Friday, May 26, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Remember when homes in the Berkeley and Oakland hills commanded premium prices and multiple offers because of their quiet suburban appeal and spectacular Bay and City views?
Well, a new era of buyers have been flipping that East Bay home sales trend on its head. Now the flats are where it’s at, in part, because they are so walkable.
Hot neighborhoods include Bushrod, Temescal and Rockridge – all easy walks to BART stations, bus stops, schools and booming commercial districts with farm-to-table dining, bookstores, craft brew pubs, funky and upscale shops, gourmet markets and children’s stores.
Abio Realtor Elisabeth Watson says when she moved to the Berkeley Hills 12 years ago, the flats didn’t register as desirable unless they were very close to BART. Now she’s strategizing with hopeful homebuyers faced with a highly competitive market in the flatlands of western Berkeley and Oakland.
“In a market ...
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Springtime is for selling — and for cleaning. If you want to sell your property during this strong real estate season, you need to roll up your sleeves and slide on some gloves.
But after vacuuming, dusting and getting that toilet bowl sparkling, don’t be fooled into thinking your home is ready for the market. You probably missed a spot – or a dozen.
Sure, you de-cluttered your counters, mopped floors and chipped burnt gunk off your stove. But, trust us, the place still isn’t ready to sell your property.
“Our philosophy is you have one chance when you hit the market, so you need to be as clean and pristine as possible,” says longtime Realtor Mary Anne LaHaye, Abio’s Lafayette office team leader in Contra Costa County.
Consult this checklist from Abio agents before you plant the “For Sale” sign. Happy wiping, dusting, washing and polishing!
Clean windows, screens and sills. Mary Anne says windows a ...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
If this long winter and soggy spring have you climbing the walls, it’s time to get outside and climb some East Bay stairs instead.
Roam off the beaten path to climb hundreds of steps hidden in our parks, neighborhoods and trails. Your reward for those burning glutes and pounding heartbeat?
Spectacular views … and well-defined calves.
We’re not exaggerating when we say hundreds of “secret” staircases dot our hills. A historic network of hidden neighborhood stairs in Oakland and Berkeley dates back to the days before everyone had cars. They were built as shortcuts from hilly homes down to the old Key System streetcars. Some flights look their age, and some are beautifully preserved in their Beaux-Arts grandeur.
Other stairways are out-in-the-open centerpieces of public parks and are beloved by athletes and trainers.
So, whether you are an exercise enthusiast or history buff, the East Bay has just the right st ...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Meet Abio's New Team of Real Estate Veterans and Rising Stars,
Based in the Heart of Lamorinda
Moving boxes, birthday cake and jazz hands. That's how we celebrated Abio Properties' new brokerage in the heart of Lafayette!
We are thrilled to announce the expansion of Abio's truly unique and boutique brand of openness, collaboration and personal attention for East Bay real estate buyers and sellers.
We started a little more than a year ago with a creative and energetic team based in Oakland, and now we are proud to introduce a second team based in Lafayette – perfectly placed in the middle of the desirable Lamorinda market and a stone's throw from Danville, Walnut Creek and Alamo.
We've always served clients on both sides of the Caldecott Tunnel, but now we're even better positioned to work in Alameda and Contra Costa counties!
"I am extremely excited about this office opening," says Cameron Platt, who co-founded Abio with Linnette Edwards. "We d ...