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 [...]
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: [...]
Feb
09

El Cerrito Market Update

Posted In: Contra Costa County, El Cerrito, For Buyers, For Sellers, Local Market Statistics
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This El Cerrito Market update will blow you away! Check out what the median price and median rent in El Cerrito has been doing since the beginning of summer last year. Week Ending Median Price Median Rent Jun – Aug $800,000 $3500 8/13/16 $751,000 $3300 10/8/16 $722,500 $3150 10/22/16 $730,000 $3150 10/29/16 $730,000 $3200 11/5/16 $755,000 $3200 11/12/16 $752,000 $3150 [...]
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 [...]
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). [...]
Apr
04

Bay Area Home Prices By Transit Stop

Posted In: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, General Real Estate News, Local Market Statistics
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We have all seen the headlines showing that Bay Area home prices are off the charts.  I mean seriously, when I saw that the median price in Alameda County went above $700k I practically spit out my coffee.  But it is starting to get a little crowded around here, and buyers are wondering where they can move to and still commute to [...]
Jun
13

Will the Drought Impact the Bay Area’s Real Estate Market?

Posted In: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, For Buyers, For Sellers, General Real Estate News, Green Living, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance
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Will the drought in California, which is weighing heavily on all of our minds as the water from the faucet starts to taste a litter funkier every week, have any kind of impact on real estate prices? There are several possible scenarios:   The price of water continues to go up, as it becomes a scarcer resource. As the price [...]
Mar
03

Perch’d is on Pinterest!

Posted In: Alameda County, Architecture, Arts and Entertainment, Community, Contra Costa County, Creative Reuse Ideas, Food and Dining, For Buyers, For Sellers, For the Heck of It, For the Home, Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids, Good Eats, Green Living, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Local Market Statistics, Neighborhoods, Photos, Places, Uncategorized
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Perch’d is on Pinterest! Check out some of the fun things we like to do in the Bay Area as well as find out about some of the cool things about your neighborhood! We are busy pinning great things for you to enjoy! Let us know what your favorite pin is! 
Dec
02

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Posted In: Alameda, Alameda County, Albany, Arts and Entertainment, Berkeley, Community, Contra Costa County, El Cerrito, Emeryville, For the Heck of It, Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids, Kensington, Neighborhood Events, Neighborhoods, Oakland, Photos, Places, Richmond, Rockridge, Temescal, Uncategorized
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Do you make it a tradition to go to tree lighting ceremonies each year?  If not – no better time than now! Berkeley has their tree lighting ceremony this Friday at 5:30pm.  Jack London Square will also have their tree lighting ceremony on Friday at 5:00pm. There are quite a few options to go see a tree lighting or Menorah [...]
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