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The Truth about Appraisals
The Truth about Real Estate Loans
 
Dear Gordon, We are so grateful for your assistance in selling Herb's property. This has surely been somewhat of an ordeal for us all, but having you on our team kept us from losing faith. It will take a while before the realization that this phase is really over will sink in, I think! Anyways, we really hope that Andy enjoys Dimm Way as much as Herb did. <Sue>
Dear Gordon, thank you! We hope sometimes you will come by to see us and get the drive (to Oregon) I promised. Thank you so much for your help. Use us as a reference. <Nelson>
 
With the recent fires, smoke and covid-19, I have finally had the time to update my track record. Still working on it, loading more listing below as of 10-2-20
1) Home owners who listed with me after their previous listing with another company did not sell. (See below and attached PDF).
2) Home owners listed with me and had NOT been previously listed with another broker. See this PDF.
3) Home buyers who I exclusively represented. See "S" in the chart below.
4) Home owners who not only listed with me, but bought another home through me. See chart below - working on this.
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My Track Record 2nd column: Homeowners who Listed (L - stands for Listed) with Gordon. Homebuyers who purchased (S - stands for Sale) with Gordon.
Status
Listing (L)
or
Sale (S)
Address
Days* to Sell
While Listed w/Gordon
Previously Listed
(did not sell) with...
closed
L
425 A St
Dalcy City
12
n/a
closed
L
578 Tahos Rd
Orinda
33
n/a
closed
S
44 Oak Dr
Oakland
Represented Buyer only
n/a
closed
L
127 Trellis Bay
Hercules
47
not applicable
closed
S
57 Betten Ct
Danville
Represented Buyer only
n/a
closed
L
1074 63rd St
Oakland
68 days
Elite Realty for 182 days
closed
L
1024 Barbara Ln
San Pablo
7
not applicable
closed
L + S
3435 Tanager Cir
Concord
30
not available
closed
L
3320 Tahoe Ct
Antioch
12
n/a
closed
L
1881 17th St
San Pablo
10
n/a
closed
L
2943 14th St
San Pablo
15
n/a
closed
S
983 55th St
Oakland
21
not
closed
L
301 S. 19th St
Richmond
6
n/a
closed
L
1 Sequoyah View Ct
Oakland
249 days
It was a pink house
w/tenant problems
Century 21 for 51 days
closed
S
695 Fountain
Dixon
-3
Represented Buyer.
Made offer & got accepted despite List Agent not allowing entry for 5 days after entry of MLS designated as "Coming Soon."
n/a
closed
L
1015 Wood Hollow
Fairfield
16
n/a
closed
S
325 Dutton Ave
San Leandro
represented buyer
n/a

closed 
L
42 Haas, 56 Haas, 68 Haas
San Leandro
65
Century 21 for 371 days
closed
L
617 Golden Gate Ave
Pt. Richmond
Buyer showed up on day 1
n/a
closed
L
88 Coral Dr
17 days
Coldwell Banker for 120 days
with the Top Listing Agent in Orinda
closed
L
1445 Livornia Rd
Alamo
17 days
n/a
closed
L
9115 Lawlor St
Oakland
78 days
Dutra Realty for 98 days
closed
L
251 Sandy Cove Ln
Bay Point
31 days
Century 21 for 113 days
closed
S
8560 Golf Links Rd
Oakland
found while pending with other buyer, who canceled, represented buyer
n/a
closed
S
3038 Davis St
Oakland
represented buyer
n/a
closed
S
374 Beck St
Richmond
found while pending previous buyer canceled, we sneaked in and made a deal
n.a
closed
L
361 Dutchman
Watsonville
30 days
RE/MAX for 292 days
closed
S
1015 Wood Hollow
Fairfield
found in 1 day
Represented
buyer only
Beat 10+ other offers
n/a

 closed
L
2551 Renwick
Oakland
20 days
40 days
with Independent Broker
closed
S
16627 Rolando
San Leandro
represented
buyer
n/a
closed
S
900 Lake St
San Pablo
Found & sold within 1 day. Represented
buyer
10+ offers

n/a
closed
S
3000 School 
Oakland
represented
buyer only
found off market
n/a
closed
 
