Monday Market Update: The Functional Facets Of Entertaining

Fall Dining Room

Are you getting ready to host the holidays?! It’s no secret that some homes are built for entertaining more so than others… but changing your home’s layout is not an ideal solution a few days before the feast! So today we wanted to share 3 quick tips that make entertaining easier for everyone!

| Tell Your Guests Where To Park

Holidays can be stressful – especially if you show up with an armful of pies but a parking predicament! Be sure to communicate with guests if parking is only allowed in certain areas (such as in townhome communities), if nearby or walkable streets offer more plentiful parking (such as if you live on a court with limited street space) or what your best tips are for entering with ease!

| Mention Bathrooms & Bag Rooms

Okay… while not the glamorous parts of entertaining – these are the necessary ones. Make sure guests know where multiple facilities are located (as 20 people sharing one hall restroom can create chaos!) and be sure the coat room or rack is accessible and available for jackets, purses, diaper bags, etc. There may be many people who need to change into stretchy pants so beware of the baggage!

| Many Hands Make Light & Fun Work

Don’t be afraid to involve your guests in the fun and function of hosting a holiday! Offer an arm wrestling contest to see who the strongest person is to carry that turkey to the table. Find out who makes the best martini with a few rotating faces and hands at the bar; see if anyone resists the invitation to help you load up that dessert table! Many hands make light work… and many opportunities to be part of something are what make it memorable!

Cheers to an amazing table with plentiful food, grateful hearts and smiling faces!

All my best and all my thanks,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
e. bobbi@bobbidecker.com
p. 650.346.5352
w. www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/
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Senior Spotlight: How ‘A Glass Half-Full’ Can Fight Dementia

Glass FullThe benefits of thinking positive may be far greater than ever thought possible, according to a new report from The Global Council On Brain Health. This AARP focus group consists of scientists, doctors, scholars and policy experts who have recently completed a meta-analysis of research that looks at how mental well-being impacts cognitive changes. Past studies have indicated that anxiety & depression are often linked with cognitive decline, and this latest report reveals the seven key elements mental well-being and what the relationship is to memory, decision-making and mood stability.

Elements Of Mental Well Being

1) Self-Acceptance; 2) Vitality; 3) Positive Relationships; 4) Purpose In Life; 5) Optimism; 6) Self-Confidence; 7) Stress Management

Why Mental Well-Being Matters

For people who think that dementia and cognitive declines are an inevitable and uncontrollable aspect of aging… this data is a game-changer! The elements of mental well-being are modifiable and can improve with the actions and choices that we make. The Global Council On Brain Health has concluded that “Poor mental well-being (e.g., pessimism, not feeling useful) may interfere with people abilities to think and reason, as well as how they interact with others and regulate their emotions” while “greater mental well-being is associated with reduced dementia risks, and that it is possible to maintain mental well-being even if you experience declines in your cognitive abilities or physical health.”

What Steps Can You Take

Those who wish to benefit from the potential, protective benefits of improved mental well-being can download the complete recommendations from AARP HERE. Examples include: participating in activities you enjoy, making meaningful connections and volunteering, making healthy food choices, exercising both indoors and out as well as getting high-quality sleep! As you can see, these suggestions are very attainable and even fun – all in the name of improved cognitive functioning. That is a win-win that just can’t be beat!

Read More:

New Report Finds Links Between ‘Mental Well-Being’ and Brain Health

Global Council On Brain Health: Mental Well-Being

Cheers to an amazing weekend ahead & beyond,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
e. bobbi@bobbidecker.com
p. 650.346.5352
w. www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Designations Create Distinctions: At Home With Diversity (AHWD®): 3 Benefits Beyond The Book

Living, working and building a network here in Silicon Valley has SO many benefits, perhaps the greatest of them being the diversity. While we are fortunate to live in a place where so many cultures and traditions are valued – that does not mean they are understood. In the business world, that can spell trouble if we unknowingly communicate in a manner that can be ambiguous across cultures and varying value systems.

