John Corten

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Shamelessly announcing my Rising Star Award

by on March 6th, 2014 Leave a Comment

I’m taking a moment away from providing you with useful information to announce that I received the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s Rising Star Award for the Berkeley office. I’m proud and humbled and will now get right back to work. 😉


Zillow predicts a surge in Bay Area home values in 2013

by on February 19th, 2013 Leave a Comment

The laws of supply and demand are pretty fool-proof. Low inventory + low mortgage rates + rising rents = rising home prices. Although there has been a slight uptick in inventory in the greater Bay Area in January, inventory is still at very low levels and it’s part of the equation that is pushing prices […]


Fourth Quarter Bay Area Housing Numbers Stay Strong

by on January 30th, 2013 Leave a Comment

I would like to apologize in advance if you saw “Fourth Quarter Bay Area” and came here looking to read about the 49ers. I’m going to leave that to the sports writers. On the other hand, if you’re here to find out what’s going on with the housing market you’ve come to the right place. […]


National Numbers: Home Prices Up, Sales Down

by on October 19th, 2012 Leave a Comment

The September numbers are in from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and it’s sort of a good news/bad news/good news situation. Nationally, existing home sales dropped 1.7% from August, illustrating the low, low inventory that we have all been seeing for a while now. But even with this drop home sales are up 11% […]


When Real Estate Meets Nostalgia

by on September 7th, 2012 Leave a Comment

Tuesday will be a big day for the City of Berkeley and especially for a little neighborhood in South Berkeley. Tuesday at 7pm the Berkeley City Council will hold a hearing on whether to allow Berkeley Iceland’s use permit to be changed from recreational to retail in order to usher in the city’s first big […]


Oakland Becomes Hottest Housing Market In The Country

by on August 10th, 2012 Leave a Comment

Our very own Oakland has become the number one housing market in the U.S. with the fastest selling homes. Oakland houses are selling after an average of only 24 days on the market. They are also still selling above asking price more often than not. Great news for sellers who don’t want their house to […]


Bay Area Home Prices/Sales Soar in Quarter Two, Richmond and Oakland Remain Red Hot

by on August 1st, 2012 Leave a Comment

Competition among buyers and record-low mortgage rates continue to drive prices and sales up in the nine-county Bay Area. Reports from the new Bay Area Market Report show that prices are up an average of 24% from last quarter and sales are up an average of 36% from last quarter. Homes are also selling faster. […]


Mortgage Rates Hit Another ANOTHER Historic Low

by on July 19th, 2012 Leave a Comment

Sorry to report a week late on this folks, but last week I was incredibly busy showing houses to buyers trying to take advantage of 3.56% mortgage rates. Yep, 30-year rates hit 3.56%. And this week they are up to a whopping 3.62% so far. Quick perspective check: The average rate in July 1982 was […]


New Housing Starts Get Big Bump, At Highest Levels In Four Years

by on July 19th, 2012 Leave a Comment

This is one of those bits of news that may not grab as much attention as home prices rising or historically low interest rates, but it should. New housing starts rose 6.9% in June according to the Census Bureau, and are up a healthy 23.6% from one year ago. Housing starts are one of the […]


Signs that the housing market is rebounding faster than the zombie apocalypse is gaining steam

by on June 30th, 2012 Leave a Comment

This week has been a sort of win-win for proponents of a housing recovery and opponents of the popular internet rumor of a coming zombie invasion. May’s new housing starts were higher than they’ve been in three and a half years and Lennar, the nation’s 3rd largest builder, announced that new home orders jumped 40% […]