Available Soon: Cactus Maximus

Wile E. Coyote is welcome here where everything is bigger in Texas! This home at 3150 Texas Street in Oakland will be available soon. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!IMG_5080[1]

“Cactus Maximus” included with purchase.

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.

Looking for Love and Found It! What’s Missing?

SUPER GREAT SHOTUPDATE: Lynn & Rick are now in contract on their first big purchase as a newly married couple!

Rick and Lynn are newlyweds in their later years. Both musicians, Lynn is a classically trained soprano and jazz contralto and teaches elementary vocal music. Rick plays Double Bass in various Bluegrass bands in the area. Eclectic in their tastes, both enjoy the performing arts, taking part in as well as sitting back and watching great live theatre and indie and noir film.  Rick has been an avid hiker for over 40 years. Lynn has been a passionate dog lover for many years, having rescued and parented large and small canine cuties. (Lucy and Leo are their present fuzzy kids.)

Rick and Lynn are musicians, but won’t be blasting their tunes – they are considerate, respectful neighbors.   Lovers of nature, they appreciate native plants and green, green tree-lined streets.

Rick and Lynn are desiring to move from Oakland to San Leandro, to one of its scrumptious older neighborhoods with history, wooden details and welcoming quiet character.

Do you have or know of someone who wants to sell their San Leandro home to this great couple?

Another happy couple…

ShaiAndKevin“My partner and I were looking for a house in early August of 2013. We had interviewed a couple of Realtors before interviewing and making the commitment to work with Greg and Anna May. We were referred to them by friends of ours who had worked with them before. One of the reasons we chose them was because they readily provided contact information for their past clients and we liked what they had to say about Anna & Greg’s work. We had done some house hunting on our own and had an idea of what we wanted in our next house. My partner does a lot of trips abroad for business and during our search for a home, he had to go away on one of those trips. I was looking at the houses with Anna and Greg and taking videos and sending them to him through email. These guys (Anna & Greg) know what they’re doing; they know exactly what we were looking for. While my partner was away, he had a heart attack. Since he was out of the country, but near his family, he instructed me to keep going with with the search. Anna and Greg were the most supportive people I knew during that time. 

“They stayed in touch with him and me through email and teleconferencing calls. After deciding on a house remotely, Anna and Greg (with the assistance of one of their associates, Simon), drew up the necessary paperwork for the transactions that were needed and we were in escrow before my partner could medically be allowed to fly back home. Initially, Anna & Greg were proactive in securing a ratified back-up contract on a house that already had a buyer. They went as far as setting up an appointment with the listing agent and the sellers for a personal meeting to entice them to see us favorably as buyers. Although that house didn’t work out, the day my partner came back we had already closed escrow on another house and had keys in hand. And to top it all off, Anna & Greg made a banner up with our pictures welcoming us to our new home after knowing what he went through. They provided food for our housewarming party too. We would definitely rely on Anna and Greg when it comes to our future real estate ventures.”

-Kevin Case & Shai Erlich

Rolling Stones! Al & Andy are at it again…!

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“We know Anna May and Greg Jones and their brokerage, Realty World Neighbors, because of their involvement in the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, their efforts to help maintain the neighborhood’s open space and other projects.

“Our decision to appoint Anna and Greg as co-listing agents (and later as our buyers’ agents) arose because they work on a number of issues and we were impressed by their efforts and contributions. We have found that people who work well when they volunteer also do well professionally.

“Frequent communications kept us informed of progress over the transactions for which we hired Anna & Greg to assist in the Historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. We appreciated Anna & Greg’s attention and time to email, call or text as the sales progressed.

“As sellers, we appreciated the well-coordinated marketing plan for our unique home in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. They knew how to price it for the prevailing market conditions, how to promote it to the right groups and took care of all the paper work expeditiously. There were no errors, no last-minute deliveries or problems from the time we listed until the sale closed. We subsequently hired Anna & Greg to list and sell another home for us and we experienced the same high level of competency in that transaction too.

