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Oakland Love


I sold a home to wonderful clients about 4 years ago and subsequently we became friends.  They have extreme Oakland love and I love to see their adventures on Facebook!  Today, they had a family outing at Knowland Park, love this photo of their son, Daniel!

Daniel @ Knowland Park

Daniel at Knowland Park, this photo could be from any decade, classic!

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Bathroom Simply


Because of my bathroom remodel gone wrong  in 1999, I am a big advocate for do it right the first time.  When I purchased my home the entire place was in need of major repair, this was a major fixer. It needed 35 foundation piers, a French drain system, new roof, bathrooms, kitchen, paint, hardwood floor refinishing and that does not touch the landscaping, fencing and lighting.  At the time of the purchase I was completely overwhelmed with a 2 ½  year old and an 8 month old.  I picked out tiles and fixtures based upon cost and the desire to just have a clean space.  Of course I immediately hated the room when it was complete and despised when people had to use the bathroom, frankly I was embarrassed.  I am suppose to have great taste, what happened?!  Last year my husband and I decided to gut the space and start over.  We have a very different aesthetic, and to add to the complexity, I wanted to avoid anything Made in China. We designed it together and agreed on everything pictured.  Our home was built in 1951 and I wanted a modern, simple look that would blend with the home.

At some point, I may add art, but I would rather have flowers, art and accessories add color.  I wanted a neutral space that I would not get tired of.

At some point, I may add art, but I would rather have flowers, art and accessories add color. I wanted a neutral space that I would not get tired of.

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November 2013 Market Update


Above is a photograph of a home that I recently helped my buyers get into contract. Listed by R. Kriss

Above is a photograph of a home that I recently helped my buyers get into contract. Listed by R. Kriss

As we head into Thanksgiving week, we are seeing fewer new listings on the market. Having 3 homes go pending over the last two weeks this is my summary of the market:

  1. Homes in prime neighborhoods with good light and layout that are priced competitively are still going pending with multiple offers, often over the asking price.
  2. I do not recommend shopping for homes at or above your budget ceiling.
  3. Remember list price does not necessarily equate to the ultimate sold price, I have seen properties receive offers over the asking price that the seller declines. The seller has the right to decline any offer and I have seen sellers hold out for a specific price. Asking price can mean the starting price of an “auction”, it can be too high or it can be just right. It is best to work with your agent to get a better sense of value.
  4. I am still seeing “move-in” ready properties needing approximately $25,000 of repairs that the buyers are taking on.
  5. Your lenders role is huge!  With many cash offers still in play, to compete your lender needs to have a solid reputation of closing deals with a hyper-local appraisal management company behind them.  This marketplace is still competitive.
To better understand this market as you are actively shopping in it, here is your homework:
Make a list of homes that you loved, (not like, but really felt a strong adoration for). Track the list price and sold price and  find out if there were major repairs needed or flaws with the property.  This way you can really understand the market.  Unless your budget is limitless, you will have to compromise on room count, neighborhood, upgrades or repairs. (Your agent can help you with this) Happy Shopping!
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Camping in Rockridge Anyone?


A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a retro kitchen that was featured this year’s Rockridge Kitchen Tour.  That same family is doing something very cool in their backyard! Check out these pics… Diana and Craig are looking to make their oversized level and lush backyard into mod B&B.

This 1956 Airstream trailer is currently being restored and will become part of a Backyard B&B next year!

This 1956 Airstream trailer is currently being restored and will become part of a Backyard B&B next year!

 

 

 

They have also restored this beautiful 1951 Spartanette trailer.

They have also restored this beautiful 1951 Spartanette trailer.

 

 

 

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