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???
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.
Interestingly (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).
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?!?
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!
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.
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.
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.
CLICK HERE for more information about her.
Lucy Muir (Gallegos) shown here in our Conference Room
In honor of the Year of the Goat, this fundraiser will feature a “Best Goatee Contest” for the gentlemen and a “Best Dragon Lady Contest” for the ladies! The proceeds of this fun event will support the Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset’s charitable efforts, including my favorite, the Hayward Animal Shelter. CLICK HERE to buy tickets!
Nothing in life is free. In the United States, we enjoy clean, running water, toilets that flush, trash removed from our waste bins, lights that turn on instantly, fire that ignites for our stoves and heaters instantly. We enjoy roads without potholes, freeways that are paved, bridges that take us over the water and schools that educate the nation’s children. Did I also mention toilets that flush? In many of the newer communities in the United States, we enjoy a scene devoid of utility wires like the ones you see in this photo.
On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, the scenes were much the same in every poor country we visited; utility wires haphazardly curled around strangling the air surrounding them. Along with bringing my own toilet paper into public restrooms, I felt so thankful for living in the United States that I lost track of which country’s funky infrastructure this photo captured. Next time we complain about how much things cost, let’s remember that we are in a much better place than most of the world.
CLICK HERE for information on home prices in Cambodia.
CLICK HERE for information on home prices in Vietnam.
The two links above are slightly outdated but you get the idea…
I always marvel at folks who get mad when their cars gets broken into and their laptop or other valuable item is stolen from it. My first question’s always, “Why on earth would you leave a valuable item in your vehicle?”
Of course, it’s easy to be critical of others. I had my iPhone stolen in Singapore while going through customs last month. I KNOW it was stolen! It had to be! There’s no way that I could be such a bozo that I’d leave my iPhone out in plain view for someone to lift it! Or, was I indeed a bozo?
Over the weekend, I proclaimed my supposed security superiority to my good friends over dinner. They reminded me that when we all traveled together to Mexico recently, I left my iPhone on the airplane and had to jump through hoops to get it back.
The illustration here will guide you to how best you can keep your home safer when it’s time to put it on the market. This is a guideline only. The bottom line is that we should always use our best judgement possible when it comes to the safety and security of our home, belongings and loved ones…
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!
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:
- 2+ bedrooms
- 1+ bathrooms
- easy access to 880 / 238
- under $350,000
- 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 Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo 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.
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?
My wife Caitlin and I learned of Anna May when I searched for an agent who might help us buy a HUD home. Although, I don’t member the website address, I think it’s a government site for finding HUD agents and recall her bio was the most complete.
Our choice of agent was good. Anna was very professional and responsive to our needs. We were expecting a baby and needed to move to a larger property and wanted to become homeowners. She was always there whenever we needed her, so much so that we were worried that she seldom slept.
Anna was always on our side as the buyer’s agent. When we found our home and decided to make an offer, we trusted her judgment and took her advice. We purchased the house for $10, 000 below the list price, no mean feat in a seller’s market where it is common for buyers to bid many tens of thousands of dollars above list price.
As first-time buyers, we knew nothing about buying a house but Anna and her husband, Greg, were really helpful and treated us like their family.
We would recommend Anna to our friends and look forward to working with her in the future. We have already given her business card to co-workers.
Caitlin & Adi S.