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Spacious Duplex near UC Berkeley campus Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood Open House $655,000 Multi Family Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms2 UnitsInterior: 2,366 sqftLot: 4,506 sqft Location 2326 Parker StreetBerkeley, CA 94704USA To get updates on open home dates and oth...
For anyone looking for a view home with traditional charm, updated kitchen and bath, and a great location, I have a recommendation for you. Visit 2530 Edwards Avenue, in El Cerrito. A significant arched picture window frames beautiful views of Mt.Tamalpais and the Bay from the living room. The ho...
Sales prices of single family homes in one of our favorite neighborhoods--Rockridge in Oakland, CA--have seen a series of rises and falls over the past three years. From this time in 2008, median sold prices in this popular area saw a fairly percipitous fall from the mid-$900's to the mid-$700's,...
Despite national and state-wide news to the contrary, our extended Berkeley area market feels quite active, with lots of new buyers hoping to take advantage of record low mortgage rates. We continue to suffer primarily from a dearth of desirable inventory. The most attractively presented, well-lo...
  On this of all days, we celebrate the simple joys of life: heirloom tomatoes, cling peaches, blackberries, sweet corn. . . . and community. Visiting a farmers’ market provides the pleasures of top-quality products with the added satisfaction of talking with the vendors, hearing their stories an...
Heading to an Association breakfast meeting, I turned on the car radio to hear a national real estate market update. The reporter was commenting on the fact that the housing market recovery was going to be much slower than originally anticipated, lasting at least through next year, if not longer....
All residents of the Berkeley, CA area are invited to bring their lifeless laptops, sick cellphones, tired TVs and moribund monitors to the Berkeley Association of REALTORS® this Thursday from 1 - 4 pm or Friday from 10 -noon and their electronics will be recycled for FREE. This is the annual Ear...
We've all heard about the "shadow inventory" of distressed homes, that large number of properties that may dump into our market at any minute from the banks' stash of foreclosed properties, commonly called REOs. It's impossible to know how much of an issue that will be in this area. Below I show ...
We know we need rain, at least in some global sense of “need.” But today, right now, I do not NEED it to be raining. My seller most certainly does not WANT it to be raining in El Cerrito on the first day that his house is on the market. Especially not after weeks, really months of preparation, wh...
You've all seen the headlines:  Plunging Prices, Stagnant Sales, Foreclosures lurking. The Berkeley, CA area market has remained stronger than most during this market correction. But this past month most of the extended Berkeley area has seen very limited activity. In the past three weeks less th...

Arlene Baxter

Listing/Buying agent, Historic to Green, 2012 REALTOR of the Year, Berkeley Association Berkeley CA & environs
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