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Summer 2018 East Bay Newsletter!

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Just blasted out The SCOOP!

My Summer 2018 Newsletter for East Bay real estate updates, lifestyle, design, local info and details on my referral program! Check it out and Subscribe for the latest updates and opportunities! 

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PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. | Broker Associate, BRE#00669968

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Last 30 Days in the East Bay for July 2018

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Job growth is driving the demand for housing while hikes in mortgage Interest rates, increasing down payment requirements and tightening mortgage qualifications are challenging the consistently increasing market activity and rise in home pricing over the last 6 months. In some East Bay neighborhoods there is a slowing in new and active homes to market, median pricing and list to sale price, signifying a market shift and the first downtick since the beginning of 2018.  

STATS: July and (Change since June)

BERKELEY

SOLD  73 (+11)
New 35 (-18)
Active 57 (-20)
Median Days on Market 22 (+7)

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $1,220,000 (-$105,000)
New $998,000 (-$52,500)
Active $1,150,000 (-$45,000)
Sale to List Price 115% (-4%)

Patty: Berkeley stats are a good benchmark for East Bay market activity. 9 more homes SOLD in July, with decreases in new (-18) and active (-20) listings to market. Homes are staying on market for +7 days, at approx. 3 weeks. List to sale price has decreased by 4%. Make a home purchase in Berkeley while inventory is available.  

ALAMEDA

SOLD 39 (No Change)
New 14 (-13)
Active 22 (-6)
Median Days on Market 25 +(13)

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $1,100,000 (+$225,000)
New    $958,000 (-$43,000)
Active $958,000 (-$33,500)
Sale to list price 114% (+2%)

Patty: Alameda inventory has slowed for the second month in a row with approx 50% less new listings to market. Median SOLD pricing has increased while median offer pricing of new and active listings has decreased. Buyer demand continues, with final sale prices creeping up to 14% over ask.

EMERYVILLE

SOLD 13
New 10
Active 17
Median Days on Market 17

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $685,000
New     $624,000
Active  $599,978
Sale to list price 111%

Patty: Alameda inventory has slowed since last month, with about 30% less active listings though the same amount of homes have sold since last month showing steady buyer demand, with final sale prices moving up by a small margin. Expect to offer up to 12% over ask to compete.

PIEDMONT

SOLD  7 (-6)
New 4  (No Change)
Active 6  (-1)
Median Days on Market 16 (-2)

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $2,500,000 (+$485,000)
New $2,096,000 (+$20,000)
Active $2,495,000 (-$177,000)

Patty: July shows a slower market as will happen during the summer months with sale pricing and homes coming to market at a lower median price than the previous month. The market remains consistent in Piedmont with buyer demand for new and active listings. Expect a start point for homes here to be near and above the $2m mark. 

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 
PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate, Lic #00669968  

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12 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

Transform your home from drab to fab by choosing the right color for your home's interior or exterior.

FAST FACTS:

  1. Light colors highlight or bring forward and dark colors recede.
  2. Make paint and trim colors in the same hue or color group. Stark contrasts are not pleasing to the eye.
  3. Separate rooms? Consistent color will marry the spaces. Open floor plan? Changing color or tone, will define the spaces.
  4. High ceilings or architectural details? Use 2 shades on the same swatch to highlight the details.
  5. Does your home bring the outside in through large windows or window walls? Choose an outdoor color of the same shade, to further the look.
  6. Exterior paint? Choose within the same palette as other homes on the block. Visually standing out may not be appealing.
  7. Use eggshell primer over existing paint, for color to match swatch. Use test swatches first! Wait for it to dry before evaluating. Check at different times of day and night. Wet paint is lighter and darkens as it dries.
  8. Use deep or dark colors on a feature wall or in a room with a certain purpose, Ex. dining room, library.
  9. Sheen? On high travelled areas use satin or semi gloss. High gloss or enamel for trim in areas with water (kitchen, bath). Flat paint where the walls aren't touched (leaves fingerprints).
  10. Choose low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to minimize paint fumes. Got fumes? Well ventilate with fans. 
  11. To shorten project time, choose a one-coat paint. Costs a little more but worth it if you are DIY-ing.
  12. Paint finishes? Faux finishing techniques add personality to a room. Use museum wax when paint is fully dried for a deep sheen. Create a pattern or border with stenciling. Trompe l'oeil is the art of painting scenes on the wall. Paint old floors in a single color or pattern.

Be as creative as you can without overdoing it, luckily it's paint and can be covered. Consider hiring a professional.

Reach out to me for an East Bay Painting Contractor recommendation. 

Visit these companies for paint color options!

Photo Credits #behrpaint

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!

PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate DRE #00669968


East Bay Real Estate Market Report

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#EastBay #HomeSales are robust!

Interest rates have risen with 2 more expected rate hikes expected this year. Inventory has loosened, with more active homes on market and homes selling within 1-2 weeks on market. The time to buy and sell is now!

