Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Home Maintence

The days are getting noticeably shorter, and maybe there's a nip in the air - sure signs that fall is on its way. Now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before winter rolls in, while the weather is still pleasant enough for spending time outdoors.

Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior door and window frames. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home and caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape from these openings, but water can enter and may eventually cause mold problems and even structural damage.

Look up: Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Winter weather can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. Although you should always have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof, you can do a preliminary survey from the ground using binoculars.

Clear it out: Clear gutters and eaves troughs of leaves, sticks, and other debris. Consider installing leaf guards if your gutters can accommodate them - they are real time savers and can prevent damage from clogged gutters. Check the seams between sections of gutter, as well as between the gutter and downspouts, and make any necessary adjustments or repairs.

Warm up time: Have the furnace inspected to ensure it's safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide basic inspections at no charge, but there can often be a long waiting list come fall and winter. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to the manufacturer's instructions. Using a clean filter will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving you money and energy.

Light that fire: If you enjoy the crackle of a wood-burning fireplace on a chilly fall evening, have the firebox and chimney professionally cleaned before lighting a fire this season. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up to dangerous levels and cause a serious chimney fire if not removed.

Pillers to Post    Happy Fall!

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Housing Crisis

More and more people are being priced out of the California Housing Market Place when it comes to buying homes (downsizing, up-sizing, first time and even renters)  Prices are increasing in all these areas and with the shortage of available homes on the market for sale or for rent it only promises to get worse.

There has been fewer and fewer new home starts based on several things, the down turn in the market in 2006-07 (builders often left sites unfinished, cities putting restrictions on new starts.  ( a lot of restrictions being put into place with land use, when, where, and how many homes, condo's, etc. can be built.  Housing of all types are being effected.

Over 230,000 homes needed to be built per year over a several year period and that was a drastic difference over what was built.  (About 120,000 per year) According to the current demand we need to build about 200,000 per year and that is a far cry from the figure currently being built of about 100,000 per year.

This housing shortage is hurting people at every economic level, but made it very difficult for lower income and first time buyers. There have been more cuts in affordable housing funding which has also contributed to the crisis.  Cost of building has risen drastically as well.  All in all it means less homes on the market, even as many people are leaving the state many more are moving in.  California needs to take action to protect it's housing market and provide more affordable housing for people  needing mid range housing to lower income families.

We can all help by encouraging our cities to take actions that will attract more builders, with more reasonable costs for building.

Monday, August 21, 2017

What is happening on the market front?

Signs that the economy is doing well are good, consumer spending went up higher than expected in July over June. June was at 0.3 and July was 0.6. Spending makes up about two-thirds of the economy so this is good news.

Housing starts fell by about 4.8% from June due to lack of land available for building and material prices rising. The state needs about 180,000 new housing starts per year to keep up with the population growth and it is building less than 80,000 on average annually.

Feds are concerned about low inflation, no start date for the reduction in the Fed's $4.5 trillion balance sheet, and the housing starts falling which all added up to an increase in bond rates. The increase in bond prices helps the mortgage interest rates stay lower.

All of this adds up to it being a good time to sell as home prices have jumped considerately and interest rates are staying at all time lows. We are starting to see a few more homes coming on the market as people are beginning to sell.

All of the above information is from different reports I have been reading. I have not verified it personally.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Housing Inventory Begins Seasonal Climb

