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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

Come to the Berkeley Book Festival!

Book Festival Map

I’ve always loved reading. There’s really nothing I like better than relaxing with a good book. When in the midst of an especially good one, I’ve been known to stay awake in the wee hours just to find a good stopping point, but that’s the trouble with a really well-written book; there are very few good stopping points.

Before I became an agent, I thought that I’d have lots of opportunities to spend reading. I imagined bringing a book with me on floor in the office, or during open homes, but I soon learned that real estate is a demanding job with very little time to goof off, especially now, with the local market being as hot as it is.

Still, Berkeley is a book lover’s town. When I was attending the university here, the fatal attraction of Moe’s Books right across the street from the Mediterranean Cafe would often keep me in that part of Telegraph Avenue far too long enjoying a new book and a delicious cup of coffee.

I bring all of this up because this weekend is the Bay Book Fest.  It’s a free festival in downtown Berkeley’s arts district with loads of activities for all ages including author talks, a teen & children’s stage, and good food! It’s happening June 6th and 7th and it’s FREE, so come to Berkeley and scratch that reader’s itch!

If you 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.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris Neddersen,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Why the East Bay is a Millennial Magnet

Here’s yet another “What do Millennials Want” survey.
I read a lot of them because many of my clients fit this description. The last survey I read talked about how the M group wanted homes that were close to where they worked, had high walk scores, or, at least, were near public transportation.

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Now here’s this survey that states that Millennials love the suburbs. I was raised in the suburb of Orinda, and in my experience, and very little has changed, most homes there require almost constant car usage in order to get anywhere, including to public transportation.

What communities, I asked myself, could then qualify as a Millennial magnet?

The answer is easy:  So many neighborhoods like El  Cerrito and Albany, many Berkeley neighborhoods like Poet’s Corner,  Gourmet Ghetto, and Elmwood, plus a plethora of Oakland neighborhoods like Telegraph/Temescal, Rockridge and more have the appeal of the suburbs–homes  on tree-lined streets with family-friendly touches like backyards, decks, porches, and driveways–and the added plus of great walk scores and/or convenience to public transportation.

But in regards to the question “What Do Millennials Want”  the only authentic answer is the one provided by you, my client.
I like to talk about YOUR needs.  I may get some ideas about what this or that group wants from various surveys, but only in very general terms.  The most important source of information about what you want is YOU, so I’ll ask you to talk about yourself–not just what you need now, but what you dream of for your future.

Buying a house is a long term proposition and, who knows, if you find the right one, you may be there when future real estate analysts are trying to figure out what kind of neighborhood Millennial Junior prefers!

If you’re thinking of selling and/or buying a home, don’t hesitate to call me for this, and all your other real estate needs at 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.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Low Housing Inventory? Blame the Boomers

If you’re trying to find a home to buy, I’m sure you’ve experienced the relative lack of inventory on the market in the East Bay.  You may wonder why more people are hanging on to their homes.

There are all sorts of good reasons to sell if you’ve been in a house for many years.  Usually, an old family home is too big for older folks to take care of, or has too many stairs to navigate, or has lots of delayed maintenance issues, or is not  convenient to the goods and services you need or enjoy–and driving has become, well, an issue.

However, in the Berkeley area there are some ways around this dilemma.  In the Elmwood area there is something called Ashby Village, consisting of  “. . .a community-based network of people over age 50 living in the greater Berkeley area united by our desire to remain in our own homes as we get older,”

This attitude lines up perfectly with these statistics from C.A.R. :

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Still, many seniors need more than good neighborhood organizations to keep healthy and safe.  My folks, when they became too old to look after themselves without constant, 24/7 care, used the proceeds from their home sale to support their assisted living.

When they moved out of their home of  over 30 years both they, and my wife and I, breathed a sign of relief knowing that their needs would be well looked after. Sometimes it’s important to know when to make a change, and the health and safety of my parents came before the sentimental value of having the family home remain in the family.

