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AUGUST 3, 2011 Update - Sewer Lateral Ordinance!
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Social Media Opening Doors for Homebuyers
Brokers use Twitter or Facebook to connect Uptown Place with other agents, said Bethe Vanier, community sales manager at Uptown Place...

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75% Online Leads are Ignored!
“Today’s Internet consumer is expecting a response certainly within the hour but, more likely, within 15 or 20 minutes,” says Bradley Miller, One Cavo founder and president...

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Pandora a Boost for Oakland
Pandora occupies about 32,000 square at 2101 Webster St., near 22nd Street, in Oakland's trendy Uptown district of restaurants, shops, nightclubs and homes. "They can absolutely transform downtown Oakland," said Walter Cohen, director of the city's Community and Economic Development Agency...

The Man Behind Oakland's Art Murmur
"...He sees this can really be something that sets Oakland apart."

OAR Testimonials
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Sewer Lateral Requirements
Click here to read about changes to the Sewer Lateral Requirements for Oakland, Piedmont and Emeryville...

Brand New Button - Multifamily Resources!
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Oaklandish Make Local Love a Business Model
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Bulletin! Key Access to SILVAR Lockboxes
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Fed to Keep Interest Rates Low Until 2013
"This is unprecedented for the Fed to indicate they are ready to keep rates low for two more years."

Sungevity Commits to Oakland
In a major boost for Oakland and its quest to capture cutting-edge companies, solar power company Sungevity said Thursday it will stay in the city with lease deals that enable the company to more than double its space and accommodate the hundreds of workers it is hiring, city officials and executives said Thursday...

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OAR, First With The News You Need to Know!
C.A.R.'s Housing Market Forecast for here!

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Bernanke: More Needs to be Done to Help Housing
Click here to read more in this NAR REALTOR Mag article...

TakeAway From the C.A.R. Business Meetings in San Jose
90% of the Internet traffic in 2013 will be video. HAVE YOU BROUGHT VIDEO INTO YOUR REAL ESTATE BUSINESS?

How Sellers Choose a Listing Agent - In Order of Importance
Best marketing proposal, Most knowledgable, Used tech tools, Lowest cost, Quickest response time, Personal referral...what do you think?

2011 C.A.R. Business Meetings Report
President Anne Bruff and Past-President Barry Bennett report back with "takeaways" from the recently concluded C.A.R. Meetings in San here!

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Men Versus Women
How they differ in real here!

Should We All List on Friday?
What day of the week should you list your home?

Roost - A FREE OAR Member Benefit
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Mortgage Re-Fi Plan
Will this work? Read more in this SFGate article...

We'll Take All the HARP we can Get
Why it will work this time...what do you think?

The limits will rise to 125 percent of the area median home price from 115 percent, up to a maximum $729,750 from $625,500...

New! October Statistics for Oakland, Piedmont & Emeryville
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Where Do Homes Sell The Fastest? CLICK HERE!
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OAR YPN Holiday Food Drive!
Join the OAR/YPN Food Drive! Donate online, drop off to our office or request an Alameda County Community Food Bank barrel for your office! To participate, please contact our 2011 YPN Chair, Denise Kees at

Fannie Mae's Holiday Gift
“The holidays are meant for families to spend time together, especially if they’ve gone through the stress of financial challenges and foreclosure..."

FHA - New Darlings of the Loan Industry?
This may make the FHA the go-to financing option for borrowers in high-cost areas...

Oakland's Historic Tribune Tower Sold!
"These 300 jobs are going to be significant for the Oakland economy," said Gregory Hunter, Oakland's deputy director of economic development. "These employees will support the retail and restaurant businesses in the neighborhood."

OAR's Own Oral Lee Brown at Times Square!

Yesterday's Newspaper - Oakland's Free Shuttle
Holiday shopping and fun in Downtown Oakland!

Bay Area Rent Fraud - Beware!
"Never wire funds via Western Union, MoneyGram or any other wire service -- anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer."

