I don’t know about you but I can’t stand when people make excuses for not accomplishing a goal. Whining and complaining is not attractive. To me, the “goal” really isn’t a goal if a solution isn’t found to make it happen.
Here is an example I’m delighted to talk about. My husband’s youngest son and daughter-in-law just bought their first home. They’re in their mid-20′s. Susan is a school teacher and Parker has his own web design business and works from home, taking care of their newborn baby while Susan is at work. Susan and Parker also work on a side business selling lesson plans to teachers for use in the classroom.
The sacrifice that Susan and Parker made as a young couple included living downstairs with Susan’s parents after they were married. No, not in the basement! But certainly living with the in-laws is something most of us would consider a REAL challenge. Heck, I couldn’t even live with my own family. I’d likely end up wanting to strangle someone if I went through that.
Personally, I’ve also made sacrifices to buy and keep a home and my husband lives as simply as I do. We don’t own extra fancy cars that require car loans, we are not constantly buying silly gadgets (well, at least I don’t) and we live within our means.
I spoke with a potential buyer today who asked me if he needs to heed the advice someone gave him about getting rid of his convertible and therefore shedding himself of the $400 monthly debt. I told him that was probably sound advice, especially since you can’t live in a convertible, or at least not comfortably! He told my I sound like his father.
Many of our first-time buyers have made sacrifices to their lifestyles in order to become homeowners. Cheers to all the folks out there who do what it takes to “make it happen”!
A handful of Realty World Neighbors’ associates attended a recent Rotary event, AKA “Dragontini Mixer”. Rotarians and members of the community mingled over dangerous Dragontini cocktails and delicious appetizers catered by Cannery Cafe.
Greg and I are members of the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset which meets Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Union City. Through our club, we support such endeavors as SantaCon Hayward for the Hayward Animal Shelter, Magnolia Women’s Recovery, Inc., local youth programs as well as international projects.
In the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, when you love someone, you’ve got to have the goods!
Let’s be honest, folks. He or she who has the means to secure what he or she wants is most likely to succeed. So goes life. We see this starting on the playground, then in grade school, then in our adolescence and most notably, in life now, every single solitary day.
When in search of a home to buy, supply and demand come heavily into play. The strongest buyer will almost always beat out the contenders. How does this work?
First, the buyer has to be able to afford the property much the same way a suitor has to be able to afford pursuit of the “desirable one”. Stamina is sometimes necessary to keep up the chase, or in other words, to continue the search of the right home to buy.
Second, show the goods! The buyer must be able to prove that he or she can “seal the deal”. This means not just the engagement of getting into contract to purchase, but ultimately the sealing of the deal, the “marriage” and commitment of securing the property, so-to-speak.
Third, be willing to compromise and reach common ground. Negotiate fairly. (Come on, all married couples do this! Same concept applies in a courtship of securing property.)
Finally, don’t be a jerk during the contract AKA “engagement” period unless you want to get dumped! Warnings are to be expected among the betrothed, but it can get to the point that a buyer or a seller doesn’t perform according to the terms of the contract. If the offenses are serious enough, look forward to that proverbial Dear John letter and prepare to go separate ways.
Note: Have a stellar agent representing you! They are an extension of you, so make sure to choose wisely…
Recently my mother passed away and when we decided to sell her condominium, we immediately thought of Anna. As in the past, Anna brought her professionalism, kindness, experience and good humor to guide us through the process. Anna was able to look at the Condo and help us make decisions on how to prepare the unit either by ourselves or through her vast array of contacts.
Anna was able to explain all the paperwork and legalities in a clear, simple manner. When deciding on a price to set for the condominium, she was able to show us all of the local comparable properties and explain how our unit compared and why she recommended a target price. Very straight forward and logical. She has been selling homes in the area for at least the 10 years that we have known her and given her performance, I anticipate she will be around a lot longer.
Huntwood Hottie Exposed! This corner townhome has premier light due to its corner nature and facing sunset skies. Complete with a 2-car garage, this towering and no doubt popular beauty is straight across from abundant guest parking for suitors and other guests. She has great bones, wonderful lines, and has been maintained well, inside and out. Garden Walk is an Olson Company community known for its easy access to the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge, California State University East Bay (Hayward) and is only minutes from downtown’s restaurants, coffee shops farmers market and nightlife. Now you know!
This Huntwood Hottie will be available soon. CLICK HERE for property flier.
I don’t know about you, but I love being married. I say phooey to the half-a–ed domestic partnership bit. Commit, or go away!
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.
CLICK HERE for more information about her.
Lucy Muir (Gallegos) shown here in our Conference Room
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.
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.
Come 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!)
In 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.
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!
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…
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…
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!