Safest Colleges in the Country- San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner

Safest Colleges in the Country

by San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner

Many of our children will be accepting college invitations over the next few months.  Acceptance letters are being sent out in a fury and our youths have hard decisions to make about the next 4 years of their life.  To add to the complexity of selecting the perfect school, parents want to make sure their children are safe at college.  How do safety rankings impact college choices?

Safe Colleges has just released their Safest College Campus in the US statistics.  California has a host of schools that would make parents happy.  The highest ranking California college is # 13 Cal State San Marcos.  #44 UC Irvine also appears in the top 50 safest colleges in the US.  Here is the complete list of California’s top-ranked safest schools.

  1. Cal State San Marcos (13)
  2. UC Irvine (44)
  3. Cal State Fullerton (59)
  4. Cal State Dominguez Hills (67)
  5. UC San Diego (71)
  6. Cal State East Bay (75)
  7. Cal State LA (83)
  8. UC Davis (85)
  9. Cal State Northridge (87)
  10. San Jose State University (90)
  11. San Diego State University (97)
  12. Cal State Long Beach (101)
  13. Cal Poly Pomona (106)
  14. Sacramento State University (127)
  15. UC Santa Barbara (151)
  16. UC Riverside (161)
  17. UC Los Angeles (162)
  18. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (163)
  19. CSU Chico (164)
  20. Fresno State University (186)
  21. Cal State San Bernardino (196)
  22. UC Berkeley (209)
  23. San Francisco State University (220)
  24. UC Santa Cruz (234)

Does This Impact College Choices?

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is an award-winning district.  We are high achievers with incredibly talented and academic students.  Our schools offer cutting-edge programs in engineering, technology, and science.  Will your family be discussing college safety this Spring?  If so, feel free to use this ranking from

Empty Nesters

Many of us will be making housing changes after our children go off to college.  Using the equity built in our homes and the desire to downsize are always appealing goals.  Maybe retirement is coming soon or traveling more becomes a priority?  If you are one of the many looking to find a new home, give me call.  I will be happy to help make your transition easy and profitable.

4 Reasons Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home

4 Reasons Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home!

4 Reasons Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home! | MyKCM

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.  To discuss any of these reasons in more details, feel free to give me a call at 925-400-7007 or

*Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.3% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

**Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage hovered close to 4.0% in 2017. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by nearly a full percentage point by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

***Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?  If so, let’s talk or text at 925-400-7007.

****It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?  To find out what homes are available in your area, contact me directly or check out our local home search program at: Home Search

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.  To learn more about Kerner Homes, go to  Make it a great day!

Tax Refunds Can Jump Start Down Payment Savings

It’s Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $2,895, last year.

Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals; for anyone looking to buy a home in 2018, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment!  If you are interested in discussing the typical San Ramon home down payment requirement, contact San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner at 924-400-7007 or

The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state. (The refunds received for the 2017 tax year should continue to reflect these numbers as the new tax code will go into effect for 2018 tax filings.)

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

Many first-time buyers believe that a 20% down payment is required to qualify for a mortgage. Programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all allow for down payments as low as 3%, with Veterans Affairs Loans allowing many veterans to purchase a home with 0% down.

If you started your down payment savings with your tax refund check this year, how close would you be to a 3% down payment?

The map below shows what percentage of a 3% down payment is covered by the average tax refund by taking into account the median price of homes sold by state.

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The darker the blue, the closer your tax refund gets you to homeownership! For those in Alabama looking to purchase their first homes, their tax refund could potentially get them 69% closer to that dream!

Bottom Line

Saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting task. But the more you know about what’s required, the more prepared you can be to make the best decision for you and your family.  This tax season, your refund could be your key to homeownership.  For more information about owning a home in San Ramon, Danville, Dublin or Pleasanton, reach out to Jason Kerner Realtor Broker at or 925-400-7007.

It’s a Great Time to Sell- by San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner

Latest NAR Data Shows Now Is a Great Time to Sell!

Call San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner to discuss your individual situation in more detail, 925-400-7007.

Latest NAR Data Shows Now Is a Great Time to Sell! | MyKCM

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high, and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to sell your house.  If you want any of the information to be discussed in more detail, as it relates to your personal housing situation, contact San Ramon Realtor, Jason Kerner, at 925-400-7007.  More information about Jason is available at KernerHomes

Let’s look at the data covered in the latest REALTORS® Confidence Indexand Existing Home Sales Report.


