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California Real Estate Magazine: September 2015 Issue

| Posted on August 24, 2015

  September 2015 A glimpse of what’s inside this issue: The Economics of Water H2O Shortage has real ramifications for housing A Housing Conundrum Why now is the time to tackle the affordability crisis Traffic Troubles Transportation sustainability concerns grow as the population does Click here for the full issue.

OBAR Has a New CEO!

| Posted on August 19, 2015

The OBAR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of DaVina Lara as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS®. DaVina began her duties as of August 9, 2015. Stop in to the office and say hello!

Beware of Scams and Other Internet Fraud (Zillow)

| Posted on August 17, 2015

Scams are a reality of shopping online and offline. Zillow strives to provide a safe online community, but you should always be wary of giving personal information, financial information, or payments of any kind to people you don’t know personally. Important: If you find a fraudulent listing on Zillow, please report it by clicking “Report […]

Developers hope to keep Pyramid a beer destination (Berkeleyside)

| Posted on August 11, 2015

Many local beer drinkers were surprised to learn of the abrupt closure of West Berkeley’s long-running Pyramid Alehouse last month. The closure was part of a consolidation effort on the part of Pyramid’s parent company, North American Breweries, which says it is shifting focus to its Portland and Seattle locations. Now, Retail West Inc., the group behind the Gilman District’s […]

After 200 days in office, here are Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf’s top priorities for housing, development (San Francisco Business Times)

| Posted on August 11, 2015

Seven months into her first year as mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf is looking to sustain a rising tide of private investment while protecting the city’s existing residents from increasingly expensive housing costs. Schaaf said Oakland needs more housing development at all income levels, a policy position echoed by local planners and developers but opposed […]

Oakland: The nation’s hottest rental market (SF Gate)

| Posted on August 11, 2015

It’s been quite a year for renters in the USA: a rough one. Zumper’s National Rent Report for August, 2015 confirms that nationally, rent in major major cities is climbing: “The past year saw a perfect storm for rising rents across the United States. As more millennials entered the workforce, and consequently the rental market, prices have surged […]

Bay Area Top Agents Speak Out About Million Dollar Listing SF (PR Newswire)

| Posted on August 6, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — While television audiences are sensationalized by the television series Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, premiering this summer on BRAVO, a different audience–the true top real estate agents in the area–are not so entertained. “The dramatizations of real estate transactions you see on TV oversimplify what it takes to […]

2 new restaurants to buzz into the Hive in Uptown Oakland this week (San Francisco Business Times)

| Posted on August 3, 2015

Two restaurants are slated to open this week at Oakland’s the Hive, Signature Development’s $50 million mixed-use project in Uptown Oakland. Drake’s Dealership, a large brewpub from San Leandro-based Drake’s Brewery, is slated to open this week. Also debuting is the newest eatery from Oakland restaurateur Chris Pastena, a restaurant called Calavera. Continue reading here.