Knoxville Tennessee Real Estate Trends

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 3:10 pm, February 21st, 2012  

2012 Real Estate Trends: Comparing Knoxville to the rest of Tennessee

By guest author Emma Crawford

With 2012 getting in full swing this February, a number of real estate markets around Tennessee are analyzing their original goals to see where they are stacking up. A number of cities such as Memphis and Nashville are looking to seek improvements in the market in 2012. With one month underway, a look at the Knoxville real estate market’s place in comparison to the rest of the state and nearby cities is a great way to measure early success.

For the entire state of Tennessee, median prices are sitting at $129,000 right now. Knoxville’s average listing price of $240,000 in February is certainly superior to the statewide average, which is a great positive for area sellers. In comparison, Memphis’s current median prices are sitting at $145,000. When it comes to median prices, Knoxville is certainly holding an advantage over other the rest of Tennessee right now.

Mortgage rates are certainly an important part of real estate these days. As they’ve hit record lows in 2011, buyers have been able to take advantage of rates lower than a lot of rent prices. Compared to the state’s two biggest cities, Memphis and Nashville, Knoxville is currently home to the lowest 30 year fixed rate mortgages of the three. Knoxville’s current APR of 3.88 is highly comparable to Memphis and Nashville, which are both sitting at 3.977 APR

Just as mortgage rates have gone down, apartment rental rates continue to go up throughout the country. While this is one area where Knoxville is similar to the state’s other big cities, the trends could be positive for area sellers. Knoxville’s rentals are up almost four percent over the past three months, while Nashville apartments have gone up nearly eight percent in the same time frame. With apartment rentals going up all over the state, it’s possible that those who are on the fence between renting and buying could decide to pull the trigger on the purchase of a home in 2012.

Right now, Knoxville has comparable inventory to Nashville near 3050, although it’s short of Memphis, who has 3095 homes on the market. However, even though Memphis has a better inventory right now, homes are staying on the market for a lot shorter time in the Knoxville area. Right now, the average Memphis-area home is on the market for 121 days, compared to just 100 on average for a home in the Knoxville area.

Certainly there are some gives and takes when it comes to Knoxville’s current status compared to other large real estate markets in Tennessee. One huge positive is the clear advantage in listing price that Knoxville currently holds, which will be a boon for area sellers. Hopefully the record low mortgage rates in the state, combined with rising rental rates can help continue to drive a strong 2012 in the Tennessee real estate markets.

Visit KnoxvilleHomeCenter.com for all your Knoxville area and east Tennessee real estate needs.

 

Knoxville TN Homes | How to Choose Your New Neighborhood

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 9:11 am, July 10th, 2011  

How to Choose Your New Neighborhood

A guest post by James Kim.

Moving is a strenuous task. Not only do you have to deal with the extremely stressful transition into a new life in a new place, but you have to pack your old life into boxes and coordinate a move. Even more stressful, though, is the process of choosing a new house. One of the biggest components to buying the perfect house is choosing the right neighborhood for you — a task that can become complicated and frustrating if, say, you are perusing Austin real estate but know nothing about the city and its layout. No need to worry. There are several tips to keep in mind that can make your task that much easier.

Familial Situation

A huge component to deciding on an area is whether or not you have children. If you do, you want to look for an area that is near to a school. Try visiting a website like Great Schools to examine schools, their locations and ranking. You may also want to look at real estate property near a park, playground, and local pool to make family activities more accessible. Clearly, if you do not have offspring, you will probably want to steer clear of school zones. However, living in suburbia could have its perks — moving into a location near a school can help you sell your house later on down the road.

Commute

No one wants to wait hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic every morning to get to work. When investigating different neighborhoods, always snoop around during rush hour traffic in addition to normal business hours to really get a feel for the traffic you will be up against.  Being close to public transportation can alleviate this problem, so also investigate other means of getting to and from work.

You may also want to see what “amenities” are near your neighborhood of choice. How far is the grocery store? Post office? Mall? Downtown area? Gym? While that quaint house tucked in the quietest part of town may be charming, it may be more isolated than pragmatic.

