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Tony 4 Great Homes- Realtor Tracy CA

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Realtor Tracy CA

Realtor Tracy CA

Realtor Tracy CA

Looking to buy or sell? Call Tony Martin, serving Tracy, CA and beyond!

Realtor Tracy CA

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Sold My First House

  1. Hiring the best Realtor is the most important step
  2. Minor upgrades go along way.
  3. It’s all about curb appeal!
  4. You don’t get a second first impression. Act as if every day is a “show”day.
  5. Place important, large items, toys or clothes in a storage unit!

Realtor Tracy CA

Tony 4 Great Homes has access to cutting edge technology, as well as a marketing coordinator and support staff. We are on top of the latest real estate news and aware of the current rental market trends, conditions, and buyer preferences. Let Tony 4 Great Homes be your Real Estate team!

 

If you would like to speak with one of our Realtors or if you have other questions, please call our office @ 209-610-3431 or email us at info@mkrealproperties.com We will be happy to provide you with our service package for you to review. Your Realtor Tracy CA.

 

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Homes for Sale Tracy CA

Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Homes for Sale Tracy CA

Homes for Sale Tracy CA

Homes for Sale Tracy CA

Looking for a Realtor? Call today @ 209-610-3431

Tony 4 Great Homes has access to cutting edge technology, as well as a marketing coordinator and support staff. We are on top of the latest real estate news and aware of the current market trends, conditions, and buyer preferences. Let Tony 4 Great Homes handle all your real estate needs!!

For exclusive offers, current rentals, and inside news like us on Facebook! Go to Facebook.com/MkRealProperties and click LIKE!

Serving Tracy, CA and beyond.
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Having a difficult time selling your home?

Friday, March 18th, 2016
homes for sale tracy ca

homes for sale tracy ca

Can’t sell your home?

Try renting your home with MK Real Properties located in Tracy, CA!

Let us here at MK Real Properties take these responsibilities away: update the property inside and out, determine the rental amount, promote and advertise our home, screen potential candidates, collect monthly rent and manage all repairs!

If you would like to speak with one of our property managers about managing your rental/income property or if you have other questions, please call our office @ 209-610-3431 or email us at info@mkrealproperties.com We will be happy to provide you with our service package for you to review.

For exclusive offers, current rentals, and inside news like us on Facebook! Go to Facebook.com/MkRealProperties and click LIKE!

Serving Tracy, CA and beyond.
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Buy, Rent & Sell- Realtor Tracy CA

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Realtor Tracy CA

Realtor Tracy CA

Tony 4 Great Homes

Realtor Tracy, CA

Buy, sell and rent with us!

At, Tony 4 Great Homes we making the buying process easy! Let us help you find your next investment property and take the stress out of renting it!

Tony Martin has been a resident and business owner in Tracy, CA for over 30 years, during which time he’s watched the area grow and flourish. Tony has observed and experienced for himself the highs and lows of the local real estate market, which in turn has allotted him the experience and knowledge required for the continued success of his Realtor business, Tony 4 Great Homes in Tracy, CA

If you would like to speak with one of our realtors or property managers about managing your rental/income property or if you have other questions, please call our office @ 209-610-3431 or email us at info@mkrealproperties.com We will be happy to provide you with our service package for you to review.

For exclusive offers, current rentals, and inside news like us on Facebook! Go to Facebook.com/MkRealProperties and click LIKE!

Serving Tracy, CA and beyond.
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Beautifully Landscaped In The Westgate Subdivision!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
1212 Annamarie way tracy

1212 Annamarie way tracy

 

 

Beautifully Landscaped In The Westgate Subdivision!

 

This is a real must see! Huge 5 Bedroom with 3 1/2 bathrooms. It is 3,049 sq ft, 2 stories, with a fireplace, 3 car garage and a full master bedroom and bathroom down stairs bedroom. This property is fully landscaped in the Westgate Subdivision; which is a great neighborhood, closes to schools, shopping and easy freeway access.

Facts

  • Lot: 5,720 sqft
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1999
  • Cooling: Central
  • Heating: Forced air

Features

  • Cable Ready
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lawn
  • Mother-in-Law- Full Suite
  • Parking: Carport, Garage – Attached, 3 spaces
  • Sprinkler System

Owner Occupant Rental Property- Tracy CA

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
triplex for sale tracy ca

triplex for sale tracy ca

 

Owner Occupant

The home you live in the majority of the time is considered your primary residence and is classified as owner occupied.

Rental Properties

Rental properties are considered investment properties. Purchasing a property to rent out might be a good strategy to earn extra income.

