Monday Market Update: How Silicon Valley Started The Year

Can you believe that the first month of 2020 is already behind us? While January felt like a long month (those 31 days sort of felt like 300 right?!), perhaps it was because so much has happened! Rates rocking those 3-year lows, FICO score changes, a jump in consumer confidence… and those are just the tip of the iceberg regarding big picture trends. On a more local level, Silicon Valley has already had its share of hot headlines… and this week we have chosen three of them to share with you!

6 Bay Area Start-Ups / $160 Million In Funding

The last week of the first month of the new decade was a big one with regards to funding rounds for Bay Area start-ups. Companies headquartered in San Mateo, San Francisco, South San Francisco and San Jose raised from $4 million to $80 million, plus the Bay Area saw it’s first IPO of the year on Friday as 1Life Healthcare Inc., experienced its first day of trading!

Read More: The Funded: 6 Bay Area Startups Get Over $160M At Week’s End

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20 Projects Taking Big Steps In 2020

The Silicon valley Business Journal reported earlier this month that “more construction is set to begin in downtown San Jose than at any time in recent memory.” As the Bay Area’s largest city and future anticipated home to Google San Jose, it would be unwise to ignore the growth and development that this Silicon Valley center will see in 2020. One analysis of 20 commercial projects predicts that we will see construction commence and/or continue on 3,000 residential units, 4.2 million square feet of office space and 69,400 square feet of retail space in downtown San Jose alone.

View Details On 20 Developments Here: Downtown San Jose Gets An Uplift

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Silicon Valley In The Sports Spotlight

Let’s face it… what kind of Silicon Valley patriots could we be if we did NOT mention the fact that the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl! By the time this post is read by all… the winners will be wearing their rings! But alas we are as much about the journey as we are about the outcome, and we would like to thank the Niners for helping Silicon Valley start 2020 on a high note. Because sports is a game but also a business, we wanted to point you towards an article that compares the  championships , average ticket prices, operating incomes  and more of the two teams that made it all the way!

See A Side-by-Side Comparison: Super Bowl side-by-side: How the 49ers and Chiefs compare on business terms

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View the notable stories above, and many others, that marked the big wins and hot headlines of January 2020 on the Silicon Valley Business Journal online here.

All my best,

Bobbi

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Senior Spotlight: Retiring Abroad 2020 (A Resource List)

We have been writing about the topic of retiring abroad for many years… and every year it becomes more relevant and garners more reader interest! The facts speak for themselves: over 10% of Americans are considering an international real estate option for investment and/or retirement; the US Social Security Administration sends approximately 700,000 checks a month to foreign addresses; the number of US citizens retiring abroad has risen 40% in the last decade.

Yet just as there is no one right retirement spot for everyone, there is no one right resource to help us each decide what locale and lifestyle suits our needs. Thus, we have compiled 6 resources to help you start, continue or complete the conversation you may be engaging in about the pros, cons and next steps in enjoying an offshore retirement. Enjoy!

Forbes: The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2020

https://www.forbes.com/sites/williampbarrett/2019/11/27/the-best-places-to-retire-abroad-in-2020/#68213878516c

As an annual Forbes feature, this article outlines 65 places amidst 25 countries. Factors taken into account include: cost of living; quality and cost of local healthcare; overall safety; political stability; taxes (which in many places can be a burden); local hospitality; weather, food, culture; and how easy it is to get by speaking only English.

International Living: The World’s Best Places To Retire In 2020

https://internationalliving.com/the-best-places-to-retire

This list is based upon the experience of expats for the past 41 years and uses the Annual Global Retirement Index – a comprehensive and in-depth survey covering 5 continents. These helpful recommendations don’t just supply information about ‘the situation on the ground’ but what it means for you. (Note that this list is republished on HuffPost Life as their ‘beautiful but affordable destinations’ in which to live your expat life.

Live & Invest Overseas: The World’s Best Places To Retire In 2020

https://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com/best-places-to-retire/

This 13-destination list offers a country-by-country comparison of 13 destinations that have been selected based upon a year of research and up-close travel by the publication’s editors and writers. Interestingly, this is one of the few resources which outlines a ‘standalone winner’, or place that will appeal to the most people. In this instance for 2020, it is the Algarve, Portugal.

AARP: Thinking Or Retiring Abroad?

https://www.aarp.org/disrupt-aging/stories/info-2019/retiring-abroad.html

Written from the perspective of a single, professional woman – this article outlines the now mainstream idea of retiring abroad, and outlines some basic considerations – namely affordability, healthcare and a luxurious lifestyle.

ECI Development: The 15 Questions You Should Ask When You Buy Properties Overseas

https://www.ecidevelopment.com/15-questions-you-need-to-ask/

This is on our must-watch list for anyone with an interest in international property investments. Available in audio and video format, these 15 questions are divided into 3 categories, namely the property, the developer and the community. You can watch the video in full, or select individual questions to learn the answer.

