THE SECOND STORY | October 4th, 2019

More meetings…..

I don’t know what planet we can see in the night sky…but it’s really close to the moon. This was taken on my cell phone last night..and it turned out better than I thought it would. 

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/@11887772

 

I’ve been to 4 meetings between yesterday and today. And they’re all important, at least to me.

Wednesday’s morning meeting was titled “Better Together” and it’s true…we are all better if we work together and share a bit of our real lives. I find that doing so, will open up doors to us, because we’re being truthful and vulnerable. This was at our Alameda  Chapter of the Bay East Assoc. of Realtors.

Then yesterday evening I went to our (every) Wed evening meeting at our church.  I was an usher, and I ushered folks in through the front door. This is always very calming to me because we have a great organist that plays on our huge pipe organ. There are hymns that we sing.  We listen to our First Reader read selections from the Bible and our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and there’s some testimony time. These calm moments are more heavenly than earth-bound.

Today, I went out to the BayEast Association of Realtors, in Pleasanton, to hear our Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Gov (yep, that’s his first name) Hutchinson. I’ve been listening to him for years, going way back to the Harbor Bay Realty days.

Gosh, between his knowledge of rent control for the state of CA and our local rent control in Alameda (local city ordinances do supersede the state laws), I’m slowly, but surely, starting to get a handle on the specifics of our Alameda-style of rent control.

Then I finished up this evening with a group of housing experts from various agencies/companies at Independence Plaza (which is one of the City’s senior apartment/housing facilities, AND our Housing Authority office). This was sponsored by our local League of Women Voters. It was all about adding affordable housing and who/how/why we need it. We had experts there. Our Mayor was there, as well. I’m not sure this issue will be resolved, in my lifetime.

I ask myself…why do I do this? Then I answer myself: I want to hear it coming from the horse’s (person’s) mouth.  Attendance (or watching on Alameda cable 3) beats rumors. I do it for myself, and to keep apprised of what folks are thinking about. And maybe I can contribute something logical to the conversation: either with my clients or with neighbors & friends.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Definitions:

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 wants backup offers)

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Broker Tour Tues 11

Active listings 64 (including 1 AC & 3 PSB)

Pending listings 11 (including 4 PSB)

Sold 10

That’s a wrap!

Have a good weekend!

best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | September 26th, 2019

Lunch on the HORNET

A week ago, some local Realtors were invited to have lunch on the USS Hornet, along with a huge group of local biz owners and local citizens, who were there to hear our new City Manager tell us about Alameda and his plans for The Island City.

The Hornet is truly a veritable floating history museum:

The bow (front end) of the Hornet
Rescue helicopter…for the Apollo spacecraft
This says it all….you never know what you’ll                    bring back to the earth!

Apollo Command Module – the real deal!

Last year the annual lunch was held at the Rock Wall Winery, which is also on the former Alameda Naval Air Station property.

Besides being very cold inside the winery, both locations were loud and echo-y and we could barely hear either of those main-event-speakers over the constant chatter of voices and plates.

These lunches were sponsored by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. It’s always interesting to hear diverse opinions on the status/state of the city.

In my opinion, they are terrific and it allows some time to talk about biz in Alameda (or other subjects like local politics, gossip, or where people are going or have gone on vaca).

Definitions:

MLS=Multiple Listing Service 

AC= active contingent (the buyer needs to sell something before s(he) can complete the transaction. This could be when another buyer might write a back-up offer. If the primary buyer can’t meet the deadlines, the back-up moves into the primary position and it’s bye-bye to the first buyer). If the second buyer finds a property that s(he) likes…then they can drop out of the 1st property and write on the second property. One thing is for sure…you do NOT want to buy both properties at the same time.

