Environmentally friendly Greenleaf feels spacious throughout

Shake-textured siding lends its eye-catching appeal to the front facade of this updated Craftsman-style cottage. The Greenleaf is a single-level home, however it has a skylit bonus room over the garage, which could be used as an artist’s studio, writer’s retreat, workout room, or whatever suits. Vaulted ceilings expand the sense of spaciousness in the […]

Improving economy draws buyers to housing market

LOS ANGELES — With an improving economy and job market over the past year, home buyers have started forming households again and buyers who previously experienced a foreclosure or short sale are back in the housing market according to the California Association of Realtors 2015 Survey of California Home Buyers. In 2015 more households were […]

California pending home sales gain steam to post six straight months of annual gains

California Association of Realtors News release LOS ANGELES — With the California housing market continuing its upward trend, pending home sales registered their sixth straight annual gain, with the last four months being in the double-digits, according to the California Association of Realtors. In another report, California Realtors responding to C.A.R.’s May Market Pulse Survey saw more floor […]

Lofty portico fronts striking Lucardo

The dramatic keystone arch that crowns the Lucardo’s soaring portico is a perfect prelude to the home’s breathtaking two-story entry. Elegance on this scale is totally appropriate to this striking estate-sized plan, offering more than 4,500 square feet of living space plus a roomy four-car garage and a large unfinished bonus room. Families that enjoy […]

Grayling is designed for entertaining

Families that like to entertain will appreciate the airy spaciousness of the ranch-style Grayling. An expansive open great room with high vaulted ceilings fills the center of the home and a large portion of the rear as well. Windows line the back wall, bathing the area in light. The bayed nook is brighter still, and […]

Modest growth expected in commercial markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A stronger labor market and increasing household formation should keep commercial real estate demand on a gradual incline, according to the National Association of Realtors‘ quarterly commercial real estate forecast. National office vacancy rates are forecast to slightly decrease 0.1 percent over the coming year as the demand for office space slowly improves. The […]

Realtors eagerly await the OK to fly drones

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There will be a time when Realtors can legally fly an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around property listings to capture images for marketing purposes but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely. That’s according to Federal Aviation Administration officials who told recently Realtors during the When, Where and How can I […]

Realtors expect market to continue its upswing

LOS ANGELES — California pending home sales jumped in March to record three straight month-to-month and year-to-year sales increases, portending a solid upcoming spring home-buying season, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Pending home sales in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California and Central Valley regions also posted back-to-back, double-digit monthly gains compared to February. Pending […]

Return buyers expected to boost housing demand

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly a decade since the start of the foreclosure crisis, formerly distressed homeowners with restored credit are re-entering the housing market, but damaged credit profiles and lender overlays will greatly restrict the overall share of those eligible to buy, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors. California, Florida and Arizona […]

Veteran received well-deserved EDCAR scholarship

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors recently awarded a scholarship to local veteran Tyler Jones, who is pursuing a business management degree at California State University, Sacramento. Jones received the scholarship at a special event earlier this month. His wife Renee, daughter Isabella, 4, and son Bryce, 1 1/2, also attended. The funds come from EDCAR’s Honor […]

Pending home sales rise in February

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pending home sales in February increased to their highest level since June 2013 as sizeable gains in the Midwest and West offset smaller declines in the Northeast and South, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 3.1 percent to 106.9 in […]

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 […]

Seniors’ downsize lightens their load and their kids’

“My husband and I have very different approaches to saving things,” said Lee Switz, of Richmond, Va., speaking for — I am going to wager — nine out of 10 couples in America. Am I right? I am talking with Lee, age 72, to uncover some secrets to successful downsizing. She and her husband, age 78, moved […]

Common mistakes Sacramento area first-time homebuyers make

There are a lot more first-time homebuyers in the market due to great FHA mortgage options, reduced mortgage insurance costs, less investor competition with all cash offers and an increase in inventory. These are favorable conditions for first-time homebuyers in Sacramento and it’s exciting! But inevitably I see these mistakes and the problems they can […]

Confessions of a hoarder: How to let go of stuff

A co-worker recently confessed that she never had friends over because her house was too cluttered. When I asked her how cluttered, she told me that one of her two bedrooms was completely stuffed and that her bathtub was full of car parts. “Would you like me to come over and help you?” I was […]

HUD secretary stresses need for credit expansion, housing finance system reform

LOS ANGELES — An audience of nearly 300 real estate executives and practitioners, industry stakeholders, economists and policymakers gathered this month in Los Angeles for the inaugural Real Estate Summit: Partnering for Change in California, which featured a keynote speech from U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro. Convened by the California Association of Realtors, […]

Low mortgage rates fail to perk California home sales

LOS ANGELES — The lowest mortgage rates in 18 months failed to spark the California housing market in October as sales stayed flat and home prices increased at the slowest pace since early 2012, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate […]

How do home improvements impact your property’s resale value?

I love the show “Love It or List It” on HGTV where an interior designer and a Realtor battle each other for a homeowner’s approval — to either keep the home they live in after it is remodeled or list it and move to the home the Realtor shows them. I can’t tell you how many times […]

California home sales maintain pace in September

Price gains temper, market balances LOS ANGELES — California home sales remained steady in September, as home price gains eased back from an unusually high increase in August, 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 396,440 units in September, according to […]

Estate-sized Jacksonville both stately and sunny

Rambling, bright and spacious, the Jacksonville is a Florida-inspired home with a distinctively European flavor. Arches and stucco give it that sunny ambiance, while the entry columns, wrought iron handrails, stone veneer wainscoting and multi-paned windows are more continental. Windows fill most of the rear wall in the two-story, barrel-vaulted living room at the core. […]

Debunking myths about homeownership

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth. “Buying a home is more affordable than ever for families with stable incomes and good credit,” says Christina Boyle, […]

Double Zero model home in Blackstone is greenest in the state

KB Home received accolades from the California Energy Commission last Thursday morning when the company unveiled its first Double Zero 3.0 model home in California at the Fiora at Blackstone community in El Dorado Hills. With partners like Whirlpool and SunPower, KB Home representatives explained it’s called the Double ZeroHouse 3.0 for its dual emphasis on energy and […]

Low interest rates fail to spark August home sales

Home prices continue to increase despite improving housing inventory LOS ANGELES — California home sales pulled back in August, reversing two months of increases, as the median home price rose from the previous month and year, according to the California Association of Realtors. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted […]

What’s hot in outdoor kitchens

At my house, I cook pretty much for one reason: I get hungry. If I didn’t need to eat, and didn’t actually like to eat, I would turn my kitchen into something more interesting like an ice rink or a sky diving arena or a petting zoo, which would all be way more fun than […]

Cedar Creek: a gracious, upscale lodge

Built in the tradition of a grand lodge, the Cedar Creek is equally well suited for construction in an upscale neighborhood or a retreat setting. King posts and arched struts accent gable ends, and that’s just the beginning of its visual appeal. Stone veneer, Craftsman windows, and three intriguing garage doors give the eye plenty […]

California Homebuilding Foundation adds to Hall of Fame

SACRAMENTO — Seven homebuilding industry leaders have been inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Hall of Fame boasts 200 men and women who epitomize the spirit of the homebuilding industry – skill, vision, resilience and determination. Each honoree has been a model of public service […]

2014 real estate transactions off to a slow start

LOS ANGELES — A perfect storm of a shortage of available homes for sale, rising interest rates, and higher home prices kept prospective home buyers on the sidelines in December, pushing California pending home sales lower for the second straight month. Meanwhile, equity sales continue to make up more than four of every five home […]

Sellers excited about the market again

LOS ANGELES — Home sellers are more optimistic about repurchasing a home than in the past few years, thanks to strong growth in home prices, record-low interest rates, and better personal financial situations, according to the California Association of Realtors 2013 California Home Sellers Survey. More than two-thirds (69 percent) of home sellers purchased a […]

Is a reverse mortgage right for you?