The At Home With Diversity (AHWD)® Designation is designed to enable you to work successfully with and within a rapidly changing multicultural market. As a modern foundation in diversity awareness, there are many other benefits too! This includes but is not limited to:

| Supporting that hard-earned CIPS® designation and the expanded network you achieved with it!

| Enhancing your work with seniors (SRES® designees & beyond) as that exploding Baby Boomer population considers off-shore retirement and international purchases

| Meeting the education credit for another NAR® credential (such as the ABR, CIPS, CRS and PMN

Learn more in the video below

Take a look at these topics covered… there’s not a doubt in my mind that at least a handful of these relate to your business plan for 2019:

CULTURAL FORECAST FOR AMERICA, GLOBALIZATION – CULTURAL DEMOGRAPHICS – ADAPTING FOR THE FUTURE – THE PHILOSOPHY OF INCLUSION – CULTURAL STEREOTYPES – SENSE OF SELF AND SPACE – WHERE CULTURES VARY – CREATING COMFORT WITH DIFFERENCES – PROJECTING POSITIVE ATTITUDES – SHOWING POSITIVE REGARD – APPLYING LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS – INCLUSION AND FAIR HOUSING LAWS – AVOIDING DISCRIMINATION – PREDATORY LENDING  – BUSINESS PLANNING.

And you KNOW where to find this course right?! Out at sea on our Coastal Credentials Cruise!

Register for the course HERE! Book your cabin by contacting Sandy Arostegui, Travel Specialist: sandy@palmcoastjourneys.com or (305) 962-4500.

See you at sea,

Bobbi & Buddy

EHO

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Monday Market Update: Honoring Our Veterans

Today we are taking a break from our regular Monday Market Update to ask our readers to join us in reflecting & honoring our veterans. The November 11th ‘Remembrance Day’ began after World War I and rather than a one-day observance, is oft-recognized the surrounding weekend and Monday to follow. At a time of recent tragedy and the tragic fires faced by neighbors both north and south, I can think of only sincere and mounting appreciation for those few who fight so hard to protect so many ~ from our first responders to heroic community members to of course… our veterans.

As we take a moment of silence to thank our veterans for their sacrifices past, present and future – may we walk away from that silence determined to uphold the kind of nation they fought/fight so hard to create for us. The legacy our military members pass on to us is worthy of far more than just one day of gratitude, but a lifetime of service for us to continue on in their honor. 

Veterans Day Quote

Thank You Veterans. 

All our best,

The Bobbi Decker Real Estate Team

EHO

 

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Senior Spotlight: 3 Generation Households Have Doubled!

multi-generation

Did you know that three-generation households in the United States are becoming more common? Compared to one generation ago, there are now nearly 10% of children living with parents and grandparents, compared to 20 years prior. Demography (a popular statistics journal) compiled and analyzed data from surveys conducted by the Census Bureau: the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community Survey.

While many of us would assume that the recession of 2008 led to economic hardships that drove families together, the data suggests that the rate of three-generation households had climbed to 8% even prior to that detrimental event.

While the noteworthy trend (and now modern historical milestone) is bound to incite future study, potential reasons are:

| The stability of Social Security income over the last 20 years has enabled more grandparents to aid their children & grandchildren

| There are more single-parent families and multi-generational living provides more consistent support

| Increased longevity amidst our growing aging population

| Changes in housing markets & affordability over time

| Health & care needs

The implications for financial planning, caregiver support, familial stress, multi-generational living housing types and overall happiness are diverse, far-reaching and worthy of more study. But what really matters is how this situation would work for you and your loved ones. If you haven’t thought about it yet… there may be no better time than the present! Whether you believe that ‘many hands make light work’ or that ‘solitude is bliss’ ~ let me know if you need assistance devising a solution that creates an advantage for every generation in your family.

