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We Are Never Too Busy For You!

by The Barringer Team

The other Day I ran into an old client at Safeway. I had sold him a home 20 years ago in Tracy it was a very small home and we kept in touch with him over the years with our newsletters,birthday cards, Xmas cards, ect... Well he mentioned he had sold his home recently and To say the least I was shocked.

I said you sold your home? How come you did not call us? His response was I just thought you guys are just too busy for a small sale like mine and I did not want to bother you. I went on to tell him no matter how much advertising you see us doing or how successful we are that WE NEED YOUR BUSINESS we are never too BUSY for Our clients.

So PLEASE REMEMBER WE NEED YOUR BUSINESS and we are never too busy for you and your referrals.

Bill Barringer

209-833-7777

Is November A Good Time To Put Your Home On The Market?

by The Barringer Team

The inventory of homes listed for sale in the Tracy, Mt. House, Lathrop, area continues to decline. Part of this decline is due to seasonal trends. Each year the inventory of available homes for sale hits the lowest points from November through March. This year with the existing low housing inventories in combination with seasonal trends, the availability of homes for sale in the Tracy, Mt.House, Lathrop area could reach some very low levels. This also means fewer homes for sale for the many buyers currently looking. With home prices at low levels due to the downturn in the housing market over the past five years and historic low interest rates home buyers are out there in large numbers right now. The combination of low housing inventories and large numbers of available home buyers has created a seller market. This means more demand, fewer days on the market and potentially higher sales prices.

The common thought has been that it is best to wait until Spring and Summer to place your home on the market for sale. This can often times mean putting your home on the market when housing inventories are increasing and even peaking. This would mean more competition and potentially longer times on the market and a lower sales price.

My suggestion for anyone considering the sale of their home would be to get your home on the market soon and don't wait for the Spring and Summer time periods. Less competition due to low inventories and existing low mortgage interest rates are creating a strong sellers market right now. Call 209-833-7777 and or e-mail sales@tracyhomes.com

Real Estate News in Tracy California

by The Barringer Team

This week in Real Estate News

 
(Blackstone Logo) Very optimistic news has been coming out lately regarding the real estate market. With the market transitioning from distressed to regular market we are seeing the discount for foreclosures going down. NAR claims we will see a 15% across the board gain in prices nationally. Speaking for the local market it has seemed to me we have seen a 15% gain over the last 3 months. Marketwatch is reporting that investors are buying homes cash and then after the deal closes they refinance in order to get their cash back out. To me its nothing new, my investors have been doing this since 2009. It’s a great idea and helps a lot as far as locking in a good price and beating out the competition. The Sacramento appraiser blog reports that a hedge fund called Blackstone has bought up 158 homes since 8/1 or just under 3% of the total market. Not sure how I feel about this, on one hand it means wall street is betting on the recovery and on the other its also making it signifigantly harder for entry level FHA buyers to get in the market.




1) Why the ‘Foreclosure Discount’ Is Helping Home Prices.
Foreclosures have accounted for a shrinking share of home sales in more markets over the past year, and this also helps explain why prices are doing better. Home prices are rising, consequently, because there are fewer foreclosures selling as a share of total sales, and those foreclosed properties are also trading at less of a discount than they were one year ago
2) NAR Economist: Home Prices to Rise 15% in 3 Years
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun foresees U.S. home prices rising by 15% over the next three years, a boost for the beleaguered housing market.
3)
New real-estate fad: the all-cash head fake
All-cash buyers have a better chance of standing out from competing bids and getting the home at a lower price since their offer isn’t contingent on financing.
4) Hedge funds dominating the market in Sacramento
As an example, consider Blackstone, a hedge fund that began aggressively buying properties in the Sacramento market over the past few months. Since August 2012 they’ve purchased 158 sales on MLS as THR California LLC.
5) Teenage landlord turns bad economy into good investment
A Florida teen is using Florida's foreclosure crisis as an opportunity to invest in buying houses while the market is low. Anna Werner reports the teenage landlord expects to own 10 houses by the time she's 18.

 

New Listing!

by The Barringer Team

 

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Price: $275,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Sq Ft: 2268
Must see this lovely 2 story home with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Homes shows the amount of love the owners put into it. Well maintained and in great neighborhood. Bedroom down stairs used as a den now and one full bath downstairs. Home features f...
Call or e mail for your personal showing!
209-833-7777

 

Tracy California Date Book

by The Barringer Team
Datebook: What's happening in our town
by TP staff
Nov 07, 2012 | 63322 views | 6 6 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend | print
 
 
THURSDAY, NOV. 8

GATE informational meeting


WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Williams Middle School multipurpose room, 1600 Tennis Lane

DETAILS: Parents who want to have their children tested for admission into Tracy Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education programs in 2013-14 are encouraged to attend this meeting. The GATE program includes a full-time magnet for second to fifth grades and core classes for middle school students.

