OPEN HOUSE- Saturday, 8/10/19- 2025 Camino Verdera, Lincoln, CA

OPEN HOUSE 8/3/19 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
OPEN HOUSE 8/10/19 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Located in the prestigious, gated golf course community of Catta Verdera, this incredible 4036 sf home is loaded with modern and tasteful upgrades. You’ll enjoy amazing sunset views and city lights from the master balcony. Inside, you’ll be greeted with cool, custom grey tones that instill a calm throughout the home. The chef’s kitchen is perfectly appointed with gorgeous granite counter tops, oversized island with farm-style sink, double dishwashers, huge pantry and premium cabinets. The 5 bed/4bath floor plan is very well thought-out with ample living spaces and spacious bedrooms. There is also a home office room as well as a media loft. The master suite has hardwood flooring and opens to incredible views from the balcony. Off the master suite is the executive bath that features “his and her” walk-in closets, double vanities, huge shower with multiple shower heads, soaking tub and so much more. Other amazing upgrades include impressive flooring throughout, beautiful built-ins, outdoor fireplace and 2 patios, premium view lot that is waiting for your touches, 4 car tandem garage, energy saving solar system and so much more! Are you a golfer? This home is close to the driving range and club house of one of the best courses in Northern California. You will be impressed and challenged by the Catta Verdera Golf Course and can enjoy the fine amenities the Country Club has to offer if you choose to join. Come to the Open House Saturday, 8/10/19 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm or call 916 408-2222 for more information and to request a private showing of this amazing home!

CLICK HERE for ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AND PROPERTY INFORMATION.

For more information about the Catta Verdera Country Club, including membership pricing, Club history and additional events, CLICK HERE.

Do You Want to Buy a Brand New Construction Home?

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Thinking of Buying a New Construction Home from the Builder?

There are some things you should know.

Many people like the idea of purchasing a brand new home. There is the thrill of watching the construction process and choosing the upgrades you like, and something about knowing that you are the first to walk on the plush carpet, use the shiny appliances and take a bath in the jetted tub. This can be a very exciting time, but there are a number of things that you should know that will help you throughout the process. Take a look at this article before you head over to the sales office and put down a deposit on your desired lot.

First of all, although the people at the sales office may be nice, they are not looking out for your best interest as they have been hired by the builder to sell the house. Many buyers think that the process will be easier and that using the builder’s sales agent will result in getting a better deal. This is not the case, as builders generally aren’t very flexible on price and the job of their sales agent is to represent them and maximize their profits on each sale.  You need representation! A real estate agent that works for you will ensure that your interests are voiced and will negotiate on your behalf. If you choose to hire your own agent, they should accompany you on your first visit to the sales office. This will let the builder’s agent know that you are represented and the sales office will register him/her as your agent. Your agent can also insulate you from high-pressure sales tactics that a builder’s agent may practice.  It is best not to even casually go and take a look at the model homes without your agent. Some builders are very strict and will not allow you to hire your own agent if you have set foot in the office previously without your agent.

In addition, many buyers don’t realize that they are NOT responsible for paying a commission. Commissions are paid for by the seller or builder in this case. Builders rely on real estate agents to bring buyers to them. If buyers go to the sales office without an agent and contract directly with the builder, the builder will not credit them the cost of a commission that they would usually pay an agent. If they did, agents would cease to bring in buyers and it would eventually impact the builder’s sales. Really, there is no downside for a buyer to hire independent representation.  A buyer will pay the same cost for the home whether they have hired their own agent or not.

What are some other benefits of hiring an agent?

Representation – Your agent is looking out for YOU! They will advocate on your behalf and see that your voice is heard throughout the process.

Negotiation – While you may be a great negotiator and perhaps have experience doing so, it is always recommended to have someone else negotiate for you. Even the best negotiators follow this practice as an agent will not have the same emotional attachment that may blind a buyer. The agent can look at the deal from a different perspective that not only encompasses the price, but many other factors as well. While a builder may not negotiate on price (as they may have to answer to other buyers that paid more for the same home) an agent usually knows what they will discuss. Depending on the builder and the market, you may be able to get some free upgrades, closing cost credits, extended home warranty and perhaps some back yard landscaping or a patio slab that is larger than 3 x 3. A good agent will know what can be negotiated and how to be creative to make sure you are getting the best bang for your money.

Contract – How many buyers are really that familiar with real estate contracts? Although they aren’t that complex, agents look at them every day and have an understanding of what to look for to ensure sure you are getting a fair deal. I have caught mistakes on builder contracts more than once. Sometimes it is as simple as a math mistake and other times it is terms that were written in that hadn’t been discussed or previously agreed upon. An agent knows the contracts and knows how to make sure your interests are represented. Your agent should review the contract and notify you of any concerns prior to you signing a deal for your brand new home. They will make sure you are aware of contractual deadlines and that the building process stays on track.

Builder Quality and Reputation – Agents generally know most of the builders and will be able to share the information that they have learned over the years. Not all builders build the same quality of home. Some will use inferior materials, some have problems with quality control, some use different construction methods and so on. An experienced agent will know which builders are good about doing warranty work and which aren’t. They will also have seen how the builder’s homes stand up over time. This information can be extremely important and another piece in your decision making.

Financing – Builders usually have their own, preferred financing and will usually offer incentives for closing costs or upgrades if you finance through them. A good agent will be able to help you understand their loan programs and make sure you are able to choose the best for your circumstances. If the builder’s lender doesn’t have a program that works for you, your agent should be able to point you toward other lenders that may be able to help. I have had a couple situations where the builder still allowed the incentives even though the buyer used an outside lender.

Inspections – a builder will have walk-throughs at different points in the construction process. It is important that you have your agent there as they may be able to point things out and ask applicable questions that a regular buyer may not think about. You are also allowed to have an outside inspector look at the home to see if there are any issues you need fixed prior to closing or any other smaller items that can be repaired through the warranty process. Experienced agents will have qualified inspectors that they trust to find insufficiencies and items that a buyer will want repaired or replaced.

Recommend upgrades – An agent will know the latest trends, upgrades that are good for resale and how to choose complimenting and contrasting colors.  They will also know what upgrades may cost a lot but not add much value. They also understand which upgrades will be better to have done after-market that should save you money as well as giving you a superior product. Even though you most likely won’t move from your new home in the near future, an agent will look at everything from a “return on investment” standpoint. They can advise you on upgrades, lot choice, exterior elevation choices and other elements that can affect resale in a positive or negative way.

Knowledge of City plans – A good agent that focuses in a certain geographic area will know more than the builder’s sales agent about the city and about what is happening in the area. The builder’s agent usually lives outside the area and has a good knowledge of the homes, products and package choices that the builder offers, but doesn’t always know the details about schools and other upcoming developments like a hometown agent will. This information can be extremely valuable in making your decision.

Final thoughts and how to proceed – As you can see, there are many reasons and potential benefits in hiring an agent to work for and represent you. If you do decide to hire an agent, make sure that they are familiar with new construction and with the area. Have them take you through the models the first time you go to ensure that they are registered as your agent. Not only will your agent make you feel more comfortable in looking by insulating you from high pressure sales tactics, but they will also make sure you aren’t “blinded by the upgrades” and that you know what is included in the base price and what isn’t. They will take the emotion out and help you look at purchasing a home as a good business transaction that should help you increase your wealth over time.

Contact me today if you are thinking about purchasing new construction and I can guide and advise you through the process. The right agent really can make all the difference in the world!

 

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