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Northstar’s halfpipe opens today

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Northstar California Resort will open this winter’s first halfpipe to skiers and riders today. Located on Pipeline trail and accessible via Vista Express, the halfpipe is a popular and highly-anticipated feature among Northstar’s terrain park users. Its addition allows for a contiguous, uninterrupted terrain park descent from the top of Pinball Park, which […]

Daylight basement expands Hood River

Bold stone-veneer columns draw eyes to the Hood River’s lofty entry. Built on a down slope to the rear, this home is really much larger than it looks, thanks to a large daylight basement. Its low-pitched hipped roof and widely overhanging eaves clearly mark it as a Prairie-style home. Frank Lloyd Wright originated the style […]

U.S. pending home sales show modest gain in November

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pending home sales slightly improved in November and are above year-over-year levels for the third straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced a slight gain in activity in November. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 0.8 […]

Gold fixtures, cowhide coming in 2015

SEATTLE — Zillow Digs recently announced the top five home design trends for 2015 and the four soon-to-be forgotten fads of 2014. Gold fixtures, wallpaper and cowhide accents were named among the most popular design trends in 2015, according to the 2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report which combines data from a survey of leading […]

Prevent storm repairs from becoming costly headaches

SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board reminds California homeowners to only use licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence or patching a leaky roof. “Anyone who needs to make […]

Classy Vidalia features space, amenities

The Vidalia is clearly a class act. Boasting more than 4,000 square feet of living space, this grand home is designed for families that want plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining. A striking two-story foyer is overarched at the rear by a balcony from which you can view both foyer and family room. Formal […]

Hexagonal great room is at core of the Forsythia

From the front, the Forsythia has the appearance of a typical contemporary ranch-style home. A bird’s-eye view of the floor plan tells a different story. A large, dramatic hexagonal space forms its core, with wings jutting out to the right and left. This home offers broad vistas to the rear, making it ideal for construction […]

California pending home sales cool down in November

LOS ANGELES — California’s pending home sales slowed down in November as seasonal factors kicked in and shrinking housing affordability remained an issue, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Pending home sales data • California pending home sales dropped in November, with the Pending Home Sales Index falling 13.4 percent from a revised 104.8 in October to 90.7 […]

Stately Noranda boasts large living space

The Noranda is a large and stately brick home. Corner quoins reinforce the image of permanence, while the arched stepped-brick entryway and the herringbone-patterned chimney inset add eye-catching pizzazz. A variety of group living environments dominate the ground floor, with the great room being the largest. Windowed front and back, it has a hardwood floor, […]

Kipuke to represent as student trustee

You want ideas? Omba Kipuke has plenty of ideas for engaging his fellow students of the Los Rios Community College District in the “community” of community college. How about a food drive to stock a pantry with non-perishable items for needy Los Rios students? How about a student-led fundraiser for the district’s vital Student Emergency […]

California ranks 17th in health in the United States

In the 25th anniversary America’s Health Rankings, California ranks No. 17 among all U.S. states in overall health. Some highlights from the report include: • California improves health, rises four spots in the 2014 rankings from previous year. • Nationwide, reduction in smoking, and improvements in adolescent immunization and infant mortality offset by rising rates […]

Textbook schlolarships available

Are you worried about how you are going to pay for your spring semester textbooks? The Folsom Lake College Foundation is awarding six $250 textbook scholarships in the form of a voucher to the FLC College Store, and all you have to do is enter to win. Scholarship eligibility criteria: • Must be enrolled/planning to […]

Baby Boomers still play active role in housing market

Previous homeowners twice as likely to buy again as non-owners LOS ANGELES — As the wealthiest generation and the first to drive the housing market, baby boomers will continue to be a pillar of the housing market, according to a 2014 California Association of Realtors survey of California baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). While nearly half […]

California’s home sales remain subdued in November

LOS ANGELES — Slower price gains and the lowest interest rates in nearly two years did little to spur November home sales as low housing affordability and tight supply conditions remained obstacles to entering the market for would-be buyers, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled […]

Sunny Gerabaldi has room for a big family

Columns, wooden shutters and keystone arches give a classic European look to the two-story Gerabaldi. Stucco covering the columns and most of the exterior is evocative of homes near the Mediterranean Sea. Family living areas are on the ground floor, where they link to the three-car garage through a mudroom, with storage and a built-in […]

