From the monthly archives:

June 2011

Statewide Trends – June 2011

June 30, 2011

Here is the latest edition of Trends in CA Real Estate, a monthly report from the California Association of Realtors. This June edition opens with a brief overview of “today’s homebuyer.” It also contains figures tracking the statewide housing affordability index and median price movements, etc., based on the latest sales figures, in May.

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The cost of renting out your house

June 28, 2011

Renting out your house can be a smart financial move, as long as you calculate your costs carefully. Read

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Downpayment assistance loan program

June 27, 2011

Heidi Williams of Cobalt Financial spoke at an Oakland Association of Realtors meeting about the CHF Access loan program. It’s geared toward low- to moderate-income borrowers and combines a 30-year fixed rate FHA loan with downpayment and/or closing cost assistance in the form of a fixed-rate second mortgage. I wasn’t able to attend the Heidi […]

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Updated combined hazards booklet

June 20, 2011

The Homeowner’s Combined Hazards Booklet has been updated. Under state law, home sellers and buyers must receive a copy of this booklet prior to transfer of property. It’s sections include important information about: 1) residential environmental hazards—carbon monoxide, radon, etc.; 2) lead; 3) earthquake safety; and 4) home energy rating—the newest section of the booklet.

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New sewer lateral ordinance

June 13, 2011

The adaptation of a sewer lateral point-of-sale ordinance is the biggest regulatory change in our local real estate community in recent years. This will affect properties in Oakland, Piedmont, and Emeryville. Similar to Berkeley’s existing sewer later ordinance, residential sales will trigger mandatory repair of sewer laterals that don’t pass inspection. Leaky sewer pipes lead […]

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

June 12, 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

June 12, 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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Indulge in luxury

June 6, 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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