5 Reasons California's Housing Costs Are So High

   Why are California housing costs so high? At its most basic level, it’s a story of supply and demand lots of people want to live here, and there aren’t enough homes to go around.  Read more

Why You Should Hire a Financial Planner, Even if You’re Not Rich

  If the very idea of financial planning makes you break out in hives, you’re not alone. A new study found that perceived financial well-being — feeling secure about not only the state of your current situation but how well you’ve planned for the future — holds the key to your overall well-being.  Read more

Piedmont colonial revival mansion asks $3.9 million

  Designed in 1901 by architect Walter J. Mathews , this Piedmont mansion tips its hat to the days of cotillions and crinolines. In addition to spreading out over 7,481 square feet, this manse comes with doric columns, rusticated stone frame, the porte cochère (a rarity in Bay Area homes) with balustrades on the balcony above.  Read more

How I Used Real Estate to Completely Fund My Kid's College Education

  Six months ago, my wife and I welcomed Rosie into the world — our first child. A week after she was born, I had her entire college education paid for without spending a single dollar of my own money.   Read more

California High Court Decision Favors Real Estate Buyers

  In a closely watched case involving dual agency, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a real estate agent representing the seller of a property owes a fiduciary duty to both the seller and the buyer if the buyer’s agent works for the same brokerage firm.  Read more

Should You Use Your Home’s Equity to Pay for Renovations?

   If you need to borrow money for home renovations but you don’t want to tap your assets, a cash-out refinancing of your home could be a good move.   Read more

Latest Top 5 Overbids

2900-russell  Check out the latest Market Mania with these overbids.  Read more

Jane's Journal

images  Check my latest edition of Jane’s Journal and read about some of Oakland’s most popular hot spots plus a whole lot more.  Read more

Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step

pre-approved   In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out.  Read more

4 Reasons to Buy This Fall

buy-this-fall  It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them come thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year.  Read more

Oakland Named Top West Coast Food City

oakland-food  Oakland has been named the top West Coast food city by USA Today. The East Bay city has landed at No. 7 on a top 10 list compiled by USA Today’s Best10.com. It’s the only West Coast city in the top 10.        Read more

How's East Bay Real Estate Doing?

Market Mania 6  Check out the latest edition of Jane’s Market Mania.   Read more