berkeley ca: Four thousand pounds in five hours--saved from the landfill for Earth Day! - 04/22/12 10:45 AM
Thanks to the citizens of Berkeley, CA, who brought in their lifeless laptops, tired TVs and moribund monitors to the Berkeley Association of REALTORS (BAR) for our Earth Day e-cycling event. This is the third year that I've organized the event for BAR, and this year we collected a record amount of equipment, cables, and related gear. 
This year we partnered with a local eco-center and computer repair business, GreenCitizen, who were celebrating their first year in Berkeley. Before the event I met with their manager, Ryan McCarter. “GreenCitizen hopes to pair the convenience of recycling with the educational and environmental awareness … (1 comments)

berkeley ca: Focus on the Basics to be a Competitive Buyer - 03/25/12 09:23 AM
 Many buyers are approaching their home search the way I like to approach food: “Life is short; east dessert first.” But when getting ready to buy a home, you need to start with the nutritious part. By that I mean you need to start with the basics, even though that may not seem nearly as much fun as starting by looking at homes. This spring market is already much more competitive than this time last year. If buyers want to take advantage of the still-low rates and discounted prices, and succeed in acquiring a home appropriate to their needs and budget, … (1 comments)

berkeley ca: A look at the New Fall Real Estate Market in Berkeley, CA - 09/17/11 04:36 PM
Despite national and state-wide news to the contrary, our extended Berkeley area market feels quite active, with lots of new buyers hoping to take advantage of record low mortgage rates. We continue to suffer primarily from a dearth of desirable inventory. The most attractively presented, well-located homes continue to attract multiple offers. All-cash offers seem to have tapered off as one would expect with the low rates, but we still hear of one or two each week, usually in one of the multiple-offer scenarios. An all-cash offer still is tremendously attractive to a seller! This was the second week of the … (2 comments)

berkeley ca: Celebrating the Last Pleasures of Summer - 09/11/11 06:31 AM
On this of all days, we celebrate the simple joys of life: heirloom tomatoes, cling peaches, blackberries, sweet corn. . . . and community. Visiting a farmers’ market provides the pleasures of top-quality products with the added satisfaction of talking with the vendors, hearing their stories and details about their products. The aromas and the sounds are vibrant. You feel part of a community, rather than just being an isolated shopper.
One of my favorite ways to spend time on a Sunday morning, before heading off for an open house, is to visit the Kensington Farmers Market. It’s small but … (2 comments)

berkeley ca: FREE E-Cycling Thursday April 21 and Friday April 22 in Berkeley, CA for Earth Day! - 04/20/11 06:39 AM
All residents of the Berkeley, CA area are invited to bring their lifeless laptops, sick cellphones, tired TVs and moribund monitors to the Berkeley Association of REALTORS® this Thursday from 1 - 4 pm or Friday from 10 -noon and their electronics will be recycled for FREE. This is the annual Earth Day tribute I organize on behalf of the GREEN Council of the Berkeley Association of REALTORS®.  Last year we filled the conference room -- help us do that again this year!

The office is conveniently located at the corner of MLK and Cedar Streets in Berkeley (1553 MLK … (0 comments)

berkeley ca: A Christmas snapshot of the Berkeley, CA housing market - 12/25/10 09:38 AM
You've all seen the headlines:  Plunging Prices, Stagnant Sales, Foreclosures lurking. The Berkeley, CA area market has remained stronger than most during this market correction. But this past month most of the extended Berkeley area has seen very limited activity. In the past three weeks less than one property has closed per day in Berkeley, CA. Of those 20 sales, 6 closed above list, 8 closed at list, and only one was more than 10% below. Thirteen of those sales were between $200K and $510K, with high price at $1,175K (two of those). Sold prices are more than $100K below last December, … (0 comments)

berkeley ca: Very Special Guest Arlene Blum to visit Berkeley, CA Green Council - 12/07/10 04:58 AM
Master Speaker Arlene Blum at the Green Council this Week**Wednesday, December 8th, 2 pm** Light refreshments provided by JMC Building Inspection Services
I am very excited, and somewhat in awe that we will welcome Arlene Blum to speak at the B.A.R. GREEN Council this week. She was recently part of the Master Speaker series at GreenBuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. She will speak about The importance of removing toxic chemicals from our buildings, especially in the forms of insulation and furniture cushioning. The impact of these chemicals is long-term, and did you know that we … (0 comments)

