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Operating as usual

08/13/2020

The activity in local real estate is pretty surprising to me. Values (prices) are strong and people who can are looking for homes for their COVID-free (I hope) futures.

04/04/2020

Pandemic Dream .. .
The streets in Oakland were now strangely reconfigured. Getting to the office on a first visit was a challenge. Familiar as I was with the avenues and streets, the addition of two or more strange roadways made that difficult. Every route was unexpected. Still, the address, which I had written on a manila envelope, was posted on a large building and I could see a parking garage near it.
Inside was the room of desks where I had come to work. To help. A column of desks lined each of two walls with a pathway between them. The desks stretched into a vast hall deep into the office and out of sight into darkness. Most desks were unoccupied. Most desks looked unused. Their tops were clean and shiny. A few were cluttered on their desk tops. At each of those few occupied desks sat a person with a pen in hand or a computer in front of them.
The clutter was a familiar kind of clutter. I recognized it as that scattering of papers typical to the editorial office of a small newspaper. I’d been there before. Years ago. I was there, this time, having been called in to help. I agreed to help. In this dream. My dream. I was answering the call from an old friend.
Could I help get a first edition out to the printers? The staff, the few individuals at the various desks, were trying to get this new newspaper finished for printing. But it didn’t look like it really. They hardly moved.
It all seemed remote and without hope.
In the time of the pandemic all things were strange. The dream wasn’t unreasonable. Especially to the dreamer.
After selecting a desk I put down my envelop on a chair seat. I pressed my chest onto the desktop. I looked at the neighboring desk and it’s seated occupant, who had paid no attention to me. I quietly laid my cheek onto the desk’s top corner surface and fell into a deep sleep.
I moaned upon waking. It was hours later. My body ached from spending hours in a contorted position on the desk and with one leg partly reaching out to a chair.
Pushing my body to stand, slowly finding my legs and steadying them against the desk, I could see much was the same as when I had arrived. If the few writers at the few occupied desks were busy I couldn’t tell. They must be writers, what else could they be, I thought. They remained sitting at their desks.
Then I noticed a “galley” sheet on the desk where my head had laid. The “broadsheet” white paper had a vertical layout marked in gray chalk and dark, heavy pencil lead. It was a front page layout. A mock-up.
If this proposed front page of a first edition of a city newspaper had any copy to fill it, I wasn’t aware. There wasn’t any text on it. Just chalky lines were only indicating columns and squiggly lines where text would be placed. The concept was familiar, old school.
Text, copy and news wouldn’t be my project. At least that wasn’t mentioned in the the call which prompted my visit to the office.
“Would you come over right away and get things in shape,” I was asked. “What’s up?” “You’ll see.”
I’d done it before, helped save an edition for a publisher in a mess. But this was different. And this time I slept on the desk without concern. What help I could be wasn’t clear. Sometimes nothing will help. It never would become clear to me if anyone had a vision to save the publication. It was not yet my problem. It looked immediately like it wasn’t going to become my problem. So I had slept on it.
I took the galley into my hands and held it before me. My arms were stretched out to take in the view of the whole page. A single page. Page one, broadsheet. I held it as a statue holds a shield.
Suddenly a man in a white shirt appeared and pulled it from my hands and replaced it with a similar sheet. He tore the sheet from my hands and put its replacement between my fingers with a pinch. It was an update. It had the headline on this one. So they had a story. And this was it’s headline.
At the top, the masthead, The Globe
Vol. 1, No. 1

Pandemic Edition
US
Finished
or
Ruined!

In cursory script the writer had scrawled , “You choose”
Making this choice of headlines wasn’t easy but I knew that either would do in the end.

