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Generous Ryland blends substance, style

Brick veneer gives a look of substance to the Ryland. Decorative supports highlight gable peaks and eaves, while raised brick trim accentuates the graceful curves of the arched entry and window openings. This handsome ranch home could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. Vaulted ceilings increase the sense of spaciousness in the foyer, den, living […]

Recruiting expert to speak at El Dorado

El Dorado High student-athletes and their parents can get a strong dose of reality about the world of college recruiting from national keynote speaker Jack Renkens at the school’s Forum Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. It’s never too early to start nor can you get too much help for student athletes serious about continuing […]

World of Outlaws: Schatz scores fourth victory

Donny Schatz battled past Kyle Hirst and forward from a fifth place starting position at Wednesday’s Brad Sweet Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown to score his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season. Schatz’s win came as the series returned to the track for the first time since 1992. “The locals […]

Study: Public housing agencies underfunded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Public Housing Agencies across the country are significantly underfunded in managing the federal government’s largest low-income housing assistance program which serves 2.1 million households nationwide.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recenlty published its Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study which concludes high-performing PHAs operating well-managed voucher programs are increasingly hard-pressed […]

Meridian is a rambling estate home with European elegance

Handsome stone veneer columns and wainscoting give a comforting sense of permanence to the Meridian, a rambling two-story Tuscan home with a pool and more than 4,000 sq. ft. of indoor living space. Raised stone trim overarches the vaulted porch, extending an elegant welcome. Inside the vaulted foyer, columns flank arched openings that lead into […]

World of Outlaws makes local visit

It has been more than 20 years since the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series last took on the high-banked, quarter-mile Placerville Speedway. The opportunity to bring the series back tonight after all that time came at the hands of one Outlaws competitor, Brad Sweet, but it’s another who brings a very special connection to […]

Sunny Silvercrest is exceptionally bright

The Silvercrest is aptly named. No matter where you are in this contemporary ranch-style home, silvery natural light washes in through lavishly glassed banks of multi-paned windows. Outside, sunbeams dance across the glass as the panes catch the light. Choosing a wide lot with a vista to the rear would maximize viewing opportunities. Nowhere is […]

Brick details, sparkling glass adorn stately Sedalia

Stately and regal, the Sedalia’s soaring arched entry gives this home the appearance of being larger than it really is. But with more than 2,500 square feet of floor space, no one could say it is small. A wealth of multi-paned windows sparkle across all sides of the brick veneer exterior. Brick detailing crowns the gently […]

January’s pending sales look positive

LOS ANGELES — Pending home sales rose from December’s extreme lows and posted month-to-month and year-to-year increases in January, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Additionally, California Realtors responding to CAR’s January Market Pulse Survey saw more price reductions and an increase in open house traffic compared to a year ago. Pending home sales data […]

Elegant MacLeod has ample living space

Stone veneer combines with handsome keystone arches to give a European country manor look to the MacLeod, an elegant estate home with more than 4,000 square feet of living space. The owners’ suite, along with a wide selection of gathering spaces, is on the main floor while three more bedrooms and a huge skylit storage […]

HUD helps disabled people

SAN FRANCISCO — To help prevent thousands of people with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly becoming homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced it is awarding nearly $12 million in rental assistance to California. In turn, the California Housing Finance Agency will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services […]

Realtors feel safe on the job

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new survey from the National Association of Realtors found 96 percent of Realtors have never been the victim of crime, but 40 percent have found themselves in situations where they have feared for their safety or the safety of their personal information. Some of the most common circumstances that resulted in fearful […]

International home-buying activity remains strong in California

LOS ANGELES — Despite a slowing in the California housing market and appreciation of the U.S. dollar in 2014, international home-buying activity continued its momentum, according to the California Association of Realtors’ 2014 International Home Buyers Survey. The survey showed that one of six (14 percent) participating Realtors closed a transaction with an international client, unchanged from […]

