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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Is Your Property in a Living Trust?

    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 ...

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      estate planning, investor tips

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    We Launched A Collaborative Coworking Space in Oakland!

    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 space in Oakland for 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 office to get connected and be productive!

    (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 – architects, contractors, interior designers, etc.

    Designed for openness ...

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    Friday, September 14, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Abio Family Grows By 9! Meet Our East Bay Real Estate Experts

    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 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!

    Juliane Hummer
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      abio properties, east bay realtors, realtors

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Why Boutique is Better in Era of Giant Real Estate Brokerages

    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 ...

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      abio properties, company culture, east bay realtors

    Monday, July 30, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Who Should Vote for Prop. 5 Property Tax Law

    Prop. 5: Boon for baby boomers and cure for the housing shortage?


    Proposition 5, a measure developed by the California Association of Realtors, is headed to the ballot Nov. 6, and advocates say it could ease not only the property tax burden on seniors, but also relieve the state’s housing crunch.
    Here’s what you need to know before you vote on Prop. 5, also known as the Property Tax Transfer Initiative:

    What is Prop. 5?
    Prop. 5 would expand Prop. 13 to allow homebuyers who are 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence in California for any price and as many times as they want. Prop. 5 also would apply to disaster victims like those affected by the recent wildfires.

    How would it work?
    Let’s say you bought a home in 1988 for $300,000, sold it in 2020 for $700,000, and bought another home for $500,000 that same year. You’d keep the tax rate you had on the 1988 home.

    What does ...

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      buyer's tips, market conditions, sellers tips