There are 7 blog entries for April 2009.
Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 9:41am. 567 Views, 0 Comments.
The figures for the 1st quarter have come in with some predictable results. Housing sales are way up (almost 200% in Hayward!) with the bulk of these sales in the lower end markets. Foreclosures have been the bread and butter of this market with Short Sales and REOs bringing in buyers from all over. I've had one eager man in New Zealand who has been buying up properties in Richmond.
The low interest rates combined with the $8000 tax credit has made first-time buyers and investors dive into affordable East Bay and Oakland Real Estate. The median sales price of homes sold has dropped dramatically because of the focus on the lower end market. The median price of a Oakland home sale has dropped 70% since the same quarter last year. While many areas of…
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 1:54pm. 473 Views, 0 Comments.
Ok forgive the sensationalism I just wanted to welcome back Capt. Richard Phillips who was held hostage by the Somali pirates. What an ordeal, I can't imagine. It was just a nice day at the Union Point Park in Oakland again. I caught site of this beautiful ship tied up at the harbor and . The pirates wish they could command a boat this regal.
Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 4:41pm. 492 Views, 0 Comments.
One thing that often gets overlooked is cracks. Cracks can mean a lot of things, and can make people anxious about the condition of the home. A house can look fresh and newly painted, but if cracks-even very small ones- are showing up in the floors, on the…
Saturday, April 11th, 2009 at 10:50am. 554 Views, 1 Comments.
I've been getting a lot of calls about the Governments First-Time home buyers credit. The newly passed legislation allows first-time buyers to claim a credit of up to $8,000, or 10% of the home's value, whichever is less, on their 2008 or 2009 taxes. This is a refundable tax credit meaning that you can actually have the money refunded to you even if you don't owe the full amount on your taxes.
The purchase must be made between Jan. 1, 2009 and Nov. 30, 2009 to qualify for the credit. Buyers must make less than $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples. To qualify has a first time home buyer you cannot have purchased a home in the last three years. They must also live in the house for at least three years, or they will be obligated to pay back the…
Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 2:50pm. 503 Views, 1 Comments.
Some of the most beautiful homes in the Bay Area are on Seaview in Piedmont.
I frequently walk up and down the street and gaze at these masterpieces of architecture and grandeur. Take a 20 min walk and then have lunch in the park at the corner of Hampton and Seaview. You'll thank me later.
Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 9:37am. 491 Views, 0 Comments.
“Doing your homework” has a special meaning when buying a house. There is a tendency to focus on the home itself—it's size, it's backyard, the kitchen and family room, etc.. The buyers will concentrate on the number of bedrooms, and baths, and how they can negotiate the best price for the home once they have found the ideal place.
While that is normal, and eminently practical, there is another consideration that often is not fully included in the consideration. That element is the neighborhood. This may seem obvious, and most parents have already checked into the school district and looked up and down their street for any obvious issues for discussion with their agent.
But there is more—the extended neighborhood. That extended neighborhood…
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 4:31pm. 417 Views, 0 Comments.
Actually, the question should be "Why not choose Oakland?". It's central location on the coast makes an ideal departure site for nearby San Francisco or busy San Jose. It is short distance from scenic coastal towns like Monterey or Mendocino, or the nearby wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties.
Looking for your own personal scenic views? The hills above Oakland gives you a panoramic view in every direction. The Oakland estuary offers everything from small kayaks to sailboat racing on weeknights, to the bright white Coast Guard cutters making ready for long offshore trips.
Enjoy mountain views? The Claremont and Montclair neighborhoods have streets lined with ecalyptus, pine, manzanita and fir trees, causing you to mistake the area for Lake Tahoe.