Category Archives: Stories about Commercial Real Estate

Jerry Brown’s 10k Project

When Mr. Jerry Brown was sworn in office in 1999 as Oakland mayor, one of the first steps which he took was to unveil “Economic vision 10k” for the residents of Oakland. He laid down the vision and implementation road … Continue reading

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Searching for the Lost Oakland Culture in New Oakland

Oakland, California, located on the west coast, has been considered as the effective center that merges and portrays the rich culture of Africans with Americans. In the early Fifties Oakland was an entertainment hub and later during the Sixties with … Continue reading

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Enterprise Zone program in California

The social and commercial landscapes of Oakland have changed rapidly in the last ten years. This is due to both deliberate changes designed to encourage business growth, as well as unconscious changes in public perception. The Enterprise Zone program was … Continue reading

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Bay Area rents are rising in 2012

It seems like after six long years of stagnant rental growth the East Bay has finally got a run up in apartment rents. Driven by the strong tech job market in San Francisco and a flourishing new art and restaurant … Continue reading

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Rental Market in San Francisco is on Fire

The rental market in San Francisco has been on fire for months. I first noticed the trend around March 2011 when I called to get information on a nice little apartment building for sale in the Mission. The broker said … Continue reading

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Redevelopment of Bay Area Military Bases

It is a well known fact that redevelopment takes far more time and effort and funding than building from scratch.  The redevelopment of former military bases, where the planning and clean up take years, are riddled with set backs, litigation and … Continue reading

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Jack London Square’s new marketing strategy

Jack London Square is finally coming into its own with a fantastic new “mini” industrial food niche. Jack London Square has languished in the past with high vacancy, lack of anchor tenants and poor direction. Anybody who has walked through the area … Continue reading

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Nick driving and selling property

Last year (2010) I was working hard to sell this 32 unit building located at 2701 High Street in Oakland. This was leading up to our first broker’s open house. I was optomistic, however we only had one or two … Continue reading

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