Baxter's Berkeley and East Bay Blog

Real Estate Agent - Red Oak Realty
Rockridge has been one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the East Bay of the San Francisco, CA area for many years. A decade ago I remember speaking with clients about how expensive it was relative to other parts of Oakland especially. "Those prices can't keep going up," said I with confi...
It was a true pleasure to hand over the keys yesterday to my lovely clients who just purchased their first home in Rockridge, in of the most coveted neighborhoods in Oakland, CA. Rockridge has a dual identity: what REALTORS call Rockridge extends roughly from Broadway down past College Avenue to ...
Inventory picked up, as did the sense of optimism in the Berkeley, CA real estate market last month. Many first time buyers were out, trying to get into contract before the April 30th deadline to capitalize on both the Federal and State home buyer credits. Total supply of inventory in Berkeley fo...
It's good for us to remember that, rather than a conspiracy by Hallmark Cards as some think, Mothers' Day was originally a peace movement by women. A Mothers' Day Proclamation was written in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. She proposed an annual Mothers' Day fo...
The GREEN Council of the Berkeley Association of REALTORS will be accepting used, broken, out-of-date and otherwise unloved electronics equipment this Friday, April 23rd from 10 - 3 as our way of acknowledging EARTH DAY!     We can accept: *Moribund monitors  *lifeless laptops  *sick cell phones ...
A couple weeks ago I posted information about the tax credits available for home buyers, especially first-time buyers. For the month of April ONLY first time buyers are in the unique position of getting an $8,000 credit from the Federal government PLUS a new $10,000 credit from the State of Calif...
Usually when I analyze sold data for the Berkeley, CA real estate market, it reinforces what I’ve experienced as a REALTOR® representing both buyers and sellers in this East Bay area. Not so with the first quarter results for 2010! As our spring market evolved in 2009 we all were painfully aware ...
I enjoyed showing the staged, vacant unit today of my gorgeous listing, the Rose Walk Complex. For residents of Berkeley, California, this is a truly iconic property, and whenever I show this property it's a real pleasure as visitors are always so impressed with the quality of design and construc...
As you drive north on the Arlington (past my house!) you will come around a curve and suddenly you're in a different village. In fact, you've also crossed into a different county, from Alameda in Contra Costa. And you've also crossed from a City with a very bureaucratic city government, to a town...
A piece of legislation was just signed that should be a tremendous incentive for home buyers in California to take action, and soon! AB132 provides $200 million for home buyer tax credits, dividing the money equally between purchasers of new (previously unoccupied) homes, and first-time buyers of...

Arlene Baxter

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