Weird Wednesday: Wack Real Estate Facts

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Did you know:

At the time of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, government officials falsely reported 375 deaths to protect real estate prices, even though the figure is estimated to be at minimum 3000.

If you’re selling a property in California and within the past 3 years someone’s died on it, it’s considered a material defect and must be disclosed by the seller, unless the death was due to AIDS because that’s discrimination?

If you think Bay Area home prices are high, Monica’s apartment from “Friends” is estimated to cost $3,500,000

If you’re looking for a less expensive home. . .

And here’s the link if you want to know how weird it is to live on Treasure Island.

If any of you East Bay homeowners have a silo they’re ready to sell, or a plain old home, this is a golden time for sellers.

If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.

Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

Weekly One-A-Day Fun: Your Keys to Enjoyment

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I hope you all had fun last week.  I was playing bachelor myself, from Thursday until Sunday afternoon.  I gave the wife a trip to Seattle for her birthday/Valentine’s Day present.  She got to visit friends and see our youngest perform in a play.  She likes to binge watch, and took in four performances in as many days.

It would have been fun to travel with her–even though four performances might have been a little much for me–but I had several buyers who found homes they were interested in purchasing.  It’s of course, my job to write the offers so I’ve been tending to that.  It may not sound like fun per se,  but it’s truly a pleasure when I hand the keys over to proud new homeowners.

It’s why I do what I do.  That moment is among the many that makes my job as a real estate agent gratifying and fun.

And speaking of fun, let’s see what free activities are happening this week (February 24th to March 1st) in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24TH
Tuesday Night art party at Era Art Bar Arts & Drafts in Oakland

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH
Noise Pop Festival ( Various Events and Venues all week)

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26TH
Bear Country Funk & Dance party in Berkeley

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27TH
12th Annual Ocean Film Festival-not free, but very cool.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
Hot press typesetting fans head for the Presidio

SUNDAY MARCH 1ST
First Free Sunday at the Oakland Museum

Have a great week, and remember:

If any of you East Bay homeowners are ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

Weird Wednesday: What Do Millennials Want? Clean Clothes

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This may come as a surprise to those of you who have raised a millennial.  I have, and judging from their bedrooms, cleanliness was not necessarily their top priority , but what they want most in a home is a laundry room.

This comes as no surprise to their mother, who believes that many visits home occur only if their laundry needs to be done.

I remember the apartment days. Many buildings didn’t have built-in laundry rooms, so pillowcases full of my laundry would either end up in MY folks laundry room, or I’d sit around shoving quarters into washers, dryers, and soap dispensers at the local laundromats.

Then I discovered Wash and Fold (here’s a list of some East Bay outfits).  It was like the heavens opened and golden light poured down.  Someone else would do this tedious task! Life changed for me on that day. I was a free man in Berkeley.

Long story short, I empathise with those millennials.  A decent laundry room is a wonderful thing.   Here’s a brief list of other home priorities. Don’t these sound like many homes right here in the East Bay?:

  • Separate laundry room
  • Storage: linen closets, a walk-in pantry and garage storage
  • Energy Star certifications
  • 75 percent want single-family homes
  • 66 percent of them prefer to live in the suburbs
  • 10 percent say want to stay in the city
  • Less expensive, low-maintenance choices like brightly painted front door, strings of garden lights, and landscaping that needs less watering and mowing, like succulent plants and larger patios

Here’s a link to the article if it’s of interest to any of you potential home sellers out there.  If you’re thinking of moving, and your home has a few of these requirements, give me a call.

If any of you East Bay homeowners are ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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 Fun: & Why House Hunting is like Dating

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I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s day.  We did, even though I had to share part of it with clients.

My understanding wife knows that real estate never stops, even for the most important holidays, but at the end of the day, as long as I walk through the door with a dozen roses and a bottle of champagne, we’re good.

This Valentines I met with some wonderful buyer clients to see a home they had their eye on.  Properties go fast in the Bay Area, and they wanted to take a look at this home ASAP so they could consider whether or not to make an offer.

It is a lovely home in a great location, and the on-line photos are a big help, but  buying it based on that alone is a little tricky. It would be like deciding to marry a person you see on a dating site.  You have to meet person to person to get a sense whether or not the relationship has a chance.  That’s why actually walking through a property will help inform your decision more fully: it puts your imagination to work.