Owner Occupied Rental Property

The homeowners live here and receive income from renting out a portion of the home or property. This is ideal if you are looking for income to help with expenses of home ownership.

If you are looking to purchase an owner occupied rental property contact Tony Martin @ 209-610-3431 for more information.

Owner Occupant Rental Property Spotlight:

Beautiful and Spacious Triplex For Sale!

 

This beautiful property currently has two units occupied. That’s $2,025 a month immediate cash flow! This will be a huge return on your investment.

1623 Bessie Ave (Unoccupied: live on property or rent out)

This unit is ideal for an owner occupant 3/possible 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, stove, refrigerator, shower over tub, ceiling fans, inside laundry, carport, tool shed, screened in porch, and RV parking.

 

1623 A Bessie Ave (Occupied: $875/Monthly)

1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, stove, refrigerator, shower over tub, and laundry.

 

1625 Bessie Ave (Occupied: $1,150/Monthly)

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, approx. 1100 sq. ft.; tile Kitchen counters, stove, refrigerator, shower over tub; ceiling fans, and inside laundry.

Highlights

All units have backyard storage; close to schools and shopping, and easy freeway access!

  • Well Maintained Triplex
  • Excellent Rental History
  • Large/Spacious Units
  • Laundry Connections
  • Central Heating and Air
  • Carport
  • Live On Property Or Rent Out

 

For More information on this amazing property contact, Tony Martin with, tony4greathomes@hotmail.com or 209-610-3431

 

Please DO NOT disturb the occupants.

 

*These units are currently professionally managed by, MK Real Properties*

 

If you would like to speak with one of our property managers about managing your rental/income property or if you have other questions, please call our office @ 209-610-3431 or email us info@mkrealproperties.com We will be happy to provide you with our service package for you to review.
For exclusive offers, current rentals, and inside news like us on Facebook! Go to Facebook.com/MkRealProperties and click LIKE!
Serving Tracy, CA and beyond.
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facebook.com/MkRealProperties
Call us @
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Visit us @
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Investment Property, we can help!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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Crafts For Winter – Indoor Activities For Kids

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Winter brings rain and gloomy days, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t still have fun! You just have to take it indoors.

Here are some fun and easy winter crafts for kids and adults alike.

3-D Artwork
Art meets science in this fun indoor activity.

What You’ll Need:
Card stock
Rimmed baking sheet
White glue
Salt
Colored water (see tip below)
Eyedropper

Instructions:
1. Place the card stock on the baking sheet and use the glue to draw a design on the paper.

2. Sprinkle salt on the wet glue until it’s completely covered; tap off any excess.

3. Using the eyedropper, drip one drop at a time of the colored water onto the salt.

As the salt absorbs the colored water, the liquid will move along the lines created by the glue, resulting in a color piece of art. Be sure to watch what happens when the colors reach intersecting lines.

Colored Water Tip: Use 5 drops of neon food coloring per 1 tablespoon of water.

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Homemade Snow Dough
This sparkling white play dough will surely brighten up your winter days.

What You’ll Need:
1 Cup Flour
1 Cut Water
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2 Tablespoons White Tempera Paint
1 Tablespoon White or Iridescent Glitter
A Few Drops of Peppermint Extract (optional)

Instructions:
1. Combine all the ingredients except the peppermint extract (if you’re using it) in a medium-sized pot and cook over medium heat.

2. Stir constantly until the mixture holds together, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from hot stove.

3. Place the pay dough on wax paper to cool, about 15 minutes. If you’re using peppermint extract, gently knead it into the dough.

You may store the cooled dough in ziplock back in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

When it comes time to play with the dough, there are a variety of useful props:
Dried Beans
Small Twigs
Tiny Carrot Sticks
Cupcake Wrappers
Colorful Beads
Paper Drink umbrellas
Egg Carton Cups
Snowflake Cookie Cutters

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Snowman Thermometer
When the weather outside is frightful, make a thermometer so delightful!

What You’ll Need:
1 Jumbo Craft Stick
White Acrylic Paint
White and Red Glitter Glue
2″ Piece of White Chenille Stem
2 Medium Blue Pom-Pom Puffs
Wax Paper
½ Orange Toothpick
1 Blue Toothpick (colored toothpicks are not required, plain will work)
Scrap of Material For Scarf
Scrap of White Paper For Sign
Black Marker
White Craft Glue
Glue Stick
Scissors

Instructions:
1. Cover your working area with a piece of wax paper and paint the jumbo craft stick white; allow to dry and repeat if needed.

2. Create the snowman’s face using the black marker to draw eyes, eyebrows, and a mouth. Glue the orange toothpick piece between the eyes and the mouth to make the nose.

