What’s Next: Wedding Days and this Week’s Free Fun

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Last weekend we went to the Brazilian Room in Berkeley’s Tilden Park to attend the wedding of our friends’ daughter.  It was foggy, and a bit cold, but the love in the air and the festival feeling warmed us all, as did the dancing! We even ended up going outside as the evening wore on to dance al fresco on the patio.

It’s a beautiful place for a wedding, and here’s a quote from the website to give you a bit of history about this landmark building:

“The Brazilian Room derives its name from its rich hardwood paneling. These walls were once part of the Golden Gate International Exposition’s ‘World’s Fair’ famed Brazilian Pavilion, displayed on Treasure Island in 1939. When the exposition ended, the Brazilian Room was presented to the East Bay Regional Park District by the country of Brazil as a gift of friendship. Because the exterior of the building was perishable, the building was dismantled for transport to Tilden Regional Park. The Works Progress Administration built a new permanent exterior, combining local rock and timber with the beautiful walls, floors and fixtures from Brazil.”

Summer is wedding season in the Bay Area, but if you don’t have one to attend, here’s a list of this week’s Free Fun:

TUESDAY JUNE 30
Women’s World Cup Watch Party

WEDNESDAY JULY 1
Free Admission and 1$ rides at the Alameda County Fair

THURSDAY JULY 2
Pez Museum Free Admission Day

FRIDAY JULY 3
World One Festival in El Cerrito

SATURDAY JULY4
Click Here for a list of Bay Area Fourth of July Events

SUNDAY JULY 5
First FREE Sunday at the Oakland Museum

That’s it for this week.  Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

How to Make Your Move Simpler: First in a Series

Part 1: CLEARING OUT YOUR CURRENT HOME

Moving involves some serious choices. Being absolutely honest with yoTwo-People-Moving-Large-Boxurself is the best way to approach this.

For example:

  • do you really use your exercise machine?
  • Do you eat at the table or in front of the T.V.?
  • When was the last time you used your stereo?

Deciding what you really need requires a clear-eyed look at how you live your daily life and prioritizing the activities and items that are an essential part of your actual lifestyle.

Here’s a fairly practical way of organizing your stuff:

  1.  Devise a system to organize what you will keep, pack, sell (or give), or throw out. Toss the useless items into garbage bags, box up items you need but don’t use often, and put items you want to sell or give away in an empty area of your home.
  2. Evaluate everything in your current home. Ask yourself if you use it and how often? If you think you could live well without it, out the door it should go.
  3. Every cabinet, shelf and closet should be cleared. Only put back the things you can’t live well without.
  4. Don’t forget to go through your bathroom cabinets, kitchen and “junk” drawers. Get rid of empty bottles, balls of twine, expired medicines and beauty products, and your collection of plastic margarine containers. Be brutal, and recycle when you can.
  5. Go through your storage areas (attics, basements, closets, etc). Anything with dust on it you don’t use and you don’t need (unless it’s legal or tax related papers) Throw out what’s not sellable. Call the West County Household Hazardous Waste at 1-888-412-9277 for help with items unsafe to dispose of in the garbage. Over 60? They’ll come and get it!

As always, I’m here to help. Call me if you need any support, advice, or council as you make your way through this exciting new stage of your life.

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

What’s Next: This Weeks Fun For YOU

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I hope you all had a great Father’s Day experience with either your dads or children or both.  My dad is gone, so it’s a melancholy time for me when I think of those days of used-to-be, but now that I have my own children to celebrate with, it certainly isn’t lonely.

My daughter took us to the Royal Cafe in Albany for breakfast. The Mama’s Royal Cafe in Oakland used to be a haunt of mine, but the newer one near my house is a terrific substitute.

After breakfast we went to see “Inside Out” brought to us by our favorite local filmmakers, Pixar.  It was a wonderful film that taught  while touching our hearts. Unforgettable!

The whole time we took advantage of modern communication to include the out-of-town youngest in everything we did, so it really did feel like the whole family was together.

In short, it was a great Father’s Day for me, full of fun and family. Now let’s plan for more with a selection of this week’s Free Fun Activities in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY
Author Alex Dolan discusses his latest thriller.

WEDNESDAY
Ever wanted to search for Bigfoot? Come to Berkeley

THURSDAY
Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt and Beer Garden

FRIDAY
Free Circus at the Yerba Buena Gardens

SATURDAY
San Francisco Pride Festival 

SUNDAY
Scottish music and dancing at Golden Gate Park 

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse

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First time buyers, downsizers, workers transferring from location to location, anyone and everyone who wants to buy a house goes through some anxiety.  After all, a home purchase is a huge commitment. You plunk a bunch of money down, agree to pay a monthly mortgage payment (if you’re not an all-cash buyer) and you’re stuck with your choice to stay in one place for years to come.

Naturally, there might be some nervousness and fear of buyers remorse.

