THE SECOND STORY | October 22nd, 2020

Avoiding lawsuits….

Many/most of us are on computers, these days-sometimes much more than we’ve ever considered. They are no longer a ‘luxury’ but a requirement. But my heart goes out to those parents and teachers who never thought of being in this situation.

What really bugs me is how many sales ‘people’ and ‘vendors’ are sending emails/texts promoting how good their ‘magic’ programs are.  What they tell me is how those programs are going to improve my sales and capture leads about potential buyers and sellers. But it does cost $$$$.


I prefer the good old days….when somebody asks you if you know a good Realtor, who works in a location that they want to buy or sell in.

Frankly, I don’t trust the ‘artificial intelligence’ programs. But I do use a couple of programs that offer assistance to use AI to my clients, that really work….and two of those programs are Glide and  These do a good job of helping clients understand what they are writing…and how it could affect a piece of real estate that they are selling (filling out the disclosure forms).

Because I’m older, many of my clients are older as well, or I’m working with their adult children!

Real estate has changed dramatically during the 30+ years since I’ve been involved with it.

That being said….do any of you recognize this doorstop in the photo above? This is a second life for this doorstop!

What is interesting this week is how many price reductions there are.



AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

PREO (pending sale, repossession)about

New listings this week  13 including 

Active listings this week 46 including 2 PCH

Pending listings this week 19 including 5 PSB

Sold listings this week 12

It will be strange not having kids out on Halloween. But I do have a pumpkin in my front window!

Have fun….whatever you choose to do this weekend! Let me know if you have any ??? about the market or answers about Halloween!

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!