Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Home Selling in Orinda : Real Estate Advice

  • All46
  • Local Info8
  • Home Buying15
  • Home Selling1
  • Market Conditions2

Activity 6
Tue Jun 23, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

Your local agent for Orinda can look back in time at the MLS sales for a particular area.

Kind regards,

0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Fri Oct 28, 2011
Kyle Quesnoy answered:

Many people forget to consider that while home prices in Orinda have declined a small percentage, most areas in California and the U.S. in general have declined by an even greater percentage. So, depending on where you will be moving to, you could actually make a greater profit now than you would have made back before the recession began. Sure you will be getting less for your current home now, but you will also be spending less on your next home. Without more details on where you plan to move, I can't give you exact statistics, but I think I have given you an idea of your probable situation.

Let me know if you would like me to expand upon my responce. Good luck.

Kyle Quesnoy
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Mason McDuffie
... more
0 votes 11 answers Share Flag
Sun Mar 6, 2011
Michelle Minch answered:
There is no state or national government oversight of home staging accreditations, designations or certifications. The certifications are given by the staging training providers, not an objective 3rd party. There are many professional home stagers without "accreditation" who do an excellent job. There are many professional home stagers who are accredited by their staging training provider. Look for the home stager with the most real world experience, with lots of home staging jobs under their belt. They should also carry home staging business insurance (liability) and all their employees should be covered by a workers comp insurance policy by law in CA.

I'm including a link below to an article about how to choose the best home stager.
... more
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Tue Jun 23, 2009
Adrian Huntington answered:
I think Richard's answer sums it up best. Yet I have to add some key points. Orinda has the top schools in Contra Costa County, and is close to San Francisco. Most of the homeowners have lived in Orinda for years and have equity. You will not see many, short sales, or foreclosures. It is a good time to sell in Orinda if you plan on moving to a similar area. If you want to buy a house in Belevedere, Ross, Etc. sell now. If you plan to buy in Black Hawk, Ruby Hill in Pleasanton etc. it may be better to wait. I think Orinda prices will remain stabile, but believe other neighborhoods will see some effects from the loss of jobs, and prime borrower foreclosure. It may be best to sell when the credit markets loosen up, and the guidelines and rates for luxury homes ease. Luxury home sales have cooled off, because the financing rates are not favorable. I think many buyers are sitting on the fence ,hoping the rates will become better as investors gain confidence. ... more
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Sun May 3, 2009
J R answered:
When the competition is hundreds of other homes, the "as is" homes sell last unless they are WAY below comps. If your home needs staging, do it. You'll put more money into your OWN pocket when you do sell. ... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Mon Dec 3, 2007
Joseph Ferrara, Esq. answered:
It is very unusual for a seller to be at an open house with their agent. Yes, sellers should want their homes to be presentable and agents ought to really explain this fact to their clients. It does not help the marketing of the property. There is no rationale explanation to this presentation.

If the home is not priced correctly, it will not get offers, regardless of the condition. If however the price is competitive, or below FMV, it is possible to sell, even in such a deplorable state--- I have been amazed at what sold and in what condition once the price was right. Some people looking for an investment property will factor the rehabilitation cost of the property and make an offer accordingly. If the property does not fit your needs or what you are willing to recondition, then just walk away-- or make such a low ball offer that it would be a "steal".
... more
1 vote 13 answers Share Flag
Search Advice