Oakland, CA Real Estate News

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME  When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better. Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available. Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styl...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
CONSIDER THIS: WHEN TO REFINANCE  Refinancing your mortgage is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout the lifespan of their home loan. It allows you to pay off your previous loan by applying for a new one that has better financial advantages. While there are many good reasons to refinance, here are five common ones. Scoring a lower interest rate. The number one reason homeowners decide to refinance is to secure a lower interest rate on their mortgage. Not only does this save you money in the long run and decrease your monthly payment, but you can start building equity in your home sooner.Using an improved credit score. Even if interest rates have not dropped in the market, if you’ve improved your credit score over the last few years, you may be able to reduce your m...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Realtor Shout out When you work together,chaos can be controlled and never reach a peak. Some people think I am selling houses, and I am, along with helping people navigate what has been said is one of the most stressful times in one’s life. I have been fortunate enough to have a good relationship with clients, one that lets them tell me their concerns before they become issues. This client I had known for a number of years since I helped manage his property. When it was time for the renters to move, we helped them find a place to live, and waited until they were settled before putting the house on the market. When you work together, chaos can be controlled and never reach a peak.    “In the spring of 2016, Elisa Uribe was my realtor in the sale of my home in the Montclair section of th...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Oakland(includes Piedmont and Emeryville) The Median Sale Price for homes in Oakland during June was $900,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-1.49m  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.   
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Things to do in Oakland July 19-28 2019   Wine Country Comedy Fest | Santa Rosa July 19, 2019The Ultimate Stand-Up Comedy Experience in Wine Country. Six dates throughout July... The uber iconic Flamingo Resort offers a full bar and delicious bites with a world-class dining menu. This festival sells out fast every year… so get your tickets today! Learn more here!  Or visit http://www.thelaughcellar.com    Blues & Brews Festival | Pleasant HillJuly 20, 2019The 10th Annual Blues & Brews Fest, sponsored by Republic Services and Stay Pleasant Hill, features live blues music, craft beer tastings, food vendors, craft vendors and more with fun activities for the whole family! July 19 | Pre-Party 6:00-9:00 pmFeaturing free live musicby Midnight Flyer & The Big JangleFood, Beer & Wine available ...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Things to do in OaklandJuly 13-15   Bay Area Taco & Beer Festival | San Jose July 13, 2019Guests will experience unlimited pours of 60+ selection of craft beers from local and regional breweries as well as unlimited taco tastings from dozens of the top restaurants & food trucks, boutiques, vendor booths, and more!Date: July 13th, 2019Location: San Jose Municipal Stadium — 588 E. Alma Avenue San Jose, CA 95112Event Times:GA – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pmVIP – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (1 hour early entrance before General Public)Learn more here!  Art & Wine Festival | Los AltosJuly 13 - 14, 2019Downtown Los Altos transforms into the largest two-day, mid-summer event in the Bay Area. This 40th edition showcases the distinctive work of artists and craftspeople from more than 12 different states. Enjoy free c...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Things to do in Oakland  July 4-7 2019   3rd Annual Coast Guard Festival | Alameda July 4, 2019Come celebrate the 4th of July at the Third Annual Coast Guard Festival on Thursday, July 4th. There will be plenty of fun and activities for all. Choose from your favorite food truck while listening to live music.12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE* Alameda Point – Pier 3 | 707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501There will be plenty of fun and activities for all. Choose from your favorite food truck while listening to live music from Roem Bauer and DJ Denova.Learn more here!   4th of July Celebration at Pier 39 | S.F.July 4, 2019Witness the skies sparkle red, white and blue as Pier 39 celebrates Independence Day with a day of fun for the whole family! Start the day with live entertainment and then l...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
TAKE 5: WHAT TO NEGOTIATE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE  Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home? Closing costs. Your closing costs are determined by a variety of factors, but you can expect it to be between 2% to 5% of the purchase price. Ask the seller to cover some or all of the closing costs upfront or request a closing credit that can be used to make specific updates and fixes to the home. Furnishings. Love how the seller has furnished and decorated the home? Buyers often negotiate keeping couches, fixtures, landscaping items, patio furniture, appliances,...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Realtor Shout out - Our commitment to clients Some people think I am selling houses, and it’s true! However, I have to say, it is easy to sell someone a home, when it fits their criteria of space, and budget.   “We were on a very tight deadline to find a house in a very competitive market. Elisa helped us get into contract on a house we love in less than 2 months. I couldn't have asked for more!” - Chelsea G. Oakland CA Even though the process of helping them buy a home is over, we have kept in touch through social media. Hearing about job changes and life events is always a plus for me because I can picture the day to day, like how close the casual carpool is to their house. I love my job and I love my clients. If you are at a point in your life where you are looking to cash out and ch...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Heading to Oakland? Visit Jack London Square!  Most people are getting ready for this year's summer vacation. Once summer is in full swing, kids will get to enjoy their holiday from school, while the adults will be busy planning their time off work. If you happen to have Northern California on your bucket list this summer, please do not forget to visit Oakland. Oakland has a lot to offer in terms of attractions, activities, food and so much more! One of my favorite places to visit in Oakland is Jack London Square. It is located in the entertainment and business district on the waterfront of Oakland. Be sure to check out these amazing restaurants and things to do if ever you are planning to visit soon:   Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine - I just can't get enough of this Thai Restaurant! I ...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE    Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.  Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter....
