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Guarantee Donates $1,000 to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

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The Guarantee Good Will Network announced a $1,000 grant to Sierra Foothill Conservancy. The grant will assist the organization with its mission to maintain important habitat, family ranches, and clean water resources for current and future generations to enjoy.

About Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Sierra Foothill Conservancy is a land trust doing critical work in the central Sierra foothills. Over the past twenty years, the organization has conserved over 28,000 acres in Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Eastern Merced county region by protecting the lands.

Sierra Foothill Conservancy provides recreational and educational opportunities in the lands they protect. The organization also offers guided hikes to the stunning table top mountains and surrounding land.

The Conservancy is a wonderful outdoor classroom where youth can learn about the protection of natural habitat and resources. Educational offerings include: astronomy, orienteering classes, as well as plein air art events.

How Can I Help?

Your contribution to Sierra Foothill Conservancy is heavily leveraged. Every $1 donated supports $15 to $30 in direct land protection efforts. With your support, the Conservancy can advance community driven conservation efforts, act quickly to protect threatened lands, and ensure land and water conservation remains a priority in the community. Click here to discover more ways to make an impact with Sierra Foothill Conservancy.

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.


Guarantee Donated $2,500 to Hinds Hospice

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Guarantee is happy to announce a $2,500 donation to Hinds Hospice!. The donation will assist the organization with its efforts to uphold the dignity and ease the suffering of the terminally ill, while supporting their loved ones and those who are grieving.

About Hinds Hospice
For almost 40 years, Hinds Hospice has provided comfort care and grief support in Fresno, Madera, & Merced counties. The number served by their programs has grown significantly throughout the years.

Many programs are not covered or are inadequately funded. To address these issues, Hinds Hospice maintains programs and services such as; Patient Care Services, the Hinds Hospice Home-where terminally ill patients receive 24 hour care, Angel Babies-to help families cope with the devastation of losing a little one, and the Center for Grief and Healing-which provides understanding, compassion and professional support to those experiencing loss and grief.

How Can I Get Involved?
Hinds Hospice relies on community support to meet the growing needs of the organization. The generosity of the community is always appreciated through donations, volunteering, and patronizing the Hinds Hospice Thrift Stores. Please click HERE and learn more ways to get involved.

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.


The Fresno Community Concert Band

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Guarantee Donated $1,000 to the Fresno Community Concert Band. Guarantee recently had a check presentation at our Palm Herndon office!

About the Fresno Community Concert Band

The Fresno Community Concert Band provides a unique musical experience by performing a variety of music – traditional, western, patriotic, Latin, jazz, big band and music of the stage and screen. 75 unpaid amateur and professional musicians present six concerts each season, honoring our military at its May concert each Memorial Day Weekend and an additional concert at the Caruthers Fair.

Besides featuring guest soloists at our concerts, educational highlights have included awarding a music scholarship to a qualified high school student, showcasing high school or middle school bands at selected concerts, offering masterclasses to students and presenting verbal program notes on every concert. Exciting concerts for every member of the family!

We are grateful to Guarantee Real Estate for sponsoring our December concert, to be presented on December 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Fresno City College.

Learn more about the Fresno Community Concert Band at www.fresnocommunityband.org.

If you would like to support the band CLICK HERE for more info.

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.


HOA Pros & Cons | REM #59

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Home buyers have many things to consider when considering a home for purchase: Location, price, square feet and condition are among the initial factors.

Beyond those, one area that can either entice a buyer, or be a deal breaker is a Home Owner’s Association, or HOA.

An HOA typically involves a recurring fee that goes to cover maintenance of common areas in the neighborhood.

The CC&R’s in an HOA – or covenants, conditions, and restrictions are designed to help the neighborhood keep it’s uniformity from an architectural design to the maintenance of front yards.

Some buyers don’t like the idea of red tape an HOA may present as it may feel overbearing. But that same red tape may prevent a neighbor from rowdy parties, leaving their trash cans out, or letting their property go to blight.

