What is it like to live in Piedmont CA?

November 19th, 2014

  The city of Piedmont California has long been considered one of the best places to live in the entire state of California.  Once a part of the city of Oakland it became its own city after hundreds of affluent San Franciscans fled the destruction of the 1906 earthquake and began building in the area.  […]

Buy a foreclosed home in Oakland or Piedmont CA

October 22nd, 2010

There are many homes and real estate for sale in Oakland and Piedmont Ca and of course everyone wants to get the best deal they can.  I mean, who doesn’t.  One of the best ways to purchase a home below market value is to buy a foreclosed one.  There are many challenges and pitfalls but […]

Real Estate in Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley CA

September 12th, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ3C2DhhUj8 Hello.  I’m Brian Santilena Realtor and Residential Specialist with Pacific Union Real Estate The San Francisco Bays exclusive affiliate for Christies Great Estates. As a career real estate agent born in the area I serve the communities of Oakland Piedmont and Berkeley California and I’ve been doing so since 1998.  If you’re considering purchasing […]

Background of Piedmont CA

September 4th, 2010

The Background of Piedmont CA. Piedmont is a small, primarily residential community with fine architecture, tree-lined streets, and outstanding public schools. Because of its school system, low crime rate, good weather, and high property values, it is regarded as one of the most desirable residential communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Piedmont was named […]

The History and Creation of Piedmont CA

September 4th, 2010

The History and Creation of Piedmont CA The area grew largely from wealthy San Franciscans fleeing the devastation after the Great Quake of 1907.  Families relocated to the area seeking privacy, good weather and views of the greater San Francisco Bay. Residents originally sought incorporation in 1907. Two elections were held among the citizens of […]

Free Hazardous Waste Disposal in Oakland and Piedmont CA

August 17th, 2009

When preparing an Oakland Hills or Piedmont home for sale it is likely that you have a shelf or cabinet full of hazardous waste such as old paints, solvents, strippers, oil etc.  Disposal of hazardous waste materials in Oakland is quite easy.  The Oakland Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday […]

What is a shortsale in oakland hills and berkeley CA

May 6th, 2009

A short sale is a situation when a homeowner is trying to sell their home for less money than they owe on thier mortgage.  Economic conditions being what they are, short sales are becomeing more prevelant, even in trophy real estate districts like the Oakland Hills: Montclair, Upper Rockridge, Broadway Terrace, Berkeley: North Berkeley, Elmwood, Claremont […]

24 Oval Rd. Oakland Hills Montclair

April 21st, 2009

Please take a minute to view this great property by visiting the website photo gallery at: www.24Oval.com   Discription: 24 Oval Rd. ” New” Montclair area of Oakland Hills CA 2 bedrooms – 1.25 bathrooms Built post Oakland Hills fire in 1993 1 car attached garage w/ interior access 1505 sqft interior space on a […]

sunday open homes for Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont CA

March 20th, 2009

When looking to educate yourself on real estate values and homes for sale in the Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont areas you may want to do so by visiting Sunday open homes. As a full service Realtor, one of the ways that I provide with real estate services designed to make life easy on my clients […]

Conforming loan limits and their affects in Oakland and Berkeley Hills real estate

October 23rd, 2008

Loan amounts fall into two main categories, Conforming and Jumbo.   Conforming loans have a limit up to $729k.  Jumbo loans are all loans over $729k.  Until recently the Conforming loan amount was all the way down in the $400’s.  As an economic stimulus the Congress temporarily increased the Conforming loan limit to $729 through January […]