Once in a Blue Moon

blue moon

“Once in a blue moon” is a phrase that defines something rare. It’s that thing you never thought would happen, like a chance encounter that leads to love, or that job opportunity that fits you to a “T”, or that home you never thought you’d find now within your reach.

You never know how a dream will come true.

My wife remembers her first trip to Berkeley when she was a young girl. Something about the place captivated her. She loved the “old world” feeling of the campus, the gorgeous homes in the hills, the views of the bay, and tai chi practitioners doing the form on the North Gate lawn.

She knew she had found the home of her dreams but couldn’t imagine this dream coming true;, yet step by step, life lead her here–with a short stint in Sacramento and a slightly longer one in Los Angeles in between.

Her journey back to the Bay Area started with (a once in a blue moon) call from a friend who lived in Berkeley who presented with the opportunity to work at Fantasy Records on Dwight Street. She left L.A. at once.

I ended up working there myself as the installer of their sound system.  I needed business cards, and she was the designer who made them up for me.  After a while we married, and then came three kids and a lifetime later.  We’re now living in a home in the hills with a view of the Bay.

And, by the way, she loves her ongoing Tai Chi practice.

Wherever your dreams lead you, if you need to sell or buy a home in the East Bay to realize them, let me know. I’m happy to help.

Enjoy this evening’s gorgeous blue moon.

Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for any and all of 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 sure you’re 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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

A Family Tradition: Berkeley Education & Real Estate

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Today I read that UC Berkeley was considered the Number ONE public university in the United States.  Both I and my parents went to Berkeley, and after the war my dad became a U.C. administrator.  He had lots of stories about his time there.

One of my favorites is about a banquet he was putting together. He had assigned a member of his staff to do the table settings.  She decided that native plants would be a wonderful choice, and set out picking foliage from some beautiful and colorful bushes in Tilden Park. You natives see where I’m going with this, right? She wasn’t from the Bay Area, and chose Poison Oak with which to adorn the banquet tables. A lot of Poison Oak. Dad sent her straight to the hospital, where she had a most miserable stay.

There aren’t a lot of Bay Area “Gotchas” but the deceptively beautiful Poison Oak, especially when it surrounds itself with blackberry bushes, is definitely one of them.

The lesson here is that it’s best to consult an expert when you go foraging, and that’s especially true when you’re new to the area and looking for a home. As a third generation East Bay resident, I know the Bay Area. I’ve lived in Berkeley, Kensington, San Francisco, and Orinda and am familiar with the ins and outs of the local real estate market.

Add to that, I’m a second generation real estate agent.

Both my folks were East Bay agents with Mason McDuffie.  Even before I became an agent myself, our conversations around the dinner table were all about client contentment and local home values. From our discussions I learned a lot about the importance of integrity, especially when you’re working with folks making the huge emotional and financial decisions required when they are buying a home.

One of the most important lessons they taught me is that sometimes it’s necessary to work against my own best financial interest. One example would be whenever I see my clients getting in over their heads by wanting to buy a home that may become too costly to maintain in their current circumstances. Agents have a fiduciary responsibility to protect our clients, and I take that responsibility seriously.

I learned a lot from my folks. When you hire me as your agent, you not only get the benefit of local knowledge, you get a person raised to value honesty and integrity no matter what.

Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for any and all of 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 sure you’re 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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: Taking the Leap and Free Fun

bungee-jumping-in-Cancun

This Sunday I attended the birthday of an old friend. It was a small party, and most of the local members of his tribe of 4 kids were there.  Among them was his daughter who had just returned from a trip to Canada. For her dad’s birthday greeting, she videotaped a very exciting part of her vacation where she bungee jumped off a high bridge.  The message to her dad? “I’d jump off a bridge for you!”

Adorable, right? Of course, it was perfectly safe. They weigh you to make sure they use the right bungee cord to ease your fall, and check and recheck the bindings to be certain that you’re perfectly hooked up, but I could tell from the photo that when the time came to actually take the leap she wasn’t sure she wanted to risk it.

It’s often the same with moving. You know you want and need to, but no matter how well prepared you are, you never know exactly where or how you’ll land. When you decide to take that leap out of one home and into another, it can be scary.

That’s why a good agent is your best friend. I’ve been through the moving process more times than you ever will, with every client I work with and from both sides of the deal. Whether you’re selling or buying, I’m there to tend to every possible issue and make sure you’re landing is as smooth as it can be.

My friend’s daughter ended up exhilarated and excited by her experience. I hope, when you finally walk into your new life and new home, that you’ll feel that way too.

Now, let’s see what great free fun activities are available this week.