The bottom line – it comes down to preference.

If you like a property in an HOA – ask your REALTOR what it covers and get a copy of the CC&R’s to dig deeper.


When to Sell Your Home | REM #58

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Spring time is here, summer will soon be heating up, graduations are around the corner and so are vacations and lots of outdoor fun.

Is it any surprise that these are the BEST months to put your home on the market?

Just this last week ATTOM data solutions turned in a report from their study of 8 years of property sales all over the country – over TWENTY EIGHT MILLION PROPERTY SALES were studied!

Here’s what they found – the months that buyers have been willing to pay a premium over what the property’s are worth are:
May, June & July

Now this doesn’t mean you can throw your house on the market and expect to get 9-10% over market values.

You still have to have a strategy, great marketing with exposure to the most buyers.
Something I would encourage you to ask your REALTOR a little more about.


Agreeing on a Home | REM #57

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Have you ever heard that opposites attract?

It’s often true and might be great in a relationship, but in real estate it can be a challenge!

Sometimes it’s comical.

Sometimes it’s uncomfortable!

One person may love the house while the other hates it.

One may seem like they like it, but later has remorse.

Or worse yet . . . they just argue and fight over not seeing eye to eye on any home they see.

So how do you avoid this?

Here’s the best advice I’ve received and handed out to home buyers over the years:

Each of you make a separate list – of up to 20 things you really want in your new home.

Do the list separately and force yourself to get as many things on the list that you can think of.

Then, compare your lists together & look for 5 or more things that you have in common.

Usually, this creates a healthy foundation for a conversation about deal breakers and areas of compromise among your wants and needs.


Spring Cleaning | REM #54

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With the arrival of the spring cleaning season comes the perfect time to tune up your home for ongoing maintenance, efficiency and to get the best possible price if you plan to sell.
So what are some of the items to attend to?
• Service your heating and air conditioning system
• Check for any roof damage from winter rains and storms
• Fix broken sprinkler valves and tidy up landscaping
• Remove debris from rain gutters
• Repair/replace windows and screens
• Caulk around sinks and in showers
• Power wash vinyl siding
• Consider calling a foundation specialist for cracking or deteriorating floors and walls
And, of course, call your real estate professional who will be happy to provide a list of preferred contractors and vendors to get your home in tip-top shape!


Perfect Time to Buy | REM #53

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What if I told you that NOW is the perfect time to buy a home . . .and could prove it?
I’d like to give you some real facts behind this busy real estate market.
Check this out –
A year ago the local real estate market was saturated with buyers. Inventory was low & demand was super high so properties received multiple offers and home prices ran up.
Then interest rates rose in the fall, inventory began to creep up, and demand slowed.
As this happened . . .sellers began to reduce their prices to align with the waining demand. Then, in late March 2019, the unthinkable has happened.
Interest rates just dropped. . . more than once.
So . . .here’s the bottom line. This is a perfect scenario:
Inventory is still up – you have choices.
Interest rates are down – you can afford more.
Sellers have reduced their prices. Always good for you!
Are you ready to buy?


Way to Go Kitty Fitch!

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If you have a copy of the Dominion summer publication, take a look inside. You’ll notice a very familiar Guarantee face. Kitty Fitch! Congrats Kitty on being featured in the Dominion for your delicious Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe. This dish is perfect for the scorching months because you get all of the wonderful flavors of BBQ without heating up your home! How cool is that??? 😎


New Guarantee Offices in Selma and Reedley!

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We are proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Guarantee Selma and Guarantee Reedley branches! Both offices are guaranteed to be the prime spots for real estate services in the South County.

The Sales Associates are most pleased with their large office space and the ability to serve their clients much better with office upgrades.

“With almost 100 years of service and commitment to Central California communities, Guarantee Real Estate is happy to continue serving in Selma and Reedley. We invite you to come by and say “hello”. The agents would love to serve you!” -Andy Nazaroff, President & CEO, Guarantee Real Estate

Guarantee Real Estate is a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.


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