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Pokemon Go Crawl, and more Bay Area Entertainment

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I imagine you’re aware of Pokemon Go, the crazy, interactive game that gets people running around town looking for Pokemons. The Parents” Guide to Pokemons tells us this:

“Pokémon are creatures of all shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans. For the most part, Pokémon do not speak except to utter their names. Pokémon are raised and commanded by their owners (called “Trainers”). During their adventures, Pokémon grow and become more experienced and even, on occasion, evolve into stronger Pokémon. There are currently more than 700 creatures that inhabit the Pokémon universe.”

But it’s not just kids that “Gotta catch them all”.  Adults play the game too.  All you need is an Iphone and an App, and you’re set for the chase. This week, on Wednesday July 20th, there’s a Pokemon Go Crawl <(register at the link to your right) that will take you on a hunt all around San Francisco. Well, at least the game gets young and old outside and playing together.

If you have not caught Pokemon fever, here are some other activities around the Bay that you might enjoy.

TUESDAY JULY 19
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY JULY 20TH
Love Anchor Steam? Love Chocolate? You’ll love The Chapel

THURSDAY JULY 21ST
Live Story Slam in Oakland

FRIDAY JULY 22ND
Free Summer Circus in San Francisco

SATURDAY JULY 23RD
Oakland Knows Jack Guided Tour Bike Ride

SUNDAY JULY 24TH
Free Opera in the Park in Orinda

Have fun this week, and whether you’re chasing Pokemons or on the sidelines, be safe!

If you’re chasing your dream of home ownership, or if you want to sell an East Bay home, I can help. Also, if you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Secrets to Winning the Offer War (Part 2 of 4)

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Here is Part Two of the four part series on winning the offer war. If you missed Part One, here’s the link to the piece about “Price”. Today we’ll be looking at the second factor:

TERMS:

  • Prominent among the details is the answer to, “How will you be paying?”  All cash with no need to seek approval for a loan is a strong offer, but some Sellers will accept financing contingencies when attached to a higher price. 
  • If you include a loan, always, always, always use a local lender.  Why? Because local lenders  KNOW THIS MARKET.  Most of the delays, disruption and loan failure come through an out of area lender’s unfamiliarity with local market conditions and regulations.
  • Sellers and listing agents will be on the lookout for ways your loan might go wrong.  Make your down payment as high a percentage of the asking price as possible—lenders are happiest making loans where you have at least 20% of your own money in the deal.
  • Date your close of escrow as close to the offer date as possible, which brings us to the third factor, Contingencies, which I will cover in Part Three posting July 22nd.

If you’re looking to write a winning offer, or to sell an East Bay home, I can help.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company. 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

OUTDOOR THEATER + SIX OTHER BAY AREA EVENTS

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Summer Theater is rife in the Bay Area, and what a great way to spend time outdoors!  Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, a nice bottle of wine, some lawn chairs and relax as the performers present a play that takes you out out of time and mind. Suddenly you’re a part of a fantastic experience, a byplay between audience and performer that makes you feel you’re more than just a watcher, you’re doing your part to create a wonderful summertime memory–and best of all, sometimes it’s FREE. Here is a link that connects you with summer theatrics in the East Bay and below are six other event ideas I hope will enliven your summer.

TUESDAY JULY 12TH
Litquake is BACK with free poetry readings at Yerba Buena Gardens

WEDNESDAY JULY 13TH
Want to get into swimsuit trim? Try a bootcamp for free.

THURSDAY JULY 14TH
Free Game Night in Berkeley

FRIDAY JULY 14TH
See John Leguizamo at Books Inc

SATURDAY JULY 15TH
The Marriage of Figaro at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley.

SUNDAY JULY 16TH
Salsa Sundays in Berkeley

There’s a lot to do outdoors this week, and the weather looks great! Enjoy your week, and call me if you need to buy or sell a home because, if you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company. 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Secrets to Winning the Offer War (Part 1 of 4)

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TIRED OF NOT WINNING THE 0FFER WAR? HERE IS THE FIRST OF FOUR SECRETS FOR SUCCESS.

In a seller’s market, competition can be tough.  How do you get the edge when writing an offer? What do listing agents, and their clients, look for?  The three basics of a winning offer are Price, Terms and the Personal Touch.  If you’ve already been making offers this won’t be new to you, but if you haven’t won out yet, let’s take a closer look at the first of the three factors. Today we’ll take a short look at:

PRICE:
When Sellers see the dollars at the top of an offer’s first page there’s no escaping it: more are better.  In the present market, competition routinely drives selling prices well up over the original listed price…and yet, the highest offer isn’t always the one that gets accepted.  An offer is a contract hoping to be signed.  Real estate contracts are full of details.  Some of the details are fixed by law, and others you can manipulate to make your offer the one that turns into a contract.  These are the terms. We’ll cover those in part two which I will post on Friday July 15th.  Stay tuned!