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 wants backup offers)

Tues tour 13

Active listings 65 including: 1 AC, 2 BOM, 3 PCH, 3 PSB

Pending 13 including: 3 PSB

Sold 8

Sold stats for this week…

Days on Market:

51 (high)

9 Low

Average 18

Median 13

All done for now!  Enjoy the weekend…contact me if you have questions about the market, where it’s going, where it’s been, etc. I’ll admit I don’t know all of the answers….

best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | September 19th, 2019

Where ya gonna go…in a tsunami?

I attended a city meeting this evening….about tsunamis. We haven’t felt the effect of one of these for a long time, but the members of the not-crowded City Council chamber was mostly boat owners/dwellers.

I think that the city has records that I own a boat(s). We did own 2 boats and a canoe at one time.

The canoe is now hanging from the rafters in the carriage house (i.e. Carl’s former workshop). The canoe was one way that Carl taught Evan how to build stuff.

I got rid of the 26′ 1966 Chris Craft Hubba Hubba (a twin-engine gas guzzler) years ago. Sold it for $1. Yep…one buck. (see a previous post on Boomer-Chick-Musings.com)

As I was looking at the map on the screen this evening, I realized I’d seen the effects of a tsunami…where was I? Oh yeah. I was in 5th or 6th grade and we lived in San Rafael, in 1964.

That was the first time I’d seen the tide come in and go out within 15 minutes? Usually, the tides run between 6-7 hrs each. The Alaska earthquake hit and we felt the effects: 15 minutes for high tide and immediately 15 minutes for low tide.

COLUMBIA 24 CHALLENGER photo

My dad took me and my brother to the harbor where he kept his sailboat. It was a 24′ Columbia Challenger. San Francisco Bay is a much larger body of water than Newport Harbor, thus the larger boat.

The upshot of the meeting this evening is this: If we have a tsunami: go to Buena Vista Ave. and wait it out there, per the map that the presenters had. And BTW, Clinton Ave is considered high ground. Maybe we can have a bar-b-que.

Bay Farm Island, South Shore, and Eastshore….umm, not so much. They’ll be swamped (literally).

(BTW…Evan built a fence with some of his friends around the front of their house..it’s the type that is now “in” – the boards lay laterally rather than vertically. It looks good because it matches the vintage of the home – circa 1960s.)

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Definitions:

MLS=Multiple Listing Service 

AC= active contingent (the buyer needs to sell something before s(he) can complete the transaction. This could be when another buyer might write a back-up offer. If the primary buyer can’t meet the deadlines, the back-up moves into the primary position and it’s bye-bye to the first buyer). If the second buyer finds a property that s(he) likes…then they can drop out of the 1st property and write on the second property. One thing is for sure…you do NOT want to buy both properties at the same time.

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 wants backup offers)

Tuesday Tour 14

Active Listings (including 1 AC, 1 BOM, 4 PCH)

Pending Listings 12 (including 5 PSB)

Sold Listings 12

That’s a wrap! Contact me if you have questions (or if you have the answers) about this market!

best, marilyn

See my for fun blog Boomer-Chick-Musings.com

THE SECOND STORY | September 13th, 2019

Watching the ships roll in…

Action on the Alameda estuary.

I took this photo a couple of days ago. Sometimes I take a drive beyond where folks catch the west-end Alameda ferry over to San Francisco. While the city says there are 700-800 cars creating their own parking lots at ferry, I’ve never seen more than 10 cars in this ‘parking lot.’

It’s a change of scenery for me and I love it: tugboats, container ships (2 at this time: one was off-loading containers onto trucks, the other was full of containers), the ferrys, sailboats, small harbor/police boats, and usually a few guys throwing lines out to catch some fish, and lots of seagulls looking for food.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Our Fire Chief, Edmund Rodriguez, graced us with his presence at the Alameda Inforum Marketing Meeting (aka AIMM) this past Tuesday @ 8:30am.

The Alameda Chapter of the Bay East Association of Realtors meets at the Grandview Pavillion for breakfast once a month to catch up with city officials, Association leadership, other Realtors/lenders/title company reps, friends,  meet other members, and to have a lovely buffet breakfast, then head out on the Tuesday tour.

