Is Country Living your dream?

country living

Are you looking for that country property that has the potential to turn into a magazine cover worthy, beautiful country estate with a pond, white picket fences and everything else you can imagine? You really can turn that dream into reality, but if you haven’t had experience living on more than a small city lot, here are some things to think about as you start your search:

Location, Location, Location. Even in the county, some locations aren’t as desirable as others. When looking at country property, you still should consider distance to grocery stores, hospitals and other needed services. In addition, look at the neighboring properties and see what types of homes are  there and get a feel for the type of people that could be your neighbors. You probably don’t want to be next to properties that have a lot of old junk cars in the pastures or a lot of run down buildings. There are times that you will rely heavily on your neighbors and you want them to be the kind of people that are willing to step up and help when needed. The topography and other features are important as well. Everyone likes some trees and granite outcroppings but you don’t want to be on property that is too steep for livestock, orchards or even a simple garden. Flat land is great for crops, but most people don’t like a property without and trees or variation. Critically look at the property and think about the pros and the cons.

Water. Water is perhaps the most important thing for a country property. Good water and an abundance of water can add tremendous value to a property and allow you many options in further developing it the way you want it. Lack of water is a huge problem. When looking at country property, you will want to consider good output and quality of water for your domestic well. Having at least some irrigation water is also super important. In our area, irrigation water rights are through NID (Nevada Irrigation District) or PCWA (Placer County Water Agency). Depending on what you are doing with the property (how many people live there, if you have livestock, if you have orchards or crops etc.) your water usage and needs can range dramatically. Make sure you have enough water for your needs and enough that will make your property good for resale. Get a well test (output and potability) and check with the irrigation company to determine amount (measured in miner’s inches).
Property lines. Make sure that part of your deal is asking the seller to pay to have a 3rd party survey that clearly marks the property lines. It isn’t uncommon to see some variance between what a seller thinks the lines are and what they actually are. In addition, find out if there are any easements (road, utility, water) that could affect your property. You may also want to research if a property split would be possible that could add value in the future.
Cost of ownership. Owning a country property can involve some costs that you wouldn’t have in the city. Maintenance to your well(s) and septic system are just a couple examples. Depending on where you are, you may be required to carry extra fire insurance and your policy premiums might be higher. Due to the size of the property, other regular upkeep and maintenance can be higher than you would expect. If you have livestock, there are additional expenses you will incur. When living in the country, you will have to dedicate more time and money to the upkeep of your property than you would in town.
Other things to think about. Many times there are out-buildings or other structures (I’ve even seen ponds) that have been built or created without the proper permits. These should be disclosed, but it is worthwhile checking permits so it doesn’t cause problems for you in the future. Most times it isn’t a big deal, but is something you should be aware of. Also, be specific in asking about what is included (or what you want included) in the deal. Many times I have written deals that include tractors, round pens or other items that are considered personal property.
Country living is great and I don’t want to deter anyone that has the dream of that perfect home in the country. Placer County is a great area to find country property that is close to everything, but still out far enough to be “country”. It is important to educate yourself on country property and find the right professional that can lead you through the steps and help you make sure you are making a good decision and great investment. Call me if you have any questions about living in the country or if you want to start your search for your dream home.

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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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!

Immaculate Country Property For Sale! 6957 S. Forbes, Lincoln, CA

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This beautiful home is located on just under 20 acres and is one of the cleanest and well-maintained country properties you’ll ever find! Recently remodeled with many nice appointments, this 3bed/2bath home has an open floor plan and comes in at 2224 sf.  The inviting living room has a wood burning stove that has been installed with energy savings in mind. The bright kitchen has Corian counter tops and full backsplash, a 5 burner “in-island” gas range, GE profile microwave and oven and a high-end Bosch dishwasher. You’ll also appreciate the oversized tile flooring and the upgraded cabinets. You’ll love the views out to the South pasture from the kitchen nook and the convenience of the beautiful deck from the slider. The deck is about 600 sf and is a place where you can enjoy views of your property, evening BBQs or relaxation. You’ll love the sounds of nature and solitude of living in the country.

In addition to the beautiful views, this property has rights to 8 miner’s inches of irrigation water. The irrigation is all underground and has 200 heads. Also included is a barn with 3-phase power, an additional septic system rated for a 3bed/2bath and a second well. Both wells are domestic and rated at 5 gpm. You’ll also enjoy plentiful fruit and nut trees including pluots, peaches, almonds and walnuts just to name a few.

Call today for a private showing!

Offered at $614,999

Home for Sale, Lincoln, CA.

Private and Next to Nature!

1201 Canvasback Circle, Lincoln, CA 95648

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Great Location! Desirable floor plan! This well-built home sits on a quiet street in Teal Hollow, backs up to beautiful open space and has a very private yard. You’ll love the excellent floor plan with a full bed and bath downstairs in addition to the 3 beds and 2 baths upstairs. It also includes formal living and dining rooms and a spacious family room that opens into the bright kitchen and kitchen nook. Wonderful curb appeal, a patio cover in the back and various trees and shrubs add to the very private and peaceful yard. Other upgrades include cabinets, over-sized tile flooring, Caesar-stone countertops and island, crown molding and more! Close to freeway access, yet far enough away to avoid the noise. This is definitely one you won’t want to miss.

Don’t delay, call for your private showing today!

Offered at $352,000

Custom Country Estate

7871 Boulder Creek Road, Penryn CA

This custom country estate is located in a very desirable gated Penryn community. Situated on 5.1 oak studded acres, you will love the tranquility and space this property has to offer. Enjoy walking the trails, sitting by the creek or looking at the amazing granite outcroppings. Excellent craftsmanship is evident as you walk in the front door and see the wonderful upgrades. The nicely appointed kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless appliances and hardwood flooring. The family room has a rock fireplace with a spacious hearth and is the perfect place to relax. Throughout the home you will see many other custom features such as imperfect smooth walls, crown molding, plantation shutters and built-in cabinets. This home has a wonderful open floor plan with a large master suite with fireplace, 4 additional bedrooms (one jack&jill), a den, family room, kitchen with nook and formal dining room.

The yard is fenced, has auto sprinklers, Trex patio and a fire pit. Those with a “green-thumb can spend time in the separate garden area. The handyman will be pleased with the large, finished garage with drop-down ladder for overhead storage and the 3rd bay rear pass-through/roll up door. Enjoy the privacy of country living with all the conveniences of living in town. From the inviting circular drive to the well thought-out floor plan and premium upgrades, this location and home make a rare opportunity for a luck buyer.

Call today for a full list of upgrades and to request a private showing.