Saturday, September 25, 2010

East Bay Open Homes (Houses) now available on my website

Over 600 Open house in Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito and other parts of the East Bay, Alameda and Contra Costa counties for sunday September 26, 2010 are now posted on my website;
check them out and come back often!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday Open Homes for 9/19/2010

Over 300 Open Homes in the East Bay communities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Castro Valley, Kensington and more posted on my website each week . Click here for properties open on Sunday 9/19/2010, sorted by city.
Plese visit here often for real estate and neighborhood information.  Visit my website, for lots more information, property searches, REO's , short sales, fixers,  luxury homes, income property and more. Search with anonymity! And please let me knw if you need my assistance:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gas Line in Berkeley CA.

I've been getting some requests for finding a map that shows the gas lines in Berkeley.  So far, this is what I've been able to come up with.  It appears that there is a hazardous gas line that runs along the Pacific Union Rail Road right of way along Aquatic Park.  The PG&E natural gas line appears to run down 7th street/6th street.  Here's the link: Click Here
Also you can search yourself for whatever city you are interested in at this site: Click Here

Please check out my website for more neighborhood and real estate realted information.
and if you need a property valuation, shortsale or loan modification information, neighborhood information please feel free to email or call.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

9/12/2010 Sunday Open Homes For Sale in Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, East Bay

Now posted on my website over 400 Open Homes in the East Bay, featuring Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Richmond amd many other East Bay Communities.  Click Here.  This list is sorted by city, features address, price, Thomas Brothers Map coordinates, square footage, numbers of bedrooms, number of bathrooms and lot size. Check here every Sunday morning for the most updated and complete list of east bay Open Homes for sale.

And for lots of real estate information, including neighborhoods, statisitics, property searches, please check out my website.  You can register if you wish but if not then you can use it all you want with anonymity.  I am happy to be of help.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Buying a Foreclosure (foreclosed home) in Berkeley Ca.

There are basically three different ways to buy foreclosed properties in Berkeley, Oakland or really anywhere for that matter. There is the Trustee Sale.  This is the actual foreclosure sale.  It usually takes place on the courthouse steps and at this sale there is an opening bid and an auction.  These are not for the faint of heart.  Usually you are bidding against investors who do this for a living.  You are not afforded the same kind of protection that you get in a more normal sale that has an escrow process.  At the steps you bring your money and you buy as -is.  If there are clouds on the title...they are now yours. If there are problems with the foundation they are now yours.  If there are uncooperative tenants, they are now yours, etc.  Even the pros get burned from time to time. So, if you want to do this please go a few times and see how its done.  Research the property you are interested in, do a title search etc. Go prepared.

There are also preforeclosure sales.   These are typically Short Sales.  Where a homeowner is carrying a mortgage for more than the property is worth.  In order to sell the home the owner is required to pay off the mortgage at the close of escrow which means bringing in a large sum of money not covered by the sale.  So the owner needs permission from his lender to come in short.  The lender is then expected to eat the loss which in many cases is cheaper and quicker than going through the foreclosure process.  These properties are often a bargain but you pay for them in the length of time it takes to complete them.  If you are willing to wait and take the chance that the lender may not approve the sale this is a great way to buy a a home at a discount.

There are also post foreclosures.  These are known as REOs (Real Estate Owned) which refers to how banks name these products.  These are the homes that are not bought at the Trustee Sale on the courthouse steps and are now part of the bank's portfolio.  They are often but not always run down and lack curb appeal as they are usually listed as-is.  Sometimes a good cleaning and a coat of paint makes them very happy. Again these are often baragin properties.

In my practice I work with Short Sales (buyers and sellers) ( Click here to perform a short sales search)  and REO's (buyers only) (Click Here to do a search of available REOs) throughout the East Bay but primarily closer in, in communities such as Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, Albany etc.  but I stay away from the courthouse steps.  If you want more information or to do a search on REO's and Short sales please chekc out my website

Open Homes for Sale 9/5/2010

Open Homes for Sale in Berkeley, Albany, Oakland, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Kensington and other parts of the East Bay for Sunday 9/5/2010 are now posted on my website CLICK HERE for list of Sunday Open Homes for Sale.  You can also click here for a list of Sunday Open Homes that are listed on the MLS.  and narrow down your search by price, location and size.  Happy Hunting!

And please remember, that if you need help with any real estate related need, you may be able to find the resource you need on my website, or, if not please call or email me  I am happy to help.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Buying or Selling a Home in Berkeley or South Berkeley? Sales statistics now posted

I just posted on my website home sale statistics for August in Berkeley as a whole as well as for zip codes 94702 and 94703.  If you are interested in looking at this data please check it out by clicking here. If you are buying or selling a home in Berkeley you'll want to use these statstics to better price your home or set a price for your offer. I'll be posting more stats as I have time.  And if I can be of further service please feel free to call, email or text.  There is a ton of  valuable information on my website