New Listing - 5400 Robertson Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608
Lovingly-maintained 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 960sf Carmichael home is ready for a new owner! You will love the spacious layout, updated kitchen with tile counters, big bedrooms, lots of storage, attached 2-car garage, central heat & air, dual pane windows, nearly quarter acre park-like backyard with newer fencing and HUGE 12x18 workshop with electrical, additional storage shed, large covered patio. Freshly painted exterior, pest clearance and 2-year roof certification. Located near schools, parks and shopping. Don't wait! Offered at $309,900. For more photos and information visit 5400 Robertson Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608.
New Listing - 2180 Irvin Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
Adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 939sf home in Hollywood Park! You will love the spacious layout, wood floors throughout, freshly painted interior, updated kitchen with white cabinets and laminate counters, dining nook, remodeled bathroom with tile flooring and new vanity, indoor laundry room, central heat and air, attached one-car garage. The huge backyard offers a great sunny space to garden or play. It is in close proximity to awarding-winning schools, William Land Park, restaurants, parks and more! Don't wait! Offered at $349,900. For more photos and information visit 2180 Irvin Way, Sacramento, CA 95822.
Not on public sewer? Be sure to get a septic inspection...
Occasionally I help clients buy or sell property that is not hooked up to public utilities. These properties tend not to be located in urban or suburban areas, and are usually a bit more rural -- like Elverta, Rio Linda, Elk Grove or unincorporated Sacramento County or Placer County areas.

Recently I helped a buyer purchase a horse property home on acreage in Elverta, and while MLS stated that the home was on all public utilities, we observed that there were indeed septic tanks on the property.

Septic systems must be pumped and drained in order to be fully inspected. Do yourself a favor and do not stand downwind of the septic while it is being drained. It's pretty disgusting to smell.

In cases where the septic is easily accessible -- meaning that the location to the access points of the underground tanks is known, and the access points are not buried or require excavation -- pumping is approximately $350 and then the inspection itself is approximately $125.

Assuming the septic system is in good, functioning condition, having a septic company issue a "certification" may cost another $250. A certification means that the company will guarantee the system is operable for the next 2 years. Some lenders may require as a condition of funding a loan that buyers obtain a septic certification for homes not on public sewer. So if you are buying (or selling) a home on a septic system, I would be sure to budget at least $725 for a septic certification. Maybe more.

For homes on septic systems where the tanks, wells, leach lines, etc. are NOT in good condition, a certification may not be issued without repairs. This can get pretty expensive (thousands of dollars!) depending on what the issues are.

The costs of inspection, repairs, and certification are negotiable between buyer and seller.
New Listing - 5630 35th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
Adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,213sf Fruitridge Manor home is the perfect blank canvas for your personal touches, and is ready for a new owner. Lovingly maintained by the same family for many years, you will appreciate the wood floors, large kitchen with double oven, separate living and family rooms, fireplace with gas starter, and spacious bedrooms. Backyard offers both sunny and shady spaces to garden and play and a shed for additional storage. Close proximity to shopping, public transit, CSUS, and more. Probate sale. Offered at $249,900. Don't wait! For more photos and information please visit 5630 35th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824.

What is that red device and why did it have to be installed on the gas meter of one of my listings?
Well, even after nearly 13 years as an agent and after hundreds of sold properties, I still occasionally come across new things in my transactions. You might be looking at that photo wondering what is that red thing on that gas meter?

Candidly I had never seen one before being required to install one on the gas meter of one of my listings prior to the close of escrow. It is an automatic gas shut off valve device.

When the buyer for one of my listings was in the process of getting homeowners insurance quotes, he had to fill out a questionnaire about the property. One of the questions was "Is the house bolted to the foundation?" This actually mirrors one of the questions on a seller property disclosure, the Residential Earthquake Hazards Report. My seller clients answered this question as "Don't know."

This set off alarm bells with the insurance company.

You might think, well duh, of course the house is bolted to the foundation. Not so fast...this home was built in 1922. We asked the home inspector to go down in the basement and look for anchor bolts. The manner in which the home was constructed either concealed the bolts (probably likely), or the house was indeed not bolted to the foundation.

