Archive for Buyers

Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. Neighborhood

May 28th, 2013

While Oakland’s Rockridge seems to get most of the press, Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. Neighborhood has lots of the same desirable features.  Great restaurants, plenty of coffee shops, local independent stores and homes that offer loads of character.  Known for its tight “neighborhood feel” and highly walkable, Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. has a little something for everyone.  […]

Oakland CA Ranks Among Nation’s Top Ten “Green” Cities for Real Estate and more

May 7th, 2013

Did you know that Oakland, CA has been ranked as one of the nation’s top ten “greenest cities”?  Oakland has the country’s cleanest, freshest tap water; access to an abundance of fresh, locally-grown, organic food; and a hydrogen-powered public transit system. Growing food locally reduces waste and carbon emissions.  Oakland already gets 17% of its […]

City of Oakland real estate transfer tax?

May 5th, 2013

Does the city of Oakland have a real estate transfer tax?  The answer is YES.  It is equal to 1.5% of the sale price. ($15/ thousand of sale price)  In a typical real estate transaction it is customary for the Seller to pay 50% and the Buyer to pay 50%.  The county of Alameda imposes […]

Writing an offer letter when purchasing a home in Oakland, Piedmont & Berkeley CA

April 28th, 2013

I’ve been selling homes and real estate in Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley California for 15 years and one thing for sure is that the real estate market is constantly changing.  One thing that remains the same is that home Sellers tend to want to do business with people they like.  That is why an offer […]

The Bay Area real estate market is HOT!

January 18th, 2013

The Bay Area real estate market and especially homes for sale in Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley.  They are HOT, HOT, HOT!  And it’s heating up even more as we enter the spring market.  SF Gate just did a story on this exact topic.  Low rates and low inventory are combining for one competitive market.  Multiple offers are […]

Top tax questions homeowners must ask

January 10th, 2013

Anybody that ownes a home or is considering buying a home in Oakland, Piedmont or Berkeley should consider the answers to the following important tax questions: What tax benefits did homeowners get in the recent ‘fiscal cliff’ budget agreement? What are the home related tax deductions people most often claim? What is the #1 mistake […]

Video of Homes in Oakland, Piedmont & Berkeley CA

November 14th, 2012

So where do you want to live?  Homes in Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley come in all sizes, shapes and price points.  From Contemporary view homes to Beaux Arts estates to Mediterrinean Bungalows, the area offers something for everybody.  And, at a value when compared to San Francisco prices.  See available area homes for sale.  

October 1st, 2012

So how do you get the best deal when buying a home in Oakland Piedmont or Berkeley CA? Here is what I think. You just need to do one or more of the following things: #1 Buy a home that is not attractive to other prospective buyers. #2 Be willing to put up with a […]

Oakland Montclair Real Estate Market Update

September 18th, 2012

  Oakland’s Montclair District features good schools, scenic views and terrific home values.  While home buyers may want to also consider adjacent neighborhoods such as Piedmont Pines, Rockridge and Glenview, I think you will find Montclair at the top of your desirability list.  The Montclair Village is one of the “jewel” retail environments of Oakland […]

Parkwoods condo in Oakland CA sold by Brian Santilena

June 21st, 2012

  The Parkwoods Condominiums in Oakland continue to be one of the premier condo developments in the East Bay Oakland Hills area.  Built back after the Oakland Hills firestom the 433 unit development offers many ammenities desired by today’s buyers.  Ammenities such as in-unit laundry, gym facility, swimming pool and spa, onsite management, clean and impecabially […]