Realty World Neighbors hosts Artist Reception and Welcomes Richard Navarro!

The most recent addition to our office is agent Richard Navarro! Please join us as we host his “Coming Out” party along with an artist reception in support of Mt. Eden High School students. We hope you’ll join us!April 18th Artist Reception

Bay Area Home Sales Tank

Bay Area Home Sales Tank.  Why?  Because things are BAD or because they are soooooo GOOD?  What we have is a supply problem, folks.  No supply, no sales.  This puts the pinch on buyers and creates a feeding frenzy for the little supply available.  The message here is that it is a great time to put your home on the market, but be sure you have somewhere to move.  Arkansas anyone???

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2015/03/bay-area-home-sales-fall-february-2015.html

Professional REALTORS and Our “Marketing Meetings”

As professional REALTORS, one element of helping our clients is to be actively involved in our profession.  As FULL TIME REALTORS, we are active in many aspects of our industry.  This helps our clients because we are known in the community as active, full time real estate professionals that do the job well and within the National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics.

Being involved also means attending what is called our local weekly “marketing meetings.”  This is where we meet with fellow active professionals to talk about our current clients and their needs, be it to buy a property or list their property for sale.  The group also conducts a weekly “broker tour” to hold new listings open for fellow REALTORS to preview newly available properties for sale.

SOLDphotoInterestingly (and perhaps sadly) only about 75 or so of us get together at our local meeting, yet there are over 3,000 members of our local association.  Those that attend the meetings are the serious and committed professionals that serve their clients at the highest possible level.

Those of you searching for a local real estate professional here in the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo-San Leandro market should first make sure that person is a REALTOR.  Second, ask them how often they attend their local marketing meeting to represent your interests.  Finally , as them where that local marketing meeting is held (Answer:  Knudsen’s Ice Creamery in Castro Valley should be their answer).

She Was TOPLESS!

It’s amazing what a little sunshine will do for a spirit…my ride today even went topless, here in mid-February believe it or not.

Our carefully garaged 1997 500 SL rarely sees the light of day, but since my FJ is at the body shop, she got to stretch her legs today.  On my way to a lunch meeting, there went the top, quick as pushing a button, and let the sunshine in!

Don’t we live in a great place?!?

Play Ball!

If you are a baseball fan, you are in luck:  it is time to play ball!  Within minutes of us here in Hayward, you can see professional baseball played by arguably two of the best teams in baseball.  I love baseball…almost as much as I love football.  So, occasionally I will hop on BART for the 12 minute ride or brave the freeway to go to an Oakland A’s game.  I really don’t know why people gripe about the A’s park…for baseball, it works just fine and remains affordable for those of us who still have to buy our own tickets rather than getting them from a corporate sponsor.  We can actually see the field lights from our house here in downtown Hayward…and see the fireworks on nights that feature them after the game.  Very cool.

The “other” team across the Bay is pretty good, too (LOL).  It is a bit more of a trip (32 minutes on BART, plus walk/bus/train time to the stadium), but you can’t beat AT&T Park for a great time…great food, great people watching and oh yeah, great baseball.  So, ‘BATTER UP” let’s get this show on the road and get the hot dogs ready!

For a free magnet that features both the A’s and Giant’s full regular schedule, give us a call here at Realty World Neighbors and we will drop one in the mail to you….or better yet, stop by our office for a visit and we will give you one!

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Huntwood Hottie Exposed!

Huntwood Hottie Exposed!  This corner townhome has premier light due to its corner nature and facing sunset skies. Complete with a 2-car garage, this towering and no doubt popular beauty is straight across from abundant guest parking for suitors and other guests. She has great bones, wonderful lines, and has been maintained well, inside and out.  Garden Walk is an Olson Company community known for its easy access to the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge, California State University East Bay (Hayward) and is only minutes from downtown’s restaurants, coffee shops farmers market and nightlife. Now you know!

This Huntwood Hottie will be available soon. CLICK HERE for property flier.best exterior

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

Feng Shui: “Wealth and Prosperity”

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Ba-gua courtesy of Ruthchaya of Cherry Creek Mortgage

During the rainy weather is the best time to just stay home and take care of the house. This is what I did over the last several days. The cleaning and de-cluttering resulted in a box for the Salvation Army of kitchen wares and clothes, a full trash bin, a full recycling bin in addition to a half-full green bin full of dying orchid plants with leaves and roots and soggy bark that I know I’ll never be able to revive.

The focus on all three levels of our home was on the “Wealth & Prosperity” (W&P) section of the feng shui “ba-gua”, which is what we call the layout shown here. What I did was make room for W&P by getting rid of stuff that serves no purpose in our lives but can be used in someone else’s life. So, in a sense, we “shared the wealth” to make room for more.

On the top level of our house, the W&P section is where our bathroom shower is located. I took the time to deep clean the tile walls and tile ceiling of the shower enclosure and will replace the fading clear shower curtain with a new one soon. Also, I found some areas between the tiles that need to be re-grouted, so I put that on the Wish List for the bathroom, which I know my Caveman will handle.

  • Intended Result: Re-grout to keep the W&P “in” the home rather than allow it to leak through. The clean/cleared space will allow W&P in!

On the main level, the kitchen is located in the W&P section. What I did there has me floating on air, mentally! I organized the spice rack, cleared out and organized the baking cabinet,  recycled yukky plastic bowls, etc. and also went through multiple cabinets in that kitchen and said bye-bye to a bunch of pot and pans we don’t need. I also replaced the “junk food” cabinet with cereal to subconsciously train myself out of wanting the junk and preferring healthy cereals instead. (Gotta try!) Also, I replaced the soap dispenser and put a cover over the resulting hole. The hot water dispenser is leaking, so we’ll work on having that removed or repaired.

  • Intended Result: Stop the leak from the hot water dispenser, which is indicative of allowing W&P to slip through. The broken soap dispenser was removed to allow space for W&P.

On the bottom level is where what we call the “kids room” is located. This is the room where the bunk bed, chest of drawers and desk that I had since I was a kid is located. It’s also where we store “extra stuff”, like bedding, extra bows and wrapping paper, etc. I took the time to de-clutter this room and donated the wrapping and packaging material, some of which was brand new/never been opened!

  • Intended Result: Allow more W&P into the home as a result of donating the additional items we don’t use.

We had our home feng shui’d in December of 2010, a few months after we were married. The feng shui consultant said we’d experience a shift immediately. Indeed we did! I look back and laugh about this now, but the hubby and I fought for three full days after the feng shui was completed. Let’s see what happens in these next few days due to the changes in the “wealth” section of our home…

 

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!

Occupy: A Home is More Than Its Human Occupants

Yesterday was a perfect example of how having a dog enables us to keep a cleaner house. Our pit bull / rabbit mix “Piglet” found our Rotarian magazine and tore it up. We can’t leave articles of clothing strewn about any more. We can’t be slobs and leave our shoes out either. We have to watch Piglet constantly to make sure he learns not to whiz in the house.

If you choose to have a dog and not let him into your house, there are consequences to having him as your “backyard dog” and it is important that you be well aware of the consequences. CLICK HERE to tips on how to make your dog a part of your family and a part of your home.

This morning, Piglet jumped up on our bed. Four times! Why on earth was he suddenly compelled to do this? This 40 lb. creature has brought so much joy to our home in the last couple weeks since we adopted him. We’ll be enrolling in obedience classes soon, mostly to teach US how to handle him!

Another virtue of having a dog: We blame sounds and smells on him…

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