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Happy Fourth of July | REM #66

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Happy Fourth of July from Guarantee Real Estate! Hear Aaron Waldrum, Operations Manager at our Palm and Herndon office, remind us of what this holiday is all about.


Value of a Local Lender | REM #65

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As we look at the shifting market, we have to ask, “What’s the value of a local lender”?

Look at it like this: In the 80’s there was a TV show that’s became iconic – “Cheers” …and the catch line that everyone knew in the intro song was “where everybody knows your name”.
Everybody loves a place like that? Right? There’s an undeniable sense of comfort and familiarity.

Well, if you want to insure your offer has a better chance of getting accepted, a local lender wins the listing agent over when compared to an offer from an out of town lender in much the same way…

The appraiser who will be brought in for a vital element of the approval process — will know their name. The listing agent that receives your offer — knows their name. And there’s a sense of accountability that comes with a local lender, because all parties involved “know where to find them.” Which is particularly important if the transaction hits any snags.

So the next time you consider working with a lender – go local where everybody there knows their name.


Guarantee Real Estate Donates $2,000 to Valley Children’s Healthcare

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The Guarantee Good Will Network recently made a $2,000 donation to Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation and Abby Andrews, development lead for Valley Children’s, was present at our check presentation at our Woodward Park Sales Office.

“We are so grateful to Guarantee Real Estate for supporting much needed patient services at Valley Children’s Hospital, There are so many programs at the Hospital that insurance does not cover. Guarantee’s generosity helps us provide those services for the patients and families we serve. On behalf of the entire team at Valley Children’s, we would like to extend a big thank you to Guarantee’s Goodwill Committee.”

Abby Andrews, Development Lead at Valley Children’s Health Care

How Can I Get Involved?

If you would like to tour Valley Children’s Hospital, please contact Abby Andrews at aandrews@valleychildrens.org. For volunteer opportunities at the Hospital, please visit: https://www.valleychildrens.org/volunteers/volunteers-home

About the Guarantee Good Will Network Fund

The Guarantee Good will 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.

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A Strong Market | REM #64

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Recently I have come across countless articles and headlines that talk about the real estate market cooling off.

So many of these reports are over sensationalized and used to get you to subscribe to their newsletter or marketing.

Here’s the deal – there’s home prices and market stats available for everyone. You can easily search online and discover that inventory in Central California is slowly increasing, but the demand is keeping pace.

There’s 2 reasons our housing market is so strong:

  1. Interest rates are continuing to stay low – the lowest in 21 months.
  2. The forecasted economic slowdown and a recession in late 2019 just hasn’t happened. Now economists are pushing those projections past 2020.

Wages are strong. Home prices are still appreciating and mortgage rates are low.

Next time you come across one of those negative real estate articles, don’t fall for some of the oversold stories about our great housing market.


Summer Energy Savings Tips | REM #63

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What are a few tips for saving energy, and money, this summer? Hear the answer straight from the source, Guarantee Real Estate’s South Valley Branch Manager, Jennifer Hixson.


Why Fresno? | REM #62

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You know how the media likes to poke fun at Fresno? We’ve heard all the jokes from late night talk show hosts.

How about some good real estate reasons for Fresno?

I often hear about astounding home prices in southern california, the bay area, or even the central coast.

When I get asked about home prices in Fresno I often find myself answering with this one line – Our average sales price is your down payment.

It’s true! And they’re intrigued.

We have one of the most affordable real estate counties in all of California . . .right here.

Then, when you add on the day trip opportunities to 3 national parks, 2-3 hour drives to the coast or San Francisco.

We have amazing restaurants, big brand shopping, and nationally recognized schools.

Fresno – the 5th largest city in California. It’s a great place to own real estate and an even better place to call home.


Guarantee Sponsors the Jazz and Blues Exhibit-Celebration

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Guarantee Real Estate just announced a $1,000 sponsorship for The African-American Historical & Cultural Museum’s Jazz & Blues Exhibit-Celebration.

About the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum
The African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley was founded in 1986 by retired Fresno City police officer, Sergeant Jack Kelly and his wife Rosa Kelley. It is the only non-profit educational facility of its kind. The museum houses hundreds of historical photographs, artifacts and memorabilia dating back to the 1880’s which documents the numerous contributions of local African-Americans who live or are from the San Joaquin Valley. Pictorial exhibits profiling African- Americans who have excelled in the fields of government, politics, art, education, religion, health, business, law, medicine, sports, agriculture, and the work of local African-American artist are prominently displayed for educational tours.

Learn more at their website by CLICKING HERE
CLICK HERE to book a tour

The Jazz & Blues Exhibit-Celebration
This years celebration will honor the first Black radio station owner, the late Woody Miller and blues legend Bobby Brown. The event is on Saturday June 15th 6pm -10:30pm and will feature a concert with honoree Bobby Brown and other local artist.

Please help the African-American Historical & Cultural Museum Reach Their Goals
The African-American Historical & Cultural Museum needs your support to make this event the best it can be… Be a hundred dollar community supporter! CLICK HERE to become a Top 100 supporter.

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.


Summer Lawn Care | REM #61

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How to avoid seller burn out . . .

I’m not talking about your home’s days on market. How do you avoid the summer heat from burning up your lawn? How do you keep it green and pristine while it’s on the market?

I spoke with my friend Jeff Kollenkark of Weedman Fresno and he offered up a few simple solutions in hopes that our 2 days a week watering will be increased to 3 on June first.

  1. Fix your sprinkler coverage. Are sprinklers blocked by shrubs or are their nozzles clogged?
  2. Do the screw driver test. If it doesn’t go in 4-6 inches down easily, the ground needs more water.
  3. On the days you aren’t allowed to have your sprinklers on – use your hose and spot water the dry spots.
  4. Of course, if these tips aren’t enough, call Jeff at Weedman Fresno and get an expert’s opinion on what may be needed.

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $20,000 in the first 4 months of 2019

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Guarantee Good Will Network

The Guarantee Good Will Network is proud to have helped make the Central Valley a better place to call home by donating $20,000 to local non-profits during the first 4 months of 2019. The Guarantee Good Will Network is funded by contributions from Guarantee Real Estate, their real estate agents, and employees.

Donations were made to:

Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation – $2,500

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – $1,000

Hinds Hospice – $2,500

Rotary Club of Reedley – $1,000

Marjaree Mason Center – $2,500

Fresno Art Museum – $2,500

An Evening to Treasure: Prom experience dedicated to young adults affected by disability – $1,000

Central California Food Bank – $1,500

The Cat House on the King – $1,500

Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Beds for children of families in need – $1,500

Agewell Fresno: Alzheimer’s Association – $1,000

The Guarantee Good Will Network continues its commitment in 2019 to helping make our community a better place.

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.


1031 Exchange | REM #60

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Featuring Aaron Waldrum, Operations Manager at Guarantee Real Estate, Palm Herndon

Looking for a great approach to build wealth?

Whether you have a single rental property or have a real estate portfolio with multiple rentals, farms, and commercial property, a 1031 Exchange can help you generate more income and get you where you want to go financially!

Our friend Ron Ricard from IPX 1031 says the biggest mis-conception about a 1031 is what type of property you can buy. The phrase “like property” is always the hang up because it’s so vague.

Truth is, when selling an Income property, a 1031 exchange can help you reinvest those earnings into ANY other income producing property. That means you could sell an orchard to buy an apartment building, or sell a rental and buy a gas station! This is how you start to generate real wealth and when investing becomes real fun!


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