While sitting with a good friend at Olivetto's last week, we were commiserating about the generation of young workers who have unrealistic expectations as to what a REAL job looks like, and just exactly how hard they are going to have to work to get ahead. (That includes our own naive offspring and yes, that makes us old.)
"Do people really work 9-5 every day?" my younger son had complained last year, after taking on an ambitious summer internship in The City and discovering rather quickly that he'd need to get up even earlier to catch BART, and arrive home much later than he intended. (Life's rough.) Happily, he got up to speed rather quickly.
My friend's story was much better . . .
"Do you think we really need staging?" the Seller plaintively asked? "What's that going to cost?" (It's a legitimate question that almost always comes up.)
"Yes, I do," I answered with no hesitation,"dollar for dollar, staging is likely to be the best return on your investment and as most Buyers now begin their search on the Internet, photos have never been more important." (All true.)
That's the polite way of saying it.
Like many of you, I was violently jolted awake at 2:40 am early Thursday morning. At which point, I blearily opened Twitter to confirm a 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered in nearby Berkeley. (Twitter was exploding with Tweets, even at that early hour.)
I grew up in California; the recipient of thousands of seemingly unregistered tremors, so earthquakes don't usually faze me much, but this one did.
The holidays are upon us and the New Year is just ahead. To that end, today's newsletter skips a personal anecdote and moves directly into the Piedmont Year in Review. (I'll return to embarrassing my husband and kids come January.) For a detailed look at 2017 sales, as listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), click here.
"Your lights look a little anemic," my sister Jill said, looking at my sad little row on the porch railing. "If you like, I can get someone to come over and help."
She was right, my lighting job had been a little underwhelming, especially when compared to my neighbor's dazzling display, but paying someone to hang Christmas lights works against my Sacramento roots. Still, it was an idea worth considering.
I woke from my sleep the other night just in time to watch my husband take a terrible spill. Back lit by the SUPER moon; down, down, down he went (followed by multiple expletives not fit to print)! For the record, Cliff rarely cusses, but it was one of those awful slow-motion moments where you know the outcome isn't going to be good.
I'm back from New Zealand after visiting our younger son in Dunedin who was studying abroad at the College of Otago (and by "studying abroad," I mean that Tristan was exploring the Kiwi lifestyle with far more gusto than he was attending classes.)
"That's okay," a client reminded me,"I did too, and it's one of the absolute best things I've ever done. Classes weren't always my highest priority either, but wow, that's where I learned to really stand on my own, travel and explore as a responsible adult, and feed my curiosity about other cultures."
I've been writing The Perspective for more than 10 years and in all this time, I don't think I've ever missed the Friday publication (except while on vacation), but in my own defense, I had a very good reason this week for the delay.
Having put 6 Abbott Way successfully into contract late last week, we randomly pulled the lucky winner of the GenZe 2.0 Scooter out of the stack of entrants on Friday afternoon and on Sunday (drum roll please ....) Ashley Reed (Winner, winner, chicken dinner!) and her darling beau picked up the scooter and drove it home. Or rather, he drove it home, while Ashley headed off to yoga class. (I love that her leggings match.)
Last night, Jill and I attended a Halloween Party for Realtors at a good friend's house and both the decorations and the costumes blew me away. From the entire cast of the Wizard of Oz, to Jill and me in our homemade Ghostbusters outfits, everyone came to play. Some costumes were decidedly real estate inspired, like a Supra locbox key(clever) or a brick foundation (because what's scarier to a Realtor than a brick foundation?) while others were a throwback to easier times: I Love Lucy, Richard Simmons, a bath loofah (!); all weird and wonderful and each, totally FUN.
It's not everyday that I attach a giveaway to a listing, but when my savvy clients asked me to think "outside the box," and when one of them makes her living in marketing and advertising, and the other in real estate, it was time to put on my creative cap and get to work composing a "smart" solution for a very "smart" home at 6 Abbot Way in Piedmont.
Julie Gardner, referred to as, "the pulse of Piedmont," has been writing The Piedmont Perspective for 11 years.