From the monthly archives:

April 2010

Free lecture Saturday: Looking at Older Homes

April 29, 2010

As part of their monthly Community Education Series, the Golden Gate chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors is conducting a free presentation: “Looking at Older Homes: How to remedy important defects in Bay Area housing stock, much of which is 50 to 100 years old.” As a huge fan of older buildings, I’ll […]

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Earthquake Retrofitting: The Book

April 27, 2010

Local contractor, James Gillett, has come out with a book: “Earthquake Retrofitting: The Book.” Being in earthquake country, seismic hazards—and a property’s vulnerability to it—are always a concern. That’s one of the top issues on my buyers’ minds when evaluating properties. And for good reason. Much of the housing stock in Oakland-Alameda-Berkeley was built in […]

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Webinars on distressed sales

April 20, 2010

Yours truly has a shiny new credential. Yep, I’m SFR: Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource-certified, a designation of the National Association of Realtors meant to heighten agents’ knowledge of the distressed sales market. Much of the training material should be familiar to any agent who’s done short sales and foreclosures. But it also imparted some […]

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$10K CA tax credit may go in a flash

April 16, 2010

from latest California Association of Realtors’ bulletin: The $100 million allocated for California’s first-time homebuyer tax credits may be depleted in about 10 to 20 days or sooner, according to C.A.R.’s Economics team. California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) plans to begin accepting applications on May 1, 2010 for tax credits up to $10,000 for first-time […]

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CA tax policy change on forgiven mortgage debt

April 13, 2010

Yesterday, the Governor signed legislation to put California’s tax policy regarding forgiven mortgage debt in line with federal tax policy. This has huge implications for most sellers who recently sold their primary residences through short sales. Prior to the change, they were expected to pay state income tax related to the amount of debt that […]

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

April 9, 2010

Here are the latest trends in the 94602 zip code for single family homes. Keep in mind the small sample sizes corresponding to many of the months, like this past February.

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Emeryville condo trends

April 9, 2010

Here’s an 18-month snapshot of Emeryville’s condo market. Keep in mind the small sample sizes corresponding to most of the months.

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