California’s spring home-buying season off to strong start

LOS ANGELES — California’s housing market accelerated in April as the spring home-buying season kicked off with both higher home sales and prices for the third straight month, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Home sales rose above the 400,000 mark in April for the first time since October 2013 to post the highest level since August […]

Area luxury home sales surge

Sacramento, Granite Bay and El Dorado Hills lead tri-county region SACRAMENTO — Luxury home sales in the greater Sacramento area surged 30 percent in the first three months of 2015 from the same period a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the region’s leading luxury real estate services company. The figures […]

Generous Ryland blends substance, style

Brick veneer gives a look of substance to the Ryland. Decorative supports highlight gable peaks and eaves, while raised brick trim accentuates the graceful curves of the arched entry and window openings. This handsome ranch home could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. Vaulted ceilings increase the sense of spaciousness in the foyer, den, living […]

Study: Public housing agencies underfunded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Public Housing Agencies across the country are significantly underfunded in managing the federal government’s largest low-income housing assistance program which serves 2.1 million households nationwide.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recenlty published its Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study which concludes high-performing PHAs operating well-managed voucher programs are increasingly hard-pressed […]

Millions still struggle to pay rent, report says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of very poor families struggling to pay their monthly rent and who may also be living in substandard housing declined between 2011 and 2013, but persist at high levels according to a new summary report released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD reports that in 2013, […]

Pineville’s layout enhances family enjoyment

Craftsman-style windows and a trio of gables give the compact Pineville an inviting front facade. Its covered porch makes an ideal location for an old-fashioned porch swing. Inside and out, the entire right side of the cottage is devoted to the enjoyment of food-related activities, guaranteed to be popular in any family. Its large sunny […]

Selling your home: What about the price?

In a recent article we addressed selling your home as we discussed the need to price it right. This time, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of pricing for sale. Proceeding with the understanding that a family’s home is often its largest investment, the subject of price quickly becomes a sensitive one.  Nevertheless, the adage that it […]

CAR convenes state’s first real estate summit

The California Association of Realtor and leading real estate research centers at California’s top universities will convene thought leaders from a variety of disciplines for a day-long conference to examine real estate’s role in driving the state’s economic future, as well as other issues beyond residential real estate. The Real Estate Summit: Partnering for Change in […]

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage expands Sacramento operations

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Northern California’s leading provider of real estate services, recently announced the expansion of its Sacramento-Tahoe operations with the addition of 85 independent sales associates from ZipRealty Inc.’s offices in the region. This local growth comes as a result of the acquisition of ZipRealty’s national operations by Realogy Holdings Corp., Coldwell Banker Residential […]

Traditional, modern meld in Pinedale

A harmonious melding of Craftsman and contemporary features gives the Pinedale a look that is both distinctive and intriguing. The home’s wide profile and three-car garage are clearly reflective of recent trends. Classic Craftsman touches include: graceful geometric upper window sashes, decorative gable supports, and simple squared posts supported by tapered stone veneer bases. At […]

Spacious Kennewick houses two families

Front gables and traditional railed front porches impart a country flavor to this updated duplex. Each of the Kennewick’s three-bedroom units has more living space than you might expect, which becomes evident as soon as you step inside. Shared walls between the two units are doubly thick, to maximize privacy. Natural light spills into the […]

Remodeling industry sees modest growth

DES PLAINES, ILL. — All current remodeling market indicators showed an increase in the second-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse survey from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s. Remodelers are currently seeing growth, from conditions in March, which had seen a decline in business conditions during the first three months of 2014. Growth indicators in […]

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 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 […]