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The Value of Neighborhood Parks

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In this week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) with CEO, Andy Nazaroff, he explains the value of neighborhood parks. Did you know that Fresno has over 80 parks and trails? With so many to choose from who wouldn’t want to spend a lovely day in Central California?

Here are Just a Few Suggestions
Located in the heart of Woodward Park is the beautiful Shinzen Garden. This park is patterned after a group of ancient scrolls with a designed layout of all 4 seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. That being said, there is an ever changing experience that one feels when the garden is visited during different times of the year. To see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, you must visit in January because by February, the blossoms are gone. Click HERE to learn more about Shinzen Garden.

Inspiration Park is located in Northwest Fresno and is the first universally accessible park in Central California. The park offers a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities. It features a variety of sports, recreation areas, and a playground with low incline ramps. The swings are wheelchair accessible and the basketball hoops are adjustable to any skill and age level! For more information about this fun playground click HERE.

The benefit of living in the Central Valley is the plentiful, and convenient access to the great outdoors and the countless activities available to us with just a short drive. Hiking, skiing, water sports, mountain biking, and countless other outdoor activities are available to us all year round. The Buchanan neighborhood has a plethora of parks, and several trails that are easily accessible, shade-filled, and pet friendly. Click HERE to discover the enjoyment one can experience while walking on the Buchanan Neighborhood Trail.

Guarantee Real Estate has several neighborhood experts who are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs. Head over to the Guarantee neighborhoods page to take a look at all of the available homes in every neighborhood.

To locate a Fresno city park or trail near you, click HERE.

Community Housing Council of Fresno

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The Guarantee Good Will Network recently donated $1,000 to The Community Housing Council of Fresno (CHC). The donation will be used to assist the organization with its annual Champions and Heroes of Home Ownership Costume Ball.

About the Community Housing Council of Fresno
The CHC was established almost 25 years ago by a group of individuals from the local real estate community. The purpose of the non-profit is to encourage homeownership through education and counseling.

In 2007, The CHC was approved by HUD as a pre-purchase Housing Counseling Agency offering an 8 hour homebuyer class that is required by many of the local and state down payment assistance programs. The organization meets with individuals at their Housing Resource Center located on Marks/Shaw Ln. The CHC also offers counseling to homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage obligations as part of the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program.

How to Help
To learn more about the CHC and how to make a donation, visit their website by clicking HERE

Guarantee Features Alice Brown-Harris!

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Written by: Leverne Brown

An Olympian From the Start
Alice Brown-Harris – A three time US Olympian, was raised in Southern California. After graduating from John Muir High School, she earned a B.A. from California State University Northridge.

At the age of 11, Alice began to dream big through her love for sports. In 1972, she watched her first Olympic games on TV and with amazement she thought, “I’m going there!” Alice excelled at various different activities like softball, but found herself most comfortable with running. Alice lived for running, and she set her sight on achieving the opportunity to compete internationally. In 1980, Alice’s dream became a reality when she earned a spot on the US Olympic Team. Unfortunately, this would be bittersweet. Since the US declined to participate in the Moscow Olympic Games, Alice’s hope to earn a medal temporarily diminished.

In Alice’s opinion, a setback is only a setup for a better opportunity to do something greater. In the 1984 Olympics, she was the first leg of the United States women’s 4x100m relay team, which won gold in Los Angeles. She won silver in the 100m dash in the same Olympic games. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, history was made when the US women’s 4x100m relay team won gold for the second consecutive Summer Olympic games — this time with the quartet of Alice Brown, Sheila Echols, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and Evelyn Ashford.

After retiring from athletics, Alice worked for the California Department of Corrections. In 2015, she retired from her position with the State, and in 2017 she began a new career in Real Estate.

Why Choose a Career in Real Estate?
“My career choices were influenced by those who helped me through all of my rough patches…I may not have been as successful had I not received the support of family and friends who loved me through it all,” explained Alice. Selling real estate gives Alice an opportunity to help others.

Alice takes pride in her new profession as a Realtor®. The same hard work, tenacity, and dedication that she embraced over the years as an Olympian is what she brings to her clients at Guarantee Real Estate.

“I assure my clients that I’ll do my best to bring them the GOLD, because I leave no rock unturned!”

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A Guarantee Home Buyers Tip

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When you first purchase a home, the initial thought is to change the vibe and decor so that it feels more appealing to you. It’s common to make a list of “things to do” such as; paint the walls and install new carpet. While these activities seem practical, we don’t want you to forget about what’s most important.

A couple Painting their Home

What’s the First Thing a Home Buyer Should do After the Purchase of a Home?
You’d be surprised to know that some home buyers aren’t aware of the necessity to change the locks BEFORE moving in. In fact, not only should the locks be changed, but the following should be updated as well:

Check All Enterance Codes;Check Garage Openers;Check Safe Combinations

You have no idea who the previous homeowners shared access codes with. Furthermore, peace of mind and security are priceless when it comes to the enjoyment of your new home!

The Valley’s Market Enters Neutral Territory!

