Why Do We Yearn for HOME?

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Having a home is part of the American Dream, but why? We’re a nation of restless people. Why isn’t travel, adventure, the wandering life a bigger part of our American identity?

I know it is, in a way. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road touched upon that myth, but travel is about the journey, not the goal.  Home seems to be the goal.  What makes the dream of home so compelling?  What defines “home”?

I think an ideal definition of “home” is a place where we can feel safe, loved, accepted, and at peace. Yet there are many who can testify that their homes, past and present, were never those kinds of emotional oases.

Maybe the reason home is not where the heart is is because we haven’t put our hearts and minds into creating the kind of home we want.

Denmark, often sited as the happiest country in the world, has a concept called “hygge” that is designed to foster the feelings we think of when we think about our ideal home. It’s not about a white picket fence, or a four car garage, or a certain kind of marriage. It’s about creating a family bond that encourages and empowers a sense of certainty, stability, and love–a place where you can truly relax and be yourself.  In other words, a place where you can feel at HOME.

THAT is the American Dream, but the Danes don’t have to dream about it. They’ve learned how to make it happen.

If you’re looking for a house in which to make a home, or if you’re wanting to sell the old dream and find a new one, give me a call. I’d love to help.

I’m easy to contact.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. 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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly. . .and then there’s HALLOWEEN

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Let’s start with the ugly first: Cal’s disappointing loss. Mistake after mistake. There’s so much potential in this team, it’s sad to see their lack of poise on a big stage. Hope they improve. They certainly have the potential.

The bad:  Niner’s performance: Can’t tackle, one (injured) runner of quality, can’t put together a passing game to save their lives, and they STILL don’t call it a building year. They didn’t even make it to the “ugly” standard, since ugly means there could be improvement. Bad is the better description.

The GOOD: What a terrifically cool surprise! the Raiders over San Diego! An absolutely fun game to watch, especially soothing after the painful losses of the two other local teams on Thursday.

Another way to ease football disappointment is to find something else to do to keep ourselves focused on the good stuff. . .like treats!  Here’s a short list of terrific Halloween activities right here in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY  OCTOBER 27TH
Dia de Los Muertos festival in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28th
Walk on the Dark Side at Alameda’s Forbidden Island

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28TH
“Haunted Hornet” Ghost Stalk and Tour

FRIDAY OCTOBER THE 30TH
Zombie Pub Crawl in the Mission

SATURDAY OCTOBER THE 31ST
Annual Halloween Hoopla at the Yerba Buena Gardens

SUNDAY  NOVEMBER 1ST
Recover from Candy Overload.

Happy Halloween!!

What’s Next: Tis the Season to be Spooky plus Bay Area Activities

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My creative daughter is a tireless seasonal decorator, and every year she provides us with more and different decorations to match each and every celebration.  Recently she transformed our home for Halloween.  Although we’re not in the “haunted house” league yet, she encourages our spook flag to fly with an assortment of outdoor lights, skeletons, spider webs, masks and ghosts designed to alert local parents and kids that OUR home has TREATS.

I remember what fun it was when our kids were of an age to race from house to house–along with an assortment of other little ninja turtles and Disney Princesses–dragging progressively fuller bags of candy.  It seems that the population of trick or treaters has gotten smaller lately, but no matter what, even if only one child shows up, our girl has made sure we’re ready!

Here are some activity treats for you this week. Hope you’re ready!

TUESDAY OCTOBER 20TH
Dia de los Muertos altar exhibition in Oakland

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21ST
$1 book sale at the S.F. Library

THURSDAY OCTOBER 22ND
Free Game Night at 924 Gilman in Berkeley

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23RD
Free Movie at the Hotel Durant in Berkeley

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24TH
Richmond Art Center Skeletonfest

SUNDAY OCTOBER 25TH
Patchwork Craft Festival in Oakland

if you’re thinking of selling or interested in buying, it looks like a call to Your’s Truly is in order! I’m easy to contact.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. 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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

How “Sentimental” are YOU about the Housing Market?

