Cycling, Ribs, and Yoga

Today was the first time back on my bike since my crash 6 weeks ago. After breaking 4 of my ribs and collapsing a lung, I was a bit anxious as I approached the 1st hill (deep breaths).

Up to this point I was reminding myself of all the basics: ‘pull up on the back stroke, push down over the top, use the gears and save the legs‘ etc. That was on fairly flat roads. Quickly, the ‘mental’ messages gave way to familiar muscle memory.  Shortly after starting the 1st hill, I thought: “okay, here comes the test“.

But, I remembered the breathing technique I learned in a Yoga class, “ujjayi“, where you use your diaphragm to inhale and exhale. I had no discomfort!  It’s like the ribs get bypassed and the diaphragm does all the hard work. It was a relief and empowering.

It is amazing how in just 6 short weeks the techniques, which had been automatic, reverted to a deliberate, mental process. I had been practicing ujjayi breathing before my accident and was relieved this AM when I remembered it on my first ascent.

Truth be known: THIS time, as I began the big descent, I actually touched my brakes.   Well, “touched” is not correct. I used them for nearly half of the crest down, where I normally love to fly.  Now I understand, a little more clearly, why seasoned riders always go so much slower down steep hills than I do, er, DID.

So, am I chicken or more wise?

 

“Home of The Week” Open House

On Saturday, 5/16, we will be holding an Open House for 1711 Morning Glory Dr. in Hollister, CA.20151101-1711 Morning Glory, Hollister-12 - Copy

If you can’t stop by between 1 – 4 PM for your own tour of this 5 bdrm, 3 bth, 3 car garage, 2,650 sq. ft. home – watch this VIDEO Tour.  It is almost like walking through the home itself.

“1711 Morning Glory” is just 18 mths ‘new’.  The significantly upgraded walnut hardwood flooring and great carpet still look and feel fresh. This home also sits on nearly 7,500 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room in the back and both side yards.

Since Hwy 25’s extension is just .5 mile away, the drive to the Bay Area is surprisingly comfortable.  When I moved to Hollister from San Jose people asked: “moving way down there“?  It wasn’t long before I just smiled and said “yeah, way down there” with a subtle secret in my smile. The little extra drive yields so much more of a home and lot.  It is absolutely worth it.

Some, even catch CalTrain in Gilroy for an even easier commute.

What has been your experience with living in South County while working in the Bay Area?

 

 

Sizable ‘New’ 5 Bdrm Home

20151101-1711 Morning Glory, Hollister-17If you are looking for a nice family home which is well located for an active family you are going to want to see 1711 Morning Glory Drive in Hollister, CA.

As you will see in this VIDEO Tour  this 18 month ‘new’ home offers a lot of comfortable living for this price.  And, with Hwy 25 just .5 mi. away the Bay Area commute is very convenient.

Often families have other family members living with them.  The downstairs bedroom and full bath offer a blended family option.  Some have friends or relatives who visit regularly.  Again, the 1st level bed/bath provide for a comfortable visit time.

We are hosting an Open House for this home on Saturday, 5/16, from 1 to 4 PM.  Why not stop buy and see this home for yourself.

Simple Curb Appeal Improvements

Often I will have 4-6 homes to show buyers.  Each time we arrive in front of a prospective home the buyers nearly always comment on what they think the home will be like – based on what they first see from the curb.  And, typically an impressive front of the home opens to a similarly maintained home on the inside.   The opposite is also true.  There have been times when the buyer doesn’t even want to get out of the car, because the front of the house is shabby, overgrown, or in need of paint.

There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do this Spring to make your home very appealing.  Click here for 13 suggestions.  Each of these easy to do tasks also provide the most added value – to – investments you can do to the outside of your home.

Lastly, your neighbors may be a willing source of help if you announce your ‘sprucing up’ plans for the ‘tired’ front appearance of your home.

What a Great Home! VIDEO Tour.

Fairhaven quartz cntrWatch this VIDEO Tour for an intimate view of the inside of the home and private backyard. 2451 Fairhaven Court in Hollister, CA is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 car garage home with 2,700 sq. ft. in Hollister, CA and shares a private court with just 7 other homes.

It is a casual walk to Cerra Vista Elementary, a neighborhood park and playground, and a short drive delivers you to “Ridgemark Golf and Country Club”. South of here is the famed “Hollister Hills (off road vehicle) State Park”.  “Gilroy Premium Outlets” and “CalTrain” is just 20 min. North of this gorgeous home.

In addition to the features mentioned in the VIDEO Tour there is a whole house, reverse osmosis and soft water system in the spacious 3 car garage.