Safety

Most importantly, you will want to consider safety. You can check out the crime rates in your prospective area by visiting sites like Family Watchdog. Ask the neighborhood police force or even local business owners if the area is safe. Will you be able to walk home or take a jog around the area at night? You can’t create a home if you don’t trust your neighbors or your area.

Ambiance

Research only goes so far. After researching on the internet, visit the area under consideration. Take a walk around the block, visit the local coffee shop, mingle with the locals, and get a “feel” for the place. To cover all your bases, visit the neighborhoods at all times of day in different circumstances. Chat with a realtor who specializes in the area and ask them how the neighborhood is at night.

While finding a new place and moving can be extremely stressful, you can minimize your headache by keeping these tips in mind. Your efforts will pay off in a home that could last you a lifetime.

James Kim writes for Austin Real Estate service Homecity.com. HomeCity combines powerful online Austin MLS search technology and other online tools with personalized real estate services to provide clients with the knowledge they need to make the right buying and selling decisions.

Knoxville Tennessee | Latest spam alerts

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 8:01 am, June 1st, 2011  

Following are the most recent batch of spam, trogan, and virus alerts sent to my email filter. Be on the lookout for them and don’t fall for any of their schemes.

Your best protection is to keep your computer updated and keep your antivirus program running at all times.

Please keep in mind that all the links below lead not to the virus itself but to the www.OnlyMyeMail.com alert.

I thought the eBay alert one was especially clever but a fraud attempt nonetheless.

Be careful out there and always practice safe computing.

Virus and Fraud Email Security Updates

Below are the fraud, trojan and virus alerts that were posted to the OnlyMyEmail Spam Blog during the last month.  Emails reported are chosen due to inbound volume and/or the frequency that end users are resending these emails to themselves, indicating they may mistakenly believe them to be legitimate.

Apple Store Order Notification Spam
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/apple-store-order-notification-spam/

Wells Fargo Online Fraud Prevention ? Spam ? Fraud
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/wells-fargo-online-fraud-prevention-spam-fraud/

Critical security patch released! ? Spammed Virus
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/critical-security-patch-released-spammed-virus/

OnlyMyEmail Receives Highest Score Ever in the Virus Bulletin Spam Challenge
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/onlymyemail-receives-highest-score-ever-in-the-virus-bulletin-spam-challenge/

Action Required : Download New Acrobat PDF Reader For Your Windows – Spam
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/action-required-download-new-acrobat-pdf-reader-for-your-windows-spam/

Message from eBay Member Regarding Item # ? Spam/Fraud
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/message-from-ebay-member-regarding-item-spamfraud/

Your account has been locked ? TCF Spam
http://blog.onlymyemail.com/your-account-has-been-locked-tcf-spam/

There are many additional posts on a wide variety of email topics.

Feel free to pass these links along to others that may benefit from these security warnings.

Knoxville TN | Stop! Don’t put your home on the market!

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 9:11 am, March 14th, 2011  

Don’t put your Knoxville home on the market before watching these 5 tips to prepare your home for sale. Visit my Knoxville website to get more great selling tips and suggestions based on more than 30 years of experience selling homes just like yours.

Here’s my “90 second lightning round” of home selling tips for the very busy. ;)

 

Here’s 40 more free or low cost tips for you that will likely make your Knoxville area home sell faster and for more money.

Outdoors

1. Be sure your lawn and shrubbery is kept trimmed at all times. Consider
removing overgrown trees and shrubs that  hide the house from the street.

2. Keep the garage doors down at all times.

3. For a touch of color, have seasonal flowers growing in beds and containers.

4. Make sure your driveway is in good repair. Pressure wash concrete drives
and walks to remove stains and car drippings, and put a fresh coat of
sealer on asphalt drives.

5. Make sure patios and decks are clean and in good repair.  Replace any
rotten wood and nail down loose boards on decking or steps; pressure wash
if needed.

6. Garage sale time! Clear out everything you don’t intend to keep and tidy
up what’s staying.  Make sure garage doors and openers are in proper
working order.

7.Check all railings and fencing to make sure it’s in good repair and
freshly painted.

8. Pay special attention to the area around your front door; make sure your
doorbell works, clean all cobwebs, leaves, and other debris that may have
accumulated there. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint if needed;
paint is one of the most cost effective fix up items you can do.

9. Check for broken windows or leaking seals on thermo pane windows;
replace if necessary.

10. Clean all the cobwebs from around the front door.  Make sure all
outdoor lighting (especially front porch) is clean and shiny; replace if
necessary. It is especially important that the entrance to your home make a
good first impression on prospective buyers.  This sets the tone for the
whole showing.

11. Check your mailbox. Is it straight and upright? Neatly trimmed around?

12. Before you start indoors walk across the street in front of your house
and look back (like a buyer will see it).  Does it present an appealing
appearance?

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Indoors

13. Start by walking through the house and making a list. Do your carpets
need shampooing? Floors need a fresh coat of wax? Dust all ceiling fans
especially the blades and wash light
fixtures.
14. You’re going to have to pack when you move anyway, so go through all
your closets and pack up everything you don’t need for the next couple of
months. A closet with only a few neatly arranged items creates an
impression of abundant storage space.

15. Thin out overcrowded rooms. Ever notice the model homes sparse
furnishings?  They make the rooms look larger. Consider renting a storage
facility to store excess lamps, tables, and large items that eat up space
in a room.

16.Go through and pack up most of your family pictures and collections of
model ships, stamps, quilts, or anything that might cause a buyer to stop
and look at your collections of stuff instead of your house.

17.Check all light fixtures to make sure all the bulbs burn.  Use the
largest wattage bulb that you safely can to give off more light.

18. Wash all your windows and make sure window treatments are clean and in
good repair. Keep the window coverings open whenever possible to let in
more light.

19. With a good degreaser, wipe down everything in the kitchen so it feels
clean to the touch. Clean your stove and oven; replace stove eye pans if needed

20. Go through your kitchen cabinets and pantry to make sure they’re neat
and tidy; give any food that you don’t plan to use right away to the local
food pantry.

21.Make sure your sinks are clean at all times and free of dirty dishes and
utensils.

22. Remove all excess items from your counters to give the impression of
lots of work surface.

23. Pleasing aromas add to the appealing atmosphere we’re trying to
establish for your buyers; consider keeping a saucepan of potpourri on the
stove to give off an appealing scent.

24.Clean all light switch places by taking them off and washing with soap
and water; replace if necessary.

25.Make sure the bathrooms are spotless at all times with fresh towels,
decorative soaps, and all fixtures are shiny, scrubbed, and in good repair.

26. Check all faucets and shower heads to make sure they’re spotless and
free of leaks and drips.

27. Repaint interior rooms if needed with neutral colors.

28.Don’t forget your ceilings too; years of living in a home with cooking,
smoking, and other everyday activities can stain ceilings.  Paint ages;
repaint if needed.

29. Don’t have large, space eating house plants sitting around; give them
away or ask a neighbor to store them until you move.

31.The more light you can get into a room the bigger and more spacious the
room will appear. When you leave for a showing, turn on lights in rooms
that are normally darker than you would like and make sure the window
coverings are open to admit outside light.

32. An old decorator trick to bring in more light as well as make rooms
appear larger are mirrors; either hanging on a wall or on a stand.

33. Pack away and store out of season clothes. Get rid of extra hangars.
Straighten up your shoes (consider some inexpensive shoe racks from a
discount store like K-Mart or Wal-Mart).

34. When painting don’t forget the interiors of closets and the closets
doors; make sure all closet and interior doors open and close correctly.

35. Check where ceilings meet wall and clean all cobwebs, this is a
commonly overlooked area when cleaning, along with tops of tall furniture
items such as hutches, entertainment centers, etc.

36. If you have a pet make sure there are no odors. You may not notice
odors since you live with your pet every day, have a neutral third party
give your home a “sniff” test for objectionable odors that may turn buyers off.

37. Also, when buyers come to visit, keep your pet under control, or better
yet, get a friend or neighbor to “pet sit” for you while the buyers are
looking.

38. It’s important that you leave the house for all showings. Buyers feel
less inhibited if you’re not around and will usually take a closer look in
closets and in kitchen cabinets, as well as voice any objections that your
agent can then deal with. If the buyers won’t make comments because you’re
following them around pointing things out then your agent can’t deal with
any potential problems that may hinder making an offer.

39. If you have several vehicles make sure the spot closest to the door
buyers enter through is empty for them.

40. Freshly baked or even store bought cookies & little snacks along with
an appropriate beverage (hot in winter, cold in summer) along with a sign
saying “Please Sit Down and Enjoy a Treat While You’re Here” will make your
home more memorable even if they don’t take anything. Remember little
things can go a long way towards getting your home sold quickly for the
best price.

Call or email me Jim@JimLee.com for a free, no obligation consultation on your home’s most likely selling price and how to sell it faster for more money.

 

Knoxville area 2010 homes sales end strong

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 11:08 pm, January 14th, 2011  

One of the tough things about making predictions of any sort is that it’s pretty easy to be wrong. I seem to have been wrong once again on my prediction in total 2010 Knoxville, TN area home sales.

If you will recall on November 15, 2010 I predicted a year end total of 9,500 total homes and condos sold in the greater Knoxville area but the final total turned out to be 10,133 for the year. That’s about 600 more than I thought would sell making my guess off by about 6%; not too bad for a guess. It appears the 4th quarter sales of 2010 were far stronger than I thought they would be.

Here’s how 2010 ended up in Knoxville compared to the past 9 years:

2010 sales

You’ll notice that 2010 ended up about 400 homes below 2009. In analyzing the sales data for the past few years I believe the 2009 and some of the 2010 data was artificially inflated by the $8,000 tax credit that expired on April 30th of 2010.

That tax credit may have been driving Knoxville area sales by as much as 20% or more. In addition to driving sales it also seems to have encouraged the sale of more lower priced homes (first time buyers) driving the average sales prices down along with the median prices.

average & median

So now we’re in January of 2011 and what’s the Knoxville housing market like so far?

We’re only 2 weeks into the year so very little hard data is available but I’m hearing a lot of anecdotal positive stories from my fellow Realtors about increased traffic at open houses, more inquiries on listings for sale, and lenders fielding questions about interest rate and mortgage loans.

If all that positive activity continues, then 2011 should be a good year for Knoxville sellers and buyers with both increased numbers of sales and higher average prices since the market will be more balanced with the demise of the tax credit.

Interest rates remain at historic lows and inventory of homes in all prices ranges is plentiful.

Head on over to KnoxvilleHomeCenter.com to see all the Knoxville, TN area homes for sale and please email or call me with any homebuying or selling questions.

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Good Grief!! “We has met the enemy and he is us”

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 7:15 pm, December 9th, 2010  

2 of my favorite quotes from the comics; “Good Grief!” is Charlie Brown of Peanuts fame favorite saying. “We has met the enemy and he is us” is from an old comic strip called “Pogo”. Pogo was a cartoon opossum and the originator of that saying.

There has been a lot of noise on the net lately about automated home valuation models along with an increase of websites offering them to both buyers and sellers of real estate.

Unfortunately for those that put a lot of stock in these online appraisals they’re generally overly broad and very, very often not valid for today’s prices in a given neighborhood.

I had a buyer recently I had been sending e mails of listings that nominally met his buying criteria. One day he called and wanted to go look at 3 houses he said he was interested in.

We went and one turned out to be his proverbial dream house. Went back to the office to write an offer and he pulled out not one, not two, but three online valuations of his 3 favorite houses including the one we were fixing to write an offer on.

Good Grief!!

I’ve never seen such a disjointed batch of alleged comparable sales in my real estate career. Just because a house has the same number of square feet as another or happens in be in close proximity, that has nothing to do with the value of either house.

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Some of them had used a condo complex just down the street to compare to a single family home in a neighborhood, others were wildly out of the ballpark both ways on suggested values.

After we sat down and went on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to find some valid comparables along with some knowledge I had of those sales, we wrote a successful offer.

The huge flaw with most of these services is that they just pull sales from databases and the programmers have no clue as to where they’ve told it to look.

They also don’t (and can’t) factor in nuances we would likely be aware of like sellers paying closing costs for a buyer, redecorating-done or not, property size, and a host of other very important variables.

There’s way too many of these so called “instant appraisal” services running around out there leading both buyers and sellers off in the wrong direction about the value of houses for sale.

We need to go a much better job of educating the public and our buyers and sellers about the flaws and limitations of these online valuation guys or we’ll be dealing with stuff like this on every sale.