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Today I read an article about Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), expecting to see an emoji with some kind of home and heart combo, but when I searched the very closest I came was the image you see above.

So what, I asked myself, is the definition of “Market Sentiment”?  It’s pretty much what I thought it would be:  how people feel about the market in question. For example, people feel good about a thriving “bull” market, and bad about a diving “bear” market.

Like you’d expect, right? So Fannie Mae’s HPSI tracks how people feel about the housing market, and here’s a taste of the results:

  • The HPSI Good Time to Sell component increased 13 points due to strong housing prices
  • the Good Time to Buy component increased 3 points due to high rental costs.
  • Consumers’ confidence in their employment and financial situations climbed 2 and 3 points, respectively, further suggesting a possible firmer footing for housing.

In short, if you’re thinking of selling,  I suggest you make your decision quickly to catch those more confident consumers.  If you’re interested in buying, it looks like more people are more likely to put their homes on the market based on Fannie Mae’s HPSI.

In any case, a call to Your’s Truly is in order! My sentiments are quite positive regarding all my clients, and I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same towards me at the conclusion of our successful real estate deal.

I’m easy to contact.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. 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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

There’s No Place Like Home

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Last week the wife and I took a trip to Monterey.  All the way down we saw the effects of the drought on the stressed trees and other flora from our Bay Area to the other one.  It was a relief when the ocean rolled into view and flowed beside us as we drove south.  Water, even salty water, is a welcome sight in these parched times.

Since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to take in the 17 Mile drive.  Big homes, big views, big, green golf courses, all for a $10 entry fee; yet I thought to myself as I followed the twists and turns of that famous road that Wildcat Canyon and Grizzly Peak were every bit as beautiful.

Once again I realized we live in a wonderful area full of other rich benefits.  It’s ethnically diverse and actively encouraging that diversity,  it’s esthetically diverse with fields, forests, big cities and quiet hamlets, and it’s culturally diverse with world class theater, terrific art, and great restaurants all in easy reach.

Monterey is terrific, and we enjoyed our stay, but there truly is no place like home when you live in the Bay Area. Best of all, every week there’s something new and different to do. Let’s take a look at what’s happening here this week:

TUESDAY OCTOBER 13
Litquake in Yerba Buena Gardens

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14
Drum for Rain in Walnut Creek

THURSDAY OCTOBER 15
Relax and enjoy music by the bay at Jack London Square

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16
Computer History Museum Geeky Block Party

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17
Pumpkin Fest at Half Moon Bay

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18
Salsa Sundays every third Sunday in Berkeley 

Enjoy yourselves this week, and give me a call if you’re wanting to sell or buy a home in the East Bay.

I’m easy to contact.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. 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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Weather, Water, Trees & Your Home

photo by Joye Ardyn Durt
photo by Joye Ardyn Durt

You’ve probably noticed that trees often provide a “second rain”. In foggy areas condensation on their leaves eventually ends up soaking the ground. Because of condensation, you’ll find that many plants living underneath trees are still green even during times of drought.

Once, while on a camping trip to Point Reyes, we pitched our tent under a grove of trees. We woke, we thought, to the sound of rain. Pitter patter, pitter patter, pitter patter; and it just didn’t let up.  When we finally decided to leave the tent, we discovered that it wasn’t raining after all. The night had been foggy, and what we were hearing was fog-condensed drops falling on our tent.

But many trees need lots of water, so how do we keep them hydrated and still honor the drought regulations? This website that has some answers. It deals with collecting water in rain barrels, and the costs can be subsidized.  I also found another website that specifically addresses tree care during the drought.

Trees need water, and we need trees.  If you have to keep something alive in your home’s landscape, I recommend choosing the trees.

That’s my gardening advice for yard care during the drought, but if you need advice about real estate, that’s my forte.  It ‘s easy to give me a call.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. 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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley