THE SECOND STORY | November 7th, 2019

Autumn…. and real estate….and daylight savings…

Autumn is definitely here.

In the autumn…there’s not so much competition and there are ‘for real buyers’ out there and there are ‘for real sellers’ out there.

Many folks think they need to sell when it’s spring or summer (kids are out of school, it’s a good time to make new friends, it’s vacation time).

These days…maybe not so much. There are year-round schools and vacations are divided up into smaller chunks of time (not 3 months: more like a 1 week here, 2 weeks there, a month somewhere else).

My mom thought canned goods were great. I get it…it made life simpler AND she had 4 squirrelly kids. I look at what I’ve got in my kitchen cabinets/drawers…not too much-canned stuff.

I may be on the older side…but we didn’t live on farms and we certainly didn’t harvest any crops. But I certainly appreciate those who harvest our food.

We also didn’t have any local Farmer’s Markets. But now we do! Food is fresher. And the fruits and veggies reflect the actual season that we’re in! Plus, most folks that I know do grow some types of veggies/fruit – especially if they grow food as part of a co-op.

I was remiss this past year. However, I took advantage of my lemon tree/bush (which is mostly year-round) and I shared those Meyer delights with others.

And a couple of years ago I needed to have Sal, my gardener, chop down our apple tree. It was undermining the carriage house concrete floor. And that carriage house was Carl’s domain, with all of his shop/tools/toys turning nothing into something beautiful.

And daylight savings? Um,  I think I like to be in one time zone all year long. None of this changing- clocks around.

Alameda Real Estate this Week


MLS=Multiple Listing Service 

AC= active contingent=the buyer needs to sell something before s(he) can complete the transaction. In this instance, another buyer might write a back-up offer. If the primary buyer can’t meet the contract deadlines, it’s bye-bye to the first buyer. And the back-up offer moves into the primary position. Be sure your agent explains all of this to you! You do NOT want to lose your deposit to the Seller.

BOM=back on the market (could be that the buyer had some conditions in the contract that s(he) couldn’t meet in a timely manner.)

PCH= price change (seller either raised or dropped the price)

PSB=pending sale (seller & agent wants backup offers)

Market Stats this week for sold listings

Days on market = 18 high

Days on market = 0 low (2 were off-market listings

Average Days on market = 8

Median Day on market = 8

Buh bye! Maybe see you on Sunday?

best, marilyn


Broker Tour Tues 10

43 Active (including 1 incl 1 BOM and 1 PCH)

48 Pending (including 6 PSB)

11 Sold 

I’ll be at 1404 Sherman St. (corner of Central and Sherman), this Sunday, holding an open house, 2-4pm! It’s bigger than most houses (1569 sf), and 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, with an in-unit laundry room, a lovely garden/patio, and a 2 car underground parking garage with a 300 sf (per the Seller) storage space! Yep! This is a 4 unit condo project built in 1980! Anderson windows throughout keep it quiet and not hot and not cold, and it has that ‘open concept’ kitchen, dining area, living area. And …Come by and check it out!

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!