So is a house that is not bolted to its foundation un-insurable? That alone apparently won't disqualify the home from being eligible for a homeowners insurance policy, however the insurance company mandated the home have an automatic gas shut off valve installed prior to issuing a new insurance policy.

Why? We were told that in the event of an earthquake, if the home somehow shimmied off its foundation, this shut off valve would at least prevent a natural gas leak. Ok then.

I called several plumbing contractors to have this thing installed, and literally none of them even knew what I was talking about when I described what I needed. Apparently this is way more common in the bay area, but nobody locally here in Sacramento had ever seen one or heard of it being required.

So...$720 later, the buyer is now the proud owner of a cute home in Land Park with a shiny red gas shut off valve.
Quoted in a Sacramento Bee article about million dollar homes in Sacramento...
I’m quoted in the Sacramento Bee this week in an article about Sacramento being #13 in the nation for homes valued over $1M. Spoiler alert: about half the cities ahead of Sacramento on the list are in CA. And the number of million dollar homes equates to only 1.7% of our housing inventory - meaning 98.3% of inventory here is under $1M.

Relative to the rest of California, the Sacramento region is still remarkably affordable. The California statewide median home price as of last month is $600,860 per the California Association of Realtors. The median home price in Sacramento County is $375,000. There are California counties where the median price is well over $1,000,000 (Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, etc.). And even in the greater Sacramento area, homes in Sacramento are more affordable than Placer County at $499,650, Yolo County at $476,500, Nevada County at $404,000, El Dorado County at $552,000, and Solano County at $451,000.
New listing - 7556 Wooddale Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Well-maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 960sf adorable Citrus Heights home is ready for a new owner. You will love the laminate flooring, freshly painted interior, cute updated kitchen with tile counters, remodeled master bathroom, dual pane windows, central heat and air, acrylic stucco exterior, composition roof, and attached two car garage. Big backyard with spacious patio for entertaining, shed for extra storage. Located close to parks, k-12 schools, shopping and more. Don't wait! Offered at $299,900. For more photos and detail visit 7556 Wooddale Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610.


Top Producer Trifecta for May 2018 in my Coldwell Banker Sierra Oaks office...
In my first full month at my new office at Coldwell Banker in Sierra Oaks, I hit the trifecta: Top Closer, Top Seller, and Top Listing Agent in the office. You will see they rank "teams" (groups of multiple agents) and individuals, and I swept the individual category. There are well over 100 agents in my office, and it's nice to see I rank among the top, and clearly I hit the ground running after transitioning to this Coldwell Banker office from another brokerage in mid-April.
New Listing - 8238 Leesburg Way, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Adorable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1220sf Elk Grove home! You will love the spacious open layout with vaulted ceilings, freshly painted interior, updated flooring, and a cozy fireplace. The kitchen has lots of storage space, tile counters, and a cute dining nook. The backyard is a great place to garden and it has a covered deck which is a wonderful spot to entertain or barbeque! This home features a newer fencing, corner lot with possible RV access and an attached 2-car garage. It is located close to parks, Harriet Eddy Middle School, Monterey Trail High School, shopping & more! Don't wait! Offered at $339,900. For more photos and detail, please visit 8238 Leesburg Way, Elk Grove, CA 95624.
Don't wait to get a "Date of Death" Appraisal...
I sell many homes where the original owner passed away, and the successor trustee of a trust is the person selling the home. As a rule, I do not give tax or legal advice to my clients since I am not a CPA and not an attorney...but I see this situation enough that I feel the need to make a suggestion to sellers of homes after the death of the owner - talk to a CPA immediately, and obtain A DATE OF DEATH APPRAISAL.

A Date of Death Appraisal is a formal valuation of the home by a state-licensed real estate appraiser upon the date of death of the owner.

You should look into this sooner than later. The estate will likely need one for tax purposes, whether you decide to sell the home immediately or wait.

For too many people having this done is an afterthought. Be proactive. Recently I sold a home for a successor trustee where the owner died over 8 years ago. The longer you wait to have a this done, the more expensive the appraisal will be. The appraisers I refer to my clients typically charge $400-$500 for an appraisal, however if they have to dig for comparable sales information that is not readily available or current, the cost will definitely increase. Additionally, if you get this done sooner than later, while you still have access to the property, the appraiser can actually see the home. If you wait a long time...and maybe even wait until after the property is sold (very common), then the appraiser not only has to dig up old information but also won't have the benefit of being able to see the home in person.

