Real Estate

Mortgage Rates Up Last Week

Jun 12,2014

Freddie Mac’s June 5 Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed that the average fixed mortgage rates rose 2 basis points to 4.14 percent last week. This marked the first time in five weeks that rates have not fallen. A year ago at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.91 percent.

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Photo by Dennis Evanosky. Edward Childs built this home in 1880 for Adolph Schnabel. The design combines elements of the Stick style with the Second-Empire style’s mansard roof.

The Second Empire Style and its Signature Roof

Jun 05,2014

In 1880 Adolph H. Schnabel hired Edward Childs to build a home for him at 2233 Santa Clara Ave. The federal census, taken in June of that year, shows Adolph and his brother Augustus living in Otto Beck’s hotel on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

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County to Charge New Hazardous Waste Fee

Jun 05,2014

Alameda homeowners will see a new fee on their property tax bill effective July 1. Last week the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board adopted a hazardous waste fee of $9.95 per year per household. 

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Pending Sales Unchanged

Jun 05,2014

The California Association of Realtors’ (C.A.R.) Pending Home Sales Index dropped just 0.5 percent from 114.4 in March to 113.8 in April. This is down considerably from the 121.1 revised index recorded this time last year.

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Home Sales

May 08,2014

All real estate transactions listed in Home Sales were supplied to the Alameda Sun by CalREsource. Neither the Sun nor CalREsource guarantees the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information.

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Home Sales Down, Prices Up, Realtors Report

Apr 03,2014

California home sales fell in February, but housing inventory increased as sellers gear up for the spring home-buying season, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) reported on March 17.

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Photo by Dennis Evanosky

Cashman Rides for AIDS

Mar 27,2014

Alameda residents John Cashman, Diane Runyan and Nita Greganti are once again joining the AIDS LifeCycle bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles travelling 545 miles to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF).

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