Oakland's Blues Walk of Fame
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Rise in Homebuilding Suggests Industry Turnaround
"It'll keep getting better through next year," said Jared Franz, an associate economist at T. Rowe Price...

It's a Great Time to Buy!
"If you want to buy a house, it's probably the best time in California in 30 years."

Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Down to Record 3.91%
They could fall even lower this year if the Fed launches another round of bond purchases, as some economists expect...

Pending Home Sales Highest in Over a Year-and-a-Half
Pending home sales continued to rise in November, reaching their highest level in 19 months, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported late last week...

Oakland in the New York TImes!
Plan your trip to Oakland with The New York Times Travel Guide, featuring the best hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping and more...

OAR, First With The News You Need to Know!
"No one is expecting a dramatic fall in house prices," Sohn said. "That gets people buying houses."

OAR Will Be Closed on Monday, February 20th
in observance of President's Day and reopen at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21st...have a safe holiday!

Learn How to Incorporate Apple Products Into Your Real Estate Business!
FREE CLASS at the Emeryville Apple Store brought to you by OAR and YPN. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM. Click here for details!

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Oakland-Based Company Buying Up Bank Owned Properties
OAR Member and Oakland real estate broker Paul Valva -- who agreed he hasn't seen the model applied anywhere in the Bay Area so far -- said investing in rentals is a good idea right now, with rents going up across the Bay Area as former homeowners flood the rental market.

First Time Homebuyers Are Entering the Market!
A California Association of Realtors survey shows first-time buyers growing from 19 percent of the state's housing market in 2008 to 43 percent in 2011.

The Market is Slowly Reviving
"The housing sidelines are full of buyers and sellers," said Andew LePage of DataQuick."

The Vote is In
Even in a down housing market, home ownership remains a core American value...

OAR Tech Tip
Wanna learn how to do something? YouTube can be better than Google - Learn by watching instead of reading...

Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards
What do you think? Too bold or right on?

Rise in Home Sales Signifies Strengthening Market: Economists
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), concurs with Dales’ assessment, saying “The pattern of home sales in recent months demonstrates a market in recovery.”

Alain Pinel is Back!
The "real" Alain Pinel's return to the Bay Area to mark the return of a healthy real estate market?

Inside Scoop SF Highlights Oakland Eateries
Read about Bakesale Betty and Ike's Lair here...

Obama's New Home Refinance Plan
How about an annual savings of $3000?

NAR Supports Obama's Pledge
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1st Super Bowl Real Estate Ad in 20 Years!
Sign of things to come?

How to Fight a Low Appraisal
...the first thing a home seller needs to do is set a realistic sale price...

Californians to Receive $18 Billion in Mortgage Relief
The attorney general said she will propose legislation to protect homeowners, including a single point of contact with banks for mortgage-holders and an end to the frustrating practice by banks in working with homeowners on mortgage modifications while at the same time preparing to foreclose...

West Oakland Marked by Changes!
"We are being gentrified," she said, as she looked out at the neighborhood surrounding the school. "We are in it. It's not coming; it's here."

Banks Pay Delinquent Borrowers $35,000 to Sell Their Homes
"I got the offer in the mail," said the Rancho Cordova, Calif. resident. "I called my bank to ask if it was real."

The Ultimate Aphrodisiac
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3-Year Low for Foreclosures in January
"January's numbers should put to rest any notion that we will see a wave of foreclosures in 2012," said Sean O'Toole, head of ForeclosureRadar, which published the report.

Homeowners Get the Runaround!
Elizabeth Letcher, director of litigation at Oakland's Housing & Economic Rights Advocates, a nonprofit group that represented about 2,000 struggling homeowners last year, agreed...

Encouraging Video Report From...
NAR's Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun...don't miss this!

Low Interest Rates to Continue Into Late 2014
So says Benanke...

Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.88 percent
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan fell to 3.88 percent from 3.98 percent. That's just above the rate of 3.87 percent reached in February, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

Bank reports point to a healing housing market
Earnings reports from two major banks Friday painted a picture of a healing housing market, with more Americans taking out mortgages, paying them on time and taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance.

