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Do you reall want a fixer upper

by Linda Pillard

Do You Really Want a Fixer Upper

by Bella Scotton

If you are going to invest in property you really need to have a very good reason for doing so. You need to consider the benefits of doing this now as well as what rewards it will bring you in the future.

One type of property that some will consider investing in is a fixer upper. This means buying property that has a houseon it that really needs a lot of work to make it at least comfortable to live in. Or, for some they look at this as being something that they can fix and flip for profit.

It may also be that you enjoy the challenge and your circumstances are as such that you can afford to live in a house that is in need of repair, and you happen to be a handy person who can do most of the work.

Buying with Caution

If you are going to go this route then you will definitely have the advantage of being able to buy at a lower price. However, you will have to allot money for the repairs. So you want to do some price comparisons here. Even if you are going to do the work yourself, you should still consider labor costs to get a true picture of what you are putting into this fixer upper.

Also, keep in mind that there may be some hidden flaws in the house that are so serious that you cannot fix yourself. It could be a flaw in the foundation which would be beyond the average handyman’s skills. Then again you could invest in a house that is basically a shell but you at least can see many of its components that you would not normally see in a house that is finished but in very poor condition.

Know What the Pros and Cons Are

You may have a general idea of what buying a fixer upper is going to entail, but you really need to know all of the pros and cons of the specific property that you are considering. If the pros outweigh the cons then it may be a viable option for you.

Keep it or Flip It

It is not unusual for a couple to buy a house and go through all the repairs till finally it is exactly what they want. They then realize what the value that the home has become and it may be that the money that could be generated from the sale may now become very appealing. The dream home is now turned into a potential profit maker.

Plan Realistically

If the fixer upper seems to be appealing to you then make sure that you are realistic about your planning for it. What often becomes difficult for many that have gone this route is not so much the money that they have to spend but the time that needs to be invested in it. There are a lot of additional steps that need to be taken and these have to be planned for.

What Do the Experts Say?

Many have become favorites of the TV show HGTV Fixer Upper. There is no doubt that it seems like miracles have taken a place with some of the fixer uppers that have aired on this show. Keep in mind there may only be one or two of you to accomplish all of the tasks that come with fixing up these types of homes. Yet, what has been accomplished on this show is nothing short of amazing.

This Old House experts believe there can be a lot of merit in a fixer upper, but the advice they offer leads off with knowing what you are getting into.

Bob Villa known as another house guru has some experts share their opinion as to whether a fixer upper is the way to go.

It all comes down to what do you want? A fixer upper can be an ideal choice for the right people, at the right time, and in the right location.

Sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-buying-a-fixer-upper-2012-8
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4648268/Fixer-Upper-tiny-home-sale-950-000.html
http://homeownership.ca/homeownership/ten-ways-to-make-buying-a-fixer-upper-worth-it/
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/should-you-buy-fixer-upper

If a fixer-upper is right for you. Call Linda Pillard.  She will send you the best buys available for sale to fix up and flip.  Linda Pillard, Yolo County Realtor with United Country Real Estate - California Properties.  She can be reached at (530) 713.6121.

Housing Predictions for 2018

by Linda Pillard

Housing Predictions for 2018

New homes are expected to be a “primary driver of sales in 2018,” as 1.33 million housing starts are predicted next year—up from 1.22 million in 2017, according to Freddie Mac’s September Outlook report, which gauges future real estate activity. Total home sales are expected to increase about 2 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the report.

Economists also predict that the uptick in housing starts, coupled with a moderate increase in mortgage rates, will help slow the run-up in home prices next year. Freddie Mac forecasts a 4.9 percent increase in home prices in 2018, lower than the 6.3 percent growth seen so far this year. Mortgage rates also are up from near-record lows in 2016, prompting predictions that refinancings will fall to 25 percent of mortgage activity in 2018—the lowest share since 1990, according to Fannie Mae.

Still, homeowners likely will continue building equity next year. In the second quarter of 2017, the dollar volume of equity cashed out was $15 million, up $1.2 million from the first quarter. As home prices rise, cash-out activity has been rising, too.

