From the monthly archives:

September 2011

Electrical safety and energy conservation

September 27, 2011

Zalman Sher, owner and president of American Electrical, gave a talk entitled, “Residential Electrical Wiring Safety and Energy Conservation”…at our regular Monday Marketing Meeting at the Oakland Association of REALTORS. Mr. Sher spoke on topics including: child-proofing electrical outlets arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) knob-and-tube wiring lighting, high-efficacy lighting, etc. American Electrical is based in […]

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23rd floor at Pacific Park Plaza

September 21, 2011

Everyone driving through Emeryville on I-80 notices that tall, white residential tower, known as Pacific Park Plaza. Most can’t help pondering the spectacular Bay and hills views its upper floors must afford. And they are indeed spectacular! I shot this while showing a 23rd floor unit at 6363 Christie Avenue. I was giving my out-of-town […]

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East Bay to Silicon Valley commute

September 20, 2011

What’s the morning commute like to Silicon Valley? I found that out while attending a weeklong workshop in San Jose. With the wealth of South Bay employers, many commute daily from East Bay, SF, and even from North Bay. I shot this video of the Thursday morning (non-carpooled) commute from Oakland-Piedmont. Except the opening and […]

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Last day in San Jose

September 16, 2011

Last day of weeklong real estate workshop in San Jose.Learned lots of new tools. Will be posting video of the morning commute soon…to give people an idea of the work commute conditions from Oakland/Piedmont to Silicon Valley. Posted from WordPress for Android

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Taxation and real estate

September 12, 2011

James Callejas of IPX 1031 spoke at my office last week, giving a very insightful primer on taxation and real estate. He opened with commentary on the 1031 exchange business…before shifting into a fast-paced overview of recent federal tax policy changes, as they impact real estate-related wealth creation. (And of course, such changes may better […]

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Tools of the trade – Kodak Zi8

September 9, 2011

I’ve posted a wealth of info on this blog. But one thing was missing: VIDEO. So a couple months ago, I bought a high-definition pocket cam. The Kodak Zi8 rocks! It’s ultra-portable. And it’s best for capturing those real estate-related workshops and presentations—often insightful—I regularly attend. I’ve accessorized my Zi8 with an Olympus stereo microphone. […]

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

September 6, 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

September 6, 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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Loans for foreign nationals

September 5, 2011

On occasion, I meet overseas buyers looking in the Bay Area. They often want to purchase something for their children—either attending college or starting a job here. Many ask whether there exist any financing options. So when Phyllis Lau from HSBC in Oakland Chinatown called me the other day to introduce their special foreign national […]

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Open Sunday: panoramic view home in the Oakland Hills

September 1, 2011

69 Colgett Drive – Crestmont Open Sunday, September 4th: 2:00pm-4:30pm. Click here for brochure. – Panoramic Bay views define this mid-century home in the Oakland Hills. Enjoy the view from the living room picture windows…or the backyard deck. The home also features an updated kitchen and baths. Newer systems include the roof, furnace, water heater, […]

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