Homes for Sale in Rockridge

Commuting from the East Bay - What is it Like?

How long does it take to commute to San Francisco from the East Bay? Is it painful and how much does it cost? With so many moving to the East Bay from San Francisco while continuing to work there, it's a tremendous consideration.

Here's what we know about how to get across the bay in time for work.

 
 

BART: From the North Berkeley Bart station to Montgomery it's a 30 minute ride and $4 each way.

DRIVE: It's also around 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, depending upon how close you live to the freeway. The on ramps of  80/I-580 and 880 FWY's all converge at the Bay Bridge which makes it crowded on the way to the toll and at the SF side exits. The current toll is $6. You can get a Fas Trak® electronic toll to make use of the express lanes and access your transpo costs online. Some commuters share their ride, using the carpool lane to take advantage of the HOV lane and split the toll costs.

CarPool & VanPool: There are pick-up points for a "casual carpool option", where willing drivers will meet at a designated spot to share their commute. Check out 511 Rideshare If your group is larger, you can opt for Van Pool. You will also find park & Ride lots on this site and App. They had a Ride Matching Service. 

 
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AC Transit: The transbay AC transit lines give you 3 ways to plan your trip, using Bing and Google maps, plus 511.org to see nearby routes and services. AC transit is a great way to travel and see the sights depending upon your time constraints. It takes a little longer depending upon where you live.

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San Francisco Ferry: Select the terminal you want to depart from Harbor Bay, Alameda Main Street, Oakland Jack London Square and depart at the SF Ferry Building, SF Pier 41, or AT&T Park in San Francisco. Some of the routes run year round with weekday and weekend service while AT&T Park is seasonal. Taking typically 55 minutes, you can enjoy the majestic views and hop in an Uber to make it from the Port to your destination.

Your length of commute depends upon the time of day, traffic patterns, public transit delays and so forth, however it is easy to see that you can arrive to your San Francisco destination in around an hour give or take. Living the East Bay lifestyle is well worth a commute and we are fortunate to have such a well oiled mass transit system to accommodate the ebb and flow of East Bay commuters.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers of Abio Properties has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.

Rent Vs. Buy? Hmmm...What to do.

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The housing market across California has had large price gains over the past years, with statewide median prices attaining November 2007 highs. Consumers often contemplating whether it is more beneficial to buy a property now or continue renting. To assist with this decision, the California Association of Realtors (CAR), has looked at the costs and benefits of renting versus owning property in California and eight of its local regions over a seven year time horizon.

The costs of buying include the monthly mortgage payment, insurance and taxes, and improvements and repairs. These costs were offset by the benefits of buying: mortgage interest and property tax deductions, and investment appreciation. The costs of renting include the monthly rent payment and renter insurance, which were offset by the benefits of renting: the appreciation on investing the down payment in the stock market.
For the State of California, consumers can save 96.5 percent per month by buying a property. 

In several counties, given price and rent appreciation, buying will net the individual income over the seven year time frame. For example, buying in San Francisco and Alameda will net the owner 119% and 106% respectively per month over the purchase time horizon.

These results are given with the caveat that the buyer must have on hand the standard 20% downpayment, and are driven by the large increases in both rental prices and home prices across the state. Again, over the 7 year horizon buying make sense financially in these counties.

Along with incorporating price levels, the analysis includes tax deduction benefits as many of the costs associated with homeownership general upkeep, inflation, insurance, mortgage rates; as well as the opportunity cost of not investing in the market, and general price levels. On the rental side, it annualizes average rent and rent increases for the county (eg. it would understate the benefit of renting a rent stabilized unit) and includes rental insurance, and security deposits. 

For more personalized recommendations given your own income, and local situation with regards to purchase and rental prices, try the Realtor.com Rent Vs. Buy Calculator (click “advanced options” to tailor the analysis for your location.)

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Research and Economics Team analyzed the difference between renting and buying a home in light of recent market and policy developments. Housing costs and tax implications of buying a home and renting a home were computed as a part of the analysis.

I'm happy to sit down with you to crunch the numbers to find out if purchasing a home is right for you in this climate of high rents. You may find that it is, and there are down payment assistance programs available if you're not sure if you have the funds and reserves to make it happen. Let's explore the possibilities together.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers of Abio Properties has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.

Your Home is For Sale. Now What? 10 Things to Do.

You have collaborated with your real estate agent to prepare your home for sale. You've decluttered, made repairs, removed curtains, cleaned the windows, swept the sidewalk and painted either the interior, exterior or both. Now that your for sale sign is in the ground, what can you do to make the sale a success?

It doesn't end there. Now you are entering the sales period and here are 10 things you can do to keep the momentum going, especially in the early days of your home listing hitting the market, when buyer interest is at its' peak.

1. BE READY TO SHOW AT ANYTIME

Buyers aren't on your time schedule. Many prospects are busy at work, hoping to squeeze in a showing after work, or early on Saturday before the kids baseball game.

Be flexible and accommodate your agents requests to show the home at different hours. You never know who the buyer is going to be and your scheduled Open House times may not meet their timeline. It would be shame to miss out on the right buyer.

2. LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

Before every showing, turn on all the lights in your home, throw back the shades and let the light in. It's not a big expense and it will give your home a natural glow-y feeling. Most buyers ask for homes that are light and bright. 

