7134 Plank Avenue, El Cerrito Off market opportunity


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Wonderful opportunity to own a Mid Century Modern home in the heart of El Cerrito! Located in a quiet cul-de-sac this home has been lovingly restored and upgraded while keeping its modern appeal.  New dual pane windows, gleaming hardwood floors, updated electrical and plumbing, brand new open kitchen, fully remodeled master bathroom with barn door.

Landscaped yard with new drainage system and large 2-car garage.

Sewer compliant and low pest report.

Offered at $879,000

Come check it out during broker’s tour Thursday November 15th from 9:30am till noon and Sunday Open House 11/18 from 2-4pm.

Please call/text/email Catherine for further details and/or to schedule a private showing.

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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,


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Improvements worth doing before putting your home for sale

I often get asked by potential sellers what they should do to prepare their home for sale and what has the best return on investment.

For home sellers on a tighter budget I would suggest doing any minor repairs that have been overdue (broken handle, changing light bulbs, tightening up loose knobs, replacing broken fixtures…), painting, if needed, and definitely having the house professionally cleaned including windows (inside and out).

Refinishing hardwood floors is a nice and well appreciated bonus but is not always possible/practical as it may take up to 7 days and all furniture must be moved out so this solution only works for sellers who have moved out of the house in general.

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For more tips on the must dos for prepping a home for market please contact me. I will be happy to share my 20 years of experience in the business!

Happy Cleaning and Selling!



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4931 Appian Way, El Sobrante CA


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Welcome to 4931 Appian Way in unincorporated El Sobrante.

Five bedrooms, three baths including large master suite with sumptuous bath and access to the outside

Living room with beamed ceiling, stained glass window, and fireplace

Spacious dining room with coffered ceiling

Updated kitchen

Flexible floor plan ideal for extended family living

Big 25,700 sqft lot (per public record) with separate 1-bedroom, 1-bath cottage (sold as-is), many fruit trees, 2 chicken coops, a wooden deck on the upper lot and a covered veranda at the main house

Open Houses Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th, 2-4pm

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Below market rate, views, move-in condition… Ready, set, go! Open House November 25th, 2018 2-4pm

6201 Ralston, Richmond CA 94530

Words of a downturn coming has chilled buyers’ enthusiasm for East Richmond Heights, also known as Richmond View.  Why? because buyers think that with prices “dropping” (they are not and economists are actually predicting a 4% increase for 2019) they will be able to buy in Berkeley which is usually the preferred location for most buyers. They start in Berkeley and once they are priced out they move outward towards El Cerrito and finally reach Richmond View to be positively and absolutely blown away by the area.

There are many advantages to living in Richmond View:

  1. It is located in unincorporated Contra Costa County.  Property taxes are less than in the city of Richmond and less than the city of El Cerrito.
  2. Views are stunning from Richmond View.
  3. Schools:  whether you live in Northern part of El Cerrito or Richmond View children attend the same schools:  Mira Vista Elementary and middle school, or Korematsu Middle School and El Cerrito High School

With that in mind please come on Sunday from 2-4pm  and take a look at a great home that would be selling over $1,000,000 in Berkeley. Listed for $799,000 only.  Make an offer! Both Zillow and Redfin are estimating this cutie to be worth well over $800,000!!



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The forgotten home!!

Richmond View has suffered this month and is off the buyers’ radar! This beautiful home has been forgotten for no reason. It is nice and well built with a “cleared” pest report, offers great views of San Francisco, the Bay and a portion of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is located in a really quiet and friendly neighborhood with easy access to the freeway, Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Parks and shops. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on a 9,450 sqft lot backing up to the old and closed down Adams middle school.

The best part about living in Richmond View is you get the views, schools are the same as living in Northern El Cerrito (Mira Vista Elementary and Middle School, Korematsu Middle School if you prefer, El Cerrito High School)… the BEST part about living in Richmond View:  This is unincorporated contra costa county so you pay less taxes and no city transfer tax…  All pluses.

Listed at $799,000.  Open House Sunday 11/11/18 from 2-4pm. Come join me for a special tour of this home.



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Easy living in the East Bay!

Come check out this beautiful condominium in Albany at 535 Pierce Street


All amenities are nearby.  No need to pay for a gym membership as this condo comes in with a gym, a pool, a hot tub, tennis court, half basket ball court and a picnic area. Plus it is walking distance to Pacific East Mall, Transbay bus line and carpool ride, and freeway.

Contact me for a private showing.  Listed at $599,000.  Nowhere else can you buy a 2 bedroom/2 bath property in Albany for that low price. .

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Slowdown of the Real Estate Market this summer is real!

After several months of wondering what was going on and if the market was or was not slowing down the answers are here.  Summer 2018 was definitely slower with lower sales price and an increase in days on the market. The question remains whether this trend will end in December 2018 or whether this is the beginning of the cooling down. Historically there is a 10-year cycle and it would coincide with the 2008 Crash.. Time will tell if the cycle continues.

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