Tuesday, February 23, 2016


I recently attended a Meeting about helping Veterans.  Being from a Father who was served two Tours of Duties, my heart reaches out to those who daily put their lives on the line to give us our freedom. After living in Maui a long time, I was exposed to different lifestyles and values.  The Hawaiian people had values that I was so drawn to. How they worship their elders as I had been taught by my own Southern parents. Not how I observed in the United States. For many we often tend to put them in homes and forget about them. 

They also have a love for family that was as I held for my own family and believed for my own values. In Maui I lived with my sister and her family, with my girls for a long time. It was some of the best and happiest years of my life. So I tend to think differently on things than most people here on the Mainland because of my life and times on Maui. As you know me more you will learn I have a big heart and am always out to help people in any way I can. That is the feeling that gives me pleasure, not about making a paycheck.  A smile and a home for someone so deserving is the best! 

So after listening to the speaker of the "VAREP" (Veterans Association Of Real Estate Professionals) explain about their group, why it was formed and how they reach out the help Veterans. I had to sign up. I learned about how they can help a Vet who is possibly not in line to buy a home, but is in need like everyone else to obtain the dream of home ownership. This group is a non-profit group that spend their time helping Vets to establish just that. With classes, counseling, education in buying homes, establishing a timeline, and any needs they can assist in to get them on board to buy a home. I love that I can be a part of something that can bring so much joy to a deserving individual, that may not even know that they can buy a home, or have anyone to reach out to them to establish that.

The other thing that appealed to me about this group is the love to help. "VAREP" Rehabs homes and gives them away ... YES... that is CORRECT!  FREE! They rehab and give away homes each year to deserving individuals.  When I heard that I said SIGN ME UP!  I not only want to be a part of assisting those in need but also I want to put my tool belt on and HELP FLIP THESE HOMES!!  I love to build things.  It is a passion of mine.

Growing up with a Contractor brother and having parents who invested and built homes in beautiful places as Incline Village and Maui to raise their 5 children. I have this pure desire to rehab homes. One day I will do it for myself - but I have helped Rehab over 200 homes in my lifetime so far.  I started out Flipping homes for my own needs.  We flipped the homes we lived in building block up from a modest home, to a Million Dollar home and then another and another until the market dropped in 2007. I was then recruited and went to work as a Realtor of choice for "The Golden 1 Credit Union". I spent the next 3 1/2 years working on rehabbing and Selling their Foreclosures. One year rehabbed 47 homes! WOW... That's right,I ran three crews of Contractor, Handyman Teams flipping left and right.  It was a blast although challenging at times. I learned so much and it gave me such great experience.

Now with being a part of "VAREP" I wanted to reach out and see if you, someone you know, someone in your neighborhood possibly, could use these Services?  I want to be the reason that a Vet can smile at Christmas time, have their own Christmas tree in their own house, knowing they have their own bed to sleep in and are taken care of just like they took care of you and I. 

So I am asking you to reach out to me and notify me of anyone you feel that may meet that need.  Our job is to scout out those that may not know these Benefits exist, possibly don't know how to go getting the ball rolling, to help Veterans qualify for these Services.  "VAREP"  offers grants, counseling, and as I said have a few homes that are even given away FREE of charge each year!! So let me ask you again - WHO is it that you know??  Please call or email me today and lets MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

I will be waiting to hear from you! Many Thanks - Leslie Reed, Realtor - Re/Max Gold
BRE# 01269773 Lesliereedre@gmail.com

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The time to act for Summer CAMPING is NOW!

Hello fellow campers!!

Did you know that January 1st is the time to start making ALL your Summer plans?  Yes that is correct, many of your favorite spots are booking up fast and the time to act is NOW!
One of the benefits to us local residents is knowing all the wonderful places we have up here to camp, boat and fish this Summer.  But those spots start booking at the beginning of the year. I wanted to remind you to act TODAY so that you may not only make memories with your family, but also get the best spots available. Here are a few tips to consider when making a reservation:

Book EARLY for best selection.  Most destinations offer PREMIUM SITES for the same cost of their regular camp sites, or for a very nominal charge. When calling to book your site or looking on line - be sure to check for those PREMIUM sites. These would be the waterfront or best views, or greatest location or amenities offered in that Park. So check carefully!!

Booking on the Coast can sometimes be tricky, Their Summer weather is not always the same as ours. Many times the foggy weather occupies the coast during the summer months but a bit later in the year can offer the clearest, warmest days. So check the weather by googling it first and make sure your days will be the best weather as you could expect.

