THE SECOND STORY | May 13th, 2021

The Results Are In…

I knew the Shredding Party went pretty well, and there were a few checks that came in last week…

Bottom line: We (all of us) were able to donate a total of $7419. 00…

…to Alameda (city) Meals on Wheels, which included my matching funds.

Thank you to all who came, shredded (or not), and donated!

One of my good friends works for a company that will match any charitable donation (up to a certain capped amount ) that an employee chooses to write a check to, as long as the recipient has been identified as an IRC 501 (C) (3) exemption. And that includes AMOW! And because he made such a lovely donation I matched both his and the company’s donation. 


Alameda Real Estate This Week

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active listings 30 including 2 PCH

DOM  high 1468   low 6  avg 108  med 37

Pending listings 17 including 1 PSB

Sold listings 17 

DOM  high 27  low 1  avg 8   med 7

NEW Showing rules/guidelines for Alameda Co:  More than 2 buyers plus 1 agent can now see a property, as long as the buyers are from the same family. The buyer’s agent needs to call a scheduling service (one of those services Is in the MLS listing) to be sure the time is available. And the Buyer’s agent needs to have his client(s) sign the PEAD form and send it to the listing agent BEFORE the showing takes place. Be sure to verify that the above is current, because the rules are changing….that’s the responsibility of the Buyer’s agent to do! Be Safe!

Have a nice weekend! marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | May 6th, 2021

They came, they met, they shredded, they left FEELING GOOD!

Even Ben Franklin was smiling! 

(This was a promotional item that I received in the mail this week:

a pair of sox. What’s up with that?) 

The Shredding Party, last Saturday, was terrific! It was a sunny Saturday, with lots of smiles and a boat-load of kindness. 

I can only say thanks to all of you who participated. We were able to give a total of $6574 to Alameda Meals on Wheels.

I waited until today to turn in the $$$$ because I was receiving more checks from folks. That amount may change upward, should the last check show up.

What’s amazing, is that one of my friends works at a company that encourages donations to worthy causes. That company will match his check, once they see the proof that the check is deposited. 

AMOW says thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Alameda Real Estate this week!

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active Listings   23 

DOM  high 1460  low 6  avg 116  med  29

Pending Listings  16

DOM  high 16  low 0  avg 7  med 8

Sold Listings 11

DOM  high 19  low 0  avg 7  med 8

As you can see, the inventory is almost non-existent. If you are curious about the Alameda market, give me a call, text, email.

If you have questions about the real estate market, let me know. It’s pretty bizarre out there!

Be well, be safe, have fun in the sun!

marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | April 29th, 2021

This Saturday…..be there! Shredding Party!

This Saturday, May 1 from 9am – 1pm!

1829 Clinton Ave. is where the action is!

If you care to make a donation to

Alameda Meal on Wheels,

I’ll match that donation! 

Alameda Real Estate this week!

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

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Active listings 25   

DOM  high 1453    low 3   avg  112   med  23

Pending listings 16 incl 1 PSB

DOM  high 18   low 6  avg 9   med 8

Sold listings 16

DOM high 217  0 low  avg 20  med 21

Let’s get ready to SHRED!

Wear a mask!  See you soon!

 

 

 

THE SECOND STORY | April 22nd, 2021

Real Estate (CIP) and Roundabouts…..And the 15th Annual Shredding Party!

I zoomed (not zoomed-bombed) our City Council meeting last Tues. night. One of the items on the agenda was how the city would modify our streets, to accommodate bicyclists: specifically where Sherman/Encinal/Central Aves, merge together, thus reducing traffic, time, etc.

(They postponed what I tuned in to hear: some type of modification to our Rent Control regarding Capital Improvement Plan issues. They postponed this subject to another City Council meeting.)

 

Bring your stuff to the Shredding                        Party…Saturday, May 1, 9-1pm

Now, I’m no rocket scientist, but the city staff said it recommended ‘this configuration.’ After lots of discussions, one of the city council members wondered why the staff didn’t have any of this configuration ‘animated’ so we could actually see how this could work.  YAY!

It’s one thing to reroute traffic. It’s another thing to keep folks (in cars, on bikes, pedestrians/joggers/runners/and those that have difficulty walking/running) safe.

If you’ve experienced the crazy green/white/stripes/lanes/ at the corner of Otis and Grand Streets, you may have an idea of what I’m talking about.

It’s tough enough for me to memorize floorplans, but this presentation totally failed to win me over. One would think that the staff would practice on regular citizens. Nope. I stayed with the meeting until 11pm and it started @ 7pm? I had better things to do….like watch the 11:00pm weather report.

Alameda Real Estate This Week

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active Listings 23 incl 1 PCH

Pending listings 22 incl 4 PSB

Sold listings 19

Questions? I may or may not have the answers….and perhaps you have the answers and I can ask you?

