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 [...]
Jun
04

New Listing: 1086 Spruce, Berkeley Hills

Posted In: Berkeley, For Buyers, Listings
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We have a new listing: 1086 Spruce St in the Berkeley Hills!  If ever there were a home that exuded absolute quintessential Berkeley, this is it.  This outstanding home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and with approximately 1972 square feet there is plenty of room to roam.  From the original woodwork and wainscoting to the lighting and beautiful built-ins, this [...]
May
09

Albany and Berkeley Make the “Best of” Charts

Posted In: Albany, Berkeley, Community, For Buyers
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Niche.com, a nationwide rankings and review site with information in K-12 schools, colleges, cities and neighborhoods, has recently come out with their 2017 “Best of” lists.  From “Best Cities to Raise a Family” to “Best Public Schools“, Niche.com has become a resource for discovering the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. Two of our East Bay cities made the [...]
Mar
25

A Historical Tour of San Pablo Park, Berkeley

Posted In: Berkeley, Community, Fun for Kids
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Berkeley has some amazing parks.  I recently learned that San Pablo Park is the oldest park in Berkeley.  I have sold a bunch of homes near the park, but it wasn’t until I was speaking to the Seller of an upcoming listing that I learned about the backstory of the park including its deep history within the community. The land was [...]
Mar
19

New Listing!! Berkeley Golden Duplex w/ Income Potential

Posted In: Berkeley, Listings
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We have a fantastic new listing in Berkeley near San Pablo Park, 1308 Russell St, a terrific Golden Duplex with income potential. Now here is the deal.  Have you ever come across a house that was so much more than a house, it was a piece of art? A Mediterranean oasis? A home where you could make some income? A [...]
Jan
13

What Kind of Market is THIS

Posted In: Alameda County, Berkeley, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Foreclosures & Short Sales, General Real Estate News, Investing, Listings, Local Market Statistics
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Multiple offers, oh my!  No contingencies, oh my!  As long as you aren’t in Berkeley, Albany or Oakland, then it might be considered normal.  Normal is defined as a market where buyers and sellers have equal bargaining power.  Yah right, not here!  But all joking aside, even in these very competitive markets we are starting to see some normalcy.  Indeed [...]
Nov
13

Bart vs. Bus: How Living Outside of the BART Zone Will Cost you Less

Posted In: Alameda County, Berkeley, Contra Costa County, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Kensington, Local Market Statistics
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Did you know that if you live outside of a designated BART zone that you will not only pay less for your home but you will likely miss the feeding frenzy of multiple offers? The average home in the area around the North Berkeley BART station is selling for 130% over list price and in some cases as high as [...]
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