Recently I saw a show on cable where prospective home buyers can spend the night at a house they’re interested in. It caught my attention when San Jose was featured! WOOT!
“We both felt it was a blessing,” said Francisco Morales, a respiratory therapist who camped out in a two-story home in the North Valley area of San Jose with his wife, Misty, and two young boys. “Having two little ones, we could really put it through the trial.”
“Sleep on It,” which premiered Wednesday on HGTV, is the brainchild of Steve Edelman, president of Edelman Productions in Corte Madera.
San Jose residents Francisco and Misty Morales were looking for a little more living space in which to raise their two boys, 4-year-old Francisco Jr. and 20-month-old Gabriel, and entertain their extended family. Their two-bedroom, one-bath home in the North Valley area was no longer doing the job.
They wanted to live in a neighborhood within walking distance of shops and stores, parks for the kids to play in, and access to freeways. They wanted a backyard for entertaining, a two-car garage, two bathrooms and an open floor plan. And they wanted it to be in the $700,000 price range.
They found a two-story house in the North Valley area that looked promising, but they had a few reservations: Would the nearby freeway make it too noisy in the backyard? Would they feel comfortable and safe with the kids living with stairs? And Misty Morales, like Jenny McLaughlin, wanted to make sure there was plenty of natural light. After spending the night in the house, they had their answer.
“Actually, it solidified that we did not want to be in an upstairs/downstairs house,” said Francisco Morales. “And the noise from the freeway was incredibly loud. After that experience, we definitely knew what we wanted.” A month later, they found it – a larger home about four blocks from the one they had spent the night in.
Now… Francisco and Misty only have one income. Here’s how much they probably earn according to Salary.com:
Now granted, Cisco and Misty were upgrading from a house they already owned – so they probably doubled their money already and have plenty of equity. But if a family on an income like this can afford a $700k home in San Jose, why can’t YOU?