Beating the Competition -301 Gloria, Pleasant Hill


I know you’ve been eagerly anticipating round 2 of my foray back into blogging.  The wait is over…here’s a quick story.

I represented buyers over this past summer who had been looking for a LONG time.  Started out searching in the Oakland/Berkeley area and eventually (because of the crazy competition) made their way a little farther into the East Bay into Pleasant Hill.  After scouring the market I got a call/email from Mrs. Buyer telling me that they had found THE house.  At this point they had lost out on quite a few properties and they were, for lack of a better term,  in “Screw It” mode.  They loved this house and were willing to do what it took to get it.  More often than not it comes down to the bottom line for sellers when poring over offers but terms can be just as important on these deals.

Knowing competition would be stiff we went in strong with an offer significantly over asking price, shortened all of our contingency periods*, offered a rent back period for sellers*, and sent in a clean offer.  The sellers ended up getting 15 offers on the property!  Even with 15 offers, they went with us.  I’d love to tell you that it was all perfect business sense but in reality there was a little luck on the table with this one as well…but with that many offers, you’ll take any advantage you can get.

*If you’d like a clear concise explanation of contingency periods and rent backs comment on FB or send me an email!  Would be glad to walk you through them.

Sold in June 2017 for $856,000

301 Gloria Drive, Pleasant Hill

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SOLD -8 Zurich Court -Pleasant Hill

**Update** Sold for $468,000!


8 Zurich Court, Pleasant Hill



Don’t miss this charming condo in Two Worlds! Set among the trees; enjoy the serene setting surrounding this home. Freshly painted interior (July 2016,) updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and in unit laundry room. Master bedroom with walk out redwood deck and en suite bathroom. Neat and clean, move in ready and a short walk to Downtown Pleasant Hill (1/2 Mile). Don’t pass this buy!


Details of the property:


  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1215 Sq Ft.
  • Covered Parking Space
  • Built in 1982
  • Pool in community
  • $381/month HOA



Offered at $444,900

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Conor’s Curb Appeal

curb appeal- urban dictionary- The aesthetic charm of a house when first seen from the road; a home-improvement television program first aired on Home & Garden Television

Seen the show? Neither have we. We are too busy watching House Hunters and Million Dollar Listing. Just hearing the name though, it seems like a promising theme to a show. Who doesn’t like to see before and after shots of something unsightly turned gorgeous?

Let’s look at something that hits close to home. Conor’s home, in fact. He has owned in Pleasant Hill for about three years. All up until a few months ago, his home did not have what we like to call “curb appeal”.

Though the white picket fence was, and still is cute, it was hard to notice its charm next to the overgrown weeds in his should-be front lawn. And off to work they went…

Now he has a front lawn. Doesn’t it look nice? Just goes to show that a little bit of landscaping goes a long way. What took ya so long, Conor?

Maybe if you compliment his new curb appeal, he will invite you to enjoy a bud light with him in his backyard, overlooking his lawn…which used to be a pool. More on that later.

Have any good before and after pictures before us? It doesn’t have to be about homes either, we are easily amused.




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