to offer some clarification on the term “Equity Sale”. It’s a good thing.

    Webster Dictionary defines the word equity as:” the money value of a property or of an interest in a property in excess of claims or liens against it “

    Equity is a positive difference between the current fair market value and any outstanding Mortgage Loans, Lines of Credit, or other Liens associated with the property. Equity = Assets – Debts. Another definition of an equity sale as one in which the seller has sufficient equity in their property to negotiate in good faith, satisfy all financial obligations and convey clear title without the assistance of their lender or third party approval. It is also a situation where the seller can be willing to bring money to close on the transaction.

    It indicates that a Homeowner or Investor has equity in a property and is NOT underwater. In a sale there will be a positive net to the Seller after the sale.

    Since 2007, normal sales seemed to be rare in many communities. Many would-be home sellers were collectively in standby mode, reeling from the shock of property value losses and were holding on as best they could, many trying to avoid having to short sell, or be foreclosed on in many cases. We are finding that the worst may be over. Folks are peeking out from behind the curtains wondering if they dare hope to be able to sell their homes and come out ahead. And we have great news for those hesitant sellers!

    Things in the San Ramon Valley Real Estate world have begun to thaw out and move forward. We have very little inventory to satisfy a huge surge in demand for homes here, driven by Bishop Ranch employers, our excellent school district, and enviable way of life. There are multiple offers on nearly every home that comes on the market in our area, which is causing prices to creep up.

    So if you have been waiting to sell your home and are wondering if it’s safe to go back in the water, the answer is a resounding YES! Buyers are lining up hoping to purchase in our area, and are shocked to find themselves in a bidding competition for nearly every listing. Homes for sale are going on and off the market in a matter of days, not weeks. And because of this turn in the tide, the “new normal” in San Ramon Estate is gravitating towards regular sales or “equity sales”.

    There are distinct advantages for both buyers and sellers in these transactions. Buyers of Equity Sale (or regular sale) properties benefit because these listings are usually in better or move-in condition as compared to the homes that are lender-owned. For the seller - you can actually come out of the transaction with positive cash in your pocket. So if you are curious about whether this is the right time to sell your home, let’s talk about it! Call, text, or email us. We are happy to have a discussion and start the process!

    Thinking about selling San Ramon real estate? Wondering if you have equity in your home? Find your home value now!

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