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The REAL magic of Staging

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

In the early days of my career, agents rarely staged a home. Now they do, and after touring hundreds of homes here’s something I’ve learned: Don’t trust your eyes.

Stagers are gifted in bringing out the best in a home and downplaying any flaws.

In a small home, for example, you might not notice that the chest of drawers in the bedroom and the T.V. in the living room are missing.

Why? Because adding those pieces add clutter and make a room look smaller.

Well-placed mirrors, too, add an impression of space to small rooms.

Stagers don’t just sell homes, they sell idealized lifestyles, so after you take a look at any staged home for sale, don’t be fooled. If an entertainment area and good clothes storage are important to you, make sure the home you have your eye on will accommodate them.

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!”

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK

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Greetings to Summer!

Most of us work year round, and if you work for yourself, it can feel like the days, and even the seasons, flow one into the other with no real differentiation other than wardrobe choices.

But there is something about summer.  Everything seems to slow down.  The longer days provide the illusion of more time. We CAN do a full day’s work and still enjoy a walk by the bay–with the added benefit of a jaw-dropping sunset. Mornings are bright with light and birdsong. Afternoons seem still and calm. Siesta time! Summer time, and, of course, The Fourth of July!

And Summer is the most evocative of seasons. Childhood memories of good times are as plentiful and sweet as peaches on the trees, so I say let’s create some summer memories as adults.  Here’s this weeks list:

TUESDAY JUNE 28TH
Funk Jam at the Ivy Room

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29TH
Free admission to the Alameda County Fair

THURSDAY JUNE 30TH
Off the grid camping at the Presidio

FRIDAY JULY 1ST
Free Summer circus in Oakland

SATURDAY JULY 2ND
Free Theater: Final Night at Theater Rhinoceros

SUNDAY JULY 3RD
World One Festival in El Cerrito

And have a fantastic, safe, Fourth of July!

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!”

Don’t Underestimate the Value a Real Estate Professional Brings to a Home Sale

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Mike James, President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area wrote this, and I couldn’t have said it better myself, so here is his message in its entirety.

Well-known actor, humorist and economist Ben Stein once wrote a column entitled “Pieces of Heaven.” It was a love letter of sorts about the many homes he has bought, sold and enjoyed over the years – and the many real estate professionals who helped him find his little bit of paradise each time.

The properties were located all over the country – the California coast, Beverly Hills, the Eastern seashore and Washington D.C., to name a few. The one thing they all had in common, Mr. Stein said: “We could never have gotten them without brokers.”

“Every time I use an agent, I am amazed at how hard they work…always available around the clock,” he wrote. “They handle even the most minute details like inspections, and the big ones like financing. They show endless patience. They are relentlessly upbeat. They need to be a diplomat, design expert, financier, psychologist, surrogate parent, and often surrogate spouse.”

Some sellers may think you just stick a for-sale sign in the front lawn and buyers will beat a path to your door. Guess again! Real estate professionals develop comprehensive marketing plans, take professional photos, arrange inspections and appraisers, oversee home staging, hold open houses, place print and online ads, reach out to their networks to find potential buyers, and negotiate with buyers’ agents to get the best price and to get the deal closed.

Pre-sale activities

A Listing Agent’s work starts with researching the current market to aid the Seller in determining the right list price. They provide information about professionals who can help get the home ready for sale, arrange and develop disclosure packages for potential buyers.

Before any potential buyer sets foot inside the home the Listing Agent will work with the Seller to find out the Seller’s preferences regarding a menu of options as to how to best market the home.  Depending upon the Seller’s preferences, the Listing Agent will assist in choosing a stager and/or a landscaper to make the property look its best inside and out; to have multiple photos and/or a virtual tour, post signs, create a website as well as put together compelling marketing material to highlight it’s positive attributes and features.

