Free Fun Made Easy

Every Monday I do a “Free Fun in the Bay Area”  Blog, but I’ll be heading out of town for a much needed vacation in a few days and haven’t the time to compose the list this week.  However, my former Coldwell Banker office manager  (Marsha Schwartz: Retired) found this handy link of FREE things to do in the Bay Area, so I’m plugging it in HERE to save myself a little time.

Click THERE (or HERE) and enjoy!

For up to the minute information about local real state including  high walk score homes,  information about home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

How Current Events Effect the Housing Market

FINANCIAL FRIDAY

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Purchase Mortgage Application Activity

According to Zillow  the uncertainty that followed the MH17 flight disaster and the Middle East conflicts affected 30-year fixed mortgages. It’s true, and mortgage rates went down as a result.

I looked for the “whys” of this and came up with some information on SFGate that helped expand the answer,  but long story short: bad news for the world at large can be good news for local home buyers.

For up to the minute information about local real state including  high walk score homes,  information about home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Multiple Offers: Deciding which offer is the best for you.

Home Sellers in the current Berkeley Area market often recieve multiple offers.  You’d think that taking the one that brings in the most money would be the one you’d choose.  A no-brainer, right?But a good offer involves more than a lot of cash.  Here’s a list of things (courtesy of Realtor.com) that a seller–and their agent–need to consider before saying YES.

  • Will your home appraise for the contract price?
  • How large is the earnest money deposit that accompanied the offer?
  • Has the buyer asked for assistance with closing costs?
  • Has the buyer asked you to make repairs or to give a credit for home improvements?
  • Is the requested settlement date appropriate for your needs?

Once these and possibly more considerations are evaluated by you and your realtor, then you can make a confident decision about which offer is the best for you.

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Monday’s One A Day Fun Report

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Playtesting New Games on the Lake

Monday is here again. I was so busy that the week seemed to fly by.  It’s a surprise to see Monday on the calendar again.  The real estate business hasn’t left me much time to recreate,  so I’m looking forward to my upcoming vacation to Seattle to see my son play Valentine in Two Gentleman From Verona. The wife has us scheduled for 3 performances in as many days, so I’ll know the play well upon my return.  In the meantime, here are the  FREE fun events available this week in the beautiful Bay Area:

TUESDAY JULY 21ST
Playtesting Bash
in Oakland

WEDNESDAY JULY 22ND
Swing Music and Dancing Lessons in  Union Square

THURSDAY JULY 23RD
Temescal Free Cinema: Women Art Revolution

FRIDAY JULY 24TH
Pay as you like to see Marin Shakespeare’s As You Like It in San Rafeal

SATURDAY JULY 25TH
Free guided walking tours of Oakland’s Chinatown

SUNDAY JULY 26TH
Rufus Wainwright free at Stern Grove

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Buying a Home in the Berkeley Area? Pool or School?

When I was growing up I lived in Orinda.  It was hot in the Summer.  Really, really hot! Many people had pools, and many others joined community pools.  One way or another, it was important to get into the water and out of the sun on Summer afternoons.

Unless you were going on an outing to Berkeley or San Francisco. Then, we brought our layers.  We traded our shorts for long pants, our flip/flops for regular shoes, and carried sweaters and/or jackets over are arms–until we emerged into the fog on the other side of the tunnel.

Jackets went from over our arms to over our bodies and our Summer spoiled metabolisms shivered in the Berkeley mist.

These experiences combined with the multitude of brainiacs and intelligencia that populate the Berkeley area made this California Association of Realtors poll a no-brainer.

Pool vs School in the Berkeley Area?  SCHOOL.  Hands down.

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

One-A-Day Fun in the Bay Area

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I’ve been reading about how the drought has effected summer fun in various California locales. Some campsites have closed, the famous Rubber Ducky Race in Livermore couldn’t take place because a favorite stream dried up (they moved it to a local high school swimming pool), boat launches in Pleasanton’s Shadow Cliffs are seeing their boats moving closer and closer to the lake bottom,  and even at the luxurious Hearst Castle flush toilets are closed due to the water shortage.

That’s why the BABeat’s Monday Funday report is so important.  Here you’ll find cheap, free fun that’s not water-dependent.  Let’s see what we’ve got for this week.

