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Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 10:27am. 108 Views, 0 Comments.
You may have noticed over the last year or so, the intensive and complete renovation of 312 Sheridan Avenue. It has been really exciting watching this Piedmont gem be transformed back to its former glory.
Just recently put on the market after being owned by only two prior families, it is a wonderful old home, circa 1920, with a fresh modern rehabilitation. The owner had originally intended to restore the house for his parents and extended family to live in, but, upon the family's visit, they realized that it was just too large, and had too many stairs for them to manage. With that plan out the window, they decided to continue with a full restoration, and put the house on the market.
As was the mode with houses a hundred years ago, rooms were…
Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 10:38am. 100 Views, 0 Comments.
There are so many reasons for considering buying a condominium, and, right now, in the Oakland area, there are an amazing number of condos and lofts available in every possible price range. Many are located in or near the downtown area among colorful artist studios, wonderful and imaginative restaurants, and handy work and transportation sources.
This would be an excellent time to put this purchase of a loft or condo into your real estate plans. Here are some benefits of owning either:
1. Lofts or Condos tend to be an excellent first step to getting into the real estate market. Their initial price is reasonable, and even with homeowner association fees, the monthly cost can beat a single family home for those just entering the housing…
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 2:31pm. 96 Views, 0 Comments.
If you are interested in selling your Alameda home quickly, and have a buyer that has yet to take the final step to committing to purchase, you may want to consider these suggestions below. Most of these steps involve a financial reward to this motivated buyer, but if you are anxious to move ahead, and are financially comfortable taking these steps, you may be surprised at the results. Here are some tips to consider:
1.Offer To Pay For The Home Inspection And/Or The Resultant Repairs Needed--Usually, it is the buyer who will pay for the home inspections as a way to insure that all is going to be well with the new home. They also like working with their own inspector, rather than the seller's. Work with the buyer either way. Negotiate who will…
Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 2:11pm. 137 Views, 0 Comments.
Onr of the most effective tools in staging your home for sale is the act of "decluttering". If you have lived in your Oakland or Piedmont home for any period of time, you have started to accumulate all kinds of books, toys, storage boxes full of papers, etc.. that you find handy and comfortable while living there. When you put you home on the market, however, you will need to address this issue of crowded or cluttered rooms before you show it.
Why is this important? Why bother? There are two very important reasons for taking the time:
a. Buyers Need to Envision How Your Home Will Fit Their Needs--They need to see a simple presentation of each room. They don't want to see an old football trophy, or an award given for raising Boy Scout…
Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 10:35am. 127 Views, 0 Comments.
In Part 1, we stressed the need for having your paperwork in hand for all of the changes that you had made to your home while you were there. A special focus was to be those changes that would make it a unique and special place, when compared to your competition. In Part 2, we will deal with issues in your Oakland home that will need to be disclosed to buyers. The goal--speed your sale by having all decisions and issues addressed, thus putting you in a position to act promptly to offers received, and again, often putting you ahead of other sellers in the marketplace.
1. Deal With Issues That Must Be Disclosed to Potential Buyers-
Most homes have things that need to be addressed-whether a leak in the bathroom, or a chimney that might need…
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 9:09am. 149 Views, 0 Comments.
February is a great time for fresh crab, and the Wildwood Dads Club is taking advantage of this wonderful fact and holding their annual 2014 Wildwood Dads Club Crab Feed. Set aside Saturday, February 1st, and call your friends and neighbors to join you at 6:00 p.m. at Piedmont's Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Avenue. You will be enjoying some wonderful food. Besides fresh all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, the meal will feature lasagna and fresh salad. There will be a No Host bar, and cocktails and music will start at 6:00 p.m..
There will be lots of music, and the highlight will be skits performed by the Dads Cub, which is always a favorite. Additionally, there will be an outstanding raffle with many choice raffle prizes. Funds…
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 3:24pm. 175 Views, 0 Comments.
Montclair Community Park and the walkways along Moraga Avenue are going to be well attended to this Sunday, January 19th, when Montclair residents and their friends will be joining together to make the park as attractive as possible in a special one day event. The plan will be to clean and clear overgrowth of plants and trees, remove debris and trash from the area, and generally promote the pleasant parklike atmosphere of the area.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m at 6300 Moraga Avenue, this is promoted as a community wide event, and refreshments will be provided by local merchants like Crogan's Montclair, Crown Wines and Spirits, Starbucks, Colonial Donuts, and many more.
Participants are asked to bring gloves and pruning tools or shears, and an…
Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 10:53am. 129 Views, 0 Comments.
Piedmont Residents--Have you wondered where you go to get a garage sale permit in your city? How about obtaining a dog license? Do you know whom to contact when you have street maintenance issues? Even though Piedmont is a small town, there are specific places to go, and people to call to get answers to all of these questions. The good news is that this information is all neatly summarized for you on the following website: http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/whodoicall.shtml This page is full of contact numbers for city services. Other valauble numbers include fire inspection, renting community facilities like the community hall, the hours of operation for City Hall, and so much more. It is well worth printing and…
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 11:40am. 140 Views, 0 Comments.
If you are interested in selling your home, this could very well be the best time to move ahead. As I indicated in my December 12th blog, there is a particularly high demand for homes in Piedmont, and as such, many available homes have been selling above asking price recently. While there is no guarantee that will happen with all homes placed on the market, it give you a sense of the need, by buyers, for a desirable home.
Because of my many years of real estate experience, particularly in the Oakland and Piedmont market, I am prepared to place your home on the market in an efficient and effective manner. Here is what I will do for you, as the seller:
* Educate you about the current market conditions
* Prepare a professional…
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at 10:38am. 162 Views, 0 Comments.
As I mentioned in a recent blog, the competition for homes in Piedmont is very strong, and multiple bids are coming in for many of them, often raising the final price above the initial asking figure. One of my jobs as your real estate agent, is to help you arrive at a competitive and realistic asking price, so your home will get immediate interest and attention.
Many sellers, for different reasons, have a tendency to want to overprice their homes, and hope for the best when putting them on the market. This is just not realistic, and there are reasons for this. These are some of the top ones:
1. The Home Will Not Be Shown-With the sophisticated buyer having done his/her homework on the Internet first, most are very sophisticated as to…