All my best,

Bobbi

Resource Used: (AARP) More Families Live in Multigenerational Homes

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
e. bobbi@bobbidecker.com
p. 650.346.5352
w. www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/
EHO

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Designations Create Distinctions: Course Spotlight: Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS®)

There is no one real estate designation that “does it all’ but there is a course that has far-reaching implications for the investment, retirement and international markets. The Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS®) designation is an ideal foundation for helping Baby Boomers determine where to retire, for aiding international investors in choosing a profitable rental market and for making dreams of a second home purchase come true.

In addition to the fundamentals covered in the one-day course itself related to lifestyle, market conditions, tax considerations and more… RSPS® designees also gain access to monthly e-newsletters & quarterly webinars regarding updates on investment, second-home and vacation property issues.

View video below to watch all about the RSPS® Designation (if unable to view please click HERE!) 

So I know you are now ready to complete the course; just wait until I tell you how?! I’m excited to teach the RSPS® aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship! As one of the cornerstone components of our Coastal Credentials Cruise, you’ll maximize your time and advance your industry expertise. Its one of the best and most FUN ways I can think of to distinguish yourself in today’s market… I can’t wait to see you at sea!

Register for the course HERE! Book your cabin by contacting Sandy Arostegui, Travel Specialist: sandy@palmcoastjourneys.com or (305) 962-4500. 

See you at sea,

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®

Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty

Bobbi Decker & Associates

BRE 00607999

bobbi@bobbidecker.com

650.346.5352

www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

EHO

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Mortgage Market Update: What The Industry Says About Prop 5 & Prop 10

Election Day is coming on November 6th and as always, this time of year is about your vote and your voice. While we rarely get political on our blog, there are two measures you are no doubt hearing a great deal about relating to real estate – Prop. 5 and Prop. 10. The purpose of today’s blog is to give you access to the information you need to make the best decision for you. Many times, I am asked ‘Hey Bobbi… what does the industry say about all this?!’. So this post is in regards to those who have asked that question; we are providing links to the official voter information guide and to the official stance of the California Association of Realtors below.

Prop 5: CHANGES REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNERS TO TRANSFER THEIR PROPERTY TAX BASE TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.

Official Voter Information: Click HERE 

Prop 10: EXPANDS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ AUTHORITY TO ENACT RENT CONTROL ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Official Voter Information: Click HERE

The San Mateo County Association of Realtors® and the California Association of Realtors have adopted their official recommendations ‘Yes on 5’ (it was created by CAR®) and ‘No on 10’. You can read more about the reasons why below and in the SAMCAR blog HERE.

Props

You can read more about what CAR® believes to be the full benefits of Prop 5 HERE. 

Thank you for your time and consideration!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
e. bobbi@bobbidecker.com
p. 650.346.5352
w. www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

EHO

 

 

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Senior Spotlight: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month (10 Signs & Symptoms Plus Resources For All)

multi-generationNovember is here and WOW, that means that 2018 is almost behind us! As we all work hard to enjoy the present and treasure life’s most precious gifts of each other – this is also an important time for Alzheimer’s Awareness. While World Alzheimer’s Month is September, the United States Awareness Month for this debilitating condition is November, paralleling Family Caregiver’s Month. We thank you in advance for your care, concern and attention to these circumstances in life that no doubt impact us all in one way or another.

US Alzheimer’s Awareness Month was designated in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, at which time there were an estimated less than 2 million people living with the disease. It is now estimated that 5.7 million people are living with Alzheimer’s… part of the 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the signs below are 10 early indicators and potential symptoms of the disease. Please note this data is for informational purposes only and is NOT intended to diagnose or treat – simply to help educate aging individuals and their loved ones as they seek professional, medical attention.

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

#1: Memory loss that disrupts daily life

#2: Challenges in planning or solving problems

#3: Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure

#4: Confusion with time or place

#5: Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

#6: New problems with words in speaking or writing

#7: Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

#8: Decreased or poor judgment

#9: Withdrawal from work or social activities

#10: Changes in mood and personality

Click HERE for examples and also to learn what typical age-related changes to expect.

