Tracy, CA Real Estate News

By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
I have blogged several times about my experience mentoring a new agent that came to our office last spring. She had left a career as a teacher due to budget cuts and since she had always enjoyed looking and talking about properties she decided to pursue an new career in Real Estate. When I met her the first time she was full of energy and prepared to hit the ground running. We looked at properties and she began learning the basics of all of the paperwork required to sell a home. She learned fast and wanted more. Unfortunately her energy and enthusiasm came to an abrupt halt when it came to Lead Generation. She hated it and decided she couldn't do it. She decided that teaching was her real calling and soon had found a part time teaching job and left Real Estate. Sad to see her go, but it...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Yes I know the media is reporting that this is a buyer's market.  I know the media has told you, Dear Buyer that you can buy houses pennies on the dollar.  This may be true in Detroit, however real estate is local and it's not true in Tracy, CA. When you client calls you and asks, I see this house came on the market at $175,000 today.  Do you think the seller will take $60,000 CASH? Nope, no I do not.  Let me remind you what the Tracy Housing Market is like.  As of Today there are 42 active listings, compare that to 1482 5 years ago.  We are a town of 85,000 people and we have 42 homes in every price range available for you to buy.  So Dear Buyer, if you are serious about entering the real estate market in Tracy, CA I suggest you come in with a STRONG, Highest and Best offer.    You can...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
It's Friday funny time, so I hope you get a chuckle from this one. An elderly Realtor was about to die. One day he told his wife he had come up with a way to take all of the money he had with him to heaven. He told his wife to put all of his money in the attic so when he died he could grab it on the way up. A couple of weeks after he died his wife was cleaning out the attic and saw that the money bags were still there. "That old fool," she chuckled. "I told him that we should have put the money in the basement!" My Name is Dale E. Bledsoe with Crown Key Realty and as always I may be reached at 209-481-6031.
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
It's Monday and to get the week off to a good start I felt compelled to put this one in writing.   A Realtor has a chance meeting with the devil. The devil says “I can make you the richest, most famous Realtor that has ever lived. I can make you a thousand times more rich and famous that Donald Trump has ever dreamed of being.”   The agent looks at him for a moment and says, “OK, but what will I have to do in return?”   The devil looks at him and says “first you will have to give me your soul, then your children's souls and their children's souls and even their children's souls.”   The Realtor looks back at him and says “Yeah, but what's the catch?”   My name is Dale E. Bledsoe with Crown Key Realty and as always I may be reached at 209-481-6031.
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
In the early spring of this year I wrote a blog about a new agent that had joined our office. She had just received her license and was eager to get started. I was asked to be her mentor and gladly accepted the responsibility.   I asked agents in the office not to speak in acronyms, as I wanted the new agent to learn the correct terms. All of the agents were happy to help and soon she had learned the correct names and began using the acronyms herself. I set up contract classes, role play and everything else I could think of. She learned fast and continued to impress.   The problem was she hated lead generation and made only half hearted attempts to find clients. We talked several times about how Realtors often need to “become comfortable being uncomfortable”. Several times she said she ...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
Well today is my birthday. Hard to believe I have completed yet another trip around the sun, but my drivers license and Face Book both say I have so it must be true. For me the best present is that I have had another year to watch my son continue to grow into a fine young man. He is 16 and I am 61 but we have developed a strong bond that has easily overcome the generation gap. It is the thing I am most proud of in my life. OK, enough of the blather and emotional stuff, how about some Monday fun. I went to an antique auction yesterday and three people bid on me! My best friend gave me a comb for my birthday and I told him I would never part with it (see my picture). I asked my girl friend what she wanted for her birthday and she said anything with diamonds. She threw the deck of cards at...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
My son who is 16, has spent the last 25 months of his life behind bars. Not the bars you may be thinking, but behind a set of handle bars. His mantra is now, “life behind bars”. Two years ago he took up BMX bike riding. Not racing but what is called in BMX circles “street and park” riding. I encouraged him to ride as I have riding most of my life and found it to be a great sport. Here is the rub. When I rode my goal was to keep the wheels on the ground and to go straight as far and fast as possible. His goals is to get the wheels off the ground and to maneuver in the air in impossible ways. The trick in the picture is called a hand plant as he goes up and over a small wall. He is doing what I always had hopped to avoid. It is amazing to me to watch him riding along in a straight line an...
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By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Tracy CA Home Inspector Inspecting houses around Tracy California often is really like Indiana Jones on yet another adventure. Treading through clutter and sometimes destroyed belongings in some bank owned properties generally is a realistic concern. These types of homes sometimes hold the unfortunate consequences of some furious property owner where rooms will be spray painted, entry doors will be destroyed, glass may be broken plus everything deserving of equity is surprisingly gone.There's a good possibility most of these houses will likely be grabbed by first time homeowners. Whenever that occurs, a close look for hazards and even possible danger will have to be wide open for any property inspector. A lot of brand new home buyers may perhaps never have been able to afford a home pre...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
Today's blog will be short, completely personal and probably only meaningful to me. Yesterday was of course July 4th, the day we celebrate our nations birthday. I will have more to say about that shortly.   The first thing I will mention is that I have been sick for the past week. Not desperately ill, but, head-achy, low grade fever and just being incredibly tired. Now, for the last two days I am pretty much back to normal. It never has felt better to feel better!   Secondly I finally hit the 100 thousand point mark right here on Active Rain. It seems forever ago that a college set me an email congratulating me for hitting 10 thousand points. Active Rain has since turned in to a regular part of my daily RE life. Thank you AR for allowing me to express myself for good or bad each day.   ...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
  It's Monday, and I have a joke for all of us homeowners. Here we go.. The homeowner got into his grubbiest clothes on Saturday morning and set about all the chores he'd been putting off for weeks.He'd cleaned the garage, pruned the hedge, and was halfway through mowing the lawn when a woman pulled up in the driveway and yelled out her window, "Say, what do you get for yard work?"The fellow thought for a minute, then answered, "The lady who lives here, lets me sleep with her."   I'm Dale E. Bledsoe with Crown Key Realty and as always I may be reached at 209-481-6031
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
Two women were walking through the woods when a frog called out to them and said: "Help me, ladies! I am a real estate agent who, through an evil witch's curse, has been transformed into a frog. If one of you will kiss me, I'll be returned to my former state!"One woman took out her purse, grabbed the frog, and stuffed it inside her handbag. The other woman, aghast, screamed, "Didn't you hear him? If you kiss him, he'll turn into a real estate agent!"The second woman replied, "Sure, but these days a talking frog is worth more than a real estate agent!" My name is Dale E. Bledsoe with Crown Key Realty and as always I may be reached at 209-481-6031.
