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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.

Guarantee Sponsors Able Advocates!

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The Guarantee Good Will Network recently made a $1000 donation to Able Advocates. The donation will assist the organization with its mission: to provide services and equipment for Central California children with special needs.

“Thank you Guarantee for your kind support…This donation is not just going towards our Equipment Closet, but it will help build stronger communities through networking, ensure that ALL children are loved and feel important, and it will provide a pathway for them to succeed.” -Katrina Oh, Founder, Able Advocates

How it All Began
5 years ago, Katrina Oh started Able Advocates to benefit children like her son Nathan, who was born with a rare brain disorder. Although Nathan was denied insurance services, Katrina became relentless and she never allowed hardships to prevent her from providing the best care for her son. Sometimes Katrina’s determination required her to pay for services out of her own pocket.

Through connecting with other families who experienced the same challenges with insurance companies, Katrina felt it necessary to start a support group for mothers with special needs children. Together these extraordinary women worked hard to create significant changes for local special needs children.

The Success of Able Advocates
Since it’s conception, Able Advocates has provided support, equipment, and care for over 2,000 Fresno area families. However, their goal is to accomplish much more.

You can help support Able Advocates by attending their benefit concert, on September 14, at the Toca Madera Winery. This concert is an exciting event you won’t forget; offering food trucks, Lolo Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and Toca Madera Wine for sale. A silent auction will take place as well. All proceeds will go to Able Advocates Equipment Closet. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

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.

City of Fresno Shredding Event-9/8

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The Fall season is approaching, and many residents have started to take advantage of their opportunities to move to a new residence. Some tenants are sprucing up their current residence and making room for new decor. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to gather all of those old documents that need to be shredded and bring them to the City of Fresno Shredding Event!

On Saturday, September 8 the City of Fresno Recycling Program will host a paper shredding event at the Municipal Service Center. The event will take place from 9 AM – 1 PM, or until shred vehicles are full. City of Fresno residents may bring up to three (3) boxes of personal documents to be shredded. For additional rules please read the PSA HERE before you go to the event.

Please help spread the word to friends and family!

At Guarantee Real Estate we strive to be the premier provider around the home sale transaction. We sincerely care about the community that we love to serve, and it’s our goal to keep you informed about what’s happening in our neighborhoods.

Need a Realtor®? Connect with us today!

River Park Farmers Market

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Written by: Leverne Brown

River Park Farmers Market – Bigger and Better Than Before!
I couldn’t allow the summer to end without a visit to the Farmers Market at River Park. What are the chances of me running into Owner, Peter De Young on the day that I decide to go? Very likely! You can catch Peter at the market on most days of operation.

I had an opportunity to chat with Peter, and he gave me an update on all of the changes that have been made for the public to have a more enjoyable experience. The first noticeable change is the size of the market. It’s much bigger with a slew of vendors from everywhere! Additionally, Peter has decided to open the market on Saturday mornings so that those who otherwise couldn’t shop on Tuesday night would have the weekend option for shopping. If you visit on Saturday, be sure to grab a breakfast burrito. They’re authentic, made to order, and very delicious!

Live music and entertainment is available on Tuesday nights. I had the pleasure of listening to local Violinist Patrick Contreras during my visit, and the man is musical genius!

Fresh Fruit, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Fresh Dairy, Nuts, and Bath/Body Soaps!
With so many vendors to choose from, I decided to allow my heart to do the leading as I began shopping. I couldn’t resist the plump and juicy grapes that Topete Family Farms were showcasing. Everyone who comes across this stand is sure to meet a Topete family member and leave with great-tasting grapes! The varieties offered are: Thomcord (seedless concord), Ruby Seedless, Princess Seedless (Red Globes), and Autumn Royal Seedless.

My next stop was to sample the sweet treats at Brown Butter Baking Company. Delightful and delicious is how I will describe the cookies…I held back, but seized the opportunity to speak with the owners about their product.

“We use our secret ingredient, browned butter. I guess it’s not so secret anymore, but our process of browning the butter is significantly different. We use a meticulous five-step process in baking each batch, so I guess that part will remain a secret!” – Melissa McKinsey, Owner, Brown Butter Baking Co.

Olive and Yew – A Homemade Soapery!
My last stop for the evening was at Olive and Yew. I absolutely love natural bath and body products. Sasanna was nice enough to recommend a very soft and subtle citrus blended soap, with coconut milk for my sensitive skin. If you are fond of essential oils, natural scents, and homemade sundries, stop by and see Sasanna. A little goes a long way when using her soaps, and you know what that means…More lather for your buck!

River Park Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays, 5-9 PM, and on Saturdays, 9AM-1PM through the end of October. It’s a great place to meet up with family and friends or to enjoy an evening stroll with the ones you love. Be sure to visit before it’s gone until next summer!

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John Miller – Spirit of Cooperation Memorial Blood Drive

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It is with regret that we announce the passing of John Miller, retired Realtor® at Guarantee Real Estate. John contributed almost 40 years to the industry of Real Estate and the memories of him will hold a special place in the hearts of many at Guarantee.

“John was a close personal friend and Christian brother for over 20 yrs, and it was my great privilege to work and fellowship with him. I will miss him greatly.”
Carl Wooten, Realtor®, Guarantee Real Estate

“Sometimes we have the blessing of having someone leave an imprint on our lives as a mentor just by the way they carry themselves and live out their faith in quiet humility. John was one of those mentors for me. I’m eternally grateful for him.”
Andy Nazaroff, President & CEO, Guarantee Real Estate

Join With Us In The Spirit of Cooperation!

As a leukemia patient, John was a beneficiary of Blood Center donations. He recognized (even more so as he courageously fought his battle) the importance of giving blood.

In honor of John’s final wishes, Guarantee Real Estate will join with The Central California Blood Centers and Realty Concepts to host a joint blood drive on Saturday, September 22. In memory of John and others like him, Guarantee Real Estate and Realty Concepts hope to illustrate the good that local businesses can produce when they join together in the Spirit of Cooperation. Click HERE to learn more.

Let’s Celebrate As We Cooperate!

We hope that you will join in the effort and meet us at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District on 9/22. Great food and activities will be available to make this an exciting event.

Donating blood is a wonderful opportunity to help replenish the life of another. As you give, another will give and together we become united with one goal of refilling the supply of LIFE.

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