Hayward, CA Real Estate News

By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
The City of Hayward wants to do something about blighted vacant residential properties.  Last month a group of Bay East REALTORS® and Bay East staff met with City officials to educate them about the realities of dealing with vacant foreclosed properties.  We suggested several alternatives, however the City seems intent on developing an ordinance that will ultimately do little to address the problems associated with vacant foreclosed properties.  Earlier this week, City staff released a draft version of a vacant property ordnance.  This ordinance could require owners to register their property with the City of Hayward upon receiving a notice of default. Once registered these properties could be subject to inspection and a $1,000 per day fee if the property is not maintained.  Bay East is...
Comments 1
By Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
(Alain Pinel)
Today, I spent the afternoon taking my clients to see several REO listings, and compare them to short sale and regular listings. Using the polygon feature of our MLS,we delineated areas where my clients like, and we chose 16 properties to look at. Since this is my clients' first foray into viewing REOs, they were surprised at how different the agents took care of, and promoted their listings. THE BAD No pictures Only one picture Fuzzy pictures Trash/garbage cans in front of the property Keys that don't work --- or missing keys, or wrong combination No lights No water --- and when people use the bathrooms without having water to flush the toilets, watch out! Incomplete descriptions, or no descriptions at all in the public or confidential remarks No indication on whether the locks are Sup...
Comments 65
Hide Comments   The City of Hayward is committed to increasing the number of residents who own their homes especially in this tough time.  The city recognizes that there are many families who want to own a home and can qualify for a mortgage and afford the monthly payments, but are unable to save enough for a down payment.  The First-Time Home buyer Program (FHP) helps eligible families purchase a home in the City of Hayward.   The First-Time Home buyer Program is designed to work with a number of different mortgage programs.  The program provides down payment and closing cost assistance.   Am I eligible for the Program?   It is designed to help first-time home buyers who, without city assistance would not be able to own a home. It is best to call to see if you qualify. To try and figu...
Comments 1
By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
On Monday (12/15), the City of Hayward announced that City Hall will be closed from Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.  Hayward officials report that closing city hall and giving some city workers a two-week unpaid leave will help bridge a $4 million budget deficit.  Police, Fire and emergency services will not be affected by the city hall closure. For a complete list of the departments and services affected by the closure, please click here. Considering Moving to Hayward or the East Bay?    ~   Do you want to Buy or Sell a home?       Do you have clients with needs in the East Bay?      Search East Bay Area Properties    Visit my website at http://pamwinterbauer.com
Comments 0
By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
The City of Hayward is seeking input from residents about housing and neighborhood issues through an online survey. The information from the survey will be incorporated into the updated General Plan Housing Element. If you live in Hayward or have clients that are Hayward residents, please take a second to complete the survey. This is a great chance for REALTORS® to weigh in on the city's housing plans, too. To take the survey, please click here. Considering Moving to Hayward or the East Bay?    ~   Do you want to Buy or Sell a home?      Do you have clients with needs in the East Bay?      Search East Bay Area Properties    Visit my website at http://pamwinterbauer.com
Comments 0
By Michael Greenslade
(Better Homes & Gardens | Mason-McDuffie Real Estate)
The Century / Cinemark Theater opened on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and B Street in downtown Hayward. I am going to have to take a photo expedition and document a building that is hopefully going to be changing the landscape of downtown Hayward. It seems that downtown Hayward just cannot get a break.  In the same week the grand new brand new theater opens up downtown that the announcement was made the MERVYN's would be going bankrupt and closing all of their stores.  The corporate headquarters for the MERVYN's stores was located on Foothill Boulevard just over two blocks away from the new theater. The MERVYN's corporate headquarters is (was) a huge piece of property in downtown.  If anyone has any grand development plans that can use a large parcel of land, now would be a good tim...
Comments 2
By Michael Greenslade
(Better Homes & Gardens | Mason-McDuffie Real Estate)
city or town where property is located: hayward, ca neighborhood where property is located: cherryland price the property is currently listed at: $ 325,000 homes in the same neighborhood are selling for: $ 270,000 - $ 600,000     $ 375,000 median difference in value between this property and the comps: $ 50,000 to median Probate / short sale / R.E.O. / 1031 exchange / traditional: this home is an R.E.O. days on the market: 66 On visual inspection of this property I have noticed that the following repairs would make a difference.  Here is a list of suggested projects along with the estimated costs involved. Please consider the cost price estimates to be for supplies only.  These postings are for contractor investors or serious do-it-yourself homeowners. Agents please do not forget to su...
Comments 0
By Francisco Gonzalez, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life
(Century 21 Real Estate Alliance)
While I was driving around previewing properties on the East Bay last week,  I came across many listings with for sale signs diplaying on the front yard:   Repo Foreclosure Bank Repo I find it very degrading to formal home owners... most of by business are done in the San Francisco, San Mateo counties and on this side WE don't come across with such signs, can it be the location?  with 95% of the listing I previewed being REOs I'm not surprised but it should be regulated.
