Julie Gardner Real Estate

Julie Gardner Real Estate I am a wife, a mother, a Realtor, a community volunteer, a philanthropist, a comic at heart, a weekend athlete, a flea market junkie, a serial renovator, blogger, and a prolific chocolate chip cookie baker.

On Tuesday afternoon, I was joined by approximately 200 other Realtors at the First Republic Holiday Luncheon at The St....
12/30/2018
Has Your Ship Sailed?

On Tuesday afternoon, I was joined by approximately 200 other Realtors at the First Republic Holiday Luncheon at The St. Francis Yacht Club adjacent to Crissy Field and the incredibly picturesque SF Yacht Harbor. Putting aside the free lunch (which was surprisingly tasty), First Republic annually invites one of their top wealth advisers, Alan Zafran, to share his views on where the markets currently sit and more importantly, what lies ahead, and it's always a worthwhile way to spend the afternoon . [ 673 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/%ef%bb%bfhas-your-ship-sailed/

On Tuesday afternoon, I was joined by approximately 200 other Realtors at the First Republic Holiday Luncheon at The St. Francis Yacht Club adjacent to Crissy Field and the incredibly picturesque S…

It's my last column of the year and I'm wishing you all a safe and happy holiday wherever, or whatever, you'll be celebr...
12/30/2018
Happy, Joyous & Free!

It's my last column of the year and I'm wishing you all a safe and happy holiday wherever, or whatever, you'll be celebrating. Christmas came early for me this year by way of our FINAL & LAST(!) payment on Tristan's college education. After eight years of costly tuition bills, we will thankfully, no longer be footing those costs. . . BIG sigh of relief! [ 856 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/happy-joyous-free/

It’s my last column of the year and I’m wishing you all a safe and happy holiday wherever, or whatever, you’ll be celebrating. Christmas came early for me this year by way of our …

Yes, I have, and I am thrilled to announce my move to Compass in the Montclair Office, effective immediately. I'm not al...
11/25/2018
Have You Found Your Place in the World?

Yes, I have, and I am thrilled to announce my move to Compass in the Montclair Office, effective immediately. I'm not alone in jumping over to this dynamic, super-charged, vibrant, innovative company that's poised to create a new paradigm for Real Estate, for Realtors, and how future business is transacted, not only locally but nationally and internationally as well. With a brain trust that includes creative minds from Microsoft, Twitter, Spotify, Facebook, YouTube (to name but a few) and founders, Ori Allen and locally-grown, Robert Refkin, Compass Real Estate offers a new and innovative approach that's set to make waves. [ 272 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/have-you-found-your-place-in-the-world/

Yes, I have, and I am thrilled to announce my move to Compass in the Montclair Office, effective immediately. I’m not alone in jumping over to this dynamic, super-charged, vibrant, innovative…

With news that the Camp Fire is the worst residential fire in California's history (nearly 9,000 homes have burned and c...
11/19/2018
Fire, Fire, Fire!

With news that the Camp Fire is the worst residential fire in California's history (nearly 9,000 homes have burned and counting) AND with no expectation that fire crews can likely get the raging firestorm under control until the end of the month(!!!), I'm counting my blessings for my safe and secure neighborhood - despite the fact that it's tough to go outside. [ 429 more words ]
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With news that the Camp Fire is the worst residential fire in California’s history (nearly 9,000 homes have burned and counting) AND with no expectation that fire crews can likely get the rag…

I'm back from Morocco and excited to jump back into the market once again. I'd like to say I missed you all, but I reall...
11/12/2018
Moroccan Lego Blocks!

I'm back from Morocco and excited to jump back into the market once again. I'd like to say I missed you all, but I really needed the time off and enjoyed the trip immensely. (It was long overdue; just ask my husband, Cliff.) Still, while I've been in the desert (yes, I rode a camel), Jill has been preparing our new listing in Crocker Highlands, debuting this Sunday, so work continued unabated as I checked in sporadically from Africa. [ 673 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/moroccan-lego-blocks/

I’m back from Morocco and excited to jump back into the market once again. I’d like to say I missed you all, but I really needed the time off and enjoyed the trip immensely. (It was lon…

The Fall market has provided a slew of great listings and savvy Buyers have jumped in to take advantage of this last fin...
10/15/2018
The Tipping Point?

