Sacramento County, CA Real Estate News

By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
Thirty one years of marriage and all my wife wanted was a trip to Apple Hill and a new toilet.  I did not know that porcelain was the preferred gift for thirty one years of marriage, but who am I to argue. Apple Hill is about an hour's drive up Highway 50 from Elk Grove.  It is a perfect place to visit for the day.  It is open year around, but really comes alive during apple season with all kinds of fun things to do.  There are pumpkin patches, mazes, craft shops, bake shops, wine and hard cider tastings, you pick farms and, a little later in the year, perfect farms to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree.  All in an area with a beautiful backdrop.  Here are a few of the ranches that we visited on our day trip.Boa Vista-We stop here every time we go to apple hill.  This was are starting po...
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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
While out and about over the weekend, I had an opportunity to drive by a place that’s special this time of year - The Nimbus Fish Hatchery, near Hazel Avenue and Highway 50, near the Greater Sacramento Communities of Gold River and Rancho Cordova.In October and November each year, the hatchery becomes brisk with activity.  The Salmon, native to the American River, return home from the ocean, to spawn.  When Nimbus Dam was built generations ago, it impaired the Salmon journey.  So a “California” solution was found to the problem.  A fish rack, or weir was constructed, and a fish ladder with over 20 steps was built, to aid the fish in their destiny of reproduction, and then, ultimately death.  The rack assists in guiding fish to the ladder entrance.  The ladder guides the fish up more tha...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
Real Estate Market Update for Laguna West, Lakeside and StonelakeLaguna West, Lakeside and Stonelake are each distinct neighborhoods in Elk Grove.  They are each similar enough that my clients view them as interchangeable so I like to look at the three areas combined.  Year over year growth was very good, but the market is showing signs of leveling off (discussed in my Elk Grove monthly update).  The last five months pricing has been very stable in the Elk Grove Area.I have lived in the Laguna West and Lakeside areas since 2000.  I know the area well.  If you are exploring the area, I would be happy to share my local knowledge with you.  If you are looking to sell your home, I would be happy to send you recent sales data  for your neighborhood and help you get your house ready for the m...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
Elk Grove Real Estate Market UpdateSeptember prices are up over 20% year over year, but a steady new trend has emerged over the last five months.  The median price has not changed much at all. May        $600,000 June       $600,000 July         $605,000 Aug.        $598,000 Sept.       $605,000 Home prices have stayed in a tight 1% range.  It really does look like the real estate market has leveled off for the time being.  It will be interesting to see how the rest of the year unfolds.It should be much easier for buyers and sellers to decide appropriate pricing.  At the beginning of the year, prices were going up so fast, it was difficult to know where a house should be priced. A home sold on Laguna Lake this month for $1,000,000.  In my old neighborhood in Lakeside, a home sold for $1...
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By Jesse Coffey, Trust in Experience and Proven Results
(Roseville Real Estate Agent | Lincoln Real Estate Agent | Rocklin Real Estate Agent | Granite Bay Real Estate Agent)
Remodeled Orangevale Single Story Home Just Listed For Sale | 8189 Roundup Ct, Orangevale, Ca 95662  JUST LISTED! This remodeled single story home is located in a quiet court location. This wonderful home was built in 1977 and features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, multiple living areas, and 1,440 square feet. It is located near shopping, dining, fitness centers, schools, and entertainment. The list price is $549,000.8189 Roundup Ct, Orangevale, Ca 95662This is the one that you have been patiently waiting for! This gorgeous home has been lovingly and meticulously updated by the current owners inside and out. They have remodeled the kitchen and both bathrooms. They have updated the flooring, lighting, and much more! The home features both a living room and family room. Off the family room is ...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
Can I build a barn with the FHA 203k loan?Sometimes it isn't what you say, it is how you say it. In fact allot of times it isn't so much what you say it is how you say it.Building a barn would be considered a luxury item by most underwriters and we all know that luxury items are NOT allowed under the FHA 203k program. But let's analyze this. What is allowed is a garage. Even  a large garage. Can you write up your new "garage" so it can suffice as a barn?The issue that is really at hand is do you already have a garage? You can build a detached garage, if it had a larger center section for your RV and a smaller car garage on each side for a 3-car garage, why couldn't you make it look like a barn? We did. We lucked out and there wasn't a garage on this horse property. It turned out well. A...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
We consult all over the USA. If you have ever had an issue finding an active consultant, we can do that for you so you aren't wasting your time and energy.  Just place an order by clicking on this link... PLACE ORDER. and we got your 6. Regardless of where the project is we will find a consultant for you. I had a call from San Jose a few years ago and the client said can you do the 203k consulting for a project in Felton, CA? I looked and we had 29 projects going from Santa Cruz to San Jose, Morgan Hill, with two in Felton on going at that time, I said "sure we can go there." And we did.We go where you need us. I had one in Alturas, CA about 40 miles from the Oregon border, and my lender was in Minnisota. I took the job because it wasn't any closer to anyone else and no one would have t...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
Real estate can be a challenge, but when you get a chance to help friends purchase their first home for their new family, it is really the best reward in real estate.  I hope Tom and Megan have many years of happiness and great memories in their new home with their new baby!  They really are like family and it was an honor helping them.Megan and Tom's Recommendation"We couldn't be happier with our experience working with Ray Henson.  We were first time home buyers and relatively new to the Sacramento Area.  Ray is always available, willing to answer all questions, and incredibly knowledgeable.  His experience living and working in the Sacramento area helped us narrow down the neighborhoods that were the best fit for us and he was able to act quickly on our desired homes, making sure we ...
