2 Open Houses Today 

By June 18, 2017 @ 7:27 am

Spacious 3 Bedroom Rancher in Richmond North + East

Luxurious condo near UC Berkeley + Gourmet Ghetto

New Listing: 1086 Spruce, Berkeley Hills

By June 4, 2017 @ 7:16 am

We have a new listing: 1086 Spruce St in the Berkeley Hills!  If ever there were a home that exuded absolute quintessential Berkeley, this is it.  This outstanding home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and with approximately 1972 square feet there is plenty of room to roam.  From the original woodwork and wainscoting to the lighting and beautiful built-ins, this home will take you back in time.  Enjoy the expansive bay views from the living room, updated kitchen and two bedrooms – simply stunning sunsets.  Please visit us at one of our scheduled open houses.  www.1086Spruce.com

Albany and Berkeley Make the “Best of” Charts

By May 9, 2017 @ 8:58 am

View of Berkeley + Albany, from Indian Rock. Photo by Krista Miller.

Niche.com, a nationwide rankings and review site with information in K-12 schools, colleges, cities and neighborhoods, has recently come out with their 2017 “Best of” lists.  From “Best Cities to Raise a Family” to “Best Public Schools“, Niche.com has become a resource for discovering the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you.

Two of our East Bay cities made the top lists.  Albany, CA was ranked in the top 10 of Bay Area school districts with the best teachers.  As a parent of two children in the Albany schools, I can attest to just how amazing the teachers are.  Additionally Albany High School ranked #17 of the top 100 high schools in the Bay Area.  Way to go, Cougars!

Rounding off the top 5 best cities to live is Berkeley, CA.  Yes, top 5 of ALL cities!  I live and work in Berkeley, so of course I will agree.  Our town is walkable, bikeable, hikeable.  Best food, best farmer’s markets, best access to local meats and dairy.  Gorgeous weather, parks, kid-friendly and pet-friendly.  Sit down in any cafe and you will hear 10 languages being spoken around you.  The architecture is spectacular, from Craftsman to Cottage to Fish.  Berkeley is where the brightest of minds pass through.

Adding to the list is Cal… UC Berkeley has consistently been ranked as the #1 public university in the world!  And according to forbes.com UC Berkeley is considered the best VALUE of all universities, public and private.  Even more reason to love Berkeley!

How Following Zillow’s “Best Time to List” Tool Could Hurt You

By April 25, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

The magic listing window likely won’t work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Making recent news in the world of real estate was an announcement by Zillow about a new tool for home sellers. The listing portal’s “Best Time to List” tool estimates how much the timing of when a property is listed will influence its sales price, based on the sales history of the property’s local market. “Sellers can use this information to have a more informed conversation with their local real estate agent to determine the best time to put their home on the market,” Zillow said when announcing the tool. Click here to enlarge chart. Everyone knows that the spring is a hot time to sell in San Francisco Bay Area, but Zillow shares specific dates to list your home.

However, there are two caveats that Zillow does not include:

  1. If sellers held their listings from the market and took Zillow’s advice, there would be a spike of inventory on the market during the two week window they suggest which would have the exact opposite effect of what benefit they are purporting and “cluster the competition”. Prices would actually drop.
  2. The second caveat is that with such low inventory that the San Francisco and East Bay housing markets are currently experiencing, the statistics they are using to find the “best dates” can be a less than accurate data pull.   “Big data works on so many levels in determining what consumers are doing or about to do”, says Berkeley Hills Realty Broker, Tracy Sichterman. “However, when you ask your Realtor, “When’s the best time to list my home?” to get top dollar for your property, the answer is in the local expertise. We have specific knowledge of the Berkeley, Oakland and East Bay market and we track local sales statistics daily.”   “We encourage home sellers and buyers to do internet research”, Sichterman added, “But when it’s time to get the local story with the real time housing statistics for this area, we suggest talking to a local Realtor.”

Krista and Rosie offer complimentary comparative market analysis to determine the value of your home and advice about the selling or buying process. Contact us today!

Reposted from the Berkeley Hills Realty blog.

3405 Wisconsin, 3 beds + 2 baths in the HOT Laurel District

By April 6, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

New Listing in the Laurel District

Just Listed 3405 Wisconsin

We just listed this SWEET 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the HOT Laurel District.  3405 Wisconsin is a terrific RANCH-style home.

Welcome to 3405 Wisconsin Street., a gorgeous, single-level home located in the Laurel District. This tastefully updated 3 bed, 2 bath home has been well-cared for over the years. As soon as you approach the house you will instantly notice the beautiful planter boxes framed by diamond-laced windows. The front walkway is lined by a colorful array of drought-tolerant plantings with a towering redwood above.

Once inside you will be facing a large tiled entry overlooking the living room. Framed by a large picture window and a beautiful brick fireplace the living room provides a sunny + comfortable place to relax and unwind. The spacious bedrooms and master suite are located on one end of the house and the living space on the other- perfect for entertaining! Features include: gourmet kitchen + dining room w/built in brick oven, bonus room (think family room or office), huge laundry room, spacious master bedroom and a 2 car garage with workbench.

Outside there is a large deck that can be enjoyed year-round. The pergola, dressed in fun party lights, creates a sense of privacy and character. The Seller’s have used this as an extension of their home by adding in a couch, table and table top fire pit. This is a great space to host parties, BBQ, or wind down at the end of a long day. The other side of the house features a large, sunny garden where you can grow everything from plants to veggies to fruit trees.

We always ask Sellers what drew them to their house. For the owners it wasn’t just the style of the house but the neighborhood. The neighbors were so friendly at they instantly felt at home. Jordan Park was a huge draw for their family, as was the proximity to the shops + restaurants on MacArthur Blvd. The huge success of Sequoia Diner has put the Laurel District on the map as the next cool spot. 4505 Burgers, Taprooms, and niche gift stores are all entering the Laurel scene. The Transbay bus is nearby, and that was also a big draw.



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