THE SECOND STORY | July 1st, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Blog photo: This was on the way to the Giants game last Monday evening via the Alameda ferry. We were at the back of the boat. I needed a new flag photo. And there it was. Even if one hated baseball it would be hard to dislike the ferry trip to and from, and the setting of that ballpark…especially the 2nd level seats that look out to the bay…..who needs baseball? View, fun, food, ferry. Sweet!

Blog post: A day in the life of this real estate broker associate:
-10am – my favorite structural engineer came by and installed some drain pipes into some brick.
-10:30 am – Met with a client and started the listing process. (It is on MLS Waiver)
-12:20 – Late for my golf lesson – my teacher is saying really good things about my swing. Now I need to translate that from the practice mat out to the course.
1:40 -Rode my bike to City Hall for one reason and ended up taking care of about four items!
3:10 -Rode my bike to the west end and completed listing and disclosure paperwork with another client. The property isn’t ready to go to market yet. (It is on MLS Waiver)
-5:30 -Rode my bike to meet up with clients on the east end and showed 3 properties.
-7:30 -Rode my bike to the new Paganos Hardware at Towne Centre – they are open until 8pm! It was my second time there this week. Love it!
-7:55- Rode back around to Panera to pick up some bread (love that place, too).
-Rode home and have been trying not to fall asleep after fixing dinner!

Quick glimpses:
-Tax credit deadline (for those in contract by last April 30, they must now close by Sept. 30.
This will be a big help for those buyers wading through the deep, slow waters of short sale contracts.
Fannie Mae may not be your friend if you give back your house
Sinking or swimming – when do owners throw in the towel?
-What’s a Deed in Lieu (of foreclosure)

Alameda real estate this week….
Active listings 173, 169 last report
Pending listings 77, 80 last report

Tuesday broker tour
– 14 with 2 repeats There were some NICE properties this week!

If you’d like to get the email blast I send out on Tuesdays with a link and spreadsheet of what is on tour, let me know. It’s all done BCC so your email address is not out there for everyone to see.

Highest and Lowest priced NEW listings

New 13

BOM Back on Market 2

Price changes 13

Pending 11

Sold 8

Expired 11 some of these show back up as NEW

Withdrawn/canceled 1

Alameda real estate awards this week… remember,
this is only my perspective!

Winner of the Week – tie!

Get me a facelift!

Get me to Rehab!

I’m out of Rehab! This is the two houses on one lot, on Bay across from Mastick Senior Center. It was sold as junk, had major work done on it, caught on fire, then sold again…and voila. The owners seem to have done a marvelous job and the styling and finishes are gorgeous.

Have a fun holiday. Be safe. Enjoy the weather, family, friends, and the Sunday Alameda parade!

Carry on! That’s a wrap! best, 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!