Changing Lifestyle and the Fence

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2589 Hidden Lane, Hayward Hills: “The Perfect House for Someone My Age”

Recently, I turned 40. Applause please! I won’t say how recent it was (and shame on you for asking)! Over the years, my choice of home has changed from living at home (no privacy) to living in a big city for short spurts (tiny portions of flats or hostels overseas) to my first “house-home” while married (San Francisco) to the little condo near mom (for her cooking) when I was single again. After the condo, I needed more incentive to work harder and bought a silly house way too big for me and threw lots of fun parties. I’m now comfortable with my husband and our dogs.

The kind of home one chooses depends on family situations and marital status, yes?

A lovely young couple (yes, YOUNG!) recently retained our services to list and sell their home. They are hip and stylish and savvy and quite impressive people. They are also PARENTS of young children and even the kids are impressive. One of the kids is still in pre-school, the other is in grade school.

Speaking from my narrow perspective of someone who only has two stinky boy-dogs, here are a few questions and miscellaneous thoughts I have about being young and having young children:

  • Wouldn’t I miss going out on weekends with my friends? (Solution: Get a baby-sitter.)
  • Would I still want to invite friends over, knowing that the kinds of friends I’d have nowadays if I had young kids would bring their bratty young smelly kids? (Solution: Have a play-area or an entertainment room off yonder where I can’t see, hear or smell them.)
  • Would my life be boring? (Solution: A disco ball along with a stellar sound system.)
  • Would my spouse’s friends from his single days (or even some of my friends) irritate me in my Newly Enlightened Stage of Life After 40? (Solution: Have a house big enough with a separate area for the Cavemen to hang. Can you say “ooga-booga”?

What would be the perfect house for me, given all I wrote above? CLICK HERE for the best option I can think of at this very moment!

I love life, I love my husband, I love our dogs (not necessarily in that order) and I love my work, where I can be creative and have fun and work with people I truly respect and admire…

NOTE: This home is certainly by no means age-specific. I’m simply speaking about a few of the home’s virtues, as I see it from my own perspective. If you can afford it, you can buy it, no matter what your age, family status, or whether or not you have a stinky dog!

No Excuses!

Parker & Susan in Massachusetts
Parker & Susan in Massachusetts. Their home will be completed soon.

 

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”!

Realty World Neighbors’ Team Members

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.

Brokers/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones, Simon Wong, Richard Navarro
Brokers/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones, Simon Wong, Richard Navarro

No Money, No Honey and the Ideal Suitor

"He Said, She Said"
“He Said, She Said”

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…

Client Testimonial

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(2014)   Ten years ago when my father passed away, my sisters and I decided to sell his home.  Anna May was referred to us by a trusted friend.  We engaged her services and she turned a difficult process into a seemingly simple manner.  It went quickly and without problems.

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.

Aside from her work as a REALTOR, she has been an extremely active community member supporting local causes (including dogs in need) and participating in local politics to ensure that her neighborhood is well taken care of. I am deeply grateful to Anna for all that she has done for us in selling our homes and I wholeheartedly recommend her to you.
Sincerely,
Bob White
“We certainly appreciate the kind words in your client testimonial and getting return business from happy clients!  Thanks, Bob, for hiring us again to assist you!  It was our pleasure to help you”.
—-Anna May and Greg Jones

Huntwood Hottie Exposed!

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.best exterior

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.