The 1% annual for my 1300s/f property is $3321. Voter added cost add 821.06 for Schools, Mello Roos, Buses and Parks = 4142.56. But they never tell you about the non-voter approved taxes $1577.26 = GRAND TOTAL of $5919.82.
So in the real world, double the Berkeley tax to 2%.
6 grand is a wee bit lil higher than 3 grand.
6 grand is also the taxes I pay for a 3000 foot house in the south bay city of Sunnyvale. The base tax rates are computed solely on purchase price and DO NOT CHANGE until some mitigating factor occurs. And HAHA, there is no rent control board for multi-dwellings either. So, big investors are giving Berkeley a miss.
THAT IS A REALITY CHECK and why many folks are no longer living / investing in the East Bay.
A title company may be able to help you.
In the disclosure report for any property you are interested in will be a section concerning property taxes, which should include a worksheet to estimate what the new taxes will be, once you make a successful bid. Most Realtors supply a disclosure package, before you make your bid.