Mikael Johnston Realtor

Mikael Johnston Realtor Mikael Johnston REALTOR® for Harbor Bay Realty in Alameda California (415) 572-2061
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Prior to his real estate career, Mikael spent over twenty years in the recording industry working as an audio engineer / producer, record label general manager and a major label recording artist at Warner Bros. Records. He has had the pleasure to work with such esteemed artists as the legendary rock band Jane's Addiction, the Bay Area's own Smash Mouth and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act Blondie among many others. During his career he has amassed 19 Billboard top 40s to his list of credits, served on several Grammy committees and is a voting member in good standing with the Grammy Academy. "My exposure and experience in marketing as a general manager for two record labels, my attention to detail and my ability to satisfy high end, demanding clientele provide a unique perspective to marketing and closing real estate transactions." Mikael made the transition to Real Estate after he and his wife had their son Wesley Johnston in July of 2013 at which point he decided to focus his attention on staying closer to home in order to have an active role in both his son's lives (Mikael Johnston Jr. & Wesley Johnston). Mikael has always had an interest in real estate and studied for his license alongside friend and fellow Harbor Bay Realty agent Guy Blume in 2005. After receiving his license he was involved in designing and coding a Real Estate iPhone app with Guy and purchased two investment properties. The first turned a 32.7% profit in 1 year and the second turned a 17.7% profit in 2 years. When Mikael first started as an agent he hit the ground running and closed a deal within his first month and shortly after had 2 more properties in escrow, he hasn't slowed down since...

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"Do I really need a Real Estate Agent?"You bet! Why not TWO for the Price of ONE? Navigating a real estate purchase is t...
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"Do I really need a Real Estate Agent?"
You bet! Why not TWO for the Price of ONE? Navigating a real estate purchase is tricky business. The web has made it possible to do a lot of the legwork yourself, but there’s no substitute for an experienced professional. A crack negotiator who knows the market can save you time, money and heartache by helping you make the right offer—playing hardball when necessary—and doing what's in YOUR BEST INTEREST! Contact us today if you have any questions, even if it is for a down-the-road idea.

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01/01/2019
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From Our Home to Yours!

Wishing you Peace and Joy in the New Year! From our family to yours! Mikael Johnston & Jessica Cashman-Johnston

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What Is a Mortgage Pre-Approval? Get an Edge When Home ShoppingIf you want to stand out from the sea of other home buyer...
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What Is a Mortgage Pre-Approval? Get an Edge When Home Shopping

If you want to stand out from the sea of other home buyers in a competitive housing market, one surefire way to do that is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. That means a lender has guaranteed to give you a loan before you've even made an offer—or even before you've seen a home you like! Granted, this may seem like a whole lot of prep work, but here's why mortgage pre-approval matters, and how it can give you an edge when shopping for a home.
What is a mortgage pre-approval?
Mortgage pre-approval is a commitment from a lender to provide you with home financing up to a certain loan amount—basically the stamp of approval that you have the money, credit history, and other credentials to buy a home up to that price.

Lenders will do a full review of income, assets, and credit in order to issue a pre-approval.
How to get pre-approved: The paperwork you need
Be prepared to offer up a pile of paperwork to earn your pre-approval. In general, the paperwork you’ll need to assemble for your lender includes the following:
• Pay stubs from the past 30 days showing your year-to-date income
• Two years of federal tax returns
• Two years of W2 forms from your employer
• 60 days or a quarterly statement of all of your asset accounts, which include your checking and savings, as well as any investment accounts such as CDs, IRAs, and other stocks or bonds
• Any other current real estate holdings
• Residential history for the past two years, including landlord contact information if you rented
Pre-approval vs. pre-qualification: What's the difference?

