A special thanks to Jean Cary Consulting for allowing me to post the following article:
Adapting Your Dog For Service Work
Recovery from a stroke, trauma, surgery or dealing with a progressive disease can leave you with adiminished physical capacity. After returning home from rehabilitation, everyday activities may be daunting, and you may require assistance to prevent further injuries. If you have a compromised sense of balance or are using a walker, bending over to retrieve objects on the floor may cause you to fall. The simple task of reaching the mail or keys may not be possible if you are sitting in a wheelchair. Locating missing items (remote control for T. V. or cell phone) may also be difficult if you have a memory deficit or are just too weak to wander around the house. If you live alone and have decreased hearing acuity, you may not hear the doorbell or the phone ringing.
The companionship of your dog is a huge asset for recovering from an illness, coping with depression and promoting socialization. Often your dog will provide you with the courage you need to get out of your house and re-enter the world. Why not adapt your own companion animal for service work and foster your independence?
A dog that is well trained with the basic obedience commands of “sit”, “stay”, “down” and “come” can be taught the behaviors that you require for assistance. Dogs can be taught to find and retrieve a variety of objects, to help with dressing (i.e. by tugging socks) and to alert you to the sound of the doorbell, the smoke detector or the telephone. Large breed dogs can assist their owners to rise from a seated position or to negotiate stairs by providing a platform for balance. You will benefit from the dog’s assistance; and your dog will find the mental challenge to be a healthy outlet for his energy. In addition to increasing your independence, teaching service skills to your dog will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Having a dog that can find and retrieve your glasses may be convenient, but teaching your Read more
For many sellers who have lived in their home for a long period of time , the most difficult aspect of downsizing or preparing a home for sale is the disposal of personal possessions that either will not fit in a smaller space or are no longer wanted. Whether it is headed to a consignment store, sold to an antique dealer, marketed through a garage sale, given to a local charity or simply disposed of …the decision of how to handle each item, what to keep and not to keep and how to handle a life’s accumulation of memories can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. Read more
As a listing agent over the past twenty years, I have sometimes had to counsel sellers who could not keep their pets after the sale of their home. Relocating out of the country, illness and unforseen changes often lead to rehoming the family pet. This process is emotional and can lead to dire consequences for the pet if not planned in advance. I often see emails where sellers have waited until the last minute to make arrangements for their pets. If you are moving and cannot keep your pets, please do not wait until the last minute to make arrangements. The more you can plan in advance the more likely a favorable outcome.
Often family or friends who are familiar with your cat or dog may step forward and provide a loving home for your furry friend. There are many animal rescue groups which can be contacted in advance to discuss fostering and ultimate placement with a new family. In San Francisco, we are fortunate to have groups such as Muttville that specialize in placing senior pets.
Do an internet search to research reputable rescue groups and discuss your options with your vetrinarian,family and friends. Your pet deserves your compassion and caring placement in the best home possible.
Today’s blog takes a look at active and pending inventory reported by our local Multiple Listing Service. As of today’s date there are 141 active class one(single family homes) listed on our MLS in Redwood City. 118 homes(listings) are reported as pending sales. The pending sales range in list price from $2,500,000 to $185,000. San Carlos reports 55 active class one homes with 39 pending sales. The pending sales for San Carlos range in list price from $1,950,000 to $399,000. (Information provided by MLS deemed accurate but not guaranteed).
Overall, these statistics indicate a fairly active San Francisco Peninsula real estate market as we head towards Memorial Day and our summer market. Tomorrow we will take a look at the California Tax credit for qualifying homebuyers.
This past Sunday we visited Kara’s Cupcakes located in the Town and Country shopping center in Palo Alto right next door to Sur La Table. It was a beautiful sunny day and patrons were lined up to place their orders. I ordered a Meyer Lemon cupcake that was delicious. I will leave it up to my readers to form their own personal favorites. Definitely worth a visit. Tomorrow’s blog will focus on real time data and the recent upswing in multiple offers on the San Francisco Peninsula.
The next few posts are simply for fun. We are going to be in search of the perfect cupcake.. . Several peninsula bakeries now feature gourmet cupcakes in addition to their other treats. Several have made cupcakes one of their signature items.
Last Saturday, we took a walk in downtown San Carlos on Laurel Street and stopped by Vanilla Moon. The cupcakes were delicious! Later this week, we will visit Palo Alto. I will leave it to my readers to decide which bakery has their favorite cupcake!
Today markes my final post for my “Spring Fever” series of posts. There is a great portion of the Peninsula Real Estate scene that we have not covered–the goal here is to give a sample of some of the many “micro markets” that make up the San Francisco Peninsula.
Today we visit Woodside Glens. Tucked away just minutes from downtown Woodside is Woodside Glens. Centered around Glenwood Ave (off Canada Road) this area offers close proximity to shopping and major commute corridors in a rural environment Lots here tend to be smaller than one acre.
Our Multiple Listing Service indicates one active listing in this area as of today’s date listed at $925,000. Currently there are four pending sales with an average list price of $1,164,750. (Information from MLS deemed accurate but not guaranteed).
San Francisco Peninsula real estate is characterized by numerous “micro-markets” and today we visit North Los Altos. This area is anchored by shopping, schools and restaurants located within close proximity to San Antonio Road. Main Street is a local hub for shopping and restaurants. Lots tend to be larger than average (see below) and homes range from ranch style homes to newer construction.
The SF Peninsula real estate market is characterized by limited space for new development and growth; therefore, older homes are often purchased and then replaced with new construction. Larger lots can command a premium for new development.
Currently our Multiple Listing Service indicates 19 active class one (single family homes) listings with an average list price of $2,439,158 on an (average) 11,089 sq foot lot. The MLS indicates 16 pending sales as of todays date with an average list price of $1,544,938 on a 12,446(average) sq foot lot. (Information provided by MLS deemed accurate but not guaranteed)
Tomorrow we visit Woodside Glens located close to 280 and downtown Woodside.
It is raining outside and I thought it would be a good time to look at some greenery on the San Francisco Peninsula and share some community knowledge. Today’s post looks at the Allied Arts section of Menlo Park.
Located between Middle Ave, Arbor Road, El Camino Real and San Francisquito Creek, Allied Arts is conveniently located within walking or biking distance of downtown Menlo Park and Stanford University.
The area is characterized by both charming quaint cottages and larger new homes. Verdant gardens and tree lined streets support a strong sense of community and charm. The Allied Arts Guild is located at 75 Arbor Road.
As of today’s date, our multiple listing service currently indicates 8 active listings(class one single family homes) ranging in list price from $1,249,000 to $2,695,000. Currently there are 5 pending sales ranging in list price from $1,188,000 to $2,995,000.(This data does not include any sales not reported to multiple listing service)
Tomorrow’s post will take a look at the Willows Area of Menlo Park. Later in the week, we will visit the Mt. Carmel area located in Redwood City. The San Francisco Peninsula real estate market is defined by numerous “micro markets” each with a distinct character and price point.
Today’s post looks at pending sales and active listing inventory for single family homes as reported by our multiple listing service for Menlo Park California : 59 active listings and 47 pending sales.
As reported by our MLS, the minimum list price among pendings is $190,000 while the max pending sale is listed at $5,499,000.
Taking a look at average pending sales data for Menlo Park we see the following: 1882 sq foot home located on a 7438 sq foot lot with an average list price of $1,208,450. This data is based on sales reported to our multiple listing service and may not include all pending sales data .