Holiday Diversity in the East Bay

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I remember my first Christmas Eve dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.  She apologized to me in advance for the meal. The main course is pictured here. It’s called “Potatis Skorv” and it’s a sausage made of pork, beef, potatoes, onions, and a few other spices. It doesn’t look delicious, does it?  I searched for a picture that made it look good.  This was the best one I could find.

She served it with cranberry sauce. I’ve heard others say plenty of ketchup is what saves it.  My favorite go-with is a hot and spicy Swedish mustard we discovered at the local source for all things Scandinavian, the Nordic House on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito.  We’ve since found a better skorv source (cheaper, fresher, and great service) in Oakland; Taylor’s on Washington Street.

May I say that Skorv is an acquired taste and after many years of Christmas repasts, I have developed it. Now it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without Potatis Skorv on the table.  Still, I will apologize to the potential partners of any of my children when it comes to their first Christmas Eve dinner with us. Then I’ll supply them with plenty of hot and spicy mustard and lots of white wine with which to wash it all down.

If you’d like to spice up your holiday meals, there are so many great multicultural groceries in the East Bay. Here’s a short list of places to find some international holiday favorites:

Buche de Noel (find it at any one of these French Pastry shops)

English and German Christmas Treats are plentiful at the Junket

For Italian treats check out PIQ in Berkeley

Find Mexican treats at Las Montanas in San Pablo

Terrific Indian delights at Vik’s in Berkeley

Find classic Russian fare in Walnut Creek

Delicious and healthy Middle Eastern Food in Berkeley

And for Hanukkah treats, you can’t beat Saul’s in Berkeley.  Very close to my Coldwell Banker office. Stop by and say hello!

There are many more, but with this list you’re off to a good start. Have a fantastic holiday!

Want to sell or buy an East Bay home during the Holidays (or anytime) I’ll be in town and happy 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 or linkedIn.

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

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

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

First Time Buyer Financing MADE EASY

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There’s a lot of anxiety out there about younger buyers being able to finance a home–and about real estate investors with wheel-barrels full of money grabbing up all the available inventory.

All-cash offers tend to be more attractive to sellers, but I was gratified to see that the majority of recent buyers financed their purchase.  The graphic above gives you the skinny.

The California Association of Realtors has a quick and easy way to help young buyers find out how to finance a home purchase.  Go to their site and click on the very informative  video you’ll see on that page.

After figuring out what financing option is best for you, you can use my site to find some East Bay homes that look good to you. Then give me a call at 510-527-0174  and let’s talk about your move!

Selling or buying an East Bay home will be a smoother process once you give me a call. 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 or linkedIn.

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

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

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

‘Tis the Season of Giving–Here’s How.

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This is the time of year when we truly appreciate the comforts that so many of us enjoy: warm clothes to keep out the rain and cold, warm places to live in, warm-hearted friends and neighbors to celebrate with, and warm food on the table.

But there are those who are not so lucky. Poverty rates are at record levels in the Bay Area, even with a hot job market.  This makes the holidays a trying time for many, especially cash strapped parents, so on the principle that giving feels better than getting, here’s a list of the best organizations for donations in the East Bay.

Also, my office, Coldwell Banker in Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue, is accepting donations of new toys for needy children. They join a list of organizations with the desire to make the season bright for local kids.

I hope you will join me in feeling really good this year–because you’ve done what you can to make someone else’s holiday a bit merrier!

If selling or buying an East Bay home will make you merrier, give me a call. 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 or linkedIn.

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!

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

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Homes and the Holidays: It’s Complicated

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A bittersweet time, isn’t it, the ending of a year? It’s cold and dark, yet the lights, decorations, seasonal festivities and music are warm and bright. There’s a relentless drumbeat to buy and give, call and write, meet and greet. . .yet times of thoughtful retreat seem to show up unplanned–quiet moments in front of the fire or an awesome sunset.  Much has happened and there are many things to think about: changes to make, challenges to face, yet, through it all, so much to appreciate

No matter where you are, you can’t help but think of home. Tradition is so much a part of the season, and we all remember how our family celebrated; the meals prepared, the guests who graced the table, the presents exchanged, and the inevitable button pushing between parent and child, sibling and sibling.  Joyful or awkward or a little of both, our memories enhance our own traditions in our own homes.
Activities, too, are central to the holidays. Tree lighting ceremonies, favorite places to shop, parades, parties and meetings with Santa Claus. We all hold memories of the dark and light that comes from of the ending of one year and the beginning of another, but most revolve around home, our own and the one we came from.
May your memories be warm and your season bright! Here’re some activities that I hope will help you enhance your holidays.

If you’ve got  selling or buying a home on your mind, give me a call. 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 or linkedIn.

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!

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

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley