Is It the Right Time to Sell Your Home?

Here in the Bay Area we’re experiencing an unabashed sellers market.  Prices and demand are high and mortgage rates are low.  The Economy is improving, and people are now selling  not because they need to, but because it makes good financial sense to take advantage of all the above indicators (see the graphic).  Though this chart covers only 2012 to 2013, buyer activity in 2014 didn’t slow down one bit. In fact, it was stronger.

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But change is the norm, not the exception.  We don’t know what 2015 will bring.  I lost my crystal ball on my way to the Psychic Faire, but what I do know is that planning and preparation goes a long way towards accomplishing your goals.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and are interested in hiring an agent like me to help you through the process, give me a call at 510-527-0174 ,  I’m never too busy to take care of you or to handle your referrals. 

I’ll make sure you’ll be happy you called.

Have a fantastic, and safe, New Year’s Eve. I wish you and yours all the best in 2015,

And:

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

FREE New Years Eve Fun in the Bay Area

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2014 has been an amazing year in the Bay Area.  In sports, the Giants won the World Series and the 49ers lost Jim Harbaugh.

The California drought had Bay Area home owners letting their lush green lawns go brown.  It soon became source of pride and sign of community spirit. We were among the most water conserving communities in California.

Despite the lack of curb appeal, the housing market was bustling. Multiple over-list offers and very quick sales became the common thing, and no wonder.  2014 ushered in a rebounding bay area job market and there were plenty of newly employed ready to buy a home.

It’s been a year of highs and lows, and through it all it’s been my pleasure to present fun free activities for my readers to enjoy throughout 2014,  and it will be my pleasure continue on throughout 2015.  Now, let’s find a few fun FREE ways to spend your pre and apres New Year’s Eve.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 30th
Annual Bird Walk: Bird counting for the Audubon Society

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31st
Westfield 3D Spectacular: Last Night
FREE New Year’s Eve Bar Hoping Bus in Oakland
New Year’s Eve Art Party

FIREWORKS OVER THE BAY!!

THURSDAY JANUARY 1ST 2015
Pacific Ocean Plunge at Ocean Beach

Have a happy, and safe, New Year’s Eve. I wish you and yours all the best in 2015,

And a reminder: if you’re thinking about selling your home in the new year, mortgage rates are low, and buyers abound!
If you’re interested in hiring an agent like me to help you through the process, give me a call at 510-527-0174 ,  I’m never too busy to take care of you or to handle your referrals. 

You’ll be glad you called.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Free One-A-Day Fun in the Bay Area

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I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season!

It’s a busy–often hectic–time, but if you’re entertaining out of town guests, or have nothing planned for Christmas Eve or day and would like to fine something to do, I hope you’ll find these relatively  low stress, low cost,  and not necessarily seasonal ways to have fun here in the Bay Area helpful.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 23RD
See the Holiday Pet Window Displays at SF Macy’s

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 24TH
Last day to find unique gifts at the Berkeley Potter’s Guild

THURSDAY DECEMBER 25TH
Free Admission Day at the Jewish Museum

FRIDAY DECEMBER 26TH
Find new friends with common interests

SATURDAY DECEMBER 27TH
Free Comedy and Dancing at Pappy’s Comedy Function

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28TH
Religion Free Sunday at Atheist Community Sing

Let me be among the many who wish you the happiest Holiday season.  Have fun and don’t eat too much!

If you are  buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area and interested in hiring an agent like me, give me a call at 510-527-0174 ,  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referrals. 

I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you called.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Picking Your Realtor: What’s really important.

 

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I was lucky.

When my family started to grow and I needed to sell my home and buy a new one, I didn’t have to search for a Real Estate agent.  This was, of course, before I got into the business myself.  My mom was a Mason McDuffie agent and even though Berkeley was not her beat (my folks lived in Orinda, as did I growing up) she was eager to help me and my family out.

At the time, I didn’t realize what hard work is involved with being a real estate agent, especially before the computer simplified many aspects, but my mom made it look easy.

Wearing her “Seller Agent” hat, she sat at our open houses and negotiated our very favorable sale. Putting on her “Buyer’s Agent” hat, she found homes that might meet our needs, figured out where they were–remember, all this was before the real estate business became computerized and no cell phones meant connecting with other agents much more time consuming– and took us along with our not so happy two year old all over the Berkeley area to find our new home then negotiated that purchase.

All in all, it was minutes and hours, days and weeks of work and worry that she devoted to us: telephoning, driving, negotiating and contract writing.  Then she waved her fee.

I had great trust in my mom, and not just because she was, well, my mom.  I knew from watching her as I grew up that she was an excellent agent.  She also had a great reputation in Orinda for being a professional, competent and tireless advocate for her clients.  She was everything the above graphic said she should be.

I learned from her what good agency was all about and I try every day to be the agent she’d expect me to be.  She’s gone now, but I still think of her often and strive to make her proud.

If you are  buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area and interested in hiring an agent like me, give me a call at 510-527-0174 ,  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referrals. 

I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you called.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Weird Wednesday: The Game of Real Estate

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We love board games at our house, especially over the holidays, and Monopoly is one of our favorites.  It gets tricky, doesn’t it, especially when one player has a run of luck and keeps buying the good stuff. And will anyone else let go of their property so you can buy it? Not if the rents keep getting higher!

