THE SECOND STORY | June 12th, 2014

Go fly a kite (board) in Alameda!

I was on my bike checking on a property that will be coming on the market…and it was win-dee!  There’s bit of a shortcut behind houses and behind local cul-de-sacs that can be used to beat the wind. But when I came out and saw this site…it was like it was a weekend, not a late Thursday afternoon!

Boomer Chick Musings  who knows what I’m thinking about….my take on life.

Vendors…Often it is my pleasure to recommend vendors to my clients…everything from folks who refinish hardwood floors, to those who need new carpeting, to painters, plumbers, electricians, handy people, fence folks, movers (that’s a tough one…who is good on one cross country trip can be bad on the next). And just as often I received names of vendors my clients have had great (not just good) luck with. And that’s how I keep current lists!

The challenge is timing.  When clients are working to get a house ready for the market, they need everything right away, and that’s not always possible, especially when everybody is in high demand!  When buyers are working to get estimate once they are in a contract, that can be tough.  Sometimes I am able to nicely pull strings.  If you need somebody, feel free to let me know what needs to be done, and I can offer somebody’s name so you can meet her/him.

Many of my vendors have worked for me personally.  I have a track record when it comes to them working for my clients.  Over the years our family has replaced a full brick foundation, added rooms (beds, laundry, baths), rebuilt from scratch an enclosed spa room, landscaped and landscaped again, replaced window coverings, had the front of the house painted, just in the last 5 weeks I’ve had hardwood stairs refinished. I may have some attorneys to refer as well.  I have surveyors, structural engineers. Often title work needs to be cleaned up when ownership is messed up…and on and on.

And believe you me, if it’s not done right, I’ll know about it, and if they don’t make it right…it’s history for them.  I’d rather have a bad situation happen personally to me instead of my clients. So…when you need somebody….take advantage of all the time I’ve lived in Alameda, and what I know!  

Alameda Real Estate this week….
Tuesday Tour… 12 this week...some I had already seen over the weekend.  But a great day for a bike ride!

Active listings this week  61
Pending listings this week  82

I’ve included all All Types:  commercial, lots & land, residential income, residential 5+units, commercial lots & land, commercial industrial.  What we don’t see often is how the comm’l agents run their own MLS systems and subscribe to that so they aren’t bothered with houses, and/or small residential units.

New  15
BOM back on market  3
PCH price change   4
Pending   13
Sold   15

Alameda real estate awards…remember this is only my perspective!
One development one duet dolled up 
Same development one duet plain Jane
Got me a facelift
Second try..includes lot next door

Have a great weekend!  As one of my clients says…”Go do something good!”

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!