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As agents licensed by the State of California, we have to be very careful about how we present certain aspects of the various neighborhoods and ethnically diverse populations that we serve. Recently I was interviewed for “The Residential Specialist” magazine for my experience and expertise in ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
I feel blessed to live in an area so rich with culture, history (and culinary concoctions) that go along with the diversity.
What do you love about where YOU live?
Source: Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2016
Suburban areas on the outskirts of the red-hot Los Angeles and San Francisco areas grew especially fast last year, state officials reported Monday.
San Joaquin County, home to Stockton, grew faster than any other, up 1.3% to 733,000 people. The area has become increasingly popular for people fleeing astronomical San Francisco Bay Area housing prices while remaining within commuting distance.
San Joaquin was followed by Yolo, Riverside and Santa Clara counties.
The fastest-growing city was Vernon, which grew a whopping 72% thanks to a new housing development that brought its population to 210.
Among cities with at least 30,000 people, the fastest-growing were concentrated primarily in the Inland Empire and Orange County: Porterville, Eastvale, Lake Forest, Beaumont and Lake Elsinore.
The number of new housing units in California declined last year for the first time since the start of the economic recovery, due mostly to wildfires that scorched more than 2,000 homes.
California’s housing supply rose by 67,110 units last year, compared with an increase of 69,435 units in 2014. Demographers at the California Department of Finance say the number of new units would have been about equal to the year before if the destructive wildfires in Lake and Calaveras counties had not hit.
Of the new units created, just over half were multi-family dwellings such as apartments and condominiums. Los Angeles, the state’s largest city, saw the most growth in housing, with 12,224 new units. It was followed by San Francisco with nearly 2,900, San Jose with just over 2,000 and San Diego with about 1,750.
The housing hit came as California’s population grew to 39.1 million last year, an increase of 348,000 people, just under 1%.
Most of the state’s 482 cities saw population gains, but 44 cities shrank and one — tiny Tehama, population 431 — was unchanged.
Fleeing to the ‘burbs isn’t just for the Gen X-ers. Forward-thinking millennials are doing the same thing.
Yes, the “Selfie Generation” may be known as slackers, but not all of them are. See here Ms. Rachel, a 20-something attorney who moved from the expensive peninsula to the East Bay. Rachel and her fiance bought a home right down the street from me, in fact. We’ve become drinking buddies, semi-workout buddies, and both of our SOs are Mariners and Seahawks fans.
Back to the topic at hand. Here is what Rachel said about her reasons for moving:
“Moving from the peninsula to the East Bay (Hayward) was a great decision. We have shifted from unnecessarily expensive to reasonably affordable; From bland and cookie cutter to diverse and cultural; From a bubble about to burst to the next wave of growth and exciting potential.”
Side Note: Women are starting to rule the world. Our Significant Others are watching the Mariners game on TV right now…or something equally juvenile. Sorry guys, she’s taken.
Here’s “Phil”! This 12-year old sweetheart’s mom is selling their long-time home at 2828 Eastman Avenue in Oakland‘s Allendale district.
When the sale closes, Realty World Neighbors will make a donation in Phil’s honor to Bad Rap, where he was trained when he was a youngster…
A home is not a home without a dog!
A lot of prep work goes into preparing a home for sale. This home has been in the same family since 1977. Many memories have spun their stories over the years of growing up and raising a family here. It is now time for new memories and we’re working on making sure the home is clean and comfortable for the new owners.
Shown here are Todd Worsfold and his crew member preparing the home for sale.
Stay tuned for more details! May 2016 is when this home will be available. You’ll LOVE the new colors chosen, I’m sure!
We have the best Seller Clients ever! This lovely plant was brought in by our Seller Client Arutha as she was on her way out of town and off to her new life in Las Vegas.
We were able to entice her to let us take her to coffee at Hippies Brew first before she left town. Hippies Brew has Jimi Hendrix painted on the wall. Arutha is a DJ who appreciates good music, so we thought it was a good fit to share a farewell brew.
Sometimes we meet people who retain our services to do a job for them, and if they weren’t leaving town, we’d love to cultivate a friendship with them. Arutha is one such lady with a wonderful sense of humor.
If you need a DJ in Las Vegas, we’ll connect you with her!
Overall, the trend continues that we are seeing incredibly low inventory of available housing for sale in Hayward and surrounding communities. The average Days on Market dropped to just 23 days from 30 days in February, as the Spring home selling season begins. The sold price: list price ratio was 103%, indicating buyers are bidding up prices a bit as inventory challenges prompt buyers to be willing to pay a bit of a premium to win the bid and obtain the property.
For the latest housing statistics for Hayward, click below.
Do you know of anyone who might have a home to sell to this lovely family? Meet the Zalameas!
They’d love a 4-bedroom home with at least one bedroom and full bathroom on the main level.
Contact us if you or someone you know has a home that might be of interest to Ed and Mary Ann for their family!
It’s that time of year, when Spring Training ends and baseball get serious!
For the season’s full schedule, you can visit MLB Baseball Schedule to see when your favorite team(s) are playing.
This San Francisco home in the Richmond district will be available soon, in May of 2016. The services of Sterling Sites have been retained for professional staging and Color Touch; Painting Professionals for Fine Homes will be painting the interior and exterior of the property.
Story about this house:
Several years ago, in 2008, I met with the owner of this San Francisco property to assess its market value. He was mulling over whether to sell it or rent it out. I recall advising that he should consider hanging on to it unless he absolutely has to sell. The market was down at that time and I felt that he could do better if he waited.
Fast-forward 8 years later: I just secured the exclusive right to list and sell this property. He remembered me from 2008 and probably appreciated that I wasn’t trying to just “get the listing”, even though listing and selling homes is what I do for a living.
In life, it is important to do the right thing. Never be greedy or pushy. Do, say and live your life with the best interests of others at heart.
Remember the law of attraction! We attract what we are. I am blessed to be surrounded by incredible people. It is a life by design, not by accident.
Hosted by the May & Jones Group
YOU’RE INVITED! Castro Valley resident Tracy Vinzant’s Artist Reception with her beach-scapes and luau-inspired artwork! Join us on Saturday March 12th from 1-3 p.m. at:
Realty World Neighbors Art Gallery at 22392 Foothill Blvd.
The chosen theme is in recognition of the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset’s Luau Fundraiser with the proceeds benefiting several of our favorite charities, including the Hayward Animal Shelter, Magnolia Women’s Recovery Inc. and Timelist.
Here’s a real dialog that took place last month:
We love the land our house is on; a huge backyard that borders Hayward regional park trails in the canyon below, and that feels very private and almost rural.So, those are our questions.