Rockridge Oakland Homes for sale

July 23rd, 2010

Homes for sale in Rockridge,  Oakland CA sell quickly because the neighborhood is a coveted place to live, shop and eat.  College Ave offers top notch shops and cuisine to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.  There is Oliveto Café, Zachary’s Pizza and Market Hall to name a few.  Homes in lower Rockridge are an outstanding representation of Craftsman […]

Montclair, Oakland Homes for sale

July 23rd, 2010

The Montclair neighborhood of Oakland and the Montclair Village  is a quaint semi hilly community in the Oakland Hills.  The area offers many of the best Oakland Public Schools and the Montclair shopping area has everything you need in a convenient proximity to the living neighborhoods.  The Montclair park offers a children’s playground, a baseball […]

Lead paint and renovating homes in oakland hills and Montclair CA

July 16th, 2010

As of April 2010 all contractors, property managers and others who disturb painted surfaces are obligated to comply with the Federal Lead-Based Paint Renovations, Repair and Painting Program or RRP.  I’ve been working and selling homes for years in the Oakland Hills CA, Montclair, Glenview, Crocker Highlands and Terstle Glen.  Let’s face it, they were […]

Oakland Police layoffs

July 15th, 2010

Every once in a while an Oakland issue comes up that I just need to address.  Now I was born in Oakland and still live in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge district.  I am not overly sensitive to the gritty aspects of city living.  Using common sense is a must wherever you live but what irks me […]

Tech in real estate

July 12th, 2010

Well I’m here at Agent Reboot in San Francisco. Technology in real estate. Interesting concept. I’ve been selling homes in Oakland Piedmont and Berkeley for close to 13 years and the single most important aspect of my business has been relationship development. It’s all about the facetime!  Without it no agents business will survive or […]

Upper Rockridge Home Sales Report Q2 2010

July 7th, 2010

This video shows home s that have sold in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood druing April, May and June of 2010.  Brian is a neighborhood specialist of Upper Rockridge so feel free to drop him a phone call or a note if you have more specific questions about homes for sale in Upper Rockridge or one the homes […]

Mortgage Broker info for home buyers

June 6th, 2010

Home buyers that are considering purchasing a home in Oakland, Piedmont or Berkeley California will inevitably find themselves communicating with a mortgage broker or a retail bank about obtaining a mortgage.  This short video answers some basic questions about the differences between banks and brokers, what are loan points, reasons to use a local institution […]

10 tips when hiring a Contractor

June 2nd, 2010

When preparing a home for sale or making improvements to your new home it is very important to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors.  There is nothing worse than getting shotty work or getting ripped off all together. Here are 10 tips to help ensure that you don’t get ripped off when hiring a contractor. 1. Make […]

10 Tips when hiring a Contractor

June 2nd, 2010

When preparing a home for sale or making improvements to your new home it is very important to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors.  There is nothing worse than getting shotty work or getting ripped off all together. Here are 10 tips to help ensure that you don’t get ripped off when hiring a contractor. Make […]

How does a late mortgage payment affect my FICO score?

May 3rd, 2010

Even in the better parts of the Oakland Hills such as Piedmont, Montclair and Rockridge homeowners occasionally get into a financial pinch that can lead to a late mortgage payment.  If you’re delinquent on your mortgage, your credit score will suffer. Everyone knows that. The question is, by how much?  Until recently, those answers were […]