Patty Rogers East Bay Real Estate

Here's to Rockin' 2018!!

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Leaving 2017 with Gratitude and Thanks! Ready to rock 2018!! Be safe, happy, love yourself and others, show gratitude and bring your best! Happy New Year to YOU!!!

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A Grateful Thanksgiving!

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Thinking about family, friends, colleagues and clients on Thanksgiving! So grateful for all of my real estate clients and happy for them...thinking of you in your beautiful homes. Wishing you a wonderful time, celebrating the abundance on our tables and in our lives.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.

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JUST SOLD! Berkeley Craftsman Charmer!

RECENTLY CLOSED BY PATTY ROGERS - JUST SOLD!

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1925 Craftsman Charmer

1541 CHANNING WAY , OAKLAND, CA 94608

Just what you would expect from a 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath Craftsman Bungalow built in 1925, all of the charm and original architectural details of period built-ins, gleaming wood floors, large formal living and dining room and the updated eat-in kitchen. The attached garage also features a finished basement wine cellar, laundry room and work-shop. Remodeled with new Anderson double paned-windows, french doors to the spacious garden. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living on the deck and gather round the gas fireplace. Close to biking lanes, BART and walking distance to dining, shops with the SF Transbay bus stop on the corner. 

Agent Remarks: Represented Buyer. 12 Offers.

RECENTLY SOLD AT $1,150,000

  • 2 Bed | 1.5 Bath
  • Craftsman Style Home
  • Hardwood Floors Throughout
  • Updated, Eat-in Kitchen
  • Gas burning fireplace, living room
  • Single Level
  • 1290SF, As per public record
  • Built in 1925
  • Fenced Yard, Side Yard & Deck(s)
  • Garage, laundry, wineroom, workshop in finished basement

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.


Is a Fixer-Upper Worth it?

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Fixer Upper or Faller Downer

Is it Worth it???

During your house hunt, you've probably visited a few fixer-uppers along with dozens of other buyers who are thinking about doing some light remodeling, painting and DIY to save a few dollars over the purchase of a home that is move in-ready.

1. Understand Your Fixer Upper

There are 3 distinct types of fixer-upper's. The first type are the 'easy solution' fixers with old carpet, no kitchen backsplash and curtains that need to be removed from windows. A bit of refreshing will make this home ready to live in. The 2nd type requires a little more remodeling, removal of wall-paper, new or re-finished flooring, new windows, removal of pop corn ceilings and possible re-configuration of rooms. The third type is the 'faller-downer' which requires re-building. Although the bargain may be tempting, getting to the TV home makeover version of a fixer-upper may be a long road, depending upon how carefully you evaluate the home you are considering for purchase.

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2. Budget For Renovations

A modest bath redo or family room addition costs $100 to $200 a square foot, said Oliver Marks at HouseLogic.com. In the Bay Area you may be looking at more like $300-$400 per square foot.

For a kitchen renovation, Remodeling Magazine’s annual survey puts the national average cost at $59,999. A high-end kitchen remodel, HGTV estimates, is upward of $80,000.

In addition to labor and materials, renovation costs include architect and engineering fees, inspections, plus permit and licensing fees.

3. Extras

Remember that there are usually unwelcome surprises during your renovation. The plumbing that needs to be replaced, irrigation you forgot to add into the budget, a roof replacement or repair, or that Carrera marble countertop that you can't live without. Things come up and add up. Add 20%+ to your budget to earmark for unanticipated occurrences. 

4. Remodeling Loans

The difference between the purchase price and the market value of the home after improvements is set by an appraiser and this is the amount lenders are allowed to lend. There are limitations from mortgage companies on how much a buyer may receive in construction loan funds. Walk through this with your mortgage professional and lender to determine if a fixer's remodeling projections will be met by available funds.

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5. Safety

Make sure you use the correct safety procedures when remodeling an older home. Consider dust, paint toxins and other materials that could be hazardous and properly seal-off the home from the areas of construction.

I have prepared dozens of homes for sale and can ballpark the renovation costs and make referrals to reliable vendors for your project. Partner with an experienced local Realtor and together, find and evaluate a few different types of fixer-uppers as well as a few turn key, move-in ready homes to make a cost comparison. You may find that spending a few more dollars for a home that is ready for move-in, may save you both time and money.

Excerpts for this post from inman.com "6 hard truths about buying a fixer-upper" by Zeta Cross

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.


OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun 11/11 & 11/12 at 526 52nd St, Oakland, 2-4:30PM

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Lovingly restored 1910 Craftsman/Edwardian in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood in Oakland.

Fabulously updated 2 Bed | 3 Bath where vintage seamlessly meets modern. Formal dining room with fireplace leads to a spacious living room with original wood wainscoting, leaded glass cabinets and a modern renovated chef’s kitchen with soapstone counters, a prep bar/sink, plentiful counter space and storage and a built in dish drainer. Off the kitchen enjoy direct access to a large sunny entertainer's deck with additional patio area surrounded by lush planting & citrus trees. Full basement with 1/2 bath and multiple rooms lends perfectly to expansion potential. Large detached garage would make a great studio! Walking distance is just blocks to all the best restaurants, BART and I-580. Terrific commuter home.

Offered for $785,000.

OPEN HOUSE SAT & SUN

  • 11/11 2pm-4:30pm
  • 11/12 2pm-4:30pm

Your Open House Host: Patty Rogers, Broker Associate

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.


Patty's Real Estate Tips "Fixable Flaws"

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Sometimes a home has a fixable flaw. Many properties would be greatly enhanced by taking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room. Talk about adding to value! It can be as simple as upgrading a roof or adding closet space. Wonderful cosmetic upgrades that you have done to kitchen or bath get lost when there’s a big issue that needs to be solved - Ex. most people won’t buy a house without decent closet space. As a Seller, take away as many objections as you can.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.


