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Marketing and Multiple Listing Service- The MLS was available, but it was very unreliable and outdated even back then.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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

Big and Beautiful 5Bed/4bath Home in Foskett Ranch!

1410 El Camino Verde Drive
1410 El Camino Verde Drive

Located in the desirable Foskett Ranch community, this spacious 5 bed/4bath home boasts an excellent, open floor plan and has a full bed and bath conveniently placed on the first floor. This quality-built Standard Pacific home has tons of great upgrades and more than enough room to spread out! The baker’s kitchen has granite counter tops, oversized tile flooring, under-cabinet lighting, top-of-the line appliances, gorgeous cabinets, butler’s pantry and a faux brick backsplash. The home has premium, plush carpet, ceiling fans, abundant canned lighting and is wired for surround sound. Each bedroom is unique in size, but all are much larger than your average bedroom. Two of the bedrooms feature a Jack and Jill bath with an extended vanity and dual sinks. The generous master suite has a sitting area, coffered ceilings and an amazing master bath. The bath has split, “his and her” vanities, sunken tub, shower stall and a walk-in closet the size of a regular bedroom! It also features custom mirrors, oiled bronze fixtures and an extra linen cabinet. This energy efficient home is well-insulated and the solar system will allow you to run the ice cold A/C without worrying about astronomical utility bills. You’ll love the summer nights sitting around the firepit on the vast, natural flagstone patio. Other features include a handyman’s 3 car garage with gorilla storage racks and lots of room for your toys and projects.

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

FOR MORE PICTURES AND PROPERTY INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

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

FOR MORE PICTURES AND INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

Move-In Ready home in Lincoln, CA

16050493

Move-In Ready! New Pergo handscraped hickory laminate flooring and paint make this home shine! This quality-built Centex home has been extremely well taken care of and is in a great neighborhood close to schools and parks.You’ll love the open, flowing, “great room concept” floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The well-designed kitchen has ample counter space, breakfast bar and a large pantry. This home has so much more! You will want to spend time in the inviting, spacious yard that includes a full length cobblestone patio, keystone retaining wall, a large garden shed and wide side yards. Other features include a security system, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, details such as wall insets and bullnose corners. No HOA, very low Mello Roos-What are you waiting for?

TO SEE HOME DETAIL AND PICTURES, click here

Call today for your private showing

Offered at $342,500

Favorite Things Friday – Activities in Lincoln, CA

carshow
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!

Spacious, Turn-key Home with Tons of Upgrades!

 

2188 Maloney Drive, Lincoln

front

 

This beautiful home is located on a premium corner lot & has a spacious floor plan with all the right upgrades. Designed for utility & comfort, this home features a 1st floor master suite with jetted tub, upgraded bath, closet organizers and yard access. The kitchen boasts top-0f-the-line cherry wood cabinets, GE Profile appliances, veggie prep sink, gas cooktop and walk-in pantry, with granite slab counter tops and natural stone travertine flooring. The hand-scraped, slightly distressed hardwood flooring flows through the family room, and formal living & dining rooms. Upstairs you will find an additional master suite along with a huge bonus room and plenty of bedrooms.  In total, this home has 4 full baths and a possible 6 bedrooms as well as a den and bonus room.  Crown molding, plantation shutters and built-ins, covered patios and oversized 3-car garage with cabinets & workbench are just a few of the addition features. This home has so much more to offer, call today for your private showing!  Offered at $629,000.

kitchen1 living room yard

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

See my video and virtual tour!

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

front2 view

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

Looking for a Real Estate Agent in Lincoln, CA?

HOMELESS IN LINCOLN

Homeless in Lincoln (2)

 

Let’s face it, the selling process can be stressful. From the initial home preparation to the showings, offers, disclosures, inspections and the packing/moving, it can seem like a huge task. I always do my best to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for all my clients. Every once in a while I have a client that takes all in stride and has a great attitude and sense of humor about the whole process. One of my recent sales was just that way.  My client was level-headed and surprised me with a great photo right at the end. His intention wasn’t to make light of people that are facing hard times, but he did try to make me feel bad about making him homeless (he is moving out of State and in between homes). Congratulations RG!  We sold his house within a relatively short time and he and I were both satisfied with the price.