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help.
If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.
 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

The REAL magic of Staging

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

In the early days of my career, agents rarely staged a home. Now they do, and after touring hundreds of homes here’s something I’ve learned: Don’t trust your eyes.

Stagers are gifted in bringing out the best in a home and downplaying any flaws.

In a small home, for example, you might not notice that the chest of drawers in the bedroom and the T.V. in the living room are missing.

Why? Because adding those pieces add clutter and make a room look smaller.

Well-placed mirrors, too, add an impression of space to small rooms.

Stagers don’t just sell homes, they sell idealized lifestyles, so after you take a look at any staged home for sale, don’t be fooled. If an entertainment area and good clothes storage are important to you, make sure the home you have your eye on will accommodate them.

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help.
If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.
 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK

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Greetings to Summer!

Most of us work year round, and if you work for yourself, it can feel like the days, and even the seasons, flow one into the other with no real differentiation other than wardrobe choices.

But there is something about summer.  Everything seems to slow down.  The longer days provide the illusion of more time. We CAN do a full day’s work and still enjoy a walk by the bay–with the added benefit of a jaw-dropping sunset. Mornings are bright with light and birdsong. Afternoons seem still and calm. Siesta time! Summer time, and, of course, The Fourth of July!

And Summer is the most evocative of seasons. Childhood memories of good times are as plentiful and sweet as peaches on the trees, so I say let’s create some summer memories as adults.  Here’s this weeks list:

TUESDAY JUNE 28TH
Funk Jam at the Ivy Room

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29TH
Free admission to the Alameda County Fair

THURSDAY JUNE 30TH
Off the grid camping at the Presidio

FRIDAY JULY 1ST
Free Summer circus in Oakland

SATURDAY JULY 2ND
Free Theater: Final Night at Theater Rhinoceros

SUNDAY JULY 3RD
World One Festival in El Cerrito

And have a fantastic, safe, Fourth of July!

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help.
If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.
 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Two Things–More to Come–about GOOD life in the East Bay

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A “Did You Know” Post

Reading the paper, we typically see the bad news, so I thought I’d take some tidbits from this week’s news to highlight a couple of local items that made me feel good.  I’ve included here some quotes from the articles, and a link, too, so you can read more if you like.

Summer Lunch for low income kids in the Libraries
from the article:
“The Contra Costa County Library is serving lunch this summer at eight library locations in the county in an effort to prevent a summer nutrition gap. Many low-income children face nutrient deficiencies when school closes for the summer break. The effort is part of a statewide collaboration between the California Library Association (CLA) and the California Summer Meal Coalition to unite libraries and summer meal providers and keep kids healthy and engaged when school is out. “This program gives us a chance to get to know more members of our community and provide an additional service,” said Ian Richards, senior community library manager for the El Sobrante and Pinole”
Click HERE to find out more

Landmark restoration taken on by neighborhood resident
from the article:
“Over the years, a redwood tree, apparently planted around the time the subdivision was built, started to undermine the structural integrity of the adjacent column, prompting resident Jon Streeter to think about saving it. His plan, originally conceived about five years ago, is to disassemble the tipping column and rebuild it exactly as is, according to a March engineering permit application to the city’s Planning and Development Department.
“The basic idea is, we’ll be restoring a historic monument at no taxpayer cost,” Streeter said last week.”
Click HERE to find out more

If you’ve got good news to share, email me 

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company. 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Don’t Underestimate the Value a Real Estate Professional Brings to a Home Sale

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Mike James, President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area wrote this, and I couldn’t have said it better myself, so here is his message in its entirety.

Well-known actor, humorist and economist Ben Stein once wrote a column entitled “Pieces of Heaven.” It was a love letter of sorts about the many homes he has bought, sold and enjoyed over the years – and the many real estate professionals who helped him find his little bit of paradise each time.

The properties were located all over the country – the California coast, Beverly Hills, the Eastern seashore and Washington D.C., to name a few. The one thing they all had in common, Mr. Stein said: “We could never have gotten them without brokers.”

“Every time I use an agent, I am amazed at how hard they work…always available around the clock,” he wrote. “They handle even the most minute details like inspections, and the big ones like financing. They show endless patience. They are relentlessly upbeat. They need to be a diplomat, design expert, financier, psychologist, surrogate parent, and often surrogate spouse.”

Some sellers may think you just stick a for-sale sign in the front lawn and buyers will beat a path to your door. Guess again! Real estate professionals develop comprehensive marketing plans, take professional photos, arrange inspections and appraisers, oversee home staging, hold open houses, place print and online ads, reach out to their networks to find potential buyers, and negotiate with buyers’ agents to get the best price and to get the deal closed.

Pre-sale activities

A Listing Agent’s work starts with researching the current market to aid the Seller in determining the right list price. They provide information about professionals who can help get the home ready for sale, arrange and develop disclosure packages for potential buyers.

