Save Mount Diablo 2nd Scholastic Photo Contest!

Mount Diablo Photo ContestEmpire Realty is a strong supporter of the Save Mount Diablo photo contest and invites you to join us and invite your children to participate! The 2nd annual photo contest showcases the amazing Mount Diablo parks, supports local student talent and helps raise awareness about lands that are still at risk. All Alameda and Contra Costa K-12 students are eligible. Students can win amazing prizes like a $1,000 Apple store gift card, have their photo published in Diablo magazine and included in a traveling exhibit!

Students can submit their original photos from one of our Diablo parks that showcases why they enjoy Mount Diablo’s lands and think they should be protected for a chance to win a $1,000 Apple Store Gift Card, have their art displayed and more!

Visit www.SaveMountDiabloContest.com for more info or to enter.

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ADAS’ Rotating Art Gallery on Display at Empire Realty in Danville!

Come by and check out the Alamo Danville Artists Society’s (ADAS) rotating art gallery now on display in our Danville office. The Rotating Gallery artists are a select group of ADAS members who display their artwork throughout the San Ramon Valley. According to ADAS, the Rotating Gallery Program offers quality art to the community and supports local businesses by displaying original art at no cost to them, and provides a showcase and sales opportunity for our members. Artists who sell their work donate a percentage of their sales to the Art for the Schools program of ADAS, a 501(c)3 corporation. The rotating gallery will be on display in our Danville office at 380 Diablo Road, Danville until April 30th. Here’s a sampling of some of the pieces:

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Is it a Good Time to Sell?

Is it a good time to list right now? Absolutely!

Did you know that in our community, the number of listings rose by double (400) between January 31 and April 31 of 2013 (see below)? If you were a seller, how would you like to have buyers compare your home to double the number of homes when they shop?

That may be the cost of waiting until April to sell your home this year. Below is a picture of the major markets we serve (not all county) and how the ramp up of listings went last year.

No doubt, we’ll have inventory again, and people competing for it, but for owners who can take action now – they will benefit.Dec 12-Dec 13

Please contact us if you have questions about this information or would like to discuss getting your home ready for sale.

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Is 2014 Your Year to Buy or Sell a Home?

Quick forecast for the 2014 real estate market…

Where we were…2013

  • Many buyers, limited inventory, multiple offers
  • 2.1% decrease in home sales in California
  • Contra Costa County median prices picked up Q2-Q3 of 2013

What’s expected…2014

  • California’s number of home sales forecasted to rise 3.2%
  • The buyer pool is still strong; anticipate multiple offers to continue on homes that are priced competitively and move-in ready.

What does this mean for you?

2014 offers new hope for first-time and trade-up homebuyers, forecasting healthy growth in real estate markets across the state and predicting that fewer investors and a greater supply of homes for sale will open the field to a wider range of buyers.

MEDIAN PRICE INCREASE Q2-Q3 2014 – CONTRA COSTA COUNTYnewchart_jan_Page_1

If you have questions about the real estate market, please contact us.

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Warming Communities One Coat At A Time

One Warm Coat

Please join Empire Realty Associates and support One Warm Coat by donating your gently used coats,
jackets, and sweatshirts for the One Warm Coat Drive.       – Now through January 10, 2014

To make a donation, please stop by our offices Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm.

380 Diablo Road | Danville
1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 108 | Walnut Creek

Thank You For Your Continued Support.

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Frank Trifeletti Elected President of Realtors’ Marketing Association

Frank Trifeletti

Congratulations to our own, Frank Trifeletti, who was recently elected as the 2014 President of the Realtors’ Marketing Association. Frank was chosen by his peers for the leadership position in the 100+ realtor and affiliate member networking group that meets weekly in the Bay Area. In addition to networking and monthly speakers, the group supports numerous civic and charitable causes in local communities. Frank says, “I am very humbled and proud to be honored by my peers and affiliates. Besides focusing on Real Estate Marketing, the charitable efforts by the members of the RMA, both Realtors and Affiliate, are fantastic. It is an honor to be President of such a worthy group of individuals.” Congratulations, Frank! We know you’ll do a great job leading the association!

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Why You Need a Realtor

Great information…please let us know how we might help you.

5ReasonsYouNeedaRealtor

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