At home with Marni Jamison: Motif — what’s it all mean?

Thank the universe for symbols. If it weren’t for that stick figure wearing a triangle, think how many men would have barged into the wrong restroom and been arrested. But not all symbols are so well recognized. In decorating, many common motifs, which show up repeated in fabrics, tiles and decorative arts, mean something. However, […]

California median home price remains strong

California Association of Realtors LOS ANGELES —  California’s median home price marked a full year of annual price gains, propelled by strong sales of higher-priced homes in February, while a lack of inventory constrained total home sales for the month, the California Association of Realtors recently reported reported. Also, consistent with a rebenchmarking conducted by […]

Where real estate and taxes meet — be informed

By Mike Southwick I have been involved in the real estate field long enough to know where my boundaries are in relationship to what I know and what I think I know. After 25 years in the business I would like to think that I know a lot about the ins and outs of real […]

NARI remodelers more successful than industry norm

DES PLAINES, ILL. — Members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry continue to lead the industry in terms of sales, production and employees, according to results of the 2012 NARI Member Profile Study, conducted by Fred Miller, president of Consumer Specialists. The data — designed to provide a snapshot of NARI remodelers — shows […]

How to turn your home into a romantic retreat

By Cara Greenberg Houselogic The stuff of family life — from excessive clutter to funky odors — can be domestic downers, whether you’re planning a romanitc evening or simply want your home to be a peaceful retreat. Here’s how to put the spice back in your home life. Clutter be gone Clutter is a national epidemic, and […]

Homeowner beware: May I see your current contractor’s license, please

By Jeff Nilluka Being in the industry for more than 20 years and having my own business for almost seven, I have seen so much change and the economy plays a huge part in the change. As soon as the economy shifts and people lose their jobs, many go to home repair. They may have helped their neighbor with […]

Congress extends Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act

On Jan. 1 Congress passed an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act as part of tax bill H.R. 8, the bill addressing the “fiscal cliff.” Originally passed in 2007, this act exempts struggling homeowners from paying taxes on debt forgiven in a short sale, foreclosure, or loan modification. The bill extends the act […]

Tahoe home sales up an impressive 34 percent in 2012

Chase International ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Home sales around Lake Tahoe increased substantially in 2012, with a 34 percent rise in units sold and a 40 percent jump in sales volume, according to a year-end report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International. The report compares sales from 2012 to those of 2011 and […]

November existing-home sales and prices maintain uptrend

National Association of Realtors WASHINGTON, D.C. — Existing-home sales continued to improve in November with low inventory supply pressuring home prices, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 5.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in November […]

Commercial real estate vacancies slowly declining, rents rising

National Association of Realtors Most of the major commercial real estate sectors show gradually improving fundamentals and are easily absorbing the relatively small amount of new space that is coming online, with a full recovery already in the multifamily market, according to the National Association of Realtors quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun , […]

Low-interest home repair loans available

El Dorado County has funds available as low-interest rate loans for home repairs to income-qualified homeowners in the unincorporated areas of the county. Funding is provided through the State Community Development Block Grant Program and the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Funds. These housing rehabilitation loans must be used to correct health and safety issues […]

Century 21 El Dorado Hills welcomes Kimberly L. Wood

EL DORADO HILLS — Century 21 El Dorado Hills is pleased to welcome Kimberly L. Wood to its El Dorado Hills office. Wood has almost 10 years of experience in the field and most recently worked for Coldwell Banker. “We are so pleased to announce that Kimberly will be joining our team!” said Mike Southwick, […]

Remodelers currently busy but forecast is clouded

Des Plaines, Ill. — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions is positive overall with mixed sentiment about the future. New weather-related developments are assumed to impact the remodeling industry on the East Coast next quarter as homeowners start to rebuild. Research gathered […]

Four arrested in Northern California real estate scheme

Attorney General Office SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest last week of four suspects who have been charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and elder abuse for operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked dozens of investors of more than $2.3 million. The arrest declaration alleges that Gold Country Lenders, a real estate […]

NAR: Home sales would rise with sensible lending standards

National Association of Realtors WASHINGTON, D.C. — New survey findings, combined with an analysis of historic credit scores and loan performance, show home sales could be notably higher by returning to reasonably safe and sound lending standards, which also would create new jobs, according to the National Association of Realtors. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said […]

Realtors: Terrorism insurance vital to commercial real estate market

National Association of Realtors WASHINGTON, D.C. — American businesses rely upon the availability and affordability of terrorism risk insurance and it’s a vital component of most commercial real estate transactions, the National Association of Realtors said in testimony this week. NAR’s 2012 Commercial Committee Vice Chair Linda St. Peter spoke before the House Financial Services […]

California home sales and prices higher in July; median price reaches near-four-year high

California home sales and prices both posted strong gains in July, with the sales pace showing positive year-over-year growth for the fourth straight month and the median price reaching a near-four-year high, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. “It’s hard to generalize the state of California’s housing market because the markets are so diverse […]

Second quarter metro area home prices rise; limited inventory caps sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Median existing single-family home prices are rising in more metropolitan areas, but a lack of inventory — notably in lower price ranges — is limiting buyer choices in an increasing number of markets around the country, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. The median existing single-family home price rose […]

Sacramento valley, foothills see uptick in median price

SACRAMENTO — Real estate industry veteran Pat Shea reports housing prices are on the rise in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties. Shea, president of Lyon Real Estate, reports that July data revealed a 2 percent increase in average price per square foot compared to June, and a 14 percent rise since January 2012. […]

