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January 10th, 2017
More good news for those of us living (and working) in the Sacramento area! According to Zillow, Sacramento is likely to be among the hottest housing markets in 2017!
To come up with the ranking, Zillow looked for cities with “quickly rising home values, low unemployment rates and strong income growth.” Zillow expects housing values to appreciate 3% in 2017, and western cities are likely to outperform the national average.
We’re happy to share with you, Zillow’s list of the
Top 10 Hottest Housing Markets for 2017:
Forecasted home value appreciation: 4.8%
Income growth: 1.0%
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
September 20th, 2016
Once again, Folsom has been named the “Best place to raise a family in California,” (WalletHub). My husband and I are fortunate to have raised our family here, and continue to call this beautiful city “home!” Here are a few reasons why…
Folsom is home to natural amenities that provide a year-round playground for recreational enthusiasts on land and water:
- Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River bound the city, hosting kayakers, swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts from around the region.
- 38 miles of paved trails, showcase some of the city’s beautiful assets as they meander through open space, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and along creeks and streams.
- Folsom is a cyclist’s dream come true, with everything from short local rides to options that lead to the Gold Country foothills, and nationally-renowned mountain biking trails.
- Nearly every home in the city is within a half-mile radius of a park. The city’s 46 parks teem with a nearly limitless range of activity, from cricket to lacrosse, tennis to T-ball, soccer, football, and more.
- The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary – ranked a regional treasure – provides care for rescued domestic, wild and exotic animals and serves as both a tourist attraction and humane education center.
- Those seeking adventure beyond the city limits find easy access for day trips to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and dozens of Sierra foothill wineries.
The city presents a fascinating blend of the past and future:
- Folsom’s revitalized Historic District offers great shopping, dining, and energetic nightlife, set amidst historic architecture and wonderful scenery.
- Shopping and dining opportunities abound throughout the city, and major and emerging corporations call Folsom home.
- The highly-rated Folsom Cordova Unified School District operates 15 schools in the city, including Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School, both recognized on the Best High Schools list by U.S. News and World Report.
- Folsom Lake Community College – one of the fastest growing in the country and features the Harris Center, a regional arts center hosting world-class arts and entertainment.
It’s a good life!!!
August 26th, 2016
The process of buying or selling a home can become overwhelming without a team of professionals to talk you off the ledge when you reach the point of exclaiming, “Let’s call the whole thing off!” I’m fortunate to be surrounded by incredible professionals from lenders, escrow officers, accountants, attorneys, inspectors, handymen, contractors, electricians, plumbers, housecleaners, roofers, painters, landscapers, gardeners…florists, estheticians, hairdressers (let’s be honest, sometimes we all need a little pampering!), etc..
I’m in the process of updating my website and will be focusing on the “business directory” over the next few weeks. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to be included in the new directory, or if you work with an individual or a company that you highly recommend. I’m always in search of new talent!
Speaking of tomatoes, you won’t want to miss the 6th Annual Tomato Taste-Off. Head on over to the Historic Folsom Farmer’s Market on Sutter Street in Folsom tomorrow morning from 8:00am-1:00pm for this FREE family event with games, prizes, hourly raffles, a scavenger hunt, salsa contest, and more!!!
August 19th, 2016
I think I may actually be a Gen Xer and NOT a Baby Boomer. My birthday falls so close to each! I recently read an article published by Inman News entitled 5 reasons Gen X moms are the best real estate agents.
“We often treat transactions like one of our children. We oversee all of the details. We make sure you are doing your part. We follow up with all of the players involved.”
- “When things blow up, you know what we don’t do? We don’t give up. We work harder, we look for a different angle, a different way to make a negotiation work. We get creative.”
- “We are used to solving problems so that our people come out on top where they belong. You don’t mess with mama bears.”
- “We have experience, so those issues that might derail a deal with a less seasoned agent, we handle with ease.”
Those all describes me, right? I must be a Gen Xer! But then I read THIS… Read the rest of this entry »
August 10th, 2016
“The Final Five,” as they’ve nicknamed themselves, flourished under the pressure to prove they’re still the best in the world. Congratulations to USA’s amazing gymnasts!!
Today, I find myself thankful for my “Final Five!” The five players most integral in THIS real estate transaction; the one in which I currently find myself representing the buyers AND there are multiple offers from several (FOUR) other very well qualified buyers who also love the home!! I just received word that the sellers have elected to accept my clients’ offer and reject the others…not even a counter!!! I honestly couldn’t have done this alone…it takes a village; in this case, a village of FIVE. (1) Mr. and (2) Mrs. Very-Well-Qualified, Smart, Proactive, Responsive Buyer (3) Mr. Very-Professional-Listing-Agent (4) Mr. Experienced-Proficient-Amazing-Lender and (5) Mrs. Selling-Agent, ME. Oh the pressure…gold medals all around!
