THE SECOND STORY | August 2nd, 2018

Stuck on off.

You never know when you’re going to get those calls. Usually not late at night, but often out of the blue.

Over the years I’ve been very privileged to offer my clients pretty good referrals: plumbers, contractors, handy people (yes, many years ago I was able to recommend a woman, who really knew her stuff) but she moved away. Sue was remarkable!

Corner of Encinal and Union!

Within the last few months, I’ve been able to update those lists: plumbers, handymen, roofers, cleaners…and on and on. Many of those folks have retired and moved on…further out , where it’s often cheaper to live.

Sun flowers as big as trees!

I decided I needed to update my roofer and plumber lists. So I started with the roofers and put calls into them one evening. I left messages for them, saying who I was, and I wanted to know if they were still in biz.

If they didn’t call me back…they were off my list. But I made a note in my database, next to their company name or their own name, letting myself know when I called them OR if that number was no longer used. That way I had a system of YES they were in biz, or NO, they weren’t.

And several of them returned the call the next morning. But one called me back shortly after I left a message for him that night! We had a good conversation about what he really loved to do and it just wasn’t about roofs…it was about making large art pieces.

We often forget that the vendors we use and refer to others, often have other diverse interests.

Often, I’ve been the one who has been called when there’s an emergency…like earlier this evening. The water at the 3 units had been turned off by EBMUD. Long story made short…the one in charge had forgotten to pay the bill. So I offloaded most of my tool bucket contents onto my bed, and jumped into the car along with the 3-foot-tall-thingy on my front porch that supposedly allows you to turn the water off and on at the curb.

One of the tenants came outside and he really worked at twisting that shut-off to ‘on,’  but to no avail. Then I got a call from the one in charge, letting him know we were stuck on off.  He had found a local plumber and he was ready to come over. I got the plumber’s number and then texted him where we were. A-town to A-town, that’s how it’s done.

Bottom line…Todd , the plumber, got it done. We swapped cards and I’ll be calling him to get those gas shut-off valves installed, and for test/repairs for the private sewer laterals.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

The house I listed at 912 Del Mar closed today! The Sellers are ready to move on and the Buyers are excited.

New 8

Sold 8

Total Active Llstings 37 incl 1 BOM, 2 Contingent (selling another property), and 2 Price Changes

Total Pending Listings 51

Come by and see me at the lovely Crown Harbor condo…Sunday 2-4pm!  We thought we had a couple of interested buyers….but they both had their lives changed by other circumstances. Still available!

Text, call, yell, whatever…if you have questions!

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!