‘Tis the Season for Real Estate!

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Rates have edged up over the last week. Ironically, incoming Fed Chairperson, Janet Yellen, has been making comments about keeping rates low (and not tapering). Her comments have been bolstering the stock market, however, and moving money from bonds to stocks. This has the unintended consequence of pushing interest rates higher, as the demand for bonds diminishes.
If you have been on the fence thinking about buying or selling, now may be the time before the spring selling cycle goes into full bloom.  Cyclically the holidays are a slower period of time and we traditionally don’t see much activity until after Superbowl Sunday.  As a seller, if you don’t want to your home to be vying for the buyers attention because 3 more in your neighborhood go on the market the same week as you or as a buyer don’t want a higher interest rate then now thru January is a great time.

Upcoming events- December 2013

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and community. Below are community events you can attend with your loved ones to get into the holiday spirit!

Rockin’ Holiday Free Concerts

Fridays, Nov 29th-Dec 20th: 6pm-8pm

Gather in Blakchawk Plaza for live holiday music performed by local artists. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.shopblackhawkplaza.com/center_events.html.

9th Annual Walnut Creek on Ice

Nov 15th-Jan 12th

It may not be snowing, but there will be plenty of ice in downtown Walnut Creek this holiday season! Visit the ice rink in Civic Park for fundraisers, birthday parties, group events and more. Hours and admission prices can be found at http://iceskatewalnutcreek.com/.

Light Up the Night

Wednesday, Dec 4th: 5pm-8pm

Join Santa and others in lighting up Downtown Pleasant Hill for the holiday
season. Holiday Crafts Fair, Carriage Rides, Caroling & Studio A Dancers on
the Plaza stage, free hot chocolate & cookies, merchant give-a-ways and lots
more fun for the whole family!

Broadway Plaza Parade of Lights

Thursday, December 5th: 6pm-9pm

Music and festivity will fill the Plaza, beginning with a Retailer Open House at 6pm.  At 7pm, find a good spot on Broadway Plaza Street for the Parade of Lights, which will end with a very special appearance by Santa Claus himself, who will light Broadway Plaza’s magical Christmas Tree and make it snow!

Messiah Sing

Friday, December 6th: 7:30pm

A community sing of Handel’s Messiah will be held at Orinda’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free, with an offering taken for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Childcare is available by reservation. For more information contact the church at office@ststephensorinda.org or 925-254-3770 x10.

The Christmas Carol

December 2nd-22nd

Make the Christmas Carol at the Lesher Center part of your holiday tradition! Visit http://www.lesherartscenter.org/a-christmas-carol/ for more information and to purchase tickets

Bay Area Football!

Watch the San Francisco Forty-Niners and Oakland Raiders battle it out as they wrap up their seasons.

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Sunday, Dec 1st |1:05pm vs. St. Louis Rams

Sunday, Dec 8th | 1:25pm vs. Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, Dec 15th | 10am @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday, December 23rd | 5:40pm vs. Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Dec 29th | 1:25pm @ Arizona Cardinals

Raiders

Sunday, Dec 8th | 1pm @ New York Jets

Sunday, Dec 15th | 1:05pm vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, Dec 22nd | 1:25pm @ San Diego Chargers

Sunday, Dec 29th | 1:25pm vs. Denver Broncos

 

 

 

Fundraising event, TONIGHT!

Nothing to do on a Friday Night?  Join me at Sport Basement in Walnut Creek!
I will be joining my friends  David & his wife Mary doing a fundraising event for  Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc. (AA&MDS IF),a non-profit organization that provides support and hope to patients with bone marrow failure diseases. On November 17th, 2013, a group.of 15 of their friends are running the Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon, 10K & 5K and are dedicating our run to benefit the AA&MDS IF.
Tonight, November 8th, at Sports Basement there is a raffle, with a reception and store discount. People can come, mingle, eat, shop and hang out
Buy raffle tickets and maybe you will win the basket I donated “A Woman’s Favorite Things”

2013’s Last Second Saturday Spotlight

 

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The last second Saturday Spotlight for the year will take place at Lindsey Wildlife Museum on November 9th at 8:30am. Guests will get a behind-the-scene’s look at the animal hospital and exhibit halls that host numerous species of native California wildlife. Don’t miss this opportunity, be one of the first 90 registrants at http://fs6.formsite.com/CSD2012/form58/index.html. Registration will begin at 8am in the community hall. Hope to see you all there as I will be a docent at the event!

