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Buyers – hang in there! We are here to help…

Buyers – we are here for you and we know that it is tough out there. It is hard to get a handle on this current market, frustrating to submit multiple offers and downright annoying to see that list prices… Read More

2014 – Here we go…

I believe that you still have an undersupplied market place IE less inventory and more buyers. Mortgage rates are still historically low and I think this helps drive home market by making it “feel” very active and fast paced. This… Read More

Recently Sold Listings

Represented by Scott Ward in the past few months.These websites are just one example of how I like to use the internet to showcase properties. Note interactive floor plan and other custom features. www.840-51st.com www.1504cypress.com www.2926benvenue.com www.61st-triplex.com www.4707elcentro.com www.564forest.com www.1048aileen.com… Read More

Active Listings

990 43rd St
Oakland

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Offered @ $349,000

Total fixer with huge upside!

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    Oakland , 94608
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    Oakland, 94608
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    Berkeley, 94703
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    Berkeley, 94702
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    Oakland , 94608
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    Oakland , 94608
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    Oakland, 94618
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Happy 2014 everyone! Year of the Horse – GiddyUP.

Whew – what a year in real estate. 2013 was very active to say the least.

There was a lot of competition on both sides of the market (buyer and seller), multiple offers were heard on most properties and plenty of buyers missing out. For the most part this is a classic seller’s market. Successful buyers need to be aggressive, smart, nimble and level headed. Successful sellers need to showcase their homes in the broadest context with good photos, staging, and with a succinct message about the home.

Check out what the media has to say about  the Oakland market:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americas-10-hottest-housing-markets-2013-08-14

Check out what the media has to say about the Berkeley market:

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/06/20/berkeley-home-prices-soar-just-dont-call-it-a-bubble/

So what is in store for Q1 2014? (One guy’s opinion…)

1) Try and relax – an informed buyer, one that understands the market, neighborhoods, appreciation, risks, rewards, and ownership satisfaction will still be able to find a home. Sellers, stay clear in your purpose and honest with the information and, you too, will be successful.

2) Traditionally inventory starts to ramp up in the spring  - obviously, there are people selling their homes now and properties to see. In fact, there may even be your dream house available right now. Buyers, use this early part of the season wisely; investigate neighborhoods and cultivate a reasonable “wish” list. Try and track what the “deltas” are between list price and sold price. Sellers, spruce up your home, fix things that need fixing with good trades people, and don’t be afraid to paint the inside of the house if it needs it – first impressions are still very important.

3) Watch the rates – if things inch up that could be the start of something.

As always – feel free to call me or email me directly to talk about your buying or selling needs.

Scott

415.225.4593

Scott Ward, Realtor  |  DRE # 01490471
Marvin Gardens  |  East Bay Real Estate  |  www.MarvinGardens.com
1575 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, CA 94707  |  Fax: (510) 527-1575
Scott@scottward.me  |  (415) 225-4593

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