Be well, be safe, be happy! marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | April 15th, 2021

Top of Mind….Our 15th Annual Shredding Party!

All of you are invited to my 15th Annual Shredding Party! Tell your friends!

Saturday, May 1st, 9am – 1pm!

This will be the second time we’ve had this party with Covid lingering around. Wear a mask, keep the distance, and IT’S FREE TO YOU, FROM ME! If you choose to make a donation, I will match what you donate, and all proceeds go to Alameda (city) Meals on Wheels! Last year we donated $6080. and the AMOW office staff was ecstatic!

If you want to feel good because you’ve done something good (like donating to Alameda Meals on Wheels)…join us! Text, email, or call me for the address! (It’s at my house.) 

You will see/hear the truck, which will be parked in front of my house!

Alameda Real Estate this week…

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

 

Active listings 32, including 1 PCH

DOM  High 1439  Low 1  Avg 8  Med 9

Pending listings 14

DOM  Hgh 8  Low 0  Avg 8  Med  9

Sold listings 12

DOM  12  Low  0  Avg 6  Med 7

If you haven’t heard, the DOM is super low. If you need a loan, the lender needs to put it in writing –  that you’re PRE-APPROVED, not pre-qualified.

If you have some questions about the Alameda market, toss them at me! I may not know the answers but I probably have contacts that do have the answers.

Load up your bags, boxes, and watch those papers turn into bits! Shred away!

Best, marilyn

 

 

 

THE SECOND STORY | April 8th, 2021

Slim picking$ and propertie$ are expen$ive!

These were the only clouds in the sky

that I could see

when I took this photo!

All of you are invited to my 15th Annual Shredding Party! Tell your friends!

May 1st, 9am – 1pm!

This will be the second time we’ve had this party with Covid lingering around. Wear a mask, keep the distance, and IT’S FREE TO YOU, FROM ME! If you choose to make a donation, I will match what you donate, and all proceeds go to Alameda (city) Meals on Wheels! Last year we donated $6080. and the AMOW office staff was ecstatic!

If you want to feel good…join us! 

Alameda Real Estate this Week

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active listings 19, incl 1 PCH

DOM  High 1432  Low 0  Avg 120  Med 12

Pending listings 17, incl 3 PSB

DOM  High 217  Low 0  Avg 21  Med 9

Sold listings 15

DOM  High 52  Low 0  Ave 10  Med 9

Be safe out there! It’s not about me…it’s about US!

Have questions about this market? Let me know….I may or may not be able to answer them….

Be safe, be well, and carry on!  best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | April 1st, 2021

Going, going, gone!

Wall of yellow climbing roses.

 

 

A lovely late afternoon,  sitting in my backyard,

enjoying the climbing yellow roses!

 

My client entertained offers last Friday, at 582 Kings Road. She received 10 of them.

I’m still getting calls from buyers (even today) about how s(he) wanted that property. Oh well…..this person had an agent and the agent showed her the property, and she called me to find out all of the details. Really? No way!

In this market, if you want/need to buy a property…you must/need to make the highest offer, with the fewest or no contingencies. There is a lot of competition out there.  And yes, it went for over 1M  on a 799K list price. It will change ownership in about 23 days, from now.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active listings 18 including 2 PCH, 1 AC

DOM High 1425,  Low 0,  Avg 140,  Med 21

Pending listings 12 including 1 PSB

DOM High 217, Low 0,  Avg 26,  Med 10

Sold listings 13

DOM High 44, Low 0,  Avg 13,  Med 11

Have a nice weekend! Call, text, email me…if you have questions about the real estate market. …

Shredding Party! Saturday May 1, 9am – 1pm

Let me know if you want to bring your stuff over before May 1. I will keep it secured, and will give it to the person who is running the truck! And I’ll watch it get shredded!

It’s free to you, your friends (and I guess your enemies, too). We’ll be observing all of the Covid Protocols, just like last year!

Questions? Let me know!

 

THE SECOND STORY | March 25th, 2021

Real estate inventory is super low!

First bloom on my mock cherry tree…

Inventory…..but sooner or later, it will change. Natural disasters (fires, earthquakes) and man-made events like foreclosures & REO’s (real-estate-owned by the lender…i.e. taken back due to lack of payments).

The lack of inventory and the low-interest rates have really driven the prices up. Agents from all over and well beyond the bay area, are showing properties in Alameda!

My new listing @ Crown Harbor has received numerous showings. We will entertain offers on Friday, March 26th.

Folks are beginning to ask me about the Shredding Party! Yes! It will happen on May 1, 9am to 1pm, Saturday. Once again (this is year #15)  any and all donations will go to Alameda (city) Meals On Wheels! And I’ll match all donations that are generated! 

