What’s Next: Sun, Sand, and Free Bay Area Fun

Greetings from Santa Cruz

This week we’re taking a little vacation. We’re heading to Santa Cruz to take in some ocean views and the relaxing sound of the waves breaking on the beach.

It’s been a busy few months, and we need a bit of a recharge, a getaway from the seemingly endless duties of work and home.

Sometimes you have to have a change of scene, someplace away from your regular life where you can catch your breath and get some perspective; but if you can’t get away, there’s plenty to do right here in our beautiful Bay Area that can give you a new lease on life.

Here’s this week’s (April 28th to May 3rd) list of free fun in the East Bay and beyond.

TUESDAY APRIL 28TH
Learn water wise gardening in Oakland

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29TH
Learn how the Bay Area prepared for WWII

THURSDAY APRIL 30TH
See Sean Penn’s movie “The Human Experiment” in Berkeley

FRIDAY MAY 1ST (HAPPY MAY DAY)
Free films and snacks at the Hotel Durant’s flash back Friday

SATURDAY MAY 2ND
Cinco De Mayo Festival in the Mission District

SUNDAY MAY 3RD
Lots of Free Museum admissions today

Have a terrific week enjoying the marvelous Bay Area.  I’ll be back soon to do the same.

Give me a call if you’re thinking of  thinking of buying or selling a home, and for all your other real estate needs.  Just phone 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

Don’t Let Yourself Be Held for Ransom

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As a real estate professional, I know that computers are an important tool on both sides of the deal.  They simplify the process of finding or selling a home for both agent and client. The program Coldwell Banker supports for example, called MyREAlert (call me and I’ll sign you up), sends home buyers information about properties on the market almost as soon as they hit the MLS.

If it wasn’t for computers we wouldn’t have access to the MLS and other programs, where sellers can have their homes beautifully displayed in photography accompanied with loads information buyers need to know, including nearby community information, commute times, and open home dates,  and where buyers can easily access this information.

We even have DocuSign that allows clients who are on vacation or who live out of the area to sign contracts from almost anyplace, as long as they can access a computer.

We’re online a lot.  All of us. Not just real estate professionals and their clients.  That’s why I thought I’d pass this information along concerning Ransomware.

Ransomware, to quote Susan Bradley, isa computer user’s worst nightmare. You boot your PC, and a big warning box pops up on your screen. No, it’s not a Windows error; the message states that all your files have been encrypted and you’ll have to pay a ransom to get the key.”

Since we use our computers so much, it’s important to keep them safe.  Follow this link to get some tips about how to protect your computer from Ransom Ware.

Give me a call if you’re thinking of  thinking of buying or selling a home, and for all your other real estate needs.  Just phone 510-527-0174 .  I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make you glad you called.

Use your computer to 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

Open the Door to a Good Return on Your Home Improvement Investment

Yup.  Beside my favorites, cleaning and painting, it says right here on this cool graphic from the National Association of Real Estate Agents that #1 and #3 in the “return on the investment” list are “Replace the Entry Door” and “Replace the Garage Door”.

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Who knew? Well, we do now.

I wish I had this information a few listings ago.  I had some clients whose entry was, shall we say, lacking in panache.  We discussed replacing the door, but they felt it was not worth the expense.

The entry door is one of the first things buyer’s see.  Unconsciously the way this relatively small aspect of architecture looks sets the tone for the whole house.  A sad and shabby door makes for a tiny check mark in the “demerit” side of the mental ledger every buyer has in his or her head.

The garage door, because of it’s size, is another very important aspect of how the whole home looks curbside.  A more subconscious factor is the garage is where many people store their valuable to nostalgic items, from their car to their memories.  They want that space looking strong and impenetrable.

I can help you get your home looking, and most importantly, feeling great to potential buyers.  Give me a call if you’re thinking of  thinking of selling, and for all your other real estate needs.  Just punch in 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? Festivals Galore in the Bay Area

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Things are getting lively in the Bay Area.  Festivals galore are coming up! This week alone we have the NOW festival, Oakland Veg Week, and Bay Area Dance Week starting up.  The weather has remained gorgeous, so outdoor entertainment is not so hit or miss as it has been in Aprils of yore where it was customary to  wear layers, bring umbrellas and mock tourists shivering in their flowered shirts, bermuda shorts and sleeveless dresses.

However you’re dressed (I’m still wearing layers, thank you very much) I hope you enjoy all the free activities this week.  Here’s a list of a few of them, one for each day.

