Joann Sullivan on March 20th, 2017

On Saturday afternoon, I met with a group of Ashby Village members who are interested in where they will spend the next stage of their lives.   As many of you know, Ashby Village is an organization close to my heart. Many years ago, my good friend Judy Boe and I heard of a new organization […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 14th, 2013

Mark Rhoades from Rhoades Planning Group spoke yesterday at the Berkeley Association of Realtors about upcoming housing developments in downtown Berkeley.  Between 1970 and 1995, 400 new housing units were added in Berkeley; between 1997 and 2013, 2,000 new units were added.  In the next few years, another 1,000 will be added.  About one-third of […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 29th, 2013

A few weeks ago I met with Audrey Young, a fiduciary who is founder and president of Family Concierge in Montclair.  She helps seniors and their families with the financial and personal needs that arise at the end of life.  I learned so much that day and asked Ms. Young to prepare an article for […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2013

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are self-contained smaller residential units built on the property of a single family home.  They may be attached (an above the garage unit or a basement unit) or detached  (granny flat, carriage flat, backyard cottage). ADUs enable communities to grow internally rather than externally, providing additional housing without consuming additional green […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 24th, 2013

Senior home sellers have been one of the hardest hit groups of the population during the past few years while our nation was experiencing a serious housing downturn.  Many of them had bought their homes as an investment for their retirements.  They were counting on profits from selling their homes to fund new homes in […]

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I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.  It is a 141 unit senior housing complex for low and moderate income seniors.  Thirty percent of the units are for low income seniors whose monthly rents are $400-$800.  This one of a kind senior housing complex  looks like an […]

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Joann Sullivan on September 29th, 2012

I have been on the lecture circuit for the past few weeks with presentations at UC Berkeley and today at the Transitions Network Workshop on Housing Options for Seniors.  Here is my script for today’s talk.  I think it is relevant for all of us. When I first started working as a realtor, most of […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 27th, 2012

I first heard about Senior Center Without Walls several years ago, but must admit that I did not really understand how it worked until recently.  I met Terry Englehart, Director of Senior Center Without Walls twice in one week.  First was at the United Seniors of Oakland Healthy Living Fair and second at the monthly […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 4th, 2012

My dad is a great guy and has had a really interesting life.  He was born and raised in a small West Texas town and ran away from home when he was 18 to go to the University of Texas in Austin.  After graduating from college, he went to the University of Texas Medical Branch […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met with a man who had recently become Executive Director of a local family services agency.  He told me that when he started his job, he had been amazed to learn that there are so many resources for seniors in the East Bay. Friends and  colleagues come to me frequently, […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2012

Creative housing options for seniors are in the news.  I read yesterday about two women in Saratoga Springs, New York who sold their homes in a nearby town and bought one together They had known each other for thirty years in a Birthday Group which got together several times a year to celebrate milestones.  They […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 20th, 2012

For the last couple of years I have been trying to lose weight.  I have lost about 30 pounds slowly and consistently (usually).  I still have fifteen pounds to go.   One of the tools that has been the most useful is a daily e-newsletter called Calorie Count.  It has many of the same features […]

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Joann Sullivan on February 17th, 2012

Back in the 80’s and 90’s I worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland.  My friends and I frequently went out to lunch and our best source for good restaurants was our colleague, Lucille Poskanzer, the counselor in the Medical Genetics Department.  She loved going out to eat and did so weekly.  She knew more about local […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 18th, 2012

This  was a busy week for the  Women’s Housing Options  (WHO) group.  We met with Lois Leynse and Anne Lowery of Financial Fitness Center to answer the recurring question from several members of the group:  “Should I rent or buy?”  Lois and Anne provided good information which will help the group members make their decisions. […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 7th, 2012

If you have been trying to figure out how Ashby Village works, perhaps this video can help.  Last week Channel 5 featured Ashby Village in a news report.  I really liked the piece because it showed how Ashby Village works–from the perspective of a member receiving services in her home, a volunteer helping a member […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 20th, 2011

I have been working with my client James (not his real name) since last fall.  His wife had passed away in late summer and he felt that he did not want to stay in his big house up on the hill any longer.  He was lonely, there was too much maintenance associated with the big […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 21st, 2010

I have been working very hard for the past several months getting ready for the launching of Ashby Village. It will be open for business in less than a month although we will not have the official opening celebration until the fall. My job, along with Judy Boe and Taree Klausner,  is to put together […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 19th, 2010

A few weeks ago, the Marketing Department at St. Paul’s Towers, a CCRC/Life Care facility in Oakland, asked me to speak to a group of potential residents about what is really going on in the real estate market in the East Bay.  Many of the people considering moving to St. Paul’s need to sell their […]

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Joann Sullivan on October 11th, 2009

A few weeks ago, my friends Judy Boe and Shirley Haberfeld  and I had lunch with Jill Gilbert.  We wanted to tell Jill all about Ashby Village and she wanted to tell us about Gilbert Guide’s new endeavor-The Daily Wrinkle.  In addition to the Monthly Gilbert Guide and Weekly Insider e-newsletters, there is now a […]

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Joann Sullivan on September 2nd, 2009

A few weeks ago, my friend Peggy and I were on our afternoon walk and she was bemoaning the fact that she would be 65 in a few weeks.   She had received some information from Social Security and was trying to figure out what she was going to do about Medicare and all of those […]

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