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360-Degree Real Time Market Knowledge: Why Transaction Experience Matters

Good news: The U.S. real estate market continues to improve and is on track for its best year since the peak of the housing bubble in 2006, according to an analysis by Realtor.com.

“This time, though, it’s no bubble,” said Realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke. “Job growth is powering the surge in demand for homes. More than 3 million jobs have been created in the past 12 months. And more than 1 million jobs have been created for 25- to 34-year-olds, the age range in which most Americans buy their first home.”

Lafayette CA Neighborhood MapThe Dana Green Team is also experiencing another robust year.  Our 2015 deal volume to date has us tracking to be the year’s top producer again in Lafayette, Lamorinda and Contra Costa County. We have already closed forty 2015 transactions, totaling nearly $90 million. In addition, many other transactions are in the pipeline.

As usual, the bulk of these transactions represent long term clients who have reached out for help on new transactions and new clients who found us via a friend’s referral. I am grateful each and every time a client reaches out again or someone new mentions a familiar name. This vote of confidence is truly appreciated!

Transaction volume is validating but what I really like is how this market experience translates into knowledge that allows us to serve each client even better.

Here’s why: Our business continues to be 50% home buyers and 50% home sellers – and spread across all price points. With our transaction volume, we are always in the market —  pricing , writing offers, evaluating properties and working with clients, realtors, appraisers, mortgage professionals, and varied construction contractors.

House key with home-shaped keychainTaken together this gives us a 360-degree knowledge of local real estate market dynamics in real time. This knowledge and experience, in turn, translates into fine-tuned — and agile — real estate strategies for each of our clients, whether the goal is to buy or sell a home.

Back in January, I wrote about the importance of everyone bringing their A-game to the 2015 real estate market.  It was true then – and remains true now.

That starts with experience and knowledge you can only gain by constantly being in the market. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the clients who help make this happen for us by trusting us with your business and your referrals. I couldn’t do what I do the way I do it without you!

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Home for Sale in Martinez: 4954 Alhambra Valley Road Featured in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle

Article in San Francisco Chronicle, 6/21.2015Thank you to the San Francisco Chronicle for featuring our listing, 4954 Alhambra Valley Road (Martinez), on the front page of the Real Estate section on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Written by Jordan Guinn, “Perseverance pays off with Martinez Home,” includes many homeowner quotes about the efforts taken to turn design and lifestyle vision into what is now a beautiful residence “set on more than 3 bucolic acres in Martinez” overlooking the Alhambra Valley. All, without compromising convenience!

Says home owner Gil Brasher says, “You feel like you’re in the country a million miles away but you’re so close to everything.”

Click here to read the article on sfgate.com

If you have questions about 4954 Alhambra Valley Road and/0r you would like to schedule a showing of this amazing property, please contact Dana Green at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918

 

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Rare Off-Market Orinda Home Opportunity: This Stunning Sleepy Hollow Retreat is Part Love Story, too!

It’s always exciting when a one-of-a-kind property is offered for sale but I am particularly pleased to announce this rare opportunity: 4 Ridge Lane in Orinda is now available to purchase!

This is an off-market sale offering and is open to tour by appointment only. Please contact me at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918 to schedule.

 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Exterior

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda

5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths • 4750 Sq. Ft. +/- •  2.53 Acres

Shown by Appointment Only

www.4RidgeLane.com

Enter this Sleepy Hollow property through its private, gated drive, and you’ll quickly see why this stunning Orinda retreat garnered press attention when its custom home was completed in 1995, including features in House Beautiful and the San Francisco Examiner.

The word that comes to my mind is magnificent, but its many synonyms might do equally well: splendid, spectacular, impressive, striking, glorious, superb, majestic, awesome, awe-inspiring, breathtaking. Pick your favorite! 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Interior 1

 

Designed by San Francisco architect William Turnbull, this spacious 5-bedroom home also very quickly earned the California Council of American Institute of Architects’ Merit Award for Best Designed New Single-Family Residence.

 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Kitchen + Family Room

 

4 Ridge Lane. Orinda - Family Room + Library

 

In the December 1995 House Beautiful article, prominent architecture critic Martin Filler wrote, “Turnbull’s indifference to stylistic fads and his respect for terrain and regional tradition give his work a timeless integrity that embodies the Bay Area Style at its best.”

 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Exterior 2

 

Is it any wonder that, two decades later, this home continues to impress, not only for its curb appeal, floor plan and material choices, but also for the ways in which the design integrates with the land, including how it maximizes views and natural light?

4 Ridge Lane: So Much to Love

What I love is that the story of 4 Ridge Lane is the tale of one family, two homes – and a 40+ year love of their property’s land, views and a majestic Valley Oak.

Walk the property today and it’s easy to understand.

Tucked on a rare 2.53-acre parcel at the end of a prominent ridge, surrounded by protected East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) watershed lands, this magnificent piece of property features a hard to find combination of level land, natural allure, and 300 degree Eastern, Western and Southern facing views showcasing phenomenal sunrises and sunsets and sweeping panoramas of the Orinda Country Club, Sleepy Hollow, Orinda Downs, and the East Bay and Berkeley hills.

Filler summed it up with the title of his House Beautiful article: “Love at First Site: A Bay Area couple replaces their old house with a superb new one that makes the most of spectacular views.”

These vistas enticed the homeowners to buy this Sleepy Hollow property in the 1970s, even though they didn’t really like the original contractor-built sales home that was on the property at the time.

2 decades later they were ready to build their dream home but had no interest in leaving the setting they had come to love. So they commissioned Turnbull to create the perfect design that held strong to their desire to maximize those views and preserve mature landscape while achieving everything on their dream home wish list, including generously sized rooms and extra work spaces.

 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Master Suite

 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Secondary Bedrooms

 

When you tour 4 Ridge Lane, you’ll see that the result really is magnificent – inside and out, from big design elements to the quality of the smallest details.

There is even an attached studio that includes a separate entrance and creates a flexible space perfect for au-pair quarters, home office, fitness center, or multi-generational use.

 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Guest Studio

 

What does all this mean for lucky home owner #2?

The hard work is done. All you need to do is unpack and prepare to fall in love with the 4 Ridge Lane lifestyle, too!

Click here for more photos and information, including a long list of 4 Ridge Lane’s fit and finish details.

Questions? Contact Dana Green at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918

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Dana Green, Realtor
Dana Green is an award winning Realtor. Born and raised in Lafayette, CA, she continues to live in Lafayette with her husband and children. This blog focuses on topics of interest to people who live in Lafayette and its neighboring cities -- from real estate to lifestyle. Please... join the conversation!

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