Fraud in the chain of title

December 1, 2011

Here’s another interesting anecdote from Chicago Title in their December newsletter. In this one, two people collude to sell a property that is not theirs. Though crisis was averted, the story highlights the importance of title insurance had it ended otherwise. Share and Enjoy:

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CA market trends, FHA loan limit restored

November 28, 2011

Here is the latest edition of Trends in CA Real Estate, a monthly report from the California Association of Realtors. This November edition opens with a summary of recent market trends with respect to different price segments. The late-September reduction in the maximum conforming loan limit to $625,500 was expected to shake up activity in […]

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LuxeTrends 2011 holiday gift guide

November 18, 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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Emeryville condo & townhouse trends

November 15, 2011

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

November 15, 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. Share and Enjoy:

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Eighth floor of Bellevue-Staten building

November 13, 2011

Finishing up my open house now. What a nice day to hold open this historic view condo along Lake Merritt shore! Posted from WordPress for Android Share and Enjoy:

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Open Sunday: historic Bellevue-Staten view condo

November 9, 2011

492 Staten Avenue #801 – Adams Point Open Sunday, November 13th: 2:00pm-4:00pm. Click here for brochure. – Come home to panoramic views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland. This spacious, eighth-floor condominium in the historic Bellevue-Staten is replete with period details. Antique sconces. Original trim. Retro baths. This elegant unit exudes history and character. The […]

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Fraudulent short sale letters

November 7, 2011

Wow! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, here’s a new short sale story of fraud…from Chicago Title’s latest newsletter. This is the first I’ve heard of an inside job related to the lienholder! Share and Enjoy:

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Open Sunday: spacious 3bd/2ba Upper Dimond home

November 4, 2011

2526 Scenic Avenue – Upper Dimond Open Sunday, November 6th: 2:00pm-4:30pm. Click here for brochure. – Come visit this cheerful and spacious home featuring hardwood floors, granite-and-stainless-steel kitchen, dual pane windows and a peek of the bay. Relax in the enclosed back porch and or backyard. Bustling Dimond District shopping is just a stonesthrow away. […]

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Seismic hazards and the East Bay

November 3, 2011

In the wake of last week’s series of local quakes, questions arise as to how closely a home is located to an active fault. In our area, the Hayward Fault is a major fault running through Oakland and Berkeley. At one point, it roughly runs “under” CA-13 through Montclair. USGS has a nice Google Earth […]

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