Posts Tagged ‘Emeryville condos’

Emeryville Warehouse Loft at 1500 Park Avenue #105, JUST SOLD!

September 5, 2014

This West facing, ground floor, Emeryville Warehouse loft with built-in bookshelves, and sleeping mezzanine, JUST SOLD! Ground floor units have the highest ceilings making the space above the bathroom usable. Close to SF, Public Market & Bay Street. Andy Read, Broker of Caldecott Properties represented the seller in this (off market) transaction.


JUST SOLD! 4053 Harlan St #115, Emeryville

June 25, 2014

This true live/work loft converted from the historic “Besler Building”, JUST SOLD! This unit features exposed brick, timber, concrete floors, a floor to ceiling window & 14′ ceilings. Bring your creativity! It is rectangular in shape and is truly a blank canvas for someone looking to build-out there own space. Andy Read, Broker at Caldecott Properties represented the seller.

East Bay condo hotspots see 80 percent price jumps while inventory evaporates

May 22, 2014

East Bay condo hotspots see 80 percent price jumps while inventory evaporates

List of Approved FHA Condos in Oakland, CA

April 1, 2014

List of FHA Approved Condos in Oakland

On 5/23/2011, there were 42 condominium buildings in Oakland that were approved by the FHA.  As of April 1, 2014, there are only 15 FHA approved condominium buildings.  Here is a list of those buildings that remain qualified for FHA financing which often allows a buyer to purchase with a lower down payment (though mortgage insurance is likely to be required):

1. 416 North Street, Oakland, CA 94609 (4 units)

2. 428 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (93 condos)

3. 5343 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94618 (Rockridge)

4. 55 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 (51 units)

5. 245 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610 (36 units “Cambridge House Condominiums”)

6. 5405 Carlton Street, Oakland, CA 94618 (17 units “Carlton View Condominiums”)

7. 590 El Dorado Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 (47 units)

8. 655 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (92 units “Landmark Place”)

9. 6261 Leona Avenue, Oakland 94605 (302 units “Monte Vista Villas”)

10. 1201 Pine Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (163 units “Pacific Cannery Lofts”)

11. 700 Canyon Oaks Drive, Oakland, CA 94605 (66 units “Ridgemont at Skyline”)

12. 440 38th Street, Oakland, CA 94609 (4 units, “Temescal Gardens”)

13. 373 4th Street, Oakland, CA (10 units “Pocket Lofts”)

14. 811 York Street, Oakland, CA 94610 (78 units “The York Towers”)

15. 3240 Peralta Street, Oakland, CA 94608 (28 units “West Clawson Lofts”)

It is possible for buildings not listed here to become FHA approved.  There is a process to this but it can be achieved by using the right real estate broker and lender (and consent from the HOA).  Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you be in need of our services.

Andy Read

Broker, Caldecott Properties

510.594.2400 x 222

And the Winner of the Open House iPad Scavenger Hunt is….

July 11, 2011

Our own Michael Braillard randomly hand-picked the winners this morning…(drum roll)

Congratulations to Keith Lichten for winning the iPad Scavenger Hunt drawing!

2nd Place went to Jeremy Weintraub ($50 Apple gift certificate) and Stephanie Medina ($25 Apple gift certificate) came in 3rd. Congrats, you two!

We had a lot of people come out to our open houses and take part in this fun scavenger hunt! Thanks to all of you who participated, Liked Us on Facebook and entered the contest!

Stay tuned for upcoming Caldecott contests & giveaways – and remember you can always get our most up-to-date East Bay listings at and our Facebook page.

Special thanks to our helpful & knowledgable Caldecott agents for hosting our open lofts/condos: Michael Braillard, Jeanine Weller, Jeanne Trombly, Antoine Pirson, Etta Brown, Don Dunbar and Nathan Zagal.

iPad SCAVENGER HUNT this SUNDAY, JULY 10th from 1-5PM!

July 5, 2011

Download the Scavenger Guide:


…We really want you to like us. So much so we’ll bribe you with an iPad. But we’re not gonna make it that easy….

Hunt through 7 of our awesome East Bay lofts + condos!

The rules are simple:

LIKE US on Facebook now. Yes, we mean now. If you don’t you can’t win.

CHECK IN on Facebook via your smartphones at the 7 super rad open houses on the scavenger guide. Yes, all 7 of them. Don’t worry, this is easier than you think and you don’t have to do them in any particular order. You may only check in between 1-5pm on the day of the event. If you don’t have a smartphone, have the agent initial the open house you attended.

ANSWER 7 questions on the scavenger guide.

CORRECTLY ANSWER 7 questions, attend all the open houses & you are entered to win an iPad! (don’t worry, we have awesome prizes for 2nd + 3rd place too!) Drawing will be held Monday, July 11th.

So just a recap:

Be a person who likes going to open houses. Like us on Facebook. Check in at 7 open houses day of event. Answer the 7 scavenger questions.

Good luck!

Our Own Antoine Pirson in the SF Chronicle!

April 13, 2011

Bay Area condominium sales, prices tanking

Taken from Carolyn Said’s article, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Realtor Antoine Pirson (left) shows a condominium to Kalyn Farris in Oakland. Buyers often run into a mortgage barrier because many complexes with high foreclosure rates or owners behind on dues don’t meet lenders’ requirements.

 Times are tough all over in the housing market, but perhaps toughest of all in the world of condominiumsThese individually owned multi-unit complexes are suffering through a perfect storm of circumstances that have undermined values and left remaining homeowners to pick up the slack for defaulting neighbors.

In a vicious cycle, lending restrictions bar potential buyers from getting a mortgage in complexes where too many units are behind on homeowner association dues, are not owner-occupied or are concentrated in one party’s hands. Units in such complexes must sell for all cash, which drives down their price.

