Patty Rogers Real Estate Agent

Reimagined 4 Bed Rockridge Craftsman! OPEN Sat/Sun 2-4

5701 Keith Ave., Oakland CA 94618

4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1978 SF | Garage

Offered for $1,495,000

OPEN HOUSE

Sat 3/17 & Sun 3/18 | 2-4pm 

Welcome to 5701 Keith, A quintessential reimagined 2 Story Craftsman home, blending modern elegance and traditional detail in the heart of Rockridge. Beautiful home design with a "modicum of charm" and recent remodel. 

What we LOVE:

The spacious size of ALL of the rooms, 4 bedrooms on the upper level, great for a family. The larger than normal Craftsman footprint with beautiful and updated original architectural details. And...recent designer updates and revamped systems. The flat and fabulous yard perfect for entertaining, 2 car garage and long driveway for plenty of guest parking! 

For Gallery and Details > 

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!

Listed by PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Company | Broker Associate Lic #00669968


Oakland's Best Dining - Belotti Ristorante e Bottega

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Belotti Ristorante e Bottega in Rockridge (Oakland). Is the best Italian food I've eaten in the East Bay. Wow! Delicious! Hard to get in without a reservation, but worth the wait. @belottirb

Chef Michele Belotti servesup traditional Italian cooking with a modern touch. In 2017, San Francisco magazine voted Belotti for "Best Bay Area Pasta" and 2 more awards, "Best Trattoria" and "Top Italian Restaurants of the World 2017" from the prestigious Gambero Rosso magazine.

The all handmade pasta menu selections are numerous and the comforting ambience adds to the exemplary dining experience. For main entrees think 13-hour slow cooked Stone Valley Farm suckling pig or 5-hour braised flat iron, Italian organic polenta. I appreciate the care and attention to simply prepared Italian cuisine for an impressive and delectable dining experience.

Photo and logo courtesy of belottirb.com #destinationdining #oaklandsbestrestaurants #italiandiningoakland 

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UPSELL WITH INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING UPGRADES

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We spend dollars and effort making sure the interior of our homes are filled with beautiful design ideas and we carefully landscape our exterior. The trend is to blend living spaces connecting the indoor with the outdoor. Make a large slider from your kitchen to a backyard patio, use a pergola to extend the outdoor space adding stylish furniture and accessories.

You can vary the cost of fusing the indoor with the outdoor by installing a simple swing bench on a patio, spending more for an outdoor kitchen and even more to add deck extensions, an out building or an outdoor roof.

Your Realtor may note the potential in your space to make a 1500SF home live more like a 2000SF home, turning a patio or large backyard into a mini oasis. Think about your area's weather pattern and how much time you or your buyer may actually spend in the yard and make sure your return on investment (ROI) is commensurate with your plan.

Weather Is A Factor

If your yard or deck is in a overly sunny location, consider that cushions and furniture may be bleached by the sun, so choosing furniture and accessories that perform well in sun, snow, hail or any kind of extreme weather is key. This can be a more expensive option than popular big box store patio set's but may be worthwhile if you are not investing in a roof or pergola cover for the space.

Country To City Choices

The design for your fusion space will be different depending if you have less square footage in an urban space or live in a rural area with lots of room to play and entertain.

In an Urban area, playing up a balcony as a focal point is important to hopefully frame a view. Use chic furniture, hanging lights, a mini bonfire pit (if allowed) and carefully placed potted plants or hanging boxes to warm up concrete and steel.

When you are in a suburban or rural area you can take advantage of extra outdoor space by installing a pergola or pagoda as an entertainment focal spot or even a hardwood deck with a bar and grilling area. Installing an oversized glass door that folds, or slides in the the wall is a dramatic way to connect a living room to a deck, pool or full outdoor kitchen.

Make It Worthwhile

Carefully evaluate you financial investment in creating an indoor-outdoor living plan to make sure you will receive an appropriate return on investment to justify the amount of usage.