If you have dark corners, try inexpensive, yet stylish IKEA or big box store light fixtures to add light to any room.

3. BRRRR! KEEP COOL

If it's a warm day, turn on your air conditioner. We know, the doors to the outside are opening and closing, but that's okay. As soon as your showing is over, you can readjust the temp.

4. COME ONE COME ALL

Invite your neighbors to your Open House. If you have a local neighborhood message board online, (Facebook, Nextdoor) advertise it there or craft invites for your neighbors, even the ones you don't know. Neighbors usually want to see what other homes in the neighborhood look like and may have friends or family looking to purchase.

5. KEEP IT CLEAN

Think about what a prospect is thinking when they walk into your home. Make sure laundry is picked-up and stowed away. Keep your kitchen counters and sink clear and air out the home from cooking smells. Wipe down the coffee table and check for dust. Wipe out the bath sink/tub. Run the vacuum. Having your home show ready at all times during your showing period is a bit of a pain, but worth it, considering all you have done to make it look it's shine-y best.

6. THE KIDS ROOMS

It makes sense to tone down the decor in the kids rooms. Negotiate with your kids, have them help you pack away all of the princess pics or Star Wars decor. A really busy kids room can take the prospects focus on how the room may look for their kids who may be of a different age or have different interests. Talk to your kids about their "next room" and plan the new decor together.

7. KEEP SAFE

Keep your valuables or tempting items out of site. Better yet, lock them away. Camera's, passports, bank statements, jewelry. It's pretty rare for prospects to liberate anything from your home but the possibility exists. Better to be safe than sorry.

8. INSURE YOURSELF

Check with your homeowners insurance as to what they cover in case of accident in your home or on your property during the sale of your home. Remove slippery area rugs, pick-up toys, shovel snow from your walkway and put down salt to minimize slippage. Fix the loose step or sliding door that closes a little to hard. Look for hazards and mitigate them to avoid accidents.

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9. OUTTA SITE

Look at showing time as downtime for you. Run to your neighbors, return a library book, run an errand, grab a cup of coffee elsewhere. Meeting buyers seems like a good idea because you love your home and want to share the love.

However the first buyer that asks you a question that you can't answer or puts you in a compromising position will be challenging. Better not to be present to have to answer questions about neighbors, home maintenance or other innocent questions that can end in the prospect turning away. If you want to communicate your homes attributes, the vendors you use and a list of upgrades you have made, talk to your agent about putting together a small notebook of info for prospects to review or for hand-off at close of escrow.

Your agent understands your home, is expert at fielding questions and will provide feedback from potential buyers to help you re-adjust how the home is shown and to answer buyer questions if they have not done so already.

10. TAKE IT EASY

Not being present during showings will help your stress levels. Buyers can be insensitive, making off-hand comments about your paint color, home design or personal belongings. If you're not there, you won't hear any of it. 

Your agent is in the business of selling homes and understands how to handle buyers. Allowing your agent to manage buyers through the process to the hand-off of keys will keep you focused on the important negotiations and the facilitation of a quick sale.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.


OPEN HOUSE! Upper Rockridge 3 Bed/3 Ba Mid-Century Stunner! Sun 6/4 | 2-4:30PM

A Patty Rogers OPEN HOUSE Showing!

Upper Rockridge Mid-Century Stunner

6273 BROOKSIDE AVENUE, OAKLAND, CA 94618

3 Bed | 3 Bath | 1828 SF | 6396 Lot SF | Built in 1957

Offered for $929,000

OPEN HOUSE:

Sun 6/4 from 2-4:30pm and Sun 6/11 from 2-4:30pm

The bright light and open flow of this 3-bed, 3-bath Mid-Century Modern home offers airy living, with a terraced yard and outstanding views of the Oakland and Berkeley Hills. Eichler-esque details make this home stand out: Vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, walls of windows and an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen and three baths were renovated to today’s tastes, and the floors on the main level have been upgraded to bamboo. A stylish spiral staircase winds down to a bonus space with a bedroom, full bath, kitchen, stacked washer and dryer and a separate entrance for use as an in-law unit, office, playroom or… well, imagine the possibilities!

Agents Note: Located in the popular Upper Rockridge neighborhood with a vibrant shopping and dining district, acclaimed schools, near Lake Temescal and bike paths. Enjoy easy freeway access and the Rockridge BART station for a comfortable commute. 11 miles from San Francisco. Listing agent: Cameron Platt

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

 
  • 3 Bed, 3 Bath
  • Detached, Built in 1957
  • 1828 SF As per public record
  • Open Floor Plan, Bamboo Flooring
  • Views of the East Bay Hills
  • Vaulted ceilings in living and dining rooms
  • Custom kitchen cabinets and sliding drawers
  • Kitchen access to recently built deck
  • Viking stove
  • Dual paned windows in kitchen
  • Deck off master bedroom
  • Spa tub in master suite
  • Spiral staircase to lower level bonus area
  • Electrical, plumbing and HVAC updated
  • Roof Recently Replaced
  • Wall of windows overlooking lush rear landscaped yard and deck
  • Many, many recent upgrades

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Patty Rogers, Broker Associate

Insight | Intelligent Counsel | Expertise

"Selling Homes with a Modicum of Charm"

510-910-7229 

patty@abioproperties.com

Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968

Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968