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Why Early Home Inspections are IMPORTANT.

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I want to explain the importance of contacting an agent to manage your home sale AS SOON AS YOU DECIDE TO SELL.

You really can’t hire one too soon, even if you don’t want to sell in the next few months, or half a year, or even a year out.  A good agent can and will guide you toward the best strategies to getting your house market-ready, saving you time and money.

Many homeowners make the decision to sell, then spend good money making what they THINK are improvements to the home.  They then hire an agent, expecting that all that’s necessary has already been taken care of.  The agent recommends pre-sale home inspections, using experienced and trusted inspectors–and here’s why that’s important.

Sellers who provide such reports during marketing are hoping thereby to receive offers more firmly grounded in a Buyer’s understanding of the likely costs of ownership. Sellers are also demonstrating their commitment to comprehensive disclosure, in keeping with California law.

So back up to when the reports come in and you first see the results.  Oh oh. Pages and pages of imperfections.

Most reports of older homes in the East Bay and not a few brand new ones will have a lot of minor issues. Sometimes not so minor.  It can be overwhelming, but the sooner you know the more you can do about it.

With early warning, adjustments can be made. You and your agent can discuss which corrections are most likely to return more than the cost of their investment.

Having this done before you put your home on the market is one of the smartest moves you can make when selling your home, so even if you’re not selling until next year, call me and let’s see what needs to be done to get your home shipshape and sales ready.  You’ll be glad you did.

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

Homes and the Holidays: It’s Complicated

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A bittersweet time, isn’t it, the ending of a year? It’s cold and dark, yet the lights, decorations, seasonal festivities and music are warm and bright. There’s a relentless drumbeat to buy and give, call and write, meet and greet. . .yet times of thoughtful retreat seem to show up unplanned–quiet moments in front of the fire or an awesome sunset.  Much has happened and there are many things to think about: changes to make, challenges to face, yet, through it all, so much to appreciate

No matter where you are, you can’t help but think of home. Tradition is so much a part of the season, and we all remember how our family celebrated; the meals prepared, the guests who graced the table, the presents exchanged, and the inevitable button pushing between parent and child, sibling and sibling.  Joyful or awkward or a little of both, our memories enhance our own traditions in our own homes.
Activities, too, are central to the holidays. Tree lighting ceremonies, favorite places to shop, parades, parties and meetings with Santa Claus. We all hold memories of the dark and light that comes from of the ending of one year and the beginning of another, but most revolve around home, our own and the one we came from.
May your memories be warm and your season bright! Here’re some activities that I hope will help you enhance your holidays.

If you’ve got  selling or buying a home on your mind, 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

 

 

What’s Next: Wedding Days and this Week’s Free Fun

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Last weekend we went to the Brazilian Room in Berkeley’s Tilden Park to attend the wedding of our friends’ daughter.  It was foggy, and a bit cold, but the love in the air and the festival feeling warmed us all, as did the dancing! We even ended up going outside as the evening wore on to dance al fresco on the patio.

It’s a beautiful place for a wedding, and here’s a quote from the website to give you a bit of history about this landmark building:

“The Brazilian Room derives its name from its rich hardwood paneling. These walls were once part of the Golden Gate International Exposition’s ‘World’s Fair’ famed Brazilian Pavilion, displayed on Treasure Island in 1939. When the exposition ended, the Brazilian Room was presented to the East Bay Regional Park District by the country of Brazil as a gift of friendship. Because the exterior of the building was perishable, the building was dismantled for transport to Tilden Regional Park. The Works Progress Administration built a new permanent exterior, combining local rock and timber with the beautiful walls, floors and fixtures from Brazil.”

Summer is wedding season in the Bay Area, but if you don’t have one to attend, here’s a list of this week’s Free Fun:

TUESDAY JUNE 30
Women’s World Cup Watch Party

WEDNESDAY JULY 1
Free Admission and 1$ rides at the Alameda County Fair

THURSDAY JULY 2
Pez Museum Free Admission Day

FRIDAY JULY 3
World One Festival in El Cerrito

SATURDAY JULY4
Click Here for a list of Bay Area Fourth of July Events

SUNDAY JULY 5
First FREE Sunday at the Oakland Museum

That’s it for this week.  Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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

What’s Next: The Albany Bulb & Other Bay Area Free Fun

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Many locals enjoy exploring the Albany Bulb.  There’s a beach at the foot, and trails leading around the landfill.  This area was once a campground for the homeless until they were moved out last year.

Many interesting art pieces were created by the former residents using recycled materials. From graffiti to highly decorated shelter structures to surprisingly sophisticated sculptures, it’s always an adventure finding a new trail leading to another cache of creativity.

Care of both the Bulb and the Neck are scheduled to be transferred to the East Bay Regional Park District and some groups and individuals want to curtail recreational use.  You can find out more information on the Albany Bulb Website.

