Tracy, CA Real Estate News

By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
  As almost every Realtor, I have done many transactions in which the loan was guaranteed by the FHA. Most of the transactions went smooth, sometimes a touch slower that I would have like, but in every case the transaction was completed. All was well until the calendar flipped onto 2014.   Brief History Lesson The Federal Housing Authority or FHA was founded, by congress, in 1934 when the American housing industry was flat on its back bad. In 1965 it was made a part of the Housing and Urban Development Dept. or HUD. Since that time it has insured loans for than 34 million properties, making it the largest loan insurance company in the world. I'd call that a very successful organization. Until now. I do most of my business in Tracy Ca. in San Joaquin county. In 2013, FHA set loan limits...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
This will be a simple and straight from the heart blog. Two things to write about. I recently posted about my initial efforts at farming. I asked for suggestions and ideas. The response was overwhelming. 57 responses with ideas, suggestions and a lot of simple encouragement. The ideas are so good in some cases I'm surprised I didn't think of them myself. I will be starting a Facebook page and a website so my farm can find out what is going on in their neighborhood. I will do additional door knocking, and I will remain diligent in my efforts and understand that growing clients does not often happen overnight. Thanks Active rain Community. Secondly, our RE office was recently broken into. The place was trashed, equipment stolen, and and countless wires cut. A real mess. As word got out as...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
  Like many RE agents my career and most years seem like a roller coaster ride. After receiving my license in the spring of 2006 I was in a serious accident. By the time I was ready to resume work it was the summer of 2007 and the market was in free fall. My business did OK after that but was largely based upon referrals and what I have come to call coffee shop marketing. This year though has been slower than what is acceptable so, I am taking the Old McDonald approach and starting a farm My farm consists of 97 homes in a neighborhood that is upscale, has had moderate rate sales of properties. The average home is around 2500 sq.ft. and sales have averaged a bit over $170.00 per sq.ft. For my farming efforts I have produced 1500 door-hangers that have my picture, and a brief synopsis of ...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Active Rain has a new contest on what we'd like to see if our dream home.  I've never had the luxury of building my own home, but I've certainly shown a few thousand homes. My list now that my knees no longer work so well, are no stairs. My kids are older, so I want a separate family/game room, off from the rest of the house, so my kids can have their own space. I'd much rather have a den with a closet, than a den without a closet. Gas in the kitchen is a must, along with solid surface countertops. In my latest remodel, I'm changing out the KIDS bathtub to a large shower enclosure.  When the kids were little I bathed them in my big soaking tub.  Now that they are teenagers they only shower.  I don't think the kids bathroom bathtub was EVER used as a bathtub.  Get rid of it. While we are...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Since we have Awkward Moment Contest going I might as well add another moment that happened. TODAY. I frequent a La Villa Mexican Restaraunt that is right  next door to my office in Tracy, CA Yesterday when I was there, I ran into Peggy.  We talked for quite a while about her son in the Navy, my son, that is no longer in the Air Force.  I hadn't seen her in a while and it was nice catching up. Today, my daughter wants to eat at the same restaraunt.  We go in and I see Peggy again. I bravely, walk up to Peggy, touch her on the arm, and say, "You're here again?" Peggy looks at me, like I've grown 2 heads, only then do I realize this is not Peggy at all.  It's someone I've never met. I'm apologize profusely, and tell her about thinking she was Peggy, and if Peggy was 'here again today", th...
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By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
  The world dictionary has many definitions for “awkward”. One of them is “embarrassing” such as an embarrassing moment. I discovered long ago that if you don’t act embarrassed an awkward moment can be a lot less awkward.   Shortly after receiving my Real Estate License I had the opportunity to show a nice married couple properties.  This was only the second or third time I had shown property and was really still learning the ropes. We had an appointment at one property, in which the home owners would be present.   After viewing the property the female half of my buyers asked quite casually, if the washer and dryer would be included. The washer and dryer were on the older side. Simultaneously, the male half of the sellers said “no” while the female half said “yes, definitely”.  Okay, my...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Housing Trends in Tracy CA, April 2014  Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends APR-2014 The Housing Trends contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources. Housing Trends  is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, and REALTOR.com local community reports. If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report: http://susangoulding.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/dispContent.cfm?loadid=2&loadtype=0 S...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
I love shoes. I have them in every color. Yet, it can take me minutes, 2 or 3 looks, several 'try-on' before I decide to plunk down my hard earned cash to take them home.  Sometimes, I leave and go back again before I buy them.  Plus I can easily return a pair of shoes if I don't love them.  Compare that to a home buyer in Tracy or Mountain House, CA.  They want to see 5 - 6 houses.  They are in the house 5, maybe 10 minutes.  They write an offer, it gets accepted, they've already applied for a loan, money is deposited into escrow and BAM they are in contract.  Basically they are buying the house in a matter of seconds.  I don't buy SHOES this fast.  Yet, this is how the market is.  You can't easily return a house. Yikes, I feel so bad for buyers sometimes. One of the biggest financial ...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Tracy CA has not seen this many listings in one day in almost 2 years.  Friday, April 11th showed 19 NEW LISTINGS in Tracy CA.  Is this due to Spring, perhaps.  The other phenomenum is that all but one of these NEW LISTINGS were equity sellers.  No Short Sale, No REO's, Equity Sellers. Then on Monday, 4/14/2014 we had another 11 new lisitngs come on the market Before you start to worry that the number of available homes is soring in Tracy CA notice that there were a total of 19 SOLD and 28 homes went pending. 30 Actives - 28 Pending - what do you think this means.......
