Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Listing - 1371 Jonas Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95864

Wonderful 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,476sf home is ready for a new owner. You will love the remodeled kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances, spacious living room with cozy fireplace, wood flooring. Backyard is an outdoor oasis with built-in swimming pool and park-like 0.5ac lot with lots of sunny space to garden and play! Huge 3-car detached garage and circular driveway offers plenty of accessory space and parking. Located near parks and K-12 schools, short distance to Sacramento State. Offered at $475,000 subject to lender approval of short sale. For more photos please visit 1371 Jonas Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95864.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Heirs: please do not throw out home maintenance records if you find them...

I listed a Sacramento home recently where the owner passed away earlier this year. The person selling the home is the "successor trustee" of the owner's Living Trust -- the niece of the owner. She came out from Texas to go through the house, clean it out and get it ready for sale.

I visited the house the other day as they were packing items up to move and getting ready for a huge garage sale, and the niece handed me a box. Looking inside, I discovered the owner retained records for EVERYTHING. And by everything, I mean everything. Every appliance she purchased, service records for maintenance, extended warranty information and more dating back nearly 40 years.

We were able to purge a little of it -- for example the central heat and air system she installed in the 1980s was replaced just a few years ago. And the coffee maker she bought in 1996 was being sold in a garage sale and not coming with the house.

Homes that are sold by the successor trustees of a living trust where the owner has passed away or become incapacitated are exempt from many of the typical disclosures given to buyers during a home sale. Often, successor trustees have never occupied the home and don't know pertinent information about the home. If you are ever in the position to have to sell the home of a deceased person, PLEASE do not throw out these records if you find them while sorting out the affairs of the estate. This sort of cache of information is absolutely invaluable to the new owner.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Listing - 4720 Custis Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95822

Adorable 2 bedrooms + loft, 1 bathroom, 1,068sf Hollywood Park home on .14ac lot! You will love the classic features paired with modern amenities: wood floors, spacious living room with cozy fireplace, formal dining room, updated kitchen with tile counters, remodeled bathroom, and neat upstairs loft which is a possible 3rd bedroom or the perfect home office! Enclosed sun room area and front patio deck offer more spaces to hang out, and large sunny backyard with pergola is the perfect place to garden or play! Short distance to schools, parks, shopping, public transportation and more. Offered at $324,900. For more information and a 3D tour, please visit 4720 Custis Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95822.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Things that appraisers believe are adverse conditions that must be repaired prior to closing...Part 3...

I met a plumbing contractor today to fix something that absolutely could lead to trouble. Do you notice where the arrow is pointing? That is not a good place to have a sizable gap and a big old hole -- in the wall of a shower where water can easily dribble in behind the wall. This can lead to dryrot or other deterioration. The top image is the appraiser's photo, and the bottom image is after repairs were made.

This was required of an FHA appraiser for a FHA loan...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Listing - 6308 & 6310 Blackstar Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Excellent real estate investment opportunity with this well-maintained Citrus Heights duplex. Convenient and high-demand location. This property is a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom/1-car garage and a larger 2 bedroom/2 bathroom/1-car garage duplex, each side with long-term tenants. Spacious units flow nicely with lots of living space, open layouts, big bedrooms, ample storage, and private backyards. 6308 have newer flooring. Reports, income/expenses, and maintenance records available. Located near shopping, public transportation, parks, schools, and I-80. Offered at $338,000. For more photos and detail, please visit 6308-6310 Blackstar Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Listing - 5333 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Adorable 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, 1,260sf home on Elmhurst's highly sought T Street Parkway! You will love the classic features coupled with the modern amenities. Light and bright floorplan, wood floors, updated kitchen with stainless appliances, dual pane windows, large bedrooms, central heat and air, lots of storage space, detached garage, drought-tolerant front landscape. Huge backyard is the perfect place to entertain with covered outdoor kitchen and fun beer garden area! Close to UCDMC, East Sacramento, parks, restaurants, and more. Don't wait! Offered at $459,900. For more information and a 3D tour, visit 5333 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95819.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Listing - 2008 Benita Drive, Unit 4, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 924sf upper-level Rancho Cordova condo is a great investment opportunity! You will love this low-maintenance, cute, clean unit, light and bright open floorplan, updated kitchen with granite counters, updated bathroom with tile tub surround and newer vanity, laminate flooring, and window coverings. Well-manicured gated community. Conveniently located near the American River, parks, public transportation, the new Folsom Lake College campus, Hwy 50, shopping, k-12 schools, and more. Don't wait! HOA dues $267/mo. Offered at $102,500. For more photos and additional detail, visit 2008 Benita Drive #4, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Saw the 'Great American Eclipse' in Salem, Oregon -- in the path of totality...

A year ago my husband asked me if I was doing anything on August 21, 2017...my schedule was free of course. He pitched the idea of visiting Salem, Oregon to see a full solar eclipse in its path of totality. Sure, 'why not' I thought. He and I saw an annular eclipse at its totality in Redding in 2012, which was neat. This would probably also be neat.

Honestly, the annular eclipse from 2012 was cool to check out, but I was not blown away. During an annular eclipse, the moon is further away from the earth and appears smaller from earth, so while it does cover the sun it never blocks the sun completely. A little ring of sun is still visible around the moon, and you still can't look directly at it without blinding yourself. So it looked like a Cheerio through eclipse glasses. Again neat. A lot of people turned out to view it in Redding.

Ok so I figured this full solar eclipse would be neat too. I agreed to go. My husband made all the arrangements, booking our hotel stay a full year in advance.
All I can say is that this full solar eclipse was so far beyond neat. It was definitely one of the most spectacular things I have EVER seen. I was not expecting to be so amazed by it. It was more than worth the hype! Up until the complete "totality" the eclipse could only be viewed using special eclipse glasses...during the totality, it was visible without glasses and was absolutely beautiful - like a glowing, floating orb I don't think I could ever fully describe.

This video does not do the eclipse justice at all, but perhaps my reaction and the crowd's reaction may indicate just how awesome it was. My husband set up his Nikon and captured some images that are better but still don't do it any justice.

With that, bring on 2024 when there will be another one visible in the United States!