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APR $10.5 Billion Sold in 2013

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) had a record year in 2013 with closed sales volume of $10.5 billion, a 19% increase over their sales in 2012, despite constrained inventory. Additionally, four individual APR offices – Los Altos, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto – all had over $1 billion in closed sales in 2013.

APR outperformed the market in both number of sales and dollar volume. While in the Bay Area, the industry average number of closed sales was down 5%, APR surpassed the market by 14%, with 9,107 closed sales, up 9% over their 2012 numbers. In addition to increasing their market share, the firm also achieved an average sales price of $1,151,940, up 9% over 2012.

“We benefit from being a family-owned company that has a community feel while achieving a global reach,” said Rainy Hake, APR Executive Vice President. “Our strategy to be customer-focused and our mission to continually redefine the way real estate is done has helped us achieve success year after year.”

The 2013 numbers come on top of the firm’s other successes last year, having been ranked the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States for a second consecutive year based on 2012 sales volume, according to REAL Trends. The firm had a closed sales volume of $8.8 billion in 2012, a 23% increase over their sales in 2011.

Alain Pinel Realtors looks forward to continued growth in 2014, focusing on reimagining the real estate customer experience both locally and globally. APR will do this with new technology tools, accelerated agent training, and innovative marketing opportunities while focusing on their customized personal connection to their clients.

How Did the Lamorinda Real Estate Market Look in Q4?

Here’s a look at Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda’s Quarter 4 Real Estate Market Report.  There are lots and lots of very qualified buyers out there who are waiting for houses to come on the market. The spring market typically starts this weekend (the weekend after the Super Bowl).  Will we see the inventory pick up?  (Email us if you would like us to send you a clearer copy –

Q4 Contra Costa Market

New Listing: Remodeled Gem On Border Of Poet’s Corner in Pleasant Hill

120 Pleasant View Drive
120 Pleasant View Drive, Pleasant Hill
Open Saturday 1-4, Open Sunday 11-2
4 Bedrooms / 2 Baths      2,351 Square Feet      .24 Acre      Built in 1947

Drive up to this beautifully remodeled sunlit 2,351+/- sf 4 BD/2BA home located on the border of Poet’s Corner and be prepared to fall in love.  Every inch of this .24+/- acre property has been well thought out and lovingly maintained.

As you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the formal entry which enjoys beautiful hardwood floors and crown molding.  Sunlight streams through the skylight above.

The living room with lovely hardwood floors and large baseboards sits to the right of the entry and enjoys a window overlooking the backyard.  A lovely fireplace with wood-burning stove insert and white molding surround is the focal point of the room.

The formal dining room sits off of the living room and is also conveniently located off of the kitchen.  A window with plantation shutters looks out onto the front yard.  With a beautiful chandelier, hardwood floors, crown molding and lovely built-in china cabinet, this room is ideal for entertaining.

As you step into the expanisve gourmet eat-in kitchen overlooking the beautiful great room, you may never want to leave.  Enjoy the gorgeous Alder cabinetry, Sea Foam Green granite countertops with glass tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances including a 5-burner gas cooktop, recessed lighting and a built-in desk.  Prepare a meal on the large island.  Three skylights add natural light to this room while a window overlooks the courtyard.

The great room off of the kitchen has a warm and inviting feeling with cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors, built in entertainment cabinetry and a beautiful corner brick fireplace with molding surround and custom mantel.  A sliding glass door takes to you to the backyard.

The Laundry Room located off the kitchen has cherry cabinets with a natural finish, a counter and small bar sink, making it an excellent staging area for parties.  A solar tube above draws in additional natural light.

The bedroom wing sits to the left of the entry.  The first bedroom which faces the backyard has been used as an office and enjoys built-in cherry cabinetry, crown molding and hardwood floors.  A full bathroom is located across from this room. The next two bedrooms both enjoy wood wainscoting, crown molding and refinished hardwood floors.

The master bedroom retreat is absolutely stunning with a tray ceiling with crown molding, large walk-in closet and a sliding glass door to the courtyard patio.  The master bathroom enjoys two vanity sinks with granite countertops, built-in cabinetry with separate make-up counter, tile floor, large tile shower with seat and a separate water closet.  An abundance of natural light can be enjoyed due to the skylight above.

The beauty continues as you step out the door into the incredibly designed private backyard.  Enjoy a refreshing beverage after a long day by the fire-pit. Cut some fresh vegetables for dinner from the garden. Host a meal under the redwood arbor.

This home is truly a gem!

Coming Soon in Pleasant Hill

Remodeled Beauty on Border of Poet’s Corner

Lovely remodeled 2,351sf  4BD/2BA home on the border of Poet’s Corner with wonderful open spaces. Situated on a beautifully landscaped .24acre lot, home enjoys exceptional eat-in kitchen open to beautiful great room, sophisticated living room and dining room, fantastic master suite with deluxe bathroom.  This home is truly a gem!

Update to the Lafayette Terraces Project

We recently heard that the Lafayette City Council voted to move forward with the proposal that would suspend the application for a 315 unit multi-family developement (Terraces Project) in favor of a new project for 44 – 45 small single family homes clustered on one part of the large parcel with the other part of the parcel, closest to the corner having a large parking lot with the ability for parents to drop off Acalanes High School students, turf soccer/lacrosse field, dog park and a tot lot.