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Fannie Mae is offering up to a 3.5% closing cost assistance for owner-occupant buyers and public entities who request the incentive at their initial offer during the First Look™ period, purchase a HomePath property in select states on or before March 31 and close by May 31, 2014. Jaynelle Bell 510.206.7144
A good exterior paint job adds value; a misguided one can make you weep — or LOL. Here’s a collection of our favorite oddballs.
Kimberly Lew sold a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home at 251 Coronado St., in Hercules, to Jefferson Espinosa and Kimberly Lew for $137,000 on April 9.
The 2,018-square-foot home last sold for $345,000 in June 2012. It is located in The Astronauts subdivision.
According to BlockShopper, there have been 420 home sales in Hercules during the past 12 months with a median sale price of $300,000.
Piedmont is a small, residential community surrounded on all sides by the City of Oakland.
Piedmont is almost entirely zoned for single-family dwelling residential use. Piedmont has minimal commerce compared with statistically similar cities, and relies primarily on property taxes as a base. The city also has almost no multi-family or second (in-law) units. The city does have the small commercial district located on Highland Avenue and a small number of businesses are found on Grand Avenue near Piedmont’s southwest border with Oakland.
Located in the East Bay hills, Piedmont is surrounded on all sides by the city of Oakland. Piedmont provides its own fire and police services but does not have its own public library or federal post office; these services are shared with Oakland. Property taxes on Piedmont real estate are not shared with Oakland.
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? These 8 ugly houses answer that age-old question with a resounding: Yes! Despite some odd proportions, strange building materials, and off-the-wall colors, these prideful homes all have redeeming qualities that endear them to their owners. For one, they’re all unique. And in this cookie-cutter world, that’s saying a whole lot! Which is your favorite?
Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/photos/home-thoughts/ugly-houses/slide/a-house-that-rocks/#ixzz2Rh3iXcsB
April’s had some big sales and even bigger listings, so this month’s map of the 25 most expensive homes for sale in San Francisco has quite a few new members. At $30M, the priciest abode is still former chairman of the Pacific Stock Exchange Doug Engmann’s home at 2724 Pacific St. in Pacific Heights. Absent from the list but without a reported sale is YouTube co-founder Steve Chen’s penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton, which was asking $8M. Let’s get this party started.
Wall Street Journal House of Week. What do you think ?
Looking for a quiet small town close to San Francisco, Oakland with San Pablo Bay access. Consider Hercules.
Ideally situated on beautiful San Pablo Bay,
midway between San Francisco and Napa, with handsome homes,
safe neighborhoods, and many exciting new projects planned, this diverse
waterfront community is poised to expand its reputation as a great place to live.
Hercules offers numerous communter avenues:
Bus service with WIFI to San Francisco
Bus service to BART
Connections to I-80, HWY-4
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