I love fake awards…


I know clients love me but honestly I have NEVER sold a house in San Francisco… I refer clients to a San Francisco realtor who specializes in the San Francisco Real Estate market.  I myself welcome any referrals for transactions in the East Bay (from Oakland to Pinole). I have decided to concentrate on one area and really know the market there as opposed to the model “have a car will travel to San Francisco and use my GPS to find my way”.  Let’s hope I win a plaque for MY area and then I can be really proud of it! :-).

Best regards,



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Newsletter October 2016



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market Snapshot


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1729 Arlington Blvd., El Cerrito CA

For all the buyers out there who have been looking for the perfect home your search is over!  This 3 bedroom-2 bath home offers unobstructed views from south of the Bay Bridge all the way to Vallejo/Benicia.  Enjoy watching the sun set over Mt Tamalpais from inside the living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom or prefer the large patio outside. Among the pluses of this home  you will find fully owned solar panels, tankless water heater, radiant heat, bamboo floors, all dual pane windows with $10,000 remote control operated shades.  This house is in move-in condition, ready for its new owner.And to top it all it is located next to a vast open space.  Lot is short of 11,000 sqft.

Contact me for a private showing.  This home is NOT on the MLS.  By appointment only.

Listed for $1,030,000.

Pictures are from 2015 MLS listing from EBRDI:

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Market statistics for the East Bay from January to July 2016

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Dealing with difficult clients!

I am so lucky that I have had mostly wonderful clients in my 17 year career but I still remember a few awful ones too.. Those stick like a thorn in your memory!!  The demanding ones for whom you do so much and yet they never show any grace or gratefulness… Buying or selling can be a stressful time but there is never any reason to act like a crazy person and yell, or demand things or not pay your invoices because you don’t feel like it anymore.  With those people, you can’t wait for the transaction to be over..

This weekend I was “lucky” to encounter the buyer for my clients’ home and what a piece of work.. After admonishing all of us to be at the property on time at noon Mrs buyer showed up 20 mns late,  no excuse and went on to demand that the shelf left on the wall for her be removed and asking for compensation for the 2 holes that only a handy person could patch up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Drama queen much!  My clients were wonderful, respectful and very accommodating. They had left all of the expensive shelving system in the closet but never got a thank you for that… I was boiling inside.  The buyer’s agent snapped into action and took care of the table/shelf and holes to avoid any more drama.  WOW… Real Estate is fun, real estate is interesting;  it is a people’s business.  Love it or leave it!


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Is the market changing?

Election years tend to stabilize the market but at the same time we are approaching the top of the 10 year cycle with 2007 being the pick before the 2008 crash.  Do we have one or more years till a drastic change???  So far the year started with a bang and recently prices have started leveling off.  A few hot spots remain the East Bay but on average I am seeing a few less offers per listings which translates into a decrease in over asking sales.  Some areas, however, such as parts of Oakland are still in high demand. Interest rates are holding steady so it will be interesting to monitor the summer activity of the real estate market.  November 2016 will certainly be a crucial and determining month.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. And if you live in the East Bay and want to buy or sell your home and even if you are just curious of the value of your home please contact me via email Catherine@CatherineKrueger.com or call me at 510-813-0970

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