Oct
16

Want to See a Ghost?

Posted In: Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids
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Want to See a Ghost? Visit the 13 Most Haunted Bay Area Houses, Hotels, Abandoned Mines … Boo! Want to see a ghost this Halloween in the very haunted Bay Area? Our East Bay region is filled with haunted places for poltergeists and benevolent spirits, according to local paranormal investigators. For our bravest readers, we compiled this list of the 13 Most Haunted [...]
Mar
09

2261 38th in Oakland – A Gem Of All Gem’s w/ Before + After’s

Posted In: Alameda County, For Sellers, Home Improvement, Listings, Oakland, Our Sales, Success Stories
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We have a listing located at 2261 38th Avenue in the Harrington District of Oakland.  Our Seller bought this home several years ago and completely turned it upside down.  The house needed a lot of love, which is what she gave it.  Here are some of the updates she did while owning it. new electrical :: new floors :: new [...]
Feb
23

Can you really buy a 2 bedroom condo in Oakland for under $550,000? Yes!

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, Food and Dining, Lofts, Condos, & Townhouses, Oakland
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Can you really buy a 2 bedroom condo in Oakland for under $550,000?  Yes, you can, and it is in a simply-sweet gated community located at the top of a tree-lined hill.  Tell me more! 86 Anair Way is a serene and tranquil 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath townhome located in a hidden community close to the Oakland Zoo and overlooking [...]
Dec
03

City Transfer Tax Update

Posted In: Alameda County, Berkeley, Contra Costa County, El Cerrito, Oakland, Taxes
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Happy December!  Last month voters passed some ballot measures that will affect transfer tax rates within certain cities.  If you intend to buy or sell a home in the following cities next year this could apply to you. Starting next year, possibly as early as January 1st, the following changes will occur: ALAMEDA COUNTY Berkeley (Measure P) For sales above [...]
Oct
23

Is the Market About to go kerplunk?

Posted In: Economy, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Local Market Statistics
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Buyers, Sellers + Realtors were all chatting about the market at our open house this past weekend.  It seems that everyone is confused about the market and what was happening: Is it shifting?  Is it dropping?  Is it seasonal? YES!!!  All of the above.  The problem is that we won’t know which it is until it passes.  The other problem [...]
Sep
25

Should I Put My Property in a Living Trust?

Posted In: For Buyers, General Real Estate News
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(as reposted from the Abio blog…) We have trust issues. When legendary singer Aretha Franklin died recently, she didn’t leave a will or a trust for her estimated $80 million estate. No instructions about how to split her assets among her four children or deal with creditors and extended family members who might claim portions of her estate. That got us thinking. More than half of [...]
Sep
10

Who Should Vote for Prop 5, Property Tax Law

Posted In: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, General Real Estate News, Legal, Taxes
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(as reposted from the Abio blog) Proposition 5, a measure developed by the California Association of Realtors, is headed to the ballot Nov. 6, and advocates say it could ease not only the property tax burden on seniors, but also relieve the state’s housing crunch. Here’s what you need to know before you vote on Prop. 5, also known as the Property Tax Transfer Initiative: [...]
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