TUESDAY APRIL 21
NOW festival in the Panhandle: lots of free fun to be had

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22
Save Water. Go Vegan. Oakland Veg Week tells you how.

THURSDAY APRIL 23
Warriors Playoff Parties

FRIDAY APRIL 24
Bay Area Dance Week Opens Today

SATURDAY APRIL 25
Saturday Stroll Oakland Art Walk

SUNDAY APRIL 26
April Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods

I hope you enjoy each and every celebration you’re lucky enough to  have.

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home in the beautiful East Bay, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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 Neddersen,

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Double Ending: Is It a Good Idea?

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Home buyers early in the process often think it’s a good idea to use the listing agent of the home they like to present their offer to the seller.  They might believe an agent will give their offer precedence if the agent stands to make double the commission, which might mean they don’t have to submit a competitive offer

This practice is called “double-ending,” and though the practice is perfectly legal in California, here’s why it’s not a very good idea.

The most basic requirement of a real estate agent’s license to do business is that the agent must put their clients’ interests ahead of their own.  The great majority of agents take this responsibility very seriously. . .and a listing agent’s first responsibility is to the Seller.

And a buyer’s agent’s first responsibility is to the buyer.

With a competent agent acting exclusively for you, you will have that agent’s practiced eye helping you find homes that match your needs and wants–before they’re already sold.  These days most Buyers make offers on a number of properties before an offer is accepted; you’ll only have to share your requirements and financial qualifications with one Realtor, not over and over for each house.

Your own agent will have your needs foremost throughout your transaction.  Forming a good relationship with a great real estate agent, you’ll have a life-long source available to answer any question you might have regarding your home–from who’s a good repairman to how to make your next move when it comes time to sell.

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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 Neddersen,

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Free Fun with My Daughter in Mind

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I  grew up without a sister.  Sure, my mom was a constant, supportive presence in my life, but I never had to butt heads with a female sibling, so I wasn’t as prepared as some when we had our second child.

My daughter was born 30 years ago today.

She was the first of her sex for us and both sets of grandparents, and visions of dolls, girly outfits, and shopping sprees wafted through the minds of wife and grandmothers alike.  I don’t know what I expected. Possibly a gentler, easy, more pliable child then high energy boys.

Little did any of us know what a singular, amazing girl she would turn out to be, strong in head and heart.  No one made a doll out of her. She graced our family with lessons in authenticity and self-possession.    I would say she’s one of the strongest people I know, and she continues to be an inspiration in all our lives.

Today’s list of free fun was designed with her in mind, based on her varied interests.  Strolls around flower gardens, respect for women, innovative art of all kinds, and a love of the exotic are all things she would approve of.  I hope you enjoy these as well.

TUESDAY APRIL 14TH
Free admission to the SF Botanical Gardens: Perfect Spring Event

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15TH
Science not for girls? Not according to Rachel Swaby.

THURSDAY APRIL 16TH
Piedmont Avenue Art Stroll

FRIDAY APRIL 17TH
If you like innovative dance, you’ll love this

SATURDAY APRIL 18TH
The famous Cal Day: loads of free events, education & fun

SUNDAY APRIL 19TH
Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade

Enjoy your week!

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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

Why Location, Location, Location is Important, important, important

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This old Realtor slogan is important to both sellers and buyers.  As many of today’s sellers realize when it comes time to sell their homes, their neighborhood may have changed. The modest little house they purchased in a so-so neighborhood just may have, with time and trendiness, morphed into a gentrified cash cow. In the current San Francisco East Bay real estate market, that seems to be the case area-wide. Hint: Home Sellers: Great time to sell.  Call me!

let me know if you would like a weekly or monthly update of home values in YOUR neighborhood. Call 510-527-0174 and I’ll set it up for you.

Buyers have a slightly different take. They need to be in the neighborhood that suits their needs the best, from their kids (if they have them) to their wallet.

One way to quantify your needs is to make a list of the pros and cons of both the neighborhoods you like (close to public transportation, schools, playgrounds, recreation, job, interests, potential for growth?) and homes that catch your eye (bedrooms, baths, yard, garage, price). It’s important to narrow your search before you start touring. Decide which neighborhoods work best for you and your family. Check out school districts, shopping and dining, public transportation, recreational areas and any other facts that are important to you. Go to my neighborhoods page for a good overview of some of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods.