SAMCAR: Offshore Real Estate Immersion Course & Caribbean Getaway

https://www.samcar.org/posts/offshore-real-estate-immersion-course-caribbean-getaway-1223.htm

The SAMCAR Global Real Estate Committee is partnering with ECI Development Corp. to offer REALTORS® a unique travel and learning opportunity in Ambergris Caye, Belize in February 2020. Our own Bobbi Decker Real Estate Team Member, Buddy Saupe, will be attending and co-hosting this excursion as Vice hair of the SAMCAR Global Real Estate Committee. Learn more at SAMCAR and on our blog.

Wherever you go & whatever you do – may you decide to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
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Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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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Monday Market Update: Dream Homes Come In All Sizes

When you think downsizing… you think one thing, right? RETIREMENT. And while many retirees do choose to downsize, there are other reasons, and other generations, who are choosing less space too!

Check out this recent infographic from the California Association of REALTORS® on the various reasons that homeowners reduce the size of their homes.


For further reading, check out this recent read from Business Insider about the challenge that some markets are facing given the differing needs and wants of Baby Boomers and millennials when it comes to home sizes and styles.

“Millennials don’t want to buy baby boomers’ sprawling, multi-bedroom homes, and it’s creating a major problem in the real-estate market”

For insights into retirees who want more and not less… check out an article from New Home Source published in Q3 of 2019 regarding ‘why some Baby Boomers go big.’

“Baby Boomers Who Upsize for Retirement”

As you can see… home size is far more a function of lifestyle rather than age. If you need helping moving up, down or into a home that meets the life you want to live today, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Cheers to living your best life,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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: Excursion & Course Overview

What an amazing start to 2020! Less than two weeks ago, I taught my first course of the year in one of my most favorite places! Thank you to everyone who attended the Marketing & Lead Generation Course in Hilo! If you didn’t make it to the Aloha State but would love to take this NEW course from NAR®, email me at bobbi@bobbidecker.com and I’ll keep you posted on the next offering!

It’s hard to top an event like that but if you know me… than you know it never stops me from trying! Check out the next few courses & opportunities that are headed your way, and let me know if there is another course you’d love to see at your local real estate association.

HOSTED BY SAMCAR GLOBAL COMMITTEE VICE CHAIR BUDDY SAUPE

Offshore Real Estate Immersion Course & Caribbean Getaway | February 11-15th

The SAMCAR Global Real Estate Committee is partnering with ECI Development Corp. to offer REALTORS® a unique travel and learning opportunity in Ambergris Caye, Belize in February 2020.

Learn more HERE. 

 

HOSTED BY NAR® INSTRUCTOR BOBBI DECKER

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation Course | February 5th & 6th

Learn More & Register HERE / SAMCAR

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Designation Course | February 19th & 20th

Learn More & Register HERE / BRIDGE Association Of REALTORS®

At Home With Diversity (AWHD®) Designation Course | February 27th

Learn More & Register HERE / Bay East Association of REALTORS®

See you soon!

Bobbi & Team

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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: Have You Heard Of ‘Legacy List’?

Our friends at the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) have a brand-new recommendation for must-see television and we just have to share it with you! As reported by NextAvenue, a non-profit journalist website ‘where grown ups keep growing’, the new public TV series ‘Legacy List’ shows that senior moves are much more about memories than money.

The program maintains a positive focus on the upside of downsizing as the host Matt Paxton and his team visit the home of someone aged 50+ who is about to downsize. The program highlights the hidden treasures, historical roots, and sentimental stories that define the downsizing process. Viewers will also gain insights into the family dynamics of the downsizing process (yes – the millennial relatives DO show up!) and hear downsizing advice from the homeowners themselves.

To learn more about the Legacy List program, check out:

Worth Watching: A New TV Series on the Upside of Downsizing

Legacy List With Matt Paxton (Program Website) 

KQED Legacy List Schedule

To view helpful downsizing resources, please visit our friends at TOPmovemgmt.com and explore our downsizing blogs here.

Happy watching,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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: Offshore Immersion Course & Caribbean Getaway

Belize. Awaits. 5 Days, 4 Nights, Endless Insights. Have you heard that the SAMCAR Global Real Estate Committee is partnering with ECI Development Corp. to offer REALTORS® a unique travel and learning opportunity in Ambergris Caye, Belize from  February 11th-15th, 2020?!

With over 10% of Americans considering international real estate options for investment and retirement, this program can be your first step in understanding this emerging trend while gaining knowledge about offshore opportunities and enjoying a trip to Belize! For any agent that has a CIPS® and/or SRES® Designation and/or an RSPS™ Certification from NAR, this immersion course is for you. The logical tie-ins are obvious and make this event a must-do program.