Somehow I don’t have high hopes of that happening.

“We has met the enemy and he is us.”


December 7th 1941 “A Day That Will Live In Infamy!”

Posted by Jim Lee, REALTOR® @ 10:35 am, December 7th, 2010  

Today is December 7th, 2010. 69 years ago at this time Japan was attacking our American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Following is a recollection from a then young sailor that was actually there during the attack. Reposted with permission of fellow Realtor Saul Klein the son of this sailor.

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR by Marcus Klein, US Navy Retired, CWO-4

“Today is December 7, 1991. Fifty years ago today, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. I’m going to try and tell my story, the best that I can remember, of the events that occurred on that day to me.

I was attached to the USS Medusa AR?1, which was a battle ship tender. Our duties were to repair battleships. I never was able to get back to my ship.   Being married, I lived outside the base, and rated overnight liberty. The first thing that happened to me was the woman across the street whose husband was a Chief in the Navy came out and started screaming, “The Japs are attacking Pearl Harbor!”   I ran out of our house and looked up in the sky over Pearl. We weren’t too far away. We were next to Hickam Field. I saw the bombs exploding in the air and the planes diving all over and I just couldn’t believe what was happening.

My first thought was they were having a mock battle, but I had the ­radio on and the announcer said all personnel return to your ships. As I ran down the street, I told Lani, “You run up to the hills and hide if the Japs land. You don’t want to be caught by them.” I got on the highway. We lived right near Dillingham Highway. An officer in his car stopped on his way back and picked me up. We headed towards the base and before we got there a plane came straight down the highway, strafing, and we ran off the highway into the cane fields and bounced along until we finally stopped, got out, and ran the rest of the way to the base. As we went through the gate, the Marines were firing at the planes with their 45’s. The only thing we could to do was throw stones at them. That’s how close they were.

We headed toward Fleet Landing which was just a short distance away. When we got down there, there were lots of sailors coming back. The sailor on duty said, “Report to any place on the base that you can be of help. There are no boats running, there’s no possible way to get back to your own ship.”

My ship, the Medusa, was tied about as far away as it could be from the landing. We were on the other side of Ford Island. The battleship row was on this side. The Medusa was on the opposite side at a place called Middlelock, which was off of Pearl City. Next to the Medusa was the Curtis, a seaplane tender.

Along side the Medusa, on the other side, were destroyers.   I think there were 4 of them, old 4?stack destroyers. In the mean time, near the landing, I ran towards a group of men. We all ran towards the Navy yard figuring that was the best place to help. We were almost at the Officers Club when a Jap plane came diving straight down towards us. Several of the men in the group were hit and killed but we kept on going until we got to the docks.

I saw a whaleboat along side the dock, and I told one of the other fellows, “Let’s take this thing out and see if we can help the men in the water.” You  could see the flames and all the water was on fire around the battleships, mainly the Arizona and the California. The Nevada was on her way towards the channel. We ran and got into the  boat and I said, “I can run the engine if you can steer it.” So I started it up and got underway.

We started out towards the Arizona. That’s where most of the fire was. While heading that way, I looked up and saw we were going towards the channel. I turned around and yelled at the guy with me. He had been shot and was over the side in the water. I found I didn’t know what to do. I turned the engine off and dove into the water. I couldn’t do anything for the guy who was in the water, so I swam over to the Okalala, which was over by the drydock and I got out of the water.

The Pennsylvania was in the drydock and the Casin and Downs was forward of it. I remember my dad telling me that, when there was fire you always put water on the building next to it to keep it cool so it doesn’t burn too. So we grabbed a hose. I got another guy to help me. The hose had a suicide nozzle on it and we started spraying down the bow of the Pennsylvania. It was then I could see that this fire was getting out of control. It was really bad on the Casin and Downs, so we started shooting out a stream of water on the Casin and Downs. It wasn’t too long before the fire reached the magazines of one of the ships and she blew up.

The concussion was so great, that in the Pipe Shop, which is along side the dock on the other side of the cranes, the corrugated metal on the walls blew off. I noticed, at this time that I was bleeding from a head wound. The shrapnel from the Casini or the Downs must have hit me; or that of a plane; I have no idea. I don’t know what happened. It didn’t hurt too much. There were too many things going on.

