THE SECOND STORY | July 15th, 2021

Clearing out the carriage house…

….of signs from yesteryear.

These are sign riders from listings from 3+ or more years ago. They all got dumped into the trash in time for the garbage folks to pick them up today.

I’m not sure why I kept them so long. Well, yes, I do! They didn’t take up too much space in the carriage house. Plus I had ivy growing inside the carriage house…and I got rid of that, too, over the last 2 weeks.

My late husband used that space to do all of his woodwork (building half-models of boats/yachts that he designed). He was quite the artist when it came to doing that woodwork. Often he would give his client(s) a gift of that half-model and often he would make one for himself.

It’s so interesting that signs don’t matter this much these days, because most of the info is on the internet. It’s probably better that way because there are photos on the internet, a map showing that location, along with the disclosures, and how to show the property.  The showing agent needs to schedule an appointment..and it’s all done electronically.

I let my clients know that I won’t have any Broker Tours (it’s expected that the listing agent will give vistors/agents lunch.

I don’t have any open houses at my listings, since Covid showed up, because it’s often neighbors who want to be looky-loos. It gives the llisting agent a chance to meet potential new clients (Buyers or Sellers) and IMHO it makes the house turn into an office, which it is not.

Most of my Sellers only want Buyers with their agent inside the house so they can get an in-person sense whether or not the property will work for them.

At that time selling agent has downloaded the disclosures before s(he) shows them the property. Hopefully, they’ll receive a copy of the pest/property inspections, as well.

We were supposed to have a police captain at our Local Goverment Relations (Alameda city) at our meeting last week. S(he) must have gotten busy with other items, because that person never showed up. S(he) was going to explain why/how vacant properties were being broken into/occupied by the homeless.

A couple of us Realtors attended a zoom meeting (with other Alameda citizens) which was led by the gentleman who is in charge of that city committee to let us know how what the city is doing about this subject.

It was most informative, thoughtful, and realistic, about the needs these situations present to the city…and how they’re trying to deal with it. The speaker spoke of the situation near the Tube, and in various other locations where the homeless camp out.


All things being equal (which they’re not), there are a lot of new listings on the market this week. 


AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

BOM (back on market – fell out of escrow)

REO (real estate owned by the lender, i.e. foreclosure)

DOM (days on market)

Active listings this week 27 incl 2 BOM  and 1 PCH (but the price is still the same as last week).

DOM  HIgh 1509  Low 3  Avg 90  Med 16

Pending listings this week 19 including 2 PSB

DOM  HIgh 109  Low 3  Avg 90  Med 16

Sold listings this week 17

DOM  High 28  Low 0  Avg 10  Med 12

Have a great weekend (wherever that takes you) and let me know if you have ???



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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!