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2011 

3021 Elmwood in Oakland California. This property is located in the historical Jingletown area.  The Jingletown Arts and Business Association has brought a new vibrant feel to the area.  It's happening here. The home was built in 1918.  Years of deferred maintenance have taken it's toll and it ma...
08/30/2011
I rescue dogs.  Doberman Pinschers to be exact.  I am part of a band of volunteers that scan the shelters for our breed, work with the shelter employees and do our best to assure that not one Doberman Pinscher perishes in a shelter.  Occasionally a dog will come in that was dumped because the own...
08/25/2011
I mean seriously, you really have to work at it to be that bad. I have never done a short sale where the bank didn't lose at least one of the packages at least once.  The last one they set the homeowner on a HAMP twice in spite of me sending them a HAFA package three times.  That resulted in them...
08/15/2011
This is a beautiful home in Dublin.  The floor plan has been expanded and opened up.  It flows yet there is enough room for everyone.  Lush lawns, mature shade trees, and updated kitchen, fresh paint all make this home move in ready. Send your kids to Dublin's highly rated, stand alone school dis...
08/14/2011
There are strange goings on in the market today. It is a full moon, but that doesn't explain what's going on.   I'm wondering if Bill Compton is secretly battling the werewolves somewhere on our behalf.  It's been building for about three weeks. There are buyers out there but the inventory is sta...
08/12/2011
If I were the Forrest Gump of real estate, I would say that the market was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna to get. Home sales have shown strength in the recent months.  Foreclosures have slowed, but consumer confidence just isn’t there. The recent downgrade of US Treasu...
08/11/2011
The stock market is the gift that just keeps on giving, having dumped another 500 points yesterday.  Everybody's locked in on the stock market right now.  And few know what it means.I used to be a stock broker.  While I love the flashing numbers on the screen and the art of picking the right stoc...
08/11/2011
I really wanted to talk about something else tonight, but sometimes a story is just too good to be true.  This week is the gift that keeps on giving. There's your two day chart.  That's right, the Dow Jones Industrial average picked up 429.92 points.  Nearly 4%.  Bank of America which lost 20% of...
08/09/2011
Well, we're here!  The median sold price in San Leandro is $300k.  That's my favorite number in San Leandro.  This year we passed it going down and now we're at it for the second time.  I love the $300k home in San Leandro.  I had several of them listed last year.  But check out the chart, we're ...
08/08/2011
Martinez continues to show stability.  The Median sold price is off by 4%, quite honestly not enough to worry about.   The volume has been consistent around 30 some odd homes every month, adjusting seasonally.  The current median sales price is $325,000.  I think anyone looking to get into Martin...
08/08/2011
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