My suggestion - talk to a CPA and don't delay getting this done. If you need a referral to a great appraiser, reach out to me and I can connect you.
Quoted in a Sacramento Bee article about bay area buyers moving to Sacramento...
I have helped numerous buyers relocate to Sacramento, but one thing is certain -- none of them have been overeager to plunk down a bunch of money on a home here. For some reason there is concern that bay area buyers come to Sacramento with their high tech salaries and recklessly offer more than homes are worth.

Nope.

All of the bay area transplants I have worked with have been very financially prudent and conservative. I relayed this experience to a Sacramento Bee reporter for an article that ran in this weeks newspaper about bay area home buyers moving to Sacramento. He also interviewed some of my recently closed clients in the article as well. They sold their long-time home in Dublin and paid cash for a cute 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1501sf Antelope home for $339,000, closing just last week. They did so in order to retire a little ahead of schedule. We looked at many homes together before they made any decisions, and before they made an offer we carefully reviewed recent comparable sales so their offer was in line with the market value.
New Listing - 9434 Pandora Court, Orangevale, CA 95662
Well-maintained 3 bedrooms + office / possible 4th bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1813sf Orangevale home is ready for a new owner. Lovingly cared for by one owner for more than 30 years, this home is the ideal blank canvas for your personal touches! You will love the spacious, open layout, separate living and family rooms, updated kitchen with granite counters, formal dining area, large bedrooms, central heat and air, dual pane windows, composition roof and two-car attached garage. Inviting built-in swimming pool is the ideal place to play or entertain, and large sunny garden area is a great place for your green thumb! HUGE attached workshop with high ceilings and 220v is just waiting for your crafts and hobbies, and large covered RV or boat access can store all of your toys. Bring your imagination! All this located near award-winning K-12 schools, parks and recreation areas, shopping and more. Don't wait! For more photos and detail, visit 9434 Pandora Court, Orangevale, CA 95662.

New Listing - 3428 Kauai Road, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Adorable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1362sf Bridgeway Island West Sacramento home. You will love the open layout, separate living and family room areas, kitchen with tile counters and breakfast bar area, dining room, integrated surround sound speakers, gas fireplace, laminate flooring throughout, and custom-painted interior. Backyard has a large covered patio, plenty of room for entertaining and lots of sunny space to garden or play! Two-car attached garage. Located in close proximity to schools, parks, and nature trails. Don't wait! Offered at $369,900. For more photos and information visit 3428 Kauai Road, West Sacramento, CA 95691.

Graduated with my Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration!!!
I have a list of goals. Small goals, big goals, and BIG goals. And about 5 years ago, I set a BIG goal for myself. I decided to work toward a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA).

Why? My friends and family all asked me this. I did not have a clear answer other than the fact I had a deep interest in housing policy issues thanks to my involvement in the Sacramento and California Associations of Realtors, and I felt I wanted to deepen my understanding of policy analysis. [Analysis and advocacy are two very different things.] And to answer the question everyone seemed to ask: NO, I AM NOT changing careers. I continue to be a full-time, top-producing Sacramento real estate broker. I am perhaps just a smarter, geekier realtor now.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a minor in Ethnic Studies back in 2001 -- a far cry from the study of Public Policy and Administration. Before I could even apply to the MPPA program, I had to enroll in prerequisite coursework in Economics, Government, and Statistics. So in the spring semester of 2014 I enrolled at American River College and for the next three semesters knocked out those classes. I applied for the MPPA program and was accepted, and in the fall semester of 2015 started the MPPA program at California State University Sacramento

Initially I felt like a fish out of water - generally I was a bit older than most of the other students in the program, and most of the other students worked for public agencies, in legislative offices, or were lobbyists. Thankfully, they all were my nerdy kindred spirits and we all had a love for policy. I fit right in.

Not only did I fit right in, but as it turns out, I really excelled in my coursework. I took classes in applied economic analysis, public administration, quantitative analysis, urban policy, research methods and more. I wrote papers on all sorts of nerdy policy topics ranging from homelessness, the supply and demand of labor markets, short-term rentals and the sharing economy, organizational performance metrics, homeownership rates, and determinants of home value. I wrote my thesis on the positive and negative spillover effects associated with the growth in numbers of Homeowners Associations in Sacramento County. It was a lot of hard work and I loved every minute of it. 

