Sep
25

Should I Put My Property in a Living Trust?

Posted In: For Buyers, General Real Estate News
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(as reposted from the Abio blog…) We have trust issues. When legendary singer Aretha Franklin died recently, she didn’t leave a will or a trust for her estimated $80 million estate. No instructions about how to split her assets among her four children or deal with creditors and extended family members who might claim portions of her estate. That got us thinking. More than half of [...]
Sep
10

Who Should Vote for Prop 5, Property Tax Law

Posted In: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, General Real Estate News, Legal, Taxes
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(as reposted from the Abio blog) Proposition 5, a measure developed by the California Association of Realtors, is headed to the ballot Nov. 6, and advocates say it could ease not only the property tax burden on seniors, but also relieve the state’s housing crunch. Here’s what you need to know before you vote on Prop. 5, also known as the Property Tax Transfer Initiative: [...]
Jun
22

Design Your Dream Home With This Cosmetic Fixer in El Cerrito

Posted In: El Cerrito, Listings
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Renew, refresh, and refill this gracious home! What do you get when you combine a gracious, well-maintained 3 bed, 1.5 bath home with a glamorous makeover? A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design your dream home. Would you open up the kitchen to create a great room? What about painting the paneling in the living room? Be sure to look under the [...]
Apr
26

How Much Will It Cost To Sell My Home

Posted In: For Sellers
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“How much will it cost to sell my home?” said Mr. Scott.  “My daughter recently sold her house and said there were so many costs!”  If you are considering selling this is probably on the top of your list of questions to ask your Realtor. Let us help demystify what you can expect, and in fact, if you start planning [...]
Mar
27

Should You Stage?

Posted In: For Sellers
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Are you thinking of selling your home?  If you want to sell your home for more money then you might want to stage. Dreams Sell Homes One of the reasons staging works is because it sells a dream: the dream of what it might be like to live in the home.  People are emotional beings and tend to make decisions [...]
Mar
18

7827 Sterling Offers Function and Flexibility for a Multitude of Lifestyles

Posted In: First Time Home Buyers, Listings, Oakland
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Welcome to 7827 Sterling Drive, a charming home located on a peaceful street lined with trees in the King Estates neighborhood of Oakland. This home offers flexibility for a multitude of lifestyles. When we first met the Seller in the Summer of 2016 we were holding open another home a block away, on Greenly Drive.  James walked into our open house [...]
Jan
11

Tax Reform and Real Estate: Who Are the Winners and Losers?

Posted In: General Real Estate News
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It’s a new year filled with new laws – from the useful, to the quirky, to the expensive. Pot is legal now in California, public diaper-changing stations must be accessible to men as well as women, the state minimum wage rose $.50, and President Trump signed a major federal tax reform bill. For property buyers and sellers, we boiled down the 1,097-page federal “Tax Cuts and [...]
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