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About Dana Green, Realtor

Lafayette Real Estate expert Dana Green has been Lafayette California's #1 Realtor since 2008 - and is also #1 in Lamorinda and Contra Costa County. A lifelong Lafayette resident, Dana works with buyers and sellers of homes for sale in Lafayette and neighboring communities.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Every member of a team is important and valued for what they bring to the table. On the best teams, members are interchangeable and able to rise to any task at hand. This is especially true of our team, where each member has a specific role, yet is fully versed on all aspects of every real estate transaction, and is able at any time to...

Philanthropy Comes in Many Forms

November 15th is National Philanthropy Day, a great time to acknowledge all that philanthropy means, and the impact that it has on our community. When people hear the word philanthropy, they often assume that it refers to monetary giving. And while that often is the case, philanthropy also refers to other charitable acts such as the donation of time, expertise, stewardship, advocacy, or any number...

Market Insights – The Buyer Pool

The term Buyer pool refers to the number of Buyers to whom your home may be attractive, and we assess this based on a number of criteria. The main consideration is the price point of the house. Right now, Lamorinda selling/buying patterns reveal that the Buyer pool is large for homes in the $1,750,000 to $2,499,000 range. For homes at $4,000,000 and more, the Buyer...

Lucky Number 7

Each year, LuxeSF, San Francisco Magazine, and Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, in partnership with the Real Trends organization, announce The Leading 100 lists for both individual Realtors and teams. The two lists recognize outstanding top performers in Bay Area residential real estate sales. We are proud to report that the Dana Green Team ranks number 7 on the list of Leading 100 Teams. This list...

Fabulous Fall Activities

Though daytime heat can often feel like summer, not fall, in Lamorinda, it’s the cool mornings and evenings that alert us to the changing of the season. We love this time of year – heralded by pumpkin spice lattes, retailer displays of pumpkins in every shape, color, and size, and fall foliage. (Who says that the East Coast corners the market on changing color?) If...

Kitchen Trends

My friend Wendi Zampino is the primary designer at Home Systems in Lafayette, an architectural interior design firm that specializes in new construction and home remodeling design. Wendi is an expert on space planning, material selections, detailed construction drawings, light and electrical plans, and construction management. Basically, she can do it all! She loves to redesign non-functioning spaces into those that address the needs of...

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Lafayette Juniors 18th Annual Kitchen Tour – May 20, 2017

Do you ever drive by a beautiful home and wonder what lies beyond the front door? It’s fun to imagine how other people live. Often, our team’s Sunday open houses are attended not so much by those looking to buy, but by curious neighbors – and make no mistake, we love it! (Any viewing of a listed home is a plus in our book.) I...

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland – A Beacon of Hope

Anyone who has ever sought treatment for a sick child at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland knows what an amazing place it is. Ranked among the best nationally, this leading pediatric medical and level-1 trauma center is a beacon of hope for the families who enter its doors. Founded in 1912 by Bertha Wright and Mabel Weed, CHO has fulfilled – and then expanded – on...

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One of My Favorite Annual Events: Kelly Corrigan’s Notes & Words Benefit

Local beloved author Kelly Corrigan was invited several years ago to participate on an authors’ panel benefiting literacy where she and five other writers spoke for 10 minutes each to a group of about 1,500. The event raised $1.5 million dollars. Never before had she witnessed the incredible fundraising power of writing and words. “I might be able to pull this off in my own community,” she...

Happy Valley School

We’re All in This Together: Great Schools Make a Great Community

We are fortunate to live in a town where residents of all ages value education. The way that families, businesses, and community organizations band together to assist our schools is one of Lafayette’s greatest attributes. Ongoing state budget deficits, conservative funding projections, and complicated and unfavorable funding algorithms make communal involvement indispensable. Time and time again, our community rises to meet budget challenges by supporting...

Feds raise interest rates

Fed Raises Interest Rates

Below is an update on interest’s rates. We continue to see winning offers contain no loan and no appraisal contingencies. Please make sure that you go as far as you can with the right lender through the underwriting process. And, don’t forget to check what the current interest rate is and what that means in terms of qualifying and monthly payments. A good lender will...

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Lafayette Partners in Education: Powering our Schools and our Community

  Ask residents why they selected Lafayette as their home, and more often than not, the answer is “the schools.” It’s no secret…we have great schools. Our public elementary and secondary schools consistently receive high rankings, and the Acalanes Union High School District is one of the highest performing districts in California. This success doesn’t just happen; it takes a dedicated team to ensure steady...

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Better Safe than Sorry – Prepare for Emergencies Now

Life in the Bay Area is good. We’ve got easy access to open spaces and parkland, gorgeous vistas at every turn, great dining options, and culture galore. The tradeoff? Knock on wood: The occasional earthquake, fire, flood, and other natural and man-made disasters that can devastate highly populated areas. While it is difficult to predict such events, it’s not difficult to properly prepare for them....

Night at Lafayette’s Library

Those who believe libraries to be relics of the past have likely never set foot in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (LLLC.) This communal gathering spot and treasured community resource is so much more than just a place to check-out books. Offering educational and entertaining programs for everyone, the LLLC enables children, adults, families, and seniors to tap into a wealth of materials, workshops,...

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New Year Resolutions: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Home

A new year often begins with our best intentions of taking better physical care of ourselves. In an effort to increase stamina and improve longevity, we resolve to eat healthier foods and get more exercise. The advent of a new year is also a great time to take stock of your home’s physical condition – for the same reasons. A properly maintained and functioning home...

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The Ins and Outs of Remodeling Timelines

Thinking about timelines for home remodeling projects is super important! Just like in buying and selling a home, the clearer the expectations, the more successful the outcome. The Pacific Union Blog did a great job of outlining common remodeling projects and timelines in their blog released today. However, equally important in the timeline and planning process is the topic of permits. Are they needed? Does it increase...

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My Commitment to the Lafayette Community

I am grateful to live and work in a community that I adore and in which I’ve spent my entire life. My childhood memories include riding my bike to school, swim team summers, lemonade stands, trick-or-treating, and playing outside until dark. All these years later, in a much more complicated world, it is amazing that these same simple pleasures continue to be a large part...

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Interest Rates are Rising!

Don’t get caught off-guard, interest rates are quickly rising. If you are in the market to buy a home or refinance your current house, call your mortgage advisor today to better understand how the rise in interest rates impacts your purchasing power. This morning’s Pacific Union Blog provided a great update on where things stand today. Here’s what they said, “MORTGAGE RATES SOAR AS THE...

Lafayette-Juniors

Lafayette Juniors: Philanthropy, Friendship, and Fun

Of all my varied successes in a career that has proven to be more rewarding than I ever could have imagined, I continue to take great pride in my past involvement with Lafayette Juniors. As a former president of this great organization, I am forever impressed by the group’s longevity and dedication to philanthropy. Their quality annual events are always much anticipated and attended. The...

Our 5 Favorite Features of 3716 Crestmont Place, Lafayette, CA, 94549

Our 5 Favorite Features of 3716 Crestmont Place, Lafayette, CA, 94549

Casual Elegance. This Happy Valley custom traditional was built by M F Bruzzone Construction in 2003. The home features serene wooded views, casual elegance, a classic design, exceptional workmanship, privacy and an ideal floor plan. Superbly Situated. 3716 Crestmont Place is located on a quiet lane in a desirable pocket of Happy Valley. It is minutes from downtown restaurants and shopping, the Lafayette Reservoir, trails,...