STATS:

BERKELEY (ALL) 
SOLD 64
New 53
Active 77
Median Days on Market 15

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $1,325,000
New $1,050,500
Active $1,195,000
Sale to List Price 119%

Patty: Berkeley is a jamming market. 11 more homes sold than last month with inventory increasing steadily since March. Final Sale prices have declined by 1-2% since March and median pricing has increased by a small margin. Expect to add up to 20% to your offer to compete in this busy market. 

LOWER ROCKRIDGE (OAKLAND)
SOLD 4
New 4
Active 5
Median Days on Market 16

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $1,989,170
New $1,147,500
Active $1,195,000
Sale to List Price 118%

Patty: The charming craftsman homes and condos here make for a popular buyer destination. A slower moving market with only a couple of more sales and few more new and active listings than the previous month. Homes sell in the Low to High $1m range and move within a week of coming to market. Final sale prices are competitive. 

PIEDMONT
SOLD 13
New 4
Active 6
Median Days on Market 18

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $2,015,000
New $2,076,000
Active $2,672,000

Patty: Home pricing has risen with 13 homes sold and not much inventory on or coming to market. Expect a start point for homes here to be near and above the $2m mark. So little inventory signals competition for available homes and high buyer demand.

ALAMEDA
SOLD 39
New 27
Active 28
Median Days on Market 12

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $875,000
New    $995,000
Active $991,500
Sale to list price 112%

Patty: Alameda inventory has slowed since last month, with about 30% less active listings though same amount of homes have sold since last month showing steady buyer demand, with final sale prices creeping up by a small margin. Expect to increase offer your price of up to 12% over ask to compete.

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 

PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. | Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 

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Things to Do This Weekend in the East Bay

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3 GREAT FREE Things to Do in the #EastBay this weekend!! #eastbaylife

2018 Sunday Streets Berkeley

SUN June 3 | 11 am to 4 pm
Shattuck Ave from Rose to Channing, Berkeley
FREE
Check out the Cornerfest Music Festival, Berkeley World Music Fest, Vine Street Block Party and Spats Retro Dance Party, plus a Pet Parade, Arts & Crafts, Street Food and Dance Performances
@sundaystreetsberkeley
http://www.sundaystreetsberkeley.org/

52nd Annual Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest

SAT June 2 | 9 am to 1 pm
9-11 am: Registration, Noon: Judging begins
1 pm: Awards Ceremony
Robert Crown Memorial State Beach Park, Otis & Westline Drive, Alameda
FREE
Bring your shovels and participate or bring the family and just watch!
@oaklandparks
https://www.alamedaca.gov/recreation-uncategorized/events/5564

Oakland Carnival @mosswoodpark

SAT June 2 | NOON - 7PM
Mosswood Park 3612 Webster St., Oakland
FREE
Celebrating Caribbean, South, Central and North American Carnival Culture
Live music, dance performances, kid zone, african marketplace and international food village
#oaklandcarnival2018
https://www.oaklandcarnival.com/

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 
PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate, Lic #00669968  

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Don't Settle.

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With so many unique "Modicum of Charm" homes in the East Bay, it's easy to find the home and lifestyle you're looking for.

Photo | Lake Merritt - Oakland, CA

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PATTY ROGERS | Rogers & Thacker Group | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate, Lic #00669968  

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Last 30 Days in the East Bay - Home Survey

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The East Bay is Hot right now!!

Happy to report that Inventory has loosened up with competitive bidding still the norm. Median prices slowly rise with homes selling within 2 weeks of coming to market.

STATS:

BERKELEY (ALL) 

SOLD 51
New 52
Active 60
Median Days on Market 13

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $1,280,000
New $1,112,500
Active $1,272,000
Sale to List Price 120%

Patty: One of the most active East Bay markets with increasing inventory, a steady sales rate and home pricing leveling off with competitive bidding to up to 20% over ask.

UPPER ROCKRIDGE (OAKLAND)

SOLD 6
New 3
Active 2
Median Days on Market 16

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $1,462,500
New $1,695,000
Active $1,695,000
Sale to List Price 118%

Patty: Sales increased in early spring with few current listings on market and a consistent upper $1m price point with buyers willing to overbid by up to 18% for a home in the Oakland Hills. 

PIEDMONT

SOLD 11
New 9
Active 15
Median Days on Market 12

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $2,050,000
New $1,895,000
Active $1,850,000

Patty: Expect home pricing from $2M-$4M for the large homes and estates in Piedmont. Finally, homes are coming to market with brisk sales keeping pace with new inventory.

ALAMEDA

SOLD 38
New 39
Active 46
Median Days on Market 11

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $895,000
New    $885,000
Active $891,000
Sale to list price 110%

Patty: Wow! Alameda is hot with inventory nearly doubling in the last 30 days and flying off market, while median price has risen  slightly. Expect to cushion your offer by 10% to compete. More inventory may soften final sales pricing - though strike while inventory is plentiful.

Next Level East Bay Real Estate! 

PATTY ROGERS | Rogers & Thacker Group | The Grubb Company | Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 

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Increasing Bay Area Home Prices - What to Do?

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RISING HOME PRICES

With a 6 year streak of rising home prices in the Bay Area, and median prices jumping double digits in each of last eight months, buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of available homes.

