Brentwood, CA Real Estate News

By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Selling Something You Believe in – That's not Sales – It's Service! I just hung up the phone on another caller trying to sell me a system/website/SEO to help me get leads. Not only have a gotten too many of these calls, but the caller did not seem enthusiastic and seemed to be reading off a script. They did not understand my business or even try. I felt a little guilty hanging up as I am also in sales. I often call people and sometimes they even hang up on me. So why am I different than other sales people? I also thought about other sales people I have come across. The difference is that real sales is about service and you need to believe in your product. (There also has to be a real desire for the product.) I believe in my product, which is buying and selling homes. There is no wiser ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
What you have to do to Buy a Brentwood Home Now! Right now many people are having trouble getting into homes. This is an extreme sellers market in Brentwood, Antioch, Oakley, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay and all of East Contra Costa County. Most people want to know what they can do to get into a home in this market. Waiting to buy is not a good option (Find out why you should buy now here.) Gene I am ready to Buy Now – Just Show me some Homes For Sale!   Here are 10 things you can do to help you get into a home now: If at all possible pay cash. If you have to use funds you are saving for something else there are ways to finance most of the cash back out after the purchase. If you cannot pay cash have as much cash as you can in reserve. You might have to pay over appraised value. If borrowin...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
So when is the right time to Buy a Brentwood Home? I talk to many people about Home Buying in Brentwood, Antioch, Oakley, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay and other parts of East Contra Costa County. Right now the market is a Sellers Market with buyers having a hard time getting into contract. Many people want to know if this is the right time to buy. Look at Homes for Sale in Brentwood Now!   Here are my thoughts on the situation. Be mindful I cannot guarantee anything and these are just my thoughts; but I am trying to put my money were my mouth is by buying a home at this time too. Reasons why it is Time to Buy a Home in Brentwood: Prices are continuing to go up very fast. Interest Rates are starting to go up fast. I think we are headed for inflation based on the amount of new cash pumped int...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
How to get an Accurate Brentwood Home Value! Home Values are tough to figure. It is as much an art as a science. Many people, Home Sellers and Buyers, turn to online sites that provide an instant evaluation. Although these instant evaluations can be fun they can also be deceptive. People need to understand two basic types of On Line Home Evaluation: AVM – Automated Evaluation Model – This is used by most large on line Home Valuation systems, especially those that provide an instant answer. They use public records and statistical data to come up with a value. Now how they weight the data will vary and different AVM's will have different results. CMA – Comparative Market Analysis – This is completed by a person. Generally a Real Estate Agent. It is manually look at an evaluating comparabl...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Why May 2013 is the Time to Buy a Brentwood Ca Home! I had a client ask me about the prices and if they are really going up that fast in Brentwood. She had bought a house last year and could not believe how much more they are costing now. Gene I Know I Need to Buy My Brentwood Home Now – Just Show me the Homes! So I took a close look at Home Sales in Brentwood California (94513) from April 2012 to April 2013 In April 2012 - 86 Brentwood Homes Sold with a High Home Price of $650,000.00 and a Low Home Price of $138,000.00. The Average Brentwood Home Price was $316,852.00 and the Median Brentwood Home Price was $300,000.00. Price per SF on Average in Brentwood was $129.96 and Brentwood Homes spent 41 Days on Market. There was a huge jump in Brentwood Home Prices by April 2013 - 87 Homes So...
