Brentwood, CA Real Estate News

By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
The Cultural Christian Ghetto As a Christian I am amazed by our tendency to want to classify ourselves separately from the world.  We have separate sections for Christian Books, Movies, Music etc..  We like this and the world likes this too.  However, I think we should be involved in the arts on a level that puts our beliefs into the world.  We need to be making art that reflects our values and beliefs while appealing to a broader audience.  I bring this up as I rented an excellent movie the other night.  I kind of grabbed it at the last minute as I had a coupon for a free movie and needed to use it.  I had no idea it was a Christian movie.  Now some of you are already thinking that means it is censored or a kids movie.  You would be wrong.  It is a very violent movie with rough languag...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood's Apple Hill Estates Brentwood's Apple Hill Estates is one of the most exclusive communities in Brentwood and East Contra Costa County.  It is gated, on the golf course, with a community pool tennis courts and other common features. Right now there is only one home for sale in Apple Hill Estates priced at $449,900.00.  This home is 2675 SF or listed at $168.00 per SF and it has only been on the market 18 days. In the last 6 months 7 homes have sold in Apple Hill Estates from $305,000.00 to $559,000.00, with an average price of $366,571.00 and a median price of $340,000.00.  These homes spent an average of 17 days on the market and were priced at an average of $143.00 per SF. Currently there are 7 homes pending in the Apple Hill Estates priced from $420,000.00 to $500,000.00, w...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Rose Garden Homes in Brentwood California Rose Garden Homes in Brentwood California are very nice affordable properties in an upscale Planned Unit Development.  Prices for Rose Garden Homes are very competitive. Currently there are only 3 Rose Garden Homes for sale with an average price of $313,333.00 and a median price of $300,000.00.  These homes have been on the market an average of 52 days and are priced at an average of $145.00 per SF. However, there are 34 Pending Rose Garden Homes, 30 of these are Short Sales which accounts for the high number of Pending.  These homes have an average price of $316,025.00 and a median price of $297,250.00.  They spent an average of 35 days on the market and were priced at an average of $118.00 per SF. In the last 6 months 31 Rose Garden Homes have...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood California Pool Homes Brentwood California Pool Homes are in high demand and with Summer approaching nice Pool Homes will command a good price. This report looks at the Brentwood California Pool Homes on the market now and the sales of Brentwood California Pool Homes for the last 2 months. Right now the MLS shows 17 Active Pool Homes, but when taking a closer look many of these Pool Homes are actually homes with community pools and two of the homes are large estate homes.  If we take out these homes there are currently 10 Brentwood California Pool Homes for sale with an average asking price of $361,160.00 and a median asking price of $359,950.00.  These homes have been on the market for an average of 78 days and are priced at an average of $140.00 per SF. In February there wer...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood California Bank Owned Homes Bank Owned Homes are one of the most popular homes for buyers trying to find a bargain. This report looks at Brentwood California Bank Owned Homes and compares the current active market of Bank Owned Homes to sold homes for the last couple of months. This reports numbers are based only on Single Family Bank Owned Homes. Click here for Free Tips and Tools on Buying a Bank Owned Home. Right now there are 37 Brentwood California Bank Owned Homes on the market with an average price of $287,343.00 and a median price of $275,000.00. These homes have been on the market for an average of 23 days and are listed at an average price of $132.00 per SF. There were 35 Brentwood California Bank Owned Homes sold in January with an average price of $297,047.00 and a...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Selling a Luxury Home - Part 13 - Pricing Your Home! This is Part 12 in a Series. You may wish to look at the other parts first: Selling a Luxury Home - Part 1 - Defined Selling a Luxury Home - Part 2 - A State of Mind Selling a Luxury Home - Part 3 - Make a Plan Selling a Luxury Home - Part 4 - The Team - Home Inspector Selling a Luxury Home - Part 5 - The Team - The Termite Inspector Selling a Luxury Home - Part 6 - The Team - The Stager Selling a Luxury Home - Part 7 - The Team - Putting it together Selling a Luxury Home - Part 8 - Living Through the Sale Selling a Luxury Home - Part 9 - Picture This! Selling a Luxury Home - Part 10 - Selling When Empty! Selling a Luxury Home - Part 11 - Make Your Showings Safe! Selling a Luxury Home - Part 12 - When to Show Your Home! Pricing a home...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Brentwood California Short Sales This report looks at Short Sales in Brentwood California. It compares the Active and Pending Short Sales to Short Sales closed in January and February. Right now there are 64 Short Sale Homes for sale in Brentwood California with an average price of $343,319.00 and a median price of $222,500.00. The average asking price per SF is $141.00 and these homes have been on the market for an average of 49 days. In January 17 Short Sale Homes sold in Brentwood California with an average sold price of $300,652.00 and a median price of $265,000.00. The average price per SF was $134.00 and they spent an average of 18 days on the market. In February 14 Short Sale Homes sold in Brentwood California with an average sold price of $288,457.00 and a median price of $302,5...