Little Known Real Estate Gems in Oakland
Check out the following spots where you can stretch your home-buying dollar and live in a vibrant part of Oakland: Jingletown, Maxwell Park, Sheffield Village and Woodminster.

Pending and Distressed Sales
California pending home sales rise on annual basis, post double-digit year-over-year gains in last nine of 10 months

Best of Oakland and the East Bay
This is it — the issue in which we go nuts, crazy, gonzo over the best of Oakland. We’ve got your favorites; we’ve got our favorites.

Existing-Home Sales Improve in July, Prices Continue to Rise
Sales of existing homes rose in July even with constraints of affordable inventory, and the national median price is showing five consecutive months of year-over-year increases. Monthly sales rose in every region but the West, where inventory is very tight.

Perks to Living in Oakland
But why limit yourself? There are great neighborhoods throughout Oakland, including Uptown, Downtown, Adams Point, Piedmont Avenue, Grand-Lake, Fruitvale, Dimond, and Laurel.

Upgrading Street Lighting to Improve Safety
Oakland is working with PG&E to upgrade streetlight fixtures in several East Oakland neighborhoods in an effort to improve public safety and reduce the city's energy costs

Bay Area's Median Home Price on the Rise
Home buyers in the Bay Area paid a median $429,000, which was 4.6% more for a home than last month and 17.5% from the prior month. That was the highest level since August 2008, real estate firm DataQuick of San Diego reported.

Housing Market Shows Strength:
"More people, at least in the Bay Area, are feeling good enough about the economy, secure enough in their jobs, to step off the sidelines and buy a house, particularly move-up buyers," said Andrew LePage of DataQuick."More people are worrying less about prices going down in the future. That's our sense of how the psychology has changed in the last year."

Oakland Art Murmur
One wonders if Gertrude Stein would write “there is no there there” about Oakland if she could see the thousands of people who convene every month for this city’s rambunctious art crawl and street bacchanal.

Redeveloping Oakland's Army Base
The $1 billion effort to redevelop Oakland's former Army Base into a jobs-generating logistics and warehousing center took a major step forward Tuesday when city leaders and developers signed off on a series of key agreements."This is about job creation and realizing the vision of a working waterfront," developer Phil Tagami said after a brief ceremony at City Hall.

strengthening anti-graffiti laws
Oakland Councilwoman Nancy Nadel and City Attorney Barbara Parker are proposing to strengthen anti-graffiti laws and help businesses that are repeated targets of vandals.

Oakland Youth Radio wins top White House award.
An Oakland-based after-school program called Youth Radio will receive a top award from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.

Housing Market is Reviving: Jumbo Home Loans
The jumbo loan is making a comeback, a welcome trend for Bay Area homebuyers and one more sign the housing market is reviving. "The high-end homes market is reviving because buyers feel the combination of good prices and low interest rates make today a good time Advertisement to buy," said Wells Fargo spokesman James Hines. "The availability of low-rate jumbo loans, therefore, is enabling these consumers to buy homes and finance them."

2013 Inaugural Pictures
January 18,2013 at the Oakland Museum

Paying Cash for Bay Area Homes
In a normal market, cash buyers would typically be empty-nesters and retirees downsizing to a smaller place with money from the sale of their former home, said DataQuick's Andrew LePage. But in 2012, a quarter to nearly a third of all sales of existing single-family homes in the region were to cash buyers. A third to half of condos that changed hands went for cash, the company reported.

Economic Gains Boost US Confidence to 5-Year High
U.S. home prices jumped nearly 11 percent in March compared with a year ago, the sharpest 12-month increase since April 2006.

'Our Oakland' - A Blog About Why People Love and Live Oakland

Introducing Jack's Night Market!
The small festival and market is being held at Jack London Square in conjunction with Oakland’s First Friday Art Murmur, a citywide art walk incorporating galleries from 26th Street to Uptown, Old Oakland, downtown Oakland and Jack London. The event will continue on the First Fridays in June and July from 6 to 10 p.m.