Mortgage pre-qualification should not be confused with pre-approval. Pre-qualification is based solely on verbal information you tell a lender about your income and savings, says Valentini. So, it shows how much you could theoretically borrow, but it's no guarantee—which means these buyers will have to get officially approved for a loan later on and cross their fingers it works out.
Pre-approval, on the other hand, means the lender has already done its due diligence and is willing to loan you the money. Plus, you've got an official letter from your lender saying so that will speak volumes to a seller.
How pre-approval helps you buy a home
When sellers accept an offer, they want the deal to go through. However, if the buyer isn't pre-approved for a loan, this can put the whole deal in jeopardy—because if the loan doesn't get approved, the buyer will likely be unable to follow through.
A pre-approval provides that extra measure of security to a seller that you are both willing and able to buy the house. As a result, sellers will likely pick you as a buyer over someone without pre-approval since you're a sure thing, and they won't have to hold their breath that the deal might not go through.
Bottom line: While pre-approval is a pain, you'll have to pony up all that paperwork sooner or later anyway. Why not do it on the early side and get a head start on the competition and shop for your dream home with confidence?

To view available properties in the East Bay, visit http://www.buyandselleastbay.com

To talk to someone about how you can start your pre-approval process, contact [email protected]

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JUST LISTED! Offered at $1,188,000Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to own a piece of Alameda history. This beau...
07/22/2017
3253 Central Avenue, Alameda - Presented By: Mikael Johnston - www.3253CentralAve.com

JUST LISTED! Offered at $1,188,000
Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to own a piece of Alameda history. This beautiful highly sought after 3 bedroom, 2 bath Fernside District Victorian (built in 1896) with direct access to Lincoln Park won't last long! Abundance of windows for great natural light, high ceilings, sun porch and a flexible floor plan. Currently used as a duplex but can be used as a single family home. Separately metered for water and PG&E. Original old world charm with modern updates including a newer foundation, newer roof, gate fencing and more! BONUS - Let your imagination run wild in the approx. 1,250 sq ft (per owner) spacious attic. Full basement for ample storage. Off street parking.

Park-like backyard? How about an actual park behind the backyard? Through the rear gate sits 7.8-acre Lincoln Park, which features a recreation center, pool, baseball diamond, soccer fields, basketball, handball, bocce ball & tennis courts, two playgrounds, fitness park and picnic areas.

3253 Central Ave Alameda, CA 94501 , Exceptional Alameda Home, Presented by Mikael Johnston - Berkshire Hathaway Drysdale Properties www.3253CentralAve.com

Check out Alameda's most affordable single family residence currently on the market for $445,000
07/17/2017
1321 WEBSTER ST #D218, ALAMEDA, CA 94501 | Mikael Johnston

Check out Alameda's most affordable single family residence currently on the market for $445,000

Photos and Property Details for 1321 WEBSTER ST #D218, ALAMEDA, CA 94501. Get complete property information, maps, street view, schools, walk score and more. Request additional information, schedule a showing, save to your property organizer.

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Check out today's most affordable house on the market in Oakland listed at $240,000!
07/03/2017
958 106TH AVE, OAKLAND, CA 94603 | Mikael Johnston

Check out today's most affordable house on the market in Oakland listed at $240,000!

Photos and Property Details for 958 106TH AVE, OAKLAND, CA 94603. Get complete property information, maps, street view, schools, walk score and more. Request additional information, schedule a showing, save to your property organizer.

Check out today's most affordable property in Alameda listed at $469,000!
07/03/2017
325 KITTY HAWK ROAD #101, ALAMEDA, CA 94501 | Mikael Johnston

Check out today's most affordable property in Alameda listed at $469,000!

Photos and Property Details for 325 KITTY HAWK ROAD #101, ALAMEDA, CA 94501. Get complete property information, maps, street view, schools, walk score and more. Request additional information, schedule a showing, save to your property organizer.

04/18/2017
5501 De Marcus Blvd 642

Imagine coming home to this luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse condominium in Dublin with a master bedroom/bath, cathedral ceiling in living room, an open floor plan, tons of windows for great natural light and a balcony. At the top of a spiral stair case you will find a loft with a second private balcony! When you're not in your unit, you can relax in one of the spas, work out in the state of the art gym, play pool or foosball in the game room or entertain a group of guests in the clubhouse (featuring a full kitchen and bath). Conveniently located near BART, Whole Foods, restaurants, top rated schools, an iMax movie theatre, Emerald Glen Park/recreation area, a water park and MORE! This is modern living at its finest! For your private showing contact Mikael today at 415-572-2061

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Why Zillow Estimates Fail MiserablyZillow estimates of value are the bane of most real estate agents existence. Zillow m...
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Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision

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Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait: Relocation buye

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1835 SAN JOSE AVE, ALAMEDA, CA 94501 | Mikael Johnston

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Photos and Property Details for 1835 SAN JOSE AVE, ALAMEDA, CA 94501. Get complete property information, maps, street view, schools, walk score and more. Request additional information, schedule a showing, save to your property organizer.

