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Courtesy of Realtor Magazine,  here is a brief summary of some of the most important paperwork that you will be seeing, whether buying or selling your Oakland home.  You will be seeing more as the negotiations progress, but be assured that I will go over each page with you carefully, so you are comfortable as you move forward.

Vocabulary: Transaction Documents

Property disclosure form

This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Your real estate agent will let you know if there is a special form required in your state.

Purchasers’ access to premises agreement

This agreement sets conditions for permitting the buyer to enter your home for activities such as measuring for draperies before you move.

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This current selection of Piedmont homes offers you a excellent choice of interior designs and classic architecture.  Be sure to contact me when you find the one that interests you.

Rare Opportunity To Enjoy A Private Estate In C...

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$6,950,000

  • 7 Beds
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  • 7 Baths
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  • 7,312 SqFt

Piedmont, CA

Rare Opportunity To Enjoy A Private Estate In Central Piedmont! Two Parcels Combine For Over An A...

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Only Rarely Does A Home As Beautifully Designed...

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$5,685,000

  • 6 Beds
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  • 5 Baths
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  • 7,408 SqFt

Piedmont, CA

Only Rarely Does A Home As Beautifully Designed As This One Come On The Market, Even In Piedmont....

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Built For The

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There has, and will continue to be, a steady growth in Oakland condominiums.  Whether you want a stately condo alongside Lake Merritt, or a cozier historic building close to Jack London Square, you are sure to find a wealth of choices.  

While choosing a condo is very similar to choosing a home anywhere, there are some specific things that you should look for, and get answers about, before you move ahead.  While I will make sure that you have the details that you need, here are some things to review before selecting your new home:

1. A condominium, while it often looks like an apartment complex from the exterior, is very different from an apartment.  Unlike apartments, each living unit is owned outright by the resident.  In addition, these

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At this time of year, especially, there is a strong competition among buyers in the Oakland and Piedmont housing markets to purchase homes. In fact, in some market areas, there have been multiple offers on available homes, often disappointing many buyers who felt that their ideal home slipped through their fingers.  

The best solution to this problem is to be ready to move ahead right away when you see the home you want. To do this, it is important that you have a pre-approved loan in place. This takes a bit of advanced planning.  You should know what it will take to have a lender consider you, and what elements are involved in setting your mortgage rates.  

Here are some of the major considerations that come into play:

1. Your Credit

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This charmingly updated Maxwell Park home is ideal for those who want to enjoy a well located home that allows immediate access to nearby restaurants, excellent grocery stores, boutique shops, stores and transportation.  And yet, in addition to all that the nearby Dimond and Laurel districts have to offer, there is a small town charm to be found in this cozy and desirable neighborhood.

Many amenities makes this Craftsman style home especially appealing.  It has a freshly painted exterior, and hardwood floors throughout.  An attractive living room features the classic Craftsman style fireplace, and the adjacent dining room offers ample space for entertaining friends and family. 

Just steps away is a pleasant kitchen that is updated to

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 Over the last decade, Oakland has made a commitment to reinvest in the downtown area, with the intention of revitalizing its shops, stores, and overall ambiance.  This has been done with the very specific goal of attracting visitors and Oakland residents alike, to play, live, and enjoy the city.  The result has been new condos, lofts, restaurants, and art venues, all highlighted by the Jack London Square complex, and the soon to be developed Brooklyn Basin complex.  

Much of this development has been tied to a steadily developing concept--a "Walkability Score".  This is a measure of how friendly a neighborhood is to its residents.  How convenient is walking to its shops, parks and schools?  How convenient is its access to transportation to

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The very much anticipated Brooklyn Basin project is taking its first major step forward towards completion. Construction of the first building is expected to begin before the end of 2016, given anticipated current design approvals, and be completed by late 2018.  Adjacent to a park, with a planned concrete, cement and glass facade, this 308,270 sq.ft., seven story building will be a dramatic step forward towards the start of this immense project.  

As envisioned in the picture above, the Brooklyn Basin project is located at the Oakland waterfront, and will offer amazing views of both the city and the water.  It is planned as a mix of both residential and retail.  13 buildings of residential housing are planned.  As projected, there will be 3100

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Alameda's Marina Shores Towns  are among the newest of townhomes to appear on the ever growing housing scene in Alameda.  Perfectly located along the Oakland Estuary in the historic Fortman Basin, these luxury townhomes offer a very wide assortment of opportunities to select the perfect home for your needs.

As an example, this community offers 27 distinctive floorplans, and homes range in size from approximately 1338 to 2280 square feet, and have choices from two to four bedrooms, and two and one half to four bathrooms.  An additional benefit is a two-bay tandem garage.  

The small town atmosphere of Alameda makes it one of the best locations for your new home. Alameda's cozy downtown offer unique shops and dining opportunities, plus a large,

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Symmetry Townhomes are a dramatic and handsome addition to the dynamic and growing Alameda Landing, which is located on the west side Alameda.  Composed of four bright and spacious townhomes, they range in size from approximately 1763 to 2303 square feet, and each has a private 2 car garage.  They offer gourmet kitchens, spacious great rooms, and bright and airy views from your balcony, porch or deck.  

Symmetry Townhomes, along with their companion Linear Condominiums at Alameda Landing, offer the height of convenience and walkability.  Both are near the attractive Village Green Park, and jogging and walking are a popular activity. Alameda Landing, as a planned mix use community is designed to offer every convenience to residents.  Shopping is

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If you are looking for a newly built and handsome condominium complex that is convenient to everything, then Linear at Alameda Landing is the place to make your new home.  Linear's bright and airy loft-style condo/flats offer choices from approximately 1043 to 2433 square feet, and up to 4 bedroom and 4 baths.  All have a private, attached 2-car garage. 

Located at the exciting new mixed use development of Alameda Landing, and near the waterfront, Linear 's location, along with its companion Symmetry Townhomes, offers you every opportunity to shop and dine, or perhaps jog and bicycle through pleasant green space along walkways of this historic part of Alameda.  Immediately adjacent to you is a Safeway, a Target, an always popular Michaels store, a

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