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 [...]
Jan
09

Buying a Home as a Real Estate Agent: Unsolicited Advice for Buyers and their Agents

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, General Real Estate News, Our Sales, Success Stories
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I’ve been a real estate for 5 years and this past July my husband and I had the opportunity to buy a home for ourselves. We had been renting for the past 10 years partly because of neighborhood issues and partly because of the recession. After years of saving and some serious luck we were finally in the position to [...]
Sep
27

Peaceful Retreat in the Heart of Hercules

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Listings
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Affordable housing in the East Bay?  We’ve got it covered!  Our newest listing, centrally located in the heart of Hercules, exudes charm, character, and serenity.  Welcome to 708 Forest Run, a peaceful retreat tucked amidst a wooded, park-like setting in the heart of Hercules.  Located on the top floor at the end of a 4 unit building, you’ll love this [...]
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
20

The Next “It” Spot: The Laurel District

Posted In: Community, Food and Dining, For Buyers, For Sellers, For the Home, Good Eats, Oakland
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First it was Temescal, then “Uptown” Oakland, and recently West Oakland.  Now it is the Laurel District!  Ok, now I am sure there are those of you who will say that The Laurel District was already pretty cool.  But when food and shopping become an anchor, meaning, a reason to visit a neighborhood, that is when the area really takes off.  Fast [...]
Mar
02

Three Reasons to Visit Lake Merritt

Posted In: Alameda County, Arts and Entertainment, Community, For Buyers, For Sellers, Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids, Oakland
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Posted by the cool peeps at Berkeley Hills Realty So you’re thinking to yourself, “What should I do today where I can get great exercise and do some people watching while I am at it?”  Or you think to yourself, “My kids need to get out today and I want to go somewhere that is fun for them and not [...]
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