Freddie and Fannie Allowing REOs to be Purchased by Previous Owners

Effective November 25th, Freddie and Fannie are now allowing previous homeowners to buy back their property for the market value instead of the high mortgage that was against it. This should have been done originally.  While I am not a fan of people pulling equity out of their homes and not having to pay it back, I believe many people got caught up in the hype of purchasing a home when the prices were over inflated. Here's the story:

Charlie Neuman’s Car Wins Award at South San Francisco Toy & Food Car Show

Every year for many years,, Ray Camacho and his daughter, Santana, put on a Toy and Food Drive Car Show to benefit the less fortunate families for the holidays.  This year it was no different. Ray Camacho at Toy Drive 2014 Here is Ray with his 1954 Corvette Nomad that he built, advertising the Toy and Food Drive Car Show for this year.  They had a wonderful turnout with many prizes and raffle drawings. They gathered approximately (143) bags of food and 160 Toys. The Sponsors were very giving and supportive this year.  Ray tells me they may buy more food and toys.  The food was donated to the Resource Center and RayTana & Associates will have their 2nd. Annual Toy Distribution  and Luncheon on December 13th.  (last year they serviced 130 children with toys & lunch for the children & parents). Santa was present & the children had their picture taken with Santa AND were able to go home with a very nice framed picture. Saturday, November 1, 2014, local South San Francisco resident, Charlie Neuman's car won an award for Outstanding Car in the Annual Toy and Food  Car Show. I was lucky enough to present this award. In this photo, you see Charlie with his award,.  Charlie's car is a 1967 Morris Minor , 2-Door Saloon.  It's fuel tank holds only 6.5 gallons but gets 32 miles to the gallon!!!  Pretty good.  Its cruising speed is 65 mpg. The price new was $1,555. Charlie Neuman-Outstanding Car 2014 I spoke with Charlie and he told me his mother used to work at the Morris Minor car factory in Oxford, England, sending them all over the globe.  He purchased it in 2006 from a retired police officer who hoped Charlie could restore it.  Charlie feels lucky that he was the one to make that happen. It is beautiful, don't you think? To the left and behind Charlie's car is a 1953 Ford.  It is owned by Robert Nicholson of Daly City.  According to Charlie, Mr. Nicholson bought it because it was like his original car growing up.  It has 88,000 miles on it.  Wow, that's quite a lot for a car of that age. Interesting enough, when I was in high school, my boyfriend at the time, who is now my husband, had a 1953 red Ford just like this one.  In fact, it was the first car in the parking lot at El Camino High School! Ray and his daughter host this ever year on the first Saturday of November. So watch for it next year, bring your donations and enjoy the car show.          

Toy & Food Drive Car Show on November 1, 2014

Ever year, RayTana & Associates puts on a wonderful Toy  and Food Drive  Car Show. There are some great cars to see with different makes, models and years.  They have classics, street machines, rods, trucks, foreign and could even have some unfinished cars. The whole idea is to bring a New, Unwrapped Toy and Non-Perishable Food item to this car show.  All donation benefit the less fortunate in our community for the holidays. There will be awards and a raffle. The car show is: Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014 Time: 8 am-3 pm Place: Santo Cristo Hall 41 Oak Avenue (Corner of Mission Raod South San Francisco, CA 94080 According to their flyer there is even a Free Lunch with Toy and a Bag of Food Donation, but I think you must register or they won't know to have that free lunch for you. For more information:  Call Ray at (650) 589-8930  

Scammer Workshop for Seniors

Today there will be a workshop to help senior citizens spot scammers.and what to do about it.  The free seminar will be held at: Today, Monday September 29th from 9-11 am South San Francisco Municipal Building 33 Arroyo Drive South San Francisco, CA 94080 Sad to say but scammers like to target Seniors and these scams are constantly changing.  Usually if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. One thing I would always guard against is not give personal information over the phone such as your credit card information, especially if the phone call was not made by you.  

Mercury Fever Thermometer Exchange

Do you have an old, glass mercury thermometer?  Did you know that the mercury in these thermometers are toxics and can cause brain, kidney and liver damage.  If these  old mercury thermometers break, they can also cause damage to the nervous system as well as yours and your animal's immune systems. South San Francisco will exchange your old, glass mercury thermometers for a digital thermometer  from September 15-October 31, 2014. WHERE: City of South San Francisco Public Works Corp Yard                                                                                                             550 North Canal Street WHEN: Monday - Friday 8am to 4 pm For more information, call (650) 829-3848 Thank you South San Francisco for caring about your citizens.

El Camino High School 50th Reunion – October 18th, 2014

The 1964 El Camino High School Graduating Class is having their 50th Reunion this year. This is the first graduating class for this school.  These classmates spent their Freshman year at their rival school, South San Francisco High School.  In 1961, the school opened its doors to these incoming Sophomores. So if you are a member of this class or know of someone who may be interested, please see the information below.  They are missing contact information for many classmates. Go to their Facebook Page: El Camino HS So SF 50th Reunion  or to their website: Here is the information: Date:  October 18th Time: 6:30 pm-11:30 pm Place:  Dominic's Restaurant Oyster Point Blvd at the Marina South San Francisco, CA 94080 Contact information:  Gail Gabriel - For Tickets:  Yvonne Luckey Bushman 181 Glenbrook Lane San Bruno, CA 94066 Price:  $95.00 per person Deadline:  September 15, 2014

Be Careful of the Green Dot Scam

There will always be someone trying to take advantage of others but when it comes close to home, you realize that it could happen to you or to your unsuspecting family member.  My mother, who used to live in the house on Morningside in Sunshine Garden where I grew up, received something in the mail that told her she won some money.  Of course, she did not as they wanted her to send some money  in order to get the prize. Well, there is someone posing as an IRS Legal Representative asking for more than $1,000 to pay a delinquent tax bill.  Apparently, he called her home number and at first she fell for it until she found out otherwise. Here is more information on that Green Dot Scam. Green Dot Money Pak Cards Scam from CBS  

Housing Resource Fair May 10

There will be a very informative Housing Resource Fair coming to South San Francisco next month.  To name a few, there will be presentations regarding: First Time Homebuyers Information on Reverse Mortgages Shared Housing and more.  I am not a fan on Reverse Mortgages and I think that you need to be especially informed on the pros and cons of these mortgages.  But in some cases it may be the best way to go.  They are usually very expensive, so ask many, many questions and I think it is wise to have a neutral party go with you should you consider this option. Here is the informatiion:
Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm
Municipal Services Building
33 Arroyo Drive
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Housing Resource in SSF on May 10

Farmer’s Market Opens May 3

I just read an article in The  Daily Journal today stating that Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo have authored  3 bills between them to cut down on the use of antibiotics in animals. Antibiotic Legislation The FDA is no help as they have only "issued a request" to cut back on their use to promote growth in these animals. You see, one of the problems with using antibiotics is that these animals are being fed corn instead of grass which the animals should be eating.  Cows are given corn because it is the cheapest form of food  but it causes a problem with their digestive system.  This makes them sick, thus the antibiotics. As an example, if  you eat junk food and sugar all day long, do you think you will be healthy or will you be going to your doctor for prescription drugs to fix the problem?  It is a vicious circle. Prescription drugs are over prescribed in humans and also in our animal feed.  When you watch TV and you see a commercial on prescription drugs, we all laugh at the possible side effects because the side effects are usually worse than the disease.  But it is no joke.  According to the Journal of the American Medical Association,(JAMA) over 100,000 people die every year from the side effects of prescription drugs. If you eat food that our bodies were meant to eat and not processed foods, a person will mostly likely be healthier. I know because I used to be sick all the time, taking prescription drugs for allergies, infections, stomach issues, etc.  After doing research about 3 years ago, I went to a naturopathic doctor who discovered what my problems were and I am no longer on any prescription drugs.  I eat whole foods and feel a whole lot better. There are some great documentaries out there - "Food Matters", "Corn, Inc.", and a very good one "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead".  There are more but you will get the picture.  These can be rented on Netflix. We have some great fresh produce at the Farmer's Market beginning May 3 at Orange Memorial Park Farmer's Market at South San Francisco's Orange Memorial Park Look around you, aren't the people who are taking prescription drugs worse off than the ones who aren't and who eat a healthy diet?

Sales Activity for March

Here are the South San Francisco sales for March 2014. The lowest sale was at $380,000 and the highest sale was at $935,000. What you don't see is the the original listed price on 301 Chapman was $649,900 but because of its code violations that a new buyer has to take over, the price came down considerably.

March 2014 Sales

Address Beds Baths SF List  Price Sales Price Close of Escrow
62 MAHOGANY 4 3 2150 $799,000 $935,000 3/27/2014
2249 DERRY 5 2.5 2490 $808,888 $840,000 4/1/2014
54 FRANKLIN 3 3 1728 $799,000 $825,000 4/4/2014
129 HIGHCREST 3 2.5 1950 $729,000 $754,000 3/4/2014
2555 ADAMS 4 2 1810 $649,950 $740,000 3/3/2014
623 MYRTLE 3 1.5 1100 $629,000 $730,000 3/21/2014
18 JACINTO 3 1 1700 $649,999 $728,000 3/28/2014
640 DEL MONTE 3 1 1140 $599,000 $720,000 3/19/2014
256 GARDENSIDE 3 2 1050 $649,950 $680,000 3/6/2014
3931 CROFTON 3 2 1690 $650,000 $650,000 3/19/2014
269 WESTVIEW 3 2 1050 $644,999 $645,000 3/3/2014
419 HAZELWOOD 4 2 1980 $550,000 $617,500 3/31/2014
103 ROSA FLORA 3 2.5 1200 $575,000 $585,000 3/20/2014
301 CHAPMAN 2 1 700 $399,900 $380,000 3/21/2014
Is this sales information helpful?