Are we at the peak?

It sure feels like we are approaching the peak as some houses have not received any offers this week and are “lingering” on beyond the usual 14 days on the market.  That said I have been writing offers every week for clients and have come in 2nd one too many times.  Just this week I wrote an offer $400,000 over asking price and came in yet again 2nd…. It is really disheartening for clients to keep writing offers and be rejected even when they write that much over the list price.  Is the list price way too low?  Yes in some cases but the market is such that buyers expect to overbid 10%-20%. If a seller decides to price high there will be hardly if any overbids.  My colleague wrote an offer on a home listed within 5% of value and even though they wrote $200,000 over asking price the sellers rejected their offer..

Have you seen the  new trend of “transparent” prices?  It is popping up everywhere.  Sellers list a home at the price they expect to receive or agree to sell their home for.  Those “transparent” prices are quite high but maybe that is the way to be fair and more honest to the buyers too.  What do you think?  As a seller or a potential buyer would you prefer to deal with transparent prices from now on or keep the status quo?

Best regards,

Catherine

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Open House Alert October 15th, 2017!

Here is an overview of my latest listing in Richmond View:

More photos and info can be seen at http://www.1905Tulare.com

Come visit me this Sunday October 15th from 2-4:30pm to view this lovely home with filtered views of the Bay.

3-bedroom, 1-bath home with large, gently sloping backyard and new Trex deck and a great bonus space downstairs off of the garage.

New kitchen with brand new white cabinets, dark grey quartz counter tops and it also includes a white Fisher-Paykel refrigerator, Bosch stainless steel stove and dishwasher

New bamboo floors and new Pella dual-pane windows throughout

Upgrades include: central heat (2011), full insulation in ceilings and walls (2014), and new roof (2010)

Sewer lateral compliant and very low pest report.  Large basement with full height ceiling perfect to be transformed into a workshop, hobby room or storage room.

 

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Looking for a quaint fixer to make your own??

Great home in the heart of Richmond Annex in need of TLC. Corner lot with easy access to freeways and one block from El Cerrito Natural Grocery store and food annex, restaurants, beer garden.  Walking distance to El Cerrito public library and elementary school (2 blocks).  Enjoy a nice spacious backyard open to many possibilities of transformation with the convenience of a 2 car garage and extra storage room. This special home can be yours.  Listed for $475,000. Make the upgrades you want and reap the benefits. Open this weekend from 2-4pm.

http://www.6000SantaCruz.com for photos and details.

Catherine Krueger

510-813-0970 for questions.

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325 Pomona Avenue, El Cerrito

Open House tomorrow Thursday August 24th, 2017 from 9:30am till noon.

Open House Sunday August 27th, 2017 from 2-4pm.

www.325Pomona.com

Don’t miss this fully updated home in the heart of the St Jerome’s neighborhood. Sellers have spared no details in this immaculately updated home. Listed for $929,000

This updated, beautiful home is in St. Jerome’s neighborhood, one of the most coveted and sought-after areas in El Cerrito. The wonderful gardens offer fruit trees, veggie beds, and a lush landscaped backyard with an al fresco dining area, wired speakers for the evening ambience touch, a lighted patio, and a tree house too!


3+++ bedrooms, 3 baths

Front porch for shaded leisure and neighborly greetings

Open-concept living/dining room with a tastefully updated fireplace, hardwood floors

Gourmet kitchen with bright white cabinets, concrete countertops, Thermador stove and dishwasher, and other stainless steel appliances

Cozy and well-appointed deck with terracotta tiles off the kitchen

Main level 3 bedrooms plus an office, and 2 bathrooms including a luxurious bathroom complete with marble flooring, high-end bathtub and a custom teak vanity worthy of any 5-star hotel

Lower level currently offers a large family room, full bathroom, and a huge climate-controlled wine cellar/bar area with its own draft beer tap. Concrete counters and stained concrete flooring along with recessed lighting complete this amazing space. Could also be used as an au pair or separate living space as it has its own private entry.