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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Some folks say Halloween, Christmas, or their birthday is a favorite holiday of the year.  But, that’s them, it's not me!  I’m much fonder of a newer celebration that has found its beginning in recent years.  My personal favorite will be celebrated on Sunday!“International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” celebrated each September 19th, struck a resonate chord almost from the moment of its inception 26 years ago.  It is a day to cut loose modern convention, and free your Inner Pirate!So don’t miss out sharing this "important" day with your family, co-workers or fellow agents and clientele.  International Talk Like a Pirate Day had its inception in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers from Albany, Oregon.  These two proclaimed September 19th of each year, as a day folks around the globe should dro...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
     A few weeks ago, I visited Dallas for the Build Conference.  It was put on not by eXp Realty, but by Brent Gove, which I find pretty remarkable.  He invited many of our top agents to speak and it was capped off by Tony Robbins first live appearance since Covid hit.  It was an inspirational conference.  Each of the participants had interesting stories to share, but like most conferences I attend, I kind of forgot how great some of the stories were.  Brent Grove has posted videos of each of the speakers, including this one featuring my favorite speaker of the event, Krista Mashore.     Krista tells the fascinating story of her childhood up to her successful career today.  Real estate can really turn people's lives around.  Krista is a real example of that.  She is an inspiration and ...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
Elk Grove Market Update, August 2021-Seasonal Slowing?     Elk Grove is showing strong price growth year over year, but look at the median price over the last few months; April     $557,000 May      $600,000 June     $600,000 July       $605,000 Aug.      $598,000       The month over month median price growth has leveled off the last few months.  Also, the continuous days on market has gone form 11 days in August to 23 days on our current homes on the market for sale.  It sure looks like we are having a more normal last half of the year exhibiting some seasonal slowing.     If you are a home buyer that has been frustrated with the very heated market in the first half of the year, this could be a good time to re-engage in your home search.  The market is not slow, but there definitely i...
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By Jesse Coffey, Trust in Experience and Proven Results
(Roseville Real Estate Agent | Lincoln Real Estate Agent | Rocklin Real Estate Agent | Granite Bay Real Estate Agent)
North Natomas Sacramento Two Story Home Just Listed For Sale | 17 Narwal Place, Sacramento, Ca 95835  JUST LISTED! This two story home is located in the Hampton Villages neighborhood of North Natomas in Sacramento. This wonderful home was built in 2006. It is located near shopping, dining, fitness centers, schools, and entertainment. It is located near Interstate 5, Interstate 80, and is a short drive to Downtown Sacramento and Sacramento Airport. The list price is $499,000.17 Narwal Place, Sacramento, Ca 95835Just listed North Natomas Hampton Village home! The home is light and airy and features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a large loft, and almost 2,000 sq ft. The open kitchen has a large island and plenty of counter space. Contact us for more information. Conveniently located near Down...
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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Those who know me also know I prefer watching video rather than reading books these days. But, I also have a fascination with pirates, and to learn as much about them as I’d like, I’ve found several books that provide information my hungry eyes have devoured!Real accounts of pirate history are far more colorful than any of the fantasy stories often told about pirate lives.  With the pirates, truth trumps fiction!  The recounted lives of Stede Bonnet, Blackbeard, and other pirates of the Golden Age are printed on pages among my collection of books. In summer 1717, Stede Bonnet originally a wealthy plantation owner from Barbados, came down with an obsession for pirating.  Alas, Bonnet wasn’t the most adept of pirates, and several of his outrageous blunders would have made crazy, comical e...