Yes…all Covid protocols will be observed! Wear a mask, keep the distance, and tell your neighbors! If you can’t come to the party, make an arrangement with me to drop your stuff off!

Alameda Real Estate this Week

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active listings  26 (including 1 AC)   

DOM  High 1418  Low 1  Avg 125   Med 20

Pending sales 14

DOM  High 52   Low 0   Avg 12   Med 9

Sold  12

DOM  High 127   Low 2   Avg 30    Med 12

That’s a wrap…be safe, be well, and wear a mask.

Call/text/email me if you have questions or even have answers!

marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | March 18th, 2021

Alameda Inventory is low, low, low….

…prices are up, up, up. Interest rates are low, low, low. And that helps the Buyers purchase what they want..if they can find a piece of real estate that meets their needs, for now and for the future. Plus, Buyers will probably need to up the price point and be willing to pay the extra $$$ for a suitable house/condo/townhome…because, as you may know, there are bidding wars.

Below is a video of my new listing at 582 Crown Harbor (it’s a bit hidden away) because you might drive right by the gated community, accessed via Central Ave!

https://youtu.be/Xsc_1Z7L1bM 

Alameda Real Estate this Week

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active listings this week   20 Including 1 AC

DOM  High 20  Low 6  Avg 148  Med 19

Pending listings this week   8

DOM  High 12  Low 7  Avg 9  Med 9

Sold listings this week  15

DOM  High 177  Low 0  Avg 41  Med 9

That’s a wrap! Have a nice weekend!  marilyn

Get your stuff/paper together for the

15TH ANNUAL SHREDDING PARTY

MAY 1 SATURDAY 9AM -1PM

MANY OF YOU WILL GET INVITES FROM ME….AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE A DONATION, I’LL MATCH THAT DONATION AND ALL FUNDS WILL GOTO ALAMEDA MEALS ON WHEELS! LET YOUR NEIGHBORS KNOW…IT’S ALL FREE TO YOU, FROM ME! Last year we gave $6080 to AMOW!

(call/text me and I’ll give you my address)

 

THE SECOND STORY | March 11th, 2021

My refrigerator sounds like bongo drums…

What does this subject have to do with real estate?

I bought a new refrigerator sometime during 2019. It needs to fit in a well-defined spot (which is surrounded by cabinetry).

Wouldn’t you know it…the warranty was for 1 year. I called the Oakland store I bought it from, and they kinda shrugged their shoulders (at least it seemed that way to me) and said they couldn’t do anything. I called the manufacturer, Frigidaire, and they said it was out of warranty. Duh, I knew that.

Being in real estate for a long time, I do have some connections when it comes to vendors. I called my favorite appliance repair person…and the job demanded more than he could service. BUT he referred to somebody who could help me. So I called him.

We were texting back and forth (I am not a good texter because I have man-hands). I told him that I have several recordings on my phone. “That’s great!” he said. Send one of those to me. OMG. Now I needed to figure out how to send a recording from my phone to his phone.

Somehow, by the Grace of God, I sent a “sound” text of the bongo drums to him it. He asked me some questions. He told me exactly what it was (the condenser), and that I’d probably spend more money with him attempting to fix it than to buy another refrigerator. Argh. He assured me that it would continue to work, after he asked me some more questions.

If you need a vendor, I may have one for you (sometimes 3 of them), and I know they’re honest and good folks. And I know that you would let me know if they didn’t meet your expectations. And I check my list before I send them to you…to verify that they’re still in biz. IF YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITE VENDORS, WOULD YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW?

If I want a new refrig, I won’t go back to the place that I bought it from. I’m willing to live with the bongo drum sounds for now. But for the next refrigerator, I may start at Airport Home Appliance, in Hayward. That owner looks very nice and sincere on TV. And I will definitely ask about an extended warranty.

Evening clouds through the chain-link fence                      at Alameda Point, this week.

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

DEFINITIONS:

AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

DOM (days on market)

Active Listings this week  17 (inc 1 AC)

DOM High 1404  Low 2  Avg 11 Med  10

Pending Listings this week  15 (inc 1 PSB)

DOM High 32  Low 2 Avg 11 Med 10

Sold Listings this week  13

Get your stuff/paper together for the

15TH ANNUAL SHREDDING PARTY

MAY 1 SATURDAY 9AM -1PM

MANY OF YOU WILL GET INVITES FROM ME….AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE A DONATION, I’LL MATCH THAT DONATION AND ALL FUNDS WILL GOTO ALAMEDA MEALS ON WHEELS! LET YOUR NEIGHBORS KNOW…IT’S ALL FREE TO YOU, FROM ME!

(call/text me and I’ll give you my address)

HAVE A FUN AND/OR PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND!