Keller Williams Luxury has a hometown feel with international appeal

Luxury home sellers and buyers take note: You have an ally in El Dorado Hills. Realtor Christine Librach and branch manager Scott Ostrode recently opened Keller Williams Luxury Homes and Commercial Division and market luxury homes to potential buyers all over the world. Their Website,, is registered in 19 countries and is translated into 25 languages. “It s […]

CAR likes refinancing plan

The California Association of Realtors applauds President Obama’s proposal to help millions of underwater homeowners who are current on their mortgage to refinance. “We are pleased that President Obama understands that a recovery in the housing market is essential to a recovery in the nation’s economy,” said CAR President LeFrancis Arnold. “Allowing homeowners whose homes […]

Housing seminars planned

Investors, contractors, and first time buyers have the opportunity to attend a no cost/no obligation seminar on Saturday, Jan. 28, courtesy of real estate agent Margaret Phillips. The two seminars will take place at Century 21 Western Sierra Properties at 72 Main St. in Placerville. Guest speakers include expert Christine Librach, local listing broker for […]

Home sales up

California home sales posted an increase both on a monthly and annual basis in November, marking the fifth consecutive month of year-to-year sales increases, according to figures recently released from the California Association of Realtors Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California rose to a seasonally adjusted 503,570 units in November, up […]

California pending home sales up, post higher for sixth straight month

Pending home sales in California rose in October and were up from the previous year for the sixth consecutive month.  Additionally, distressed home sales rose in October from both the previous month and year, the California Association of Realtors reported. Pending home sales  California pending home sales climbed 3.1 percent in October and were up […]

Fall Home Jubilee to benefit local food banks

Buyers can tour hundreds of open houses Nov. 13 while helping those in need EL DORADO HILLS — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, provider of real estate services in the Sacramento-Tahoe region, announced that it is hosting its first ever Fall Home Jubilee on Sunday, Nov. 13. Buyers will be able to tour hundreds of beautiful […]

Luckey joins Lyon Real Estate in Folsom

Realtor Michael Luckey recently joined Lyon Real Estate’s Folsom office where he works with buyers, sellers and investors on homes and properties throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Luckey earned his real estate license in 2007. Prior to joining Lyon, he worked in the IT industry for Bank of America, Nortel Networks and Apple where he […]

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Pending home sales decline in August but remain above a year ago

Pending home sales slipped in August with a mixed regional performance but are higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 1.2 percent to 88.6 in August from 89.7 in July but is 7.7 percent above August 2010 when […]

‘FRESH Home Exterior Colors’ guide available

5 steps for finding the perfect hues for your home KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The new 30-page “FRESH Home Exterior Colors” guide is now available online to help homeowners, remodelers and builders select the perfect colors for the exterior of the home. Written by national color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color, the free downloadable […]

Increased lending, short sales necessary to reduce high REO inventories, say Realtors

Improving access to affordable mortgage financing for qualified homebuyers and investors and committing additional resources to loan modifications and short sales will help reduce current and future inventories of real estate owned (REO) properties held by government agencies, according to the National Association of Realtors. In a letter recently sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and […]

Realtors to host housing summit

As the leading advocate for homeownership, the National Association of Realtors will host a summit of policy makers, industry leaders and government stakeholders to develop strategies to help stabilize and revitalize the nation’s housing market and economy. “Homeownership is an investment in your future, strengthens our communities, and is integral to our nation’s economy,” said […]

CAR sends letters to nation’s top lenders, servicers

Recognizing that short sales will be a part of the California real estate landscape for years to come and with more Realtors continuing to experience difficulty in closing short sales, the California Association of Realtors recently sent letters to the heads of the nation’s four top lenders and servicers, urging more improvements in the short-sale […]

Realtors call on White House to host housing summit

To help develop policies that will stabilize the nation’s housing market and support an economic recovery, the National Association of Realtors urges the White House to host a summit of policy makers, industry leaders and government stake holders focused on revitalizing the nation’s housing. “As the leading advocate for housing issues, Realtors know that homeownership […]

5 reasons why now is a good time to purchase a home

By Kris Vogt When it comes to buying a new home these days many people are sitting on the fence. Maybe it’s because of what they’re hearing in the news, or concerns over dropping prices that make them afraid to take the leap. The reality is mortgage rates are near historic lows and, combined with […]

Mountain High Painting gives your home a fresh face

There are a whole lot of folks living in El Dorado County who have just survived one of the longest, coldest winters in El Dorado County’s history. In an effort to stay warm, wood, propane and pellet stoves burned nonstop. Snow piled waist high on decks and walkways. And when the sun finally came out, many of us were […]

Changes slated for DRE-approved courses

On Jan. 1 new requirements from the California Dept. of Real Estate (DRE) went into effect and impact how real estate licensees take and test for Continuing Education (CE) courses. For complete details, please visit

Cary House Hotel remains close to the action

In the world of real estate, the secret to success is location, location, location. The historical Cary House Hotel in Placerville certainly has that quality. However, it is the mystique of the place that perhaps gives visitors the key to this Victorian hotel’s secret to longevity. The original hotel was built during the Gold Rush […]

Island of seafood lies in downtown Placerville

Hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, there lies an island of scrumptious seafood just waiting to be sampled in downtown Placerville, where it has existed to the delight of locals and tourists alike for 23 years. Powell’s Steamer Co. and Oyster Bar, owned by mother-and-daughter team Sheila Hill and Ericka Hall, provides a warm, […]