Changes

This year marks my 16th year in the real estate business in California. Looking back, it has been quite the ride with the cycles we’ve gone through and the many changes in the way that real estate is marketed and transactions are handled. Here are some of the changes that come to mind that some of the newer agents might have a hard time believing:

Paperwork- When I started, we were still doing 1 page contracts. Now, residential contracts are 10 pages and vacant land contracts are 11 pages. The seller disclosures have changed too. We used to only have 3 or 4 forms that were filled out. Our disclosure packets are now commonly in the 45 to 50 page range and that is the bare minimum.

Marketing and Multiple Listing Service- The MLS was available, but it was very unreliable and outdated even back then. We couldn’t post multiple pictures and entering listings was a real pain compared to how easy it is now. The print outs and screen views looked like some ancient DOS prompt page. As far as marketing, we did property flyers, newspaper ads and newsletters. Color printing was much more expensive and not readily available as it is now. Zillow and other sites were not around and we really didn’t do any internet marketing. The big thing was to have a sign rider that directed people to tune their radio to a certain AM radio station and it gave a property description. I had one of the new VW Bugs wrapped with advertising as one of my marketing tools. Marketing is so much easier now and within minutes numerous people know about a new listing.

Population- Lincoln was still a pretty small town in 2002 with a population of around 19,000. Communities like 12 Bridges and Lincoln Crossing were still dirt and farm land and Sun City was less than a quarter of the size it is now. Our population now is almost 50,000. Grocery shopping could be done at Rainbow Market or Safeway but a trip to Roseville was necessary for other shopping. For home projects you would take a trip down to Tofft’s Hardware store.

Home Prices- In 2002 newer homes were going in the low $200K range. Now, depending on location and upgrades, a new home under 2000 square feet will range in the high $300Ks to close to $500,000.

A lot has changed in the last 16 years, but one constant is that Lincoln is still a great place to live. Although some of the paperwork and ways of marketing have changed, my way of doing business of putting the customer first and exerting every effort to make sure your real estate transaction is smooth and profitable hasn’t changed. I still love what I do and get great satisfaction out of guiding my clients through a purchase or sale of what is usually their largest asset. Contact me, I’d love to put my many years of experience and understanding of Real Estate to work for you.

Also, who thinks I should bring the Bug back??

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Rich History in Lincoln California

In 1859 Lincoln became an official town and many of the original buildings are still downtown. Have you ever been curious about what some of those old buildings used to be? Well, you can visit our local museum and find out about that and much, much, more! The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is a fun place to learn some history about our special city. A few of the volunteers there are actual descendants of some of Lincoln’s early pioneers. When we visited the museum we learned the reason the Zebra is Lincoln High School’s mascot and enjoyed seeing one of the original desks from the school. The items they have on display there range from ancient Native American artifacts to old high school year books. You’ll love looking at photographs and uniforms of the original Potters baseball team. The admission is free and there are “hands-on” displays for the kids to explore.  After your visit you can walk around the corner and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. It’s truly fascinating to see how much history Lincoln has. So go take a look and increase your knowledge of this great little city.

Lincoln Area Archives Museum

640 5th Street

Lincoln, CA

916-645-3800

Mon-Sat 11-3

Summer Activities and Camps for Kids in Lincoln, CA and Placer County

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Looking for some fun activities to keep your kids busy and active this summer?  Here are some things you can do:

LOCAL DAY CAMPS, CLASSES & LESSONS

Kids Kamp
Age: 5 – 11
Location: McBean Park BBQ Area
Mon – Fri, 9am – 3:30pm *extended care options available
Fee: $125/$130NR

Kids Kamp is committed to providing fun, safe, age-appropriate recreation enrichment program, which encourages social development, provides diverse experiences, and promotes health and wellness. Our program offers participants the ability to experience new things, meet new people, attend fun field trips, and participate in activities that promote education and wellness. Kids Kamp is broken into 9 week long sessions, and includes weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, various activities, and much more.

Volunteer Information/Application

Play-Well Teknologies – Lego® Camp
Age: 5-12
Location: Lincoln Crossing Elem
Mon – Fri
Fee: $155/$160NR

Let your child’s imagination run wild with thousands of pieces of Lego® . Play-well technologies will help your child get creative and design projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego building system.

Intellibricks: Arduino Robotics and the Island of PodPi
Age: 9-15
Location: Lincoln Crossing Elem
Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Fee: $350/$355NR*additional $65 Material fee
Explore Java Script Programming and Electronics!
Welcome to the Island of PodPi, a series of technology adventures for kids.  During this full day week long Summer Camp, your kids will meet several characters from the Island who will teach them the basic concepts of Java Script Programming and electronics, including the use of LEDs, various sensors and servo motors. IntelliBricks will provide touch screen laptops for programming.

