“My partner and I we’re looking for a house in early August of 2013. We had interviewed a couple of Realtors before interviewing and making the commitment to work with Greg and Anna May. We were referred to them by friends of ours who had worked with them before. One of the reasons we chose them was because they readily provided contact information for their past clients and we liked what they had to say about Anna & Greg’s work. We had done some house hunting on our own and had an idea of what we wanted in our next house. My partner does a lot of trips abroad for business and during our search for a home, he had to go away on one of those trips. I was looking at the houses with Anna and Greg and taking videos and sending them to him through email. These guys (Anna & Greg) know what they’re doing; they know exactly what we were looking for. While my partner was away, he had a heart attack. Since he was out of the country, but near his family, he instructed me to keep going with with the search. Anna and Greg were the most supportive people I knew during that time.
“They stayed in touch with him and me through email and teleconferencing calls. After deciding on a house remotely, Anna and Greg (with the assistance of one of their associates, Simon), drew up the necessary paperwork for the transactions that were needed and we were in escrow before my partner could medically be allowed to fly back home. Initially, Anna & Greg were proactive in securing a ratified back-up contract on a house that already had a buyer. They went as far as setting up an appointment with the listing agent and the sellers for a personal meeting to entice them to see us favorably as buyers. Although that house didn’t work out, the day my partner came back we had already closed escrow on another house and had keys in hand. And to top it all off, Anna & Greg made a banner up with our pictures welcoming us to our new home after knowing what he went through. They provided food for our housewarming party too. We would definitely rely on Anna and Greg when it comes to our future real estate ventures.”
Kevin Case & Shai Erlich
In 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!
Anna May, Greg Jones with Kelly Carter
“Anna & Greg were recommended to me by a mutual friend. The last time I had sold a home, I was not single and the process at first seemed daunting. I had to clear out the home I had lived in for many years and it took a while longer than expected. Anna & Greg were sensitive to this and helped to make me feel comfortable and at ease with the whole process. They offered to help by offering boxes, garage sale signs, etc. and were flexible with the postponement of the home being available because of all the work I had to get done first.
It was a short sale, so in addition to removing a near-lifetime of belongings, I also had to deal with the stress of the short sale that would not have allowed me to benefit from any proceeds. Luckily, Anna & Greg were familiar with short sales and I was able to benefit from a “HAFA Relocation Incentive” that allowed me to walk away with a few thousand dollars to help with my transition into a new place to live.
“My experience with them was just wonderful. I highly recommend them!”
Gloria “Kelly” Carter
Special thanks to Diana Cohn of Corner Office for the introduction!
photography by www.LoryHawley.com
A home is no different than a Hollywood star:
Slap a little make-up and color on it, scrub it clean, polish it up and voila! You have a goddess!
A couple weeks ago, we threw a party that started at 8 p.m. because everyone looks better in the dark! We figured that after 8 p.m., our guests wouldn’t be able to tell we needed a paint job.
The week before the party, however, the husband AKA “Caveman” did make time to paint. Why? I asked him if he was making an excuse to stay home while I slaved away at work. He insisted that he needs to be surrounded by beauty and that our work is what makes our home life worthwhile.
No argument from me! Let him paint, scrape, patch, plant, tear up, put back together, cook those tomatoes in the bowl before they go bad, etc.
In the last month, our goddess has had a new interior paint job, a new roof and solar and an electric car charger installed, new tile floor*, stove and exhaust hood in the kitchen and staining some of the wood and wood cabinets throughout the house.
There will always be more to do but better to do it now and enjoy it than do what many folks do and wait to sell before making improvements…
*New tile floor was installed due to our dog Piglet chewing the former linoleum and baseboards. The hubby hated that white floor anyway!
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.
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!)