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Seismic Retrofit your Oakland, Piedmont or Berkeley CA home

October 16th, 2016

I have been selling and preparing Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley homes for sale going on 20 years. Seismic retrofit and earthquake preparedness is a topic of conversation that comes up in almost every transaction. When you’re spending lots of money to buy a home in the Oakland, Piedmont or the Berkeley area, it makes good […]

Mediterranean Home for sale in Berkeley CA

March 4th, 2016

New on the market is 1912 Fairview St is a gorgeous Mediterranean-style bungalow built in 1937 in a great Berkeley location. Brought to you by Brian Santilena Berkeley Realtor with Pacific Union Real Estate.  The 1,438 square foot house sits on a 4,000 square foot lot surrounded by a neighboring park. It features 3 bedrooms […]

Home for sale in the Oakland Hills CA

February 25th, 2016

6308 Hillmont Dr. in Oakland’s Millsmont.  $599,000 Offered by Realtor Brian Santilena with Pacific Union Real Estate Located in the quiet and scenic Millsmont neighborhood of Oakland, 6308 Hillmont is a 1,659 square foot split level home located on a spacious 5,671 square foot corner lot with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Enclosed within a […]

6308 Hillmont Drive in Oakland CA 94605 3 bed 2.5 bath home for sale

February 25th, 2016

Brought to you by Brian Santilena | Pacific Union Real Estate. Located in the quiet and scenic Millsmont neighborhood of Oakland, 6308 Hillmont is a 1,659 square foot split level home located on a spacious 5,671 square foot corner lot with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Enclosed within a wooded and ivy covered fence, the […]

Bridging the Millennial home buyer divide

December 5th, 2015

Over the past 3-4 years I’ve been selling more and more homes to members of the  Millennial Generation.  More than to any other.  I work in the San Francisco East Bay (Oakland, Piedmont & Berkeley) and I’m right in the path of tech companies turning towards Oakland’s more affordable commercial environments and cheaper employee housing […]

Video of a day in the life of Oakland CA

August 5th, 2015

Oakland, CA is such a wonderful place to live, eat, drink and play.  I found this wonderful video of Oakland and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Brian Santilena.

The Physical Inspection Contingency Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley CA

March 4th, 2015

When purchasing an Oakland, Piedmont or Berkeley CA home, one of the primary protections afforded to a home buyer in the California Purchase Contract is the Physical Inspection Contingency, or aka Inspection Contingency.   When you make an offer on a home you are essentially saying that you agree to purchase the property so long […]

Winning in multiple offers with a good offer letter

November 11th, 2013

I’ve been selling homes in the Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley California areas for over 15 years.  The market is ever changing but one thing that remains the same is that home sellers tend to do business with people they like and relate to.  In a competitive market where there are several buyers vying for every […]

Buy an Oakland, Piedmont Berkeley home with cash now and finance it later

October 19th, 2013

Delayed financing is as good as all cash. Needless to say, the Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley real estate markets are super heated.  Low inventory and pent up buyer demand combined with low interest rates are making for heavily competitive environment.  Even when a Buyer steps up and offers a seller thousands, tens of thousands or […]

Buying a home in today’s Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley’s real estate market.

May 29th, 2013

5 things you need to know about- Buying a home in today’s Oakland, Piedmont and Berkeley’s real estate market.   1- Get Pre approved.  What’s the difference between Pre approved and Pre qualified?  Pre approvals are based off answers to questions, pre approvals are based off of what you proven via documentation.  In other words, […]

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