Skatetown Camps
Age: 6-12
Location: Skatetown Ice Arena
Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Fee: $250/$255NR
Camp Cool
: Daily beginner group skating lesson. Build snowmen, toss snowballs, play in the snow, ride big wheel trikes and GoKarts. Play Monster Basketball, limbo, hockey, broomball and other games. Off-ice games and crafts. Every participant receives a Camp Cool shirt.
Beginner Hockey Camp: Learn the basics of Hockey. Curriculum is based on camper skill levels. Loaner gear and rental skates are provided. Three hours of ice daily, with time to skate public session. Fun Friday scrimmage game. Off-ice games and activities. Every participant receives a Camp Cool shirt.

Tiara’s and Tip Toes Princess Camp
Age: 4 – 10
Location: Expressions Academy of Dance
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Calling all Ballerinas and Princesses at heart! This camp is full of tutus, glitter, tea parties, dress up, Ballet Class, manners, and adventure! Each day we will talk about what it means to be a princess; being kind, being thoughtful, and using our manners. Monday’s theme is Part of this world; dancers will learn to be kind to friends, foes and the earth.  Wednesday’s theme is “Let’s be Brave.” Dancers will concentrate on being brave, and thoughtful.  Friday is Tea Party day!  Dancers will learn just exactly how a princess would sip tea, eat crumpets and talk to their guests.  Campers will learn a Ballet Dance to perform for their parents and royal subjects on the last day of camp! The princesses will create crowns, wands, tutus and more! Who’s ready to twirl, tip toe, and turn into a Princess? Dancers are encouraged to dress up according to the theme!

Adventure Camp
Age: 4 – 10
Location: Expressions Academy of Dance
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This camp is for the adventurous child! Each day we will get active with push ups, jumping jacks, obstacle courses and of course learn some Hip Hop dance moves! Monday is Ninja day; campers will work on agility, coordination and fast paced movement.  Wednesday is Superhero Day; campers will use their superhero imaginations to create their own capes and then help with the capture of the dance villain! On Friday, we will explore the real life hero’s we encounter each day; the men and women of our military, police force, firefighters, and medical personnel. Campers will get crafty, and also create drawings and thank you letters we will send to our troops, police force, firefighters and medical professionals. This camp is for the active child, let’s get moving to save the world! Kids are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the day!
Hoop Improvement Camp
Age: 5 – 10
Location: Community Center
Mon – Thurs, 4:45 – 5:55pm
This Summer, your child can develop their skills, knowledge and love of the game with Good Sport U – Hoop Improvement For Kids basketball classes. Girls and Boys will enjoy playing hoop in a fun and positive learning environment while playing exciting games like Pirate says, Popcorn and Star Wars.
Skyhawks Camps
Age: 4-12
Location: McBean Park
Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm
Skyhawks offers multi-sport camps to help your child learn basic skills for Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Kickball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flat, Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse. Camps are Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm.

Lincoln Youth Sports Camps
The City of Lincoln Recreation Department has three camps to help improve your child’s skill set. This summer you child can attend our Basketball Skills Camp, Volleyball Skills Camp and Flag Football Bootcamp.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp
Age: 3 – 10
Location: Pete Singer Park
Mon – Fri: 9am – 12pm

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp working with over 150,000 children each year. Key techniques and skills will be taught to help your player reach their true potential. Programs start at Age 3+.

Age: 5 – 9
Location: Community Center
Mon – Wed, 9am – 12pm

This three day camp is crammed with fun-filled and themed based games, tumbling, music and crafts.

Active Tots Sports Camp
Age: 4 – 8
Mon – Fri, 9am – 12pm  

Drop your kids off for hours of fun in this exciting sports camp! Your child will develop a love of sports with fun drills and games in basketball, t-ball and soccer. Relay races, obstacle courses, crafts and other age appropriate games will also be incorporated.

Tennis Camp
Age: 8-15
Location: LHS Tennis Courts
Fee: $80/$80NR

Learn grips, technique, positioning and stoke development in this camp designed for tennis players of all skill levels. Interactive games will be used to teach and practice skills with emphasis on fun, good sportsmanship and providing campers with skills to improve both their singles and doubles play.

