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This video was commissioned by HGTV and produced by Lusid Media. The show concept and working title was "Radical Renovations" to showcase some of the more unique properties purchased, renovated and "flipped" by husband and wife team, Jennifer Montague Clark (Founder, The Home Co. Realtors) and Steve Clark (Founder, RFC Renovations & Design) in the San Francisco Bay Area. https://vimeo.com/109721798
Real estate experts and married couple, Jennifer Montague Clark (Founder, The Home Co.) and Stephen Clark (Founder, RFC Renovation and Design) are featured in this national news story about how to spot a good or bad real estate flip. Produced by Eric Noll and reported on by Rebecca Jarvis. https://vimeo.com/109737347
Residential real estate prices are still climbing in one of the nation’s hottest markets, Oakland, California. A recent listing by The Home Co. Realtors in the ultra-desirable Rockridge neighborhood received 30 offers and is setting a new record price per square foot.
Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 04, 2014
373-63rd Street, listed by Jennifer Montague of The Home Co. Realtors, is only 1,400 square feet per public record. Yet after only 12 days on the market, 30 offers from anxious buyers inundated the 12-year real estate veteran. An all-cash offer for $1.5M was ultimately accepted and the property will close escrow on November 5th- just a quick seven days after it was accepted. The sale price represents a record-breaking $1,071 per square foot.
“I was absolutely stunned by the level of interest” said Montague, who not only listed the property as Owner/Broker of The Home Co. Realtors, but who also acted as designer and stager for this recently renovated home. "My design was a fresh and modern interpretation of this 1915 Craftsman that clearly resonated with buyers,” Montague said. The high-quality renovation performed by general contractor RFC Renovations and Design, combined with the allure of Rockridge, made this the hottest property in town.
With its delectable eateries, unique shops, walkability, and proximity to BART, Rockridge is already Oakland’s most desirable neighborhood, but this record-breaking sale truly validates the buzz surrounding the other City by the Bay.
The Home Co. Realtors is a boutique real estate firm that specializes in residential real estate sales and renovation and design consulting for property resale. RFC Renovations and Design is a licensed general contracting company specializing in high quality residential renovations.
Bay Area renovation and real estate experts, Steve Clark and Jennifer Montague Clark, will appear tonight on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.
Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2014- ABC World News discovered the married couple while searching for real estate flipping experts in one of the nation’s trending residential markets, Oakland, California. The segment will focus on pro-tips for overwhelmed home buyers who may be considering a flipped home—especially in this competitive market.
Both Steve and Jennifer are third generation Bay Area natives who come from property pioneering families. Despite growing up on separate sides of the Bay Bridge, the couple has teamed to renovate over 30 properties in the past five years, while raising three young boys in the East Bay. Jen finds the properties, then designs, stages and sells them. Steve partners as builder and investor.
Jennifer is owner of The Home Co. Realtors, http://www.TheHomeCoInc.com and Steve is owner of RFC Renovations and Design, http://www.RFCSF.com. Together, the couple’s mission is to bring quality and sustainable renovations to Oakland that complement the area’s diverse residential real estate market needs. “As Bay Area natives, we are proud to represent the resurgence of Oakland in the national media,” the couple said.
The Home Co. is a boutique real estate firm that specializes in residential real estate sales and renovation and design consulting. RFC Renovations and Design is a licensed general contracting company specializing in high quality residential renovations.
Marni Jameson: The couple that remodels together
By Marni Jameson
Posted: 07/25/2013 10:00:00 AM PDT | Updated: 7 months ago
Some married couples, Lord knows how, work together in business. Some couples, heaven help them, remodel together. Jennifer and Steve Clark, of Lafayette, somehow do both.
The Clarks, who have been married seven years and have three kids, not only team up to renovate other people's properties; they also regularly update their own living space.
I'm all for couples collaborating on home improvements. I personally have built, or rebuilt, three homes with my spouse over the years. But many couples who have survived a remodel would rather sleep on a bed of glass shards than renovate with their mates again.