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Homes for Sale in Brentwood California This report is on Homes for Sale in Brentwood California. It compares current active Homes for Sale in Brentwood California to sales for the last to months. The report is based on Single Family Homes. Currently there are 158 Homes for Sale in Brentwood California with an average asking price of $434,263.00 and a median asking price of $347,500.00. This is an average asking price of $173.00 per SF and an average or 58 days on the market.  However, this includes 7 homes priced over $1,000,000.00 some way over that throws of the market numbers.  Remove those 7 homes and the average price is $361,759.00 and a median price of $339,500.00.  This is an averge price per SF of $155.00 and an average time on the market of only 55 days. In January 69 Homes fo...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
This is Janson! Janson wanted me to put a big picture of him up on the Internet.  So here it is.  He is wearing my classes and I think this might have been last fall after he had broke his arm. Janson will be 6 in June.  Janson will tell you that he is very tough. (note the band aide on the chin.)  He likes to tackle daddy.  He is also good at sneaking food.  He also told me how smart he is now that he is 5 and in school, and then explained that George Washington invented the Microwave oven.  Normally I would blame this on the schools, but he is home schooled. Janson is the 4th of my 6 boys.  Janson Peter Riemenschneider is his full name.  All my kids have family names.  By son 4 we felt we were running out.  However I am descended from a man named Peter Janson from around the American ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
It's basball time again. I love baseball, it is the most American of sports , stressing team and individual skills.  It is the only major team sport I can think of where the object is not to move the all into some kind of goal.  My oldest son liked baseball but never excelled at it and has given it up to focus on wrestling and spring football to get ready for high school next year and that is fine with me. Son # 2 is a star and at 11 years of age will play in the Little League Majors out in Walnut Creek where his mom lives.  He is a first basemen and will do some pitching this year.  He is left handed hence he plays first instead of his beloved short stop.  He is very fast and a great defensive play, and not bad with a bat. Son 3 did t-ball in Little League last year and son 4 his getti...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
In California we are about to release thousands of prisoners to relieve over crowding and due to budget issues.  We have seen enough high profile crimes recently in California to know how good they are about selecting which prisoners to release.  I have no problems with realistic reform, and I want to see people get out that are capable of putting an honest life together.  However, so far the we have not provin very good at this and these people are not being released for any reasons but budget and over crowding issues.  There have been some good solutions to both the budget and over crowding issues, but Prison Guard and other government unions put off them limits and there is not enough time to implement them now even if we could get the politicians to stand up to the unions. This is g...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
I am not a Doctor!  I am a Realtor! In this past year I wasted some money on coaching.  I will not say all coaching is bad, but the coach I worked with was.  I will not mention his name, let's just leave that underground for now. One of the big pitches was is to act like a Doctor and limit access to myself.  To only make myself available so many hours a day for phone calls.  In fact there was one coaching session where he talked about letting people wait for you in the office before going out to meet with them, to kind of show them who is boss. Well I am not that kind of person and I am not a doctor. I understand about time management.  I also understand when I have to wait at the doctor.  The doctors day can be filled with many unexpected problems, some of them very serious.  In genera...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NOTICE OF DEFAULT IN BRENTWOOD?  NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE? FORECLOSURE? SAVING MY BRENTWOOD HOME FROM FORECLOSURE  Here's how you can sell your Brentwood home for less than you owe the bank, avoid foreclosure, save your credit and get your lender to pay all the costs-for FREE!  A new informative e-book has just been released called "The Home Owner's Guide to Real Estate Short Sales" and it is possibly the most valuable guide on how to use a short sale to stop or avoid foreclosure available today.  Inside this book, you will learn how to sell your Brentwood home or investment property quickly and easily using a home selling strategy called a real estate short sale...and owe nothing! You can stop the bank from foreclosing on your Brentwood home and ruining your credit without costing you a ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
This weekend was beautiful and with football season over the buyers were out.  I had one of my best open houses ever.  The buyers were serious and they spent a lot of time in the home going over details of the home. It seems that every year when the sun comes out in the Spring we find the buyers coming out.  This year with the Home buyers tax credit expiring April 30th (You need to be in escrow by this date) the buyers are particularly interested in getting a home.  Also many buyers understand that interest rates will begin to climb soon and want to beat the interest increases. If you are thinking about Buying now is the time to get moving.