PLACES TO VISIT FOR FAMILY FUN:

AMF Rocklin Bowl
2325 Sierra Meadow Drive
Rocklin, CA
916 624-8216
Arena Softball
8288 Industrial Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 771-3818
Blue Oaks Century Theatres
6692 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916-797-3456
Bounce U
7611 Galilee Road
Roseville, CA
916-783-4386
Century 14 Roseville
1555 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA
916 797-3466
Disc Golf Course at Johnson-Springview Park
5480 Fifth Street
Rocklin, CA
916 625-5200
I FLY Sacramento
118 Harding Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 836-4359
McBean Skate Park
65 McBean Park Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-3220
McBean Swimming Pool
61 McBean Park Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-3230
Mike Shellito Indoor Pool
10210 Fairway Drive
Roseville, CA
916 774-5957
Oak Creek BMX Park
648 Riverside Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 784-8269 or 530 755-0435
Roller King Roller Skating
889 Riverside Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 783-0918
Rolling Greens FootGolf Course
5572 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA
916 771-4653
Roseville Aquatics Complex
3051 Woodcreek Oak Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 772-7529
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 746-1550
Skatetown Ice Skating Rink
1009 Orlando Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 783-8550
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Sports
1091 Tinker Road, Suite 200
Rocklin, CA
916 644-9966
Strikes Unlimited
5681 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916-626-3600
Studio Movie Grill
5140 Commons Drive
Rocklin, CA
916 238-9000
Sunsplash Water Fun/Golfland Miniature Golf & Arcade
1893 Taylor Road
Roseville, CA
916 784-1273
UA Olympus Pointe 12
520 North Sunrise Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 772-1245
WackyTacky
7351 Galilee Road, Suite 160
Roseville, CA
916 783-3355
Wake Island Cable Park
7633 Locust Road
Pleasant Grove, CA
916 655-3900
Woodcreek Golf Club FootGolf Course
5880 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 771-4653
Xtreme Craze
6694 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916 259-2729

 

Favorite Things Friday – Activities in Lincoln, CA

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Rods and Relics in Downtown Lincoln, CA

Okay, it isn’t Friday yet, but I wish it was! One of my favorite things is that I love the fact that there is always something going on in our community. It is fun to go to events and see friends and enjoy one another’s company. Whether it is a Christmas Parade, 4th of July Fireworks, Farmer’s Market or other special event, it seems like there is always a family friendly event to look forward to. Last Saturday, there was the Rods and Relics Car Show in downtown Lincoln. It was extremely well attended and more entries that I have ever seen in a car show downtown. There were various food vendors and some good music to listen to while checking out some of the amazing restorations. It was a good time for a few hours on a Saturday.

This week we have the Lincoln AirFest coming up (June 11th). It promises to be a great event. It seems like every year the air show at our little Lincoln Airport gets better and better. This year they are having a Youth Aerospace Expo, Helicopter and balloon rides and of course, some cool Warbirds. There is a pancake breakfast and then opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM. Under 18 is free and general tickets are $10. Check out their website here: Lincoln Airfest

I hope to see you there!

Favorite Things Friday-goats and sheep in Lincoln, CA

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                                                    Grazing within the City limits

If you’ve driven down Twelve Bridges Drive lately, you may have noticed something a little different- hundreds of sheep and goats grazing on the hillside. While this isn’t a new approach by the City, the reasons behind it are interesting.

There are two main reasons the City has chosen to implement managed grazing. The first reason is to control the growth of invasive plant species. Weeds such as star thistle and non-native invasive species such as blackberry bushes are kept from overrunning the fields by this grazing, allowing for greater biodiversity in the area.

The second reason this tactic is being used is to limit the risk and fire hazard that often accompanies these tall grasses. This is especially important given the close proximity of these open spaces to many homes.

This alternative approach brings a new way to prevent fires and preserve the habitat without the use of harmful chemicals, and brings a bit of the agricultural charm and heritage of Lincoln into the City itself.

This is another one of my favorite things about Lincoln-seeing (and hearing) the sheep every spring!

Favorite things Friday – Lincoln News Messenger in Lincoln, CA

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       Lincoln News Messenger-Tony’s 24 hr race

I love Lincoln. I like the small town feel and the friendliness of the people. I like being able to go to events like the 4th of July Fireworks, Farmer’s Market and Car Shows and being able to say “hi” to lots of people I know. I love the proximity to the mountains and also to the ocean. I like taking drives out through the country and seeing the rolling hills, granite outcroppings and happy cows in the pastures. I like this time of year when everything is green, but I also like seeing the “golden” grass of the fields in the summer. Lincoln sunsets are amazing. Another thing I like about Lincoln is our weekly newspaper, the “Lincoln News Messenger”. It isn’t a large newspaper by any means, but it always provides some human interest stories and history of Lincoln as well as covering our city’s past and upcoming events. It really gives you a feel for what Lincoln is all about. If you are thinking about moving here or are resident that cares about our City, I highly recommend taking a look at our little, weekly publication. The Lincoln News Messenger is one of my favorite things. I prefer the old fashioned feel of the paper in my hands, but it is online too at lincolnnewsmessenger.com

