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Thursday 05/28/2015
Concert at the marina

The Discovery Bay Community Foundation will be hosting a free concert at the Discovery Bay Marina on Saturday, June 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Town partnering on weed-removal

While it appears the insidious aquatic weeds in Discovery Bay are finally beginning to die off, residents are now faced with a new dilemma – where to put them once they bite the dust. 

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Upgraded streetlights shine on town

There’s little concern that the lights in and around Discovery Bay will go out anytime soon, but they will be going green. 

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Farm kitchen gets cookin’

Tess’ Community Farm Kitchen will be hosting its long-awaited grand opening on May 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 8091 Balfour Road, in Brentwood. The kitchen will be dedicated to teaching people the importance of shopping fresh, local and small, and what to do with the bounty offered by East County. It will offer cooking classes and demonstrations, and the kitchen will have an on-site, year-round farmers’ market, where local fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey and nuts will be sold. The opening event will feature entertainment, food, wine tastings and hourly giveaways. For more information, email Barbara@communityfarmkitchen.com or visit communityfarmkitchen.com.

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Thursday 05/14/2015
Rec fees going up

In a good news, bad news kind of scenario, the Discovery Bay Community Center has been a clear benefit to the community in the two years since it opened. However, because of the increase in the facility’s use, the maintenance and staffing needs have also increased, and as a result, the town is looking to increase its rates. 

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Cruising the Delta

Longtime Discovery Bay resident Phil Paulson, center, enjoyed a recent afternoon on the Delta with family and friends, courtesy of Captain Morgan’s Delta Adventures and An Elderly Wish Foundation. Paulson, 88 and a retired firefighter, has been a familiar sight in Discovery Bay over the years, riding his bike with his dog in the basket or water skiing on the Delta. 

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Monday 05/11/2015
A supreme performance

Discovery Bay’s Supreme basketball team took home the championship at the 12th Annual Spring Jam and Lillie V Memorial Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament in San Carlos. The Supreme went 3-0 at the two-day event, defeating teams from San Francisco, Richmond and Pleasanton. In the front row, from left, are Noble McDonald, Max Parsons, Clay Hewison, Gage Pigati, Jacob Wells and Arcadio Cortez; and in the back row us Coach Terence McGilbra. Not pictured are Kyle MacHugh and Parker Pavon.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Byron Union School District administrator trades desk for RV

If the only problem with retirement is never getting a day off from it, then it’s a problem most retirees have no trouble handling, and Beverlee Nicolaisen is no exception.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
SO HOW IS THE MARKET NOW?
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 3:58 pm

The market in East County is still hot, although if inventory continues to rise, we may see appreciation slow later this year.

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The Art of Negotiating
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 7:14 am

How well do you negotiate? How well does your Realtor? Negotiation is the key to a successful agreement, especially when dealing with a large transaction, typically for the average person, such as a real estate purchase or sale.

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Monday 05/18/2015
FHA REFINANCE OPPORTUNITY
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Do you have an FHA loan where the rate is higher than today’s market rates? Then there is good news for you! Rates are still very, very low and it’s not too late to take advantage of them. And if you happen to have an FHA loan, there is a program you need to know about.

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
World Cocktail Day
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 8:54 pm

I just found out that today is World Cocktail Day!  Here is a recipe to help you celebrate....http://mountainroseblog.com/tea-cocktail-hibiscus-highball/

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Tuesday 05/12/2015
LET THE BUYER FIX THAT…
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:09 pm

If there are minor repairs that need to be made around the house you are about to sell, you might as well leave them for the buyer to take care of, right? Wrong! The less that you have done to prepare the home for market, the less you will get for it. Buyers always over-estimate what it costs to repair or replace deficiencies. There is also the psychological factor of them thinking, “If they let these small items go, I wonder what else is wrong with the home?”

