Archive for Sellers

5 best home preparations for sale

September 7th, 2010

The 5 best home preparations for selling your home also turn out to be some of the lease expensive things to do.  I found the list below (from Forbs Magazine Article) to be confirming of the items that I suggest to my home selling clients and also informative.  Brian Santilena Pacific Union Real Estate Oakland-Piedmont […]

Lead paint and renovating homes in oakland hills and Montclair CA

July 16th, 2010

As of April 2010 all contractors, property managers and others who disturb painted surfaces are obligated to comply with the Federal Lead-Based Paint Renovations, Repair and Painting Program or RRP.  I’ve been working and selling homes for years in the Oakland Hills CA, Montclair, Glenview, Crocker Highlands and Terstle Glen.  Let’s face it, they were […]

Homes Sold in Upper Rockridge Q1 2010

April 17th, 2010

 This Upper Rockridge real estate sales report covers single family homes that have sold in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge district during the fourth quarter of 2009. Brian Santilena is a resident  and has been selling Upper Rockridge 1998.  If you would like more details about buying or selling in Upper Rockridge please call Brian directly at […]

How to sell your Parkwoods Condo for top dollar

March 14th, 2010

How do you get top dollar for your Parkwoods condo in today’s market? #1. Use a Realtor that knows how to ‘Market’ not just ‘Sell.’  Selling is what you do when someone is already in front of you.  Marketing is what you do to get a buyer there in the first place.   #2. Do not […]

Free Hazardous Waste Disposal for Oakland and Piedmont CA

February 8th, 2010

When preparing an Oakland Hills or Piedmont home for sale it is likely that you have a shelf or cabinet full of old paints, solvents, strippers, oil etc.  Disposal of hazardous waste materials in Oakland is quite easy.  The Oakland Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to […]

Upper Rockridge Q4 2009 Homes that have Sold

February 2nd, 2010

This Upper Rockridge real estate sales report covers single family homes that have sold in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge district during the fourth quarter of 2009. I am a resident of Upper Rockridge and a long time real estate agent that specializes in the area.  You are welcome to contact me via email or call me directly […]

Want to find out if Fannie or Freddie owns your Mortgage?

November 10th, 2009

In the past it has been much more difficult to find out if federally owned mortgage giant Fannie Mae or her brother, Freddie Mac, is the owner of your mortgage.  It has become important, because only their loans are eligible for the fedrial governments new refinancing program for people that have less than 20 percent […]

Free Hazardous Waste Disposal in Oakland and Piedmont CA

August 17th, 2009

When preparing an Oakland Hills or Piedmont home for sale it is likely that you have a shelf or cabinet full of hazardous waste such as old paints, solvents, strippers, oil etc.  Disposal of hazardous waste materials in Oakland is quite easy.  The Oakland Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday […]

Some kind words from a recient Parkwoods Condo Seller

July 13th, 2009

I reciently completed marketing a unit in the Parkwoods Condos in Oakland CA.  Below is what my Parkwoods Client had to say about her experiance. As an international client, I can say that Brian made the sale of my Northern California property seem easy. He was able to create and implement a successful marketing plan […]

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 […]