THE SECOND STORY | March 26th, 2015

Sittin’ by the dock on the bay…playing the sax in Alameda

Have I mentioned lately how much I love living in Alameda?

This week has been quite amazing because I’ve ridden my bike up and down the island to see clients, do errands everywhere, on the property tour (94502), to beyond Webster and locations in between (94501).

AND I went Alameda’s Farmer’s Market (Webster and Haight Sts.) where I was able to stuff a half flat of strawberries in my backpack without squishing any of them. Plus when you shop about 15 minutes before the market shuts down you’ll get better prices for such great items. Yippee and yummy!

Boomer-Chick-Musings What’s roaming in my head…

I had an interesting conversation with clients today. I brought a designer along with me because they had some questions for her that I could not answer. How wide does a door need to be able to accommodate a wheelchair? Could we put an exterior lift to reach the our living level in our high basement Victorian (I did know this – yes)! How can we sell our property and buy another in this crazy market? It’s very tough out there right now (and I knew this as well). Plus they have paid off the mortgage.

The upshot was that when we verbally weighed the pros and cons of buying, or selling, or upgrading the existing foundation (mostly still brick) and all of the associated work with that project, they still loved the house that I sold them 26 years ago.I suggested they stay put and modify the house to accommodate their lifestyle shifts. Then they could get rid of the huge earthquake premium they pay each year by installing a concrete foundation (and all the extras that come along with that type of project). They may need to move out for a bit but it’s a lot better than the other options they were considering…and they could handle it financially.

Our family lived in our house while we had the foundation changed out. We added 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and laundry room below the main level. We added a pumping system to get rid of the water we hit once we discovered we were living on an aquifer. We did some electrical and plumbing modifications. AND the tenants also stayed while we worked on the project.  This project was challenging for us but Carl had a degree in structural engineering (even though he was now a yacht designer), and we hired the best folks out there. And we finished the project in about nine months, just before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, with no damage!

This practical, real life story has very real meanings for clients of mine. And I have many more stories. If I haven’t done a project in real estate I bet I know someone who has. This is tooting my own horn. But this is what real estate is about for me. Not just the sales. It’s about living and helping folks come up with some solutions. And that’s why I expect to be here for quite sometime.

Got questions? I may have the answers or the know the ones who may have the answers.

Alameda Real Estate this Week…
Broker Tour Tues  11 this week

New  19
AC  Active Contingent 1 (they have something to sell in order to complete the sale)’s still very available.
PCH price change  2
Pending  9
Withdrawn temporarily 1
Sold  9

Alameda Real Estate Awards this Week…(this is only my perspective)
Get me to rehab  Get me to rehab TIE
Grand Dame  no open houses, no broker tour…my son went to school with the kids that lived here and I had seen it years ago. Super neat!

That’s a wrap! Have a good weekend! Gosh, I just checked my phone for the local weather…Google (knows everything, right?) says good for the next week! Save water!

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!