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E-waste Recycling Event at Mt. Carmel, Next Saturday, Jan. 9th


Got a new TV for Christmas? How about a new game system or microwave, cell phone, or DVD Player/ Recorder? Don’t know what to do with the old ones?

Bring your used, broken or unwanted electronics to school Saturday, January 9 and recycle them for FREE.

  • Computers/Laptops/Servers
  • Televisions/Monitors
  • DVD/CD Players
  • Fax Machines/Printers
  • Telecom Equipment/Telephones/Cell Phones
  • Speakers/Stereo Equipment
  • Microwaves
  • Cables/Computer Mice/Keyboards

Bring all your old TVs, along with other broken, unused and/or unwanted electronics to the Mt. Carmel parking lot – 301 Grand St., Redwood City – on Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Your car will be unloaded for you and those items will be safely recycled for FREE. You will be benefiting both the community and the school. You can also check www.mountcarmel.org for more details.


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What’s Sold in Mt. Carmel – Q4 So Far

So wrapped up in a statistic that would make any pessimist say “No way”, is the tell tale “% of LP” — or, the percentage of list price that a home sells for.  In the last few months in the Mt. Carmel area, that average number was….drumroll, please…. 100%.

But of course, averages don’t always tell the whole story. I’ve always been one to point out that averages are never an indicator of future performance.  Location, neighborhood, condition, the economy — all play a role in what any particular home will sell for.  The fact of the matter is, that some homes sell for more that asking, some for less.  Pretty black and white.The good news is that the average points to some relative stability in our recent market.

Here, in no particular order, are the recent sales in the last 90 days:

174 Jeter – 4br/2.5ba – Original List Price (OLP): $969,000, Sale Price (SP): $889,000.  98 Days on Market (DOM) – 92% of LP

313 Topaz – 3br/2ba – OLP: $739,000, SP: $730,000. 12 DOM – 99% of LP.

270 Jeter – 2br/1ba – OLP: $675,000, SP: $680,000. 12 DOM – 101% of LP

491 Topaz – 2br/2ba – OLP: $669,000, SP: $654,000. 17 DOM – 98% of LP

1740 Whipple – 3br/1ba – OLP: $650,000, SP: $675,000. 14 DOM – 104% of LP

188 Inner Circle – 2br/1ba – OLP: $579,000, SP: $612,000. 9 DOM – 106% of LP

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Don’t Forget to Vote Today!


Redwood Citizens, don’t forget to vote today, November 3rd! The following info on today’s election also be found on theCounty of San Mateo’s web site:

The Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election will be held on Tues., Nov. 3. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

According to Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum,”All voters should double-check the location of their polling place before they head out to vote in these important local elections,” All jurisdictions in the county are participating except Daly City and Pacifica as they do not have candidates or measures on the ballot.

Voters can lookup the location of their polling place online at www.shapethefuture.org or by calling the Elections Office at (650) 312-5222. Voters can also view (or print) their Sample Ballot. And for those that vote by mail, the website provides peace of mind through the Track & Confirm feature that gives the voter confirmation that his/her voted mail ballot was received by the Elections Office.

On Election night, Chief Election Officer Warren Slocum will host a celebration for anyone interested in gathering to watch the election night returns as they are reported. Join community leaders, citizens and elected officials and share in an old-fashioned evening of election returns. All are welcome.

The Election Night gathering will be held at the Rotunda at 555 County Center in Redwood City starting at 7:30 p.m.

Election night returns will be issued at 8:05 p.m. and on the half-hour for the rest of the evening until the count is completed. The results will be issued in person and on the Elections website according to the following schedule:
Vote by Mail Ballot Results         8:05 p.m.
All-Mail Ballot Precinct Results    8:30 p.m.
Early Voting Center Results        9:00 p.m.
Live Precinct Results                  9:30 p.m.
Live Precinct Results                10:00 p.m.
Live Precinct Results                10:30 p.m.
Live Precinct Results                11:00 p.m.
Live Precinct Results                11:30 p.m.

Interim reports will be issued until all the precinct votes have been counted.

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Support a Redwood City Biz – The Movie Groove & Grind

In an effort to promote the great local businesses of Redwood City, I have this, courtesy of a handful of friends:

I wanted to recommend a great local business here in RWC that is having a hard time financially and we would hate to see them go out of business.

“The Movie Groove and Grind” DVD/video rental and adjacent cafe is a fun and slightly eccentric location where you can rent great movies and get what I consider the best coffee in town. The business is located on the corner of Jefferson and El Camino Real (across Jefferson from Whole Foods). If you haven’t ever been there, please stop in and check them out – if you have been there, please visit again soon!

Here are a few reasons why:

  • they offer personable and very knowledgeable service and can make great movie recommendations when you need one
  • Scott, Stephanie, and the staff are great in helping direct your kids to worthwhile movies that are age-suitable
  • you can get every movie there, new or old
  • their custom, made to order gourmet drip coffees are unique and delicious (my favorite is called “The Mexican”, it’s like a dessert)
  • they make the best latte in town
  • for the kids, they make organic hot or cold chocolate milk

We would be so sad to see this business close. Please pass this on to others you know in our area. Thanks for your support!

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Don’t Hold Your Breath for 4.5% Rates

And here’s why.  There is a new refinance fever hitting the consuming public. Why? Because the record low delivery rates have let to incredibly low home loan rates.  Have you heard about the rumored 4.5% fixed rates that might become available from the gub’mint under a new stimulus program to get the housing market to move again?

If you’re waiting for rates to fall to that level before you refinance, you may be very sorry.

There are several problems in waiting for lower rates. For starters, when home loan rates are at or near record lows ALREADY, it’s unreasonable and possibly irrational to wait until they fall even further.

Secondly, if that program ever DOES come into existence, it will NOT be available for refinance loans. If you’re planning on buying a home, you might get lucky with a reduced rate, subsidized by taxpayers, for a purchase loan.  Then again, a member of a Republican administration floated the program. Change, remember, is coming to Washington in just over 3 weeks.

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Snow is Coming to Redwood City?


Well, ok, so it’s not falling out of the sky, but it’s snow nonetheless!

Must be that time of year for RC’s annual Hometown Holidays

Each year on the first Saturday of December, Redwood City’s Downtown Business group throws a party in celebration of the Holiday Season! We have a parade, entertainment, SNOW, Santa Claus, and a grand finale with a FIREWORKS show and late night Holiday Movie!

Many events will be happening during Hometown Holidays — Tamale Tasting, Ballet, Holiday Tree Contests and more!

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Recent Sales in Mt. Carmel – Q3 and Beyond

Price it right, and it will sell.

A simple, but extremely critical notion to think of when selling ANY house these days.

The reason I mention this is because there actually were a few homes that recently sold in Mt. Carmel for OVER ASKING price.  Yes, you read that right.  Pricing is THE most important factor these days, and for some of the homes that reduced their list price, and ended up getting sold for over that price, that was a lesson well learned.

Here, in no particular order, are some recent sales in Mt. Carmel:

204 Hillview – listed for $749K; sold for $760K

195 Opal – listed for $998K; sold for $950K

355 King – listed for $799,450; sold for $850,000

202 Harrison – listed for $989,000; sold for $985,000

445 Iris – listed for $699,950; sold for $717,000

2621 Hopkins – listed for $725,000; sold for $752,250

370 Hillview – listed for $635,900; sold for $591,000

258 Elwood – listed for $499,900; sold for $555,000

273 Iris – listed for $1,038,000; sold for $1,034,000

472 Hudson – listed for $799,000; sold for $660,000

1438 Brewster – listed for $899,000; sold for $875,000

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