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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.

 

We Negotiated for First-Time Buyers…

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… nearly $40,000 below the list price with a $3,500 credit toward theirrowena photo closing costs!

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!

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:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • enough space and privacy for the in-laws to move in
  • easy access to 880 / 238
  • under $400,000
  • 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 Trinna Sycip of Wells Fargo. Trinna 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

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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!)

SantaCon Hayward sponsored in part by Realty World Neighbors!

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Pumpkin Patch at G & M Farms in Livermore!

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What a blast we had yesterday! This place had alpaca/llama-type animals, sheep, corn, squash and PUMPKINS!

Greg felt right at home when we arrived because this place is reminiscent of the small town where he grew up in central Washington. They’re open through Halloween and have haunted house displays for Halloween, Corn Box, hay Bale Maze, etc. Fun!

Directions: I-580 to Livermore, exit Isabel Ave. South, left on East Airway Blvd. Ask for Maureen and Donna! image

New Listing! Open Sunday 10/19, 2:30-4 p.m.

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Storybook Home Wedding Reception

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Wow, this was a heck of a party! Allison and Michael got married and celebrated their reception at our home. The space was TRANSFORMED. I couldn’t believe it was the same house! CLICK HERE for more photos of this incredibly heart-warming event. Might you have ideas on how versatile YOUR home can be?

Hayward Neighborhood Alert on September 24th!

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Ask the Lender this Friday!

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Staying Close!

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One Thing at a Time, Caveman!

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The wenchy wife of our “He Said, She Said” duo is constantly getting on the Caveman’s case about finishing one project before starting another.NoProjectLeftUndone

 

Home Buyer Seminar in Castro Valley!

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Our New Office Grand Opening on Saturday June 28th!

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Free Admission! Visit our new Realty World Neighbors office while you’re here!

Schedule:

10:00 am: Official hayward Area Historical Society Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with In Lak’ech

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Kids activities, Smoothie Bike, Cultural Performances and Music

11:00 am: The Heart of the Bay – history play

12:30pm: Lecture about Guillermo Castro’s Rancho San Lorenzo

2:00 pm: Historic Fashion Show

3:30 pm: The Heart of the Bay – history play

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Concert with Billy London and the Lucky Dice

The Exhibit Galleries and Children’s Gallery will open after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and close at 6:00 pm.

Are you hot enough to live here?

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18977 Thornbury Avenue, Castro Valley–For Sale

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Who Invaded our Home in 2013?

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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.

Available Soon! Shapell Home in San Leandro’s Washington Square

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This 2000+ sq ft Shapell home will be available soon!

Stay tuned for details…

For more information about the City of San Leandro, CLICK HERE.

For more information about San Leandro schools, CLICK HERE.

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Real Estate: The Beauty Makes the Beast More Attractive

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Recently in jest, I posted a line on Facebook about how amazed I am that pretty ladies often end up with goofy-looking guys. Let’s be honest. When you see this, don’t you wonder what makes the guy so special?

Take Ric Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova, for example. Anyone in my generation know who they are?

You’re probably wondering what this whole concept of having a beautiful woman on the arm of a goofy-guy has to do with real estate.

Imagine an ugly house. A REALLY ugly house. Then imagine a BEAUTIFUL house. A REALLY BEAUTIFUL house.

Now ask this question: Does the ugly house make the beautiful house look worse or does the beautiful house make the ugly house more tolerable?

A recent article in the New York Times goes into the effect that a down-trodden property has on a whole neighborhood. All it takes is one lousy-looking house to drag down the entire neighborhood’s image. Similarly, a too-beautiful house makes you wonder what the heck the homeowners were thinking when they over-improved a home surrounded by a sea of ugly ducklings.

Hopefully reading this post will motivate you to clean up your yards, trim the trees, pick up the dog poop left behind by yours or someone else’s canine, clear off the neighborhood juvenile’s WASH ME imprint on your car’s windows, etc. Getting involved in your neighborhood association helps too and so does knowing what the local ordinances are that help protect you from being the bad guy when neighbors need to be pushed to clean up their act.

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