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Marketing and Multiple Listing Service- The MLS was available, but it was very unreliable and outdated even back then.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

Interesting Housing Options

 

 

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Over the last few years we have seen some interesting housing options. The “tiny house” movement started with stick-built homes on trailers that could easily be moved but also set up to hook into water and sewer systems. Many of them had solar for their electricity. We have also seen storage container houses that have been set up as tiny homes. Today as I was looking through some articles about real estate in Asia, I came across a new option for tiny homes that has been created in Hong Kong. This new option, called the “Opod” was created by architect James Law. He has built a “Tube House” from new spare concrete pipe in Hong Kong. The OPod Tube House, is an experimental low cost, micro-living housing unit constructed out of a 2.5 meters diameter concrete water pipe. The architect injected new ideas into Hong Kong’s housing policy. It has good fire prevention, wind protection, noise insulation and heat insulation. In addition, the structure of the water pipe itself is suitable for being buried in the ground so that it can withstand enormous pressure. As I did a little more research about this new option, I wasn’t able to find out how much they cost for purchase, but I did find out that they rent for between $3000 and $5000. We are lucky where we live that a monthly mortgage payment like that can get us into a decent home. Would you consider living in a Tube House? opod3

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Open Saturday 11-2, Best price per square foot in Lincoln!

Okay, someone is going to get a great deal! I haven’t seen a price this low on a home like this in a long time. Whether you are looking for a larger home for yourself or know someone that wants to move into the area, come take a look at this beautiful home. Solar, No Mello Roos and space to spread out!

Beautiful home in Foskett Ranch
Beautiful home in Foskett Ranch

Big & Beautiful! This spacious 5 bed/4 bath home boasts an excellent, open plan & has room to spread out. Quality-built Standard Pacific home with all the right upgrades! Granite counters, gorgeous cabinets, premium plush carpet, surround sound & so much more. You’ll love the generous master suite w/huge walk-in closet, split vanities, oiled bronze fixtures & custom mirrors. The solar allows you to stay cool this summer without worrying about astronomical bills. NEW PRICE and closing cost credits for the buyer! Don’t delay, take a look today.

See additional pictures, property description and video: HERE

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.

 

 

For details on this home, CLICK HERE

For pictures and additional information, CLICK HERE

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

Inexpensive Living within a gated community!

7331 Stratford Place #606
7331 Stratford Place #606

Clean & move-in ready home in the desirable, gated Ridgepoint Community! This is a very private, upstairs unit with an excellent floor plan. You’ll appreciate the finished garage with auto door & the fact that the HOA maintains the condo exterior & pays insurance. Enjoy the quiet neighborhood from your balcony nestled among the redwood trees or take a dip in the sparkling pool after some tennis on the private courts. These homes rarely come available, don’t delay & take a look before it is gone!

For pictures and property detail, CLICK HERE

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!

 

For more pictures and home information, CLICK HERE

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!

Has real estate in Lincoln, CA gone to the dogs?

Another one of my favorite things has to be my yellow lab, “Crosby”. I love animals and I’m even starting to take a liking to my wife’s little, black and tan mini-dachshund, “Jovi”.

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Selling a house is definitely stressful on people, but it can also be a time of stress for your animals too. Over the years I have helped numerous clients with their animals during the sale of their homes. Fortunately, I am an animal lover. My wife even calls me the “Dog Whisperer”. I wouldn’t go that far, but I do seem to have a way with most furry kids. This can come in handy in real estate. Just last week I had to reason with a very large Cockatoo to carefully get him back into his cage. I thought I was going to lose a finger but it all worked out. Sometimes I will take a client’s dog for a walk while a house is being shown or just calm down an anxious kenneled pet. I’ve had a number of cases where I’ve made arrangements with an owner to show a house and when we get there, the dog(s) are left in the house and not too happy to see us. I’ve been able to go in and nicely secure the dogs in the yard or garage while my buyers are able to comfortably look at a home.

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Call me if you need a broker that can expertly handle the sale of your property and can most likely make friends with your pet too!

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!