Monday, October 24, 2016

New Listing - 738 Commons Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825

Stunning 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,643sf single level end unit PUD! You will love this Moss & Moss Atrium model floorplan, spacious light and bright layout with amazing windows that really let the outdoors in! Vaulted ceilings, separate living and family room/den area, freshly painted interior, new flooring, dual pane windows, remodeled kitchen with maple cabinets, pantry and dining nook, large formal dining room, dual master suites, remodeled bathroom, newer central heat and air, LOTS of storage space. Close proximity to clubhouse and pools, American River Parkway, shopping and more. Village 1 in Campus Commons. HOA dues are $295/month. Offered at $349,000. Don't wait! For more photos and information please visit 738 Commons Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Things that appraisers believe are adverse conditions that must be repaired prior to closing...Part 2...

A few months ago I wrote a post showing what one appraiser called out as an adverse condition -- exposed raw wood that needed to be repainted prior to closing...I felt that appraiser was being pretty picky since it was a few square inches of lightly worn paint on a 10-year old home.

Today's scenario is much more egregious -- this is some very obvious dryrot on the exterior siding of the house. Luckily, when I met the sellers to list the property, I noticed the deteriorated siding and trim, and we got a pest inspection before the house went on the market. The seller disclosed the pest inspection report to the buyer in advance, and the buyer agreed to take the house as-is...however the appraiser came along and required the repair work be done prior to closing the transaction. So, the buyer ended up paying for this work to be completed before closing.

One thing to note -- this was required of a conventional loan. A common misconception is that only FHA or VA loan appraisers will note deficiencies in a property and require repairs prior to closing. Conventional appraisers will too if they feel the damage is severe enough, or if the item poses a health and safety hazard.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

New Listing - 880 Lake Canyon Avenue, Galt, CA 95632

Stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,472sf Galt home directly across the street from Lake Canyon Park! You will love the open family room with vaulted ceilings, custom crown moulding, surround sound, huge windows let in lots of natural light, cozy fireplace. Great kitchen has newer appliances, tile counters, nook, and overlooks the backyard. Big bedrooms have built-in shelving, custom mouldings, and ceiling fans. Enviable master suite with custom recessed cabinets, dual sinks, walk-in closet, and access to patio. 2-car garage, tile roof, and Trane HVAC. Located close to shopping, schools, freeways, and more! Don't wait! Offered at $289,000. For more photos and additional detail, please visit 880 Lake Canyon Avenue, Galt, CA 95632.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Listing - 2821 Echo Way, Sacramento, CA 95821

Stunning 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,780sf home on huge .44ac lot near Del Paso Country Club! You will love the light and bright floorplan, dual pane windows, wood flooring, large living room with fireplace insert, spacious bedrooms -- two of them with ensuite bathrooms -- enviable master retreat has European fireplace, crown moulding, huge closet with organizers, amazing stone shower, dual sinks and sitting area leading to the expansive backyard. Major renovation 3 years ago included a new composition roof, new central heating and air, new water heater, and more! Section 1 & 2 pest clearance just completed and exterior fully repainted this month! Don't wait! Offered at $365,000. For more photos and detail please visit 2821 Echo Way, Sacramento, CA 95821.

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Downtown Sacramento Arena "Golden 1 Center" gets two thumbs up from me!

I had the opportunity to attend the very first event at the new Downtown Sacramento Arena, the Golden 1 Center, earlier this week and wanted to share my experience. All in all, I give it two thumbs up!

For mother's day, my brother and I gave my mom tickets to the Paul McCartney Concert for Tuesday, October 4th, and ultimately it became a party of seven, with my husband, my brother's girlfriend, my mom's boyfriend and his son attending with us. Quite the good time!

My husband works downtown, so I took an Uber from our house in the Arden area to downtown Sacramento around 6pm. Traffic into downtown was minimal. We left my husband's car in the City Hall Parking Garage at 11th and J Streets, and walked a few blocks to K-Bar for a beer and dinner. We then walked a few more blocks over to the new Irish pub Malt & Mash that overlooks Saint Rose of Lima Park and the Arena. Both places were busy but not slammed, we got good service and found places to sit.

We then walked in to the arena and the security was thorough, but there were numerous security lines, so no backlog getting on the grounds. We met up the other five, who had walked over from my brother's house, which is just across the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento.

The arena is nice and modern! Lots of food and beverage selections...our seats were in the second row of the upper level. The ONLY complaint I have about the arena is that there was pretty minimal leg-room in the row where we sat. I'm not sure if the rest of the upper level lacks leg-room as we did. Basically sitting was fine, however if someone mid-row needed to go to the restroom, everyone had to stand up to accommodate that person leaving. There is no way to shuffle in your seat to move out of the way.

Of course the concert was amazing. My parents actually took me (and my brother) to my first concert in 1990 which was also Paul McCartney! I was 12 and probably lacked appreciation for his performance at that time. But I have to say, he rocks! He played a nice mix of Beatles music, Wings, and his more recent stuff. I hope I have his energy level when I am 74. He played non-stop for over 3 hours and it was a lively performance.

Once the concert was over, we exited the arena pretty easily. We then walked back to the parking garage. I was surprised that it was only about a quarter full! We had no trouble getting out of the garage, and no trouble getting to 16th Street to take the freeway home to Arden.

Overall, it was a great experience! I admit I was highly skeptical of having an arena downtown for many reasons, but I have to say that I give it two thumbs up and I am excited to attend more events there. Great job Sacramento!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Listing - 10047 Bromley Way, Sacramento, CA 95827

Lincoln Village 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,750sf home is the perfect blank canvas that awaits your personal touches! You will love the light and bright spacious, open layout, separate living and family rooms, wood floors, large kitchen, formal dining room, family room with cozy fireplace, downstairs bedroom and full bathroom, 2-car attached garage, shed, large yard with covered patio on a corner lot. Located close to parks, schools, freeway access, and more. Don't wait! Offered at $249,000. For more information please visit 10047 Bromley Way, Sacramento, CA 95827.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Listing - 2605 Tronero Way, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Well-loved 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,000sf adorable Rancho Cordova home is ready for a new owner! You will love the spacious layout, remodeled kitchen with oak cabinets, tile counters, upgraded light fixtures, and tile flooring, formal dining area, cozy living room with fireplace, remodeled bathroom with tiled shower, tile flooring and pedestal sink, freshly painted interior, brand new carpet throughout, 2-car attached garage, central heat and air, dual pane windows, newer composition roof, and newer stucco exterior. Located close to schools, shopping, public transportation, the river, and more! Don't wait! Offered at $239,000. For more photos and information please visit 2605 Tronero Way, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Don't be "That Cross House" -- remove potentially distracting decor when preparing your home for sale...

I have long advocated for staging homes for sale so they show well and buyers can see the home in its most favorable condition...and while you may love your wall of all the crosses you have collected for years, often times this sort of décor is a little distracting to buyers. It may turn some people off if they are not religious, make the room look unnecessarily darker or smaller than it is, or buyers might label your house "that cross house" when referring to it later and forget all of the great things about it. I bring my go-to stager into my upcoming listings before they go onto the market so that she can make recommendations. In this room, she advised the seller to remove the crosses and thin out the furnishings, and pack them up for her future move. She did, and it made a huge difference in the feel of the room. She made similar changes in the rest of the house. And ultimately, this home got 4 offers on it in just a few days on the market, and sold for $10,000 over the listing price. A little strategic preparation can pay off big time.