Boxing Trivia

Who is the only former heavyweight boxing champ to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

Joe Louis


It’s Soccer Trivia Day !!!!!

What is it called when a player scores two goals in a game of soccer?

A brace


It’s Trivia !!!!!!!!

How many teams are in the American National Football league?

32 Teams – time to get the grey cells working – can you name them all ?

Baseball Trivia Day !

What was the first all-professional baseball team with salaried players?

Cincinnati Red Stockings


561/565 Mann Ave Just SOLD for $340,000

Thanks to all of you !  Bruce Boese, Jeff Titus, Lori Jones, Alicia Word, Todd Veenhuis and my wife, Belinda.  It takes T.E.A.M. – We did it !

Just SOLD! 539/541 Mann Ave Duplex for $300,000

Thank You Bruce Boese – another deal for both of us – take a bow sir !!!  Thanks to Jeff Titus for marrying the buyer up with the property!  Lori Jones (Jeff’s TC) – know you know how much Belinda enjoys working with you ! Alicia Word and all the staff at Chicago Title – Oakdale, always on top of things, which we very much appreciate! Todd Veenhuis – Alliance Home Repair – thanks for all of your work !!!


Merry Christmas !


Just SOLD ! 5121 Loretta, Modesto for $207,500

The horns are blaring in celebration and BIG Thanks! Roberto Covarrubias PMZ and I just helped our clients close the deal at 5121 Loretta in Modesto. Thanks to the sellers for listing your home with Roberto – it was one of the smoothest, most efficient transactions I’ve experienced in a while – hat’s off Roberto, well done. Christina Ramirez (Stewart Title) you and your staff did an awesome job! Frank – my client – I am thrilled for you – of all of the clients I have had in my 28 years of selling real estate, you deserved to own and enjoy a home of your own more than any other client I have ever worked with. I literally have spent the last few months with that Christmas Spirit Feeling of knowing you could make a difference in someone’s life – I know every Realtor our there knows exactly what I am talking about. Thank You to all of these team members – YOU made a difference. Merry Christmas!

5 Tips For Selling Your Home in the Winter

Some people think that winter can be a tough time to attract buyers. Winter buyers are generally VERY motivated and they don’t mind braving the cold and rain to find the home they want or need. Here are some winter real estate facts to keep in mind:

People Like an Orderly Property  
In the winter, all visitors may see is a blanket of leaves. Do your best to keep the driveway, walkways, and patios neatly cleared.

Bright Light Is Cheery
  There’s nothing that makes a house cheerier than sunlight. Wash the windows inside and out so they sparkle. Pull up the blinds and throw back the drapes for some warming illumination. In darker corners and niches where the sun won’t reach, place a lamp and keep it on. You could also use spotlighting to illuminate major features of the kitchen, living room or bathroom.

Warmth Is Comfort
  People coming in from the cold will be pleased to find your home is warm and toasty. As a retreat from the winter cold, your buyers will have more of a reason to feel comfortable and take their time. You might consider lighting a small fire in the fireplace or wood stove to keep things toasty. Try to keep indoor humidity between 40-60 percent to avoid that dry, stuffy feeling. A couple of drops of a cinnamon or clove essential oil on a tissue or in a diffuser can make the whole home feel clean and inviting.

Everyone Appreciates Mood  
Create a cozy feel by adding extra pillows or afghans to the sofa and beds, or some plush throw rugs on the floor. Leave the dining room table set for dinner, along with a champagne bucket and a couple of glasses. Add some extra-fluffy towels or robes in the bathrooms. In short, make everything look comfortable and inviting.

Winter Can Be the Ideal Season  
You’re more likely to get bids faster in the wintertime because you’re dealing with motivated buyers. They need to move, and soon, or they’d be waiting for the balmier temperatures of spring. You may get fewer visitors, but they’ll be serious buyers, not just frivolous house-shoppers. Stage your home well for the season and you may very well sell faster, and for a your asking price.

You always want to keep your home clean and in good repair, but the trick to selling in winter is creating the effect of a warm, sunny retreat from the elements.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!

The Top 7 Home Maintenance Tips To Save You Money

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the top 7 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light Bulbs- 
 If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its lifespan, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home’s bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet
-  A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong  A/C Air Filter Size or Forgetting to Replace Them
-  We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system. Set a reminder in your calendar to change them after the recommended amount of time, along with a note for the proper filter size, it’s really not one of those things I make a point of remembering off the top of my head 🙂   We also use this same calendar reminder to change the filter on our refrigerator too.

4. Not Customizing Temperature-
  Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you’re away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you’re gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5.  Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly-  
Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in just one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.

6. Over Watering Lawns-  
Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you’re never around to see what you’re actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you’re not around.  If you are looking for ways to lesson your water bill – check out my blog  Save Water Save $$$.

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High-  
Unless you have a tank-less water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7.  If you don’t keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!

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