This is because we humans like -- no, rely on -- stability, consistency and routine. Remodeling upends all that. Suddenly you're doing dishes in the bathtub and brushing your teeth with the garden hose.
But sometimes it works out, as the Clarks will attest. After talking with them, I can tell you their success isn't because one is meek as a daffodil while the other's a steamroller. On the contrary, the Clarks both have formidable personalities and run their own companies.
Steve, a general contractor, owns RFC, a residential construction company. Jennifer, a real estate agent, owns The Home Co., a realty, design and staging firm. Four years ago, they began collaborating on each other's projects.
"Honestly, a lot of times I would butt in when I heard him talking about paint color," says Jennifer. "I couldn't let him paint a house a horrible color, so I would dive in."
Steve agrees that his construction clients can benefit from his wife's design and home-staging advice, while Jennifer's real estate clients often need renovation work that Steve can do. So far, they have collaborated on 15 residential renovations for others and a few at their own home. Though clashes happen even for this well-oiled machine, they share advice on how they resolve conflicts.
Money. "We'll set a budget," says Steve, "and we always go 25 to 30 percent over." While that's pretty standard in most remodels, Steve would like to bring costs closer to estimates. But if Jennifer feels strongly about installing a $1,400 vanity that puts the project over budget, they look for other places to cut. "If we were talking about a vacation to Hawaii, we may decide to go to Lake Tahoe instead," says Steve. "If we're going to splurge somewhere, we have to recapture somewhere else."
Masculine or feminine? Couples often clash over design that's female (colorful) vs. male (industrial). The Clarks are no exception. On "wallpaper, for instance, guys tend to think it is over-the-top feminine," says Jennifer. "So we compromise, and just do one accent wall, which makes a statement."
Timing. "Nobody wants to live in a renovation, so the key to keeping conflict down on the home front is to minimize the under-construction period by good planning," says Jennifer. "Have everything selected before you start." Use Pinterest. Pin your vision there, pulling together images of inspirational rooms, tiles, light fixtures, paint colors and fabric swatches.
Give options, negotiate. Whoever leads the design decisions should give his or her partner choices. "I need to give Steve options," says Jennifer, "because it's his home, too." So when it's time to pick a chandelier, Jennifer will select four she likes, and ask Steve to pick one. However, if Jennifer must have a light fixture he isn't crazy about, they negotiate. "I say, if we go with your chandelier, can we upgrade the TV from a 48-inch to a 52-inch?" adds Steve.
Know what your partner does better. In the Clarks' case, Steve appreciates Jennifer's decisiveness: "She can look at three colors, pick one and go." Jennifer likes Steve's leadership skills. He served in the Army, so "he really can whip his crews into shape," she says. On a home project, her decisiveness and his ability to keep the crew moving make for efficient teamwork.
Use professional courtesy. Treat each other as pros. Steve says, "I sometimes speak to Jennifer as if she were one of my soldiers or employees. She has to remind me that she has her own company and is a professional. She's right. We should treat each other better than our employees and better than our clients."
When tempers flare ... Jennifer says, "We definitely have our moments and exchange looks that say 'I can't stand you right now.' " To restore peace, they hear each other out. They also know when to step away and cool off and when to agree to disagree.
"Eventually we both know that, when we consider our family and future together, nothing is worth fighting over," Jennifer says. "Plus, we love doing this and know that together we can create something even bigger and better."
After collaborating on 15 residential renovations, plus their own house, Jennifer and Steve Clark, of Lafayette, have learned how to remodel and stay happily married. Here they are seen during the transformation of an Oakland church into a home. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Clark). See article and photo at http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23718428/marni-jameson-couple-that-remodels-together?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com
Marni Jameson is the author of "House of Havoc" and "The House Always Wins" (Da Capo Press). Contact her through www.marnijameson.com.