I liked it so much that I got involved in the Graduate Association of Students in Public Policy and Administration (GASPPA) and served as Treasurer for 2017-2018. The Faculty asked me to sit on the hiring committee for a new faculty member, which was a really interesting experience. My professors encouraged me to submit my research on Homeowners Associations to different student research symposiums, and I ended up presenting my research in three separate events, which was really awesome. 

And the craziest part...I had the highest GPA in my program at 3.97 (darn that one A-). The faculty of my department selected me for the 2018 Cristy Jensen Award, named for the founder of the MPPA program. And last but not least, the Dean of the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies named me Graduate Student of the Year for 2018 for the SSIS Department. And I graduated "with Distinction". 

So May 18, 2018 I walked across the stage at the Golden 1 Arena. What a ride! I can't say enough great things about the program, faculty, and my fellow students. It was a lot of work, and during my 1.5 years of prerequisites and 3 years in the MPPA program I managed to do all that and remain a top producing Realtor. In fact if anything I just got busier while I was in graduate school.

So now what? Well I am maybe the nerdiest Realtor in Sacramento. And being done with school, I have more time on my hands for something - I guess my next BIG goal, whatever that turns out to be.



New Listing - 2574 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Enchanting 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1105sf Land Park cottage! All the amenities of a newer home coupled with lots of vintage charm! You will love open layout, hardwood flooring, formal dining area, remodeled kitchen with concrete counters and a classic Wedgewood stove. Spacious bedrooms, remodeled hallway bathroom, master bedroom with huge walk-in closet, jetted tub and separate shower. Partial basement allows for extra storage. French doors lead to a backyard for the ultimate entertainer with built-in BBQ, covered pergola area! Lots of sunny space to garden and play, and garden shed for your green thumb accessories. Close proximity to William Land Park, Broadway Corridor, breweries, schools, public transportation, and easy downtown access. Don't wait! Offered at $525,000. For more photos and detail, visit 2574 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.
New Listing - 1805 Suffolk Way, Carmichael, CA 95608
Welcome to this stunning 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, approximately 2,290 square foot Shelfield Estates home! You will love the spacious and open layout, built-in office niche, remodeled half bath off of the entryway, separate living and family areas, a double-sided fireplace, a formal dining room and the den area with a built-in entertainment center with French doors opening to the backyard. There are over-sized hallway bedrooms, a remodeled hallway bathroom with dual sinks and a stylish sliding barn door. The master suite has a huge walk-in closet and a remodeled master bathroom with an enormous shower and dual sinks. The backyard is great for entertaining with built-in seating and offers lots of shady and sunny space to garden or play. All this in close proximity to Shelfield Park, the American River Parkway and award-winning schools. Don't wait! Offered at $679,000. For more photos, 3D Virtual Tour, and information please visit 1805 Suffolk Way, Carmichael, CA 95608.

New Listing - 2487 Torino Street #6, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,307 updated ground floor single level condo in Riva on the River in West Sacramento! You will love the open spacious layout, large kitchen with granite counters and pantry cabinet, window coverings throughout, freshly painted interior, brand new flooring, master bedroom suite w/outdoor access and large walk-in closet. 2-car tandem garage. HOA dues are $220 per month. Community has lots of great amenities such as a built-in pool, playground, and manicured green space. Short distance to the river, downtown Sacramento, schools, shopping, and freeways. Don't wait! Offered at $299,900. For more photos and information visit 2487 Torino Street #6, West Sacramento, CA 95691.

My clients and I featured in a Sacramento Bee article about millennial home buyers...
I think my clients Farrah and Andrew said it best as they were quoted in the Sacramento Bee article - that millennials aren't different from other generations. They have the same goals, and they want to buy houses.

Duh.

I work with a lot of millennial buyers (and sellers, since after all they have been buying homes for a while now). The fact is there are a lot of millennials. And you know what, the bulk of that generation is turning the corner of their 20's into their 30's. Not all of them want or have traditional households, but once those student loans are paid down or off, and they settle into a career, and they meet someone and maybe want to co-habitate or get married or have kids - SURPRISE! They buy homes.
New Listing - 7780 Reenel Way, Sacramento, CA 95832
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1148sf  Meadowview fixer home is an excellent value and the perfect blank canvas for your extensive renovation. Nice layout, cute kitchen with pantry, formal dining area, spacious bedrooms, and huge approx .37ac parcel which is a great place for outdoor fun. Close to public transportation, shopping, and more. Bank repo. Offered at $163,500. For more photos and detail please visit 7780 Reenel Way, Sacramento, CA 95832.
New listing - 3729 Erlewine Circle, Sacramento, CA 95819
River Park home is ready for a new owner - this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,307sf fixer is the perfect blank canvas for your personal touches and renovation. You will love the spacious layout, large living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room, central heat and air, HUGE .22ac lot on a cul-de-sac with a built-in pool, lots of sunny space to garden or play. Close proximity to the river parkway, baseball fields, parks, Caleb Greenwood Elementary, Sac State, and all East Sacramento has to offer. Don't wait! Probate sale. Offered at $325,000. For more photos and additional detail please visit 3729 Erlewine Circle, Sacramento, CA 95819.
New Listing - 1796 Mammoth Way, Sacramento, CA 95834
Stunning 3 bedrooms+loft, 3 bathrooms, 2,320sf former model home in Sonora Springs Natomas! You will love the spacious floor plan with every upgrade imaginable! Separate living and family rooms, gas fireplace, enormous open kitchen with island, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs loft area, built-in home office cabinetry, master suite with dual sinks, separate tub and shower. Wood flooring, custom shutters and drapes plus designer features. Stamped concrete backyard patio with planter beds. Attached two-car garage. Homeowners Association has community built-in pool and recreation facilities, low dues at approximately $73/month. Close to shopping, schools and parks. Don't wait! Offered at $375,000. For more photos and a 3D virtual tour, please visit 1796 Mammoth Way, Sacramento, CA 95834
Call 811 before you dig!
I attended a presentation by a representative from PG&E in Sacramento earlier this week, and among other things he emphasized the importance of calling 811 before doing any digging or landscaping so that utility providers can visit your home and mark the locations of underground utility lines. Gas lines, water lines, electric lines, communication lines among other things are buried underground. PG&E frequently receives emergency calls when homeowners are digging and unexpectedly hit gas lines. Breaking a gas line can be very dangerous since gas is highly flammable and easily ignited. Be careful!
New Listing - 2760 63rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
Adorable updated 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,292sf Tahoe Park home! You will love the vintage charm coupled with newer amenities. Spacious layout, freshly refinished wood floors, recently painted interior and exterior, remodeled kitchen with granite counters and newer appliances, plus a formal dining area, and a remodeled bathroom. Lots of storage space. Enclosed breezeway offers extra space to entertain or play and connects to a large two-car garage. Located in close proximity to restaurants, breweries, UCDMC, K-12 schools, and Sac State. Offered at $399,000. Don't wait! For more photos and information visit 2760 63rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
New Listing - 2408 E Street, Rio Linda, CA 95673
Rio Linda 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,493sf home on one acre - this is the perfect blank canvas for your personal touches! You will love the spacious layout, living room with cozy gas fireplace, laminate flooring, dual pane windows, newer central heat and air, huge over-sized 2-car attached garage with long driveway and possible RV access. Large outbuilding for additional storage. HUGE front yard, and bigger rear yard with ample room for your creative endeavors. Don't wait! Offered at $339,000. For more photos and additional detail please visit 2408 E Street, Rio Linda, CA 95673.
New Listing - 1108 Vickrey Court, Rio Linda, CA 95673
Adorable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom,  approx 1,281sf home on .89ac in Rio Linda is ready for your and your horses! You will love the spacious layout, remodeled kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters, remodeled master bathroom with dual sinks, dual pane windows, central heat and air, tile flooring throughout, two-car garage and awesome covered deck for entertaining. The property has a pasture with lighting, 4-rail fencing, covered horse stalls with concrete floors. Located close to parks, schools, and riding trails. Don't wait! Offered at $399,000. For more photos and information visit 1108 Vickrey Court, Rio Linda, CA 95673