ca: Open House on a Hot Day – 7 Reasons To Do It - 07/18/10 10:09 AM
It’s supposed to hit 94 in Livermore, CA today. I’m holding a home open, its first Sunday on the market. Will there be visitors? I’m counting on it. Here’s my rationale. The temperatures reached the 100s earlier this week, so today will feel cool by comparison.
The Broker’s Open had a great agent turnout, and 4 different agents said they’re returning with clients on Sunday. We’ve had showings already and those folks came while it was very, very hot.
7 Reasons I’m Optimistic.
1) Those who are out searching in the heat, are apt to be more than Looky Lou’s. … (7 comments)

ca: Wordless Wednesday - Cool Kid on a Hot Day - 07/14/10 12:15 AM
Is this guy adorable or what?  And no, he's not related to me.  I just enjoyed watching him tromp around in his little tennis shoes and diaper when temps hit the 90s on Saturday.  Kids are just fascinated by the "Sprayground" at Lizzie Fountain, Downtown Livermore, CA.

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ca: The Breakfast Stop - Livermore, CA - 07/11/10 11:15 AM
What a novel idea, at least in Downtown Livermore, CA. After expanding into a larger building for their popular beer and grub restaurant, the owners of The First Street Alehouse, found a great use for their previous space.
The Breakfast Stop is a convenient place to pop in and grab breakfast to go.  Simply choose your choice of breakfast sandwich, potatoes or fruit and a beverage.  Ala carte options available too.  A terrific solution for busy residents who don't have time for a leisurely sit-down breakfast. 
Although, there are tables and chairs for those who prefer to dine in.  Simply circle … (1 comments)

ca: Life-Like Statues Blend with the Crowd in Pleasanton, CA - 07/08/10 12:03 AM
I'm not sure how recent an addition these statues are to Downtown Pleasanton, CA but they sure caught my attention tonight, while strolling through town at the First Wednesday Street Party. A total of 11 statutues in the Sweard Johnson sculpture exhibition displayed in cities around the world, are now making their appearance in Pleasanton, CA.  Great conversation starters!

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ca: Mid-Year Look at Homes for Sale In The Tri-Valley - 07/01/10 08:10 PM
                        
The Tri Valley in Northern California (consists of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin). Market statistics are always interesting, but so too is the context from which they come.  What does it all mean?
Active Listings as of July 2, 2010
           City                Detached         Other*          Total                       Livermore, 14% of market is REO
        Livermore        194             28             222                                   25% of market is Short Sales
        Pleasanton      195              53            248                                   
        Dublin              68              75             143
Pending Listings as of July 2, 2010
          City                Detached         Other*          … (2 comments)

ca: Livermore Farmer’s Market - 06/29/10 07:49 AM
Located so close to the Central Valley and an abundance of the state’s best agriculture, Livermore’s Farmer’s Market is a bountiful display of the season’s most colorful and tasty fresh fruits and vegetables.
Held each Thursday from 4 to 8, residents flock to the heart of downtown to stock up on farm-fresh produce. Encompassing the entire block surrounding the historic Carnegie building, you’ll find plenty to lure you back, week after week. Carnegie Park is located on Third St., between J and K.
Other vendors round out the menu with fresh-baked breads and pastries, cheeses and olive oil. Fresh flowers for … (2 comments)

ca: Memorial Day – Honoring 3 Generations in My Family - 05/31/10 11:09 AM
Today for the first time, I’ll be attending a Memorial Day Parade. I don’t honestly know why I’ve never been to one before. My father is an invited guest and honoree in Rio Vista, California. As a decorated World War II Veteran, I’ve been hearing about this war for a lifetime. However, it wasn’t until I had sons of my own that I could understand the enormity of what affect that must have had on my dad, only 19 at the time.
He was in the Army, an infantryman with the Fighting First, also known as the Big Red One. He … (0 comments)

ca: Down Payment Assistance Programs - 05/24/10 11:33 AM
Most cities have funds available to help first-time buyers make their entry into home-owner status. There are eligibility requirements in terms of income level, and in some cases, residency. All require that the buyer have funds of their own, but these additional monies can go a long way towards strengthening an offer and the buyer’s chance for acceptance in multiple offer situations.
A great resource for education for first time buyers is the Tri Valley Housing Opportunity Center.  They conduct a number of classes, geared at helping people prepare for a successful home purchase, as well as providing other financial counseling.
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ca: First Time Buyers – Buying a House is a Big Deal - 05/10/10 12:55 AM
Today’s first time buyers have the chance to be so much better prepared than buyers a decade ago. A host of information is available online and on television to educate you on the home buying process . Property searches can be simple with online sources. But, like any other form of information, too much can actually confuse the situation.
Knowing what you can afford is the best first step. Pre-qualification is important for a couple of reasons. It helps you determine your buying power, which can also help identify the best location to start your home search. Lenders use income to … (3 comments)

ca: Montrose, Livermore, California - 04/18/10 12:26 PM
The Montrose development in Livermore, California was constructed beginning in 1996 through 1998. These contemporary style homes by Warmington builders range in size from2150 square feet through the largest model, at 3123 square feet. Situated south of Highway 580, the development is located between Las Positas Rd. and Portola Avenue. Homes are available from 3 bedroom /2 bath up to 5 bedrooms with 3.5 baths. All have 3 car garages. Lots are a little larger than average, generally between 8 and 12,000 sq. ft.
 
