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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!)