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In this Week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) Andy Nazaroff, CEO of Guarantee Real Estate explains that for the first time in three years the Valley’s housing market has entered neutral territory! This means the market is currently demonstrating a balance between buyers and sellers.

Take a brief look at the graph down below. It shows a 20% increase in inventory from one year ago.

This is great news for buyers and sellers. More inventory indicates more choices for buyers, and more inventory increases the chance for homeowners to sell at a normal price range.

CONNECT with a Guarantee Realtor® today!

Guarantee Sponsors the Fresno Film Festival!

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For over 15 years, Fresno Filmworks has been the local source for independent film. Through its monthly film series and the annual Fresno Film Festival at the historic Tower Theatre, The non profit strives to create a deeper appreciation of film, a better understanding of world culture, and an unforgettable experience that one will not find at a commercial theater.

“This is the sixth year in a row that Guarantee Good Will Network has sponsored our annual Fresno Film Festival, and we are excited to collaborate again. The charitable work of Guarantee Real Estate in our community is inspiring to us. We are grateful for the support, and we’re especially proud of our ongoing youth outreach initiatives-bringing area high school students and underserved community groups into the theater for free. Gifts like those from Guarantee directly support these projects.” –Jefferson Beavers, President Fresno Filmworks

About Fresno Filmworks
Fresno Filmworks was founded in 2001 by a group of film lovers in our community. By offering a series of world-class independent movies, Fresno Filmworks shows their commitment to the multiculturalism that provides the community with an education and conversation of the film industry. These prize-winning films are international, high-quality, and are shown at Fresno’s very own Tower Theatre!

How to Get Involved
On November 2-4, Fresno Filmworks will present the 2018 Fresno Film Festival. There will be three days of feature-length and short films, filmmaker appearances, and an opportunity for community discussions. We encourage valley residents to purchase tickets to the festival and to please make a donation to this wonderful cause.

Click HERE to learn more.

The Guarantee Goodwill Network Fund is a donor-advised fund, established at the Central Valley Community Foundation, to encourage Guarantee employees to give back to the communities where they live and work.

Fall is a Great Season to List Your Home!

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The Process Will Be Fast and Efficient!
Before our buyers shop for a home, we connect them with the most knowledgeable loan officers to secure financing. This saves the buyer time, and it makes the process much easier for YOU as the seller.

Since today’s market has compelled home buyers to step up, you can rest and be sure that many of them have gone beyond the average requirements to obtain mortgage financing.

When you list your home with Guarantee this Fall, your home’s “days on market” won’t be very long. The tenacity of a buyer matched with the commitment of a Guarantee Realtor®, makes the selling process much faster.

CONNECT with a Guarantee Realtor® today and let’s discuss more opportunities for your investment!

Congratulations Elaine Colett on 25 Years With Guarantee!

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Elaine began her journey at Guarantee, West & Herndon on October 1, 1993. She has been an outstanding Realtor® offering support, impeccable service to her clients, and absolute commitment to our company. Additionally, Elaine has been recognized for years of achievement, and she has been a long time devoted member in the community.

Elaine: We sincerely appreciate your loyalty and pledge to Guarantee, and we hope to share many more years of partnership with you.

-From all of your friends at Guarantee!

Fall is a Great Time to Sell and Upgrade!

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Home inventory still falls below the 6-month supply that is needed for a typical housing market. This means there aren’t enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers. However, this is great news for those who’ve gained equity as their home values have increased.

Equity Gained is a Shift Towards Opportunity!
If you’ve been thinking of moving to a premium style home, this is the perfect time to sell and upgrade. List your home with Guarantee this Fall, and take advantage of the current buyer demand.

CONNECT with us NOW, and find out what your home is worth.

Guarantee Partners With From Your Friends

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Guarantee Real Estate shares a partnership with From Your Friends, the latest and best marketing program for direct mail.

80% of customers say they would refer their real estate agent or use them again. The unfortunate truth is that only 20% of them do! From Your Friends is a great cost effective way for Realtors® to stay in constant contact with their client database.

What Our Partnership Means Regionally
From Your Friends is exclusive to Guarantee Real Estate. That means no other real estate company in the Valley is allowed to use this service.

“When we created From Your Friends, we set out to consider what agents wanted from a direct mail program. They desired something easy, affordable and effective. We listened and took everything people found undesirable about direct mail and tossed it out the window! Our program is truly the simplest and most efficient way for agents to stay top of mind with their sphere. -Julie Antuzzi-Rueffert, Co-Creator and Owner of From Your Friends.

How it Works
Each month your client list will receive a personalized postcard with a free offer or discount at a local restaurant, entertainment venue, or merchant as a gift from you. There are no contracts, sign-up fees, and no cancellation fees. You can make changes to your database every month, and a variety of templates are available for you to choose from.

Your Success is Our Main Goal!
Our main goal is to be the Premier Provider of the real estate experience around the home sale transaction, and our commitment to search for innovative marketing solutions will never end. Connect with us today for more information on how to START your career at Guarantee Real Estate.

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