Kingsley has vaulted ceiling, guest cottage

The Kingsley is actually two houses in one. A covered walkway connects the main house to a small cottage at the back. This space is ideal for older children, not quite ready to fly the nest, or aged parents who enjoy their privacy but also appreciate sharing time with the family. Its kitchenette is adequate […]

House hunting in the hypothetical

“I am not a house snob,” I say to DC. He raises his eyebrows, lowers his chin and regards me over the tops of his frameless lenses. He wants to go house hunting, with me, but thinks pleasing me may be a tall order. “Okay,” I continue, in the most reasonable tone I can find, […]

When selling, strip rooms then style with purpose

“First we need to remove all the stuff,” I say. “What stuff?” DC asks. I look at him sideways and realize he’s serious. Like most homeowners he doesn’t see his home with fresh eyes. “Everything that doesn’t require two people to move needs to go.” “Go where?” I am helping DC get his home ready […]

Great sheets are an investment; handle with care

I still remember the day, and this is very sad, when my all-time favorite pair of old jeans gave out. I’d had them for years, and we’d gone everywhere together. I loved those super faded, five-pocket, button-fly jeans and, you know, I think they loved me, too. We were perfect together. And then one day […]

International home-buying activity remains strong in California

LOS ANGELES — Despite a slowing in the California housing market and appreciation of the U.S. dollar in 2014, international home-buying activity continued its momentum, according to the California Association of Realtors’ 2014 International Home Buyers Survey. The survey showed that one of six (14 percent) participating Realtors closed a transaction with an international client, unchanged from […]

Columnist needs to take own advice and let more go

So here I am deep in the throes of writing my next book. I had better be because the manuscript is due to the publisher in less than a month, and I have already asked for one 30-day extension. I needed more time because I had to move in January, which tends to set a […]

Sunny Gerabaldi has room for a big family

Columns, wooden shutters and keystone arches give a classic European look to the two-story Gerabaldi. Stucco covering the columns and most of the exterior is evocative of homes near the Mediterranean Sea. Family living areas are on the ground floor, where they link to the three-car garage through a mudroom, with storage and a built-in […]

Big, bright Macon has handsome façade

The Macon is a visual delight. Half-timbers accent a vaulted porch, nicely set off by the stone veneer next to it. The porch, in turn, frames an impressive entry flanked by sidelights and crowned with a fanlight. Curved trim boards and varied window treatments add to the viewing pleasure. With nearly 3,000 square feet of […]

Home ownership: It’s not all about the money

The numbers are in. And once again, real estate data crunchers conclude: It’s cheaper to own than rent — 38 percent cheaper, to be exact, according to a third-quarter report just out from Trulia, an online residential real estate site. And once again, having been a renter for the past three years, I am on the […]

Don’t be caught empty-handed this season: Four great go-to hostess gifts

I hate to break this to you but it’s almost Thanksgiving — the kick-off for six weeks during which we must go everywhere bearing gifts. Unless we forget to … and trigger an attack of gift panic characterized by palpitations, uncontrollable sweating and fast breathing.  Symptoms come on suddenly when you don’t bring a gift but […]

Guest houses spark lofty ideas

Falling under the category of home amenities I have dreamed about but have never had is a guest house. Falling under the category of never say never is the fact that I now have one. Well, it’s not mine, exactly; it belongs to the house I’m living in and staging. Still, my imagination and I […]

Heartwood laid out for easy family living

Togetherness comes naturally in the Heartwood’s bright, airy and spacious kitchen and family room. A friendly wrap-around front porch welcomes visitors, and just inside the door is a large room that could be an office, living room or just about anything else you can think of. Entry and family room in this contemporary country home […]

‘Mister Mc Lister’ joins Vindler

Vindler Real Estate & Acquisitions announces that Kevin McAllister “Mister Mc Lister” has joined the Placerville office. McAllister has been a full-time, licensed Realtor since 2000 after a 22 years as a commodities trader. He is very active in local issues, having served on Logtown Fire Safe Council and the El Dorado Rookie Ranchers Association. […]

Hexagonal McCarren has all ’round views

Cedar shakes blanketing the McCarren give it a handcrafted look that blends right in with a natural environment. In fact, this basically hexagonal, country-Craftsman-style home would be ideal for construction on a wooded lot with a splendid view. Built high on a mountain slope, or lower, by a lake, stream or ocean, this home offers […]

