Shop Oakland and Give The Gift of Art

This weekend will be buzzing with fresh new art!

Creative Growth's Annual Holiday Sale opens Friday, it's also First Friday / Art Murmur in Oakland. Creative Growth Art Center serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a stimulating environment for artistic instruction, gallery promotion and personal expression, Click Here for more information.



This Friday evening from 5-9 ISSUES on Glen Avenue off Piedmont Avenue will host a special opening for artist, Olivia Allums. This show will feature 30 small paintings that feature signs from Oakland businesses. Click Here for more information.

My friend and client, Leah Rivers will sell her handmade jewelery including white pearl double-wrap dewdrop necklaces; contemporary new all-silver pendants on chains; unusual antique glass bead bracelets; earrings with deep red garnets, cheery green peridot, tourmaline, and turquoise; and many other fantastic jewelry creations.

When: Sat & Sun, December 6th & 7th10 am - 5 pm

Where: Whitney Smith Pottery Studio

539 Athol Ave. Oakland, CA

If you are going to shop, shop Oakland!


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Suspend Foreclosures for Homeowners

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have directed their network of providers to suspend foreclosures and evictions proceedings from November 26th, 2008 thru January 9, 2009. The Streamlined Modification Program is scheduled for December 15th allowing delinquent borrowers who qualify to re-negotiate the terms of their loans to lower payments to no more than 38% of borrowers gross income.

Eligibility is determined by several factors: Homeowners must be 90 days or more late in their mortgage payments, owe at least 90% of their home's current value, live in the home on which the mortgage was taken and have not filed for bankruptcy.

For more information, click here.


Historic Oakland Craftsman Home in the Grand Lake District of Oakland


The other week, I visited 990 Vermont Street in the Grand Lake District of Oakland.  As I walked up the front steps and was greeted by the over sized front porch, I felt an immediate sense of comfort.  The inviting diamond latticed window panes, the rustic hardwood floors and  substantial rooms make this property feel like the perfect place to live, relax and entertain.  I learned that Ms. Dorothy Buckley owned this property for nearly 60 years, and it is evident that this house was well preserved. 990 Vermont is perfect for someone looking for original craftsman woodwork and a great walking neighborhood. (This property needs foundation help.  Many people fear foundation replacement, but you can live in a house while replacing the foundation. Contact me with your foundation questions. I purchased a home that needed major foundation work, and I have helped many homebuyers purchase homes with foundation problems. I have great resources and a list of reputable foundation professionals for the Oakland-Berkeley area and I am happy to share.) This home is currently listed with Valva Realty and I would be happy to schedule a showing.

Sold with Skill, Oakland, Ca.

This year I had the pleasure of helping Patri prepare and sell her beloved home in the Redwood Heights community of Oakland.

The three pictures below show the progression of the before and after.


Below is the note that Patri sent me after we successfully sold her home.

Dear Deidre, 

I wanted to take a minute out of my busy schedule to thank you for all of your help in selling my home.  I really appreciated all of your creativity.  You had great ideas in the preparation and marketing of my home.  You understood how much the house meant to my son and I, and took great care to showcase the special qualities that meant so much to us.  You were sensitive to my needs and had my interest at heart.  Selling a home can be scary, especially in our current market, and it was great to have you oversee the entire process, and be available for all my questions.  From the start you were right there, with honest answers, and great support. It was good to count on your unpressured help.

I would absolutely use you again!  I would be happy to serve as a reference to anyone who is considering using your services.

Thanks again,