Home Sellers

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A Contemporary Piedmont Manse Marries Eco-Friendly to Modern Materials

By Ramona d’Viola - Columnist – Oakland Magazine

Developer Ben O’Neill was looking to build a home for his own family when he found the “virgin” lot at 53 Cambrian Avenue in a posh Piedmont zip code renown for its schools. The quarter-acre of undeveloped land (almost unheard of in the 21st-Century world of East Bay luxury real estate) became the tableau for an eco-friendly, net-zero energy modern manse – with literal roots in the property.

Looking up from the street, the impressive 4,462 sq. ft. home (designed by Robin Pennell of Oakland’s Jarvis Architects) is a massive, energy-efficient structure with a three-story front elevation. At four bedrooms, three full baths, and two

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How it Affects Homeowners, Buyers & Investors

By Steven J. Kopff, CPA

With passage of the GOP tax legislation, tax season started early for accountants across the nation. This month, I've invited my client and certified public accountant, Steve Kopff, to share his insights and answer some frequently asked questions about the newly passed law. As my long-time accountant, Steve also works with many of my clients – saving us thousands, if not millions of dollars to date.

Given the new tax plan is still in flux, we’ve asked to Steve to guest blog every quarter through the end of the year to provide updates and strategies on how to maximize your real estate investments. Thank you Steve! -- DJH

When does the tax bill go into effect?

The “Tax

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Looking for some fun and unusual things to do with the family during the Holiday Season? The Bay Area has a wealth of interesting, kid-friendly activities and events throughout December and January! We pored over the lists of options and have come up with our own Top 10 List of fun Holiday Activities for you:

  1.   Bay Area Discovery Museum - Meet two LIVE reindeer
    Come see Snowflake and Blizzard (friends of Rudolph’s) and learn all about what they like to eat (besides carrots!), where they migrate when they’re not delivering toys, and how they survive in the cold.
    When: This Sat/Sun, Dec. 16-17 and Sat. Dec. 23 
    Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    For more information: click here

  2.   Lighted Boat Parade - San Francisco  
    This is the oldest
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What Makes a Great Agent?
By David J. Higgins

It’s no secret – East Bay luxury real estate is a red-hot market – with homeowners expecting significant returns on their property investment. Yet, with houses practically selling themselves, one might ask, “Why do I need an agent?”

Well, there’s more to selling a house than just planting a “For Sale” sign in the front yard – it literally takes a “village.”

Our process begins with performing the necessary due diligence – meaning inspections and a thorough understanding of the property’s condition, then, addressing concerns and mitigating the caveats. We rely on a team of highly skilled contractors, engineers, landscape professionals and others, to assist.

Next comes the “choreography.”

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We’ve had a BUSY late Summer and Fall here at the Dave Higgins team! We sold five fabulous homes in October, four in November and are set to close or go into contract on 4-5 more in December and early January 2018. Phew! And now holidays are right around the corner. But first...

Dwell-Like Fabulous Crocker Highlands Renovation
I’m excited to be showing two more homes in Crocker Highlands these next few weekends. First, we’ve just listed 1284 Bates Road which has been beautifully remodeled from top to bottom and feels like you’ve stepped inside a Dwell photo shoot. Features include a sun drenched living room with fireplace, flowing into the dining area and sleek / chic kitchen plus 2 bedrooms and a full bath upstairs. Downstairs is the master suite with

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My clients found themselves in the enviable position of buying a charming off-market Glenview home from a family member several years ago – before needing to suddenly relocate out of state. Everything was in hyperspeed – they found their new dream home a little faster than expected, and made an offer – which was also accepted in less time than anticipated. However, (there’s always a caveat) – they needed to sell their old home to make the down payment on the new – and fast.

Accelerated home sales aren’t uncommon – especially in the Bay Area’s white-hot market. What made this one different was the timeline. We had to make this deal happen in one week. Time to call in the Super Heroes. 

You might know them as painters, contractors, cleaners or

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Top of the world views as seen from 6033 Skyline Blvd in the Montclair District of Oakland California. Priced at $2,998,000.00  
Take the tour of this stunning five bedroom, three bathrooms home here.


Designed by award winning David Stark Wilson, this dream home offers pano views of San Francisco from almost every room, & has been recently remodeled to stunning perfection. Unique, organic elements are paired w/modern concrete, Venetian plaster & custom accents to create a zen-like atmosphere. White Oak cabinets & a stunning waterfall island with 150 yr old-growth Cedar counter top frame the kitchen, & seamless transitions from inside to out offers the ultimate in California lifestyle. Master Suite w/spa-worthy bathroom, steam shower and soaking

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I have been in the process of a reorganization of my office and a deep spring cleaning (wow does it feel good).  It's amazing how impacted your life and space can become over time when you toss things in the closet to be dealt with 'another day'.  Anyway, I was delighted to come across this letter written to be back in 2010 from a happy seller who had just closed escrow. 


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I want to say congratulations to my fabulous buyers and great friends who just closed escrow after winning this home in multiple offers.  A fabulous four bedroom abode in Piedmont at 40 Prospect Rd. Located in a really sweet section of town just blocks from the best of Lakeshore Blvd and Grand Ave., this home is layered in charm. Barrel coved plaster ceilings, elaborate crown molding, a fresh, lower level media room and a perfect patio for evening gatherings off the sunny kitchen.

40 Prospect Rd. Piedmont, CA 94610 

Looking for a home to buy?  Reach out to me for a list of coming soon properties yet to hit the market.
David Higgins

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The market in Crocker Highlands continues to propel forward at a record-setting pace.  This stunning Mediterranean with park like rear gardens located at 820 Portal Avenue just sold for $1,494,000.00 or $756.00 per square foot.  High quality, modern aesthetics mixed with modern upgrades and a fabulous area were all working in its favor.  Selling in the dead of winter for such a high price is testimony to the desirability of the Crocker Highlands and Trestle Glen neighborhood.  

Backyard Gardens of 820 Portal Ave in Crocker Highlands 

Prepping the home for market was strategically performed through a series of steps that began with a designer consultation to go over color palates for the home, as well as interior and exterior upgrade decisions. Next,

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