Open Houses for Sunday, May 18th

Attached is the Sunday Open House list:

Sunday Open Homes May 18th

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Here are the Open Houses for Sunday, May 11th

Happy Mothers Day!

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Oakland Home Prices Spike 76% Year Over Year

SF Curbed, our local real estate blog, reports that here in the Oakland, median home prices have increased even faster than in the city of San Francisco. Based on data from Ziprealty, SF Curbed reports the median home price in Oakland has increased from $245,ooo last year to  a whopping $432,000 this year! By contrast, San Francisco’s median home price has only increased 20% over the same time period. Wow.

However, the article also notes: “the actual dollar amount (Oakland’s median price) is still only half the median home sale price in San Francisco.” So, although prices are exploding here in the East Bay, home prices here are still an amazing bargain compared to the city across the bay. Below is a graphic of zip code by zip code median home prices here in the East Bay (courtesy of Ziprealty). See the full SF Curbed article here.

Interestingly, the map leaves out one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Oakland, namely Rockridge. The current median price in Rockridge according to DQ News is $700,000.

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Buying A Property Specifically for Vacation Rental – A How To

John Wheatley has a great article on how he went about purchasing a property specifically to rent out via AirBnB. If you are not familiar with AirBnb, go and check it out. My wife and I have used it many times when visiting other cities. Basically the owner is renting the property out on a several day to week long basis. This sort of arrangement allows for much higher rents than monthly leasing. Another similar site to AirBnB is VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner).

Here is John’s article, chock full of tips and tricks.

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2 Houses/ 1 Lot

South Berkeley bungalow w/ separate 2 BR cottage!The main house features an open living & dining room,cozy fireplace & built-ins. Sunny kitchen w/ Carrera couners & breakfast nook. Two BR cottage has eat-in kitchen,sunny living room, newer windows & separate patio. 1 block to San Pablo Park.

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Ain’t it the truth!

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