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Elections: When Having Fun is REALLY IMPORTANT

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It’s easy to get dismayed by the tenor of the times during election years. The negatives in life are explored in great detail. Divisions in people and ideologies are enhanced and highlighted. What’s going wrong and what we need to be afraid of is stressed. Life doesn’t seem worth living, yet we know it is. Early this morning, for instance, I discovered that two friends became grandparents. A healthy baby was born. Young parents discovered a new kind of fierce love. You know that this isn’t news, it’s life, and thank goodness. News shocks us. Daily life runs the gamut from boring to exhilarating, but it rarely shocks. So it’s important when we’re asked to focus on the negative side of life to look for ways to feel good. Here’s some fun local activities that might help you do just that.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH

Short films you can sing along to in Albany

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH

History found in discards. Artist Jenny Odell talks about her work

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH

Scooter Tours in Oakland

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH

Day ONE of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST

21st Annual Environmental Poetry Slam in Berkeley

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2ND

First Annual Oakland Nature Festival

ENJOY!

Remember, too, if you’re thinking of selling your home, there’s still time to list it before the end of the year. 2016 has been a banner year for home sales, but we don’t know what 2017 will bring. Right now, home prices are still high and inventory is low. Call me and let’s talk about ways we can market your property for top dollar.

I’d love to help you buy or sell an East Bay home. It would be my pleasure.

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.

Just 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!”

August: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

I was born in August, and as a result had mixed feelings about the arrival of my birthday.  On the one hand: party, presents, cake! On the other hand: School was right around the corner. As I grew I began to understand that adults (unless they were teachers–and, as I later learned, there was no free time for them either), never had the long, lazy summer vacations that I enjoyed as a boy.

Growing up was always something we kids longed to do, but little did we know that one of the things we’d wave good-bye to, besides hairless skin and being really short, were summer vacations.

I noticed to my horror that in my teenage and college years, when I needed money to use the car and go on dates, my summer vacation would have to be subsumed by my summer job or no dates for me. Then, in my young adulthood when I worked in the corporate world, vacations were scheduled, and usually only lasted a week or so.

As a real estate agent, when work and time off can happen anytime, I learned the value of small vacations, staycations, and keeping my ear to the ground to find interesting things to do on a daily basis no matter how my schedule looked.

So, speaking of that, here are a few fun things that caught my eye. These Bay Area activities will ease our way as we leave August behind and welcome the beginning of September.

TUESDAY AUGUST 30TH
Comedy at the Night Light in Oakland

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31ST
This Changes Everything Book discussion in Oakland 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST
Wild Wildflowers last blooms at the SF Botanical Garden

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND
Last Gasp of Summer Beer Garden in Ghirardelli Square 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD
Art Break Day all over the Bay Area

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH
Twelfth Night: Shakespeare in the Park

I hope you enjoy your transition from Summer to Fall. I’m here to help you find the fun, or a solution to your housing needs, no matter what the season.

I’d love to help you buy or sell an East Bay home. It would be my pleasure.

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.

Just 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!”

 

School’s Starting! What’s a Family To Do? Here are some ideas. . .

kids and computers

The days of Summer are drawing to a close. Did you feel like you missed some opportunities to play while the kids were out of school? This week, I’m going to focus on finding activities the whole family might enjoy. Let’s make good use of the time before school scheduling sets in to enjoy some family time.

TUESDAY AUGUST 16TH
Your older school kids might relate to these Embarrassing Middle School Stories

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17TH
Yo Ho Ho! Sunken Ships in SF Bay! Hear the tales!

THURSDAY AUGUST 18TH
Semi-camping on the Presidio: Off the Grid

FRIDAY AUGUST 19TH
Learn cool circus tricks (for kids 8 and up)

SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH
Festival of the Sea in SF

SUNDAY AUGUST 21ST
Free Sailboat Rides in Berkeley

Have fun, and if you and your family are planning a move, I’d love to help you buy or sell an East Bay home. It would be my pleasure.

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.

Just 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!”

