My 30+ years in Real Estate, both as an Agent and a Certified Real Estate Appraiser, have given me the skills and knowledge to work with both buyers and sellers.
My knowledge extends to what is beneficial in regards to repairing and remodeling homes. I know what should be done and what shouldn't. I have successfully worked with buyers in the most recent very tough markets. I listened to their needs and desires and take the time to find the right house. In many of the cases working with buyers, the process has taken more than 6 months due to the difficulty of the market.
Additionally, With over 8,000 appraisals completed in Santa Clara County alone, I can "specialize" in any zip code or market. Not everything brings back your investment. Many upgrades actually give a return higher than the investment. The house on Somerville in my sales list was worth only about $1,000,000 prior to spending $125k on remodeling. The sellers doubled their investment with a final sales price of $1,250,000. The same was true for the Ensalmo sale. It was worth less than $700k prior to a $45k investment in repairs and upgrades and it sold for $780,000, again doubling the sellers investment. I have contacts that do quality work, for a reasonable price, which helps sell the property in any type of market. Conversely, if I work with a buyer, I know what kind of remodeling is valuable and what is excessive.