The cost of home insurance in the East Bay is generally in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 annually. How much your actual insurance policy will cost is determined by the overall size of the house, the age of the house, the amount of updating to the … [Read more...] about How much is home insurance?
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Recently my favorite house photographer sent me some examples of a service he will be offering soon -- "virtual staging." Never heard of virtual staging? That's because it's not a thing yet. But, I have a hunch it will be, soon. When budgeting … [Read more...] about “Virtual Staging” — the next thing?
In today's Real Estate Classroom, I want to tell you all about the amazing technology called "trenchless sewer lateral replacement." Now, you might not think that sewer laterals are very exciting, but just wait! First, a little information you … [Read more...] about Trenchless Sewer Lateral Replacement
A pre-emptive house offer is an offer made by a buyer in advance of a pre-determined offer date. Buyers use pre-emptive offers to try to dissuade a seller from waiting for other offers. Do pre-emptive offers work? A … [Read more...] about What is a pre-emptive house offer?
Nope! There is no rule or regulation that requires you to work with a real estate agent when buying a home in the east bay. However, many people, including myself, would say that you are on a fool’s errand to try it. Here’s why. A plum or a … [Read more...] about These days, do I even need a real estate agent to help me buy a house?
I edged between a very pregnant woman and her very vocal mother-in-law. Reaching the refrigerator, I extracted my Tupperware container of chocolate-chip cookie dough. Yes, I was baking cookies at a real estate open house. Yes, it is a cliché. But … [Read more...] about real estate feeding frenzy in 5 steps
Oh, if only I had a dime for every phone call I get from a hopeful tenants asking if I can help them get a rental Berkeley! The fact is, I can't help -- that is, as a Realtor I don't have access to a centralized database of homes for … [Read more...] about How to rent a home in Berkeley
After 25 years in real estate, it still amazes me that in every transaction, I learn something new. Recently, I got a call from a San Francisco agent who asked if I could help a young couple buy a home in Montclair. The agent said that the young … [Read more...] about What Not to Buy