City of Pacific Grove Awards OTM a Facade Improvement Matching Funds Grant
AFTER photo above. New paint for the main building, shed, and Roman's dog house. New building sign, new hanging sign that literally sparkles, and a new Victorian lamp post shipped from England that flickers at night. If you thought the office was cute before, take a walk past in the early evening to experience the lighting. For those out of town, click HERE to watch a short night lights video. Both signs designed by Rob and Amber and brought to life by Signs by Van.
Above is the BEFORE photo. If you look closely, you will see two different shades of yellow and one green porch and one black porch. Our painters spent an entire week just preparing this late 1800's property.
Click HERE to WATCH THE VIDEO from Signs by Van showing the bedazzled new sign. Apparently, their shop is still sparkling!

LEFT: Signs by Van artist holds up our new building sign at their shop.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Now We Know What You Are!
Click HERE to watch the gender reveal video and see if Rob and Amber are having a granddaughter or grandson!
Featured Properties
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PACIFIC GROVE
718 Grove Street
$948,000

  • 3 BR 2 BA - 1,092 sq ft
  • Near Caledonia Park & Downtown
  • Bay Views

Open House: May 5th: 12:00-2:00pm
Amber Russell
PACIFIC GROVE
669 Spruce Avenue
$1,298,000

  • 3 BR 2 BA - 1,692 sq ft
  • Near downtown Pacific Grove
  • Light-filled and Livable

Open House: May 4th 1:30-4pm
Amber Russell
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Click HERE for a virtual tour.
MARINA
497 Lavell Ct.
$648,000

  • 3 BR 2 BA - 1,618 sq ft
  • Turn-Key
  • Plantation Shutters

Open House: May 5th: 1-3pm
Allison Chance
PACIFIC GROVE
810 Lighthouse Ave. #102

Desirable "The Town House" community. This updated unit looks onto the front garden and enjoys a private back patio. Building to be painted later this month to an updated gray color palette.
  • 1 BR 1 BA
  • 824 sq ft
  • Offered at $588,000
OTM's Robin Seagrave lists and sells a Walnut Creek condo that she transformed and staged. Robin is on the right and the buyer's agent is on the left.

A Sweet Taste of Pacific Grove History by Emma King
Franks Famous Franks Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Truck. Image courtesy of the Pacific Grove Heritage Society.
For more than 25 years from the 1940’s to the late 1960’s, Francesco “Frank” Macchitelli, affectionately known by locals as “Frank the Frank Man” was often to be found along Pacific Grove’s waterfront in his bright yellow remodeled 1927 Packard. The colorful vehicle was emblazoned with ads for ice cream, hot dogs and Coca Cola, which Frank sold to enthusiastic locals and visitors alike, for a quarter of a century.

Frank, who grew up in Italy, was a longtime Monterey resident and local institution. He received press in national magazines and was the proud holder of Monterey commercial vehicle license number one.
In 1967, Frank was forced to close down his operation due to a new agreement between the City of Pacific Grove and the Coast Guard, which created stricter rules regarding vendors along the coastline.

Frank applied for a variance permit, but it was not granted, bringing about the end of an iconic neighborhood business that to this day, holds a fond place in the hearts of the many locals for whom a visit to Frank’s hot dogs and ice cream truck was an exciting and memorable treat.
Testimonial Corner
A Welcome Home watercolor of their Storybook Cottage
Custom cookies including one
for Milo
" Amber helped us find and buy a super cute home in Pacific Grove. She was extremely energetic, knowledgeable about the local market, thoughtful in the offer we made, diligent and thorough with the paperwork, offered referral resources including a great finance officer, and ultimately helped us get a great deal on the beach house of our dreams! "

~Greg, Michelle, and Milo who purchased a "Storybook Cottage" in Pacific Grove.
In The Loop Magazine Features OTM's Natalie Harris Gibson's Family
As told by Natalie Harris Gibson
You may have heard the terms  multi-generational household  and  blended family , but not usually together in the description of one family. We’ll meet the Gibson and the Harris families. Seth and Natalie lead the Gibsons, including Shey (19), Megan (17), Cole (15), Kaeden (5) and Ruby (2). They live with Natalie’s parents, Tamara and Reuben Harris, in Laguna Seca Ranch Estates, and Traci Gibson (Seth’s ex-wife and the mother of Shey, Megan and Cole) lives up the street! Together this crew makes life interesting and much easier than if they lived apart.

