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REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: How much difference do higher interest rates make for home sales in our area?

How much difference do higher interest rates make for home sales in our area? Over the spring, the Federal Reserve announced a plan for multiple interest rate hikes this year to try to get inflation under control, and we’ve seen three rate [...]

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: What is the right pricing strategy for my home?

What is the right pricing strategy for my home? In Berkeley and in the surrounding areas, it has long been the case that many properties are listed below what they’ll likely sell for.  I’ll call this “low pricing.”  Low pricing is a [...]

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: What is home fire hardening, and do I need to do it?

What is home fire hardening, and do I need to do it? “We’ve learned from recent fires. Hardening your home and keeping the 5 feet closest to your house clear of flammable materials (including patio furniture and décor) greatly improves its chance [...]

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: How are property tax assessment transfer rules changing due to Prop. 19?

How are property tax assessment transfer rules changing due to Proposition 19? If you are one of the many people in California who at some point considered moving but decided not to because your property taxes would increase sharply, you could be [...]

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