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By Heather Paul, Realtor,Top Selling Real Estate Agent
(Expert 1 Realty)
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes)
Things I've Learned From……… ( Fill In Country) - An amazing blog! A friend of mine gave me permission to post her blog: Things I've learned From........ ( Fill in Country) It's just amazing.  Her name is Jayne Zackheim and what she does is travel to different countries and blog about the local culture and customs in great detail.  The photography is amazing. Jayne uses a great sense of humour as she gives you the details of day-to-day activity in some of these wonderful cities.  It not only makes for great reading, but you really do learn things that you may not know from most travel blogs. I love the section on Burma.  Her recent trip to Oaxaca has some very interesting details.  Don't miss the part about the grasshoppers! When I read her blog, I knew I had to share it with everyone.  ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Summerset Home Sales in Brentwood Ca – 2012 in Review Summerset Homes in Brentwood are the most popular Adult Living Community in Northern California; with fine homes in a variety of price ranges, affordable HOA, and more. These gated 55+ retirement communities offer golf, swimming, tennis, club houses with activities, and much more. Summerset Communities are more than fine homes they are a lifestyle. See Summerset Homes in Brentwood for Sale Now! As most people know prices exploded in most Real Estate Markets around the country, including Summerset Homes in Brentwood. So what happened to Home Prices in Summerset Brentwood? What is happening with Summerset Home Prices Right Now? Click Here for a Full Report on Summerset Brentwood Market Call Home Point Real Estate about Homes in Summers...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Five Reasons Prices Will Continue Going Up and You Should Buy Now! There is no certainty anywhere in the world I sell homes in East Contra Costa Real Estate Market of Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay and others. I think Prices will continue going up. Take a look at my Post on how much Home Prices in East Contra Costa County went up in 2012.   For the Full Text of This Post see it at HomePointBrentwood.com.   Five Reasons to Buy Now! Shadow Buyers. A lot of People want to Buy a Home but cannot. Including Investors with limited cash or those that are waiting for the market to settle down; First time buyers with little money down, FHA Buyers, VA Buyers and others. When we finally run out of Cash Buyers these Buyers will step into the market. Search Homes Now! Interest R...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Fannie Mae is Stealing and they have found a new way to do it! Please read this and give me your comments. Elizabeth Weintraub posted a great article on her personal blog about Fannie Mae forcing foreclosures over a short sale to increase profits with Homepath sales. Warning – Long – Boring – Important! Now in normal markets I often do not push Homepath Homes (Homepath being the lending arm of Fannie Mae.) as they are over priced and often in poor repair. However, in this market I have had clients buying Fannie Mae Homes. Fannie Mae has there own specially designed contract addendum which can be complex if you are not familiar with it, but I have never had any problems with this. In California there is a transfer tax that amounts to about 1/10 of 1% of the purchase price. It is always n...
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By Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services
(Home Jane Realty)
Let’s check in on the Brentwood  real estate market for November and compare to the previous month’s numbers.  Is it a buyers’ or a sellers’ market?  Has the median price gone up or down.  How are sales? NOVEMBER BRENTWOOD SINGLE FAMILY MARKET REPORT     # Homes List/Sales Price  For sale    62 $999,800 to $18,900,000  Under contract    39 $1,033,100 to $18,900,000  Sold    29 $790,000 to $9,300,000  November sold median price     $1,606,573 COMPARISON TO OCTOBER  For sale   -6  Under contract   +3  Sold   +9  Sold median price   +7.03% MARKET ABSORPTION Market history 1 month 3 months 6 months 12 months Closed transactions  24 65 144 251 Average sold per month 24.00 21.67 24.00 20.92 Homes currently for sale  62 62 62 62 Months supply on the market  2.58 2.86 2.58 2.96 Brentwood single...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Homes of Sale in Brentwood and Beyond – Liar Liar Pants on Fire! It happened to me again today. A prospect I have been working with over the phone and via e-mail pointed at the (Name of Large National Company Deleted) site there were a lot more homes for sale than I was showing her and at better prices. See Homes that are Really for Sale Right Here! Well there certainly were some better Homes for Sale “on their web site,” but were they really for sale? Many sites for National Companies and sadly even some local agents have homes on their web site that are not for sale. They are either already sold, pending, or have never actually been for sale. There are a number of reasons for this and a number of methods they use that cause this “Perfectly Innocent” issue. It seems sad that these high...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Real Estate Investor Tip of the Day – 12/11/12 The other day I was meeting with a Property Manager and she told me there is a glut of rentals in this market – Slow Down and Don't Panic – this is still a great time for Investors, but there is something to consider: How to Get Your Property Rented! Search Investment Properties Now! First off Real Estate Investing is a long term proposition. Although great rents and High Return on Investment right off the bat are nice the most important thing is to get the long term Real Estate Investment at the best price. With prices appearing to be heading up for good and the best interest rates in most of our life times – Now is that Time! Get the Free Real Estate Investing Book After this shocking news I decided to ask some follow up questions: “How i...