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American Flag Etiquette

Memorial Day is next Monday! As an important symbol of our country, everybody should understand the significance of flying the flag. On Memorial Day fly the flag at half-mast, a position reserved for when the country is in mourning, until noon, before raising it to full mast for the remainder of the Day.

Here is the full list of the proper way to fly the American Flag:

  • The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night upon special occasions to produce a patriotic effect.
  • When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window, or door, the Union (blue section) should be to the observer’s left. When the flag is hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the Union should be to the observer’s left.
  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.
  • The flag should be displayed at every public institution and in or near every polling place on election days, and at schoolhouses during school days.
  • In a procession, the American flag should be to the right of any other flag or, if in a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
  • The flag should not be displayed on a float except from a staff, nor draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.
  • When the flag is displayed on a vehicle, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis.
  • No other flag should be placed above the American flag or, if they are to be placed on the same level, to the right of the American flag.
  • The United Nations flag may not be displayed above or in a position of superior prominence to the United States flag except at United Nations Headquarters.
  • The flag, when displayed with another against a wall—both from crossed staffs—should be on the right (the flag’s own right), and its staff should be in front of the other staff.
  • The American flag should be at the center and the highest point when displayed with a group of state flags.
  • When flags of states, cities, etc., are flown on the same halyard, the American flag should be at the peak.
  • When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the American flag should be hoisted first and lowered last.
  • When displayed from a staff projecting from a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff.
  • When the flag is displayed otherwise than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out; or so suspended that its folds fall as freely as though the flag were staffed.
  • When displayed over a street, the flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.
  • On a platform, the flag should be above and behind the speaker, with the union uppermost and to the observer’s left.
  • When displayed from a staff in a church or auditorium, the flag should occupy the position of honor and be placed at the speaker’s right as he faces the audience.
  • When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff position. It should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag must be flown at half-staff on all buildings on the death of any officer listed below, for the period indicated:
    • For the President or a former President:30 days from the date of death.
    • For the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives:10 days from the day of death.
    • For an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a member of the Cabinet, a former Vice President, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives:From the day of death until interment.
    • For a United States Senator, Representative, Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico:the flag should be flown in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia, on the day of death and on the following day; in the state, congressional district, territory, or commonwealth of such Senator, Representative, Delegate, or Commissioner, from the day of death until interment.
    • For a Governor:Within the state, territory, or possession, from the day of death until interment.
  • When the flag is used to cover a casket, the union should be at the head and over the left shoulder.
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This fabulous luxury home blends old world craftsmanship with contemporary design. It features the finest in modern amenities, including a spacious open floor plan, state of the art kitchen and baths, and designer accents and finishes throughout. The amazing rear yard is a suburban oasis, with koi pond, fire pit, and vineyard. This home offers the very best in California living! Welcome home. Call Doug Buenz at 925-621-0680 to get your home sold!


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$2,139,000
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4 Bedrooms
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Interior: 4,525 sqft
Lot: 0.39 acre(s)
Year Built: 2007
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Alamo, CA 94507
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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update October 2017

Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update October 2017

  • Inventory holding up better than most of Tri-Valley
  • Pending sales have been steady
  • Price indicators remain steady as well

Alamo CA Real Estate Market Update October 2017

Even though inventory fell 22% in October, the supply in Alamo has been holding up the past few months better than most of the Tri-Valley.  We are only one property short of the level of a year ago, where most of the Tri-Valley is at 50% to 60% of year ago levels.  There has been an average of 15 pending sales a month over the past four months, a pretty good rate for this time of year.  Price indicators have been somewhat mixed but basically show prices holding steady.

39 homes were actively listed at the end of October, down from 50 at the end of September and 40 a year ago.  15 sales went to contract in October, a 25% jump from September and one more sale than in October 2016.  That left a 2.6 month supply on the market at the end of October, down from 4.2 months at the end of September and 2.9 months a year earlier.

The average sale in October was for 99% of the list price, unchanged from September and only slightly below the 100% from October 2016.  The median sales price dipped 4% in October from September but was still 2% higher than a year ago.  October’s median was $1,553,000.  The price per square foot was $554 in October, compared to $511 in September and $559 a year earlier.  October’s sales were listed for an average of 33 days, two more days than in September but four less than in October 2016.

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is still a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Demand remains strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for many properties, having a highly competent agent who knows the Alamo market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market is more favorable to buyers than we have seen in a while.  However, prime properties are still getting a great deal of attention and even multiple offers on occasion.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Alamo market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update July 2017

Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update July 2017

  • Inventory keeps climbing
  • Pending sales plummet
  • Price indicators rise
  • 23 days on market

Alamo Real Estate Market Update July 2017

Alamo was the only community in the Tri-Valley with an increase in inventory in July.  The supply of homes for sale here has been on the rise since January.  Pending sales, on the other hand took a precipitous dive in July.  Somewhat surprisingly given the increase in supply and drop in sales, prices increased in July.  Homes priced under $2 million are in high demand, accounting for about half the inventory but 85% of pending sales.

56 homes were actively listed at the end of July, up 17% form 48 at the end of June.  54 homes were on the market a year ago.  Most of the Tri-Valley has somewhere between 50% and 75% of the supply from a year ago.

