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Living in Brentwood – Brentwood Parks – Brentwood Memorial Park - 06/30/09 05:08 PM
Brentwood Memorial Park is on Balfour at the corner of Griffin. The Brentwood Swim Center and Brentwood Senior Center set on the same site. There is plenty of off street parking. Near the entrance at end of the parking lot the park features a rose garden and a series of flags commemorating those that have served this country. The main flag pole has the US Flag, California Flag, and a POW Flag. Then there are six more flags for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine. The park has a lot of large open space and (0 comments)
What is your Patriotic Duty on July 4th? What will you do? - 06/29/09 02:59 PM
July 4th is coming up. This is a day when we celebrate the birth of freedom in this country. Most people have an enjoyable day and if we are lucky it is part of a nice three day weekend. We enjoy the good things God has given us as a people; we BBQ, camp, swim, go boating, fishing, hiking, watch a parade, enjoy the fireworks and have a picnic. Liberty is in trouble. She is being threatened from within and by our own leaders. The things that are going on are the biggest threat to our country since the Civil War, (0 comments)
Brentwood Classic Car Show - Another Freebie - 06/25/09 10:43 PM
I have told you all about the Wednesday night Free Concert Series at the Streets of Brentwood, but on July 1 there is a bonus. Before the Concert, starting at 4:00 PM there will be a Free Classic Car Show at the Streets of Brentwood. This absolutley Free. So pack a picnic, or better yet buy one from one of the excellent eateries featured at The Streets of Brentwood. For more details on Free Things in Brentwood go to my new Web Page www.ContraCostaCountyEvent.com.
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Another Free Concert Series in Brentwood - Yep More Freebies. - 06/25/09 10:32 PM
When I wrote my post last week on the Free Concert Series in Brentwood I confused two events and had to go back and correct my original post. That post was on the Free Wednesday Night Concerts at The Streets of Brentwood. There is another series of concerts given on Friday Night by the city in the Park at City Hall on Second Street. These are from 7-9 PM. There are two dates in July and another Date in August. Go to my new Web Page ContraCostaCountyEvents.com for details on the concerts.
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Johnny, Ed, Doc and all the wanna bees - 06/25/09 03:28 PM
Last night I watched the Tonight Show for the second time in a week. I have not watched it on a regular basis in a long time, there is no regular late night television for me. When I was a young man I loved to set up and watch Johnny, Ed and Doc yuck it up. I really thought Doc was funny and even liked it when Ed was on Vacation so I could see more of Doc and Tommy over in the band. Nothing against Ed, he was great and helped Johnny be even funnier, I just liked Doc and (1 comments)
Living in Brentwood – Dinner’s, Drive Ins, and Dives – El Camino Restaurant - 06/25/09 12:24 PM
The other night my wife and I went to a small Mexican place, the El Camino at 6611 Brentwood Blvd in Brentwood. Near the corner of Lone Tree. I had eaten here years ago when Brentwood was a small farm town and I came out this way to adjust insurance claims. I had long forgotten about the place, but I should not have. The El Camino is a very simple place with an authentic south west/Mexican motif. They do not take credit cards, it is cash only, but there is an ATM machine in the restaurant. The menu is a full (0 comments)
SHOULD I PAY MY MORTGAGE? - 06/23/09 09:12 PM
This is a question I get all the time. The answer here is the best one I have seen to the question. Via Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (Richard P. Zaretsky P.A. ): This seems to be THE NUMBER ONE question I get. Unfortunately there are several answers and which is correct for you depends on the Circumstances. I will address the common scenarios in this article. Policy in my office is to never "tell" - as in "instruct" - our borrower client to pay or not to pay their mortgage. Paying or not paying has a lot of collateral effects (0 comments)
Penny Wise and Pound Foolish - How not to sell your home! - 06/22/09 07:24 PM
I had a minor fender bender the other day and took the car into the shop this afternoon. I wanted to see if the damage was over my deductible before I called the Insurance Company. Sure enough it was. The bumper on a Toyota van is over $700.00, and there may be hidden damage. So I call the insurance company and set up the claim from the shop. I declined to use my rental car company as I figured it will only take a couple of days. Guess again. I asked on my way out the door. It will take at (1 comments)
I do not know if this is a hoax, but it sounds real. (0 comments)
Free National Parks Weekend Starts this Weekend - FREE! - 06/19/09 01:48 PM
Starting this weekend there will be three Free National park days at 147 parks across the country. No admittance fees, which I think run about $50.00 now. Locally Yosemite is part of the program. I think I am going to look around for one of the less crowded parks to go to in July. So if you are Living in Contra Costa County and want to enjoy Your Contra Costa County Home this weekend is for you. The Free Park Weekends include: June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16. Get out and show your kids the country. If you like information (0 comments)
Free Summer Concert Series in Brentwood - Yes Free - 06/19/09 01:36 PM
Streets of Brentwood on Sand Creekhas a Free Concerts Series featuring County, Rock and Blues Music. . These concerts are every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Bring your own chairs and something to eat, or grab a picnic dinner from one of the fine establishments at the streets of Brentwood. This is one of the great advantages of Living in Brentwood and enjoying Your Contra Costa County Home. For more information follow the link here. If you like this information you really should subscribe to this blog for regular updated information.
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Free Bowling for Kids - Two Free Games a Day all Summer in Brentwood! - 06/19/09 01:03 PM
My wife and I love to Bowl. She is very good - I am not even though I have the body of a bowler. This summer you can sign up on line to recieve two free bowling coupons a day for each kid in the family. The coupons are good from opening until 7:00 PM. You even get the Shoes for Free! This offer is good at a number of bowling centers around the country. I don't think it gets much better than this. The kids get some excersize and out of the house and it cost nothing. Follow the link (0 comments)
Free Movies to Keep the Kids Busy this Summer! Ya real movies at the Theatre - 06/19/09 12:52 PM
Rave Theatres in Brentwood is showing Free Movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 am until July 29. 2009. This are kids movies all rated G & PG, primarily cartoons. Nothing out at the threaters now, but fairly recent movies. So if you are Living in Brentwood and need something to do this may be the thing for you. The price is right. You may link the information here.
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Private Enterprise and Market Responsiveness - Or Profits of Doom! - 06/18/09 10:56 AM
What is going on in the lending market place is an example of why the Government needs to keep hands off. I do not want to go back over the past - we can and have hashed that one around too long, except to say the government was part of the problem from day one. What I want to talk about is Today and the problems in the lending market and business in general. In most industries when there is an innovation or some new market develops everyone hops on it. People and products come out of the wood work to (0 comments)
What are the Rangers Doing in East Contra Costa County? - 06/17/09 02:57 PM
My kids are part of a great group called Royal Rangers. Royal Rangers is a ministry put together by the Assembly of God Church, but is used by many independent churches too. In short think of it as something like Boy Scouts mixed with bible study and a focus on Christian Living.
Rangers at Fort Ross I was an Eagle Scout and The Boy Scouts of America was very important to me. However, as a parent I wanted my kids to have the same experiences I had in the outdoors and to learn the same skills I did, with training (0 comments)
Contra Costa County Fraud Symposium - 06/13/09 05:02 PM
I am one of the co-chairs for the Contra Costa County Fraud Symposium Coming up on Wednesday June 24. It is at 10:00 AM at 602 W 2nd Street in Antioch, CA. The doors open at 9:30 AM and it last till noon. It is open to professionals in the area of housing and the general public. There are a number of high level speakers from the Government. The panel will be moderated by the county assessor Gus Kramer. If you are in this area please reblog and pass the word.
People are Discovering Value in Discovery Bay Homes! - 06/13/09 04:53 PM
If you are Living in Discovery Bay, Ca you might discover some extra value in your Discovery Bay Home. If you want to Buy a Home in Discovery Bay Ca, now may be the time to do so. This month’s market report is based on Single Family Homes pulled from the MLS on June 12, 2009.
As I have noted in past reports the market has been firming up and now it has turned. The sold priced have gone up over 10% in one month. This is based on the figure I think is most important; price per Square Foot (0 comments)
Oakley Prices are on the way up! - 06/13/09 04:38 PM
If you are Living in Oakley, Ca your home price is starting upward. If you want to Buy a Home in Oakley Ca, now may be the time to do so. This month’s market report is based on Single Family Homes pulled from the MLS on June 12, 2009.
As I have noted in past reports the market has been firming up and now it has turned. The sold priced have gone up almost 1% in one month. This is based on the figure I think is most important; price per Square Foot (SF). This may be a temporary trend. (0 comments)
Brentwood Prices are Breaking out of the Slide! - 06/13/09 04:28 PM
If you are Living in Brentwood, Ca your home price is starting to Break upward. If you want to Buy a Home in Brentwood Ca, now may be the time to do so. This month’s market report is based on Single Family Homes pulled from the MLS on June 12, 2009.
As I have noted in past reports the market has been firming up and now it has turned. The sold priced have gone up over 3% in one month. This is based on the figure I think is most important; price per Square Foot (SF). This may be a (0 comments)
Antioch is Angling for a Change – A Change for the Better! - 06/13/09 04:17 PM
If you are Living in Anitoch, Ca your home price is starting to angle upward. If you want to Buy a Home in Antioch Ca, now may be the time to do so. This month’s market report is based on Single Family Homes pulled from the MLS on June 12, 2009.
As I have noted in past reports the market has been firming up and now it has turned. The sold priced have gone up almost 3% in one month. This is based on the figure I think is most important; price per Square Foot (SF). This may be a (0 comments)
The Pittsburg Pricing Pop! - 06/13/09 04:06 PM
If you are Living in Pittsburg, Ca your home price is starting to pop. If you want to Buy a Home in Pittsburg Ca, now may be the time to do so. This month’s market report is based on Single Family Homes pulled from the MLS on June 12, 2009.
As I have noted in past reports the market has been firming up and now it has turned. The sold priced have gone up almost 2% in one month. The figure I think is most important is the price per Square Foot (SF). This may be a temporary trend. The (0 comments)
What makes a Garage "Inspirational"? - 06/13/09 02:41 PM
This is just a really cool blog I found on Active Rain about Garages. Enjoy. Via Lane Bailey - REALTOR & Car Guy (Diamond Dwellings Realty): Image by genevievepan via Flickr There are basically three kinds of garages... Places to store stuff Places to work on stuff Places to display stuff Most garages are storage sheds. They hold tools, lawn mowers, cars, sporting goods, cleaning supplies and overflow food in the chest freezer. The next most common group are working garages. Whether it is building a hot rod or keeping the family rides in tune, they have tools and parts and more (0 comments)
The East Contra Costa Market is Taking Off! - 06/12/09 02:23 PM
Every Month I prepare a Market Report on the Cities in East Contra Costa County. If you are considering Living in Contra Costa County East County is an affordable and quality option. I have been cautioning for months now that the market is ready to turn. Now it has. Prices on a SF basis are up by 1-2% in a one month period. My reports focus on the Communities of Brentwood CA, Antioch CA, Pittsburg CA, Oakley CA, and Discovery Bay CA. Part of this increase is due to the decline in the Bank Owned Home market. But more Bank Owned (0 comments)
How do you figure! What is that home worth? - 06/07/09 11:33 PM
Figuring the value of a home and what price to list it at can be one of the biggest challenges we face as agents. If you read my post you know that price per SF is a number I like. It is not perfect, but it is a good starting point. Just to give you an idea of some of the considerations and agent may use, I had a client in East Contra Costa County call me about a home evaluation. In this market there are rapid price changes and it is wise to try to find very recent comps. I (0 comments)
This Market hasn’t changed a bit in three years! - 06/07/09 07:02 PM
You think I am kidding. How could things not change in one of the worst markets in history? Well I am in Brentwood California and I did my research. Here are the facts: Three years ago you could hardly find any properties around here for $500,000.00. Today I checked the MLS again and you can still hardly find any properties for $500,000.00. The more things change the more they stay the same! (0 comments)
A Fantastic New Product for Home Owners! Really Trust Me! - 06/05/09 01:15 PM
The modern home is getting more and more complex. There are more things to maintain and more things to do on a regular basis. Have you ever bought a new home? Have you seen the maintenance package that comes with it – the list of everything you need to do to care for your home? Do you do those things? Tell me: When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Do you know how often you should? Sealed your granite counter tops? How often should you? Sealed the grout? How often should you? Checked your toilet seals? How often (0 comments)
Internet Dating - Getting Around the Pounds! Or is that the house in the Picture? - 06/05/09 12:02 PM
We all like to put our best foot forward. The same is true when selling a home. Lisa Bosques did an excellent blog on deceptive photos posted by Real Estate Agents. I agree with her completely, but where is the line? I met my wife on line and it was a great way for us to meet. However, I constantly hear disaster stories about deception; this is especially true of photos. Now when I sent photos to my wife to be did I suck in my gut? Yes I did and this is getting harder and harder to do. Did I (1 comments)
Out of Area Listing Agents are hard on Everyone! - 06/04/09 03:06 PM
I did a survey of the Homes for Sale in Brentwood, CA last month and found 40 Bank Owned Homes for Sale. Then I looked at who the Listing Agents are on these properties. Half of those agents are from out of the area; some from as far away as Los Angeles. People not in the business probably do not know you do not have to be a local professional to buy a membership in the local MLS to List and Sell homes. I am sympathetic to the banks on some points, but the way the banks handle real estate is (1 comments)
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