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
I let Fathers Day pass without writing about my father. I decided that today, along with my normal Monday funny, I would write a few words about him. My dad was born in 1902 on a Kentucky tobacco farm. He started using tobacco by his recollection at age nine. He was never a financial success, but he always worked hard to have a home, clean clothes andfood on the table for my mother, my brother and I. Our home was always a quiet and peaceful place. The best thing he did was dearly love my mother. Abraham Lincoln one said that the best thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother. My dad did, and the happiness in our home was the result. My father passed away in 1965 from cancer. I was just 14 at the time and it was less that three years removed from my older brothers passi...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
I have always had a belief in karma. If I do good, then good things will come to me. Having been a hippie in my pre-bald days this is not surprising. Its how most of us thought.   On Thursday of this week I attended a Realtor breakfast at the local I hop. We meet every Thursday, but normally in a more formal venue. This week our normal spot was being used for Vacation Bible School, so we gladly relinquished the room for a week.   Our breakfast was fun and it was a nice change from our normal Thursday meeting. I had to leave a bit early for an appointment and as I walked into the parking lot I noticed a device, which turned out to be an I pod Touch on the ground with headphones still attached. Nice unit, looked new and obviously fallen out of a pocket or a car. In fact it was near the fr...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
I recently took a listing that I expected to sell quickly. Almost instantly we received multiple offers with one standing out above the others. I knew the Realtor representing the buyers and I knew the lender as well. A quick talk with the lender convinced me that it was the best offer and my sellers accepted it.   During the inspection process it was noted that the water heater installation did not meet state guidelines. My experience told me the inspector was correct. I spoke to the home owner who was adamant that it was correct and gave me documentation from the city approving the installation. I spoke with a city official that said if the installation meets city code state code did not apply. Hmm!   I called the California Association of Realtors Legal Hotline and explained the situ...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
One of the really interesting things about baseball is that you have never seen it all. Doesn't matter how many game you watch, things that you've never seen before happen. Baseball announcers mention it all the time, they'll say something like, “well, that's one I have never seen before”. Happens every week.   Real Estate is the same. The rules for each transaction (just like in baseball) are written down and every agent is supposed to follow them. New things still happen.   My broker called me a few mornings ago to say there was a message on our office answering machine that “sort of” has to do with a transaction I am involved in as the listing agent. The message was from a person, claiming to be a Realtor in another city and a parent of one of the people purchasing the property. The ...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
What happened to important people of 1923 Do you know who in 1923 was: 1. President of the largest steel company? 2. President of the largest gas company? 3. President of the New York Stock Exchange? 4. Greatest wheat speculator? 5. President of the Bank of International Settlement? 6. Great Bear of Wall Street? These men should have been considered some of the world's most successful men. At least they found the secret of making money. Now more than 55 years later, do you know what has become of these men? 1. The President of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper. 2. The President of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, died insane. 3. The President of the N.Y.S.E., Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home. 4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur ...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
When Beethoven passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Beethoven was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate. When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, "Ah, yes, that's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, being played backwards." He listened a while longer, and said, "There's the Eighth Symphony, and it's backwards, too. Most puzzling." So the magistrate kept listening; "There's the Seventh... the Sixth... the Fifth..." Suddenly...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
The long and winding road that leads... in a big circle around West Valley mall in Tracy California. OK, not Lennon and McCartney but it works for me.   This winter my weight crept up to a new high if 211 lbs. Not wanting to go to the expense of installing an early warning system in my pants to alert me and those close by of an imminent explosion of the front button, and preferring to fit into some of my other clothes I decided to embark on and a walking program. I have a slight damaged leg (titanium rods and screws) and need a flat surface to walk comfortably. The local mall was the perfect place for me. At first I would arrive at the mall around 7:45 and join the “mall walkers” in walking the inside perimeter of the mall. Each lap past each store took about 15 minutes and countless wa...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
  Dale looks like a golf pro in his designer outfit, but he slices his first drive deep into the woods. Rather than accept a penalty, George decides to try using an iron to get back on the fairway. But, his ball ricochets off a tree and strikes him on the forehead, killing him instantly. When good old Dale arrives at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter greets him. "You look like a golfer. Are you any good?" asked Saint Peter. To which Dale replies, "I got here in two, didn't I?" My name is Dale E. Bledsoe and when I golf I do play from the woods after most drives. As always I may be reached at 209-481-6031 You may also visit me on the web at www.dalebledsoe.com            
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
A weed grows in Orem, Utah... I snapped this while at my son's baseball game. This was a baseball stadium with cement steps. Look at this... weeds popping through the cracks. I don't think these weeds CAN bloom but they  certainly look as if they are flousishing.
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