The Chief was letting us know what it’s been like to be the Head Honcho in A-town, the shifts that the firefighters have, what’s required of them (all types of issues show up: drug overdoses, illnesses, obviously fires, the training, what they wear and how much it weighs, and what the demands are for finding and retaining good men and women).

I think he said the city still had 8 firefighter positions open. Gosh, if you know somebody who is physically fit, is smart, likes variety, this could be a job s(he) could interview for!  (just sayin’.)

Broker Tour Tues 9

Active 52, (including 1 BOM, 4 PCH)

Pending 55 (including 10 PSB)

Sold 10

Sold stats for this week…

Days on Market:

63 (high)

0 Low

Average 19

Median 14

 

check out my for fun blog…

Boomer-Chick-Musings

best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | September 5th, 2019

Too many devices, too few outlets.

I went to the City Council meeting this week.  I rode my bike there. I didn’t speak at all this time. But I was watching and listening. It definitely wasn’t a packed house. Loads of seats were available. I saw several folks that I knew, and came across some long lost friends, as well.

After public remarks, when the city council was discussing the rent control issues, I think some of the council members actually went against what the city employees had recommended.

But I won’t trust what I heard until I see it in writing. Those changes have yet to be published. But I believe the council was attempting to make it a bit fairer towards the owners of rental property.

I went outside to ride my bike home, and I realized I left my helmet behind in the chambers. argh. I went up to the 3rd floor find it..a woman was waving to me. She had seen the helmet on the floor.

Too many items to keep track off: my turn indicator that fits on the handlebars…and the helmet lights up when I press either the left or right button; my speedometer/clock (all in one) that fits on my handlebars; my water bottle; my light that fits on the handlebar (has various settings from dull and steady to bright, brighter, and flashing; the bell on my handlebars (it’s quite loud); my life vest (no it doesn’t blow up) but cars/folks/pedestrians can see the bright orange color and the reflective tape.

Despite the hassle of these safety devices, I’m always glad when I get outside and ride my bike back home. It’s very quiet and still and dark.

And I have yet to figure out what the green-rimmed device is, in the middle of the photo. I think it was one of the folks who has recently worked on the house.

As I rode home, I realized it was one of the calmest council meetings I’ve attended in a while.

Onward.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Broker Tour Tues 5

Active listings 50 including 2 PCH

Pending sales 13 including 1 PSB

Sold 10

For this week’s Sold properties:

DOM (days on market) 

High 10, Low 5, Average 12, Median 12

If you have ??? I may have some answers…but let me know what you’re thinking about, in this market. Have a fun weekend!

best, marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | August 29th, 2019

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

 

This will be brief!  I rode my bike to a meeting this evening at the main city library, that was about our city rent control ordinance and the changes that the city council will be making, and confirming, next week.  I obviously rode my bike back…letting the wind hit my face, hoping I’d wake up from this dream/nightmare.

It’s exhausting…so many legit questions!

I’m certainly confused (and admit it).  More questions than answers.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Broker Tour Tues 11 

Active listings 47 (including 1 BOM – back on market, 6 PCH price changes, 1 W/C withdrawn/canceled).

Pending 47 (including 11 PSB – pending sale want back-ups)

Sold 14

For this week’s Sold properties:

DOM (days on market)

High 60, Low 5, Average 16, Median 12

The market is changing…..

Enjoy the weekend! I know you deserve it!

best, marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | August 22nd, 2019

Trees.

I like trees. I like older trees. But I don’t like trees that are located close to or over a property line (owned by other folks), or trees that have gotten so huge that they become a danger to people or to property.

As I’ve said before, the good news is that with the heavy rains this past winter, the drought is over! The bad news is, that the drought is over.

That means it’s time to assess what’s growing where. Or what trees are dead but nobody is around to care.

