Tuesday, January 30, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Happy 2nd birthday to us! Look how we’ve grown in just two short, fun years: 2 offices, 9 amazing support staff members, two dozen awesome agents. And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate all this success than to add four new Realtors to the Abio Properties family!
Please give a warm welcome to…
Realtor Debra Alber
Debra Alber Debra is an award-winning Realtor with more than 16 years of experience. A Bay Area resident of more than 32 years, she can offer pertinent insight on neighborhoods, school districts, and area trends. “Last, but not least,” she tells us, “I’ve lived through a number of renovations, surviving with my humor intact!” That makes her a go-to person when it comes to seeing and realizing the potential in your next home.
Realtor Shannon Kelly
Shannon Kelly Shannon is a s ...
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Another article in our ongoing series about East Bay neighborhoods...
Burton Valley is the peaceful Mayberry of Lafayette – a neighborhood full of kids on bikes, grassy parks, creek walks, a top-rated elementary school and swim clubs. And it is just minutes from charming downtown Lafayette with chic shops, delicious dining and popular town festivals.
Tucked in the "back" of Lafayette, away from the bustle of the freeway and downtown, Burton Valley is one of Lafayette’s four main neighborhoods, which also include Reliez Valley, Happy Valley and Downtown Lafayette.
It is a quiet and coveted neighborhood once filled with pear and walnut orchards prior to the 1920s. Now Burton Valley is known for sprawling ranch and traditional homes built between 1937 and 2016, with lawns and oaks in front and swimming pools in back. The median listing price on a house for sale has held steady at $1.3 million for the last few years.
Ranch-style homes and friendly  ...
Monday, August 14, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Roses are red. Violets are blue. I love your house. So sell it to me.
You found your dream house and you love it so so much! The problem is, you are shopping in the red-hot East Bay real estate market, where homes for sale in Oakland, Berkeley, Lamorinda, Alameda and the rest of the East Bay draw multiple offers. A recent Abio listing in Walnut Creek got 11 offers, another in Berkeley received 15, and a house in Oakland got a whopping 23! You get the picture...
How can your offer stand out in this competitive climate? One highly effective but understated tool is the love letter to the seller.
Making the highest offer might be the obvious way to win a bid, but sometimes the bottom line isn’t just about money. It’s about whether you made a personal connection with the seller.
A love letter to the seller puts a human face on your bid. With a letter, you are no longer just a number on a piece of paper. You are someone who loves the home, who has a backsto ...
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
As Bay Area home prices continued to break records, Abio Properties co-founder Linnette Edwards helped explain the red-hot real estate trend to the San Francisco Chronicle and KRON4 News.
Reporters sought Linnette’s expertise after a new industry report showed that the median Bay Area home price rose to $735,000 in June, up 7.5 percent from the same time last year.
In Alameda County, the median home price jumped 10 percent to $770,000, from last June to this June. In Contra Costa County, the median rose 7.2 percent to $580,000, according to CoreLogic analytics.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
"Alameda County posted the largest month-to-month [May 2017-June 2017] rise in prices, 5.9 percent. Some homes in the popular areas of Oakland and Berkeley are selling for 60 percent more than the asking price and approaching San Francisco on a price-per-square-foot basis, said Linnette Edwards, associate broker with Abio Properties. 'I’ve neve ...
Friday, May 26, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Remember when homes in the Berkeley and Oakland hills commanded premium prices and multiple offers because of their quiet suburban appeal and spectacular Bay and City views?
Well, a new era of buyers have been flipping that East Bay home sales trend on its head. Now the flats are where it’s at, in part, because they are so walkable.
Hot neighborhoods include Bushrod, Temescal and Rockridge – all easy walks to BART stations, bus stops, schools and booming commercial districts with farm-to-table dining, bookstores, craft brew pubs, funky and upscale shops, gourmet markets and children’s stores.
Abio Realtor Elisabeth Watson says when she moved to the Berkeley Hills 12 years ago, the flats didn’t register as desirable unless they were very close to BART. Now she’s strategizing with hopeful homebuyers faced with a highly competitive market in the flatlands of western Berkeley and Oakland.
“In a market ...