INFO: GATE department, 830-3200, ext. 1450

 

Brighter Christmas orientation

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Transit Station, Room 105, Sixth Street and Central Avenue

DETAILS: Volunteers can sign up to help with the local charity’s Angel Tree, barrel distribution, food and toy sorting and other activities.

INFO: Steve Abercrombie, officerabs@yahoo.com; or www.tracybrighterchristmas.com

www.tracybrighterchristmas.com

 



FRIDAY, NOV. 9

Friday Night Jazz


WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The Grand’s lobbies will become a jazz nightclub with live music by the Brubeck Institute, sponsored by Main Street Music. All ages are welcome. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, craft beers and wines will be sold at the Don Cose Arts Café; entry cost includes a mini hors d’oeuvre.

COST: $8 at the door

INFO: Grand box office, 831-6858, boxoffice@ci.tracy.ca.us or www.atthegrand.org

 



SATURDAY, NOV. 10

Veterans breakfast


WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHERE: Kimball High School Café, 3200 Jaguar Run

DETAILS: Students at Kimball High School invite local veterans and their guests to an inaugural Veterans Celebration Breakfast. Reservations are required.

INFO: Jared Rio, 832-6600, ext. 4146, or jrio@tusd.net

 

Tracy Chapter of Butterfly Auxiliary tea fundraiser

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: American Legion Hall, 1960 Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: Members of the Tracy Butterfly Auxiliary will be hosting their fourth annual Seasons of Gratitude Tea to raise money for Hospice of San Joaquin’s Hospice House.

COST: $35 per person

INFO: Barbara Pombo, 922-0289

 

Murder-mystery dinner

WHEN: 5 p.m. appetizers, 6 p.m. dinner

WHERE: Tracy Moose Lodge, 35 E. Sixth St.

DETAILS: The Women of the Moose are hosting a murder-mystery dinner party. Guests will be invited to take roles in the dinner play. Costume and character suggestions will be offered to those who register for the dinner.

COST: $20

INFO: Julie Escobedo, 814-4785

 



MONDAY, NOV. 12

Drama camp for kids


WHEN: 9 to 5 p.m.; check in at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tracy High School, 315 E. 11th St.

DETAILS: With school out for the Veterans Day holiday, children in second to eighth grades can take part in a day of mask making, puppetry, song and dance, acting for the camera, improvisation and clowning, led by high school students and local professionals. A showcase at 4:30 p.m. will cap the day’s activities. Participants should take water and a bag lunch; the camp fee includes a CD, camp shirt and two snacks. Proceeds will benefit the Tracy High drama program.

COST: $50

INFO: Titian Lish, 830-3360 or tlish@tusd.net

 

Veterans Day program

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Tracy War Memorial, East Ninth Street, Civic Center

DETAILS: Veterans of all wars will be honored at the annual Veterans Day program at the Tracy War Memorial. Retired Army Maj. Fred Gowan of Tracy will speak. A wreath will be placed before the monument.

COST: Free

INFO: John Treantos, 832-8330

 



TUESDAY, NOV. 13

Traina School book sale


WHEN: 1 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Traina School, 4265 Windsong Drive

DETAILS: Traina Parents Club is hosting a book sale fundraiser to raise money for classroom supplies. The sale will continue Nov. 14, 15 and 16. Donations of books in all genres and for readers of all ages are welcomed at the school administration office until Oct. 31.

INFO: trainaparentsclub@rocketmail.com

 



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14

Customer-knowledge seminar


WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 223 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: The Hispanic Business Group and Tracy Chamber of Commerce will host a one-hour seminar for business people about how to get to know customers. Topics will include getting feedback, improving an online reputation, streamlining marketing communications and print advertising, and leveraging a customer base. Attendees must register to attend by Nov. 9.

COST: Free

INFO: 835-2131 or svalenzuela@tracychamber.org

 

Teen skills workshop

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Healthy Connections Resource Center, 35 E. 10th St.

DETAILS: This is the first night in a six-week series of workshops for teenagers, titled “Building Your Teen Toolbox,” that covers topics including effective communication, friendships, boundaries, conflict resolution, coping and life skills. Participants must register in advance.

COST: Free

INFO: Healthy Connections, 833-2420

 

History of Midway town, cemetery

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Richard Finn from the Livermore Heritage Guild will share stories about the history and residents of Midway town, west of Tracy, using cemetery records as the basis for his research. His talk is sponsored by West Side Pioneer Association.

COST: Free

INFO: Tracy Historical Museum, 832-7278 or www.tracymuseum.org

 



THURSDAY, NOV. 15

Food giveaway


WHEN: 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road

DETAILS: Free government-surplus food will be given to qualifying low-income county residents until supplies run out. Participants should take a grocery bag, identification and proof of address in one of the following zip codes: 95304, 95376, 95385, 95377 or 95391.

