Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

Real Estate Agent - Alain Pinel - BRE 01367196
A REALTOR's perspective on events that shape and affect the real estate market.



Several weeks ago, I met a couple at one of my open houses on a cold and rainy day. During our conversations, the subject of property values came up (okay, down), and I suggested that they look into applying for property tax reassessment. I offered to assist and completed the application to have ...
I used to have a widgetbox with a running summary of my latest posts. Then one day, POOF! It disappeared! Mind you, it took me a long time to even figure out how to add one, so there was no way I would mess with that after I finally got it up and running.So I sent an SOS to the ActiveRain Gods......
Not too long ago, I had an online exchange with a local blogger who asked: "Do you specialize in the sob story listings?" Well, it looks like I have TWO sob story listings.  There's a possibility of a third. In the interest of brevity, I'll only mention one story. SOB STORY #1 Yesterday, I receiv...
Not too long ago, I had an online exchange with a local blogger who asked: "Do you specialize in the sob story listings?" Well, it looks like I have TWO new sob story listings.  There's a possibility of a third coming up. In the interest of brevity, I'll only mention this story. SOB STORY #1 Yest...
Our Oakland Association of Realtors sent a notice to our members about a rash of break-ins at some of the most prestigious areas where staging homes is normal when a home is listed for sale. What makes this very disturbing is how brazen the thieves are. Here's the notice, and what the association...
Here's a real interesting read: go to this article titled "AIG, Congress, Geithner Target of Bonus Backlash" . More info and polls in the article. Here's a peek. PRINCETON, NJ -- For the most part, the central players in the AIG bonus controversy have come out looking badly -- with one notable ex...
Beautiful sunny day in Alameda...and critters are out to play. Our tenant's newly rescued dog, a fuzzy little thing named Aidan, always comes up the back steps, whining, looking for own adopted German Shepherd named Harmony to go out and play with him. Harmony weighs around 90 lbs, and I'd be sur...
Yesterday, I showed a truly adorable cottage to my client. The seller is not (yet) underwater on her mortgage, but could be if she receives an offer less than what she owes at which point, it could be a short sale. The property's current market value isn't worth what the seller is asking for. It'...
We in the picturesque and lovely island of Alameda were probably lulled into thinking we are not going to be as adversely affected by the economic downturn. After all, this is a desirable place to live. It may not be in the same league as posh neighborhoods like Piedmont, but it certainly has its...
Let's see... AIG top executives claim it's a matter of contractual law and so they should get the bonuses because these were negotiated before the bailout. We're supposed to honor those contracts because we're a government of laws. What a convenient thing for these crooks to say! Don't the Americ...

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