August 2018
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Bring a Picture of Your Stove when you Travel

When I'm about to leave for vacation, I double check that all the doors and windows are locked, the iron is unplugged, and the stove is off.

Still, inevitably, I'll be thousands of miles from home, wake up in the middle of the night, and know without a doubt that I left a burner on and my house is doomed.

If you share this common fear, here's a simple hack that will give you peace of mind.

Instead of wondering days later if you left the oven on, take a photo of the knobs in the off position before you leave. And not just the stove. Also the the deadbolt turned the right direction, the thermostat on the right setting, the iron unplugged, etc. That gallery of images will give you peace of mind wherever you are in the world.
The August 2018 Real Estate Weather Report features statistics and analysis about real estate activity during July 2018 in the East Bay. It compares market activity during July 2018 with July 2017. The information provided in this video is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Bay East Association of REALTORS® or its Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Revisiting the Real Estate Cycle


What Will Your Home Be Worth in 2026?

Every few years it’s interesting to review predictions about real estate cycles. The basic pattern of a real estate cycle is Recession, Recovery, Expansion, Over-supply and Recession again. We’ve seen this playing out in real-time since 2008, when the market fell into a deep recession, followed by a robust recovery and a still-happening expansion.

Eventually, real estate prices will stabilize, and then some years away there will be another period of over-supply, called a buyer's market.

How long do these cycles take and how extreme are they? No one can say for sure, but there are theories. For instance, there’s the "18-year real estate cycle," touted by economist Homer Hoyt in the 1930s, and reiterated by Fred Foldvary, who accurately predicted the 2008 collapse of the real estate market (

But such theories can be affected by war and weather, among other things. An 18-year cycle could easily become a 23-year or 15-year cycle, and be mild or severe. In decades past, the real estate market went for years at a stable 0% to 3% growth. By today’s standards, that might seem disastrous, but if that’s the extent of the next “downturn,” then that might not be so bad by comparison to 2008’s downturn.

Ultimately, real estate prices tend to rise over time, despite downturns. Your great-great-grandfather’s $5,000 cottage by the sea is now worth $500,000. Your parent’s tract home, bought for $40,000 in 1976 is now worth $145,000.

So, rather than basing home buying or selling decisions on macro real estate predictions, it’s better to make smart choices based on personal financial goals and current local market conditions.

Are you concerned about buying or selling? Talk to me about your plans and we’ll discuss solutions to meet your goals.

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Your parents have six sons, including you, and each son has one sister.
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Answer to July Quiz Contest
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The riddle asked you to determine how much an ice cream cone, a scoop of white ice cream (let’s call it vanilla), and a scoop of pink ice cream (let’s call it strawberry) are worth, according to the logic of the puzzle.
Cone - 3
Vanilla Scoop - 2
Strawberry Scoop - 1
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The Psychology Behind Home Pricing

In real estate, the asking price is often as much about psychology as it is about reality. For example, there’s the strategy of pricing your home below market value... Click to view this report, with 3 different pricing strategies. Good to know whether buying or selling!
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Good Luck, Bad Luck?

One day a farmer’s wild stallion ran off.
His neighbors came and told him, “This is very bad luck.” 

The farmer looked at them and shrugged, saying “Bad luck, good luck, who knows?”

They left, shaking their heads.

A few days later the stallion returned with a herd of wild mares. The neighbors came around to congratulate the farmer, saying “All will be well now. This is very good luck.” 

But the farmer simply nodded and said, “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” 

A week later the farmer’s son was training one of the new mares and was thrown from the horse and broke his leg. 
The neighbors gathered again to shake their heads and say “This is very bad luck.” 

The farmer said, “Bad luck, good luck, who knows?”

Two weeks later, a platoon of soldiers passed through the town looking for boys to conscript into the army. When the soldiers came to the farmer’s house, they saw his son’s broken leg and moved on without taking him. 

The neighbors gathered around, cheering. “That was very good luck!” 

The farmer smiled at their happy faces, as he said, “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”


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