“We were extremely impressed by their knowledge of the market, pricing and their ability to get the word out about our home through their networks, professional organizations and advertising. They were very professional, competent and knowledgeable about real estate in the area.

“We’re delighted to now be in a larger Prospect Hill home and were able to purchase this home in part due to the negotiation skills of Anna and Greg. They negotiated on our behalf for the sellers to pay for repairs before we moved in. We would definitely hire Anna May and Greg Jones again and recommend them to others.”

-Al Parso & Andy York, Historic Prospect Hill Neighborhood residents

Exclusive Buyer Clients Seek a Home & Greek Restaurants!

Exclusive Buyer Clients seek to buy their first home in Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro or Castro Valley up to $550,000!

“We are a family of three (our daughter is five years old). We both have a background in electrical engineering. Engineering was always a big part of our lives and after some further developments we ended up in California, home of Silicon Valley. We were both born and raised in Greece. Although it pained us to leave our country, we knew that the opportunities we had in California were ones we couldn’t dismiss. We love our life here and our desire is to raise our daughter in this diverse multi-culture place.

“Our true passion is to build robots and gadgets that will make our life much easier – and more fun! We are also very excited to be part of an amazing non-profit organization that fights against climate change. As we are really concerned about global warming, it’s a great honor to use our skills and technology to restore the Earth’s natural heat shield in the Arctic, rebuild polar habitat, and help stabilize global climate.

“In our free time we enjoy to travel, volunteer, swim, hike, try new things and most important spent time with friends and family creating lifelong memories!”

M & E

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Real Estate: The Migration of a People

Real Estate The Migration of a People April 2017Below is a response with a question that came in response to our real estate e-newsletter we sent out yesterday:
“Here’s my observation. The main problem of young married first time buyer professionals here in the Bay Area is that even if their combined income qualify them for a bank loan, they do not have enough money saved to pay for the 20% down payment. Aside from borrowing money from their parents, is there a better way of solving this crisis?” Joseph Palafox, Architect
The millennial demographic consists of many home buyers who make quite a bit of money. If they focus on a goal of home ownership, they are able to save enough money for a down payment, whether it be 20% or even less using some of the minimum of 3% or 3.5% down payment scenarios for which they may qualify.
The issue with any buyer is the standard of living they expect or desire in a home. If the expectation is for a detached home of 2000 sq ft., well, that may be a stretch for some buyers who can afford a smaller home that could use some updating, for example.
Actually, I have a different perspective on affordability here in the Bay Area. We all have choices about where, how and what we live in. If we adjust our expectations in order to live how we want, then there is no “crisis”.
Travel the world a bit more, folks. You’ll see that a lot of the world lives in a lot less than we do here in the United States and they are perfectly happy with their lives and thankful for where they live…
I’m just sayin’!

From San Mateo to Hayward

Fresno Court in Hayward

“Anna May and her team are amazing. From our first meeting with her we were impressed. She is truly dedicated to whatever she does. We felt comfortable in choosing Anna May and her team to represent us in our home buying experience. This woman knows what she is talking about. She was able to give us so much detailed information about the City of Hayward. Even when she went on vacation she was still in contact with us. Anna gave us excellent referrals. She only deals with the best. It was a wonderful experience working with Anna May and her team especially Gabriel Heredia. They made the stress of buying a home minimal. We would without a doubt recommend Anna May and her team to potential buyers. They were a true pleasure to work with.”

J & V (from San Mateo County to Alameda County)

Shedding San Francisco in Favor of SoCal


747-28th Ave., San Francisco

“Anna is perhaps one of the most genuine realtors in the industry. While some realtors might tell you what you want to hear, she tells you what you need to hear. She really knows the industry in and out. After briefly meeting Anna back in 2008 (during the downturn in the real estate market) I knew that I wanted her as my agent during my recent sale. From the start, her and her partner Greg provided me with a very accurate analysis of my home with intelligent recommendations. She is very thorough and throughout the whole process, she always kept me updated of necessary repairs, inspections and legal matters that need addressing – and she was always there to handle it.

