From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Understanding Mello-Roos taxes

October 31, 2011

Here’s a primer from Chicago Title explaining Mello-Roos taxes. It’s a somewhat esoteric topic within real estate circles. However, it’s highly relevant if you were buying in, say, Alameda where many properties there are subject to Mello-Roos.

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Q3 Bay Area market reports

October 27, 2011

Q3 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 Napa County Sonoma County Monterey County

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1031 exchanges and property development

October 24, 2011

Can a 1031 exchange be used to develop property? James Callejas of IPX 1031 answers this in their latest newsletter: Generally, development activities will disallow the use of section 1031 to defer capital gain taxes. However, as a result of a few Private Letter Rulings (PLRs) issued a few years ago, it may be possible […]

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Open Sunday: charming 2bd/1ba garden bungalow

October 20, 2011

4415 Masterson Street – Laurel District Open Sunday, October 23rd: 2:00pm-4:30pm. Click here for brochure. – What a charming garden bungalow to call your own…! The cozy layout is light and bright with dual-pane windows throughout. Relax in the large living room with hardwood floors and a fireplace. Enjoy the updated kitchen and bath. The […]

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Luxury Portfolio Magazine – Fall 2011

October 20, 2011

Here is the Fall 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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Flopping short sales…a no-no

October 17, 2011

There is no shortage of scams in the world of short sales. Chicago Title’s latest newsletter gives an example of the unlawful practice of “flopping,” whereby a seller and buyer are related parties and collude to execute a short sale…only to have the buyer flip the property afterwards and split the proceeds with his partner […]

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California Association of Realtors 2012 forecast

October 13, 2011

The California Association of REALTORS has released their housing forecast for 2012. Next year, they expect unit sales and median prices to increase slightly. Buyers should expect to continue enjoying affordable prices and relatively low interest rates. Discretionary sellers—those not compelled by financial distress to sell—will constitute a larger portion of the seller mix; many […]

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

October 10, 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

October 10, 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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October market reports – East Bay cities

October 7, 2011

October market reports from Altos Research are now available…for East Bay cities. Oakland 94602 – Glenview, Dimond, Oakmore Oakland 94611 – Montclair, Piedmont Avenue Oakland 94618 – Rockridge Oakland 94610 – Crocker Highlands, Grand Lake Oakland 94619 – Joaquin Miller, Crestmont Piedmont Berkeley Alameda Emeryville Albany El Cerrito Lafayette Orinda Moraga

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