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
As some of you know we just had a Baby.  Just got back from the hospital where they served both of us a "luxury dinner" tonight.  Baby seems to be fine.  I am going to make French Toast to take my wife in the Hospital tomorrow morning.  It is her favorite.  I am also taking all 5 of Barit's brothers to meet him.  After that I have an open house then I pick up moma and Barit to take them home.  My oldest 2 have really pitched in to help me.  I am tired and want to get this last post in this week so I am going softball and posting more pics.
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Today at 6:43 PM my 6th son was born and I am overwhelmed with joy.  From the first to the last they are all special to me.  He was born premature at 36 weeks, however, he is a big boy at 7 pounds 11 ounces.  All my sons have family names as does Barit.  Barit is a maiden name somewhere in my mothers family tree.  Edward is my brother-in-laws middle name and we wanted to honor him. My wife really wants a girl, but he is loved and viewed as a blessing from God.  She is doing fine. There are some minor concerns with his breathing and blood sugar, which is common in premature babies and should resolve itself.  I will trust in the prayers of my friends that he will be home with us by Sunday night and the complications will resolve themselves.       Psalms 127: 3-5 says: Sons are a heritage...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Brentwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California, United States; it should not be confused with Brentwood, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California or the Brentwood area of Victorville, California.Brentwood is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest, the border of Topanga State Park on the west and Mulholland Drive along the ridgeline of the mountains on the north.Nearby neighborhoods and cities include Pacific Palisades on the west, Santa Monica on the south, West Los Angeles and Sawtelle on the southeast, Westwood on the east, Bel-Air on the northeast and Encino on the north.Mail to the Brentwood district is addresse...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Bank Owned Homes in Brentwood California This report looks at the Bank Owned Homes in Brentwood California. It compares the Bank Owned Homes currently Active on the market with sales of Bank Owned Homes in January and December. The report is on Single Family Homes only. Click here for Tools and Tips on Buying Bank Owned Homes and to see Homes in Brentwood California. Right now there are 27 Bank Owned Homes in Brentwood California with an average price of $282,022.00 and a median price of $274,900.00. The average price per SF is $137.00 and they average home has been on the market 17 days. This is up slightly from the 20 Homes on the market at the time of Last Months Report. Any discrepancies in the numbers are due to late reporting. In January 33 Bank Owned Homes in Brentwood California...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Today many of us are worried about our jobs, our homes, and our bank accounts.  I am! There are many in the government concerned about how to help us prosper and what tax rate might help us prosper the most.  How much government might help us prosper the most?  Once I heard a supposedly conservative Republican comment in defense of keeping the current Bush tax cuts in place that he felt the current level of Taxation was just fine and at the optimum level to maintain economic growth and support reasonable government programs. This is all putting the cart before the horse.  The Purpose of America is to provide as much Freedom so people can achieve all that God has intended for them.  I am not so naive as to think we do not need government, I also understand as the country grows and grows ...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
I just found out I passed my Broker Exam I took on Wednesday.  I must say the California DRE is very prompt about getting back to you on the results.  I found them posted on line today. I have spent months preparing for it.  I had to take 5 courses on different aspects of real estate and pass on line course exams.  I then spent a couple of months doing test preparation.  You do learn a lot about real estate and the job of being a Broker while getting ready for the test, but there is a lot of esoteric information: Do you know how long a Chain is?  It is 66 feet or 4 Rods. Well if you read the above you now know that a Rod is 16.5 feet.  There are 100 Links in the chain.  Do the math to figure it out in inches. Probably learning how big an acre is and what a commercial acre is is more imp...
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