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The Focus is on Students and Studies at Clayton Valley Charter High School The Focus is on Students and Studies at Clayton Valley Charter High School

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Choir trip to Seattle, new athletic facilities, Eagle Arts Expo, upcoming Senior Ball and Coffey with Dave (Dave Linzey, Executive Director) podcasts are all a part of the Clayton Valley Charter High School's focus on students. This Concord charter school is gaining attention with its fast academic performance growth.

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Excellence and Equity in Action at Alameda Unified School District Excellence and Equity in Action at Alameda Unified School District

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With around 10,000 students from diverse backgrounds, many who need help learning English and the Alameda Unified School District makes sure every child succeeds.

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Harbor Bay RV and Self Storage: Safe Storage for Vehicles, Furniture and Files Alameda, CA Harbor Bay RV and Self Storage: Safe Storage for Vehicles, Furniture and Files Alameda, CA

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Want to reduce conspicuous clutter in your home, office or driveway? Safely store everything from RVs and cars to furniture and files at Harbor Bay RV and Self Storage.

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The Business of Living: Alameda Acupuncture The Business of Living: Alameda Acupuncture

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It's hard to argue with the wisdom of over 5,000 years of Chinese medicine, so practitioners at this facility go with the flow, providing "Eastern Medicine for Westerners."

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Bay Area Closing Cost Assistance Programs Bay Area Closing Cost Assistance Programs

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Let's face it. Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area are expensive and many need financial help to purchase a home. Government and local agencies offer programs to help with closing costs. Inside, we spotlight programs that can help you purchase a home and the agency that administers them.

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5 Great Things To See And Do In Berkeley 5 Great Things To See And Do In Berkeley

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

From its hippie days to today's food renaissance, Berkeley is full of interesting and fun places to hang out and many of them are free. From Downtown to the University of California campus, here's a bucket list of five great things to see and do in Berkeley.

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Berkeley At A Glance Berkeley At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Berkeley is notorious for social and political activists, often associated with the University of California at Berkeley. This city of 113,000 is north of Oakland and close to San Francisco and is known worldwide for scientific exploration, free speech and the arts. Find out what gives the small city of Berkeley such a big reputation.

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California First-Time Homebuyer Programs California First-Time Homebuyer Programs

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Housing in much of California is at a premium, making it especially difficult for first-time buyers. Help is here. Keep reading to find out how first-time homebuyers can get financial assistance with their California home purchase.

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Commercial Property Investing Tips Commercial Property Investing Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Commercial real estate investing consists of different types of properties, such as retail, office buildings, hotels and industrial facilities. The investment is large-scale with long-term profits, but the upfront capital is also large. To minimize investment risk, use these time-tested tips for rock-solid commercial investing.

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Micro Apartment Craze Micro Apartment Craze

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

"Micro living" is an affordable and ecological way to own or rent an apartment. San Francisco is currently witnessing a micro apartment boom intended to appeal to renters priced out by the average studio apartment rent. Learn the pros and cons of this craze to decide if a micro apartment is right for you.

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Understanding Passage Of Title In California Understanding Passage Of Title In California

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Ways to pass title from one person to another in California are based on the type of title. Real estate sales are done through deeds. Keep reading to learn how to convey title in the Golden State.

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What Is A Pocket Listing? What Is A Pocket Listing?

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

What is a pocket listing? Is it a gimmick real estate agents use to attract sellers, or is it a bonafide marketing strategy for those seeking discretion and privacy? Read on to find out.

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Entryways That Sell Entryways That Sell

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Grab prospective homebuyers' attention by providing a fantastic entryway that lures the buyer to the front door and makes them want to enter the home. Use these tips to showcase your home's exterior.

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Mortgage History: Loans And Foreclosures Mortgage History: Loans And Foreclosures

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Did you know that it was insurance companies that dared to initiate the mortgage system that today helps many Americans buy their own home? Understand the history of mortgages and find out how to keep your home out of foreclosure.

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Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Homebuyer Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Homebuyer

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), enacted in 1974, protects buyers and sellers of real estate in the U.S. from high mortgage settlement charges and condemns abusive practices. Learn about the changes in RESPA and how it affects you.

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Common Mortgage Terms Explained Common Mortgage Terms Explained

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

When you take the leap and apply for a mortgage, you will come across many terms that are important to know and understand. We provide a primer on some of the terminology you can expect to see during the process.

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Water Heater Basics Water Heater Basics

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Next to heating or cooling, water heaters are the largest energy users in the home. Learn which of the two main types of water heaters -- storage and tankless -- are best for your home.

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The California Home Search The California Home Search

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether this is your first or fifth time buying a home, there are some important items to consider when moving within or from outside of California.

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Understand Rent-to-own Home Buying Understand Rent-to-own Home Buying

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A rent-to-own home purchase option may be right for you. Understand how this type of home buying works and learn to avoid predatory practices for the unsuspecting home buyer.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien is a Staff Writer at BayAreaForSale.com.

Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate agent, consultant and writer. Her expertise encompasses buying and selling homes and investment properties, property management, REOs, short sales and loan modifications.