Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

May 9, 2019

Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Professional

Finding the perfect realtor to meet all of your real estate and investment needs can be a complex decision, and with that there are a few key questions to ask before making your final choice.

  • Are you a full time professional?
  • Do you provide a guarantee of service?
  • What is your average DOM (days on the market) per listing sold?
  • May I have a copy of your marketing plan?
  • May I see your resume?
  • How many homes have you sold?
  • How do you communicate with sellers and how often?
  • What is your working relationships with other professional's in your filed?
  • Where do you advertise and how often?
  • Will you hold an Open house?

 

April 17, 2019

Perfect Time To Buy

National rental prices have increased 3.7 percent in the month of March; making that almost as high as last years total  which was 3.6 percent. Shasta County has had a total increase of 6 percent in the last 3 years, which put the average median rental price at $1407 and growing faster then the hourly wage. Even with the surge in prices, waiting lists are not uncommon because of the lack of available rentals. The Federal Reserve has signaled that they will not raise interest rates in 2019 making it the perfect time to buy.

April 1, 2019

10 Reasons My Property Listing Expired

When a property does not sell during its first listing on the market, it could be caused by a few preventable factors. 

  • Wrong Agent for your particular home and needs: Not all agents are equally effective in selling your home, find one that fits your needs and real estate goals.
  • Lack of communication by an agent with other relators: Not all agents are pro active in utilizing all means available to sell your home.
  • No staging done
  • Over pricing: Today, with so many tools at the buyers fingertips they are able to readily compare perspective homes.  Allowing them to discern which home gives them the best bang for their buck. They do this without prejudice, leaving overpriced homes on the market.
  • Not being able to accommodate showings
  • Discounting potential buyers feedback: Often taken as criticism, feedback can be extremely helpful and used to your advantage.
  • Adjustments: The market will speak, be flexible when necessary.
March 8, 2019

Outdoor Eye Catching Tips

Success is in the details. Here are a few eye catching tips, to help engage potential buyers before they even open the door. 

  • Make sure your address is easy to see. Consider shiny new house numbers.
  • What "frames" the entrance? Look at your house from across the street.
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on the door and clean all eves.
  • Find a new attractive door knob.
  • Put out a new welcome mat.
  • Let light lead to your door! Well placed lighting says "welcome home".
  • Foliage must accent not overwhelm or hide your home, so trim back.
  • Store all toys, bikes lawn equipment away.
  • All outdoor furniture must be inviting and clean.
  • Mow and water lawn 30min before showing.
  • Leave easy parking for buyers!
Feb. 6, 2019

Selling Your Home in the Winter

With the average home price in Shasta County being $320,000 for January, choosing to list your home now can work to you advantage in more ways then one. While Spring is still the hottest home buying season, serious home buyers are always on the lookout. Conveniently checking out the latest listings online from the comfort of their home. Buyers do the bulk of their home searches online, and that's especially true when the weather outside is not so cheerful. Come spring sellers will flood the market and your home will be just another fish in a great big pond. But, right now you've practically got the market to yourself. Its easier to make your house feel like a home in the winter time, and nothing says welcome quite like walking out of the cold into a nice warm cozy house.

Here are a few tips for setting the buying mood:

-Keep it simple. Decorations should accent, not over power a room. Think less is more.

-Crank up the cozy. Light a fire, play soft music, and prepare fresh baked goods or mulled cider for guest.

-Shine a light outside. Winter days get dark early, brighten your home's exterior with outdoor spot lights.

 

 

Dec. 2, 2018

10 Reasons to Have a Real Estate Agent Help You Sell Your Home

Selling or buying a home is a big decision; and the more informed you are about the process and current market, the smoother it will be. Having an agent that you trust and insider knowledge of local neighborhoods makes it easy and stress free for you. Another benefit of having and expert walk you through the process is visibility. It is our job to make your property visible for all potential buyers, and the broadest way to get your home viewed is the MLS, which we access and utilize. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a database for all homes for sale, making your home instantly available to agents all across your area.

CLICK HERE to view 10 Reasons to Have a Real Estate Agent Help you Sell Your Home

Oct. 16, 2018

My Ideal Real Estate Professional

A good Real Estate Agent is the bridge to your property and investment dreams. Finding someone that is knowledgeable and personally compatible with you while also understanding your vision, is essential to your real estate success. A local expert in communities and neighborhoods is a major benefit that a seasoned agent will be able to provide.

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Sept. 23, 2018

Shasta County Property Sales

According to information gathered by the Federal Housing Finance Agency the average price of a home in Shasta County has gone up significantly in the months of July and August, compared to the first and second quarter reports. The first quarter home price average was $283,367 and the average price for a home in the months of July and August were $325,499, up over $40,000 from the beginning of the year. When preparing to put your home on the market there are definite thigs to avoid. Please visit our link "Avoid These 10 Ways To Turn Off a Homebuyer" get the ins and outs of preparing your home to sell for the optimal selling price.

CLICK HERE Avoid These 10 Ways To Turn Off a Homebuyer

Sept. 11, 2018

How to Recover and Rebuild after a fire; or other Natrual Disaster

If you ever find yourself facing the aftermath of a natural disaster, knowing who to trust and how to access your resources is crucial. The Carr fire raged through beautiful Shasta County in July, and how it will impact the local Real Estate market is the question on everyone’s mind. There is still a need to sell existing homes, purchase rental properties, and/or buy land to rebuild. If you are planning to rebuild there are two phases to post disaster cleanup, which you can find through your local county office or insurance company. Within each phase there are multiple steps, that are broken down piece by piece. Whatever direction you are going, having a agent with insider knowledge and experience of local neighborhoods and communities is a major advantage.

CLICK HERE to view Shasta County’s post disaster clean up phases and steps

 

Aug. 30, 2018

Labor Day and Real Estate

Marking the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day comes at a time where the unemployment rate is at the lowest it’s been in over ten years. In the month of July approximately 157,000 jobs were created, and the unemployment rate went even lower to 3.9 percent. With the inevitable growth of the economy; and the fall season typically being a buyers’ market, many families are purchasing homes and/or investment properties. Many sellers and buyers reevaluate after the summer months which can give the buyer a slight advantage. For this reason, there are definite and clear advantages to listing or buying your property in September.