Adding Fur to Make a House a Home

2014 SantaCon group photo croppedIn 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.

Lunar New Year Dinner in Fremont!

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!
LNY 2015

VA Buyers Ready NOW!

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Meet Kassie and Michel, a U.S. Veteran! They’re on the hunt for their first home using Michel’s VA loan benefit. The ideal home would be as follows:

  • 2+ bedrooms
  • 1+ bathrooms
  • easy access to 880 / 238
  • under $350,000
  • dog-friendly home a plus

Contact us at 510-886-ANNA (2662) or 510-886-GREG (4734) if you or someone you know would like to sell to this nice family!

Their loan is being handled by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has successfully assisted our VA Buyer Clients in the past.

Realty World Neighbors is a proud supporter of AMVets Post 911, a local organization open for membership to all U.S. Veterans.


Open House Recognizing Animal Rescue Efforts

Rochelle Ball pennysmall (2)Join us on Thursday December 4th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for an Open House reception at our downtown office!

Artists Rochelle Ball, Bev Lindsay and Evelyn Call have their furry masterpieces on display through 2014 along with poetry by Bruce Roberts.

This is a joint effort between Realty World Neighbors‘ Art Gallery and the Hayward Arts Council. The artwork on display recognizes the efforts of the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset‘s organization of SantaCon Hayward in support of the Hayward Animal Shelter.

Our new office is located at 22392 Foothill Blvd. in the Center for History & Culture building, Downtown Hayward.

(Also on display: Handmade hats, scarves, jewelry and accessories by our Seller Client Donna Jeffrey!)

Who Invaded our Home in 2013?

Piglet Tore Up the FloorThe year 2013 started off with my stepson Taylor visiting from Atlanta for the weekend. The first thing he said when he walked into our house was, “There’s no life in this place. You need a dog!”

We responded by visiting the animal shelter with him the next day. A quiet little white and pink pit bull terrier gently crawled into Taylor’s lap, curled up and laid there, as if it was his very own lap-bed. The little guy manipulated us into adopting him! We named him Piglet, after a lot of negotiation with my husband about giving him such a name.

Piglet helped get us started with our home improvement projects for the year. He started by going spider-hunting and tearing up the white linoleum that my husband hated because he always felt compelled to clean it. I deliberately chose that floor because I like walking around barefoot and wanted to know when it was too dirty to do so. Piglet fixed that for us and we now have beautiful tile. It is NOT white and my husband Greg still feels the constant compulsion to make sure it gets cleaned.

We also had roofers, solar installers, electricians, landscapers, and installed a new stove and exhaust fan in the kitchen. The exhaust fan was installed after more husband-and-wife negotiations about putting in a microwave vs. exhaust. The wifey won again. CLICK HERE for a photo of this accomplishment.

The caveman of the house also did some patching & painting, which came as a surprise to me the talent he has. I am a lucky woman!

This year has some interesting things in store for us, including more home improvements to be completed in time for a wedding reception we’re hosting for good friends of ours.
We’ll keep you posted as the improvements take place this year. Happy 2014!


Photography by Pam Esau on display through December 2013

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Photographer Pam Esau is a long time Hayward resident and retired from Cal State East Bay after spending many years in Accounting. After retiring she started working with shelter dogs and has been a volunteer at Hayward Animal Services for eight years. Photography has been her passion since she was thirteen and decided to encompass her love of animals and photography together.

She has found, when allowed, that shelter dogs tell a story with their eyes if we just pay attention. When some of them have to go to the big dog park in the sky, she photographs them to solidify their existence. They mattered and at least at the shelter were loved unconditionally.

She thanks you all for your willingness to support these amazing dogs.


Pam Esau’s photography is being displayed through December 2013 in honor of SantaCon Hayward 2013, a fundraiser in support of the Hayward Animal Shelter.

“He Said, She Said” Update

Photo of signage at property This was an interesting week. It was fueled by caffeine with early mornings and late evenings but invigorating. In addition to receiving numerous referrals of sellers with the desire to sell their properties and even a buyer referral from a  fellow agent, an offer submitted on a property not yet on the market, and we still managed to squeeze a lot more into the week.

What more we squeezed in included our community endeavors to help various local organization raise funds for their causes. From our Rotary Club’s Hallow Fest event to raise money for youth to AMVETS to helping at the animal shelter, we end the week with a quick visit to a property listing and then home.

So don’t bother us tonight! We’ll be resting up for a busy weekend of animal shelter volunteer work, a client dinner and a client housewarming party. If you’re curious about what we’re passionate about, CLICK HERE and join us!

Protecting Our Real Estate: Baseboard Eater (Barely) Graduates!

Update: On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, our Piglet attended his second round of obedience classes at the San Lorenzo Dog Training Club. He failed the sit/stay and down/stay portion of the graduation ceremony. He was too compelled to scratch, sniff and lick. It was impossible to pretend I didn’t know him!
TIP for PREVENTING CHEWED BASEBOARDS: Slather them with dishwasher soap. This says our dog’s trainer Laura of Laura for Dogs.

When my stepson Taylor visited us earlier this year, he walked into the house and said, “This place needs a dog!” Perhaps I’m paraphrasing a bit but the message he was conveying is that the house had no life in it. It was cold.

We saw this as a perfect opportunity to visit the local animal shelter with Taylor during his visit. The little guy you see in the photo here is “Piglet”, formerly known as Casper. He was the sweetest, quietest little dog at the shelter that day. In fact, he was so sweet that when Taylor crouched down to pet him, Piglet very gently crawled into Taylor’s crouched lap and curled up there.

We adopted Piglet that day.

Fast forward a few days and weeks, we were surprised at what a big, hefty bark such a little dog had. We also realized that Piglet wasn’t a mature dog. Our vet said he was between 9-12 months old. He was (and is) still in the “puppy stage” and as such, needs to CHEW. Like a baby teething. CHEW, CHEW, CHEW, CHEW!

When our work schedules were such that we forgot to give Piglet a proper chew toy or bone to gnaw or if he couldn’t find my shoes (he NEVER chews Greg’s shoes — too stinky), Piglet resorted to chewing THE BASEBOARDS!

Let me say this: I was not mad about the baseboards at all. The life and love this dog brings into our home is tremendous compared to the need to eventually replace those baseboards. Plus, we enrolled him (or actually, me) in Obedience Training. It is exhausting for both me and Piglet. When we get home, Daddy doesn’t know how hard we worked at class, so he opts to be Piglet’s litter mate, playing with Piglet and being quite the opposite of the disciplinarian.

Little Piglet graduated this week and he’s enrolled in the next 6-week class with Laura for Dogs in Dublin. We strongly recommend protecting your house and making it a home. Make it a home by adopting and saving a life and protect it by making sure its occupants learn know how to conduct themselves…

For the record: I WAS mad about Piglet chewing my shoes.

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