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By Katrina Dew, Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!
(The 3 Step Realty Group)
Homes near Anthony Traina Elementary School in Tracy CA Anthony Traina Elementary School, 4256 Windsong Dr., Tracy, CA 95377 Find all for sale homes near Anthony Traina Elementary School in Tracy CA.  Our for sale property information is a direct feed from the local MetroList MLS and is updated several times daily. Homes near Anthony Traina Elementary School in Tracy CA are on the outskirts of Tracy.  With just a short drive you have access to parks, shopping and dining. To find out what your Home Near Anthony Traina Elementary School in Tracy CA is worth, fill out this simple form.   School Reports To get local scores and more information about the High School (John C. Kimball High) serving the Anthony Traina Elementary School Area, check out Tracy CA School Reports on my website.     ...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Renting a home in Tracy CA is competive.  Here are 3 tips to help you secure a rental home.  Sometimes you just need to know what the criteria is to rent a home in Tracy CA   Here are some "GENERAL RULES" to being a successful renter.  Every property manager and owner will have different criteria. 1) Fill in all the blanks.  Don't leave anything blank.  Date of birth, Social Security number, previous address, supervisors phone number, fill those questions in.  Blanks tend to mean you're hiding something.  Completely fill out your rental applicaton. 2) Steady work.  6 months of consecuetive work.  If you are changing job, try to get your rental secured first.  Of course, if you are relocating this is not always possible. 3) Credit Score.  Every owner or property manager should have a min...
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By Katrina Dew, Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!
(The 3 Step Realty Group)
Homes near Wanda Hirsch Elementary School in Tracy CA     Wanda Hirsch Elementary School, 1280 Dove Dr., Tracy, CA 95376       Find all for sale homes near Wanda Hirsch Elementary School in Tracy CA.  Our for sale property information is a direct feed from the local MetroList MLS and is updated several times daily. Homes near Wanda Hirsch Elementary School in Tracy CA have very convenient access to schools, parks, shopping and dining. To find out what your Home Near Wanda Hirsch Elementary School in Tracy CA is worth, fill out this simple form.   School Reports To get local scores and more information about the High School (John C. Kimball High) serving the Wanda Elementary School Area, check out Tracy CA School Reports on my website.   Around Wanda Hirsch Elementary School in Tracy CA ...
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By Katrina Dew, Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!
(The 3 Step Realty Group)
Homes near Jefferson Elementary School in Tracy CA Jefferson Elementary School, 7500 Linne Rd., Tracy, CA 95304   Find all for sale homes near Jefferson Elementary School in Tracy CA.  Our for sale property information is a direct feed from the local MetroList MLS and is updated several times daily. Homes near Jefferson Elementary School in Tracy CA are on the outskirts of Tracy.  With just a short drive you have access to parks, shopping and dining. To find out what your Home Near Jefferson Elementary School in Tracy CA is worth, fill out this simple form.     School Reports To get local scores and more information about the High School (Tracy High) serving the Jefferson Elementary School Area, check out Tracy CA School Reports on my website.   Around Jefferson Elementary School in Tra...
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By Katrina Dew, Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!
(The 3 Step Realty Group)
Homes near Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy CA   Tom Hawkins Elementary School, 475 Darlene Lane, Tracy, CA 95377   Find all for sale homes near Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy CA.  Our for sale property information is a direct feed from the local MetroList MLS and is updated several times daily. Homes near Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy CA have very convenient access to schools, parks, shopping and dining. To find out what your Home Near Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy CA is worth, fill out this simple form.   School Reports To get local scores and more information about the High School (Tracy High) serving the Tom Hawkins Elementary School Area, check out Tracy CA School Reports on my website.   Around Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy CA Tom Hawkins E...
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By Katrina Dew, Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!
