My real estate business partner Greg Jones is someone who happens to be married to me. He has a new “hobby” which he as turned into a business (Jones Art Works) complete with a business license, website, and a whole slew of paying customers already. Naturally, this takes him away from our real estate business, especially right now in the beginning of his new endeavor.
What does this mean for me?
I’ll tell you. It means that after a long day negotiating contracts, setting up our property listing promotions, meeting with clients and fellow agents, attending real estate marketing meetings, continuously learning and honing my skills and knowledge, exhausting myself showing or previewing properties, you bet I expect the dog poop to all be picked up when I come home! I also expect dinner on the table!
Instead of being an adult, however, I’ll go outside and pick up several piles of dog poop and come back in the house bragging (or, er, complaining) about how many piles I found, rather than simply just telling my dear husband that I wish I could come home to a clean poopless yard since after all, he’s been HOME ALL DAY to get it done.
Anyone out there sympathize with me?
Now to the topic at hand. The photo shown here is a corner bedroom on the lower level of our home, in what’s referred to as the “wealth” section, for those of you who are familiar with the basic concepts of feng shui. (I’m half Chinese but that doesn’t mean I know squat about feng shui, other than how to pronounce it.) Anyway, the guest bedroom was recently used as a “storage” room for all our extra crap. Boxes of old stuff we haven’t looked through in years, old furniture from when I was ten years old and Greg’s grandmother’s old furniture passed down to him, a new-ish rocking chair my mom bought for me because she wished I gave her grandchildren, framed artwork from family passed down, and other artwork from the 1980s that are completely out of style now, etc.
This former guest bedroom’s carpets have been torn up, the floor painted light blue, and is now complete with a pottery wheel, shop lights, damp storage, new sliding glass doors to the deck, and even a shop dog named Rufus the Dufus. The kiln is upstairs in the garage, installed after an electrician came in and added extra power. (That kiln goes up to more than 2000 degrees. Yikes!)
Activating the wealth section of our home has indeed added to the richness of our lives…
Next month: How changing doors in a decaying part of our home has enhanced our lives.
Available soon! This 1944 sq ft 4-bedroom home has side access, a huge garage/workshop at the end of a long driveway, two levels of living space and a wheelchair/platform lift for easy access to the upper level. An excellent location with easy access to 880, shopping and recreation!
Property is still being prepped and has not yet been priced by the seller. Estimated date on the market: August 8, 2018. Inquire now for a Sneak Peek!
Located at 1085 Grace Street, this home has a Walk Score of 77 with easy access to Mel’s Diner, Ricky’s Sports Bar, Bayfair Mall and the Bayfair BART station. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this home will be available by June, 2018. Stay tuned for more information!
“He Said, She Said” Valentine’s Day Wish List, 2018:
- Please continue making sure I have clean t-shirts.
- Please organize my sock drawer instead of dumping all my socks in the drawer for me to sort.
- Please unplug your curling iron before leaving the house.
- Please redirect the uplights of the bamboo. (Photo shown is from 2016. Sheesh!)
- Please remove all insects from the light fixtures. (Request a few years old. Double sheesh!)
- Please hide all the wiring from various devices around the television. (Ongoing with each new device added. Triple sheesh!)
After 33 years and over a dozen homes owned together, here are Valentine’s Day Words of Wisdom from our dear friends and clients Al & Andy:
- Better to pay the banker fo 30 years than the landlord forever.
- There may be no HOAs on single family homes but you need to put a little money aside every month for maintenance costs.
These are words of wisdom that relate to both real estate ownership AND a marriage!
On this Valentine’s Day 2018, here are words of wisdom on building a home and a life together from our dear clients Bonnie & Ed:
“In 1949 Ed asked me to marry him. It was on Valentine’s Day. We were married on Sept 4th the same year. Always remembering decisions were to be talked over together first, also when you marry learn to say “we” or “let’s”, or “us”. It’s the togetherness of being married, nothing is “I” any longer it becomes “us” . It shows respect to your loved one. The hills and valleys in marriage come and go but remember your spouse is a gift to you from God. It is also good advice to pray about big decisions first. God Bless you all. May 2018 be a very successful and happy year for everyone who has God in your lives.”
