“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

Married nearly 68 years

ed and bonnieOn this Valentine’s Day 2018, here are words of wisdom on building a home and a life together from our dear clients Bonnie & Ed:

“In 1949 Ed asked me to marry him. It was on Valentine’s Day. We were married on Sept 4th the same year. Always remembering decisions were to be talked over together first, also when you marry learn to say “we” or “let’s”, or “us”. It’s the togetherness of  being married, nothing is “I” any longer it becomes “us” . It shows respect to your loved one.  The hills and valleys in marriage come and go but remember your spouse is a gift to you from God. It is also good advice to pray about big decisions first. God Bless you all. May 2018 be a very successful and happy year for everyone who has God in your lives.”

Bonnie (& Ed) Bovee

Mediterranean beauty! A picture’s worth a thousand words…

 

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Now available! CLICK HERE for details. This gorgeous five bedroom home has been extensively renovated. Per the seller, the home has been expanded to 3400 sq ft and has over $600,000 in upgrades:

Permits secured and foundations poured for detached garage with full bathroom and also a studio with full bathroom and rough electrical and plumbing complete. It has new underground plumbing, new underground electrical, new electrical panel with 400 amp,  new wiring inside, energy-saving LED lights throughout, new plumbing inside, new HVAC  system heat and AC dual Zone,  new roof, new paint, custom Milgard windows, stainless steel appliances.

Oh, the views! Located in the prestigious and sought-after historic Prospect Hill neighborhood of downtown Hayward, this home has stunning sunset views. The exterior includes a new retaining wall, in and out drive way, upgraded metal fencing with both gates remote-controlled. New landscaping with palm trees, new stucco with extensive trim work , outdoor deck on the 2nd story which also serves as outdoor living area on the bottom (veranda ) with fans for  summer, outdoor kitchen sink installed in veranda. For outdoor and indoor summer comfort, fans are in all rooms and living areas too. Custom closets in all rooms, smooth level 5  paint, luxury bathroom upgrades and custom vanity with mirrors, custom tub /shower combo in master bath, and Jack & Jill bathroom on ground level.

All living areas boast hardwood floors, all bathrooms and kitchen gleam porcelain tiles, and to help protect it all, video monitoring of all entrances and central alarm. Total expense: $600,000 in upgrades .

But wait, there’s more! This home has a wheelchair accessible ramp and two living areas upstairs and downstairs. For the party animal buyer, the home also has a wet bar in the outdoor patio area, in the kitch and in one of the living rooms tucked away in the corner for discretion…

Come visit this estate home in the burgeoning neighborhood with lots of investment being poured into this spectacular downtown Hayward community!

All information has been provided by the property owner. Buyers are advised to fully investigate the property to their satisfaction.

Jet-setter chucks U.S. real estate for Holland

Laurie Santos“Back in 2002, I decided I wanted to buy myself a house that offered privacy and solitude. I was a single gal at the time working for the US Government and I dreamed of a quiet place with a view that had a wood-burning fireplace and was close to my family. I finally found a gorgeous end-unit with a lovely courtyard and balcony where I could sit and sip my morning tea while looking out at the Oakland hills.
“When we first walked into 3800 Maybelle #6, I literally knew it was the one. Maybelle had the brick wood-burning fireplace I dreamed of, a cozy backyard, a window over the kitchen sink to look out while washing dishes (there is a dishwasher, too), two stories, a view of the Oakland hills, tons of storage, a balcony, two master sized bedrooms, lots of light, trees and surrounding nature, all while gated for privacy (it is private property). It wasn’t an easy negotiation but fighting for my Maybelle was so worth it. When I moved in, it’s hard to explain, but Maybelle just had “good vibes.” There was such a nice, warm, loving energy about the place and the neighbors were wonderful. It just had the fresh, clean yet cozy energy about it. All the neighbors were so helpful (yet not nosy) and inviting.
“I loved that the Joaquin Miller and Richard C. Trudeau parks were just a stone’s throw away where I could run, hike and take my dog for long walks off-leash. Everything seemed so easy once I moved into Maybelle: the property manager was a quick walk away, the gas station to fill up the car was just down the street, a carpool pick up to San Francisco was also a walk away and the Laurel District boutiques offering yoga, organic markets, cafes and boutiques were all walking distance, too. The HOA board was very fair and supportive. Oh, and my favorite pizza place was around the corner.
“If I hadn’t gotten the chance to move overseas and live abroad, I would actually still be living in Maybelle today—it’s a perfect little gem. To date, I live in The Netherlands with my husband (he’s Dutch) where I work as a Corporate Trainer and Coach. He and I met on a plane bound for Kuwait where we were both working at the time. Last year, we bought an historical monument home in Holland and spend our time fixing it up, so I have no plans then to move back to Maybelle. I am selling Maybelle to give another person a chance to enjoy and love it as much as I did; it gave me a lot of peace of mind and it was also a wonderful place to host friends and family during the holidays. There are a lot of great memories and good energy left behind for the next person who wishes to call Maybelle their home sweet home…”
3800 Maybelle Ave., Suite 6 in the Oakland hills is now available! CLICK HERE for property details.

Celebrating over California sale proceeds

“It was a pleasure selling our house with the help of Anna and Greg. Anna recalled from HOA docs received from another sale that I was on the HOA and knew my last name when we met. We were surprised that the townhouse she had worked on before sold higher than the listing price at that time when the market wasn’t as hot!  

“When my husband and I first met with Anna and Greg, we were unsure of when to list and they  encouraged us to explore different options and to consider our situation and not immediately list it. It was the little and big things that mattered. To name a few:  bringing a replacement light bulb for our dining room light to having a stager come in to advise us and having a professional photographer take beautiful pics, that makes Anna and Greg stand out.

“We were nervous about the process but they calmed us and kept us on track. Once offers came in, Anna discussed them with us. When we got a really great offer, she advised us of the pros and cons and knew what we needed to do to protect ourselves. What attracted us to use Realty World Neighbors is that they are a local Hayward realtor. They both live and love the community and it really shows. We knew they could best sell our townhouse because their enthusiasm is real!

“They did more than just sell the townhouse — they sold the entire community. Part of “selling” the community included researching which historical members of the local community were buried across the street at the cemetery. We had this list available at the open house so potential buyers could appreciate the history of the area instead of just the fact that there was a cemetery across the street. 

“We would not hesitate to recommend Anna and Greg to friends buying or selling their homes or use them again ourselves if the opportunity presented itself.”

S.M.