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Curb Appeal in Alameda County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed May 29, 2013
Doug Buenz & The 680 Group answered:
Views are difficult to price. Unfortunately, there is no "blue book" that we can reference that will tell you exactly what a given view is worth. The short answer is a view is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, which means it is worth a different amount to every buyer.

I agree with Carl. If you want the view, pay slightly more than your competition if it is a resale, or pay what the builder asks if it is a new home. Views of city lights in my experience are more valuable than golf courses in general, but it depends on the specific view you are talking about.

BTW, you can search view properties on 680homes by going here:

Happy Hunting!

Doug Buenz
The 680 Group at Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 463-2000
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Mon Jul 27, 2009
Peter Bruno answered:
Hello Keith,

Couldn't agree more with you, although we are not looking in Berkeley or SF, but rather in Silicon Valley. We noticed that many of the new constructions is what they called "cottage" style. They are basically 1500 sq ft houses sitting on a 700 sq ft of land - what I call "mini rises".

First, these houses don't have a backyard, because that space is taken by the garage. Second, in order for you to move from one room to another, you need to take climb steps. You start with garage, then go up a few steps to a living room, then you need to go up another set of steps to get to the dinning room and kitchen, then a few steps up to a bathroom, and then finally more steps to the bedroom. And these houses are suppossed to be "starter" homes, for families with young children. How could one put their kids in a house full of steps and hazards and no backyard to play in?
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Thu Jul 16, 2009
Jacklee95401 answered:
I loved my trees in the backyard, it blocks out a lot of sunlight. My backyard is facing west so I helps a lot with the heat. The only part is I have to use my lawn mower to suck up the leaves every other weeks, consider it exercise. I should really buy a battery power mower, currently I am using corded electric mower.

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Tue Oct 30, 2007
Jessica Gamez answered:
I lived on a "parade" downtown street, here is what I think!


1. Easy walking since you are most likely close to shops and local markets.
2. You tend to know more about what is going on in the town since most of it happens on "parade streets".
3. You don't have to drive to the parade or events held on that street.
4. You can join in the parade from your home...LOL
5. Your kids will L-O-V-E it, if you have any


1. "Check 1-2-3 Check"...this is what you will hear VERY early in the morning prior to the parade for at least an hour and then trumpets and noise for the hour after.
2. Everyone you know in town will know where you live because of the parade.
3. You may get trash thrown in your yard.
4. It will be noisy for at least an hour during the parade and any other street functions held there
5. There will be traffic before and after the event that may be annoying to you.

There is my imput, if you have any more questions let me know!

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Tue Oct 9, 2007
Eric H. Wong answered:
Don't let the cars parked in front of your home occupy too much of your attention, rather, put your energy into those things you can control, and which are, quite frankly, more important.
Have you made your lawn nice and clean?
Does the paint on your house look good?
Is the interior warm and inviting?
Could potential buyers walk in and easily imagine moving right in?
Is your home priced right for your area?
Is your home being advertised to attract all the willing and able buyers?

These atre the things that will sell your home. Potential buyers will understand that cars have to park on the street.
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Tue Sep 11, 2007
Carrie Crowell answered:
Seth, Great queston. From your details I do not get that you are planning on selling in the next couple of years. Landscaping is always a good investment. It increases the appeal of the property. It depends on why you want the wall. Is it necessary, as a retaining wall? Or is it merely decorative? If you plan of living there a number of years before selling. I see nothing wrong with adding a wall. It will hold its value. ... more
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