Homes for sale in Claremont Uplands Oakland-Berkeley CA

April 2nd, 2012

   Coming on the market: Sunday April 15th, 2012 73 ½ Roble Road is a 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home built in 1992.  It has approximately 2920 square feet of living space and is situated on a bright lot just below Tunnel Road.  The property backs up to EBMUD land that will not be built […]

Buying my first condo in Oakland CA with Brian Santilena

March 24th, 2012

   Brian was very knowledgeable about the market and was patient with me, allowing me to investigate a few different areas before zeroing in on the right one for me. He was also very helpful throughout the closing process, working with the seller and my lender to ensure that things were completed in a timely […]

First time Buyer in Oakland’s Montclair area

March 24th, 2012

   “As a single mom and first time home buyer, I really leaned on Brian to help guide me through the process. Brian gave me candid and sound advice, pointed out things I would have overlooked and helped me make good decisions. He was very available to me every step of the way, and really […]

Zip code to Neigborhood name converter for Oakland & Piedmont CA

February 10th, 2012

The city of Oakland has many different neighborhood names that are used in the real estate community. Some of the names date back to the original subdivision while others seem to be somewhat random. When looking at homes for sale in the Oakland and Piedmont area newspapers or the Sunday Open Home List, ads will […]

Uppper Rockridge home with views

January 29th, 2012

This home was on the market for $899,000 and it unfortunately did not sell.  It will likely be coming on the market at sometime in the future at a reduced price.  There are other homes for sale in Upper Rockridge if you are interested. Please feel free to get in touch if I can be […]

Oakland Police Department Email and Text Message Alert Service

January 19th, 2012

Oakland Police Department Email and Text Message Alert Service. I live in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland and while it is relatively safe and quiet it would be great to know about crimes and or emergency issues in real time.  Captain Steve Tull with the Oakland Police Department has established a new Text and Email […]

Interest rates are going up when buying a home in Oakland and Piedmont CA

January 15th, 2012

If you’re thinking of buying a home in Oakland or Piedmont, LOAN RATES ARE GOING UP!  I’ve been speaking with Brian Moggan (Branch Manager with Mason McDuffie Mortgage) and after quite a bit of technical mortgage discussion I think the bottom line is that mortgage rates are going to be going up.  Some facts to […]

Selling my Parkwoods condo in Oakland CA

November 7th, 2011

I found Brian when I was thinking about selling my Parkwoods condo a couple of years ago. I talked to him about it and decided that I would wait another year or two before putting it on the market. I asked Brian to keep in touch. He contacted me periodically to see if I was […]

Best Trick or Treat in Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

October 28th, 2011

Best Trick or Treat in Oakland Piedmont areas!!!  It’s that time of the year again.  Every year Halloween is a special day and 2016 is no exception!  Get out there with your little ghouls and goblins and have a wonderful and safe holiday.   If you like any of the neighborhoods that you visit and […]

Oakland hills firestorm

October 27th, 2011

The Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991 is credited with burning over 3300 homes and over 1520 acres. 25 people lost their lives and the financial impact exceeded $1.5 billion. We have just passed the 20 year anniversary from that disaster and many ongoing efforts have been and are being made to ensure that a disaster […]