What I really admire about her is her ability to handle every situation diplomatically and in a professional manner, that is something worth noting in today’s industry where there is almost an endless supply of realtors. She is able to keep the focus on the main goal of getting things done in a timely manner even when unexpected situations come up. And most of all, she cares. At the end day, there may be some realtors who see a transaction just a sale, but Anna realizes that for some (as in my case) that it was not just a home, but the home I grew up in. throughout the entire process she had great respect for that and always kept that in mind during the sale of the house.”

C.L-W.

From One Hill to Another: Hayward to Castro Valley

Hayward property sold, then Castro Valley home purchased

“Anna and her team were very professional from the onset. Before we even listed our house we were presented all the comps in our surrounding area. We had the opportunity to carefully look at the information and make the best decision for our family. Her team advising on staging our house along with the professional photos helped us attain the selling price we were looking for. Anna May at Realty World truly sets the benchmark for Real Estate Companies. The next time we want to sell our house we’ll be calling Anna May. 

“Thank you,

“Carlos Pantoja”

A Family Affair: Hayward to Redwood City

Sold for $1,200,000

Sold for $1,200,000 in Redwood City

“Greg Jones and Realty World (Neighbors) far exceeded our expectations. Greg updated us at every stage of our sale. We were never left to doubt what had happened THE flier in JPEG Rollin_on_Prospectand what to expect in coming days. His contacts removed much of the anxiety related to the selling of my Mother’s home. I will not hesitate to recommend the services of Realty World (Neighbors).” 

-Ilse and Larry Rollin

 

“Greg Jones is an incredible real estate professional. He was instrumental in making our real estate transaction possible. Even meeting with us pro bono to go through the complexities and options available to us. With our son, we were buying a piece of property held in trust, by a family member. Greg represented both the buyers and seller and, without his expertise and his ability to keep us all informed and on track, our son’s new house might never have become a reality. In addition to representing all parties in this endeavor, he was also the agent for the sale of our son’s present home; which was to be used in part for the down payment. Greg did an amazing job of both selling our son’s home (6 days of the market) and closing in record time; which in turn allowed for the closure of this deal weeks ahead of schedule. We would definitely recommend both Greg and his associates at Realty World Neighbors for your real estate needs.”

-Bruce and Dottress R., Redwood City, CA

“I could not be happier with the quality of service Anna & Greg provided, very professional, great knowledge, and very respectful to our needs. We were on a tight timeline to sell our house, and Anna & Greg made it happen without any issues. I would highly recommend Anna & Greg to anyone needing help selling or buying a home!!”

-Eric Rollin

Shedding the Excess: Scaling down the portfolio

Saint Helena“We are very pleased with the service Anna provided. Excellent and professional in every way. We had tried Sale-by-owner and at least another agent and had really unsatisfactory results (none). We signed on with her and within 15 day we had multiple offers and sold it. We closed on an offer of 14k over asking price. It happened so suddenly we found ourselves still reading the HOA news letter a week after the sale- LOL. She provided personal customer service that is hard to come by. She payed special attention to details and all flowed smoothly like clock work. Her hard work made our experience care free and stress free. Thank you Anna May!”

Ignacio & Alicia Lucero

Over the Hill: Hayward to Arnold

Call Ave.“We’ve known Anna and Greg socially for many years, but when we decided to sell our Hayward home after 22 years, we thought, well how about professionally. We’ve been guided by them for seven months in the process of readying our home for sale, and putting it ‘on the market’. Anna and Greg were amazing….we had several minor bumps along the road, but they helped us through. Commitment is actually Anna’s middle name; don’t let the Laveria fool you. Her firm Realty World Neighbors is dedicated, and their work product is superior. Although we’re leaving Hayward after 40+ years, we’ll be back in the area frequently, and we look forward to seeing our friends in the real estate office.”