Every month, NAR surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.” This month, the index showed (again) that homebuying demand continued to outpace the supply of homes available in January.

The map below illustrates buyer demand broken down by state (the darker your state, the stronger demand there is).

Latest NAR Data Shows Now Is a Great Time to Sell! | MyKCM

In addition to revealing high demand, the index also shows that compared to conditions in the same month last year, seller traffic conditions were ‘weak’ in 22 states, ‘stable’ in 25 states, and ‘strong’ in only 4 states (Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota & Utah).  What is demand like in San Ramon, Dublin, Danville and Pleasanton?  Call Jason at 925-400-7007 to discuss.

Takeaway: Demand for housing continues to be strong but supply is struggling to keep up, and this trend is likely to continue throughout 2018.


The most important data revealed in the report was not sales but was instead the inventory of homes for sale (supply). The report explained:

  • Total housing inventory rose 4.1% from December to 1.52 million homes available for sale.
  • Unsold inventory is 9.5% lower than a year ago, marking the 32nd consecutive month with year-over-year declines.
  • This represents a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace.

According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR:

“Another month of solid price gains underlines this ongoing trend of strong demand and weak supply. The underproduction of single-family homes over the last decade has played a predominant role in the current inventory crisis that is weighing on affordability.”

In real estate, there is a guideline that often applies; when there is less than a 6-month supply of inventory available, we are in a seller’s market and we will see appreciation. Between 6-7 months is a neutral market, where prices will increase at the rate of inflation. More than a 7-month supply means we are in a buyer’s market and should expect depreciation in home values.

As we mentioned before, there is currently a 3.4-month supply, and houses are going under contract fast. The Existing Home Sales Report shows that 43% of properties were on the market for less than a month when sold.

In January, properties sold nationally were typically on the market for 42 days. As Yun notes, this will continue unless more listings come to the market.

“While the good news is that Realtors in most areas are saying buyer traffic is even stronger than the beginning of last year, sales failed to follow course and far lagged last January’s pace. It’s very clear that too many markets right now are becoming less affordable and desperately need more new listings to calm the speedy price growth.”

Takeaway: Inventory of homes for sale is still well below the 6-month supply needed for a normal market and supply will ‘fail to catch up with demand’ if a ‘sizable’ supply does not enter the market.

Bottom Line

If you are going to sell, now may be the time to take advantage of the ready, willing, and able buyers that are still out searching for your house.  If you are thinking about selling your home, contact San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner at

Artists Alert- San Ramon Announces Utility Box Public Art Project

Artist Alert- San Ramon Announces Utility Box Public Art Project- by San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner


Application Deadline is March 30, 2018

The City of San Ramon is looking for artists to participate in their first Utility Box Art Project.  The program encourages our local artists to create works of art from boring old utility boxes.  San Ramon’s goal is to inspire artists to contribute to the beauty of our city.   This sounds like a great project for San Ramon citizens of all cultures.  How lucky are we to live in such a great city that respects the arts!  If you are looking to learn more about our great community check out my blog:  San Ramon Community Details

Project Scope

The City plans to offer 5 utility boxes along Crow Canyon Road as backdrops for lucky artists to use as their canvas.  Are you that artist?  Help our City foster civic pride and community identity by bringing art to different parts of the San Ramon.  The theme of this project is “Celebrating the Arts”.

Paid Project

This pilot program offers each winning artist $700 to pay for materials and time.  $350 will be e given at the start of the project.  An additional $350 will be paid to the artists after work has been completed.  The winning artists are responsible for all prep, painting, and sealant of the boxes.  The City says it will offer anti-graffiti sealant to preserve the artwork.  Artists are encouraged to include their signature on the utility box.


City of San Ramon’s Eligibility Requirements

Full details available at Utility Box Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • 3 designs may be submitted
  • Work must be original
  • Artwork must be completed within 4 week period.


  • Skill of the artists
  • Theme of project meets requirements
  • Foster city pride and community identity


  • Applications due by: March 30, 2018 at 5:00pm
  • Applications and design template review: April/May 2018
  • Selected Artists announced: May 16, 2018
  • Earliest date painting may begin: June 4, 2018
  • Painting must be completed by: August 1, 2018.
  • *Dates subject to change


For questions please contact Erika Burg at or call (925) 973 – 3205

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in San Ramon, contact San Ramon Realtor, Jason Kerner at, or text 925-400-7007.

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380 South Overlook Drive, San Ramon- Listed by San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner

380 South Overlook Drive, San Ramon- Listed by San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner

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Upgrades and Views

380 South Overlook Drive in San Ramon is presented for sale.  This is a highly upgraded, east facing townhouse style condo with the city, golf course, and hillside views!  The largest floorplan in this area with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1314 square feet of luxury living space, and large patio.  The kitchen shines with quartz counters, upgraded cabinetry and lots of storage space.  Photos and more details available  at

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Stylish Details

The flooring includes distressed hardwood floors with high baseboards and new lush carpet upstairs.  The house has an abundance of oversized closets and storage.   High ceilings welcome sun into this light and bright home.  The stylishly painted living room comes with a slate wood burning fireplace.

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Views and Privacy

Spacious master bedroom with stunning panoramic views and an upgraded master bathroom that includes quartz counters, upgraded cabinets, a large walk-in closet.  A large guest bedroom is privately situated down the hall.  A laundry closet is conveniently placed upstairs with ample storage space.

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Resort Style Living

You’ll love the gated resort style living with pool, spa, gym, clubhouse, and tennis courts.  Ideally located near Bishop Ranch and the new San Ramon City center opening soon, this condo will be minutes away from brand new shops, restaurants, and luxury movie theater.

Jason Kerner, Broker/Realtor

If you would like to talk with Jason Kerner about 380 South Overlook Drive in San Ramon, text or call him at 925-400-7007.  Additional information is available at

Rent or Buy Your San Ramon Home?

Whether You Rent or Buy Your San Ramon Home, Either Way, You’re Paying a Mortgage!

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There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your San Ramon landlords.  I have an luxurious San Ramon condo coming on the market at 380 South Overlook Drive San Ramon that backs to Canyon Lakes golf course and has views of the Valley and Hills.  Let me know if you would like advanced information.  To learn more about San Ramon, check out community details at San Ramon Community Details

As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:

“While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”

Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management organization at Freddie Mac, explains another benefit of securing a mortgage as opposed to paying rent:

“With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll have the certainty & stability of knowing what your mortgage payment will be for the next 30 years – unlike rents which will continue to rise over the next three decades.”

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ which allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person building that equity.

Interest rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage and make a move into your dream home. Freddie Mac’s latest report shows that rates across the country were at 4.22% last week.

Bottom Line

Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, now may be the time to buy.  If you want to know how to afford a home in San Ramon, give me a call or at 925-400-7007.  Together, we can go over the numbers and figure out your options.  As your local San Ramon Realtor/Broker, with over 16 years of experience, I have helped hundreds of home buyers find the perfect solution.

San Ramon Realtor Jason Kerner Recognized by The Patch

San Ramon Realtor, Jason Kerner, is Recognized by The Patch

Jason Kerner, San Ramon Realtor, has a low pressure approach, dedication to customer service, 24/7 availability, and knowledge of the East Bay real estate market that make him your “go to guy” for all your real estate needs.

Jason knows how to successfully win multiple offer situations as well as how to prepare a home to sell for its maximum potential.   If your home needs window repairs, cleaners, roofing, landscaping repairs or more, Jason keeps a list of highly qualified vendors that are available to his clients at a moments notice.  Jason calls it his Vendor Concierge Service.  nexthome-site (1)

“Jason came highly recommended to us. So when we decided to purchase our first home in San Ramon, California, we immediately knew our choice. Jason responded to the first and every phone call promptly understood our preferences from discussions and observations during the first few home showings. He was patient throughout the home selection process and helped us submit a winning bid. We had a wonderful home buying experience. Even after the home purchase, we have turned to Jason as a great resource and he has always provided recommendations and advice that have been a tremendous help for us. We highly recommend Jason to any and all prospective home buyers in and around San Ramon, CA. We will be happy to talk to any of his potential clients on our experience. For any future real estate needs, we look forward to working with Jason again! Thank you, Jason!”  Zillow Review.

