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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—throw pillows are critical. If they look cheap, it all looks cheap.

Don’t go monochromatic—your photos won’t pop!

Don’t show the spines of books. They are too interesting.

No cream colors on the walls—go white.

Don’t show a dirty garage floor. Paint it! It makes a huge difference. There’s special garage floor paint. The gray is really nice!

Don’t overdo it on the fake plants. They usually look fake, even if you think they don’t, and they attract attention. The more organic the vibe, the better.

Don’t worry about matching all your metals. Mixed metals are in.

My husband has a dozen hobbies. Skiing, Climbing, Racing, Soccer, Surfing. He is adventurous and interesting and lives on the edge.

I was feeling like I was “less than” because I’m not really interested in anything like that. I thought I could take up tennis or crocheting so that I too could have hobbies, but I didn’t actually want to , so, I didn’t.

In speaking to a good friend about this she told me “Your passion is PEOPLE. You’re curious. Curiosity is your hobby. You love to hear and share stories. You love to laugh and cry with friends. You love learning about what makes people happy. You use your energy to care deeply.”  

I loved this and I embrace it and I proudly live into it everyday. Even in my business. People come first. Properties come second.

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The second property tax installment was officially due on February 1, 2022 but is considered delinquent after 5 pm on April 11, 2022. If you pay after 5pm on April 11, a 10% delinquent penalty and $10 fee will be assessed. So mail your checks in ASAP! You can also pay online by e-check or credit card:

The average effective property tax rate in Alameda County is 0.78%, though a good rule of thumb for California homebuyers who are trying to estimate what their property taxes will be is to multiply their home’s purchase price by 1.25%. This incorporates the base rate of 1% and additional local taxes, which are usually about 0.25%. Assessed value is calculated based on market value using a base year value. A property’s original base value is its 1975-1976 market value and can be adjusted each year by no more than 2% to account for inflation.

It’s almost April—Spring Cleaning Time!! Time to clear the clutter!

Order your annual bag from ACI—it won’t come for several weeks so you’ll have time to make a pile.

If you end up having more than what the bag can hold (like I did), we can connect you with people that can show up with a truck of any size and haul it away for you. They will always repurpose what they can, and either way–it’s out of your hair. Clearing space can help clear your mind!

Do you need a truck to stop by? Contact us if so!

Is it really time to register your kiddos for school 2022-2023? 

Short answer – yes!

As we are finally figuring out what this school year feels like, we have to start thinking about what next year looks like. Not to worry, we have you covered.  

If you are thinking of making moves within Alameda, you should be able to stay at your current school if you have been there for over 2 years, and if you are new to the Alameda School District, please use this link for information on the steps you need to take.

AUSD Enrollment

As always, we are your resource for all things you need to know for Living in Alameda. —Betsy Fedewa

Quality Time: “I will sit here with you until we are in alignment on all levels.”

Words of Affirmation: “You are making the best possible decisions to meet your goal!”

Acts of Service: “I will make sure the leaves get swept up before the open house – you don’t have to do it!!”

Physical touch: “We did it, even while COVID is still a factor!  Fist BUMP!”

Receiving Gifts: “Let’s Celebrate!”

Spring is right around the corner! Daylight Savings begins on March 13th so sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later. Another hour of light in the evening means that people will be able to see your yard and not just your bistro lights when they visit for a COVID-friendly outdoor gathering. It means that night time bike rides are back. It means that basketball in the street can go on until dinner time. It means I don’t have to say, “I really don’t like driving at night” when I get home from work at 5:45. So take a deep breath and watch the wildflowers bloom.

  1. Quality Time: “Let’s look at houses until we find the perfect place and let’s make it FUN!”
  2. Words of Affirmation: “Your offer is STRONG!”
  3. Acts of Service: “ I will be your resource and guide every step of the way!”
  4. Physical touch: “I will be there to hand you the keys to your new home!”
  5. Receiving Gifts: “I will celebrate with you and I will pay the bill!”

Hard to imagine, but warmer weather is right around the corner. With back orders on everything imaginable, it’s not too early to get your outdoor space ready for some fun!

Here are some steps to take:

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