If you’re the rare boomer who wants to sell their East Bay home, or someone older who is ready to–or or a buyer looking to purchase one–and are interested in hiring an agent like me please give me a call at 510-527-0174 , I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referrals. 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.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

The Berkeley Area: Neighborhoods with the Mostest

When my folks were looking for a home for their growing family, they moved from Berkeley to Suburbia. There they found large lots and  homes in lovely areas, but they didn’t find good public transportation, convenient stores or restaurants to walk to , or public meeting areas outside of the local PTA or swim club.

Now, advantages like these trump “living in a place away from it all”. People are evolving from a car culture to a people culture. Most of my clients want the kind of things found in this “Neighborhood” graphic, and most of these things can be found in the East Bay and Berkeley area.

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It’s my stomping ground, so call me if you, your friends or relatives are interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referals. I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you did.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I 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.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

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

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Discovering Berkeley Area Neighborhoods


The Unique, Multi-cultural & Beautiful East Bay 


If you live in the Bay Area, you know why it’s a tourist Mecca. It’s an astoundingly beautiful and incredibly interesting place. It’s not one of those places of which it’s said “It’s a nice place to live, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” 

EVERYONE wants to live here

At least that’s the way it seems. Many of my buyer clients are from out of the area, and I mean way out of the area, like India and China (or Southern California, which is on a whole other planet as far as I’m concerned.) 

Most want to know what it’s like to live in and around Berkeley, so I’ve provided some details about life insome of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods on my website.  In each area, which I’ve defined by zip code, you’ll find photos of high walk score homes currently on the market and short descriptions and/or links to a variety of shops and restaurants located there. 

If you or a friend want to know more about some of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods, take a look at my website or keep reading this blog. As a life long resident of the Bay Area, having lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Orinda, now in Kensington, I know the East Bay and would love to share my knowledge with you! 

Whether you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’d be honored to help. 

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and best exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective

Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.

Moving Into the East Bay–A Guide for Relo Buyers


Sizing Up Your New Housing Needs

Lately I’ve had several buyers who are moving here from out of state (and sometimes out of the country). Many are parents of students who want to find housing for their child as they matriculate at U.C. or another local college. Those folks are going into built-in communities that any college provides: clubs, fraternities, sports, classmates, etc.

Other buyers are the California Dreamers who, having visited the Berkeley area, find that they like the East Bay Style. Now the only question is a matter of tailoring: which East Bay Community will be the best fit?

Here’s where a good local agent can be very useful.  I have a several suggestions.
  • Go to my What’s Next Homes website. There I’ve provided an overview of many local communities and pictures of some of the available high walkscore homes for sale there.
  • Once you’ve found one or two (or three) communities that you like, here is a Community Guide Link that will help.
  • When you’ve narrowed your choices down, we can talk about your budget. Based on my knowledge of the local market, I can tell you which community is the best match for your resources.
  • And, of course, location to schools, your place of business, and other amenities is an important feature. 
  • After these things have been considered, we’ll sign you up for REAlert, which will send you photos and information for homes that match your specifications. On those pages are more detailed information about schools, markets, shops, and restaurants within a certain radius of each home, including location maps that will get you oriented.
Whether you’re moving into the East Bay from across the bay or across the ocean, give me a call at 510-527-0174 and let’s get started. I’m delighted to be of help.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective.

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and even international exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.
Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.

Over Asking in Berkeley?

Bay Area Sellers are in luck


This area is not only popular because of its beauty, cultural diversity weather, and fantastic food; it’s also one of the most economically prosperous locations in California. Compitition for homes here is stiff.

My last two listings sold in a matter of days for way over the asking price. It’s not just because I’m a super agent–all though I modestly confess that I’m a darn good one and you’d be wise to hire me–it’s that; right now is a particularly good time to sell. 

You’ve heard it before, I know, but let’s review:  Lots of buyers and not enough inventory. I’m just saying it’s a good time for your home to be on the market if you thinking of selling.

Here’s a graphic from California Association of Realtors showing you the over asking stats in 2013.



As I indicated, my sellers have had some amazing successes and I’d be honored to help you, too, but whether you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’m here to help. 

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and best exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective

Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.