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
 Internet fraud and our security   Internet fraud comes in various forms. During a Real Estate transaction, we always advise clients to call the title/escrow company before wiring funds on a new purchase. Hackers are looking for ways to intercept emails between the title and escrow companies, realtors, and their clients. The article below states California is one of the top states that has been affected by this type of fraud. To learn more, there is a link to the FBI report at the bottom of the article.  Source:  Here's How Hackers Have Stolen Over $1B From The Real Estate Industry In The Last 2 Years Do you know how to protect yourselves against these hackers? What are the best practices you can share to avoid this from happening? Please share in your comments down below.       The bay...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Relationships are built on trust- Realtor Shout out Some people think I am selling houses, but it is also about relationships. Sometimes those relationships are built by years of tiny moments, until the day comes when my clients really need me on a different level.  “Back in 2009, I had a tough time renting my wonderful little house on my own. I found Elisa based on a recommendation from the real estate office where she worked. She wasted no time getting me a top quality renter who ended up renting the home for 6 years without a problem. When it was time to sell, I felt like she took my needs into consideration every step of the way. My husband and I called her up to bounce ideas around on a recent purchase of another home, which by the way, closed successfully today, Yay!I would highly...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Do you need to sell your home? Let me show you how!  Getting ready to sell your home? Selling a home does require a lot of work and oftentimes can be quite challenging. Make sure to work with a top Real Estate Professional local to your area to guide you through the process. Let me share to you the Seller's Road Map and see the steps that we need to take in order for us to sell your home.    I hope you have the best of luck when selling your home. Again, if you have any questions on how I can help you sell your home for top dollar, leave them in the comments below, find me on Instagram, Twitter, or chat with me on Facebook. You can also text me at 510-919-5741.     The bay area continues to be a popular place to call home.If you are ready to search for your next property or are looking ...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
TURNING A BEDROOM INTO A LUX BEDROOM For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it has always been that way does not mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.One trend that is gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you are renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.  Compartmentalize Your ActivitiesMaking your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you’ll be living it up in no time. Make it ChicChoose a color palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose muted shades that compliment each ...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
What to repair before you list When you are getting ready to list your home, it is of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home. Repaint walls.Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.  Repair floors.Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your ca...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Experience Vietnamese Food in Oakland Lemon Pepper Vietnamese Cuisine  3 months ago, brothers Kevin and Linh Lam opened their very own restaurant in the heart of Oakland. The brothers were raised in Oakland, but they were originally from the southern region of Vietnam. A huge number of Vietnamese restaurants surround the Bay Area, and they wanted to be different. Most of their dishes were from their hometown, some from Saigon, but mostly were from the southern region of the country.  According to an article from East Bay Express -- "You can find staples like egg rolls and vermicelli bowls here — and they're both done very well. You can also find Oakland's go-to winter comfort food, beef pho. But the most important food in the menu that you have to try is their goat noodle soup." To know...
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
428 Alice St. #805, Oakland, CA 94607List Price: $599,000Sold Price: $650,000 Congratulations to my clients on the sale of their beautiful condo! This open-concept top floor unit has a modern, loft-like feel with bamboo floors, exposed cement, and large windows providing plenty of light. You will love preparing meals in the bright kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample cherry wood cabinets. The kitchen faces directly out to the living room area, making for great entertaining space. The bedroom has wall-to-wall carpeting and a large walk-in closet. In-unit laundry, deeded storage and 1- car garage parking completes this turn-key home. Close to all that Jack London Square has to offer! We received 5 offers, including the winning cash offer, and closed in 14  days!! If you or so...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Oakland(includes Piedmont and Emeryville) The Median Sale Price for homes in Oakland during May was $875,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-$1.49m  price range. The Bay Area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.com  You can also call me on my cell at 510-919-5741 for a more personal conversation.I would love the opportunity to earn your business.  
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
Staged Homes Sell Best Source: California Association of Realtors Staging a home is a great investment, text or call me at 510-919-5741 or follow me thru my social media channels if you need more information about staging your home.     The bay area continues to be a popular place to call home.If you are ready to search for your next property or are looking for your home value, visit: www.searchalleastbayhomes.comClick here for the monthly market reports! 
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