Pacific Union Oakland Piedmont office meeting discussion 11/3/09

November 3rd, 2009

At our Pacific Union Real Estate office meeting this morning in the Oakland Montclair Office we went over some interesting sales statistics.  Our office has a large market share in Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley CA.  Our meetings give us a chance to collaborate and interject with one another to get the pulse of the local […]

Best house on Brokers Tour November 2, 2009

November 2nd, 2009

Monday’s Brokers tour consists of properties in southern and eastern Oakland and the city of Piedmont.  There are lots of good properties out there but the one that stood out to me was 6300 Estates Drive in Oakland CA 94611 Oakland’s Piedmont Side of Montclair.  It’s a smaller Spanish Mediterranean style home very close to […]

If purchasing a home in Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont you should check the water heater.

October 29th, 2009

Look if the water heater is strapped for earthquake safety.  It should be strapped at the top and bottom and held securely against the back wall.  Ensure that there is a pressure relief valve.  Without one the water could explode if it malfunctions.  The pressure relief pipe should drain to a proper location.  The gas […]

Red Flags and things to look for when buying an Oakland, Piedmont or Berkeley home.

October 27th, 2009

Homes in the Oakland Hills, Berkeley Hills, Piedmont and the surrounding areas were typically built quite a long time ago.  After all, the classic character of these properties is what a lot of prospective Buyers are looking for.  Negotiating a contract and spending time and money on inspections can feel like a real waste if […]

4878 Harbord Dr. Oakland CA Rockridge District

October 18th, 2009

This 1950’s Contemporary nestled on a gentle upslope in Upper Rockridge is centrally located between the College Avenue shopping area and the Montclair Village.  Entering through the front door you are greeted by an open floor plan and a sun filled atmosphere.  Several large picture windows adorn the west side of the home and offer […]

If purchasing a home in Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont look at the elctrical panel

October 18th, 2009

Most of the homes that I sell in Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont were built quite a long time ago.  A major component of any home is the electrical system.  Only a professional electrician can tell you the condition of an electrical system but here are a few things “red flags” to look for yourself.  The […]

If purchasing an Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont home look at the furnace

October 17th, 2009

Since 1997 I’ve sold over 200 Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont homes.  At least half of them were in need of a new furnace.  Only a professional furnace technician can tell you the overall condition of a furnace.  Most of the homes in Oakland Berkeley and Piedmont were built long before modern advancements in heating systems.  […]

Oakland Real Estate Market 10/13/09

October 13th, 2009

 At our Pacific Union office meeting this morning in the Oakland Montclair office some interesting topics were discussed.   It is sounding more and more likely that the first time buyer’s tax credit that was implemented as part of the stimulus package will be going away on November 30, 2009.  The government has extended the […]

Rockridge district is a jewel in Oakland CA

October 4th, 2009

Rockridge is a vibrant community running  along upper Broadway from 51st Street up to Highway 13.  The area is conveniently located just a few miles from San Francisco and offers many commuting and public transportation options.   Lower Rockridge has one of Oakland’s premier retail and dining districts located along College Avenue.  Lower Rockridge is relatively […]

How to successfully negotiate as a home buyer

September 22nd, 2009

I can’t believe how many of today’s home Buyers and home Sellers believe that “take it or leave it negotiations” are productive.  I’ve negotiated over 200 transactions of my own as well as another 100 for other agents as a real estate office manager in the city of Piedmont.  A simple rule that I recommend […]