If you are in a dry, sunny climate, a homeowner may consider bigger projects like an outdoor kitchen or building a new deck. If not outdoors as much, perhaps new outdoor furniture will be more appropriate. Careful planning will help the process go smoother.

What do you want your blended living space to accomplish? Make sure to determine a budget and research designers and builders who will be able to execute your vision and/or advise on the best plan for your area, neighborhood and climate. Query your Realtor for what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood to achieve the indoor outdoor lifestyle in your home that will bring you the best return for your investment.

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! AWESOME EAST BAY RESTAURANTS

The East Bay is known for it's foodie scene. Alice Waters' flagship restaurant, Chez Panisse was established in Berkeley in 1971, paving the way for the many chef driven restaurants that have made their home in East Bay communities delighting us with fantastic cuisine and eclectic dining choices. 

Whether California or International Cuisine of every kind, experience dining at these fabulous, delicious locales in Oakland, Albany, Rockridge, Temescal and Piedmont:

PHO Ao Sen

Pho is a rich broth that is served with herbs, veggies, meats and condiments. This locale draws crowds, so plan to wait a bit and check out the market that is next door or visit during the week for lighter crowds.

2 Locations:

  • 1139 E 12th St., Oakland, CA 94606 510-835-5588; Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. Closed Wednesday
  • 655 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706 510-679-5000 Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat/Sun 10am-9pm, Closed Wednesday

Cosecha

Chez Panisse Alumni, Dominica Cisneros-Rice owner of Cosecha serves up Mexican and California Cuisine in a communical setting. Think traditional entrees like braised pork in chile guajillo. Located in the historic Swan's Market in Old Oakland, dine on fresh hand made tortillas, tacos, salads and soups! 

Location:

  • 907 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607 510-452-5900 Website

Duende

Chef Driven by Paul Canales, former Oliveto Chef has opened the Modern Spanish and Basque, Duende in Uptown Oakland. Using local ingredients and sources, dine on Paellas, Tapas, pintxos small dishes. Located across from the Fox Theater, they offer an extensive sherry list and Spanish-based wines. Perfect for pre-show dinner and drinks.

Location:

  • 468 19th St., Oakland, CA 94612 510-893-0174 Website

Here's a short list of a few more favorites:

Geta Sushi - Piedmont - Itsy bitsy sushi bar, reasonably priced. Take out best during busy times. 165 41st St., Oakland 510-653-4643 Website

Dopo - Piedmont - Sicilian cusine and Italian wine. Lasaigna, antipasti, changing menu! 4293 Piedmont Ave., Oakland 510-652-3676 Website

Pizzaiolo - Temescal - Wood-fired pizza, pastas, braised pork. Breakfast. 5008 Telegraph Ave., Oakland 510-652-4888 Website

A Cote - Rockridge - Romantic with a garden patio, mediterranean influenced mussels, pomme frites and flatbreads. 5478 College Ave., Oakland 510-655-6469. Website

Connect with us to learn about our favorite East Bay restaurants and cafe's for rich culinary options to indulge even the most serious foodie lifestyle.

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

How to Improve your Credit to Buy a Home

HOW TO Improve Your Credit...

So you want to buy a home and you are willing to do what it takes to qualify and become approved for a home loan. Credit scores play a big role in determining whether you’ll qualify for a loan and what your loan terms will be. So, keep your credit score high by doing the following:

Check for errors in your credit report.

Thanks to an act of Congress, you can download one free credit report each year at annualcreditreport.com. If you find any errors, correct them immediately.

Pay down credit card bills.

If possible, pay off the entire balance every month. Transferring credit card debt from one card to another could lower your score.

Don’t charge your credit cards to the max.

Pay down as much as you can every month.

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Wait 12 months after credit difficulties to apply for a mortgage.

You’re penalized less severely for problems after a year.

Don’t order items for your new home on credit.

Wait until after your home loan is approved to charge appliances and furniture, as that will add to your debt. Wait on purchasing a new car or any other large purchase.

Don’t open new credit card accounts.

If you’re applying for a mortgage, having too much available credit can lower your score.

