THE SECOND STORY | February 4th, 2010

On the road again….

(I wanted something to brighten up the dark skies so this was my pick. Dale Chihuly is a glass artist extraordinaire. His vision, skill, and execution is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The link takes you to the installation at the DeYoung in 2008. I had the privilege of getting in literally at the last extended hour, on the last day of the exhibition. I smiled and caught my breath on each turn. And one of the art guards showed me how to take photos without the flash. And this was the result. Take some time and check out his website.)

Blog title: This refers to my dad. Yep, he’s on the road again, after me taking the keys away twice. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anybody. It’s demeaning to all involved but there is a point at which it is the socially responsible thing to do. His primary care physician and some of his children turned him into the DMV via the state website less than 4 months ago. We have all been under the impression his license was suspended until he had an interview with the DMV and took any required tests.

Based on that, his insurance is invalid without a valid CDL. His quick solution to that was a demanding order to me, “Then get me different insurance!” Gosh, golly, I don’t think so. In fact, it doesn’t exist.

Then a couple of weeks ago the DMV gave him a call to come on down! Meet with them. See what’s goin‘ on. So he and his wife were chauffeured to the DMV by her grandson. After some chat time, the DMV offered him the opportunity to take the written test.

This is a man who two months before told his wife to get online (he doesn’t do computers himself) and buy the DMV cheater tests. He practically memorized them. But he hadn’t studied them for several weeks since his wife had suffered a non-debilitating stoke, and we moved them out of their house in very short order (another situation I wouldn’t wish on anybody), and into assisted living where his daily mantra has been “I hate it here. I don’t belong here. I am sick of looking at old, crippled people.” My response to that is “Dude.”

He passed the written test and takes the driving test on either the 18th or 19th, depending on the moment. He called the DMV two days ago to find out how he should get to the office to take his test, saying he didn’t know if he should drive there on a suspended license. Somebody told him his license is not suspended.

With this news, he called his step-grandson to drive him on some errands. Upon Dan showing up he demanded that Dan give him the keys to the car and said he’d call the police on him if he didn’t. After Dan did everything he could, including calling his mom to get in touch with us, he surrendered the keys.

Dad’s got some work to do. The car needs the 2010 tags. Even though I registered it recently they have not appeared. He doesn’t remember that Dan got pulled over two weeks ago for expired tags, with his grandparents as passengers. Dan talked his way out of the fix-it ticket but got busted for his grandmother not wearing a seat belt.

We actually wish he could get in and take it sooner. Let’s put this to bed. We are praying for the safety of all.

Measure B went down in flames….now what? And that’s a good thing. The city is still obligated to continue to talk with SunCal until or through July, based on written agreements. But the citizens have spoken and will continue to demand from the Council some type of cohesive plan for The Point. It’s time that the money and toxic pit that it is, be transformed.

***COMMUNITY ADVISORY***(via the Chamber of Commerce)
Oakland International Airport (OAK) has received notification of a
military aircraft operation scheduled on Friday, February 5 and
Saturday, February 6, 2010.

A T-38A jet aircraft, operated by the United States Air Force, is scheduled to land at OAK mid-day on Friday, February 5, 2010, and remain overnight. The aircraft is scheduled to depart OAK on Saturday, February 6, 2010, in the mid-morning.

Upon departure, the pilot is required to utilize the engines’ afterburners as an operational necessity with this aircraft. Consequently, East Bay residents may perceive a significant noise event ( ya think? italics are mine) as a result of the T-38A jet aircraft departure. OAK Noise Office staff has requested that the pilot use the airport’s main runway (11/29) to
minimize noise effects on the surrounding communities.

Aircraft noise concerns may be directed to OAK’s Noise Hotline at (510) 563-6463.
Alameda real estate this week…

Active listings 112, 101 last report
Pending listings 78, 79 last report

Highest priced new listing
Lowest priced new listing

Tueday Tour 7

It was a fun week….well, all my weeks are never boring!

Got to ride my bike completely end to end on the broker tour and make a few additional stops at vacant houses along the way. Too bad keys aren’t in some lockboxes, lockboxes are hidden or not on…..despite what the agent says in the mls. Nonetheless it was a great ride.

Got to meet with two potential sellers this week, each having unique situations, exploring their options in this market. I’ve averaged at least one such meeting a week since the beginning of the year as consumers try to make wise decisions.

Got to meet with a potential buyer and put out warnings about how document demanding the financing process is even with the best borrowers these days.

Picked up some excellent info at our sales meeting regarding the new processes for the Good Faith Estimates and how the lenders are required to work within specific time frames, specific fee tolerances, and be financially accountable for inaccuracies. This is a winner but will have some impact on timing and closing the transactions.

1727 Clinton closed Thursday. Original list was 998K. Three offers received and two of those were from the same party. And one of those took it. Sale price 927K with 12K back to the buyers for non-recurring closing costs. One of the conditions of the offer was that the kitchen remodel permits that were pulled in 1993 must be finaled. So off to work I go…..within 11 days of that contract agreement we had it all done. It helps to know a bit about the process, have a competent and reasonably priced contractor I could bring in for the project, have good communication, and a get-it-done attitude by everybody on the Seller’s side. YAY! Got the house de-staged on Monday and found out 3 beds did not belong to the stager, and one small party refrigerator had to have a home. The Buyers took 2 of the beds and the refrig and we got the last bed hauled out yesterday.

Trying to see some light at the end of a short sale tunnel with my Buyers who are hanging in there….it’s a financial meat grinder out there.

Getting vendors lined up for work at a property that will be listed shortly.

Note that 1238 Versailles is showing up as a new listing this week. This is the Webster House B&B that was to be auctioned last year and at the last moment with the auction reps there, the owner canceled the auction. Now it’s 690K and a short sale. Will be an interesting one to watch. This price is for the real estate only. Business….who knows.

Note that 1538 Lafayette is on the market. No open houses, no broker open, no open houses, just a complete contractor special. This is the house at the corner of Lafayette and Lincoln with the poster messages outside.

Got to check in with those on my handyperson list and now it’s all updated.

Been pumping up the Shredding Party a week from this Saturday. I sent out over 200 postcards and some of you may be getting those. Many others will be getting email reminders with details from me in the next few days.

Working on a new listing that will be on the Broker Tour this Tuesday.

Played 9 holes at Alameda, the south course with my finance advisor last Thursday – a bit muddy but playable with winter rules. Played 9 holes with my golfing gal buddy on Sunday afternoon at Oakland Metro (near the OAK apt). Still squishy and messy but dryer than Alameda. Oh, that’s not real estate this week. Sorry.

New 12

BOM (back on market) 2

Price changes 3

Pending 5

Sold 6 Even though I marked 1727 Clinton sold, it got lost in mls cyberspace. So the link is dedicated here.


Withdrawn/cancelled 3

Alameda real estate awards this week….
(remember this is only my perspective)

I’m only putting one award out….Get me to rehab

That’s a wrap….carry on! Enjoy the weekend! Bag and box up your stuff for shredding a week from Saturday! marilyn

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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!