Hidden Gems of the East Bay

Join us as we uncover the hidden gems of the East Bay. From charming small towns to unique parks and quirky shops, there’s a lot to explore. Whether it’s scenic views, offbeat attractions, or local history, there’s something special waiting to be discovered.

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What Does HOI Mean in Real Estate?

HOI, or Housing Opportunity Index, measures the percentage of homes in an area affordable to the median-income family, crucial for assessing housing accessibility. Understanding HOI guides decisions for buyers, investors, and policymakers, offering a clear snapshot of housing affordability.

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Who Orders the Inspection When Buying a Home?

In the homebuying process, the buyer typically orders and pays for a home inspection after the offer is accepted. Sellers in the inner San Francisco Bay Area often opt for a pre-listing inspection to address issues before listing. Buyers can negotiate a contingency to conduct their inspections.

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Think About Housing as You Age

As we age, the desire to live independently in our own homes becomes increasingly important. A recent study found that 88% of 50-80-year-olds believe in the importance of staying in their homes for as long as safely possible.

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Escrow and Title – What Are They?

Escrow and title are essential components of real estate transactions. Escrow involves a specialized bank account that securely holds transaction funds, while title refers to legal ownership of a property, ensuring it’s free from liens or disputes.

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Pest Inspections: Why They Matter

A professional pest inspection is crucial for protecting your property and your wallet. By identifying and addressing issues like termites, dry rot, and other pests early on, you can prevent severe structural damage and maintain a safe and healthy environment for years to come.

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What is a Home Inspection and Why Does it Matter?

Imagine you’ve finally found the home that checks all the boxes on your wishlist. It has the right number of bedrooms, a great chef’s kitchen, and a backyard with fruit trees. But before you sign on the dotted line, there’s another step to take that ensures you’re making a sound investment -– a home inspection.

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