“The New Norm is There is no Norm”- Kristin Comments on Market Trends for KPIX Channel 5

In the following clip, Kristin shares her views on recent changes in the Real Estate market and her predictions for the future.

Bay Area Housing Market Cools Slightly As Prices Rise « CBS San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming events- October 2013

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Fall Festival

Visit the Ruth Bancroft garden on Saturday, October 5th from 12pm-3pm for the Fall Festival featuring carnival games, crafts, a learning station and a scarecrow contest! Admission is free, activity tickets are only $1. For more info, call 925-944-9352

Clayton October Fest

Join the Clayton community for the 10th annual Oktoberfest Saturday, October 5th from 11am-8pm and Sunday October 6th from 11am-6pm for live music, crafts, a carnival, and of course….brews! Entry is free. Visit claytonoktoberfest.com for more information.

Pleasant Hill Art, Wine & Jazz Festival

If you appreciate art, good music, or just want a fine glass of wine…you won’t want to miss this event! Live music, a wine pavilion, arts & crafts, wine & beer, and kids activities are just a few things you can look forward to at the Pleasant Hill Art, Wine & Jazz festival Saturday, October 5th from 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 6th from 10am-5pm. Come down Saturday evening from 6:30-8:45pm for a free live performance by Big Cat Tole Free and The Hipnotics. Event admission is free, visit pleasanthillchamberofcommerce.com/artjazzwinefest13 for details.

Zombie Brew Crawl

Feeling ghoulish? Attend the 2nd annual Zombie Brew Crawl in downtown Martinez on Saturday, October 19th from 2:30-5:30pm for craft beers from over 25 local breweries hosted at downtown businesses. Costumes are optional however, prizes will go to the best dressed zombie and hoard of zombies. Shuttles will be offered to the North Concord BART station. Tickets are $25 dollars in advance or $35 at the door (they will sell out quickly!). To purchase tickets, visit www.zombiebarcrawl.com.

 

Ghost Walk

Paranormal activity is more than a movie on Friday, October 5th from 8-9:30pm during the Martinez Ghost Walk. On this 1.5 hour tour through the historic town, discover tales of the past hosted by Central Valley Paranormal. Please no children under 12. Be sure to bring a flash light and comfortable shoes. Tickets for this event are $25. Visit www.mainstreetmartinez.org for more information.

Top Notch Concord Remodel- 4432 Crestwood Circle

Gorgeous remodeled home awaiting you! Brand new front landscaping with new paver walkway & trim. Open floor plan, an entertainers delight with updated kitchen that includes new cabinets, granite counters, tile floor and stainless steel appliances. Other features include a corner lot, RV parking, and dual pane windows. Open house Saturday 10/5 and Sunday 10/6.

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Walnut Creek Reads Explores Fahrenheit 451

Walnut Creek Reads is currently exploring Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451for the One City One Book community event.  It is also the 60 year anniversary of this book.  I was first introduced to Ray Bradbury in 6th grade when my teacher read “I Sing the Body Electric”, to the class over the course of the year, which is a 1969 collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury (the book takes its name from a short story of the same title, which took the title from a poem by Walt Whitman published in his collection Leaves of Grass).  From then on I was hooked on Bradbury and Science Fiction, I bought a bunch of his books, my favorite being “The Illustrated Man”.  I don’t remember reading Fahrenheit 451, however in college I took a SciFi film class and it was one of the movies we had to review.  In honor of the 60 year anniversary I purchased the book and just started reading it. From the introduction, Neil Gaiman notes this book is speculative fiction.  “If this goes on…” story.  Bradbury was writing about his present.  In 1953 the radio was waning and the exciting new medium of television had come into vogue, whole families were gathering around the television in the evenings, the Cold War was going on and the senate was holding hearings to root out hidden Communists and taking steps to stamp out comic books because news channels were warning of juvenile deliquents.  Bradbury thought if this goes on, nobody will read books anymore.   I am struck by how relevant and current his writing style is for being 60 years old.  The “what if” our society took the course of outlawing books and became a society addicted to a comatose state of watching TV where we no longer really interacted with each other – sounds familiar today with all the video games our children play?

