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“Crowd-Funding” Your Down Payment

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One way future home buyers gather funds for a down payment on their next home is what’s called “crowd-funding”. This allows for the gathering of funds from well-wishers for special occasions, wedding celebrations being a prime example. Here are a couple such websites that have cropped up recently as options for newlyweds to save up for a home:

www.HatchMyHouse.com

www.DownPaymentDreams.com

There’s no time better than in the midst of a special event or its aftermath to enlist the support of family and loved ones to help with such a solid endeavor as home ownership.

We always recommend a sound financial plan as part of a new couple merging their lives, finances and households.

Get crackin’!

The Inspiration Behind Home Improvement: FRIENDSHIP

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Nearly four years ago, the caveman part of this duo and I got married in a simple private ceremony in our front courtyard right at home. We had a great local Beatles cover band Fab Fever on our lower back deck, where the hot tub once was. Today, that area is landscaped with pea gravel and stepping stones with water-saving shrubbery and a new fence surrounding the entire lower level deck. A perfect place for a DJ set-up!

Fast-forwarding several years to this week, we find ourselves excitedly fixing up the house for our friends Allison and Michael. They will be celebrating their wedding reception at our home with a Batman theme laced with pink. So, as I type this, the landscapers are at our home planting pink flowers in the courtyard. I hope Allison likes them.

It is friends like Allison and Michael that make living worthwhile. Because of them being our inspiration, our butts are in gear this past year to make the house as beautiful as possible. New paint, new driveway, new landscaping, freshly stained deck, new fence, new roof, new ambiance! Now to make that call to the house cleaners, window washers and pressure washers at Guss Service Agency…

We look forward to Batman and Cat-woman’s wedding reception this weekend!

You “Art” Where You “Live”

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There’s that old saying that we “are what we eat”, and our homes also say a lot about us as individuals. The owners of this home are warm, creative and have quite a “zen” energy around them. There is an immediate feeling of peace when you walk inside their home. Stop by our OPEN HOUSE this Wednesday August 20th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and see for yourself! CLICK HERE for more photos and property details.

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21629 Foothill Blvd., near Downtown Hayward

Home Buyer Seminar in Castro Valley!

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Home Wedding Spurs Home Improvement

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Allison and michaelMeet Allison McManus and Michael Coleman! Later this month, this wonderful couple will enter into wedded bliss before tromping off to their honeymoon.

As a result of our friendship with Allison and Michael, we offered to have their wedding reception at our home, where we got married 4 years ago.

As a way to push us to make improvements and beautify our home, we used Allison and Michael’s wedding date as a deadline for doing a whole litany of home improvements so as not to embarrass ourselves with a deteriorating yet charming old 1926 house. What we’ve done so far includes:

-new tile floor

-new roof

-exterior paint

-interior paint

-new driveway with paver bricks

-replacement of board on the back deck

-landscaping

In the next 2 weeks, we’ll be putting the pedal to the metal by having window washers, landscapers and pressure washers come out and put on the final touches to be ready for Allison and Michael’s Batman-themed wedding. It will be FUN!

 

Realty World Neighbors Supports Local Group as Table Sponsor

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Does this feel like Palm Springs? Yes!

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I’m the Bulldog in Our New Office

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A few days ago we completed the move to our new location. The space is twice as big. Plus, we have private offices, a conference room, a reception area, an “Art Gallery” as well as what we refer to as “The Wedge Room” which really is just a long, irregularly shaped room where we are currently storing our crap. Eventually, a part of it will serve as a community room or meeting room of some sort after we organize it in the coming weeks. We also have the added bonus of a kitchenette and restroom down the hall.

Right now, 3 of the 4 agents in our company are situated in what we call “The Bull Pen”. It’s simply an open seating area where all of our desks are located, where we can bounce ideas off of each other, hear and learn from each others’ conversations as well as generate a lot of laughter.

My desk is outside of the only agent in our company who has his own private office. I am the little woman who gladly sits outside his office, watching over everything. We are business partners and married (to each other). However, I prefer the Bull Pen.

With the current configuration of me being Greg’s “Bulldog”, I have the distinct pleasure of monitoring and protecting him from whomever comes barging in to the office. This is important because I rely on him to help with certain aspects of the business that I don’t like to handle, such as the books. Therefore, interruptions are often not welcome, especially if they have nothing to do with our real estate business.

Ah, the joys of being married to an elected official…

Al and Andy

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“We know Anna May and Greg Jones and their brokerage, Realty World Neighbors, because of their involvement in the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, their efforts to help maintain the neighborhood’s open space and other projects.

“Our decision to appoint Anna and Greg as co-listing agents (and later as our buyers’ agents) arose because they work on a number of issues and we were impressed by their efforts and contributions. We have found that people who work well when they volunteer also do well professionally.

“Frequent communications kept us informed of progress over the transactions for which we hired Anna & Greg to assist in the Historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. We appreciated Anna & Greg’s attention and time to email, call or text as the sales progressed.

“As sellers, we appreciated the well-coordinated marketing plan for our unique home in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. They knew how to price it for the prevailing market conditions, how to promote it to the right groups and took care of all the paper work expeditiously. There were no errors, no last-minute deliveries or problems from the time we listed until the sale closed. We subsequently hired Anna & Greg to list and sell another home for us and we experienced the same high level of competency in that transaction too.

“We were extremely impressed by their knowledge of the market, pricing and their ability to get the word out about our home through their networks, professional organizations and advertising. They were very professional, competent and knowledgeable about real estate in the area.

“We’re delighted to now be in a larger Prospect Hill home and were able to purchase this home in part due to the negotiation skills of Anna and Greg. They negotiated on our behalf for the sellers to pay for repairs before we moved in. We would definitely hire Anna May and Greg Jones again and recommend them to others.”

Al Parso & Andy York, Historic Prospect Hill Neighborhood residents

Move once in a while!

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The best way to be able to sympathize with our Clients is to move every so often ourselves. Just this past weekend we moved our downtown office one block north to a larger location. Even with such a short distance to go, we had the same headaches a homeowner would face:

1. moving all our crap

2. throwing away a lot of it

3. shortage of boxes and fighting over them

4. figuring out what to put where

5. utilities to transfer

YIKES!