August 5th, 2016
Today, Rio welcomes the world into their “home!” For the next 16 days, every Brazilian will celebrate their history, culture, and their importance in this world. Their hearts will swell each time their team enters the stadium or their national anthem is performed for the world.
In a small way, that’s the way I feel each time I welcome someone into my “home.” Within the walls of my home there is much history, culture and importance. My husband and I have raised our family within those walls, we’ve welcomed grandchildren, we’ve housed people who needed shelter and love, we’ve entertained friends, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve loved. It is my desire that we’d all have a place to call “home;” a place that makes our hearts swell.
August 2nd, 2016
I just got back from New England…the place of my birth. It was so good to go “home” and visit with family and friends that I haven’t seen in years. While I was there, I spent some time collecting flyers and looking at homes…because, that’s what I do and what I love! I found myself romanticizing about actually living in one of these “Colonial” homes. My antiques would look amazing within their walls!!
One particular home caught my eye as I walked past it several times during my week-long stay. A 2615 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on a 1.24 acre lot built in 1850 listed for $235,000. Yes, it really was built in 1850 and the listed price really is ONLY $235,000!!! With its white clapboard siding and black shutters, it drew me in…I imagined the stories that this old house would tell if walls could talk!!! As I read through the listing, I read words I hadn’t seen in years; ”post and beam construction,” “stone foundation,” “dug well,” “leach field,” “steam radiator,” “oil and wood heat,” and “off boiler water heater.” Read the rest of this entry »
May 9th, 2011
I have a long line of postal carriers and realtors in my family…and yesterday, I was reminded of how similar they really are.
I’ve heard story after story from my grandmother(now 93 years old) of how she and her father would deliver mail through all kinds of treacherous conditions via horse and buggy…and how she delivered it alone when he went off to war! About how they would make sure to check that each of their customers was well, and meet needs far beyond delivering their mail. They would often stop to pick up groceries for those who were housebound, or medicine for those who were ill…they met their customers where they were.
In 2001, the USPS created a television commercial edited to Carly Simon’s song “Let the River Run.” It featured no voice over, only the following text:
“We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever.”
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I spent much of my day in the hospital…gowned, gloved and masked. I sat on the edge of the bed with of one of my clients sharing our joy over the fact that the Lakers’ had just lost, and signing the necessary paperwork for he and his wife to accept the offer we’d received on their house in Folsom, California! Oh the joy!!! I couldn’t imagine spending my day any other way! I realized yesterday that realtors are a lot more like postal carriers than I’d previously recognized…except that we work holidays. I guess you could say… Read the rest of this entry »
April 30th, 2011
There’s been a lot of hoopla surrounding the Royal Wedding this week, and the real estate community has joined in on the fun. Throughout the week, I received numerous emails and blog posts from colleagues around the globe who have creatively integrated the royal wedding into their businesses. Many have shared their childhood dreams of growing up to be a Princess (surprisingly, no one expressed dreams of becoming a Prince…I blame Disney for that!) or their adult dreams of working as the Royal Family’s Realtor!
One of my favorites was entitled “Will and Kate – Above the Clouds”
The author asked the question? “If Will and Kate ventured across the pond to buy a home, what might be the perfect match for them?”
April 1st, 2011
I do love my job! Whether I’m working with buyers and sellers on a “shoestring budget,” or those with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” I’m privileged to work with some incredibly wonderful people.
You may have heard about the recent transaction which set a new record for the most expensive U.S. residential sale…Russian billionaire Yuri Milner (who heads Digital Sky Technologies) has reportedly paid $100 million for a 25,500-square-foot Los Altos Hills, California home which was not even listed for sale. According to The Wall Street Journal the sellers, Fred and Annie Chan took back a $50 million note on the home. Wow, that was awefully nice of Fred and Annie…that’s quite a note!
This record-setting sale is just one indication that the wealthy have opened their wallets and are shopping for homes again. The million dollar and above housing market rose 4% in February year-over-year as luxury buyers snapped up homes, often for all cash. Earlier this month a Palm Beach, Florida home sold and closed for a reported $24.6 million and I personally was involved in a $1.5 million transaction right here in Northern California. Why the rise in luxury sales? Read the rest of this entry »