The Fall market has provided a slew of great listings and savvy Buyers have jumped in to take advantage of this last final push before the holidays are truly upon us. In Piedmont, we saw more houses on the market in a single week in September (16!), than we did in any given week all last spring, and true to form, if they were priced correctly, they found a qualified Buyer in quick time. [ 795 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/the-tipping-point/

The Fall market has provided a slew of great listings and savvy Buyers have jumped in to take advantage of this last final push before the holidays are truly upon us. In Piedmont, we saw more house…

Given the high demand that good Stagers attract, it’s inevitable that, whether through timing, budget, or Seller prefe...
10/08/2018
More “Shabby” than “Chic”

Given the high demand that good Stagers attract, it’s inevitable that, whether through timing, budget, or Seller preference, we Realtors are going to be forced to work outside our tried-and-true group of trusted vendors. (There's a reason they are "tried and true" and why we hate doing this!) Such an occasion happened last week with a new listing where the Sellers were anxious to get their home on the market almost immediately. [ 791 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/more-shabby-than-chic/

Given the high demand that good Stagers attract, it’s inevitable that, whether through timing, budget, or Seller preference, we Realtors are going to be forced to work outside our tried-and-true gr…

In my experience, every life lesson worth learning, is hard earned. If there's an easier way, I haven't found it. And sa...
10/02/2018
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee!

In my experience, every life lesson worth learning, is hard earned. If there's an easier way, I haven't found it. And sadly, I'm not the only one. Last week, I put a beautiful listing I represent into contract only to hear from one of the rejected Buyers afterwards that I should do whatever I needed to keep him in play. He's now in back-up at a substantially higher price than his initial offer. [ 798 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/float-like-a-butterfly-sting-like-a-bee/

In my experience, every life lesson worth learning, is hard earned. If there’s an easier way, I haven’t found it. And sadly, I’m not the only one. Last week, I put a beautiful lis…

"Did you fall asleep before the end of the show?" my husband teased, knowing the answer without having to ask. (Why yes,...
09/24/2018
Snoresville . . .

"Did you fall asleep before the end of the show?" my husband teased, knowing the answer without having to ask. (Why yes, I did.) I don't know if my nodding off in front of the TV is a function of genetics (I still remember my dad snoring in his recliner each night), of hard work, or of advancing age, but with each passing year, I tend to wake up earlier and earlier; thus, I now struggle to stay awake much past 9:30 at night. [ 759 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/snoresville/

“Did you fall asleep before the end of the show?” my husband teased, knowing the answer without having to ask. (Why yes, I did.) I don’t know if my nodding off in front of the TV …

I'm not sure "surrendering" comes naturally to anyone. There's something incredibly difficult about the concept that mak...
08/31/2018
Finding the Current . . .

I'm not sure "surrendering" comes naturally to anyone. There's something incredibly difficult about the concept that makes us feel as if we're giving in and giving up, when in my experience, the exact opposite is true. The tendency to fight instead of letting go, reminds me of a story my friend recently shared about being stuck on a sandbar in the Russian River. [ 785 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/finding-the-current/

I’m not sure “surrendering” comes naturally to anyone. There’s something incredibly difficult about the concept that makes us feel as if we’re giving in and giving up,…

I've just turned 500! Well, not me personally, but today marks the 500th Perspective. (Whew!) That's 500 compositions, 5...
08/27/2018
500!

I've just turned 500! Well, not me personally, but today marks the 500th Perspective. (Whew!) That's 500 compositions, 500 e-mailings, 500 stories, 500 anecdotes, 500 challenges, 500 lessons learned, 500 solutions, 500 opportunities for growth, 500 acts of service, 500 spiritual experiences (I've prayed a lot through the years), 500 new friends and at least 500 typos. (You've let me know about everyone of them. [ 610 more words ]
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I’ve just turned 500! Well, not me personally, but today marks the 500th Perspective. (Whew!) That’s 500 compositions, 500 e-mailings, 500 stories, 500 anecdotes, 500 challenges, 500 le…

We're heading to Santa Cruz this afternoon for a brief holiday before Tristan returns to college, so I've pulled out my ...
08/20/2018
Better Late than Never? Not Really.

We're heading to Santa Cruz this afternoon for a brief holiday before Tristan returns to college, so I've pulled out my rental contract just to be sure my dates are correct. Years ago, we excitedly showed up, bags in hand, at SFO 24 hours ahead of our trip to Hawaii, and while admittedly, it was a dumb thing to do, thankfully, it wasn't 24 hours after the plane had departed. [ 560 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/better-late-than-never-not-really/

We’re heading to Santa Cruz this afternoon for a brief holiday before Tristan returns to college, so I’ve pulled out my rental contract just to be sure my dates are correct. Years ago, …

On Tuesday, I received nine offers on my "fixer-upper opportunity" in the Clinton neighborhood of Oakland (Where?) This ...
08/07/2018
Beware the Delta!

On Tuesday, I received nine offers on my "fixer-upper opportunity" in the Clinton neighborhood of Oakland (Where?) This vibrant area, just blocks to Lake Merritt off lower Park Avenue has enjoyed a resurgence of energy as homes are being snapped up and renovated in quick succession. Makes sense; these architectural gems offer great light, big lots, great bones and easy access to downtown Oakland and the 580 corridor. [ 799 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/beware-the-delta/

On Tuesday, I received nine offers on my “fixer-upper opportunity” in the Clinton neighborhood of Oakland (Where?) This vibrant area, just blocks to Lake Merritt off lower Park Avenue h…

You’d think that with nearly a decade and half of real estate sales under my belt, there’d be few surprises left in ...
07/30/2018
Tumbleweeds

You’d think that with nearly a decade and half of real estate sales under my belt, there’d be few surprises left in this highly-attuned climate where everybody is seemingly an expert, thanks to HGTV. (Yes, I'm addicted.) Wrong; there’s always something new to learn with each and every transaction. As I have been busier than ever, I've had my fair share of hard-earned lessons this spring, but it's been buoyed by an appreciation for the optimism and innocent thinking of many young "experts." (My heart really goes out to them.) And admittedly, there's a bit of laughter to be had as well (cuz in this challenging market, you gotta keep your sense of humor!) [ 807 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/tumbleweeds/

You’d think that with nearly a decade and half of real estate sales under my belt, there’d be few surprises left in this highly-attuned climate where everybody is seemingly an expert, thanks to HGT…

Last weekend, my husband and I drove to San Francisco to celebrate my birthday at “Flower Piano.” (Put it on next ye...
07/23/2018
I Got the Music in Me!

Last weekend, my husband and I drove to San Francisco to celebrate my birthday at “Flower Piano.” (Put it on next year's calendar; it was loads of fun.) This annual pianos in the park event, now in its fourth year, celebrates the music in all of us. I loved it. (I got the music in me.) With 12 Baby Grands strategically placed throughout the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park, anyone and everyone was invited to sit down and play (and they did) which means, as spectators, we were treated to all manner of compositions and levels of proficiency; some better, some worse. [ 902 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/i-got-the-music-in-me/

Last weekend, my husband and I drove to San Francisco to celebrate my birthday at “Flower Piano.” (Put it on next year’s calendar; it was loads of fun.) This annual pianos in the park event, …

Last weekend we met our good friends, Julie and Nick, at The Piedmont Theater to see the new documentary, "Mr. Rogers." ...
07/02/2018
Would You be Mine, Won’t You be Mine?

Last weekend we met our good friends, Julie and Nick, at The Piedmont Theater to see the new documentary, "Mr. Rogers." (I highly recommend.) The thing is, that before watching this tender-hearted movie, I was never really a Mr. Rogers fan, preferring the high-energy, colorful gang at Sesame Street far more, nor did I steer the mild-mannered, cardigan-wearing Mr. Rogers towards my own kids as they developed their television repertoire. [ 809 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/would-you-be-mine-wont-you-be-mine/

Last weekend we met our good friends, Julie and Nick, at The Piedmont Theater to see the new documentary, “Mr. Rogers.” (I highly recommend.) The thing is, that before watching this ten…

It’s been a week of delays made worse by a bad bout of vertigo I suffered mid-week (If the room is going to spin, tall...
07/02/2018
Show Me the Money!

It’s been a week of delays made worse by a bad bout of vertigo I suffered mid-week (If the room is going to spin, tall glasses of champagne should be the cause – that wasn't the case). Despite everyone’s best intentions, the Lenders are struggling to meet the quick time frames they’ve promised on two of my closings. Typically, it's more documentation that's required by the Underwriter. [ 907 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/show-me-the-money/

It’s been a week of delays made worse by a bad bout of vertigo I suffered mid-week (If the room is going to spin, tall glasses of champagne should be the cause – that wasn’t the case). Despit…

"How are you feeling this morning?" I asked my sweet, young Buyers who had just lost out on an ambitious offer for a hom...
06/18/2018
House Hangover!

"How are you feeling this morning?" I asked my sweet, young Buyers who had just lost out on an ambitious offer for a home in the Glenview AFTER receiving a prompt from the listing Agent to bid higher, which had momentarily led us to believe they were in first position. (They were, but not for long.) "We're totally bummed," came the reply. [ 1,025 more word ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/house-hangover/

“How are you feeling this morning?” I asked my sweet, young Buyers who had just lost out on an ambitious offer for a home in the Glenview AFTER receiving a prompt from the listing Agent…

So I'm having a party this weekend. (Have you heard?) If you haven't received a personal invitation, please note the pho...
06/11/2018
The NOT So Secret Garden!

So I'm having a party this weekend. (Have you heard?) If you haven't received a personal invitation, please note the photo to the right and join us. (The more the merrier.) I'm pleased as punch that my garden was recently awarded "Best Bay Area Garden Installation" by the SFBA NARI folks (that's the San Francisco, Bay Area National Association of Remodeling Industry) which meant there's cause to celebrate and we'd like to share this lovely achievement with all of you. [ 690 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/the-not-so-secret-garden/

So I’m having a party this weekend. (Have you heard?) If you haven’t received a personal invitation, please note the photo to the right and join us. (The more the merrier.) I’m pl…

Last week, a minor miracle occurred in our household when I walked into the bedroom and noticed that my husband had actu...
06/03/2018
Hang in There!

Last week, a minor miracle occurred in our household when I walked into the bedroom and noticed that my husband had actually closed his closet doors! With more than 28 years of marriage under our belts, that may be a first. I get that such an event is NOT earth shattering to most of you, or even newsworthy, but to me, it was the culmination of a dream, although admittedly, I may need to dream bigger. [ 943 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/hang-in-there/

Last week, a minor miracle occurred in our household when I walked into the bedroom and noticed that my husband had actually closed his closet doors! With more than 28 years of marriage under our b…

This week, I had the distinct privilege of attending small claims court for the first time. (Maybe it wasn't so much a p...
05/29/2018
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

This week, I had the distinct privilege of attending small claims court for the first time. (Maybe it wasn't so much a privilege, but an obligation?) My clients' case - like every case that seeks a formal resolution - involved a misunderstanding between two parties who, not surprisingly, had opposing points of views and highly divergent expectations. (That's not good.) [ 548 more words ]
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This week, I had the distinct privilege of attending small claims court for the first time. (Maybe it wasn’t so much a privilege, but an obligation?) My clients’ case – like every…

Last week, my "Little Library" arrived from Amazon in a a GREAT BIG box and on Wednesday, my handyman, Luis, assembled i...
05/20/2018
Spirit Wings!

Last week, my "Little Library" arrived from Amazon in a a GREAT BIG box and on Wednesday, my handyman, Luis, assembled it and put it in the ground for me outside our white, picket fence. Between the Sally Holmes roses that are blooming in abundance, and this newest addition to my home, it's a pretty sweet scene (if I do say so myself). [ 584 more words ]
https://piedmontperspectivecom.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/spirit-wings/

Last week, my “Little Library” arrived from Amazon in a a GREAT BIG box and on Wednesday, my handyman, Luis, assembled it and put it in the ground for me outside our white, picket fence…

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