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Mikael Johnston - Harbor Bay Realty - Alameda, CA

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Established in 2005. Prior to his real estate career, Mikael spent over twenty years in the recording industry working as an audio engineer / producer, record label general manager and a major label recording artist at Warner Bros.…

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THANK YOU ALAMEDA!June, 2016 the Alameda Magazine announced the readers’ choice winners of each category representing ...
06/27/2016

THANK YOU ALAMEDA!
June, 2016 the Alameda Magazine announced the readers’ choice winners of each category representing the very best of island living. For the past four years, Harbor Bay Realty was recognized as the Best Real Estate company under the Best of Alameda’s Goods and Services category. This says a lot coming from our community. We are privileged and would like to thank Alameda for giving us the pleasure in helping you find the property of your dreams, whether it is for sale, for rent, commercial or investment. To contact one of our recognized professionals, call Mikael Johnston at 415.572.2061 or to view the Bay Area’s available listings go to www.BuyandSellEastBay.com today!
For all of the Best of the Alameda Magazine, go to http://www.alamedamagazine.com/Best-of-Alameda/

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3229 DEERING ST. OAKLAND  LISTED at $399,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $550,000Adorable Fruitvale bungalow with styl...
06/24/2016

3229 DEERING ST. OAKLAND
LISTED at $399,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $550,000
Adorable Fruitvale bungalow with stylish modern upgrades. 2 bedroom, 1 bath with finished basement and lovely backyard. Hardwood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen and newer sewer line. Near BART and freeways.
To see how to have your property sold in today’s unique market, contact Mikael at 415.572.2061

06/21/2016

JUST LISTED!
1428 WARD ST. BERKELEY $799,000
2 bedroom, 2 bath charming bungalow with a hint of French provincial styling. Features original hardwood floors, an ample kitchen/dining room, living room, back yard and MORE! Must see!
For more information contact Mikael Johnston at 415-572-2061

950 SHOREPOINT CT. 308 ALAMEDA  LISTED at $445,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $560,000Great top floor, end unit condo...
05/25/2016

950 SHOREPOINT CT. 308 ALAMEDA
LISTED at $445,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $560,000
Great top floor, end unit condo at South Shore Beach and Tennis across from Crown Memorial Beach! Fresh paint, carpet and kitchen appliances. NICE! Includes 2 parking spaces. Near shopping, restaurants, transportation and did we mention the beach!
To see how to have your property sold in today’s unique market, contact Mikael at 415.572.2061

1333 WEBSTER ST. A317 ALAMEDA  LISTED at $399,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $450,000RARE end-unit/corner condo with ...
05/24/2016

1333 WEBSTER ST. A317 ALAMEDA
LISTED at $399,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $450,000
RARE end-unit/corner condo with no one on either side! Great privacy and sunlight. Spacious rooms and private balcony. Near elevator and main entrance. Near shopping, restaurants, transportation and beach!
To see how to have your property sold in today’s unique market, contact Mikael at 415.572.2061

719 GRAND ST. ALAMEDA  LISTED at $1,395,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $1,200,000Gold Coast Transitional Mid-Century ...
05/19/2016

719 GRAND ST. ALAMEDA
LISTED at $1,395,000 | SOLD by Mikael Johnston for $1,200,000
Gold Coast Transitional Mid-Century Modern home with warmth, charm and serenity. Well-located, well-built and many upgrades. Solar system. Remodeled kitchen. Near shopping, restaurants, transportation and beach!
To see how to have your property sold in today’s unique market, contact Mikael at 415.572.2061

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