Pending sales, on the other hand dropped 55%, from 29 in June to 13 in July.  23 sales went pending during July 2016.  The drop in sales and increase in inventory increased supply from 1.7 months at the end of June to 4.3 months at the end of July.

The median sales price in July was $1.72 million, up5% from $1.645 million in June but off 1% from $1.73 million a year ago.  The price per square foot jumped 26%, from $434 in June to $547 in July.  IN July 2016, the price per square foot was $525.  July’s sales were on the market an average of 23 dyas, compared to 59 days in June and 46 in July 2017.

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is still a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Demand remains strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for many properties, having a highly competent agent who knows the Alamo market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market is more favorable to buyers than we have seen in a while.  However, prime properties are still getting a great deal of attention and even multiple offers on occasion.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Alamo market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update April 2017

Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update April 2017

  • Inventory jumped in March
  • Pending sales relatively steady
  • Homes selling for list, on average
  • 22 days on market

Alamo CA Real Estate Market Update April 2017

The inventory of homes for sale in Alamo took a big jump in March and followed that with a small increase in April.  We remain below the levels of a year ago, however.  Pending sales have been relatively stable the past few months, remaining close the levels at this time last year.  Pricing has held up as well, with homes selling for the average asking price in April.

Inventory increased from 24 units at the end of February to 44 at the end of March and 47 at the end of April.  By comparison, in March and April 2016, inventory was 45 and 50 units, respectively.  Pending sales increased from 16 in March to 22 in April.  24 sales went to contract a year ago.  April ended with a 2.1 month supply, down from 2.8 at the end of March and equal to the supply one year earlier.

The average sale in April was for 100% of the list price and took 22 days.  That compares to 99% and 25 days, respectively, in March and 100% and 12 days a year ago.  The price per square foot in April was $557, up slightly from March’s $553 and an 11% increase from $501 in April 2016.  April’s median sales price was $1,675,000, up 5% from $1,600,000 in March but 24% lower than April 2016’s $2.4 million.  With the low number of sales in Alamo, price averages and medians can be volatile, depending on the mix of properties sold in a given month.  The fact that the median sales price was 24% lower than that of a year ago, does not indicate that prices have fallen.

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is still a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Demand remains strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for many properties, having a highly competent agent who knows the Alamo market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market is more favorable to buyers than we have seen in a while.  However, prime properties are still getting a great deal of attention and even multiple offers on occasion.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Alamo market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Alamo CA Real Estate Market Update Video January 24

Alamo CA Real Estate Market Update Video – January 24, 2017

0:00: Hi everybody! Doug Buenz with the 680 group at Venture Sotheby’s Realty. I’m here with your Alamo California market update

here on January 23rd.

0:11: The market’s hoppin’! Inventory is up 200% from last month at this time. There were 9 new listings in Alamo this month- that’s up 200%. There were also 6 new pending sales in Alamo and that’s up 50% so market activity is doing good.

0:27: The average price per square foot for sold properties this month so far is $435 a square foot- that’s down 15%. But again we’re comparing it to December, which typically is a little bit slower month so indications are good.

0:44: We have 49 days on the market as the average days on market for sold properties- that’s down 31%. So we can see that the sold properties are spending less time on the market. So that’s a positive indicator.

0:57: Sold properties are selling on average this month to date for 93% of the listing price. So looks like sellers are still reaching a little bit with their prices and they’re net selling for about 7% less on average.

1:12: The median price for Alamo this month to date is a $1,875,000 and that’s down slightly from December, 3.8% lower than December, but still a very healthy number. All in all, the market’s doing great. It’s a great time to buy or sell.

1:26: As always if we can help you or someone you know, please do give us a call at 925-463 -2000 or visit us at 680homes.com. Thanks for watching. Again, this is the Alamo California market update.

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update October 2016

Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update October 2016

  • Typical Autumn
  • Inventory down
  • Sales down
  • Pricing steady

Alamo CA Real Estate Market Update October 2016

The Alamo real estate market looks pretty typical for this time of year.  Inventory is declining and, while sales are down also, demand remains fairly strong.  That is evidenced by the fact that the average sale in October was for 100% of the list price.  Other price indicators held up as well.

Inventory stood at 40 units at the end of October, down five from September’s 45 and 11 less than October 2015’s 51.  Pending sales fell by three to 14 in October, which were four less than a year ago.  11 sales closed during October, two less than in September and three less than a year earlier.  Supply relative to pending sales stood at 2.9 months at the end of October, compared to 2.6 months at the end of September and 2.8 months at the end of October 2015.

The median sale price in October was $1,520,000, down slightly from September’s $1,555,000 and a 21% drop from a year ago.  The big drop from October 2015 was a result of the higher mix of lower priced homes during the current month than last year.  The price per square foot increased from $525 in September and $496 in October 2015 to $559 in the current month.  On average, the sales that closed in September did so for 100% of their asking price, compared to 95% in September and 96% a year ago.  Sales also closed fairly quickly in October, on average in 37 days.  That is less than in September (66 days) or a year ago (55 days).

