Archive for Buyers

Craftsman homes for sale in Oakland’s Glenview

June 16th, 2012

This past week I just closed on a terrific example of a California Craftsman in the Glenview District of Oakland.  The market is currently quite hot and there were 4 other offers on this home.  It is just minutes to the Glenview business area and rests on one of the prettier streets in Glenview.  The […]

Oakland Piedmont Berkeley Real Estate Market

June 14th, 2012

The recent news in the media about the Real Estate market projected to go up at a rate of 4% each year for the next 4 years has really activated our local market.  Many cities in the East Bay, including real estate in Oakland, real estate in Berkeley, real estate in Piedmont, Kensington, Alameda, Albany […]

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 […]

Oakland condos with views

October 14th, 2011

Oakland condos with views 200 Lakeside Drive #301 is one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture and is rare Oakland condo with views.  Contact Brian Santilena Realtor and CRS with Pacific Union International real estate to arrange a private showing. Features Include:

How to get the best deal when buying a home Oakland and Piedmont CA

September 20th, 2011

How to get the best deal when buying a home in Oakland and Piedmont CA. View homes for sale in Oakland and homes for sale in Peidmont here. Prices are down. Interest rates are dropping. Short sales are increasing. Foreclosures, a volatile economy, YIKES! With all this market turbulence it takes a lot of courage […]

Pest Control Reports and Damaged Wood Behind Stucco

March 24th, 2011

    Pest control reports, damaged wood behind stucco and stucco hole testing. Stucco is one of the most durable exterior wall finishes available.  If applied properly it will protect your home from the harsh elements for decades.  Stucco is used on the exterior of all types of homes.  From entry level bungalows to Piedmont […]

Understanding Pest Control Reports

March 24th, 2011

  Watch Next Video: Part 2   I’m Brian Santilena and I’m a real estate agent in the markets of Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley California.  Because of my background as a contractor I have a special interest in educating my buyers and sellers about the condition of the home they’re looking to buy or sell.  […]

Pest Control Reports and Faulty Grade Conditions

March 24th, 2011

Watch Next Video: Part 3 Faulty grade conditions relate to the height of soil in relation to the wood lying on top of the foundation.  So let me start with the different parts of a foundation. There are lots of different types of foundations but since many of the homes in my selling area were […]

Buy a foreclosed home in Oakland or Piedmont CA

October 22nd, 2010

There are many homes and real estate for sale in Oakland and Piedmont Ca and of course everyone wants to get the best deal they can.  I mean, who doesn’t.  One of the best ways to purchase a home below market value is to buy a foreclosed one.  There are many challenges and pitfalls but […]

Oakland CA sewer lateral EBMUD waste water control ordinance

October 21st, 2010

Update as of May 2011 As a home seller in Oakland or Piedmont California you will soon be obligated to conduct a sewer lateral scope inspection and upon transfer of the home to a new Buyer someone will be obligated to make any repairs needed to comply with the new city of Oakland sewer lateral […]