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Oakland’s Condo Glut Becomes a Condo Shortage

Almost all the condominiums built as a result of former Mayor Jerry Brown’s push to bring 10,000 new residents to downtown have been sold. And there’s little new in the near-term pipeline.
May 01, 2015

Reverse Mortgages Explained

A reverse mortgage is a “loan” of sorts, available to homeowners over the age of 62 to be used for just about anything—except stock market investment or speculation. Simply put, the traditional mortgage payback stream is reversed, and the lender pays the homeowner one lump sum at closing; a line of credit with a growth factor; or monthly installments of up to $625,000 over a specified period, depending on equity accrued.
April 04, 2015

Independent Banks, Brokers vs. the Big Guys

Local brokers and banks make the case for service and sense of place.
March 02, 2015

How Much House Can You Afford?

Our survey of four price points for East Bay houses and condos offers a bird’s-eye-view of today’s market from Richmond to Castro Valley.
January 31, 2015

What Kind of Rental Can You Afford?

Three prices for renting offer an interesting survey of what’s available for renting in the East Bay.
January 22, 2015

West Bay Refugees are Jacking Up East Bay Housing Prices.

As real estate prices have skyrocketed in San Francisco, it’s no surprise that more residents there who are looking to buy homes have switched their search to the East Bay.
December 15, 2014

West Bay Refugees are Jacking Up East Bay Housing Prices.

As real estate prices have skyrocketed in San Francisco, it’s no surprise that more residents there who are looking to buy homes have switched their search to the East Bay.
December 01, 2014

A Hot Seller’s Market

The great majority of homes in many areas of Oakland and the East Bay are still selling for over the asking price with some eye-popping over-asking offers for some properties.
November 08, 2014

A Hot Seller’s Market

The great majority of homes in many areas of Oakland and the East Bay are still selling for over the asking price with some eye-popping over-asking offers for some properties.
November 01, 2014

Tricks to Generate More Offers On Homes

Buyers in today’s hot real estate market are dealing with seller strategies that may sometimes seem puzzling and frustrating.
October 08, 2014