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The Northgate Area-  Comprised of many neighborhoods with a lot of homes. Located in East Walnut Creek, most of the homes were built in the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's and have long been popular for their traditional style single and two story floorplans. 

New Northgate- Some of the newer constructed Walnut Creek homes are located in the Northgate Area. Subdivisions like Rancho Paraiso were built throughout the 90's by Herald Smith Construction. 

The Woodlands- Once nothing but farmland and walnut groves. This all changed in 1961 and 1962 when several developers, including Leadership, MacKay and Hofman, were the first to break ground and build the Woodlands.

Lake Lakewood Area- It's always a surprise to anyone who doesn't know, that there's a lake in Walnut Creek. Lake Lakewood was man made and has a lot of history. Most of the home development in Lakewood began in the 1930's when it was expected that the opening of the Caldecott Tunnel would increase demand for homes in Walnut Creek.

Crystyl Ranch- Crystyl Ranch is a beautiful neighborhood nestled in the Mt. Diablo foothills of Concord, Ca. Located between Walnut Creek and Clayton, homes in Crystyl Ranch are close in proximity to parks, shopping, dining, entertainment, schools and just about the best the East Bay has to offer.

Elderwood Glen- Elderwood Glen is a subdivision located in Martinez, Ca. There are 55-60 homes, homes range from 3-5 bedrooms and are known for their spacious rooms. Elderwood Glen is also centrally located to downtown Martinez, downtown Pleasant Hill, Concord, Lafayette and Walnut Creek. 

Chateau Ridge- Chateau Ridge is a wonderful neighborhood settled in the foothills of Martinez, Ca. The neighborhood has a private setting with most of the homes backing to the open space and green belt. 

Valley High- These beautiful homes were built by the well know builder, Davidon Homes.  There are many home models to choose from, ranging from single stories to split level homes. The 3-4 bedroom homes have luxury features including skylit entry halls, vaulted ceilings, wet bars, woodburning fireplaces and spacious Master suites.

Alamo, CA- Alamo, CA is an unincorporated community with high demand real estate. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, nestled between Walnut Creek and Danville. The average home price in Alamo is $1.1 million in comparison to the average home price in the state of California at $347,000.


Empire Realty's Santa Party. Happy Holidays!

Each year in the Walnut Creek and Danville locations, Empire Realty hosts a Santa Party. Hundreds of young children stop by to sit on Santa's lap and eat cookies that Santa's elves made for them. Happy Holidays!


Walnut Creek, CA Homes and Real Estate Overview


If you are interested buying or selling a home in the Walnut Creek, CA area, contact real estate broker, Steve Poirier. Visit his website for market updates, neighborhood videos and search the MLS for new listings in the area.

Discover how listing your home with Steve Poirier will exceed today's expectations of real estate services. Visithttp://www.stevepoirierrealty.com/ and see how your home can be featured in a stunning video tour for maximum online exposure.


Foreclosure Activity in the United States Overview

Foreclosure activity rates are up again for the 3rd quarter. However, home sales are improving in major metropolitan areas which proves people are buying up the inventory.

The reason these problems still exist is because of high unemployment and high underemployment. With so many homes on the market, many homes have lost their equity. These numbers will likely stay high until these problems in our country are resolved.


Cities With Highest Foreclosure Rates

Many of these cities are in California. Take a look at the list below for the cities in the United States with the highest foreclosure rates below...

Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., 12%

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., 11.9%

Merced, Cal., 10.1%

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., 8.8%

Stockton, Calif., 8.6%

Modesto, Calif., 8.5%

Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla., 8.2%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz., 8%

Port St. Lucie, Fla., 7.6%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla., 7.2%

Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif., 7.1%

Bakersfield, Calif., 7.1%

Naples-Marco Island, Fla., 6.4%

Reno-Sparks, Nev., 6.2%

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, Calif., 5.6%

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla., 5.3%

Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Fla., 5.3%

Lakeland, Fla., 5.2%

Fresno, Calif., 4.9%

Salinas, Calif., 4.8%



Is It A Good Time To Buy A Home?

When is it a good time to buy a home? This a question that I am often asked and my answer is Now!  It's a great time to buy a piece of real estate. In the cycles of real estate, this buyer's market won't be around forever.  Ten years from now, we will look back and see these times as a great home buying opportunity. Don't miss out!

Interest rates are Historically low! Inventory is on the rise... Many buyers are getting 30-year fixed rates at 4 percent.  Which is an amazing rate for the long term investment.  Also, as an investment home prices are at generational lows with foreclosures and short sales hitting the market, giving buyers more homes and options to choose from. If you are a buyer, now is a great time for you to be picky.  Buyers 5 years ago were often rushed into their decision making, with homes on the market for less than two weeks you had to be fast when finding a home. In a typical buyer's market, purchasers have more time and negotiating power than the sellers, Bank owned properties may be more competitive..

House searching during fall and winter makes buying a home less competitive, since most of the people purchasing are doing so during the summer before school starts up again.

It's the Fall/Winter Selling Season. Typically, sellers are motivated and interest rates are at all time lows.  Don't let this cycle pass!


Foreclosure Procedures Undergo Review

Mortgage lenders possibly could have filed some faulty papers during the foreclosing process on tens of thousands of homes. Some major banks have suspended the foreclosure process temporarily. Bank of America has halted foreclosures in all 50 states as banks are under review by state attorney generals and the Federal Housing Administration.

If foreclosures are delayed significantly, it can take longer for the housing market to recover.


Lakewood Neighborhood in Walnut Creek Data 

On city-data.com, the Lakewood neighborhood in Walnut Creek, CA has it's own profile that goes over everything from median income, demographics to what time the average person leaves for work in the morning. Check it out here.

This is all made up of data that was collected in 2008, it's a very detailed profile. I currently own a home in this neighborhood and absolutely love it. If anyone is interested in buying or selling a home in the Lakewood Area feel free to contact me.


Tips For Updating Your Kitchen

The most important room in your house is the kitchen. Your kitchen may have the biggest impact on the value of your home. If you feel your kitchen needs some help then it probably does and you may want to look into making improvements. The last few homes I have listed all had updated kitchens within the last few years. Most of my clients have replaced many items in their kitchens in order to update their homes. Here is a list of affordable ideas.


  1. If your kitchen has been recently updated just make sure the room is clean and smells fresh. Before an open house drop a lemon slice or two into the disposal and give it a grind.
  2. If your light fixtures are outdated consider replacing them with new track lighting. 
  3. If you have old or ugly cabinets, you can have a professional replace the doors. There are plenty of professionals in the Walnut Creek area.
  4. Look into installing new knobs and hardware on the cabinets as well.
  5. Find out what the new colors are. If you have appliances that are dated by colors have them refinished with something new.

It's better to hire a professional if your not 100% confident in getting the job done right. Don't take on a project you can't handle, it will show. I've walked into many homes and kitchens that owners have updated themselves and the mistakes are obvious. 


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