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



  There are so many of these beautiful Christmas lights....but it takes technology to take it to a new high. This is one man's collection of what he thought were amazing displays. There are so many more. This is my favorite. God bless America and to our defenders. May we find peace and goodwill ...
The best presents during the holiday season --- the gift of heart and timeDuring this time of the year, it can be nerve-wracking to come up with ideas for the perfect gifts for people.Some of us don’t like the hustle-bustle of going to the malls or don’t relish going out in inclement weather just...
“Home staging is a racket.”During a party, and among people who know that I am a REALTOR, I was asked how’s the market. Typical and most-often asked question. I responded that the market is picking up, and that we’re encountering multiple offers at over list price. However, that success still dep...
Alameda Civic Ballet Presents the Nutcracker Suite on December 15 and 16, 2012 Alameda CA is not a big island. Heck, we barely have 80,000 residents. But our town is rich with cultural events, the most recent being Alameda Civic Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker at the Kofman Theater on 2200...
The Regillus -- the grand Beaux Arts building facing Lake Merritt in Oakland CA The first time I saw this 8-story condominium building, I was in love. It was like being transformed in time and place. It harkens to a New York state of mind.   Everything about this property is first class. Circular...
Holiday Home Tour in Alameda CAAround this time of the year, one of the favorite events is the Holiday Home Tour in Alameda CA when several homes are decorated for the holidays and opened to the publc for touring. It’s a wonderful way to get to see the various architectural styles in Alameda, and...
Agent said the “sudden” appearance of other offers was “suspicious”This was an interesting encounter.On two of my listings in Alameda CA, my sellers elected not to set offer dates. Many agents kept asking for an offer date. Told them that if their clients are interested to please go ahead and wri...
Set an offer date, or not?It’s a dilemma. In a fast moving market, many agents and their sellers elect to set an offer date. While others don’t. Preemptive offersWe’ve seen where some properties are on the market for zero days, i.e. before the listing even hit the MLS, an offer was already submit...
You’re never too old to enjoy driving around to look at Christmas lightsWhen we were very young, my father used to pile the kids into the car, and then we’d drive around to downtown to look at the spectacular Christmas decorations put up by retailers. Then we’d drive around our neighborhood and m...
Why do we still do print advertising?There is always a debate about why do we bother doing print when over 90% of our prospective buyers and sellers search online anyway. Seems so old-fashioned.Well, sometimes, old-fashioned works. I know of one REALTOR who still walks his selected farms and deli...

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