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5 Ways A Home Improvement Contractor Can Help You

5 Ways A Home Improvement Contractor Can Help You – If you’re gearing up for a home improvement project, you’ve probably considered getting a home improvement contractor.  While it may seen expensive or unnecessary, hiring a contractor can benefit you in both the short and long runs.  Check out these reasons why hiring a home improvement contractor can help you.   Cheaper in the Long Run Would you rather get something right the first time?  Hiring a contractor can help you do just that.  It will lessen the margin of error since a professional will be on the job.  This…

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Getting your home inspected prior to Sale?

Why you should get your home inspected prior to  Sale? My strongest recommendation for all clients is to get their home inspected prior to placing the home on the market. There are various inspections that may be appropriate. These inspections include but are not limited to, whole house inspection, pest inspection ( or sometimes called a termite inspection), roof (inspection and certification) , survey ( marking the property boundaries), well test (productivity and potability, and septic. Depending on the results, there may be follow up inspections. The inspection may save you money in the long run. Doing inspections early can…

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how to price your home to sell

How to price your home to sell!

How to price your home to sell How important is pricing a home when marketing your home? Pricing your home to sell is THE MOST critical part of the marketing process to get your home SOLD!. I like to tell clients that we have to Sell their homes 3 times!!!. First we have to sell the home to the other agents who have potential buyers. If the home is overpriced, the other agents are NOT going to show the home. Why they would waste their time and their clients, when there are other homes that are correctly priced. Second we…

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8 Things You Should Know Before Your Next DIY Project

8 Things You Should Know Before Your Next DIY Project – DIY is becoming more popular these days. There are so many accessible resources out there that make it easy for homeowners to DIY. If you plan on taking on any fun projects this year, check out these tips… Have patience. DIY projects do not always go as smoothly as you might think! Know that even small flaws you may make are likely fixable- or not even noticeable to anyone else. Have inspiration! There are plenty of sites dedicated to inspiring projects. Once you find you inspiration go with it!…

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how to pick your real estate agent

How to pick your Real Estate agent!!

There are 3 areas that I would consider in picking my Real Estate agent to Sell my house. First his dedication,  second his market knowledge, and third his track record. Dedication I would look for a Listing agent that is dedicated to the industry, understands the market, and has a proven track record. The minimum education for a real estate license is actually very minimal. My recommendation is to look for a listing agent that either has a Broker’s license or different industry certifications. Agents that have taken the time to seek additional training and education, demonstrate a commitment to…

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Determining the Market Value of Your Home?

Determining the market value of your home is a question asked by all home owners. How is “market value” determined? Most often, it’s figured by a comparison (“comp”) with homes similar to yours in the surrounding area. So, if the homes in your neighborhood average, say, $250,000, then it’s likely that the value of your property will fall in the same range. But market value is also determined by a number of factors including the following:  External Factors There can be several external factors influencing the Market Value of your home. One is “curb appeal”, or the first impression your property makes upon…

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Another one SOLD in Nevada City, California! 20065 Scotts Flat Road

  20065 Scotts Flat Road, Home SOLD in Nevada City, California Overview Maps Photos   Virtual Tour $428,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 Partial Bathroom Interior: 2,700 sqft Lot: 5.05 acre(s) Location 20065 Scotts Flat Road Nevada City, CA 95959 USA Frank Valente RE/MAX Gold (916) 257-0893 frank@frankvalente.com http://frankvalente.com        Listed by: Frank Valente With RE/MAX Gold Our recent listings 6526 Cowboy Way, Home For Sale in Citrus Heights, California 4540 Monument Springs Drive, Land For Sale In Rocklin, California 5500 China Garden Road, Land For Sale In Rocklin, California Horse Property in Grass Valley with…

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6 Home Staging Tips

6 Home Staging Tips – Many people put their homes on the market thinking that it will get it sold. However, they don’t realize the work that goes into making their home ready-to-sell. Home staging is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to prepare your home to be sold. Staging your home can make all the difference, and will help a potential buyer to picture themselves in your home. Home staging can be as simple or complex as you like, but it is all up to what you want to do. Here are six home staging tips to help…