INFO: San Joaquin County Commodity Program, 468-3679

 

Veterans medical outreach

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: American Legion Post 172, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: All U.S. military veterans are invited to learn about benefits and take advantage of examinations, consultations and referrals offered by the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System’s Rural Health Mobile Medical Team. Veterans and their families can find out about eligibility for medical and psychological services. Those who are not in the VA system should take an extra copy of their DD214 discharge papers to submit with an enrollment form. The event is presented in collaboration with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts.

INFO: Valerie Gabriel, 588-2604; or Vaughn Gates, 985-8092

 

Cal Skyhawk at library

WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Cal Skyhawk will share about Native American culture during a program sponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library and a GWF grant.

COST: Free

INFO: 937-8221 or www.stockton.lib.ca.us

 



FRIDAY, NOV. 16

Brighter Christmas applications


WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

DETAILS: Families and seniors can apply to receive food and gifts from Brighter Christmas, the local holiday charity. Applicants should take identification, verification of children’s ages, proof of income, proof of rent or mortgage payment and a current Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bill.

INFO: www.tracybrighterchristmas.com

 

Turkeys and Tires

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Johnny’s Burgers, 108 E. 11th St.

DETAILS: The Turkeys and Tires car show — featuring classic cars, trucks and motorcycles — is ultimately an occasion to collect turkeys and canned food for McHenry House Family Shelter and Second Harvest Food Bank. Free cotton candy and face painting will be offered for children, along with raffle prizes and entertainment by a disc jockey.

COST: Free to attend

INFO: Johnny’s Burgers, 833-0800

 

Cinematic Treasures: ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: This cult favorite from 1975 will return to the big screen as part of the Grand’s Cinematic Treasures series.

COST: $4

INFO: Grand box office, 831-6858, boxoffice@ci.tracy.ca.us or www.atthegrand.org

 



SATURDAY, NOV. 17

Tracy’s Home for the Holidays Celebration


WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. senior breakfast, 5 p.m. dinner-dance

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: A new holiday celebration will get started with a senior breakfast and a dinner-dance. Children’s activities, photos with Santa and a gift boutique will be open to the public throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will be given to Tracy charities through the Tracy Sunrise Rotary Foundation. Events will continue Sunday and Monday.

COST: $10 breakfast, $55 dinner-dance

INFO: 833-7330, tracyshomefortheholidays@gmail.com or www.tracyshomefortheholidays.com

 

Brighter Christmas applications

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

DETAILS: Families and seniors can apply to receive food and gifts from Brighter Christmas, the local holiday charity. Applicants should take identification, verification of children’s ages, proof of income, proof of rent or mortgage payment and a current Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bill.

INFO: www.tracybrighterchristmas.com

 

Surviving the Holidays Griefshare

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Calvary Chapel Tracy, 4600 Tracy Blvd., Ste. 103

DETAILS: Those who have lost loved ones to death can find help for dealing with the holiday season.

COST: $5 donation

INFO: 839-8099

 

Community feed, clothing giveaway

WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Agape Missionary Baptist Church, 238 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Agape Missionary Baptist Church will host a community meal free to the public. Those who attend will also have an opportunity to take clothing, shoes, winter jackets and personal hygiene items they need at no cost.

COST: Free

INFO: Deacon Harold Douglas, 835-7235

 

Art exhibition reception

WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts gallery space, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: More than 40 artists and lenders will display work in the Grand’s three galleries during Art Co-Opted, a cooperative exhibition. Artists will be on hand during this free opening reception. Original artwork, limited editions, jewelry, pottery and other items will be available for sale throughout the exhibition’s five-week run, priced for holiday gift-giving. Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and an hour before most performances. The Grand will be closed Nov. 22 to 26 for Thanksgiving.

COST: Free

INFO: 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org/in-the-galleries

 

Coat giveaway, quilt fundraiser

WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: 729 N. Central Ave., next to the Grand Theater

DETAILS: Tracy Performing Arts Foundation is hosting A Time For Giving, an event at which members will give coats to people who are in need. Any leftover coats will be given to the American Red Cross. Sew Many Quilts sewing group We Bee Sisters will also be giving out 15 child-size quilts to children with cancer, and one quilt will be raffled off to raise money for supplies to make more quilts to donate. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds will be split by Tracy Performing Arts Foundation and Sew Many Quilts, a downtown Tracy store. Donations of new and clean used coats of all sizes are welcomed before the event.

COST: $6

INFO: Paula Pollett, 481-4721 or pollett@pacbell.net

 



SUNDAY, NOV. 18

Pre-Thanksgiving dinner


WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 1610 East St.

