THE SECOND STORY | March 3rd, 2022

Shredding Party is Booked!

Shredding Party is Booked!

April 23, 9-noon.
The photo was taken late this afternoon, from Alameda Point.

Get your stuff together…

…the Shredding Party will be on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 9 am to noon, at my house. I think this is my 19th annual Shred Party. I’ll be sending out announcements soon. Yes, you can bring a friend! Yes, you can tell folks who don’t know me.

The company will take books with NO cloth binding, and will shred photos!

And yes, if you choose to donate Alameda Meals on Wheels, I keep a jar with me and I will match that donation.

Everybody wins…I get to see you in person (I may be wearing a mask), you get rid of ‘shred-able’ stuff, and you can deduct your donation to AMOW. Rain or shine!

OK….let’s get to this week’s update.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)*PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

Active listings   28  DOM  high 1740  low 7  avg 86  median 13

Pending listings  15  DOM high 15  low 4  avg 11  median 13

Sold listings  15  DOM  65  high  low 0  avg 12   median 6

Get those boxes out of your closets/filing cabinets and/or garages, including those ancient (over 7 years old tax returns) and get them shredded. Yes, I will take them before the party, if you can’t come to the party. We just need to make arrangements.

Be safe, be well, and smile to somebody you don’t know. I did it this afternoon, and had a lovely chat with one of our neighbors on Grand Street.

best, marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | February 24th, 2022

“Does anyone have any extra moving boxes…..

… from clients laying around?”

What? Are the clients dead or just sleeping? This is the kind of email I get from out-of-area agents.

Speaking about Alameda….You may want to try the jam from The Alameda Fruit Company, aka Marmalade Mamas. I finally used up the last of my jam, and now I want more! I’m pretty sure they get busy during the spring and well into summer. They’re based in A-town. They’ll reuse the jars. And I think I brought some of my Meyer lemons to them last year.

I do have some friends that create their own jam. And I love their flavors! But I don’t have the patience to do that.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)*PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK.

Active listings this week 25

DOM high 25 including 22 active and 1 BOM

Pending listings this week 9 including 1PSB

DOM high 17 low 6  avg 10  med 10

Sold listings this week 7

DOM  high 12  low 3  avg 9  med 10

That’s a wrap! ??? let me know!

best, marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | February 17th, 2022

One of my friends….

….brought me a cream puff from Crispian Bakery…OMG! It was delicious! 

1700 Park Street.


Shop local…be local.., and still be safe – all at once!

The post for today will be much like the past two weeks: we’re short on inventory.

If you want Alameda, you’ll be paying for it. Hopefully, you’ll be staying a long time.

Back in the day, my dad was transferred up and down CA. He worked for a concrete accessories company.  That’s the long version of ‘he sold building supplies.’

I went to 3 different fourth grades…one in Claremont, one in LaJolla, and one in Daly City.  My dad hated his job, but they had 4 squirrelly kids, and we just followed them…wherever. I was the oldest and my three brothers came along for the ride.

Ultimately, they moved back to Newport Beach.(We had lived in Costa Mesa for about 2 years) . When my parents had the chance, they spoke to a financial advisor. They figured out how he could retire (at the age of 49), purchase a few rental houses in Costa Mesa, and live in Newport Beach.  He’d work on the properties in the morning, and take the afternoon off, while he worked (slept) on his sailboat at Balboa Yacht Club.

Such the life…

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)*PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Active listings 10 including 1 BOM

DOM  high 176  low 0  avg 203  median 14

Pending listings 12 including 1 PSB

DOM  high 13  low 0  avg 8  median  10

Sold listings  4

DOM  high 91  low 2  ag 27  median 8

If you have questions about the market (when’s a good time to buy, how long do I need to stay here, when’s a good time to sell….), I can give you some pros or cons….but I won’t put anything in writing. That will be up to you!

If you want a value ‘range’ on your property let me know!

best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | February 10th, 2022

The times they are a changing….

Tracking the San Francisco Tech Exodus

(The above is a link to a very good article..that you may want to read. My daughter sent it to me via email…and she lives in New Zealand.)

Have you noticed? Do you even care? Folks are staying/moving to where they really want to be. Bob Dylan got it right, and little did he know!

I’ve been reading/looking at articles online….for the past two years, and now that we can get a solid internet connection (and I’m just an older person who doesn’t really know how it all works), but when it does work, we can be anywhere, virtually. I’m happy!

 

Wildlife in my backyard

No more in-person office meetings. Minimal driving (because I choose to work on an island in SF Bay) and I can refer potential clients to agents most anywhere around the world. That way those clients can have access to great agents.

I remember when I last attended a City Council meeting in person. I rode my bike there, I was there for hours…and rode my bike back home. (A-town is fairly quiet @ midnight.) And yes, we can still speak at city council meetings (and many more civic meetings because of Zoom). We have something like 2-3 minutes to say on a specific subject.

And most every article that I read…is telling us we can get out of CA. I was born in SOCA. I like it here in the SF Bay area. I’ve been blessed because my late husband and I both worked in Alameda. He was a fairly well-known yacht designer.

