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Real Estate

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.
December 16, 2015

Beyond Zillow and Redfin

Real estate search portals give buyers and sellers good data, but agents bring subjective knowledge that can alter a deal.
December 06, 2015

West Oakland as the New Real Estate Frontier

John Protopappas of Madison Park Financial brings the Lampwork Lofts to Campbell Street in West Oakland.
November 13, 2015

Cleaning and Painting Add Home Value When Selling

For maximum return on investment, local experts recommend a spic-and-span home with fresh paint.
September 05, 2015

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.
July 13, 2015

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.
June 01, 2015

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