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Monday 05/04/2015
MEMORIES CAN’T BE SOLD
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:09 pm

You are walking through the home you are about to sell and everywhere you look, you see wonderful memories. You also see all the tasteful things you did to improve the appearance and livability of your home to the way that YOU like it.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Artists' Open Studios May 16 & 17
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Local artists welcome you to visit their studios the weekend of May 16 and 17 during the popular Contra Costa Open Studios event. Meet the artists, enjoy a wide variety of original fine art, chat with fellow art-lovers and shop for unique, creative gifts. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their techniques and some will offer hands-on art activities.

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HOW TO GET YOUR OFFER ACCEPTED
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:23 pm

If a home is in good condition, is in a good location and priced correctly, it will likely get multiple offers. Some agents will tell you the only way to make sure your offer is accepted is to offer more money. That might not always be the best strategy.

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Monday 04/20/2015
NEW SHORT SALE RULES
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Short sales have gone from being the bulk of our market to being somewhat rare. However, there are still some homeowners out there that may be considering a short sale. Not all short sales are the same. Each lender will have their own guidelines and rules. If your lender participates in the government HAFA program, there are some new rules that are very interesting.

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Friday 04/17/2015
They Have Fabulous Feet!
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 10:42 am

The competitive dance team from Fabulous Feet Dance & Athletics Studio recently received all Platinum

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Monday 04/13/2015
WHAT DOES “AS-IS” REALLY MEAN?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Our standard real estate contract includes a clause that states that the home is being sold in it’s present “as-is” condition. Some people mistakenly think that this gives the Seller protection against having to disclose anything wrong with the home or make any repairs to the home.

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Monday 04/06/2015
DOWN PAYMENT—THEN AND NOW
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

In the early 1900’s, home loans were rare. You either had to save over a lifetime, or inherit money in order to buy a home for cash. The few home loans that existed required at least 50% down. The loan itself was a balloon loan due in five years or less. Thankfully, times have changed. Down payment requirements have fallen dramatically over the years.

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Monday 03/30/2015
PACK IT UP EARLY!
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

One mantra that I say over and over to my clients is as follows: “How we live in a home is much different than how we try to sell a home.” As George Carlin was fond of saying, “Our homes are a place to keep all of our stuff. We get a bigger home, and then go buy more stuff!”

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Monday 03/23/2015
BUYER’S REMORSE
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Auctions are fun to watch if you are just a spectator. But if you are a buyer, they can be quite stressful. You do your research ahead of time, and set your “max” price you’ll pay for an item. But then during the heat of the moment, you have to make decisions quickly. The pressure on you builds to bid higher than you had decided to before the auction started. So you bid higher, then the gavel bangs and you “win!” You instantly feel a rush of euphoria and success, but then seconds later you are gripped with fear that you paid too much, but in an auction, it’s too late. This is called “buyer’s remorse.”

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Sunday 03/22/2015
Personal Blog: RB Handyman Services
Posted: March 22, 2015 - 12:44 pm

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Monday 03/16/2015
HOMEOWNERS DOING REPAIRS?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 1:29 pm

A few weeks ago I warned you to make sure you hire licensed contractors to do work on your home. If it’s less than $500, you can consider using someone who isn’t licensed, but there are some risks. But what about when the homeowner wants to do work on their own home? Do they need to be licensed?

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Orwood Resort Goes COUNTRY!
Updated: March 14, 2015 - 12:38 am

Courtesy of Orwood Resort: 

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Friday 03/06/2015
EDITING ZILLOW DETAILS
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

“All the people said, ‘Amen!’” is the name of a song by Matt Maher that came out in 2013, and that title rightly applies to Zillow this week.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
CAN ESCROW CO. RELEASE FUNDS?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

In the typical real estate transaction there are lots of parties with different roles. There is the Seller, and their agent who is looking out for the Seller’s interests, then the Buyer and their agent, who is looking out for the Buyer’s interests. Then you have the lender and the inspector(s), who are hired by the Buyer and are trying to look out for the Buyer. But what about the title company, who are they looking out for? The Buyer or the Seller?

