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Emergency building codes adopted to conserve water

SACRAMENTO — In view of the urgency to conserve California’s water resources, as deemed essential by Gov. Brown’s executive order, the Department of Housing and Community Development is establishing new building standards through an emergency adoption process. These regulations are set forth in the California Green Building Standards (CALGreen) Code and will ensure that newly constructed […]

Grants could help end homelessness

Sacramento – Families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness may soon regain stability, thanks to nearly $10 million in grant funds. The Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced awards totaling $9.9 million to assist California communities with a variety of homelessness prevention programs, rapid rehousing assistance, emergency shelter funding and other activities. El […]

Eldon makes room for a large family

Framed posts, brick veneer and painted shutters give a traditional look to the otherwise contemporary Eldon. This four-bedroom home is well-suited for a family with children. Gathering spaces are large, and the owners’ suite is isolated from secondary bedrooms. Entering, you step right into the vaulted great room. Centrally located, this is the hub of […]

Golden Sierra conducting physical examinations for 2015-16 school year

GARDEN VALLEY — If you’re a current Golden Sierra High junior, sophomore or freshmen, or current eighth grader who will be a freshman for the 2015-16 school year, and planning to take part in the school’s athletic program for the 2015-16 school year, Thursday is your day. Sports physical exams at only $10 — cash […]

Junior Tennis Clinic

The Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Tennis Clinic June 15-19 at El Dorado High School. The popular coed clinic for those aged 12-18 (7-12 grades in the fall), will be the club’s 29th. Hangtown Clinic Director Martha Downing and staff will oversee the week-long tennis clinic designed for beginners/low intermediates/high intermediates/advanced […]

Compact Lincoln feels open, bright inside

A boldly columned covered porch and walkway wrap around the Lincoln, a distinctive compact home with a delightfully extensive and open central living area. Vaulted ceilings add volume, creating a sense of spaciousness throughout, while the plan’s nearly square footprint allows construction on a fairly small city lot. Entering, you step into an exceptionally bright […]

Moorseville duplex has European touch

Arched garage door openings, brick veneer, and multipaned windows lend a European look to the Mooresville, a contemporary duplex with a traditional flavor. Each two-bedroom unit offers nearly 1,100 square feet of living space in a mirror-image floor plan. Entering, you step into a vaulted living room that’s completely open to a flat-ceilinged dining room […]

Estate-sized Rossano has Spanish flavor

A finely detailed wrought iron gate opens into the garden courtyard that fronts the Rossano, an estate home with a Spanish flavor. Stone veneer, ceramic tile roofing, Tuscan columns, and wood shutters are but a few of its inviting exterior features. Stepping through the arched entry door brings you into a dramatic two-story foyer that […]

Remodeling continues its growth

DES PLAINES, Ill. — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry released its first-quarter 2015 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions. NARI remodelers are finding a good environment for their services. The combination of homeowner desire for improvements in their homes and a more stable economy is turning into solid business […]

Athletic Physical Nights next week

El Dorado, Union Mine and Ponderosa hold their Sports Physical Night, valid for the 2015-16 school year, next Tuesday at Marshal Primary Care Center, 1095 Marshall Way in Placerville. Cost is $10. Students with last names G-P are at 5:30 p.m.; Q-Z at 6 and A-F at 6:30. Arrivals after 6:30 cannot be accommodated. Make […]

Get help paying for heat, air conditioning

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]

Area luxury home sales surge

Sacramento, Granite Bay and El Dorado Hills lead tri-county region SACRAMENTO — Luxury home sales in the greater Sacramento area surged 30 percent in the first three months of 2015 from the same period a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the region’s leading luxury real estate services company. The figures […]

EDCAR reports open house scare

REcently, an El Dorado County Association of Realtors member encountered a disturbing incident while holding an open house. A man approximately 50 years old pulled up in a blue vehicle — possibly a Toyota but was similar to a Jeep. It had a silver grill on the front and big tread tires. The man had light blond/gray […]

County’s Home Energy Assistance Program expands

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]

Compact Molalla feels expansive inside

The Molalla is as compact as it is charming, and as economical to build as it is to heat and maintain. Its exterior has the look of a country cottage, while the interior has the openness of a contemporary home. Entering, you pass through a wide covered porch accented by three tapered columns. Just inside, […]

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 […]

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