Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate News

By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
January 20, 2009 - 6 Short Sales in Walnut Creek CA sold and closed during December 2008.  2 were single family homes and 4 were attached homes (condos and townhomes).* ·         2 detached single family homes sold during December 2008 that were short sales in Walnut Creek CA.  A 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a reported 1,333 square feet of living space sold for $640,000. A 4 bedroom, 2 and a half-bath home with a reported 3,527 square feet of living space sold for $1,000,000 ·         4 attached homes sold during December 2008 that were short sales in Walnut Creek CA. A 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo with a reported 878 square feet of living space sold for $270,000. A 3 bedroom, 2 and a half-bath townhome with a reported 1,565 square feet of living space sold for $500,000 January 20, 2009 - The...
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By Jason Wheeler, JasonWheeler.biz
(JasonWheeler.biz)
"No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience." Jonathan Swift The only experience that could be a failure it one that you learned nothing from! Not only age and experience but you would be surprised the things you learn from people you would normally think you couldn't learn anything from! I've made it a policy in my life and business practice to always look to learn from any conversation! Many in our industry come off too busy to talk to the little guy or meet with a random business owner but if that is you, you are leaving behind unknown nuggets of gold! I met a salesman at a local bar not to long ago and at first glace seemed to be just another "Joe" I spent some time asking him questions about what he did an...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
January 12, 2008 - 6 REO Bank Owned Foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA sold and closed during November. 2 were single family homes and 4 were attached homes (including condos and townhomes).* It's a great time to buy investment properties in Walnut Creek CA. ·         The 2 detached single family homes that were REO Bank Owned Foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA had a low sales price of $537,000 and a high sales price of $600,000. The median sale price for foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA sold during this period is $568,500. These homes spent an average of 22 days on the market. ·         The 4 attached homes (including duets, condos, townhouses) that were REO Bank Owned Foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA had a low sales price of $200,000 (for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo with a reported 658 square f...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
I received a potentially dangerous phone call on one of my short-sale listings.  Let me give you the overview. A Realtor called and said he was representing a "professional short-sale buyer" who purchases short-sales in great neighborhoods, negotiates the short-sale with the lender and has a 89% success rate.  Always curious, I asked how this proposition works. The professional short-sale buyer has his own attorney-drafted purchase agreement The seller must put the property in a Living Trust and, within that trust, authorize the buyer to negotiate with the lender(s) on the seller's behalf. The seller has 45 days to back out for any reason.  After 45 days, the seller must provide a notarized commitment to proceed. Every filament of my brain screamed, "DANGER!" I told the agent that I wou...
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Market Snapshot for Homes for Sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA January 5th, 2009* -  There are currently 9 detached single family homes for sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA. This is a very diverse area that includes vintage cottages and new estate homes. These single family homes for sale in Walnut Heights range in size from a reported 984 to 4,053 square feet with asking prices from $549,000 to $2,250,000. The median listing price in Walnut Heights on January 5th, 2009 is $929,900. Click here to request a list of homes for sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA Click here to receive monthly market snapshots for Homes for Sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA Walnut Heights is an unincorporated community conveniently located in the hills near Walnut Creek. There...
