Thursday, October 25, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Shhh… We want to tell you about an exclusive off-market “pocket listing” that hasn’t hit MLS yet. You could get an edge in the Bay Area’s crazy competitive housing market…
Intrigued? That’s the idea. Pocket listings create an air of secrecy and the cachet of exclusivity. The question is, is this truly the best way to buy or sell a home?
Bay Area real estate agents and sellers are increasingly using this quiet off-market listing strategy that was once the sole realm of the rich and famous who wanted to keep their real estate dealings private.
Why pocket listings grew in popularity
Pocket listings are reportedly at peak popularity because of historically low housing inventory and feverish buyer demand. Up to 30 percent of San Francisco agents’ luxury listings are now off-market listings, according to a recent San Francisco magazin ...
Monday, September 24, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Abio Properties is thrilled to announce the opening of our collaborative coworking space in the vibrant Temescal district of Oakland!
Our bright, beautiful new office at 4200 Broadway was eight months in the making and worth every second because we created a modern coworking office space in Oakland to share with energetic and creative people who do what they love and love what they do.
Why did we move? Creating a collaborative environment and sharing space makes perfect sense to us because building community is at the heart of everything we do.
So, join us if you need an innovative environment to get connected and be productive! We are leasing stunning private offices with all the amenities and perks.
We're talking to you – the independent contractors, telecommuters, and coffee shop lingerers of the Bay Area's gig economy. We also welcome boutique businesses like ours, especially from the real estate side ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
We have trust issues.
When legendary singer Aretha Franklin died recently, she didn’t leave a will or a trust for her estimated $80 million estate. No instructions about how to split her assets among her four children or deal with creditors and extended family members who might claim portions of her estate.
That got us thinking. More than half of Americans don’t have a will or trust – important estate planning documents that, after a person dies, allow their survivors to avoid an expensive and long probate process.
“We have a responsibility to talk to our friends, families, and our clients about how crucial it is to protect the things they worked so hard for,” says Abio real estate agent Vikki Bearman. “Especially in California, where, for many of us, our biggest assets are our properties.”
So, here is our primer on wills, trusts, and probate:
» What is a ...
Friday, September 14, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Our Abio Properties family is growing! We are excited to introduce nine talented East Bay Realtors, who bring expertise, energy, and proven results to our unique team.
Read about what motivated these real estate stars to join our boutique brokerage of 35+ agents and see what they can offer homebuyers and sellers...
Bouchra Chandran Bouchra, who lives in San Ramon, brings her masterful negotiation skills as well as two decades of finance experience. “Whether I am working with a buyer or seller, I provide comprehensive and personalized service to guide each client through every transaction from contract to close,” Bouchra says.
Why Abio? “I love the unity and camaraderie between agents and their vision of the future of real estate.”
When she’s not brokering deals, you might find this agent on the ice. Ask Bouchra about the Vacaville Adult Synchro team!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Is BIGGER better when it comes to real estate brokerages?
That’s the BIG industry debate at a time when national brokerages are gobbling up smaller agencies to create behemoth firms. Most recently, New York-based Compass purchased Paragon Real Estate Group and Pacific Union International, both based in San Francisco.
The combined firm will become the nation’s third largest residential retail brokerage.
Yet this wave of consolidations isn’t crushing boutique brokerages. It’s fueling their fire and highlighting their passion for providing profoundly local, personal, and concierge-level services to agents and their clients.
In fact, Abio Properties, with offices in Oakland and Lafayette, was created in direct response to the big guys getting too big.
Abio co-founder Linnette Edwards previously worked a decade at the fourth largest brokerage in the Bay Area and knew she wanted something different.
“Most brokerages ha ...