May 2016

Found 5 blog entries for May 2016.

286 Vernon Street, Oakland CA 94610 

Coming on the market next week with first open homes scheduled for both Sat June 4th and Sun June 5th 2-4:30pm
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Situated just minutes from Whole Foods and Lake Merritt, 286 Vernon Street offers charm and original details, mixed with modern updates and large level-out gardens and patios. Multiple built-ins and hardwood floors, bright, modern kitchen and a fresh bathroom with subway tiles. The level out private gardens are ideal for entertaining or play and there's even a charming custom built play house tucked into the rear corner of the yard. Attached garage with additional storage and off street parking are a perfect compliment for vehicles and

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6915 Norfolk Rd, Berkeley CA 94705  4 Beds, 2.5 Baths, Approx. 3400 sq. ft. $1,249,000.00

6915 Norfolk Road is an Architectural gem designed by Phillip Perkins. The sophisticated floor-plan features spacious rooms with soaring ceilings with towering light filled windows. The home was designed with a modern feeling of openness while maintaining formal living and dining spaces perfect for entertaining. The open family room lends itself to the modern lifestyle and the adjacent kitchen offers high profile european appliances and ample space for the serious chef . A fabulous courtyard with luscious green sod and gardens is accessed directly from the family room and is perfect for entertaining or play. Upstairs you find a spacious master suite with full

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Just Sold, 1055 Clarendon Cres. Stately Upper Crocker Highlands Tudor with city views and enchanting gardens.

The Story.. I was proud to bring 1055 Clarendon Cres. to market after overseeing new landscaping that included an urban farm. We added new colors, lighting and paint to the interior and performed a complete staging of the home. My marketing plan consisted of both broad newsprint and on-line marketing. After two weekends of pre-scheduled open homes we had twenty interested parties and received thirteen offers. My sellers were ecstatic and we exceeded all expectations regarding expected sales price. Sale Price.. $1,893,000.00 which is $759.63 per square foot.

1055 Clarendon Cres. Crocker Highlands, Oakland CA 94610

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The Ellen Kenna Mansion Sale.. Steve Kopff called me this past December asking to come preview his mansion at 1218 E. 21st. and discuss its potential sale. Steve and I had met on multiple occasions at my various open houses and he was looking for an expert that could offer assistance with final preparation of the home before taking it to market.  I came back to Steve with a complete marketing plan and timeline to finish renovations which included landscaping, bathroom updates, electrical clean-up, exterior paint and staging. Steve loved the plan and and my team went to work preparing the house for a January launch date.  I oversaw the preparation and was able to negotiate with my contractor crew to take payment for all work done out of the

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Congratulations to two my fabulous clients, now the winners of a spectacular home in what turned out to be another East Bay bidding war. I appreciated their ability to go for it and do what was necessary to win a home that was so sought after! Below are some tips to winning a great home in this market:

Tips to navigating a bidding war...

  1. Work with a great local lender

    The local lender will have local appraisers.  This is important since the bank will require that your new home is appraised after you are in contract to buy it.  If the appraiser doesn't think it's worth what you paid, your escrow could fall apart. Listing agents know this so they will guide their seller in part pick a buyer working with a well thought-off lender.

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