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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!”

News about the Bay Area Housing Market

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From Mike James, the president of my brokerage, Coldwell Banker Residential, This:

“Single-family home sales in the nine-county Bay Area rose 7.6 percent last year compared to 2014, the highest volume since 2012, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury this week. Some of the biggest gains were in the East Bay, due to buyers coming from higher-priced markets in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Contra Costa County saw home sales surge 15.1 percent last year”

We real estate pros are definitely seeing this surge.

What does this mean to local potential home sellers? You might want to rethink putting off your sale. Mortgage rates will be going up, and buyers will have less buying power as the year goes by. This means you might not get as much for your home later as you will right now. Call me. Let’s talk.

Read what Mike James thinks about the East Bay housing market here.

Read Mike James’ view of the popularity of the Bay Area for foreign buyers

The Bay Area is a popular place to live, no matter what. Investing in a home here, especially if you intend to live here for a while (and who doesn’t) is never a bad idea.

So Buyers, don’t be discouraged. The worm turns.

And Sellers, depending on when you purchased your home, now is a good time to benefit from your home sale.

For, as Mike James reminds us, “Everything picks up after the Super Bowl.” So whether your team wins or loses, join my team if you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home!

Whatever your real estate need, Call me if you’d like to buy or sell a home in the East Bay. 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!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Martin Luther King Jr. and Equal Housing in the Berkeley Area: A Short History

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, I did some research about civil rights in the East Bay, especially in Berkeley, and in my area of interest: Housing.

I learned that, in the Bay Area, particularly in Berkeley (yes, the historic hotbed of liberal thought) housing discrimination was alive and well.  Neighborhoods were segregated, and there was a wide-held belief that when minorities moved into white neighborhoods, the property values went down.

In 1961, a Citizens Committee was formed to study discrimination in housing.  There were controlled tests, surveys, interviews, and NAACP reports all carefully collected and reviewed. They discovered what many already new: “discrimination in housing was widespread and general, in both rental and sale of property” (Housing Discrimination in Berkeley: A Report by a Citizen’s Committee to the Community Welfare in July of 1962 (p.2) White homeowners, landlords, and real estate agents joined together to keep minorities out of “good” neighborhoods.

Achieving fair housing laws was a huge struggle with no easy solutions in sight. People took to the streets in cities throughout California, and finally, after Ordinances on fair housing were passes and repealed, the state passed the Rumford Fair Housing Act in 1963.

But the battle wasn’t over. There were attempts to repeal the Rumford Fair Housing Act. Martin Luther King visited the Bay Area in May of 1964. He spoke about passing the civil rights bill in the senate and against the repeal of the Fair Housing Act describing it as a setback for democracy.

Still, the California Real Estate Association sponsored Prop 14, which gave landlords and property owners’ discretion to choose who to sell, lease or rent to. The measure was passed in 1964.  In response, the federal government cut off all housing funding to California.

Finally, in 1967, The California Supreme Court held that Prop 14 was unconstitutional since it violated the equal protection and due process provisions of the California Constitution.

It’s been a messy and shameful struggle for equal rights, and we’re not “there” yet, but at least, in my experience, I can and will happily show homes to whomever wishes to buy them, and no seller yet has told me that they would not accept an offer from anyone based on their color, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Thank goodness.

Call me if you’d like to buy or sell a home in the East Bay. 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

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

‘Tis the Season of Giving–Here’s How.

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This is the time of year when we truly appreciate the comforts that so many of us enjoy: warm clothes to keep out the rain and cold, warm places to live in, warm-hearted friends and neighbors to celebrate with, and warm food on the table.

But there are those who are not so lucky. Poverty rates are at record levels in the Bay Area, even with a hot job market.  This makes the holidays a trying time for many, especially cash strapped parents, so on the principle that giving feels better than getting, here’s a list of the best organizations for donations in the East Bay.

Also, my office, Coldwell Banker in Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue, is accepting donations of new toys for needy children. They join a list of organizations with the desire to make the season bright for local kids.

I hope you will join me in feeling really good this year–because you’ve done what you can to make someone else’s holiday a bit merrier!

If selling or buying an East Bay home will make you merrier, 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 New 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

Veterans Day, Veterans and VA Loans

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Anyone who has read some of my earlier Veteran’s Day blogs know that I am enormously proud of my father, Richard Neddersen, who was a war hero in WWII.  I wished he had talked more about his experiences, but since he was reluctant to discuss the war I became a researcher, reading as much as I could about the history and causes of World War II and trying to place my dad in the action.

This morning I saw an piece in the news about the growing number of suicides among veterans and consulted a site full of scholarly articles about the problem.

It was a sobering assessment. I recalled a bumper sticker that read “There are no unwounded soldiers” and I began to understand my father’s reluctance to recount his experiences to his young sons.  His long years in the war must have been horrific, so horrific that he strongly advised my brother and I NOT to follow in his footsteps.

War is a brutal business. I honor my father and all those who fight, and hope the decision to commit to this ultimate violence is never taken without alternatives having exhaustively been undertaken.  I also wonder why those that send our boys off to fight are so reluctant to spend money on their health care, food, job training and lodging when they return.  At least there are a few things that we real estate agents can do to aid veterans and those are:

  • Provide them with names of lenders who work with VA loans
  • Help them find homes suitable for that type of funding.

If you’re a veteran, or just curious, I found a link that discusses VA eligibility and another that talks about loan limits in various areas in the United States. In the Bay area, for example, the loan limit is $625,000.00.