Maximum exposure marketing

Putting the home on the local MLS is just the start of what goes into effectively marketing a home listing. Real estate professionals may create and distribute a just-listed postcard, create and send out open house invitations, submit ads to various publications, promote the home to the Listing Agent’s network locally and regionally, as well as use relocation referral networks to promote the home to relocating buyers from around the country.

And because 90 percent of buyers begin their search for a home on the Internet, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, Listing Agents will promote the property on many of the country’s top real estate websites. Through web syndication, Coldwell Banker listings, for example, are featured on an unsurpassed 700-plus websites around the world – including Coldwell Banker’s exclusive websites.

Open houses and tours

Listing Agents may host a broker’s open tour to let agents working with potential buyers see the property first before holding any public open house. They may canvass the neighborhood to invite people to the open house, as well as alert past client referrals about the listing. In addition, they will schedule individual showings to let more serious potential buyers tour the home personally and privately. Listing Agents will then follow up with those potential buyers and their agents to gauge their reaction and discuss next steps.

Negotiate offers/acceptance

Once a buyer or multiple buyers make an offer, Listing Agents will schedule an offer presentation with the seller, presenting the offer(s), discussing the terms and the seller’s options.  At the Seller’s direction the Listing Agent will negotiate terms on behalf of the Seller and prepare contract documents. They coordinate and attend inspections and work with all parties to help resolve problems and challenges relating to the property.

Last but not least, the Listing Agent will help secure all of the necessary paperwork and coordinate the closing.

There is much more to successfully selling a home than putting up a sign. A professional REALTOR® can make the process seem so much easier through their hard work, their expertise and their attention to details. Buying and selling a home is often the largest financial transaction that any of us will ever make. But with the help of a real estate professional, the next generation of buyers and sellers can find their own “pieces of heaven” – just as Ben Stein has been able to achieve so often over the years.

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
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA FATHER’S DAY EVENTS THIS WEEK

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This week we’re counting down to Father’s Day.  For this Events Page I tried to find activities that might appeal to dads.  Events with beer kept coming up.  This dad is not adverse to a cold beer on an almost-Summer’s day.  I don’t mind a beer in the Winter either.  If your a dad that feels the same, this events page is for you. In any case, I hope that you and/or any of the dads in your life have a very enjoyable week of celebration and adulation. Here’s to YOU!

TUESDAY JUNE 14TH
Witty WWII Comedy at the Eureka Theater

WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH
San Francisco Beer Bus

THURSDAY JUNE 16TH
More Beer at Ghirardelli Square

FRIDAY JUNE 17TH
Have a Beer and Plant a Tree

SATURDAY JUNE 18TH
Celebrate Father’s Day at Meek Mansion with, possibly, root beer.

SUNDAY JUNE 19TH
Free Burgers for Dad

Happy Father’s Day!  I hope you have a great time this week, and REMEMBER:

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
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

What the Housing Market and Life Have in Common: Change is Inevitable

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The lack of mobility in the current market is on everyone’s mind.  Why are inventories so low? Why are homeowners reluctant to sell? Why, when the Bay Area is rich with jobs, can’t these workers find homes to live in? There’s a lot of reasons, and the latest California Association of Realtors collection of polls have a few answers, and some good news.

  • 52 % of homeowners think it is a good time to sell..
  • 48% of renters plan to buy a home in the future
  • 10% want to buy in the next year
  • 95% see advantages in home ownership
  • Mortgage rates are still low (Week ending 6/2/2016):
    • 30-yr. fixed: 3.66% fees/points: 0.5%
    • 15-yr. fixed: 2.92% fees/points: 0.5%

All good news, and, anecdotally, I’ve noticed that local prices seem to be stabilizing. To Sum Up:
Home sellers think it’s a great time to sell, most renters are planning to buy, rents, locally, are climbing, and everyone agrees it’s a great idea to own your own home.

So what’s going on? Well there’s a couple things.  First, the majority of homeowners age 55+ are very satisfied with their homes.  Many have decided to “age in place” which takes their homes off the potential market.

