THE SECOND STORY | November 19th, 2020

Just because….you’ll get into the holiday spirit!

A Good Cause!

Troop 78, based here in Alameda is selling poinsettias! I’ve ordered two of the blended pink/red plants.  Just click on the link above and order for yourself, for friends! The flier says it all.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups)
DOM (days on market)

(You may see some duplicates and I can’t seem to get rid of them!)

New listings this week 14

Active listings this week 40  including 1 AC, 1 BOM, 2 PCH

DOM  high 1292  low 7  avg 81  med 32

Pending listings this week 12  including 2 PSB  

DOM  high 41  low 3,  avg 15  med 11

Sold listings this week 24  

DOM  high 69,  low 0,  avg 18,  med 12

The winner for the highest sold price this week was the house @ 1714 San Jose  Ave. which sold for $1,926,000 on a list of $1,495,000! The listing didn’t say how many offers the agents received, but they told me that there were 23 disclosure packages requested by agents. It was gorgeous.

I showed my prospects that San Jose property (our second time out looking) and with that volume of disclosures out….I told them what they wanted to offer would not even make sense. Somehow I guess my frankness about the prices turned them off…and I haven’t heard from them since. Oh well.

I won’t be writing this blog since next Thursday is Thanksgiving…and I usually put the blog to sleep through December. I may make some posts (or not) on my for-fun blog

I’ll recap what’s been happening in Alameda real estate on January 8th, 2021. If you have questions, comments, ideas about what I should write about, send me an email.

Think about ordering a (some) poinsettia(s) from Troop 78!

I hope your holidays are peaceful, fun, filled with zoom gatherings (or not).

All is well, even though it doesn’t seem that way.

Best,  marilyn

Check out my ‘for fun’ blog 

THE SECOND STORY | November 12th, 2020

This is what we walked into…

….when I was showing condos to my client. We walked in and found this mess in the sink. Thank goodness it didn’t stink.

Clearly, the kitchen sink had backed up. And I was the one who took the photo and sent it to the listing agent. He was not a local agent. I felt sorry for him. But I’m quite sure it grossed my buyer out!

He also wasn’t able to tell us where the parking space was or where the storage ‘unit’ was. And for the most part, his Disclosure Package was very incomplete.

This is another example of why I don’t sell real estate outside of Alameda. I don’t know the out-of-area rules/disclosures/rent control issues.

But I do know local vendors! This week I’ve had several calls from friends, clients, neighbors about vendors. I even keep track of the vendors: whether the client is pleased with them or not. I often check to see if they’re still in biz or have retired or just disappeared prior to giving their names to my clients.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups)
DOM (days on market)

New listings this week  8

Active listings this week 47 including 1 AC 1 PCH

DOM  1286   Low 8   Avg   82  Med 37

Pending listings this week 9

DOM  19  Low 0  Avg 9  Med 10

Sold listing this week 22

DOM  35   Low 0  Avg 13  Med 10


Check out my ‘for fun’ blog:

Be safe, be well, enjoy each day as it comes.  marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | November 5th, 2020

When in doubt…..

…find a flower and take a deep breath.  Do it soon, before it blows away!

This is one of the last of the roses blooming in my front yard. I’ll cut most of the buds and blooms off tomorrow, before the rain hits! Hallelujah! RAIN!

Alameda Real Estate this Week

AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups)
DOM (days on market)

New listings this week 8

Active listings this week 50  incl 1 AC, 1 BOM, 4 PCH

DOM  HIgh 1278  Low 4   Avg 70  Med 28

Pending listings this week 8 incl 2 PSB

DOM  High 24  Low 0  Avg 8  Med 8

Sold listings this week 16

DOM High 31  Low  0  Avg 11  Med 10

You can see that the inventory is low…probably due to the holidays…but the interest rates hit a new low today!

Be safe, be well, wear a mask, keep socially distancing, and we’ll be all OK!

Call if you have ???  Remember, I have reliable vendors on my list if you need to have something fixed/repaired/analyzed.  I called one of my best handy guys this am (knowing that it might be raining tomorrow), and he was able to do a temporary fix/repair on one of my south-facing windows in the entryway. Next week I’m having my window person come in and put in new hinges – weather permitting! This old beast of a house demands quite a bit from my vendors. And thank goodness, lots of them work on older properties!

Be well!  marliyn

Check out my ‘for fun’ blog….Boomer-chick-musings!

THE SECOND STORY | October 29th, 2020

Fall back….and please VOTE (if you haven’t already)!

…this Saturday evening. Gain an hour of extra sleep!

