Carol Brubaker, Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors

Carol Brubaker, Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Purchases and Sales, and Consultation

Carol Brubaker, Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors

Carol Brubaker, Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors


I feel so lucky to live in the East Bay, where we have so many fine examples of Craftsman homes, and so delighted to have helped many of my clients invest in them. The interior room layouts have great feng shui, and the structures are built to last.

Craftsman houses have a surprisingly controversial background.

While this is something I check for my buyers when previewing a property, I'm surprised that this survey found that reli...
Survey: Homebuyers Value Reliable Wireless Service Over Home Prices

While this is something I check for my buyers when previewing a property, I'm surprised that this survey found that reliable cell service is slightly more important to homebuyers than price. Wow!

A consumer survey commissioned by CTIA found that homebuyers put a premium on reliable at-home wireless service.
As nonprofits struggle to find affordable space, new Oakland center provides relief

I'm so very proud to be the Realtor of Choice for many, many Greenlining folks and their families for the last decade. Congratulations on your continued work and progress in your new hometown, Greenlining!

The Greenlining Institute has opened a new center in Oakland to offer affordable space for nonprofits and community events.


Here's a press release from EBMUD regarding the preservation of increased watershed acres in Lamorinda (Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda) and Pinole.

Oakland, March 15, 2017

Finding Solutions: East Bay Municipal Utility District and John Muir Land Trust celebrate permanent preservation of Lamorinda watershed land
EBMUD’s unique funding solution seals the deal for JMLT’s decade of effort, and saves more acres.

Today, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) and local elected officials celebrated a partnership that saved 604-acres of gorgeous Lamorinda land for all future generations. EBMUD officials highlighted their unique funding solution that found needed Carr Ranch purchase funds, and preserved an additional 430 acres of EBMUD watershed land in Pinole. This new Oursan Ridge Conservation Bank sealed the deal on John Muir Land Trust’s acquisition and permanent preservation of Carr Ranch, adjacent to the town of Moraga.

“Delivering high-quality drinking water to our customers relies on EBMUD’s commitment to carefully managing watershed lands,” said Richard Sykes, Director of Natural Resources for EBMUD. “Our staff worked for more than 8 years to create a first-ever conservation bank on EBMUD watershed land in Pinole, which will provide the funding to purchase Carr Ranch. Thanks to our partners at John Muir Land Trust for their vision, we are celebrating a historic solution that permanently preserves a total of 1,000 acres of pristine watershed land.”

While John Muir Land Trust secured a three-year purchase agreement, EBMUD developed and secured permits for the 430-acre Oursan Ridge Conservation Bank. The revenues from conservation credits sales are expected to exceed the $4.5 million that EBMUD contributed toward the purchase of the 604-acre Carr Ranch property, resulting in no cost impacts to EBMUD customers.

“Carr Ranch offers spectacular views, open space and clean drinking water that will benefit East Bay families for generations to come,” said Linus Eukel, Executive Director of John Muir Land Trust. “Saving this land from development also permanently preserves critical wildlife habitat for threatened and endangered species. Working with our partners at EBMUD, we look forward to serving the public’s need for permanent protection and access to this spectacular natural landscape for future generations.”

“Carr Ranch is a win, not just for the people of Moraga but for everyone in the East Bay who loves our region’s rolling hills and wide open spaces,” said Moraga Mayor Teresa Onoda. “This piece of beautiful land fits in perfectly with Moraga’s semi-rural character which is great for hikers and equestrians.”

John Muir Land Trust and EBMUD have agreed to protect the property in perpetuity, with EBMUD holding title and JMLT providing public access and recreation. EBMUD’s role will be to preserve the watershed land, protect wildlife habitat, maintain open spaces and natural scenery, and preserve the historical ranching heritage. JMLT will manage permanent public access to Carr Ranch for light recreation such as hiking, wildlife viewing, dog walking and equestrian activities.

Plans for opening the property to the public for recreation are in development; the opening is currently scheduled for Fall 2017.

“Permanent preservation of Carr Ranch would not have happened without John Muir Land Trust,” said Sykes. “JMLT made sure this land wasn’t lost to development. And for EBMUD, this is a rare opportunity to protect drinking water right here in the East Bay.”

Late last year, the EBMUD Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve $4,469,600 to help purchase the Carr Ranch property. The vote formalized a partnership between EBMUD and JMLT to acquire the cattle ranch from the Carr family, which has owned the land for over a century.

“We want to recognize and thank the Carr family for their careful stewardship of this land for generations, and for allowing us to conserve this land instead of seeing it developed,” said EBMUD Board member Marguerite Young, who represents the area.

EBMUD manages 58,000 acres of habitat in the East Bay and Sierra foothills. The newly protected Carr Ranch joins the watershed lands owned by EBMUD that drain into the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, a drinking water supply for tens of thousands of East Bay families. The undeveloped property provides habitat for endangered reptiles and amphibians — and for large animals such as deer, American badger, golden eagle, and mountain lion.

ABC News

Very cool! A plant with apparently infinite uses.

Construction of the first hemp house in WA has sparked calls to build a local processing plant so local farmers can supply the industry.

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Ghost Ship Fire Relief Resources

Here is a link showing ways to support the families of the Ghostship Artists' Collective victims.

It is a deeply sad time for the City of Oakland and its arts community. Our thoughts are with everyone touched by this tragedy. We send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those lost and those still missing in the Ghost Ship Collective tragedy.

Trump Announces Carson as HUD Pick
Trump Announces Carson as HUD Pick

Trump Announces Carson as HUD Pick

The National Association of REALTORS® has expressed a commitment to work with the new administration to support HUD and its mission.


Oakland Lands $16 Million for Bikeways on 14th Street, Fruitvale Avenue!

California’s Active Transportation Program has awarded Oakland a pair of grants to redesign two popular bike routes: 14th Street in downtown Oakland and Fruitvale Avenue west of Fruitvale BART. The 14th Street project will become a signature bikeway project for Oakland, connecting West Oakland and East Lake to the downtown, while the Fruitvale Avenue project will build Oakland’s first raised bike lanes.
Both projects receive their grants starting late 2019. However, with passage of Measure KK, Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland will push Oakland to build an interim bikeway sooner on 14th Street.

Nationally, 17% of first time homebuyers are single females; 7% are single men.
Your Special Treat: An Inside Look at Buyers, Sellers

Nationally, 17% of first time homebuyers are single females; 7% are single men.

No tricks here. Get an in-depth look at the home buyers and sellers increasing their stake in the real estate market in NAR’s newly released Home Buyer and Seller Profile. 


from MBS Quoteline today:
The next U.S. Fed meeting will take place on November 2. In contrast to other recent Fed meetings, investors widely expect that little new information will emerge from this upcoming meeting. Fed officials have expressed reluctance to raise the federal funds rate ahead of the presidential election.
The main question is whether the Fed will provide additional guidance at this meeting about the likelihood of a rate hike at the meeting on December 14.
According to the futures market, investors think that there is about a 75% chance that the Fed will raise rates in December.

The country's 20 hottest real estate markets, measured by views on and days on the market.  I'm surprised Oa...
October’s Real Estate Hot List

The country's 20 hottest real estate markets, measured by views on and days on the market. I'm surprised Oakland/Berkeley is not on this list, and that SF is #1 as the market has softened there a bit this past year. Fresno? Eureka? Wow!

“We are seeing evidence of stronger-than-normal demand this off-season, as buyers remain eager to make purchases,” says®’s chief economist. Find out which markets are

The 2017 CA housing market forecast just released by the CA Association of Realtors.  While the CA economy continues to ...
2016 Market Forecast

The 2017 CA housing market forecast just released by the CA Association of Realtors. While the CA economy continues to outperform the rest of the nation, the rate of home appreciation is expected to slow a bit - mostly due to continuing supply and affordability constraints. Challenging times will continue for buyers; sellers will continue to see great returns for their well-presented and well-marketed homes. Call me if you have questions!

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This is a really worthy project created and headed by one of my amazing East Bay clients, Janine Macbeth.  I think many ...

This is a really worthy project created and headed by one of my amazing East Bay clients, Janine Macbeth. I think many of you may want to be a part of this art book press from its beginnings, as in now.

We've reached past $10,000! Thank you for your continuing support. We have two more weeks to make sure that children's diversity of experiences is reflected in children's books. Let's do this!

Donate this weekend:

Where Will the Bikes Be? | Bike East Bay
The East Bay is expanding their bike share program!

The East Bay Expansion of Bay Area Bike Share will bring bright new bikes to Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley in 2017. Although the locations for stations forming the backbone of the system have already been chosen, Motivate (the bike share operator) has begun the community input process for decidin...

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Carol Brubaker, Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors

Carol Brubaker, Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors


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