Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

Tax Planning? Own a Home in the East Bay Might Help!

Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or State government or both. One way to save on taxes is to own your own home.

According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“A citizen's guide to the fascinating (though often complex) elements of the federal Tax System” - there are several tax advantages to homeownership.

Here are four items, and a quote on each, from the Briefing Book:

1. Mortgage Interest Deduction

“Homeowners who itemize deductions may reduce their taxable income by deducting any interest paid on a home mortgage....

1404 Buchanan St. Novato: OPEN SUNDAY

1404 Buchanan St. Novato: OPEN SUNDAY 1-4PM

Upgrades galore

This immaculate 4 bedroom 2 bath single story home has been recently upgraded and is in move-in-ready condition. Lush landscaping welcomes you to the front porch entrance where you enter a sun filled home with gleaming hardwood floors and double pane windows. The newly remodeled kitchen was thoughtfully designed with high quality components and designer touches such as, high-end cabinetry, granite counter tops, top of the line appliances, white subway tiles, custom paint colors and sleek modern tile flooring. All chefs (and non-chefs) will love the layout and are sure to enjoy. Step down into a large beautiful dining room family room area...

428 Alice St #208 Oakland - JUST SOLD

Congratulations to my lucky seller who received 5 offers after only 10 days on market and the record high offer price: $735,000!

This 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms beautiful Jack London condo is a steal.  Beautiful inside and out. Ample lights. Great office area, to name a few.  

If you are thinking of selling your property in East Bay, please give me a call.  I would love to help you achieve your real estate goal.

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Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act

If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, revealed in a recent article that:

“The biggest challenge to buyers this spring will be simply finding a home to buy and getting it successfully under contract. That’s because the supply of homes for sale is at an all-time low, and yet demand is strong and getting stronger.”

Smoke...

1404 Buchanan St. Novato: COMING SOON

Fantastic Location: 1404 Buchanan St. Novato, CA 94947

Located in the desirable Presidents neighborhood, this home feeds to top-rated Rancho Elementary School and has quick access to highway 101. This lot is level and private featuring fruit trees, garden beds, patio, grassy area and a storage shed. The 2-car garage features extra storage areas, laundry hook-ups and sealed garage floor. The furnace, A/C and water heater are newish and keep the home comfortable throughout the year. It’s not often you can find a home so tastefully upgraded with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths an area for a home office in impeccable condition...run don’t walk! Check out the coming soon website for more photos and open house information.

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Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap!

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.

Don’t Become Trapped

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, reported on what he calls a “Rental Affordability Crisis.” He warns that,

“Low rental vacancies and a lack of new rental construction are pushing up rents, and we expect that they’ll outpace home price appreciation in the year ahead.”

In the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University's 2016 State of the Nation’s Housing Report,...

Marinwood Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast with Bunny: April 15 @ 10 am

Marinwood Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast with Bunny: April 15 @ 10 am

This Saturday April 15 at 10 am The Las Gallinas Lion’s Club will host the 38th annual Easter Egg Hunt. This is a free event with breakfast to purchase. The kids line up at the edge of the grass and when the horn blows they race off to find the hidden eggs. Pay ahead on line $6 adults, $4 child or day of $7 adults, $5 child. Click here for more information.

Marinwood Park is off Lucas Valley Road on Miller Creek and has a lot to offer: community center, swimming pool, playground, bbq area and tennis courts plus a creek for water play.

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New Homes for under $500,000: Just Sold

New Homes for under $500,000: Just Sold 

Just 50 minutes North East of Marin, one can buy a brand-new home for under $500,000. Yes, it’s true, I just helped my Buyer clients close on a gorgeous 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath home with tons of upgrades for $475,302. I have been bringing buyers to Vacaville for over 15 years as a budget conscious alternative and investor option to Marin County.

As fate had it, my buyer took a new job in Solano County and buying a new home for the same price as a 40-year-old condo in Novato was an easy decision. The home is located at The...

JUST LISTED! Sutton Manor Charmer in Prime Mill Valley Location

I am so delighted to announce my new listing in Mill Valley is now on the market and offered at $1,050,000. Located in the Sutton Manor neighborhood, this single level, light filled home offers easy access to HWY 101 and close proximity to shopping conveniences, restaurants and Edna Maguire Elementary.  The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, a lovely garden with a view of Horse Hill. The beautiful flowering garden also has raised garden beds, established lime, meyer lemon and plum trees for your enjoyment.  Welcome home to a wonderful community where the neighbors are already planning for the next Halloween block party and visit from Santa during the holidays!  For more photos and details go to www.50MeadowDr.com

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Mountain Biking & Mt. Tamalpais

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Mt. Tam (Mount Tamalpais) in Marin County is considered by many to be the birthplace of modern day mountain biking, but the truth is that some form of mountain biking has been around for almost a century. 

The word "infantry" refers to the division of the army that enters fighting/combat on foot and In the 1800’s there was an army division called the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corp whose job it was to put together bikes that could carry their gear over rough ground and terrain. In August of 1896 a group of riders from this infantry rode from Missoula, Montanat to Yellowstone National Park…and then back. Their goal was to test a new bicycle to see if the military could use it for traveling mountainous areas. This test went so well that the next year...