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.
CLICK HERE to buy tickets! A portion of the proceeds from the “Art by Animals” component will be donated to the Hayward Animal Shelter toward the SantaCon Hayward 2016 fund.
Here’s “Phil”! This 12-year old sweetheart’s mom is selling their long-time home at 2828 Eastman Avenue in Oakland‘s Allendale district.
When the sale closes, Realty World Neighbors will make a donation in Phil’s honor to Bad Rap, where he was trained when he was a youngster…
A home is not a home without a dog!
Hosted by the May & Jones Group
YOU’RE INVITED! Castro Valley resident Tracy Vinzant’s Artist Reception with her beach-scapes and luau-inspired artwork! Join us on Saturday March 12th from 1-3 p.m. at:
Realty World Neighbors Art Gallery at 22392 Foothill Blvd.
The chosen theme is in recognition of the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset’s Luau Fundraiser with the proceeds benefiting several of our favorite charities, including the Hayward Animal Shelter, Magnolia Women’s Recovery Inc. and Timelist.
The evening of Thursday December 3rd, our office Realty World Neighbors will be open from 5-7 p.m. for Light Up the Season festivities. RSVP HERE for our own “The Painter, the Poet, the Artisan” reception!
That evening, here’s what you can look forward to:
-local artist Jackie Arellano painting live in action animal portraits in our office’s “Art Gallery” where animal rescue-related artwork is on display
-local artisan Donna Jeffrey with her fuzzy handmade winter hats and scarves on display
-Dr. Marlena Uhrik’s book-signing for her Mom’s Choice Award winner, In Grandpa’s Hands along with “Take a Little Time—A Keepsake Coloring Book”
-the Hayward Arts Council will be open across the hall
-the Hayward Area Historical Society will be open next door
-next door, Cannery Cafe will also be open for some goodies!
-pick up your “Passport to Downtown” and enter to win prizes!
At 7 p.m. sharp, we’ll close up and head to City Hall for the 7:30 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony!
“Animal Rescue; A True Humanitarian Endeavor”
When we save an animal’s life, we never quite realize how it salvages our own souls. Join Hayward Arts Council members Jackie Arellano and Ann Maloney-Mason as they show the beauty of their own souls through the eyes of their furry artwork.
This artist reception kicks off a season of charity events supporting animal rescue efforts leading up to Carnaval with the Hayward Arts Council (November 13th) and SantaCon Hayward 2015 (December 5th).
CLICK HERE to RSVP for the event held on Saturday November 7th from 1-3 p.m. at Realty World Neighbors’ Art Gallery in Downtown Hayward
Planning for SantaCon Hayward scheduled for Saturday December 5th, 2015 is well underway! So far the following sponsors have committed to participating with their generous donations to the Hayward Animal Shelter:
The World Famous Turf Club
Chalk It Up
Brews & Brats
Bijou Restaurant & Bar
Sponsorship opportunities are available NOW so don’t delay! Visit www.SantaConHayward.com for more information.
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…
This animal rescue organization is having an event in the same town as our 5572 Cerro Norte, El Sobrante listing. We love supporting animal rescue efforts and introducing soon-to-be residents to the virtues of these organizations before they even move in. Are you available this Saturday night?
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.
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.