I don’t know about any of you, but I like tight buns. I like having them too, which is why I love living in a three-story house.
We have many clients who love stairs. They feel as if they’re on top of the world when their homes are up high. I remember shortly after moving in to our home, I sat in the hot tub located on the lower deck of my home with my mom. It was dark outside and the house was lit from within. I looked up at the three levels of my home and said, “Mom, I feel rich.”
I’ve also had dreams of living in a home with many levels and the higher up I climbed, the less “stuff” each space had. I’ve also had dreams of a vast “basement”-type area with what appeared to be hordes of space and so much potential for improvement.
Although I sometimes get winded going up the stairs when hauling up the laundry, I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I know that walking up stairs helps me to keep my muscles strong and adds to my overall health.
So, how about a nice home with a built-in opportunity for a healthy daily work-out?
4160 Perkins Ct., Fremont: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2-car garage, 1811 sq ft (AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2016)
26630 Call Ave., Hayward hills: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2-car garage, 2300+ sq ft (AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 12th)
Call Anna May: 510-886-ANNA (2662) or Greg Jones: 510-886-GREG (4734)
Source: Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2016
Suburban areas on the outskirts of the red-hot Los Angeles and San Francisco areas grew especially fast last year, state officials reported Monday.
San Joaquin County, home to Stockton, grew faster than any other, up 1.3% to 733,000 people. The area has become increasingly popular for people fleeing astronomical San Francisco Bay Area housing prices while remaining within commuting distance.
San Joaquin was followed by Yolo, Riverside and Santa Clara counties.
The fastest-growing city was Vernon, which grew a whopping 72% thanks to a new housing development that brought its population to 210.
Among cities with at least 30,000 people, the fastest-growing were concentrated primarily in the Inland Empire and Orange County: Porterville, Eastvale, Lake Forest, Beaumont and Lake Elsinore.
The number of new housing units in California declined last year for the first time since the start of the economic recovery, due mostly to wildfires that scorched more than 2,000 homes.
California’s housing supply rose by 67,110 units last year, compared with an increase of 69,435 units in 2014. Demographers at the California Department of Finance say the number of new units would have been about equal to the year before if the destructive wildfires in Lake and Calaveras counties had not hit.
Of the new units created, just over half were multi-family dwellings such as apartments and condominiums. Los Angeles, the state’s largest city, saw the most growth in housing, with 12,224 new units. It was followed by San Francisco with nearly 2,900, San Jose with just over 2,000 and San Diego with about 1,750.
The housing hit came as California’s population grew to 39.1 million last year, an increase of 348,000 people, just under 1%.
Most of the state’s 482 cities saw population gains, but 44 cities shrank and one — tiny Tehama, population 431 — was unchanged.
Here’s “Phil”! This 12-year old sweetheart’s mom is selling their long-time home at 2828 Eastman Avenue in Oakland‘s Allendale district.
When the sale closes, Realty World Neighbors will make a donation in Phil’s honor to Bad Rap, where he was trained when he was a youngster…
A home is not a home without a dog!
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!
Do you know of anyone who might have a home to sell to this lovely family? Meet the Zalameas!
They’d love a 4-bedroom home with at least one bedroom and full bathroom on the main level.
Contact us if you or someone you know has a home that might be of interest to Ed and Mary Ann for their family!
This San Francisco home in the Richmond district will be available soon, in May of 2016. The services of Sterling Sites have been retained for professional staging and Color Touch; Painting Professionals for Fine Homes will be painting the interior and exterior of the property.
Story about this house:
Several years ago, in 2008, I met with the owner of this San Francisco property to assess its market value. He was mulling over whether to sell it or rent it out. I recall advising that he should consider hanging on to it unless he absolutely has to sell. The market was down at that time and I felt that he could do better if he waited.
Fast-forward 8 years later: I just secured the exclusive right to list and sell this property. He remembered me from 2008 and probably appreciated that I wasn’t trying to just “get the listing”, even though listing and selling homes is what I do for a living.
In life, it is important to do the right thing. Never be greedy or pushy. Do, say and live your life with the best interests of others at heart.
Remember the law of attraction! We attract what we are. I am blessed to be surrounded by incredible people. It is a life by design, not by accident.
Here’s a real dialog that took place last month:
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.
UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER 23rd: IN CONTRACT!
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.
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
- Florida: 3,512
- New York: 3,365
- Illinois: 1,187
- Ohio: 1,028
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%
- Nevada: 2.7%
- Massachusetts: 2.5%
- Illinois: 2.1%
On a metro level, the following areas had the highest share of vacant “zombie” foreclosures as percentage of all vacant properties:
- Rochester, N.Y.: 14.3%
- Trenton, N.J.: 10.5%
- New York: 10%
- Albany, N.Y.: 7.9%
- Allentown, Pa.: 5.2%
Have “zombie homes” plagued YOUR neighborhood?
- 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!
What’s the difference between eggs and bacon?
The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
CLICK HERE for property details!
This home situated on a 1/3-acre lot that extends toward the creek features a detached pass-through garage and a full basement. With 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 1783 sq ft of living space located on a “road less traveled” quiet court location….