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Audio Book The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 5:59 pm

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Audio Book The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 5:59 pm

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Friday 02/20/2015
CAN WE ASK FOR THAT?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Let's say you're looking for a house to buy and you find one that seems to fit your needs, wants and price range. As you finish your tour you enter the garage and it’s amazing... Finished walls, epoxy floor and a work bench with state-of-the-art tools, all shiny and obviously in perfect working order. You absolutely LOVE tools and these are all the type you’ve been wanting to buy forever. As you express your admiration for them, your agent smiles and says, “Sorry, those don’t come with the house…”

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Friday 02/13/2015
WHY THE BUILDER’S LENDER?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

In the past, new home builders seemed to be focused on selling the homes, and they didn’t care where you got your financing from. Then a few years ago, they started bringing the lender “in-house” for one-stop shopping convenience for you, and an additional profit center for them. They might even offer you $2,000 to $5,000 in closing costs credit if you used their lender.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
February 9-15 is Random Acts of Kindness Week
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week: We know you spread kindness every day, and this is your official invitation to go all out! Check out RAK Week for kindness ideas to do throughout the week.

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HANDYMAN LICENSE?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Very often in a real estate transaction the owner of the property will have work done on the property either to get it ready for sale, or based on the buyer’s request for repairs. A question arises if the person they hire to do the work needs a contractor’s license.

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Monday 02/09/2015
Open Enrollment Reminder
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Reminder: Open Enrollment for Individual Health Plans ends February 15th.  Contact me if you need help enrolling or to see if you qualify for a subsidy through Covered California!

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National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:21 pm

February 8th – 14th is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week:  www.aacvpr.org

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Women's Council of REALTORS Delta
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Our mission: We are a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve

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Monday 02/02/2015
INVENTORY UPDATE
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

It seems like there is always some “expert” warning us about some upcoming economic disaster, and they have plenty of logical arguments and graphs to back up their arguments. For a while there we were worried about all the “shadow inventory” where they thought the banks were holding foreclosed off the market but were about to dump them on us all at once and our inventory was going to rise drastically. Then it was all the adjustable rate mortgages that were going to reset and cause another flood of foreclosures. Then they said interest rates were going to rise, which was going to put a huge chill on the buyer activity. All of these were supposed to lead to MUCH higher inventory of homes for sale.

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Monday 01/26/2015
LOWER FHA PREMIUMS
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Good news for low-down payment home buyers! FHA has reduced their mortgage insurance premiums effective 1/26/2015.

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Monday 01/19/2015
MARKET UP OR DOWN – PART III
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

For the last two weeks I’ve given you the arguments for why real estate prices may go up this year, and also the arguments for why they may go down. This week I’ll share with you the arguments for why prices may be fairly flat.

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Monday 01/12/2015
MARKET UP OR DOWN IN 2015 – PART II
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Last week I laid out the case why real estate prices may continue to increase in 2015. This week I’ll discuss why some people think prices may decline instead.

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Monday 01/05/2015
MARKET UP OR DOWN IN 2015?
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:10 pm

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Monday 12/29/2014
WOOD FLOORS FYI
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Hardwood floors are lovely. I have them in my current house and in my house before that. While they are expensive to put in, they do raise the resale value of the home (although not dollar for dollar). Many buyers prefer them for easier clean-up and they don’t stain like carpet does. Today I want to point out something about hardwood floors that could be kind of a “gotcha” if you aren’t aware of it. Recently I’ve had two clients opt to put in hardwood floors from two different flooring providers. They each picked out two completely different varieties of hardwood, but both were gorgeous.

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Monday 12/22/2014
SHORTER WAITING PERIODS
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:19 pm

In years past, it was pretty rare to have a short sale or foreclosure on your record. Because of that, mortgage lenders weren’t in a big hurry to lend to people that had one of those. They would often make someone wait 5-7 years until they would approve them for a mortgage loan again. This worked out OK for the lenders back then because they could still make all the loans they wanted.

