Holly Rose, Residential Realtor

Santa Fe style home in Albany

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This lovely, Santa Fe style home is on a tree-lined street close to excellent Albany schools, Solano Avenue, and Northbrae shopping. The home has been expanded, remodeled, and upgraded, including a gorgeous master bedroom suite, open kitchen/family room, and seismic retrofit. Please visit the property website for more disclosures, photo tour, showing schedule and more.

What is a pre-emptive house offer?

chalkboard quote bird in hand

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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 pre-emptive offer is often an effective strategy in a competitive market. When many buyers vie […]

Q: These days, do I even need a real estate agent to help me buy a house?

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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 lemon? Frequently one of my clients will […]

Transformation is key to successful real estate sale

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Change is scary for real estate agents too   As a Realtor, I have learned that the key to a successful real estate sale is metamorphosis. Change is scary, but essential for growth. Recently I led a 12-week workshop for other real estate agents, to coach them through finding and stretching their “change” muscles. On […]

real estate feeding frenzy in 5 steps

A real estate open house can be like a Filene's sale stampede

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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 seriously, how many real estate agents have you seen actually baking at an Open […]

Classic Craftsman in Lower Rockridge

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This classic Craftsman home, built circa 1910, is a wonderful example of the warm and intimate architectural style that has helped make Lower Rockridge a coveted address for those who embrace authentic historical design. Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street less than 2 blocks from the Foodie Mecca of College Avenue, this home is part […]

Is it the region, or the Realtor?

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A couple came into one of my Open Houses, a beautiful home in the Claremont neighborhood. They were from out of the area, and they had many detailed questions about the physical structure of the house, the site, the street, and the area as a whole. I enjoyed engaging with them and providing them with […]

Realtor’s focus “currently on God.”

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Most Realtor websites consist of a real estate agent’s “page” as an adjunct to the real estate broker’s company site. That page is generally understood to be a place to focus on real estate, but it fascinates me to see what other Realtors sometimes write. My chance encounter with a particular Realtor’s website stemmed from […]

Whose reality is this, anyway?

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Dave’s brain cancer diagnosis was confirmed within hours after he accepted an offer to sell his home. My first impulse was to assure him that we could cancel the sale, but Dave was adamant that he wanted to continue with his plan to move to a new place on the coast. His best friend soon […]