Water rights law celebrates its 100th anniversary

By Tim Moran State Water Resoucrces Control Board In the long and contentious history of water rights in California, one date stands out: Dec. 19, 1914, exactly 100 years ago. That year brought order and structure to California’s previously often chaotic and litigious water rights landscape. It also marks a dividing line in the hierarchy of […]

South Tahoe resorts expect 1-3 feet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Calif./Nev. — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as this week’s forecast calls 1-3 feet of powder above 7,000 feet ( According to NOAA, the system will produce significant snow in the Sierra with an increase in intensity yesterday afternoon and continuing through the afternoon today. A slight chance of snow […]

Financing remodels getting easier

DES PLAINES, Ill. — How hard is it for homeowners to get financing for the remodeling project they want to undertake?  The National Association of the Remodeling Industry asked its research panel, made up of contractors across the county, their opinion in its third quarter review of market conditions. The results found that NARI member professional contractors […]

DMV extends office hours

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is extending office hours and adding appointment opportunities to support the issuance of all original driver licenses, including licenses that will be issued under AB 60 — driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants — starting as of  Jan. 2. DMV anticipates processing approximately 1.4 million additional driver license applications […]

Northstar, Heavenly boast of new snowfall

TRUCKEE — Northstar California Resort received an additional six inches of new snow Wednesday and snow accumulation has reached 31 inches on upper-mountain slopes throughout the past six days. As a result, Northstar will opened 12 additional trails Thursday including East Ridge, Delight, Stump Alley, Ax Handle, Springboard, Dutchman, The Chute, Tonini’s, Crosscut, Flume, Powder […]

Home sales could end on a high note

LOS ANGELES — Pending home sales in California picked up steam in October and rose for the second straight month, portending a pickup in closed sales for the remainder of the year, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. California pending home sales were up in October, with the Pending Home Sales Index rising 2 percent […]

Lakeview vacation home has great views

The Lakeview is a vacation home designed to take full advantage of a panoramic view. Built on a plot of beach or lakefront land, this small home lets you continue enjoying the out-of-doors even when you have to come inside. Stacks of glass fill most of the wall space on three sides of the lofty […]

Rules changing for REOs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to alter one of their policies relating to the sale of real estate owned properties in current inventory. The change will permit the two companies to sell existing REO properties to any qualified purchaser at the property’s fair-market value, as determined […]

Commercial real estate demand holds steady despite overseas concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite a slowing global economy, forward economic momentum in the U.S. should keep commercial real estate activity on firmer footing, according to the National Association of Realtors quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says commercial activity should progress at a gradual pace heading into 2015. “Solid economic growth in the […]

HUD secretary stresses need for credit expansion, housing finance system reform

LOS ANGELES — An audience of nearly 300 real estate executives and practitioners, industry stakeholders, economists and policymakers gathered this month in Los Angeles for the inaugural Real Estate Summit: Partnering for Change in California, which featured a keynote speech from U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro. Convened by the California Association of Realtors, […]

Big, bright Macon has handsome façade

The Macon is a visual delight. Half-timbers accent a vaulted porch, nicely set off by the stone veneer next to it. The porch, in turn, frames an impressive entry flanked by sidelights and crowned with a fanlight. Curved trim boards and varied window treatments add to the viewing pleasure. With nearly 3,000 square feet of […]

Resorts to open before holiday weekend

LAKE TAHOE — With up to a foot of fresh snow forecasted, Lake Tahoe ski resorts are ready to kick off another winter season with the majority planning to open in advance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Destination guests headed to Lake Tahoe this season will find significant capital improvements including new lakefront lodges, two new […]

Roomy Barnhart ideal for gatherings

Families that enjoy entertaining will be impressed with the Barnhart’s capacity for handling large gatherings. Depending on the weather and time of year, people can congregate in the kitchen and vaulted great room, the vaulted patio, or both. Both areas have wood-burning fireplaces that serve as inviting focal points, plus the kitchen has a curved-edge […]

Low mortgage rates fail to perk California home sales

LOS ANGELES — The lowest mortgage rates in 18 months failed to spark the California housing market in October as sales stayed flat and home prices increased at the slowest pace since early 2012, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate […]

Remodeling conditions continue to show strong growth

Des Plaines, Il. — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions indicated strong growth in the third quarter of 2014 with a rating of 6.41. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in all sub-components measuring remodeling activity. This is the second quarter of growth in 2014, […]

