Contra Costa County is the ninth most populous region in California. With so much to enjoy — wilderness, forests, mountains, sports, country clubs and urban financial centers — it's no wonder over a million people choose to live here. And residents are as diverse as the landscapes they inhabit.
Central Contra Costa County is part of the Greater East Bay Area community composed of a variety of cities with unique characteristics and benefits attracting people the world over. Majestic Mount Diablo — at nearly 4,000 feet — stands protectively over the communities and neighborhoods of the Diablo Valley, where diversity is treasured, community spirit flourishes and safe neighborhoods reign supreme.
Add to the mix excellent schools and universities, a broad economic base providing stable employment opportunities and a mild Mediterranean climate resulting in year-round availability of outdoor sports and activities. It's a perfect recipe for the high quality of life that makes East Bay and Diablo Valley real estate desirable to all.
Hello. I'm Bob Lilley, Realtor®, Broker and owner of Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage. To better serve you, we have offices in the East Bay Area and Santa Cruz, California.
Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage serves homebuyers, investors and home sellers in the entire East Bay, the Diablo Valley and the counties of Contra Costa and Alameda. Our main focus is on the cities of Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Lafayette, Orinda, Berkley, Emeryville and the Oakland neighborhoods of Montclair, Piedmont, Rockridge, Trestle Glen and Diamond Heights.
As a resident of the Bay Area since the early sixties, I — and my associates — know its cities and neighborhoods well. And as a licensed real estate agent since 1985 and a real estate broker since 1994, I know the East Bay and Diablo Valley real estate market like few others.
So whether you're buying, selling or investing, when you choose the Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage, you get a depth of real estate knowledge and experience that's hard to find anywhere else. You also get a Realtor® with an excellent work ethic — one who believes that real estate professionals should provide the highest quality of service and earn every dollar they're paid.
So if you're ready to buy, sell or invest in East Bay real estate, call us at 925.932.0220 or email our customer support center. Rest assured we will respond to your call or email promptly.
Are you one of the fortunate people relocating to the East Bay for your career, family or retirement? If so, it's important to know that having the professional legal representation of a buyer's agent before, during and after your real estate transaction, costs you nothing.
If you're like most buyers today, you're looking for a deal. And since the Bay Area — like so many other places — was hard hit by the country's foreclosure crisis, there are many REO (bank-owned) foreclosed homes on the market. Because this oversupply brought home prices down, an abundance of deals are out there. And when you have Bob Lilley as your buyer's agent, you get a Realtor® with the economic and financial background required to negotiate successfully with the owner bank to get the East Bay REO foreclosure you want.
The answer to that question is, "yes, but...." Let me explain.
Buying a home — just like selling one — can be fraught with emotion. But when you have Bob Lilley as your buyer's agent, you get a real estate professional who acts as your voice of reason. I'm the guy who helps you keep the big picture in mind and focus on the bottom line. How does this benefit you?
While it's absolutely true that today's Bay Area real estate market offers wonderful opportunities for homebuyers (and I want to help you find one), it's also true that real estate today should be viewed as a minimum five-year investment. So if you can't look me in the eye and tell me there's a better-than-average chance you'll be here for five years, I will advise you to rethink buying at this time. That's my "yes, but" answer.
On the other hand, if you think the chance of your living here for at least five years is above average ... You'd be very smart to buy an East Bay home for sale as soon as possible!
Buying a home is both ... and here's why. Searching for an East Bay home for sale can easily cause "sticker shock" — even with the home-price declines of the last few years. And even when searching for an entry-level home. Find out more about buying East Bay real estate...
As an investor you know that buying an investment property is very different from buying a personal home. When you buy for yourself, you're also buying a lifestyle, which is determined by the home's location and amenities.
But when you buy an investment property, it's all about the money!
Many of the amenities you may want in your own home would be detrimental to a rental property. Two examples are a swimming pool and a large yard. Both require a lot of maintenance, which would cost a tenant either money or time and labor. Most renters are unwilling to invest money, time or labor in a home they don't own. And who can blame them?
