Category Archives: Homes in the Berkeley Area

Only YOU can balance the housing market.

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This is an open letter to homeowners in the East Bay,

Dear Sir or Madam,

Have you, or a loved one, owned a home a long, long time? Is it too big ? Too inconvenient? Too hard to clean? Is the yard getting to be too much for you to handle? Have you retired and want to move to a smaller home or apartment near things you love? Or have you welcomed a little newcomer that needs their own room/yard/good school district, and your current home just doesn’t fill the bill?

In short, do you want to sell? If not, why not? Perhaps the long and short answer is you don’t want to turn into one more hopeless buyer.

There was a time, not too long ago, when the ratio of buyers to sellers was a lot closer. What happened, I wonder, to the fluidity that once defined the housing market? Time was when buying up or down was always an option. Now, each home for sale seems to create crazy bidding  wars and inflated pricing.

Buyers are discouraged and homeowners feel trapped. What’s the answer?

Sell. The more of you that put your homes on the market, the more fluid the market will become which helps us all. Be a part of the solution! Call me and let’s get moving!

Join my team if you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home! I can help you on both sides of the table: sell your home and buy the next. If you’re wanting to ove to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you go. 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 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your rmeferrals–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

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

Financial Friday: The Slow Home Flipper

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On Weird Wednesday last, we talked about Contractors.  If you’re a real estate flipper, you are probably familiar with using contractors, and your own sweat equity, to update lower income housing to high income standards and sell for a profit.  You’re not buying a forever home, you’re buying an investment.

When I purchased my first home in Berkeley, I did the same–with one difference:  I estimated a much slower turnaround on the deal.  At the time our two bedroom bungalow was perfect for our small family, and near both our jobs. We stayed through the birth of our first child,  but when the second came around a couple years later we knew we needed to move.

And we were ready to sell, and knew we’d receive higher price than we originally paid, not just because property values had increased, but because we spent the time we lived there making improvements. We turned the garage into a home office, we built a deck out the back, we repainted, planted a lovely garden, and refinished the floors.

We spent roughly 4 years in our “starter” home, and it’s sale took us to the home in the hills in which we still live.

My point? In this crazy housing market, start small just to get your toe in the door.  Plan on doing a Slow Flip. Investing in the East Bay, with all it’s advantages, is never a mistake.

If  you’d love to buy an East Bay home to prepare for a slow flip–or if you’re thinking about selling–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. 

You’ll be 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!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Carbon Footprint Savvy? Want HIGH Walk Score East Bay Homes

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Walk Scores identify properties that are close to all the amenities and conveniences you’d want for your practical and entertainment needs.  Lately, a lot have shown up on the MLS, and I capture them and put them on my web site as a service to my buyers.

If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods on my What’s Next Homes website.  This site has several pages dedicated to homes in various great East Bay neighborhoods that have walk scores from 80-90 (described as very walk-able), all the way to 90-100 (walker’s paradise).  Most are also close to special Berkeley Area attractions.

How’s that for bringing your enjoyment up and your energy needs down!

MyREAlert, Coldwell Banker’s Home Search engine, is one stop shopping for walk score properties or any that you specify in terms of price, size, and location show up in your email as soon as they appear on the MLS, and everything else you might want to know about the neighborhoods are also included.  Call me at 510-527-0174 and I’ll sign you up!

I’m eager to make buying or selling your East Bay Home a breeze,  AND REMEMBER: I’m never too busy, even during game days, to field your questions regarding Bay Area real estate, or to handle your referals.

If you or your friends or relatives are interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  You’ll be glad you did.

Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Classic Craftsman in Great Condition OPEN 10/5 from 2 to 4

1540 Blake Street in Berkeley  

MLS #40673688

Built in 1932, this sunny Berkeley Bungalow in front is loaded with charming period details including hardwood floors, custom built-ins in the dining room, and a cozy breakfast nook in the kitchen. Both bath and kitchen have been updated.

The sweet & private rear cottage has its own yard and sunny deck. Rental income from stable, quiet tenant will offset part of the cost of owning these two homes.

This central Berkeley gem shows “Good transit,” “Very walkable” and “Bikers’ paradise!” at the Walk Score web site. It’s near parks, playgrounds, Dwight Way eateries and public transportation.

• Front: 2 bedrooms, 1 baths
• Rear: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
• Detached garage
• Fireplace in living room

OPEN SUNDAY October 5th FROM 2 TO 4:00

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Blake Street front
living room, dining room, kitchen
living room, dining room, kitchen
living room, dining room, kitchen
kitchen with pantry and built-in breakfast nook
cottage front
cottage deck

For more information about this property call me at
510-527-0174.

For up to the minute information about local real state,  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made 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 WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

New Listing on 1540 Blake Street in Berkeley!

