“Single, Sexy and Sweet”

…making her own money

Marsha.
Marsha.

looking for the right …

… CONDO!

Meet Marsha, who’s in search of a low-maintenance condo as her next pad.

This native New Yorker prefers Hayward and all its spicy flavor!

Dealbreaker: No in-unit laundry.

Must have: Easy access to the gym, so she can stay FIT.

Likes: Tito’s vodka from Texas, Apple Martinis

Got a condo to sell?

UPDATE: Marsha’s now in contract to purchase a sharp, stylish condo to match her personality!

Feng Shui: Activating the “Wealth” section

greggie studio

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! 4636 Serra Ave., Fremont

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!exterior shot with driveway

1700+ sq ft San Leandro home available soon!

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!exterior photo

Nearly EIGHT Years and Two Stubborn Adult Households Merged

bamboo“He Said, She Said” Valentine’s Day Wish List, 2018:

He Said:

  • 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.

She Said:

  • 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!)

Words of Wisdom: 33 years and a Dozen Homes Together

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:

  1. Better to pay the banker fo 30 years than the landlord forever.
  2. 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!

AlAndAndy