Here’s this weeks one a day free fun in the Bay Area:

TUESDAY MAY 19
Make your organic scraps work for you: Free Compost Lessons

WEDNESDAY MAY 20
A peek into the homelife of birds: Nesting Tour in Oakland

THURSDAY MAY 21
Devo’s Freedom of Choice Book Release

FRIDAY MAY 22
Free comedy & beer night in Walnut Creek

SATURDAY MAY 23
Eastlake Music Festival in Oakland

SUNDAY MAY 24
Grand Carnival Parade in SF

Whether contemplative walking or ribald dancing is your thing, have a great week in the Bay Area.

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.
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

I Love the Word “SOLD”

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I’m happy to announce that my co-listing (with Monica Ajer and pictured above) on 855 Washington Street in Albany was SOLD for over asking, and no wonder!  Albany is a wonderful community, and this home with it’s south Bay/Berkeley views, commodious living spaces and flexible floor plan went very, very quickly.  Despite the fact that the owner was unable to stage, paint, make repairs, or even clean the home, we got 14 offers in under 2 weeks!

If you have a home you’d like to sell, you can see that there are a lot of buyers out there that want your East Bay property.  Give me a call at 510-527-0174 and let’s talk about the best sales strategy for YOU.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent  (me) 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

This Week’s One A Day Fun in the Bay Area

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Roosevelt with Maj. Gen. Oscar W. Griswold, circa 1943. Credit Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I meant to write my one-a-day-fun blog earlier in the day, but I had gone to my local library on Saturday and brought home a couple of fabulous books.

I tend to read at night, sometimes until the book crashes down on my nose when I doze off, but I was so enthralled by this one that I didn’t get tired at all.

The one I’m reading is called “The Mantle of Command“and it’s a book about F.D.R. during the war years.  The topic and the stirring and able authorship by Nigel Hamilton kept me awake till the wee hours.

Thus, my early morning routine was completely destroyed.  It seemed like before I got a chance to drink my morning coffee it was time to head to Alameda and show some great new clients some available homes.  I’m back now, so let’s see what’s out there to do that’s Free, Fun, and Local!!

TUESDAY September 23rd
Bay Area  filmmaker Jeff Giordano w/8 short films in Albany

WEDNESDAY September 24th
50th Annual Book Sale at Fort Mason

THURSDAY September 25th
Barbary Coast Comedy Night in Oakland

FRIDAY September 26th
Frozen” Singalong Party in Jack London Square

SATURDAY September 26th
Bonfire of Reflection in the Oakland Hills

SUNDAY September 27th
Free Sunday Concerts at the Starry Plow in Berkeley

Have fun this week, and if you’re interested in purchasing two clean, cute, homes on one lot in Berkeley, 1540 Blake Street’s offer date is coming up Wednesday, September the 24th.

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For up to the minute information about local real state, including my new listing on 1540 Blake Street in Berkeley (pictured above: two homes on one lot),  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, give me a call and/or 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

 

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!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

One A Day FREE Fun in the Berkeley Area

But first,  a word about Angeline’s Kitchen in Berkeley.

Daughter and Dad enjoying our meal at Angeline’s

Yum.

Ok, more than one word: great food, great ambiance, great music.  If you like Cajun, or if you like the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland and wish the adjoining restaurant had food that fit the mood, you’ll love Angeline’s Kitchen.

But, I did say Free Fun, so here are some entertainments in the Berkeley and Bay Area that fill the bill, if not the belly.

TUESDAY AUGUST 12TH
Oakland Active Music Center: Free Improv

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13TH
Wizard of Oz Sing Along and Costume Party in Jack London Square

THURSDAY AUGUST 14TH
Free showing of Lawrence of Arabia at the Orinda Theater

FRIDAY AUGUST 15TH
Friday Nights at the DeYoung

SATURDAY AUGUST 16TH
Civil War Re-enactment at Fort Point

SUNDAY AUGUST 18TH
Free Comedy Showcase at the Ivy Room in Albany

Have a great week!

For up to the minute information about local real state including  high walk score homes,  information about home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites 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

Monday’s One A Day Fun Report

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Monday is here again. I was so busy that the week seemed to fly by.  It’s a surprise to see Monday on the calendar again.  The real estate business hasn’t left me much time to recreate,  so I’m looking forward to my upcoming vacation to Seattle to see my son play Valentine in Two Gentleman From Verona. The wife has us scheduled for 3 performances in as many days, so I’ll know the play well upon my return.  In the meantime, here are the  FREE fun events available this week in the beautiful Bay Area:

TUESDAY JULY 21ST
Playtesting Bash
in Oakland

WEDNESDAY JULY 22ND
Swing Music and Dancing Lessons in  Union Square

THURSDAY JULY 23RD
Temescal Free Cinema: Women Art Revolution

FRIDAY JULY 24TH
Pay as you like to see Marin Shakespeare’s As You Like It in San Rafeal

SATURDAY JULY 25TH
Free guided walking tours of Oakland’s Chinatown

SUNDAY JULY 26TH
Rufus Wainwright free at Stern Grove

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