10/18/2019

The Golden Slippers Fight Club
Gym membership has its benefits for sure. Fitness benefits are ostensibly the main reason people join a gym. Strengthening is at the core of reasons people join. Kids join to get stronger, be less wimpy, plan to take on the school bully or become the school bully.
Senior citizens have the experience of being advised by doctors, nurses, loving family members and their more fit senior friends to take care of themselves. It can mean that the aging men and women we know are lifting “free” weights, pulling ropes, doing curls, working to tighten their “abs”, spinning the cycles to the music, taking a few laps in the pool and other such exercises described in books or directed by a “personal trainer.”
And with some of this these seniors are experiencing muscle pain like they haven’t experienced in a long time. Or like never before. And some of those people, the lesser number of these, even return to the gym for more. The tough ones come back.
I want to tell you about a certain personal trainer who took a few seniors over the brink. He organized the first ever Silver Slippers Fight Club. It grew from a single digit membership to a double digit then it apparently imploded. The last SSFC club for that matter. Or that’s the story for public consumption anyway.
It was founded, it seems, due to one man’s frustration with aging.
The frustrations of the trainer. The Silver Slippers Fight Club started in a noontime fitness class. The class was held in a private exercise room at a gym. Training went beyond normal shouts for “reps” and “you can do it.” But the spirit of the SSFC did begin with those kinds of encouragements. Soon the mindset of the trainer changed to “don’t think you can’t do it” and “they don’t expect it of you to be strong, to be powerful. Well, show them that they are wrong.”
The trainer, a senior aged person himself, added his own motivations into the exercising. “Who told you you wouldn’t be able to to this?”
All the sweating became an “us” against “them” issue.
The number of those attending the class in its third week shrank in half. But then it stabilized. The trainer became a coach. He shouted in the classes of his perceived objections to stereotypes of the aging community. Are brought fight attitude into his training. “No pain, no gain,” was replaced with “you’ll rule, you’ll win.”
He shouted out that “we aren’t the passive little lambs that they make of us.” And he said that these sometimes were gym members who had a whole lot of fight in them left. And this fight might be their last chance to put into the ring and get into like now! To smash into the society. And that he was an “old fighter” and as their personal trainer he had something to prove. Some bought in. And the management of the gym didn’t know. Or didn’t understand how bad it was going to get.
The fight, the spirit of fighting, that he proposed was going to be hard, tough, physical and mental. The mental part was their advantage. That was strongly in their favor.
“Age has prepared you for this fight. And you will be strong, quick and have the stamina to outdo and outlast this gym full of sweaty idiots when we get through,” he said. He said this to the elite, his personal trainees. “They won’t understand that out there in the weight room. We will let them suffer under their weights, their bars. They can look into those full wall mirrors at how muscular they are. They won’t see us. Until we are ready.”

McNulty Realtor's cover photo
06/01/2019

McNulty Realtor's cover photo

My. Tabletop Decoration
06/01/2019

My. Tabletop Decoration

06/01/2019

Spinning! This site should have a new spin to it after all these years. Stay with it as it gathers momentum.

Viewpoints in Alameda
08/01/2018

Viewpoints in Alameda

Last Tuesday’s brokers tour took us to Alameda-by-the-Sea. I haven’t ever lived with such fine water views. There is sti...
03/17/2018

Last Tuesday’s brokers tour took us to Alameda-by-the-Sea. I haven’t ever lived with such fine water views. There is still time. 🤤

12/11/2017
Santuario De La Mariposa Monarca "El Capulín" Municipio de Donato Guerra.

Santuario De La Mariposa Monarca "El Capulín" Municipio de Donato Guerra.

El santuario cuenta con los siguientes servicios y precios:

• Cabañas (Con cocina, baño, chimenea, habitaciones). Son de dos pisos y tiene celdas solares para el uso de la electricidad. Estas cabañas tienen una capacidad para 8 personas aproximadamente.
• Sanitarios
• Juegos Infantiles
• Sala de usos múltiples
• Renta de caballos para realizar el ascenso a ver a la mariposa
• Guías para el recorrido
• Estacionamiento
• Comedor
• Zona de camping

Precios:
• Entrada $50 por persona
• Guías $220 por recorrido
• Caballos $220 por persona
• Zona de camping (Precio a tratar)
• Cabañas $1000 por noche

10/29/2017

Just like people working in most professions I get a lot of sales and marketing emails, texts, phone calls and other usually bothersome stuff. I wish SPAM would stop coming in. But at least I got a laugh when I received an email promoting some high quality training.
Here is the leade: Re: training webinar-
“facebook for real esatte”

As an expert in typos, I got a laugh at this deal killer headline. “Say no more,” is my thinking.

I responded with:
“Facebook for BAD SPELLERS for real esatte”

A water tank view from a newly for sale home that we visited on Tuesday, “Brokers Open” day.
09/29/2017

A water tank view from a newly for sale home that we visited on Tuesday, “Brokers Open” day.

Timeline Photos
05/13/2017

Timeline Photos

Relic or landmark? Love it.
03/01/2016

Relic or landmark? Love it.

02/18/2016

My newest listing is a fine four bedroom, two bathroom California Bungalow in Alameda's East End. Coming on the market soon and co-listed by Alain Pinel super agent Carolina Tapia. Contact me for more information.

McNulty Realtor's cover photo
02/18/2016

McNulty Realtor's cover photo

02/06/2016

Well, I'm happy to report that this Sunday's Super Bowl Game has not negatively impacted my business. I've got listing planning working in the background. 🤗

This is today's list of homes on today's Brokers Open "Tour." Only 5 homes this week. We will see many more homes on the...
01/26/2016

This is today's list of homes on today's Brokers Open "Tour." Only 5 homes this week. We will see many more homes on the "Tour" right after the Super Bowl weekend. Hold hope house hunters🙄

I'm thinking of putting this photo of me on my new business card. Why not! Though back in November when it was taken of ...
01/16/2016

I'm thinking of putting this photo of me on my new business card. Why not! Though back in November when it was taken of me, in a cave, I wasn't searching out new homes and buyers, I was searching around hard though. It was slippery and dark most of the way. If I just want to look Indiana Jones-ish on my card, is that a problem?