Bring the items that you need, be prepared.  Most campsites are remote and you will pay FAR more money for those same items, so my advice is pack more and pay less.  You and your wallet will be happy that you did.

Below is a list of my favorites places I have camped both locally and out of state.  I have always been a simple girl who loves the beauty of the earth more than a Shopping Mall.  A waterfall or view from the top of a mountain can give me far more gratification than that of a new outfit.  I hope you are able to try one new spot this year and I hope it brings you memories that will last a lifetime.

Big Sir - Camping in a beautiful area, Fernwood Campground 1-831-667-2422
Bullards Bar Beautiful, Emerald Green Lake, Reservoir Resort 1-530-692-3200
Bodega Bay Camping at it's best locations!  Both are wonderful!
     Wrights Beach 1-800-444-PARK, Premium Sites have a view of the Ocean
     Doran Beach 1-707-875-3540, Premium Sites offer Ocean views as well
Lake Clementine - BOAT IN ONLY, Beautiful white sand beaches 1-800-444-PARK
Monterey, Memorial Park, Camping above the Wharf 1-831-646-3865
Bothe - Most beautiful spot along a creek with many waterfalls, Make sure to do some hiking here. It is one of my favorite places to hie in Napa, from the Redwood Fern Trail to the Coyote Peak trail, they are all beautiful spots! Napa Valley 1-707-942-4575
Irelands RV Park (camping spots too right on the Beach) Gold Beach 1-541-247-0148
Yosemite, I love Lower Pines and they have waterfront sites too. If you are wanting to hike HALF DOME, make sure you register for a pass they are not granted you need to register and a Lottery System picks those who are granted access. Without these you will not be allowed to enter above Little Yosemite Valley above the Mist Trail. (yes there is a Ranger out there checking for passes).  Camp Reservations 1-877-444-6777

Some of my favorite places also include Hotels....  ;)

Irelands Rustic Cottages, Gold Beach Oregon - Hot Tubs right on the Ocean!! This is a favorite, have to hit this one!!  Also the most romantic rustic cottages made of knotty pine and River rock Stone fireplaces... 1-877-447-3526
Casa Madrona InnSausalito   GREAT views of the ocean and classy spot.1-800-288-0502
The Griffon Hotel, SF Love this Hotel for the Waterfront Views and Valet Parking for $40 a day unimited access 1-877-605-7843
Riverpointe Inn, Napa Valley Two Spas, Little Trailer homes with to die for bedding at affordable prices. 1-707-252-4200
Cottage Grove Cottages, Napa Valley These cottages are almost "fairytale". Have everything you could imagine there.  I like crusing on their bikes thru town. The Breakfast is far better than most and their "Happy Hour" is generous and includes 4-5 bottles of wine that the guest stay and mingle at until they're all gone. 1-800-799-2284

Get out there and enjoy life no matter where you go, this earth is a beautiful place I hope you enjoy what she has to offer us.  Happy trails..  =)


Oregon Gorge - so many beautiful waterfalls!
 I found this spot last year. Huge waterfalls reminiscent of Hawaii. Camping here this June I will let you know of my tips after that. I may stay in Troutdale at a Hotel since Oregon is so cheap, and the Campsites I've found are a distance away. Will be hiking all these Falls with some of my best friends. Can't wait! Troutdale reminds me so much of Neveda City - earthy and naturalist town. Love it.  

Cape Disappointment, Oregon
So much history in this area I guarantee you won't be disappointed! I stayed in this area with a friend years back.  This whole area of about a 25 mile radius offers so much history from Lewis and Clark to the Bunkers of the Past World Wars.  Despite the weather which can sometimes be very cloudy, the lush landscaping made the hiking breath taking.  Loved this area and can't wait to re-visit it one day. Long Beach, Washington is a good area to stay in or Asoria, Oregon. Both 15 minutes apart joined by the largest Suspension Bridge.  The Columbia River begins it's decent here and so much history runs along it.  Go discover!

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This post was written by:

Leslie from Northern California.
Yes.. I am a Bay Area transplant, long before everyone starting moving up here from the Bay Area and Southern California in 1977. I believe this helps me to understand what you may be looking for. And can help you adapt to our “Country Lifestyle”. Yes, I know the greatest hiking/ boating/ camping/ fishing spots and the best places to relax! If you are moving from another area, just ask me for one of my helpful Relocations Packages by clicking on the link

I hope you enjoy your visit.

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