Is Oakland’s Temescal a great place to buy?

February 12th, 2014

Is Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood a great place to buy?  I think the answer is a resounding YES. This terrific condo building located at 4811 Telegraph Avenue is located in the heart of Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.  The unit is located on the second floor and offers just under 1000 square feet of living space.  The kitchen […]

Condo for sale in Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. area

January 20th, 2014

Piedmont Ave area of Oakland condominium for sale 1 Kelton Ct. Unit #2m is listed for $245,000.  It is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 667 square foot condo located in the Piedmont Ave. area of Oakland.  A wall of windows faces south-west and offers pleasant outlooks of the green trees and filtered views of San Francisco.  […]

Winning in multiple offers with a good offer letter

November 11th, 2013

I’ve been selling homes in the Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley California areas for over 15 years.  The market is ever changing but one thing that remains the same is that home sellers tend to do business with people they like and relate to.  In a competitive market where there are several buyers vying for every […]

Buy an Oakland, Piedmont Berkeley home with cash now and finance it later

October 19th, 2013

Delayed financing is as good as all cash. Needless to say, the Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley real estate markets are super heated.  Low inventory and pent up buyer demand combined with low interest rates are making for heavily competitive environment.  Even when a Buyer steps up and offers a seller thousands, tens of thousands or […]

Buying a home in today’s Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley’s real estate market.

May 29th, 2013

5 things you need to know about- Buying a home in today’s Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley’s real estate market.   1- Get Pre approved.  What’s the difference between Pre approved and Pre qualified?  Pre approvals are based off answers to questions, pre approvals are based off of what you proven via documentation.  In other words, […]

Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. Neighborhood

May 28th, 2013

While Oakland’s Rockridge seems to get most of the press, Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. Neighborhood has lots of the same desirable features.  Great restaurants, plenty of coffee shops, local independent stores and homes that offer loads of character.  Known for its tight “neighborhood feel” and highly walkable, Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. has a little something for everyone.  […]

Oakland CA Ranks Among Nation’s Top Ten “Green” Cities for Real Estate and more

May 7th, 2013

Did you know that Oakland, CA has been ranked as one of the nation’s top ten “greenest cities”?  Oakland has the country’s cleanest, freshest tap water; access to an abundance of fresh, locally-grown, organic food; and a hydrogen-powered public transit system. Growing food locally reduces waste and carbon emissions.  Oakland already gets 17% of its […]

City of Oakland real estate transfer tax?

May 5th, 2013

Does the city of Oakland have a real estate transfer tax?  The answer is YES.  It is equal to 1.5% of the sale price. ($15/ thousand of sale price)  In a typical real estate transaction it is customary for the Seller to pay 50% and the Buyer to pay 50%.  The county of Alameda imposes […]

Writing an offer letter when purchasing a home in Oakland, Piedmont & Berkeley CA

April 28th, 2013

I’ve been selling homes and real estate in Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley California for 15 years and one thing for sure is that the real estate market is constantly changing.  One thing that remains the same is that home Sellers tend to want to do business with people they like.  That is why an offer […]

Homes for sale in Temescal, Oakland CA 4519 Shafter Ave.

March 25th, 2013

  COMING SOON!  4519 Shafter Ave.  is a charming home for sale in Oakland’s Temescal District.  The home offers 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  A portion of the 2 car garage has also been tastefully converted into home office.  There is a dining area off of the kitchen that opens to a large […]