California housing affordability inches up from third quarter

LOS ANGELES — California housing affordability improved from third-quarter 2014 but dipped when compared to a year ago, as lower interest rates failed to offset higher home prices, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in fourth-quarter 2014 […]

Millions still struggle to pay rent, report says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of very poor families struggling to pay their monthly rent and who may also be living in substandard housing declined between 2011 and 2013, but persist at high levels according to a new summary report released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD reports that in 2013, […]

Brittany’s great room is naturally bright

The Brittany is a midsize home with the possibility of up to five bedrooms. But the two rooms to the right of the entry might just as easily be put to other uses: hobby room, home entertainment center, work-out space, etc. The simple addition of a direct entry door from the porch could transform the […]

Former Bruin volleyball star in Sac State HOF

SACRAMENTO — Ex-Hornet middle blocker Tasman (Dwyer) Nicolodi became the 20th player inducted into the Sacramento State Volleyball Hall of Fame after last night’s team awards and hall of fame banquet. Dwyer, from Ponderosa High, established herself as one of the top players in program history during a star-studded four-year career that lasted from 1998-2001. […]

Men’s D-I lacrosse at Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Community Foundation is in a collaborative effort with the El Dorado Hills Lacrosse Foundation in a bid to strengthen the El Dorado Hills Lacrosse community now and for future generations. Starting with $15,000 seed money, the intent of the Lacrosse Foundation is to engage the EDH lacrosse community […]

Housing market returning to normalcy as year ends

LOS ANGELES — California’s regional housing markets ended the year with mixed results as statewide home sales inched up from a year ago for the first time in nearly a year and a half, 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 […]

Canterbury looks like a castle but feels like home

Queen Anne-style Victorian homes were popular throughout the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Canterbury, with its gingerbread trim, classical columns and conical tower, is an eye-catching update of this style. On the ground floor, the octagonal tower houses the foyer. Windows fill three sides, making this welcoming space as […]

Tahoe development wins award

SACRAMENTO — Kings Beach Housing Now, the first affordable housing development ever entitled and constructed in the Lake Tahoe Basin, has earned Sacramento-based firm Domus Development the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Community members from Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe approached Domus Development to help address the dire need for safe, affordable workforce housing. […]

Z Group ready to serve

In 2011 the real estate market was at a historic low point. However, Russ Toliver, Beverly Read and Lauralee Green were not strangers to hard work and determination. They plunged into starting a new real estate company with enthusiasm and “A Purpose.” Getting ready to begin their fifth year in business, ‘Z Group Real Estate […]

Time to celebrate heroes

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors’ Honor Our Troops committee invites everyone to the Honor Our Troops Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 24. Enjoy a delicious breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at Veterans Hall 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville (next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds). Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for […]

California’s housing market returns to normalcy as year ends

Sales move higher in Southern California and Central Valley, while Bay Area pauses LOS ANGELES — California’s regional housing markets ended the year with mixed results as statewide home sales inched up from a year ago for the first time in nearly a year and a half, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Closed escrow […]

Handsome Hampshire can double in size

Columns, keystone arches and corner quoins lend a classic look to the ranch-style Hampshire. This mid-size home has the potential to double its living space. Because its full, richly windowed walkout basement can be finished as needed, it’s well suited for an expanding family, running a home business out of the lower level, or both. […]

Pineville’s layout enhances family enjoyment

Craftsman-style windows and a trio of gables give the compact Pineville an inviting front facade. Its covered porch makes an ideal location for an old-fashioned porch swing. Inside and out, the entire right side of the cottage is devoted to the enjoyment of food-related activities, guaranteed to be popular in any family. Its large sunny […]

Small, exterior home improvements offer the best value

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled […]

FHA to reduce annual insurance premiums

Reduction to increase credit affordability WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation’s housing market continues to improve, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro recently announced the Federal Housing Administration will reduce the annual premiums new borrowers will pay by half of a percent. This action is projected to save more than two million FHA homeowners […]

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 […]

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