3. Glue the blue toothpick to the back of the craft stick, about 2.5” down from the top, leaving about 2/3 of the toothpick visible.

4. Cut a piece of white paper, about 2” x 3” and fold in half. On one half, write “BRRR!” with the black marker. Line the inside of the cut paper with using the glue stick and fold it around the blue toothpick to create the sign.

5. Glue a piece of scrap material around the neck area to create a scarf.

6. Bend the white chenille stem so that it is rounded and fits around the top of the craft stick; this will the headband of the snowman’s ear muffs. Glue in place.

7. Trim a little off the side of a pom-pom puff, making one side flatter. Glue the flat side of the puff to the craft stick where the chenille stem ends. Repeat on the other side.

8. Starting at the bottom of the craft stick, use the red glitter glue to make a “ball” of mercury, then draw a line halfway up the stick.

9. Use the white glitter glue and continue up the craft stick until you reach the scarf. Allow several hours to dry completely.

10. Using a fine tip black marker, add numbers and temperature marks to your thermometer; be sure to include the Fahrenheit and Celcius symbols (F and C).

Hint: Start your number 0 where the red and white meet, then fill in remaining numbers from there.

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winter crafts for kids

Four Upgrades To Avoid When Preparing Your Home For Sale

Friday, October 15th, 2010

If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market and want to stand apart from all the other homes for sale in your neighborhood, there are a few things you can do; remodeling a bathroom or kitchen is always good. But be careful to stay away from certain pitfalls that could derail your chances for a quick sale at a price you like.

While making improvements is always good, you don’t want to overdo it. If you spend a ton of money remodeling, you’ll probably never recoup your investment. Plus, with the economy the way it is these days, you most likely don’t have a bunch of extra money to throw into a house you’re leaving.

Real Estate experts agree that small things like new countertops and appliances in the kitchen, simple bathroom remodels, and energy-saving improvements will pay off in the long term. However, they also agree there are several upgrades that aren’t worth your time – or money.

Below are four upgrades experts say to stay away from when it comes time to prepare your house for sale.

From Investopedia:

1. Over-the-Top Improvements
Before you invest tons of money in an elaborate full-house renovation project, consider what the competing properties in your neighborhood have to offer. While you want your house to stand out from the competition, you shouldn’t make unwarranted upgrades that greatly exceed other properties in the area. Not only will you end up losing money, but you may even scare off potential buyers.

Find out how similarly priced homes in your neighborhood measure up, and make improvements based on your specific marketplace

2. A Swimming Pool
Believe it or not, a swimming pool rarely adds value to a home in this day and age. First of all, it usually costs a small fortune to have an in-ground swimming pool installed. Secondly, you’re probably not going to recoup your investment. Why? Because many homebuyers view an in-ground swimming pool as a high-maintenance hassle and safety hazard.

3. Replacing A Popular Feature
Before you consider making a major home change, such as converting your garage into a game room, take a look around. If every other home in your neighborhood boasts a two-car garage, you should probably think twice. Do you really want to be the only house in the area with no garage? Most homebuyers would prefer to have a sheltered place to park their car than a room to play ping pong and darts.

4. Daring Design
We all want to design and decorate our home so that it reflects our unique style. However, if you’re trying to sell your home, now is not the time to incorporate bold design choices into the décor. If your home already beams with your eclectic tastes, try to tone it down before you plant that “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Homebuyers should be able to imagine themselves living in your home.

Upgrades To Avoid When Selling

How To Quickly And Efficiently Rake Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

“Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
Humbert Wolfe
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Watching the trees change color is one of the best things about the beginning of Autumn. But then those beautiful orange and yellow leaves fall from their branches and clutter up the lawn.

While having a yard covered in colorful leaves may be pleasing to the eye, it can actually cause trouble for your lawn, that’s why it’s always a good idea to rake up the leaves as often as needed. If you stay on top of it, it won’t be such a daunting job.

Here’s an easy and efficient way to rake your leaves:

What You’ll Need:
Wide Rake
Large Tarp
Somewhere safe to dispose of the leaves (like a compost pile).

Start by spreading the tarp on the ground next to the area you’re going to be raking. Then use the rake to pull the leaves onto the tarp, using a throwing sweep to lift the leaves over the edge of the tarp.

When there is a pile of leaves on the tarp a couple of feet high, gather the four corners together and drag the tarp to your place of disposal to empty it out.

Repeat the process by placing the tarp on different areas until the yard is free of leaves.

Until the next time the wind comes up, that is.

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raking autumn leaves