As a veteran of many real estate investment transactions over the last 25 years, I've come to know what investors want and why. And I constantly tour homes in person searching for investment properties to screen out or recommend to my investors, who all have different goals, budgets and exit plans.
When you become one of my investor clients, this screening service costs you nothing.
The one thing I know for certain — after 25 years in the business — is that no market lasts forever. This includes the buyer's market we're in today. Some great investment opportunities in the East Bay market await you right now. Don't hate yourself later for missing out.
If you're ready to snap up a great deal on a good investment property, call me and let's talk. I have a financial background, and like you, I'm a bottom-line sort of guy. I'll help you determine the type and size of home that maximizes the amount of rent you can receive on a consistent basis.
Next, I'll help you avoid diminishing returns by determining the best price range for a rental in the city you choose. Then, the search begins!
So, if you're thinking of investing in East Bay or Walnut Creek real estate, call me at 925.932.0220 or email me. Rest assured I won't be off surfing the waves but will be available to take your call, call you right back or reply to your email promptly.
Do you owe more on your mortgage than the amount you could get from selling your home? If so and you need to sell to avoid foreclosure or to relocate for your career, a short sale may be the answer. A short sale is a home sale whose proceeds fall short of the amount owed on the mortgage.
To be successful, you need a listing agent with plenty of short sale experience. And the Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage has a specialized team with the short sale experience and expertise to help you. With the assistance of our short sale specialist who handles the complex bank negotiations, we've closed many short sales successfully.
Best of all, our specialized short sale service costs you nothing extra. Usually, though, time is of the essence when it comes to a short sale and saving a home from foreclosure. So call me directly at 925.932.0220 or email our customer support center. I will meet with you at your convenience to discuss your options and how we can help.
In the last couple of years, many homeowners have come to me and said they think it's time to sell their house. And I ask why. The typical answer I get is that their home has declined in value and they're afraid it will decline even more.
Homeowners tend to see a decline in their home's value as money lost. But this is not true. Unless they must sell, it's merely a loss on paper, not a real loss. Of course, people are going to do what they want. But many times I don't hear a compelling reason to sell and I advise them to stay put.
Unless you must sell, it simply makes no sense in today's buyer's market to turn a paper loss into a real money loss by selling ... and then, renting down the street.
If you're thinking of selling your East Bay or Walnut Creek home or condo, call me at 925.932.0220 or email me. I'll help you put things into perspective so you can make the best decision for your situation. And rest assured I won't be off on a cruise when you call but will be available to take your call, call you right back or reply to your email promptly.
What next? Call me and let's meet. The first thing I do is set realistic expectations about how much your home is worth and how long it will take to sell it. Then, I get to work. Finding out more about selling your East Bay home...
The Contra Costa Association of Realtors® has 3,000 members, which represents only a portion of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Area. So area homebuyers, investors and home sellers have many options when choosing a real estate professional to help them buy or sell a home.
If you're thinking of buying or selling real estate, it's important to know that not all real estate brokerages or agents are alike. In fact, if you know what to look for, you'll find vast differences in the levels of experience, knowledge and expertise available to you in the East Bay. And unfortunately you will find vast differences in the levels of honesty, integrity and business ethics practiced at the various brokerages by the different agents.
To help you become better acquainted with the Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage — and me, Bob Lilley, its broker-owner — here's a partial list of what we stand for and the ways we differ from all the rest...
Service Providers: oftentimes in this business, the real estate agent is seen as the star of the show or the one who does everything that's important ... and the real estate service providers are seen as underlings. But at the Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage, we view this as one of the big inequities of the real estate industry, and we take a different stand.
Title Company: the title company is important because it makes sure all the right documents are in place to convey a home's title free and clear from the seller to the buyer. There's certainly no shortage of title companies in the Bay Area. And we choose ours based on the company's performance as it relates to our client.
Home Inspector: the home inspector can give our client a through idea of the home she's buying, thus inspiring the confidence to move forward with the purchase or the confidence to back out. Many agents choose a home inspector who is known for preserving deals by telling the buyer how great the house is. This inspector can do a lot of damage by leading our client down the wrong path. Find out more about the Robert Lilley Real Estate Brokerage difference...