TUESDAY JULY 28th
Start of free kids summer camp at Stern Grove

WEDNESDAY JULY 29th
Free lunchtime concert at the Oakland City Center

THURSDAY JULY 30th
Guided Tour of the S.S. Pampanito in SF

FRIDAY JULY 31st
Fireworks Nights at the A’s Stadium

SATURDAY AUGUST 1st
SF Mime Troupe in Richmond

SUNDAY AUGUST 2nd
Free First Sunday at the Oakland Museum

Take that leap with me! Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for any and all of 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 sure you’re 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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

6 Californias? Will I have to change my Website?

6 californias

It looks like the 6 Californias initiative has acquired enough signatures to be eligible for a vote, but I wonder: If it passes, will I be a North California Realtor or a Silicon Valley Realtor? It looks to me as if the Berkeley area, and Kensington in particular, will be one of those tricky border areas.

I also wonder how housing prices might be effected. In North California, will alignment with the relatively low income farm communities around Sacramento lower the housing prices of the tonier Napa Valley? Will lumping the East Bay properties with the high-end homes of Silicon Valley raise their already sky high local home prices?

Will there be travel restrictions? I mean, will I be allowed to carry produce from North California (let’s talk wine) into Silicon Valley? And, speaking of Silicon Valley, what kind of state name has “Valley” attached to it? That doesn’t sound stately at all. Jefferson sounds presidential, and North, South and West California echo two of the Dakotas and Carolinas name wise, but “Valley”. Lets get real.

I don’t know what’s to become of California, but I for one am hoping we stick together. All those different locations is going to make the real estate market alone even more confusing than it is already.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market Check out my My New Site to discover homes 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 any and all of 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 sure you’re 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

Moving: from 23,000 Years Ago to the Present

bering straight

Did you know there’s a controversy about how people came to colonize the Americas? I didn’t, but apparently l was wrong. A new study has opened an old discussion and the scientists are at it again.

UC Berkeley scientists, statistical geneticists who analyzed data of a large genomic study of their modern-day descendants, believe the migrants crossed the Bering Straits land bridge, then split into two groups — mostly likely about 13,000 years ago, as glaciers melted and interior routes opened up — to inhabit North and South America.

According to some dissenters, the research is far from definitive: “I think there is likely to be ongoing debate about what could have happened between 23,000 and 12,000 years ago across the Beringian Land Bridge,” says Marcus Feldman, who was not involved in the study.

Of course not.  He’s from Stanford. He said it will take more genetic testing and analysis to paint a more definitive picture. He wants the ax, the ax, the ax.

We humans have had itchy feet from the very beginning.  Who knows why ancient people moved from place to place: curiosity, an opportunity for a better life, a need to get away from the relatives, scarcity of resources; there’s a lot of reasons why people move, but from ancient times to the present it all comes down to one thing: people want a better life and see that life beginning in a new home.

If you’re a home seller who wants to leave their old life behind, or a buyer who wants to move up, give me a call.  I’m happy to help make your dreams come true.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market Check out my My New Site to discover homes 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 any and all of 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 sure you’re 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: My Anniversary and Bay Area Free Fun

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I don’t know if you noticed, but I usually skip a free activity on Monday.  Monday is the one day when just getting it together can be tough. It often takes a lot of energy just to make that first cup of coffee hoping it will help us rise up and meet the day.

Seizing the day is just not on.

But this year it has to be, because my wedding anniversary is next Monday.  I’m not saying which year, but the traditional gift for it is either something made with coral or jade; coral representing fertility and jade longevity.  I guess our three kids is proof we went through the coral years rather earlier in our marriage, so Jade it is.

Now, what will we do?  If any of you have any ideas, let me know! Here’s some ideas for you if you’re looking for FREE fun and enlightenment for the coming week.

TUESDAY JULY 21ST
Learn more about our starry, starry nights in SF

WEDNESDAY JULY 22ND
Walk and Wag in Emeryville, including a pet psychic

THURSDAY JULY 23RD
The SF Mime Troupe performs in Oakland

FRIDAY JULY 24TH
Last Day of the Rangoli Art Walk in San Ramon

SATURDAY JULY 25TH
Japanese Summer Bazaar in Berkeley

SUNDAY JULY 26TH
See the SF Ballet for FREE at Stern Grove

Whatever you do, have a great time, and REMEMBER. . .

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market Check out my My New Site to discover homes 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 any and all of 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 sure you’re 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

How to Make Your Move Easier–Part Three

interior-floor-plan

FITTING YOUR OLD LIFE
INTO YOUR NEW HOME

Whether you’re up or downsizing a certain winnowing of the wheat from the chaff of your daily life is necessary. After all, everything you have in your current home might not work well in your newer space. Here are some tips to make sure your next home will accommodate the items and furniture that still reflect the best of you and your style, and that you know you can’t live without.

  1. Get the room measurements of your new space and make a floor-plan or ask if there is a floor-plan available to you. Don’t forget to indicate the location of the doors and windows as this will be a factor in furniture placement.
  2. Measure your furniture. You will need to know how your furniture will (or won’t) fit into your new space so measure everything.
  3. Using the floor-plan and your furniture’s measurements, see how your furniture will fit into the new space by cutting sized-to-scale representatives of your furniture out of paper. It’s a great way to do some early furniture arranging to see what fits best where.
  4. Assessing exactly how much of the new space is dedicated to storage will give you and idea of the volume of items you need to dispose of before moving in. Don’t forget hidden storage areas you currently use in your old place. If you put a lot of items above the kitchen cabinets in your current home, for example, find out if the cupboards in the new place have storage in that area as well.