Sounds like the Bay Area real estate picture in a way.  More buyers than sellers out there, which creates higher-priced homes and more competition for buyers, who are often forced to rent, which means rents go up.

The good news is that the local market is indeed slowing down; except in San Francisco which remains high.  Here in the East Bay, were having slower price growth across a broad region.

Many experts say a little cooling off would do everyone some good if it gives more people time to get into a housing market that right now is too costly.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the cooling East Bay market by buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you, or your referrals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you called.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

One A Day Fun in the Bay Area

Holiday Party Week

 

 

 

 

Our office party at Coldwell Banker was terrific.  Working mostly from my home, I don’t get the chance to interact with my fellow agents as much as I might like. Parties are the perfect opportunity to connect.

Crazy Real Estate transactions often begin our conversations, but it’s not just business as usual.  We find ourselves comparing notes about the East Bay, clients great and not so, tricky transactions, and integrating our business with the rest of our lives.  It truly is amazing how much we agents learn about people, and about ourselves, doing this job.  It’s nice to get the opportunity to learn about each other as well.

In between parties, you need your daily dose of fun.  Let’s see what free fun activities are available to us this week.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 16th
Trivia Night at Pub Trivia in Alameda

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17TH
Drag Queens on Ice in Union Square

THURSDAY DECEMBER 18TH
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Art Convergence

FRIDAY DECEMBER 19TH
Friday Nights at OMCA & off the grid

SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH
Give and Take Monthly Kids Stuff Swap

SUNDAY DECEMBER 21ST
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair

Not free, but also on this coming weekend is the amazing KPFA Crafts Fair.  Our friend Alison will be selling her gorgeous knitted creations there, so we are going for sure.

Speaking of selling, if you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you, or your referrals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you called.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Home Buyers: Tips on How to Make A Winning Offer

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Buyer clients often ask me:
“How much should I offer to buy this home?”
Sometimes buyers want a deal more than they want a house.
In this case, my answer is:  “How will you feel if you make a low-ball offer and don’t get the house?”

But usually, what clients really need to do is understand the difference in three kinds of offers:

1) “Reasonable” offers
2) “Competitive” offers
3) “The Right” offer

A reasonable offer is one that is arrived at by carefully considering market data, how the property compares to others that have sold and the buyer’s overall desire for the property.

A competitive offer means taking it a step further and considering other terms that might give the buyer a leading edge.
For example:

  • Can you make an all-cash offer?
  • Can you provide a “love” letter , telling the buyer what the home means to you?
  • Can you limit the number of contingencies in the offer
  • Can you close quickly?
  • Can you make a sizable earnest money deposit?

The right offer will be a combination of the elements of a reasonable and competitive offer.

My job is to mix the various offer types using my years of experience as an agent in this local market; but most importantly of all, I need to factor in the specific needs of my buyer.  The right combination of all these considerations will help my clients succeed in their home purchase

Interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area?Give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you, or your referrals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you called.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Weird Wednesday: paper clip to house

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I heard about this. Now there’s a lot of different ways you can purchase a home, but this one made me stop in my tracks.  I wanted to find out more, so I  googled it, of course, and found this an interesting Youtube.  Here it is for your enjoyment:

If you don’t have a red paper clip, but are still interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you did.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

One A Day Fun in the Bay Area

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Well. The Battle of the Bay sure took a different turn. Who would have guessed the 49ers would lose to the Raiders? Not me, but since I’m a Bay Area kid and fan of both teams I didn’t get emotionally involved with the outcome.

Who am I kidding.  I couldn’t watch. Truth to tell, my heart still belongs to the Niners, but the poise and class evident in Quarterback Carr helped me envision a pro-Raider future with a little less bitterness.

But let’s speak no more of this. Instead, Let’s see what special events and activities are in store for us this week in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 13TH
Christmas at the Indie Mart

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH
Pay what you Can “Our Town” in Berkeley

THURSDAY DECEMBER 15TH
Free Movie Night at the Orinda Theater

FRIDAY DECEMBER 16TH
Estuary Art Attack in Oakland and Alameda

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17TH
Oakland’s Golden Gate Community Second Saturday DIY walk

SUNDAY DECEMBER 18TH
Free books at the Bay Area Book Exchange

Hope you have a great time this week.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you did.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

When Choosing a Realtor, Consider the Agency.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, picking a real estate agent from a reputable and supportive company (like Coldwell Banker) means you’ve become part of an international, experienced and effective team devoted to helping you negotiate one of the biggest transactions of your life.

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Coldwell Banker is included among the top 5 real estate agencies according to Smartass.com.  Here is what the site has to say:

“Founded in San Francisco more than a century ago in 1906, Coldwell Banker has a rich history of providing dependable real estate services to its clients. The company has a worldwide associate sales force totaling 82,000, with 3,100 offices in 50 countries and territories. Coldwell Banker is known for providing top rated services, which begins with its agent training. In its annual Training Top 125 poll, Training magazine listed the organization in third place alongside Verizon, Jiffy Lube, Farmers Insurance and CHG Healthcare Services. Similarly, Coldwell Banker was named as one of the top 10 companies committed to workforce learning development via Chief Learning Officer magazine’s 2013 LearningElite poll.”

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you did.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley