Pacita's Quick Bytes of Real Estate

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Real Estate Agent - Alain Pinel - BRE 01367196
A REALTOR's perspective on events that shape and affect the real estate market.

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2008 

Many immigrants like me have always felt that we probably appreciate being American citizens more so than those who were natural born. Why? Perhaps it's due to the fact that we dreamed of coming here, of making our lives here, and worked towards that end, with the road paved with sacrifices. Alth...
12/31/2008
Coming off 2007 when the real estate industry was hammered by stories of doom and gloom, I approached 2008 with trepidation. I was grateful for a trickle of sales that kept me alive, although I also saw my checkbook balance shrink to Lilliputian size, and my credit card balance grow to gargantuan...
12/31/2008
I am always fascinated by illusions --- any kind of visual, graphic puzzle.  It's even more exciting when people tell me they see more than I do. They obviously have a heightened sense of visual acuity and powers of observation. Even more impressive and awesome are the folks who create these. Suc...
12/31/2008
  In addition to installation of smoke detectors, strapping of water heaters, testing/repairing/replacing sewer lateral, one of the government requirements to close escrow in Alameda is installation of a gas cut off valve. Automatic gas cut off valve ensures that the gas is shut off in case of a ...
12/30/2008
Here's a snapshot of what's going on in Alameda CA as of this post. Ahhhh-lameda --- a Historic and Picturesque Island on San Francisco Bay ACTIVE AND PENDING SALES 117 homes actively for sale There 43 pending 11 pending properties are subject to lender approval (short sales or 7% of total active...
12/30/2008
SEWER LATERAL  hardly a topic one wants to discuss, but a very important consideration and negotiation item (and could be pricey) when buying/selling real estate in Alameda CA. I didn't know anything about, and still have limited knowledge of what a sewer lateral is, until I moved to Alameda CA. ...
12/30/2008
Went out this morning to get my paper, and saw --- gasp! ---- fog? In Alameda? So I hurried and took this picture, using my iPhone. Since fog is such a rarity in our island town, I thought I'd register it for posterity. I had visions of getting all warm and toasty in layers of woolen sweaters and...
12/30/2008
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Eartha Kitt's "Santa, Baby". It's just so amusing and entertaining. When she died at age 81 this Christmas Day, it seemed to me that Christmas just won't be the same without Eartha Kitt's earthy "Santa, Baby" Here she is in 2006 when she was 79 years old And ...
12/29/2008
There is a listing in Alameda CA that has got us shaking our heads. It's a short sale listing for a ranch style home, 3 bedrooms/2 baths, and steps to the beach. It's listed at $499K. However, the confidential remarks says that the loan "negotiator countered at$594K and needs an offer ASAP." The ...
12/29/2008
As much as I love my iPhone, there are some things I miss about my other phones. Or maybe I just haven't found the right applications to download. What I don't like and my biggest beef about the iphone: Camera Limitations such as NO video camera application --- But a search on the internet locate...
12/28/2008
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