The Scoop! Owning a Home

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The art of home buying has to do with finding a home that reflects who you are. You can search on-line forever or set-up multiple home tours with your Realtor checking out every neighborhood, type of home and price point, weighing the pros and cons. That can be exhausting.

With a more organic approach, I'm known for finding "Modicum of Charm" homes by previewing all on-market and off-market inventory to understand what's available, the pricing and the agents, to give you a competitive edge. With excellent timing and a high level of taste and vision, I match you with the home that meets your essence or has the potential to become the home of your dreams. It's a careful assessment of your lifestyle and personal preferences with a bit of intuition and practical knowledge, informed by experience.

In truth, nothing is more exciting than surprising my buyers with the "right' home because it is  when life meets the heart. I like to say, "You will know when you've found the right home, it's a visceral and emotional experience".

 
We knew Patty for only a week before she found us a home. Prior to that we had been looking for 3 months and been let down by other agents. Patty nailed the offer price that got us our place. She knows the market, has had every kind of experience and is a pleasure to work with. I don’t know how you could do better.
— Bill M. - Oakland Homebuyer
 

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.

Why Should I Stage My Home?

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The benefits of Home Staging have long been debated. Everyone loves their own design aesthetic and sometimes they are right, and their home looks like a “staged” home, but that’s pretty rare. So we turn to staging professionals who understand architecture, design, colors, furniture and accessories and know the trends. They just have great taste. Important!

The National Association of Realtors weighs in with an annual survey to determine just what kind of staging works and where. From the Buyers POV, master bedroom staging is important to 51% of those queried, followed by kitchen, yard/outdoor space, dining room, bathroom, children’s bedroom and guest bedroom, in that order.

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About 1/3 of buyer’s agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1% and 5% compared to other similar homes on the market that are not staged. For a $1,000,000 home that representing a $100% to %500% return on investment in your staging cost, and in our market…possibly more.

De-cluttering, cleaning, carpet cleaning and no pets are the most important home improvement items that buyers want to see, ahead of repairs, depersonalization, landscaping and even painting.

I’m a huge fan of staging and work with my sellers to prepare their home for sale to show it in its' best light, produce world class marketing and attract the largest pool of buyers.

MORE about the 2017 NAR Profile of Home Staging HERE >

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.


Commuting from the East Bay - Lots of Options!

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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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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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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, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.

2017 Home Design "IN" and "OUT"

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Here are 2017 Design Trends that are definitively "IN" and making their way into our homes and 3 that are absolutely "OUT"! See which designs you can incorporate into your home for the latest and greatest updates for your surroundings.

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OUT: Just Antiques

You don't have to pair all antiques to the period of your room design. Your room may feature early 20th Century features, like wainscoting, crown moulding and an ornate fireplace surround, though this shouldn't limit you to filling the room with just antiques. It's pleasing to the eye to mix elements from the past and future, using your rooms color story or the elements of other materials like metal, iron, wood, crystal to inform your design choices.

OUT: BIG Furniture

It's more about space these days, and creating it. Larger or oversized furniture can overwhelm a room and become a space hog. Think of the scale of your room and choose your couch and chairs to appropriately fill the space.

OUT: Brushed Metal

The Burnished/Industrial metals are trending downward. Shiny metals like bronze and gold are back in vogue and make a space more elegant.

IN: Appliances In Matte Finishes

Kitchens with bold looks without being to obtrusive are in. Matte finishes don't distract since there is no surface sheen. Going Matte with appliances and even cabinets can create a design layer and add depth to the overall look and create a great comparison with other, more shiney finishes in your kitchen.

IN: Marble

Marble is back and is showing up, especially when paired with wood and metal. It's even extended to marble wall covering, carpet and fabric. 

IN: Cerused Wood

"Cerused is a finishing technique that brings out each peice of woods' unique grain. It is a trend used in the high end market which has now trickled down. You'll see it on cabinets and even table, chairs and storage pieces.

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IN: Jewel Tone Colors

Beige is out finally. Drama is in. Jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green and pastel colors that are found in nature are popular. Here is a saturated neutral which is Benjamin Moore Paint 2017 Color of the year, Shadow. A dark purple, plum color. Dramatic hues can add a sophistication to your home. Try doors, ceilings and in your decor pieces, vases, upholstery, even tile!

IN: Subway Tiles

We saw Subway tiles used in design 20 and even 50 years ago and it remains a favorite, showing a generational style element. Due to the affordable price point it can be used in a variety of ways to enhance a farmhouse kitchen, adding dark grout to make a graphic statement (and show less dirt) and can be used in patterns from vertical, mixed vertical/horizontal, herringbone and in a variety of colors and finishes. Think of combining a matte subway tile and glass subway tile for a mixed media look.

IN: Smart Home Features

Our homes are becoming more automated, able to be run from our devices. Look for incorporating charging docks, security systems, nest thermostat, on demand lighting. IKEA makes the SELJE Nightstand which is one piece of SMART furniture that doubles a built-in wireless charging station.

IN: Home Design

There are plenty of on-line resources to investigate incorporating the latest design trends in your home. One can choose to use a designer to re-fresh or re-imagine your space to conserve on budget. Visit bargain retailers like TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshall's or mid-range design stores like Pier1 Imports, World Market or Bed, Bath & Beyond and even Home Depot to purchase smaller items, rugs, pillows, lighting and accessories to refresh your space for less money. Check catalogues and online shopping with mid to high range West Elm, Room & Board, Jonathan Adler, FrontGate, Horchow, Crate and Barrel, CB2, Ballard Designs and Home Decorators Collection. By choosing items to support your design theme,  you can make a big impact.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with 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.