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    Thursday, October 12, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Cute Ghouls & Halloween Horrors: We Scared Up This List of East Bay Halloween Fun

    Whether you are searching for a good scare, pumpkin pickings, zombie pub crawls or the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, we have the skinny on Halloween fun in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
    Let’s start with the free candy:
    The best ‘hoods for East Bay trick-or-treating and spooky sightseeing, according to our insiders, include Berkeley’s Mariposa Avenue and Russell Street (between College Avenue and Claremont Avenue); Oakland’s Cleveland Heights/Haddon Hill and Trestle Glen Street (off Lakeshore); Lafayette’s Victoria Court and the loop along Merriewood Drive and Silverado (near Burton Valley Elementary); and Alameda’s Haight Street (the 300 block).
    Our families are always on the hunt for favorite trick-or-treating streets, so if we missed yours, leave a comment here or contact us at Abio!
    For more spook-tacular Hall ...

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      east bay lifestyle, halloween

    Thursday, October 05, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    We Are Obsessed With Company Culture at Abio Properties!

    We get asked a lot about why many of us at Abio Properties left large brokerages to open a specialized boutique real estate agency in the East Bay.
    Here’s Our Big Why: We are passionate (obsessed even?) about creating the most open, creative, energetic and fun company culture possible.
    Is culture really that important? Heck yeah!
    Too many U.S. companies foster a cutthroat, high-pressure culture to drive their financial success. But a growing body of research finds that high-pressure environments can crush spirits, productivity and the company bottom line.
    A report in the Harvard Business Review revealed that health care expenditures at high-pressure companies are nearly 50 percent greater than at other organizations. Across the U.S., 550 million workdays are lost each year due to job stress, according to the American Psychological Association. Stress leads to absenteeism, mistakes and high turnover.
    On the flip side, many studies found evidence tha ...

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      company culture

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Don’t Despair, Bay Area Homebuyers! See These Hidden Pockets of Affordability

    Bay Area affordable: This 4-bed, 3-bath Concord home on a 6,500-square-foot lot was listed for just $569,000.

    For first-time home buyers and buyers who want to trade in starter homes for something bigger, entering the red hot Bay Area real estate market can feel like facing down a 250-lb linebacker at the Super Bowl – who wants your wallet, your savings, your debit card and PIN numbers.
    But buying a home doesn’t have to be scary or suck you dry if you pay attention to the "hidden" pockets of affordable housing in the Bay Area, especially in Contra Costa County.
    (By affordable housing, we mean relative affordability, considering that the median home price in many Bay Area cities tops $1 million!)
    Check this out: The median price for a single-family home in August was as low as $390,000 in San Pablo and $561,000 in Brentwood. Brentwood’s median increased 16 percent year-over-year, but it’s still a bargain by Bay Area standards, as the Mercury News ...

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      east bay real estate, buyer's tips, contra costa homes for sale

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Ka-ching! Oakland Home Sellers Cash In On Record Home Values

    We know the East Bay real estate market is hot. But how hot? 

    A new study that compares national home sales prices with initial purchase prices found that Oakland sellers reap the greatest return on their investments – by a landslide.
    The typical Oakland homeowner made a profit of $235,000 on the sale of their property in 2016, after living in it for about seven years, according to a Zillow report out this month.
    That’s 78 percent more than what the owners initially paid.
    Nationally, homeowners sold for 24 percent more than what they initially paid, a gain of about $40,000.
    The data analyzed by Zillow was from 2016, but we can tell you anecdotally that nothing has changed in 2017. Home values continue to climb in the strongest sellers market, thanks to record low housing inventory.
    Oakland was one of the nation’s most competitive markets this August, when about 67 percent of homes sold above list price, according to analysis by Red ...

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      east bay real estate, oakland, market conditions

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Join Abio Cares at Alameda County Food Bank on Sept. 25

    Please join Abio Cares on Sept. 25 between 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Alameda County Community Food Bank as we give back to the community we all love.
    With one in five of our neighbors lacking food basics, we support the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s (ACCBF) mission to fight hunger locally -- from Berkeley to Fremont, from Oakland to Livermore.
    In just three easy hours on Sept. 25, we will help sort and package food headed to 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, school meal programs and other community organizations. The ACCFB creates nearly 600,000 meals worth of food every week!
    Why does Abio care? To keep up with demand, the food bank needs 75 volunteers per shift. The biggest need is for weekday help, so we want to do our part. No one should worry about where his or her next meal will come from.
    The Abio Cares team includes Abio Properties agent Sarka Sarkisian, who said this will be her second volunteer trip to the ACC ...

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      abio cares, alameda county, volunteer