The trip from the main Belize Airport (BZE) by plane to the island, all accommodations, meals and drinks at events are included in the 5-day/4-night stay on Ambergris Caye (Singles are $1,190. Doubles are $1,830)

REALTOR® Advantages:

Course Details:

Booking: Ally Rodriguez, ECI Development
gap2@ecidevelopment.com | 1-800-290-302

General Questions G.W. “Buddy” Saupe, Vice Chair SAMCAR Global Committee
gwsaupe@imandsa.com | (650) 533-8790

I’d be happy to share my own experience there a few years ago… but I encourage you to see, feel and learn about it all for yourself with Buddy & Mike! It’s less than a month away so don’t wait!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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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Monday Market Update: A Year Of Love & Prosperity

Many of us have already celebrated the start of a new decade earlier in the month… but January 25th marks the start of the Lunar New Year and as the Year of the Rat, welcomes the return of the first sign of the 12 animal cycles of the Chinese Astrology. In accordance with being the first sign, experts are predicting that 2020 will be a year of beginnings and renewal.

When examining the feng shui roots and the element of metal that is invoked with this year’s sign, the additional context is one of strength, prosperity and love. In fact, TheChineseZodiac.org even suggests that “all the actions initiated this year are driven by success” and that “those who plan to buy real estate, to start a business or to invest money in a long-term project have great chances of being satisfied in the future.”

The lucky colors of the Year of the Rat are white and blue, so if you are looking for some fresh hues for your home and wardrobe, those would be a great place to start! Tradition also recommends including some of the foods that the rat likes to eat in your Lunar New Year menu, such as nuts and cheese.

The Year of the Rat is your year if you were born in 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008.

I don’t know about you… but I may be even more excited about 2020 with these predictions! If you are celebrating the Lunar New Year, I’d love to hear how – so please email me at bobbi@bobbidecker.com.

Resources Used:

https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/horoscope-2020/

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/01/9126749/lucky-color-2020-meaning

https://www.rd.com/advice/chinese-zodiac-2020/

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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- National Blood Donor Month Is Here

Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? And did you know that while you must be at least 17 years of age or older, there is no upper limit on blood donation? In fact – the American Red Cross reports that older adults are some of their most dedicated blood donors; THANK YOU seniors!

Historically, winter is one of the most difficult times to meet patient needs with regards to blood product donations. In fact, the Red Cross is amid a nationwide blood shortage with a critical need for blood donors of all types, and less than a 1-day supply of type O blood in many medical centers.

Furthermore, did you know about these 5 health benefits from donating blood*:

#1: Free blood tests – donated blood is tested and donor can asked to be informed if any irregularities are found.

#2: Satisfaction of saving human lives!

#3: Calorie burn – Blood donation process burns 650 calories – about the same as an average spin class!

#4: Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood.

#5: Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood.

*Data courtesy of FEW.org: https://www.few.org/national-blood-donor-month/

Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to receive more information.

We thank you for your time, for your consideration and for your continued efforts to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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/

Resources Used:

American Red Cross dealing with nationwide blood shortage

9 Things to Know Before You Donate Blood

Give Blood. Find a Drive. 

National Blood Donor Month

 

 

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Designations Create Distinctions: Did Someone Say… CE Credits?

By now, you have hopefully heard that Hawaii is one of the FIRST places to offer the brand-NEW NAR® Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation Course. As if you needed one more reason to visit the Aloha State… here are 3 more advantages you will gain from this game-changing course:

#1: CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS. That’s right… all agents who take the Hawaii Island Association of Realtors® Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation Course on January 17th will receive 6 CE Elective Credits.

#2: NEW FB AD RULE EXPLAINED. Did you know that as of this year, Facebook is no longer allowing users to boost housing posts? These is now only one (and not easy) way to run Facebook ads for real estate… and everyone who takes my course can receive information on what this change is and how to implement it in your business.

#3: RESOURCES. Get ready to receive virtually every resource you will need to jump start your marketing in the best possible ways for you! In addition to invaluable course content, all attendees will receive exclusive post-course content including but not limited to: how many users are accessing each social platform each month, what social networks are the most popular, what to ask when interviewing a social media expert to support your real estate needs & more!

Sign-Up Today… Reap The Benefits For Years To Come

I can’t wait to see you January 17th!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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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Monday Market Update: Every Household Counts

A new decade is upon us… and you know what that means: it is CENSUS time! The 2020 Census begins in March – and it is a massive undertaking. Accounting for every person takes thousands of people, the collaboration of hundreds of organizations and years of planning. The accuracy and success of the census is dependent on participation – so make sure you take part (it is constitutionally mandated).

The infographics below summarize why census participation matters to YOU. The funds that your community receives and the government representation that your region receives is dependent on the results.

From NAR®
From The Census Bureau

Learn More: https://www.census.gov/partners/2020.html

View A Sample Census Questionnaire: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/technical-documentation/questionnaires/2020.html

Apply For A Census Job: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

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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