Take Charge America PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Seniors are living longer than ever before. Medical advances and a focus on healthy living have dramatically improved longevity, but living longer presents a complication: the potential to outlive savings. Older adults often do not anticipate the high costs of health and long-term care, or the uncertainty of Social Security […]

EDCAR hosts Honor Our Troops breakfast

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors and its Honor Our Troops committee invite community members to join them for breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 25. The “all-American breakfast” —eggs, toast, sausage, ham, hash browns, hot cakes, biscuits & gravy, juice, milk and coffee — raises funds for the committee’s care packages sent to El Dorado […]

Compact Kenton feels spacious inside

If you’re searching for a small starter home with a spacious feel, the Kenton just might fill the bill. What’s more, it is equally well suited to singles or families looking to downsize their living space, expenses and maintenance obligations. Less to take care of equals more time for fun! In the United States, ranch-style […]

Lansford blends traditional and modern

Every few decades, Colonial Revival homes have a resurgence of popularity and the Lansford rides clearly on the crest of the current wave. On their exteriors, these homes display a love of the traditional, while inside they have all the modern conveniences. Updated colonial features here include a symmetrical central section, clapboard siding, hipped roof, […]

Message from the president: Gratitude

By Karen Larson This is the time of year for reflection. I have been practicing real estate for 24 years. My business has prospered in direct proportion to the amount of effort, skill and experience I have invested. I team up with the professionals in our industry to support each client through the transaction process […]

Relax, entertain in the spacious Braxton

Spacious and bright, the Braxton is a large stucco and brick home designed for an active couple that likes to entertain and appreciates having plenty of room to spread out. A lofty portico invites you to step inside the wide, 14-foot high entry. Sparkling panes of glass flank the front and cut an arched swath […]

Split-level Cedar Hill has great views

The Cedar Hill is a richly glassed split-level Cape Cod style home. In the right setting, it offers breathtaking views. The plan is designed for construction on a lot that slopes up to the rear. Banks of multipaned windows, wide and tall, sparkle across the right side of the exterior. Inside, light washes in through […]

Luxurious Argent has all the amenities

Associated Designs Luxurious. Spacious. Luminous, even. These words don’t even begin to describe the attractions of the Argent, a contemporary prairie home boasting more than 3,000 square feet of living space. Its regal porte-cochere entrance is designed to extend out over a driveway. Two lofty doors swing open into a 13-foot-high foyer. Straight ahead, two […]

Lyon names Colgan sales manager

Kurt Colgan of Folsom has been named sales manager at Lyon Real Estate’s Roseville office. Lyon Real Estate is the No. 1 brokerage in annual home sales in the greater Sacramento region. Colgan has 25 years of real estate experience, including more than 1,500 closed escrows. In addition to his highly productive sales career, he is […]

Tee off with EDCAR

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors hosts its 15th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 9. Golfers tee off at a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Cameron Park Country Club. Cost is $145 per player and includes breakfast, gimme string, 18 holes, happy hour, dinner and more. Prizes will be given away […]

Stanford Mortgage welcomes new GM

By Adam Sharrock Stanford Mortgage will welcome new leadership to the team, as William Tarter has come aboard as the general manager. Tarter has prior experience in managing companies for more than 10 years with great success. His work history includes Tri-Mountain Real Estate, business development with Homes.com, vice president of Sales and Customer Service for […]

Equity home sale reach highest level in nearly six years

LOS ANGELES — The share of equity home sales in California continued to expand in June, comprising four of every five home sales, thanks primarily to a drop in distressed sales. Meanwhile, sales of REOs fell into the single-digits for the third straight month and registered levels not seen since September 2007, the California Association […]

Pine Creek feel bright and spacious

The Pine Creek is a contemporary version of a traditional shingle-style cottage. Shingles cover its front facade, including the slender wall sections that frame the garage door. Stone veneer bases under slender wooden posts add to the visual appeal. This home could be wheelchair accessible. Inside, the foyer opens out into a naturally bright great […]

Compact Camas has large gathering space

The Camas makes an ideal starter home, but might be equally attractive to retirees wishing to minimize their home care responsibilities. Its compact size makes it economical to build and maintain. Classic Craftsman features set it apart from most other contemporary ranch-style homes. Shake-textured shingles add visual appeal to the framed-out bases beneath tapered porch […]

California median home price records largest year-to-year gain since 1980

LOS ANGELES  — Strong sales growth in higher-priced markets and continued housing supply shortage pushed up California’s median home price in May, resulting in the largest year-over-year price gain in at least the last 33 years, the California Association of Realtors reported. “It’s encouraging to see median home prices across most parts of the state continuing […]