Archive for March, 2011

Vote Now! Readers’ Rooms: Before-and-After Bathrooms | California Home + Design

March 24, 2011

Check out Andy Read + Mario Feusier's dramatic bathroom remodel and vote for #16 to win California Home + Designs' Before-and-After Bathrooms!

California Home + Design is holding an online contest to see which dramatic bathroom makeover deserves to be featured in their next issue…with our own Andy Read and Mario Feusier’s remodel as Entry #16 – vote now!

You can vote once a day until Wednesday, March 30. The bath with the most votes will be announced on Thursday the 31 on and featured in the May/June issue.

We appreciate your support!

Save Your Home From Foreclosure

March 24, 2011

If you are close to losing your home or know someone who is, California has 4 NEW Housing Finance programs that can provide direct assistance to help prevent foreclosure.

Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program (UMA) – Provides up to 6 months free mortgage payments for unemployed homeowners.

Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance Program (MRAP) – Provides up to $15,000 in mortgage payments for homeowners that have experienced a change in household circumstance which has led to default.

Principal Reduction Program (PRP) – Provides funding to homeowners whose homes are now worth less than their mortgage.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) – Provides money for relocation costs in the event of a short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure.

To find out if you or someone you know is eligible for one of these federally funded programs click here.

Oakland Passes Major Citywide Rezoning of Residential and Commercial Areas

March 19, 2011

(From Reuben & Junius LLP): On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council finally passed a major rezoning of all of the city’s residential and commercial zoning districts, thus capping a 2+ year process that included over 50 community meetings since the fall of 2008 and review by four different city panels.  The rezoning becomes effective on April 14, and project sponsors have the option of using the old zoning or the new zoning for projects whose applications are submitted between now and then.

Prior to the rezoning, Oakland’s General Plan and Planning Code contained numerous inconsistencies in how the city’s residential and commercial zones are regulated.  This has led to an overly-confusing system of land use regulations and an inefficient entitlement process.  The rezoning will resolve these issues by making the General Plan and Planning Code consistent and reducing the burdens of the entitlement process.

Every residential- and commercial-zoned property in Oakland has been rezoned.  Effectively, this will not constitute a major change in the type and size of development that is permitted on most of the affected properties.  In most cases, the zoning has been updated to make the development controls more clear.  However, some areas of the city have been identified as “grow and change” areas, where higher densities and more uses will be permitted.  These areas include San Pablo Avenue, Telegraph Avenue south of Highway 24, the MacArthur corridor, Martin Luther King Way south of Children’s Hospital, Broadway south of 51st Street, International Boulevard and East 12th Street.  Height limits are being established on certain major corridors in order to better relate future growth to the surrounding neighborhood.  A number of last minute changes to heights and zoning were made in these areas by the City Council.

For land use professionals working in Oakland, the rezoning will make the analysis of development potential for properties in the city much easier.  The rezoning proposal that went to the City Council can be found at  Note that the City Council did make some minor changes.  Contact us with any questions regarding the rezoning.

Copyright 2011 Reuben & Junius, LLP. All rights reserved.

Homebuyer’s Workshops in Moraga + Lafayette

March 12, 2011

Join us for a  couple FREE Homebuyer’s Workshops coming up and get answers to questions about buying a home in today’s market. By attending this workshop, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of home financing from an experienced Bank of the West or Wells Fargo Home Mortgage consultant. You’ll receive individual guidance – tailored to your personal situation – designed to help you make informed decisions about buying a home.
Get an on-site pre-approval decision — or get an action-oriented Purchase Plan!
Meet knowledgeable professionals — Who will work with you and help you understand the homebuying process.

Moraga Workshop:
March 30th, 2011
5:30 – 6:30pm

Wells Fargo
1399 Moraga Way
Moraga, CA 94556

Lafayette Workshop:
May 4th, 2011
6:00 – 7:00pm

Bank of the West
3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA

"Rob the Realtor"

Co-hosted by:
Caldecott’s “Rob the Realtor” Jacobus
Broker Associate
c 925.254.4820
c 510.339.0813
DRE #01102690

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Don’t Forget to Spring Forward this Weekend!

March 11, 2011

What You Can Rent in the Bay Area for $3,250

March 1, 2011
Pier Porrino / Caldecott Properties

Oakland, $3,250

222 Broadway, Unit 1211

Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Square footage: 1,303

Located on the 12th floor of the Ellington, a 134-unit building built in 2009 in Jack London Square, this apartment is highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and chestnut hardwood flooring. Its kitchen has granite countertops, Bosch stainless steel and a sunny breakfast nook. Dual vanities and a separate shower and tub can be found in the master bathroom. The unit comes with access to the building’s fitness center and club room, as well as two parking spaces.

Leasing agent:
Pier Porrino, Caldecott Properties
(510) 418-7227

The Chronicle and BlockShopper scour For Rent listings across the Bay Area, putting real places with prices to show renters what they can get for their money. This week, our working budget is $3,250 per month.
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