Firefighters and Hockey-Favorite things Friday in Lincoln, CA

 

carter-1Last season I had a chance to play with the Sac Fire hockey team. Obviously, I’m not a firefighter and with my Boy Scout background, I’m probably a little bit better at starting fires than putting them out! Our Firefighters in this area are a great group of hard working guys and they play a good brand of no-nonsense hockey. My son and I enjoy playing with them. One of our goaltenders had his mask painted by an artist in Canada and it is sweet! It shows our California flag on one side, a rendering of his Engine at a large fire that made the front page a few years ago and the Cal Fire and Sac Fire logos on the back. Pretty cool Carter! We are all appreciative of the hard work and risks that they take to keep us safe. Thanks! Being able to play a game I love with my son and these great guys is one of my favorite things.

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Recycling in Lincoln, CA – Favorite things Friday

Recycling in Lincoln, CA

One of the questions that I am asked frequently is “Don’t we have to sort our garbage for recycling?” The answer is “No”, but don’t think we don’t recycle here in Lincoln. A lot of areas have separate bins for plastic, glass, paper etc. but we have the “One Big Bin” program here. You put all your garbage into the green bin that the City provides with service sign-up and then it goes out to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority location on Athens Ave (out past the Casino). At that point, the waste (over 2 million lbs a day) goes through a process of mechanical and manual sorting. It is really quite the process! Some of the schools have field trips out there and the kids come home amazed. One thing I really like about having the “dump” not too far away is that I can load a truck with tree trimmings or garbage from a home we are selling and be out there in about 20 minutes. They do allow the public to dump and it usually costs between about $12 and $20 depending on what and how much you are dumping. They also have a bottle depot there and cardboard recycling. The fact that we live in an area that takes recycling seriously and that it is close enough for me to do dump runs (but not too close to smell or hear) is one of my favorite things!

Check out what happens to your garbage here: onebigbin.com

Favorite things Friday – Mexican Food in Lincoln, CA and Hot Sauce!

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Growing up in Canada, I can’t really call myself a good judge of Mexican food, but I will mention a few places in Lincoln that I like. Before I get to that, let’s talk sauce…If you were to come over and open my fridge, you would find a whole door-shelf dedicated to hot sauce. My daughter and I tend to go through quite a bit. Some of the favorites are Cholula (original, chipotle and chili lime), Tabasco (various), Tapatio, Srircha, Frank’s Red Hot (buffalo) and my Korean GoChuJang. Depending on the meal, a little hot sauce can add a whole lot of flavor! We are pretty “hot sauce crazy”, she gave me a 5 flavor pack of Cholula for Christmas and she carries a mini bottle in her purse.

Regarding good Mexican in Lincoln; our family favorite is El Portal on Lincoln Boulevard just past 1st Street. They have a good selection of fresh and spicy choices and we always come away satisfied. I am a fan of their fish tacos and the boys like the super burritos.

Another great choice is Los Gallos in downtown Lincoln. The food is great but space is limited and it can be hard to get a seat during peak lunch or dinner hours. Don’t let that scare you away, this is more of an authentic Mexican experience and is next to Beermann Plaza and some neat downtown shops .

If you want an even more original taste and experience, try the Mexican Deli. This has been in Lincoln for years and always a favorite for those who love real Mexican food. You know it is good when most of the people eating there are speaking Spanish.

You can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants, they are all good in different ways. By the way, what kind of Hot Sauce do you prefer?

Favorite things Friday – Lincoln, CA sunsets!

Gorgeous Golf Course Views
                                       Overlooking Verdera from infinity edge pool

 

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                                           Colorful sky from Estrella Court

The amount of rain we have received this year is much needed, but on a cool, rainy and windy day like today, I start thinking about warm summer nights and the incredible sunsets we have in Lincoln. There are some great places to go and take them in. Up on the bluffs behind Coyote Pond Park is one of my favorite places and there are numerous other places to enjoy the colorful sunsets. I could name a quite a few more, but I don’t want to give my older Boy Scouts any date ideas! I know I’m not the only one that pulls out my phone and snaps a few pics of the sky, I’d love to see some of your shots.