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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.


Guarantee Thinks Long Term

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The new California Real Estate laws require Realtors® to add their licensing information to all of their marketing signs for advertising properties. All new signs are in compliance, but what will our Associates do with their older signs?

We realize that the new rule imposed by the California Department of Real Estate came as a surprise to many of of our Sales Associates. To relieve our Realtors® of the stress involved with replacing signage, we decided to remedy the situation with one simple gesture. We purchased “name rider stickers” for every Associate! The new stickers have all of the required information printed on them, and they were issued to each Associate free of charge! This will ensure that every Guarantee Real Estate Realtor® sign is in compliance with the California laws of real estate advertising.

We Think Long Term
Our objective is to never draw attention to all of the “good” that we do for our Associates and clients. That’s not what we represent. We just want you to understand how a relationship with one of the most trusted brands in Central California for almost 100 years is necessary for your success.

We think long term when it comes to our Associates and then we plan ahead to solve the issues that come with the business. It’s just the right thing for a real estate brokerage to do.


Does the Recent Dow Plunge Affect Home Investors?

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If there’s one asset investors watch as closely as the price of the stocks in their portfolio, it’s the value of their home.

The housing market and the stocks of companies that support it have been one of the hottest investment themes since the end of the Great Recession. Which is why the recent “plunge” is worth reviewing…We can agree that the performance of the market suggests that investors should take action.

Let’s consider the facts that add to the concern and then come up with a solution that would greatly benefit YOU the investors.

Here are the Facts
There has been a significant decline in the value of stock for the home manufacturing industries such as Home Depot, Lowes, Whirlpool, Stanley Black & Decker, etc. Additionally, global markets just took a huge hit after the Dow suffered the worst single-day point drop in history, highlighting the return of volatility to markets that had boomed over the previous year.

What Does This Mean for the Investors?

Currently there is a huge shortage in housing inventory and entry level products (lower level homes valued under $200K, investment properties, and starter homes) are in high demand. Therefore the current action of the market would be a great OPPORTUNITY for those who invested in 1-4 units during 2009-2012!

  • Consider how low the purchase price of your home was compared to how much the selling price would be NOW.
  • Consider the opportunity for you to potentially make DOUBLE the income than what you originally invested 6-9 years ago.
  • Consider the opportunity for you to UPGRADE at a much lower price now, than if you were to wait 6 months to a year from now.

The current action of the market says, “your time is now!”

If you agree that now is the time to maximize your investment income, then connect with a Realtor® at the most trusted brand for almost 100 years. Guarantee Real Estate. We care about you and we are committed to helping you achieve the best return for your asset.

Connect with our Real Estate Expert to find your home’s value. Text your address to 559-460-0570.


Guarantee Real Estate Donates Over $59,000!

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During 2017, The agents at Guarantee Real Estate along with the Guarantee Good Will Network contributed over $59,000 to local non-profit organizations.
The organizations that received donations in 2017 are:

Community Food Bank – $15,500
Stage Works – $1,000
Marjaree Mason Center – $1,000
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – $500
Feed Our Future – $2,000
Habitat for Humanity – $11,000
Make a Wish Central California – $1,000
The Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation – $2,000
Hinds Hospice – $2,500
Sierra Foothill Conservancy – $1,000
MADD – $1,000
Fresno First Steps – $5,000
Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ – $600
Molly Griffin Memorial Endowment – $1,000
Made For Them – $1,700
San Joaquin River Parkway – $1,000
United Way Fresno/Madera – $2,500
Fresno City & County Historical Society – $1,500
Jonie & Friends – $1,000
Fresno Filmworks – $1,000
Valley Dream Center – $1,500
Tree Fresno – $2,500
Cat House on the Kings – $1,500

For 10 years Guarantee Real Estate has been changing lives and making a difference in Central California through the Guarantee Good Will Network. The contributions donated to the Guarantee Good Will Network supports charities whose purpose is to provide safe shelter for individuals when they are in a time of need. The Guarantee Good Will Network also contributes to non-profit organizations that provide services and facilities that are available to everyone in our community and make Central California a more enjoyable place to live. Since inception, the GGWN has contributed over $464,172 to help our community.

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.


