Oct
19

Cost vs. Value Report 2016

Posted In: For Sellers, General Real Estate News, Green Living, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Investing
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The 2016 Cost vs. Value report is out.  YIPPEE! Now let me set the stage: each year, right about this time, a little reminder pops up on my computer, notifying me to “Look for Annual Cost vs. Value Report.”  Well, last week it popped up!  I immediately stopped writing the email I was forming and popped over to Remodeling to [...]
Oct
17

The $1 Listing

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Investing, Oakland
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So there is a new listing that just hit the market located 927 33rd St. in Oakland.  Listed with Keller Williams San Carlos this new listing is creating a lot of fuss.  Why?  Because it is listed for only $1.  Yes, $1. The agent notes the following: “Very Creative Seller, Very Savvy and seller has high knowledge about Real Estate. Seller [...]
Oct
03

Prices comparing 2007 to 2016 are up, and down

Posted In: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, For Boomers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Foreclosures & Short Sales, General Real Estate News, Local Market Statistics
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Seven out of ten of the Bay Area counties have surpassed 2007 prices.  I am so surprised.  Surprised, I tell ya!  And here I thought that all counties had surpassed 2007 prices.  But I was wrong. Why do we compare today to 2007?  2007 was the height of the real estate cycle (Note: real estate cycles typically last 7-10 years). [...]
Sep
26

Albany Local Week

Posted In: Alameda County, Albany, Community, Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids, Good Eats
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Last week was Albany Local Week, a week designed to challenge local residents to eat, see, hear and play within Albany’s 1 square mile.  The community was encouraged to watch a movie, run a 10k, attend an outdoor concert, and dine out with other neighbors.  Local businesses really stepped up to the plate: Little Star Pizza and Solano Cellars were [...]
Sep
12

To Remove Contingencies, or Not to Remove?

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, General Real Estate News, Local Market Statistics
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Should you remove your contingencies?  We get asked this question all of the time.  We cannot give you advice as to what you have to do, but we do want to demystify what this is all about. When a buyer submits an offer on a property they have an opportunity to include certain conditions within the contract that must be [...]
Jun
26

Exquisite 4-plex located in the Berkeley Hills

Posted In: Architecture, Berkeley, For Buyers, For Sellers, Investing, Listings
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One of the reasons we love living and working in Berkeley is the diversity of the homes we encounter.  One such home, 1631 La Vereda in Berkeley, is a perfect example.  This home features history, art, architecture, tranquility, location, and a whole lot of WOW. The Cannon House, formerly called The Petersen House, was built by George P. Jensen in [...]
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