A lot of prep work goes into preparing a home for sale. This home has been in the same family since 1977. Many memories have spun their stories over the years of growing up and raising a family here. It is now time for new memories and we’re working on making sure the home is clean and comfortable for the new owners.
Shown here are Todd Worsfold and his crew member preparing the home for sale.
Stay tuned for more details! May 2016 is when this home will be available. You’ll LOVE the new colors chosen, I’m sure!
We have the best Seller Clients ever! This lovely plant was brought in by our Seller Client Arutha as she was on her way out of town and off to her new life in Las Vegas.
We were able to entice her to let us take her to coffee at Hippies Brew first before she left town. Hippies Brew has Jimi Hendrix painted on the wall. Arutha is a DJ who appreciates good music, so we thought it was a good fit to share a farewell brew.
Sometimes we meet people who retain our services to do a job for them, and if they weren’t leaving town, we’d love to cultivate a friendship with them. Arutha is one such lady with a wonderful sense of humor.
If you need a DJ in Las Vegas, we’ll connect you with her!
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.
So, I have a question on a remodel we are finalizing the plans for. We are working with an architect. Just to refresh your memories; our home is approx. 1200 sq.ft. with 3 small bedrooms and one remodeled bathroom and a remodeled kitchen we finished last year.We are doing two things; enlarging our bedroom by adding a bathroom that will use the current closet plus a few feet into the bedroom, and add 8 ft. on the side that faces the front yard. That side will have a door that opens to a walled patio.
The second project is an addition; a 16 x 11 dining room off the back of the house.
We are currently submitting our plans to a structural engineer. We have shown our preliminary ideas to the planning dept. and (were given) the go a head to proceed to the next steps.
We have a couple of questions. The expanded bedroom will need closets, since the current one will become the new bathroom, and our contractor says that for a bedroom to be called a bedroom it has to have built-in closets. Is this true? We are trying to figure out how best to add closet space and are wondering if modular free standing closets are a reasonable idea, or if we should build in closets as part of the wall. Do either choice effect the value of our home?
We are also wondering if investing $80-100K in these two projects makes financial sense, given the fact that so far, our neighborhood is still looking like a blue collar area, though most of the Cal Trans rental properties have been purchased, rehabbed and put back on the market in the $500K plus price range over this last year.
Our own cash investment in our home has been very small; we paid $185k two years ago, and the down payment was paid by the CalTrans Stipend. We re-financed a year after purchase and pulled some of the new equity out to remodel the kitchen.
Our thinking is, since we paid so little for the house (really below market at the time) we have a lot of “head room” in which to invest for improvements, without exceeding our equity.
So… in your opinion, does it make sense to invest $100k plus (needs major hardscaping and landscaping when the building is complete) if we plan on being here at least 5 years?
We love the land our house is on; a huge backyard that borders Hayward regional park trails in the canyon below, and that feels very private and almost rural.So, those are our questions.
Yes, you should have a built-in closet so that the room is considered a “bedroom”. This does affect the home’s marketability should you decide to eventually sell. When we remodeled our house in San Francisco years ago, we knocked out a bedroom closet to enlarge the bathroom. The market was so hot that we got a chunk of money for the home in addition to enjoying a gorgeous remodeled bathroom, but we could no longer tout that room without a closet as a “bedroom” anymore but instead, a “den”.
It does make sense to invest $100,000 if your enjoyment of the home over that five year period of time is worth the $20,000 per year or roughly $1,666 per month. Only you can decide this. There really is no price one can put on enjoying one’s home.
In any case, nobody knows what the market will be like in 5 years should you decide to sell or refinance, so it is impossible to say definitively whether or not it’s “worth it” financially.
I’m being careful with my answers so as not to mislead you while still being honest.
ALREADY IN CONTRACT: All cash contract with no contingencies scheduled to close in 6 days.
3-bedroom, 2-bathroom single-level home in the sought-after and well-established Southgate neighborhood on Lindenwood Way!
This home’s neighborhood popularity is due to its tree-lined streets, easy access to shopping, the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge, a neighborhood swim club, the mall and Chabot College a few blocks away, which is where A-list actor Tom Hanks attended.
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!
I love meeting young people who focus on “building” rather than “playing”. Allen & Rachel are 20-somethings who’ve made the decision to buy a home which is NOT in alignment with what their peers are doing. I’ve said this many times before:
We LOVE WORKING WITH SMART PEOPLE!
Rachel & Allen seek a home in the Hayward-San Leandro-Oakland areas under $600,000. Might you know of a home coming available that their little dog Rupert would like?
Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs. We put together an infographic to see how shopping at Amazon compares with shopping at local businesses in its impact on jobs, taxes, the local economy, and community. Before you click, here’s why your choice matters:
Jobs: Amazon creates less than half as many jobs as local brick-and-mortar stores do. This means the more Amazon grows and crowds out other businesses, the fewer jobs available.
Taxes: In most communities, Amazon has no facilities and therefore pays no property taxes. In about half the states, it does not collect state and local sales taxes. Property and sales taxes are the main source of funds for our schools and public services. If local businesses are squeezed out by Amazon, households will have to shoulder a higher tax burden.
Local Economy: While local retailers are engines of economic activity, spending their revenue at a wide variety of other businesses in the community, Amazon merely extracts money, leaving little behind.
Click here to check out the full infographic. Please feel free to re-post and distribute this widely!
UPDATE: This home is now available. CLICK HERE for property details.
