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Market Update: Time to Buy + Time to Sell?

According to the latest Case Shiller Home Price Index, prices have gone up 5.5% over the past year.  Increases have been reported in 19 out of 20 metropolitan areas.  Continued appreciation is expected over the next five years. After reaching … Continue reading

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Berkeley Market Information for June 2012

During the month of June, on average, properties in our North Berkeley neighborhood sold for $495 per square foot.  These properties were in contract in 11 days, on average, and sold for 8% over their asking price.  Below is information … Continue reading

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Private School Calculator

When reviewing private school vs public school options, know the math.  Conservatively, the current cost of private school for one year, for one child is $20,000 (in post tax dollars).  If you are in a 30% tax bracket, that means … Continue reading

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When Thinking About Real Estate, Consider Schools…Even if you don’t have kids.

This from the Brookings Institute, an independent research and policy institute in Washington DC. “Across the 100 largest metropolitan areas, housing costs an average of 2.4 times as much, or nearly $11,000 more per year, near a high-scoring public school … Continue reading

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Berkeley Sales in May 2012 v May 2011

Berkeley Housing Market Insights The Berkeley residential housing market experienced an increase in the number of total home sales and an increase in the average price of properties sold in May 2012 compared to the month of May last year. Total … Continue reading

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Sharing Real Estate Insights

Sharing Local Market Insights Over the last decade, in the process of helping my clients evaluate the local real estate market, I have spent hundreds (if not thousands) of hours tracking real estate sales in neighborhoods throughout the East Bay.  … Continue reading

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