(The 3 Step Realty Group)
Homes near Art Freiler Elementary School in Tracy CA   Art Freiler Elementary School, 2421 W Lowell Avenue, Tracy, CA 95376   Find all for sale homes near Art Freiler Elementary School in Tracy CA.  Our for sale property information is a direct feed from the local MetroList MLS and is updated several times daily. Homes near Art Freiler Elementary School in Tracy CA have very convenient access to schools, parks, shopping and dining. To find out what your Home Near Art Freiler Elementary School in Tracy CA is worth, fill out this simple form.   School Reports To get local scores and more information about the High School (Merrill F. West High) serving the Art Freiler Elementary School Area, check out Tracy CA School Reports on my website.   Around Art Freiler Elementary School in Tracy CA...
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By Katrina Dew, Helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals!
(The 3 Step Realty Group)
Homes for Sale in Edgewood Neighborhood Tracy CA 
 Why Do People Live here? Edgewood is beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that sits on the outskirts of Tracy, CA. Resident’s who live in the Edgewood neighborhood enjoy the suburban living of Tracy, CA with only a few minutes drive to Downtown and shopping. Just driving around the neighborhood you will see manicured and well maintained homes showing that your neighbors all have great pride in the ownership of their homes.   Looking for a home in Edgewood? Interested in finding homes for sale in Edgewood Neighborhood Tracy CA? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this area of Tracy. 
   What's the Neighborhood Like? The homes you would expect to find for sale in the Edgewood Neighborhood are generally go...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
"Please use this photo to market my Tracy, CA Home For Sale.  I've seen it and it's so intriguing, captures viewers and I want this for my house."  Said NO ONE EVER! "Absolutely gorgeous...."  Maybe it is, but how can you tell?  Where are the photos? If you are selling your Tracy CA home, ask your listing agent if they put photos in the MLS.  The MLS service syndicates these photo throughout the web.  No matter how gorgeous you Tracy CA Home for Sale is, if there are no photos, there are NO PHOTOS. Studies show over and over that buyers are attracted to photos, and lots of them.  When a buyer clicks on a listing and there are no photos rarely do they go back and look at that property again. When you're ready to list your Tracy CA Home for Sale be sure you ask the REALTOR if they will ha...
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By Melynda Capps, Changing Lives one home at a time.
(1st Choice Realty & Associates)
Are you ready to buy a home in Tracy, CA?  START HERE! See More Homes at www.homes4saleTracy.com   Tracy, CA is a great place to live.  If you are looking for the small town feel with all the amenities, than Tracy, CA is the city for you.  Tracy has a population of 85,000 and is a short distance from everything.  In just a few hours, you could be spending a nice day on the beach or skiing on the slopes of the Sierras.  Many families in the Bay Area look at Tracy, CA to live because you can get more home for your hard earned money.       Want more information about Tracy, CA before making the move?   Get a Courtesy Tracy Real Estate Market Report for this exact area by TYPING in www.central-valleyhomes.com in your web browser and then click on Market Insider put in the Zip Code and take ...
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
Are you looking for an apartment to rent in Tracy, CA.  Tracy is a bedroom community, and is predominately comprised of single family homes. There are few large apartments complexes in Tracy. Tracy Park Apartments are located on Tracy Blvd.  Tracy Park Aparements are on the North side of town and access to Hwy 205 is very convenient.  Tracy Park Apartments reports that it has a full size washer and dryer in every unit. Sycamore Village is one of the oldest of the larger complexes.  Sycamore Village is located on the corner of Tracy Blvd and Central.  Sycamore Village has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units.   You can check availability and pricing by clicking on this link.   Waterstone Apartments are the newest apartment comples in Tracy, CA.  Waterstone has 1 and 2 bedroom units with high ceiling...
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By Melynda Capps, Changing Lives one home at a time.
(1st Choice Realty & Associates)
Stunning Tracy Home in Jefferson School District     3721 Farnham Drive is a STUNNING single family home located in a great Tracy neighborhood without HOA’s.  The home is situated in the highly desirable Jefferson School District!  This home has so many upgrades and is a MUST SEE!!  Don’t pass this one up, just MOVE ON IN!   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tracy, CA   3721 Farnham Drive, Tracy, CA 95377 $415,000 4 Beds plus a loft (possible 5th bedroom), 2 ½ baths, 2029 sq ft, 2 story, 2 car garage, pool, solar (owned not rented), water softener, granite counters, tile flooring, no HOA's, BRAND NEW Dual Pane windows throughout, very private with views of the Altamont Pass!    This sophisticated two story home has many upgraded features and shows pride in ownership! New dual pane windows and solar...
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