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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 [...]

Bulky Waste and an E-Waste Resource

Did you know that, as a Berkeley homeowner, you can schedule one free bulky waste pick-up per calendar year?  Just call (510) 981-7270 to schedule for an upcoming Wednesday. They’ll pick up a maximum of 3 cubic yards, which they say is [...]

2022-06-28T17:37:07+00:00June 28th, 2022|Categories: Berkeley, Data, General Interest, Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Variations in Sold Price per Square Foot

If you are a regular reader of this newsletter, you have many times encountered the notion that, everything else being equal, the amount a property sells for per square foot of living space tends to be lower for large homes, and higher [...]

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: Why are most sellers in our area no longer accepting “love letters” from buyers?

Why are most sellers in our area no longer accepting “love letters” from buyers? In our market, where buying a home is a super-competitive process, it used to be the case that buyers would include a “love letter” with their offer in [...]

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: Should I be careful not to over-disclose when I’m selling my home?

Should I be careful not to over-disclose when I’m selling my home? Completing seller disclosure forms in California can be a daunting task. A seller is legally obligated to disclose all known material information about the property to the buyer, and can [...]

SEWER LATERALS AND DRAINAGE

Sewer Laterals and Drainage    We’ve had a number of office discussions about water-related issues since the first “atmospheric river” passed our way, and I heard something about sewer laterals that I wanted to pass along. A sewer lateral is the underground pipe [...]

RESOURCEFUL

RESOURCEFUL     I try to recycle as much as possible, but I pretty frequently find myself staring at something trying to figure out what to do with it. I recently downloaded the “Resourceful” app to my phone, and I really like it! [...]

ARE YOU UNDER-INSURED?

ARE YOU UNDER-INSURED? The huge wildfires this year are a reminder that we should all periodically evaluate our insurance coverage, and make sure that we could rebuild if we ever needed to.  Most insurance policies auto-renew each year, and the coverage may [...]

2020-09-22T22:29:56+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Berkeley, Data, General Interest, Insurance, Resources|Tags: , , |

Home Loans, Interest rates, and Real Estate Newsletters

HOME LOANS AND INTEREST RATES x Interest rates on home loans have been very low lately!   If your interest rate is close to, or above, 4%, it could be worth your while to contact your favorite loan person and see if you [...]

2020-03-21T20:42:36+00:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Berkeley, Data, General Interest, Resources|Tags: , , , |

Bridge Loans

BRIDGE LOANS Did you know that it’s possible again to get a bridge loan?  A bridge loan is a short-term loan that can be used to access the equity in a home you are planning to sell in order to purchase a [...]

2019-12-17T22:49:37+00:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Berkeley, General Interest, Resources|Tags: , , |
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