No Money, No Honey and the Ideal Suitor

"He Said, She Said"
“He Said, She Said”

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…

Client Testimonial

SOLDphotoRealty World Neighbors–May and Jones Group Client Testimonial
(2014)   Ten years ago when my father passed away, my sisters and I decided to sell his home.  Anna May was referred to us by a trusted friend.  We engaged her services and she turned a difficult process into a seemingly simple manner.  It went quickly and without problems.

Recently my mother passed away and when we decided to sell her condominium, we immediately thought of Anna.  As in the past, Anna brought her professionalism, kindness, experience and good humor to guide us through the process.  Anna was able to look at the Condo and help us make decisions on how to prepare the unit either by ourselves or through her vast array of contacts.

Anna was able to explain all the paperwork and legalities in a clear, simple manner.  When deciding on a price to set for the condominium, she was able to show us all of the local comparable properties and explain how our unit compared and why she recommended a target price.  Very straight forward and logical.  She has been selling homes in the area for at least the 10 years that we have known her and given her performance, I anticipate she will be around a lot longer.

Aside from her work as a REALTOR, she has been an extremely active community member supporting local causes (including dogs in need) and participating in local politics to ensure that her neighborhood is well taken care of. I am deeply grateful to Anna for all that she has done for us in selling our homes and I wholeheartedly recommend her to you.
Sincerely,
Bob White
“We certainly appreciate the kind words in your client testimonial and getting return business from happy clients!  Thanks, Bob, for hiring us again to assist you!  It was our pleasure to help you”.
—-Anna May and Greg Jones

Welcome Lucy Muir (Gallegos)!

Welcome Lucy Muir (Gallegos)!

Realty World Neighbors, The May & Jones Group, is excited to announce the addition of Lucy Muir (Gallegos) to our brokerage.  Lucy Muir (Gallegos) is an experienced agent who joined our brokerage this month. She is fluent in Spanish and can provide stellar service to our diverse community, where she both lives and works.  Lucy is shown here at the reception held in her honor as a welcome addition to our company. Stop by and visit her when you’re in the neighborhood!

Lucy Muir (Gallegos) can be reached by phone at 510-881-1234 or by emailing Lucy@RealtyWorldNeighbors.com.

 

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Lucy Muir (Gallegos) shown here in our Conference Room

Soft Launch vs. Hard Launch

Rolling_Ridge_Available_Soon_CORRECTEDIn this season of spring cleaning, we have several properties we’ve listed that aren’t quite ready for public consumption. Let’s talk about “soft launch” vs. “hard launch” listings.

A “Soft Launch” is what we do to promote a property that is available soon. We spread the word about the upcoming availability of a property to potential buyers as well as fellow agents. Nobody will be allowed to view the property until it is ready, but knowledge of a soon-to-be-available property is a virtue when the inventory overall is low. The sign on the lawn says “Available Soon”.

A “Hard Launch” is what happens when the property IS ready! The Broker Tour is scheduled to entice fellow real estate professionals to preview the property, often with an incentive offered to get them to stop by. Weekend open house events are also scheduled. E-marketing launches and promotes these events to the general public. Our syndicated listings go to hundreds of websites where buyers can find them.

Our current “Soft Launch” listings can be found here:

18977 Thornbury Avenue, Castro Valley

Rolling Ridge Street, Hayward Hills

Seminary Avenue, Oakland (address to be publicized by the end of March)

Get your ducks in order if you want to buy a home!

“Not your house any more!”

It’s true. Once a home is put on the market for sale, it becomes a product you’re selling and no longer has the same status as being just your home.

You have no more privacy.

Your neighbors will judge you as they walk through any open house you might have.

You can’t leave the toilet un-flushed and the seat up any more.

There will be umpteen “drive-bys” making you wonder if someone is pulling a Bugsy Siegel on you.

I’ve often said that inviting guests over to visit provides an incentive to clean up. Putting a home on the market has the same effect.

Plus, we get rid of a lot of clutter.

Do you have a story to share about when your home was put on the market?

 

 

 

 

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

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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Historic Neighborhood in Downtown Hayward

 

Think “zen” when you approach this home in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood of downtown Hayward! With a very active neighborhood association, this oasis is only a few blocks from the downtown Cinemark theatre, farmers market, post office, city hall, BART, restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, etc. Only a few extra blocks away are the Japanese gardens and the Senior Center.

A glass-walled living room looks onto a koi pond in the back yard. Bamboo floors and rich Philippine mahogany complete the scene in the living area. The kitchen is inspired by the best 5-star restaurant kitchens in San Francisco. To add nostalgia to the scene, the bathrooms are decorated in hot retro tones. The overall scene will be appreciated by the most artistic and eclectic folks in the bay area who work hard, play hard and rest with equal fervor.

This home will be available by March 31st. Stay tuned for Open House dates!

(Of upcoming interest: 20th Annual Asian Heritage Festival on May 19th!)

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Real Estate: The Beauty Makes the Beast More Attractive

"Ultramodel Paulina Porizkova #1"

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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TRUE Professionals Adhere to the Code of Ethics

Logo of the National Association of Realtors.

Let me give it to you straight. Some real estate people give us a bad name. I remember the film “Poltergeist” when the dead bodies came out of the bottom of the swimming pool and learning that it was the agent who didn’t disclose that the new homes were built on a former cemetery!

That character was NOT a “REALTOR”.

The Poltergeist scene is an extreme dramatized version of the unsavory characters who mar my profession. I’m proud to say, however, that there is a BIG difference between REALTORS who are serious about serving the public in a fair and honest manner and those who steer clear of committing to the professional standards required and expected of a REALTOR.

This is the reason we are so involved in our local REALTOR groups with our REALTOR association and the Women’s Council of REALTORS. We see the importance of keeping our noses clean not only with the public but with each other too.

Would you like to know what we believe in and what is expected of us REALTORS? CLICK HERE for the Code of Ethics.

Note: “REALTOR” is two syllables only and should always be capitalized. There’s so such thing as a “real-a-tor”.

…Because We Have All Our Teeth! (Not Yet on the Market)

26840 Peterman Ave., Hayward
(Southgate neighborhood)

Yesterday I answered a phone call and at first, I wondered if the man calling was a savvy bill collector trying to get me to admit that I am the Anna May he found on the internet.

My first thought was, “I’m happily married now” and “I don’t owe anybody any money!” and “No thanks, I’m not interested in saving your tiki-torch fire ant in Zambanini”.

Then I heard a hearty laugh from the caller and I relaxed. Turned out he’s an agent from Washington state in search of a REALTOR  to list his family‘s home for sale and the family wanted it done immediately. Despite my comfort and easy feeling about the caller, I’m still just a girl. So, I decided to make sure my big bad husband Greg was with me for the first meeting at the property yesterday afternoon.

When we arrived, we met a very warm family who had just experienced the loss of their near 90-year old father. I asked why the family contacted us out of all the agents they could have chosen. “We called you because of your website and from your photos it looks like you had all your teeth.”

Despite the wonderful sense of humor the family has, they are in mourning and will be clearing out the contents of the home where they grew up this weekend. Please be sensitive and do not disturb them.

The home is located in Hayward’s Southgate neighborhood where I grew up and went through an awkward puberty. The address is 26840 Peterman Avenue. Our official Open House treats from Sugar Bowl Bakery will be offered during the Open House times:

Wednesday January 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday February 2nd, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please join us!

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