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is still a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Demand remains strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for many properties, having a highly competent agent who knows the Alamo market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market is more favorable to buyers than we have seen in a while.  However, prime properties are still getting a great deal of attention and even multiple offers on occasion.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Alamo market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

 

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update July 2016

Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update July 2016

  • Steady and balanced
  • Inventory and sales at good levels
  • Prices mostly steady
  • Some price cutting

Alamo Real Estate Market Update July 2016

The real estate market in Alamo continues to move along, perhaps not at the same hectic pace of the past few years but there is no doubt the market remains strong.  Sales and inventory are largely the same as last month and a year ago.   Prices continue to rise, however, the one soft spot is that homes sold for 94% of their average asking price in July versus 97% last month and a year ago.

July’s median sales price of $1.73 million was 6% higher than June’s $1.63 million and 14% higher than July 2015’s $1.5 million.  The price per square foot, while dipping 1% in July to $527, was still 4% higher than July 2015’s $505.  On average, homes sold in 48 days in July, compared to 47 in June and 40days in July 2015.

54 homes were actively listed at the end of July, two less than at the end of June and five less than a year ago.  24 sales went to contract, one more than in June and a year ago.  That left inventory relative to pending sales little changed at 2.3 months.

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is still a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Demand remains strong, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for many properties, having a highly competent agent who knows the Alamo market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  The current market is more favorable to buyers than we have seen in a while.  However, prime properties are still getting a great deal of attention and even multiple offers on occasion.  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Alamo market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update April 2016

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update April 2016

The uncertainty that pervaded the Alamo real estate market over the winter seems to be gone, with buyers and sellers moving into the market strongly over the past few months.  The inventory of homes for sale jumped in March and buyers took advantage, driving pending sales up significantly in April.  Demand is very strong and we are seeing multiple offers on quality homes, which are not staying on the market for very long.  Prices have been on the rise as well.

The median sales price in April was $2.2 million, up from $1.8 million in March and 42% higher than April 2015’s $1.55 million.  The price per square foot also rose, from $472 in March to $515 in April.  One year ago, sellers were receiving $497 per square foot.  The average sale in April was for 100% of the list price, up from 98% in March but lower than April 2015’s 103%.  On average, April’s sales were on the market 12 days, compared to 39 days in March and 17 days a year ago.

25 sales went to contract in April, up sharply from 14 in March and 17 a year ago.  Inventory rose five units to end April with 50 homes for sale.  That was below the 62 homes for sale at the end of April 2015.  With sales rising faster than inventory, supply dropped form 3.2 months at the end of March to 2.0 months at the end of April.  Closed sales dropped in April, from 22 in March to nine.  We will see that number increase in coming months with the big increase in pending sales.

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Inventory remains low and there is strong demand from buyers, especially for prime properties in excellent condition that are priced right.  Proper marketing and staging will be important to getting the most for your home.  While multiple offers are still occurring for many properties, having a highly competent agent who knows the Alamo market will be critical to your success

Buyers:  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Prime properties are getting a great deal of attention and multiple offers.  The result is that they don’t stay on the market long.  Having a professional Realtor who understands the Alamo market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to secure the home you really want.

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update January 2016

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Alamo CA Homes for Sale | Alamo Market Update January 2016

Uncertainty seems to be the key factor in the Alamo real estate market at the moment; uncertainty over the direction of the economy (particularly financial markets and oil), what will happen in the presidential election and what the Federal Reserve will do with interest rates.  That uncertainty is causing buyers to be more cautious and may be keeping some potential sellers off the market.  The result was that inventory was lower at the end of January than any time in the past two years.  The low end of the market was quite busy in January, while the upper end was very quiet.

Inventory fell for the fifth straight month, ending January with only 23 homes actively listed.  That compares to 21 at the end of December and 29 a year ago.  Pending sales rose from their 2015 low of only eight in December to 13 in January, which was to more than there were in January 2015.  That cut supply form 2.6 months at the end of December to 1.4 months at the end of January.  January’s closed sales were listed for an average of 58 days, compared to 62 days in December and 46 days a year ago.

October’s median sales price fell 2% from $1,575,000 in December to $1,540,000.   That was 14% higher than January 2015’s $1,345,000.  On the other hand, the price per square foot in January was $459, which was 3% lower than December’s $472 and January 2015’s $471.  ON average, homes sold for 90% of their list price in December, on par with a year earlier but below December’s 99%.

The tables below provide further details on the current Alamo CA market compared to prior periods, as well as a look at different market segments.

Sellers:  It is a great time to be selling a home in Alamo.  Inventory is down and buyers remain active, if somewhat more cautious.  Proper staging and marketing will be important to getting the most for your home.  Being prepared to evaluate multiple offers and sift through the options will be critical.  While multiple offers will be the norm, being extremely familiar with the Pleasanton market will be critical to get the most value out of your home.

Buyers:  Being prepared to act quickly will be the key to getting the home you are looking for.  Properties are not staying on the market long and multiple offers are the norm.  Understanding the current market and your own strengths as a buyer will put you in a strong position to act on new listings.  Intimate knowledge of the Pleasanton market is critical.

 

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