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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Feb
25

20 Top Real Estate Markets for February 2016

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, General Real Estate News, Investing, Local Market Statistics
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East Bay Living just got better!!  According to Realtor.com California is home to 12 of the 20 hottest real estate markets across the nation, 8 of which are in the top 10.  This is huge! The report also shows that sellers who are looking to move up should not wait. “As for sellers, while it might seem that they should [...]
Apr
22

What is this Crazy Market Going to Do?!?!?

Posted In: Economy, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, General Real Estate News, Investing, Local Market Statistics
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Struggling to buy in today’s market, buyers, new and experienced alike are beginning to ask really big questions about jumping into such a competitive market knowing that they will most likely be “house rich but cash poor”, that they may not be able to afford the taxes the first few years and eat ramen to make ends meet. One client, [...]
Mar
23

Bay Area Buyers: Are You Tired Yet? Consider Investing.

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, For Boomers, For Buyers, For Sellers, General Real Estate News, Investing, Local Market Statistics, Rentals
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Where does a wary buyer in the San Francisco Bay Area, who has had their offers rejected 13 times, find a house?  North Carolina. “Lovely, ranch style, 2033 square feet, custom built in 2006, Listed at $198,000” “1700 square foot, custom new construction, 4 beds and 3.5 baths, peaceful view, listed at $209,900” or how about “All one level, brick exterior, [...]
Nov
24

Real Estate Monday – Berkeley

Posted In: Alameda County, Architecture, Berkeley, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, For the Home, General Real Estate News, Investing, Listings, Local Market Statistics, Uncategorized
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This Real Estate Monday we will cover Berkeley Statistics.  The average listing price in Berkeley is $948,835, which is down $36K from a high of $948,720 one year ago.   However, the median sales price is $790K, up $40K from same time last year. Berkeley continues to have a robust market. If you are looking to sell or buy – contact me [...]
Nov
07

New Listing: 1771 11th Street – Urban Living Redesigned!

Posted In: Alameda County, Architecture, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, General Real Estate News, Investing, Listings, New Home Sales, Oakland, Photos, Uncategorized, Women Home Buyers
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We are extremely excited to bring to the market this new listing at 1771 11th Street! It is Urban Living Redesigned to the fullest! With your very own redwood tree in the front yard and fire pit, garden beds and lawn in back, this newly renovated W. Oakland Arts and Crafts beauty is a dream come true.  This 1885 home was [...]
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