DETAILS: The congregation of the First United Methodist Church and the Rev. Anthony Jenkins, senior pastor, invite individuals and families to share in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Each person who visits the church will be served one meal during the day.

COST: Free

INFO: 835-4927 or www.fumctracy.org

 

Tracy’s Home for the Holidays Celebration

WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. family breakfast, 1 to 4 p.m. fashion show, 5:30 p.m. movie

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Families are invited for breakfast with Santa and a classic holiday movie night. An afternoon fashion show will be accompanied by wine and cheese, and children’s activities, photos with Santa and a gift boutique will be open to the public throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will be given to Tracy charities through the Tracy Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

COST: Breakfast, $10 adults, $8 children; fashion show, $20; movie night, $5 family of four, $2 each additional person

INFO: 833-7330, tracyshomefortheholidays@gmail.com or www.tracyshomefortheholidays.com

 

Women of the Moose Thanksgiving dinner

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Moose Lodge, 35 E. Sixth St.

DETAILS: The Women of the Moose will host their annual Thanksgiving dinner. The menu will be turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and all the trimmings. Coffee and dessert are included. Reservations for the dinner are required

COST: $5

INFO: 835-4366

 



MONDAY, NOV. 19

Senior Thanksgiving dinner


WHEN: 5 p.m.

WHERE: Portuguese Hall, 430 W. Ninth St.

DETAILS: Men and women in the community can call for reservations for Tracy’s annual senior-citizen Thanksgiving dinner.

COST: Free for local seniors

INFO: 833-7330 or tracyshomefortheholidays@gmail.com

 



THURSDAY, NOV. 22

Thanksgiving Day

 

Feed the Need Thanksgiving dinner

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Great Plate Bar & Grill, 714 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Volunteers will serve a complete Thanksgiving meal to all comers, an annual tradition. Donations are welcomed, and volunteers are needed.

COST: Free

INFO: Alexis Brown, 833-0862 or alexis@thegreatplate.com

 



SUNDAY, NOV. 25

Kennel club dog show


WHEN: 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, in Stockton

DETAILS: More than 2,500 top dogs from across the country are expected to compete in the San Joaquin Kennel Club 2012 Dog Show. Dogs will be judged in conformation, obedience and a rally event. Visitors can browse dog-related products offered by vendors, take part in free dog show tours and visit an education center. The show continues Monday, Nov. 26.

COST: $5 parking, free admission to event

INFO: www.sanjoaquinkc.org

 



THURSDAY, NOV. 29

Business-building boot camp


WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St.

DETAILS: Tracy Chamber of Commerce and the city are hosting a workshop for small-business owners. Lisa Orrell will lead the Promote U Business Building Boot camp. The workshop will focus on helping small-business owners increase sales and improve marketing. Topics will include business branding, social media and marketing strategies.

COST: $35 chamber members, $50 nonmembers

INFO: www.tracychamber.org

 

Crafts at library

WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Teenagers can make button bracelets and children can make crafts from around the world during an event sponsored by Tracy Friends of the Library and a grant from GWF.

COST: Free

INFO: 937-8221 or www.stockton.lib.ca.us

 



FRIDAY, NOV. 30

Friday Night Coffeehouse


WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The Grand’s lobbies will showcase local musicians in an open mic-style setting, in partnership with Main Street Music. All ages are welcome. Don Cose Arts Café will sell gourmet coffee drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, craft beers and wines; entry cost includes a small coffee or cappuccino.

COST: $8 at the door

INFO: Grand box office, 831-6858, boxoffice@ci.tracy.ca.us or www.atthegrand.org

 



SATURDAY, DEC. 1

MECHa holiday boutique


WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy High School Room D210, 315 E. 11th St.

DETAILS: Tracy High’s MEChA club is hosting a holiday craft boutique.

INFO: Jeanette Tober, 830-3360, ext. 2502, or jtober@tusd.net

 

Tracy Performing Arts holiday boutique

WHEN: 1 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: 729 N. Central Ave., next to the Grand Theatre

DETAILS: Twenty vendors and crafters will sell a variety of goods, including knitted, crochet and sewn items, homemade soup and dip mixes, and jewelry. Free door prizes will be given, and a raffle will raise money for Tracy Performing Arts Foundation, the host of the boutique. Christmas carolers will lead a sing-along, the holiday classic “The Night Before Christmas” will be read throughout the day, and children can have their faces painted. Crafts vendors can apply until Nov. 30 to participate; spaces cost $25.

COST: Free to attend

INFO: Paula Pollett, 481-4721 or pollett@pacbell.net; or www.tracyperformingartsfoundation.org

 

Hometown Holiday parade, tree lighting

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Tracy

DETAILS: A light parade will start at 10th and B streets and conclude at the Downtown Plaza on Sixth Street for a tree-lighting ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there with music and refreshments.

COST: Free

INFO: 597-8105 or www.tracycitycenter.com

 

Handel’s Messiah ballet

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Anastasis Ballet, a Tracy-based professional dance company, will perform Handel’s Messiah ballet, supported by a grant from the Tracy Arts Commission. A matinee show will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

COST: $15 to 25

INFO: 831-6858, www.atthegrand.org or www.anastasisballet.org

 



WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

Brighter Christmas jail fundraiser


WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Central Avenue and 10th Street

DETAILS: Members of the local community will be “arrested” and locked in the Brighter Christmas jail until they raise enough donations to meet their bail amount. Donations will be used to buy food and toys for local families helped by the nonprofit.

INFO: 833-3309 or www.tracybrighterchristmas.com

 



THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Tracy Learning Center talent show


WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Students from Tracy Learning Center will show off their talents.

COST: $8 general admission, $12 VIP seating, $30 or $45 for a family of four depending on seating

INFO: 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org

 



FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Franc D’Ambrosio holiday concert


WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: “Phantom of the Opera” star Franc D’Ambrosio will perform holiday standards.

COST: $20 to $35 depending on seats

INFO: 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org

 



SATURDAY, DEC. 8

Breakfast with Santa


WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Tracy Masonic Hall, 1601 N. Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: Joaquin Chapter Order of the Eastern Star is hosting a breakfast with Santa. The meal includes pancakes, sausages, eggs, juice and coffee. Children can take pictures with Santa, have their faces painted, visit craft tables and interact with Miss Sparkles Delight, the local clown. Parents are welcome to take their own cameras for photographs.

COST: $8, $5 for children 12 and younger

INFO: Denise, 239-7752

 

Decorated home fundraiser

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: 8951 Feliz Way

DETAILS: New Beginnings Apostolic Church invites members of the community to its third annual decorated home and boutique. Refreshments will be served, and children can participate in crafts. A portion of the proceeds from this nonprofit fundraiser will go to Tracy Interfaith Ministries.

COST: $8 adults, $5 children at the door; $5 adults, $3 children in advance

INFO: 836-9300 or nbactracy@yahoo.com

 



MONDAY, DEC. 10

Community band concert


WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kimball High School theater, 3200 Jaguar Run, off Lammers Road

DETAILS: The Tracy Community Band, made up of local musicians of all ages, will host a free holiday concert for local residents and families.

COST: Free

 



WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19

Museum open house


WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St.

DETAILS: West Side Pioneer Association will host its annual holiday open house, Christmas at the Museum. The museum will be decked out for the season, including a Christmas tree hung with vintage ornaments. Refreshments will be served.

COST: Free

INFO: Tracy Historical Museum, 832-7278 or www.tracymuseum.org

 



FRIDAY, DEC. 21

Friday Night Jazz


WHEN: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: The Grand’s lobbies become a jazz nightclub featuring live musicians one Friday each month, sponsored by Main Street Music. All ages are welcome. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, craft beers and wines will be sold at the Don Cose Arts Café; entry cost includes a mini hors d’oeuvre.

COST: $8 at the door

INFO: 831-6858 or www.atthegrand.org

 



ONGOING

Free parenting group


WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fellowship Hall, Tracy Grace Brethren Church, 1480 Parker Ave.

DETAILS: Parents of adolescent, teenage and adult children are invited to participate in a guided discussion group, “Reclaiming Our Kids,” led by the Rev. Robert MacMillan of Tracy Grace Brethren Church. Topics will include dealing with rebellion, finding support and restoring harmony and connection. Because seating is limited, those who plan to attend should call to reserve space. The group will meet on Sunday evenings for six consecutive weeks, concluding Nov. 18.

COST: Free

INFO: 835-0732

 



Homework Helpers at library

WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Teenagers in the Tracy High School chapter of California Scholarship Federation will offer homework help to younger children in kindergarten to sixth grade. Help with subject areas including math, reading and science is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program continues through December.

COST: Free

INFO: 937-8362 or www.stockton.lib.ca.us

 



Children’s story times

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3150 Naglee Road

DETAILS: Families are invited to the children’s department at the bookstore for a story or two read by one of the children’s booksellers.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-9744

 



Open mic night

WHEN: 7 p.m., second and fourth Friday of each month

WHERE: 729 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Tracy Performing Arts Foundation host an open mic night where participants can sing a song, read poetry, tell a joke or act a scene. A cash prize is given for best act.

COST: $5

INFO: Mary Carr, 914-1904

 



Tracy Woman’s Club

WHEN: 10 a.m., first Friday of each month

WHERE: Tracy Elks Lodge, 6400 W. 11th St.

DETAILS: Newcomers are welcome to join Tracy Woman’s Club during its monthly meetings. Lunch costs $15, and reservations are required two days in advance.

INFO: Joan Rickman, 835-2358

 



Chess at Tracy library

WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave.

DETAILS: Chess players gather for games each week. Those who own boards and pieces are encouraged to take them to the library.

COST: Free

INFO: Richard Beale, 830-0734 or rbeale@sonic.com

 



Food addiction support group

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturdays

WHERE: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd.

DETAILS: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous offers a 12-step recovery program for people dealing with food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Weekly meetings are also held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Modesto and at 9 a.m. Wednesdays in Stockton.

INFO: Michelle P., 530-848-6792; Melissa E., 408-398-3414; or www.foodaddicts.org

 



Widowed Persons Association, Tracy Chapter 5

WHEN: Noon, second Saturday of each month

WHERE: Four Corners Restaurant, 7505 W. Linne Road

DETAILS: Widowed men and women of all ages gather for support and social activities.

INFO: Jean Burgess, 835-7622

 



Community band

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Kimball High School band room, 3200 Jaguar Run, off Lammers Road

DETAILS: Musicians of all ages, from middle school students to retirees, are invited to join the Tracy Community Band. Directed by Scott Lycan, the group plays a variety of concert band music and performs several times during the year. Players of all instruments are wanted.

INFO: 833-1922 or 839-7999

 



La Leche League breastfeeding support group

WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., fourth Monday of each month

WHERE: Mountain House Community Services District board room, 230 S. Sterling Drive, in Mountain House

DETAILS: Pregnant women and mothers can ask and answer questions about breastfeeding, get information and share mother-to-mother support. Babies and children are welcome.

INFO: Katherine Havener, 642-7001; Teri Nava, 408-391-7797 or mountainhouseLLL@gmail.com

 



NAMI mental illness support groups

WHEN: 7 p.m., first and third Mondays of each month

WHERE: Healthy Connections, 35 E. 10th St., Room C

DETAILS: Individuals, families and caregivers can find support in dealing with mental illness.

INFO: Victoria Jorgensen, co-facilitator, 565-2579 or victoria1199@gmail.com; or www.namisanjoaquin.org

 



Al-Anon Family Group of Tracy

WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

WHERE: Conference room at Heartland Church, 3402 Mars Court, Ste. 100

DETAILS: Friends and families affected by someone’s problem drinking are invited for support in achieving recovery and serenity. Meetings are free and confidential. Newcomers are welcome.

INFO: 888-425-2666 or www.ncwsa.org/d18

 



Genealogy group

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. second Sunday of each month

WHERE: Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St.

DETAILS: Tracy Area Genealogical Society members maintain a library and six computers where folks can search for relatives, work on their family trees and explore history.

INFO: 832-1106

 



Quilting group

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays

WHERE: Tracy Seventh-day Adventist Church, Room 3, 2025 Holly Drive

DETAILS: Quilters are invited to join a weekly group to learn new techniques and work together.

INFO: 835-5342

 



Breastfeeding group

WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday of each month

WHERE: Heartland Church, 3402 Mars Court, Ste. 111

DETAILS: This biweekly support group is open to all pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their infants, facilitated by Gail Dacayanan, a board-certified lactation consultant. Mothers can have their babies weighed during each meeting. The fee covers weighing, refreshments and literature.

COST: $10 per family at the door

INFO: Gail Dacayanan, 981-0050 or gaildac@gmail.com

 



Multiple sclerosis support group

WHEN: 11:30 a.m., second Wednesday of each month

WHERE: Perko’s Café, 1321 W, 11th St.

DETAILS: People diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their friends and relatives are welcome to join in monthly lunch meetings.

INFO: Linda Donsky, 833-6882

 

Scrapbooking group

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays

WHERE: Better Living Center, 2025 Holly Drive

DETAILS: Scrapbook makers gather to work on their projects.

INFO: 835-5342

 



Tracy Camera Club

WHEN: 7 p.m., second Wednesday of each month

WHERE: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, second floor, 715 Central Ave.

DETAILS: Anyone who is interested in photography is welcome to Tracy Camera Club’s meetings. Those who pay the annual dues of $25 can enter their prints in monthly competitions.

INFO: Mickey McGuire, 835-6758 or elmicky@coreyfro.com

 



Chess at Mountain House library

WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays

WHERE: Mountain House Branch Library, 579 Wicklund Crossing

DETAILS: Chess players age 8 and older gather for games each week. Participants play against and learn from each other. Those who own chess sets are encouraged to take them to share.

 



Tri-Valley CARES

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month

DETAILS: Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment comprises concerned neighbors in the area of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Site 300, the lab’s weapons and technology testing facility, borders the southwestern edge of Tracy. All are welcome to the group’s monthly meetings.

INFO: 925-443-7148 or http://trivalleycares.org

 



Hearts ’N’ Pieces Quilt Guild

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays

WHERE: Grace Church, 1330 N. Tracy Blvd.

DETAILS: Quilters gather to work on projects, learn from each other and make quilts to donate to needy children.

INFO: Karen Chiles, 815-8064; or Kathy Glover, 914-9729

 



Tracy Republican Women Federated

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., fourth Thursday of each month

WHERE: Four Corners Restaurant, Chrisman and Linne roads

DETAILS: Club members mingle before lunch is served at noon ($11). Guest speakers frequently address the group. New members, including men who wish to become associated members, are invited to attend.

INFO: Alma Morley, president, 830-1022

 



Historical museum hours

WHERE: Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St.

DETAILS: The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

COST: Free

INFO: 832-7278 or www.tracymuseum.com

 



Pet adoptions

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: West Valley Mall, 3200 N. Naglee Road

DETAILS: A rescue group will have pet adoption fairs at the mall on weekends in hopes of getting more animals adopted faster. All dogs are neutered or spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and cats are neutered or spayed and vaccinated.

COST: Cats, $75; dogs, $250

INFO: 642-4324

 



Animal adoption fair

WHEN: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., first two weekends of each month

WHERE: Petsmart, 2477 Naglee Road

DETAILS: No Place Like Home Animal Rescue will have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available to adopt. All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and are up to date on shots.

COST: $225 for a dog, $95 for a cat

INFO: Terrence Harris, 207-3285; or www.noplacelikehomeanimalrescue.org

 



Cat adoption

WHERE: Petco, 2888 W. Grant Line Road

DETAILS: Animal Rescue of Tracy features cats for adoption continuously in its adoption center at Petco. The cats and kittens are rotated every two weeks.

COST: $75 adoption fee, which includes spay or neuter, vaccines, flea treatment and deworming

INFO: 609-8220
 


Read more: Tracy Press - Datebook What s happening in our town

 

Finally, Done Watching Election Advertisements!

by The Barringer Team

Today’s The Day

Well it’s finally here. Doesn’t it seem like this campaign started just about the time the Giants won the World Series? In 2010? Two Billion Dollars spent by both candidates bringing us to this point…too bad about 90% of that didn’t go toward deficit reduction instead. I guess I’m amazed at several things about this election  but maybe the biggest thing is the twitterization of how folks (me included) now see everything. Seems like everybody’s opinion is a sound bite, a tweet. I don’t really hear that much substantial, thoughtful commentary about this election and I REALLY hate the Facebook posts some of my “friends” put up. Obama’s the most evil person on Earth for not personally saving the Libyan Ambassador’s life. Obama personally chose to abandon him? Sort of like George W Bush was personally responsible for Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. If Romney’s elected, senior citizens will all collectively be separated from Medicare and/or be thrown into the street. That kind of thing. I guess I really think that both Romney and Obama are honorable men who love their families and their country yet have differing positions on what’s best for our futures. I really don’t think either none of them have evil intentions.

I had a client who was about to write an offer on a house in Tracy a week or so ago who asked me if it was my opinion that the real estate market would collapse if Obama was re-elected. That’s what he’d heard from folks at work. Me thinks not. The 2012 market did, after all, get hot while Obama was President. It’s also funny to me how folks on both sides seem to often have overlapping philosophy’s that are contradictions. We had a nice night with friends on Saturday who are staunch conservatives and their whole argument was that government would only cause problems, was a drag on productivity and the smallest possible government certainly would be best. They were appalled by the deficit and strongly advocated a basic Tea Party perspective on taxes and governments role. A while later we were talking about our kids and it came out that their troubled 15 year son has been sent to a closed boy’s school in Utah following a couple of run ins with the law and drug use. The cost of the school…$8500.00 a month. “Wow, how can you afford that?” we asked. “Oh, it’s paid for by the county.” they said. I guess discomfort with government has some limits?

I don’t know, I guess I just wish we could all have some more objectivity when talking about the candidates. We all seem to be allot like baseball fans talking about our teams. We’re always right and they’re always wrong. I have a cousin who’s a Dodger fan and she steadfastly refuses to acknowledge ANY Dodger weakness..when we all know that they’re glaring! the Giants on the other hand are flawless. Isn’t that obvious to everybody?

 

Stats For October

by The Barringer Team

The following information is from the local MLS database, as of November 1, 2012 and is compared to (October 1, 2012). The market here is dominated by short sales, REO's and Flips. The MetroList MLS has now created a new category for Short Sales that have an offer sent to the bank for approval. They are now Pending Short Lender Approval. This will truly show the consumer the amount of active listings. There are much fewer homes available to show that even the short sales are getting multiple offers. We have seen more and more of equity sellers and many "Flips". Interest rates are edging up slightly with 30 yr fixed at 3.41% and 15 year at 2.72%.
The inventory is still very low with barley one month supply left. There is a definite lack of good homes for sale. This is because there are many buyers grabbing them as they come out. Prices are increasing as a result of the competing between the buyers. If you have been on the Fence about selling your home then NOW is the time to sell. If you are in need of counseling about the short sale process and how it effects your credit, please give us a call. Just call or e-mail for an hassle free appointment or to just talk about the market anytime. 1-800-894-7282 or sales@tracyhomes.com

 

Tracy, CA

ACTIVE Status

Total # of residential properties for sale in the city of Tracy: 59 (56)

# of REO (foreclosures): 10 (6)

# of Short Sales: 9 (17)

Average # of days on market: 80 (80)

The median price of all homes for sale in Tracy: $289,888 ($294,500)

The average price of all homes for sale in Tracy: $340,606 ($328,586)

Lowest priced home: 2br/9671sqft. ft. /$99,999

Highest priced home: 5bd/8076 sqft. ft. /$1,290,000

PENDING Status

Number of properties currently under agreement: 323 (356)

# of REO: 20 (24)

# of Pending Short Lender Approval: 172 (178)

Average pending price: $246,409 ($242,450)

Median pending price: $239,888 ($240,000)

SOLD Status

Residential property sold over previous 30 days: 132 homes (93)

REO’s sold in the last month: 13 (7)

Short sales sold in the last month: 52 (37)

Average sale price: $254,617 ($260,494)

Median sale price: $250,000 ($255,000)

High: $525,000 (7bd/4427sq. ft. home)

Low: $81,000 (1bd/612 sq. ft. home)

 

 

Mountain House, CA

ACTIVE Status

Total # of residential properties for sale in the city of Mountain House: 21 (25)

# of REO (foreclosures): 2 (26

# of Short Sales: 3 (3)

Average # of days on market: 21 (19)

The median price of all homes for sale in Mountain House: $374,900 ($385,000)

The average price of all homes for sale in Mountain House: $352,590 ($368,424)

Lowest priced home: 2bd/1262sq. ft. /$145,000

Highest priced home: 5bd/3975 sq. ft. /$477,000

PENDING Status

Number of properties currently under agreement: 104 (108)

# of REO: 11 (8)

# of Pending Short Lender Approval: 45 (48)

Median pending price: $306,250 ($300,000)

Average pending price: $298,450 ($289,104)

SOLD Status

Residential property sold over previous 30 days: 25 homes (34 homes)

REO’s sold in the last month: 2 (3)

Short sales sold in the last month: 10 (11)

Average sale price: $300,808 ($331,232)

Median sale price: $305,000 ($362,250)

High: $475,000 (5bd/3975sq. ft. homes

Low: $156,000(3bd/1460 sq. ft. home)

 

Make Sure You Really Want The Place

by The Barringer Team

Historically, when you buy a home you have a contingency or two that allows you to do inspections, get a loan, get a correct appraisal and also…to simply change your mind. That, of course, has changed a bit in this crazy hot market we’re in and lots of folks are writing offers with no contingencies that assures the seller that no problems will occur en route to close of escrow. If you’re doing that you need to be sure going in that you really want the place. The point though, is that the contracts we use have provisions in them that allows for buyer contingencies and you could, if you have them, simply change your mind and back out.

Every once in a while a seller is the one who wants to back out. I’m aware of a situation recently in Tracy where that happened. The seller, a recipient of multiple offers and overbids, decides a few days into the escrow that he simply doesn’t want to sell. He thinks he has a “cooling off” period that allows that. He’s wrong. The contracts used in California have no cooling off period. No contingencies that allows the seller to back out. On the contrary, here’s what IS included in the fine print of one of the contracts:

“Should escrow not close due to a default by the seller, or if seller
does not otherwise perform under this contract Seller may be subject to a
claim for specific performance and/or be liable for Buyer’s damages
including but not limited to, consequential damages (eg: temporary
housing arrangements, storage costs etc)and for payment of the
brokerage fee.”


Changing your mind is allot different for a seller than it is for a buyer, huh? I heard a story once about a seller who actually signed all the papers and closed the escrow, receiving her money…and then refused to move! It took a couple of weeks to legally evict her. Her adult kids had to fly in from out of state to encourage her. For some reason it never occurred to her that selling meant leaving. It’s actually kind of amazing that you could do all that preparation work towards selling, get the house on the market, look at and ratify on an offer and then change your mind. Of course, it’s going to be a process if the seller engages an attorney and fights it all…but he odds are very long that he’ll win. It’s his signature on that contract after all.

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