Before any potential buyer sets foot inside the home the Listing Agent will work with the Seller to find out the Seller’s preferences regarding a menu of options as to how to best market the home.  Depending upon the Seller’s preferences, the Listing Agent will assist in choosing a stager and/or a landscaper to make the property look its best inside and out; to have multiple photos and/or a virtual tour, post signs, create a website as well as put together compelling marketing material to highlight it’s positive attributes and features.

Maximum exposure marketing

Putting the home on the local MLS is just the start of what goes into effectively marketing a home listing. Real estate professionals may create and distribute a just-listed postcard, create and send out open house invitations, submit ads to various publications, promote the home to the Listing Agent’s network locally and regionally, as well as use relocation referral networks to promote the home to relocating buyers from around the country.

And because 90 percent of buyers begin their search for a home on the Internet, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, Listing Agents will promote the property on many of the country’s top real estate websites. Through web syndication, Coldwell Banker listings, for example, are featured on an unsurpassed 700-plus websites around the world – including Coldwell Banker’s exclusive websites.

Open houses and tours

Listing Agents may host a broker’s open tour to let agents working with potential buyers see the property first before holding any public open house. They may canvass the neighborhood to invite people to the open house, as well as alert past client referrals about the listing. In addition, they will schedule individual showings to let more serious potential buyers tour the home personally and privately. Listing Agents will then follow up with those potential buyers and their agents to gauge their reaction and discuss next steps.

Negotiate offers/acceptance

Once a buyer or multiple buyers make an offer, Listing Agents will schedule an offer presentation with the seller, presenting the offer(s), discussing the terms and the seller’s options.  At the Seller’s direction the Listing Agent will negotiate terms on behalf of the Seller and prepare contract documents. They coordinate and attend inspections and work with all parties to help resolve problems and challenges relating to the property.

Last but not least, the Listing Agent will help secure all of the necessary paperwork and coordinate the closing.

There is much more to successfully selling a home than putting up a sign. A professional REALTOR® can make the process seem so much easier through their hard work, their expertise and their attention to details. Buying and selling a home is often the largest financial transaction that any of us will ever make. But with the help of a real estate professional, the next generation of buyers and sellers can find their own “pieces of heaven” – just as Ben Stein has been able to achieve so often over the years.

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company. 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA FATHER’S DAY EVENTS THIS WEEK

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This week we’re counting down to Father’s Day.  For this Events Page I tried to find activities that might appeal to dads.  Events with beer kept coming up.  This dad is not adverse to a cold beer on an almost-Summer’s day.  I don’t mind a beer in the Winter either.  If your a dad that feels the same, this events page is for you. In any case, I hope that you and/or any of the dads in your life have a very enjoyable week of celebration and adulation. Here’s to YOU!

TUESDAY JUNE 14TH
Witty WWII Comedy at the Eureka Theater

WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH
San Francisco Beer Bus

THURSDAY JUNE 16TH
More Beer at Ghirardelli Square

FRIDAY JUNE 17TH
Have a Beer and Plant a Tree

SATURDAY JUNE 18TH
Celebrate Father’s Day at Meek Mansion with, possibly, root beer.

SUNDAY JUNE 19TH
Free Burgers for Dad

Happy Father’s Day!  I hope you have a great time this week, and REMEMBER:

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company. 

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

What the Housing Market and Life Have in Common: Change is Inevitable

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The lack of mobility in the current market is on everyone’s mind.  Why are inventories so low? Why are homeowners reluctant to sell? Why, when the Bay Area is rich with jobs, can’t these workers find homes to live in? There’s a lot of reasons, and the latest California Association of Realtors collection of polls have a few answers, and some good news.

  • 52 % of homeowners think it is a good time to sell..
  • 48% of renters plan to buy a home in the future
  • 10% want to buy in the next year
  • 95% see advantages in home ownership
  • Mortgage rates are still low (Week ending 6/2/2016):
    • 30-yr. fixed: 3.66% fees/points: 0.5%
    • 15-yr. fixed: 2.92% fees/points: 0.5%

All good news, and, anecdotally, I’ve noticed that local prices seem to be stabilizing. To Sum Up:
Home sellers think it’s a great time to sell, most renters are planning to buy, rents, locally, are climbing, and everyone agrees it’s a great idea to own your own home.

So what’s going on? Well there’s a couple things.  First, the majority of homeowners age 55+ are very satisfied with their homes.  Many have decided to “age in place” which takes their homes off the potential market.

Second, Millennials, the most likely first time home buyers, are often not able to buy. Student loan debt and lack of “good” jobs, ones that are full time and pay a living wage, get in the way of their dreams of home ownership.

But, as we all know, life is all about change.  The home that felt comfortable at 55 might eventually seem too big when just one or two of you are trying to maintain a home built for five. Time to SELL!

Innovative new businesses and ways of acquiring seed money to develop fresh ideas, (like GoFundMe) has helped turn some of the 39% of kids still living with their parents into entrepreneurs and potential home buyers.

There are so many ways life can be, so when change happens for you, and you need an agent, REMEMBER:

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  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!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley