Moving Into the East Bay–A Guide for Relo Buyers


Sizing Up Your New Housing Needs

Lately I’ve had several buyers who are moving here from out of state (and sometimes out of the country). Many are parents of students who want to find housing for their child as they matriculate at U.C. or another local college. Those folks are going into built-in communities that any college provides: clubs, fraternities, sports, classmates, etc.

Other buyers are the California Dreamers who, having visited the Berkeley area, find that they like the East Bay Style. Now the only question is a matter of tailoring: which East Bay Community will be the best fit?

Here’s where a good local agent can be very useful.  I have a several suggestions.
  • Go to my What’s Next Homes website. There I’ve provided an overview of many local communities and pictures of some of the available high walkscore homes for sale there.
  • Once you’ve found one or two (or three) communities that you like, here is a Community Guide Link that will help.
  • When you’ve narrowed your choices down, we can talk about your budget. Based on my knowledge of the local market, I can tell you which community is the best match for your resources.
  • And, of course, location to schools, your place of business, and other amenities is an important feature. 
  • After these things have been considered, we’ll sign you up for REAlert, which will send you photos and information for homes that match your specifications. On those pages are more detailed information about schools, markets, shops, and restaurants within a certain radius of each home, including location maps that will get you oriented.
Whether you’re moving into the East Bay from across the bay or across the ocean, give me a call at 510-527-0174 and let’s get started. I’m delighted to be of help.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective.

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and even international exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.
Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.

One a Day Fun in the Bay Area

Old Friends, Good Times

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This weekend I had the pleasure of reuniting with a group of friends I’ve known since middle school (that’s me on the far right). We talked and laughed about our boy scout days, the trouble we got into, the times we had and the times that followed. 

As we got older we went our seperate ways. Life, as it does, threw us in different directions. Some went into the army, some went to college, but all of us realized that despite our varied lives we will always have each other in common.

And speaking of good times and memory making, here’s some local FREE activities that you might enjoy.

TUESDAY APRIL 29TH
NOW Panhandle Festival in San Francisco

WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH

THURSDAY MAY 1ST
Schedule for Free Dance Classes for the Bay Area Dance Week 

FRIDAY MAY 2ND
Jack’s Night Market Opening at Jack London Square

SATURDAY MAY 3RD
Sick Plant Clinic at the Berkeley Botanical Garden

SUNDAY MAY 4TH
Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day

Have a great week!

Whether you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’d be honored to help. 

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and best exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective

Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.

Over Asking in Berkeley?

Bay Area Sellers are in luck


This area is not only popular because of its beauty, cultural diversity weather, and fantastic food; it’s also one of the most economically prosperous locations in California. Compitition for homes here is stiff.

My last two listings sold in a matter of days for way over the asking price. It’s not just because I’m a super agent–all though I modestly confess that I’m a darn good one and you’d be wise to hire me–it’s that; right now is a particularly good time to sell. 

You’ve heard it before, I know, but let’s review:  Lots of buyers and not enough inventory. I’m just saying it’s a good time for your home to be on the market if you thinking of selling.

Here’s a graphic from California Association of Realtors showing you the over asking stats in 2013.



As I indicated, my sellers have had some amazing successes and I’d be honored to help you, too, but whether you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’m here to help. 

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and best exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective

Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.