6940 Balsam
Oakland 94611
represented
buyer only
n/a

 
85 Scenic Ave,
Pt Richmond
represented
buyer only
n/a

 
2624 99th,
Oakland, CA 94605
represented
buyer only
n/a

 
1332 Santa Clara
Richmond
30 to receive offer
120 days with
Fairmont Real Estate
 
5243 Cole
Oakland
19
124 days with
Century 21

 
1074 63rd
Oakland
Short sale:
Sold 5 times,
2 weeks each
182 days with
Elite Realty
 
 
 710 Masonic Ave
Albany
9
227 days with
Security Pacific +

 
2454 Benchmark
Fremont
31
 Intero
for 121 days
 
796 Santa Maria
El Sobrante
represented
buyer only
n/a
 
19078 Carlton
Castro Valley
represented buyer only
n/a
wrote offer 1st day it hit MLS
closed 30 days

 
105 Krause Terrace
Martinez
sold 5 times
fell through because
BoA declined short sale.
One of my failures.

180
closed
L
1664 Grove Way
Castro Valley
Sold it twice, 8 days, & prior sale fell though (buyer didn't qualify)
251 days with
Independent Realtor, "First Class"
closed
L

 

2661 Grove Way
Castro Valley
17 days
75 days with Century 21
closed
S
2137 Freeman Ct, Antioch
Represented Buyer
only
Beat out countless other offers, yet my buyer bought this Bank owned REO at listing price
closed
L
32 Greenview Ln, Richmond
Sold 5 times, took 8 months for lender to agree
Short sale with CitiMortgage
closed
S
 955 Grant,
Vallejo
 Represented Buyer
Bank owned, cash
closed
L
58 Villa Dr,
San Pablo
45 days
Short sale with 2 loans, WaMu,
very difficult, but closed it.
closed
L
147 Marina Way S.
Richmond
Represented
Seller & Buyer, 7 days
Short sale,
cash
 
3100 Persimmon St Antioch
Represented Seller
sold 5 times, each time 5 days, but escrow took 9 months
Short sale from hell, but i did it
with 2 existing lenders, cash

 
2125 Sandra Dr
Napa
Represented Buyer
only

 
4429 Valle Vista
Pittsburg
Represented Buyer
only

 
27651 Del Norte
Hayward
Represented Buyer
only
 
1491 Waverly
Pittsburg
Represented Buyer
only

 
919-921 Thornton
San Leandro
135 Days
RE/MAX
134 Days

 
4632 Fallow
Antioch
3 weeks.
took 4 months to close because of existing lender problems
n/a
closed
L
609 Frieda
Suisun City
10 days
152 Days
Prudential

 
5077 Wilmont
Antioch
sold 6 times,
last escrow took 3 months to close because of lender problems
93 Days
ATM real estate
 
58 Villa Dr
San Pablo
sold 4 times, each about 14 days apart;
last escrow took 2.5 months to close because of lender problems
184 Days
ATM real estate
 
