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Every budget deserves a phenomenal agent

Ellie Ridge | CA DRE# 02217753

Raised in Albany, educated at UC Berkeley, and a homeowner in the East Bay, I know deeply what it is to build a life here.

As a 6th generation Bay Area native and the daughter of a framing contractor/home inspector father, I’ve been scaling roofs and spelunking through half framed homes since I was a child. Knowledge of construction and building is a rare skill in this industry, but one I wouldn’t practice real estate without. I educate my clients in the fundamentals of home structures as they house hunt, so they make their purchase armed with confidence and knowledge of the condition of their new home.

My offer and pricing methodology is informed by my awareness of the minutiae of our local market. I guide clients through offer strategy with precision, because I remain constantly in tune with local transactions; list price of recent sales, how many offers were received, sale price and with what terms. The market evolves almost weekly in Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, Richmond and the surrounding areas, so it’s critical to work with an agent immersed in the local ecosystem in order to win without overpaying and to sell with maximum return. 

 

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I work closely with my mother, Sarah Ridge, a top 30 East Bay agent, and our shared expertise is a boon to both our clients. Each transaction is deeply personal to us and we treat one another’s clients as though they were our own, pouring over the details of every contract and negotiation from our Solano Avenue office.

As you search for your home in the East Bay, a true local real estate agent is the key to navigating and winning in our intense and competitive market. My work is the great passion of my life. Nothing is more important than helping my client’s find a corner of the world to call their own. 

I cannot wait to serve you. Let’s get you home. 

So, how does it work?

First time buying a house, or need a refresher? Although the inner East Bay market is intense – as you've likely heard! – with the right agent, it can truly be a fun and educational experience. Here's what you can expect when you reach out to me.

We’ll get on a call (or a Zoom, if you’re inclined to a video chat). We’ll discuss your vision for your new home, your ideal neighborhood, and your non-negotiables. Do you need an office? A big yard? Close to BART? On that one specific block that you really love because of all the street trees? This is the time to lay out all your hopes and dreams, and we can narrow it down later. I’ll have input and ideas, and together we’ll outline a rough idea of the house we’re looking for.

If you’re pre-approved, we’ll talk about the range of your budget, and get really crisp on the number that’s comfortable, realistic and still allows you to live a full life outside of mortgage payments.

If you aren’t pre-approved, I’ll connect you with a few stellar local lenders. I refer them because they’re shrewd, dogged and creative, and have excellent reputations – the person you want in your corner on offer day.

I’ll be thinking of you on broker’s tour, when I’m researching on the MLS and when I hear about off-market or back-on-market listings. Meanwhile, you can be checking Redfin and Zillow. We’ll share potential properties with each other, and when you see one you like, we’ll tour it in person. While we tour I’ll be pointing out everything it’s my job to keep eyes out for; how’s the health of the structure? What’s the remaining serviceable life of the foundation? How’s the traffic? How’re the schools? I’ll be teaching you what to look for in a house, and you’ll be teaching me what you like and dislike. 

When you fall in love, we’ll be ready. We’ll have reviewed all the paperwork included with the offer in advance, so there will be no surprises on offer day. Our goal will likely be to make a non-contingent offer (and I’ll explain this more when we talk in person), so we’ll have reviewed the home’s disclosure packet and possibly pre-inspected so that removing contingencies is feasible and comfortable for you. In the preceding days, I’ll research what comparable homes recently sold for in the area. I’ll advise on where I believe the sale will land and what I suggest you offer to be a strong contender, but you, of course, will choose the final number. When I submit, we’ll craft the narrative together of who you are and why you love the home, and then I’ll be your fierce advocate through negotiations. Every transaction and negotiation process is a little different – that’s what makes this job so exciting – but what remains the same is that if you want the house, I’ll do everything in my power to make it yours. 

When you’ve won your home, we’ll celebrate, maybe cry, and then I’ll open escrow. We’ll review this process in much more detail, and will revisit the topic many times, but in summary we’ll enter the period of transferring funds and title between buyer and seller. I’ll be there to shepherd you through this phase – mostly a lot of Docusign emails – and answer all of your questions along the way. And finally, when the deed has recorded, I’ll meet you to deliver the keys for your new home, so that you can begin your wonderful new chapter. ♡

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Considering selling?

Listing a home is a different skill set than representing buyers, and where my background in design and marketing comes into play. Let’s talk about the process of putting your home on the market.