On July 31st, 4,405 residential properties were posted as active and available for sale throughout the 4-county Greater Sacramento region. That number marked a 10 percent increase in supply when compared to June, but remained 12 percent below July of last year. Currently, the region enjoys its highest inventory level since September of 2016. This market information is presented by Lyon Real Estate based upon data provided by Trendgraphix Inc., a Sacramento-based reporting company.
During the month of July, 2,481 properties were reported as sold and closed. This represented a 17 percent fall off versus a very robust June. “Due to protracted escrow periods and the number of business days in a month, it is best to look at longer periods to accurately assess trends,” says Pat Shea, president of Lyon Real Estate. “For instance, if we compare unit numbers from May, June and July combined, closed sales were up 1.4 percent versus last year.”
The rate of new open escrows or pending sales, support expectations that closed sales will remain strong in the coming months. New escrows opened in July were up 3 percent compared to June. They also stand 5 percent higher over the past three months compared to last year at this time.
The average closed sale price of $433,000 and median price of $392,000 posted in July were both more than 9 percent greater than last year. Sellers received 99 percent of their original list price and were on the market an average of 24 days prior to accepting a contract. Below the one million dollar price point across the entire region, there remains a meager 1.5 months of inventory based upon the current rate of sales. A seller’s market is typically viewed as anything less than 4 months.
“All of these key market metrics further reflect the stability and sustainability of the Greater Sacramento real estate market,” says Shea. “Expect inventory to climb slightly over the next few months but sales to remain very steady. All of the news surrounding our Northern California and local economy is good and consumer confidence is quite high. It’s still an excellent time to buy or move-up, all throughout our region.”
About TrendGraphix, Inc.
TrendGraphix, Inc. is a real estate reporting company based in Sacramento that uses local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data to provide highly-visual market statistical graphs to real estate brokers, agents, and MLS/Realtor associations across the country. TrendGraphix’s programs are currently used by tens of thousands of agents in more than 250 brokerages in 48 states. For more information about TrendGraphix, visit www.trendgraphix.com.
Category Real Estate

Thursday, March 9, 2017


St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! There is no better place to celebrate this holiday than an Irish pub or Irish-themed bar with an abundance of Guinness, Irish fare, lively crowds, and a sea of green. Make plans to visit one of these Irish pubs in and around Sacramento on St. Patrick’s Day or the days leading up to March 17!


The Boxing Donkey Irish Pub is located in historic Old Town Roseville, serving incredible Irish food, beer and whiskey. Their inviting and hospitable service in a comfortable setting makes your experience extra enjoyable, furthered by live music and a daily happy hour. The Boxing Donkey has quite the day planned on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, they open at 6 a.m. on March 17 to start the festivities early! (Photo above represents the Boxing Donkey’s German festivities.)


Malt & Mash Irish Pub in the heart of downtown puts a modern twist on the classic Irish pub, evident in their gorgeous interior and exterior designs and their delicious food and drink menus. The name Malt & Mash refers to the usual grain mixture used in the brewing and distillation of beer and whiskey, both of which they specialize in. This authentic pub celebrates the history of Irish-American culture in an effortless and captivating way.


de Vere’s Irish Pub is owned and operated by an Irish family originally from Dublin who moved to Sacramento in 1984. The atmosphere is so authentically Irish at both of de Vere’s locations in Sacramento and Davis. In fact, they even had the pub fixtures and furnitures designed and built in Ireland. de Vere’s provides innovative Irish food, friendly service, and of course, 20-ounce pints of Guinness!


Pitch & Fiddle is an authentic Irish pub in Sacramento serving the finest selection of Irish whiskeys and beers. Their Irish fare is to die for — especially the fish and chips and their famous Irish corned beef tacos. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Pitch and Fiddle, or treat every day like an Irish holiday with their daily happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m.!


This easy-going Irish pub in El Dorado Hills serves classic Irish fare and drinks, with a strong emphasis on beers. In fact, they have 36 handles (hence the name!), including 28 commonly found beers and 8 alternating taps, offering variety and interest for beer connoisseurs. Join their membership club by drinking a handle of every beer on tap, and you will receive perks and discounted refills at each visit!


Located in the heart of Old Sacramento, O’Mally’s Irish Pub offers one of the most authentic Irish experiences around. With wooden furniture, traditional Irish fare at reasonable prices, a wide selection of drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere, this no-frills pub is the real deal. This year, O’Mally’s is celebrating their 20th anniversary, so they’re throwing an especially big party on St. Patrick’s Day!


This Orangevale pub is popular amongst residents and those in neighboring towns. The Blarney Stone serves 22 beers on tap, including all of your Irish favorites, and a full bar with a great selection of Irish whiskeys. Relax with friends and family on the covered patio with some Guinness-battered fish and chips, or belly up to the bar with a pint of Guinness!


Translation: Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Sacramento!

Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Things Every Loving Homeowner Should Know About Their Own Home
Your relationship with your home is one that will hopefully last a long time, so it pays to learn its most intimate details. And not to be weird, but we really do mean intimate: what turns it on (or off), what makes it hot (or cold), and its delicate inner workings.
Because, after all, your home takes care of you—it keeps you warm, safe, well-fed—so it has every right to act a little high-maintenance and demand some TLC in return. Neglect your house, and there could be hell to pay later in the form of floods, electrical outages, and worse.
So as a sort of how-deep-is-your-love kind of test, ask yourself if you know these five things about your home—and if not, maybe you should go find out.
Q: Where is the main water shut-off valve?
Imagine you’re anywhere in your house where water is a feature: bathroom, kitchen, laundry room. They’re all connected by a network of pipes that come from your main water source. If any of those tangential pipes springs a leak, you’ll need to shut off the water until it can be fixed.
Every home is different, but you can likely find your main valve near the perimeter of your house, at ground level, nearest your water meter. If your water pipes are visible (in the basement, for example), follow them until you reach the main inlet and valve.
It’s possible your shut-off valve could be in a crawl space, closet, or somewhere out of the way, but it should definitely be in plain sight, rather than covered over with drywall. But rather than sit there and wonder, be sure to ask the previous home seller before you move in or check your home’s blueprints for a clue.
Q: Where is your circuit box, and is it properly labeled?
A circuit box is your house’s bodyguard against sudden spikes in electricity that run through the wires. Know your circuit box! It may enable you to avoid hiring a technician for simple electrical issues.
Most circuit boxes are located in a house’s basement, but some are also found in garages or utility closets. The switches inside correspond to rooms and sets of outlets in your home. Hopefully, they’re labeled properly—and if not, you should get on that pronto to avoid a tortuous guessing game every time you need to turn your power on and off.
If power suddenly goes out in a room (usually because you have too much plugged into one outlet), you can identify the tripped circuit by the switch that’s flipped in the opposite direction to the others. That means you may need to plug in your lava lamp elsewhere.
Q: What is a thermocouple, and do you know how to change it?
When your furnace goes out, you’ll be left in the cold—but not if you know how to change its thermocouple.This is the part of the furnace that shuts off the gas if your pilot light goes out, preventing that gas from seeping into your home. (You know, the gas that can kill you if left to run amok.)
If the furnace won’t stay lit, there’s a good chance you have a faulty thermocouple. Learning how to replace or adjust yours can be the difference between a $10 trip to the hardware store, and a $90/hour visit from a technician. Most thermocouples are held in place by brackets, which can be gently unscrewed to insert the replacement thermocouple.
Keeping a spare thermocouple on hand during winter is especially smart, because furnace problems can be more inconvenient—and costly—during the peak times of the year.
Q: Where are all your filters, and when was the last time they were replaced?
Lots of appliances in your home have filters. In fact, any device that conducts air or water should have some sort of filter in place to remove impurities and particulates. Changing these filters routinely can save you money, and keep you safe, which is why it’s helpful to know when they’re due to be replaced. Furnace filters should be replaced every two to three months; HVAC, ice maker, and water dispenser filters must change at least once a year. But that varies based on the manufacturer, so be sure to check your maintenance manual and not let it slide.
Q: Does your home have a sump pump, and do you know how to maintain it?
A sump pump is a pump (duh) installed in certain basements and crawl spaces to keep these areas of your home dry, which it does by collecting water that tries to seep in and moving it far, far away (or at least as far as the drainage ditch in your yard). They’re especially common in regions where basement flooding is an issue. Without a sump pump, the invading water can result in thousands of dollars in damage.
The good news, though, is that sump pumps are relatively easy to maintain. Check both lines, in and out, to make sure they’re not clogged with debris, and make sure the float component (this is the little bob that floats upward when water begins to fill the sump pit, activating the pump) can move smoothly.
By Matt Christensen | Feb 8, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

New Article Highlights Tech and Development In Elk Grove

New Article Highlights Tech and Development In Elk Grove

February 3, 2017

Business Xpansion Journal, a digital and print magazine geared towards company executives and site selection consultants, recently published an article about the City of Elk Grove.

The Article highlights the expansion of Apple, an emerging tech and startup sector, and several key projects like the Southeast Policy Area and the Civic Center.

Click on the images below to read the full story.