Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Did you know that the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District will provide you free Mosquitofish??

If you have any standing water at your property, you probably host a breeding ground for mosquitos. Many people do not know that the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District will provide you free Mosquitofish upon request. Just fill out the online request form and a technician will come out to your house and give you as many as you need to keep the mosquitos under control. They also provide other free residential services.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New Listing - 6627 Thunderhead Circle, Orangevale, CA 95662

Lovingly cared for 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,536sf Orangevale home is ready for a new owner! You will love the spacious layout, separate living and family rooms, formal dining room, wood floors, remodeled kitchen with granite counters, tile backsplash, and tile flooring, updated bathrooms with new counters and tile flooring, dual pane windows, large .18ac lot with RV access, covered patio, beautifully landscaped yard with stamped concrete walkways, shed, 50-year composition roof, and central heat and air. Located close to shopping, schools, parks and more! Don't wait! Offered at $335,000. For more photos and detail please visit 6627 Thunderhead Circle, Orangevale, CA 95662.

Friday, May 6, 2016

New Listing - 2826 Alamitos Way, Sacramento (Arden), CA 95821

Adorable 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,209sf home in Del Paso Manor / Arden! You will love the tree-lined street, updated kitchen, large living room with huge window overlooking the spacious park-like backyard, wood flooring throughout, central heat and air, and 1-car attached garage. Offered at $245,000 subject to lender approval of short sale. For more photos and detail please visit 2826 Alamitos Way, Sacramento, CA 95821.

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Listing - 3605 Woodcrest Road, Sacramento (Arden), CA 95821

Elegant 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,483sf Arden home! You will love the spacious layout, separate living and family rooms, remodeled kitchen with self-closing cabinets, granite counters, and high end stainless appliances, formal dining room with kitchen nook, remodeled bathrooms with new vanities, and tiled tub/shower surrounds. Freshly painted interior, new baseboards and crown moulding. Wood floors, dual pane windows, whole house fan, central heat and air, remote controlled driveway gate. Short distance to shopping, schools, and more! Don't wait! Offered at $335,000. For more photos and information please visit 3605 Woodcrest Road, Sacramento, CA 95821.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Downpayment Assistance: not just for low income buyers...

It is a common misconception that downpayment assistance is only available to home buyers who are low income. While it is true that most downpayment assistance programs are based on a buyer's income and family size, the income limits are much higher than most people think. This is the perfect example. I attended a presentation by the California Housing and Finance Agency (CalHFA) where they discussed their available programs. For a family of four, the annual income limit is $91,300 for a conventional loan program, and $87,500 for an FHA loan program. And for their Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program, the income limit is $100,100! The photo shows the sliding scale based on income and family size for Sacramento. There are some great programs and great homes available!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I was featured on the news...Squatters are becoming more common in Sacramento...

It seems like "squatters" have become an issue again. For several years during the housing crash, as many homes sat vacant they were prone to vandalism and break-in. It was not uncommon to encounter people squatting in homes. When values started to go up again and there were not as many vacant properties, it seemed like squatters became less of a problem. Fast forward to today, and squatters seem to be an issue again.

What is a squatter? A squatter is someone who unlawfully enters into a property and stays there without permission from the owner. It is a crime of opportunity, as well as the fact I do think that with the proliferation of smart phone devices squatters can search MLS for vacant property to target.

I encountered squatters at one of my vacant Midtown Sacramento duplex listings a few months ago. I approached the property to install a carbon monoxide detector, and noticed a shopping cart near the front porch. As I got closer I could hear voices inside and footsteps echoing off the hardwood floors. I immediately called the police. Before the 9-1-1 operator could take my information, a police car drove by and I flagged him down. Luckily those squatters did little damage and probably had not been there too long.

I just represented buyers on another Curtis Park triplex property that was broken into and torn apart by squatters. That property was the subject of an ABC Channel 10 news story by John Bartell. You can watch the news story here. Luckily I was able to negotiate a price reduction on the property once we got a full understanding of the extent of the damage, which in this case was extensive. All three HVAC units were stolen. Holes were punched in the walls. All of the copper plumbing and wiring was removed. It was bad.

How can you as a home seller prevent squatters? I highly suggest if you have a vacant property that you give it the appearance that it is occupied. Park a car in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to do so. Make sure your windows have blinds or curtains so people can not see inside. Put a lamp with a plug-in light timer in a few rooms that is set to go on and off during the evening. Keep the grass and landscape trimmed. Make sure you suspend mail so your mailbox does not overflow. Same with the newspaper. Set your alarm and spring for month-to-month monitoring services. Make sure your neighbors are aware the property is vacant and let them know to alert you to any suspicious activity.

A little vigilance goes a long way.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Showed up for home inspections and found a small lake on the side of the house instead...

So I arrived at a Tahoe Park house I have in contract with one of my buyer clients a couple weeks ago to do inspections, and found a lot of water in the gutter out front. My first thought was the seller was over-watering the grass. Then as I got out of the car and approached the house, I could hear the sound of running water. That's not good. I immediately opened the lockbox and went inside the house. Luckily there was no evidence of water inside and I did not see anything leaking in there. I went into the backyard and did not immediately see anything until I went around the side of the house so see what's in the photo...standing water. I found the main water shut-off and turned it off. The sound of the running water, which was coming from under the house, stopped thankfully.

Luckily we caught this early-ish...a roof inspector had visited the house the previous afternoon and said there was no water, so it had been spewing water for much less than a day at the most. This de-railed our inspection plans for the day -- the home inspector and termite inspector have to go under the house, and it was WAY too wet for that.

The seller had a plumbing contractor address the issue under the house where a connection between two pipes had basically blown out. A week later the sub-area of the house had dried out and we completed the home and termite inspections. Both buyer and seller are thankful it was not worse. And my buyer is thankful this happened before she owned the house...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Checked out the Boise Regional Association of Realtors...

Yeah, I know it's super nerdy, but luckily my husband doesn't mind that I like to check out other Associations of Realtors when we visit other towns. We spent 5 days in Boise checking out the local craft beer scene, the Oregon Trail, birds, the state Capitol, and generally goofing off...so naturally I visited the Boise Regional Association of Realtors. Although we went on a Saturday when their offices are typically closed, they were having a first time home buyer class and welcomed us! Super nice people and a neat facility. I enjoy seeing what other associations do...