Recently, I’ve seen two examples of where a tree on one lot has done damage to a sewer line running through another lot. And the other is an overgrown tree  undermining other folks’ pavement and even undermining the tree owner’s garage.  However, both of these owners own units, live out of town, and seem to subscribe to the saying ‘If I don’t see it then I don’t know about it.’

I asked permission to go over to one owner’s property with a Certified Arborist and we were shocked at what we saw: 2 super tall dead trees and the yard was a mess. Garbage bins were strewed all over. Obviously, the property manager never looked at it. And the tree that started this, was outgrowing the dirt around it, crammed next to the garage, with branches hanging well into 3 neighbor’s yards.

Enough complaining. On to the next item.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Broker Tour Tuesday 11

Active listings 55 (including 1 Back on Market, 2 Active Contingent, 9 Price Changes)

 Pending 12 (including 2 Pending Sale want Backup Offers)

 Sold 12

For this week’s sold properties:

DOM 37   Low 1  Average 14  Median 13

Have a fun weekend! Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the Alameda market!

best, marilyn

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

THE SECOND STORY | August 15th, 2019

Warrior time….(not quite yet)

Somebody’s getting ready for basketball season! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I  think it stands for ‘no whiners.’

Regarding my “local knowledge quiz” about bridges (3 weeks ago?) I realized that the Fruitvale Bridge has a Railroad Bridge as well.

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Let’s get down to biz.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Broker Tour Tues 8

Total active listings 55 (including Active/Contingent 1), and 1 BOM (back on the market) 

Total pending 49 (including 13 pending sales – want backup offers)

Total sold 18

DOM (average days on market)

High  143

Low 7

Average 39

Median 29

Have a fun weekend!  We are weather wimps here, in A-town. Too hot, we complain. Too cold, we complain. We want it ‘just right.’

This evening was just right!

best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | August 8th, 2019

And this is why we like Alameda….

 

Photo of SF, was taken this week from the Alameda coastline!

Alameda Real Estate this Week

I had the opportunity to close a sale for some lovely Buyers, this week. They were up against 6 offers. They wrote such a clean offer (no contingencies – including no loan/appraisal). It’s such an honor to work folks like these.

Total active listings: 51, including 1 AC (active contingent), 1 BOM (back on the market), 4 PCH (price changes)

Total pending listings: 64, including 16 pending sales – backup offers wanted

Total sold 12

You may notice that one of the price changes was from $26,000,000 down to $2,600,000. It was clearly an error…but….we sometimes make them when inputting listings into the MLS.

I thought the following might give you an idea of DOM (days on market), per the MLS, as of tonight:

This doesn’t include commercial (storefront) properties…of which some have been on the market for well over a year.

DOM (days on market)

High 135 days

Low 7 days

Average 33 days

Median 24 days 

Have a great weekend! Call me, text, leave an email for me if you have questions about the Alameda market. I’m not a genie so I don’t have all of the answers, but I might be able to give you an idea of what’s going on.

best, marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | August 1st, 2019

Winner of the week, Get me to rehab…..

I’m not sure when or where I took this photo..but it was recently. I’m sure I was somewhere on the island and the sun was filtering through the leaves on the tree, over a brick patio! Amazing what I see when I look down! I think I was riding my bike and stopped somewhere. I do NOT take photos while I’m actually riding my bike.

Way back in the day, maybe 3-4 years ago, I used to give names to properties that were on the Broker Tour: Winner of the Week, Get me to Rehab, etc.

I decided that it was too personal for me to give names to the properties. Every motivated Seller would like to have a motivated Buyer whether it’s a palace or a dump. Plus, it’s not my job to say what I think…it’s always about the people, not just about me.

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Broker tour Tues 11

Active listings 49 including 1 AC (Active-Contingent, on selling another property),  1 BOM (Back on the  Market), and 1 PCH (Price Change)

Pending 23

Sold 20

Short, sweet!

Let me know if you have questions….!

Best, marilyn

Have a fun weekend!