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East Bay July Events Calendar

What says summer in the East Bay more than the fireworks and Independence Day celebrations near the bay! Read on for some fun ways to celebrate the birth of our nation AND a good old fashioned county fair and opportunities for family fun. Berkeley Hills Realty wishes you and your family a very safe and fun Independence Day! Read More

Saving Bees in the East Bay

Do you enjoy gardening? Do you enjoy having bees around to help pollinate your plants? The very mild weather we enjoy in the East Bay makes our region perfect for a garden of flowers or plants that can help our local bee population. Pollinator bees, in general, have been on the decline due to a variety of environmental impacts including pesticides, changing climate, habitat loss and mites. You can help with your garden. Really! Read More

Berkeley/Oakland Real Estate Market Update

    The hot 2017 spring market is starting to see some cooling in the upper echelons of price in some East Bay cities and according to real time data provider, Altos Research, a slight rise in days on the market for both Oakland and Berkeley and a rise in inventory for the market overall. Read More

A Bungalow as Unique as You…

East meets West in a renovation that weaves artful living into the fabric of our daily lives. Owner architect, Jon Alff spent years interviewing India’s architects, native designers and craft builders. Doing so left him with a unique design sense, incorporating modern and traditional themes in a collage of color, space and form. He and his wife Amelia (who’s of Spanish origin and has a passion for cooking and gardening) have transformed a simple 1920s house into a surprisingly fresh and contemporary living environment. Read More

Discover Berkeley’s Oceanview and the Gilman District

Oceanview, located in the Northwest corner of Berkeley is named for its Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate views and well-known for the manicured promenade of upscale home décor, clothing and boutique shops along Fourth Street. It also hosts Berkeley’s latest development success story with the revitalization of the affectionately named Gilman District. Growing from its rich history of welcoming both artists and industry, the stretch along Gilman Street from the freeway to San Pablo Avenue has transformed into a retail hub with stores such as Philz Coffee, Read More

Things To Do In Oakland/Berkeley June 2017

    One of the best aspects of summer in the East Bay is the variety of outdoor festival and events happening around the region celebrating food, music, art, wine, beer and the season. Here are a few Berkeley Hills Realty suggests to get your summer started out with fun in the sun and a chance to engage with your family and the community. Read More

Oakland-Berkeley Housing Market Update May 2017

Discovering El Sobrante, Pinole and San Leandro As Options For Affordable East Bay Living Read More

Magnificent Berkeley Mediterranean Home of Art Rosenfeld Comes On The Market

When Art Rosenfeld passed away in January at the age of 90, he left behind a legacy of being the “godfather” of energy efficiency and helped formulate the idea that it was better to save energy than it was to create it. His stunning Mediterranean home in Berkeley on Southampton Avenue, which he and his wife purchased in 1960, is a testament to the man who encouraged millions of Californians to turn off the lights and use energy efficient appliances. Read More

January 2017 Housing Market Report for Berkeley and Oakland

The East Bay housing market is pulling out of the “holiday inventory slump”, but is gearing up for the annual “after Super Bowl” jump as sellers start preparing for the spring home market. Sellers have historically found that if they put their homes on the market before March, they have a better chance of getting traffic and offers from the pent up demand of buyers looking for available inventory after a shortage that began in late November.   Take a look at the Altos Research data for Oakland to see that inventory was on the decline starting in the fall. Even with the decline of inventory, the sales prices have remained basically flat over the last few months. According to Trulia, the average sales price in Berkeley is at $1,000,500 with an 8% increase in prices year over year. In Oakland, the median sales price is $625,000, a 14% year over year gain.  The Altos Research chart shows that inventory in Oakland has dropped, but days on the market are rising during the last few months, as more desirable properties quickly left the market, while other properties have stayed on the market longer, looking for buyers. In fact, 482 homes are currently in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. Here is how the Berkeley market is behaving according to the Altos Research data that tracks real time data: Again, you can see that Berkeley inventory has been steadily declining since November. With so few homes on the market in Berkeley, the price fluctuated with the sale of lower end homes, but the median price has held at $1 million.   In looking at the surrounding cities of El Cerrito, Albany, Piedmont and Emeryville, which on average,  realized a 15% increase in values, year over year, the entire region has relatively low inventory as we head out of the holidays and into the spring market.   In general, our ears on the street are hearing that there is going to be a shift in the market as sellers are considering leaving the East Bay, which will free up inventory for buyers. Check out our blog post next week as we dive into the factors that we believe will bring a change to the 2017 spring market.   Read More
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