How would it be, for example, to live with the laundry room two floors below, or to wake up in the morning with this view, or to walk around this neighborhood? How would the holidays work? Could I fit the whole family in this dining room, or my twins in this bedroom?

All these things pass through a buyer’s mind, and, like a first date, we evaluate.  Will this home (or person) be “the one”.   Sometimes it’s love at first sight, but you can’t know for sure until you show up. When you’re  there, personally interacting with both a person or a home for sale, you can get the information you need to make rational and emotional judgements about either one.

And speaking of places to be, here’s a list of this weeks (February 17th to the 22nd) FREE fun in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17TH
Mardi Gras Parade in San Francisco

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18TH
Network over healthy drinks

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19TH
Free Egg Rolls at the Panda Express

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20TH
Berkeley Hub is starting 2015 by welcoming like-minded individuals to network and co-create

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21ST
Free tax help in various Bay Area locations

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22ND
FREE day at the California Academy of Science

Whatever you decide to do this next week, I hope you’ll find these choices helpful and/or fun!

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home to fall in love with in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

Financial Friday: What Mortgage (& Mortgage Broker) is Right For You?

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How you finance your home purchase is an important consideration when you’re making one of the largest financial decisions of your life.  Many haven’t a clue where to start.

Here is a link if you’d like to get an idea of what type of financing is available and which is the right one for you.

Understanding more about the mortgage process is the key to a successful purchase of a home, but for a deeper sense of what might be your most practical choice,   finding a good local mortgage broker to guide your from the start is your best course of action.

If you’d like, email me (chris@neddersen.com) or give me a call and I’ll send you a list of very reputable mortgage brokers.

As a real estate agent, one of my most important jobs is to protect the fiduciary interests of both my buyer and seller clients.  To do that well, I call in financial professionals who understand the local market (on line mortgage brokers don’t fill this bill), who I’ve successfully worked with many times, and who–most importantly–I trust.

There’s another reason why picking a local mortgage broker is important: many listing  agents also want to know the dependability of the financial agency on the other side of the deal.  They are less likely to entertain an offer, all other things being equal,  financed by a brokerage of whom they know nothing.  Many deals can fall apart when an out of area financial institution is in the picture, because they usually don’t understand East Bay home values.

CLICK HERE FOR A CONVENIENT MORTGAGE CALCULATOR

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase, including helping you decide on a mortgage broker if you don’t already have one.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

Weird Wednesday: Drought Dilemma in San Jose

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Did you hear about the guy who was a model water conserving citizen, yet got into big financial trouble with the city when he took that extra step?  He had a commodious lawn in his front yard that he allowed to turn brown.  He hated the way it looked and decided to install a hardscape.  After great expense and labor, it was finished.

He loved it, but the city of San Jose didn’t.  Apparently he hadn’t followed the rules about material.  He also learned that paving right up to the sidewalk was a no-no.  Click here for a news report on this story.

It just goes to show that even when you try to do something right with your real estate,  you gotta find out if what you have planned is within the community guidelines.

A good real estate agent just might be able to help.  That’s one of the reasons I want to be your “agent for life.”  If I don’t know the answer you require, I’ll do the necessary research to find out.

It’s good business.  The more effectively I serve you, the more likely you are to use me when you make your next move, and the happier you are to recommend me to your friends.

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

What’s Next: Valentine’s Day Values & More

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I’ve been known to complain about  Valentines Day, especially when I’ve forgotten the holiday.  I would say: “It’s just a way for corporations to make more money.”

My wife has a different point of view.  First, she asks me “What’s so bad about celebrating love?”

Well, I have no response to that.  I mean, what would YOU say?

Then she says: “You know who also stands to make some money from Valentine’s Day don’t you? Artists, musicians and writers, that’s who.  Who do you think writes the poems, sings the songs, paints the illustrations, and takes the photos?  Greeting cards and love songs are one of the few ways a creative person can make a living, and the quality of many of them make for really good art.”

She has a point.  Next time you get a greeting card,  take a real good look at the images and poetry thereon.  You might be surprised–and impressed–by what you see.