Seth and Natalie met nine years ago while Seth was a major in the US Marine Corps studying at the Naval Post­graduate School. They fell in love and eventually married and moved to Virginia with the other Gibsons in tow. When Seth retired in 2014, they all moved back to Monterey. Seth and Traci have always split custody of their kids 50/50 but when the opportunity to have houses in the same neighborhood presented itself, they all accepted enthusiastically. Now the teenagers conveniently have access to both parents, and Kaeden and Ruby see their other siblings more regularly. Tamara and Reuben are available to help with their grandchildren, and Natalie and Seth provide reciprocal assistance when needed. Natalie explains, “It is so nice to have so many helping hands around. If there is a problem or need, between all of us, somebody can solve it or add support.”

Click HERE to read the rest of the article.
Photo of the Month
by Emma King
The Super Bloom! And a Finn! Can you guess where this photo was taken?
Consumers Shouldn't Make Assumptions
Courtesy of Damon Anthony Fernandez, Mortgage Loan Originator/NMLS 12091

The menu of program options and variety in easier underwriting approaches to residential purchase and refinance loans continues to grow. Consumers shouldn’t make assumptions about what they can and can’t do, nor jump into the first option they see. Instead, they should seek out a mortgage professional for guidance, advice, and the individual attention they deserve. Contact me by phone, email, or text to start evaluating your specific situation in detail.

In the meantime, here are current mortgage market conditions.Fed officials made it clear earlier this year that they had no plans to raise rates in the foreseeable future, citing the country's slowing economic growth. However, the Commerce Department reported on Friday, 04/26/19, that the United States' economy grew at a much better than anticipated rate of 3.2 percent last quarter. Might that prompt the Fed to rethink its interest rate outlook?

This is a very big week in terms of economic data and its relationship with bond market trading levels, which has a direct impact on mortgage rates. In a nutshell, yields dropped sharply into a new, lower range in late March, lowering mortgage rates. Gains were then erased at a medium‐fast pace in April, but rates found a ceiling just before re‐entering 2019's previous range. Rates have been steady of late, but if there is a lineup of economic data with the power to move rates higher or lower more abruptly, it would be this week. That said, data usually cuts both ways. If it happens to be much weaker than expected, that could help us break below nearby technical levels, which would likely lower mortgage rates. However, stronger data could lead to an increase in mortgage rates.

On an annual basis, inflation remains within the Fed’s target and is currently no cause for alarm. Initial jobless claims hit a low not seen since October 1969 signaling labor market conditions remain very tight. Given the current economic conditions, it is widely expected that the Fed will remain in pause mode when they make their announcement this week.

But based on the Fed's laundry list of concerns, the bond market (which determines rates) will be watching economic data closely, both at home and abroad. The stronger the data, the more rates could rise, while weaker data could lead to new long‐term lows.

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Full Moon Watch: Mark Your Calendars
May 18: Flower Moon

Spring has officially sprung by the time May arrives, and flowers and colorful blooms dot the landscape.

This moon is also known as Corn Planting Moon as crops are sown in time for harvest, or Bright Moon because this full moon is known to be one of the brightest. Some people refer to it as Milk Moon.
Photo Courtesy of soultravelrulescom
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It's a Date - Local May Events
BIKE NIGHT & FIRST FRIDAY
May 3: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Downtown Pacific Grove
The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will be hosting
a free event around cycling in downtown Pacific Grove.
Ride your bike to the event and participate in a ride-around,
raffle giveaway and much more.
Over the Moon Realty will be handing out t-shirts, and Monarch Pub will be hosting the bike decorating contest in their parking lot.
 
THE  WINEMAKERS' CE LEBRATION EVENT
MAY 4
Carmel-by-the-Sea  at Dolores Street (between Ocean & 7th)
Celebrating the wines and winemakers of Monterey County’s world class growing region, the event will display over 100 incredible wines.
TICKETS: Regular tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $125. To purchase tickets visit the official  Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association  website or call 831-375-9400.
(Rob and I first met at this event 10 yrs ago when it was held at Custom House Plaza in Monterey.)