09/20/2015
McNulty Realtor

Taking a bike ride to Berkeley this morning before checking out my client's new house to show their Mother this afternoon. e-waste recycling after that at HBI.

Did you know that my brokerage of choice has been sold to my new brokerage of choice. Gallagher & Lindsey is absorbed into Alain Pinel. Still Alameda of course! Same phone number: 508-1215.

09/19/2015

Did you know that my brokerage of choice has been sold to my new brokerage of choice. Gallagher & Lindsey is absorbed into Alain Pinel. Still Alameda of course! Same phone number: 508-1215.

OM (Oh my) incredible house for sale on Eastshore Dr. Alameda! Inside & out. On San Leandro Bay, fully rebuilt to a desi...
08/26/2015

OM (Oh my) incredible house for sale on Eastshore Dr. Alameda! Inside & out. On San Leandro Bay, fully rebuilt to a designer touch. I've found it!

I've loved this particular home and holding it open gave me the opportunity to introduce it to many people who loved it ...
08/18/2015

I've loved this particular home and holding it open gave me the opportunity to introduce it to many people who loved it too. But, only one buyer can buy it, leaving 13 others to be disappointed. Yes, 14 offers were presented to my seller.
Now another unit in the same townhouse complex has come on to the market and maybe one of the disappointed 13 will step up to join the community there. I hope so.

It's so interesting to introduce home hunters to Alameda's Raven's Cove condo community. Our listing there has sparked s...
07/10/2015

It's so interesting to introduce home hunters to Alameda's Raven's Cove condo community. Our listing there has sparked some visitors to express surprise and the word "perfect" has come up often. I'll be holding it open Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 from 2-4. Come for your take on this great 2 bedroom condo-townhouse.

Beautiful day to view the bay and the SF Bay Bridge with Mt. Tam beyond from the breakfast table of this newly listed ho...
03/31/2015

Beautiful day to view the bay and the SF Bay Bridge with Mt. Tam beyond from the breakfast table of this newly listed home. Million dollar view!

About 18 months ago I helped a family find their dream home in San Leandro. The house needed a lot of touch up "TLC" and...
02/20/2015

About 18 months ago I helped a family find their dream home in San Leandro. The house needed a lot of touch up "TLC" and it has gotten that. The Nguyen family is celebrating the Lunar New Year now and doing it in style at home. I feel so happy for this fine family.

Just a great 4-unit apartment building in a fine Oakland neighborhood.This week is the first week of my newest listing. ...
01/21/2015

Just a great 4-unit apartment building in a fine Oakland neighborhood.This week is the first week of my newest listing. It is in the lower hills above Macarthur near High St. That's the Laurel District. I'm looking for an investor who finds the character and potential of this well maintained building to suit their plans.

OK Daddywarbucks! We have seven stocking stuffer homes on the market today in Alameda. AKA, homes priced above 1 Million...
12/06/2014

OK Daddywarbucks! We have seven stocking stuffer homes on the market today in Alameda. AKA, homes priced above 1 Million dollars. Meet me at one tomorrow (1272 Caroline St., Alameda Sun 2-4. Offered at $2.2 mil.) and your entry will be FREE! I'll do my best to see that you leave one fine house richer, to put under your tree, before you leave.

Sometimes I just enjoy looking at houses. I do that a lot on Tuesdays when "Broker's Tour" happens in Alameda. You never...
08/14/2014

Sometimes I just enjoy looking at houses. I do that a lot on Tuesdays when "Broker's Tour" happens in Alameda. You never know what you will see. Most things are familiar after all these years but even the familiar is enjoyable to see. Call it casual architectural appreciation of garden envy. Something like that. Here is a picture of a house that came on the market on Clay St. Nice porch leading to very nice house. MLS#40669676 Want to join me for a tour someday?

The rise in home values has met and exceeded the average high price at the peak of the bubble, Oct-Nov  2008. This means...
07/02/2014
Oakland's median sale price up 121% in the last four years

The rise in home values has met and exceeded the average high price at the peak of the bubble, Oct-Nov 2008. This means the sad turmoil caused by bad lenders and bond traders has been smoothed out finally. Most who bought homes at the peak and who haven't sold, walked or gone under in some way could probably refinance at the new high value of their home. Finally!
Here is an example about Oakland homes. http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2014/06/30/oaklands-median-sale-price-up-121-in-the-last-five-years/#24591101=0

We all know that Oakland's market is soaring, but MLS data compiled by Red Oak Realty shows just what a difference four years can make. Between January and May 2010, the median sale price for single-family homes in the city was 203K. In the same time period in 2014, the median price was $44

On a bike ride yesterday I was pointed to Robin William's house at North Point in SF. That would be a good listing.
03/31/2014

On a bike ride yesterday I was pointed to Robin William's house at North Point in SF. That would be a good listing.

Wow, this garden of a listing by Peter Fletcher at a BFI townhouse is so beautiful.
03/27/2014

Wow, this garden of a listing by Peter Fletcher at a BFI townhouse is so beautiful.

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