This is a home you are going to want to see.  The first Open House is scheduled for Sat. 11/1/14 from 1-4 PM.  Check this site for additional dates for an Open House. Or, text, email or call me for your own personal tour of 2451 Fairhaven Ct., Hollister, CA.

What did you think of this VIDEO? Do you have any questions? Feel free to call me.


Home Prices in Our Bay Areas

Here is a quick glance, one page summary of year-over-year values for of our Bay Areas.

The median prices increased slightly in Santa Clara County (up 9%) and Monterey County (up 6%) but dropped 1% in San Benito County.

At the bottom of the summary page we see some indicators which suggest San Benito County values may rise in 2015: Inventory of homes for sale increased 14% 9/13 to 9/14 which is one of the causes of the median price to drop. However, the Days on Market (DOM) dropped a whopping 46%!  Since homes sold significantly faster year-over-year we may see San Benito County single family prices rise next year.

With one eye on these opaque indicators and one on “the holidays” disengagement many get caught up in – a shrewd buyer should buy a home before the year is out. And, with interest rates around 4% for a home loan, you could be one of the few others admire in the future: “You bought at the end 2014?  You really ‘lucked’ out”.

Why not text, email or call me?  With your answers to 4 simple questions I will be able to compute for you how much of a home you can qualify for and provide you with a list of those homes in your price range.

“Happy (Holiday) shopping”.

 

 

Webcam Sneak-a-Peek Prevention

By now you have heard that people can easily hack into your computer to watch you through your computer webcam, right? Yep, and I guess it is easy. The scary thing is you have no way of knowing they’re watching: no blue light comes on, nothing.  Take a look at this fun little video.

Well, here is a low-tech prevention solution:  You know those little poke-a-dot things from your 2 hole punch? Tape one of them across your camera eye on your lap top when you’re not using it. Bye bye peepers.

Have you been hacked?  What have you done to prevent peepers?

Hollister Homes Highest Value Gain

Hollister, CA

Of the 3 cities which make up ‘ South County‘, the City of Hollister, CA single family residences saw the highest appreciation from 1st quarter 2013 to 1st quarter 2014.

The average Hollister single family residence (SFR) value rose 23.1% whereas Morgan Hill, CA experienced 21.9% and the City of Gilroy, CA saw their SFR rise by 11.2% from 1Q13 to 1Q14.

However, Hollister’s typical SFR value dropped 43% from 1Q07 (when many say the bubble burst) to 1Q13. Morgan Hill dropped 32.5% and Gilroy 30.6% during this same period.  Hollister’s ave.  SFR value in 1Q07  was $302,383, down to $240,798 in 2013 and up to $274,309 1Q14.

Another indicator of Hollister’s recovery is the time it takes homes to sell.  The average days on the market in 2007’s 1st quarter was a whopping 148 days.  In 1Q13 the time dropped to 124 days on the market.  That is a 69% improvement!  Then, this year we watched the average days on the market drop even further to 24.

Finally, the average Sales to List price ratio was 99.5% in the 1st 3 months this year compared to slightly over 96% in both ‘o7 and ’13 first quarter.  They are selling faster and virtually at their asking price.

What do you think this trend will do?

(data source: MLSListings)

Home Prices in Gilroy, CA

City Gilroy

Gilroy, CA is not only known as the “Garlic Capital of the World” but it is also known for its robust housing market.

Using the first quarter of 2007 (1Q07) as a high point in,  and the beginning of decline of market values, there are some interesting changes which point to a strong recovery:

The average number of days it took for homes to sell in 1Q07 was 141. Then, in 1Q13 it had dropped to just 36 days, and, 1Q14 days on market slipped up to an average of 45 days. Obviously, homes are again, selling much faster but the pace is slowing.

Gilroy CA’s average sales price for single family residences (SFR) in 1Q07 was an amazing $785,763!  By 1Q13 prices dropped to $544,965. In the year since, the average prices continued to increase: 1Q14, the average was $605,845.

Another indicator of a recovered market is the ratio of sales price to listed price. In 1Q07 the average was 97.7%; in the first quarter of 2013 it was 98.7% and in the 1st 3 months of this year it averaged 96.2%.  Again, 2014 is still improving but it seems at a slower pace.

Relatively speaking, Gilroy had the least significant drop in prices of the other South County neighbors: Morgan Hill and Hollister. Gilroy’s drop 1Q07 to 1Q13 was 30.6% while Morgan Hill’s was 32.5% and Hollister saw a 43% drop in that time frame.

So, what do you think values are going to do here in South County in the near future?

(data: MLSListings)