Shop for mortgage rates all at once.

Having too many credit applications can lower your score. However, multiple inquiries about your credit score from the same type of lender are counted as one if submitted over a short period of time.

Avoid finance companies.

Even if you pay off their loan on time, the interest is high and it may be considered a sign of poor credit management.

For local lender referrals customized to your scenario, connect with your local Realtor who may provide a variety of lending resource recommendations for you to consider. 

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

Post Source: Sourced from The National Association of Realtors "Guidebook for Buyers" (c) 2015.

UPSELL WITH INDOOR OUTDOOR LIVING UPGRADES

Blending The Inside And Outside Of A Home Can Be A Dramatic Way To Add Value, But Here's What You Should Know

We spend dollars and effort making sure the interior of our homes are filled with beautiful design ideas and likewise, we carefully landscape our exterior. The trend is to blend living spaces connecting the indoor with the outdoor. Make a large slider from your kitchen to a backyard patio or use a pergola to extend the outdoor space adding stylish furniture and accessories.

You can vary the cost of fusing the indoor with the outdoor by installing a simple swing bench on a patio, spending more for an outdoor kitchen and even more to add deck extensions, an out building or an outdoor roof.

Your Realtor may note the potential in your space to make a 1500SF home live more like a 2000SF home, turning a patio or large backyard into a mini oasis. Think about your area's weather pattern and how much time you or your buyer may actually spend in the yard and make sure your return on investment (ROI) is commensurate with your plan.

Weather Is A Factor

If your yard or deck is in a overly sunny location, consider that cushions and furniture may be bleached by the sun, so choosing furniture and accessories that perform well in sun, snow, hail or any kind of extreme weather. This can be a more expensive option than popular big box store patio set's but may be worthwhile if you are not investing in a roof or pergola cover for the space.

Country To City Choices

The design for your fusion space will be different depending if you have less square footage in an urban space or live in a rural area with lots of room to play and entertain.

In an Urban area, playing up a balcony as a focal point is important to hopefully frame a view. Use chic furniture, hanging lights, a mini bonfire pit (if allowed) and carefully placed potted plants or hanging boxes to warm up concrete and steel.

When you are in a suburban or rural area you can take advantage of extra outdoor space by installing a pergola or pagoda as an entertainment focal spot or even a hardwood deck with a bar and grilling area. Installing an oversized glass door that folds, or slides in the the wall is a dramatic way to connect a living room to a deck, pool or full outdoor kitchen.

Make It Worthwhile

Carefully evaluate you financial investment in creating an indoor-outdoor living plan to make sure you will receive an appropriate return on investment to justify the amount of usage.

If you are in a dry, sunny climate, a homeowner may consider bigger projects like an outdoor kitchen or building a new deck. If not outdoors as much, perhaps new outdoor furniture will be more appropriate. Careful planning will help the process go smoother.

What do you want your blended living space to accomplish? Make sure to determine a budget and research designers and builders who will be able to execute your vision and/or advise on the best plan for your area, neighborhood and climate. Query your Realtor for what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood to achieve the indoor outdoor lifestyle in your home that will bring you the best return for your investment.

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


Oakland Farmhouse Just SOLD by Patty Rogers BRE#00669968

RECENTLY CLOSED BY PATTY ROGERS

1921 Dutch Colonial Farmhouse in Crocker Highlands/Piedmont

1012 Harvard Road, OAKLAND, CA 94610

3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1526 SF as per Tax Record | Built 1921

Behold this bright two-story Dutch Colonial ideally located in uber-desirable Crocker Highlands near the vibrant Grand Lake district known for its shops, restaurants, historic movie theater and farmers’ market. Built in 1921, this home's traditional design includes coved ceilings, a light-filled living room and a sunroom/office with French doors that open to a beautifully built deck and patio - ideal for entertaining. The easy-to-maintain garden grows grapevines, sweet peas and plenty of room for more veggies and outdoor living! The home was renovated from head-to-toe in 2012. Some notable updates include the garden patio and deck, stone countertops in the kitchen, pedestal sinks in the bathrooms and tasteful tile. Don’t miss the basement bonus space! Buyer Representation. Listing Courtesy of Cameron Platt, Abio Properties BRE#01403911

