Elk Grove Real Estate News

Sept. 27, 2016

Tour The Land Beneath Sacramento Homes

Explore Sacramento homesSearch out stories of old time Sacramento real estate. The Sacramento History Museum delves deeply into the city’s past and the rich characters who lived in Sacramento homes. There are a variety of interesting tours to take part in. Docents for the museum provide insight information on spectacular exhibits including the Community Gallery and Agricultural Gallery.

Tours offered by the Sacramento History Museum often go off the grounds. Underground tours showcase engineering successes in the landscape that saved Sacramento real estate from flooding in the late 1800’s. Guests will explore underground areas where surfaces are not level but stooped, ceilings low and floorings uneven. Underground After Hours tours are extremely popular and designed for an adult only audience. When darkness looms, Sacramento’s colorful history comes to life. Scoundrels, gold diggers, miners and soiled doves will tell the tales of their existence. The group will hear stories of murder, mayhem and political intrigue.

Stroll Back To The Gold Rush On Sacramento Real Estate

Seasonal tours lend additional insight to California’s capital city. The Gold Rush Experience tour coincides with Gold Rush Days. Strolling through the Old Sacramento Historic District the scenery of the Gold Rush is reviewed. Learn details of how a boomtown transformed into the metropolis of today. Ghost tours are eagerly anticipated and scheduled during the month of October. Participants not easily spooked will be led through the streets and buildings where disappearances of the living and the arrival of the dead were commonplace. It is not unusual for a ghost or two of times past to make an appearance.

The Sacramento History Museum holds a wealth of information on the evolution of California. Highlighted are bold and vivacious personalities and stories of weak and robust times. Plan a visit or take a tour of the streets. Come away with a better perspective of the past and insight into the future.


Posted in News
Sept. 26, 2016

Autumn Bounty Awaits On Wilton Real Estate

Relax in Wilton HomesThe arrival of October means the gates to Fog Willow Farms will be open to the Wilton real estate public. Autumn is a great time to visit the farm and soak in its simplicity. There is so much to see and do plan for an entire afternoon.

Classic fun is around every corner of this piece of Wilton real estate. Hay bales are stacked and prime for climbing. Shaded playgrounds welcome rambunctious children. Hay rides are a seasonal favorite for those coming to the farm year after year. Learn the art of panning in the BIG DIG family mining experience, a newer Fog Willow Farms activity. Budding equestrians will be excited to saddle up and take a pony ride during a weekend trip. Friendly farm animals are in the petting zoo happily waiting to make new friends.

Wilton Property Pumpkins Are Ripe For Picking

A visit to the pumpkin patch is synonymous with Fall. Plenty of pumpkins are ready to be picked and transformed into scary or comical jack-o-lanterns. Get into the spirit and fill up a wagonful on this Wilton property. Time in the patch often leads to hungry tummies. The Snack Shack can take care of that. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food in and eat in a shady picnic area. At the end of the day stop in the Fog Willow Farms Sugar Shed and grab some caramel apples or homemade fudge to take back to the homestead.


Posted in News
Sept. 26, 2016

Pizzas Are Hand Tossed To Perfection On Elk Grove Real Estate

Relax in Elk Grove HomesOld Town Pizza & Tap House is the talk of the town for residents living in Elk Grove. Pizzas are hand tossed and cooked to perfection in a brick oven. 18 rotating taps keep guests happy with only the best beers and ales. Quality is key. Service, selection and ingredients all make the mark here.

Pizza pies traditionally made come in a variety of not so traditional styles. Indulge in a Chuck Norris, combining ham, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, meatballs and linguica. The Angry Swine is put together with spicy garlic sauce, jalapenos, pepperoni and ham. Creative sorts can build their own. With four sauces, three cheeses and 15 different toppings to select from the results are almost limitless.

When cravings hit for something other than pizza reach for the Old Town Pizza Menu. Choices include numerous salads and appetizers. Often a basket of fries hits the spot. Locals living in Elk Grove suggest trying either the Paco or Garlic Fries. Paco Fries consist of blue cheese fries, parmesan, roasted garlic, bacon and wing sauce. And the garlic fries are simply seasoned with roasted garlic, parmesan, feta, parsley and lemon.

Good Food And Good Times For Those Who Live In Elk Grove

Special events are often held in this pizzeria including Paints and Pints and Tap Takeovers. A very special Paints and Pizza occurs this October 15th for the kids. From 2 to 4 p.m. children create an artist lead Halloween painting. Two slices of pizza is included. Adults will have plenty of appetizers and brews on tap in the house to keep them busy.

Old Town Pizza & Tap House make weekly meals convenient with their delivery service. Just give them a call at 916.686.6655 and dinner is on its way.


Posted in News
Aug. 3, 2016

Why You Should Be Excited About the Housing Market

What an amazing year 2015 was for home sellers, and 2016 promises to be even better. By December of 2015, with 5.26 million sales, we had seen a more robust housing market than we've seen since 2006. In fact, as of early 2016, America's housing market had spent 43 consecutive months as a seller's market. Lawrence Yun, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) chief economist chalks up the heavy sales volume to "the prospect of higher mortgage rates in coming months and warm November and December weather."

Get Very Excited if You Plan to Sell Your Home This Year
The combination of high demand for homes and shrinking inventories produces a seller's market and typically signals rising home prices. While many forecasters expect home prices to continue rising this year, they caution that they won't climb as quickly or as much as they did last year. "The NAR is calling for a 4.4 percent increase in existing home prices this year and 3.4 percent in 2017; other economists and strategists also put 2016 price growth in the 4 percent to 5 percent range," claims NAR's Adam DeSanctis.

In addition, inventories of available homes rose slightly last month. Whether or not this signals a trend toward a more balanced housing market remains to be seen. So, yes - although it sounds trite - the best time to sell your home is right now, while inventory is still low. If you will be selling a home priced in the low-to-middle price tier for your market, expect it to go quickly and for top dollar. You will have little competition and the demand in this price range is strong, according to Shu Chen of CoreLogic.

While this type of market makes it easy for home sellers to become complacent, if you expect to get top dollar for your home and want it to sell quickly, do the work required to ensure that it's in move-in condition.

Buying a Home This Year?
While it may seem like there isn't a whole lot for homebuyers to get excited about this year, there is one bonus for you: low interest rates. In fact, according to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, 30-year mortgage rates fell in April 2016 to an average of 3.59 percent across the country, down from 3.65 percent the same time last year.

Combine the low rates with more relaxed lending guidelines and there is definitely good news for the 2016 homebuyer. Lower mortgage rates mean a lower monthly payment, which means you have more purchasing power, and that additional power can "mean the difference between buying a 2-bedroom home versus a 3-bedroom one; between buying a home with large closets versus small closets; and, between buying an upgraded home versus a dated one," according to Dan Green at The Mortgage Reports.

Another reason to get excited: It appears that those deep-pocketed investors who pay all cash for homes have left the market. Last year, 33.9 percent of all home sales were to cash buyers, the lowest rate since 2008, according to Molly Boesel with CoreLogic. While there is still plenty of competition out there from other homebuyers for homes in good locations and in decent condition, the playing field is a bit more level.

Yes, there is still a lot of competition from other homebuyers. This makes it more important than ever to have all your ducks in a row before making an offer on a property. Ensure you know exactly how much you can spend and that you've obtained a preapproval letter from your lender. Make your offer stand out from the others by keeping it lean and mean, with the shortest time periods for contingencies as possible. While we're still in a seller's market, come in with your highest and best offer. The market moves too quickly right now to assume the seller will negotiate over price.

Finally, if you've been sitting on the fence waiting for prices to come down, jump off. Home prices are currently rising twice as quickly as incomes, and it doesn't appear the situation will change in the near future.

Posted in Market Trends
June 15, 2016

5 DIY Improvements to Make Your Home Classier

It may seem that homebuyers and sellers don't agree on much, but they share one important concern: that the transaction is successful. This comradery is never more evident than during the appraisal process. It's only natural, since the results of the appraisal can send the deal spiraling out of control.

Updating your home to be more chic - without looking cheap - is completely doable on a budget.

If you're looking to add more class to your home, taking on a DIY project can give your house that extra sense of style while saving you money. No need to cringe at those three little words: "do it yourself." There really are fast, easy and affordable projects you can do on your own. Here are five relatively easy ways to enhance your home.

1. Replace Your Light Fixtures
Switching out an old or basic light fixture for a more elegant one is an easy way to shift the ambiance of a room. By adding a sophisticated light fixture, you can control the intensity of the light and character of your room. And you don't need to pay a pretty penny for expensive new fixtures - you can buy used fixtures online.

2. Add Floating Shelves
Installing floating shelves in your home combines the functionality of extra storage space with a bit of style and personal flair. Floating shelves can be mounted on walls in many different patterns, and they come in various materials to give your rooms a unique touch. For a small room choose shallow shelves to display framed photos; for a larger room you can afford to use deeper shelves to hold vases, books and unique trinkets.

3. Paint an Accent Wall
Painting an accent wall can add a pop of color and showcase your personality. Usually a low-risk project, a homeowner of any skill level can tackle this project in a day. You just need some painter's tape, a brush and the color that suits you! Just make sure the color you choose is complementary with the other colors in the room. Stay consistent between warm and cool tones.

4. Install Decorative Molding
Adding decorative molding around your home can add an extra touch of elegance. Install molding to the ceiling by capping walls, columns and cabinets, or add chair molding lower to the ground. With detailed molding you can add character to your rooms while also making them feel taller and more finished.

5. Build a Stone Fire Pit

Take your sophisticated style outside by building a stone fire pit in your backyard. Completed in only a few hours, take uniquely shaped rocks or large stones and put them together to create a functional and stylish fire pit. Before starting the project, be sure to check your local fire codes or homeowners association to ensure you are safe and allowed to start building.

Adding a touch of class to your home doesn't have to break the bank! Just be sure to start with one project at a time, allowing yourself to complete one before starting the next. Otherwise, you'll fall victim to chronic project incompleteness syndrome - not a good look!

Now that you know about these five inexpensive DIY projects, which will you try?

Posted in Home Improvement