Kentland is a duplex with country charm

The Kentland is a well-separated, two-story duplex with garages located between the units. Except for the shared garage wall, each unit has the feel of a single-family dwelling, and the look of a country cottage. Unit A is a mirror image of Unit B, so the description of one applies equally to the other. The […]

Foresthill PUD partners with NID on LiDAR mapping project

FORESTHILL — The Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) announced Nov. 4 a partnership agreement with the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) of Grass Valley. In a pact that will benefit each district, both parties will share certain costs on an aerial mapping project that uses LiDAR technology. Accurate mapping of the FPUD’s Sugar Pine reservoir is required […]

Area luxury home sales surge

Sacramento leads tri-county region in third quarter luxury sales SACRAMENTO — Luxury home sales in the greater Sacramento surged 29 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2013, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the region’s leading luxury real estate services company. The figures are based on Multiple Listing […]

California home sales maintain pace in September

Price gains temper, market balances LOS ANGELES — California home sales remained steady in September, as home price gains eased back from an unusually high increase in August, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 396,440 units in September, according to […]

Heartwood laid out for easy family living

Togetherness comes naturally in the Heartwood’s bright, airy and spacious kitchen and family room. A friendly wrap-around front porch welcomes visitors, and just inside the door is a large room that could be an office, living room or just about anything else you can think of. Entry and family room in this contemporary country home […]

Existing home sales rebound in September

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a modest decline last month, existing home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Total existing home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and […]

CAR convenes state’s first real estate summit

The California Association of Realtor and leading real estate research centers at California’s top universities will convene thought leaders from a variety of disciplines for a day-long conference to examine real estate’s role in driving the state’s economic future, as well as other issues beyond residential real estate. The Real Estate Summit: Partnering for Change in […]

Estate-sized Jacksonville both stately and sunny

Rambling, bright and spacious, the Jacksonville is a Florida-inspired home with a distinctively European flavor. Arches and stucco give it that sunny ambiance, while the entry columns, wrought iron handrails, stone veneer wainscoting and multi-paned windows are more continental. Windows fill most of the rear wall in the two-story, barrel-vaulted living room at the core. […]

‘Mister Mc Lister’ joins Vindler

Vindler Real Estate & Acquisitions announces that Kevin McAllister “Mister Mc Lister” has joined the Placerville office. McAllister has been a full-time, licensed Realtor since 2000 after a 22 years as a commodities trader. He is very active in local issues, having served on Logtown Fire Safe Council and the El Dorado Rookie Ranchers Association. […]

Debunking myths about homeownership

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth. “Buying a home is more affordable than ever for families with stable incomes and good credit,” says Christina Boyle, […]

CAR releases 2015 California Housing Market Forecast

Sales to increase slightly LOS ANGELES — With more available homes on the market for sale, California’s housing market will see fewer investors and a return to traditional home buyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015, according to the California Association of Realtors’ recently released 2015 California Housing Market Forecast. The CAR […]

Hexagonal McCarren has all ’round views

Cedar shakes blanketing the McCarren give it a handcrafted look that blends right in with a natural environment. In fact, this basically hexagonal, country-Craftsman-style home would be ideal for construction on a wooded lot with a splendid view. Built high on a mountain slope, or lower, by a lake, stream or ocean, this home offers […]

Alliance for Responsible Planning forms to support slow growth in El Dorado County

CAMINO — A coalition of El Dorado County residents, ranchers, growers and other business owners announced this week that they have formed a new organization, Alliance for Responsible Planning. “We have concluded that there is a leadership and information gap on land-use matters and other issues of concern in El Dorado County,” said Maryann Argyres, […]

Ballot goof misses BOMUSD

The El Dorado County Election Department has discovered an error in the current vote by mail ballot affecting 3,072 voters in the Black Oak Mine Unified School District, announced Recorder-Clerk-Registrar Bill Schultz. The problem is that the Black Oak Mine Unified School District contest was omitted from the ballot for these vote by mail voters. […]

Get a legal update at WCR lunch

The Women’s Council of Realtors and the El Dorado County Association of Realtors will host s special luncheon on Oct. 17 featuring attorney Neil D. Kalin. The assistant general counsel for the California Association of Realtors will discuss the latex legal updates as they relate to real estate as well as the new residential purchase […]

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