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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

Where in the East Bay Should I Live?

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Last blog, I talked about out-of-towners wanting to know what the Bay Area has to offer by way of entertainment.

Another thing they want to know is “what are the neighborhoods like?”

There are several ways I can help answer that question.

  1. Go to my Super Site.  You’ll see sections titled “Activity in (say) Berkeley” .  Click “view all listings” for the city of your choice and you’ll find homes organized according to price.  Find a home you like that fits your price range and click the photo. This will take you to more photos and information about that listing.  Scroll down and find the “Community around”, “Schools” and “What’s Near” links.  read any or all of those and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the home’s neighborhood is like.
  2. Want more info about schools? Click here for –> another site with more facts and figures about local schools
  3.  If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE. You’ll find a page on my What’s Next Homes site that is devoted to walk score homes in East Bay neighborhoods.
  4. If you want to know how far the home is from your place of business via public transportation, here’s a trip planner that will help.
  5. There’s also a site, if you’re driving, that lets you know the peak commute times from home to office.
  6. Web sites, however, can only provide you with so much information.  I tell my clients that the best way to tell if a neighborhood suits them is to hang out there at different times of day. Check out the people that come and go, feel the energy in the air, enjoy the ambiance, stroll the streets, eat in the cafes, drink at the local pubs . Every East Bay neighborhood has it’s own pluses and minuses, and only you will know the best fit for you.

Out of towner or local home buyer or seller, 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.

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 Location, Location, Location is Important, important, important

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This old Realtor slogan is important to both sellers and buyers.  As many of today’s sellers realize when it comes time to sell their homes, their neighborhood may have changed. The modest little house they purchased in a so-so neighborhood just may have, with time and trendiness, morphed into a gentrified cash cow. In the current San Francisco East Bay real estate market, that seems to be the case area-wide. Hint: Home Sellers: Great time to sell.  Call me!

let me know if you would like a weekly or monthly update of home values in YOUR neighborhood. Call 510-527-0174 and I’ll set it up for you.

Buyers have a slightly different take. They need to be in the neighborhood that suits their needs the best, from their kids (if they have them) to their wallet.

One way to quantify your needs is to make a list of the pros and cons of both the neighborhoods you like (close to public transportation, schools, playgrounds, recreation, job, interests, potential for growth?) and homes that catch your eye (bedrooms, baths, yard, garage, price). It’s important to narrow your search before you start touring. Decide which neighborhoods work best for you and your family. Check out school districts, shopping and dining, public transportation, recreational areas and any other facts that are important to you. Go to my neighborhoods page for a good overview of some of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods.

After you’ve done your homework, start surfing. One of the most important tools for your house hunt can be found right in your own home or office the Internet. Many homes are listed for sale on the Internet because real estate agents know that most people turn to the Web first when looking for a new home. With just a few clicks of a mouse, you can see pictures, take virtual tours and map out locations for homes that contain features you are looking for. A good place to start is my SuperSite. There, you can also register for MyREAlert to have information about available homes that meet your specifications sent directly to you. When you find a likely home, call me and together we can go over the reports to make sure the home is right for you.

If everything lines up, we’ll put our heads together to make the best possible offer to get you the home you want.

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

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.