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    Wednesday, May 30, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Downtown Walnut Creek, You Got Our Attention!

    The latest East Bay buzz is about how people are flocking to see Walnut Creek homes for sale, especially commuters and millennials drawn to downtown housing for its increasingly hip urban-suburban vibe.
    New condos built near the Walnut Creek BART station are the latest draw for buyers, especially first-timers who are priced out of San Francisco. The Riv condo project, for example, just added 48 homes to the market, and developers recently broke ground on the THREE luxury condos by Lenox.
    That got us thinking about other exciting downtown Walnut Creek developments. Check out these new and soon-to-be favs:

    Patrick Dougherty's architectural artwork.
    World-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty, who weaves willow tree saplings into giant whimsical shapes, has created a temporary public art installation titled "Sure Enough" in Civic Park, thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant secured by the city and Bedford G ...

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      east bay lifestyle, walnut creek

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Marketing to Millennials: Home Selling 101

    The generation mocked for spending too much cash on avocado toast and $4 lattes is now the largest prospective home buying generation of our time. And these millennials are hungry for some East Bay real estate.
    If you want to sell your house in Oakland, Walnut Creek, or elsewhere, you should know what your prospective buyer wants.
    Let’s start by defining the generation. Millennials are 20 to 36 years old, with peak births in 1990. That means a surge of millennials will turn 30 soon – and 30(ish) is the national average age of first-time homebuyers.
    You’ve probably heard about how poorly millennials are faring in today’s housing market. The number of hopeful buyers far outnumbers the meager number of homes for sale, and the winners are bidding way over the list prices.
    Realtor.com recently identified San Jose – where the median list price is $1.24 million, gu ...

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      east bay real estate, market conditions, sellers tips

    Tuesday, May 01, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Oakland Stars in Two of Most Anticipated Summer Films

    Summer blockbuster season is fast approaching, and two highly anticipated Oakland movies will play major roles in theaters.

    So, grab some popcorn and settle in as we give you a preview of these breakout indie films that had Sundance buzzing earlier this year and have us buzzing with hometown pride. Watch the latest trailers, linked below.

    Sorry to Bother You

    Hip-hop artist Boots Riley set his directorial debut in his hometown of Oakland, where he and his crew attracted plenty of attention while filming this quirky sci-fi satire last summer.

    “Sorry to Bother You” tells the story of a black telemarketer who uses a “white voice” to move up the ranks. He lives in an Oakland garage with his activist-artist girlfriend. The star-studded cast includes Danny Glover, David Cross, and Patton Oswalt.

    The surreal feature film was a hit at Sundance this winter and was the centerpiece of the San ...

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      east bay lifestyle

    Friday, April 27, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    House Hunting With Kids? Try This No-Whine Trick To Keep Everyone Happy

    We have kids. We get it. Spending a beautiful Sunday afternoon touring East Bay homes for sale isn’t magical fun for little ones. They get bored. They get squirrelly. And at some point, not even snack bars, juice boxes, or your iPhone will short circuit that impending meltdown.
    So that’s when you promise to end a real estate day with a special brand of East Bay family fun.
    As Abio Properties’ co-founder Linnette Edwards says, exploring these kid-friendly places isn’t just a bribe (yeah, we said it) so your children will let you see “just one more" Berkeley home for sale. It’s an opportunity to discover what Alameda and Contra Costa counties have for families.
    So, go get spacey at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Scream for iScream in Berkeley. Stretch fidgety legs at Codornices Park. Blow them away with a warehouse filled with pinball machines at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach. Fuel up with a slice of Zachary’s deep dish. Heck ...

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      buyer's tips, east bay lifestyle

    Friday, April 06, 2018   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    8 Real Estate Fun Facts That Might Blow Your Mind

    It’s been such a busy real estate season, but we always have time for a little web surfing to relax. Check out these crazy fun facts that we came across… The lighter side of real estate!

    1. Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, never moved out of the modest house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. Take a tour:

    2. The most expensive home listing in the history of the East Bay is an English manor in Alamo for $39 million. 7 Country Oak Lane sits on nearly 21.5 acres and includes 10 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, a European stone-lined wine cellar, 14-seat cinema, pool, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, and a suspension bridge leading to a whimsical tree house. Read more about it and other local “Wow Houses” here.

    7 Country Oak Lane, Alamo | Listed by Pacific Union International

    3. Sellers must legally disclose if they believe their home is haunted in ...

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      east bay real estate