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood Cash Home Buyers  – Why the next Two Weeks are Crucial! Everyone thinks the end of the year is the time to get good deals when Buying a Home in Brentwood or beyond. However, right now we are in a Hot Home Sellers Market. Cash generally does not get you a discount – just moved to the front of the line. In fact if they get a higher financed offer Home Sellers will often just ask the Cash Home Buyer to match it. Click Here to Search Homes Now! Right now there are some Home Sellers that need to have that home sold by the end of the year. If they are not in contract right now things might be a little tight and risky to finance a sale. But a Cash Home Buyer could close in 10 days or less. You don't want to cut it too close as there are inspections and paperwork that has to be taken ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood Homes for Sale – Why a Termite Inspection and a Home Inspection? A Home Buyer in Brentwood or anywhere in California can have any sort of inspection they want on a home they are purchasing. There are untold numbers of Inspections that can be completed into every aspect of the property. View Brentwood Homes for Sale Here! As an agent I cannot advise you to skip any inspection. I can tell you that to complete every possible inspection would cost thousands of dollars and might even cost more than the property in some cases. I always strongly recommend a Termite Inspection and a Home Inspection. If they indicate a need for more information in a particular area then by all means have an expert come out and inspect in that area. The question I often get is why two inspections and wh...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Selling a Home in Brentwood – Don't price based on Solds! If you were selling something wouldn't you naturally want to know what others have sold for so you would know how much to charge? You would think the same applies to homes – and it used to. Click Here for more Info on Selling a Home! The California Association of Realtors sends out e-mails with lots of tips and things to share with prospects. Part of today's tips was how to Sell a Home and one of them was to base pricing on actual Sold Homes. Ninety -nine percent of Realtors will tell you this and 99% of the time I would tell you this if Selling a Brentwood Home; but not today! Of course Sold Brentwood Homes are important to consider, but don't let the history you see be a trap to not getting What Your Home is Worth! There are tw...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Best of Boston, MA As soon as we landed and checked into the hotel, we rushed off to a great Restaurant (need to blog about that later), one of my favorite good  restaurants. On our way back to the Hotel I took this photo and had to share.     So good night Active  Rain from Boston, MA.!!!   If you are a consumer who is considering buying or selling a home, investment real estate, vacation homes, or beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, Brentwood, Bel Air, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at310.486.1002or email me athomes@endrebarath.comor visit one of my websites athttp://www.endrebarath.comYour Pet Friendly Realtor. I contribute a portion of my commission to Local Animal Re...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
JV Lions to Tackle Clayton Valley Eagles 9-21-12 The Liberty Lions 2012 JV will take a 4-0 record out scoring opponents 151-7 into Friday's game in Concord Ca at Clayton Valley High. This is the last non-league game for the Lions. Sadly my son Nelson is taking the week off to try and heal up an injury before regular season starts. I hate to sound like a spoiled sport, but I will not be going now. The game starts at 4:30 and you can hang around to watch the Varsity after ward if you want. Go Lions!
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
JV Lions Defend Liberty High Honor against Castro Valley 9-14-12 Suffering key injuries the Freshman lost on Thursday 9-13-12 to Castro Valley 27-6. However, for Homecoming on Friday 9-14-12 The JV Liberty Lions had a great game. For me as a dad I think this was the game I was most proud of my son. I looked as the boys gathered without the coaches before the game for a pep talk and team prayer. To my surprise my son was leading the pep talk. He is suffering with an injury and had to set out the first quarter (the rule if you miss any practice). However, in the 2nd quarter he was back in at left offensive guard. However, the real game high point for Nelson was Castro Valley mounted one serious drive. They found they could run up the middle and were starting to work down field. They sent ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood Ca Bank-owned Homes – Bad for Sellers and Buyers! Nationally, the supply of the bank-owned properties for sale has been trending down -- potentially good news for anyone and everyone with an interest in Brentwood Ca real estate. Competition from the glut of foreclosed properties has had the effect of driving down home sale prices, so any drop in the number of Brentwood CA bank owned properties will remove that downward pressure. Click Here to See Brentwood Bank Owned Homes Now! If the trend continues, it should also affect even the bank owned properties themselves. A drop in supply will increase competition for the bargains they represent. But this is why alert bargain hunters should keep their pencils sharpened. As retail merchants understand, just slapping a ‘SALE!’ sign on ...
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