Second, Millennials, the most likely first time home buyers, are often not able to buy. Student loan debt and lack of “good” jobs, ones that are full time and pay a living wage, get in the way of their dreams of home ownership.

But, as we all know, life is all about change.  The home that felt comfortable at 55 might eventually seem too big when just one or two of you are trying to maintain a home built for five. Time to SELL!

Innovative new businesses and ways of acquiring seed money to develop fresh ideas, (like GoFundMe) has helped turn some of the 39% of kids still living with their parents into entrepreneurs and potential home buyers.

There are so many ways life can be, so when change happens for you, and you need an agent, REMEMBER:

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

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK

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One of the main reasons I present these lists of events is simply this: I get a chance to explore the various goings on in the many Bay Area neighborhoods. It helps me understand more fully the experience of living here, and the reason so many people want to live here. There’s not just a lot to do, there’s a sense of community pride in these festivals,  attractions and events.  To me, it shows how much there is to admire and enjoy about the Bay Area and the reason it’s as great as it is: the people who make it a joy to live here.

TUESDAY May 10th
Free Admission to the SF Botanical Gardens

WEDNESDAY May 11th
Local Jazz Musicians play at the Cigar Bar and Grill

THURSDAY May 12th
Free Screening of the Wizard of Oz at the Orinda Theater

FRIDAY May 13th
Free wine and comedy at the Hadden Hill Cafe in Oakland

SATURDAY May 14th
Creating Commons Festival in North Oakland

SUNDAY May 15th
Third Annual Hillside Festival in El Cerrito

Have a great time this week, and REMEMBER:

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

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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Pink tulips for mother’s day

Of course, we all know the most special day is not, can never be, simply included in any list of special events, and that day is MOTHER’S DAY.  If you all know what’s good for you, you’ll make sure Sunday belongs to the mom, or the assortment of moms, in your life. It can be a juggling act to manage the in-law, wife, mom shuffle, but with some help you might just pull it off.  Here are some ideas and the following list of interesting things to do up to and on “The Day“.  Good luck.

TUESDAY May 3rd
Free museum entry all around the bay. Here’s the list:
Free Museums 

WEDNESDAY May 4th
Spring Bake Sale on the streets of Oakland.

THURSDAY May 5th (Cinco De Mayo!)
Cinco de Mayo Celebrations throughout the Bay Area

FRIDAY May 7th
First Fridays in Oakland

SATURDAY May 8th
Annual Pagan Festival in Berkeley

SUNDAY May 8th
Succulent garden tour FREE for moms in Walnut Creek

Have a great time this week, Happy Mothers Day, and REMEMBER:

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

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK

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It doesn’t always follow that having my listing in escrow frees up my weekends.  As most agents will tell you, real estate tends to be a full time job in the fullest sense of the word, but the positives are how flexible my time can be.  Like many who work from home, I can work when I feel like it and play when I want. I’ve learned that there are many times when I actually feel like working, and when they come along I can call my clients or devise marketing strategies or organize a buyer home tour. I find I’m at my most productive and enjoy work more at these times.

I’ve learned that to everything there truly is a season, a time to work and a time to play, and speaking of playing, here’s what’s going on in the coming week.

TUESDAY April 26TH
Jazz and Funk in Albany? You bet. It’s at the Ivy Room.

WEDNESDAY April 27TH
Celebrate the life of Prince at the Elbo Room 

THURSDAY APRIL 28th
If you love dance you’ll love come to the Starry Plow in Berkeley

FRIDAY APRIL 29th
Candlelit Labyrinth Walk in Berkeley

SATURDAY APRIL 30th
Soul Sanctuary Dance at AshKenaz

SUNDAY MAY 1st
Lot’s of Free first Sunday Museums to enjoy. Here’s a list:

Have a great time this week, Happy May Day, and REMEMBER:

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

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

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