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You Are the Most Accurate Home Value Estimator

You Are the Most Accurate Home Value Estimator

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]i, my name is Lex, the broker at Cal Agents Realty. If you are looking to find out your home value, you are in the right place. Here I’ll show you a more accurate estimate than Redfin and Zillow, or any other online home value estimator. If you haven’t received your home valuation report, enter your […]

Renting, Affordability and Interest

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith affordability deteriorating alongside rising prices and essentially flat sales for several years, fewer Californians have been able to make the jump back into owning their own homes. The number of homeowners in the state rebounded from 7.12 million households in 2014 to 7.56 million in 2016. However, the renter population has increased by more […]

Myth – HOA Fee is Money-Down-The-Drain

Myth – HOA Fee is Money-Down-The-Drain

There is a myth about HOA fees among new home buyers, who regard HOA fees as a deal-killer to buy a condo or a townhouse. I’d like to take this time to demystify. First of all, HOA fee is not unique to condos and townhouses. Almost all new single family development have HOA and the […]

Neighborhood Profile: Adams Point

On Lake Merritt’s northern shore sits Oakland’s Adams Point, a diverse, walkable neighborhood coming into its own. The lake, hailed as “one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States,” and adjacent Lakeside Park offer myriad recreation activities for residents. Run the three-mile trail surrounding the lake, rent a canoe at the Boating […]

5 Things to Avoid if You Plan to Sell Your Home

5 Things to Avoid if You Plan to Sell Your Home

When you’re preparing your home to go on the real estate market, every decision you make can affect how much profit you ultimately put in your pocket. Avoid these four common mistakes that can make your home less desirable to buyers and drain dollars from your profit.   1. Don’t turn off your irrigation system […]

Out-migration: It’s a Housing Story

Out-migration: It’s a Housing Story

[dropcap][/dropcap]California has an out-migration problem. Recently released figures from the State’s Department of Finance (DOF) shows that the number of Californians leaving the state each year is on the rise. After falling significantly during the Great Recession, out-migration from California is on a four-year uptrend. The DOF reports that nearly 118,000 people moved to other […]

Kick Start the Year with a New Financial Plan

Kick Start the Year with a New Financial Plan

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]anuary is a great time to take a fresh look at your finances, especially if you’re saving for a home or other major purchase. Key to starting the process is making a budget. If you already have a budget, take the opportunity to re-evaluate your goals and the progress you’ve made and make any necessary […]

Secrets to a Winning Closing

Secrets to a Winning Closing

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]hould you take a higher offer or an offer with better terms? It’s not as straightforward as it might seem. When multiple offers are received — a common occurrence in Bay Area real estate deals — a delicate dance begins. Sellers naturally want the highest price, but it’s important to look at more than just […]

Secret to Choosing the Right Listing Agent

Secret to Choosing the Right Listing Agent

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] know what you are thinking. You must expect this article to be totally biased. I am running a brokerage, after all, and I have all the incentive to tell you to list your home with our agents, right? To many people’s surprise, I face the same problem as you every day: “Where can I […]