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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    9 Celebrities Who Are Happy to Call the East Bay Home

    Have you had a celebrity sighting in the East Bay yet?

    This sunny side of the San Francisco Bay has been the birthplace and chosen home base for dozens of famous actors, musicians, athletes and authors inspired by Telegraph Avenue’s funky vibe, Lamorinda’s bucolic rolling hills, Alameda’s Victorian-lined streets, Oakland’s hip hop history and Berkeley’s gourmet ghetto.

    You never know who you’ll run into at the Lafayette Farmers Market or Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theater. Check out these nine celebrities who live in the East Bay:

    1. Stephen Curry
    The Golden State Warriors all-star has lived in several spacious East Bay homes over the last few years, including a five-bed, four-bath Mediterranean-style estate at 620 Sugarloaf Court in Walnut Creek that is currently on the market for about $3.2 million. The kitchen is the heart of this home, where Curry’s wife, Ayesha, shot her Food Network ser ...

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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    What's in Abio's Special Sauce? Get the Formula From This "Realtor" Article

    Our very own co-founder, Cameron Platt, was featured in the May/June issue of Realtor Magazine for expert work as an East Bay real estate agent!

    Cameron’s thoughtful, hands-on and concierge approach to East Bay real estate earned him a spot in an article about “How I Chose My Agent,” told through the eyes of satisfied sellers and buyers.

    It was East Bay seller Julie Johnson who shared the story of her trust in Cameron, co-creator of Abio Properties, based in Oakland and Lafayette. Cameron and wife/real estate partner Nicole Platt came into Julie's life at an intensely stressful time marked by her layoff from a longtime job, two years of breast cancer treatment and the need to sell her four-bedroom house in the East Oakland Hills to ensure her financial security.

    The story behind the story is that Cameron and Nicole managed the big job of getting the house market-ready – inspections, repairs ...

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    Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    14 Can't-Miss Staging Tips

    Last week, we told you why you should stage your home for sale. Because first impressions are everything! Now we’ll share the staging tips that will give you the competitive edge.
    After years of representing sellers in the fast-paced East Bay real estate market, our Abio Properties agents have learned that stylish staging improves the number of offers a property receives, lowers the number of days it stays on the market and boosts the final sales price – sometimes by up to 10 percent over the asking price, or more!

    Hiring a professional stager can provide a great return on investment, but if you are a DIY-er, consider these staging tips:


    Know which rooms are most important to your bottom line. According to a National Association of Realtors survey of its members, the most critical room to stage is the living room, followed by the kitchen, the master bedroom, d ...

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    Wednesday, June 7, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Should You Stage Your Home Before You Sell It?

    If you’re like many home sellers, you are struggling with the question of whether to stage your home before planting the For Sale sign. Staging takes time. It takes money. So is it worth it?

    The short answer: Yes.

    Stage your home because first impressions are everything. Just like in job interviews, dating and handshakes, first impressions most definitely matter in real estate.

    A well-dressed house, whether you stage it yourself or hire an expert, impacts the number of offers received, how many days a property stays on the market and the final sales price.

    A staged home could boost your sales price by as much as 10 percent, according to some estimates.

    And consider these stats from a National Association of Realtors survey: 81 percent of agents said staging helps buyers visualize the property as a future home; and 46 percent believe staging encourages prospective buyers to walk through a home they saw online.

    “The bottom line is whatever ...

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      sellers tools, staging

    Thursday, June 1, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Why Whine When You Can Taste East Bay Wine?

    Forget Napa Valley for your next wine tasting tour. East Bay locals know they can explore a wine country much closer to home -- in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, where the reds, whites and rosés are ripe for sipping.
    Some East Bay wineries, like in the Livermore Valley, are historic and lush with mature vines. Others are urban, like the Oakland Urban Wine Trail in Jack London Square. (As Sunset magazine recently pointed out: “California’s newest wine country leaves the ‘country’ behind.”)
    This is a perfect time of the year to start planning your East Bay wine tour, starting with tasting local varietals at the 36th Annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival on June 3-4 at Heather Farm Park.
    And after that, if you still doubt the greatness of these grapes, plan your visit to some of the best wineries in the East Bay:
    Urban Wine

    Brooklyn West Winery  Located at 201 3rd St. in the oldest warehouse in the Jac ...

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      east bay wineries, east bay lifestyle, livermore