Gameros joins American Heritage

American Heritage Real Estate Professionals Inc. is proud to welcome Noelle Gameros as one of our newest associates. With Noelle’s background in finance, knowledge of the real estate market and love for the area she will be a real asset to the company. The team is very excited to have her as a member. Noelle […]

Sen. Gaines fights fire tax

SACRAMENTO – In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) has introduced three pieces of legislation this session that will provide relief for rural Californians forced to pay the fee. ‘This $150 fire tax is illegal and unfair — plain and simple,” said Gaines. “My goal with these […]

Pending home sales down

Seasonal factors, combined with low housing inventory, particularly a lack of real estate-owned homes, drove California pending home sales lower in December, the California Association of Realtor recently reported. However, the share of distressed properties increased in December, as lenders pushed to close short sales and move them off their balance sheets. Pending home sales […]

Be safe: Winter weather increases heating-related fires

SACRAMENTO — Winter is here! The days are shorter, the outside temperature is lower and ,in some places, it’s cold, icy and snowy. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather and a time to think about home-heating safety. Improper use or poorly maintained heating equipment is one of the leading causes […]

Home Humor: Lessons in leaf removal

By Jocelyn Jane Cox Having lots of trees on your property is a wonderful thing: they provide shade, atmosphere, and a nice habitat for birds. Besides, if you live anywhere that enjoys the four seasons, the changing of the leaves in the autumn will turn your property into a beautiful colorfest. Unfortunately, these same leaves […]

Cartersville is a smart, spacious duplex

The Cartersville is a two-story, three-bedroom duplex with bathrooms on both levels and plenty of separation between the units. The only shared walls are between the garages, powder rooms and patios. Because the units are mirror images of each other, only one will be described. Slender wooden posts bound a front porch easily large enough […]

Pace of new-home sales holds steady in August

National Association of Home Builders Following a substantial gain in July, the pace of new-home sales held virtually unchanged at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. “New-home sales in August effectively tied the pace they set in the previous […]

Nathan Davis joins Allison James Estates and Homes

Allison James Estates & Homes and Team Aldrich are happy to announce that Nathan Davis has joined the Placerville office. Davis, a lifelong resident of El Dorado County, comes from a background in grocery management and understands the importance of customer service from start to finish. He is an avid golfer, wake boarder and all-around […]

Artesia has plenty of room

The Artesia’s tile roof and wrap around porch give it a breezy, Mediterranean look. Graceful arched openings link a parade of bold columns with raised stucco detailing. This roomy two-story family home boasts a three-car garage and full basement. Garage doors are on the right. Living environments range from the formal rooms at the front, […]

Cambridge is a cozy, compact Craftsman style home

Associated Designs Press release The Cambridge is that rare exception to the rule a compact country style home. Typically, homes with gabled rooflines, dormer windows and a wrap around front porch are out of reach for first time homebuyers and far too large for empty nesters. This plan is designed for economy and efficient maintenance, […]

Heartcrest has all the right stuff

The two wings stretching out from the Heartcrest’s hexagonal core appear to extend a welcoming embrace to family and friends. They wrap around a recessed entry courtyard that focuses attention on the vaulted porch entry. Handsome stone veneer bases link the nostalgic handrails and underlie the wooden porch supports. Stone veneer wainscoting rims the entire […]

Braydon is a duplex that’s full of features

The Braydon is a charming, two-story duplex that packs a lot of living area into a fairly narrow footprint. Entry porches and rear patios are widely separated, for maximum privacy. Each unit has three bedrooms. Four gables face the street. The widest caps both garages, while the narrower front gable highlights the extended garage on […]

Garrett Forest Management will turn your forest into a park

This year the weather has been so unpredictable. It’s hot in December, no sign of snow or rain. Then seemingly overnight, winter comes on fast and ferocious, with snow at extremely low elevations and what seems like endless rain. And all of that water will mean that things will be green in El Dorado County […]

State tax filing season officially opens

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced Jan. 4 it is now accepting 2011 state tax returns. Also, FTB provides the following updates on law changes and filing services. Final filing date is Tuesday, April 17. FTB will consider tax returns and payments mailed or submitted on April 17, as timely. Individual tax rate decreases — […]

Invest in house paint now to safeguard your home

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, most of the country is entering the stretch run of the exterior painting season. If your house is in need of a new paint job, there’s little time to waste: “Paint-friendly” weather is fast disappearing. “Doing exterior painting in the right weather conditions is extremely important,” said […]

Ambrosia makes entertaining a breeze

A full porch spans the entire front facade of the country-style Ambrosia, which has homestead symmetry accented by a chimney. Window shutters, gables, and wooden handrails all add to this home’s comfortably traditional welcoming look. Slender posts frame the entry, while king posts and struts dramatize the vaulted entry porch. The foyer ceiling soars to […]

Sealed for all seasons with Aspen Seal Coating

One of the best things about living in El Dorado County is the chance to experience all four seasons. Two of those spectacular seasons wreak havoc on our driveways. “The sun beating down on an asphalt driveway during the hot summer months causes oxidation,” said Jeff Simms, owner of Aspen Seal Coating. “The actual asphalt can decompose or breakdown […]

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Staton Signs all point to success

When George and Fern Staton came to El Dorado County in 1980, the young couple had apples in their eyes. But when they learned that their dream of opening up a fruit stand just wasn’t in the picture, they pictured something else … literally. Staton Signs was born, and 30 years later, their work can […]