THE SECOND STORY | February 20th, 2020

Why I love this town…

Even though Alameda is an island, and if (aka when) there’s an emergency and all of the bridges can’t be opened or crossed, and the tube is flooded with saltwater, I still trust that our citizens and guests can rely on each other. 

Why do I say that? Because I believe in people: all kinds of people. Down deep, I think people want to help others.

When I ride my bike around town….I’ll smile first and maybe someone will smile back: walkers, dog walkers, grumpy folks, babies being pushed in strollers by their nannies, mommies, daddies, or siblings. Even if I don’t get the ‘smile’ back to me, it’s okay.

        An issue that is right,  doesn’t gain impact by anger.

And if I take the time to listen, just listen, he, she, they may calm down.

I didn’t watch the full (wannabe) presidential debate last night, but it was a bit fascinating to me. Rich guys, young guys, older folks, ancient folks, women folks (neither of whom are filthy rich).

But our island city is getting more and more like the debates: yelling, interrupting. Folks, just try listening. It might be hard, but it’s worth trying.



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)

REO=  Real Estate Owned by the lender (The seller may have stopped paying the lender, was behind a few months, etc. It’s a foreclosure!)This the first time in years that I’ve added this to our list!


Broker Tour Tues 8


Active 27 including 1 BOM, 1 PCH


Pending 8


Sold 9


Market Stats for Active Listings (Days on Market)

High = 1022

Low = 7

Average = 125

Median = 22


Market Stats for Pending (Days on Market)

High = 8

Low = 0

Average  = 21

Median = 10


Market Stats for Sold (Days on Market)

High = 85

Low = 0

Average = 21

Median =10

Getting close to Daylight Savings Time!

Have a great weekend! 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!