THE SECOND STORY | June 12th, 2008

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I’m so excited – with a calm thought and a bit of luck I’m starting to figure this gig out….The goal is to work smarter with an effective end-result!

But I decided I needed a book about blog tricks and tips. So I attached the bike trailer to the bike this evening and ran errands at Alameda Towne Centre, first stop the new Borders. I found a great title …Nobody Cares What You Had for Lunch. But I bought the standard Blogging for Dummies.

Remember this evening, Friday the 13th, is the first of the Concerts at the Cove. Should be a terrific night for it! Take your bike, take a chair, buy some food and drink, dance a bit! Enjoy SUMMER (well, it’s almost here – sorry Sutter and Sean, that you are in winter in New Zealand.)

AND you can enjoy the San Francisco Opera for FREE on Friday eve, the 20th, at the ATT Ballpark….

I’m making a habit of taking my camera on the broker tour. Last week I spotted this van with a great advertisement…it made me look twice. And it turns out it’s a company I’ve referred a couple of clients to over the years! I thought the graphic and description just said it all! Bravo!

And what a gorgeous series of days we’ve had….I do high heat only around the grill. So I thought Tuesday’s tour was going to be a scorcher. But the lovliest breeze wrapped around me starting from home, and continued the rest of the bike ride and the day: out to the tip of Bay Farm, along the shoreline park, along High Street to the Fernside neighborhood, straight up to 4th Street, back over to 9th and Central, and home again. What wonderful benefits of selling real estate in Alameda! (The second before I took this photo on Tuesday, Mr. Seagull added a splash of white to the post he was perched on. Lovely.)

Real estate this week in Alameda….

The listing at 3900 Fairway, Oakland received 3 offers last Friday and went pending that night. This is a classic example of having a price that attracts a bevy of buyers who can see through numerous challenges posed by a property – some of which are fixable, and some that can never be changed.

I’ll be holding 909 San Antonio open Sunday 2-4pm, come by and say hi!

Active Listings 194, 196 last week
Pending Listings 85, 81 last week

Tuesday Tour Click Here to View Listings
Indicative of the market: The house at 1815 Harvard went pending 2 days after it was on tour….in 1998 it sold for 488.5K on a list of 479K. In 2005 it sold for 960K on a list of 849K. Now it’s listed for 969K.

New Click Here to View Listings 11

Price changes Click Here to View Listings 17

Pending Click Here to View Listings 11

Sold Click Here to View Listings 8

Back on Market (BOMs) Click Here to View Listings 1

Expired & withdrawn Click Here to View Listings 10

Awards this week….remember – this is only my perspective!

Winner of the Week Click Here to View Listings

Bang for the buck Click Here to View Listings (same as Winner)

Cute/Charming Click Here to View Listings tie!

Get me a facelift Click Here to View Listings

Got me a makeover Click Here to View Listings (same as Winner, Bang!)

Get me to rehab – not this week

I’m out of rehab Click Here to View Listings

Looking for trends….
We’ve been tracking the Gold Coast properties since there are a few of them.

1208 Saint Charles Click Here to View Listings no broker tour, tough to show…

1611 San Antonio Click Here to View Listings was pending for a few days, then back on the market this week.

1600 Dayton Click Here to View Listings

1234 Hawthorne Click Here to View Listings (contingent on sale of another property

1250 Saint Charles Click Here to View Listings SOLD a couple of weeks ago – no broker tour, no open houses, one primary buyer who stepped up to the plate.

1260 Saint Charles Click Here to View Listings expired listing owned by the bank.

Have a good weekend! Give a call if you have real estate questions.

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!

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