How To Spend Sunday (and Thursday Night and Monday Night)

So, the “He Said” part of this dance card already has his plan for Sunday, and Thursday night and Monday night for the next few months.  A lifelong fan for the NFL, my beautiful bride looks at me in bewilderment as I confidently log my plans onto to our joint Google calendar.  If you are an outsider looking in at an NFL fan, we appear irrational, boring, beer drinking, salty snack loving creatures.  You would be correct.

“She Said” frequently asks throughout a Sunday “when is the game over” and I kindly respond “it’s almost over, but….”  meaning there is another game following that one.  So what’s in it for her?  Free time to spend with Mom…isn’t that a great gift?

See you Sunday (and Thursday night and Monday Night).  Go Seahawks.

 

Monday Night Football came to Gillette Stadium...

 

PS.  Don’t even get me started on my first attempt at Fantasy Football….

Making the Case for Stairs

 

dogs on our stairs
(This is not a photo from a scary movie. These are our dogs Piglet & Rufus. If you can’t tell who is who, then you have no sense of humor.)

 

I don’t know about any of you, but I like tight buns. I like having them too, which is why I love living in a three-story house.

We have many clients who love stairs. They feel as if they’re on top of the world when their homes are up high. I remember shortly after moving in to our home, I sat in the hot tub located on the lower deck of my home with my mom. It was dark outside and the house was lit from within. I looked up at the three levels of my home and said, “Mom, I feel rich.”

I’ve also had dreams of living in a home with many levels and the higher up I climbed, the less “stuff” each space had. I’ve also had dreams of a vast “basement”-type area with what appeared to be hordes of space and so much potential for improvement.

Although I sometimes get winded going up the stairs when hauling up the laundry, I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I know that walking up stairs helps me to keep my muscles strong and adds to my overall health.

So, how about a nice home with a built-in opportunity for a healthy daily work-out?

Get out of my house!

I don’t like living under anyone’s thumb. I hated being a kid. I had no choice but to do everything I was told to do, simply because I was a kid.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s great to have someone else worry about food on the table, a roof over my head and making sure all the bills are paid.
With all that said, I still couldn’t wait to get out and enjoy my freedom. I was out of the house when I was a teenager and for the short period of time I can back home at the age of 18, I insisted on contributing toward the household in the form of CASH. This was my way of buying silence from my family members. In other words, “here’s some money, now shut up”.
As a responsible working adult, I’ve run into an interesting phenomenon over the years which I’ll refer to as “The Curse of the Undermotivated”. This can be loosely defined as “any individual of legal working age who can work and pay their own bills but choose not to due to someone making it easy for them to be slugs”.
It makes me angry when I see adult children taking advantage of their elders. They live under mom’s/dad’s roof, pay nothing toward the household expenses and never lift a finger to help clean up even their own mess.
What upsets me even more is that the parents offer to pay for all the Slacker’s stuff — cell phone bills, car insurance, tires for the car they bought the d— kid, etc.
Let me tell you one more thing. These Slackers, in my experience, have never been females!
I’m just sayin’…

Homes Available Soon!

porch sunset view
26630 Call Ave. in the Hayward hills

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Call Anna May: 510-886-ANNA (2662) or Greg Jones: 510-886-GREG (4734)

Dilemma of the Betrothed: A Home-Buying Tale

 

 

Meeting of the Betrothed Couple ( )
Meeting of the Betrothed Couple ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Once upon a time there was a proposal. It was a win-win proposal where everyone happily entered into a contract to consummate the sale.

Plans were made. Future in-laws were notified. Money was put on the line.

Then there was a delay. One of the betrothed got impatient. Things were happening too slowly. Grey hair started to settle in on his crown. His kingdom was becoming less of a reality and more of a piper’s dream. He consulted his wizards who advised him to be patient and allow more time. He signed, sealed and delivered his wishes to the keepers of his betrothed, which was still under the whim of those who took root. Those wishes were written as follows:

“Perform! Perform in accordance with the engagement contract or I shall issue a final warning! If you still wish to refrain from performing as promised, I will leave the kingdom and take my riches with me!”

So goes the tale of the Buyer – Seller dilemma when one party fails to perform a term of a contract. Like any engagement, there will be ways to keep it together and still other ways to escape. Sometimes there will be consequences; other times, there will be reward.

Buying and selling property is just like being engaged for marriage. When one partner doesn’t behave, it may be time for communication to elevate to a certain level of formality. In real life, we can make relationships work, but sometimes it’s better to break the engagement and move on to a better fit. Sometimes one party hasn’t enough motivation or confidence to continue. Sometimes both parties agree to amicably separate. Other times, there may be a fight.

A broken heart always comes with a price. So does freedom…

Just what they wanted! The Zalamea Family

Zalamea family photo
An FHA purchase, the Zalamea family won their home in a multiple offer situation.

Maybe we’re biased, but we really do believe that our Clients are the best. We don’t work with just anyone. The Agent – Buyer relationship is a commitment that both parties make in order to reach a goal. In the case of the Zalamea family, they had very specific criteria to consider and it was our duty to be sensitive to that. Here is what the Zalameas had to say about working with us:

“Anna May is a pleasure to work with, very accessible and positive, a veteran in the world of realty. She has a strong business sense and negotiation skills, her referrals are on the spot and a true professional with valuable experience to offer even the experienced home buyer. Anna May is critical in helping us achieve our goal. Despite being in the potentially challenging position of representing both the Seller and us as Buyers, her advice was always sound, unbiased and in our interests. She puts the needs, safety and wants of her clients first. We continually impressed by her responsiveness, helpful insights and impressive follow-through on questions we had and issues that arose throughout the process. We would not hesitate to recommend Anna May as well as Greg. We are so thankful to them.” -Edgar & Mary Ann

 

Ethnic Diversity in the World of Real Estate

CRS article June 2016As 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?

California suburbs growing fast as many are priced out of cities, data show

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 the Cities to the Suburbs

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Me with Rachel, one of our recent Exclusive Buyer Clients

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.

 

 

Meet Phil! Does he look pouty?

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.

Phil
Phil, 12, is not included

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!