We’ll meet in person or get on a call to talk about your needs regarding a sale. Are you buying a new house with the proceeds? Where will you live in the interim? Is there a minimum profit you need for a sale to make sense? How long have you been in the house, and how much have you put into it already? Is there anyone else on the title? Are you a trustee? We’ll determine all the baseline facts so we both know everything salient before starting this project together. If we have the luxury and you aren’t in a hurry, we’ll also strategically pick the time that we’ll go on the market based on a variety of factors that we’ll discuss in more detail.

When you feel ready to progress, we’ll sign a listing agreement. Then we’ll consult on what renovations (updating kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, paint, refreshing the garden, etc) will raise the value of the home and get you the best return on your investment. I’ll collect bids for the work we agree on, get your approval, and then manage the projects until they’re complete. We’ll simultaneously be getting inspections done on the home, I’ll be walking you through the necessary seller disclosures, and we’ll be creating your list of seller improvements. This process of creating a packet of materials for buyers – known as the disclosure packet – will help us begin to craft the narrative of this house and the story we’ll tell in marketing.

When the house has been prepped, we’ll arrange photos, make a website, write beautiful copy to tell the story of the home, and then go live on the MLS. I’ll share the home within my network, hold it open on one to two weekends, and facilitate private showings. This period is typically two weeks before we take offers.

We’ll choose a date that makes sense based on interest levels, and accept offers at that time. This is when negotiations happen, which will look different based on the number of offers we receive. We’ll meet to review the offers on this day, and when you choose the one to accept we sign and open escrow. You’re now in contract! 

Closing periods are generally 21 days though often faster, and sometimes 30 (and occasionally, but rarely, longer). During this time we’re essentially waiting as documents are signed and funds are gathered in escrow. On closing day, I’ll deliver the keys to the buyer’s agent, funds will be released to your account, and hopefully you’ll be delighted and ready to move on to your next amazing chapter!

