Monday, June 13, 2016

Broker license has been renewed for another 4 years...

Leave it to the California Bureau of Real Estate to figure out how to time travel. I finished my 45 hours of continuing education and just renewed my California real estate broker license this week, and the issue date on my new license certificate is nearly 3 months from now, September 12, 2016. I think that's kinda funny!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Qualified to be an Outstanding Life Member of the Sacramento Association of Realtors Masters Club!

When I first started in real estate many moons ago, the biggest goal I set for myself was to qualify to become a member of the Sacramento Association of Realtors Masters Club. Qualifying involves meeting the minimum sales production levels as set by the Masters Club Steering Committee, which means closing a minimum number of transactions and minimum total dollar volume for the year. They generally set the goals to be in line with the top 5-10% of all Realtors in the Sacramento area.

Well, I did not qualify in my first year...however, I did qualify and became a member in my second year. As of last week, something 11 years in the making, I closed my qualifying transaction for the 10th year in a row. And with that, I have met the criteria for 2016 to become an "Outstanding Life Member" of the Masters Club. And I gotta say, I am SO excited about it!

Qualifying as an Outstanding Life Member requires meeting the membership criteria for 10 out of the last 15 years. Definitely not a goal one can achieve without a lot of hard work, cycling through ups and downs in the real estate market, and without some tenure in the business.

Masters Club holds a special place in my heart for another reason as well...I served on the steering committee from 2009 - 2014, and was elected Masters Club President from 2012 - 2013.

It seems like just yesterday I was brand new to real estate...but that yesterday was 11 years ago. It's amazing to think I have helped literally hundreds of people buy or sell properties in Sacramento. It's gratifying to see my hard work and perseverance all come together.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Need a new water heater? A new one may not fit in the existing space....

As I was meeting a new seller client a few weeks ago and walking through her house for the first time, I noticed her water heater appeared that it was at the end of its useful life. Seriously, it looked like it had boiled over! She is fortunate though; since her water heater is not confined inside a closet, and instead just sits against a wall in her garage, she will not have to make many modifications when she has the water heater replaced.

Due to new requirements of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), after April 16, 2015 all water heaters manufactured in the United States must meet higher energy efficiency standards. As a result, these new models of water heaters generally have wider tanks and some different technology components.

What does this mean for you? If you have to replace a water heater that is located in a closet, your closet may not be large enough to accommodate your new water heater. Added costs may include retrofitting or expanding the closet, or even relocating your water heater somewhere else inside your home. Or perhaps you may opt to install a tankless water heater instead, which takes up less space?

As you are planning and budgeting for household repairs, increased costs from the new standards may be something to consider.

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!