Increase in Craft Beer Trend Helps Rebuild Oakland Neighborhoods
Once a thriving beer-brewing port, Oakland is again emerging as a craft beer destination, satisfying the palates of a new generation of beer drinkers and energizing redevelopment efforts in West Oakland. From big-name breweries such as 21st Amendment to casual homebrewers, beer-loving entrepreneurs are turning to Oakland as the next craft beer frontier.

Exciting New Developments in Oakland's Uptown Neighborhood
New mixed-use development at 23rd and Broadway in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood to welcome new a fine dining Mexican restaurant of Chris Pastena (Chop Bar, Tribune Tavern, Lungomare). Local East Bay breweries, Drake's and Triple Rock/Jupitor, will be collaborating on a beer garden, featuring fire pits and outdoor stage for live entertainment. In addition to this foodie destination, Numi Tea is moving their headquarters to the new development.

Housing market heats up -- and it's just getting started
An overview of the new national housing market upswing. As prices go up, the list of the hottest markets reads like the housing boom of the mid-2000s.

'Friday Night Live' enlivens West Oakland Block on Summer Evenings
Basketball tournaments, a DJ, mural painting and barbecued foods characterize the Friday Night Live scene on a semi-industrial stretch of Brockhurst Street. Organizers are hoping to foster community relationships and engage young people during what they call the "peak hours" of summertime violence.

Oakland Public Library Again Serving Free Summer Lunches
After working at the Oakland Public Library for more than 15 years, branch manager Pete Villaseńor has grown accustomed to kids hanging out in the library all summer long. For some, the library serves serve as ad hoc day care while their parents are at work. For others, the library is a safe place to escape the streets.

Asian Helath Services opens New Clinic in Oakland Chinatown
What began as a one-room clinic run by student volunteers in the early '70s has evolved into clinics at nine sites around Alameda County, with staff communicating in about 10 Asian dialects and languages.

Bay Area Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High
The housing recovery has been bogged down by a lack of inventory. This month's report indicates that is no longer the case, as sellers respond to double-digit price increases.

Home prices across the US defy gravity
Home prices are going up, up, up, but it’s not a bubble just yet.

Made in Oakland: How One City Tuned into an Art and Maker Mecca
The city has plenty of large industrial spaces that are perfect for makers to erect so many of the massive projects found here.

'Jumbo' mortgages are now cheaper than smaller mortgages
Interest rates on mortgages for pricey homes have dropped below those on smaller mortgages, an event that lending executives say has never happened before.

Deep pocketed investors sign up for Coliseum City
A well-connected Dubai financier and the world's third-largest privately held real estate firm are teaming up to invest in Coliseum City, providing a significant shot-in-the-arm to Oakland's effort to redevelop the sprawling Coliseum complex into a sports and entertainment center.

New on College Ave: Bourbon and Beef
This is a lively and energetic place for an after work cocktail or a leisurely meal just across from the Rockridge BART station on College Avenue.

Hacker Scouts Launches Campaign to Fund Permenant Space in Oakland
At Hacker Scouts, Lim’s daughters are learning computer programming and building their own light desk for tracing and drawing using 2D to 3D modeling, while his son develops his own light saber through hands-on, project based learning.

New Ranking: Most Expensive Real Estate Markets in the Country
Prospective home-owners looking for a bargain should steer clear of California and Hawaii, according to a new Coldwell Banker report.

Matt Werner's Oakland Unseen Newspaper Creates Smiles and Buzz
It is a new publication, printed like a newspaper, but full of jokes. Unlike The Onion, Unseen focuses on one city’s “news.” It presents the reader with a self-referential universe of Oakland jokes, where Mayor Quan is a rapper.

7 ways homebuyers can gain an edge this spring
When winter finally ends and the temperatures start rising, it's a fair bet that the housing market will heat up, too.