My properties

For Sale
For Lease
Sold
2316 Acton St
Sold
$1,725,000
2316 Acton St, Berkeley, CA 94702
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,534 Sq.Ft.
2416 Fulton St
Pending
$1,195,000
2416 Fulton St, Berkeley, CA 94704
2,429 Sq.Ft.
1227 Channing Way
Sold
$1,500,000
1227 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94702
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,552 Sq.Ft.
1616 Norvell St
Sold
$1,735,000
1616 Norvell St, El Cerrito, CA 94530
4 Beds 3 Baths 1,906 Sq.Ft.
1616 Norvell St
Sold
$1,735,000
1616 Norvell St, El Cerrito, CA 94530
1,906 Sq.Ft.
1000 Page St
Sold
$1,727,000
1000 Page St, Berkeley, CA 94710
3 Beds 3 Baths 1,546 Sq.Ft.
141 Camelia Ln
Sold
$2,100,000
141 Camelia Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
4 Beds 4 Baths 2,583 Sq.Ft.
1521 Mcgee Ave
Sold
$2,325,000
1521 Mcgee Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
3 Beds 3 Baths 1,506 Sq.Ft.
832 60th Street
Sold
$200,000
832 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94608
3318 Wilson Pl
Sold
$715,000
3318 Wilson Pl, Oakland, CA 94602
2 Beds 1 Bath 1,106 Sq.Ft.
1800 Grant St
Sold
$2,325,000
1800 Grant St, Berkeley, CA 94703
3 Beds 3 Baths 1,746 Sq.Ft.
1555 Leimert Blvd
Sold
$1,600,000
1555 Leimert Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,936 Sq.Ft.
5619 Panama Ave
Sold
$955,000
5619 Panama Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,169 Sq.Ft.
2551 Potomac St
Sold
$1,150,000
2551 Potomac St, Oakland, CA 94602
2 Beds 1 Bath 1,022 Sq.Ft.
2426 Grande Vista Ave
Sold
$700,000
2426 Grande Vista Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
2 Beds 1 Bath 1,066 Sq.Ft.
2347 Sacramento St
Sold
$1,200,000
2347 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA 94702
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,400 Sq.Ft.
2026 E 28Th St
Sold
$725,000
2026 E 28Th St, Oakland, CA 94606
3 Beds 1 Bath 1,235 Sq.Ft.
1042 Dwight Way
Sold
$800,000
1042 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
2 Beds 1 Bath 600 Sq.Ft.
7202 A Street
Sold
$1,184,000
7202 A Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530
4 Beds 3 Baths 1,836 Sq.Ft.
763 Mandana Blvd
Sold
$1,460,000
763 Mandana Blvd, Oakland, CA 94610
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,867 Sq.Ft.
857 Cedar St
Sold
$1,150,000
857 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94710
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,170 Sq.Ft.
865 Galvin Dr
Sold
$1,575,000
865 Galvin Dr, El Cerrito, CA 94530
3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,068 Sq.Ft.
5300 Ridgeview Cir #3
Sold
$305,000
5300 Ridgeview Cir #3, El Sobrante, CA 94803
1 Bed 1 Bath 611 Sq.Ft.
433 Rincon Rd
Sold
$749,000
433 Rincon Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,862 Sq.Ft.
612 Jean St # A
Sold
$750,000
612 Jean St # A, Oakland, CA 94610
2 Beds 2 Baths 1,088 Sq.Ft.
3341 Santa Clara Ave
Sold
$735,000
3341 Santa Clara Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
2 Beds 1 Bath 732 Sq.Ft.
2455 Frances St
Sold
$915,000
2455 Frances St, Oakland, CA 94601
3 Beds 1 Bath 1,417 Sq.Ft.
105 Mesa Avenue
Sold
$3,000,000
105 Mesa Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
4 Beds 3 Baths 3,177 Sq.Ft.
1522 Josephine St
Sold
$1,600,000
1522 Josephine St, Berkeley, CA 94703
2 Beds 2 Baths 1,278 Sq.Ft.
1632 Oak View Ave
Sold
$960,000
1632 Oak View Ave, Kensington, CA 94707
2 Beds 1 Bath 1,132 Sq.Ft.
1918 10Th Ave
Sold
$1,250,000
1918 10Th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606
4 Beds 4 Baths 2,329 Sq.Ft.
14 San Carlos Ave
Sold
$1,501,000
14 San Carlos Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
2 Beds 1 Bath 1,595 Sq.Ft.
3444 Robinson
Sold
$1,300,000
3444 Robinson, Oakland, CA 94602
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,344 Sq.Ft.
608 Colusa Ave
Sold
$1,620,000
608 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,556 Sq.Ft.
3417 Oak Knoll Blvd
Sold
$1,060,000
3417 Oak Knoll Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605
2 Beds 3 Baths 1,711 Sq.Ft.
738 Stratford Rd.
Sold
$1,700,000
738 Stratford Rd., Oakland, CA 94610
4 Beds 3 Baths 2,650 Sq.Ft.
1601 62nd St
Sold
$1,400,000
1601 62nd St, Berkeley, CA 94703
4 Beds 3 Baths 1,995 Sq.Ft.
1024 Curtis St
Sold
$1,550,000
1024 Curtis St, Albany, CA 94706
2 Beds 1 Bath 1,133 Sq.Ft.
1020 Ventura Ave
Sold
$1,350,000
1020 Ventura Ave, Albany, CA 94706
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,298 Sq.Ft.
6501 San Pablo Ave # 408
Sold
$740,000
6501 San Pablo Ave # 408, Oakland, CA 94608
2 Beds 2 Baths 1,268 Sq.Ft.
41 Harbor View Dr
Sold
$1,400,000
41 Harbor View Dr, Richmond, CA 94804
3 Beds 3 Baths 1,882 Sq.Ft.
4019 La Colina Rd
Sold
$660,000
4019 La Colina Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803
2 Beds 1 Bath 853 Sq.Ft.
2717 Forest Ave
Sold
$2,400,000
2717 Forest Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
4 Beds 2 Baths 2,563 Sq.Ft.
639 Poirier St
Sold
$695,000
639 Poirier St, Oakland, CA 94609
1 Bed 1 Bath 1,191 Sq.Ft.
870 Marina Way
Sold
$720,000
870 Marina Way, Richmond, CA 94804
3 Beds 4 Baths 1,709 Sq.Ft.
4121 Manila Ave
Sold
$1,215,000
4121 Manila Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,434 Sq.Ft.
5833 SHERWOOD FOREST DRIVE
Sold
$700,000
5833 SHERWOOD FOREST DRIVE, El Sobrante, CA 94803
4 Beds 2 Baths 1,487 Sq.Ft.
7350 Holly St
Sold
$700,000
7350 Holly St, Oakland, CA 94621
4 Beds 2 Baths 1,523 Sq.Ft.
1355 Carlotta Ave
Sold
$2,370,000
1355 Carlotta Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
4 Beds 3 Baths 2,200 Sq.Ft.
4080 Linden St # 107
Sold
$850,000
4080 Linden St # 107, Oakland, CA 94608
2 Beds 3 Baths 1,461 Sq.Ft.

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