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I manage the monthly Oakland Real Estate Investment Meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at my office. We discuss current market issues and exchange real estate experiences. You can join at
And this is for real estate agents as well as buyers. I have now been working with my buyer and his loan agent from Chase bank for over 3 months to buy a condo, townhouse style. This is an excellent buyer. Great credit score, great income, easily pre approved for much more than offer price.I made...
And of course, you will say: why is that important to me, the reader? Consumer or agent? Who cares Antoine, nobody really. Well here is why it may be important for you to read. I have always tried to be the most knowledgeable agent / broker I could be. I took many courses, residential and commerc...
I do not understand sellers who are selling residential income property ( like 2,3 or 4 units), or are selling commercial investment property ( like 5 units and up, etc), and seemingly ae willing to work with agents who are not at all familiar, let alone knowledgeable, with investment property.He...
Every week, I find out that (some) consumers are simply arrogant, and really think they know better than the professional agent, what real estate is about, and why the market is what it is, and why one should buy today or not, and what type of investment real estate is actually still a good deal,...
Hello all: Please email this information to anyone you think might have received a (yellow?) letter to purchase their property, or is thinking about selling their property. They will be grateful. Over the past couple of months, I have seen the following happen several times. I am not going to nam...
As all of you who have been looking at buying investment property, and maybe more specific, residential income property, may have seen that many listing agents use a second set of numbers, on top of the "current income", called pro forma.This is not only done by famous large brokerages (like Marc...
I am sure you know we have a bad reputation with consumers, and I personally believe we deserve some of that. But today I would like to give you the other side  of the coin (perspective) by telling you a story that just happened to a colleague of mine. This agent had been working with a buyer for...
Tonight, in my meet-up meeting I will present and discuss the bottom line risk for a buyer in  today's market. Too often ( in my perspective), will buyers tell me the price is too high in the current market, and although very often they cannot "explain" what/why that is and based on what, it is a...
When I bought real estate in 2000, the interest rate was 9.5%. Yet, I bought at the time because the numbers worked.  Today the interest rate is 3.89%, and the numbers work now too. Many buyers are looking at price and do not want to pay the asking price because it is seemingly too high (their im...
I "analyze" the market at least on a monthly basis, as a preparation for my meetup meetings I hold in my office for consumers and investors. I think we can safely say that Oakland CA is a very good market at this time. The inventory is still low, in my opinion. Then why are there 51 properties (r...

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