-Linda & Steve Bristow, community activists

Crossing the Bridge: Hayward to San Mateo

“Anna May did a great job selling our rental property. When I first met her, IVentnor Ct. found her to be very personable. After choosing her as our realtor she went to work quickly. She is very knowledgeable and responsive. When she says she’s going to do something, she does it very soon. She’s always ready to answer questions and let you know what the next steps will be. Selling a property can be very stressful. We were very happy to have Anna May as our realtor. I highly recommend her!”

-Susan I. Choi, Retired Financial Services Supervisor (local municipality)

(from Alameda County to San Mateo County)

Working for Buyers: The Representation Agreement

Brown eyed rufusAll of us get our butts out of bed in the morning for different reasons. For us, it’s this pesky dog. Rufus the Dufus whines and cries and whimpers at the crack of dawn until we let him out to go potty. He is an annoying little 50 lb.-creature, but he gets us out of bed. It’s hard to be mad at him once our sleepiness subsides.

What gets us into the office is something entirely different. Our Clients have an expectation that we be at the top of our game when it comes to representing them. There is a big difference between a “Buyer Client” and a mere “buyer customer”. We ONLY advocate for the interests of Buyer Clients after they’ve formally retained our services to do so. We’d rather avoid working on behalf of buyers for weeks or months, putting aside our evenings and weekends and family time only to (argh!) have a buyer suddenly decide to have their newly licensed cousin represent them, for example.

Part of formal buyer representation includes an “Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement”. This document outlines what the buyer and agent parties can expect of each other and what documentation is required to get started.  We take representation of Buyer Clients as seriously as we take our representation of Seller Clients. Here are a few of the benefits of formal buyer representation:

  • We’ve built a reputation among fellow agents in our market area for having rock-solid buyers. Our Exclusive Buyer Clients benefit from this by having their offers submitted by us be taken more seriously, especially in multiple offer situations which are common in our area. This means we have compiled a complete Buyer Package before we show even one property to a buyer.
  • Exclusive Buyer Representation ensures our Clients that they are our first priority. Evenings and weekends, for example, are reserved for Clients first and foremost.
  • Many of our Clients are high profile, very busy individuals. We take the time to preview properties for Exclusive Buyer Clients and record walk-thrus and report to them whether or not a property is even worth seeing.
  • We attend weekday real estate marketing meetings where we broadcast what our Exclusive Buyer Clients seek, and often learn about upcoming listings long before they hit the market.
  • We send out monthly real estate e-newsletters to broadcast to our databases what our Exclusive Buyer Clients want, and through this medium, we also learn about properties that will be available before they hit the market.
  • If our Exclusive Buyer Clients MUST move into a specific neighborhood, we’ll knock on doors and send mailers out to ask those neighborhood property owners if they have interest in selling rather than wait around for something to come available.

Right now, our Exclusive Buyer Clients include a recovering peninsula dweller buyer, the newly engaged couple, the seller of this gorgeous home who’s buying in the San Ramon area to be close to family, and also the family of a US veteran who’s seeking an affordable home in the East Bay.

We’re darn good at what we do, so there are certain steps we take before we use our talents, expertise, network and experience to advocate and help protect a Client’s interests. There are only 24 hours in a day, after all…

 

Say Yes First, Then We’ll See

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In addition to the Exclusive Buyer Clients we have who jump in head first or take their time to make a decision, we also have those who are “perpetually engaged”.

One such Exclusive Buyer Client of ours has been “engaged” for quite a while and for a number of reasons, has not sealed the deal.

Being “engaged” in a real estate transaction means that a proposal has been offered and accepted. The engagement is sometimes dragged on and on for many months while one or both parties work on some issues.

Sound familiar, all you serial monogamists?

Seeking an Ideal Match

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Recovering Peninsula dweller seeks urban oasis in hip, diverse, warm Hayward or San Leandro. Marketing geek, takes all corners on the tennis courts, easily persuaded by cabernet, burgers and new cuisines, loves food & podcast recommendations.
Her ideal mate is a home that has two-three bedrooms and at least two bathrooms on a single level on a large lot with room to build, or even a duplex.
Serious suitors for her purchase only. Show your goods and she might be interested!