All of this was just hard to believe. Here our fleet, the greatest in the world, was destroyed, being destroyed, and no way of doing anything to fight back. This was a terrible feeling. So I kept thinking I better go and get under somebody’s command. After all , the guy said “go wherever you can to help.” I feel a lot of the ships’ men had been killed because some hadn’t gotten back to their ships. I reported to the first ship I could. At least I would be under the jurisdiction of a command.

I ran down the docks and saw the St. Louis had gotten under way. She had been tied alongside the Honolulu. I figured the Honolulu would go next. I’ll get on her. Well, unknown to me, she had been hit by a 250 pound bomb. It went through the dock and exploded under the water ripping the seams of the Honolulu’s magazines.  Although she’d been casting off her lines, she came back and tied up again. I reported to the officer of the Deck and I guess It looked pretty messy, bloody, and wet. He said,”You’d better go down to sick bay.” I didn’t know where it was so they sent a messenger to take me down and the corpsman put some sutures in my head.

Then I went back to the quarter deck and he said, “What ship were you on?” I told him I was a Fireman First on the Medusa as a metal smith. He said they’d assign me to the metal smith shop. They needed help because they had several oil tanks that were ruptured. They had splits in the seams from the concussion of the bomb that went off in the magazine.  So, I reported to the metal smith’s shop and I went with a working party down into the magazine. I spent the rest of the day and all night in the magazine tearing off insulation so we could get to the seams that were torn open. After I got out of there, I became part of the crew on the Honolulu, so, actually, I was never on the Medusa on December 7th. I was on the Honolulu, a light square?stern cruiser.

As I look back, I don’t ‘remember how I got clothes. I had no money and no clothes. I guess some of the sailors in the shop had given me clothes to wear and maybe an old toothbrush. I asked if could go back to my ship and they said that eventually they’d get me back. It was ten days before I got back. There was no way I could send word to Lani about what happened. I asked one of the yard workers who was working in the yard if he would stop by my house and let my wife know I was okay.   This one yard worker finally told my wife and the family that I was still alive and aboard the Honolulu. After ten days, I was sent back to the Medusa with a letter stating that I came aboard and received a commendation on the work that I did while I was on the Honolulu.

The first thing the kids aboard the Medusa wanted to show me was my battle station. It seems the destroyers alongside on the starboard side had destroyed the crows nest while firing at the Jap Kamikaza which dove into the Curtis. The destroyers were firing over the Medusa at the plane right through the crow’s nest. If I hadn’t been home, I would have been aboard the ship and would have been killed by my own bullets.

The events were terrible, even after the battle. Remembering December 7th and the things that went on when you look back seems like a lifetime ago. It’s hard to believe that we lived through something like this.  I was in three Wars. I was on submarine war patrols. Nothing could compare with the     sight of seeing the fleet destroyed.

I worked on and got my request approved for submarine duty. In June or July, I was transferred to the Naval station awaiting transportation back to the mainland. While there, we were sent on working parties, digging bodies out of the Arizona and some of the other ships. We were taking them up to Red Hill to be buried.

Looking back today, I hope no one has to go through this again. “This is a sorry day in our history,”as Roosevelt said, “a day of infamy.” Only those who were there can really understand how dreadful, how horrible it all was. I think the wound I got from the ships or from the planes that day is a small thing to happen, compared to what could have happened.”

Post Note by Saul Klein:  My Dad and Mom are both Pearl Harbor Survivors. My Dad, passed away on January 15, 2005. My mom now lives in a “55 or Better” community in Palm Springs. Mom and Dad met in Hilo, Hawaii in January of 1941. My Dad was a sailor, a Jewish kid, 23 years old, from Detroit. My mom was a 17 year old local girl (Hawaiian, Portuguese, English, and a little Chinese for good measure some say). Mom and Dad were married on June 28th, 1941 in Honolulu, by a Justice of the Peace and on December 7, 1941, they lived in Navy Housing Area 3 (NHA 3) on Ninth Street right outside of the Main Gate of Pearl Harbor. My Mother’s parents lived in a little shack on “P Road” in an area known as Damon Tract, which is now where the Honolulu Airport is located. Visit http://MarcusAndLaniKlein.com