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Quake Clusters, Real Estate, and YOU


It’s YOUR Fault: What’s Shakin’
in Bay Area Real Estate


Home inspections are a fact of life in East Bay real estate, and earthquake inspections factor large in the Berkeley area, but I discovered that they’re not insisted upon over the hills in LaMorinda.  

I’m not sure why. I was raised in Orinda, and we had our share of earthquakes large and small, just as we do in my hometown of Kensington. In fact, we live just a few blocks above a major fault line.

Everyone in the Bay Area worries about “The Big One”, but this morning I discovered some interesting news. The threat of a big distructive earthquake has turned into concern about “quake clusters”
Quoting from the local paper we read that:

“CBS SF) — Earthquake research into scenarios for the next ‘big one’ to hit the Bay Area suggests that the region may by hit by more than one large earthquake within a handful of years instead of a single great earthquake which happens once in a century.

The study to be published in the Bulletin of The Seismological Society of America indicates a cluster of closely-timed major earthquakes in the Bay Area in the 17th and 18th centuries released as much stress accumulated on the region’s major faults as the 1906 San Francisco great earthquake.

The authors of the study say at least two modes of energy release – a great earthquake and a cluster of large quakes closely-spaced together are both possible, and a cluster of large earthquakes is more likely than a single great earthquake.” 

Long story short, no matter where you live in the East Bay, an Earthquake inspection is an important and intelligent part of home ownership.

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.