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Category Archives: Orinda, CA Real Estate

Lamorinda Foreclosures, Short Sales, and the Perils of of Buying “As Is”…

Lafayette Foreclosures, Lafayette Short Sales, Orinda Foreclosures, Orinda Short Sales, et al… OK… now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about a subject that seems to be coming up more and more as we move into the heart of the 2010 market. We are fortunate to live in an area where foreclosure properties …

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The Lamorinda Real Estate Market and Buffett’s Housing Predictions…

The “Oracle of Omaha”, Berkshire Hathaway’s Chairman Warren Buffett, went on record Saturday in his annual letter to shareholders stating that residential real estate market problems will be substanitally behind us within the next 12 months: “[Within] a year or so residential housing problems should largely be behind us, the exceptions being only high-value …

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The Key to Housing’s Recovery — Bank Lending

Yesterday’s front page article in the Wall Street Journal really underscored the foundational key to the housing market’s recovery, as well as the broader economy’s.  My recent experience with lenders, and consumers attempting to obtain real estate financing, strongly suggests that the strength of this year’s market will be closely tied to the willingness …

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Real Estate Technology… A Historical Contradiction in Terms

With nothing blaring in the news today about real estate, I’ve decided to jump on my soap box and talk about something that I’m quite passionate about.  From my earliest days in the business world, I’ve been fascinated with the use of information technology to achieve competitive advantage.  In fact, I probably owe this …

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“Housing Collapse” or Just Irresponsible, Exploitative Journalism?

Clearly with nothing more newsworthy to make a front page headline, the Contra Costa Times chose to to run “The East Bay’s Housing Collapse May Not Be Over” as their lead story yesterday.  Quite frankly, it’s illustrative of how desperate they must be to sell retail copies of their paper, rather than exhibit responsible …

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Lamorinda Market Statistics

The latest Lamorinda market statistics were just released and show distinct improvement from January of 2009: Inventories are down 20% Sales are up 50% And the leading edge of the market… pending sales are up 87% Even for those of us who believe we still have a long way to go before we declare …

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Another View of the Market… Still in the Bubble??

The months ahead in the housing market are still a mystery to those of us closest to it.  While I believe it will be a much better market than 2009, some aren’t sharing my optimism on this subject.  A recent Wall Street Journal article  discusses economist Dean Baker’s belief that the recent  six month …

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Some New Twists in the World of Mortgage Financing

With the financing pendulum swinging wildly from one extreme to another over the last 12+ months, many of us have almost voluntarily strapped on straight-jackets over the outrageously absurd issues spilling forth from the mortgage lending industry. Just when we thought that we had seen it all, a new twist in underwriting may be …

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A Summary of the State of the Local Real Estate Market

A summarized view of the Lafayette real estate market and the surrounding areas of Orinda, Walnut Creek, etc… as of January 2010.

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Real Estate Marketing for Today and Tomorrow… NOT Yesterday

The new, strategically important technology in real estate marketing for today and tomorrow…

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