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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!”

Buyer Strategies in a Sellers Market

  • Be on call. If you’re only looking now and then when it’s convenient, you’re compromising your chances. The most successful Buyers give house hunting priority in their daily schedules.  Sign up for a real-time listing monitor with automatic notifications, and check its updates as soon as you can.  If a lead seems interesting at first glance, look again: read everything in the listing data available on line and, if you’re not familiar with the block, look it over with street view software.
  • When you have a contender, call your agent for the vital information not available on public-access websites, like a deadline for offers. Be quick about this: many listings are shown only for a short time, with offers expected within a week of appearance.  There may also be details available about the house’s condition.  The sooner you have all the facts, the more wisely you can manage your time to compose a winning offer.
  • Have your ducks lined up. Unless an offer is for all cash, it must be accompanied by a mortgage pre-approval letter.  The letter, specific to the house of interest, confirms your application has been completed and fully underwritten, with your new loan approved subject only to a ratified contract and the property’s qualifying as security.  Not every lender will play this way; you agent can give you a list of some who will.  Without pre-approval, you can be a diligent researcher. . .but not a serious Buyer
  • Top dollar may not win out. Sellers like certainty and prefer the fewest number of hurdles to closing as possible.  Buyers’ contingencies in an offer look like hurdles to Sellers, who may accept a lower price than the top offer if it comes with less chance of your changing your mind.  Your agent can help you analyze how much risk you are willing and able to take on, in presenting an offer with the fewest contingencies.
  • Cast a wide net. Search for homes outside the locations you want most, if faced with limited or high-priced choices. As a Buyer you need to carefully consider what you’re willing to compromise on.
  • Take the long view. Some properties don’t sell right away, even in a Seller’s market, because of issues that turn other Buyers away.  If you can imagine how things might work for you, even if fixing might take a while, you could land a prize.

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help.  My local knowledge and market experience are vital in helping you buy or sell an 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

Six Special Bay Area Events this Week

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These last weekends have been busy for me.  I’ve been holding my new listing in Kensington open.  Holding an Open House is like having a little party. No food, or alcohol to break the ice, but no shortage of topics of conversation. I’ve discussed the local schools  & neighborhood, flow of traffic, commuting convenience, walk score, recreational opportunities and more. Sometimes these questions aren’t easy to answer if the answers are, well, not so great; but this house, with so many positives, is really fun to talk about.

If you’re free this next weekend, stop on by and check it out. For the other days of the week, here’s a list of some fun events and activities:

TUESDAY APRIL 19TH
The NOW festival is in full swing. Click HERE for a list of all the events.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20TH
If you’d love to “Bring back the ’60s, man”,  you’ll have your chance on Hippie Hill in the City

THURSDAY APRIL 21st
If you love dance you’ll love this: 20/20 in Berkeley

FRIDAY APRIL 22nd
Celebrate Earth Day in Oakland’s annual festival

SATURDAY APRIL 23rd*
Celebrate John Muir’s Birthday

SUNDAY APRIL 24th*
See Historic Race Cars on Nob Hill

*You’re invited to see my  listing this weekend. It’s located in Kensington on 9 Westminster Avenue.  Open House dates are Saturday April 23rd and  Sunday April 24th from 2:00 to 4:30.

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

East Bay Cities Series: Kensington

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Kensington is an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County that borders Alameda County . It’s an intimate community with small town feel, big city sophistication and good real estate values. It rests in the hills above El Cerrito and north of Berkeley and on either side of Arlington Avenue.  That’s where the SF express and local buses stop and it’s the main drag through Kensington taking you almost everywhere you’d want to go.

The library and community park, with neighborhood tennis and basketball courts, is open to all. Other outdoor activities are just over the ridge at the magnificent Charles Lee Tilden Park and Lake Anza.  The many attractions of Berkeley city and the University of California are ten minutes away by car. The highly rated Kensington Hilltop Elementary School is right up the hill surrounded by the parks, open space and one of the most beautiful views in the East Bay.

