Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fremont CA Real Estate Broker Put On The Spot

The NUMMI Plant here in Fremont has been providing jobs building cars and trucks up until 2010 when it had been decided that after kicking the tires a bit it was time to finally slam the doors shut. No pun intended. The mayor of Fremont, Bob Wasserman, wants Fremont to be a model city in how it chooses to revitalize and reuse the site once shut down. It is part of what is amicably called NUMMI Revitalization and Reuse Plan. 

KTVU news in March 2010 had completed a story on the topic that you can view here http://www.ktvu.com/news/22973164/detail.html

Fremont has hired a study group out of Berkeley called Strategic Economics Inc. to assess the positive impact and other effects revitalization may have on the incisive city of Fremont.

I had received a call into my office TriCity Real Estate Brokers http://www.tricityhome.com from one of the Strategic staff. The Strategic employee was hoping to gain information on what effects the revitalization may have on the housing market in and around Fremont. We set up a telephone interview on September 24th to go over the survey questions. The survey was mainly focused on the the housing impact in and around the Warm Springs area, but also encompassed different areas of Fremont and its surrounding cities.  

I have been interviewed several times about housing and the real estate market over the last couple of years, and I usually can give clear, concise answers to the questions. However, once in a while there is that string of information during the interview where I sometimes wonder if I am really helping or if the interviewer is thinking about how to get me back on topic. 

In regards to a question intended to gain my opinion on the effect on the housing prices in Warm Springs East of Mission Blvd. (So, Jeff, if BART should build a "multi use" facility around the intended BART station extension, what effect would it have on the housing prices in Warm Springs East of Mission Blvd.)?--I paused. First, Mission Blvd is a long road that covers several different micro markets in real estate. I think she meant down where Mission bends back towards 880 by East Warren, but at that point the homes on the east are really south east. That's when there was that awkward pause on my behalf. Then I started to talk about true east versus south east, then I started yapping about Weibel versus Mission San Jose--Oi! Get back on topic Jeff. 

After the interview, and many other questions that were answered in a more succinct fashion, she had mentioned how helpful my input was and that the interview went really smooth. I could only say the next thing that came into mind at that point. The stereotypical reply of, "hope that helps." Argh! Why couldn't I just say, "you're welcome. If you have further questions, please feel free to give me a call." By Jeff Pereyda

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fremont CA Real Estate Is Growing Good Habaneros

Although hard to see it here in this image, Fremont CA real estate grows good Habanero peppers. Habenaros are quite touchy and slow to germinate from the seed and even slower to grow--especially when you are watching them daily.

Why the mention of Fremont CA real estate? Because I was told that the native soil found in and around Fremont CA (real estate) is composed of a good amount of adobe clay and not the best for peppers, much less the slow and temperamental Habenaro. It was hard for me to make the adjustment from where I grew up in Sunnyvale where the black soil there grew almost anything without even trying. Here using Fremont real estate, I will tell you what I did to get them this far.

I bought a few nice golden Habenaros from the store and, after using them for a few fiery recipes, I carefully (with gloves) washed the seeds for drying. After a day or two, the seeds were clean and dry. Believe it or not, certain molds love to grow on hot peppers. I then did a bit of research. Strangely, a blog post with the headlines of something like, "Use Your Dryer to Germinate Habenaros." here at http://www.urbanchiles.com/growing/022805.html. The post/page caught my eye. Intrigued, I delved into the article. The short of it was that the normal household uses the dryer a few times a week. the top of the dryer reaches a snugly 90 degrees or more for moderate durations.  The writer discovered that setting the seeds in a container with moist soil, provided 100% germination. Mine was 50%, and I blame my cat for hogging the heat.

As you can see, I have mine in a pot now. I did the dryer method and then transplanted them outside in a pot with a mix of Fremont soil and a bit of stuff from the worm bin out back.

I will let you know how they taste. My favorite is Mango Habanero salsa. By Jeff Pereyda