How to Sell Your Home Fast

How to Sell Your Home Fast
From the desk of Rio Vista Realtor Ralene Nelson: Most of the homeowners I meet with want (or need) to sell their home FAST!  So, I just thought I would share these great tips. Selling a home can often take months, even years. So what if you have to unload your home in, say, two weeks? It can happen: Whether you need to relocate for a new job, to care for an elderly family member who's suddenly fallen ill, or because you simply can't handle your mort

Upsizing on the Upswing: The Big Decision More Homeowners Are Making

From the desk of one of  Rio Vista's top REALTORS, Ralene Nelson: Are you looking for more space? Let me lend you a hand, just call me at 707.334.0699. Downsizing? That’s so 2016. Housing trends and consumer research indicate a move toward upsizing as homeowners transition to larger dwellings. For Rhiannon Kruse, moving to a bigger home was about facing the music. For five years, Kruse and her husband had squeezed themselves into a downtow...

How to Sell Your Home Fast in 9 Easy Ways

How to Sell Your Home Fast in 9 Easy Ways
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: Ready to sell? Give me a call or text me at 707.334.0699, let's get together for a free home evaluation. By using these easy and inexpensive tips, you can expect an offer in no time. Whether you’re selling Portland, ME, real estate or have a home for sale in San Angelo, TX, putting your home on the market can be stressful. Week after week of showings require your house to be presentable at all tim

Going, Going, Gone! Existing Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes

Going, Going, Gone! Existing Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: This real estate market is great for sellers sticking a "For Sale" sign in their front yards. Their selling price will be high, and they’ll be able to sell very quickly. So call or text me at 707-334-0699 if you are ready to sell your home, or know of anyone that might be. Home buyers had better act fast: Homes are flying off the market. In April, existing (as opposed to newly built) homes across the

From ‘Sold’ to ‘For Sale’ and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership

From ‘Sold’ to ‘For Sale’ and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: I have to agree with this statement - "Whether you've lived in your home for a day or a decade, buckle up — homeownership can be a wild ride." You may live in your home for two years, or you may hunker down for two decades. But no matter how long you call it yours, you’ll likely experience these four key stages of homeownership — from the day you get your keys to the day you hand them off to your home’s ne

The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections

The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections
From the desk of Ralene Nelson, one of Rio Vista's top REALTORS: I always recommend that my clients hire a home inspector... it is ALWAYS a good idea. When you're trying to make your offer as attractive as possible, skipping the inspection may seem like a good idea. Here's why it's not. If you’re buying a home in a competitive market and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. In addition to offering more th

Californians Gained $25,000 in Home Equity, on Average, Over the Past Year

Californians Gained $25,000 in Home Equity, on Average, Over the Past Year
From the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, Americans gained more than $766 billion in home equity, the largest annual increase in nearly three years. Nearly 96 percent of Californians with a mortgage had equity in their homes as of the first quarter. The San Francisco metro area again had the nation’s highest number of homeowners with positive equity — 99.4 percent. From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: Did you kn...

California Home Prices Climb to a 10-Year High in May

California Home Prices Climb to a 10-Year High in May
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: If you are thinking of selling you home - now is a great time. It is a Sellers Market due to the low inventory, which is driving up home prices in Rio Vista and the surrounding communities... Call me at 707.334.0966 for a FREE home valuation! The median sales price for a single-family home in the Bay Area rose to almost $900,000 in May, with all nine counties reporting year-over-year appreciation. I

What You Need to Know About Bridge Loans

What You Need to Know About Bridge Loans
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: This is a great article about bridge loans - "Homebuyers sometimes take out bridge loans, which will give them the money to help them buy a home, before they sell their current house." A bridge loan can make the process go more smoothly. There may be a point when, if you're selling and then buying a home, and you're stressing out the logistics, you might wonder if you should get a bridge loan. ...

3 Templates to help buyers writing winning offer letters

3 Templates to help buyers writing winning offer letters
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: When the real estate marketing inventory is this tight, sometimes an offer letter will tip the scales in your favor... they work! Want to write an offer letter to your seller but don’t know what to say? These templates can help. Most sellers want top dollar and a quick sale on their home. But here’s a secret: They also often have a strong emotional attachment to their soon-to-be former homes. T