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 [...]
Apr
26

How Much Will It Cost To Sell My Home

Posted In: For Sellers
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“How much will it cost to sell my home?” said Mr. Scott.  “My daughter recently sold her house and said there were so many costs!”  If you are considering selling this is probably on the top of your list of questions to ask your Realtor. Let us help demystify what you can expect, and in fact, if you start planning [...]
Mar
27

Should You Stage?

Posted In: For Sellers
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Are you thinking of selling your home?  If you want to sell your home for more money then you might want to stage. Dreams Sell Homes One of the reasons staging works is because it sells a dream: the dream of what it might be like to live in the home.  People are emotional beings and tend to make decisions [...]
Nov
09

Client Success Story #202

Posted In: Albany, For Sellers, Listings, Success Stories
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Judy Shelton lived in her Albany home for over 50 years. Having raised both her children and her grandchildren in this home, she had accumulated decades of memories and possessions.  Her grandson had just graduated high school and was heading up north to attend college; Judy no longer needed such a big house and wanted to move to be near [...]
Apr
25

How Following Zillow’s “Best Time to List” Tool Could Hurt You

Posted In: For Sellers, General Real Estate News
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Making recent news in the world of real estate was an announcement by Zillow about a new tool for home sellers. The listing portal’s “Best Time to List” tool estimates how much the timing of when a property is listed will influence its sales price, based on the sales history of the property’s local market. “Sellers can use this information to [...]
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 [...]
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