36549 Bottle Brush
Newark
78 days
Century 21
95 Days
closed
L
694 Everglades
Livermore
30 days
Buyer lost job
184 Days

 
393 Hacienda Ave
San Lorenzo
38
Lender problems
43 Days

 
3930 Pinon Cyn Terrace
Castro Valley
35
Represented Buyer
from 11 years ago when I sold her house
at 988 Arbor Dr
 
 
 4098 Alder Terrace
Fremont
2 Days
 Intero Real Estate Svcs
for 106 Days
 
 235 Wildwood South
Hercules
11 Days
 1st California Realty
and Coldwell Banker
for 84 Days

 no photo or sign needed
 
255 S. 19th St
Richmond
2 Days & 18 days
Egger Realty
for 47 Days

 
330 6th St
Richmond
11 Days
Coldwell Banker
for 204 Days
 
5217 Catanzaro
Antioch
46
Wall Street Realty &
Barnes Realty
for 126 Days

 
4 Pacini
Pittsburg
24
Coldwell Banker
for 47 Days
 
 
10 Applegate Ln
Oakley
38
Camelot Properties
for 66 Days
 
 
2362 Brooks Ave
Richmond
44
Security Pacific
for 23 Days
 
1741 Bancroft Way
Berkeley
Probate
45 days
Jordan Real Estate
for 39 days
 
12 Lycett Circle
Daly City
8 days
Bay Realty
for 39 days
 
17-19 Montana
Richmond
n/a
Representing
Buyer Only
 
675-677 Sunset Blvd
Hayward
22
n/a
 
952 Country Run
Martinez
13
n/a
 
1614-1616 Thomas
San Francisco
41
Coldwell Banker
for 138 Days
 
3100 Persimmon
Antioch
Within 1 hour of "hitting the market," I showed this to my Buyer and wrote the 1st offer - accepted next day by Seller.

Represented Buyer Only
 
461 Glacier Dr
Martinez

-

Represented Buyer Only
 
291 Calle Lolita
Los Gatos
29 days
RE/MAX
for 35 days
 
5 Quail Hill Ln
Richmond
15 days
California Heritage Properties
for 27 days
 
800 Mariposa
+ lot next door
Rodeo
37 days
Prudential California Realty
for 76 days
 
 
6150 Dimm Way
Richmond
120 days
Security Pacific
for 146 days

 
 
 1960 Gentle Creek
Fairfield

-

Represented Buyer Only
closed
 
L
2048 Sandcreek Way
Alameda

7 days
Key Properties
for 31 days
closed 
L
16900 Robey Dr
San Leandro
34 days at this price

n/a
 
477 Stonefield Ct
San Jose
At this price, 3 weeks.
 
Originally listed at $635,000, reduced 3 times; $620,000, $599,000 and $585,000.

n/a

 

 
4532 Loon Ct
Antioch

21

Represented Buyer only.
 
 
716 Ct
Livermore
14
Century 21
for 65 days
 
3511 Lyon Ave
Oakland
1
Community Home Sales
for 75 days 
 
952 Country Run
Martinez
1
Represented Buyer Only
1st to get there
 
 
3231 Briggs Ave
Alameda
184
Property Investments
for 88 days.
 
97 Taylor Place
Bethel Island
250
Pacific Union and Coldwell Banker
for 405 days

 
 
1265 Oakes Blvd
San Leandro

n/a

Represented Buyer Only

 
 
 1049 s
San Francisco

n/a

Represented Buyer Only

 
 
 3461 Moretti Dr
Concord
I arranged the financing on this as well.
 Represented Buyer Only
 
5462 Trumpet Ct
Castro Valley
23
RE/MAX +
2 other Independents
for 196 days

 
 
 41721 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont

0
Represented Buyer Only.
1st to get there

 
 
2111 Norse Dr
Pleasant Hill

16
Realty World
for 155 days

 
 
18 Starflower Terrace
San Ramon
26
Closed in 16 days.
Call Cash
Pacific Union
for 33 days

 
 
 12 Doloress Way
Orinda
137
 
Showed this home 10+ times myself.