6 Days of Summer Fun in Uncertain Weather

botanical garden

Visitors to the Bay Area ask me what it’s like to live in a climate that doesn’t have distinctive seasons.  We do too have seasons.  They just get a little mixed up is all.  So far, we’ve had winter days in spring that have slopped over into summer.  Spring came in a few days before summer officially started, then the summer fog rolled in and it felt like winter until about noon when the sun came out and our clothing layers come off. Now we’re looking at falling leaves, cool, foggy nights and mornings, and warm, warm afternoons. The presence of Orb spiders on the bushes and cottontails on the trails announce that autumn is around the corner. But before we pack up our summer clothing, our indian summer, if it’s true to form, will give us some of the hottest days of the year.

That being said, it’s a good idea to plan for both indoor and outdoor fun in the Bay Area, cause you never know what mom nature will be cooking up.  Here’s a few ideas, and bring remember to bring a coat:

TUESDAY AUGUST 9TH
The fabulous Golden Gate Botanical Gardens Free Day.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10TH
If you’d like to explore the 60’s here’s the tour for you.

THURSDAY AUGUST 11TH
Stand up comedy night at the Stork Club in Oakland

FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH
Closing party of the Fiesta Fridas Art Show in Oakland

SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH
Biggest Ever Rosie the Riveter Gathering in Richmond

SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH
Oakland Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Merritt

If you enjoy the East Bay as much as I do and want to purchase a home here, give me a call. I love to help home buyers and sellers find a home wherever their hearts call them.

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.

Just 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!”

Secrets of Winning the Offer War (Part 4 of 4)

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Here is Part Four of the four part series on winning the offer war. If you missed the first two,  here are the links to Part One about “PRICE”,  Part Two about “TERMS“, and Part Three about “CONTINGENCIES”  Today we’ll be looking at the third factor:

PERSONAL TOUCH

  • Home sellers sell for a myriad of reasons. If your offer is for a home where the seller has been resident, you may assume that back when they bought the house, it was with plans for the future on their minds and optimism in their hearts.  Whatever happened between then and now, people lived in the home and hold a deep appreciation for the shelter from the storm, real and metaphorical, that it provided.  Many sellers hope the home they’re leaving will be someone else’s fresh start.  Presenting yourself as the one who will appreciate and care for the home is a way of winning hearts and minds.  It’s what agents call a “love letter,” sharing with the seller your admiration for the home, and vision of what it will be like for you to live there.
  • Have your agent present the offer in person to the sellers, if that’s possible. Agents in this area know each other– and experienced agents tend to respect and trust offers brought from someone they know has been in the business a while. Offers from such are usually clear and competent.

The tips in this four part series will help you understand exactly what it takes to create a competitive winning offer.  There is a fifth ingredient, and that’s your real estate agent. I hope you will consider me a member of your home buying team.  Together, following this plan as best we can, we’ll create beautiful winning offers.

If you’re pursuing your dream of home ownership, or if you want to sell an East Bay home, I can help.  Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home.

Also, 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.

Just 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!”

Warmer Weather Means More Outdoor Bay Area Fun 4U

JH Park

July is a special month for me. It holds a couple of milestones that our family celebrates.  First, the wife and I had a July wedding on Treasure Island many, unmentionable years ago. It was a gorgeous day, a beautiful ceremony, and we’ve had many happy years since then. Also, our first child was born in July.  Again, another bright, momentous day in our lives.
And speaking of bright, July is usually one of the sunnier months in the Bay Area calendar. Earlier this month, though, it’s felt more like Fall. I hold onto hope that Summer really is here as the days are getting warmer and brighter. I’m sure the fog is lying in wait and biding its time, but this week looks to be a warm one so let’s see what opportunities for outdoor enjoyment there are and make hay while the sun shines.

TUESDAY JULY 26TH
How about a free workout session at Fort Mason?

WEDNESDAY JULY 27TH
Political Comedy with the famous SF Mime Troupe

THURSDAY JULY 28TH
Natural fireworks: The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

FRIDAY JULY 29TH
Curious about those Cranes? Take a tour of the Port of Oakland

SATURDAY JULY 30TH
Berkeley Kite Festival Begins TODAY

SUNDAY JULY 31ST
Get your Shakespeare on! See The Tempest at John Hinkel Park

Whatever you do, whatever you’ve got to celebrate, have a wonderful July Finale!