Let’s check out what the week holds for you young (and older) lovers by perusing the free fun offered from Tuesday February 10th to Sunday February the 15th in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10TH
Take a romantic stroll around the SF Botanical Gardens

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY THE 11TH
Take in a movie at Pay What You Like day at the Parkway

THURSDAY FEBRUARY THE 12TH
Hear Shakespeare’s romantic sonnets at the Presidio.
Free, but you must RSVP.

FRIDAY THE 13TH
Show your love how cultured you are, maybe even buy them a handcrafted gift at the Oakland Art Walks

SATURDAY FEBRUARY THE 14TH
Spice up your Valentines Day by visiting  the display of
Artistic erotica at the SFMOMA cultural center

SUNDAY FEBRUARY THE 15TH
Chinese New Year’s Flower Day at SF Chinatown

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

Financial Friday: Taxes, Taxes, Who Pays the Taxes?

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The headline: Owner Seeks Big Tax Break on One-Of-A-Kind Property.  Intrigued, I read on.  It seems that a man bought the only  Frank Lloyd Wright home in Orinda, and, quoting from the article By Jennifer Modenessi,  “is asking the city to consider an agreement that would reduce the property taxes on his 4,350-square-foot home from about $38,000 to $8,100 a year.” (read the full article by clicking on the headline above)  He can get a break on his property taxes if the city declares his home a historic landmark.

According to the article, this means that the fire department will lose $30,000 of tax money.  As much as we hate to pay them, the earmarks for the taxes on our property can be pretty important.

What’s a city to do? They need a well-funded fire department especially in these drought conditions; and it’s also true that the Frank Lloyd Wright  home is one of the few truly unique and historic areas in Orinda.  The owner lets the city use it for fund raisers and other community spirited events.  It will be interesting to see what the city of Orinda decides to do.

I like to follow the ins and outs of real estate in my old home town of Orinda, especially this one, because in Berkeley where I hand my realtor shingle, we have many buildings and homes that are declared historic sites.

There are pros and cons to buying a property with this distinction.  Local agents, like myself, will be sure to educate you as to the advantages and disadvantages of buying a historic home.

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

Weird Wednesday: Real Estate & The Rich

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For some reason, there seems to be a lot of high end homes on the market.  Nothing like the one in Antilla pictured here, but some pretty excellent properties.  (For a quick overview, check out my SuperSite and click on an area of interest.  The higher price spreads will show up first, neighborhood by neighborhood.)

I have buyer clients in some of these price ranges, and they’ll find a home no matter what.  The buyers that keep me awake at night are the first-timers who are so easily priced out of the market.  They don’t have wheelbarrows full of money and the ability to make all cash bids like the high rollers and investors do.

All I can say to my young buyers is be patient. The worm always turns, the pendulum always swings back, and I have a feeling more and more moderately priced homes will come on the market.  Already I’m seeing quite a few.  Some may not be in neighborhoods you’re familiar with, but there are some great spots in various areas that have reasonably priced homes, friendly neighbors, and sunny streets.

Give me a call if this sounds good to you.

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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

What’s Next: Free Bay Area Fun: What’s Your Play?

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Even if you’re not a Seahawk fan, I bet you were surprised when they chose to pass the ball rather than give it to  Marshawn Lynch (local boy extraordinaire) to carry it over the goal line.  Surprises are the reason we watch games like this. You just never know the outcome.

It’s a lot like that in the current Real Estate market. You never know what the winning play will be.

If you’re a Seller, should you list your home at a high price point knowing home demand is equally high, or should you set a lower price to encourage a bidding war?

If you’re a Buyer,  should you tailor your offer with no contingencies and high down payment even if it’s a risk and a stretch, or buy a lower cost home that doesn’t satisfy every need but is more affordable?

I’m a great coach, happy to help you negotiate these decisions so you’ll be certain you’re making the right play for you–and speaking of playing, here’s the Free Fun report for February 3rd through the 8th.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3
Many free museum admission days start the beginning of every month.  Here’s an online list you can access.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4
U.C. Botanical Gardens First Free Wednesday

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5
Enjoy toys? Then you’ll love this museum, free today.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6
Lots going on at Impact Hub in Oakland.  Find out more today. 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7
Two-Spirit Pow Wow at the Cow Palace

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8
Experimental Film and Music in Temescal

If you’re an East Bay homeowner and ready to sell, this is a golden time for sellers.  If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize a successful purchase.  Please 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 you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

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