Tuesday, September 5, 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 1, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Town's Troubles Don't Affect Its Appeal to Homebuyers
In an ironic twist, the wealthy suburb of Moraga declared a fiscal emergency -- despite being a major player in the East Bay real estate boom. So, what does that mean for homebuyers and sellers?
Not much so far.
The town of 17,000 residents declared the emergency in late June. The budget mess is being blamed largely on the $5 million bill for repairing the crumbling Canyon Road bridge and a giant sinkhole on Rheem Boulevard, both caused by heavy winter storms.
Officials also are blaming California’s Prop. 13, the state law that has limited property taxes and Moraga’s revenue for decades. Moraga’s pricey properties -- a typical house costs $1.2 million -- just don’t translate into big town revenues. Bad news for the town, good for homeowners who benefit greatly from low property taxes.
Town officials are grappling with financial solutions, but say they don’t want to ...