THE SECOND STORY | October 25th, 2012

Searching for water….in Alameda

I came downstairs on Monday, and found this!  I hollered WAIT, WAIT and took this picture of my plumber Ethan, of Ethan’s Service Plumbing.  He’s diverting a rain drain line from the sump pump, to the exterior of the house while we (he) figures out what is slowing the water from getting out smoooothly, and not backing up! 

Boomer Chick Musings – one chick’s check (mine) on what is happening in this world!

Quick glimpses-
Tax cuts on the block?  See what may be back!  NY Times 
Shadow inventory? No more cheapies out there, not here, not now!  LA TIMES

Want to check out some energy rebates/programs?  Thanks to Pat Colburn for sending this.

Broker tour Tuesday 
A great bike ride…10 on tour, I saw 9 properties.

All Alameda properties
Active listings this week  57
Pending listings this week 128

Highest and Lowest PRICED listings this week

New  10
Price changes  2
BOM back on market  1
Pending  13
Sold  16
Withdrawn temporarily  1
Withdrawn/canceled  1

Winner  the owners of this re-do will do it again with a purchase (old but has loads of potential) on Eastshore!
Get me to rehab!  Tie!  The one of 205K is combo wreck and hoarder house.  It was swimming with folks who want to get a great deal (but at what prices when inside/outside/roof/foundation must be done?  The other one is choking with smoke and was a mess…and had some lookers too!

OK – I’ve save the best for last….remember, when I got into the biz rates had just broken 17%.  Here’s how it’s gone down since then.  I’m afraid the combo of low interest with low inventory has created a dearth, but when rates go up (and they will sometime), not as many folks will qualify for financing.


That’s a wrap!  Make it work!  Call if you have questions!  Carry on!

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!