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 [...]
REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: Why (and how) do so many local sellers spend so much money getting their homes ready for sale?
Why (and how) do so many local sellers spend so much money getting their homes ready for sale? Sellers in our area routinely spend tens of thousands of dollars on work and staging in preparation for putting their home on the market. [...]
Why should you consider pulling a permit for work done on your home? The #1 reason you should get a permit if you’re having work done on your home that requires it is the obvious one: it’s required by law, and you [...]
REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: I’m considering selling my home next year. What should I start doing now to get ready?
I’m considering selling my home next year. What should I start doing now to get ready? It’s a well-known fact that right now is not the optimal time to sell a home in our area. It is, however, the right time to [...]
REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: Why do list prices sometimes increase after a property has been on market for a while?
Why do list prices sometimes increase after a property has been on the market for a while? In most parts of the country, properties come on the market, and if they don’t sell after a period of time, motivated sellers will reduce [...]
REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: How have the massive fires in recent years affected homeowner’s insurance locally?
How have the massive fires in recent years affected homeowner’s insurance locally? I spoke with Ruth Stroup with Farmers Insurance, who is always a great source of information about the insurance world, and asked her what changes she’s seen as a result [...]
Many times over the years, when counseling new buyer clients, I have pointed out that the majority of the homes in Berkeley are older, built in the early part of the 1900s. I know this anecdotally, and from looking at so many [...]
There were 2 local measures on the November 2018 ballot that were approved by voters that will impact local real estate going forward. The first was Measure P, which passed with 72% of voters saying yes. Measure P increases the Berkeley city [...]
This is not exactly a real estate question, but it is something I have been really wondering about myself! When I was growing up, I don’t remember ever encountering a wild turkey. Now it seems they’re everywhere, not just in the Bay [...]
Some people love a cozy, darker space, but for others (and for getting top dollar in a sale), bright, airy spaces are optimal. How can you get this look in an existing home? The obvious answer is with remodeling—adding windows or skylights [...]