Another older book written in 1939 that has seen a  spike in sales is George Orwell’s 1984 – there are some stark similarities after the recent revelations George Zimmerman exposed concerning the NSA’s government surveillance of personal and private interactions of mostly innocent civilians.  1984 described a fictitious world gripped in the vise of war and a society held captive by the ever-watchful gaze of a totalitarian dictator known as “Big Brother.”  Maybe it isn’t really science fiction….
 
     If you are interested in exploring more about Fahrenheit 451, the WCLibrary is having a few group discussion and events:
   “Reading-Why Bother”: 7pm, Wednesday, September 18th, author Kevin Smokler will tie in censorship and book burning at the Walnut Creek Library   “The Metaphor of Book Burning”: 7pm Wednesday, October 2nd St. Mary’s Professor Robert Gorsch will host a lecture & discussion at the Walnut Creek Library.

“Create a Graphic Novel”: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday, October 10thhosted by novelist Oliver Chin at the Walnut Creek Library. Must be 18 or older.

 All events are free, seating is limited. Pre-register at www.WCLibrary.org

September Second Saturday Spotlight

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This month’s Second Saturday Spotlight will be a guided walking tour entitled “The Changing Faces of Downtown Walnut Creek”. The walking tour will be approximately a mile in length and will explain new developments coming to ever-changing downtown Walnut Creek. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop on development downtown!

To register, visit: http://fs6.formsite.com/CSD2012/form45/index.html

Upcoming Events- September 2013

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Lodi Celebrates California Wine Month

Sept 1-30

September is California wine month and Lodi celebrates all month long with events every weekend. Enjoy wine tastings, dinners, live music, and even specials on local hotels so attendees can stay and play. For more information and links to special offers, follow the link below:

http://www.visitlodi.com/whats_happening.php?id=39

 

Beford Gallery News

Exhibit: “Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art” will be on exhibit September 5th– November 17th . Through mediums of painting, sculpture, video, and photography, artists explore space, place and home.

Public Art Walking Tours: Every third Saturday through mid-November, docents lead three-hour walking tours to highlight Walnut Creek’s amazing artwork around the downtown area. Tours start at 11am in front of the Lesher center. Admission is $5 and includes a free pass to the Bedford Gallery.

 Disaster Team Training

Join Walnut Creek’s Emergency Response Team trained to help the community in the critical time following a natural disaster. Trainings take place Wednesdays from September 11th-October 16th. Cost is $25. For details and to register, visit www.walnut-creek.org/cert.

Walnut Festival

Twilight Parade: Saturday, Sept 14th at 6pm on Main Street.

Festival: The Walnut Festival offers 4 day of family-friendly fun from September 19th– September 22nd. Attractions include a carnival, live music, a car show, and a variety of food. Hours vary, visit www.thewalnutfestival.org

Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk

Sept 18

Walnut Creek Downtown and Pro Home Systems present the 2013 Fall Wine Walk Wednesday, September 18th from 6pm-9pm. The event will feature tastings at local businesses and restaurants as well as live acoustic music. A portion of proceeds will benefit Walnut Creek’s educational foundations- WCEF and PEAK. For tickets and information, visit http://www.walnutcreekdowntown.com/.

 

Walnut Creek Service Day

September 28

Choose from over 60 half-day projects to benefit the community. Check-in begins at 7:30am at the Heather Farm Community Center with a free pancake breakfast. Projects will begin at 9am. Visit www.walnut-creek.org to register.

 

Holidays at Shadelands

Reservations for the Shadelands Ranch Museum “Holidays at Shadelands” Victorian Tea Lunches begin October 1st. The historic house will be decorated in holiday décor and open from 10am-4pm November 30th to December 15th. The Tea lunch is $30 and reservations can be made for 11:30am or 1:30pm. For reservations, call 925-935-7871.

 

Mount Diablo Challenge

October 6

Bike up beautiful Mount Diablo on either the challenging 11.2 mile course to the summit, or the easier, shorter junction wave. A perfect recreational activity for all ages to benefit Save Mount. For information or to register, Click here (http://www.savemountdiablo.org/)