To learn more about the changes in the brain, the causes, how diagnoses are made and more – please visit the Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet from the National Institute On Aging.

For anyone who helps with caregiving and decision-making for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or anyone who wish to support those who do, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiving page.

If you are a business owner who wants to learn how to become an Alzheimer’s Friendly Business, please view the previous Bobbi Decker post on this issue.

On behalf of every family, every individual and every community impacted by this uniquely and unarguably challenging condition, we thank the caregivers, medical professionals and all members of the village who face this disease’s unique challenges with all that they’ve got. You inspire us.

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
e. bobbi@bobbidecker.com
p. 650.346.5352
w. www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/
EHO

 

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Designations Create Distinctions: Just Added ~ Offshore Retirement Lunch & Learn

samcar globalWhen you talk… we listen! We have had a recent influx of both real estate agents and homeowners interested in learning more about retiring overseas. As such, myself & Buddy along with the SAMCAR Global Real Estate Committee invite you (and your clients) to explore the this topic in full in an exercise to determine one’s preparedness for this type of move. In addition, we will focus on a discussion of new retirement developments in Belize and why Americans would want to invest and retire in this tropical getaway near Cancún, Mexico.

Lunch included • FREE • RSVP Required

Friday, November 16th: 11:30am

Register TODAY 

Attendees will also receive a detailed e-guide to all of Belize, an e-booklet on living and investing offshore and access to a monthly newsletter on living and investing offshore in Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Be sure to ask us how we enjoyed our visit there in the last year! 😉

All our best,

Bobbi & Buddy

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Monday Market Update: Do Ghosts Add Value To Your Home?!

haunted houseWith Halloween upon us and a changing market surrounding us… you might be feeling a fright in the air! So, this week we are sharing something far more fun than a scare, but a little surprising data on the value of homes from horror movies!

Our friends at Realtor.com recently shared the estimated value of 5 homes from classic horror movies. While none of them are currently on the market, it’s interesting to see that the anticipated values are all higher than local, median home prices. Do ghosts add value to your home? Do poltergeists pump up your ROI?! Could witches brew have more power than we think? See what YOU think! 

See photos HERE. 

The House From Halloween

A basic Cape Cod-style home located in West Hollywood was the scene of the crimes brought upon by antagonist Michael Myers in Halloween. With both the interior and exterior used in filming, the movie was shot in spring, inciting the production team to bring in leaves to make it look like fall in Illinois! While median home values in the property’s 90046 zip code are $1,800,100… this 4BR/2BA home is valued at $2,694,400. Would you pay nearly $2.7 million for a home with big screen history and maybe an added nightmare or two?!

The Brownstone From The Exorcist

Known across time and space around the world as the most disturbing movie of all time, Poltergeist utilized the exterior of a well-appointed Brownstone in Georgetown to set the scene for record-setting scares! While median home prices in this DC zip code of 20007 are $1,099,500… this one is estimated in value at $3,690,700! What would it cost you to brave walking amid these famous grounds… at night?!

Real Estate Inspired By Real Murders

Yep, we are talking about The Amityville Horror movie inspired by real murders and the real house where they were filmed! The 1979 The Amityville Horror story took place in Long Island, but neighbors weren’t keen on filming there, so a 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in Toms River, New Jersey was chosen as the exterior filming site. We aren’t sure if the real murders which influenced Amityville Horror created real problems or what… but the home now valued at over a million dollars ($1,075,163) sold for just $350,000 in 2013! Maybe truth isn’t more frightening than fiction…

Thanks for sharing in this frighteningly fun blog! Please see all 5 haunted homes featured on Realtor.com and have a very Happy Halloween!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
e. bobbi@bobbidecker.com
p. 650.346.5352
w. www.bobbidecker.com

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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