I’m glad to know our industry is working to help veterans and their families put a roof over their heads.  Here’s hoping that more help will come from other agencies to assist a veteran’s transition from military to civilian life.

If you’re a veteran looking for a home, or if you’re  a civilian buyer or seller, I’m happy to help you with your real estate needs.

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, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Why Do We Yearn for HOME?

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Having a home is part of the American Dream, but why? We’re a nation of restless people. Why isn’t travel, adventure, the wandering life a bigger part of our American identity?

I know it is, in a way. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road touched upon that myth, but travel is about the journey, not the goal.  Home seems to be the goal.  What makes the dream of home so compelling?  What defines “home”?

I think an ideal definition of “home” is a place where we can feel safe, loved, accepted, and at peace. Yet there are many who can testify that their homes, past and present, were never those kinds of emotional oases.

Maybe the reason home is not where the heart is is because we haven’t put our hearts and minds into creating the kind of home we want.

Denmark, often sited as the happiest country in the world, has a concept called “hygge” that is designed to foster the feelings we think of when we think about our ideal home. It’s not about a white picket fence, or a four car garage, or a certain kind of marriage. It’s about creating a family bond that encourages and empowers a sense of certainty, stability, and love–a place where you can truly relax and be yourself.  In other words, a place where you can feel at HOME.

THAT is the American Dream, but the Danes don’t have to dream about it. They’ve learned how to make it happen.

If you’re looking for a house in which to make a home, or if you’re wanting to sell the old dream and find a new one, give me a call. I’d love 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, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

How “Sentimental” are YOU about the Housing Market?

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Today I read an article about Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), expecting to see an emoji with some kind of home and heart combo, but when I searched the very closest I came was the image you see above.

So what, I asked myself, is the definition of “Market Sentiment”?  It’s pretty much what I thought it would be:  how people feel about the market in question. For example, people feel good about a thriving “bull” market, and bad about a diving “bear” market.

Like you’d expect, right? So Fannie Mae’s HPSI tracks how people feel about the housing market, and here’s a taste of the results:

  • The HPSI Good Time to Sell component increased 13 points due to strong housing prices
  • the Good Time to Buy component increased 3 points due to high rental costs.
  • Consumers’ confidence in their employment and financial situations climbed 2 and 3 points, respectively, further suggesting a possible firmer footing for housing.

In short, if you’re thinking of selling,  I suggest you make your decision quickly to catch those more confident consumers.  If you’re interested in buying, it looks like more people are more likely to put their homes on the market based on Fannie Mae’s HPSI.

In any case, a call to Your’s Truly is in order! My sentiments are quite positive regarding all my clients, and I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same towards me at the conclusion of our successful real estate deal.

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, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: New RE Regs & Local Free Fun

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It was an extremely warm weekend. All I could do was sip a cooling beverage while watching football.  Really, it was all I could do. If I had the fans the players have that mist them while blowing cool air I might have been able to do a lick of work, but I don’t.

Anyway, after a weekend of ups and downs (Not me. I kept pretty still. But my teams were a different story! Bears and Raiders: UP. Niners, a big DOWN) I’m heading for the Walnut Creek offices to learn about new legal and financial regulations in the Real Estate world.

Ordinarily I’d be resistant to spending 5 hours of my day in training , but this time I’m actually looking forward to it. It might not be the most fun a person can have, but I will be in relative comfort while improving my agency skill set. And I’m also well aware of how  important it is to stay on top of what’s happening in my industry. It’s the best way I know to give my clients the most informed service I can.

But let us now talk of fun.  Here’s a short list of what’s going on this week in the Bay area.  Enjoy:

TUESDAY September 22
Do a little lunchtime sketching around S.F.

WEDNESDAY September 23
Soul concert in Albany

THURSDAY September 24
Campfire party at the Presidio

FRIDAY September 25
Free Harbor tours out of the Port of Oakland

SATURDAY September 26
Environmental Poetry Festival in Berkeley

SUNDAY September 27
Bay Area Blues Festival in Martinez

Have a great time, and keep cool!

Give me a call at 510-527-0174 and let’s talk about your real estate needs. 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, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Imperfect but Edible & Bay Area Free Fun

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Did you know that the French are making it illegal to waste perfectly good food?  Supermarkets will be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten.  (They do that to prevent poor people who dumpster dive from getting ill from spoiled food.)

You can read more at the link above, but in short, the idea is that supermarkets will sign contracts with charities to get edible food nearing the pull date into the hands of people who are hungry.

Here in the Bay Area, a startup is collecting “imperfect” food and offering home and office delivery of “deliciously disfigured” food at a discount prices for folks in Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville.  Click here to get your own imperfect produce delivered to your door at a 30% discount off supermarket prices!

Now that we’ve got cheap dining covered, let’s see what fun, FREE activities are in store this week in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY AUGUST 24TH
Artists talk about using recycled plastic in their work

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25TH
Learn about our beautiful Bay from the US Army Corps of Engineers

THURSDAY AUGUST 26TH
Soulful sounds of Clynton Oliver Cox at the Yerba Buena Gardens

FRIDAY AUGUST 27TH
Free Harbor Tours from the Port of Oakland

SATURDAY AUGUST 28TH
Destiny Art Center Street Party in Oakland

SUNDAY AUGUST 29TH
Free performance of King Lear at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley

Have a great week, and remember me if you’re looking for a Real Estate Agent.  Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for any and all of 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 sure you’re 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 want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

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!

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Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley