Brentwood, CA Real Estate News

By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
One of the most frustrating experiences for buyers is when they find a great home at a great price. Frequently these are Bank Owned Homes priced low to attract multiple offers. The bank gets multiple offers then sends out a multiple offer counter asking each potential buyer to put in the highest and best offer they can. Buyers love the thought of getting one of those cheap Bank Owned Homes, but when there is a low priced high quality home everyone sees it. There is no secret or special deal and this is the part buyers hate. They want the property, but they do not want to pay a dime more for it than they have to. They ask me what they should pay. I can only tell them what other house like that are selling for, what the current market it like, and provide them with a little psychological ...
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
I have a current short sale with Countrywide and it's a townhouse in the city of Brentwood. Is it typical for the lenders to only pay back property taxess and not the delinquent HOA dues? If or if not have you had any experience with any lenders forgiving the HOA dues that are owed? I'm trying to negotiate the dues but I was told immediatley that they do not pay them at all.   FIND A FORECLOSURE
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
As a Realtor I work 24/7 to keep my clients informed and happy. I only succeed when they succeed. So what is going on with the Title & Escrow Companies? In these days of Bank Owned Homes dominating the market the banks are dictating who handles Title & Escrow. These transactions are being centralized in a few select Title & Escrow companies. The back log is slowing down the process and the files are being handled like a hamburger at the fast food joint. Before the banks took over and began to dictate the process Title & Escrow companies were very responsive because they knew that their business depended upon customer service. I recently had to call the home office of a large Escrow company to even get a return phone call on a file that ultimately set around for weeks. I currently have a...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
After a significant slide it seems that one market is turning around, at least for now. It is hard to tell what will happen long term. The Financial Crises is a mess and the steps to resolve it are not coordinated or sometimes even effective. However, the combination of the mortgage bail out plans, lower interest rates, lower prices, and tax credits may be starting to work. Long term the current financial policies may lead to inflation and higher interest rates. Many buyers perceive now as the right time to buy. This is true of investors and first time buyers. Lending for investors has eased up dramatically allowing investors to buy multiple homes. In January of 2009 there were 65 home sales in the city of Brentwood, CA. Brentwood Home Sales had and average price of $316,482.00 and a me...
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
Has anyone else encountered a lender negotiatiating a short sale that will not allow any seller concessions. I just found out today that Bank of America will not allow any credit for closing even if the buyer goes above the approval amount. I actually lost this buyer today and was stunned that they would not entertain the offer even though they are going to net more than the other offers I have. So now I'm scrambling to find a buyer to help close this short sale soon. I learned something new today I hope you did too.   FIND YOUR NEXT FORECLOSURE HERE
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By Joshua Barré
(LA West Real Estate)
After living in Las Vegas in recent months, the King of Pop has returned to Southern California wanting to be closer to "where all the action is" in the entertainment industry. Michael Jackson has leased himself a huge mansion in one of the most exclusive areas of Los Angeles, Bel Air Holmby Hills for $100,000 a month. The $38 million Bel Air home is a French chateau estate built in 2002, one of the most expensive houses listed for sale last year in Los Angeles but was withdrawn from the market after Michael signed a year lease. It has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces and a theater. There is a multistory grand entry, hardwood floors, a formal dining room, wood-paneled den and adjoining library with coffered ceilings. The state-of-the-art kitchen has an adjacent butler's pantr...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
    STATUS   TYPE ADDRESS     BEDS BATHS   SIZE LOT AGE   SALE DATE PRICE        SOLD    HOUSE 511 N BRISTOL AVE     4 4.50   3,298 23,500 1936   12/12/08 $5,000,000        SOLD    HOUSE 355 S THURSTON AVE     3 2.00   1,691 6,900 1949   12/08/08 $850,001        SOLD    HOUSE 11402 BURNHAM ST     3 3.00   2,182 6,300 1949   12/05/08 $1,310,000        SOLD    HOUSE 916 GRANVILLE AVE     3 2.00   1,238 3,746 1952   12/12/08 $751,000        SOLD    HOUSE 580 MORENO AVE     4 3.00   3,768 16,560 1940   12/10/08 $3,914,000        SOLD    CONDO 11947 DOROTHY ST #103     2 1.75   1,123 0 1978   12/05/08 $530,000        SOLD    CONDO 11627 Chenault ST #1     2 2.00   1,353 0 1962   12/04/08 $440,000     Luxury properties are still selling! To view the finest real estate in Brentwood, Beverly H...
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By Victoria Murphy, Santa Fe, NM
(Sotheby's International Realty )
How fun we get to turn our clocks back one hour at midnight on Saturday, November 1st, and wake up to bright sunshine and leave work in the dark. But here in Santa Fe that will also signal that it is time to start lighting the fires. How wonderful the smell of pinion and cedar wood burning is. It is a smell almost as wonderful as the roasting of green chile in August. The best time for me is coming home and my wonderful husband has a fire going. I don't even mind starting dinner then. So if your here in Santa Fe you know what I'm talking about and if not - come to my town and inhale the beauty.
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
I feel like the issue of Robb Report, or Fly fishing has landed inmy mailbox every monday morning, as I walk into the office and I pick up the MLS Open House guide for Los Angeles. The official guide of www.themls.com our agent/broker owned multiple listing system in Los Angeles. All the beautiful houses, the architectural's , the mansions, the ginormous mansions that have mansions for guest houses and all the condos, townhomes and lofts in between, it is exciting to see what on the market and who has got the listings of the week nailed. This week the cover is graced by an architectural Bel Air house www.BelAirArchitecturalVilla.com is its website located at 1852 Bel Air Road, you should see the pictures of this house, amazing attention to detail, a heavenly outdoor area with pool and b...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
                 1 SOLD   HOUSE 558 N BRISTOL AVE     5 5.50   3,819 12,260 1925    08/05/08 $5,115,000      2 SOLD   HOUSE 926 S GRETNA GREEN WAY     3 2.00   1,928 7,800 1929   08/01/08 $1,650,000      3 SOLD   HOUSE 934 TEAKWOOD RD     3 2.50   2,233 8,075 1959   08/04/08 $1,550,000      4 SOLD   CONDO 11740 W SUNSET BLVD #43 #43   2 2.50   2,139 0 1997   08/05/08 $1,150,000      5 SOLD   CONDO 1176 WELLESLEY AVE #102 #102   3 2.50   1,732 0 2000   08/05/08 $805,000      6 SOLD   CONDO 1000 GRANVILLE AVE #304 #304   2 1.75   1,687 0 2007   08/01/08 $1,060,000    
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  The real state industry has undergone tremendous change in the past couple of years. The problem is, most industry practitioners don't know it!    Reasons for Change The industry has changed more dramatically than in the past due to the convergence of several significant trends and changes that together have revolutionized not only real estate but nearly all consumer-facing inductries:   ·        Instant Communications - voice, email, text, instant messaging, etc. ·        The Great Opening of Data Sources - listings online in hundreds of sites ·        Consumer Education - learn all about any topic through simple searching - including real estate transactions ·        Tightening Market Conditions - fosters price and fee competition ·        Over-abundance of practitioners - the shrin...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Luxury homes are still selling on the Westside in Brentwood.   1 SOLD HOUSE 540 CRESTLINE DR 6 10.00 10,171 23,426 1991   07/09/08 $5,740,000 2 SOLD HOUSE 156 S Bristol AVE 7 7.50 10,000 19,514 2007 07/08/08 $14,350,000 3 SOLD HOUSE 156 S BRISTOL AVE 7 7.50 10,000 19,514 2007 07/08/08 $14,350,000 4 SOLD CONDO 12115 SAN VICENTE #115 #115 2 2.50 1,831 0 1974 07/08/08 $627,000 5 SOLD CONDO 12218 MONTANA AVE #106 #106 2 2.50 1,567 0 1996 07/09/08 $892,000 6 SOLD CONDO 11755 MONTANA AVE #105 #105 2 2.00 1,435 0 1981 07/09/08 $690,000
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
  Thinking About Buying in Brentwood? (edit/delete) Now is the time.  If you have the money and you are thinking about it, you should seriously consider it.  We are in a buyer's market and it does not come along too often, perhaps every 15 years.  Opportunity is knocking and it is knocking hard!  Don't let this opportunity pass by.  Purchase in this market and you will be giving yourself high-fives in 3 years as the cycles reflect.   Contact me for Brentwood Listings and home buying. http://westsidehomefinders.com/home.asp ginnymcgonigle@westsidehomefinders.com
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
One of the latest gimmicks to sell homes is the Home Tours, often pitched as Home Tours of Bank Owned Homes.  The Agent will get a van or small bus and load a number of people onto the van/bus or what ever and drive them around to homes that the Agent wants to sell them.  To go on the tour you may have to get pre-qualified or sometimes there is a lender representatives on the tour to get you pre-qualified.  I've heard stories of buyers having to actually pay for tickets to go on these rides.  I'm sure on the surface this all sounds like a lot of fun.  Maybe you even think it is a good way to get those good home buys.  But who is this system really serving.  Let's see: the Agent gets multiple clients at one time: the Agent can take you to the homes the Agent needs to sell (Either that Ag...
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By Kit Carson
(Better Homes Realty)
THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET (CONTRA COSTRA) SEEMS TO BE PICKING UP.  THE LOCAL MLS IS REPORTING THE FOLLOWING PENDINGS.  BRENTWOOD--173        ANTIOCH--100       OAKLEY--64        PITTSBURG--61       DISCOVERY BAY--33.      FORECLOISERS ARE STILL AT THE FORFRONT OF THE MARKET. WE MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT HISTORY SHOWS US THAT AT SOME POINT  THE MARKET WILL BE BACK AS STRONG AS EVER.
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
 Asking Price $289,995MLS # 40303751Gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bathroom single family home with approximatley 1428 living square feet, that shows well. Open floor plan with the kitchen and family room combo. Conveniently located close to Highway 4, and in a quiet neighborhood. Citi mortgage is the second lien holder and  has approved on the short sale currently waiting for the first lenders approval which is with Wachovia. For a prequalification or showing of this home log onto http://www.rentersapply.com/ or call Mike Jackson at 925-225-7126. Virtual tour link: http://client.rw.imprev.net/390/5123You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFUs4JrhuaUFree Home Search
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By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243
(Red 1 Realty)
Brentwood CA Subdivisions 94513 ZipcodeI have been working on a list of real estate subdivisions for Brentwood, CA in the 94513 Zipcode. Please let me know if I have missed any good ones....1000 Oaks |Altessa |Antioch |Apple Hill |Belfour |Belvedere |Birchwood |Brentwood Hills |Brentwood Park |Brentwood Villa |Byron |Ca Spirit |California Orchard |Campanella |Confetti |Country |Deer Ridge |Deercreek |Downtown |Edgewood |Garin Ranch |Harvest |Havenwood Common |Hawthorne Landing |Inspirations |Knightsen |Laurelwood |Legacy |Lyon Groves |Meridian Pointe |Morrison Homes |Providence |Pulte |Rural/Ranch |Shadow Lakes |Solano |Sterling |Summerset |Sunset Crossing |The Gardens |Town Square |Tuscany |Valley Green |Villa Terrace |Village |Walnut Meadows |Walnut Woods | Also if anybody knows any g...
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By Matthew Paul
(Keller Williams Realty)
Brentwood in the heart of Western Los Angeles has many large single family homes, as well as condominiums, and townhomes.  Brentwood is in the most central part of West Los Angeles.  It is about a 5 minute drive to the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica and about 5 minute drive to Westwood, Wilshire Corridor, and the UCLA campus.  The three main arteries of traffic through Brentwood are Sunset Blvd., Wilshire Blvd., and San Vicente Blvd. These three main roads contain great restaurants and retail shopping.  The shopping in Brentwood, LA include mainstream stores and many boutiques that have unique styles.  Brentwood is also convienently located minutes from the 405 freeway and 10 freeway.  Brentwood has probably the best weather in all of LA.  It gets an ocean breeze without the fog and th...
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By Nate Ellis, "Mr Danke Schoen"
(HomeWay.tv - Keller Williams Realty East Bay 925-337-8489)
Get up to $50,000 to help you buy your first home in Brentwood, Contra Costa County, California.In this issue of Golden Nuggets we will take a look at Down Payment Assistance in the City of Brentwood, California.Summary:  The City of Brentwood offers First Time Home Buyer's Down Payment Assistance up to a maximum of $50,000.  The assistance is a variable interest rate loan starting at 7% and decreases over time to 3%.  To be eligible for the assistance the home must be in the incorporated areas of San Pablo and you must meet the income guideline restrictions, based on the number of persons living in the home.Contra Costa County offers the American Dream Down Payment Initiative (ADDI) to assist eligible buyers with up to 6% in down payment assistance.The State of California offers up to ...
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