Two Berkeley Jewels in One Setting  

Built in 1932 on a large level lot, the front, sunny Berkeley Bungalow is loaded with charming period details including hardwood
floors, custom built-ins in the dining room, and a cozy
breakfast nook in the kitchen. Both bath and kitchen
have been updated.

The sweet & private rear cottage has
its own yard and sunny deck. Near parks, playgrounds,
Dwight Way eateries and public transportation.

• Front: 2 bedrooms, 1 baths
• Rear: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
• Off street parking & detached garage
• Fireplace in living room

OPEN SUNDAY SEPT. 14TH FROM 2 TO 4:00

front
Blake Street front
living room, dining room, kitchen
living room, dining room, kitchen
living room, dining room, kitchen
kitchen with pantry and built-in breakfast nook
cottage front
cottage deck

For more information about this property call me at
510-527-0174.

For up to the minute information about local real state,  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made 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 WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Streamline Your Home Search

Going to Realtor conferences we hear a lot about the “Internet Savvy Client”.  We’re told that most people search for homes, agents, and buying and selling advice on-line.  This is good news for us real estate agents because there is nothing we like better than well-informed clients.

Sometimes, however, the information clients get can be bogus.  For example, many of my current clients I acquired as a result of a bad home search  on Trulia and Zillow.  They see the home of their dreams and ask for more information. Their quiery is routed to me, and I look up the property on the MLS and discover: It’s ALREADY SOLD!

Fortunately, I have a solution to that problem.  It’s called MyREAlert. This home search program will make the process so much more efficient.  You define what you want (number of beds & baths, price, location, school districts, etc) and properties that match your search will show up in your inbox.

And, guess what: They’ll all be active on the market.

If you’re interested in streamlining YOUR home search, give me call.  And remember, there are no strings attached to this service.

How Do You Compare?

How Do You Compare?

For up to the minute information about local real state,  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made 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 WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

When it comes to buying a home, think locally.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the “buy local” movement.  It can apply to food; the idea being that good health and even ecology depends upon your buying and eating fresh produce locally grown.

Buying what you need from local, “Mom and Pop” stores of all kinds– instead of purchasing items from big box stores–can benefit neighborhoods by sustaining walk score options and keeping good folks in business.

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Using local realtors and mortgage brokers can benefit YOU if you’re a home buyer.  People often think that buying a home is the same no matter where you are, but every area has local quirks that catch the unwary buyer, or buyer’s agent, by surprise.

Do you have a friend or relative that is a realtor, or did you find a great mortgage broker on line?  That’s great, but if the agent or broker doesn’t live in the East Bay, they don’t really know the ins and outs of the local market.  When you use local folks, you can depend upon their knowledge to get you the home you want.

For up to the minute information about local real state,  information about home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out online. I have two sites made 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 WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

A Tale of Two Cities

I have two “hometowns”.   Kensington, my current residence, was where I began my life.  My parents owned a home on Trinity and I attended the Hilltop School just as my three kids did.

They attended school there all six years, but my folks moved their young family from Kensington to Orinda where they bought a model home on Overhill Road in the Glorietta school district.

I spent most of my  young life in Orinda, and my parents lived there well into their old age.  I know this community well.

However, most of my adult life (so far) I’ve spent living in near the Bay, mainly in Kensington.  I know this community equally well.

Both Kensington and Orinda are great places to live, and I consider both cities my hometown.

That’s why I am so happy to announce that I brought in the buyers for these two wonderful homes, one located in Kensington and one located in Orinda.  It’s great to know that two lovely families will enjoy the delights of living in my hometowns.

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318 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, California
36 Charles Hill Circle, Orinda,  Californa

For up to the minute information about local happenings, real estate, free and cheap events, high walk score homes, and information about home sales and values in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

 

 

What do Many Home Buyers Want?


Short Commutes!


The California Asssociation of Realtors and the U.S. Census report came up with some data showing why people move. Among the 36 million people who moved between 2012 and 2013, 5 percent said the most important reason for moving was to be closer to work or for an easier commute.

Living in the Bay area as I do, where I learned that we’re #2 in the nation when it comes to traffic snarl-ups, I’ve always tried to work close to home–perferably in my home. As a real estate agent I get a choice, and luckily my office is only 10 minutes away if I need to meet clients or attend office meetings.

The city of Berkeley itself is traffic savvy. Long ago they created a traffic control system in high use areas that keeps neighborhoods from becoming freeways. Bike lanes, too, were established early and the bike sharing craze will come here soon. Construction of multi-use buildings (business and residential) are on the rise, car-free zones are being planned, and many neighborhoods have fantastic walk scores allowing residents to travel on foot to meet most of their needs.  

If you’d love to live in this amazing area, I’d be honored to help. I’ll set up an REALert system for you that will search MLS real estate–using requirements tailored to your individual needs. It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties that meet your specific criteria, AND they’re delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!

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.

For up to the minute information about local happenings, real estate, free and cheap events, and home sales and values in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.  

If you’re interested in more information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174.  Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.  If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective.  If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.