 
 
 
 
Adjacent to the neighborhood is a family-friendly neighborhood park, Lester J. Knotts … (0 comments)

ca: Northwood Commons, Livermore, CA - 04/13/10 07:11 AM
Situated in the west central part of Livermore, Northwood Commons is a charming town house development. Built in 1984 by Northwood Homes, floor plan configurations start with the smaller model, with 2 bedrooms,1.5 bathrooms to 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with a loft. Square footage ranges from 958 for the smallest home to 1618, which includes a loft.
Design features include kitchen nooks, vaulted ceilings, tiled entries and balconies on some models. This self-contained community has two very appealing features. First, is the park-like setting. Open grassy areas host tall shade trees, and give a true neighborhood feel.
A greenbelt sits to … (0 comments)

ca: Cool places to watch the Super Bowl in Livermore, California - 01/21/10 08:29 PM
Hey there sports fans – if you just love to watch the biggest football game of the year somewhere besides your own living room, here are a couple of ideas for you.
 
Rock House Sports Bar & Grill
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY February 7th
2010 1840 PORTOLA AVE. LIVERMORE, CA 94551
925- 960-9110
Full bar with 20 variety of beers on tap 40 TV Screens, so you can see no matter where you’re sitting. Good food and good fun. Check it out!
 
Vine Cinema
1736 First Street Livermore, CA 94550
925-961-1000
Fabulous sound, and a full size movie screen, with … (0 comments)

ca: Christmas Lights in Livermore - 12/05/09 07:36 AM
 
As a child, one holiday tradition our family had was taking a drive through the city on Christmas Eve to see all of the noteworthy light displays. With all of the various commercial light options out there, not to mention the 3D characters and props, outstanding Christmas light decorations are cropping up all over town.
The standard to beat in Livermore, California has to be Deacon Dave’s, started back in 1982. Each year, a full theme engulfs the house, the yard and lights up the neighborhood. Visitors form a line encircling the block, and it is well worth the wait. … (5 comments)

ca: Livermore California, A Great Place to Live - 10/14/09 09:37 AM
Need to learn more about Livermore? This ten minute video will give you a quick glimpse into its past, along with some great footage about the recent downtown rennovation resulting in  national recognition as a recipient of the Great American Main Street Award in 2009.
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ca: 28th Annual Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration - 08/31/09 09:23 AM

Labor Day Weekend

Livermore Valley is located 45 miles east of San Francisco, and approximately 32 miles northeast of San Jose.
If you've never been to the Harvest Wine Celebration, now might be the time to come and enjoy a fantastic day in Livermore's wine country.  A new twist on the event rolls out this year, increasing your chances to taste from many more of the wineries.  With over 40 wineries in the region, it's a bit of a challenge to make your way to so many
Now, with the addition of the Harvest Village in Robertson Park, … (4 comments)

ca: Advice for Home Sellers in the Tri-Valley - Part 2 - 08/21/09 07:33 PM
If you missed Part 1, go to this link first: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1202858/advice-for-home-sellers-in-the-tri-valley-part-1
Now, let's get ready. And the biggest reasons?  You want to outshine the competition, so get ready to repair, de-clutter and stage.
Buyers have been out in force for awhile now and are probably seeing their fair share of distressed homes, many in short sale status, or already bank owned.  Some of these are tenant occupied, others are vacant. And as such, don't always give the best impression when a visitor walks through the front door.  Here's your chance to get your house in tip-top shape before it hits the market. … (1 comments)

ca: Trends in Outdoor Design - 08/08/09 09:00 AM

Lots of folks are spending more time at home these days, and enjoying the outdoors year-round, as you can in mostly sunny California.  With the prevalence of ‘stay-cations', home fashion experts suggest you focus your energies outside! If you've been thinking it's time to spruce up your home's exterior, here's a list of a few home and garden favorites to help get you started off in the right direction.Solid as a Rock - Landscaping is a pretty familiar concept, but less talked about is hardscaping -  a way to accessorize your outdoor design. Usually chosen for their function, the materials … (1 comments)

ca: Have We Turned A Corner - Is it Now a Seller's Market? - 07/30/09 04:19 PM

A year or so ago, it seemed that the news sources blasted headlines about real estate conditions being favorable to buyers. It would be interesting to hear from today's buyers about their read on the current situation.  Of course, like all real estate markets, he who has the upper hand may depend upon location.
Here in the Tri-Valley of California (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton) it also depends upon your price range.  Buyers today are encountering quite a different picture than the one painted by the national news headlines not too many months ago. When inventories were high and listings languished on … (1 comments)

 
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