“The economic environment remains favorable for housing and mortgage markets,” says Freddie Mac chief economist Sean Becketti. “For several years, we have had moderate economic growth of about two percent a year, solid job gains, and low mortgage interest rates. We forecast those conditions to persist into next year.”

 

To contact me for help with selling a home in Yolo County or Northern California,  or speak with me about selling your home or property , contact me today by calling or text me at 530.713.6121. 



 

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Should You Hire a Real Estate Agent Who Charges the Lowest Commission?

 

By Linda Pillared

 

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home you most likely have encountered a real estate agent who has offered their services to you for the lowest commission possible.

 

The big question that you should have is if you should hire this agent because they charge a lower commission than another real estate agent?

 

Although the answer to this question may be simple for some people because they think that lowest commission means that they're saving money, the reality is that hiring a real estate agent because they charge the lowest commission possible isn't always the best idea, especially for these reasons:

 

Reason #1 - They May Not Work With A Team

 

Regardless If you're buying or selling a home, one of the harsh realities about hiring a real estate agent who charges the lowest commission possible is that they most likely are not working with a team. This means that they may not always be available to help you because they are helping their other clients and they don’t have the experience and the cliental and may be desperate for business.

 

Reason #2 - Their Marketing Will Not Be the Best

 

Another consequence of choosing an agent who charges the lowest commission is that their marketing may not always be the best quality possible.

 

Instead of receiving a crafted and personalized marketing plan, you may receive a template-based approach to marketing your home online and the results will be obvious when it comes to less interest and fewer offers for your home if any.

 

Reason #3 - An Agent Who Charges the Lowest Commission May Not Have Your Best Interest at Heart

 

Last of all, but most important, a real estate agent who charges the lowest commission possible may not always have your best interest at heart. The truth is if they are giving away their own money how can they protect yours.

 

Expert Negotiations is crucial for you to receive the highest profit possible.  You need someone that is skilled and has the experience under their belt and the proven track record of success. The truth is if you hire the right agent and you pay the standard commission chances are you will have a higher profit than the agent that “cut” their commission just to get the deal.

 

Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

 

To learn more reasons why you should not hire a real estate agent who charges the lowest commission possible or to view homes for sale, contacts me today by calling or texting (530) 713- 6121 or connect with me online.

Hire an Agent Who Really KNOWS the Process of Selling a Home

by Linda Pillard

Hire an Agent Who Really KNOWS the Process of Selling a Home

By Linda Pillared

 

Are you planning on selling your home? If so, the most important thing that you should do is hire a real estate agent who knows the process of selling a home.

 

The reason why I mentioned this is because in 2017 some people are eager to sell their homes as quickly as possible and they neglect the process that they should be following when it comes to selling their homes.

 

In this article, I will break down a few key tips that all homeowners should follow which will help them to sell their homes for the most money possible.

 

Tip #1 - Declutter Your Home

 

It doesn’t matter how long you been living in your home, the reality is that if you've been living in your house for any length of time you most likely will have accumulated clutter.

 

Clutter of any amount will make the rooms inside of the home look smaller than they actually are.

 

To get started with decluttering your home, start with one room at a time, preferably the living room, creating piles for things that you want to keep, donate, and throw away. This will make getting rid of things a whole lot easier and ensure that you don't take everything with you when you move to your next home.

 

Tip #2 - Clean Your Home Thoroughly

 

As funny as it sounds, many homeowners think that they are cleaning their homes thoroughly before listing them but the reality is that most people, regardless of their age, always miss certain areas in the home and those areas remain glaringly obvious, especially when it comes time for pictures or open houses.

 

Is house cleaning something that you absolutely dislike? If so, to ensure that your house is cleaned thoroughly, and in Tip-Top condition for showing, I recommend that you hire a professional house cleaner to come in and clean your home because, this will ensure that every area of your home is clean, including those areas which you may not see or use on a regular basis.

 

Tip #3 - Stage Your Home

 

Last of all, but most important, one of the top things that many homeowners don't do well enough when selling their homes is to stage their homes for sale.

 

Staging a home is actually very simple, it involves following steps 1 and 2 in this article to get the home ready for staging and then using a few pieces of furniture in each room of the home to make the home look lived-in while emphasizing the space that the house has to offer.

