Today is Saturday 21st of April 2018



Happy Thanksgiving from The Sister Team!

Today is a day of giving thanks, even though every day should be reserved for giving thanks and expressing gratitude in general.  Tara and I are grateful for our family, friends and clients!  To be able to live in the neighborhood where we work is also a blessing.  From helping families purchase their very first home, to helping families sell a current home and move to their next life chapter are accomplishments we are grateful to have been given the chance to perform.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, including the men and women serving in the military around the world!

Our blessings,

Tara and April



Fifty-five years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued America’s first Veterans Day Proclamation.  In it, President Eisenhower called on all Americans to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

In 2009, we continue to honor those brave Americans who have served our nation in uniform; some 48 million men and women whose service spans our history — from the War for Independence to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our Veterans Day observance has evolved over the years.  Our nation’s custom of observing the end of World War I in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month became a legal holiday known as Armistice Day in 1938.  In recognition of military service members’ sacrifices in World War II and Korea, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day so that, as President Eisenhower said, “a grateful nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this nation.”

This year on Veterans Day 2009, we honor not only those who fought in our nation’s wars, but all who took that solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies” as members of America’s armed forces.

Of course, we remember and honor the more than 1.1 million patriots who have died while in military service to America.  We must never forget them, or the 24 million other American veterans who passed on since their service.  But the beauty of Veterans Day is that we take the time to remember and thank those who have defended us, or stood ready to do so, while they are still with us.

And more than 23 million veterans are still here with us.  Three-fourths of them served during time of war; all of them served and all deserve our gratitude!!

Daylight Saving Time Can Save Lives!

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Twenty years ago, the people from Energizer Batteries and the nation’s firefighters came up with an idea that likely has saved thousands of homes and perhaps as many lives!

The idea connected two unrelated activities: changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time and changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  It’s a sad fact that approximately 80 percent of fire deaths results from fires in homes without working smoke alarms.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, November 1st this year!

Remember the old saying, “Spring Forward, Ball Back”.



Here’s an excerpt from “The Grinch Who Stole Halloween”:

Everyone in Boo-ville liked Halloween a lot…
But the Grinch in the cave, certainly did NOT!
The Grinch hated Halloween!  The whole Halloween season!
Now, please don’t ask why.  No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his childhood just didn’t go right.
It could be his neighbor’s candy generosity was too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his Halloween spirit was two sizes two small.

Staring down his window with a sour, Grinchy frown,
At the warm lighted pumpkins below in their town.
For he knew every Boo down in Boo-ville below,
Were finishing costumes, getting ready to go.

He slunk to their iceboxes and drank while they read,
And made himself a sandwich with their Halloween bread!
He cleaned out the iceboxes as sure as you’re born,
The Grinch even stole their last piece of candy corn!

Then he walked to the pumpkins with obvious glee,
“And NOW!” he grinned, “Halloween belongs to me!”
He grabbed up the gourds with no loss of love,
When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and he saw a small Boo,
Little Cindy-Lou Boo, who was not more than two.

He later stared down at Boo-ville; the tall and the small,
Were all trick-or-treating and having a ball!
He hadn’t stopped Halloween from coming.  It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

They saw past his deeds and ignored all his fright,
He’s still hearing fun-loving screams in the night!
Maybe Haloween, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Haloween… perhaps means a bit more!

And what happened then? Well, in Boo-ville they write,
The Grinch’s Halloween spirit grew three sizes that night!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween,
 from The Sister Team!

An Important Addition to Our Website

lost and found magnifying glass

We have included a LOST AND FOUND page under the COMMUNITY tab on our website.  We will continue to remind people in our newsletter (The Chit Chat) that we will post any lost or found item so a happy reunion can be arranged with the proper owner, whether the item be a pet, a baseball glove, a bicycle, or a wallet!

Our most recent FOUND item was a Beagle dog.  Click here to see if you recognize him.  This is, unfortunately, one more cute and cuddly reason why it is so important to have an electronic ID microchip inserted into your pet(s).  The cost is about $15 per pet at most animal shelters or vet offices — a small fee in the scope of things.  You will also buy your pet time at the animal shelter if he/she is picked up — usually a pet with a microchip is held for a few days longer than the other animals.

So please contact us via phone (951-205-4429) or email ( should you need to post a LOST or FOUND item.  We look forward to helping out in any way that we can!

–Tara and April

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