In short, Kensington is beautiful and welcoming, the eateries are fun and first-rate, and both kids and adults have lots of places to play. It’s suburban living in an urban environment with a view, and the best-kept secret in the East Bay!

If you’re looking to buy a home in Kensington, come by my open house April 9th and 10th, or call me (or your agent) for a viewing. If you want to sell an East Bay home, I love local listings and will do a great job of marketing your home. If you’re wanting to move 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

Six Special Bay Area Events This Week

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So far, the April skies have been clear and bright, perfect weather to enjoy many of the local activities that abound in the Bay Area.  Here’s a list of 6 days of delightful entertainments, AND an invitation to my Open House in Kensington.*

TUESDAY APRIL 5TH
The Opening of the Giant, Glow in the Dark Bunnies

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6TH
Oakland Earth Expo

THURSDAY APRIL 7TH
Theater of Others Presents “Cymbeline”

FRIDAY APRIL 8TH
Last Day of the annual Bouquets to Art at the DeYoung

SATURDAY APRIL 9TH*
Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown

SUNDAY APRIL 10TH*
Diva Day in Emeryville

*You’re invited to see my new listing this weekend. It’s located in Kensington on 9 Westminster Avenue.  Open House dates are Saturday April 9th and  Sunday April 10th from 2:00 to 4:30.

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

The Magic of Staging

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Pictured above is a sketch of my new listing in Kensington.  the owner is a former buyer client who I’ve kept in touch with through the years. He’s a busy guy, working in various parts of the world and the U.S., so his visits to his home in Kensington have become few and farther between. He’s decided to sell, and I was delighted when he called me to list it for him.
It has been a long-distance transaction. He first came back here last month to consult with me on how to handle his move. The next visit was to pack up his belongings.
My goal, as usual, is to make his relocation as smooth as possible; introducing him to movers, haulers, cleaners, painters,and stagers to make his life easier and insure that his home looks its best! It feels good to be trusted, and I’m glad he knows I have his best interests at heart.
Every player did a great job. Here’s a peek of the end result: The Magic of Staging

A picture is worth a thousand words, and staging is almost certain to be worth a few thousand dollars in the price of your home.  Staging not only modernizes the homes “look”, it brings out the flavor and character of a property that may be hidden under an owner’s own needs and style sense.  It also makes the home more “neutral” in the sense that one can more easily imagine how life might look living in these clean, well dressed rooms!

This home at 9 Westminster Avenue is priced at $799,000 and  will be open April 3rd, 9th, and 10th from 2:00 until 5:00. Come by and see the magic of staging for yourself. I’d be delighted to see you!

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you on both sides of the table. If you’re wanting to move 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

First Time Buyer Financing MADE EASY

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There’s a lot of anxiety out there about younger buyers being able to finance a home–and about real estate investors with wheel-barrels full of money grabbing up all the available inventory.

All-cash offers tend to be more attractive to sellers, but I was gratified to see that the majority of recent buyers financed their purchase.  The graphic above gives you the skinny.

The California Association of Realtors has a quick and easy way to help young buyers find out how to finance a home purchase.  Go to their site and click on the very informative  video you’ll see on that page.

After figuring out what financing option is best for you, you can use my site to find some East Bay homes that look good to you. Then give me a call at 510-527-0174  and let’s talk about your move!

Selling or buying an East Bay home will be a smoother process once you give me a call. 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

Forever Homes: Advice to Buyers

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“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men. Gang aft agley,. . .”

So says Robert Burns, and it’s so often true.  Life twists and turns and takes us on a wild ride. Looking back, we see how some of our dreams came true, and others fell by the wayside. Unexpected events shaped our path and changed our direction. It’s just the way it is.

When I bought my first home, it was with my first wife. The marriage didn’t work out as I planned, so the proceeds from the sale of the home I thought I’d live in for a while became the down payment for a new home which accommodated my new relationship. When that little home in the Berkeley flats became too small for my growing family, we purchased the home we still live in today. Will we age in place here? I hope so, but who knows.