I’m waiting for this weird time-changing thing to stop.

….These wooden leaves hang in my window near my front door.  Kind of makes it feel like fall, autumn, or whatever. 

I had the opportunity to call some of my colleagues yesterday, to be sure that they’ve voted… and specifically for Prop 19 (sponsored by the CA Assoc of Realtors).

This type of calling really rags on me, saying this and saying that…but because I’m involved with the local leadership of BayEast Associaton of Realtors, I made the leap into the vast unknown.

Much to my surprise, I was calling local agents, many of whom I’ve not seen for years. I had this pre-printed list and as I went through it I realized this was kinda made for me.

Yep, I get AI (artificial intelligence)…but this list was a wonderful way to either catch up with other agents and/or leave a message. They definitely were not COLD calls.

The chats were lovely, sometimes tear-jerking, and the conversations were a rich history of what the people are doing now…certainly during COVID. All of it was done electronically. And all of the folks I had spoken with had already voted and that included FOR Prop 19.











AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups)
DOM (days on market)

New listings this week  12

Active listings this week 51 including 1AC and 2 PCH

DOM   High  1271  Low  6  Avg  7  Med 3

Pending listings this week 16 including 2 PCH

DOM   High 42  Low 0  Avg  11  Med  9

Sold listings this week 15

DOM High 28  Low 0  Avg 12  Med 12

That’s a wrap!  check out my other ‘for fun’ blog

Be well, be safe, wear a mask, blah blah blah.

Best, marilyn   (Let me know if you have questions about the market…or if you have answers to my questions – like who’s gonna win our election, by how much, and where are you gonna move if your candidate doesn’t win?)

I wonder if there’s a black market for lots on the moon?

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

THE SECOND STORY | October 15th, 2020

Too dark….a lot earlier…

…and we haven’t even turned the clocks back yet.

Friends have been asking me about who/what to vote for. I kept a few mailers, but I tossed most of them without reading them.

It’s easier to refer friends to various vendors, than to step on any election toes.

The one thing that I did, because I listen to KQED, was to go onto their website to read about these massive numbers of Propositions. (I do have a few specific opinions on specific issues, but I won’t let them be known here.)


If you’re looking for some guidance…it’s right there. And I tossed my ballot into the USPS mailbox. BTW…I did sign up for the Tracking My Ballot.



AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

PREO (pending sale, repossession)

New Listings 18 

Active Listings  47 including 3 PCH

Pending Listings 27 

Sold Listings 17

Now get out there and VOTE!

And have a pleasant weekend!  Let me know if you have any questions about the market….it’s a bit crazy out there. I had some folks call me about a house earlier this week and the listing agents had given out 23 disclosures packages! 


THE SECOND STORY | October 8th, 2020

Shorter days, longer nights.

I took this photo sometime this past week from my car @ Crown Beach. It was too smokey to get on my bike so I was running errands by the CADEAU (the license plate of my car). It’s French for ‘gift.’


Funny stuff:

A local agent (that I know) had a seller who owned a townhome full of stuff (sh_t). She had him start to clean it out. He said, “Good news! I found my wife’s ashes!”




AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

REO (first time I’ve seen this in many, many moons)

Active listings  54 including  54 (incl 1 BOM  1 REO  4 PCH

Days on market  High 1250  Low 0  Avg 60   Med 21

Pending listings  14 including 3 PSB

Days on market  High 69  Low 0  Avg 22  Med 16

Sold listings 12 (including 1 floating home-houseboat)

Days on market  High 45  Low 0  Avg 14  Med 11

Check out my ‘for fun’ blog…..Boomer-Chick-Musings

Have a great weekend…whatever that means! best, marilyn.


THE SECOND STORY | October 1st, 2020

“Escaping Urbanity”

Fall is in the air, uh no. Not so much – because of the smoke. Gosh, it was so fresh for so few days in the past week!

You may not know who Katie Lance is…. she’s some type of a real estate coach. And very occasionally I will listen to or watch her. She’s a bit too hyper for me. I can only stand so much.

However, this week Ms. Lance said this:

“Is this the year you signed up for?”

I think most folks thought “No, it is not!”

Nobody signed up for 2020….the pandemic, the election, the fires (bless everybody’s hearts): the firefighters, the folks who have lost their homes (some for the 2nd and 3rd time), businesses that have struggled and/or trying new ways to stay open, or they are shutting down and shuttering up. How about the home-schooling thing? That’s a whole new ball game. But here we are.

If you were prescient you may have bought ZOOM stock! Who knew?