TUESDAY JULY 15TH
Youth Circus Performance in Oakland

WEDNESDAY JULY 16TH
Summer Noon Concerts in Oakland

THURSDAY JULY 17TH
Corazon Summer Acoustic Concerts at the Westfield Center in SF

FRIDAY JULY 18TH
Free Third Fridays in Eastbay Regional Parks

SATURDAY JULY 19TH
J-Pop Cultural Festival in Japantown

SUNDAY JULY 20TH
Free Comedy at the Ivy Room in Albany

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

 

Realtor for LIFE? What does that mean?

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Chris Neddersen

I’m sure you’ve heard it said.  “I want to be your Realtor for Life.” You’ve probably wondered how that works.  After all, you only expect to buy or sell a home a few times in your life.  Why, then, do you need to keep a real estate agent up front and center in your contact records?

Here’s why:

Realtors are a very good resource for anything that has to do with your home. Need a carpenter, handyman, electrician, interior decorator, plumber, landscaper, general gardener, pest controller, fence builder, deck designed, appraiser, lender, etc. etc.? Good agents have lists of dependable people who they’ve used and trusted in their business.

Agents like me are like Yelp, except better. I refer services from my own list or the list maintained in my brokerage. There’s no one on either list who hasn’t done a great job for at least one homeowner we know personally–usually many more than one–and suppliers are dropped from our lists if they don’t keep delivering satisfied customers.

In short, if you need anything done for or to your home, give me a call at 510-517-0174. I’m happy to help.

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

A Tale of Two Cities

I have two “hometowns”.   Kensington, my current residence, was where I began my life.  My parents owned a home on Trinity and I attended the Hilltop School just as my three kids did.

They attended school there all six years, but my folks moved their young family from Kensington to Orinda where they bought a model home on Overhill Road in the Glorietta school district.

I spent most of my  young life in Orinda, and my parents lived there well into their old age.  I know this community well.

However, most of my adult life (so far) I’ve spent living in near the Bay, mainly in Kensington.  I know this community equally well.

Both Kensington and Orinda are great places to live, and I consider both cities my hometown.

That’s why I am so happy to announce that I brought in the buyers for these two wonderful homes, one located in Kensington and one located in Orinda.  It’s great to know that two lovely families will enjoy the delights of living in my hometowns.

318Arlington
318 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, California
36 Charles Hill Circle, Orinda,  Californa

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

 

 

Monday 1-A-Day Fun for the Bay Area

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I hope your 4th of July was terrific.  It’s often the main event for  many of us in the  Summer, and that’s as it should be because this holiday has it all.  First, most of us get the time off work.  Second, People generally get together as a family with parties large or small; or they head for  day-long festivals most of which include barbeque, beer, dancing, music, and games. To top it off, of course, there are huge firework displays!
Finding things to do that don’t feel like a let-down after the forth is difficult, but let’s see what fun FREE events we can dig up this week.

TUESDAY JULY 8TH
56 cent Pancake Day at iHop

WEDNESDAY JULY 9TH
Ode to Frida Kahlo at Cliff’s Variety in SF

THURSDAY JULY 10TH
Witness  an Archeological Dig in action at Pershing Square

FRIDAY JULY 11TH
Soul Concert at Crab Cove in Alameda

SATURDAY JULY 12TH
Pride & Prejudice: Free outdoor play in Berkeley

SUNDAY JULY 13TH
Japan Day Festival in Japantown

I know, no real sparklers here, but a lot of variety, which is a hallmark of the Bay Area.  If none of these appeal to you, there’s always the WORLD CUP!  In any case, enjoy your week!

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

If you’re interested in specific 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.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

The Quality of Optimism

We have a lot to be optimistic about, especially those of us living in the Bay Area.  Here, the job market is looking more robust, and the housing market is becoming a bit more balanced.

I’ve noticed more inventory of marketable properties as sellers take advantage of lovely Summer days to showcase their homes for sale.

Buyers, especially those with children at home, have the time it takes to research schools and neighborhoods to find the perfect location for a growing family before the next school year begins.

I recently heard Shawn Achor speak, and he had this to say about one of the qualities of optimism: it’s “The belief of the impermanance of the situation.”

That’s what we have going for us in the Bay Area: The belief in positive change.  That’s why business start-ups flourish here, housing markets are active and alive, and people just seem happier.

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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.