Our generation was a “live for the moment” kind. I didn’t really plan, or think about, any home I purchased being my “forever home”, yet things are different today. I read in C.A.R.’s (California Association of Realtors) Survey of Homebuyers that many young buyers are planning to stay in their homes rather than adopt a “move-up” mind set.

Now, I’m not saying that this mind set is better or worse than mine–there are good arguments on both sides of this issue–but what I am saying is that you never know, and having too firm an idea of the home you want to live in for the rest of your life may disqualify you from being in the home owner’s club altogether.

You gotta start somewhere, so why not start small. Life is all about change. As your life evolves, so will your housing needs, and your less than perfect house will be perfect for another potential home buyer ready to dip their toe in the housing market.

And what will you be left with? You’ll have the seed money to continue to build your new life in an even more perfect somewhere else.

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

Tips to Increase Your Home Buying Power: Agent Support

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Finding the right agent is an important component to buyer (AND seller) success.  I am  a strong, seasoned professional realtor with experience and success in the neighborhoods you’re considering. When you choose me as your agent, not only will I  be a supportive partner in your search, but you’ll be teaming up with a member of the most successful real estate agency in the East Bay, Coldwell Banker.

As you probably already know, 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 great place to start your search is on my SuperSite. There, with one click you can find the latest homes available sorted by neighborhood.  For a more fine-tuned approach, you can also register for MyREAlert.  MyREAlert is a simple way to have information about available homes that meet your criteria sent directly to you.

When you find a likely home, the next step is to call me and together we can arrange for a showing, have a look at any and all inspection reports, and generally investigate to see if the home truly does meet your needs.

If all is well, we’ll figure out what offer to make based on comparative sales, current market conditions, and your buying power. After years of practice, I know the agents and the neighborhood statistics well enough to help you make the best deal possible under any circumstances.

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

 

 

 

Savvy Home Buyer’s Checklist

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Buying a home is one of life’s most important decisions and exciting adventures. But there’s much more to finding the right property than picking out the perfect floor plan. Even experienced buyers can find the process complex and a little overwhelming. That’s why the time you spend preparing before you start your search can be the best investment you make in your new home.

It’s important to understand the buying process, the decisions you will have to make, and undoubtedly the tradeoffs along your path to homeownership. So here are some things to keep in mind before and during your search:

  • Do the math on your purchasing power. Before you start cruising any neighborhoods for open houses, you need to know which driveways you can financially afford to pull into. Meet with a lender–call me for a list of reliable local lenders if you don’t have one– who will help you determine which type of financing (fixed rate, adjustable, etc.) will work best for your situation and how big of a loan you can comfortably qualify for with each type of available financing. Also, getting pre-approved can put you in a much stronger negotiating position because it shows the seller that you are a committed buyer, financially capable of buying the property and more likely to close on it.
  • Find the right agent. When you choose me as your real estate agent, I will be your partner in your search, so it’s important that you have confidence in me. I am a strong, seasoned professional REALTOR with experience and success in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Call me for an interview.
  • 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 sent to you.  When you find a likely home, call me and together we can investigate whether any of those homes are right for you.
  • Location, location, location. One can make a list of pros and cons for nearly every home in every neighborhood. That’s why it’s important to narrow your search before you start touring every house in town. Decide which neighborhoods work best for you, your family and your work commute. Check out school districts, shopping and dining, public transportation, recreational areas and any other facts that are important to you. Check out my neighborhoods page for a good overview 
  • List your priorities and prepare to compromise. The dream home you have pictured in your mind might not exist in reality or at least not in your neighborhood or price range. It may be necessary to sacrifice that extra large bathtub or redwood deck in order to get the home located near your child’s school that has the four bedrooms you require. Make a list of the features you would like versus ones you can’t live without. Then, bring your list with you as you tour homes to keep score.
  • Would you like French doors with that? Once you’ve found a home you like, consider the costs of upgrades, repairs or remodels and factor those into your short or long term budgets and be certain to investigate with the local planning entities whether or not those upgrades are even possible.

With a little planning up front you will be well on your way to enjoying your new home before you know it.

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

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