Jason consistently outperforms the expectations of his clients and therefore is consistently referred to friends and neighbors.  The Patch of San Ramon has recognized Jason Kerner’s excellent rapport with clients in a great article “3 Minutes on a Park Bench with Jason Kerner of NextHome Premier Realty”.  You may read the full article at Jason Kerner Patch Article.  Jason’s homes are highlighted on The Patch San Ramon. Check out his premier agent status at

If you are listing a property, Jason’s homes always outperform other homes in the same area.  His home listings get more views and have more visibility to home buyers than anyone else in the area.  This helps sell homes more quickly and for more money.  No wonder he has so many clients refer their friends to him!  Check out some of his latest recommendations at: and  If you want to work with the Realtor your friends refer, contact Jason Kerner at

Nerd Wallet Declares San Ramon Best Place to Raise a Family

Nerd Wallet Declares San Ramon to be the Best Place to Raise Families

by Jason Kerner, San Ramon Realtor


San Ramon was recognized by Nerd Wallet as the best place to raise a family.  I have known for years that San Ramon is truly the best place to raise a family.  As a resident and parent of 2 daughters, I’ve known San Ramon is the ideal City to raise a family.  Schools, parent activities, outdoor activities, and convenient shopping all make the city the perfect place.

As cited by the Nerd Wallet article , the San Ramon Valley Unified School District is a nationally recognized and award-winning district.  Students graduating from SRVUSD schools are going to elite colleges around the country and excelling in academic and athletic programs.  For more information about the SRVUSD, check out .

Personally, I have enjoyed volunteering in school organizations such as PTA, Ed Fund, and Site Council.  I still am a regular sponsor of events such as the local Harvest Festivals, Inclusion and Diversity fairs, and Education Night fundraisers.  We are never at a loss for activities in the San Ramon Valley.  These types of activities make life fun for a parent in San Ramon.

As an avid cyclist, I appreciate the abundance of trails throughout the tri-valley area.  I enjoy touring homes and getting out into the San Ramon Valley on my bike on a regular basis.  Hosting a weekly series, it is fun sharing the best corners of our neighborhood.   Check out my latest video at Dougherty Valley High School . In addition to biking paths, there are lots of well-groomed parks, soccer fields, softball fields and hiking paths embedded within the gorgeous rolling hills.

Coming soon is the San Ramon City Center.  This hub of activity placed near the Bishop Ranch Business Park and Chevron Park is planned for 2018.  In addition, the City of San Ramon is celebrating 150 years in existence.  Restaurants and storefronts are abundant in the area.  Large retailers and small mom and pop stores are fun for visitors of all ages.  download (1)

If you are interested in making San Ramon your home, if you want to live in Nerd Wallets Best Place to Live in California for Young Families, call or text me at 925-400-7007.



San Ramon Parks and Recreation Posts Events

San Ramon Parks and Recreation Posts Winter Events

by Jason Kerner, Realtor Broker/Owner


San Ramon Parks and Recreation has just posted it’s updated winter schedule.

One of the best parts of San Ramon, in addition to it’s award winning schools and safe city recognition, is the abundance of access to activities for people of all ages.  The activities range from non-competitive sports to fine arts and academic programs.  In addition, the City of San Ramon hosts incredible holiday activities and events for the entire community.

With well maintained and staffed pools in all parts of San Ramon, it is no wonder the San Ramon Olympic pool and Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center run swim programs throughout the winter months.  The San Ramon Parks and Recreation Winter Guide lists lifeguard instructor courses, water safety instruction and fitness programs.

The San Ramon performing arts center offers drama, Bollywood, Polynesian dance, piano, and ballet classes. After school enrichment programs help students excel or improve in math, Mindcraft, robotics, STEM, speech writing, chess, Chinese language, and more.  The San Ramon Parks and Recreation Winter Guide is a diverse and creative collection of programs for children of all ages.  They even have computer and business courses for older audiences.  For performing arts schedule, go to: SR Winter Guide

Fitness programs are always available for youth, teens and seniors.  Strength and toning, line dancing, karaoke, tai chi kuen and aerobics are just a few of the programs available to our seniors.  For the younger members of our community, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and soccer are some of the more popular classes.  Fencing and therapeutic recreation classes has started drawing great attendance.


Holiday celebrations are another way the San Ramon Community comes together.  The Annual Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration is scheduled for 12/1.  Handel’s The Messiah will be presented at the San Ramon Community Center at Central Park on 12/17.  Forest Hill Farms has holiday wreath making on 12/2 and embroidery on 1/20.  The San Ramon 150 program is promoting a free lecture series.  The Bah Humbug! 5k run is 12/2.  See the San Ramon Parks and Recreation Winter Guide for details and location.

If you are looking to move to San Ramon, text Jason Kerner Realtor Broker/Owner at 925-400-7007.  With over 14 years of experience, Jason will help you find the perfect home.  Or, visit