 

Learn More About the Process of Selling Your Home

 

Are you interested in learning more about the process of selling your home? If so contact me today by calling or texting (530) 713- 6121 or connect with me online.

Hire an Agent Who Really KNOWS the Process of Selling a Home

by Linda Pillard

Hire an Agent Who Really KNOWS the Process of Selling a Home

By Linda Pillared

 

Are you planning on selling your home? If so, the most important thing that you should do is hire a real estate agent who knows the process of selling a home.

 

The reason why I mentioned this is because in 2017 some people are eager to sell their homes as quickly as possible and they neglect the process that they should be following when it comes to selling their homes.

 

In this article, I will break down a few key tips that all homeowners should follow which will help them to sell their homes for the most money possible.

 

Tip #1 - Declutter Your Home

 

It doesn’t matter how long you been living in your home, the reality is that if you've been living in your house for any length of time you most likely will have accumulated clutter.

 

Clutter of any amount will make the rooms inside of the home look smaller than they actually are.

 

To get started with decluttering your home, start with one room at a time, preferably the living room, creating piles for things that you want to keep, donate, and throw away. This will make getting rid of things a whole lot easier and ensure that you don't take everything with you when you move to your next home.

 

Tip #2 - Clean Your Home Thoroughly

 

As funny as it sounds, many homeowners think that they are cleaning their homes thoroughly before listing them but the reality is that most people, regardless of their age, always miss certain areas in the home and those areas remain glaringly obvious, especially when it comes time for pictures or open houses.

 

Is house cleaning something that you absolutely dislike? If so, to ensure that your house is cleaned thoroughly, and in Tip-Top condition for showing, I recommend that you hire a professional house cleaner to come in and clean your home because, this will ensure that every area of your home is clean, including those areas which you may not see or use on a regular basis.

 

Tip #3 - Stage Your Home

 

Last of all, but most important, one of the top things that many homeowners don't do well enough when selling their homes is to stage their homes for sale.

 

Staging a home is actually very simple, it involves following steps 1 and 2 in this article to get the home ready for staging and then using a few pieces of furniture in each room of the home to make the home look lived-in while emphasizing the space that the house has to offer.

 

Learn More About the Process of Selling Your Home

 

Are you interested in learning more about the process of selling your home? If so contact me today by calling or texting (530) 713- 6121 or connect with me online.

324 Messina Terrace, Davis CA

by Linda Pillard

324 Messina Terrace – Don’t Miss This Davis California Home!

By Linda Pillard

Are you searching for the perfect home in Davis California?  If so, you don't want to miss out on this lovely contemporary home located at 324 Messina Terrace.

About 324 Messina Terrace

Built in 2007, this 3 bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home offers you many wonderful features that you have been searching for including a downstairs office with a French door, stainless steel appliances, tile flooring, and new paint throughout the home.

Pride of ownership really shows in this $495,000 home, you will also find an open concept floor plan, large closets, granite countertops, tiled baths and a charming private backyard with patio which will make it perfect for you to come home and relax after a long day at work.

What’s even better about 324 Messina Terrace is that this 1,498-square foot home also offers easy access to the freeway, it's close to Davis swim and fitness, within walking distance to shopping malls, parks, and is conveniently 26 minutes away from downtown Sacramento.

 

Don’t Miss Out On This Davis CA Home

 

Right now, the Sacramento real estate market is one of the hottest markets in the United States and properties in surrounding areas like 324 Messina Terrace are sure to go fast!

 

If you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage loan and are ready to buy your dream home in Northern California, contact me today calling or texting (530) 713- 6121 or connect with me online.

 

Get to Know Davis

by Linda Pillard

Get to Know Davis, CA

Another of California’s oldest and most well-known towns is Davis, CA.

Founded in the 1860’s by Jerome Davis as “Davisville”, the town quickly turned into a major destination in California when UC Davis was first founded here in 1905.

The community has a population of over 65,000 and that can grow by as much as 10,000 during the school year when many students live in the area.

