Should I List My Home Now?

If you own a home in Piedmont, Oakland or Berkeley the answer is YES!  I know what you are thinking.  It’s raining every other day and sometimes for many days in a row and who wants to buy houses in the rain? The answer to that question is – lots of people!  There are buyers [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Blog|

How harsh weather conditions can benefit a home buyer in the Bay Area

El Nino has certainly been giving the Bay Area a much needed shower and in addition to quenching the thirst of the parched landscapes around town, it creates a fabulous environment in which to search for houses.  If you are a buyer this is a wonderful opportunity for you to see how the home performs [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Blog|

Want $3000 Grant Money?

Earthquake Brace + Bolt is offering a grant for $3000 to California residents towards Earthquake Retrofitting. Learn more about the grant and EQ Brace + Bolt here.

By | January 29th, 2016|Blog|

Notes & Words

I am part of a team of people working on a wonderful event at The Fox Theater called Notes & Words for a night of smart and enjoyable entertainment benefitting Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland. (www.notesandwords.org) Recently I went to The Fox Theater with 90 other volunteers to learn about this year's Notes & Words [...]

By | March 29th, 2012|Blog|

Secrets to Staging Your Home for Sale: Get Rid of Your Junk!

I mean this in the nicest way. Recently I had a client who had carefully and lovingly arranged her collection of over 400 mini shampoo bottles from various hotels in a display — in the bathroom. Literally. The walls were covered, floor-to-ceiling. Are you such a collector? When preparing to sell your home, I highly [...]

By | February 13th, 2012|Blog|

Sold: 406 El Cerrito Ave., Piedmont

As you enter the Vintage wooden gate of this classic "Piedmont Centennial" brown-shingle home, you can sense its history. Situated on nearly a quarter acre in the center of town, this Craftsman-era home harmonizes with its surroundings. The buyer of this property now owns a piece of history.

By | January 26th, 2012|Featured Properties, Sold Listings|

“The 8th Wonder of the World”

In early 2004, I helped my client, journalist and staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal Pui-Wing Tam, buy her dream home in Piedmont. She wrote about her arduous but ultimately successful Bay Area home buying experience in the paper. Below are excerpts from her article, "House Hunting Advice for Bay Area Hopefuls," published in [...]

By | January 5th, 2012|Appreciations|

Mavis Delacroix and Love Letters in the New York Times

"Buying; Sh! They're Making Mini Masterpieces," New York Times, February 15, 2002; by Patricia Leigh Brown In this detailed first-person article about the desire to make one's home into a cocoon, the author (my client) describes her own trials and tribulations while house hunting in the Bay Area. Veteran journalist Patricia Leigh Brown's story highlights [...]

By | January 5th, 2012|Blog, In the News|

Sold: Modern Rockridge Craftsman

Living in the East Bay doesn't get much better than this! You can own this home with many of the architectural details of a traditional craftsman, such as hardwood floors throughout, coupled with the ease of living offered by a state of the art kitchen and stunning baths. Designed by Jarvis Architects, this home features [...]

By | December 26th, 2011|Featured Properties, Sold Listings|

Sold: 3657 Maple Ave., Oakland, CA 94602

This affordably-priced absolutely adorable California Craftsman bungalow has many of the features of a larger home such as large public rooms and a formal entry. Relax in front of the recently refurbished fireplace in the spacious living room. Enjoy entertaining in the elegant formal dining room with built in cabinetry. The updated eat-in kitchen features [...]

By | December 26th, 2011|Featured Properties, Sold Listings|