705 Calmar Ave. Oakland CA 94605 Home For Sale


705 Calmar Ave. Oakland CA 94610 Fixer Upper – TLC

2 bed, 1.5 bath, 1,606 SF, lot 8,450 SF, built in 1922.

Sweet Crocker Highlands home will shine with a little TLC. Welcoming foyer and its dark wood floors flow right into the formal living room adorned with wide wood baseboards. A fireplace with side-by-side built-ins adds depth to this room. Has partial views of Lake Merritt from the dining room. The kitchen provides a view of Downtown Oakland from the nook. Comes with a large tiered backyard with fruit trees, and a 2-car detached garage and long driveway.

Asking $750,000

Ernest Villafranca, 510-418-9443

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Posted on September 17, 2019 at 11:22 pm
Ernest Villafranca | Posted in Uncategorized |

Reaction to Pest Reports


Agents always worry about the results of a pest inspection. The fear is that it will come out bad or too high. That was the case in a fourplex I was selling. I thought, “What will the owner say? What will the buyers think?”

The damage came out around $65,000. That’s a lot. But on looking closer, $26,000 was on the deck, and I thought, “No way. that deck should cost that much. Maybe $3,000, you know?” It would have to be checked out by a contractor as I’m not a licensed contractor. I’m just going by my experience.

So you have to read the reports carefully when they come out high to see why it is so. Remember that termite companies have to be insured, bonded, have workmen’s comp, and they have to guarantee the job. That’s why they charge a lot.

There is a seller/investor who hires the termite company to inspect and provide a report, and then he gets his contractors/handymen to do the work because they can do it cheaper. Then he calls the termite company back to recheck and issue a clearance if the problems were corrected.

If you get a big pest report, look at it and ask a contractor how much they can do fix it for. It’s usually much less.

If you’re a seller, you can fix some of the problems or understand that the buyer may want consideration.

If you’re the buyer, make an offer accordingly, renegotiate, buy it as-is or walk away.

No matter if you’re the seller or a buyer, do a pest inspection.

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 8:59 pm
Ernest Villafranca | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,

1815 Mission St. Santa Cruz CA 95060 – For Sale $599,000

Located in the West Side of Santa Cruz near restaurants, shops, and businesses. Starbucks is right on the corner.

Good layout, 2 bed, 1 bath, with living room and dining room. Living room has a fireplace. Jack and Jill bathroom. It needs work like new windows, and floor. It will need other things too…it’s a fixer upper. House may have rotated a little on the foundation.

There is lots of garbage in the backyard. Property will increase in value by thousands of dollars $$ when it’s simply cleaned up.

There’s potential to convert the living room into a bedroom, and to convert the garage into living quarters.

Cash only.

Fixer Upper For Sale













Posted on October 2, 2018 at 2:44 am
Ernest Villafranca | Posted in Uncategorized |