Bonnie (& Ed) Bovee
Now available! CLICK HERE for details. This gorgeous five bedroom home has been extensively renovated. Per the seller, the home has been expanded to 3400 sq ft and has over $600,000 in upgrades:
Permits secured and foundations poured for detached garage with full bathroom and also a studio with full bathroom and rough electrical and plumbing complete. It has new underground plumbing, new underground electrical, new electrical panel with 400 amp, new wiring inside, energy-saving LED lights throughout, new plumbing inside, new HVAC system heat and AC dual Zone, new roof, new paint, custom Milgard windows, stainless steel appliances.
Oh, the views! Located in the prestigious and sought-after historic Prospect Hill neighborhood of downtown Hayward, this home has stunning sunset views. The exterior includes a new retaining wall, in and out drive way, upgraded metal fencing with both gates remote-controlled. New landscaping with palm trees, new stucco with extensive trim work , outdoor deck on the 2nd story which also serves as outdoor living area on the bottom (veranda ) with fans for summer, outdoor kitchen sink installed in veranda. For outdoor and indoor summer comfort, fans are in all rooms and living areas too. Custom closets in all rooms, smooth level 5 paint, luxury bathroom upgrades and custom vanity with mirrors, custom tub /shower combo in master bath, and Jack & Jill bathroom on ground level.
All living areas boast hardwood floors, all bathrooms and kitchen gleam porcelain tiles, and to help protect it all, video monitoring of all entrances and central alarm. Total expense: $600,000 in upgrades .
But wait, there’s more! This home has a wheelchair accessible ramp and two living areas upstairs and downstairs. For the party animal buyer, the home also has a wet bar in the outdoor patio area, in the kitch and in one of the living rooms tucked away in the corner for discretion…
Come visit this estate home in the burgeoning neighborhood with lots of investment being poured into this spectacular downtown Hayward community!
All information has been provided by the property owner. Buyers are advised to fully investigate the property to their satisfaction.
Wile E. Coyote is welcome here where everything is bigger in Texas! This home at 3150 Texas Street in Oakland is now available. CLICK HERE for more information.
“Cactus Maximus” included with purchase!
“It was a pleasure selling our house with the help of Anna and Greg. Anna recalled from HOA docs received from another sale that I was on the HOA and knew my last name when we met. We were surprised that the townhouse she had worked on before sold higher than the listing price at that time when the market wasn’t as hot!
“When my husband and I first met with Anna and Greg, we were unsure of when to list and they encouraged us to explore different options and to consider our situation and not immediately list it. It was the little and big things that mattered. To name a few: bringing a replacement light bulb for our dining room light to having a stager come in to advise us and having a professional photographer take beautiful pics, that makes Anna and Greg stand out.
“We were nervous about the process but they calmed us and kept us on track. Once offers came in, Anna discussed them with us. When we got a really great offer, she advised us of the pros and cons and knew what we needed to do to protect ourselves. What attracted us to use Realty World Neighbors is that they are a local Hayward realtor. They both live and love the community and it really shows. We knew they could best sell our townhouse because their enthusiasm is real!
“They did more than just sell the townhouse — they sold the entire community. Part of “selling” the community included researching which historical members of the local community were buried across the street at the cemetery. We had this list available at the open house so potential buyers could appreciate the history of the area instead of just the fact that there was a cemetery across the street.
“We would not hesitate to recommend Anna and Greg to friends buying or selling their homes or use them again ourselves if the opportunity presented itself.”
UPDATE: Lynn & Rick are now in contract on their first big purchase as a newly married couple!
Rick and Lynn are newlyweds in their later years. Both musicians, Lynn is a classically trained soprano and jazz contralto and teaches elementary vocal music. Rick plays Double Bass in various Bluegrass bands in the area. Eclectic in their tastes, both enjoy the performing arts, taking part in as well as sitting back and watching great live theatre and indie and noir film. Rick has been an avid hiker for over 40 years. Lynn has been a passionate dog lover for many years, having rescued and parented large and small canine cuties. (Lucy and Leo are their present fuzzy kids.)
Rick and Lynn are musicians, but won’t be blasting their tunes – they are considerate, respectful neighbors. Lovers of nature, they appreciate native plants and green, green tree-lined streets.
