General Real Estate Tips and Advice
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Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 10:43am. 66 Views, 0 Comments.
The hills above Oakland, California were, at one time, full of huge forests of trees, some of which were over 30 feet in diameter. With the demand for lumber by growing San Francisco and Oakland around the turn of 19th century, the lumber industry established itself in the area. Redwood Road, one of the boundaries of the Redwood Heights neighborhood was a major logging road. As the nearby Oakmore and Laurel districts began developing along the trolley lines transporting their new residents, Redwood Heights began to grow as well. One of the first developments was Avenue Terrace, built in the early 1920's. It's entrance can be seen on 35th Avenue and Victor, where a stone obelisk , believed to be the marker for the area homes…
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 4:52pm. 66 Views, 0 Comments.
On the last blog, I offered some ideas about a few ways to evaluate the neighborhoods surrounding some Berkeley homes for sale that you might be considering. While it is important to choose a home just for itself, there is no doubt that the choice of a neighborhood plays a crucial role in your family's happiness once the home is purchased. Yesterday, I mentioned the importance of choosing the right school district, and the quality of the neighborhood location as to amenities and services.
In this blog, the suggestion for a criteria has to do with a financial consideration of the home's appreciation possibilities. No one wants to buy a home to find out that within a year or two, it will be worth less than its original purchase…
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 10:34am. 58 Views, 0 Comments.
As you begin to search for a Berkeley home for sale , it becomes obvious, when looking around, that in addition to considerations about the home itself, the neighborhood surrounding that home is certainly worthy of serious evaluation as well. Whether you are looking around the University of California, or down by the Berkeley/Albany home border, there are some things that need review.
Each family, in beginning the search, has different priorities as to what things comprise their most important needs. For some, it will be the school district, for others closeness to family or friends or work. However, when all is said and done, each family member wants to feel safe, comfortable and welcome in their new home.
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 10:35am. 93 Views, 0 Comments.
The recent Bay Area Market Report for the first quarter of 2013 has just been released, and the results are very exciting for Oakland homeowners, and Piedmont home sellers who have been considering putting their home on the market. Right now, there is a drastic shortage of homes for sale on the market. As of March 31, 2013, there are only 4098 existing single-family detached homes were listed for sale in the entire nine-county Bay area. While this is an improvement from the 3.370 homes available as of 12/2012, it is still down 55 % from the 10,282 homes available a year ago to date.
While home sales have fallen to their lowest level in five years in the Bay Area, once homes are placed on the market, all nine Bay Area…
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 7:42am. 88 Views, 0 Comments.
It is an old saying, but still, unfortunately true, that first impressions are the most lasting. It is especially true when you are presenting your home for sale. Whether you live in Alameda Victorian or on Alameda Bay Farm Island townhouse, you want to make the very best impression to future buyers the moment they arrive at your door. I, as your selling agent, will be helping you to prepare for a brokers tour or open house, but here are some general suggestions that you can implement to get you started:
1. Be A Detective- Look at your home quite frankly. You have lived in it for a long time. You know what it's real problems are, and what needs immediate attention. Tour your home the way outsiders will be doing. Make a…
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 10:06am. 101 Views, 0 Comments.
For those Piedmont and Oakland area residents who treasure the stunning historical and architecturally varied homes in the area, an opportunity arrives each year to tour some of the most amazing ones. This year, the annual Heart of Home Tour celebrates its 25th year of providing just such an opportunity.
This week, on April 26th and 27th, four Piedmont homes, and one Oakland home, are on the schedule. The tour is sponsored by the Children's Support League of the East Bay, who, since its founding in 1986 have given $2.9 million in grants. One of the homes featured as the designer showcase home is a Georgian Colonial Revival home . The owners of this home have generously allowed local designers to come in and redesign some of…
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 4:04pm. 196 Views, 0 Comments.
While Oakland's Jack London Square is always busy with events for people of all ages, this week is especially active. The weather is going to be warm and inviting, and the views across to San Francisco are always pleasant at any time of the year. In the last few years, the Square has become one of the major social centers of a reviving Oakland downtown. It is visited by boaters, by tourists off the latest San Francisco ferry which stops there, and young couples with their children arriving from all over the area. For the more adventurous, they can choose to rent a kayak, and get out on the water on their own.
Located at the foot of Broadway, here are some things that are scheduled for this week on the Square:
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 12:14pm. 102 Views, 0 Comments.
In my last blog-Part 1-I encouraged sellers to consider some of the qualities that they might consider when selling their Alameda home, or their Alameda Bay Farm Island home. There are some additional qualities which are mandatory for all successful real estate agents:
1. Posseses A Thorough Knowledge of Real Estate Paperwork and Protocol-In this competitive field, the agent needs to know all about the basic real estate purchase contract, addendums, disclosure forms, listing and selling procedures, whom to talk to, when to talk to them,and in what order and manner. This only comes with experienced and thorough training. You need to assure yourself that your agent is qualified to help you by asking lots of questions. Ask for…
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 11:24am. 91 Views, 0 Comments.
When you are thinking about selling your Alameda home, or your Alameda Bay Farm Island home, it becomes important to consider the type of real estate agent that you will choose to assist you. I have been working in the East Bay area for a number of years, and have met many real estate agents who have many of these qualities. However, during these past years, I have worked hard at developing the many skills that I have listed below, and believe that I am fully qualified to assist you in the sale of your home.
Here are the qualities that you will need in a good real estate agent:
1. Licensed, and in Good Standing: Obviously, someone needs to be licensed with the State of California to become a real estate agent. You also…
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 1:44pm. 86 Views, 0 Comments.
Whether you are moving from an Oakland home to a Berkeley home, or cross country, if you have children, there are extra issues that come into play beyond packing boxes and loading furniture into a moving van. Often these issues get buried under the stress and paperwork of buying one home and selling another. It is truly a stressful time, and because so much is going on, young children are left out of the planning stages, and are asked to make some major life adjustments at a very confusing time in their life. If you add to this, the anxiety that might have caused the move, such as a death, divorce or job loss, you realize that time needs to be taken to assure that the transition is as gentle to the children as possible.