Friday, August 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Let others do the moving

The move was one of the stranger experiences in my life, and that’s saying something. Two weeks ago, I closed and locked the door on the place I called home, where all my worldly belongings resided, and caught a plane. A week later, I flew back and walked into a different home completely furnished with […]

Deb Mettee named Coldwell Banker sales associate

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in Northern California, recently announced that Deb Mettee joined the company as a sales associate in its El Dorado Hills office. In her new position, Mettee will specialize in residential sales in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties. “Deb will be a great addition […]

Distinctive Mesilla has room to spread out

Arched windows, clustered accent tiles, and raised stucco detailing give a clean-lined, distinctive appearance to the Mediterranean-style Mesilla. People who enjoy entertaining will appreciate the possibilities of this plan, as will families who like lots of room to spread out. Entering, you step into an impressive, high-ceilinged foyer where a plant shelf crowns the door, […]

Welcoming Eastford bright and roomy

Decorative shutters, multipaned windows and front gables put a welcoming face on the Eastford. Slender posts and stone veneer wainscoting add to the exterior appeal of this midsize ranch-style home. Entering via the covered porch, you step into a vaulted entry that leads directly to the spacious vaulted great room at the rear. But not […]

Pending home sales up

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of stagnant activity, pending home sales rose in March, marking the first gain in the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 3.4 percent to 97.4 from an upwardly revised 94.2 in February, but is 7.9 […]

Growing your own

For three years — ever since I stopped living in the house I own and started living in other people’s houses — I have been a frustrated gardener. As a foster parent for houses between owners, I know the arrangement is temporary. I am not to do anything permanent, like paint a vanilla room crimson, […]

Housing affordability stabilizes

LOS ANGELES — As home price gains eased back toward the end of 2013, California’s housing affordability held steady in the fourth quarter of 2013, following six consecutive quarters of declines, 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 […]

Lyon’s Sacramento names manager

SACRAMENTO — Scott Palmer of Sacramento has been named sales manager at Lyon Real Estate’s Downtown office. Lyon Real Estate is the No. 1 brokerage in annual home sales in the greater Sacramento region. Palmer has more than 12 years of real estate experience as both an agent and broker and is a top producer […]

Parkview attracts plenty of attention

Not only is this contemporary town home eye-catching and spacious, but it also fits neatly on a narrow lot. The Parkview’s footprint is perfectly rectangular on its right and rear sides. The left and front are basically rectangular, but varied by a porch, patio, balcony and wall extension, as well as intriguing cantilevered roof lines. […]

Lantana stately yet friendly

Corner quoins accent wide stucco columns that support the Lantana’s dramatic portico. In fact, all its front-facing exterior corners are quoined. Raised planters and a parade of windows soften the lines, creating a front facade that is at once friendly and impressive. This plan’s interior reflects the same mix. The stately ambiance permeating living room, […]

Hendrick is an unusual, upscale duplex

If you fail to notice the two doors on the front, you might easily conclude that the Hendrick is a large country-style home. Which it is. But it’s also a non-traditional duplex. The interior floor plans are similar, but not mirror images. Instead of the usual arrangement where garage doors face the street, these garage […]

Cloverport enhances family togetherness

The Cloverport’s smooth and tapered porch column runs a pleasing counterpoint to the otherwise multi-textured front facade. Shingle-textured siding and stone veneer cover most of the front. The entry leads into a spacious great room with a 9-foot ceiling. Light spills in through a sidelight, small panes of glass near the top of the door, […]

Callahan is welcoming

Its railed porch and country styling give a welcoming look to the Callahan. Expansive vaulted family living areas fill the left side; private spaces are on the right. A detached garage adds to the available living and storage space. The upper story could be outfitted as a recreation room, artist’s studio, band rehearsal space, or […]

Tax auction set

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector C. L. Raffety announced the first annual online auction of tax defaulted timeshare properties located in the beautiful South Lake Tahoe area. Specifics of the properties can be viewed at bid4assets.com/eldorado. The online auction begins Friday, Nov. 1, and closes Tuesday, Nov. 5. There are more than 224 tax defaulted timeshare […]

Coldwell Banker launches ‘Homes and Hope’ fundraiser

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Northern California’s largest real estate services company, recently announced the launch of its 15th annual “Homes and Hope” Habitat for Humanity fundraising campaign. The major event of this year’s fundraising effort will once again be a raffle, which runs through Oct. 18, in all […]

Homes are in demand

By Jody Durket Intero Real Estate Homeowners in El Dorado Hills who were forced to put off selling their homes because of the downturn in the housing market are now discovering that their homes are worth more than they thought, and there are a large number of buyers looking to purchase those homes. “Many homeowners […]

Dorm décor: what not to bring

About this time two years ago, I was packing my first child off to college. And I mean packing. What a production! We had checklists, so many that we needed a checklist for our checklists: Bathroom list, check. Desk list, check. Bedding list, kitchenette list, miscellaneous list, check, check, check. We spent hours, days, coordinating […]

Distressed sales continue downward trend; underwater homes gaining equity

California Association of Realtors LOS ANGELES — Distressed home sales continued to decline in April, as previously underwater homes rose in value, and the share of REO sales registered in the single-digits for the first time in more than five years, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Distressed housing market data • The combined share […]