We are happy to announce that Guarantee Real Estate sales offices will serve as drop off locations for Toys for Tots.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to local children whose parents can’t afford to buy them for Christmas. Guarantee Real Estate is pleased to join the mission of the program which is to “DELIVER” smiles through giving new and unwrapped toys.
Teamwork and community involvement will make this project a huge success. Therefore, every Valley resident is encouraged to share this announcement throughout the surrounding communities. Please encourage everyone that you know to join our efforts in providing joy, goodwill, and cheer to children less fortunate. It doesn’t cost much to put a smile on a child’s face, but a smile that YOU create by giving is priceless!
The sales offices listed below will accept new and unwrapped toys between now and December 13. The offices are open during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
The countdown for hosting Thanksgiving Dinner is on! Are you ready? We know that planning and cooking for a huge crowd can be overwhelming. We have five tips that will help you prepare for an exciting meal with your loved ones. From the entire team at Guarantee, we want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Set Your Table the Night Before
How many times have you actually set your table the night before Thanksgiving? Taking one thing off of your “to-do” list can relieve more stress than you can imagine. Here’s a bonus tip: If you have small children that are visiting, allow them to help set the table the night before. You can even make it into a family tradition by allowing them to pick the centerpiece or color scheme.
Use a Thermometer! The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service advises cooking turkeys until the thermometer reads 165°F; this is the “instant kill” temperature for any bacteria that might be present. Use a good digital probe thermometer to let you know when the turkey has reached temperature. For other cooking tips and instructions for turkey prep, visit the USDA website HERE. If you experience issues with cooking your turkey, feel free to reach out to the Butterball Hotline.
Order Your Desserts From a Local Bakery
It may sound shameful to serve store bought desserts at a family Thanksgiving feast. But just for a moment consider the time, cost, and preparation, that goes into all of that baking… Quality desserts can be purchased at local bakeries for the same amount you’d spend on the ingredients for baking your own desserts. Click HERE to order your pies at a local Marie Callender’s!
Serve a Buffet-Style Meal
Oh how wonderful it would be to display all of your dishes on the table, and to have Grandpa Joe carve the turkey right in front of everyone! But you’ve just spent hours cooking a beautiful meal for your guests to enjoy. Why not establish order and provide convenience to everyone? Consider serving your holiday dinner buffet-style. By doing so, your guests will have the opportunity to put what they want on their plates without having to pass a number of dishes around the table. The food will remain fresh and warm during the entire time!
Relax, Have Fun, and Be Thankful!
Although preparing a holiday feast can be stressful, don’t forget to relax and take some time for yourself before your company arrives. Oh!!! Don’t forget those classical holiday movies that you can watch while you cook. Click HERE for a complete list of holiday classics and show times. Click HERE for the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade channel guide.
Be sure to stock up on board games, uno cards, dominoes, trivia games, footballs, basketballs, softballs, etc. Remember the easel for a few rounds of pictionary during dessert! Make sure the person in charge of music and entertainment has a variety of activities for EVERYONE.
Most of all, don’t forget the real reason of the holiday. “Thanksgiving” is an expression of gratitude for family, friends, and loved ones that are dear to your heart. It’s a time of celebration and happy memories that can be shared for generations to come. Have fun and be THANKFUL!
Election season is here and we want buyers and sellers to know the FACTS regarding the local housing market. In this week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) with CEO, Andy Nazaroff, he talks straight TRUTH as it relates to appreciation and increased inventory.
What’s Really Happening in the Valley’s Housing Market?
As home inventory continues to gradually increase and the Valley’s market returns to normalcy, appreciation will continue to slow down. Current homeowners and potential buyers have little to be concerned about. Here’s why: Amidst a market cool down, the housing market will show sustainable growth and homes will become more affordable to Valley residents!
Equity Gained is Shift Towards Style and Opportunity!
During the first quarter of 2018, we encouraged homeowners to maximize their equity gain by using their appreciation to upgrade. We’d like to remind you that you still have time to gain the most from your equity. However, the “window of opportunity” will not stay open for long.
Are you looking for BETTER STYLE and OPPORTUNITY? This is the best time to sell and upgrade. Take a look at our Featured Luxury Homes page and view all of our premium style homes listed at 450K and up.
Your home may be worth more than you think! CONNECT with us TODAY to get a complete analysis of your home’s value.
Guarantee Real Estate just announced a $1,000 sponsorship for Break the Barriers’ annual production of A Nutcracker Like No Other! Please continue reading to find out more.
About Break the Barriers
Almost 36 years ago, Break the Barriers (BTB) was established to celebrate awareness and victories of all abilities and disabilities. This organization educates the community in artistic expression, performing arts, and most important, it breaks barriers between people and groups by fulfilling acceptance and human interaction. Break the Barriers has made a significant impact locally and globally, and it has been recognized by the US Department of Education as a National Role Model for Inclusion.
How to Get Involved
On November 17, the performing arts division of BTB will host its annual production of A Nutcracker Like No Other. This year’s production will feature disabled veterans, giving them an opportunity to participate in the creative process and crew membership. Please help by clicking HERE to purchase a ticket to the show and other events that are produced by BTB.
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.
Many children look forward to Halloween-The one day they can dress up and collect as many candy & treats their hands will allow. At Guarantee, we want all of our neighborhoods to enjoy the festivities of Halloween, but we want to encourage safety as well. Below are three important safety tips to keep top of mind when handing out treats this year.
Use Lots of Lights and Avoid Using Candles
A dark home can tell people you’re not expecting visitors. It could also be an accident waiting to happen. Be sure to keep the pathway from the street to your door well-lit. A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to children, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes and paper decoration are easily flammable, so instead of using a candle, use fun light-up decorations that are battery operated.
Keep Your Walkway Clear
The fall season produces lots of leaves. Remember to sweep away dirt, leaves, and branches from your driveway or sidewalk. Trick-or-treaters are usually too preoccupied by counting their candy to pay close attention to where they’re walking, so it’s important to inspect your yard for hazards. Be sure your yard and walkways are free of water hoses, sprinklers, and loose gravel. If your home has an irrigation system, turn the system off so your lawn and walkways have a chance to dry.
Use Your Garage
The night before Halloween can be full of mischief, and the night of Halloween can lead to a yard full of kids. If your car is left outside of the garage, it can be a target for pranks, accidental dents and scratches. Be sure to park your car inside of your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park your car in a place with low traffic.
Have a safe and fun Halloween from your friends at Guarantee Real Estate!
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.
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
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!”
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.
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:
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!
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.