We just listed a classy 3-bedroom home right next to Lake Don Castro. It will be available soon.
Would you like to live near outdoor recreation?
Don Castro Regional Park is a 101-acre urban oasis on the boundary between Hayward and Castro Valley. The clear waters of the swim lagoon are a favorite with central Alameda County residents.
The lake, San Lorenzo Creek Reservoir, is where fishing is available year round and hikers along the shore will discover a surprising wilderness in miniature, where turtles and frogs splash in the water, ducks rest in the reeds and raccoons and deer come down to drink at sunset. There is access to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the Chabot to Garin trail and over five miles of trails in the Five Canyons Open Space. The adjacent lagoon is supplied with water and a large shallow area is roped off especially for children.
CLICK HERE for more information about Lake Don Castro.
Taken from the DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2015
Vacant foreclosures – known as “zombies” – plunged 43 percent in the third quarter compared to a year ago, according to RealtyTrac’s latest U.S. Zombie Foreclosure and Vacant Property Report. As of the end of the third quarter, about 20,050 residential properties were in the foreclosure process and vacant, but had not yet been repossessed by the foreclosing lender.
“The overall inventory of homes in the foreclosure process has dropped 36 percent over the past year so it’s not too surprising to see a similarly dramatic drop in vacant zombie foreclosures,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “What is surprising is there are so many vacant homes where the home owners do not appear to be in financial distress — with only 3 percent in foreclosure or bank owned, and only 6 percent that are underwater. More than 63 percent of these vacant homes are not even encumbered by a loan, owned free and clear by the owner. The fact that the home owners are not selling given the recovering real estate market in most areas indicates that many of these properties are in poor condition and in neighborhoods that have been left behind by the housing recovery.”
The following states are still haunted with the most vacant “zombie” foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac’s report:
New Jersey: 3,997
New York: 3,365
The following states have the highest share of vacant “zombie” foreclosures as a percentage of total vacant properties:
New Jersey: 9.4%
New York: 8.2%
On a metro level, the following areas had the highest share of vacant “zombie” foreclosures as percentage of all vacant properties:
Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement signed: August 7th, 2015
In Contract: August 16th, 2015
CLOSED ESCROW under list price by $20,000: October 9, 2015 (closed in 59 days after we negotiated for the sewer lateral to be paid/repaired by the Seller)
Meet Mary & Hayes and their little one “S”, along with Mary’s parents.
This purchase happened because both Mary’s parents and Hayes’ parents helped them buy the home. Mom and Dad have their own place so the plan isn’t for them to crash the new pad any time soon.
This was a fun purchase for me to work, personally. It sure wasn’t the run-of-the-mill sale. There wasn’t a legal sewer connection and the sewer lateral had to be replaced. Plus, the property was purchased along with an adjacent lot and there were some easements to take into consideration, so it certainly wasn’t boring.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mary & Hayes and their positive attitude throughout the process. They are smart people and I always enjoy working with smarties! The sale took a bit longer than if there weren’t issues with the sewer connection, but with patience, everything turned out fine in the end.
Cheers to kids who make their parents proud enough to invest in them!
“Anna is amazing. We were fortunate to find a house we liked pretty quickly, but then it took some doing to solve some problems with the house before it could close. She helped us through the whole process and helped us stay calm and be patient. She worked with the seller’s agent to let them know what needed to be fixed and kept us up to date on all the paper work we needed to do. I highly recommend Anna May. She’s efficient, thorough and friendly.”
The Home Search is the same as “Dating”. We know what we want in a home/partner and we know we must “have the goods” to get what we want.
“The Engagement” happens after we make an offer on a home and the offer is accepted. Tread carefully during this period of time. This is when you look for flaws and deal-breakers so you’ll have time to bail out without penalty.
“The Marriage”: You’ve closed the purchase and are the official owner of the property. (Here’s where I start snickering.) If you try to get rid of it now, everyone will be wondering “What’s wrong with it?”
Many of us know what happens after marriage.
Weight-gain, lax grooming, fading colors, neglect. After buying a home, the same stages of post-courtship decline can happen before we know it.
We trim less and become visibly unruly. The leaves fade and are missing the luster and color applied before. The landscaping fits a bit tighter as the fabric of neglected greenery expands. We become fat and lazy!
You start coming home later…
You know how it goes within a marriage. You think what’s-her-name isn’t going anywhere so you become sloppy. You leave the toilet seat up. You buy Lucky Charms instead of bran cereal. You fail to be her hero by killing spiders. You fail to allow her to pluck your eyebrows when you start looking like Fu Manchu. You wait until he gets back into the room and point out that the dog barfed so he’s stuck cleaning it up.
(NOTE: I’m guilty of the last sentence above as of just this morning.)
The lights are on but no one is home…
This is why it’s important to generate reasons to spruce up. If you’re concerned about whether or not people think you’re a slob, invite them over for a party! This will give you incentive to shed a few lbs. of that fluffiness, plant tulips, etc. Make everyone want to be on the arm of the best-looking, best-maintained house on the block, even after being “married to it” for many years!
Finally, know if you’re ready for a commitment in the first place!
We absolutely love working with smart Clients! We are pleased to announce that our Exclusive Buyer Clients Mary & Hayes are in contract to buy a home in the City of Hayward! We are going through the due diligence part of the purchase contract now and are on the way to Mary & Hayes owning a home in the coveted Upper B Street neighborhood if all goes well with their inspections.
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: