The month of January is a time when people reflect about the past year and what they hope to accomplish in the coming year. With all the bad news these days, I thought it might be nice to share the 99 best things that happened in 2018. There are some great ones! Take a look at
Well it is that time of year again when people make resolutions to eat more healthily and exercise regularly. I am happy to report that as a Greek American I have grown up eating the Mediterranean diet and loveit! If you’re a fan of the Mediterranean diet, get ready to do a victory dance. For the first time, the Mediterranean diet has won the gold as 2019’s best overall diet in rankings announced Wednesday by US News and World Report. Read more here. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/02/health/mediterranean-best-diet-2019/index.html
The holidays are a fun and joyous time but also a very busy one, and holiday stress and anxiety in children can and does happen. During the holidays, there are lots of fun activities and events going on, both at home and at school. And while that can be a good thing, the reality is that all that hustle and bustle means schedules are often out of whack, bedtimes get pushed back, and routines are disrupted. As a result, it’s inevitable that kids may feel some degree of holiday stress.
I read this great article and it give you specific ideas how to help your children enjoy the holidays by keeping to a schedule, feed them regularly, don't overstimulate and don't over do the activities.
This is a good read: https://www.verywellfamily.com/holiday-stress-and-anxiety-in-children-620516
As we head into the holiday season, I want to express gratitude for my life, family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful. readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. As I was walking out of the grocery store today, a man was asking for donations to feed families on Thanksgiving. A woman, whom I did not know, and I both put money in is box.
I have family and friends affected by the horrible fires in Northern and Southern California. The last fire we had near Napa and San Rafael sent many homeless people looking for housing in the Bay Area. I know I tried to help those people as much as I could. Now, I decided to help the firefighters by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. I hope you will too.
My husband just rode in the Cycle of Hope benefiting Habit for Humanity. Oakland has spent a lot of money putting bike paths everywhere. It is becoming a city where bicycling is fully integrated into daily life. More and more people are biking as a means of transportation and recreation.
You can get a free map from the City of Oakland outlining seven types of bike-ways, each with specific characteristics. For instance, you can locate bike paths that provide a paved right-of-way that is completely separated from the street. They are typically shared with pedestrians and often called mixed-use paths. Don’t like that, then try bike boulevards that are routes on quiet residential streets.
If you want to know all that Oakland has to offer bicyclists go on www.oaklandbikes.info for extensive information. Remember know the rules of the road. Take a bike safety class. Wear a helmet. Be visible at night. Give respect, get respect and have fun!
Piedmont schools have ranked high in mathematics for many years. My 3 adult children, now in their twenties) were in the advanced math class throughout their education in Piedmont. Two of my children were engineer majors at Stanford and the other one graduated Magna Cum Laude in economics at Santa Clara. But Piedmont Schools also excel in many other arenas. All three of my children sang with the A Capella Choir at Carnegie Hall and were college athletes. What makes the schools so great, is the breadth of classes, activities, sports, and community service. For a small town, we do a great job of supporting our schools. Just wait until you see the new auditorium we plan to build for the Arts!!
2017-18 CAASPP RESULTS: Unified (K-12) School Districts- For Mathematics: Piedmont Unified ranks #2 in the state of California (and #1 in Northern California) in the percentage of students who either met or exceeded the standards in Mathematics.
-Piedmont Post Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
Won’t you adopt a pet?
This weekend is National Pet Adoption Week. Taking place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, animal shelters and pet supply stores will be opening their doors for the public to come and adopt these furry friends.
I have fostered 3 puppies and adopted 5 dogs, and these adoption events are the perfect opportunity to add a little more love to your home with a new family member. I don’t just understand real estate, I understand what a home is all about. Won’t you adopt a pet?
Here's an interesting piece about the real estate market, courtesy of Adam Betta, Partner, Highland Partners.
Let's talk a bit about the real estate market in the Bay Area. We've had many questions - and we're hearing some confusion about what's going on.
There has been an unprecedented soaring of prices since the downturn of 2007, which has lasted so long, and been so unrelenting that many sellers (and some agents) seem to believe that this is just how things are now; that prices will continue to rise at double-digit percentages year after year. Is this a cause for concern? We believe we are finally reaching a place of stability, not volatility! Home prices have been established and while still rising, not at the same breakneck pace.
This can be disappointing for sellers who put their home on the market and expect to get much more than the neighbor who just sold last month - when it sells for the asking price, some sellers sound the alarm that the market is dropping. This is not necessarily the case. Balance is the key right now; sellers are actually having to compete for buyers! What a concept! That said, we are hearing mixed reports on the number of offers, days on the market, and over-asking sales prices but this is the way it should be...and agents are having to make sure they are doing the absolute best for their sellers and not simply 'putting it on the market' and waiting for offers to pour in.
Preparation (a broad term for a group of very detailed activities) marketing and presentation are crucial again and we are deeply proud that regardless of the market dynamics, at Highland Partners, we are performing these to higher standards than any other brokerage we know of.