May 2019

What People Are Saying

"I would recommend Leah Tounger of Keller Williams in any real estate transaction!  I had a VERY complicated 1031 Exchange and she helped to keep our residential purchase on track while we completed the sale of another commercial building.  Her knowledge, contacts and help was invaluable since we were on a world cruise during the final sale.  She was amazing!  I would definitely use her services again and highly recommend her to anyone else."

"Leah and John were our agents to both sell our home and buy a new one in 2018.  It was a complicated 6 months, with many twists and turns, and Leah and John were superstars.  They worked tirelessly, always were available for a call or meeting to answer questions and discuss strategy, and their expertise translated into exceptional results for us."

"John Corden was our realtor from Leah Tounger Realty Group. He was an excellent communicator and facilitator for us throughout this process. He knew exactly what to ask for in negotiations, inspections and saved us a lot of stress and money. It came down to the wire in closing and I don't thing we'd be in the home now if it wasn't for John's saavy and expertise. Thanks again!"


Monthly Market Minute
State of the East Bay Real Estate Market

We continue to see some really interesting market dynamics in the East Bay. Interest rates continue to be low which is encouraging Buyers to jump in to the market. Another influence on Buyers are the tech IPOs. Many people feel that prices will surge once tech employees can exercise their post-IPO stock options after the waiting period which is typically 6 months. For all the non-tech IPO Buyers there is a perceived notion, whether accurate or not, that they need to buy before all the newly minted millionaires flood the market and drive prices up. These factors, coupled with a continued lack of inventory, continue to keep the market hot in Oakland/Berkeley for entry level homes under $1.2M. Oakland/Berkeley homes over $1.2M are a mixed bag depending on a particular home's attributes. Some homes are seeing price reductions while others are selling over asking. As you move further out to areas less desirable to San Francisco techies, we are seeing a slight cooling evidenced by longer days on market, fewer offers and many sales occurring slightly less than asking. Obviously things can change depending on what happens with trade wars, geopolitical tensions with PRK and Iran as well as politics in general...stayed tuned.
Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Continue to Decline
Mortgage rates have stopped creeping higher, and have actually decreased. A strong economy and unexpectedly high employment figures have all contributed to the Fed keeping rates the unchanged. The net effect has been to lower home mortgage rates. This is great news for both Buyers and Homeowners thinking about refinancing. Although the Fed predicts rates will hold steady for the rest of the year, outside influences like trade wars, cold wars and potential hot wars can change the mortgage landscape quickly. Another positive we are seeing are the Homeowners who do refinance. Unlike in the 90's, they are leaving money in their homes rather than taking cash out. As we all know, while taking cash out is great to rev up the consumer goods sector, it takes away from people's long term financial stability. If you have any questions on purchasing or refinancing  reach out to us, we have great mortgage partners here to help! Click [HERE] for complete article.
15 Spring Home Maintenance Musts
Spring is upon us and the rains are gone with the exception of some unusual mid-May storms. Now would be a great time to take care of some important maintenance items in and around your home. From roof to windows to air-conditioning to yard, staying ahead of these maintenance tasks will save you money in the long run. These 15 maintenance tasks are relatively easy to do. If you are not motivated or simply do not have the time to spare, that doesn't give you a pass on taking care of these tasks. It is easier than ever to outsource the majority of the work. For example, did you know there are professional window cleaning services? We take advantage of their services on every one of our listings. Local handymen (or women) are also a great resource for many of these tasks. When in doubt, check out Yelp.  Let us know if you have specific questions, we are here to lend a hand. Click [HERE] for complete article.
Memorial Day in San Francisco 2019
Memorial Day should be more than barbecues and fun, it should also be a time for reflection and remembrance of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. For those of you interested in both fun and remembrance,  San Francisco has a busy slate of events Memorial Day weekend. What could be better than get ting out and experiencing some of the special events occurring?  Check out the complete guide of activities  [HERE] .
Curious what your home is worth?

Featured Properties & Market Activity
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Large Custom Home with Fine Finishes
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