Welcome Lucy Muir (Gallegos)!

Welcome Lucy Muir (Gallegos)!
Realty World Neighbors, The May & Jones Group, is excited to announce the addition of Lucy Muir (Gallegos) to our brokerage.  Lucy Muir (Gallegos) is an experienced agent who joined our brokerage this month. She is fluent in Spanish and can provide stellar service to our diverse community, where she both lives and works.  Lucy is shown here at the reception held in her honor as a welcome addition to our company. Stop by and visit her when you’re in the neighborhood!
Lucy Muir (Gallegos) can be reached by phone at 510-881-1234 or by emailing Lucy@RealtyWorldNeighbors.com.
 
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Lucy Muir (Gallegos) shown here in our Conference Room

Realty World Neighbors sponsors LNY event table!

LNY 2015
 

We’re excited to participate as a sponsor at the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset’s Lunar New year dinner!

Every so often we invite our Clients to be our guests at these events as a “thank you” for their business.

This year I have the honor of emceeing the event again. There will be a contest for Best Dragon Lady and for the men this year, a Best Goatee contest.

So, for those of you wondering why on earth Greg has facial hair again, it’s in recognition of this upcoming event.

NOTE: Please pardon his in-between week when he let it grow but didn’t trim it. I had to be more articulate about what I wanted, i.e. “Iron Man, please, NOT caveman!”

For tickets to this F.U.N event, visit www.FUNRotary.com.

Tired of Hearing It…

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I’m married to an old fart.

Not just any old fart. A real, live, vibrant, ambitious old fart.

So when he talks about retirement and moving to a quieter place, I get irritated.

Why? It’s because I’m nowhere near retirement. In fact, I sense that as I get closer to what’s considered “retirement age”, I will likely be bored with the typical things I believe “retired” people do.

I’m sure my readers will correct me, but when I think of retired people, I think of my grandparents.

Grandmothers, in particular. Both grandmothers, as they aged, “entertained” me with stories of woe and all the ailments they bragged about. When it got to the point of another retired person also joining in on the conversation, it became a competition for who had the worse ailment and who stuck it out in the hospital the longest.

Naturally, the only way I could endure the conversation was if it put myself in a meditative state, where my mind was calm and at rest,  when I forced myself to be thankful for my health and youth.

Then I think again. I can’t stand the traffic or the lack of manners of people these days. I love staying at home, avoiding crowds and stinky, rude people.

Maybe there’s something to retirement, or at the very least, being married to a retired person. (As long as he doesn’t pester me to also retire.) We can golf, travel, take up hobbies…

… wait a minute. I’m getting annoyed again, this time with myself.

I love my work. I love the real estate business and our Clients. I love the community in which I live and work and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I love our home and our dogs and I also, surprisingly, love the fact that my husband won’t really “retire”.

I’d miss him.

 

Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture!

blacklifeCome see a Black History Month exhibit highlighting civic responsibility, social consciousness and the history of local African American churches.
Presented by Palma Ceia Baptist Church and the Eden Rose Chapter of The Links, Inc.
CLICK HERE for more information about the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Community Gallery.
(Realty World neighbors gladly promotes this event in honor of our Buyer Client Karen S. who’s one of the event organizers!)
 

Adding Fur to Make a House a Home

2014 SantaCon group photo croppedIn December of 2012, 2013 and 2014, a group of animal-loving volunteers organized SantaCon Hayward events to raise money for sponsored adoptions at the Hayward Animal Shelter. Realty World Neighbors sponsored the event, and we as the owners of the business have taken part in organizing the events due to our passion for animal rescue and highlighting the best of what our downtown has to offer. In my personal experience having animal companions, I’m less of a slob at home due to the need to keep things picked up off the floor so the dogs don’t get to them. I also keep food put away and refrain from letting the dishes pile up in the sink that would entice the dogs to counter-surf. The Hayward Animal Shelter has nearly $4,000 put aside for sponsored adoptions. What does this mean? This means that adoptions fees are waived for qualified homes! Please keep in mind that the animal shelter staff is very careful about who adopts the animals. They make every effort to ensure the animals will be in a safe, secure home with an adopter who will take proper care of the pet. What does THIS mean? This mean that if you’re a whack-job, no adoption for you! CLICK HERE for the SantaCon Hayward Facebook page where you’ll see our favorite featured animals… P.S. That’s me with the long blonde hair in the middle of the photo.

Lunar New Year Dinner in Fremont!

In honor of the Year of the Goat, this fundraiser will feature a “Best Goatee Contest” for the gentlemen and a “Best Dragon Lady Contest” for the ladies! The proceeds of this fun event will support the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset’s charitable efforts, including my favorite, the Hayward Animal Shelter. CLICK HERE to buy tickets!
LNY 2015

Why Infrastructure is Important

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the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as

transportation and communication systems, power plants and schools

Nothing in life is free. In the United States, we enjoy clean, running water, toilets that flush, trash removed from our waste bins, lights that turn on instantly, fire that ignites for our stoves and heaters instantly. We enjoy roads without potholes, freeways that are paved, bridges that take us over the water and schools that educate the nation’s children. Did I also mention toilets that flush? In many of the newer communities in the United States, we enjoy a scene devoid of utility wires like the ones you see in this photo.
On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, the scenes were much the same in every poor country we visited; utility wires haphazardly curled around strangling the air surrounding them. Along with bringing my own toilet paper into public restrooms, I felt so thankful for living in the United States that I lost track of which country’s funky infrastructure this photo captured. Next time we complain about how much things cost, let’s remember that we are in a much better place than most of the world.
CLICK HERE for information on home prices in Cambodia.
CLICK HERE for information on home prices in Vietnam.
The two links above are slightly outdated but you get the idea…

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Vietnam or Cambodia?

Don’t Make Yourself a Victim!

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I always marvel at folks who get mad when their cars gets broken into and their laptop or other valuable item is stolen from it. My first question’s always, “Why on earth would you leave  a valuable item in your vehicle?”
Of course, it’s easy to be critical of others. I had my iPhone stolen in Singapore while going through customs last month. I KNOW it was stolen! It had to be! There’s no way that I could be such a bozo that I’d leave my iPhone out in plain view for someone to lift it! Or, was I indeed a bozo?
Over the weekend, I proclaimed my supposed security superiority to my good friends over dinner. They reminded me that when we all traveled together to Mexico recently, I left my iPhone on the airplane and had to jump through hoops to get it back.
The illustration here will guide you to how best you can keep your home safer when it’s time to put it on the market. This is a guideline only. The bottom line is that we should always use our best judgement possible when it comes to the safety and security of our home, belongings and loved ones…

We Negotiated for First-Time Buyers…

… nearly $40,000 below the list price with a $3,500 credit toward theirrowena photo closing costs!
This home needed a bit of work that the City mandated. Since we understand the bureaucratic process, we were able to negotiate for our buyers to enjoy a price break on the home.
Funny tidbit: The purchase contract called for ALL appliances to be included, and when we did a final walk-through, the refrigerator and stove were gone!
Not to worry. We made sure the problem was taken care of in such a way that made everyone happy.
A good way to start the year!