----

 

 
10585 Center Ave
 Gilroy

 49
Century 21
for 322 Days

 

 

 

24 Dolores Way
Orinda

58
Coldwell Banker
for  94 Days
   
 45113 Pawnee
Fremont

 40
California Realty
Realty World
for 223 Days
   
 Porthole Ct,
Hercules

n/a

Represented Buyer Only
   
133 S 3rd St,
San Jose

n/a

Represented Buyer only
   
 5757 Moraga Ave
Montclair

7

Represented Buyer only
   
 766 El Granada Blvd,
El Granada (Half Moon Bay)

-5 days

(I showed/sold this 5 days before listing it)
 Coldwell Banker
for 124 days
 
(Represented both
Seller and Buyer)
   
5581 Lemke Pl
Fremont

 40
Represented Buyer only
   
 933-935 Carmel Ave
Albany

 10 Days
Represented Buyer only
Competed with 4 other Buyers.
My Buyer won!
   
 3495 Mt. St. Helena
San Jose

 5
 Represented Buyer only.
Competed with 7 other Buyers.
My Buyer won!
   
 19 Orchard Ln
Alamo

10
Represented Buyer only
(Thanks Cindy!)
 
 1620 Armstrong Ct
Concord

3
Represented Buyer only
 
 2031 69th Ave
Oakland
61.
6 unit property
Not many qualified Buyers for this property type
 Realty World
6 months
   
 198 4th St
Montara

30 days all cash
Coldwell Banker
for 6 months.
   
1460  Corte de Thais
San Jose

1
Represented Buyer only
Found this within the first few hours of being listed, showed it to my Buyer that afternoon, sold it the next day.
   
 15420 Maureen
San Leandro

13 days (as-is) all cash

n/a
   
 16872 Robey Dr
San Leandro

24 days
MW Assoc.for 186 days
 
Sold one across the street, too - the seller of that referred me to this one.
   
 509 Saddleback
Livermore

1
Represented Buyer only.
 
Click me
 
 1275 Calhoun
Hayward

 72 days
 Sotheby's for over a year.
Represented Seller and Buyer
  Click me  
16897 Robey Dr
San Leandro