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How To Sell Your Home FAST

If you put your home on the market, your goal should be to sell your home for the most amount of money, in the least amount of time, under the most favorable terms, right? So how do you sell your home super fast?   Here are 8 tips to help you sell your home fast… 1. Curb Appeal When a potential buyer drives by your home or even pulls up for a showing, the first impression they will get is the front of your home. Make sure that you prepare your home for it’s best first impression… Powerwash doorway, windows,…

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Are you Buying?

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall!

By Frank Valente | Sep 6, 2018

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall! | Simplifying The MarketHere are five reasons why listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! […]

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Rents Are on The Rise: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

By Frank Valente | Sep 4, 2018

Rents Are on The Rise: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap! | Simplifying The MarketThere are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating: “Our national rent index is up 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the sixth straight month of […]

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What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’?

By Frank Valente | Sep 1, 2018

Some Highlights:

The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living than states in the Northeast and West.
The ‘biggest bang for your buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purc…

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

By Frank Valente | Aug 30, 2018

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | Simplifying The MarketHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real […]

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What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market?

By Frank Valente | Aug 29, 2018

What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market? | Simplifying The MarketLast week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price reductions across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings had a price cut in […]

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Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

By Frank Valente | Aug 27, 2018

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage! | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in […]

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Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

By Frank Valente | Aug 17, 2018

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home? | Simplifying The MarketFor many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which […]

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August 2018 Market Update for Placer and Sacramento Counties

By Frank Valente | Aug 16, 2018

Thes best way to study the market is to observe trends over a 12 month period. So I looked at some key statistics comparing the current quarter of this year with the same quarter last years. Inventory Placer  County   up 6%,  Sacramento County up 22% Solds Placer  County   down  6%,  Sacramento County down 3% Price Placer  County   up 7%,  Sacramento County up 7 %   Is the market changing?  Maybe…… The largest factor I believe that is affecting the market is interest rates.  In the last 12 months, interest rates on residential loans have risen .5-.75 of a point.  The…

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Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

By Frank Valente | Aug 16, 2018

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming! | Simplifying The MarketThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall!

By Frank Valente | Sep 6, 2018

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall! | Simplifying The MarketHere are five reasons why listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! […]

Read More

Rents Are on The Rise: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

By Frank Valente | Sep 4, 2018

Rents Are on The Rise: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap! | Simplifying The MarketThere are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating: “Our national rent index is up 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the sixth straight month of […]

Read More

What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’?

By Frank Valente | Sep 1, 2018

Some Highlights:

The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living than states in the Northeast and West.
The ‘biggest bang for your buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purc…

Read More

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

By Frank Valente | Aug 30, 2018

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | Simplifying The MarketHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real […]

Read More

What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market?

By Frank Valente | Aug 29, 2018

What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market? | Simplifying The MarketLast week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price reductions across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings had a price cut in […]

Read More

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

By Frank Valente | Aug 27, 2018

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage! | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in […]

Read More

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

By Frank Valente | Aug 17, 2018

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home? | Simplifying The MarketFor many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which […]

Read More

August 2018 Market Update for Placer and Sacramento Counties

By Frank Valente | Aug 16, 2018

Thes best way to study the market is to observe trends over a 12 month period. So I looked at some key statistics comparing the current quarter of this year with the same quarter last years. Inventory Placer  County   up 6%,  Sacramento County up 22% Solds Placer  County   down  6%,  Sacramento County down 3% Price Placer  County   up 7%,  Sacramento County up 7 %   Is the market changing?  Maybe…… The largest factor I believe that is affecting the market is interest rates.  In the last 12 months, interest rates on residential loans have risen .5-.75 of a point.  The…

Read More

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

By Frank Valente | Aug 16, 2018

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming! | Simplifying The MarketThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. […]

Read More