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oakland real estate: Should realtors "pull" a permit? Why is the permit history important? - 05/03/13 01:20 PM
"Pull a permit" is oft used in the wrong context. Realtors get copies of the permit history. We don't "pull" the permit. Or at least, we shouldn't. Homeowners and contractors pull -- or request/apply for a permit. When working with a buyer or seller, realtors are likely to check the permit history of the property for different reasons. As a listing agent, if I publish the permit history, it's to prove that certain work was done. Nonetheless, I still urge the other party to do their own due diligence and delve as deeply as they wish as part of their own (5 comments)
oakland real estate: Don't be surprised if property sells for more today than a year ago - 03/24/13 04:02 PM
List price: Too low? Too high? It was a buyer's market in 2011. And yes, back then, buyers had more opportunities to negotiate lower offers, credits, and/or repairs. But starting in 2012.....prices started improving. Buyers started getting off the fence. And now, in 2013....it's turned into a full-fledged seller's market. Even if our CMA shows recommends a certain list price, the final value is whatever the buyer is willing to pay.
Out of area agent A realtor from out of the area has a listing at Alameda's The Willows condominium complex where I sold a property about a year (3 comments)
oakland real estate: True Live/Work Lofts in Fourth Street Lofts in Oakland - 07/22/12 10:46 PM
Just Sold: Live/Work Loft in Fourth Street Lofts in OaklandFourth Street Lofts on 247 Fourth Street in Oakland CA is ideally located in Jack London Square, and is contributing to the rebirth of an urban lifestyle. Why is this a popular location? Easy. It’s surrounded by fabulous restaurants including Yoshi’s (for jazz and Japanese food), Chop Bar for brunch, the ferry to San Francisco, Amtrak station, the Waterfront Hotel and something new: shuttle bus to BART!
Oakland’s Historic Warehouse District The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places in Alameda County, California, was built (6 comments)
oakland real estate: Believe it: we have low inventory of homes for sale in East Bay CA - 07/21/12 10:18 PM
Believe it when we tell you we have very low inventory of homes for sale in East Bay CAarea. If you’re buyer’s agent, then you share in the angst of finding suitable properties for your clients, only to find yourself in a bidding war more than once.Here’s a look at some of the East Bay cities. To give you an idea of the size of the city, I’ve provided the latest population count. Just remember, bidding doesn’t always have to be over the list price because the list price is merely a starting point depending on the seller’s and the agent’s pricing (3 comments)
oakland real estate: Can you send/show me some listings? My agent is on vacation - 06/18/12 08:09 PM
Can you send/show me some listings? My agent is on vacation.Last Sunday, I held an open house. One of the buyers asked a lot of questions about the neighborhood comps. Just to give him an idea of what else is listed in the vicinity, I used my APR (Alain Pinel Realtors) app on my phone to show what else is available so he can do a quick comparison. I would have been happy to at least send him the APR app, but he didn’t want to give me his number.During the open house, he asked so many questions and took time (33 comments)
oakland real estate: Should buyers be aggressive with their offer in this market? - 05/13/12 12:17 AM
Can buyers see they have to be bold and aggressive when writing an offer in this market?How can the real estate market have changed so drastically? And it isn’t just in Alameda , Oakland or Piedmont CA.Last year, my buyers were able to negotiate price, terms and conditions...Last year, my buyers didn’t have to compete against other buyers.Last year, there were more properties to choose from because buyers weren’t motivated enough to buy.But that was last year.Lickety-split, the real estate market turned. And buyers need to be aware that writing an offer for less than list price is insane, especially when (36 comments)
oakland real estate: Oakland CA 2011: Short Sales and Bank-Owned Properties are 54% of total sales - 01/06/12 01:46 PM
Oakland CA Year End Report 2011: Short Sales and Bank-Owned PropertiesIt is essential to recognize the market trends in order to prepare buyers and sellers on what to expect. This is a year-end report on residential sales inOakland CA. People looking to buy in Oakland should not discount distressed properties which comprise the bigger share (54% in 2011) of the market.How does 2011 compare with 2010?Upward trend in distressed properties. It appears that in 2011, we had slightly more properties sold.
But it also shows an upward trend in the number of distressed properties (short sales and foreclosures) inching from (2 comments)
oakland real estate: December 2011 Holiday Season of Celebrations and Sharing in Oakland CA - 12/12/11 02:27 PM
I have enjoyed reading Alameda Magazine since its maiden issue. And when I was, in my mind, firmly entrenched in real estate, I thought that advertising in the magazine is a way to give back to the community by supporting a local business --- the local publication. Happily, they also produce Oakland Magazine. And as such, I am in that publication as well. One of the many things I like about both magazines is their comprehensive list of information on events, etc. Many are submitted to them by the event sponsors. But for the most part, the publishers are so wired (2 comments)
OAKLAND CA Market Report: Months’ supply of inventory down to 3.1 months
MainStreet newsletter headline: Inventory: The Key to Understanding Your Local Housing Market
The article states that “A market with more than six months supply would usually qualify as a buyer's market, the realtor says. And a market with less than six months of supply is defined as a seller's market. Months’ Supply of Inventory
Looking at the entire market and concentrating only on detached single family homes, I was pleasantly surprised that Oakland has 3.1 months inventory of homes for sale. The days on (5 comments)
oakland real estate: Months' Supply of Inventory --- down to just 2.7 months in Oakland CA - 09/28/11 03:50 AM
OAKLAND CA Month’s Supply of Inventory at 2.7 months in August 2011? Taking a look at ALL of Oakland CA’s inventory of homes – detached single family homes, condos, townhouses, duets, etc --- I had to do a double take. As of end of August, the month’s supply of inventory is down to 2.7 months, compared to 4.5 months in August 2010. But what’s notable is that with the exception of the fourth quarter 2010, it’s been a downward trend for a year. The blue line represents average days on market.