Comments 0
By Sunil Sethi, Fremont, Union City Realtor - Homes for Sale in Fr
(SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE)
I've sold the highest price home so far in Eden Shores this year at $900,000. That was for a 3,654 sqft home or $246/sqft. Currently the same size home is asking $191/sqft foot in a short sale, I spoke with the listing agent last week and they had one offer. This home is directly opposite my listing at 2850 Breaker Cir, Hayward. though both units aresimilar in side, my unit has a very unique feature, it faces the bay offering a very relaxing view. I'll be doing an open house on the property on Saturday July 12, 2008    
Comments 0
By Sunil Sethi, Fremont, Union City Realtor - Homes for Sale in Fr
(SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE)
Sunil Sethi | Show and Sell Realty | 510-388-2436 2850 Breaker Cir, Hayward, CA Bay facing beautiful luxury home, with easy commute to Penninsula, South Bay and SF 5BR/4.5BA Single Family House offered at $975,000 Year Built 2005 Sq Footage 3,668 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 4 full, 1 partial Floors 2 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 8,000 sqft HOA/Maint $42 per month DESCRIPTION Built by Standard Pacific in 2005, this home is in excellent condition and ready for you to move in. It has 5 bedrooms, and 4.5 baths. Though public records says it's 3489 sqft that doesn't include the tandem 3rd garage space the owner had the builder make into a 5th bedroom. The owner estimated total sqft to be 3,668. The buyer is requested to verify all all sqft. see additional photos below PROPERTY FEATURES Central he...
Comments 5
By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
The Are you or one of your clients working on a home remodeling or addition project?  If you are, we need to hear from you.  Specifically, we need to hear what kind of "incentives" from the City of Hayward would persuade you to use "green building" materials and practices in your remodeling or addition projects. As reported in the April 14 Weekly Report, the City of Hayward is working on a "Green Building" ordinance that would apply to new construction and remodeling projects.  The current draft of the ordinance would make the use of "green" products optional for remodeling projects.  However, the City of Hayward wants to encourage their use and wants to know what kinds of incentives would do so.  Among the proposed incentives is "fast tracking" building permit processing for projects t...
Comments 6
By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
The City of Hayward is seeking applicants for several city commissions. REALTORS® make great city commissioners given their knowledge and connection to community issues. Additionally, appointment to a city commission is a chance for REALTORS® to get involved in community service and see if future community leadership (including elected office) is a good fit. For more information about Hayward commission openings, please click here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, June 30. Considering moving to the East Bay?  Do you want to Buy or Sell a home? Do you have clients with needs in the East Bay?  Contact Pam Winterbauer, 2006 REALTOR® of the Year  Broker Associate, ASR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, PMN, SRES, At Home with Diversity Certified Windermere Welcome Home Please contact Pam ...
Comments 0
By Sunil Sethi, Fremont, Union City Realtor - Homes for Sale in Fr
(SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE)
What's the gimme on this hayward property   25348 RICK WAY, Hayward, CAClick Here to View Listingsthis property looks really interesting.Price $549,9003352 square feet6Br/4BAbuilt in 1946lot 10,800 It's located behind Cal State Hayward. If your teaching at the campus, this could be a great opportunity for you. Call me if you'd like to see it.
Comments 0
By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
Hayward also know as the "Heart of the Bay" may be going green!  This would be a bid step for this city.  If they can do it so can others.  Read the following story.Green Building Ordinance:  The City of Hayward is considering the adoption of a "Green Building" ordinance that could increase the cost to construct or remodel residential and commercial properties.  The ordinance would, among other things, require that all new residential construction and some remodeling be conducted in compliance with green building standards, which impact, among other things, landscaping, foundation, plumbing, exterior finishes, appliances, insulation, heating and cooling.  It also would require work performed be approved by a third-party inspector who would not be a city employee.On Friday, (4/18) the Ci...
Comments 3
By Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
(Pam Winterbauer Real Estate)
During the late 1840s two events occurred occured that set in motion the founding of Hayward. First, the Mexican American War ended and the United States received California, New Mexico, and Arizona as new territories. Secondly, gold was discovered in California, drawing an explosion of people from all over the world. Some struck it rich but the majority didn't. Some moved from the mining camps to this area and became squatters (people who settled on the land of landowners without permission). One of these men was William Hayward, who had traveled from the East through Panama to San Francisco in 1849 at the peak of the Gold Rush. He was unsuccessful in mining gold from the northern mines, so he returned to the Bay Area where he squatted on Don Guillermo Castro's land. Hayward set up a s...
Comments 7
By Chris Patagonia, Finance
(Patagonia Finance)
Sure in the short run property value will flucuate . On the other hand, it is one of the best long term decision a person can make. Right now guidelines are getting a little tighter for lenders. That is a POSITIVE thing because fewer people will loose their homes.Lenders have to hold on to more of the loans that they are lending out, making it so lenders can lend out fewer loans. It is all a balancing act right now      There is more than one lender out there. So sure it means less cash flow for realitors and loan officers, but it is for the better. Besides people are pretty creative as far as cooking up some good loan possiblities.                        So many people are purchasing homes they can not afford. This does not mean people will not be able to purchase homes any more. It is...
Comments 4
Hayward, CA Real Estate Professionals