 30 days
 Coldwell Banker
for 94 days
   
3127 Hyde St
Oakland

 14 days - 8 offers

RE/MAX for 115 days
   
 3374 S. Lucille
Lafayette

 40 days
 Better Homes for 96 days
   
1122 Valota,
Redwood City

 65 days
Coldwell Banker
for 93 days
   
29853  Vanderbilt,
Hayward

 48 days
 Century 21 for 167 days
   
5134 Royal Palm
Fremont

 21 days

 Realty World for 41 days
 
1888 Maybelle
Pleasant Hill

18 days
Independent
for 3 mos
   
 265 Sparrow,
Hercules
 47 days

 Prudential for 85 days
 
2936 D St,
Hayward
21 days
Mason McDuffie
for 3 mos
 
5340 Camino Alta Mira
Castro Valley

32 days

Better Homes for 154 days
 
502 Allegheny
Walnut Creek

1 day

Represented Buyer Only
 
1700 Tulare
Richmond

26 days
Locators
for 3 mos
 
3922 Harrison
Oakland

28 days

Pacific Union for 3 mos
 
404 Roberta,
Pleasant Hill

20 days
Prudential
for 3 mos
 
2070 Emerson,
Berkeley

68 days
Prudential
for 3 mos
 
17426 Dellhaven,
Castro Valley

21 days
Mason McDuffie
for 445 days
 
445 Pazzi,
Walnut Creek

33 days
Re/max
for 3 mos
 
988 Arbor,
San Leandro

7 days
Allied Brkrs + 3 other brokers for 2.5 yrs
 
18597 Vineyard,
Castro Valley

70 days
Re/max
for 6 mos
 
2198 Granite,
Alamo

3 days
Pacific Union for 18 days
 
14967 Peninsula
San Leandro

7 days

Gadsby Assoc for 128 days
 
4118 Phoenix,
Concord

5 days
Independent
for 6 mos
closed
L
 1333 Rose
Berkeley

 22 days
not applicable
   
1338 Hopkins
Berkeley

 38 days
 
 
5650 Carberry,
Oakland

24 days
Mason McDuffie
for 9 mos
 
6344 Alisal,
Pleasanton

45 days
Independent for 15 mos
 
795 Pinedale,
Hayward

80 days
Mason McDuffie
for 461 days
 
1333 Club,
Richmond

16 days
Independent
for 3 mos
 
9678 Alcosta,
San Ramon

50 days

Pacific Union for 3 mos
 
980 Lambaren,
Livermore

30 days

Valley Realtors for 3 mos
 
2156 Owens,
Pinole

11 days

Security Pacific for 5 mos
   
 361 Violet
Hercules

 40 days

 Security Pacific for 3 mos
 
1180 Brown,
Lafayette

40 days

Pacific Union for 3 mos
 
999 Arbor,
San Leandro

30 days

 Represented Buyer only
 
2323 Lake Meadow,
Martinez

30 days

 Represented Buyer only
 
2708 Laramie Gate,
Pleasanton

30 days

 Represented Buyer only
Many more are listings and sales since 1982.
These Sellers and Buyers went through hell before they met me - learn how I came to their rescue!
*Some 'days on market' computed from date of final adjusted list price upon which the property sold.
The Truth about Real Estate Agents
Only approx. 10% of the 50,000 agents and brokers in the Bay Area are full time.
All brokers and agents are self-employed and not salaried. They are solely responsible for the service and results they provide, including how they obtain clients.
Most real estate agents rely on referrals for obtaining business (from family, friends and "sphere of influence" sources). This means that they have to stay local and do not market or sell to people outside their area.
I meet with a lot of people who have been mistreated, misrepresented and lied to by other agents and brokers. I fix all that, if I can reach them or if they can reach me in time.
 
The Truth about Real Estate Companies
A typical real estate office is embarrassing to describe. There is what is called "floor time." Agents take turns answering calls and any walk ins. This is a huge waste of time. Instead, I'm out in the field all the time answering my calls, meeting people, showing properties, listing properties, presenting offers.
Everything done in an office can be done in the field - in my car, at a vacant house, at Starbucks, anywhere!
The real estate business is a huge revolving door, and this is why real estate companies are in the business of managing agents, not selling properties.
Real estate companies make their income off of the commissions earned by their own agents, most of the time taking 50-75% of the total commission. So the reality of a large company with dozens of agents has no real value to Buyers or Sellers, just to the company, which makes money off the agents/brokers!
What all this means is that if a broker is really successful, he or she should be running their own small company. Wouldn't you? But to be really successful, one must have services that really work.
 
Why don't sellers list their property with the same agent they purchased the property with?
Very few property owners use the same agent because...
  1. The agent is no longer in business. Most real estate agents leave the business after 6 months. Also known as the "revolving door."
  2. The agent provided poor service and/or representation during the purchasing process.
  3. The owner finds a better Realtor.

The Truth About Appraisals

Believe it or not, I am a more accurate estimator of the real market value of a property than an appraiser (most of the time - I'm not perfect!) Even though I am not a certified appraiser, here's why I get over 95% of my Sellers full price sales (even in bad times):
 
Appraisers do not look at the competing homes for sale and they do not look at the "pending" sales (in escrow). I look not only at these and the closed sales, but also the history of each of the properties (how long they have been for sale and at what prices they have been at). I also go back in time more than 6 months when appropriate, which appraisers are not allowed to do. I present all of this information to you (and buyers) in living color, complete with color photos, maps and full text details of the properties and their history. Pricing your home accurately is very important in any market. Since most properties are inaccurately priced, they "expire." I take over many of those expired listings and, as my track record testifies, I am very successful at getting them sold quickly AND at or near the full price. Is this a service you want? If so, call Gordon Allen today.
The Truth about Loans
All the quotes you see in the paper, on TV and on the radio are worthless, because the rates and points change every day, and the points (percentage of loan amount) a lender charges determines the rate. APRs are advertised but rarely understood and never broken down as to how many actual points it takes to obtain a certain interest rate.
 
So just call me for the lowest rate and points for any type of loan, from over 150 different lenders.
 
If your property is already listed with a broker,
this is not meant to be a solicitation of that listing
 

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