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Personal Blog: Perry Ahlgrimm
Posted: December 22, 2014 - 8:22 am

Police Dog Injured in San Marino

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
First Place Win for the Diamonds
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 11:01 am

 It was another winning day for the Black Diamond All Stars at the USA (United Spirit Association) Winter Classic cheerleading competition. The event was held December 7th at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. All 5 Diamond teams brought their A game and wowed the crowd in their signature sparkly Diamond uniform and big silver bows. The Youth ICE team came home with an impressive 3rd place of 8 teams in their category and the always adorable Tiny Sparkle team was awarded 2nd place. The highlight of the day was definitely the exciting 1st place win by the Mini Shimmer team. They gave a stunning performance and beat out 7 other teams in their group level. Next up for these national champions teams is the Jamz competition at UC Davis on January 11th 2015. For more information on the Black Diamond All-stars you can visit their website at www.BlackDiamondAllStars.com or call 925-516-6619.

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Monday 12/15/2014
3% DOWN PAYMENTS ARE BACK
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:19 pm

For a long time, home buyers had to come up with at least 20% down to buy a home. Then it got reduced to 10%, then 3%, then nothing, and then at the peak of the madness, buyers could get loans for 125% of the value of the home and sometimes even walk away from the closing table with money in their pockets after buying a home!

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Heritage RAMS Undefeated Season
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 10:33 pm

The Heritage Baptist Academy Rams were undefeated for their entire season. (10-0). They took first place in the tournament they played in on Saturday, December 13. Robbie Fithian and Seth Armstrong coach the Rams. It was a great season. The Rams play in the California Athletic League (C.A.L.) 

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Christmas Caroling at Cortona Park
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 9:54 pm

The residents of Cortona Park enjoyed some cute little Christmas carolers during their lunch time on Saturday, December 13. The children from Heritage Baptist Church prepared a little Christmas program for the residents. Pastor  Jim Oesterwind has been hosting a weekly Bible study on Wednesday mornings at Cortona Park this past year. It was a wonderful opportunity to get the children involved and uplift the sweet residents during the holidays.

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Monday 12/08/2014
BATTERY CHIRP
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:19 pm

So lately I’ve been battling “low battery chirp” at my home, my office and my parents’ home. I’ve learned a LOT about these detectors that I didn’t know before! I woke up at 3 am a few weeks ago due to a smoke detector chirping, and of course it was a super-high ceiling in my house, so I had to get the extension ladder out while wearing my pajamas. Good luck going to sleep after THAT!

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Personal Blog: LibertyAdultEducation
Posted: December 08, 2014 - 9:47 am

2015 Citizenship Classes!

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Saturday 12/06/2014
New Homes Now From The High $300s in Antioch - Almondridge
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Big News - All New Pricing... New Homes Now From The High $300s in Antioch.

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Almondridge KB Homes
Posted: December 06, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Contact #NewHomeNegotiators today for a personal visit to #Almondridge in Antioch. #NewHomeNegotiators will work with you step by step. 

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Personal Blog: Perry Ahlgrimm
Posted: December 04, 2014 - 12:43 pm

CCPD HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION DOGS.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Personal Blog: John Case Intero Real Estate
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Landscaping Improves the Value of Your Home!

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Monday 12/01/2014
CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:19 pm

It’s a good idea to check in with your insurance agent now and then to have them review your home insurance policy with you to see if you have too much, or not enough coverage on your home.

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Saturday 11/22/2014
Personal Blog: Perry Ahlgrimm
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Protecting Your Home,Protecting Your Family

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Friday 11/21/2014
End of the year tax tips
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 3:19 pm

The end of the year is fast approaching. Now is the time to plan ahead and do what you can to try and reduce your income tax bill.  Here are two ideas for you to consider.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Personal Blog: Perry Ahlgrimm
Posted: November 18, 2014 - 6:42 am

Home Invasion.

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