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Richmond’s Marina Bay – the Bay Area’s Hidden Gem

“Although it may get less shine from the national press than its Bayside neighbors Berkeley and Oakland, Richmond has the secret advantage of being the East Bay’s best hidden gem, with 32 miles of waterfront (more than any other city in the Bay Area), 13-plus art centers and museums, easy access to nature, and that under-the-radar, underdog feel that makes it reminiscent of Oakland 20 years ago.”

A Perfect Day in Richmond: Hidden Wineries, Authentic Eats + Miles of Waterfront

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Posted on September 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home | Tagged , , , , ,

When buying a home, bring a compass!

Why it’s important to bring a compass when looking at homes to buy.

I always bring a compass when showing real estate to my clients.  Yes, a manual compass – smartphone compass apps don’t always provide accurate results.

Knowing where you’ll see sunlight at different parts of the day is an important consideration.  Continue reading


Posted on June 15, 2019 at 7:01 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home | Tagged , , ,

Price Premium: What You Can Expect to Pay in Contra Costa’s Highest-Performing School Districts

A 2017 study from Realtor.com identified the price premium to buy a home in a strong public school district and provided market insights into the top districts garnering the highest home prices and demand from buyers.

The table below includes the 2016 median list price for homes in specific Contra Costa school districts as compared to home in the county as a whole.  Average school ratings are included for reference (provided by GreatSchools.org).  Continue reading


Posted on June 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home, Information on Selling a Home | Tagged , , , , , ,

Buy a better home in a poorly-performing school district, or buy a smaller home in a great school district?  Should you consider private school?

Should you buy a house in a better school district –  one with “higher-performing” metrics? Or consider a nicer/larger home in a less-expensive, lower-performing district and send your child to private school? Does buying a house based on a school district make sense?

If you have a family with school-age children or are considering starting a family soon, it’s likely you are closely examining school district ratings on websites such as greatschools.net.  In a 2017 study by the National Association of Realtors, 26% of home buyers considered the quality of schools when looking to purchase a home.  The trade-off can be difficult, but Continue reading


Posted on May 30, 2019 at 1:39 am
Thomas Nevin | Posted in All Blog Posts, Information on Buying a Home | Tagged , ,