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Angelo Gaggero, a 15 year resident of Brentwood Ca has passed away at Kaiser, Antioch on     October 30, 2022 at age 86. He was a beloved School Bus Driver for the Liberty Union High School District Transportation Dept. He was a man who cared about his community and families in it. We are ha…

David Victor, formerly of the band BOSTON, has announced that his all-star band SUPERGROUP SF will headline the Second Annual Benefit Concert for his hospital music charity Harmony & Healing on Saturday, November 5 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA at 6 PM PT.  Read moreDavid Victor, Formerly Of The Band BOSTON, & His All-Star Band SUPERGROUP SF To Perform Second Annual Harmony & Healing Benefit

Rising mortgage rates may be cooling the market slightly, but inventory is still low and there are still more buyers than sellers. Multiple offers are still common on the best-priced properties in the best locations. It’s still nearly impossible to have an offer accepted contingent on sellin… Read moreBUY THEN SELL AFTER?

The number of homes for sale (what we call “inventory”) is still very low across East Contra Costa County. The reports that I’m seeing from some of the third-party companies I subscribe to show that we have a little more for sale than we did this time last year and about the same as the year… Read moreINVENTORY UPDATE

Your credit score is a number that summarizes your credit report. It is the end result of a very complicated formula that takes into account how well you pay your bills, how much debt you have, how “maxed-out” your credit cards are, etc. Lenders are relying more and more upon your credit sco… Read moreQUICK CREDIT SCORE FIX

I noticed a small article last week in one of the real estate trade publications that really caught my eye. It was talking about the projections for an increase in the number of HELOCs (Home Equity Line of Credit) over the next few years. The chart showed that from 2012-2016 there were 4.8 m… Read moreA BULLISH SIGN?

When a listing receives multiple offers, my buyer clients will ask me, “If we aren’t the highest, offer, they’ll counter us, right?” Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. There are no hard-and-fast rules in how agents handle multiple offers. Sometimes they go through several rounds of c… Read moreMULTIPLE OFFER STRATEGIES

A long time ago, real estate was sold under the idea of “buyer beware.” This meant that the seller didn’t have to disclose anything, and the burden was on the buyer to find out what was wrong with the property. We’ve come a long way since then, and there are now legal requirements for seller… Read moreSELLER’S DUTY TO DISCLOSE

Our standard contract calls for property taxes to be pro-rated between Buyer and Seller as of the date of close of escrow. That part everyone understands, but HOW that is accomplished can be pretty confusing. The County Tax Collector only accepts full payments for each installment, so the ti… Read morePROPERTY TAX PRO-RATIONS

Last week I wrote about the challenges associated with writing an offer contingent on selling your home when your home isn’t even on the market yet. I often hear people say that they don’t want to put their home on the market until they find the home they want to buy. Their concern is that t… Read moreCONTINGENT OFFER SOLUTION

I know of many people that would like to move, but don’t really HAVE to. They don’t want to put their current home on the market until they find the “right one” to buy, but because there isn’t much for sale, they continue to wait. And even when the “right one” comes on the market they find t… Read moreCONTINGENT OFFERS?

If you are thinking of selling an investment property and you’ve heard that you can delay paying income tax on the gains by buying another investment property, this article is for you. This is called a 1031 exchange. In years past, you could only sell and then buy “similar” properties. For e… Read more1031 BASICS

Some buyers pay cash for their homes. It doesn’t happen in our area as much as the Silicon Valley, but it still happens enough to talk about it. Some buyers pay cash and never intend to get a loan on the property. But other buyers pay cash just for negotiating purposes, and then they’ll take… Read morePAYING CASH

Zillow is the most popular real estate site. Their most famous (or infamous) feature is their “Zestimate” of a home’s value. Their computer looks at the public records information about a house and then make adjustments based on recent solds. It’s just a ballpark figure, but some buyers and … Read moreZILLOW UPDATE

Just this past week the National Association of Realtors announced that resale home sales are way up, as are prices. And there was much rejoicing! Well, the buyers weren’t rejoicing, but homeowners were rejoicing! Especially the ones that need to sell their homes. The rest of the homeowners … Read morePROP TAX UPDATE

California is still suffering from a major drought and people are really starting to take it seriously. Last summer I saw a few brown lawns, but most people weren’t quite ready to let theirs die. Now it seems like there are more brown lawns than green ones! Last year my advice to homeowners … Read moreNEW DROUGHT LAW

I’ve had some people tell me they’d like to move, but they think they have to wait for their two year anniversary before they can sell to avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of their principal residence. Read moreCAN WE MOVE NOW?

It seems like we’ve been talking about Greece defaulting for a LONG time. Things are coming to a head again quickly and there are renewed concerns that this could be the start of another worldwide economic implosion. People are asking if a Greek default is our new “Lehman moment,” harkening … Read moreWILL GREEK DEFAULT HURT US?

In our area, it used to be customary to have the Seller pay for a termite inspection of the property. Recently our standard contract changed to where it doesn’t mention this report, so the Buyer either pays it, or has to amend to their offer asking the Seller to pay for it. This small change… Read moreWHO PAYS?