Generously-sized workshop, laundry area, and more storage space

Driveway equipped with an EV car charger, attached garage with ample storage

Walk score 81: “Very walkable”, with close proximity to BART, shopping, restaurants, parks, Solano Ave, Colusa Circle, and the freeway

 

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Special OFF MLS home for sale

Off market opportunity awaits you in this well appointed home in the coveted neighborhood of St Jerome’s.  Won’t last.

Open house tomorrow Thursday from 9:30am till noon.

 With a walk score of 81, 325 Pomona is in close proximity to Bart, shopping, restaurants, parks, Solano Ave, Colusa Circle, and the freeway.  The front porch provides for shaded leisure and neighborly greetings, the driveway is equipped with an EV car charger , and the attached garage provides ample storage.

This beautiful home has the perfect indoor/outdoor connection to enjoy the California lifestyle.  The garden offers fruit trees, veggie beds, a lush landscaped backyard with an alfresco dining area, wired speakers for the evening ambience touch, a lighted patio, and a special treehouse too!

Inside this perfect pied-a-terre you will find an open concept living/dining room with a tastefully updated fireplace, hardwood floors and a gourmet kitchen with bright white cabinets, concrete counter tops,  Thermador stove and dishwasher, and other stainless steel appliances.  Enjoy your morning coffee from the cozy and well-appointed deck with terracotta tiles off of the kitchen leading to the backyard.

On the main level you will find 3 bedrooms plus an office and 2 bathrooms including a luxurious bathroom complete with marble flooring, high end bathtub and a custom teak vanity worthy of any 5 star hotel.

The lower level currently offers a large family room, full bathroom, and a jaw dropping man cave with a huge climate controlled wine cellar,  bar area with its own draft beer tap.  Concrete counters and stained concrete flooring along with recessed lighting complete this amazing space.  This space could also be used as an au pair or separate living space as it has its own private entry as well!  In addition to the lower level is a generously sized workshop, laundry area, and more storage space.

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Catherine Krueger

510-813-0970

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New Listing In Pill Hill, Oakland

If you are familiar with Oakland you will know how vibrant of a neighborhood Pill Hill is.  Name comes from the various medical buildings on that “hill” nestled between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway a few short blocks to either MacArthur Bart Station or 19th Bart Station.

If you are looking for the perfect pied a terre in Oakland this one has it all.

Nearby parks: Durant Mini Park, 25th Street Mini Park and Franklin Square. Airy corner unit boasts 1126 sqft of living space (per public records) high ceilings, a patio off of the LR. 2 large bedrooms plus a cozy den/office space, updated kitchen w/SS appliances, granite counter tops and deep pantry; nicely appointed bathroom, W/D in unit. Deeded parking in garage and storage room. Large common courtyard w/separate dog run. Great commuter location within walking distance to BART, restaurants, cafes and Sprouts (94 walkscore).  More pictures if you click below.

Listed for $599,000

HOA dues $525/month.

Open Houses Saturday June 17th and Sunday June 18th 2-4pm

Perfect corner flat

 

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What staging brings to your marketing!

As a Realtor I get asked the questions a lot by potential sellers:  To stage or not to stage?

I understand that staging can be expensive and sellers ponder whether to spend the extra money staging or not.  (I work with many stagers and prices can vary drastically between them).  Marketing starts online and it is easier to visualize yourself in a “lived-in home” than in an empty home.  Think about staring at your computer screen to an empty wall with a window for what is supposed to be a bedroom as opposed to a bed with night stands and lights.  If sellers still struggle, you can insist that “oh yes it is worth it” but i think pictures are worth a thousand words!!

Here are before and after photos of my latest listing.

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Given that over 90% of buyers check all the listings online first which home do you think will attract the most buyers?  Seeing the dramatic difference usually sells the sellers as to the advantage of staging. Were you sold too?

If you are thinking of selling your home in the East Bay or know someone who is I would be grateful for any recommendation you can give me. I promise to take care of you and your referrals with utmost respect, professionalism and results.  That is the way I would expect to be treated by any Realtor.

Best regards,

Catherine Krueger

510-813-0970

Catherine@CatherineKrueger.com

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