From the monthly archives:

August 2011

View condo at historic Bellevue Staten

August 31, 2011

Today I previewed this condo in the historic Bellevue Staten, to be listed by my colleague Doug Jones. Built in 1929, this red-bricked high-rise is that familiar landmark along Lake Merritt…and it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Two bedrooms. Two baths. Beautiful period details. Absolutely gorgeous lake and skyline views! Posted from WordPress […]

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Shopping local

August 24, 2011

I’ve posted a few videos on my fledgling YouTube channel. One fun side project has been shooting Oakland-Berkeley-Alameda’s many commercial districts, like the sample above—Rockridge. For Oakland, I’ve already shot: Piedmont Avenue Grand Lake (will post soon) Temescal (ditto) Montclair Village (may re-shoot this one…if only I can replicate the parallel parking R8!) I’ve still […]

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New law on short sales & deficiency judgment

August 19, 2011

Effective last July 15th, SB 458 expanded protection from deficiency judgment to sellers engaged in a short sale. Under the previous law—SB 931 passed in 2010, a first mortgage holder could accept an agreed-upon short sale payment as full payment for the outstanding balance of the loan. SB 458 now expands this to junior liens. […]

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Online open house resource

August 15, 2011 features: Map Search allows users to search for open houses within Google Maps, even down to the street level view. Route Planning makes plotting open house visits easy by allowing visitors to chart open house tours and print corresponding driving directions. Community Information provides school information, area descriptions and photo slideshows of local landmarks, […]

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Emeryville condo & townhouse trends

August 13, 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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Oakland zip 94602 trends

August 13, 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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Private sewer lateral program update

August 10, 2011

Implementation dates for the Private Sewer Lateral Program have been announced, finally: City of Emeryville: August 22, 2011 City of Piedmont: August 22, 2011 City of Oakland: January 16, 2012 Similar to Berkeley’s sewer lateral ordinance, the sale of a residence in these markets will trigger a mandatory sewer lateral inspection…and subsequent repair, if necessary. […]

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Understanding mechanics liens

August 8, 2011

Here’s a helpful primer from Chicago Title regarding mechanics liens. Buyers who purchase property that have undergone recent renovations or repair should be wary of mechanics liens. Acquiring a property free of mechanics liens at the close of escrow is no guarantee they couldn’t emerge at a later date and hold the new homeowner responsible. […]

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First Thursdays in Montclair Village

August 3, 2011

Tomorrow is Montclair Village’s inaugural First Thursday. Every first Thursday of the month hereon, Village merchants will stay open until 8pm or later. To promote the events there will be refreshments, entertainment, and special offers. Plus, the Village Garage at the top of La Salle Avenue—adjacent to my office—will offer free parking after 6:00pm for […]

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Alain Pinel accomplishments

August 1, 2011
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