Take two aspirin and call me in six months.  Seriously, I remember a couple years ago, I was involved in a short sale from hell in the Oakland/Berkeley area.  It took six months and never closed.  The other agent had assured me she knew all about negotiating the short sale.  And she didn’t.  (Ult...
Time was when a prestige neighborhood in the Berkeley or Oakland hills was the destination of choice for people looking for a house.  Well, get out of your car and put on your walking shoes, because now the determining factor is becoming how “close to coffee” you are.  Or to put it another way, w...
No kidding.  I had a reporter ask me the other day why now is a a good time to buy a house in the Bay Area.  In thinking about “real” reasons, here’s what I figured out.  In fact, you can save 12% if you do buy a house now.  Here’s how.  With interest rates at their all time rock bottom low of 4....
If you read the headlines these days, it’s hard to figure out what’s happening in real estate: "Home Prices Plummet,” “Mortgage Rates at All Time Lows.”  That may be true, depending on where you’re coming from.  But  according to Bay Area Real Estate Economist Carol Rodoni, the worst is over for ...
This past Saturday marked the big day for the first annual McGuire Neighborhood Garage Sale in Berkeley and Oakland.  McGuire Real Estate provided all the signs, advertising, marker pens and supplies.  And over 40 homes opened their garages throughout Berkeley and Oakland – from Alvarado to Webst...
This week marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the Fall Season in the Bay Area Real Estate market.  In Berkeley/Oakland, we had 8 pages of (or 240) new listings on our Thursday agent tour ... double what it has been!  The list of Sunday Open Houses swelled to over 300!  All of which ...
Are we there yet?  Amid all the dim outlooks for Berkeley-Oakland real estate and the economy in recent days, there’s definitely a positive way to look at it ... something on the order of the old saying, “The darkest hour is just before dawn.” According to the highly respected Case-Schiller index...
Berkeley/Oakland real estatehas its own idiosyncrasies with regards to foundations, slides, faults and drainage. The Hayward fault runs through Oakland and Berkeley, and a good part of Oakland and Berkeley are built on hills. Whenever you sell or list a house for sale, it's best to foresee all po...

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