I did work in Fremont, when I was a flight instructor and I delivered new planes to various airports around the US, and reposessed them when the industry went in the toilet.

Choices. We’ve got ’em…let’s take advantage of them. Or not.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)*PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Active listings 8

DOM  high 1718  Low 7  avg 248  med 16

Pending listings 13

DOM  high 84  Low 0  avg  16   med 6

Sold listings  2

DOM  high  69  Low 0  avg 34  med 34

Questions? Let me know…and if I don’t have the answer….I’ll let you know and/or I’ll figure it out!

best, marilyn

 

THE SECOND STORY | February 3rd, 2022

Demand is high…..

…but can expectations be met?

More people are working out of their homes (i.e. apartments, condos, maybe even out of their garages) than we ever thought of. These past two years have been a good and/or bad gamechanger for many of us.

This is a piggy bank that I’ve had since I was a little kid.

It’s too nice to give up.

For me….it has reinforced why I have a dedicated home office. And yes, I do have masked folks come over to either visit, or to fix my stove or give an annual checkup to the furnaces in the sub-area, and power wash the house.  (That usually gets done after the first downpour of rain – and I don’t mean sprinkles).

It’s amazing how we don’t need to travel to get to a meeting. We have Zoom, Facetime, and I’m not too sure about what other programs there are out there.

Of course, there are folks out in the zoom world that don’t realize they are on camera.  At least I know to get out of the frame by moving my chair to the left.  I get it,  People want to be with other like-minded folks.

I’ve been on three zoom meetings today and will be on two tomorrow. Most of these are real estate-related.

There is a list of items that you may want to have, that explains what you need to do, before you move, and during that move. It was published by Liz Golden McKinley (copyright 2018). You may want to reach out to her..and ask if she’ll send you that. She, like most everybody else, can be found on the Internet. Her biz is called ‘Let’s Make Room //Move Checklist 510-846-1976.

Everything is costing a lot more than a pretty penny these days.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)*PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Active Listings 7

DOM  High  1713   Low 7   Avg 261   Med 99

Pending Listings 11 

DOM  High 11  Low 14   Avg 19  Med  12

Sold Listings 3

DOM  High 25  Low 4  Avg  13  Med 12

Carry on!  best,  marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | January 27th, 2022

Not too much on the market (again….)

Not too much change in the market this week….

Maybe the prices have maxed out?

Maybe buyers are overly disappointed in not getting their offer accepted?

As I’ve said before….this (market) too, will change.

Hedge in front of my house…and it’s only going to get brighter!

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)*PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Active Listings  11

DOM  High 1705  Low 7  Average  216  Median 61

Pending Listings 5

DOM  High 12  Low 6  Average 9  Median  10

Sold Listings 6 

DOM  High 46  Low 0  Average 15  Median  6

If you have questions and/or the answers to this market…let me know! As I’ve said before….the BUYERS set the price, not the SELLERS!

BTW….my daughter emailed me from New Zealand, noting that we once lived across from the new listing (duplex) @ 2631 Janis Circle. My mother-in-law purchased the 2 units (and I wasn’t involved in real estate at that time). Instead, I was teaching folks how to fly gliders and single-engine land airplanes. The agent (who represented her) didn’t ask her if she was involved with another rental property. And she was. And unfortunately, she was not able to exchange that property into the one on Janis Circle. ARGH!

Questions? I may not have the answers…and I’ll will let you know! And will attempt to find a correct answer for you. If that means you need to talk to an attorney I will give you some names that you can interview to find out where you stand BEFORE entering a real estate transaction.

best, marilyn

THE SECOND STORY | January 20th, 2022

Even fewer properties this week…

…are listed, or are pending, or are sold, as of this writing!

This ancient (to most of us) map of Alameda, hangs on the wall in front of my desk. It’s amazing to me because I don’t recall how I got hold of it! Maybe I found it at a property, once everything had been moved out. Maybe one of my friends (who has since passed on), gave it to me.

What I do know is that this property was built in 1898, not in 1920. I believe the Alameda historical books. (I tend to call them ‘hysterical books) and not the county records. The historical books are much more accurate.

If you want an accurate record, you may want to call an appraiser. If you don’t know anybody, I can give you a contact list of appraisers….but they’ll charge you for their work. If you click on the map photo, it will become much larger, in another window.

II you want to know what the county says about your home, house, condo, townhome, units, let me know. I’ll send you a copy of it.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK.

Active listings 11 

DOM high 1698  low 5  avg 192  med 54

Pending listings 29 (this includes 6 PSBs)

DOM high 150  low 2  avg 34  med 14

Sold listings 4

DOM high 22  low 4  avg 10  med 8

That’s a wrap….! Carry on!  Let me know if you have ???’s!

THE SECOND STORY | January 13th, 2022

2 weeks into the new year….

…has anything changed?

2 of my grandkids are in the photo…..

-Well, there are a lot fewer properties on the market today.

-Well, there aren’t too many ‘new’ listings on the market today.

-Well, prices have been coming down, for some of those listings that have wallowed for a while.

