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Buying an Oakland Hills home with Oakland Schools in mind

July 17th, 2009

Many home buyers when considering purchasing a home in the Oakland Hills ask about the local schools, even if there are no school age children in the family.  Let’s face it, some Oakland Unified Schools leave something to be desired.  On the other hand, there are some outstanding  schools in the Oakland Hills area that […]

Neighborhood and district names for homes in Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont Hills California

February 3rd, 2009

The Oakland Hills, Berkeley Hills and Piedmont real estate area is comprised of many colorful neighborhoods, each with their own names such as Montclair, Rockridge, Croker Highlands, Trestle Glen etc. I’m often asked to identify the most common neighborhood names used in real estate advertising so that home Buyers can identify their general areas of interest. Well, here you […]

Prevent crime in Oakland Hills, Berkeley Hills and Piedmont CA

February 3rd, 2009

No matter what neighborhood you live in, Piedmont, Montclair, Rockridge, Glenview, Elmwood, Oakland Hills, Berkeley Hills, small, big, good or bad, it’s always nice to feel secure in your surroundings. One way to achieve this is to keep an eye on things for your neighbors and to know that your neighbors are keeping an eye […]

Conforming loan limits and their affects in Oakland and Berkeley Hills real estate

October 23rd, 2008

Loan amounts fall into two main categories, Conforming and Jumbo.   Conforming loans have a limit up to $729k.  Jumbo loans are all loans over $729k.  Until recently the Conforming loan amount was all the way down in the $400’s.  As an economic stimulus the Congress temporarily increased the Conforming loan limit to $729 through January […]

You cant stop water… So divert it!

July 1st, 2008

If you live or own real estate in the Oakland, Berkeley or Piedmont California hills it is important for you to know that you can not stop water, you can only divert it.  Properly diverting Water away from your home is the single most important thing you can do to increase the longevity of your […]

What the Heck are Loan Points?

January 5th, 2008

As interest rates go up, more and more Buyers are choosing to pay points to obtain their chosen loans. You may be asking, What the heck are loan points and why would I pay them? Points equate to a fee by the lender. 1 point = 1%. When you pay a point on a loan […]