First time buyers have experienced the relative freedom of apartment living. They pay rent, but don’t have to worry about home and yard maintenance and the other costs of owning a property.

Downsizers lose a big part of their past lives defined by rooms their kids lived in, yards where they played, and weighed down by stored, multi-generational but non-essential, objects from their family life.

Transfers lose the familiarity of their original city and hope to land in a place where the same or similar amenities and pleasures that they left behind will be replaced in their new home.

The answer to avoiding buyers remorse is a good realtor, someone who listens to your needs and desires, as well as your fears, and helps solve the problems that might come up in advance of the new purchase.

First-timers need the wisdom and experience of a seasoned agent to help them understand the advantages and disadvantages of any potential purchase–someone who will tell them the truth about affordability, neighborhoods, and home value. A good agent is a pro at blending your needs with your budget and helping any first time buyer feel that they’ve made the responsible move.

Downsizers will get the benefit of an agent’s bevy of moving professionals, from cleaners who can help clear the clutter, home stagers who can weed out the gold from the straw regarding what to keep and what to get rid of, professional yard sellers who can help you sell the rest. and storage professionals who can help store anything that you can’t let go of.  A good agent will help downsizers discover that moving to the new house with a lighter load is a much happier journey.

Transfers will benefit from an agent who has listened well to the buyer and knows the local neighborhoods well enough to suggest which will be the best fit. 

I’ve had a lot of experience with all of these types of buyers, and hope, when you need an agent, that you will choose me.

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Picnic in a Stable & Free Fun 4 YOU.

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Our extended clan got together in Livermore last weekend for a cousin reunion.  Everyone brought (delicious) food, there was  barbecue and lemonade provided,  and photos of past and present family events adorned the walls.  A video included our parents (who are no longer physically with us but certainly with us in spirit) which expanded and enhanced the family-feeling.

And all this took place in the training area of a stable.

Yes, It took a barn to hold us and keep all of us protected from the blazing hot sun outside–yet the high ceilings and wide open doorways framing gorgeous views of  California’s famous golden rolling hills and blue, blue sky made for an unforgettably pleasant open-air experience.

All and all, it was great fun seeing how our family has grown and comparing notes about life in California and beyond.

More locally, and speaking of fun, here’s a short list of free fun activities in the Bay Area this week.

TUESDAY JUNE 16TH
Collaborate on the construction of a whimsical airship built by local artist Bernie Lubell

WEDNESDAY JUNE 17TH
First day of the Alameda County Fair: Admission $1!!

THURSDAY JUNE 18TH
From Swedish song birds to Mexican Salsa, enjoy the many flavors of music at the Yerba Buena Gardens

FRIDAY JUNE 19TH
Free post game fireworks at the A’s Stadium in Oakland

SATURDAY JUNE 20TH
DIY clothing swap in Oakland

SUNDAY JUNE 21ST
Stern Grove continues their famous free Summer performances.

Have fun this week, and remember:

Whether you’d love a home with a quiet, country feel or get energized by the urban bustle,  get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Where in the East Bay Should I Live?

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Last blog, I talked about out-of-towners wanting to know what the Bay Area has to offer by way of entertainment.

Another thing they want to know is “what are the neighborhoods like?”

There are several ways I can help answer that question.

  1. Go to my Super Site.  You’ll see sections titled “Activity in (say) Berkeley” .  Click “view all listings” for the city of your choice and you’ll find homes organized according to price.  Find a home you like that fits your price range and click the photo. This will take you to more photos and information about that listing.  Scroll down and find the “Community around”, “Schools” and “What’s Near” links.  read any or all of those and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the home’s neighborhood is like.
  2. Want more info about schools? Click here for –> another site with more facts and figures about local schools
  3.  If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE. You’ll find a page on my What’s Next Homes site that is devoted to walk score homes in East Bay neighborhoods.
  4. If you want to know how far the home is from your place of business via public transportation, here’s a trip planner that will help.
  5. There’s also a site, if you’re driving, that lets you know the peak commute times from home to office.
  6. Web sites, however, can only provide you with so much information.  I tell my clients that the best way to tell if a neighborhood suits them is to hang out there at different times of day. Check out the people that come and go, feel the energy in the air, enjoy the ambiance, stroll the streets, eat in the cafes, drink at the local pubs . Every East Bay neighborhood has it’s own pluses and minuses, and only you will know the best fit for you.

Out of towner or local home buyer or seller, if you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Why Write about Budget Bay Area Fun?

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Some have asked me why I write a blog about Bay Area Fun on a budget.  I’m a real estate broker, after all.  Why not stick to writing about real estate? There are a couple of reasons.

The first is actually Real Estate related.  I’m gathering information for out -of-towners who are looking for a home in the Bay Area. They want to know what’s going on, what kind of entertainment and enjoyments they can expect when they come to live here.  I want to be able to tell them what’s available and how rich and full life around the Bay can be.

The second is an attempt on my part to help with the old budget.  Living in the Bay Area is an expensive proposition.  I want to  provide folks with an array of free or cheap events available, that are also interesting, exciting and really fun.