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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Earlier today, I read a blog post from Margaret Rome, titled, “Don’t Assume.” Margaret addressed things Realtors shouldn’t assume about home buyers and their wants/needs.Margaret's words brought to mind similar thoughts I had on this topic a few weeks ago, while attending my high school class reunion.The reunion was hosted on the 8+ acre estate of a classmate and her husband.  The stately 4,000 square foot home came with every amenity imagined.  It also was cradled in one of Greater Sacramento’s more upscale communities.As I entered the front doors that day, I immediately became aware there was a big game hunter who dwelled within.  The large room where we gathered had a wonderful fireplace at one end, and a bar at the other.  On the massive stately walls, taxidermied remains of many la...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
     There has been a lot of discussion over the last month about the real estate market starting to slow down a bit.  It reminds me of a white water trip that we took a few years ago.  The last two rapids we encountered were Last Chance and Freight Train. Last Chance was named as it was because it was the last chance to get out of the river before you encountered the huge, very fast moving water of the Freight Train Rapids.  Now, just because Freight Train was such a fast stretch of water did not mean Last Chance was a piece of cake.  In fact, we all were knocked out of the boat at Last Chance and many of us had to reach for the lifeline that the guides threw us from the river bank.  The water was still fast, just not as fast as Freight Train.  Elk Grove Statistics for Julydata per Sac...
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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Have you ever had one of those days, where you wanted to enjoy a simple but tasty seafood meal – one without fanfare?  When I first awakened this morning, I found our Sacramento area temperatures had dropped significantly.  And, it was overcast!  At 5:30 am, I couldn’t determine if this was a new weather pattern moving in, or instead it was smoke from our Northern California wildfires.  One thing for certain, when I asked my soul if it wanted to do our usual early morning swimming at the health club, the answer was a resounding, “No!”  So, instead the morning was spent tidying up storage shelves in the garage. And, there were other tasks accomplished as well!  As the noon hour approached, I had memories of a simple, but pleasant lunch enjoyed last week.  It came from our local Tugboat F...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
I am lucky and blessed to have such wonderful clients. Two of these three recent clients are repeat customers.  I consider all three friends now.  It is sad that two have moved out of our area.  It is rewarding to know that they both are where they want to be.  Dreams do come true! Thomas and Keiko Takeuchi"We have used Ray twice during the last few years.  First to sell my mother's home and her belongings.  Ray and his wife were very helpful and truthful about what would and would not sell.  They were very organized so we used Ray to sell our home during the COVID pandemic.  It was a hectic time, plus we had to follow COVID Guidelines.  We got a lot done in a short time.  Without Ray's help, we would still be trying to sell our house and not be in Southern California near out daughter....
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By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Sherm ChavoorWhile the Tokyo Olympic Games are currently going on, I'd like to take this opportunity to honor a historic Sacramento person, who helped catapult our area into the limelight of Olympic Swimming for three decades.Sherm Chavoor, founder of the Arden Hills Swim and Tennis Club, developed and opened the hallowed ground (and waters) under his single proprietorship in 1954. This private club, in Carmichael, offered swim and tennis facilities for members; and the waters of the pools became magical to many competitive swimmers, who were trained under the watchful eyes and wizzardry of the Merlinesc Chavoor. Chavoor's training consisted of barking incantations of swimming farther and faster than anyone else (revolutionary over-distance training), his aqua alchemy produced swimmers ...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
     It is just about time to start Runnin for Rhett's fall training season.  Our fall kickoff with be held July 24th at William Land Regional Park in Sacramento.  It will start at 8 am with a little background information about Runnin for Rhett, then we will have a 30 minute workout (run, walk or walk run), followed by a breakfast provided by Drewski's.      Our Fall Target Races The Buffalo Stampede, featuring a 4 mile or 10 mile race, 9/12 The Urban Cow, featuring a 5K and/or  a half marathon, 10/2 or 10/3       Who is Runnin for Rhett?  We are a non-profit trying to inspire people to Move Into Life.  More specifically, we raise money to fund our Youth Fitness Program.  Twice a year, we have Runnin for Rhett coaches (volunteers) that help train thousands of kids at Sacramento area sc...
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
    "Ray, do you remember those stuffed Cornish game hens we used to do and where the recipe is?" "Why yes, Mary Margaret, I do, San Francisco Encore." She was shocked that I remembered, given that I own at least 100 cookbooks, but some things are just too important to forget! Anyway, that is how our Sunday evening plans started to come together; stuffed Cornish game hens, potatoes, salad, may dad's famous garlic bread and tofu chocolate pudding!           The meal turned out really well so I thought I would share a few of the recipes.  It has been a secret for years, but I may just reveal the secret to my dad's garlic bread.  Stuffed Cornish Game Hens(two hens)Saute 1/4 cup chopped shallots for 2 minutes, add 3/4 cup of chopped, cooked spinach to shallots with 1/2 pound chopped mushroo...
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