I remember, at the beginning of the pandemic, I got a call from my financial advisor….saying he sold everything and the only paper that I had was cash in my account.

As I may have mentioned previously…when folks ask how I am…I respond with “If I complain, you have the right to shoot me.”

One of the professional organizations I’m a member of..sends out a magazine every other month. On the cover this month is this:


Based on what I see in the real estate marketplace the title on the cover is true. Most folks I speak with are wondering….”Where would I move to? The interest rates are down and the sales prices are very high. Where would I move to?”

I think of moving a lot these days. But I don’t have an answer to the question ….where? Until I get an answer…I’m staying put.

However, this week there were price reductions…twice, on one property.

IMHO you can’t time the market…but if you don’t think about the ‘what if’s’ you may miss that market.

Alameda Real Estate this Week


AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

Active Listings 41 including 1 BOM and 6 PCH

Days on market   high 1243  low 8  avg 73  med 27

Pending Listings 17 incl 2 PSB

Days on market  high 31  low 0  avg 12  med 27

Sold Listings  19 

Days on market  high 157  low 0  avg 18  med 9

On to my next blog…  check it out!

Have a fun weekend!  marilyn



THE SECOND STORY | September 24th, 2020


One of my real estate cohorts told me that she had a Seller who was hugely burdened by moving. “Good news,” the widowed husband said,  “I found my wife’s ashes.” OMG.

Per usual, if you have an open space…you’ll fill it with ‘stuff.’ We all need to pare down.

Speaking of cleaning…I had my annual check-up for my teeth last week. My dentist -for-the-day let me know that he was looking for a house in Alameda. I handed him my card, and went on my happy way….without any cavities.

Because we had the time to get to know each other last week, (he with his mask on and me without a mask, with my mouth wide-opened), I let him know to call me if he had any questions about the market.

He called me on Wednesday, saying he made an appointment with an agent who had a listing that he (and his family) wanted to see. He decided to call me because he didn’t want to work with the same person who was representing the seller. Smart man! It was nice to meet his family: comprised of 3 generations.

Last evening I prepped the PEAD (Property Entry Advisory and Declaration – Visitor) form so we could access the house.

It was a bit weird inside…and it didn’t work for my clients. We agreed that the location was great but…not the right house.

Remember – I let people know that you buy a location…that comes with a house (condo, townhome, TIC).  But if the location is not right or the house (condo, townhome, TIC) is not right….we move on!

I love working in this town…because folks are just friendly. 


Thank you, Betty!


AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

Alameda Real Estate this Week

ACTIVE LISTINGS  54 including 2 BOM and 5 PCH

Days on market   high 1237  low 4  avg 59   med 9

PENDING LISTINGS  15 including 2 PSB

Days on market  high 81  low 0  avg 16  med 11


Days on market  high 16  low 51  avg 17  med 12

We’re done! Enjoy the weekend. Contact me if you have questions about the market…or just want to chat!

Best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | September 17th, 2020

Maintenance records.

My name is on this chalk board along with Andy Weber and John Poole, both were local contractors back in the day!

A friend sent me this photo. It details what’s been done to a portion of the subarea of his huge Alameda house. He has definitely had upgrades done over the years but this kind of takes the cake.

These days we don’t need to rely on chalkboards but it’s a very good thing to put your receipts/finaled permits for work done on your property in some type of online file system. I use Dropbox.

If you decide to sell…those records (or lack thereof) will justify the price that the Buyer is offering.

Getting a pest and property inspection done upfront, by the Seller, makes the whole process much easier. The Buyer may decide to wipe out (remove) the physical inspection contingency with her/his offer.

If you have questions about who I used for these inspections, give me a call, email, or text me. Many home inspectors don’t have actual contractor licenses. This is a big negative to me. My inspector has a Contractor’s license as well as a Structure Pest Control Operator’s license.

And BTW….he was the ‘G.C’ (general contractor) who built his own 5000 sf home in Moraga, and he still did inspections for me here in Alameda.

Let me know if you need/want the name of the company and how to reach the office.


AC (active contingent on selling another property)

PCH (price change)

PSB (pending sale, want backups)

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Active Listings  36 including 1 BOM, 2 PCH

Days on market  High 1229  Low 6 Avg 79  Med 31

Pending Listings 15 including 3 PSB 

Days on market  High 38  Low 3  Avg 15  Med 12

Sold Listings 21  High 59  Low 0  Avg 15  Med 13

We’re done! The air is so much nicer today….let’s hope it stay that way for the weekend!

Best, marilyn