ABRE LA PUERTA
SPRING CONCERT
May 5: 3:00pm
Pacific Grove Performing Arts Ctr
835 Forest Avenue
The 120+ voice Wholehearted Chorus & Kids Choir are collaborating with Toad the Wet Sprocket lead singer Glen Phillips to bring a wonderfully participatory and uplifting singing event to our community. This is not your average choir concert! We will often invite you to sing along, sharing songs learned by heart, direct from the heart. 
Advance tickets recommended ($20), available at wholeheartedchorus.org or at Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore & Secret Garden in Carmel. 

CHEF DUEL
May 6: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Folktale Winery & Vineyards
8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel
Get up close and watch these chefs as they work their magic on stage. We’ll also have seasonally-inspired eats available for purchase, crafted by Folktale’s own Chef Danny Leach.
Tickets are $25 each.

 MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM NEW BECHTEL FAMILY CENTER FOR OCEAN EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP GRAND OPENING
625 Cannery Row, Monterey
RSVP: Click here
FERRARI C HALLENGE
MAY 9 - 12
Get an adrenaline rush as Ferrari's take on the challenging 2.238 mile course at the iconic Laguna Seca.
Save money by buying tickets in advance on the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca website.

SUNSET PRESENTS: LOUIE ANDERSON
May 16: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Tickets: Level I $59 / Level II $49 / Level III $39
The three-time Emmy Award winner is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics, with a career spanning more than 30 years.

SALINAS VALLEY FAIR
MAY 16 - 19
625 Division Street, King City
Experience a traditional country fair with horse shows, a rodeo, bull riding, fair food and the Miss Salinas Valley Fair contest. There's something for everyone at the Salinas Valley Fair including livestock exhibits, carnival rides, wine tastings and live music. 
Tickets: Admission to the fair is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and over, $8 for youth ages 6 through 17, and free for children under 6.

May 17: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pacific Grove Art Center
568 Lighthouse Avenue
You won't want to miss this special evening of acoustic string band Balkan Fusion at its finest. Band leader, singer, & mandolinist, Dave loves playing shows in Pacific Grove whenever he can.
Advance tickets $20 available at  www.pgartcenter.org/Events/Tickets.html  or call the PGAC office
831-375-2208. $25 at the door.

CARMEL ART FESTIVAL
May 17 - 19
Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea Gallery events, lectures, receptions and demonstrations take place at several art galleries in addition to a plein-air painting competition where final works are showcased on Mission Street.  
SPCA Featured Dog: Blanca
Age:  8 years
Breed:  Chihuahua Short Hair/Mix
Gender:  Female
Weight:  6.2 lbs 

Guess what? I would love to go home with you! I came to the SPCA because my owner could no longer care for me. I would love to spend my golden years in a forever home with you. Please call the SPCA at (831) 373-2631 to learn more.
POMDR Featured Dog: James Dean
Breed:  Large Mixed Breed
Age:  5 years
Estimated weight:  45 pounds
Gender:  Male
James Dean has been at the shelter for over 2 months, and he is eager to find a new home. He loves human contact and has convinced himself that he will fit in your lap. He would be an excellent running or walking buddy. He makes it easy and is well-trained on leash and knows some commands. He is very responsive to his human and works hard to please. He would do best with a yard. Contact Peace of Mind Dog Rescue at 831-718-9122 or visit www.PeaceOfMindDogRescue.org.  
AFRP Featured Dog: Aspen
Aspen is a smart, happy and sweet 6-month-old, 18-pound Border Collie mix that wants to be friends with everyone he meets! He is currently in foster care after coming to AFRP from the Salinas Animal Shelter. Aspen has wonderful manners with other dogs and he's able to match his play style to different situations. He is good with people of all ages, and he's not overly interested in cats. This smart boy is quickly learning his basic obedience commands, and he's doing great with his potty training. He sleeps happily all night long in his crate with no barking or whining. He's a great match for an active adopter that can continue his training. He'll do best with another playful dog in his new home.  To arrange a meeting, call AFRP at  831.333.0722 .
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