Renting vs. buying: A look at the Sacramento area market

There has been a steady stream of appreciation in the greater Sacramento area region, making it one of the top markets to get attention nationally. While home prices have steadily risen, rates have stayed low and the available inventory of rental properties has decreased, putting upward pressure on rental prices in all areas, especially in the […]

From traditional to modern and everything in between

Back in my college days of idealism, when I worked for no pay, I wrote a paper called “From Fiction to Non-Fiction: Writing Along the Continuum.” I looked at writing at its extremes, from fantastified fiction to stripe-straight reporting, with stopovers at essay, memoir, humor and opinion writing. I did this for selfish reasons. If […]

How to take your décor from country comfort to city chic

You’ve heard the expression: You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. Well, there’s an equally true, but lesser known corollary, which I just made up: You can take the furniture out of the country, but put country furniture in a city dwelling and […]

Stylish Callaway has nostalgic charm

The Callaway is a contemporary cottage with a country-Victorian flavor. The wooden posts and railings on its wide front porch give it that country-cottage look, while the intriguing arched window and scallop-shingled gable fronts add dashes of nostalgic Victorian flavor. Families are sure to appreciate the multiplicity of amenities that the designers managed to fit […]

When life changes hit home, don’t fear

I never set out to be the poster child for change. But I believe I qualify. Just since July, I have gone through more changes than a newborn: I have gotten a new house, new car, new job and new cell phone number (as a result of new job). I feel like I’m in the […]

Home-price gains decelerate in many metro areas

WASHINGTON, D.C — Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter and national year-over-year price appreciation is now at its slowest pace since 2012, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. The median existing single-family home price increased in 71 percent of measured markets, with 122 […]

Does this bracelet boost my curb appeal?

My friend, a former fashion writer, came over last week to talk about her new job. We got right down to the important stuff. “Did you get a bunch of new clothes?” I asked. “Of course!” She said. “But mostly I got new jewelry and a nice handbag.” Now, I am arguably the only person […]

New looks move forward while looking back

After living in three historic homes in a row, which ranged in age from 80 to 130 years old, I moved last month into a home so new I had to peel stickers off the windows and refrigerator. I am the first occupant of this very modern house, which, once again, I am staging to […]

East meets West in bathroom remodels

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Asian-style interiors evoke an image of serenity and tranquil calm. This style is a popular choice in bathroom design as the desire to escape hectic, urban lifestyle in a peaceful spa-like oasis is growing increasingly popular. Contemporary bathrooms with an Asian flair — especially in bathrooms — accomplish this by blending colors found […]

Decorating from a distance

I walk into the condo with one eye closed. The nerve-wracking moment is like the reveal in one of those TV home decorating shows only in reverse. Rather than revealing the newly remodeled space to a homeowner, who had been blissfully unaware, the reveal was to me, the default designer who helped coordinate the home […]

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Coldwell Banker welcomes new sales associates

EL DORADO HILLS — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in Northern California, recently announced that Susan A. Marshall and Lisa Bolier have  affiliated with the company as sales associates in its El Dorado Hills office. “Susan and Lisa will be great additions to our sales team, and I couldn’t be more […]

Love your stuff? Then show it

As faithful readers know, my column is often a harangue urging you and your inner hoarder to let go, lighten up, purge, pare, declutter, detach and donate — as if I am some ascetic nun. But this week, as I pack to move (again), and fill box after box with my “pared down existence,” I […]

Marni Jamison: How healthy is your hood?