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By Cynthia Long
(Empire Realty Associates)
At a recent open house, I had an encounter that seems to be typical of the current market.  I greeted a visitor with my standard question, “Are you thinking about buying a house today?” And the potential buyer replied with what I also recognize as a current market standard.  She said, “I am.  But only if I can find a deal.” No surprises there, right?             Buyers are taking their turn sweating out the sellers, lurking around waiting for that next price reduction.  Buyers say to me with a knowing wink, “How long has this been on the market?” as if the question somehow will ferret out the desperation of the seller and the willingness to drop the price to “deal” or possibly “steal.”  Here’s the part that buyers don’t seem to understand as clearly.  It’s not always willingness.  Somet...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
The December 2008 median home price in Walnut Creek CA was $750,000 for single family detached homes.* There were 27 home sales of single family detached homes, the highest priced home sold for $1,700,000, the lowest price home sold for $435,000. The average selling price of detached single family homes for December 2008 in Walnut Creek California was $866,592. These homes were on the market an average of 57 days. Your Walnut Creek California real estate market update was written January 1st, 2009. See below for information on single family homes sold on the low and high end:     Home Sales volume and home sales activity is UP in Walnut Creek CA! There are currently 43 single family detached homes pending sale in Walnut Creek CA (or under contingency contract). The pending home prices r...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
The December 2008 the median home price in Rossmoor of Walnut Creek was $280,000 for attached homes including duets, condos and town houses*. There were 24 attached units sold, the highest priced unit sold for $1,100,000, and the lowest price unit sold for $99,600. The average selling price of attached homes for December 2008 in Rossmoor of Walnut Creek California was $337,655 after being on the market an average of 82 days. Your Rossmoor in Walnut Creek CA real estate market update was written January 1st, 2009. See below for information on attached homes sold on the low and high end:     Home Sales volume and home sales activity is UP in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek CA! There are currently 26 attached homes pending sale in Rossmoor Walnut Creek CA. The pending home prices range from $78,1...
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(JasonWheeler.biz)
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By Cynthia Long
(Empire Realty Associates)
WALNUT CREEK – Ground Zero I live in Walnut Creek. I work in Walnut Creek. Many of my clients and friends are in Walnut Creek or they want to be in Walnut Creek. So I’m always trying to put my finger on the pulse of what’s happening here – now. How much is our little haven being rocked by the greater trends in economics? I tend to look for macro answers in stats and then micro answers in the hearts of buyers and sellers. So here’s the scoop as of December, reflecting on the activities of November, from the Contra Costa Association of Realtors, WALNUT CREEK reports. The market is still moving, if you look year-to-year. There were actually 10 more properties that went pending in November of 2008 than in November 2007. About 25% of the available inventory went off the market in one month, ...
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By Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
(Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com)
When you can't do everything, a little paint goes a LONG way!!!  Why do I make that statement, well Realtors and Stagers would prefer that clients do everything on the "list", wouldn't we?  Of course we would!  BUT in the real world, some clients just don't have the ability or funds to do so.  So when THEY choose what to do (with your guidance of course), make sure they are choosing the most impactful thing to bring them the return on investment.  Does your staging partner give your clients choices based on a priority?  Of course your staging team can do the work if sellers have the budget, but easing them into it gets more accomplished.  These are two examples of sellers that couldn't complete the whole list...but paint is always in the top 5 on my "staging list"... and top of the list...
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By Jean Powers, CRS,e-PRO,HAFA,SFR Broker, Northern California
(Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002)
Do you have a group of good friends and celebrate each other's birthdays? I do. Every year the group takes the birthday person out to dinner. Last week I have 2 friends, Michael and Sandra whose birthdays are in December. The group decided to take them out to lunch at Bing Crosby's in Walnut Creek. This restaurant opened a couple of years ago and became an instant hit. It's nostalgic with an atmosphere of the days that Bing was alive and a great place to eat. We all gave gifts to the birthday boy and girl and also exchanged Christmas gifts. Lisa's family makes their yearly tamales and we all received a batch! Umm Yummy! I can't remember whose birthday is next, but I do know we will find a wonderful place to go!  
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
It's no wonder that buyers seek out condos for sale in Walnut Creek CA. The city of Walnut Creek California has it all; cultural events, major shopping areas, good schools, parks & recreation areas, favorable climate, transportation via BART to San Francisco and points beyond! Use this link to Search the MLS for Walnut Creek condos and Walnut Creek real estate. This Real Estate Market Snapshot for December 22, 2008 reveals that there are currently 83 condos & townhomes for sale in Walnut Creek CA.* 1 - Studio unit for sale in Walnut Creek CA, priced at $139,000 30 - 1 Bedroom units for sale in Walnut Creek CA, priced from $144,900 to $649,000 35 - 2 Bedroom units for sale in Walnut Creek CA, priced from $223,500 to $735,000 17 - 3 Bedroom units  for sale in Walnut Creek CA, priced from ...