Kalyn and Noah Farris are moving from Sacramento and trying to buy an East Bay condo after she got a job as a project manager at Kaiser. They’ve run into the mortgage barrier.

“On the one hand it feels like you’re getting a deal compared with what prices used to be, but you have to eliminate whole buildings as options because they can’t meet the (lending) requirements,” she said. The couple were in contract for an Emeryville condo built in 2006, but four different lenders refused to give them a mortgage because the developer had kept half the units as rentals.

In complexes where mortgages aren’t available, “obviously those prices tank because who has $250,000 cash, for instance, sitting on their night table,” said their real estate agent, Antoine Pirson of Caldecott Properties in Oakland.

Lower values mean more owners are underwater, which increases the chance they’ll walk away from their units – and stop paying their HOA dues. Loss of HOA income means the association must cut back on services, amenities and maintenance, and often must charge remaining owners more to make up the difference.

Mature complexes, where many owners bought years ago and thus have mortgages they can afford, are likely to be in better shape than complexes built and sold in the peak bubble years. But even they can have some issues.

For instance, Debra Britton, president of a homeowners’ association in Pleasant Hill, said her 20-year-old complex “is likely weathering the storm a bit better than most. Because we’re a more mature property we didn’t have a lot of new owners (with possibly more risky financing) or a lot of people who took out large second loans putting them into dire shape.”
Many bankruptcies

Still, the 114-unit property has experienced an unprecedented number of foreclosures and bankruptcies – an average of 5 percent in the past three years versus only one bankruptcy and no foreclosures in the prior two decades.

“If people don’t have a job or are walking away from their property, or the bank is foreclosing, the dues are often the first thing they stop paying,” Britton said. “Additionally, it can take the banks or lending institutions many months or even a year or more to foreclose, which means dues might go unpaid for some period of time.”

To compensate for shortfalls, her HOA imposed a special assessment on all owners in 2009 and 2008. In 2010 a cooler summer reduced its energy expenses and water usage so it didn’t need an extra assessment. This year, it has asked all its service vendors to cut costs by 3 to 5 percent and plans to use some of that savings to help cover anticipated HOA dues delinquencies in 2011.
New units underwater

By contrast, owners at the newer complexes are likely to universally be underwater since prices have plunged since that peak. If they bought with the no-money-down loans common in those frenzied years, then they don’t have much incentive to stay put and are more apt to walk away and let their lender foreclose.

“Foreclosures are definitely having a bigger impact on condos than on houses,” said Andrew LePage, an analyst with DataQuick Information Systems, a research firm in San Diego.

About 17.2 percent of the Bay Area’s 1.8 million homes are condos, according to DataQuick. Meanwhile, about one-quarter of all foreclosures earlier this year were condos, showing the disproportionate impact the downturn has had.

On the plus side for condos, “there’s still big demand out there for cheap housing and the rental market is fairly promising,” LePage said. “There’s a sizable investor appetite (for condos).”

Cecily Tippery, an agent with Coldwell Banker, has seen the upside of condos’ falling values as an investor. She and her husband bought two units in the Contra Loma complex in Antioch, where units sold for $220,000 to $250,000 a few years ago at the market’s peak.

“You can buy for from $22,000 to $45,000, and can rent them out for $850 to $1,000 (a month),” she said. “HOA dues are $350. It’s a better investment than a CD and you can pay for it in a few years.”

It’s not a quick turnaround, though.

“You can’t fix and flip those because the market is so depressed for condos,” Tippery said. “You’ve got to hold on to them. Our plan is to hold for 10 years at least and then see where the market is. It’s a long-term investment.”

DataQuick said that about half of condos in Contra Costa County sold for all cash earlier this year, higher than the statewide average of about one-third selling for cash. In Solano County, all-cash transactions account for about three-quarters of condo sales. In Alameda County it’s about 42 percent.

Owners foreclosed on

The downturn has engendered some new trends, such as condo associations foreclosing on homeowners who don’t pay their HOA dues. In California, condo owners must be more than 12 months behind or $1,800 in arrears on dues before the association can foreclose.

Association foreclosures “used to be very, very rare,” said Lisa Esposito, president of Massingham & Associates, a Concord company that manages more than 300 homeowners associations in California. “Homeowner associations now proceed with foreclosing on homeowners who are delinquent because they have a duty to the rest of the (homeowners). Otherwise the homeowner lives there scot-free, uses the pool and tennis courts and amenities. There’s an understandable resentment. Many associations have 10, 20, 30 or 40 percent of owners who are not paying. That leaves the others having to pick up the difference.”

But foreclosing doesn’t bring the association any money, because the primary mortgage holder is first in line. It just gets the bank’s attention to get it to foreclose more quickly, so the unit will get resold to a new owner who will pay dues.

“The foreclosures are to force the lenders to act to stop the bleeding,” Esposito said.
Raising HOA dues

When a bank forecloses on a condo in California, it is not liable for past-due association fees. The shortfalls from defaulting condo owners has led to lots of belt-tightening at condo complexes.

“First, associations will stop funding their reserves” money for long-term repair and maintenance, said David Levy, a partner at Levy, Erlanger & Co., a San Francisco CPA that works for about 2,000 California homeowner associations. “Next, they’ll shut down some of the amenities – a clubhouse or pool if they have it. They’ll mow the lawn less often. If they don’t have the money, they can’t spend it.”

The other strategy is to raise HOA dues or impose special assessments. “That’s not popular, but the alternative isn’t rosy either,” said Esposito. “If this doesn’t get turned around, their property has less value.”

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