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Many factors impact real estate here in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Monterey, and Pacific Grove and we cover those here.   

May 1, 2020

May 1st: Revised Shelter in Place Order

The Monterey County Health Official has revised the Shelter in Place Order while also extending it until May 31st. The new order can be found here

There are some significant changes in what is allowed, with certain restrictions, with two that are especially important to real estate here on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Posted in Coronavirus
April 18, 2020

First Quarter 2020 Results

After a strong finish to 2019, the Monterey Peninsula was off to a healthy Q1,

2020. The underlying real estate fundamentals seemed to be improving

until we experienced the drastic changes brought about by COVID-19,

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April 16, 2020

Showing Homes Under the Shelter in Place

In this episode, I discuss the challenges of showing under the April Shelter in Place order

Posted in Coronavirus
April 14, 2020

Changes made by the MLS in response to COVID19

In this episode, I provide an update on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) rule changes related to Days on Market, Open Houses, and other rules. 

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Posted in Coronavirus
April 4, 2020

Monterey County modified Shelter in Place

In this episode, I provide an update on the county's changes to the Shelter in Place order. Click "play" above to hear the episode.

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Posted in Carmel, Coronavirus
Aug. 2, 2019

California Home Insurance and Fire

Securing home owner's insurance in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Highlands and Carmel Valley has been a challenge for the last few years but given the insurer's reaction to the Mendocino Complex fire in Santa Rosa, the Soberanes fire in Big Sur, and the Camp fire in Paradise new home owners are facing a near crisis in securing fire insurance. 

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Aug. 31, 2018

Travels

I grew up in a household that loved to travel. My father was (and is) a scientist who was always pursuing opportunities whether in Mexico, Africa, or the Middle East. Whenever it made sense, he would drag our family along on his adventures.

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Posted in Malone Hodges
Aug. 31, 2018

5 Steps to a Stellar Kitchen

A great kitchen can sell a buyer on your home. While it might sound convenient to give someone credit to do updates later, a kitchen that feels fresh and ready to use the way it is could easily tip the scales, and prospective buyers don't look forward to doing the work any more than you do. Short of a full remodel, here are a few ways to make your kitchen into a buyer's dream.  

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Posted in Home Renovations
Aug. 31, 2018

Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar, The Plaza

Carmel has a few establishments where you quickly feel part of the family after your second or third visit. The Carmel Coffee and Cocoa Bar in the Carmel Plaza at the corner of Mission and Ocean Avenue is a prime example. Take a quick tour and meet the owners.

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Posted in Carmel
Aug. 31, 2018

Carmel Addresses

Carmel-by-the-Sea is only one square mile yet it is surprisingly easy to get lost in our town, even though the streets are laid out as a grid. The reason? We don’t have traditional street addresses. Historically homes were given names such as “Owl House,” “Periwinkle,” or “Sea Urchin.” Many still retain those names has it was considered bad luck to change a home’s name even when ownership changed.

Clearly remembering the names of 4,000 houses doesn’t work today, so a system has developed of identifying a home based on the nearest intersection.

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Posted in Carmel