As a Realtor I have the privilege of PRE-viewing a lot of houses and have been given many chances of buying a home before it hit the market (paying fair market value nevertheless) and yet the decision to buy and move out of our current home always resulted in a “stay put” approach.
I live in a small 2 bd, 1 bath home in the St Jerome’s neighborhood. I love my neighborhood and its proximity to Bart, shops, Solano Avenue, Kensington circle and parks. It was important when we bought and is still important now. My husband and I intentionally bought a smaller home closer to our way of life as opposed to a bigger home for our growing family that required the use of a car for any quick shopping trip. What people would refer to as the European model. We have made the best use of the space but there comes a time when even that is not possible and the increase in market value in the Bay Area has won over our squeamishness to increase the square footage of our home.
It is a big endeavor to start construction on an addition and remodel. First you have to go through the hurdle of the building department and every city has its horror story!!!! The approval of my permits took 3 months because the dept was overbooked apparently!
After a quick demolition of the deck and a week of digging up the perimeter of the foundation and building the steel framing for the foundation stage 2 started with the pouring of the foundation and today a truck delivered this huge load of beams and plywood. Besides the noise that must drive all the neighbors crazy it is so exciting to see how a house is built. I was expecting as much but seeing it in progress is quite amazing i admit.
Soon i will be in need of a temporary place while the addition/remodel moves indoor and kitchen gets a facelift, walls are moved etc…. That phase does not appeal to me much as the dust will surely be everywhere when it is all done but that is part of the process and i signed up for that so i will deal with it the best i can… In any event i am in search and need of a short term rental for a 1 month and that is the least fun part in the Bay Area!!!!! But going through this makes me a better Realtor, gives me a better understanding of what my clients have to go through and the stress it causes.
To all of the home buyers and those looking at rentals out there my hat is off to you.