FREE FUN this July 4th in the Bay Area

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Every year about this time I post a few of the many places in the Bay Area where folks can celebrate the 4th of July.  The fireworks at night can be seen all over the bay from the bridge to the ball park, but every community has its own way of celebrating.  Here’s a selection for the many East Bay celebrants:

Moraga Dog Parade and Magic Show
Martinez Home Town Celebration
Alameda 4th of July Parade
El Cerrito’s One World Festival
Concord Parade, Festival and Fireworks
Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina

Enjoy, and have a happy, safe Fourth of July and remember:  if you’re in the market to buy or sell your East Bay Home or know someone who is, give me a call at 510.527.0174.

You’ll be glad you did!

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.

For up to the minute information sent straight to your inbox about homes on the market that match your specifications,  try REAlert and find your perfect home.

If you’re interested in more information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.

You can also check me out online. I have two sites made just for you.

BUYERS: go to That House Detective.

SELLERS:  go to What’s Next Homes.

 

Financial Friday: Is the pendulum swinging back?

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Sellers have the advantage,
but things are looking up for Buyers.

. . .because home inventory is increasing.

I’ve noticed it in the Bay Area, and nationally Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist said that the total housing inventory at the end of April jumped 16.8 percent to 2.29 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.9-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 5.1 months in March. Unsold inventory is 6.5 percent higher than a year ago, when there was a 5.2-month supply.

“We’ll continue to see a balancing act between housing inventory and price growth, which remains stronger than normal simply because there have not been enough sellers in many areas. More inventory and increased new-home construction will help to foster healthy market conditions,” Yun added.

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.

For up to the minute information sent straight to your inbox about homes on the market that match your specifications,  try REAlert and find your perfect home.

If you’re interested in more information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.

Check me out online. I have two sites made for you.

BUYERS go to That House Detective.

SELLERS go to What’s Next Homes.

This Week’s One A Day (Mostly FREE) Fun in the Bay Area

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It’s good to have a daughter who loves animation. She’s a budding artist and appreciates the skills and talents of the manga and anime world, as well as American offerings like Dreamworks and, very locally, Pixar Studios.

Having a person with this interest in the family means I can still go to movies like “How to Train Your Dragon II” and hold my head high.
I see it as an artistic pursuit.

Sure, maybe I wept a little at one particularly touching point in the film, but that’s a testimony to how well-done the animation was, right?

I think so too.

Anyway, let’s see what other (mostly FREE) activities–besides great movies–there are this week in the Bay Area:

TUESDAY JUNE 24TH
Alameda County Fair 2$ Tuesday
WEDNESDAY JUNE 25TH
The Flight Deck in Oakland‘s Theater Summer Reading Series
THURSDAY JUNE 26TH
USA vs Germany World Cup Viewing Party
FRIDAY JUNE 27TH
The Emerald Tablet presents reading performances in North Beach
SATURDAY JUNE 28TH
Comedy Showcase and Dance party At Pappy’s in Berkeley
SUNDAY JUNE 29TH
PickleWater Free Circus at Union Square

Have Fun!

If you’d love to live in this amazing area, I’d be honored to help. I’ll set up a system for you called REAlert that will search MLS real estate–using requirements tailored to your individual needs. It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties that meet your specific criteria, AND they’re delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!

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.

If you’re interested in more information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174.

Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.
If you’re a HOME BUYER go to That House Detective.
If you’re a HOME SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

We’ve Moved!!

Just like our real estate buyers and sellers, we’ve been asked to leave our old home at Godaddy’s quick blogcast and switch over to  a new location on wordpress. Like anybody new to an area, it’s taken a little time to redecorate and get used to a different way of doing things. Fortunately, godaddy’s help desk had a patient and friendly “website realtor”–to extend the metaphor just a tad–who helped us find our way around.

So, we’re back up and will continue our regular posts from our new home. See you on Monday!

One a Day Fun in the Bay Area


USA! USA!

I hope all of you dads enjoyed your Father’s Day. I got spoiled by my family in the morning with presents and coffee and breakfast in bed. In the afternoon my wife and I traveled to San Jose to participate in a Real Estate Seminar today and Tuesday. We’ll be watching the World cup as well. San Jose is a big Soccer town, so we’ll catch team USA vs Ghana at the World Cup 2014 Outdoor Viewing Party and enjoy the noise and fun of excited fans all rooting as one. 

Here’s this weeks free fun in the East Bay.

TUESDAY JUNE 16TH 
World Cup Viewing all week at the San Francisco Civic Center

WEDNESDAY JUNE 17TH 

THURSDAY JUNE 18TH 

FRIDAY JUNE 19TH 
For you Burning Man people there’s the East Bay Burner Social in Oakland

SATURDAY JUNE 20TH
Perfect for Summer:  Woodies on the Wharf in Santa Cruz

SUNDAY JUNE 21ST
USA vs. Portugal at your nearest sports bar or living room

If you’d love to live in this amazing area, I’d be honored to help. I’ll set up an REAlert system for you that will search MLS real estate using requirements tailored to your individual needs. It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties that meet your specific criteria, AND they’re delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!

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.

If you’re interested in more information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174.  Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.  

What do Many Home Buyers Want?


Short Commutes!


