THE SECOND STORY | October 18th, 2018

“I don’t know what you need to know….”


Scarry Alameda! It’s amazing how this town gets so wrapped up with ghosts and goblins and dead people!

During a listing presentation, I’m often asked. “Why so many questions?” My questions can certainly seem to be intrusive to new potential clients…because this is probably the first time I’ve ever sat down at a table with them. My goal is to find out if we are on the same page, or not. Often it’s a book of pages.

This afternoon I attended one of our Bay East Association of Realtors meetings regarding Alameda (city) transportation issues. It was fascinating, with speakers from the city, the County, a rep from one of the local biz associations, and a rep from WETA (San Francisco Water Emergency Transporation Authority). Per usual, it takes a vote to move anything up the hill (or through the water because by most everybody’s standards we don’t have hills in A-town but we are surrounded by H2O).

But we did get to ask questions!

Then I flashed back to earlier this month..when I was taking a quick vaca in Newport Beach. At this time of year, the natives have claimed their land back…no crowds, minimal tourists, and pretty good (read excellent) weather and some body-whomping surf.

I’ll usually park my car on Balboa Island, unload my bike, and take the ferry over to the peninsula and I start riding, up to Huntington Beach and/or down to the Wedge.

I think that our employees who represent A-town, do a fantastic job, either sitting at a table or standing up presenting something to the public. Thus the title of this blog post….”I don’t know what you need to know.” Most of us in attendance didn’t know too much…but they gave us lots to think about.

As potential Sellers and Buyers, IMHO you need to use a local agent, who focuses on Alameda (94501, 94502), otherwise it’s up to you…to get info, and that leads me back to the question, “I don’t know what you need to know, but if you have the time we can find out together.”

Alameda Real Estate this Week

New 11

AC, 2 BOM, 10 PCH – active contingent, back on market, price changes mostly downward

Pending 7

Sold 14

Total active 73

Total pending 53

Gads…it gets so dark, so early these days!

Let me know if you have questions about this shifting market….

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!