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A Modestly Size, Beautifully Updated Bay View Home 580 Cragmont Avenue, Berkeley 94708 Offered at: $699,000 Two+ bedrooms/two baths Newly refinished hardwood floors Living room with fireplace Formal dining room Newly remodeled kitchen features a Bertazonni commercial stove and unique fossil-embe...
03/10/2009
A Spacious Traditional Style Home Close to Hilltop Elementary and Tilden Park 218 Purdue Avenue, Kensington Offered at: $769,000 Two+ bedrooms/one and a half baths 1,371 square feet of living space (not including lower level + rooms) Beautiful hardwood floors Large tile floor kitchen with breakf...
05/02/2008
In a “normal” sale, the seller has money left over after paying closing costs, commissions and the outstanding balance of any loans/mortgages against the property. This money is known as “net equity”. It is the money the seller puts into her pocket after the sale (but before paying possible capit...
04/10/2008
Assuming you have $250,000 for a downpayment (not including closing costs), it is less expensive to buy this $1,050,000 fourplex to owner-occupy than it is to buy a comparable single family home. How? Compare 2334 Curtis Street in Berkeley, a multi-unit residential income property to a 2 -3 Bedr...
02/09/2008
SOLD It is an architectural rarity in Berkeley to see such a well-preserved and tastefully updated half-timbered and high-peaked Colonial Revival property. This one built in 1911 by the carpenter Arne Lundgren. Berkeley’s Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) even produced a little write up ...
01/26/2008
  The slogan of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate reads "Service you Deserve". I can’t help but wonder how this works with clients that have low self esteem, or even self loathing. These people have a day-to-day belief that they don’t deserve anything good. Or how about the criminal or sociopath tha...
11/02/2007
Why Do Sellers Still List with Agents Charging 6% (or even 5%)? This is a continually perplexing question for us, and one which probably has several answers. First, we think many sellers don’t realize that commissions are not fixed. The big real estate companies spend a lot of effort training the...
11/01/2007
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In the October 2007 edition of Realtor Magazine, published by the National Association of Realtors®, the trade organization to which most real estate people belong, there is a section called “Cool Tools.” This is what is promoted as a “cool tool”: Thriving Office "When customers call, have your h...
10/02/2007
           Any buyer who goes to an open house can see a big binder on a table somewhere, containing the property disclosures. When the buyer gets half-way serious about the house, their agent then requests a copy of the “packet” from the seller’s agent.  Some packets are better than others. Here...
09/25/2007
The typical home sale in Berkeley, Oakland and surrounding areas involves the seller providing a “disclosure packet” to prospective buyers before they make an offer.  There is no set requirement of what is contained in the packet, but it will usually include a pest control inspection, a natural ...
09/14/2007
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