Speaking of which, here’s this week’s list of inexpensive treats in and around the Bay Area:

TUESDAY JUNE 9TH
Enjoy serene beauty at a Free day in the SF Botanical Garden

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10TH
$2 Tickets  for the Oakland A’s Game

THURSDAY JUNE 11TH
FREE movie night at the Orinda Theater

FRIDAY JUNE 12
Watch Women’s World Cup Soccer at the SF Civic Center

SATURDAY JUNE 13
Tour Andy Goldsworthy’s amazing sculptures at the Presidio

SUNDAY JUNE 14TH
FINAL DAY of the ProArts East Bay Open Studio

Out of towner or local home buyer or seller, if you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Come to the Berkeley Book Festival!

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I’ve always loved reading. There’s really nothing I like better than relaxing with a good book. When in the midst of an especially good one, I’ve been known to stay awake in the wee hours just to find a good stopping point, but that’s the trouble with a really well-written book; there are very few good stopping points.

Before I became an agent, I thought that I’d have lots of opportunities to spend reading. I imagined bringing a book with me on floor in the office, or during open homes, but I soon learned that real estate is a demanding job with very little time to goof off, especially now, with the local market being as hot as it is.

Still, Berkeley is a book lover’s town. When I was attending the university here, the fatal attraction of Moe’s Books right across the street from the Mediterranean Cafe would often keep me in that part of Telegraph Avenue far too long enjoying a new book and a delicious cup of coffee.

I bring all of this up because this weekend is the Bay Book Fest.  It’s a free festival in downtown Berkeley’s arts district with loads of activities for all ages including author talks, a teen & children’s stage, and good food! It’s happening June 6th and 7th and it’s FREE, so come to Berkeley and scratch that reader’s itch!

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Now HERE are some interesting Real Estate facts:

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Did you know that:

  1. Home is where the heart (and equity) is: 61.4% of the average American family’s net worth is in home equity.
  2. A homeowner’s net worth is over thirty times greater than that of a renter.
  3. TGIF! The best day of the week to list your home is Friday.
  4. Historically, the best month of the year to sell is April. Although we would dispute that –maybe it’s the most common month, but often sellers fare better in the ‘off months’ of summer and winter.
  5. Odds are you’re going to need some help selling: Homeowners have a 120% better chance of selling their home when using REALTOR®.
  6. In 2013, NAR reports that the median age of first-time buyers was 31. On average these buyers purchased a 1,670 square-foot home costing $170,000 (guess they don’t live around here!).
  7. The typical repeat buyer was 52 years old. On average these buyers purchased a 2,060-square foot home costing $240,000.
  8. According to a NAR Community Preference Survey, 78% of respondents said that the neighborhood is more important to them than the size of the home.
  9. 57% said they’d give up a home with a larger yard if they could have a shorter commute. (Commuting is one of Arlington’s most attractive features to buyers)
  10. NAR reports that 80% of home buyers believe their home is a good investment, 44 percent saying it’s better than stocks.
  11. Buyers searched a median of 12 weeks and visited 10 homes. If you live in Greater Boston, you know this is a much lower number on both fronts.
  12. 90% of home buyers who used the Internet to search for a home purchased through a real estate agent.
  13. 90% of buyers financed their purchase.

I found these facts on the website of some Arlington Massachusetts realtors and thought they were interesting enough to share with those of you involved in the California (specifically the SF East Bay) market. Since many of the facts are gathered by the National Association of Realtors, you gotta figure that they apply to homeowners, sellers and buyers nationwide.  

Shout out to my colleagues Back East!

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Pro Arts and Free Fun

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If you ever wanted a peek inside an artist’s studio, the annual East Bay Pro Arts Open Studio is coming up June 6th, 7th, 13th, & 14, from 11 AM to 6 PM.  Whether you want an extensive tour all over the East Bay or to simply poke around your local neighborhood artist’s digs, there are maps available on-line to plan your trip.

This is a terrific opportunity to support the work of local artists, beautify your home or garden, and gift yourself and your friends with a purchases of amazing art of all kinds, from etchings to sculptures to paintings to ceramics to glassware to weavings to quiltings and more and more.

That’s for the coming two weekends.  To amuse yourself this week, here’s the One-A-Day list of free fun events in the East Bay.

TUESDAY JUNE 2ND
It’s FREE museum day all over the Bay Area.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 3RD
First Wednesday Author Reading in Oakland

THURSDAY JUNE 4TH
The famous Clift Hotel is celebrating its Centennial

FRIDAY JUNE 5TH
Red Panda Acrobats at the Yerba Buena Gardens

SATURDAY JUNE 6TH
Sea Chanty Sing Along in San Francisco

SUNDAY JUNE 7TH
Fort Mason’s International Arts Festival

I hope you enjoy the month of June in the Bay Area.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re 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’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris Neddersen,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley