Now Available: Luxurious Country Home close to Town

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Spring is here and the trees are blooming! Come take a look at this incredible home while the weather is nice.

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 fixtures and professional appliances including Viking range, SubZero built-in refrigerator, double Bosch dishwashers, pot-filler, farmhouse style sink and double ovens with a warming drawer. 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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1196 Torrington Lane. Turn-key home in Lincoln Crossing, Lincoln, CA

1196 Torrington Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648

New on the market! We will be having an open house 6/8/13 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Come take a look, I’m sure you’ll be impressed. Here is the information on this home:

Turn-key home in Lincoln Crossing! This one has it all; granite, stainless, cherry wood cabinets, wood laminate flooring, surround sound wiring & more. Unique den option with French doors creates usable office or relaxation space. You’ll love the large corner lot with a variety of trees & shrubs, free-form patio & irrigated grow-boxes. Use of beautiful Club Lincoln pools, clubhouse & workout facilities as well as free internet in your home. Clean & ready to go, this one won’t last. Call now for viewing!

 

Lincoln Crossing is a great neighborhood and the pool and clubhouse are great for everyone! I know of people who have booked the clubhouse for parties and weddings and have had a great time. The side can be totally opened up to the main pool. The kids love the fact that they have a pool they can go to all summer long. Club Lincoln is a lot of  fun! Here is a shot of the clubhouse at night.

Club Lincoln at night
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Home in Lincoln with a Pool (and EVERYTHING else)!

2172 Mount Errigal Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648

 

Actually, we have 2 homes in Lincoln with pools that have just gone on the market. The first one is at 2172 Mount Errigal Lane in Twelve Bridges and is an incredible home. This is one of those homes that has everything! From the pool, hardwood flooring, granite countertops and stainless appliances to the RV parking and media room this is a perfect family home. At almost 3900 sf, 5 beds/5baths separate den and upstairs media room, this home has space for everyone. The downstairs bedroom is spacious and has a full bath and makes a perfect, private guest room. One of the things I really enjoy about the neighborhood is the fact that it is close to Coyote Pond Park. This park is awesome for kids (and adults) of all ages. They have a small-child friendly play structure and swings and the older kids like to go on adventures hiking up to the cliffs or fishing for bass in one of the ponds. My boys love it! We go up there at least a few times a week on an “adventure hike” as my 5 year old calls it. You’ll love the home and the neighborhood too! Here is our description of the home:

Beautiful, quality-built Pulte home in the highly desirable Twelve Bridges neighborhood.  Within walking distance to the elementary school, parks & walking trails, this nearly 3,900 sf house boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, large bonus room and a fabulous built-in pool with waterfall.  The modern kitchen includes granite slab countertops, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, double oven and a walk-in pantry.  Crown molding, formal living and dining rooms, a separate den and a full bed and bath on the 1st floor are just some of the features of this amazing home!  The handyman will enjoy the 4 car garage and RV parking.  The nice-sized backyard with patio, grass area and amazing swimming pool is sure to be a crowd pleaser for your summer entertaining.  Hurry, this one won’t last long!

This is NOT A SHORT SALE OR BANK-OWNED and is ONLY $459,999.

Call today to request a private showing.

Overlooking Coyote Pond Park-“Adventure Hike”

 

 

HOME #2 1285 Larkflower Way, Lincoln, CA 95648

1285 Larkflower Way, Lincoln, CA 95648

The 2nd Home is a home out in the Lakeside neighborhood in West Lincoln. This is a smaller home at a more affordable price point. At only $219,999, this is a perfect home for someone starting out or for “empty-nesters”.  Here is our description on this home:

Welcome to this perfect home in the desirable Lakeside Community of Lincoln. You’ll love all the natural light in the kitchen from the French doors that lead to the backyard swimming pool!  The remodeled kitchen includes beautiful wood laminate flooring, Corian counter-tops and pendant lighting. A formal dining room provides plenty of space for entertaining.  This 2 bed/2 bath plus den (3rd bed option) home with a newer roof could be the one you’re looking for. Enjoy the private backyard with in-ground pool, grass area and shade pergola. You’ll be impressed how well this home has been taken care of!

This is NOT A SHORT SALE OR BANK-OWNED.

Can respond and close quickly!

Call today to request a private showing

 

Both of these homes will go quickly! Call today for your chance to own one of these great homes.

Call 916 408-2222 and I can set up a private showing for you. To see additional photos on both of these homes, go to the

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How Accurate are the Zillow “Zestimates”?

One of our Realty World Brokers sent this interesting article on to me. I have sellers and buyers that frequently ask me about the values on Zillow and sometimes they are very influenced by the numbers they see. This article, written by Ryan Lundquist of Lundquist Appraisal Company, sums things up pretty well. I have seen properties that the Zillow “Zestimate” is way too high or way too low. There really is no substitute for a good appraiser or broker that knows the neighborhoods, floor plans and upgrades. Call me anytime and I would be happy to do a free comparable market analysis that gives you a real value of your property. See Ryan’s article below:

 

How does Zillow compare with 10 real appraisals?

by Ryan Lundquist on March 5th, 2013

I have people ask me about Zillow all the time. In fact, it came up last week at a discussion I led for Realtors. Is Zillow accurate? Do I use Zillow as an appraiser? Let me share 10 recent appraised values in 2013 and compare them with “Zestimates”.

1) Elk Grove Condo: Appraisal: $90,000; Zillow: $79,454 (-11.7%)
2) Rancho Cordova House: Appraisal: $172,000; Zillow $155,567 (-9.5%)
3) East Sacramento House: Appraisal: $315,000; Zillow $399,893 (+26.9%)
4) Elk Grove House: Appraisal: $262,000; Zillow: $267,676 (+2.1%)
5) South Land Park House: Appraisal: $217,000; Zillow: $273, 293 (+25.9%)
6) Roseville Condo: Appraisal: $111,500; Zillow: $113,914 (+2.1%)
7) Roseville House: Appraisal: $415,000; Zillow: $396,763 (-4.4%)
8) East Sacramento House: Appraisal: $232,000 ; Zillow: $368,000 (-36.9%)
9) Elk Grove House: Appraisal: $305,000 ; Zillow: $264,340 (-13.3%)
10) Del Paso Heights House: Appraisal: $65,000 ; Zillow: $76,348 (+17.4%)

                       

Is Zillow accurate? It’s hit and miss. Ultimately I don’t consider Zillow to be reliable. As you can see above, some of the values were really close, but others were not close at all. An online valuation site cannot possibly know the idiosyncrasies of a real estate market – not to mention interior condition, level of charm or quality of updates either. Sometimes tract neighborhoods with a high level of data seem to have more accuracy on Zillow (not always true), while neighborhoods where each street and house are different can be very far off (even hundreds of thousands of dollars off the mark). For instance, in Yolo County data can be very sparse, so an online “valuation” without actual data isn’t all that compelling. I would say if you use Zillow regularly, use it for what it’s worth, but understand its limitations.

Do I use Zillow in my appraisals? I never use Zillow to guide or support values in my reports. Sometimes out of curiosity I will check Zillow because I wonder how a lender might view a property if they run an AVM (Automated Valuation Model).

By the way, I don’t have any problem with Zillow. This post is simply written as an FYI for clients and consumers.

Questions: How do you use Zillow? Any comments or stories to share?

If you have any questions or Sacramento home appraisal or property tax appeal needs, let’s connect by phone 916-595-3735, email, Twitter, subscribe to posts by email (or RSS) or “like” my page on Facebook

Well done Ryan!

 

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HOCKEY’S BACK!!!

Is anyone as excited about this as me? NHL Hockey is back on the ice tomorrow and my team, the Edmonton Oilers, play their first game against the Canucks on Sunday. The longer off-season for the Oilers was a good thing as they continued to develop some of their younger talents with the Oklahoma City Barons. Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, RNH and Justin Schultz all played together down there. There were also some that played in Europe or on the Gold medal Spengler Cup team (Ryan Smyth-glad he’s back with the Oil!, Sam Gagner and Devan Dubnyk). Also the addition of 1st overall pick, Nail Yakupov, will make the young Oiler core even more exciting to watch! Young, fast and offensively talented like the Oilers of the 1980’s.
Some great World Juniors hockey was played over Christmas with the USA Juniors taking the gold. Canada had a strong round-robin beating both the US and Russia in close games but couldn’t get it done when it mattered. “The Nug” had a great tournament. Oh well Canada, there is always next year! The World Juniors is a great Christmas tradition, I always wear my Team Canada autographed jersey from the gold medal SLC Olympic team that time of year.
On another note, I am so glad that the vast majority of professional hockey players are humble and don’t act like some of the punk basketball and football players. This comment might make a few people mad but look at the facts…So there is fighting in hockey, but it is part of the game and these guys respect each other. After some of the epic Marty McSorley-Bob Probert brawls you see them pat each others’ head and tell each other “good fight”. They knew their role on the team and were great hockey players as well. I have seen both of them score some pretty goals and anyone that played with them said they were great teammates. Off the ice, these guys are totally different. George Laraque is a perfect example, he has now retired but is totally into animal rights and a lot of other causes. George always had respect for the guys he fought and gave them a chance to get ready. One of my favorite ones that shows how much of a gentlmen he is was when he was in Phoenix and “mic’d up” for a game. I love the way he says “You want to?” “Okay” “Square-up?” and “Okay, good luck man”. The best is when he slowly puts his gloves down on the ice right before the fight. Check it out and turn up the volume so you can hear George. And no, I wasn’t a goon when I played. I fought when I had to but would rather put pucks in the net than sit in the “sin-bin”. GO OILERS!

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Will your offer be the chosen one?

Will your offer be the chosen one?
Many buyers are hearing about the dramatic drop in prices and have the misconception that they can jump into the market, make a lowball offer and get an acceptance right away. The reality of what we are seeing in today’s market in Placer County is far from that. Although it may look like there is a lot of inventory out there, the number of available “quick close” homes are relatively low. That being said, we are now again seeing multiple offers on good homes. If you are serious about writing an offer that has a chance of being accepted and that shines above the rest, there are some tips that you may want to consider.
Get preapproved-You must have a lender preapproval letter ready to submit with your offer. Get preapproved in advance and keep an updated letter on file. Sometimes on bank-owned properties you will be required to get preapproved by the lender who owns the property. Your agent can help facilitate this but be prepared to make this happen. Time is of the essence and can mean the difference between getting the home or not.
Get property history-Ask your agent to give you the history on the property. Finding out how long the property has been on the market and if there have been any price reductions can help in your offering price strategy.
Know the “Comps”-Your agent should be able to give you a list of comparable sales and current listings in the neighborhood. The comparables should be similar in age, square footage and appointments. Most sellers and sellers’ agents know what other properties have sold for and usually expect to see a similar offer. Some sellers price substantially under market as a strategy to create a bidding war. If you know the property is worth $50,000 over asking and submit that type of offer from the start, you may get lucky and be a new homeowner in 30 days. Your agent should know your target area and have a good knowledge of the comparables. Rely on your agent for good information in this matter.
How many offers are there?-Have your agent ask if there are multiple offers. If there are more than a few, you can probably guess that you will have to pay list price or above. If there aren’t any offers and the house has been on the market for more than a couple weeks, you should be able to go in with a lower offer.
Financing-Cash offers will always stand out and can usually get the property a little lower than an offer with a loan. If you know you are up against cash buyers, you may want to raise your price. Also, sellers will look more favorably on certain types of loans. Talk to your agent and loan officer about how the seller will view different loan programs.
Other terms-The sellers don’t only look at price. There are other terms that can make your offer stand out. Who is to pay title and escrow fees? Will there be inspections? Will the buyer ask for repairs? How much is the earnest money deposit? Consider shortening your inspection contingency period as another strategy to make your offer look better. Work with your agent and realize that there is more to an offer than price.
Knowledge is power-Find out as much as you can about the property you are interested in. In this market you may have to make a quick decision and you will need to rely on your agent to ask lots of questions to help figure out what the sellers’ hot buttons are. Don’t feel shy about talking to the neighbors or making some calls yourself. It can be interesting what you will find out and this could turn into getting your offer accepted above the rest.
Have fun with the process but take it seriously and choose an agent that you trust to get the job done right. Choose someone with the right mix of knowledge of the area, someone who is aggressive but not pushy, knowledgeable but not arrogant and someone that is truly looking out for you.

Small Apartments in California

Check out the video below! It’s not in Lincoln, CA but I thought this was pretty cool and San Francisco is not too far away. One of the many things I like about Lincoln is our great location in the foothills about an hour from Tahoe and less than 2 hours to San Fran. This video made me think about the size of homes most of us live in and how much we really need. It also made me think about the time I spent in Korea with my wife while going to school and teaching English. We lived in an 8 x 10 room for about a year. We even had some friends stay with us for a week, it was a little tight… What are your thoughts? Do you think you could live in a home like this?

“Realtor of the Week” Garth Evans, Lincoln, CA

I was the “Realtor of the Week” in the Lincoln News Messenger last week! They did a little write-up about me that I was sort of excited about. I really do work hard to take care of my clients and I think it shows.

Garth Evans, Broker/Owner Realty World Lincoln, CA
Special certifications, designations, memberships, training (e.g. HUD, short sales):
– Bachelor of Arts Degree from BYU (double major in Korean and International Relations)
– Masters in Business Administration, University of Utah (emphasis in Marketing)
– Canadian Chief Scout Award (Equivalent to Eagle Scout)
– Member of the Association of Realtors’ Masters Club 8 consecutive years
– Premium SalesMaster Award – Realty World
– Top Associate – Realty World
– Achievement in Excellence – Realty World

How many years in business?
Real Estate in Lincoln for 10 years

Why did you become a Realtor?
I have always been interested in owning my own business. After Graduate school, I worked for a large fortune 500 company. I learned some valuable lessons during that time but was always thinking of what kind of business I wanted to own. Eventually I made the jump to real estate and I’ve never looked back. Owning my own business and working as a Broker has proven to be incredibly challenging yet gratifying. It has given me the chance to put all of my education and previous experience to the test.

What are your favorite parts of the job?
In my business things get personal. Buying or selling a home is a big event in people’s lives. I spend a lot of time negotiating for my clients and helping them get what they want. It feels good when the deal is done and everyone is happy. Times are tough and people are in some stressful situations. I feel privileged that my clients trust me with their personal situations. It feels good when I can do a service for them and help make positive changes in their lives.

What are the most challenging parts of the job?
In this market, no deal is easy. I take each transaction on as a challenge whether it is negotiating a purchase for a buyer or dealing with the banks on a short sale. It is satisfying to know that I made a deal work that may have seemed impossible at the beginning and completing a job that many may have given up on. I gladly take on these challenges and work hard to get what my client wants.

What do you think of the market right now?It is challenging but exciting. Anytime you have a market like this, there are new opportunities for refining your business or learning new parts of the business. I have had the chance to become very good at short sales and working with banks. It is a lot of fun working with first time home buyers that thought they would never be able to afford a home.

How are you involved in the community?Right now I am a ScoutMaster for Troop 745 in Lincoln. I love the outdoors! We have so many beautiful places around here for backpacking and camping. I really enjoy working with the Scouts and helping them learn not only great outdoor skills but life lessons as well. It is incredibly satisfying to see the boys work hard and earn their awards. I also help coach the roller hockey team at 12 Bridges Middle School.

What are your hobbies/interests?
I am originally from Edmonton, Canada so I grew up playing ice hockey. My wife grew up in Lincoln, so when we decided to move our family here I was happy to find that there are a couple of ice rinks close by. I enjoy trail running and anything to do with the outdoors. My son and I are working on a Land Cruiser and we like to get out and drive back to some remote areas to hike and fish. California has so many beautiful areas, my family and I love to hike and explore new places.

Home Preparedness

Every once in a while the Lincoln News Messenger asks me to write an article about real estate in Lincoln. This time I decided to do something a little different…

Home Preparedness

Over the last 6 years or so, I have had the opportunity to work with the Boy Scouts. Recently, a number of boys in our troop started working on their Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. Shortly after we started, the tanker fire in Lincoln took place. About a week after the dust had settled, we had the chance to meet with one of the people who had been in charge during the disaster. He spoke to the boys about what had happened and stressed the importance of having an emergency kit in their homes. Instead of giving home beautification tips or how to cut down on your utility bills, I thought it would be worthwhile to pass along some information that could be essential for every home.

One of the first things he told us was that it was important to put together a kit that would have the essentials for at least 96 hours. He was involved in operations during 9-11 and Katrina and said that 96 hours’ worth of supplies was needed before many people were rescued or evacuated. He told us that it should be in a place that is easily accessible and probably close to the car. He suggested keeping it in backpacks or in the large plastic bins you can find at the store.

One of the first things he spoke about was having cash in relatively small bills readily available. The amount may depend on your family size, but having some cash very important. Also having some change on hand could be useful.

Food and Water-He talked about having a 4 day supply of food and water per person. He said that having a box (or boxes) of bottled water would be adequate but that it should be rotated every once in a while. Food would be items that aren’t perishable, can be stored, and don’t require cooking or refrigeration. Some items that would work well are jerky, granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, canned foods, gum, candy and dehydrated foods.  I have a backpacking stove and fuel in my kit and prefer the dehydrated backpacking meals. They don’t take up much space and the kids like them.  Along with your food you should think about having utensils and a simple mess kit or paper plates.

Personal items-One of the most important items would be a first aid kit. You should also have a toiletries kit for each person that includes soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or brush, toilet paper or wet-wipes. Travel-size items that are available at some large retailers are perfect for your kit. Some members of your family may have needs that will require prescription medicine, extra contact lenses or eye-wear. Medications including Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, cough medicine and children’s medicine should be included. Babies will require additional items.

Shelter, Warmth and Clothing-I keep my camping supplies close by and ready to go in case of an emergency. Sleeping bags, foam pads and tents are part of my kit. Along with this, jackets, hats and gloves should be included for every member of the family. Even in warm weather these items can be useful. Each person should have a change of clothing for warm and cool weather, extra under garments, rain gear, extra socks and a sturdy pair of boots.

Additional equipment-flashlights, headlamps, extra batteries, lantern, flares, candles, lighters, shovel, radio, work gloves, rope, a roll of duct tape, pen and paper, whistle(s), dust masks, tarp, camera and other items can be added if deemed necessary.  He did tell us that it could be helpful to have some simple games included. Some individuals prepare more or less items and this list is not comprehensive, it just gives an idea of some things you may want to think about.

Emergency plan-each household should have an emergency plan laid out for any time of the day. Who picks up the kids if a disaster happens while they are at school? Where does everyone meet? Communication by cell phone may not be possible during a disaster and it is good to go over everything and have a plan for every situation. “Be Prepared”  like the Boy Scouts and a tough situation can turn into an event that the whole family will get through and look back on as an adventure.

Let me know if you have any ideas about emergency preparedness!

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Better Than New! 1088 Lawrence Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648

 

1088 Lawrence Lane

Here is a new listing in Lincoln Crossing that is really better than new! This beautiful home is located on a quiet street in a great neighborhood. Upgraded throughout, you will be impressed from the minute you walk in the door. The richly appointed kitchen has dark cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops, top of the line stainless appliances, tile flooring and pendant and under cabinet lighting. Throughout the home you will find plush premium carpet, plantation shutters, ceiling fans and so much more! This floor plan is very appealing with a downstairs bed and bath as well as a spacious den with French doors, formal living and dining and a great room concept for the kitchen and family rooms. Upstairs you will find the generously-sized master bed and bath as well as 3 additional bedrooms and another full bathroom. All the bathrooms are highly upgraded with brushed nickel fixtures, tile flooring, granite slab counters and bath surrounds. Excellent curb appeal and meticulous landscaping greet you from the street and invite you to the back yard. This home is extremely clean and is just waiting for your personal touches. Enjoy free internet to your home and the swimming pools, workout facilities and other amenities that Club Lincoln has to offer. This is NOT A SHORT SALE OR BANK-OWNED. No delays on response or closing!

Offered at $309,999   

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