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There are currently 21 single family homes for sale in NorthGate in Walnut Creek CA ranging in price from $785,000 to $3,250,000*. Homes for sale in NorthGate in Walnut Creek CA are some of the most popular homes among the offerings of Walnut Creek CA real estate due to the proximity of good schools, parks and trailhead access. The most affordable single family home in the NorthGate area is currently listed at $785,000 and  is described as a " An inviting single story ranch home with multiple outside entertaining areas - deck & sitting area from master bedroom, private patio from guest bedroom or den. Generous patio surrounding the pool. Covered deck for BBQ, etc!! On the other end of the spectrum you will find an older remodeled home offered at $3,250,000. This spacious home has a repo...
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By Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA
(www.Staged-to-Sell )
Usually, we Stagers can count on this time of year to be pretty calm. I look forward to it every year as it gives me time to work on my business and set up my marketing plans for the new year. It's also the time that I get caught up with the numerous people I have almost ignored for the past 11 months as life is a bit crazier than it use to be and my trips to Santa Rosa to see old friends and family just don't happen as much as they use to. We'll this year - it's not the case. We have lots going on staging, design to live and StagersLIST.com has been keeping us jumping - and the best part is we are not alone. I was talking to one of my favorite local Stagers Nancy Clearythe other day. She is a fabulous Stager right here in Walnut Creek, California.  She is not only fabulous at what she ...
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By Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
(Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com)
There is an end in sight, and we can see it from here... There is a lot of speculation about the real estate market and when we'll see the light at the end of the tunnel. Walking today in Santa Cruz along the ocean I took this photo.  It reminded me of the real estate market and gives a good illustration of where the light is.  It IS out there, not within reach tomorrow perhaps, but within reach.  If we make changes that we need to make, stay the course and work at getting there we can.  When, you say?  Well I prefer to think sooner rather than later.  I believe thinking positively sets solutions in motion.  What do we have to lose by thinking the best?  A little "out there"  for some maybe. The alternative is putting the negative thoughts out there and heaven knows we have enough negat...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
December 16, 2008 - 1 Short Sale in Walnut Creek CA sold and closed during November. It was an attached home (a condo).* ·        1 attached home sold for $213,400, a 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with a reported 720 square feet. It was on the market 201 days. December 16, 2008 - There are 30 Short Sales in Walnut Creek CA currently pending or under contingency contract on the MLS. 10 are detached single family homes that were listed from $650,000 to $1,700,000. The median price of short sales in Walnut Creek CA is $774,500 for single family homes that are currently pending sale. 20 are attached homes (Condos, duets, townhomes and patio villas) that were listed from $199,000 (for 1 bedroom with 1 bath) to $579,000 (2 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths with 1,958 square feet) Click here to request a...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
December 16, 2008 - 7 REO Bank Owned Foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA sold and closed during November. 5 were single family homes and 2 were attached homes (including condos and townhomes).* It's a great time to buy investment properties in Walnut Creek CA. ·         The 5 detached single family homes that were REO Bank Owned Foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA had a low sales price of $411,000 and a high sales price of $820,000. The median sale price for foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA sold during this period is $557,900. These homes spent an average of 87 days on the market. ·         The 2 attached homes (including duets, condos, townhouses) that were REO Bank Owned Foreclosures in Walnut Creek CA had a low sales price of $200,000 (for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo) and a high sales price of ...
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Market Snapshot for Homes for Sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA December 7, 2008* -  There are currently 10 detached single family homes for sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA. This is a very diverse area that includes vintage cottages and new estate homes. These single family homes for sale in Walnut Heights range in size from a reported 984 to 4,053 square feet with asking prices from $589,000 to $2,250,000. The median listing price in Walnut Heights on December 7 2008 is $997,000. Click here to request a list of homes for sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA Click here to receive monthly market snapshots for Homes for Sale in Walnut Heights in Walnut Creek CA Walnut Heights is an unincorporated community conveniently located in the hills near Walnut Creek. There i...
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