Offered for $1,095,000 | RECENTLY SOLD AT $1,650,000

AGENTS NOTES: The 2 story traditional house everyone wants. Wonderfully remodeled family home in prestigious Crocker Highlands. Walk out through French doors to a deck and then an amazing, flat, usable yard with mature plantings. Summer dinners on the deck! Tasteful remodel. High end kitchen. Formal dining room and gracious living room. All 3 bedrooms on one level. House is in stellar condition. Move-in Ready and the location! location! location! Closed August 2017!

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  • 2 Story Dutch Colonial
  • 1526 SF Interior
  • Lot 3264 SF
  • Built in 1921
  • Renovated in 1958 and recently in 2012
  • Decorative Fireplace
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Coved Ceilings & French Doors
  • Master Bedroom Suite
  • Basement & Bonus Room/Office
  • Forced Air Heating
  • Decks & Flat Fenced Yard, Garden and Play Patio (terraced up)
  • Front & Rear Landscaping

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

Ha! Ha! - Funny Real Estate Video I had to share

Some of you may have seen this on the Ellen Degeneres Show. I admire the pluck of these agents for sharing their "talent" and for even making and publishing a video, though I'm not sure I'd take this route. What do you think of the quality of his rap and editing in the 2nd video? Did he want it to be perceived as funny as it is? However, it has gone viral! I am producing a video about my business. Do you think I should include my humorous side, or should it be all business?

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.

The latest Bay Area home prices! What's been your experience in the current Bay Area real estate market?

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As Bay Area home prices continued to break records, Abio Properties co-founder Linnette Edwards helped explain the red-hot real estate trend to the San Francisco Chronicle and KRON4 News.

Reporters sought Linnette’s expertise after a new industry report showed that the median Bay Area home price rose to $735,000 in June, up 7.5 percent from the same time last year.

In Alameda County, the median home price jumped 10 percent to $770,000, from last June to this June. In Contra Costa County, the median rose 7.2 percent to $580,000, according to CoreLogic analytics.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

“Alameda County posted the largest month-to-month [May 2017-June 2017] rise in prices, 5.9 percent. Some homes in the popular areas of Oakland and Berkeley are selling for 60 percent more than the asking price and approaching San Francisco on a price-per-square-foot basis, saidLinnette Edwards, associate broker with Abio Properties. ‘I’ve never seen anything close to this pricing and this kind of fervor,’ she said. A home on Beverly Place in North Berkeley that was listed at $799,000 just sold for $1,333,000 cash with no contingencies, she said.”

Because of low inventory, buyers literally are flocking to strategically-priced properties, especially in Oakland and Berkeley. Homes are being priced to grab attention, and then agents are flooded with more offers than even they expected, way over asking, with fewer contingencies and lots of cash.

An Abio listing at 6021 Valley View Rd., Oakland – a 692 sq ft. cottage in Oakland’s Montclair hills priced at $495,000 – recently attracted 60-80 groups at each open house. The property received an extraordinary 23 offers in July. Now it is pending at more than 40 percent over the listing price.

Another Abio listing at 1012 Harvard Rd., Oakland attracted 11 offers. It was listed at $1.09 million and is selling for $1.65 million.

As Linnette told Maureen Kelly of KRON4 News, “This is the hottest I’ve seen it in the 15 years I’ve been in the industry.”

Some homes in the most desirable parts of Alameda County are selling for more than $1,000 per square foot, inching up toward San Francisco’s infamous home pricing.

Linnette added, “It’s not always like that, so don’t freak out. It’s okay.” She urged buyers to not give up. Keep house hunting. Instead of rushing to the most popular open houses with everyone else, work with your trusted Realtor to find properties that are flying under the radar.

Do you have a great story about your experiences in this zealous real estate market? Share it in our comments section below.

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.