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 […]

The Bay Area real estate market is HOT!

January 18th, 2013

The Bay Area real estate market and especially homes for sale in Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley.  They are HOT, HOT, HOT!  And it’s heating up even more as we enter the spring market.  SF Gate just did a story on this exact topic.  Low rates and low inventory are combining for one competitive market.  Multiple offers are […]

Selling my Parkwoods condo in Oakland CA

November 7th, 2011

I found Brian when I was thinking about selling my Parkwoods condo a couple of years ago. I talked to him about it and decided that I would wait another year or two before putting it on the market. I asked Brian to keep in touch. He contacted me periodically to see if I was […]

Buy a home in Alameda CA with Brian Santilena Realtor

September 7th, 2011

Words directly from Yelp review 6/20/11 “This was the third home I have bought, and the second I have purchased in the Bay.  I have worked with many other Realtors in the past, and Brian is by far the best.  What other realtor will would crawl under a potential house to get a look at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oakland CA sewer lateral EBMUD waste water control ordinance

October 21st, 2010

Update as of May 2011 As a home seller in Oakland or Piedmont California you will soon be obligated to conduct a sewer lateral scope inspection and upon transfer of the home to a new Buyer someone will be obligated to make any repairs needed to comply with the new city of Oakland sewer lateral […]

Upper Rockridge Oakland homes sold during Q3 2010

October 14th, 2010 Upper Rockridge in Oakland has remained a bright spot in real estate home sales during the 3rd quarter of 2010.  22 homes sold from June 1 to September 30 2010.  The average sale price was $1,240,000 and the average list price was slightly more at $1,265,000.  The average sale price per square foot was $436.  […]

Upper Rockridge sales in third quarter 2010

October 14th, 2010

12  BUENA VISTA PLACE 3/2 2215 $775,000 68  TEMPLAR PL 2/2 1657 $778,000 5556  MASONIC AVE 3/2 1766 $829,000 47  TRUITT LANE 4/3 2589 $905,000 5125  HARBORD DRIVE 3/2 2106 $959,000 5389  HILLTOP CRESCENT 4/4 2730 $995,000 5  BUENA VISTA PLACE 4/3 2463 $1,040,000 130  HERMOSA AVE 4/3 2485 $1,095,000 5450  MASONIC AVE 4/3 $1,116,000 […]

First time Buyers with Brian Santilena

October 14th, 2010

As a first-time home buyer, I really appreciated Brian’s insights and honesty. He was always patient and worked with my husband and I for over a year to get the home that suited us best. He readily pointed out pros and cons for each property that we visited, even highlighting issues that we had not […]