The California Asssociation of Realtors and the U.S. Census report came up with some data showing why people move. Among the 36 million people who moved between 2012 and 2013, 5 percent said the most important reason for moving was to be closer to work or for an easier commute.

Living in the Bay area as I do, where I learned that we’re #2 in the nation when it comes to traffic snarl-ups, I’ve always tried to work close to home–perferably in my home. As a real estate agent I get a choice, and luckily my office is only 10 minutes away if I need to meet clients or attend office meetings.

The city of Berkeley itself is traffic savvy. Long ago they created a traffic control system in high use areas that keeps neighborhoods from becoming freeways. Bike lanes, too, were established early and the bike sharing craze will come here soon. Construction of multi-use buildings (business and residential) are on the rise, car-free zones are being planned, and many neighborhoods have fantastic walk scores allowing residents to travel on foot to meet most of their needs.  

If you’d love to live in this amazing area, I’d be honored to help. I’ll set up an REALert system for you that will search MLS real estate–using requirements tailored to your individual needs. It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties that meet your specific criteria, AND they’re delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!

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.

For up to the minute information about local happenings, real estate, free and cheap events, and home sales and values in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.  

If you’re interested in more information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174.  Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.  If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective.  If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes. 

One a Day Fun in the Bay Area


A Father’s Day Treat


As most of you know who are regular readers of this blog, I’m a big WWII history buff. That’s why I was delighted to learn that the USS Hornet berthed right here in Alameda is having a “Living Ship Day” on Father’s Day, June 15th. There will be a $10 BBQ, a free magic show, and a band performance. Living Ship Days demonstrate what it was like to go to sea on an aircraft carrier.

For those days before Father’s Day, here are some fun, FREE and CHEAP activity suggestions.

TUESDAY JUNE 10TH
Art, live jazz and snacks from the Doug Adams Gallery in Berkeley 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 11TH
Free guided walking tours of Jack London Square & Downtown Oakland

THURSDAY JUNE 12TH
5$ Thursdays at the Asian Art Museum

FRIDAY JUNE 13TH
Free fireworks after the Giants Game at AT&T Park

SATURDAY JUNE 14TH
SUNDAY JUNE 15TH
FATHERS DAY!!

And to all you Dads out there, have a happy Father’s Day!

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; which saves you wasted time and the disappointment when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold. This is 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.

Financial Friday: California Home Prices. . .


. . .Are UP!  


This from Corefact:

Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest home price appreciation were: Hawaii (+13.0 percent), California (+11.4 percent), Nevada (+11.1 percent), New York (+10.3 percent) and Florida (+10.2 percent).

Want more details? Here are some C.A.R. quick financial facts.

Calif. median home price: April 2014:
California: $449,360
Calif. highest median home price by region/county April 2014:
Marin, $1.007 million
Calif. lowest median home price by region/county April 2014: 
Del Norte, $147,500
Calif. Pending Home Sales Index: 
April 2014: Decreased 0.5 percent from 114.4 in March to 113.8 in April.
Calif. Traditional Housing Affordability Index: 
First Quarter 2014: 33 percent (Source: C.A.R.)
Mortgage rates: Week ending 5/29/2014 (Source: Freddie Mac)
  • 30-yr. fixed: 4.12% fees/points: 0.6% 
  • 15-yr. fixed: 3.21% fees/points: 0.5% 
  • 1-yr. adjustable: 2.41% Fees/points: 0.4%
Good news for Neighborhoods in that underwater homes just might be ready float to the surface
Good news for Sellers in that you might get more than you thought for your home.
Good news for Buyers in that the rise in home values means that homes are becoming a good investment again.

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; which saves you wasted time and the disappointment when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold. This is 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.

When Home Buyers Fall In Love


The Power of the Love Letter


The “Love Letter” is a personal note that buyers often send along with their offer. It’s an appeal to the emotions in a very emotional situation: buying a home, and it just might make a difference when there is competition with other, similar offers. 

Sometimes, and rarely indeed in my experience, the love letter is so good that sellers disregard the other factors in an offer and award the home to the buyer who makes the best appeal. After all, the seller may have many fond memories of their life in that home and want their emotional investment honored by the new owners.

For that reason, many agents representing the seller can be reluctant to present love letters to their clients. They have a fiduciary responsibility to their sellers, and that means getting the very best deal they can for their home. Most agents take that responsibility very seriously.

But love is a many splendored thing, and when buyers fall in love with a home they begin dreaming of what life will be like living there. It’s very like the dreams that arise when courting a potential mate. In this way, proposing marriage and making an offer on a home are very similar.

Both are the hopeful beginnings of a life-long commitment, and both often start with a love letter.

Whether you are selling or buying an East Bay home, I’m happy to help.

For SELLERS I will:
  • Help you prepare and market your home for sale
  • Shine up your home boosting “curb appeal”–with your economy in mind 
  • Provice access to all the exposure and marketing materials that Coldwell Banker, an international brokerage has available
  • Use my experience to help you decide upon a sensable sales price with the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. 
  • Set open homes, showing times and directions with your comfort in mind
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
  • Use your requirements to search for properties that meet your needs. 
  • Send pictures and details of homes directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!
  • Set up an appointment for you to view the home
  • Help you decide on your offer price
  • Negotiate strongly on your behalf
To learn more, go to That House Detective

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. 

Give me a call at 510-527-0174