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January 25th, 2017
Folsom, California has been named one of the top 20 family-friendly cities in the NATION!!! For those of us who call Folsom “home” we’re only surprised that we were named the 17th most family-friendly city and not the 1st. This is truly a delightful place to live. 2017 is projected to be one of the hottest years in real estate; interest rates and home prices are both on the rise so the time to buy is likely “sooner rather than later.” Whether you’re looking for your first home, your next home, or your forever home, the time to buy is very likely NOW. Let me know how I can help make your real estate dreams come true in 2017!
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!!!
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 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 »
February 7th, 2011
I received a fun call from a client in response to my most recent blog post. She was calling to let me know that while I may be a “genie,” she believed I was also a “mind reader.” She reminded me of the home she purchased that was nothing like what she “thought” she was looking for, but was “perfect” for her family. She was calling to thank me for being their Realtor…so sweet! Her story is certainly not unique! Many of my clients come in with a list of “must haves.” They must have a kitchen w/a center island in Folsom, or they must have a home on a cul-de-sac in El Dorado Hills, or they must have an open floor plan in Granite Bay…you get the idea. It’s uncanny how many people fall in love with a home that is not what they thought they were looking for.
Take for example the family who was looking for an open floor plan with all of the bedrooms on one level…they ended up purchasing a Victorian style home w/cozy rooms and bedrooms scattered throughout the house. They declared upon seeing the home that it was “perfect” for them! “How did I know?” they asked.
February 4th, 2011
I recently had a client refer to me as her “genie,” because I helped to make her dream of owning a home come true. I’d never really thought of myself that way…as a genie! I’ve thought of myself as a gypsy on occasion…but never a genie!
I grew up watching I Dream of Jeannie, and remember two things about the show…well, three:
- How well intentioned she always was
- How much trouble she always managed to get herself into
- How beautiful she was (I was a very young girl at the time!)
In retrospect, I did learn a thing or two from her:
- She didn’t ask enough questions
- She didn’t gather enough information
- She was very impulsive.
February 2nd, 2011
It’s Groundhog Day…thank you, Bill Murray!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (and taking a cue from the movie Groundhog Day), there simply isn’t a better way to introduce this, than to repeat myself…so bear with me!
“Wow, life’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately…which should come as no surprise to any of you; since I haven’t updated this blog since July October! I know, I’m not supposed to say that (just in case someone stumbles upon my website for the first time…I’m supposed to make them think this is a regular occurrence!), but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’ve built my business working with the most fabulous clients in the world, and almost exclusively by referral. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and please keep them coming. I promise to continue to take great care of whomever you entrust to my care.” “Since July October… [copied from blog entry dated 10/29/10]
It’s true, “Since July October,” my world turned upside down! And not simply due to the unrest in our economy and the effect that it has had on the real estate market…which has made my job very interesting by the way! There is little dispute among the general public that Realtors are a necessary commodity in navigating their way through the “mess (and opportunity) of real estate!”
In November, I lost my very best girlfriend…who also happened to be my younger sister. She died very suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving a hole in my heart and a laundry list of action items…talk about tyranny of the urgent! Read the rest of this entry »
October 29th, 2010
Wow, life’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately…which should come as no surprise to any of you; since I haven’t updated this blog since July! I know, I’m not supposed to say that (just in case someone stumbles upon my website for the first time…I’m supposed to make them think this is a regular occurrence!), but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’ve built my business working with the most fabulous clients in the world, and almost exclusively by referral. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and please keep them coming. I promise to continue to take great care of whomever you entrust to my care.
Since July, one of my daughters got married and moved to Philadelphia, my youngest moved “out of the house” and into a place of his own, and my husband and I have been trying to figure out how to live in our “empty nest.” We often find ourselves looking around and wishing it hadn’t emptied so quickly! One of the upsides of our “new life,” is that I have even more time to devote to my business and to you. And good news; the State of California has decided that I can continue doing what I love for another four years…representing you in the wonderful world of real estate! I’ve completed all of the required “continuing education” classes, passed all of the necessary exams, and haven’t violated any rules, regulations, or laws that have been established by the Real Estate Commissioner…yay!
I’m going to do a better job of keeping my blog updated…really! So please let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to know about. So many real estate blogs simply regurgitate the same information…I don’t want to bore you with that! I’m tempted to just blog about the day to day happenings in the life of Pamela Brooks, Realtor…but I don’t want to bore you with that either 🙂
And in case you’re wondering, I HAVE been working…just haven’t done a very good job of telling you about it!
July 19th, 2010
The numbers for June have been released and are encouraging!