My sister, Jill, and I are guests at The Landing Resort and Spa on the south shore for a 2-day Luxury Homes seminar and house tour. Yesterday morning we set out to view several fabulous lakefront properties, ranging from $29,000,000 estates (that's twenty-nine MILLION!) to much more modest condominiums within walking distance of the lake (even the condos here are easily more than one million dollars).
"Do you and Dad really work 9 to 5 everyday?" my son mournfully asked.
"This is so hard." (I understand.)
"No," I replied, "We work more like 7 to 7!" (And that's on a calm day.)
Home for the summer after his freshman year at Colgate, Tristan is learning the stark realities of his first, full-time internship in San Francisco at the California Appellate Project. (If he thought he was working hard at college, he's got another think coming.) Up early and on BART by 8:00 means his "post work"festivities with his buddies are now relegated to weekends only, just like the rest of us employed and hardworking folk. (Sorry to burst your bubble Son, it's called a JOB!)
As an established East Bay Realtor, I'm asked to interview for listings on a fairly frequent basis. Often I know the prospective client well, having helped him or her with a previous transaction and other times, I don't, having been referred by a friend or relative (thank you and keep them coming), OR having met them quite by chance at a recent Open House.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 600 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.