Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

Real Estate Agent - Alain Pinel - BRE 01367196
A REALTOR's perspective on events that shape and affect the real estate market.



Here's a really neat site to find really cool pictures. It's called Really Funny Pictures Here are some of the pictures you'll see in the Illusions section. Guess who? Focus for a few seconds on the four dots in the middle of the picture, and look at a blank w...
Having information so available at your fingertips is liberating in the sense that you feel empowered to do so many things on your own. If that were the case, one can learn how to do a root canal, and do it yourself, right? Oh, you don't think so? But how do you explain people looking to buy a ho...
Out of curiousity, I looked into the most recent REO/bank-owned sales using as a search parameter homes that went into contract Oct. 1, and closed escrow Nov. 30. OAKLAND In this 2-month period: 85 properties sold 5 condos, 80 detached family homes. Lowest list price $49,900, sold for $45,000 aft...
On the way home tonight, Gary and I decided to stop at Alameda's The Fireside Gastro Pub for a drink. A gastro pub is defined as a pub that also serves gourmet fare, a few notches above your regular pub grub. And Alameda is happy to see the rejuvenation of The Fireside into a fabulous gastro pub....
Recently, I showed a waterfront property to a young couple who was really interested. But coming from Florida, they have never lived in an earthquake-prone state. Although they were extremely interested in the idea of having a home where they can dock their boat literally behind their house, they...
The last few years, I bought freshly cut wreaths and Christmas tree-shaped rosemary plants as presents for the holiday season. I tie them up with gold and red bows and hang them on my clients' door (if there's already a hook). My favorite source of these wreaths and bushes? Home Depot.           ...
Today was a pleasant surprise. Because it's day after Thanksgiving, our real estate office was officially closed --- but there were some of us who were assigned to do floor time. It was fun to watch my colleagues entertain several walk-ins. Some agents came into the office with their clients. A c...
How could I complain that I'm so busy? When I'm busy that means I have clients. And even better, many of my clients also become my friends and source of leads. This final quarter of the year has been wonderfully busy with escrows in the hopper, and more possibilities in the pipeline. This week, I...
Still checking out pros and cons of Blackberry Storm vs IPhone. This New York Times headline caught my eye. BlackBerry Storm Downgraded to a Depression The reviewer, David Pogue writes "I've got a better name for it: the BlackBerry Dud...But wait, there's less. Both of my review Storms had more b...
My brother collected these pictures of how the military personnel manage to handle stress. There are some really cool pictures! Glad that our guys and gals find novel ways to entertain themselves.      Since we can't seem to upload videos, here's the link instead. US Military Stress Management Te...

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Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
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