SALES PRICING

Year to Year sales price records shows an 11% increase in Alameda County for  a current median sale price of $810,000 and 8.4% price jump in Contra Costa for a median sale price of $591,000. 

FACTORS

Median prices in the entire Bay Area jumped nearly 15% in the last year owing to a booming tech sector and the region’s job growth which is outpacing new construction.

More mid and high-end homes are on the market with a lower inventory of affordable homes.

BUYERS

It’s a challenging time for buyers who need to make sure their agent helps determine a winning offer strategy.

SELLERS

Sellers face the challenge of pricing realistically and must think about selling now, rather than holding in hopes of further pricing increases. 

INTEREST RATES

The economy has made nearly a full-recovery since 9 years ago ago when the housing downturn took its toll. Interest rates usually rise when the economy is robust as with the latest increase of March 21, 2018. It may be wise to move to lock in today’s rates.

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 
PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. | Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 

Excerpts for this post from @theeastbaytimes | Bay Area Home Prices Continue Upward to Record Heights | By Louis Hansen | Bay Area News Group

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The Last 30 Days in the East Bay

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A brisk market with rising final sale prices. Buyer demand for homes is strong in 50 neighborhoods of Oakland, Berkley and Alameda. Remain flexible, and leaving room for competitive offers is key.

Here are the stats. For more CONNECT! > https://pattyrogershomes.com

BERKELEY (ALL) 

SOLD 44 (+16) 
New 39 (+9) 
Active 46 (+5)
Median Days on Market 12 (-2) 

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $1,300,000 (+$182,500)
New $1,158,000 (+$13,000)
Active $1,222,500 (+$27,500)
Sale to List Price 122% (+5%)

Patty: Sale to List Price rose 5% over last month as more sales were made, yet still limited inventory under $1.2m means bidding remains competitive nudging up final sale pricing across the board. 

NORTH BERKELEY HILLS 

SOLD 11 (+5) 
Active 14 (+6)
Median Days on Market 7 (-4)

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $1,285,000 (+$267,000)
New $1,379,00
Active $1,741,500
Sale to List Price 121% (+6%)

Patty: The $1.2m - $1.7m price point is the most active with homes flying off the market within 7 days. Competitive bidding is making final sale prices rise, 6% in the last 30 days. Think of purchasing in higher $$$ areas off-season or be prepared to compete.

EMERYVILLE | OAKLAND

SOLD 9
New 10
Active 11
Median Days on Market 11

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $659,100
New $599,000
Active $599,000

Patty: Last 30 days showed lower price points than current market offerings. Emeryville offers mostly condos; as one of the most affordable, entry level housing areas in Oakland and is great locale for commuters. Find 2 bed/1 & 2 bath condos under $1m.

ALAMEDA ISLAND

SOLD 27
New 12
Active 21
Median Days on Market 23

MEDIAN PRICE

SOLD $925,000
New    $824,000
Active $849,000
Sale to list price 112%

Patty: Lots of inventory in Alameda, with approx. 3 weeks to compete for homes under $1m, many requiring upgrades or overhauls, depending upon age and improvements. At final sales price 12% over asking, make effective offers to call Alameda your home. 

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 
PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. | Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 

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Mortgage Rate History: Lock your Rates!!

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After a slight drop last week, #mortgagerates are rising. According to @Bankrate 's (bankrate.com), weekly survey of large lenders, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.58 percent from 4.54 percent.

Want to get ahead of rate increases? CONSIDER LOCKING IN YOUR MORTGAGE RATE NOW!!! You may have to pay a small fee for a lock though it's a great strategy, offering security in the face of possible rate increases. 

Mortgage rates have increased in 9 out the past 10 weeks, and they may continue to rise. The Fed raised it’s benchmark interest rate to the highest level in ten years. Chairman Jerome Powell cited impressive job gains and low unemployment rates as signs that the economy is ready to move forward with planned rate hikes.

The hike is .01% lower than the 52-week high of 4.59%, and is 0.63 % points higher than the 52-week low of 3.95%.

Mortgage rates respond to market forces — specifically, to the needs of bond investors. The Federal Reserve exerts an indirect influence on mortgages.

Sometimes mortgage rates go up when the Fed increases short-term rates, as the central bank’s action sets the tone for most other interest rates. 

But sometimes mortgage rates fall after Fed raises. In June ’04 the central bank made raises 17 times in two years and mortgage rates fell during that summer and fall, which made investors less concerned about inflation, so mortgage rates fell.

They eventually rose, and were higher in June 2006, at the end of the rate hikes, than they were at the beginning in 2004.

In 2017, housing economists predicted mortgage rates would rise. Instead, they remained fairly steady despite three Fed rate hikes. Though rates began to steadily raise at the beginning of 2018, the prior rate hikes of ’04-’06 show that the central bank’s actions aren’t predictive.

Consult with your Realtor for lender recommendations, to get professional, up-to-the-minute advice and information on how to make the best mortgage decisions and ASK about locking your rate while you house hunt!!

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 

PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate, Lic #00669968  

Excerpts for this post courtesy of bankrate.com @amandadixon

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