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Red Hot Alameda Real Estate

Oakland and Berkeley’s real estate boom may get most of the ink, but the real estate climate in Alameda is just as charged

Housing and Retail Transform a Corner

Oakland's lone construction crane signals a major change for an ugly and long underutilized corner connecting major thoroughfares.

Beyond Zillow and Redfin

Real estate search portals give buyers and sellers good data, but agents bring subjective knowledge that can alter a deal.

West Oakland as the New Real Estate Frontier

John Protopappas of Madison Park Financial brings the Lampwork Lofts to Campbell Street in West Oakland.

Cleaning and Painting Add Home Value When Selling

For maximum return on investment, local experts recommend a spic-and-span home with fresh paint.

Limited Inventory Ups Prices

Red Oak Realty’s top producer, Deidre Joyner, talks strategies to fit home owners’ and buyers’ needs in the East Bay.

Zillow Predicts Oakland Housing Appreciation Rates Will Slow

If the Seattle-based real estate analysis firm is right, Oakland home prices in 2015 will increase but only about half as much as they did in 2014.

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.

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.

Independent Banks, Brokers vs. the Big Guys

Local brokers and banks make the case for service and sense of place.