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Cleaning and Painting Add Home Value When Selling

For maximum return on investment, local experts recommend a spic-and-span home with fresh paint.

Limited Inventory Ups Prices

Red Oak Realty’s top producer, Deidre Joyner, talks strategies to fit home owners’ and buyers’ needs in the East Bay.

Zillow Predicts Oakland Housing Appreciation Rates Will Slow

If the Seattle-based real estate analysis firm is right, Oakland home prices in 2015 will increase but only about half as much as they did in 2014.

Oakland’s Condo Glut Becomes a Condo Shortage

Almost all the condominiums built as a result of former Mayor Jerry Brown’s push to bring 10,000 new residents to downtown have been sold. And there’s little new in the near-term pipeline.

Reverse Mortgages Explained

A reverse mortgage is a “loan” of sorts, available to homeowners over the age of 62 to be used for just about anything—except stock market investment or speculation. Simply put, the traditional mortgage payback stream is reversed, and the lender pays the homeowner one lump sum at closing; a line of credit with a growth factor; or monthly installments of up to $625,000 over a specified period, depending on equity accrued.

Independent Banks, Brokers vs. the Big Guys

Local brokers and banks make the case for service and sense of place.

How Much House Can You Afford?

Our survey of four price points for East Bay houses and condos offers a bird’s-eye-view of today’s market from Richmond to Castro Valley.

What Kind of Rental Can You Afford?

Three prices for renting offer an interesting survey of what’s available for renting in the East Bay.

West Bay Refugees are Jacking Up East Bay Housing Prices.

As real estate prices have skyrocketed in San Francisco, it’s no surprise that more residents there who are looking to buy homes have switched their search to the East Bay.

West Bay Refugees are Jacking Up East Bay Housing Prices.

As real estate prices have skyrocketed in San Francisco, it’s no surprise that more residents there who are looking to buy homes have switched their search to the East Bay.