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So you’re considering purchasing property in the Oakland-Berkeley area and maybe renting out rooms (house hacking) or buying a duplex or a place with an ADU?

Essentially becoming a landlord of some sort, and as a property owner you would get to do absolutely what you want with your property, right???

…. Well…. not so fast!

Owning property in the Bay Area is a wonderful privilege and invariably a good long term investment, but venture into rental income with your eyes open.

The housing market is tight, the laws are very specific, there are folks who may take advantage (sad but true), and the penalties for missteps can be Draconian!

Do yourself a HUGE favor if you have not purchased yet, and consult with a local qualified landlord tenant attorney so you know the lay of the land!

If you currently own property, join a LOCAL landlord advocacy group and consult with legal staff. These groups are an EXCELLENT resource for landlords.

Many homeowners become accidental landlords. A relocation enabled them to keep a property and rent it out, or they decided to rent out a room or convert part of their home to a rental.

And for the House Hackers…roommates? Can you raise the rent? Can you get them out?
This is current day California land of legislation… not the TV Wild West of my youth!
I’d suggest look into what you can and cannot do.

Whilst many Bay area cities including Berkeley and Oakland have had various levels of rent control and tenant eviction restrictions in place for years, the number and type of properties which fall under these restrictions has recently increased.

Many cities have “Just cause eviction” ordinances.

As a landlord in most cases you cannot blithely give your tenant notice  because you want to sell the property…. this is likely NOT a ” just cause” for eviction.

A local attorney who specializes in this area of the law can advise owners of options if they wish to sell. Several cities, including Oakland now have minimum mandatory buyout requirements for negotiating tenant move outs.

I regularly work with property owners who wish to sell and in conjunction with their landlord tenant attorney we figure out what works best for all involved.

Being a property owner is great, but know your rights and obligations… and stay safe!

 

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Looking back at the First Quarter of 2019 the overall market condition chart shows a strong reduction in the number of homes which sold under list price.
Yes….despite the prevailing trend to under price homes and generate multiple offers, there are homes which come on priced too high.
The slow down in the Fall which started around October seems a things of the past.
As long as sellers are realistic, interest rates and inventory continue low, the buyer demand will remain strong.

As always… the trends are market wide, but the values are house specific!

Neighborhood data you can access below will vary in giving an accurate picture of the market depending on how many homes have sold in the 1st quarter.

Single Family Home Sale Data

 

I’d be happy to speak with you about your specific market or property questions!
Jackie 510-390-8101

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The holiday season saw somewhat of a seasonal slowdown as buyers turned their attention to the holidays. A few deals were had, many sellers tried the off-market ” Buy it now” pricing and some were successful. Shadow inventory which did not sell in the Holiday season and new inventory will be coming on soon!
Click on the image below to see the last quarter’s report

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The question!  Are we in a seasonal or an adjusting market?
It’s a little early to say, but regardless it currently appears to be truly a tale of two markets.

The top end of the market may indeed have peaked mid 2015, but interest in houses currently varies from luke warm to red hot, with homes in the $1M-$2M range and in “latte factor” locations still exceeding the 2015 prices.

I’m not sure who tracks data for properties with ancilliary dwelling units, but the addition
of an “in-law” or “airbnb” potential in urban locations seems to increase the demand exponentially!

On the other hand, we are seeing ” still available!” ” an opportunity” ” no offers” in both the MLS and the agent publications many of us subscribe to.

Some of these homes are just priced too high to accommodate the still customary overbidding. Some are just priced too high.. full stop!

My recent listing at 1641 Josephine on a super desirable street in North Berkeley, appx half way between two Berkeley BART stations, the gourmet ghetto, Monterey Market and multiple restaurants and shops received 10 offers and will sell well over asking.
The expansion potential, potential for an in-law, great location, and good size yard all contributed to the popularity!

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Close to everything!

CLOSE TO BART

CLOSE TO BART

 

Sellers invested money, we invested time and expertize in making it shine!

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The market in general is likely to be settling, so sellers don’t dally too long, and buyers
it’s a good time to be out looking!

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The Berkeley Hills has always been one of the East Bay’s most desirable places to live. Certainly up in the Berkeley hills the rain does not keep the serious buyers away! Despite the complete absence of ANY view, and the police blockade on Grizzly Peak there was a stellar turn out at the first open house. Don’t let the weather delay plans to sell, buyers are out looking and they will come back to visit if they like the house!

The glamorous life of a realtor involves dressing for the weather and all hands on deck!!  ( Thank you honey!)

shoes at open Sign of Rain

 

Visitors big and small and plenty of towels on hand… plastic covers all  round!

Beautiful views of the ever changing sky and bay from my listing at 30 Hill Road near Tilden Park in Berkeley

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Our wonderful East Bay Parks, live in the hills and step outside to Tilden and beyond

Click here for info on Tilden Park

Click here for info on Tilden Park

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So many lovely neighborhoods in the East Bay!

I worked with many delightful clients in 2012 helping them sell or purchase in a wide variety of price ranges and neighborhoods.

From the urban hub near Lake Merritt or downtown Berkeley to treelined vistas and panoramic views in the hills there is something for everyone.

For those who are looking to sell in 2013, buyers are eagerly awaiting new inventory.

I’d love to hear from you if you’re considering selling or buying this year!

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 A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE!

There are many aspects of selling we can help with as realtors, but for some clients a potential sale or purchase does require advance planning and additional expertise. “I highly recommend you speak with your tax advisor and a real estate attorney!” at the “twinkle in your eye stage!”  is frequent advice I will give to prospective sellers…I’d love to help you sell your house as long as it makes sense for you!

For those who have owned a property for a long time, for those with a home office, and for those with little or negative equity it can pay off to thoroughly research your options. Frequently, advance planning is helpful to come up with the best strategy and avoid surprises.

Are you eligible for proposition 60 or 90?
Of particular interest to sellers who are downsizing, this can be great opportunity for some sellers to keep cost down.

http://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/faqs/propositions60_90.htm#1

If you are selling income property, are you familiar with 1031 exchanges? You may want to sell – but you may be better off doing an exchange.
If you have a home office and have been taking deductions, you may want to plan in advance to avoid tax surprises

An accountant and attorney are great resources and, together with your Realtor, can help you figure out what’s best for you!


A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE….CHANDELIERS!

I’m always able to find a theme for the brokers tours, and in line with advance planning here is my “twinkle in your eye!” slide show of some chandeliers in local homes!

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I’m always happy to answer real estate related questions and appreciate your support through referrals!

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