One benefit of living my nomad life is that I get to know a lot of different neighborhoods. I am trying to focus on the positive as I pack up to move to what will be my fifth neighborhood in three years. You heard right. I am moving again. Yes, I know, only too well, […]

Legislative Day an the Capitol keeps Realtors up to date

Karen Larson EDCAR Immediate Past President The El Dorado County Association of Realtors directors recently attended the quarterly California Association of Realtors’ spring meetings held at the Sacramento Convention Center. I always enjoy the process of working with directors from each association in Region 3 to bring forward issues and concerns from EDCAR to the […]

HUD report details housing challenges for foster youth aging out

Housing critical to young people at high risk of homelessness, early pregnancy, unemployment WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year, approximately 25,000 young people “age out” of the foster care system in the U.S., many of them facing significant risks of becoming homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in coordination with the U.S. Department […]

Higher home prices buoy more underwater homes

LOS ANGELES — Recent home price gains have lifted more underwater homes into positive territory, pushing the share of equity home sales to their highest level since late 2007.  At the same time, pending home sales were essentially unchanged in April, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Distressed housing market data • The share of […]

Coldwell Banker supports Habitat for Humanity

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Northern California’s largest real estate services company, will soon wrap up its Homes and Hope Habitat for Humanity fundraising campaign on May 31. The major event of this year’s fundraising effort is a month-long raffle, which runs through May 31 in all 57 Northern […]

Hello stranger, here are my keys

“Morning, Scott,” I say through a sheet of opaque plastic that hangs like a shower curtain between my kitchen and the adjacent eating area, which is under construction. “Morning, Marni,” comes his answer from the other side of the flimsy veneer. “What’s happening today?” “Insulation.” Few people are more comfortable having strange men in their […]

Rehab addict gives tips on restoring old homes

Every time I move into another home to stage — and I’m in my fourth in three years — I play a game of “If This Were Mine.” If this house were mine, I would rip this out and put that in, knock this down and stick that up. It’s an affliction. Fortunately, because I […]

Finding your color courage

On a fear scale of one to 10 —10 being sky diving naked while speaking in public — putting big bright bold color in a room is a 12. When faced with the prospect of inserting strong color into a home, some of the most intelligent, competent and confident people I know develop something like Tourette’s syndrome; […]

Vacation home sales surge in 2013, investment property declines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013, shows vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last […]

U.S. a top destination for international homebuyers

LOS ANGELES — Viewing the country as a safe place to put their money, international home buyers preferred purchasing properties in the United States over other countries, according to the California Association of Realtors’ 2013 International Clients Survey. The vast majority (85 percent) of international buyers said they only considered purchasing a home in the […]

Moving forces new appreciation for the routine

It’s 7 a.m. Do you know where your toothbrush is? If you do, and you can also find your phone charger, put your hands on a clean towel, and have all you need at hand to make a cup of coffee, be grateful. For the last 48 hours, I’ve had none of this. Every time […]

Luxury retirement communities under construction in Folsom, Carmichael

Oakmont Senior Living, a Santa Rosa-based developer of resort senior communities, recently broke ground on two luxury retirement communities in Folsom and Carmichael that will offer assisted living and memory care services. Construction on Oakmont of Folsom ( and Oakmont of Carmichael ( began fall 2013, and are expected to be completed this summer. The two-story […]

Angela and Richard Newsome — a great Coldwell Banker team

Angela grew up in the United Kingdom. At a young age she lived in several cities in the UK as her father was a professional football (soccer) manager/coach and managed some of the top English teams such as Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland and Burnley. Angela had an interest in languages and studied French, German and Italian […]

Realtor Linda Riley living up to Realtor of the Year title

Century 21 Select El Dorado County Association of Realtors  named Linda Riley Realtor/Citizen of the Year for 2013. At its annual awards luncheon, EDCAR recognized Linda for her accomplishments in business and service to the community. Linda is never too busy to share her time and give her support to make her community better and […]

Coldwell Banker honors top producers

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in Northern California, recently announced that 12 of its top-producing Sacramento-Tahoe area sales associates and teams have ranked in the top 1 percent of the company’s agents in Northern California for 2013 sales. Earning the coveted honor were the team of Christy Curtis, […]

Constrained inventory flattens home sales

Pending home sales reverse two-month decline LOS ANGELES — A limited supply of available homes for sale continued to hamper California housing sales, which were essentially flat in January, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. “The underlying fundamentals for housing demand exists, however, constrained inventory is holding back a stronger recovery as affordability becomes […]

Commercial real estate investors “cautiously optimistic”

WASHINGTON. D.C. — Commercial real estate investments are expected to produce generally solid returns in 2014, according to the authors of Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2014—The Future Unfolds, an annual forecast report released by Real Estate Research Corporation, Deloitte, and the National Association of Realtors. The three organizations have drawn on their respective […]