Posted by Cari Gennarelli on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 12:43:18 PMBy Cari Gennarelli / January 31, 2012Comment
First Time Home
Buyer Questions: Part 1
Anyone who maintains a blog or has ever written an article
for a blog eventually faces the question - What should I write about?
The best piece of advice I received from the countless
webinars I attended on blogging was - Write about the subjects you talk about,
email about and discuss every day with your clients and friends. As Realtors, we
entertain questions about the market, the process, the community and even our
jobs every day. It's awesome and one of my favorite parts of being a Realtor -
If you have questions, especially the ones you aren't asking
because you think they are stupid - you are not alone (and your questions...
Posted by Renee Adelmann on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:04 PMBy Renee Adelmann / January 25, 2012Comment
Located near open space trails with no through traffic, this contemporary and spacious 5 bedroom/3 Full-Bath home features a 3-car garage and endless storage space. It also offers privacy yet easy access to downtown San Rafael and San Anselmo. A formal dining room adjacent to the living room has a wood burning fireplace and can accommodate large gatherings. Adjoining the kitchen is a family room with a beautifully updated entertainment center and gas fireplace that creates a warm and inviting place to watch TV, listen to music or launch an outdoor party.
The Master Bedroom is separate and private on the upper level and features two...
Posted by Renee Adelmann on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:10:29 PMBy Renee Adelmann / January 24, 20123 Comments
Although never a mainstream
lending program for residential properties, many of the larger national banks
used to offer loans for foreign nationals. Amid the major setbacks experienced
by the housing and financial sectors over the past few years, most of these
loan programs were discontinued. Nowadays, even U.S. citizens living abroad
have a tough time securing financing and most foreign nationals eligible for
any level of financing will find themselves obligated to put down at least 50%
of a property's purchase price. Fortunately, lining-up financing for overseas
citizens has improved dramatically and qualified foreign nationals can now
secure excellent financing (up to $5 million) with down payments as low as 10%.
With interest rates hovering
at all-time lows and property values stabilizing at 30% to 50% of 2006 levels,
many overseas buyers see this as an opportune time to make their move into the
U.S. housing market. But, in an atmosphere where mortgage financing is tough to
Posted by Ken Fox on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:24:03 PMBy Ken Fox / January 23, 2012Comment
Looking for even more reasons to move to the East Bay? Oakland Restaurant Week kicked off last Friday with over 25 restaurants participating in prix fixe menus allowing more opportunities to sample the booming culinary scene happening in Oakland. The event goes through the 29th and reservations are recommended.
Take a look at our recently updated Buyers Guide to the East Bay and sign up to receive notifications of new listings to get familiar with the East Bay real estate market.
Click the Visit Oakland link below for a list of participating restaurants.
Posted by Ken Fox on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 4:34:25 PMBy Ken Fox / January 17, 2012Comment
Looking for rare, vintage, mid-century furniture like this Jens Risom arm chair to complement your Eichler Home, Oakland loft or other modernist dwelling? Check out Urban Home off I-80 off the University Avenue exit. Click the link below to take a peek at their blog highlighting the first round of deliveries for the new year.