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Our driveway is breaking into pieces…so we have been considering whether to just replace it again with concrete or go with pavers instead.  Pavers do better for drainage and certainly look better, but are these advantages worth the extra expense?  Any thoughts?

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Client Testimonial: Shai and Kevin

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“My partner and I we’re 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

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Are you hot enough to live here?

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Soft Launch vs. Hard Launch

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Rolling_Ridge_Available_Soon_In this season of spring cleaning, we have several properties we’ve listed that aren’t quite ready for public consumption. Let’s talk about “soft launch” vs. “hard launch” listings.

A “Soft Launch” is what we do to promote a property that is available soon. We spread the word about the upcoming availability of a property to potential buyers as well as fellow agents. Nobody will be allowed to view the property until it is ready, but knowledge of a soon-to-be-available property is a virtue when the inventory overall is low. The sign on the lawn says “Available Soon”.

A “Hard Launch” is what happens when the property IS ready! The Broker Tour is scheduled to entice fellow real estate professionals to preview the property, often with an incentive offered to get them to stop by. Weekend open house events are also scheduled. E-marketing launches and promotes these events to the general public. Our syndicated listings go to hundreds of websites where buyers can find them.

Our current “Soft Launch” listings can be found here:

18977 Thornbury Avenue, Castro Valley

Rolling Ridge Street, Hayward Hills

Seminary Avenue, Oakland (address to be publicized by the end of March)

Get your ducks in order if you want to buy a home!

The Final Countdown for the Refi Blues

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(The sunroom at home.)

The year was 2004. It was near the height of the market and I was ready to buy a house. The 1-bedroom condo I had purchased wasn’t making enough of a dent in my financial routine, so I figured the best way to push me to work harder was to buy a house and have a big mortgage payment.

Fast forward a few years when the market dropped. The house was WAY under water, despite putting a healthy 20% down when I purchased it. Still, the mortgage payments were made on time.

Fast forward a couple more years. The home’s value was finally enough to refinance, but the income was not.

Now in 2014, we’ve had a couple healthy years of income behind us and can refinance! We’re so excited to go from 6.375% down to a number in the 4′s! A 15-year loan on top of it too!

The house didn’t appraise at the same amount of when it was purchased but not to worry. We can now pull some cash out to help fix up the house in time for the wedding reception we’re hosting for friends at our house this August.

Life is good!

Short Sale Client Testimonial

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Anna May, Greg Jones with Kelly Carter

“Anna & Greg were recommended to me by a mutual friend. The last time I had sold a home, I was not single and the process at first seemed daunting. I had to clear out the home I had lived in for many years and it took a while longer than expected. Anna & Greg were sensitive to this and helped to make me feel comfortable and at ease with the whole process. They offered to help by offering boxes, garage sale signs, etc. and were flexible with the postponement of the home being available because of all the work I had to get done first.

It was a short sale, so in addition to removing a near-lifetime of belongings, I also had to deal with the stress of the short sale that would not have allowed me to benefit from any proceeds. Luckily, Anna & Greg were familiar with short sales and I was able to benefit from a “HAFA Relocation Incentive”  that allowed me to walk away with a few  thousand dollars to help with my transition into a new place to live.

“My experience with them was just wonderful. I highly recommend them!”

Gloria “Kelly” Carter

Special thanks to Diana Cohn of Corner Office for the introduction!

REALTOR Code of Ethics, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-10

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Article 3:

REALTORS® shall cooperate with other brokers except when cooperation is not in the clientʼs best interest. The obligation to cooperate does not include the obligation to share commissions, fees, or to otherwise compensate another broker

Standard of Practice 3-10:

The duty to cooperate established in Article 3 relates to the obligation to share information on listed property, and to make property available to other brokers for showing to prospective purchasers/tenants when it is in the best interests of sellers/landlords.

See the full Code of Ethics HERE

REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-9

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REALTORS® shall not provide access to listed property on terms other than those established by the owner or the listing broker.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

 

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