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Just Sold! 2985 Barrett Street, Oakland $385,000

By: Mark Fleckles Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 4:23pm. 71 Views, 0 Comments.


Congratulations to my buyer who just closed escrow on this adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 986 square foot split level home in Chabot Park!

This property was a probate sale and needed some updating. But my client is excited for the improvement projects ahead and opportunity to make it his own. With the help of his flexibility and patience, I was able to guide him through the probate process to successfully purchase this home under list price in the East Oakland Hills!

Call me to find out how I can make your home ownership dreams a reality.

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Everybody can buy a home - starting is key

By: Nicole Gruen Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 7:43am. 29 Views, 0 Comments.



Would you like to own your own home? Are you tired of paying rent (or subsidizing your landlords mortgage instead of paying your own mortgage?
There is real estate out there for everyone. It's a matter of starting and staying focused.

The answer to all of these problems is: START NOW.
Your credit isn't what it's supposed to be: start now.
You don't have a down payment: start now.
You haven't gotten pre-approved: I think you know what to do...

Talk to a lender or your bank to find out what it would take for you to qualify for a mortgage.
Talk to a realtor to find out about market conditions and the buying process.

There is so much information you can gather and that will prepare you for buying…

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41045 Lincoln Street, Fremont - Just Listed!

By: Ken Fox Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 8:51am. 64 Views, 0 Comments.





Enjoy indoor/outdoor living in a modern oasis blocks to the heart of Fremont's Irvington Retail District!  Fresh updates include new engineered wood flooring throughout, efficient double pane windows, new heating furnace & a completely new kitchen with stylish cabinetry, quartz counters, subway tile backsplash, LG stainless/gas appliances & recessed LED lighting.  New, level step-out decks to the park-like, drought-tolerant front and back yards make al fresco dining, entertaining, and gardening your daily lifestyle. There's also an attached garage to charge your EV! All walkable to one of the best weekly farmer's markets in the Bay Area!


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Bay Walk Live-Work Community in Marina Bay Breaking Ground

By: Ary Assadi Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 9:43pm. 55 Views, 0 Comments.



After winning unanimous approval by the City of Richmond in 2014, Development Solutions Seascape plans to build a residential community consisting of 100 town homes and 98 live-work units is getting ready to brake ground this coming spring. A portion of the industrial warehouse which used to be part of the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards has been demolished and soil remediation is currently underway. Once this is completed, estimated to take around one month, the building will be completely demolished making way for the start of construction on the 10 acre property. The project will also include a business incubator suite geared towards non-residents as well as a centrally…

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1205 Melville Sq. #204 - Just Listed

By: Ary Assadi Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 6:53pm. 78 Views, 0 Comments.





This spacious 734 SF (per tax records), second floor 1BD/1 BA condo features an updated kitchen with bar style seating, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryer and a balcony with water and park views to die for. Marina Bay Northshore is a gated community situated directly across form the Marina Bay Harbor and the San Francsico Bay Trail. Step outside and enjoy waterfront walks, the Marina Bay Park, or dinner and a drink at Salute Restaurant, or simply take in the views of all three of these from your balcony.

The Marina Bay community is one of the last undiscovered areas in the East Bay and with the Richmond to San Francisco Ferry scheduled to begin service in 2018, such bargain pricing will soon be a thing of the past.…

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59 E Younger Avenue, San Jose - Just Listed!

By: Ken Fox Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 9:12pm. 72 Views, 0 Comments.





Imagine living your perfect CA lifestyle in a quaint 1920's bungalow + in law unit w/ year-round al fresco dining/entertaining in a private backyard garden setting complete with mature fruit trees and comfortably nestled in a charming neighborhood w/ tree-lined sidewalks perfect for strolls to local parks, public transit, & Downtown San Jose!

There's the main house with a large family room, separate sunny dining room featuring a wonderful wall of swing-out windows off the open kitchen, an updated bath, master bedroom w/ walk-in closet and a 2nd bedroom with indoor/outdoor access to the lush gardens.  The guesthouse has 2BD/1BA, family room, a fully equipped kitchen,…

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What Happens to My Monthly Payment When Interest Rates Go Up?

By: Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 2:18am. 59 Views, 0 Comments.

I have been asked this question many times lately and found a great chart to help you visualize the impact of interest rate changes. This is top of mind for many prospective home buyers as interest rates creep up slowly from historical lows. In the example below, if you can make a monthly mortgage payment of $2,316, at 3.75% interest, you can qualify for a $500,000 loan. At 4.75%, you can qualify for a $450,000 loan and your monthly payment will be $2,347. Keep in mind that these figures are approximate, and may be affected by other factors such as credit scores, other liabilities, etc. 


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Sales Record at The Sierra at Jack London Square

By: Ary Assadi Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 11:33am. 42 Views, 0 Comments.


I just set a new sales record at The Sierra. After just 3 days on the market and 3 offers later, my ecstatic sellers closed today on the sale of their penthouse loft. Listed at $875K, we sold this baby for $990K!  We listed this property in the middle of December, which is notoriously the worst time of the year for real estate. Even worse was the fact that there were 5 other active listings in the same building. But the proof is in the pudding. Prepping, professional staging and photography, droning and superior marketing make all the difference.Thanks to Leila Seppa Photography for the unmatched photography & videography that made this listing stand out from all the others! www.sierra31.com 

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58th Annual Oakland White Elephant Sale

By: Mark Fleckles Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 2:25pm. 95 Views, 0 Comments.


Photo credit: Oakland Museum of California

Bargain hunters and collectors, mark your calendars for this unique East Bay tradition! The White Elephant Sale is like a mega garage sale on steroids. With sale proceeds benefiting the Oakland Museum of California.

Held each year in a large Oakland warehouse, the sale is organized by departments and staffed with a legion of Oakland Museum Women's Board volunteers to assist with your purchases. There is even a shopping map!

Savvy shoppers hit the preview sale this Sunday, January 29th from 10am-4pm. Lines form at the entrance so it's best to arrive early and get a good spot. Preview sale tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Oakland Museum of California. Admission is…

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From renting to owning in 7 steps!

By: Nicole Gruen Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 4:10pm. 59 Views, 0 Comments.

                                                        Photo credit: www.thebalance.com



Are you currently renting? Are you tired of subsidizing your landlord without building equity? Maybe you would like to own your own place but just don't know where to start. Here is a list that'll get you going!


1.     Start your research now
No matter if you want to buy in the near future or in a couple of years, starting to look at listings and getting clear about the neighborhoods you would like to live in will be an advantage! Check out houses you like and see for what they sell for. Also see how long listings stay on the market before they sell.

2.     Get pre-approved

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