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Play Ball!

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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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Don’t Make Yourself a Victim!

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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…

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…

 

Staying Close!

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Home Buyer Seminar in Castro Valley!

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I’ve Got a Crush On You

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When I bought my house, it was so beautiful that I didn’t care about the “issues” it had.

It didn’t matter that it was high-maintenance, needed constant grooming, cried inside when it rained outside and didn’t cook wonderful meals for me to enjoy when I got home.

Basically, it was an expensive pain in the a–.  It never contributed anything to my life except looking good and certainly attracted its fair share of gawkers.

Might this sound familiar?

“Pre-Hab” is a Growing Fad: You Heard it Here First?

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For savvy and very busy sellers, hiring a “pre-hab” consultant or architect is wise. In recent months, two of our sellers’ listings enjoyed the services of a “pre-hab consultant”. The pre-hab consultant offered services ranging from simply providing a list of recommended items to fix, replace, or restore all the way to the full service option of managing contractors for a full top-to-bottom home “pre-hab”.

Yes! It IS a made-up term! The concept of “pre-habbing” is similar to getting dressed up for a party. We clean up, put on our best clothing, accessorize, accentuate our best attributes and GO. Sometimes we do it ourselves; others of us have an entourage helping us look our best and attract attention and suitors.

Our current Rolling Ridge listing is an example of a home that was “pre-habbed” at the behest of a savvy seller. We had other such sellers in recent months who hired the same “pre-hab architect”, as I like to call her. Between her, our photographer and our own “Art Director” skills, we put on a show when we list properties for sale.

I have to say, we thoroughly enjoy working with folks who take their craft seriously. Our photographer Lory Hawley and pre-hab architect Musette Profant make us and our listings look good in the eyes of our seller clients. We are lucky to surround ourselves with wonderful team members. They are kind, they are diligent, they are trus artists and they are FUN.

After all, if it isn’t fun, why bother?

 

 

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Client Testimonial: Shai and Kevin

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“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

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Are you hot enough to live here?

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18977 Thornbury Avenue, Castro Valley–For Sale

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-9

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REALTORS® shall not provide access to listed property on terms other than those established by the owner or the listing broker.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

 

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-8

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REALTORS® shall not misrepresent the availability of access to show or
inspect a listed property.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-7

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Standard of Practice 3-7

When seeking information from another REALTOR® concerning property
under a management or listing agreement, REALTORS® shall disclose
their REALTOR® status and whether their interest is personal or on
behalf of a client and, if on behalf of a client, their relationship with the
client.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-6

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REALTORS® shall disclose the existence of accepted offers, including
offers with unresolved contingencies, to any broker seeking
cooperation.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-5

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It is the obligation of subagents to promptly disclose all pertinent facts
to the principalʼs agent prior to as well as after a purchase or lease
agreement is executed.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-4

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REALTORS®, acting as listing brokers, have an affirmative obligation to
disclose the existence of dual or variable rate commission
arrangements (i.e., listings where one amount of commission is
payable if the listing brokerʼs firm is the procuring cause of sale/lease
and a different amount of commission is payable if the sale/lease
results through the efforts of the seller/landlord or a cooperating
broker). The listing broker shall, as soon as practical, disclose the
existence of such arrangements to potential cooperating brokers and
shall, in response to inquiries from cooperating brokers, disclose the
differential that would result in a cooperative transaction or in a
sale/lease that results through the efforts of the seller/landlord. If the
cooperating broker is a buyer/tenant representative, the buyer/tenant
representative must disclose such information to their client before the
client makes an offer to purchase or lease.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-3

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Standard of Practice 3-2 does not preclude the listing broker and
cooperating broker from entering into an agreement to change
cooperative compensation.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

 

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-2

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To be effective, any change in compensation offered for cooperative

services must be communicated to the other REALTOR® prior to the time
that REALTOR® submits an offer to purchase/lease the property.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

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REALTORS® Code of Ethics: Duties to Clients and Customers, Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-1

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Article 3
REALTORS® shall cooperate with other brokers except when cooperation
is not in the clientʼs best interest. The obligation to cooperate does not
include the obligation to share commissions, fees, or to otherwise
compensate another broker.
• Standard of Practice 3-1
REALTORS®, acting as exclusive agents or brokers of sellers/ landlords,
establish the terms and conditions of offers to cooperate. Unless
expressly indicated in offers to cooperate, cooperating brokers may
not assume that the offer of cooperation includes an offer of
compensation. Terms of compensation, if any, shall be ascertained by
cooperating brokers before beginning efforts to accept the offer of
cooperation.

  • Join Broker/Owners Anna May & Greg Jones at our Rotary Club of F.U.N. Sunset meeting on Thursday February 27th for a humorous program about what distinguishes professional and ethical REALTORS from “the others”. www.FUNRotary.com

See entire Code of Ethics HERE

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