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Sorry I have been so long in posting but I’ve changed and changed again trying to find my greater purpose. Since my last post, back in 2012, I started Funding Wealth Capital, LLC with my partner Al Davis. We are assisting an Oakland non-profit to open a local bingo hall. Through a year’s worth of research we found bingo generates a robust income. Another fact is 70% of income after expenses has to go to other non-profits. I’ve been combing the web for good, stable, local non-profits that help the community. I’m sure you all know of some so make sure to comment.
leonaFunding Wealth Capital is assisting with fundraising to open the bingo hall through a series of investor workshops. I must say this is going very well. I’m learning a lot about fundraising and all of the legality behind being a blessing. Schools and students can profit from this giving. And little do the bingo patrons know, they are changing their community every time they play.
We’re also raising money on Indiegogo: Help Oakland Public Schools Through Bingo (click the link)
The targets of the charities are primarily Oakland Public Schools and college scholarships. Its funny, years ago I had a small business helping students to find money for college. Fast forward 20+ years and I’m doing the same thing.
Check us out at:
@BingoinOakland
Facebook: Bingo in Oakland

Talk to you soon,
Leona Greenlow-Turner (510) 717-0094
Leona@LeonaTurner.com

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A few more stores will be added to FootHill Square Shopping Center. On the horizon are several new stores: Ross Dress4Less, Foods Co (the Ralph’s/Kroger grocery chain), Anna’s Linens and Subway Restaurant. Initially, I knew about Ross and Subway. Foods Co is a wonderful addition to the FootHill Square redevelopment model. There is ample parking and the mall is easily accessible from I-580 freeway.

To buy homes surrounding FootHill Square, click here.

Driving past Foothill Square has been heart breaking FootHill Square has been a commercial ghost town for a number of years. Albertson’s closed and that eliminated a large grocery chain for many residents in the hills and the San Leandro border. After losing Albertson’s, Walgreens closed its doors. Pizza Hut and Churches Chicken followed suit and closed their retail locations.

Many of the current stores are scattered in the shopping mall have moved to one side to start the construction of Ross Dress For Less. Ross Dress For Less is speculated for the end of summer 2012.

Home values should increase with the addition of new stores attracting more revenue and positive interest in the community. I’m also looking forward to increased job growth in Oakland. Let’s patronize these new stores in FootHill Square and bring revenue back to Oakland. Foothill Square is located at 10700 Foothill Oakland, CA 94605.

Talk to you soon. Leona Greenlow-Turner (510) 712-6537 Leona@LeonaTurner.com

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East Oakland welcomes a new CVS Pharmacy at the Eastmont Mall. This is a welcome change to this area. After speaking with the manager, Sunny, he said the scheduled grand opening is Sunday, April 5, 2012. I spoke with local area resident and she’s extremely excited about the new pharmacy. For many living in East Oakland, including myself, it’s difficult to find commercial, big box type stores in close proximity. The nearest CVS is on East 14th St in San Leandro.

This CVS is large with ample parking and a drive-thru pharmacy.

I would love to see a rejuvenation of Eastmont Mall, similar to Bay Fair Mall in San Leandro. Bay Fair has great big box stores like Staples, Kohl’s, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and several restaurants. A few great restaurants, an Office Depot, and a K-mart or Target would bring monetary benefits to East Oakland.

My pet peeve is the lack of grocery chains in East Oakland. Over the years, we have lost Lucky and Safeway. Where is WinCo, Foods Co, Food4Less, or the new Maxx Foods in Macarthur and 39th Ave? I’m thankful to Gazzali’s Market for stepping up to the plate to give local residents somewhere to buy groceries.

Currently, Eastmont Mall has two clothing stores, a gas station, Subway, Taco Bell, Burger King, Sheik (shoe store) , Bank of America, East Oakland Branch Public Library, Gazzali’s Market, DD’s, McDonald’s, Auto Parts and a few other small stores and county offices.

Let’s patronize East Oakland’s CVS Pharmacy at 7200 Bancroft Ave.

Talk to you soon. Leona Greenlow-Turner (510) 712-6537 Leona@LeonaTurner.com

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What is going on in the current market?

I’ve noticed more and more how qualified buyers are looking for homes to buy and there are NO HOMES OUT THERE. Are sellers holding back on selling waiting for a better market price? New listings are needed right away. Now, is a good time to sell because in many communities buyers are bidding well over market. I guess you didn’t read what I wrote: “bidding over market.”

Contact me for a free market analysis.

A recent report in the Oakland Tribune made mention, on the front page, about how many homes are being over bid be as many as 20+ offers. Summer is coming and more buyers are ready to make a move to a new home. The school year is coming to a close and families are on the hunt for homes. Interest rates are on their way up again and this is the best time to place your home in a hot market. Get your home ready for the summer buying season.

Talk to you soon. Leona Greenlow-Turner (510) 712-6537 Leona@LeonaTurner.com

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The deadline has passed to enroll your child in some of Oakland’s top elementary schools. This blog will discuss top public elementary schools; no charters schools were included in this list. Charter schools will be discussed in a future blog.

Here are the current rankings of Top Oakland Elementary Schools:

School Name Location

API Score

Rank

Montclair 1757 Mountain Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94611

967

10

Hillcrest 30 Marguerite Dr.

Oakland, CA 94618

964

10

Thornhill 5880 Thornhill Dr.

Oakland, CA 94611

956

10

Lincoln 225 11th St.

Oakland, CA 94607

953

10

Anthony Chabot 6686 Chabot Rd.

Oakland, CA 94618

941

10

Crocker Highlands 525 Midcrest Rd.

Oakland, CA 94610

922

10

Redwood Heights 4401 39th Ave.

Oakland, CA 94619

913

9

Cleveland 745 Cleveland St.

Oakland, CA 94606

911

9

Peralta 460 63rd St.

Oakland, CA 94609

910

10

Joaquin Miller 5525 Ascot Dr.

Oakland, CA 94611

897

9

Rankings from www.GreatSchools.com 2012

Sellers, remember if your home is near one of these top elementary schools, you’re in a great position to put your home on the market now. Families are looking during the summer months and may be willing to pay over asking for these desired areas. Contact me for a free market analysis of your home, (510) 712-6537.

If your school is not on this list and you love the school FIGHT FOR YOUR SCHOOL. Join the PTA. Get involved with everything going on at the school. Don’t be a wallflower waiting for others to take action. Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Looking to buy near these schools?  Contact me.

Note: To parents of new kindergartners, now is a good time to make sure your child knows the basics:

  • Say the alphabet
  • Count to 20
  • Identify their colors
  • Spell their name
  • Sit quietly for increasing periods of time

Read to your babies every single day.

Talk to you soon. Leona Greenlow-Turner (510) 712-6537 Leona@LeonaTurner.com

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Home prices in many cities are at all time lows and it’s time to make a move to buy. If you have children, a location near a good school district is preferable. Here are some steps I recommend (California):
1. Find a lender and get preapproved for a mortgage.
2. Find the area where you want to live.
3. Find out what time of home you really want and the style of the home. Going to open houses on the weekend can help you see various styles and floor plans.
4. Find a Realtor. The Realtor will show properties that fit your specifications and your price range.
5. The Realtor will structure your offer/bid on the property. Bring a check book, your preapproval letter, and be ready to make an offer.
6. Wait for the offer to be accepted by the seller. If your offer is not accepted, repeat steps 4 and 5.
7. You have 3 days to deposit your good faith estimate into escrow. Good faith estimates are generally 1-3% of the purchase price. This is a KEY component of the transaction because it assures the seller you will financially stay in the transaction.
8. The first 17 days after your offer is accepted is used to schedule and complete all inspections (home inspection, roof inspection, zoning, pool, etc.). The inspection(s) determine the condition of the property and find out if any repairs are needed. The seller should have a termite report available. If they do not, you, as the buyer, may order a termite report. Each inspection during this period is normally paid up front. Depending on the inspector they can take the money at closing. Inspections can range from $100 to $1000. Your Realtor should have suggestion for companies you can use. And the appraisal is completed during first 17 days.
9. An appraisal is a report, ordered by the lender, that lets the lender know the value of the property. The bank will not lend more than the value of the property. For example, if you offer $250,000 on a property and the appraisal states the value is $225,000. The bank will only lend you $225,000, no more.
10. After the first 17 days after your offer is accepted, your lender completes the financial part of the transaction.
11. Now you enter the closing phase of the transaction. Financial documents are signed at the escrow office (or by notary) and your lender places the money for the purchase in escrow.
12. Then the transaction is recorded with the county and you get the keys to your new house.

Talk to you soon. Leona Greenlow-Turner.

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The legal doctrine that allows trespassers to become owners is called “adverse possession.” The home vacant home is occupied by someone with the intent to adversely possess the property. To my favorite home squatters, please be aware to make an adverse possession claim California now requires the following:
In order to assert a claim of adverse possession in California, the claimant (party seeking to gain title to the property) must demonstrate:

    possession under a claim of right or color of title;
    actual, open, notorious occupation (protected by a substantial enclosure such as a fence and usually cultivated or improved);
    adverse and hostile possession;
    continuous possession for a period of five years; and
    and certified records of the county tax collector showing that ALL state, county, or municipal taxes have been TIMELY paid for the FIVE-year period the property has been occupied and claimed

Previously, the law merely requires proof that taxes have been paid for the five-year period, not certified proof of timely payments. Assembly Bill 1684. And after keeping up appearances for 5 years, you still may not take title to the home. Keep any and all paperwork and be able to present it to law enforcement or neighbors. This type of possession can be very dangerous. You’re safety is the most important aspect of any home acquisition.

Talk to you soon. Leona Greenlow-Turner

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