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Photographer Pam Esau is a long time Hayward resident and retired from Cal State East Bay after spending many years in Accounting. After retiring she started working with shelter dogs and has been a volunteer at Hayward Animal Services for eight years. Photography has been her passion since she was thirteen and decided to encompass her love of animals and photography together.
She has found, when allowed, that shelter dogs tell a story with their eyes if we just pay attention. When some of them have to go to the big dog park in the sky, she photographs them to solidify their existence. They mattered and at least at the shelter were loved unconditionally.
She thanks you all for your willingness to support these amazing dogs.
Pam Esau’s photography is being displayed through December 2013 in honor of SantaCon Hayward 2013, a fundraiser in support of the Hayward Animal Shelter.
We represented the buyers on the purchase of this historic Prospect Hill neighborhood home.
This 2,809 sq. ft. home was sold for $615,000 with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Views of the bay and city can be seen from many rooms.
Welcome back Al and Andy!
Click HERE for other articles regarding Prospect Hill Neighborhood
Boy, prices sure vary from one area to another. This home in South San Francisco is a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom home that only has 1050 sq ft on a 5200 sq ft lot. For $589,000!
Compare to our east bay listing at $599,000 for a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home at 2412 sq ft with a 15000+ sq ft lot at 1816 June Marie Court.
Home is where the heart is and where the pocketbook is well-received.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you be?
(Posted with permission from the listing agent to whom we referred these homeowners. We love collaborating with fellow agents and live by the REALTOR Code of Ethics!)
It’s true. Once a home is put on the market for sale, it becomes a product you’re selling and no longer has the same status as being just your home.
You have no more privacy.
Your neighbors will judge you as they walk through any open house you might have.
You can’t leave the toilet un-flushed and the seat up any more.
There will be umpteen “drive-bys” making you wonder if someone is pulling a Bugsy Siegel on you.
I’ve often said that inviting guests over to visit provides an incentive to clean up. Putting a home on the market has the same effect.
Plus, we get rid of a lot of clutter.
Do you have a story to share about when your home was put on the market?
This was an interesting week. It was fueled by caffeine with early mornings and late evenings but invigorating. In addition to receiving numerous referrals of sellers with the desire to sell their properties and even a buyer referral from a fellow agent, an offer submitted on a property not yet on the market, and we still managed to squeeze a lot more into the week.
What more we squeezed in included our community endeavors to help various local organization raise funds for their causes. From our Rotary Club’s Hallow Fest event to raise money for youth to AMVETS to helping at the animal shelter, we end the week with a quick visit to a property listing and then home.
So don’t bother us tonight! We’ll be resting up for a busy weekend of animal shelter volunteer work, a client dinner and a client housewarming party. If you’re curious about what we’re passionate about, CLICK HERE and join us!
- On a property purchase when we represented the buyers, we heard that the owner said he previously purchased the property as a short sale and offered the previous sellers a cash amount outside of escrow. This is a BIG no-no! Short sale lenders have to approve of the terms of sale because the previous sellers owed more than what the property was worth. They did not have the ethical right to receive any money out of that transaction unless under very specific above-board circumstances.
- On a property when we represented the sellers, the buyers who were represented by another agent contacted us after escrow closed asking for a property manager referral. They wanted to rent out the property. The property was purchased with OWNER-OCCUPIED financing! Fraud! Of course, how to prove it? The buyers’ agent never returned my calls or emails when I attempted to confront him about it.
We would love for our questions to be answered when Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County David Lim speaks at our Hispanic Real Estate Group on Friday September 20th. DETAILS HERE on Education, Prevention and Prosecution on real estate fraud issues.
Fellow REALTORS, what shady stuff have you run into in your business lately? Please share your comments here.
Update on AB 1229
The California Association of REALTORS has been opposing AB 1229 (Atkins), a bill that would dramatically weaken the rent control limitations contained in the landmark “Costa-Hawkins” law sponsored by C.A.R. in 1995. AB 1229 proposes to undo Costa-Hawkins’ protections by allowing local governments to impose inclusionary zoning on newly constructed housing. AB 1229 effectively repeals that part of the C.A.R.-sponsored Costa-Hawkins legislation that says new construction in a rent control jurisdiction is exempt, or NOT subject to rent control.
AB 1229 was voted on last week in the state Senate and unfortunately passed. While disappointed in the outcome, we are grateful to all the REALTORS® who contacted their legislators to oppose the bill. We came very close. The bill received 21 votes, the minimum necessary to pass.
Here is how state Senators voted.
Yes votes (in opposition to C.A.R.’s OPPOSE position): Beall, Block, Corbett, De León, DeSaulnier, Evans, Hancock, Hernandez, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Lieu, Liu, Monning, Padilla, Pavley, Steinberg, Torres and Wolk.
No votes (in support of C.A.R.’s OPPOSE position): Anderson, Berryhill, Calderon, Cannella, Emmerson, Fuller, Gaines, Galgiani, Huff, Knight, Nielsen, Vidak, Walters, Wright, Wyland and Yee
Not voting (also in support of C.A.R.’s position): Correa and Roth
Now that AB 1229 has passed both houses of the legislature, it will go to the Governor.
C.A.R. will be asking him to veto the bill. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact DeAnn Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org.