How to get top dollar Selling Berkeley real estate

March 4th, 2016

Conveniently located off of Adeline and Ashby, this Berkeley neighborhood is an annexed area that joins with Oakland and Emeryville. Family friendly, the home offers immediate access to a neighborhood park and is a few short blocks from Ashby BART and Highway 580, offering a central location with plenty of options for commuters. Weekly farmers […]

Mediterranean Home for sale in Berkeley CA

March 4th, 2016

New on the market is 1912 Fairview St is a gorgeous Mediterranean-style bungalow built in 1937 in a great Berkeley location. Brought to you by Brian Santilena Berkeley Realtor with Pacific Union Real Estate.  The 1,438 square foot house sits on a 4,000 square foot lot surrounded by a neighboring park. It features 3 bedrooms […]

Video of 73 1/2 Roble Road a home for sale in Berkeley CA Claremont Hills

April 19th, 2012

73 1/2 Roble Road in Berkeley CA Claremont Hills neighborhood is a 5 bedrrom, 3.5 bathroom home listed for $1,195,000.   If you have questions about this property, other great Oakland-Berkeley homes for sale or would like to arrange a priate showing appointment, please contact me anytime.  Thank you.  Brian Santilena.       About […]

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 […]

Real Estate in Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley CA

September 12th, 2010 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 […]

Free Hazardous Waste Disposal for Oakland and Piedmont CA

February 8th, 2010

When preparing an Oakland Hills or Piedmont home for sale it is likely that you have a shelf or cabinet full of 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 from 9 AM to […]

Best house on Brokers Tour November 2, 2009

November 2nd, 2009

Monday’s Brokers tour consists of properties in southern and eastern Oakland and the city of Piedmont.  There are lots of good properties out there but the one that stood out to me was 6300 Estates Drive in Oakland CA 94611 Oakland’s Piedmont Side of Montclair.  It’s a smaller Spanish Mediterranean style home very close to […]

If purchasing a home in Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont look at the elctrical panel

October 18th, 2009

Most of the homes that I sell in Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont were built quite a long time ago.  A major component of any home is the electrical system.  Only a professional electrician can tell you the condition of an electrical system but here are a few things “red flags” to look for yourself.  The […]

If purchasing an Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont home look at the furnace

October 17th, 2009

Since 1997 I’ve sold over 200 Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont homes.  At least half of them were in need of a new furnace.  Only a professional furnace technician can tell you the overall condition of a furnace.  Most of the homes in Oakland Berkeley and Piedmont were built long before modern advancements in heating systems.  […]

Oakland Real Estate Market 10/13/09

October 13th, 2009

 At our Pacific Union office meeting this morning in the Oakland Montclair office some interesting topics were discussed.   It is sounding more and more likely that the first time buyer’s tax credit that was implemented as part of the stimulus package will be going away on November 30, 2009.  The government has extended the […]