Real Estate Services for Albany, Berkeley, Kensington, El Cerrito and Oakland and Piedmont
Diane Verducci, CRS, SRES, GREEN
Pacific Union International
Specializing in Real Estate Services for Albany, Berkeley, Kensington, El Cerrito, Oakland and Piedmont

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What do I need to know about buying / selling a home in Kensington?
  1. Kensington is an unincorporated city and located in Contra Costa County.

  2. Kensington does not have any transfer tax and its property base is a little less than the surrounding communities.

  3. Students residing in some parts of El Cerrito also may attend the Grammar school in Kensington.

  4. The city requires a shutoff valve be installed at the gas meter, and shutoff valves also have to be installed before each gas fired appliance at the subject property. All work must be performed with a plumbing permit. Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department 925-646-4108

  5. The Sanitary Sewer Lateral must be in compliance with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) guidelines. Buyer can assume responsibility but compliance must be obtained within 180 days of purchase.
What do I need to know about buying / selling a home in Oakland?
  1. Oakland Transfer Tax
    Calculated at $15.00 per thousand of sales price.
    Typically shared 50/50. The City of Oakland has an ordinance to offer voluntary seismic strengthening incentive program to Oakland homeowners. For more information contact the Oakland Planning Department at 510-238-3444

  2. Report of Residential Building Record (3 - R Report)
    Oakland Housing code requires a Seller of property (other than a single family home) to obtain a 3-R Report for the Buyer that describes work performed by permits or violations that may be recorded against the property.
  3. The sanitary sewer lateral line must be in compliance with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) guidelines. Buyer can assume responsibility but compliance must be obtained within 180 days of purchase
What do I need to know about buying / selling a home in Piedmont?
  1. The sanitary sewer lateral line must be in compliance with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) guidelines. Buyer can assume responsibility but compliance must be obtained within 180 days of purchase.
  2. Building permits: Buyer should receive Piedmont Permit History Search ordered by Seller. Property to have past building permits finalized or buyer can accept responsibility for permit compliance.
  3. Sidewalk Repair Ordinance. At the time of sale, of of certain valued improvements, the ordinance states the condition of the sidewalks and driveways will be repaired. Repairs can be responsibility of Seller or Buyer.


The above information is highlights of ordinances and does not fully explain requirements or responsibilities of parties. If you would like more information, please contact me at my office or email me at diane@dianeverducci.com

I hope this has been helpful. Please call with any questions or comments.
Thanks for your time.
Diane Verducci, CRS, SRES, Green

Email: diane@dianeverducci.com    Direct Line: 510-982-4409 | Cell: 510-364-1500

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