Rick and Lynn are desiring to move from Oakland to San Leandro, to one of its scrumptious older neighborhoods with history, wooden details and welcoming quiet character.
Do you have or know of someone who wants to sell their San Leandro home to this great couple?
“My partner and I were looking for a house in early August of 2013. We had interviewed a couple of Realtors before interviewing and making the commitment to work with Greg and Anna May. We were referred to them by friends of ours who had worked with them before. One of the reasons we chose them was because they readily provided contact information for their past clients and we liked what they had to say about Anna & Greg’s work. We had done some house hunting on our own and had an idea of what we wanted in our next house. My partner does a lot of trips abroad for business and during our search for a home, he had to go away on one of those trips. I was looking at the houses with Anna and Greg and taking videos and sending them to him through email. These guys (Anna & Greg) know what they’re doing; they know exactly what we were looking for. While my partner was away, he had a heart attack. Since he was out of the country, but near his family, he instructed me to keep going with with the search. Anna and Greg were the most supportive people I knew during that time.
“They stayed in touch with him and me through email and teleconferencing calls. After deciding on a house remotely, Anna and Greg (with the assistance of one of their associates, Simon), drew up the necessary paperwork for the transactions that were needed and we were in escrow before my partner could medically be allowed to fly back home. Initially, Anna & Greg were proactive in securing a ratified back-up contract on a house that already had a buyer. They went as far as setting up an appointment with the listing agent and the sellers for a personal meeting to entice them to see us favorably as buyers. Although that house didn’t work out, the day my partner came back we had already closed escrow on another house and had keys in hand. And to top it all off, Anna & Greg made a banner up with our pictures welcoming us to our new home after knowing what he went through. They provided food for our housewarming party too. We would definitely rely on Anna and Greg when it comes to our future real estate ventures.”
-Kevin Case & Shai Erlich
“We know Anna May and Greg Jones and their brokerage, Realty World Neighbors, because of their involvement in the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, their efforts to help maintain the neighborhood’s open space and other projects.
“Our decision to appoint Anna and Greg as co-listing agents (and later as our buyers’ agents) arose because they work on a number of issues and we were impressed by their efforts and contributions. We have found that people who work well when they volunteer also do well professionally.
“Frequent communications kept us informed of progress over the transactions for which we hired Anna & Greg to assist in the Historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. We appreciated Anna & Greg’s attention and time to email, call or text as the sales progressed.
“As sellers, we appreciated the well-coordinated marketing plan for our unique home in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. They knew how to price it for the prevailing market conditions, how to promote it to the right groups and took care of all the paper work expeditiously. There were no errors, no last-minute deliveries or problems from the time we listed until the sale closed. We subsequently hired Anna & Greg to list and sell another home for us and we experienced the same high level of competency in that transaction too.
“We were extremely impressed by their knowledge of the market, pricing and their ability to get the word out about our home through their networks, professional organizations and advertising. They were very professional, competent and knowledgeable about real estate in the area.
“We’re delighted to now be in a larger Prospect Hill home and were able to purchase this home in part due to the negotiation skills of Anna and Greg. They negotiated on our behalf for the sellers to pay for repairs before we moved in. We would definitely hire Anna May and Greg Jones again and recommend them to others.”
-Al Parso & Andy York, Historic Prospect Hill Neighborhood residents
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“We are a family of three (our daughter is five years old). We both have a background in electrical engineering. Engineering was always a big part of our lives and after some further developments we ended up in California, home of Silicon Valley. We were both born and raised in Greece. Although it pained us to leave our country, we knew that the opportunities we had in California were ones we couldn’t dismiss. We love our life here and our desire is to raise our daughter in this diverse multi-culture place.
“Our true passion is to build robots and gadgets that will make our life much easier – and more fun! We are also very excited to be part of an amazing non-profit organization that fights against climate change. As we are really concerned about global warming, it’s a great honor to use our skills and technology to restore the Earth’s natural heat shield in the Arctic, rebuild polar habitat, and help stabilize global climate.
“In our free time we enjoy to travel, volunteer, swim, hike, try new things and most important spent time with friends and family creating lifelong memories!”
M & E