From the monthly archives:

April 2011

Home energy rating system (HERS) program

April 29, 2011

Want to market the energy efficiency of a property you’re about to sell? Or determine that information on a prewar bungalow you’re about to buy? Then you may be interested in the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program. Our state’s vast stock of older, energy-inefficient housing is a primary consumer of energy, and the California […]

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Zero net energy home solution

April 25, 2011

While viewing a property, I ran into the seller who also happens to install solar systems. (Of course, there were solar panels atop his roof!) I asked the owner, Jeff Snow of Snow Solar Systems, to send me some info on his work. Jeff is a big fan of the Altherma Monobloc system. When coupled […]

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PG&E program with free energy-savings improvements

April 21, 2011

A good friend recently alerted me to PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program: “We just had our flat & my mom’s flat fitted with energy saving measures—including free refrigerators. The program is free to those ‘who qualify’ but apparently they’re trying to qualify as many as possible. After doing an initial assessment to see whether we […]

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Inherited/Gifted property’s tax basis

April 15, 2011

In the spirit of tax season, here’s a helpful primer from Chicago Title regarding the tax basis of property that is inherited or gifted. As always, consult a tax professional to fully understand such issues regarding your particular finances.

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Q1 Bay Area market trends

April 11, 2011

Q1 market activity is now available for all Bay Area counties. Alameda County San Francisco Contra Costa County San Mateo County Santa Clara County Marin County

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

April 8, 2011

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.

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Emeryville condo & townhouse trends

April 8, 2011

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

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Luxury Portfolio Magazine – Spring 2011

April 4, 2011

Here is the Spring 2011 edition of Luxury Portfolio Magazine. Alain Pinel Realtors is a charter member of Luxury Portfolio™, Fine Property Collection, a division of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This gives us the ability to enroll high-end listings into this gateway to the world’s most distinctive estates.

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Luxury bath advancements

April 4, 2011

Here is the latest edition of LuxeTrends, a monthly e-newsletter from Luxury Portfolio™. Alain Pinel Realtors is a charter member of Luxury Portfolio™, Fine Property Collection, a division of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This gives us the ability to enroll high-end listings into this gateway to the world’s most distinctive estates.

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