Remember, I’m here to help–not with loading boxes, mind you, but with any other real estate concerns.

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my My New 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: Henry IV & Other Fun Free Bay Area Activities

JH Park

Summer is Shakespeare time at our house. Our interest in the Bard was inevitable. Our youngest, an actor living in Seattle, has had the good fortune to be cast in multiple Shakespearean plays from his college days onward.  We routinely travel up north to see him do his thing. Last summer we saw a delightful production of Two Gentleman from Verona, and this summer he’s playing Prince Hal in Henry IV (part 1).

What does this have to do with the Bay Area you ask? I’m happy to tell you. You too can experience the joy of a free outdoor Shakespeare play. The Shotgun Players, a Berkeley Troupe we’ve enjoyed for many years, offer FREE plays in John Hinkel Park. This summer they, too, are presenting an outdoor production of Henry IV (part 1) at the park for the next few weekends.

Looks like I’m going to get a major dose of Prince Hal this summer. If you are not a fan of Shakespeare, let’s see what else is going on:

TUESDAY JULY 14
Golden Gate Youth Choral Festival begins in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY JULY 15
Tour the USS Pampanito and see what Sub life is all about

THURSDAY JULY 16
Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl

FRIDAY JULY 17
Free Harbor Tours on the SS Potomac

SATURDAY JULY 18
Saturday Art Tour in Oakland

SUNDAY JULY 19
Eats, Beats, and Brews Block Party in Berkeley

Have a terrific week!

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my latest Web Site and sign up to find properties on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS  delivered fresh to your email inbox!

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,

Broker Associate

CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

 

Forever Homes: Advice to Buyers

Happy Senior Couple From Behind Looking at Front of House.

“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men. Gang aft agley,. . .”

So says Robert Burns, and it’s so often true.  Life twists and turns and takes us on a wild ride. Looking back, we see how some of our dreams came true, and others fell by the wayside. Unexpected events shaped our path and changed our direction. It’s just the way it is.

When I bought my first home, it was with my first wife. The marriage didn’t work out as I planned, so the proceeds from the sale of the home I thought I’d live in for a while became the down payment for a new home which accommodated my new relationship. When that little home in the Berkeley flats became too small for my growing family, we purchased the home we still live in today. Will we age in place here? I hope so, but who knows.

Our generation was a “live for the moment” kind. I didn’t really plan, or think about, any home I purchased being my “forever home”, yet things are different today. I read in C.A.R.’s (California Association of Realtors) Survey of Homebuyers that many young buyers are planning to stay in their homes rather than adopt a “move-up” mind set.

Now, I’m not saying that this mind set is better or worse than mine–there are good arguments on both sides of this issue–but what I am saying is that you never know, and having too firm an idea of the home you want to live in for the rest of your life may disqualify you from being in the home owner’s club altogether.

You gotta start somewhere, so why not start small. Life is all about change. As your life evolves, so will your housing needs, and your less than perfect house will be perfect for another potential home buyer ready to dip their toe in the housing market.

And what will you be left with? You’ll have the seed money to continue to build your new life in an even more perfect somewhere else.

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: Foggy Fourth and This Weeks Fun

foggy fireworks

We always look forward to the Fourth of July in the Bay Area.  Why, I don’t know.  More often than not, like this year, the Bay fills up with fog and all we can do is hear the pops and bangs and explosions announcing the aural presence of beauty, but none of the visuals.

The week we went into San Francisco to view the fireworks on the spot, we were colder than we’ve ever been in the city, and we live here. We know to wear our layers. We wore our layers, and we were STILL icy cold.

The best Independence day we had was when we rented a couple of rooms at the hotel now known as the Double Tree and threw a party.   The fireworks off the Berkeley Pier were fantastic, and if we got cold (or board) we could go to our rooms.  Plus, we didn’t have to fight the crowds to get home.

Maybe next year we’ll try a dinner cruise.  Then, if it’s foggy, we’ll at least have a nice meal to enjoy.

If you’ve been looking for more to enjoy this week, here’s a day by day list of FREE activities and events this week.

TUESDAY JULY 7TH
Here’s an online list of FREE museum days

WEDNESDAY JULY 8TH
95 Rituals inspiring dance performance at the Hyde Street Pier

THURSDAY JULY 9TH
Okinawan Folk Ensemble at Yerba Buena Park

FRIDAY JULY 10TH
Summer Circus Day in Oakland

SATURDAY JULY 11TH
Free Artsy Conceptual Exercise Classes

SUNDAY JULY 12TH
SF Mime Troupe comes to Berkeley presenting Freedomland.

Lots going on the the Bay Area.  I hope you have fun this week!

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