Clovis Botanical Gardens

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Written by: Nina Sensenbaugh

My grandson and I spent a summer day at the Clovis Botanical Gardens this year. The plants are absolutely magnificent year round! Our day trip was eventful with lots fun and laughter, and we can’t wait to return during the Fall/Winter to experience the changes, and look of the gardens.

We first stopped at the gift shop to load up on water. While at the gift shop my grandson spotted some interesting looking stickers, and of course, grandma just had to buy those for him. On our way out of the gift shop, the many lizards crawling and running around outside gave us a few moments of entertainment. We had a lot of fun watching them as they scurried away to find a hiding place from the visitors.

The Clovis Botanical Gardens
The Clovis Botanical Gardens is a three-acre water-wise demonstration garden composed of beautiful plants, and landscapes specifically unique to the San Joaquin Valley. This gem is completely run by a group of dedicated volunteers who make sure the plants thrive during the hot summers, and continue to live during the cool winters. The purpose of the Clovis Botanical Gardens is to promote water conservation, while providing education, and inspiration to the public.

The Inspiration Behind the Idea
The idea of such an oasis of beauty was presented to the Clovis City Council in 1993 by Gordon Russell. Russell was inspired by his visits to other botanical gardens, and he realized that the San Joaquin Valley could richly benefit from his experience. In 1995 legal non-profit status was granted to the Clovis Botanical Garden Committee, Inc.

There are several events that take place at the Clovis Botanical Gardens year round. Twilight Thursdays takes place mid September-early October. A $1 donation is requested at the gate for live concerts, and family enjoyment. Family style picnic dinners are encouraged at the events.

There is an upcoming Water Wise Plant Sale on October 21, 8 am-1 pm. A VIP showing is available on October 20, 5 pm – 7 pm

Location/Hours of Operation
The Clovis Botanical Garden is located at 945 N. Clovis Avenue, Clovis, CA 93611. It is open Wednesday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Please note: The garden is closed for the holidays on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24 & 25.

For more information regarding the Clovis Botanical Gardens you may call (559) 298-3091 OR email admin@clovisbotanicalgarden.or.

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Guarantee Good Will Network Sponsors Made For Them

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The Guarantee Good Will Network is pleased to announce a $1,750 sponsorship to Made For Them. The grant will help fund the organization’s annual Art of Freedom fundraiser. The event is held each year to help raise funds for the organization’s commitment to fight local human trafficking.

About Made For Them
Made For Them is a social enterprise fashion brand that was established in 2011. The organization is committed to exposing and breaking down the injustices of basic rights, and personal freedoms of individuals forced into human trafficking. Made For Them seeks to shed light on what human trafficking is, and provide healing, hope, and new opportunities for survivors. The non-profit is often praised by the Fresno Police Department, and other community organizations for their passionate stand against human trafficking, commitment to providing prevention, providing education, job creation, and advocacy services to survivors.

Made For Them Changes Lives
The mission of the organization is to inspire individuals to realize their dreams, and achieve economic independence. Made For Them provides work opportunities for survivors by teaching them how to make soaps and jewelry. The survivors are provided all of the materials necessary for making their merchandise, and then they are paid for their time. This program provides a “hand-up” instead of a “hand-out” by allowing them to earn honest wages while completing their rehabilitation process. All of the proceeds earned from selling the merchandise are invested back into the organization.

Art of Freedom
To support the ongoing efforts of this amazing organization, an Art of Freedom fundraiser is held every year. This year, the event will take place on September 30th, and will be hosted by Fresno Police Department’s Chief Jerry Dyer, and Liz Harrison with ABC 30. The event attracts a wide audience of civic and community leaders, business professionals, and Fresno’s trendsetters to support their work in the community.

How Can I Help?
As a resident of Central California you have the ability to support this wonderful organization, and bring change to the community. Made For Them can’t do this fight alone. The organization seeks partners that will help, and stand with them. The website is currently under construction, but please don’t hesitate to call and inquire about donation/volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the Art of Freedom fundraiser, you may use the contact information down below.

Please contact:
Andrea M. Shabaglian
Founder and Executive Director
(559) 441-0327
andrea@madeforthem.org

Amy Cortel
Event Coordinator/Sponsorships
(559) 441-0327
AOF_Fresno@madeforthem.org

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.


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