March 2018
Natalie Swanson | 925-580-9829
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What Is St. Patrick’s Day?

Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. Ever wonder why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world?

Ostensibly, the day is to honor Ireland's patron saint, who introduced Catholicism to the Irish and rid the land of snakes. That’s why you celebrate it, right? Probably not.

More likely you celebrate because, like the Irish, you love a party! St. Patrick's Day is just smart marketing.

There are Irish people in every nook of this planet. Many are natural brand ambassadors, willing to celebrate wherever they are, and happy to perpetuate the idea of fun-loving Irish. Bars are eager to promote the occasion to sell more green-tinted beer.
Lack of inventory continues to drive the price of homes up and decrease the days on the market.

How to Get a Better Quality Home Inspection

Don’t be the person who says “Why didn’t the home inspector uncover these problems?” Have a look at this report, and be prepared to protect yourself when you purchase.
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Thank You Friends!

Thank You to all of our clients who’ve trusted us to serve them, and who have referred their friends, family and co-workers.
Special thanks to...
Henry & Barbara Chau, Aaron & Johnna Goodwin
Roger & Olga Pearce

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It's easy to win! Find this month's quiz question further down in this newsletter, then email your answer! Last month's Q&A:
  • Question:Where is Greenwich (as in GMT: Greenwich Mean Time—where clock time starts each day)?
  • Answer: It's a district of London, Engand. 
Congratulations to last month's winner!
Rich & Franca Weimack


March Quiz Question

Which character is first to speak in the original “Star Wars” movie?
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4 Easy Ways to Be a Real Estate Investor

I’m often asked for the easiest or cheapest ways to get started in real estate investing. With that in mind, here are 4 super-easy approaches.
  1. Rent a room in your own home. Using a service like Air B&B, or just putting an ad on Craigslist, you can rent a room part or full-time. You don’t even need to be a home owner!
  2. Buy a new home and rent out your old one. You may be able to count the rent as income when buying the next home. But consider the tax implications carefully. A good mortgage broker can help.
  3. Invest in crowdfunded real estate. Do extensive research before taking this path. Look for past performance and read the fine print.
  4. Buy into a real estate investment trust (REIT). There are many guides online that show how. This is a passive approach, and may offer low but steady returns when investing long-term.

Featured Listing

3099 Massachusetts St.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths
4,033 sq. ft.
Lot Size 13,594 sq. ft.

Gorgeous custom home. Breath taking views. Amazing interior.

Coming Soon!

2601 Pickfair Lane, Livermore
CA 94551
Beds 5, Baths 3,2,707 Sq Ft
Lot Size 10,009 Sq Ft

194 Selby Lane, CA 94551
2 Beds, 2.5 Baths, 1,379 Sq Ft 

5321 Celeste Ave., Livermore
CA 94550
Beds 2, Baths 2,
967 Sq Ft Lot Size 7,079 Sq Ft
Based on information from the Association of REALTOR® Multiple Listings as of March 5th, 2018 and for other sources. Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been the Listing and/or Selling Agent. 

My Advice

Things to Think about before Downsizing Your Home

Millions of homeowners live in large, often multi-story homes they simply don’t need any longer. Their kids are grown and moved out. They don’t enjoy cleaning it. They can’t manage the huge yard. But it can be scary, painful, and possibly unprofitable to move…so why bother? If you—or people you know—are thinking about downsizing, here are some questions to consider.
  • Do you have enough equity in your current home that you can buy a smaller home with lower payments...or free and clear? Is it even possible to buy a home with lower payments in your area, given interest rates and prices?
  • Are there desirable single level homes you would want to move into? If you don’t know, then hop onto my website at and do a search, or call me for help.
  • Would it be more profitable to move now or wait?  By buying smaller now, you may take advantage of lower interest rates, lower prices, and a longer ownership window for building equity again in the new home. But if you wait, you could gain more equity in your current home. It depends on if the market is rising, falling, or stabilizing.
If you, or someone you know lives in a home that’s too large now, please call me to discuss the pros and cons—and costs—of moving.

By Private Invitation
MARCH 21st   5pm - 8pm

First Street Wine Shop

2211 First St. Livermore, CA 94550
  • Come enjoy a glass of wine
  • Along with a few appetizers
  • Network with your partners
  • Blind wine tasting contest

April 14th, 2018
11am - 4pm

By Private Invitation Only



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