Berkeley, CA Real Estate News

By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Buying a Home All Cash, Then Getting a Mortgage  Back in a real estate market a long time ago and in a mortgage galaxy far, far away --- otherwise known as 2009/2010 --- some buyers needed to purchase a home with cash, then hope to refinance after they had the keys in hand.  The reason for this?  Bad credit?  Nope.  Extinction of stated income loans?  Sorry, try again.  The reason was often that the homes were not eligible for financing --- many had been ravaged by the neglect of economic downturn.  Plumbing was torn out, there were holes in the walls and a good number of the properties that came on the market through short sales, foreclosures and otherwise were just in various problematic states of disrepair.  They could not pass the appraisal test for "as is" condition, and so buyers ...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during Octoberwas $1,500,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3m - $1.699m. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com  You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during September  was $1,500,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m - $1.699m. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
What Are Credit Tradelines?  I think I've made it clear before that I find no shame in talking about how hard we work for our clients. My assistant, Jamie, and I see a good number of mortgage applications come across our desks every week and in 2019 and 2020, a high percentage of them have been for jumbo home loans, which means that our borrowers must demonstrate strong credit depth by way of an adequate number of tradelines on their credit report. Gone are the days when one could just have a decent FICO score in order to cross credit concerns off of the loan approval list. When we talk about credit tradelines and credit depth, most of the prominent jumbo mortgage banks like to see recent credit activity (that is, use of credit and timely payment) to consider any account active. And tha...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during August was $1,310,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3m-$1.699m. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during May was $1,350,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3m - $1.699m. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com  You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.  
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during April was $1,337,500 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3m-$1.699m. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.    
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By Ralph Nelson, IRS Tax Representation
(Financial Harmony Tax Resolution LLC)
I represent taxpayers in the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of California who have non-filing or collection issues with the IRS. I have found that my clients' have questions about the IRS stimulus payment. The questions are such as: Am I eligible for the payment? How long does it take to receive the payment? What if I have not filed for a few years? Let's look at these and other questions.How much is the payment? $1,200 for each person with a Social Security Number (SSN) and $500 for each dependent.You may be eligible to receive a Payment if you: Are a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien Cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return Have a Social Security number that is valid for employment (valid SSN); and Exception: If either spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Force...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during March was $1,365,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3-$1.699m. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
10% Down Payment Mortgage But I don’t get it. 2020 started just like the many of the years that preceded it. Sure, there was a seasonal slowdown in home buying activity as we got through 2019’s holiday season and got the new year underway, but with interest rates at historic lows, a strong seller’s market in the San Francisco Bay Area and lots of buyer competition for any desirable home that came on the market, it looked like deja vu all over again for anybody looking to purchase a home. In other words, here we go again with having to come up with a large down payment (or even all cash), a push to offer without any contingencies in your contract and a general sense that it was going to take an act of God to actually get into contract. Well, we got the act of God part. Just not the one t...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during February was $1,310,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3M - $1.699 price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during January was $1,265,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1.3M-$1.699M  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com    You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
SOLD  for $1,640,000! Modern Home in Berkeley CA   My clients were smart enough to keep looking for a home during the holidays, and now they are happy homeowners, with keys in hand in January. The house is in Berkeley with a stunning modern main level. So happy for them! Tip of the day: Focus on the process of buying a home, take small steps daily to get there, and be ready for it when your offer gets accepted. I remember buying out home 4 days before I got married because I said I had to buy a home if I was getting married! When did you buy your first home?   The bay area continues to be a popular place to call home.If you are ready to search for your next property or are looking for your home value, visit:www.searchalleastbayhomes.comClick here for the monthly market reports! 
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during December was $1,267,500 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-1.49m  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during November was $1,200,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-1.49m  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com  You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.  
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Local Business Feature: Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop in Berkeley This is a great spot for a quick and easy, healthy feeling meal! Their Kale Fuji salad and their chicken sandwich is amazing! They have great portions and quickly fills you up. If you happen to visit Berkeley real soon, make sure to stop by and try one of their most famous pizzas.      2944 College AveBerkeley, CA 94705b/t Ashby Ave & Russell St Elmwood  If you happen to be in the Elmwood neighborhood, let me know if you plan to visit Summer Kitchen and Bakeshop or is just simply looking to explore the area. If you want to know more about Berkeley and are looking to move or buy a property, give me a call at 510-919-5741 and let me discuss how you can make the best decision in the homebuying process. You can also visit my webs...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Local Business Feature: Fava Restaurant in North Berkeley Photo: Fava Restaurant Calling all vegetable lovers! This tiny North Berkeley lunch spots serves you fresh meals full of herbs and veggies. Fava is located at 2114 Vine St Berkeley. French cooking techniques had been incorporated on most dishes, with an influence of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Latin American flavors.Make sure to order their best seller Lamb flatbread. Here's a sample Menu:Lamb flatbread ... $15Escarole and melon salad ... $13Red lentil soup ... $6Mango lassi ... $Sesame chocolate chip cookie ... $4 Photo: Fava Restaurant  If you happen to be in the North Berkeley neighborhood, let me know if you plan to visit Fava or is just simply looking to explore the area. If you want to know more about Berkeley and are...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during October was $1,459,500 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-1.49m  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Berkeley The Median Sale Price for homes in Berkeley during September was $1,350,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-1.49m  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Do you love Persian food? Visit Daryoush Persian Cuisine!  Daryoush Persian Cuisine opened a couple months ago in Berkeley. Aside from the Middle East Market on San Pablo Avenue, which offers a casual place for Persian cuisine amid its grocery shelves, this is the only place in town offering a table-service Persian meal. Many of the dishes contain saffron, which makes sense as the food is a bit pricey.Try ordering their famous tahdig - as an appetizer. Mirza Ghasemi - a dip made with tomatoes, garlic, and grilled eggplant for a flavor that was smoky and sweet, with a velvety mouthfeel. Kabobs and rice, lamb stews like ghormeh sabzi, khoresht bodemjan, and baghali polo.Daryoush Persian Cuisine2144 Center St., Berkeley 510-629-2144 Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Cash, all major credi...
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