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Best Trick or Treat in Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

October 28th, 2011

Best Trick or Treat in Oakland Piedmont areas!!!  It’s that time of the year again.  Every year Halloween is a special day and 2016 is no exception!  Get out there with your little ghouls and goblins and have a wonderful and safe holiday.   If you like any of the neighborhoods that you visit and […]

Oakland hills firestorm

October 27th, 2011

The Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991 is credited with burning over 3300 homes and over 1520 acres. 25 people lost their lives and the financial impact exceeded $1.5 billion. We have just passed the 20 year anniversary from that disaster and many ongoing efforts have been and are being made to ensure that a disaster […]

Oakland condos with views

October 14th, 2011

Oakland condos with views 200 Lakeside Drive #301 is one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture and is rare Oakland condo with views.  Contact Brian Santilena Realtor and CRS with Pacific Union International real estate to arrange a private showing. Features Include:

Is the 30 year fixed mortgage going away?

March 18th, 2011

Does it really matter?  I’m not so sure.  The 30 year fixed mortgage is more of a psychological comfort than a financial necessity.  If the 30 year fixed option goes away that doesn’t mean that a 30 year mortgage is not longer available.  5, 10 and 15 year fixed mortgages that roll into adjustable loans […]

Changes in conforming loan limits and tomorrows buying power.

February 15th, 2011

I was just updated by a senior mortgage consultant (Brian Moggan with MSP home loans) who works with many home buyers in the Oakland Piedmont and Berkeley area and he said that the FED is not likely to extend the temporary increase in the conforming loan limit. (currently at $729,000) So why does that matter to […]

Buying our Lincoln Heights home in Oakland with Brian Santilena

February 7th, 2011

Working with Brian was one of the best part of our home buying process. He not only made us feel comfortable and well-informed about the process but was also very proactive about everything. As first time home buyers, we never got nervous because he managed the communication well and never overwhelmed us with too many […]

The cost of getting a mortgage loan is going up

February 2nd, 2011

In the spirit of keeping it simple, the fees charged to Buyers when obtaining a mortgage are about to cost more.  The primary people that are going to feel the pinch are lower FICO and higher loan to value (LTV) borrowers.  According to Brian Moggan at Mortgage Services Professionals that would be somewhere around FICO’s […]

Parkwoods Condominium for sale in Oakland CA

January 31st, 2011

Parkwoods Condominium in Oakland CA. This charming “Berkeley Model” unit is located way back in the rear of the development.  It is peaceful and quiet as well as clean and spacious.  It has roughly 728 square feet of living space (as per the public record) and 1 large bedroom with a walk-in closet.  Doors from […]

Homes sold in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge during Q4 2010

January 27th, 2011

This video covers homes sold in Oakland California’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood during the 4th Quarter of 2010. If you would like more information about Upper Rockridge please feel free to get in touch with me directly.

Selling our family home in Oakmore with Brian Santilena

November 27th, 2010

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Brian in the sale of our Oakmore home. He had the very difficult task oforganizing major repairs on our house as well as the usual painting, staging and marketing preparations. Brian had only 4 months to have the house on the market and once […]