If you’re pursuing your dream of home ownership, or if you want to sell an East Bay home, I can help.  Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home.

Also, 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.

Just 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!”

Pokemon Go Crawl, and more Bay Area Entertainment

Ranch-house

I imagine you’re aware of Pokemon Go, the crazy, interactive game that gets people running around town looking for Pokemons. The Parents” Guide to Pokemons tells us this:

“Pokémon are creatures of all shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans. For the most part, Pokémon do not speak except to utter their names. Pokémon are raised and commanded by their owners (called “Trainers”). During their adventures, Pokémon grow and become more experienced and even, on occasion, evolve into stronger Pokémon. There are currently more than 700 creatures that inhabit the Pokémon universe.”

But it’s not just kids that “Gotta catch them all”.  Adults play the game too.  All you need is an Iphone and an App, and you’re set for the chase. This week, on Wednesday July 20th, there’s a Pokemon Go Crawl <(register at the link to your right) that will take you on a hunt all around San Francisco. Well, at least the game gets young and old outside and playing together.

If you have not caught Pokemon fever, here are some other activities around the Bay that you might enjoy.

TUESDAY JULY 19
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY JULY 20TH
Love Anchor Steam? Love Chocolate? You’ll love The Chapel

THURSDAY JULY 21ST
Live Story Slam in Oakland

FRIDAY JULY 22ND
Free Summer Circus in San Francisco

SATURDAY JULY 23RD
Oakland Knows Jack Guided Tour Bike Ride

SUNDAY JULY 24TH
Free Opera in the Park in Orinda

Have fun this week, and whether you’re chasing Pokemons or on the sidelines, be safe!

If you’re chasing your dream of home ownership, or if you want to sell an East Bay home, I can help. Also, 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.

Just 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!”

Secrets to Winning the Offer War (Part 2 of 4)

Businessman signs contract behind home architectural model

Here is Part Two of the four part series on winning the offer war. If you missed Part One, here’s the link to the piece about “Price”. Today we’ll be looking at the second factor:

TERMS:

  • Prominent among the details is the answer to, “How will you be paying?”  All cash with no need to seek approval for a loan is a strong offer, but some Sellers will accept financing contingencies when attached to a higher price. 
  • If you include a loan, always, always, always use a local lender.  Why? Because local lenders  KNOW THIS MARKET.  Most of the delays, disruption and loan failure come through an out of area lender’s unfamiliarity with local market conditions and regulations.
  • Sellers and listing agents will be on the lookout for ways your loan might go wrong.  Make your down payment as high a percentage of the asking price as possible—lenders are happiest making loans where you have at least 20% of your own money in the deal.
  • Date your close of escrow as close to the offer date as possible, which brings us to the third factor, Contingencies, which I will cover in Part Three posting July 22nd.

If you’re looking to write a winning offer, or to 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!”

OUTDOOR THEATER + SIX OTHER BAY AREA EVENTS

Conner raises a glass with Falstaff

Summer Theater is rife in the Bay Area, and what a great way to spend time outdoors!  Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, a nice bottle of wine, some lawn chairs and relax as the performers present a play that takes you out out of time and mind. Suddenly you’re a part of a fantastic experience, a byplay between audience and performer that makes you feel you’re more than just a watcher, you’re doing your part to create a wonderful summertime memory–and best of all, sometimes it’s FREE. Here is a link that connects you with summer theatrics in the East Bay and below are six other event ideas I hope will enliven your summer.

TUESDAY JULY 12TH
Litquake is BACK with free poetry readings at Yerba Buena Gardens

WEDNESDAY JULY 13TH
Want to get into swimsuit trim? Try a bootcamp for free.

THURSDAY JULY 14TH
Free Game Night in Berkeley

FRIDAY JULY 14TH
See John Leguizamo at Books Inc

SATURDAY JULY 15TH
The Marriage of Figaro at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley.

SUNDAY JULY 16TH
Salsa Sundays in Berkeley

There’s a lot to do outdoors this week, and the weather looks great! Enjoy your week, and call me if you need to buy or sell a home because, 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!”

Secrets to Winning the Offer War (Part 1 of 4)

Businessman signs contract behind home architectural model

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!”