Under contract per month This chart shows an upward (4 comments)
oakland real estate: Dawn of the shadow inventory: a significant upswing in Notices of Default filed in California - 09/14/11 04:13 AM
ForeclosureRadar's August 2011 report showed a significant upswing in the number of Notices of Default (NODs) filed in August, to its highest level in a year. The report states that the Notices of Default or Notice of Trustee Sale rose in nearly every state. This may have been driven by Bank of America where there was an overall increase of 116% in foreclosure starts (or NODs) in August. According to Sean O'Toole, Founder and CEO of ForeclosureRadar.com, "Bank of America appears to be primarily responsible for the surge in foreclosure starts this month since their average time to foreclose has recently increased (4 comments)
oakland real estate: PIEDMONT WALK of arts and crafts every third Thursday, Oakland CA - 09/13/11 04:20 AM
Oakland's Piedmont Avenue merchants are proud to present the beginning of a new tradition, every THIRD THURSDAY of each month --- ART WALK --- held from 6 to 9 pm. Stroll along Piedmont Avenues (Oakland CA) and meet local artists and crafters who sell their wares and art. Date: September 15, 2008 Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm Place: Piedmont Avenue, Oakland CA Visit: www.PiedmontAvenue.org And as a bonus, take a look and see the places and things you can enjoy in Oakland CA (2 comments)
oakland real estate: East Bay Area CA --- has it bottomed out? - 09/12/11 12:35 AM
Headline in San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area property tax decline seems to be ending. According to the article "The beleaguered housing market may finally be bumping along the bottom, according to Bay Area county assessors, whose jobs rest on gauging the state of real estate. After two years during which tax rolls in most of the nine Bay Area counties shrank, often by large margins, this year property tax rolls are fairly flat compared with last year, the assessors said. Admittedly, they're being compared with a lower base." That's a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that (1 comments)
Zip code 94611 includes parts of Oakland and Piedmont CA considered to be among the most desirable in these areas. Here's the map according to MyZipCodeMap.com. Market reports of what's happening in this zip code appear to be more intriguing when one tracks the movement over a three-year period of time. And these reports will support the contention that real state truly is local. What you read/hear on the national news may not necessarily reflect what's happening here.
Average days on market. This is specially revealing and indicative of how desirable this area is. When the average (3 comments)
oakland real estate: Why do short sale buyers back out after waiting for months for approval? - 06/15/11 05:51 PM
So close! Why, why, why back out when we're about to get short sale approval? In spite of all the effort expended to explain to all parties what a short sale entails and how long it may take, it is not unusual to have buyers back out after waiting for so long for the short sale approval. WHY? What could we have done to keep the buyer's commitment to the process and interest in the property outside of the requisite frequent updates and communications, and occasional glimpse into the market reports and trends? One buyer had gone through the 45-day period (3 comments)
oakland real estate: Alameda and Oakland Magazines --- fabulous handouts at open houses! - 03/11/11 03:24 AM
Wonderful as handouts during open houses! For my open houses, I generally hand out local magazines to folks who want to know more about the city, And, it goes without saying that I capitalize on these giveaways by affixing my business information (sticker or business card). Another way to get my name out there. And make no mistake: these magazines are fabulous resources for locals and guests alike. So happy that there are two really good magazines to share: Alameda and Oakland Magazines. Took time off for a leisurely lunch and read the latest issue of Alameda Magazine. Love, love, love this (7 comments)
oakland real estate: Is it a seller's market in Oakland? And look....more short sales are closing escrow! - 07/18/10 12:50 AM
Yes, we know that the home buyer tax credit made an impact on the market. How discernible is this impact in the Oakland CA market the last two years? Or are the low prices and low interest the real catalyst to the sales? TYPES OF SALES June 2008-May 2009 Total Sales 2894 160 short sales or 5.5% of total 1809 bank-owned or 62.5% of total (62.5% !!!) June 2009-May 2010 Total Sales 2977 335 short sales or 11.3% of total. WOW..they're actually closing them! This is very encouraging. 1383 bank-owned or 46.5%, a significant decline from a year ago.
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oakland real estate: Did the home buyer tax credit boost sales in Oakland CA? - 04/01/10 12:45 PM
Did or does the home buyer tax credit help the real estate market in Oakland CA? The following charts seem to indicate that they did Median for Sale vs Median Sold. The downward trend shows a slight rise in the final months of the home buyer tax credit as home buyers scramble to meet the deadline and also to capitalize on lower prices and lower interest rates.
Median Sold Price by Quarter - After the plunging median price in the 2008-2009, there is a slight uptick in the 4th quarter of 20009.
Number of Under Contract Properties by (0 comments)
oakland real estate: Less than two months inventory signals sellers market in Oakland CA - 10/28/09 02:46 AM
Market observers think that the bottom of the market was three months ago. In Oakland CA, this may be the case. GET THE PICTURE! Months supply of inventory Some seasoned real estate professionals and observers say that when the months inventory is less than six (6) months, it is a seller's market. In Oakland, that inventory is less than two months, and is the lowest it's been in two years. Are we there yet?
Median sold price Astute investors always advise "Buy low, sell high." In Oakland, for data on detached single family homes, the median price saw a (2 comments)
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