Davis, CA is an ideal location for anyone to live since as with other nearby communities like Woodland and Winters you’re only just a few minutes away from Sacramento including the benefits of the big city like jobs, the airport, things to do, and countless recreational options in Northern California.

Home Prices

Home prices in Davis CA have appreciated by as much as 12% or more in recent years and the median price for a home in the area is going to cost you about $635,900 but you can still find 2-bedroom starter homes here in the $300,000’s, condos, townhomes and more.

School District

Since it’s a college town you will find a huge emphasis on education here and the Davis Ca School District has been ranked as one of the best school districts in the United States.

Shops and Stores

Another benefit that comes from living in Davis CA is that there are countless shops and stores in the area including national brands like Target but you’re also close to small farms which sell fresh produce during the week, giving you, a taste of small town living while not being far from modern conveniences.

Learn More About Davis CA

To learn more about homes in Davis, CA contact me, Linda Pillard, Realtor® with United Country Real Estate Great West by calling me 530.713.6121 or connect with me online through my website.

 

Moving to Winters California?

by Linda Pillard

Moving to Winters California?

Located in the Western Sacramento Valley is the town of Winters, California.

Founded in the 1850’s, Winters is another of California’s oldest towns and it still retains many of the features of a classic small town to this day especially when you tour the downtown area.

Many people have chosen to move to Winters CA in recent years because the town has a population of around 7,000 people making it ideal for another who wants to live in a small town while still being close to their jobs in Sacramento or the surrounding area.

Winters has hot, mostly dry summers and cool, wet winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Winters has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa). Average January temperatures are a maximum of 55.2 °F (12.9 °C) and a minimum of 37.0 °F (2.8 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 96.7 °F (35.9 °C) and a minimum of 59.8 °F (15.4 °C).  – Wikipedia

About Winters CA

In recent years Winters CA has attracted a lot of families, the median age here is 31, and the median income is $45,000.

Besides being just 37 minutes from Sacramento, Winters CA is also ideal for any home buyer because here you’re within driving distance name brand shops/stores, Lake Solano, countless parks, breweries, vineyards, and you’re also less than a day’s journey from major California attractions like Yosemite.

Home Prices

Searching for a home in Winters, CA? Prices here are still affordable when compared to other cities in California and those prices may not last for long!

You can find a 3 bedroom, 2 baths, ranch style home in the $300,000’s, craftsman homes, homes with ranch land, estates, farms, and more!

Learn more about homes for sale in Winters, CA by contacting me: Linda Pillard, Realtor® with United Country Real Estate Great West by calling me 530.713.6121 or connect with me online through my website.

About Woodland California

by Linda Pillard

About Woodland California

Located just 15 miles from Sacramento is the town of Woodland California.

Although many new communities have been developed across California in recent years, the town of Woodland is actually one of the oldest in California and its origins actually date back to the 1850’s when California first became a state.

Woodland is the County Seat of Yolo County and the town has a population of over 58,000 making it an ideal community for relocation since it’s so close to the big city while still having a small-town feel.

Community Details

Within the past decade, Woodland has grown immensely, with many additions to the community. Numerous subdivisions have been built (mainly on the east side of town) and several major chain stores have opened the business in Woodland.

A new high school, Pioneer, was opened in the 2003–04 school year. A new elementary school and middle school in the Pioneer High School vicinity are to be constructed within the next few years.

Main Street has seen a revival with the addition of several new restaurants, a brand-new courthouse, ongoing renovations of the Old State Theater into a 10-screen multiplex movie theater, and plans to build a hotel and a music venue. – Wikipedia

Woodland CA is still a farming community and over the years many of these farms have also developed into recreational farms and vineyards that bring in tourists during the weekends and summer months.

The weather here is similar to other communities in Northern California, you can expect hot summers and moderate temperatures during the winter months.

Woodland CA Real Estate

Want to buy a home in Woodland CA? Prices here are affordable when compared to homes in Southern California.

Here you can find a 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom ranch home in the $300,000’s and there are a wide variety of homes to choose from including new builds, Mid-Century modern, and fixer-upper properties.

To learn more about the town of Woodland, CA or to view homes for sale, contact me today by calling 530.713.6121 or connect with me online through my website.

 

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