berkeley ca: Price Reduction on my Landmark Listing: the Berkeley Rose Walk Complex - 03/30/10 07:25 PM
I enjoyed showing the staged, vacant unit today of my gorgeous listing, the Rose Walk Complex. For residents of Berkeley, California, this is a truly iconic property, and whenever I show this property it's a real pleasure as visitors are always so impressed with the quality of design and construction. Few properties capture the architectural heritage and scenic beauty of Berkeley as wonderfully as Rose Walk and its adjoining properties. It is a real pleasure to represent the nine units that grace the north edge of the Walk which was designed by pre-eminent Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck. The four two-story duplexes and … (0 comments)

berkeley ca: If only I'd had the entrepreneurial spirit: I would have developed my Latté Factor! - 03/22/10 06:23 PM
In my post from a couple days ago I discussed the frustration of buyers who want a spacious North Berkeley home, ideally with a high Walkscore. I regret that I didn't patent what I use to call the "Latté Factor." It was my way of telling clients unfamiliar with our area where they would find a section of town with lots going on. It was the same idea as Walkscore, only with caffeine as the indicator for how many amenities, and how much buzz an area had. I used to describe Solano Avenue in North Berkeley as being either a single … (5 comments)

berkeley ca: As Spring begins, so does the North Berkeley Real Estate Market - 03/21/10 04:56 PM
For the past week in Berkeley, CA we've had gorgeous spring weather. Starting with the narcissus, we've had a progression of beautiful things in bloom: camellias, magnolias, daffodils, freesias and now tulips, cyclamen and a deep blue California native ceanothus. It's thrilling to hear the buzz of bees gorging themselves on pollen as they move through the blue blossoms.

And as our gardens have come fully into flower, so is our real estate market emerging. Unlike so many other parts of the country where the phrase "glut of inventory" defines their condition, we have had many months of very few … (1 comments)

berkeley ca: Preview of the new Residential Purchase Agreement for California - 03/03/10 03:17 PM
It's been quite a few years since I was given a seat assignment for a class, and a #2 pencil for the exam. But so it was as 75 of my East Bay colleagues and I filled the Berkeley Assoc. of REALTORS® conference room to be lead through the details of the new RPA which will debut on April 20th. This Berkeley class was the first in the State to be offered, and we were fortunate to have Gov Hutchinson, Assistant General Counsel for CAR, as our instructor.
Some of the changes are primarily changes in format, though some of those … (1 comments)

berkeley ca: Why has there been such low inventory in the Berkeley area? - 01/07/10 09:58 AM
Berkeley, and the surrounding communities of Albany, Kensington as well as strong neighborhoods of Oakland such as Rockridge are experiencing the problem of low inventory, and did through most of 2009. I hear that the same condition applies to several neighborhoods in San Francisco. We're not just talking about the seasonal slowdown we would expect in the winter months.
We know that the high unemployment rate we're experiencing, especially in California, means that many home owners are concerned about whether they'll continue to have salaries to support their current mortgage. When a job could be at risk it's hardly a time … (1 comments)

berkeley ca: Tips for a GREENER holiday: Open studios & Farmers' market Craft Faire in Berkeley this weekend - 12/17/09 04:19 AM
Wondering how best to incorporate Green ideals into your holiday preparations? That was the challenge discussed at the recent meeting of the Berkeley Association of REALTORS® Green Council, concluding its first year as a group. I am proud to have founded this group of dedicated agents, and to serve as their Chair.
Following the basic principles of reduce, reuse and recycle, the Green Council came up with these practical suggestions:
If you’re going to decorate with lights, use LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). They’re much more readily available now than in previous years, and in many great styles and colors. They use … (1 comments)

berkeley ca: Berkeley, CA Market Update: November 09 sold prices down 5% from year ago; median sold higher than median list - 12/06/09 05:33 AM
We continue to read in the national news about the "glut of inventory" that exists in many parts of the country. In my area, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in in Berkeley, CA, we have struggled with too little inventory all year. Last month we had 41 single family residential sales, while 42 residential properties appeared on the market. We could use more than a net of just one property! We currently have under two months' inventory on the market.
If we take a more detailed look at our market and compare to what … (0 comments)

Arlene Baxter, Listing/Buying agent, Historic to Green, 2012 REALTOR of the Year, Berkeley Association Berkeley CA & environs (Red Oak Realty)

Arlene Baxter

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