Michele Van Horn attends National Leadership Academy

Michele Van Horn, El Dorado Hills Realtor ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, PMN SRES, of Lyon Real Estate participated in the two-day Leadership Academy in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 4-5, sponsored by the Women’s Council of Realtors, a national professional development organization with 14,000 members. Van Horn is president-elect of El Dorado County WCR chapter. More than 245 […]

CAR supports FHFH Act

The California Associaiton of Reltors supports and urges the swift passage of The Fast Help For Homeowners Act, a short sale bill that will require subordinate lien holders to respond to short sale offers within 45 days.  The FHFH Act was introduced last week  by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton). “CAR applauds Congressman McNerney for introducing […]

Home sales up, prices down in Lake Tahoe

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – Home sales are up around Lake Tahoe, due in no small part to dipping prices, according to a midyear report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International. The report, which compares sales from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2012, to the same timeframe of 2011, indicates that the number […]

Intero opens first Sacramento office with radio star

Intero Franchise Services Inc., a company affiliated with Intero Real Estate Inc., voted best real estate company in Silicon Valley for 2011 and 2012 by readers of the SJ Mercury News, recently announced that it will open its first Sacramento office owned by Robert Milward and Joe Getty. “After two long years of heavy research […]

Mortgage fraud bill passes out of Assembly committee

SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced on June 19 that the Assembly Public Safety Committee passed an important piece of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights that aims to protect California homeowners from fraud and scams. Senate Bill 1474 (Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) would allow the attorney general to convene a special grand […]

My next kitchen will be a race car

When I started the live-in-home-stager stage of my life, the folks who ran the program told me about a woman they had worked with whom I have been thinking about ever since. Like me, she moved her furniture into other people’s empty houses to help them look better and sell faster. (Think high-end squatter.) She […]

Homeowner Bill of Rights moves forward

SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently announced the Assembly and Senate each passed important components of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights that will help protect homeowners from scams. The bills enhance the attorney general’s enforcement powers and allow the attorney general to use special grand juries to prosecute multi-jurisdictional financial crimes. The […]

PG&E warns customers of nationwide utility scam

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company  is alerting customers to be aware of a scam that has impacted other utility customers across the country. The scam, which has been reportedly taking place in person, through social media, through posted fliers and through text messages, claims that President Barack Obama is providing a credit […]

Stop loan modification fraud: 5 tips to avoid being scammed

• Don’t pay up-front fees. Foreclosure consultants are prohibited by law from collecting money before services are performed. • Don’t ignore letters from your lender or loan servicer. Responding to those letters is your best bet for saving your house. • Don’t transfer title or sell your house to a “foreclosure rescuer.” Beware! This is […]

No excuses: Special issue magazine gives timid DIYers courage

Those snobs who say there’s no reason not to have a good-looking, pulled-together home are just plain wrong — and irritating. I know plenty of reasons. Let’s list: Lack of time, money, energy and ideas; an air pocket in the part of your brain that visualizes in three dimensions, a Cowardly Lion fear of spending […]

California pending home sales up for third straight month

California pending home sales posted higher for the third consecutive month in March, rising from both the previous month and year, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Additionally, the share of distressed sales dropped for the second consecutive month, as equity sales typically increase with the start of the spring home buying season. Pending […]

Trudy Meyer earns certification to help homeowners in danger of foreclosure

Trudy Meyer of Lyon Real Estate in Placerville has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. At a time when millions of homeowners are struggling with the possibility of foreclosure, the skills and education amassed by Meyer will help benefit […]

The Poultry Palace: How to find a fine-feathered friend

About 40 years ago James J. Leroy’s grandfather retired from his job in Southern California and was sent off with a gift from his co-workers: five chickens and two ducks. “They figured he was moving to the country,” Jay told me. “And back in those days, I guess Roseville was considered country.” Jay’s grandfather had […]

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Coldwell Banker honors 11 top producing agents

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in the Sacramento-Tahoe area, recently announced that 11 of its local sales associates ranked in the top 1 percent of the company’s agents in Northern California for 2011 sales. Earning the coveted honor were Realtors Patricia Seide and Debi Ambroff of the El […]

Investment and vacation home sales surge in 2011

Sales of investment and vacation homes* jumped in 2011, with the combined market share rising to the highest level since 2005, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s 2012 Investment and Vacation homebuyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2011, shows investment  home sales surged an extraordinary 64.5 percent to 1.23 million last year from […]

Buying and selling in 2012: The latest trends in real etate

By Kris Vogt Coldwell Banker recently surveyed nearly 700 of its real estate professionals around the country on the buying and selling behaviors of their clients. The findings? Both sides have begun adjusting expectations and “getting real” about real estate in 2012. What may be the most interesting finding from the survey was that more […]

Coldwell Banker president announced as Man of the Year candidate

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced that Kris Vogt, president of the company’s Sacramento/Tahoe region, has been nominated as a Man of the Year candidate for the Sacramento Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Now through May 12, Vogt and his campaign team will work to raise as much money as possible for LLS. […]

New year, new home: Simple steps for relocating

By Kris Vogt It’s a new year and for many people the change of the calendar represents a chance at a new beginning. For some, this involves making a few big changes in life — like moving to a new home. Whether upgrading to a larger property in a neighboring town or relocating to a […]