-Well, there may be an uptick in the market as we get closer to spring.

JUST RECEIVED THIS NOTICE FROM A GOOD FRIEND, WHO LIVES AND OWNS UNITS IN ALAMEDA! 

CLICK ON THE SENTENCE ABOVE TO GET A LINK

THIS HAS TO DO WITH THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SOLAR PANELS. MY FRIEND IS  ALSO ON OUR ALAMEDA PLANNING BOARD. THIS IS ABSURD. IT’S RAISING OUR RATES, IF THIS PASSES. ARGH ARGH ARGH. My friend would end up paying$100 a month just in fees and then add in whatever electric he uses. AND ALL BECAUSE WE DID THE RIGHT THING?

I don’t have nearly the size house/units that he has….but for me, I went solar because it was the right thing to do.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Active listings this week. 11

DOM high 1691  low 38  avg 187  med 73

Pending listings this week. 2

DOM high 87  low 4  avg 45  med 45

Sold listings this week. 8

DOM high 107  low 3  avg 31  med 20

I HOPE YOU ARE PLANNING ON HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND….AND I HOPE 

YOU ARE STAYING HEALTHY!

LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS…OR IF YOU HAVE ANY ANSWERS!

BEST, MARILYN

 

 

THE SECOND STORY | January 6th, 2022

New Year = Still the New Normal….

It’s rather easy to say, ‘Happy New Year’ but do I mean it? I think I do…it’s not about how I feel, it’s about what I think! So let’s start off with a ‘Happy New Year!’

 

This photo was taken @ the Ballena Bay   Harbor, looking at clouds across the SF Bay.

I was asked by a friend/client about a house they found in Washington.

My response was:

“Well, I don’t think there is ever a ‘perfect’ home.
I ask my Buyers:
1. Is the location great? The location is what brings buyers to the property. It just happens to have a house on it.
2. Can you afford it?
3. How long do you ‘plan’ to live in it?
4. Can you afford to do the fix-up (i.e. repair work) that needs to be done? The furnace is a big deal. And because the flippers never lived in the property, there can be a lot more wrong with it. Do they have pest and property inspections from the previous seller? Did they get those done for themselves, prior to purchasing it?
5. If you are considering purchasing from a flipper…..IMHO, they only care about getting a profit on a flip, and they bought it ‘as is’ and made it look decent for the photos.”

This post is being written on Jan 6th, but I’m going back to the day before 2021Thanksgiving. That way you may be able to find out what happened during my downtime.

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK

Active listings 13 including 1 PCH

DOM high 1684,  low 31,  avg 182,  med 53

Pending listings 2

DOM high 22,  low 3,  avg 12,  med 53

Sold listings 65

DOM high  1017,  low 3,  avg 41,  med 15

I don’t want to impose my view on real estate for 2022. I’m just attempting to take it all in and then we’ll see what will happen next!

So here’s to a Happy New Year! Let me know if you have ??? about the market. I don’t have any crystal ball. But sometimes I wish I had one.

Be well!

 

THE SECOND STORY | November 26th, 2021

Houseboats….no…

…they’re floating homes!

My late husband designed a huge houseboat. It was 90 feet in length. He numbered his designs and this was Design 56, and it was built in Alameda. Then it was towed to its home in Molokai, Hawaii.

This past week I sold my first floating home. There’s a small but tight community of floating-boat- homeowners at Mariner Square. Actually, the community is behind a gate, which is located at Barnhill Marina. And actually, Barnhill Marina is in escrow now.

This is a photo of several floating homes…taken from behind the “Ship Way” buildings. If you go to the west end to shop…you may go by these buildings.

I’m not sure of what businesses are in the Ship Way buildings, but it seems there’s at least one architecture firm.  I’ve driven by them and ridden my bike by them for years, but have never gone behind them.  It’s actually quite lovely and there’s a walking/bike path, that threads itself close to the floating homes.

The article below give some background on the Ship Ways (from the  Alameda Sun  in 2018.

https://alamedasun.com/news/shipways-project-redo-planning-board

DEFINITIONS:
AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)

ALAMEDA REAL ESTATE THIS WEEK.

Active listings   0  (yes, zero)

DOM  high 214   low 0   avg 28   med 14

Pending listings 75  INCL 10 PSB   AND  1 PSLA

DOM  high  214  low 0  avg 28   med 19

Sold listings  9

DOM  high 37  low 3  avg 11  med 9

This may be my last post for 2021…unless I change my mind. I normally put this blog to bed, for a long autumn/winter’s night sleep.

I’m around and not traveling anywhere, anytime soon. I wish you the best holidays ever: be kind to those you don’t know, say hello to those you don’t know, and put a nice smile on your face!

If you have real estate questions. let me know what they are. However, it will be interesting how this market will shift. change in the first quarter of the new year.

I expect to write about Alameda real estate either the last week of Dec. or the 1st week of Jan, 2022.

BTW… I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. To me, it’s the best holiday of the year; a little bit less of me, me, me and a lot more of we, we, we!

marilyn