After you’ve done your homework, start surfing. One of the most important tools for your house hunt can be found right in your own home or office the Internet. Many homes are listed for sale on the Internet because real estate agents know that most people turn to the Web first when looking for a new home. With just a few clicks of a mouse, you can see pictures, take virtual tours and map out locations for homes that contain features you are looking for. A good place to start is my SuperSite. There, you can also register for MyREAlert to have information about available homes that meet your specifications sent directly to you. When you find a likely home, call me and together we can go over the reports to make sure the home is right for you.

If everything lines up, we’ll put our heads together to make the best possible offer to get you the home you want.

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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

Why the East Bay is a Millennial Magnet

Here’s yet another “What do Millennials Want” survey.
I read a lot of them because many of my clients fit this description. The last survey I read talked about how the M group wanted homes that were close to where they worked, had high walk scores, or, at least, were near public transportation.

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Now here’s this survey that states that Millennials love the suburbs. I was raised in the suburb of Orinda, and in my experience, and very little has changed, most homes there require almost constant car usage in order to get anywhere, including to public transportation.

What communities, I asked myself, could then qualify as a Millennial magnet?

The answer is easy:  So many neighborhoods like El  Cerrito and Albany, many Berkeley neighborhoods like Poet’s Corner,  Gourmet Ghetto, and Elmwood, plus a plethora of Oakland neighborhoods like Telegraph/Temescal, Rockridge and more have the appeal of the suburbs–homes  on tree-lined streets with family-friendly touches like backyards, decks, porches, and driveways–and the added plus of great walk scores and/or convenience to public transportation.

But in regards to the question “What Do Millennials Want”  the only authentic answer is the one provided by you, my client.
I like to talk about YOUR needs.  I may get some ideas about what this or that group wants from various surveys, but only in very general terms.  The most important source of information about what you want is YOU, so I’ll ask you to talk about yourself–not just what you need now, but what you dream of for your future.

Buying a house is a long term proposition and, who knows, if you find the right one, you may be there when future real estate analysts are trying to figure out what kind of neighborhood Millennial Junior prefers!

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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 Fun April 7th to the 12th

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“Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.”
Thomas Carlyle

Oh, how I wish it were so this April.  We get reports of rain, but it doesn’t come.  The flowers are already here, though.  We didn’t have to wait for may. Around the Berkeley area it’s fragrant and lovely.

I’m sure you, like me and my family, you’re doing your best to conserve as much water as possible, and I’m sure you have strategies in place as we do, but if you’d like more ideas this handy website has 100 ways to conserve water.

But enough of this.  It’s easy to get lost in worry. All we can do at this point is our best and hope for the same.  In the mean time, there are still places to go and people to meet.  Here’s this weeks (April 7th to April 12th) list of Free Fun in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY APRIL 7TH
FREE admission to great SF art galleries. Here’s an online list you can access.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8TH
Oakland Earth Expo

THURSDAY APRIL 9TH
The Wonder of Water in SF Bay at the Harvey Milk Photo Gallery

FRIDAY APRIL 10TH
2nd Friday Art Walk in San Rafael

SATURDAY APRIL 11TH
Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown

SUNDAY APRIL 12TH
Shapeshifters Festival in Oakland

Enjoy, and Pray for RAIN!

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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

 

Tips to Increase Your Home Buying Power: Agent Support

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Finding the right agent is an important component to buyer (AND seller) success.  I am  a strong, seasoned professional realtor with experience and success in the neighborhoods you’re considering. When you choose me as your agent, not only will I  be a supportive partner in your search, but you’ll be teaming up with a member of the most successful real estate agency in the East Bay, Coldwell Banker.

As you probably already know, one of the most important tools for your house hunt can be found right in your own home or office: the Internet.  Many homes are listed for sale on the Internet because real estate agents know that most people turn to the Web first when looking for a new home. With just a few clicks of a mouse, you can see pictures, take virtual tours and map out locations for homes that contain features you are looking for.

A great place to start your search is on my SuperSite. There, with one click you can find the latest homes available sorted by neighborhood.  For a more fine-tuned approach, you can also register for MyREAlert.  MyREAlert is a simple way to have information about available homes that meet your criteria sent directly to you.

When you find a likely home, the next step is to call me and together we can arrange for a showing, have a look at any and all inspection reports, and generally investigate to see if the home truly does meet your needs.

If all is well, we’ll figure out what offer to make based on comparative sales, current market conditions, and your buying power. After years of practice, I know the agents and the neighborhood statistics well enough to help you make the best deal possible under any circumstances.

if you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs 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