Country Luxury-2355 Virginiatown Road, Lincoln, CA

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Your chance to own an amazing country home only minutes from town! No expense has been spared on this gated, private estate. The open floor plan features fine finishes throughout and eye-catching architectural details. The chef’s kitchen is the hub of the home and is appropriately appointed with custom, white “soft close” cabinets, striking granite counter tops, designer light fixture and professional appliances including double dishwashers and a built-in refrigerator. The gourmet in the family will appreciate the vast surfaces and prep sink that are perfect for preparing for those family get-togethers. Throughout the home the flooring is top-quality with wood, tumbled travertine, premium carpet and marble. You’ll love the fabulous master suite! The oversized master includes a retreat that is currently being used as a home gym, a fireplace, coffered ceilings with double crown, double walk-ins with organizers, outdoor access and an incredible master bath. The bath includes a large shower with bench and multiple heads, a jetted tub, “his and her” vanities and custom mirrors and fixtures. The handyman will enjoy the huge (almost 1200sf) garage. The park-like yard is a beautiful setting with a variety of trees and shrubs and a fenced-off back yard. The spacious back pasture is level and has tons of possibilities-barn, riding arena, shop, In-law cottage…You choose! Also worthy to note is the high producing well, whole house fans, triple zone HVAC with multiple condensors, batting cage, stream that runs through property and surround sound. This is a perfect home for entertaining!

 

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing of this luxurious country home!

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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

Coming Soon! 1673 Calabasa Drive

1673 Calabasa Drive
1673 Calabasa Drive

1673 Calabasa entry

Coming Soon and won’t last long! This home is as neat as a pin and is a great floor plan with no wasted space. This home has been extremely well-maintained as has new carpet and paint, newer A/C condensor and appliances. Just under 1500 sf, 3 bed/2bath, NO HOA and very low Mello Roos. This is truly a move-in ready home for only $365,000. Call or message me for a private showing. 916 408-2222

Location, Location, Location!

With all the new innovations out there, there are so many ways to market your home. Whether it’s the more classic route or online, I try and get the best of both worlds. When it comes to getting your home out there, I’m always looking for the best avenues for maximum exposure as well as targeted marketing. With this in mind, I decided to try something new for some of my listings.
The area around these homes is really something that makes them special, so I jumped at the chance to have some drone videography taken. I thought that this would be a perfect way to not only highlight the home itself, but also the beautiful surrounding areas. For the home at 5181 Monteverde Drive, the rolling hills, scenic walking trails and praised Catta Verdera golf course, not to mention the breathtaking sunsets are major reasons why this is such a gorgeous and desirable area to live. At 2200 South Lakewood Drive, the peaceful and serene setting, nestled among the pine and oak trees makes for the perfect hideaway near the lake in Meadow Vista.

 

 

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Call today for a private showing of either of these great listings!

6 Tips to Prep Your Property to Sell

When people come to me about listing their property, one of the first things they ask is “how do I get my house ready to show?”. It may seem like common sense, but how the home shows and what a seller does to prepare it can make a huge difference on not only being able to sell, but also getting a price you are happy with.

 

Here are a few basic tips to consider when getting ready to put your home on the market:

 

  1. De-Personalize

When selling a house, you want to make sure that the people looking at it can picture themselves living there. Removing some personal items such as family photos, and clearing out things from around the house and counter tops like cosmetics, hair products or small appliances can go a long way in helping the buyers visualize the home as a “blank slate”.

  1. De- Clutter

Take this chance to lighten your moving load! Donating items taking up extra space in the closet and getting rid of unnecessary clutter makes your space appear larger and more desirable. Clear off any extra clutter on counters, magnets on fridges and books off of nightstands. You may consider renting a storage unit, and look at it as an opportunity to get a head start on your packing.

  1. Organize

Along the same vein, taking a chance to organize areas like closets and shelves makes a huge difference in how your home appears. This can be as simple as taking time to make sure your home entertainment center is free of excess wires, or making sure everything has a place in the closet. Containers or baskets make everything look more orderly and could make the move easier.

 

  1. Repair

It might not make sense to put too much money into a home you plan on selling, but a few cosmetic tweaks can have a big impact on how it shows. Are there any unsightly holes or annoying leaky faucets? Some buyers might be put off by simple things, so small things like painting any bright accent walls a nice neutral color or making sure obvious things are in good repair can influence how the listing is viewed.

 

  1. Clean, Clean, Clean

One of the biggest “make or break” moments is when a buyer looks at a home that is clean or not. If a potential purchaser walks into an area and it’s visibly dirty or smells, chances are they aren’t going to be too comfortable taking much of a look around. Making sure carpets are vacuumed, things are dusted and wiped down and there are no unpleasant fragrances is something that absolutely must be done when trying to sell a house. Areas like kitchens and bathrooms should be cleaned frequently when showings are happening. A deep cleaning before your home hits the market is always a good idea.

 

  1. Amp Up the Curb-Appeal

Almost all buyers like to take the chance to do a drive-by before they make an appointment to see a house so they can get a feel for the house and the neighborhood. Make sure to keep the lawn mowed, trim up any shrubs and maybe plant a few flowers for some color. The front of your house is the first impression, so make sure it’s a good one!

 

Listing your house, especially for the first time, can be a stressful experience filled with a lot of questions. However, choosing an agent with experience and expertise makes all the difference. Having sold homes for over 15 years in Lincoln, I know how to navigate even the toughest deals, ensuring you get top dollar when you decide to sell. Give me a call if you’re looking for someone that can get the job done!

Excellent 12 Bridges Location!

111 Kiwi Court

 

Move-in ready! Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the hills of 12 Bridges, this home has an open floor plan & is loaded with upgrades. Beautiful hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, custom paint, built-ins, plantation shutters & so much more! Manicured, private yard features custom concrete, covered patio & keystone retaining walls. The handyman will like the 3 car tandem garage with cabinets. Act now, this is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful home in a great location.

Call 916 408-2222 for a private showing today!

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Nice Single Story in West Lincoln

1669 Calabasa Drive
1669 Calabasa Drive

This home is clean and has been well maintained. You’ll love the custom features; from the classy, knotty alder front door to the extremely durable, luxury flooring and the warm, neutral paint colors. This home has had recent exterior paint, new carpet and upgraded stone hearth put on the fireplace. The back yard is private and low maintenance. You’ll enjoy being in the yard and relaxing on the custom tile patio under the well-built patio cover. The handyman will love the finished 3 car garage with the epoxy flooring and the heavy-duty insulated garage door. This home has lots of other custom features including framed mirrors in the master bath, surround sound wiring and upgraded ceiling fans and light fixtures. No HOA dues and very low Mello Roos. This is a home you don’t want to miss!

 

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing.

 

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Fabulous Single Story, 5181 Monteverde Ln, Catta Verdera

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Located in the desirable, gated golf course community of Catta Verdera, this spacious, single-story home has some classy upgrades. As you walk in the front entry, you will immediately notice the gorgeous travertine flooring with tumbled accents, the large picture windows looking out to the yard and the eye-catching architectural details. The kitchen opens to the family room and includes granite countertops, GE Profile appliances, upgraded cabinets and a beautiful back-splash. Great for entertaining, this bright and open floor plan includes a spacious dining and living area. The feeling of space carries into the master bedroom with a large sitting area as well as convenient access to the back yard. The master bath includes custom glass vessel sinks, travertine surrounds at the bath and shower and closet organizers in the walk-in. You’ll enjoy the private, pool-sized yard and expansive patios and plan on spending some time barbequing at the outdoor kitchen and relaxing. The neighborhood includes paved trails that wind through the valley and make you want to get out and enjoy nature. You’ll appreciate the homeowner’s association which provides security patrol and front yard maintenance. Other functional upgrades include a central vacuum, custom ceiling fans and a fire suppression system

 

Act now; call for me to request a private showing of this clean, move-in ready home!

 

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Brookview Beauty-Clean home on cul-de-sac in Lincoln, CA

112 Austin Court
112 Austin Court

Mr. Clean lives here! The original owner has taken incredible care of this beautiful Brookview home. Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, you’ll love the wide streets as well as the convenience in proximity to schools and parks. This home sits on a large lot and has the potential for RV access on the right side and also has more than enough room to put in a pool. Under the covered patio is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and have a barbeque or take some time to relax in the spa. The other side yard is nicely set up for a dog run that includes a concrete pad and drainage. Inside of the home is just as nice as the yard! The open, flowing floor plan has a spacious living/dining room combo and is set up with a great room concept family room and kitchen. This plan is great for entertaining and has a good feeling of space. The handyman will like the oversized 3 car garage that has extra room for storage as well as overhead attic access. This is a good, solid home that is waiting for your personal touches. Don’t delay; homes this clean with a great location and NO MELLO ROOS TAX don’t last long.

Call today for your private showing

Offered at $394,500

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