Open Homes: The Advantages to YOU

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See the property in the sketch? That’s 1916 Cedar Street.  I’ll be holding it open this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30.

No, it’s not my listing, but that doesn’t make any difference. I have held a lot of homes open in my 23 plus years of real estate, and I know what it takes to represent any property in the East Bay very well.  Of course, the first step is to find out as much as I can about it as I can.  Information like:

  • The neighborhood.  Being a local boy, I know this and other East Bay neighborhoods very well and can discuss what it might be like to live there.
  • The meaning of “Golden Duplex”, of which this is one, and the advantages to the buyer.
  • The current refurbishments and updates of the property
  • The home’s original Craftsman style and charm
  • Etc. Etc.

These, and other information a buyer might need, are the value added to the opportunity of seeing a home for sale first-hand. Many times, the on-line photos don’t tell the whole tale.  Also, a good agent will help you see beneath the staging to the intrinsic value of the home itself.

Open homes are a tool you can use to your benefit when you’re looking to purchase a property. Don’t be afraid to talk to the agent.  Any information you glean will help you increase your knowledge of local real estate and thus your ability to fine-tune your search for properties.

We’re here to help. If you’re already working with an agent, simply mention that to the representative at the open home and ask your questions. They’re happy to answer any you have anyway. That’s the duty they owe their seller. It’s the main reason they’re there.

If you don’t have an agent, talking to the one present is a great way to interview that person to see if you have a connection. Many agent/client bonds begin at open homes.

So come by 1916 Cedar on Sunday and say “Hi”. I’d be happy to discuss local real estate with you!

Call me if you’d like to buy or sell 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 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

Martin Luther King Jr. and Equal Housing in the Berkeley Area: A Short History

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, I did some research about civil rights in the East Bay, especially in Berkeley, and in my area of interest: Housing.

I learned that, in the Bay Area, particularly in Berkeley (yes, the historic hotbed of liberal thought) housing discrimination was alive and well.  Neighborhoods were segregated, and there was a wide-held belief that when minorities moved into white neighborhoods, the property values went down.

In 1961, a Citizens Committee was formed to study discrimination in housing.  There were controlled tests, surveys, interviews, and NAACP reports all carefully collected and reviewed. They discovered what many already new: “discrimination in housing was widespread and general, in both rental and sale of property” (Housing Discrimination in Berkeley: A Report by a Citizen’s Committee to the Community Welfare in July of 1962 (p.2) White homeowners, landlords, and real estate agents joined together to keep minorities out of “good” neighborhoods.

Achieving fair housing laws was a huge struggle with no easy solutions in sight. People took to the streets in cities throughout California, and finally, after Ordinances on fair housing were passes and repealed, the state passed the Rumford Fair Housing Act in 1963.

But the battle wasn’t over. There were attempts to repeal the Rumford Fair Housing Act. Martin Luther King visited the Bay Area in May of 1964. He spoke about passing the civil rights bill in the senate and against the repeal of the Fair Housing Act describing it as a setback for democracy.

Still, the California Real Estate Association sponsored Prop 14, which gave landlords and property owners’ discretion to choose who to sell, lease or rent to. The measure was passed in 1964.  In response, the federal government cut off all housing funding to California.

Finally, in 1967, The California Supreme Court held that Prop 14 was unconstitutional since it violated the equal protection and due process provisions of the California Constitution.

It’s been a messy and shameful struggle for equal rights, and we’re not “there” yet, but at least, in my experience, I can and will happily show homes to whomever wishes to buy them, and no seller yet has told me that they would not accept an offer from anyone based on their color, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Thank goodness.

Call me if you’d like to buy or sell 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 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

Improving your Home or Buying a Fixer? Some Thoughts. . .

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As a homeowner and/or potential seller, investing in improving your East Bay home is not a bad idea. New kitchens and baths always add a touch of class to an older home. Refurbishing and renovating  what’s there, creating a “move right in” feel with shiny floors and new windows, is a terrific way to enchant buyers. That’s why there’s so many home flippers out there doing so well.

Of course, you should always factor in the cost of construction, whether you own the property or if you’re considering purchasing a fixer upper. That cost will depend upon the needs of the respective property, but there is another cost to consider if you live–or intend to live–in the home during remodeling: time and inconvenience. Be sure to factor in your needs as well.

Some buyers have this “It’s a Wonderful Life” vision of remodeling: one person slapping paint on the walls while the other heads off to work; returning in the evening to find a completely transformed home. Fiction, of course.

There is always a cost of time and energy in DIY, and no matter how easy the youtube instructions look there is always a learning curve if you’re new to, say, resurfacing a kitchen counter.

If you’re up for it, of course, and you’ve done some remodeling before, and you have tools and vision and excitement for the project ahead, by all means let the good times roll! There’s nothing like the satisfaction you feel when you see how amazing and beautiful your completed project turned out!

I relate. In our first home, my wife and I turned a funky garage into a wonderful studio space.  It was just the two of us, but we did have helpful friends with tools, time, willing hands, and expertise to guide us.

With our second home, older, wiser, and with two kids and one more on the way, we left the work we needed done to the professionals.

And remember, you can call me if you need any references for good home improvement professionals.

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

New Year’s Revelations

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On New Year’s Day I received a phone call from a favorite client.

“Chris,”she said “This year I am definitely going to buy a home.”

Her strong and emphatic statement indicated a sea-change in attitude.  She’s been looking for a long time, but she had other priorities that took attention and energy away from her home search. But NOW, in 2016, she’s clear: she’s finding herself a home. And, as always, I’m here to help.

You need a strong intention if you’re planning on buying or selling a home.  It takes a viable strategy, significant time committment, and just plain hard work. Being clear and certain about what you want goes a long way to achieving your goal.

And you don’t have to do it alone. I’ll be honored to help. I bring a great deal of experience to the table and am more than willing to utilize what I’ve learned to insure a successful real estate deal for YOU.

So if you’ve resolved to sell or buy your home, I resolve to reveal all I know about the local market to help you succeed.  In the meantime, here are some:

Revelations for Sellers
I’m happy to introduce you to a terrific page in my website that will help you figure out how to price your home. It’s called “Market Insider” and it’s packed with relevant information about the what’s going on in your city, district or zip code.

Of course, even in the same area there are differences–neighborhood to neighborhood and home to home–so you can’t always count on statistics for total accuracy. For a more precise and specific analysis of your home, I provide a complimentary, no strings estimate of your home’s current value. Text me, call me, (510-418-1306) or email me (chris@neddersen.com) and let’s set up an appointment.

Revelations for Buyers
If you haven’t already checked out my site, and you’re serious about finding a home, head for my home page. There you’ll find a search engine where current homes for sale are updated twice a day from the MLS–more timely than other online offerings.

If you want a more specific search, you can design one on my Buyer’s page. They’ll send you news of homes you might like straight to your inbox. When you find one of interest, give me a call and lets put together an offer.

When you’re ready, I’m here to help!